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The eternal now

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I think about our awesome God,  I get overwhelmed. I just can’t imagine how awesome he is and how much he does  for little old me. The thought that he’s never not with me blows me away. For God there is no past, there is no future, there is only  “now”  when God speaks the things that happened or will happened in the future He frames that Word so are finite brains can understand it.

God never takes a lunch break. He never says, ”  Excuse me they need me in Singapore I’ll be back in a few minutes.” Or ” That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. You need to figure that out yourself.” Or ” Let me think about that awhile and I’ll get back to you.” Or ” ” it’s been a long day. Don’t you need some sleep? Or ” Is it okay if we talk about this tomorrow after I’ve had a good night sleep?” ” I’ve been trying to help you through this trial all day and half the night.”

NO!

God  never gives excuses.  All he ever gives us is his love. Every moment of every day.

 Every response, every bit of wisdom, every  answer, every instruction, every word, every guiding hand, Every Blessing,  every bit of favor, empty bit of love you still up right now.

 Just think of that. God is never not with us. He is everywhere at once loving us in His eternal NOW! 

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Eternity. What a concept!

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It’s Just Time

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Time Management

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What Time Is It?

By Dr. John Ed Mathison
Executive Director
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministriesjohn ed

Someone has put together the following scenario.  What if you had an account at a bank that would credit your account each morning with $86,400?  It would not carry over a balance to the next day because it deletes whatever part of the balance you didn’t use that day.  I expect we all would try to draw out every cent before the sun set.

There is such a bank – it is called TIME.  Each morning it gives you 86,400 seconds.  Each night it writes off everything that you did not invest for a good purpose.  It never carries a balance.  It allows no overdraft.  Each day it opens a new account for you.You can’t borrow from yesterday’s account.  You can’t put aside a little of that time for tomorrow’s account.  You have to live on today’s deposits.  That makes it awfully important to invest wisely how we spend every second.

We invest in a lot of scientific research on keeping time accurately.  It was just released in April 2015, that we have a new atomic clock that is so accurate that it will not gain or lose one second in the next 15 billion years!  Now that is accurate!  No worry about correct time.  The important thing is how well do we use our time, even if we might today be keeping it inaccurately.

I am not good with technology.  Every six months we have to change our clocks involving Daylight Savings Time.  I never can remember how to change the clock in my car.  My brother George has the same challenge.  He told me not to worry about it because he said, “John Ed, at least, your clock in your car will be accurate six months out of the year.”How we use each second is oftentimes the difference in doing something significant, or missing out.

Sometimes it is the difference in finishing first or second.  Alabama is famous in the NASCAR world for the running of the Talladega 500.  That is big in our state.  Do you realize how close those races are?  They drive those cars for 500 miles, and the difference in first and second place is less than one second.

In 2011, the margin of victory for Jimmie Johnson at Talladega was .002 seconds.  Now a second is very short.  This is not a tenth of a second, nor a hundredth of a second, but one thousandth of a second.  That is a close margin. In 2010, Kevin Harvick finished first by a margin of .011.  That is less than a tenth of a second.  In 2002, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won in .060.

Time is valuable.  You have as much time today as anybody else.  Don’t waste it or use it unwisely today. Time is a real treasure you have. Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That is why it is called “the Present.”

Some phrases we use are “killing time” – “spending time” – “passing time.”  I think the best phrase could be “investing time.”  Ephesians 5:15 says, “Be careful how you live, not as unwise people but as wise making the most of time.”

What time is it?  It’s time to be wise with our time!

John Ed’s blog posts appear each week in For His Glory.
Contact: JAM Executive Suite 4,4131 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106 Phone: 334-270-2149 Email:info@johnedmathison.org

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The End

We mortals impose limits on everything. We love time. We live by it, work by it, play by it, sleep by it, plan by it, eat by it.

Five. . .four. . .three. . .two. . .one. The end. Game’s over. Someone won, someone lost.

It’s 11:56 p.m. on April 15. Five more minutes and tax season ends.  You drift into the penalty phase with the IRS.

“The end is near.”

“I’m leaving you, Herald. It’s the end. I have another boyfriend. He’s on the football team. We’re in love.”

“I’m sorry, Margaret. But we have to let you go. Your employment with this company ends today.”

“I thought his sermon today would never end.”

“And that’s the end of the seventh inning.”

“Our half-price sale ends January 31st.”

“Has anyone seen the fat lady?”

“That book didn’t have a happy ending.”

“I’m at the end of my rope.”

But life, as we know it, never ends. Every creature God created will spend an eternity in one of two places: in the presence of God, or forever separated from God.

Eternity is a hard concept to grasp. I read it, I believe it, I look forward to being in God’s presence forever, but I can’t wrap my arms around it. Can you?

It’s difficult to think about being in a place without boundaries–gates or fences, or walls, or barriers. I don’t believe I’ll ever see the chasm “fixed” between where we’ll be and where all the goats will be.

And no “time”.  No overtime games. No “sudden death” (pardon the pun) playoffs. No seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries. No limits. Just Jesus. Just God. Just heaven. Just each other. Forever. And ever.

My good blogging buddy Butch Dean wrote this on his blog. His post was the inspiration for my post today.

And this is the will of my Father that sent me: that every one who seeth the Son and believeth in himButch may have life everlasting. And I will raise him up in the last day. (John 6:40 Douay-Rheims)

Can you imagine…life without end? A life beyond anything you could possibly imagine awaits the soul of a Believer. “Every one that sees the Son and believes in Him may have life everlasting.”

And how does one believe?

For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10; 9-10 from  the New Living Translation)

With the heart…not the head. Knowledge between the ears is fine, but believing in your heart is what God requires. That’s how one becomes a Believer…that’s how one finds life everlasting…life without end.

As always, the choice is yours.

Butch blogs at Wordsmith’s Desk.  I read Butch’s blog regularly. He and Bonnie have a powerful testimony and Butch writes powerful posts about how God touches his life and family. I know you’ll be blessed to read Butch’s writing as well. Visit his blog soon.