Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"We Have Found the Messiah!"


“We Have Found the Messiah!”

 

 

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus.          John 1:40-42a

 

This is the reason I do these devotions.  To let people know that, I have FOUND the MESSIAH! The ONE, TRUE MESSIAH, who is the KING of KINGS and the LORD of LORDS.  The ONE and ONLY ONE who can FORGIVE and TAKE AWAY the sins of mankind.  The ONLY HOPE for a lost and dying world.  Have YOU found the MESSIAH? 

 

Andrew, the brother to Simon Peter was with John the Baptist when John saw Jesus, and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” Two of John’s disciples, one being Andrew, left John and followed Jesus. 

 

The FIRST THING Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon Peter, and tell him, “We have found the Messiah!”  Then Andrew didn’t leave it at that, but he BROUGHT Peter to Jesus.  Have YOU found the ONE and ONLY MESSIAH, the Lord Jesus Christ?  If you have then you should be bringing people to Him, so they too can tell others that, “they have FOUND the MESSIAH!”  This is also one BIG indication that your SALVATION is a HEART THING, and NOT just a MIND THING.  It MUST be a HEART THING!  “For with the HEART a person BELIEVES, resulting in RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  (Rom. 10:10) Andrew didn’t waste any time finding his brother to share the GOOD NEWS, and neither should we. 

 

If you have NOT FOUND the MESSIAH, then you are LOST and headed for a place called Hell, the place of perpetual torment, torture, pain, agony and despair for ALL of ETERNITY.  However, you NOW have the opportunity to change that destination, because I’m here to tell you that, “I have FOUND the MESSIAH,” and He wants me to tell you that He wants to SAVE you from your sins and for you to be rescued from the eternal flames of Hell.  In order for that to happen, you MUST come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be able to tell others; “I have FOUND the MESSIAH!”  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!”

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 5, 2016

"To Be or Not To Be!"


“To Be or Not To Be!”

 

 

“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.  My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.  These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.                              John 14:23-24

 

Many people claim to be “Christian,” if you ask them they will tell you they are a “Christian.”  This can be TRUE or it may NOT be TRUE.  The opposite of a Christian is a HEATHEN, no one really wants to claim to be a HEATHEN, and so they will claim to be a Christian. 

 

In these verses of Scripture, Jesus is telling us what a TRUE CHRISTIAN is.  He says:  “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.”  Who then loves Jesus, in verse 21, Jesus says:  “WHOEVER has my commands and keeps them is the ONE who loves me.”  One of His commands was that in order for a person to become a “Christian,” they MUST come through Him. He said:  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through me.” (vs. 6)   You MUST come by way of the Cross. 

 

When you obey this teaching then you exemplify your love for Jesus and are TRULY and OFFICIALLY a “CHRISTIAN.”  NOT just by title only, but by being adopted into God’s Family. 

 

The one who comes to Father God, by way of the Cross of Jesus Christ, is the one God loves, and He and Jesus will make their home with them by way of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every TRUE CHRISTIAN. 

 

But the one who does NOT love Jesus and obeys His teaching, and does not come to Him by way of the Cross of Christ, is NOT a “TRUE CHRISTIAN” and will not be a part of God’s Family.  Instead they are really ENEMIES of God, and will face the Judgment Seat of the ETERNAL JUDGE of ALL the earth, and will be condemned to an eternity in Hell, the place of eternal heartache, torment, torture, pain, agony, and despair. 

 

Don’t depend on a title to get you into Heaven.  You MUST come by the way of the Cross, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to God, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of Salvation, and BE a TRUE CHRISTIAN, one who TRULY LOVES Jesus and keeps His teaching.  Do it NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Who is the Liar?"


“Who is the Liar?”

 

 

Who is the liar?  It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.  Such a person is the antichrist---denying the Father and the Son.  No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.       1 John 2:22-23

 

The question is:  “Who is the liar?”  John tells us who that person is.  He says it is the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ.  Such a person is the antichrist----denying the Father and the Son.  John was not saying that everyone who denies Jesus as the Christ, will become the antichrist of the Book of Revelations, but that ANYONE who denies that Jesus is the Christ, has the same mindset as the antichrist of the Book of Revelations. 

 

The word “antichrist” means anyone who is opposed to Christ.  The word ‘anti’ means; against; hostile to.  So an ANTICHRIST means one who operates against Christ.  They are hostile to Him and REJECT Him as the Messiah, Savior of mankind. 

 

John goes on to tell us that; “No one who denies the Son has the Father;” mainly because they are a package deal, the Lord Jesus Christ and Father God are one and the same.  Jesus said:  “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”   He also said:  “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;” (John 14:9, 11)   

 

So if one denies the Son, they also deny the Father.  This means that you cannot have one without the other.  Some people believe in God, but they deny that Jesus is the ONE, TRUE MESSIAH that takes away the sins of ALL mankind.  He is the ONLY WAY to get to Heaven, and to be able to come into the presence of the Almighty God.  Jesus said:  “I am the WAY and the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)   He is the ONLY ANSWER to our sin problem.  Denying Jesus as Savior and Lord is the one sin that will send people to Hell.  ARE YOU DENYING JESUS AS SAVIOR AND LORD?        

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to Jesus Christ, then you are REJECTING Him.  You are operating AGAINST Him.   You cannot work or earn your way into Heaven, a part from JESUS CHRIST.  In many instances, people believe that as long as they believe in God, that belief will get them into Heaven, and therefore they are DENYING the fact that Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY.  And they miss Heaven because of their DENIAL and REJECTION.  Who is the liar?  The one who denies that Jesus is the Christ, thus denying the Father and the SON.  Are YOU the liar?  God is giving you another opportunity to ACCEPT His Son, Jesus and receive your SALVATION.  You do that by; coming to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and the HOPE of Heaven by ACCEPTING and NOT REJECTING or DENYING His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"There is No God"


“There is No God”

 

 

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek Him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”  He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”      Psalm 10:4, 6

 

The wicked in their PRIDE, does NOT seek after God because to them, THERE IS NO GOD!  He doesn’t exist, and therefore they are free to live their lives ANYWAY they want, because there is NO one to tell them any different.   They take PRIDE in their EVIL, WICKED SCHEMES and are determined to influence others to do the same. 

 

However, God sees it differently; Proverbs 16:18, 25, says that; “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall,” and “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” 

 

 The wicked, in their PRIDE and HAUGHTY spirit, believes that they are above reproach and can live anyway they want, they can be dishonest, partake in violence, cheat, steal, lie, and any other wicked schemes and plans they can conceive, and yet not be moved and not face adversity, but they can carry out their wicked and depraved actions and desires undisturbed by anyone, especially by a God that in their mind, does NOT exist. 

 

However, the Word of the Living God says; “I will declare my judgments against them, for ALL their EVIL in forsaking me.  They have made offerings to other gods and worshiped the works of their OWN hands.”  (Jeremiah 1:16)    The WICKED, ungodly will stand before the Lord, for Him “to execute judgment on ALL and to convict ALL the ungodly of ALL their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and ALL the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”  (Jude 1:15)    Their sentence will be to be thrown into the lake of fire.  “And if anyone’s name was NOT found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:15)   

 

Those whose names are written in the Book of Life are those who have come to God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART for the SALVATION of their soul, the TRUE BELIEVER.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God or if you believe that; “THERE IS NO GOD,” then you are on your way to the Judgment Throne of God and your ultimate destination is the LAKE of FIRE, because your name will NOT be in the BOOK of LIFE.  But God, in His infinite MERCY and GRACE, is offering you the opportunity NOW to change your destination by, coming to Him, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be assured that your name is written in the BOOK of LIFE.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

"A Corrupted Gospel"


“A Corrupted Gospel”

 

 

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again:  If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.            Galatians 1:8, 9

 

Those of us who PREACH and/or TEACH the GLORIOUS gospel of Jesus Christ, need to KNOW the WORD of the Living God.  We NEED to STUDY in order to “rightly handle the Word of Truth.” And to be able to impart it to those who are SEARCHING for the TRUTH, and more importantly to be able to SHARE it with those who are SEEKING SALVATION for their wretched, lost souls.

 

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Galatia, felt STRONGLY about PREACHING and TEACHING the Word of the Living God and NOT altering nor changing ANY part of it, as was the work of the FALSE teachers of that time.  So he used a hypothetical case saying:  “if he (being a CALLED apostle), or an angel (a heavenly messenger), were to ALTER the TRUE gospel message, let them be ACCURSED or CONDEMNED for ALL eternity. “

 

In verse nine, he says that: If ANYONE is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be ACCURSED.”  The ANYONE Paul was referring to was the FALSE teachers, who were preaching something different from the TRUE GOSPEL MESSAGE, in other words, ALTERING it in ANY way, then they SHOULD be ACCURSED and come under God’s ETERNAL JUDGMENT.   Paul repeated himself, because of the work of the Judaizers in challenging the IMPORTANCE of the Cross. 

 

There was a LOT at stake here for the LOST people.  When the TRUE GOSPEL MESSAGE is CORRUPTED by the ALTERING of it, by false teachers, CONFUSION is the result and puts the LOST in GRAVE DANGER of being FOREVER LOST.  

 

So like the Apostle Paul, we who PREACH and TEACH the TRUE GOSPEL MESSAGE NEED to BE SURE that we KNOW for SURE we are PREACHING and TEACHING the TRUTH of God’s Word.  And that we DO NOT CHANGE or ALTER it in ANY way. 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD then that puts you into the category of being LOST and on your way to an ETERNITY in that place called HELL, the place of torture, torment, pain, agony and despair, to name a few things that await the forever lost, however you NOW have the opportunity to change your direction, and to come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and STUDY the TRUE WORD of the LIVING GOD, that “you might RIGHTLY HANDLE the WORD,” and NOT be ACCURSED.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Enemies of the Cross or Citizens of Heaven"


“Enemies of the Cross or Citizens of Heaven”

 

 

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.  Their mind is set on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.          Philippians 3:18-21

 

The destiny of the ENEMIES of the CROSS, the FALSE teachers, the UNBELIEVERS, is DESTRUCTION or being RUINED by being SEPARATED from God in their ETERNAL JUDGMENT. 

 

The Apostle Paul goes on to describe three characteristics of an ENEMY of the Cross; (1) their god is their stomach, which means, their main goal is to satisfy their own physical desires and their unrestrained gluttony, (2) their glory is in their shame, in other words, they sought glory for their own selves, instead of giving God the glory that was due Him.  They took pride in things they should have been ashamed of, (3) their mind is set on earthly things, they depended on earthly things in order to gain points with God.

 

Then Paul gives us a picture of the CITIZEN of HEAVEN, the TRUE BELIEVER, the TRUE CHILD of GOD.  He tells us that they are sojourners on this earth, EAGERLY awaiting the return of a SAVIOR from Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will MIRACULOUSLY transform their lowly bodies to be just like His GLORIOUS BODY.  A body that is free from disease, death, decay, and any physical flaws whatsoever.  It will be PERFECT in EVERY WAY, and it will be fitted to withstand ALL of the GLORIES of Heaven, our CELESTIAL HOME for ALL of ETERNITY.

 

So the question that you need to ask yourself is:  “Are you an ENEMY of the CROSS, an UNBELIEVER? Or are you a CITIZEN of Heaven, a TRUE BELIEVER?”  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are an ENEMY of the CROSS, an UNBELIEVER, who is on their way to that place called Hell, the place of ETERNAL torture, torment, pain, heartache, agony and despair, to name only a few despicable attributes of this wretched place.  However, you can change your destination and CITIZENSHIP  from Hell to Heaven by, coming to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a TRUE BELIEVER, who is EAGERLY AWAITING the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and one who is a TRUE CITIZEN of Heaven, who will receive a NEW, IMPROVED, PERFECT, GLORIFIED BODY.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

"Instructions for Loving Life and Having Many Good Days!"


“Instructions for Loving Life and Having Many Good Days!”

 

 

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.  Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.                  Psalm 34:12-14

 

This Psalm of David gives us the formula for LOVING LIFE, and being able to see MANY GOOD DAYS.  The first thing he addresses are things we SHOULD NOT do.

(1)   Keep your tongue from evil; in other words, DON’T have a potty mouth.  DON’T say words that are, NASTY, or using GOD’S NAME IN VAIN.  DON’T say things that will bring HURT and HEARTACHE to someone.  DON’T say things that are SLANDEROUS or words that would be INFLAMETORY to another. 

(2)    Keep your lips from telling lies; this is something that seems to have become an EPIDEMIC in this world.  It’s as if the WHOLE WORLD is functioning on LIES of some sort or another.  Lying lips exemplify a DECIETFUL HEART, which is DESPERATELY WICKED.

                                                                                                                                                                

These are things that work AGAINST our LOVING LIFE and having MANY GOOD DAYS.  When we SIN against God and are DISOBEDIENT to His laws, we tend not to have a HEALTHY LOVE for LIFE, and MOST of the time, we have NOT so MANY GOOD DAYS.  But David gives us some POSITIVE things to do, which would give us a LOVING attitude towards life and provide us with MANY GOOD DAYS. 

(1)   Turn from evil; don’t go chasing after those things that goes AGAINST God’s laws.  But instead PRACTICE those things that you KNOW are PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE in His sight.  BE OBEDIENT to Him, strive to live a life that would not bring you guilt and despair. 

(2)   Do good; treat others the way you would want to be treated, with love, compassion, respect, honor, and patience.  If you see someone in need, do whatever you can to HELP them, instead of downing them or snubbing them, because they are in a lower class of society than you might be in, or they have come upon some hard and difficult times.

(3)   Seek peace and pursue it; TRY with all your HEART to be peaceable with everyone. DON’T instigate trouble or disputes, but SEEK to be a PEACEMAKER, and pursue PEACE, run after it, embrace it, practice it DAILY.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are probably practicing the first two things, allowing your tongue to speak evil, and telling lies, and instead of TURNING FROM evil, you might be practicing evil.  If you believe that you are not doing those things and are following the last three things to do, but you still haven’t given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are still LOST and on your way to Hell, the place of torment, torture, pain, agony and despair.  You MUST come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and LOVE your LIFE, and experience MANY GOOD DAYS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!