TEXT: LUKE 12:49-59.
🔑KEY VERSE “Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” (LUKE 12:56).

The meteorological department of most advanced countries has gone beyond just being able to forecast weathers to being able to give early warnings of possible natural disasters such as volcano eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, cyclones, floods, etc., especially in countries prone to these disasters. These early warnings allow for the quick evacuation of people to avert casualties. In spite of these early warnings, however, some people still fall victims. Despite all the technological advancement in the area of forecasting, the world is yet to see and correctly interpret spiritual signs.

In our text, Jesus saw among the Jewish leaders a form of deception and hypocrisy because they pretended not to see the signs of the end times glaring before them. They were able to predict the weather but failed to observe or pay attention to the obvious signs of what was coming in the future. Because they deliberately chose to ignore the signs, they failed to recognise the Messiah and be part of the kingdom He came to establish.

Today, there are Christians who fail to see the signs of backsliding and spiritual disaster and as such are unable to take precaution.

The signs that point to the closeness of Christ’s imminent return are everywhere but sadly, many fail to see. How we need to pray that the Lord will sharpen our sense of discernment!

There is danger if we fail to recognise that the increase in iniquity in the world, the wars and rumours of wars we hear, the uprisings and socio-political turbulence everywhere, the economic downturns, the increase of false pastors and teachers; the increase in the persecution of Christians, etc., are all signs that the end is near! Can you read the signs? If you do, what are you doing about them? Be wise!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is danger in ignoring the signs.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: GALATIANS 1-3.

How not to be an hypocrite

  1. Division without satanic violence
    a. Sincere and genuine faith in Christ always bring a division v49.
    b. The nature of the division is physically non violent from the side of the saints but at times always receive violent response from unbelievers Hebrews 12:14.
    c. It involves a non compromising separation from unbelievers in conduct, cleanness and consecration to please God alone 2 Corinthians 6:14-17.
    d. If your faith does not have a clear dividing line with unbelievers, it is not a genuine faith v51, Hebrews 7:26, Luke 6:26.
    e. Unbelievers respond to saints uncompromising separation with violence, persecution, hatred, deprivations etc vv51-53.
    f. Genuine and sincere faith will cost you cherished relationships vv52,53.
    g. The saints continually have abiding peace in the heart in all situations John 14:27.
    Pray that God will give you abundant grace to live a separated life unto God without compromise
  2. Discernment without spiritual vision
    a. Worldly men can discern natural weather vv54-56.
    b. Wise men should be able to discern the signs of the times and the time of the signs vv54-56.
    c. Only hypocrites will ignore and be ignorant of the signs of the last days vv56,57.
    Lord, purge me from all hypocrisies and spiritual insensitivity
  3. Diligent pursuit of sincere faith vv58,59.
    Deliberate reconciliation with God regardless of fear of what man can do is the only way out of hypocrisy and spiritual imprisonment vv58,59.
    Ask God for determination and grace to please God above all else
    Pray for souls you are reaching for Christ that their understanding will be enlightened to the reality of the signs of the times

HYMN I have decided to follow Jesus

  1. 1 have decided to follow Jesus;
    I have decided to follow Jesus;
    I have decided to follow Jesus;
    No turning back, no turning back.
  2. The world behind me, the cross before me;
    The world behind me, the cross before me;
    The world behind me, the cross before me;
    No turning back, no turning back.
  3. Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    No turning back, no turning back.
  4. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
    My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
    My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
    No turning back, no turning back.
    Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
    Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
    Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
    No turning back, no turning back.