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Last night, I had a very vivid dream. I was taking a class and had to take an exam. I drove my car to different parking lots to sit and study for the exam. I kept getting interrupted and was run off from several parking lots by the attendants. Then I finally found one and really started to get into the study. A security guard interrupted me and got me out of the car, took me inside, and called the police. The police arrived and were questioning me. It was then, I saw a pastor friend and I called out to him and said, “Pastor Jim (name changed as this was someone I really know), will you vouch for me?” He started to answer and then I woke up!

Not many dreams I remember, but this was so vivid, I thought about it for about an hour and then went back to sleep. While I was up pondering about what I had dreamed, it reminded me that when we die and stand before the Judgment Seat before God, who will vouch for us? I know that Christ will vouch for me because He already paid the price for all of mankind. He was falsely accused, interrogated, scourged, flogged, and beaten, tried without proof, sentenced to an unbearable and agonizing death on a rugged wooden cross. He died for both you and me! John 3:16-21 says “For God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

So who will vouch for you at God’s Judgment Seat? Will God say, “Well done my faithful servant!” or will He say “I will cast you into the lake of fire because I never knew you?” You have an opportunity right now to get things straight with God. If you are reading this blog, you are alive and can still make a life changing decision. God loves us so much. He wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. You can pray this simple prayer right now from wherever you are. “Dear Lord, I am a sinner and I have done many things wrong in my life. I ask you to forgive me and help me to live a righteous life for you. I believe that Jesus was your Son and He was sent by you to die for our sins and our failings. I ask you Father to save me, forgive me, and live in me all the days of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen!”

If you prayed that simple prayer, I believe that God has forgiven you and saved you. The next step is to start reading The Holy Bible and also get involved in a local Bible believing church. Many have asked me which translation of the Bible is the best. I have always enjoyed the English Standard Version, New International Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible. The main thing is to buy a Bible that you can understand as a new Christian. Probably the Holman or the NIV would be best. Try to spend at time each day in the Word of God (Bible). When you become a Christian, God sends his Holy Spirit to come and help you through your walk. You will learn about all of this in your study of God’s Word.

Remember, God loves you so much! The answers to your questions can be found in His Word (Bible). I pray and ask for guidance and usually find the guidance through His Holy Scriptures. May God bless you and keep you!

Joseph T. Lee Copyright © February 21, 2018. The Lantern & Shield Times LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Joseph Lee is an entrepreneur who owns a “Christ Centered” business as well as he is involved in Marketplace Evangelism & Discipleship. He most recently graduated from Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity with a Masters in Christian Ministry. His focus was Pastoral Ministries. He will continue to work as a co-vocational pastor/businessman in the corporate world. In previous professions, Joseph was in law enforcement and was almost killed in the line of duty. It was then that he realized that God had spared his life and he was being called into the ministry. Joseph has also been involved in a music ministry and co-produced his solo album called “Shield of Faith” which is offered on iTunes. He also has a diverse background in acting and has appeared in a major motion picture as well as on several television shows on the Discovery Channel. God has changed his life in a way that he is on fire for Christ and shares the Gospel with all who are lost without hope. It is only through his faith in God and Christ that he is pursuing co-vocational ministry in the marketplace. Joseph is the Managing Partner, an Editor, and a Contributor for The Lantern & Shield Times for Faith and other news stories.

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