We must daily give ourselves continually to prayer because the Apostle Paul well said, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17): “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand” (Phiippians 4:5).
“THEREFORE, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:1, 6-8).
JESUS, the only begotten Son of God, “The Christ of God” (Luke 9:20) expressed to all his disciples, saying: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [DAILY], and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:24-27).
The Apostle Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles explained, said:
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Corinthians 1:18-21).
“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:22-25).
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).
Jesus pointed out that we ought to pray and not faint (Luke 18:1), and says: “When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:7-8).
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider. God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
Every day that passes by in this earth is one day closer to the end of the world, and the return of our Lord, Savior and King Jesus (Matthew 13:37–43, 24:1-3).
However, Jesus says: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).
“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37).
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42).
“The Lord is [NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISE], as some men count slackness; but is [LONGSUFFERING TO US-WARD], [NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE]” (2 Peter 3:9).
“The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (Psalm 11:5).
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” (James 1:12).
In the last years of time the prophet Daniel foretold, saying: “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:10).
We would be wise to be righteous than to be wicked.
To be righteous is to succeed in passing the test of time:the trial of our faith of this lifetime to inherit everlasting life and peace (Matthew 25:31–34).
To be wicked is to lose the time of this lifetime and inherit everlasting death and punishment (Matthew 25:41, 46).
“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore” (Psalm113:2).
“Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 106:48).