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The second coming of Christ...

I began to read some commentaries related to a passage and I had a question posed to me that stirred my heart.

When we stop and think about the second coming of Christ, how do we respond when we face struggles?

Here is how I believe that we live in relation to the second coming of Christ: I am going to live my life and not think about it, because if it is going to happen, it will happen.  But until then, I am going to live my life how I desire, there isn't really a reason to understand it.

A part of why the church may be in decline today is that we do not have a proper perspective of the second coming of Christ.  Now I do not want to get into the specifics of the pre-trib, post-trib, etc. but I do want us to consider the purpose behind understanding this foundational doctrine.

Remember doctrine is defined as the teachings about Christ and one of the doctrines that we are to grasp and apply is the teaching of His second coming.  But how do I do that today in my life?

I want you to think about this; When you go through a struggle in your life, what is your hope through it?  What helps you to persevere?

For the believer, this is where doctrine meets life.  Our hope as believers, through the struggles that we face is to really be based upon the deliverance of God.  How does this happen?  It happens in knowing He has prepared a place for us, but also in knowing that He has promised to come again for us (John 14:1-6), and knowing that He has promised to carry us through.

There is the song that says "He will take you through the fire again..."  One of the lyrics also said, "He never promised that the cross would not be heavy..."

So when I face a struggle in my life, it's not self motivation that is going to deliver me.  It's not a self help book or motivational speech.  The difference is understanding and basing my life upon the promises of God.  The promises that He has provided salvation, hope, a destination, and to carry us through.

So I ask again: how do you respond to the second coming of Christ?  When you face struggles, stop, and remember the promises of God: He is coming again and He has delivered us, when He saved us!
It truly is a place where doctrine meets life and with the right perspective, it helps you to carry on.  So don't look down, instead, praise God we can look to sky and anticipate His return all the more!

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