From My Heart to Yours
By: Kim Anthony
The following is a letter that I have been sending out to my family and friends. It contains a message that God is compelling me to share. At the urging of some of those who have received this letter, I am now sharing it with EVERYONE in hopes of reaching as many people as possible. If this message speaks to your heart, I encourage you to share it with others; not because you think, "they need it", but because you love them and desire to see them ready for Christ's soon return. Thank you for taking the time to read what's on my heart.
Hello my Family and Friends,
I would have preferred to handwrite each one of you, but it was more important for me to get this to you quickly, instead of wasting precious time putting pen to paper. I’m writing this because I care about you. You have a special place in my heart and I want to share with you what God has been showing me over the past several months.
It is difficult to know exactly how to word this letter, because what I have to say may be hard for some of you to hear. Yet it is the type of letter I would want to receive if someone who cared about me believed it was something God was asking him or her to share. I want you to know that this is coming from love and not condemnation or judgment. The fact that you're receiving this letter does not mean that I think or believe you are doing something wrong. I have no idea what is going on in most of your lives at this moment. No one has told me your secrets. I don't know what types of choices you're making or how you’re living. I’m writing this because I must be obedient to God and share with you the things he is showing me. If I don't, I will have to stand before him and give an account as to why chose not to warn you.
God is showing me that there will be very difficult times coming for all of us and it will have an impact far greater than we can imagine. I have no idea when it will happen. I only know that I am compelled to share this with you now, because it may take place very soon. I believe this so strongly in my heart, that I am completely refocusing my goals and plans for the next three years.
Throughout Scripture, we see God warning people of coming destruction. He does so in order to rescue his people and/or get individuals to turn their lives around and follow him. He knows that the safest place for any of us to be is in his caring arms, so he gives us as many opportunities as possible to surrender our lives to him. Likewise, I believe God is showing me and many others of what is to come, because he wants us to be ready for it, to trust him, and to reach as many people as possible with the gospel. We can’t assume that “another chance” will always be there.
It may be tempting to think that such a warning is geared towards non-believers. We think theyare the ones who need to get right with God. This is true, yes, but this particular message God has giving me is for those who profess to know him.
God’s judgment and Jesus’ return is closer than many of us realize. We need to get our own houses in order so that when he returns he will find us ready and actively waiting for him (Luke 12:37). We cannot think that God is pleased when we are lukewarm in our walks with him (Revelation 3:16). His grace and patience with us is not a license to sin. Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever we sow, is what we will reap (Galatians 6:7-9). He has delayed his judgment because he does not wish anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). So, he has given us chance after chance to surrender our hearts completely to him. However, many of us have not.
We have been playing church instead of being his church and there will soon come a time when he will no longer allow this behavior to continue. We are either his or we’re not. There is nothing in between. God calls us to be holy because he is holy (1 Peter 1:13-16). This does not mean that we will be perfect. That is impossible in these mortal bodies. But it does mean keeping short accounts with God, which occurs when upon recognizing our sin (no matter how small or great), we immediately ask God to forgive us and choose to turn away from that sin. He will accept our genuine repentance, but he will not accept empty words and the practicing of sin.
The things of this world have distracted us. They have become our priority above God and it should not be so. When times are hard we run to him, but when he blesses us, we soon forget the Giver of every good gift (James 1:17).
Many of us have been deceived into thinking that as long as we’re attending church and are actively involved; we're pleasing to God. Not necessarily so. God wants our obedience to his word, not just the sacrifice of our time. Man looks at the outward appearance and sees our works, but God looks at our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). There are some who raise their hands to worship him only to expose their unforgiving, prideful, and lust-filled hearts. What does he see when you raise your hands? Will he see a heart that is completely his? Or will he find that he has limited access? We may convince those around us we are fully committed to him, but All Mighty God knows the truth.
Many of us have been lulled to sleep and God is calling us to wake up!
I urge you to not just take my word for it. Seek God for yourselves and he will show you the things that are to come (Jeremiah 33:3) and how to prepare for them. We must get on our knees and seek him while he may be found (Isaiah 55:6-7).
In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says: 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Please don’t wait to get your lives right with the Lord. Tomorrow is not promised to us, and neither is the next moment.
Wake up everyone!
Open your ears and listen!
Look up everyone!
Open your eyes and see!
Your redemption draws near! (Luke 21:25-28)
With utmost love and sincerity,