by Julia Bruce

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Have you ever been given a whole lot of information at once and in a very short amount of time? So much that your mind seems to whirl round and round as it attempts to process everything being fed to it? Our human minds simply cannot hold and contain every single memory. In other words – we forget. Sometimes we conveniently forget -like when we tell the kids to clean their rooms after school. Other times we neglectfully forget – like when you don’t write down an appointment in your calendar because you just know you’ll remember it. And other times, we get distractedly forget – like when you get engrossed in a really good Bible study, lose track of time and forget to pick up the kids from school. And sometimes we just humanly forget because it’s just impossible to remember it all – like when your wife gives you a list of 10 things she needs at the store and you remember three of them.

But God doesn’t forget – anything – ever. What’s more, He knows everything – always. Omniscience. Its a big word that is hard to spell (I literally have to say omni science in order to spell it!). It’s not a word you’ll find in the Bible. Not in the Greek, Hebrew, or even the King James. It’s a theological word given to a truth found in the Bible. Omniscience means that God knows all things, past, present and future, real and potential, and He knows them all at the same time. He not only knows what was, and what is, He also knows what will be. On top of that, He knows everything that could be but is not. (Click to tweet) He does not have to learn anything and He has not forgotten anything. God does not have to reason things out, find out things, or learn them gradually. He even knows those things that we have yet to discover. We can’t hide from God, run from God, or do things behind his back without getting caught. (Click to tweet)  

Isaiah 66:18 tells us the God knows our works and our thoughts. David wrote in Psalm 139:1-4, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before I word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.” What this means is that there is nothing we can hide from God. Not any action or any thought or any motive – whether they be good or bad.

Isaiah also tells us that God will gather everyone from every nation to him and he will judge them in the final judgment that the book of Revelations tells us is to come. Paul also mentions it in Acts 17:31 where he writes, God “has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth.” But what happens at this judgement and who is it for?

Image result for Final judgment of GOd pngAt the Final Judgement, John 5:22 tells us that Jesus will be the judge. Both the living and the dead will stand before him. Here is what the Bible has to say about the Final Judgement:

 

  • Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5
  • “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
  • But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
  • I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his manifestation and his Kingdom 2 Timothy 4:1
  • “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” Revelation 20:11-15

This great white throne is the coming judgement for every person who reject Christ’s offer of salvation. It will be their last stop where their sentence will be handed down and they hear him say, “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!.” (Matthew 25:41) They will not have a chance to repent at that point. The time for that is now – in this life. Once you breathe your last earthly breath, there will not be another chance.

Believers will also stand before Jesus, but rather than judgement, they will fully comprehend just how great and extravagant His grace is. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:5 that Jesus will disclose the motives hidden in the hearts of believers. He will expose every rebellious act, wrong attitude, and cutting word and we will come face to face with just how unworthy we are of His sacrifice on our behalf. But that sorrow will only last for a moment before He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and the joy of knowing His forgiveness and mercy will fill us. For the Christian, this judgment is not about punishment because we have already been justified by the death and resurrection of Christ. There will be no need to hang our head in guilt and shame. Because His blood cleanses us from all sin, the judgement is more to show just what our sin cost Him and that He has forgiven, pardoned, and redeemed us. When we stand before Him at the final judgment, we will stand clothes in His righteousness and forgiven of every sin.

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If you would like to be a part of the God-sized dream we call Wellspring Christian Ministries, you can help with your one-time or monthly tax-deductible contribution. Now, with two ways to give, you can help us grow and expand our ministry. To donate to our general ministries, you can now make a contribution through our website. We are also seeking the perfect 200 (or more) acres of land on which we will build and do the various ministries God is leading us in. To make a donation towards Phase 1 of our Land and Building campaign, you can give at buymeacoffe.com. We like to think of ourselves as “Distributors of Living Water” …and for just the cost of a copy of coffee, you can be one too through your contribution that will have an eternal impact as we lead others to Christ, help Christians develop passionate relationships with God, and help couples connect and reignite their marriages. Who knew the cost of a cup of coffee could do so much? Donate today to become a Living Water Distributor

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This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

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About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

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