I Wanna Be Ready

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  1. Aaron

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    That old Negro Spiritual is playing on my stereo at this moment. I've never felt more like "walkin' in Jerusalem just like John" than now that the last earthly refuge for Christianity has fallen into the hands of Sodom.

    Well John said the City was jus' four-square.
    Walk in Jerusalem just like John!
    An' he declared he'd meet me there.
    Walk in Jerusalem just like John!

    I wanna be ready,
    I wanna be ready,
    I wanna be ready to walk in Jerusalem just like John!
     
  2. Jon-Marc

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    Every time I hear a song that says something like "I want to be ready", I always say, "Then get saved and you WILL be ready." I don't understand these song writers who write all this "I hope", "I want", "Will I" be ready to meet the Lord nonsense. Salvation is not a "hope so" matter. It is "I KNOW I'm forgiven, saved and ready to meet the Lord." :godisgood: :jesus:
     
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    I know what you are saying..
     
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    Watch therefore . . .

    I'm old, but lookin' for the UPPER-taker not the UNDER-taker! :godisgood:
     
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    Aaron, it is not as bad as you are making it...

    Where is your faith?

    Remember this story?
    1 Kings 19:12-18
    (12) After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
    (13) When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
    Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
    (14) He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."
    (15) The LORD said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.
    (16) Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.
    (17) Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.
    (18) Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him."
    The Call of Elisha
     
  6. Aaron

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    My faith is very easily shaken, make no mistake. It's only God's mercies that have kept me in the faith thus far.

    Yes, I do, but I'm still very mournful. I can't say I know what it is to be a slave, but I think I'm glimpsing something that made the Negro Spirituals so poignant. I see the end of Liberty here. Having had no want of shoes growing up, I could never know by experience how profound it was to sing, "I Got Shoes." He didn't have shoes here on earth, but up in Heaven, God had shoes waiting for him.

    When Ah gits ta Hebben gwyne ta put on mah shoes,
    Ah'm gwyne ta walk all ober God's Hebben!
     
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    I like that!
     
  8. HankD

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    I understand the meaning here Aaron:

    1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.​

    John is talking here with the children of God.
    We should always be walking in the light.​

    We don't want be like these ​


    10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
    11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
    12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
    13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
    14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
    15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

    HankD​
     
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    I understand Aaron's post. Even somewhat agree. Is this the 5th horse of the Apocalypse?

    Just kidding, Aaron. :wavey:
     
  10. Jon-Marc

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    Why would we need shoes in heaven? We will be walking on streets of GOLD! Here in Florida we have sharp burrs in the grass and sand fleas that bite--besides fire ants with very painful bites as well, and walking barefoot can be hazardous to one's feet, but in heaven there will be NOTHING to harm us!
     
  11. Aaron

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    By the same token, will we really need mansions in heaven?

    It's imagery, and the imagery of shoes in heaven can only be fully appreciated by one who has had to live and work without them. Shoes were denied slaves to keep them from running away. They had to stick to the beaten path or risk serious injury to their feet.

    Shoes, to them, also represented freedom. Again, something of which that only a slave truly knew the value. (Those who fought or lost loved ones in combat understand.) I believe we're all going to understand it a little better, though, if Obama is successful.

    So, in answer to the heading of another thread, Yes, pray that Obama fail.
     

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