Luke 18:8 I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?
Jesus was telling a parable about not giving up, and of course those who cry out to Him He will help. However will the Son of Man when He comes find faith on the earth?
I hear Him saying will we grow up and do His work—will we be about His quest? Or will we stay babes and just keep crying out to Him.
Luke 18:7 And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He [defer them and [delay help on their behalf?
At some point decisions have to be made and I hear God warning us of His return and that we need to get serious about being ready upon His arrival.
To be ready is to be in faith, in agreement with Him—
To be ready is to be living by faith, not by what we see. To live as one would live in the heaven, not as we live on the earth. To be ready is to know your opponent and take the authority given you and rebuke and control him—not be a babe, crying out and asking God to do what He already did for you.
I think as the time is nearer God is saddened of our state in that we haven’t taken the time to grow up and be a part of what He is wanting to do on the earth before He comes. Instead we’re still in our same state of just being born again as a baby Christians crying out for milk when it should be meat we’re eating— doing His work as in preparing the way for Him.
God has asked us to do signs and wonders, lay hands on the sick so that they recover as representing Him so others will see Him (His love) in us and believe in Him. He is asking we cast out demons for the same reason, to show His love and His power. I believe He is saying we’re no where near where He expects us to be, we’re late, and He will not postpone His coming much longer.
Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 18:9 He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves and were confident that they were righteous [that they were upright and in right standing with God] and scorned and made nothing of all the rest of men:
10 Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee took his stand ostentatiously and began to pray thus before and with himself: God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—extortioners (robbers), swindlers [unrighteous in heart and life], adulterers—or even like this tax collector here.12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I gain.13 But the tax collector, [merely] standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his breast, saying, O God, be favorable (be gracious, be merciful) to me, the [especially wicked sinner that I am! 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified (forgiven and made upright and in right standing with God), rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Some are babes and some of us are too sure of ourselves, but those of us who are humble will pay attention to His warning — take heed to His commands, not look at the spec in his brother’s eye, but make sure by pure connection with the Holy One that we are right in His Eye.