The end times will be different in several ways than life as usual. There will be a widening separation between those who love God and those who love themselves more than God. There will be increased trials and persecution, which is God’s way of purifying the world out of His children. And there will be increased error and deadly deception. Every one of these situations calls for a stronger faith, a deeper commitment and a better knowledge of God’s Word.


As the fiery trials and persecutions increase, how will you fare? I can tell you exactly the answer. In proportion to your connection with God through Wordkeeping, which we know is personal prayerful Bible study. So what better time than now to start increasing and honing your Wordkeeping skills, so you can “Study to show thyself approved upon God,” and “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.


Put on the spiritual armor God has provided, and wield the sword of the Spirit against the attacks of the enemy. We must know our Bibles in order to be safe from deception. We must have God’s promises memorized, because we will need them more than we need anything else in the whole world.


Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will “bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26. Can you remember something that is not in your memory? No, you can’t. So this promise is only for those who have put the Word in their memory. We won’t need to memorize speeches to present to our persecutors, but we will need to have memorized scripture. “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.” Matthew 10:19 Those who have the Word abiding in their hearts will receive help from God to put it all together to testify for Him.


Don’t neglect the Word, but take every opportunity to acquaint yourself with it. Test God’s faithfulness and promises now, so you will be ready for the difficult times. If your Bible is taken away from you, won’t it be wonderful to have it written in your mind and heart, where no one can take it away!


It is the Holy Spirit that takes the Words of God home to our hearts, and seals us, preserving us for redemption. Again, our part is to expose our minds to the Word, so that we can receive the Seal of God.


Jesus, in His prayer to His Father said regarding His disciples, “They have kept thy word. Wouldn’t you like to have Jesus say that about you? What does Jesus say to the Father about your attitude to His Word?


In the end times, everyone will be tested. We are to prepare for the huge final test. How does one prepare for any test? Study! The signs are shouting, It’s time to CRAM! We must spiritually be “burning the midnight oil.” So the Lord doesn’t come and find us sleeping.


The test is the entrance exam for what? Heaven! An eternity of blessing and bliss with our Savior. We can’t afford to miss out!


In a few days we will be discussing what WORKS are, as you might have a question about legalism. We’re not talking about legalism here, but about a love so deep that we are being totally responsive to God’s Holy Spirit. We are talking about being sanctified by the truth.


Let’s enter into a covenant relationship with God, allowing Him to write His law, His character on our hearts. This experience will fill you with joy, and you will declare with Jeremiah, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by thy name, O Lord of Hosts.” Jer 15:16.


May God help us to be ready, so we can lift up our heads, for our redemption draweth nigh!


Here are your ten texts for today.


Isa 26:3

Twkhipp, wmisot: bhtit.

Isaiah 26: 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Isa 40:11

HsfHflas: HsgtlwHa, actiHb, asglttawy.

Isaiah 40: 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Isa 40:31

BttwutLsrts; tsmuwwae; tsr, anbw; atsw, anf.

Isaiah 40: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isa 41:10

Ftn; fIawt: bnd; fIatG: Iwst; y, Iwht: y, Iwutwtrhomr.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isa 43:25

I, eI, ahtbottfmos, awnrts.

Isaiah 43: 25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isa 53:5

Bhwwfot, Hwbfoi: tcoopwuH; awHswah.

Isaiah 53: 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isa 55:6

SytLwhmbf, cyuhwhin:

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Isa 55:7

Ltwfhw, atumht: alhrutL, ahwhmuh; atoG, fhwap.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Isa 64:6

Bwaaaaut, aaoraafr; awadfaal; aoi, ltw, htua.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Isa 65:24

Aisctp, tbtc, Iwa; awtays, Iwh.

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.


In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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