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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
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What If This Were Your Last Day?
In Deuteronomy 33 Moses blesses the tribes of Israel and he does so because he knows his time is short and he is getting ready to die. He will go to Nebo and on to Pisgah where God will show him the Promised Land he missed out on because of his unbelief and disobedience, and there he will die and God will bury him. In this chapter we see the last words of a great man whom was used so mightily by God. I want to look at this thought this week; what if this were your last day? Now, I’m not saying I have received a revelation on this being someone’s last day, not even mine. But it could be. What if it were? What would you say? Who would you say it to? What would you do?
Moses used his last words to encourage the people. He said there is none like the God of Jeshuran or righteous Israel. This saying ought to bring conviction to the people knowing they were lacking in righteousness. He goes on to say, our God rides upon the clouds of heaven to help thee O Israel. The eternal God is thy refuge, thy shelter and protection and underneath are the everlasting arms. It will be God who thrusts out the enemy before you and then He will say unto you to go and destroy them. Then you will dwell in safety and you will be blessed by God and no nation will be like unto you. As God used Moses to bless the people and encourage them, these words should also encourage us for the same promises are unto all the children of God. Notice, He is our shelter, our refuge. He is a covert in times of distress and danger. David said in Psalms 61:1-3 “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy”. He is also our support as Moses says “underneath are the everlasting arms”. When we were missionaries in South Wales there was a small town south of us named Neath. I found out the word neath meant bottom, so underneath means under the bottom. No matter how far down you may find yourself, dear child of God, He is still underneath supporting you. He is also our salvation for He will drive out the enemy. We fight a losing battle without Him but with Him we are the victors and He will drive out our adversary which is Satan. Peter tells us in First Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about; seeking whom he may devour”. He is out to destroy us but our God is our Savior. In Him we also find our safety. He promises Israel that they would dwell in safety but only as long as they obey Him and follow Him. So, the last words of Moses were words of encouragement.
The last words of David were used to instruct the next king. Solomon was his son and the next king of Israel. If only our leaders would take this advice and instructions we would still have a Godly nation. David instructed Solomon to observe and do what God says, not man. We have too many people today trying to cater to the whims of a few with money and ignoring the rest of the population. They don’t want God in their schools or government and we see where that has gotten us. Instead of God in our schools we have children with guns killing one another! God help us. He says walk in His ways and keep His statutes (His sayings and words), commandments (whatever He leads you to do, just do it), judgments (What He has deemed to be right for our civil government) and testimonies (or His laws and precepts). He was to keep all these things because God is holy and only deals in the holy.
Over in Joshua 24 Joshua is using his last words to challenge his nation but he is also charging and challenging his family and putting them on record that they will serve the Lord. He said “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. No matter who others follow, we will follow the Lord. No matter who others serve we will serve the Lord. No matter who others walk after we will walk after the Lord. No matter who others bow down to we will bow unto the Lord. No matter who others adhere to we will listen to the Lord. God, give us some men who will stand up and lead their families in your ways.
Paul used his last words at Ephesus to warn the church. I know these are not his very last words but as far as I know these were his last words to the Ephesian elders before he left and he warned them to beware of grievous wolves who would enter the congregation after he left and try to destroy the church. They would look like sheep. They would act like sheep but they would be wolves which come to tear down all that God built up. We need to be warning our churches of these wolves who come in with their slick attitudes and charismatic personalities with only one thing on their minds; destroy the church. Satan has workers and he plays by no rules and will do anything necessary to accomplish his goal. Now Paul’s last words were over in Second Timothy where he encouraged the saints by telling us that he had “fought a good fight, he had finished his course and he kept the faith”. May we all have that same testimony when we come down to our last day. Many don’t remember all we do throughout our lives but they remember what we do at the end of it; so let’s finish well for Jesus.
In His last moments Jesus said “it is finished” and bowed His head and died. Those words were of great importance because they come from the Hebrew word tetelestai which means it’s paid for or it’s complete. O sinner friend Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins and make it possible for you to have a home in Heaven. Will you accept Him as your Savior today?
If this were your last day, what would you do? Would you try to encourage the people or would you discourage them? We need those in our day who try to exhort and build up rather than tear down. Are we walking in the ways of God or in our own ways? Are we keeping what God says or are we ignoring those things so we can do our own thing? Are we leading our families in the way of God or in the ways of the world to get along with the crowd? Are we telling sinners about Jesus Christ? What if this was your last day? What would you do or say?