Monday, February 27, 2017

"The Unique Relationship"


“The Unique Relationship”

 

 

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his wife loves himself.  After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church---for we are members of His body.  “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery---but I am talking about Christ and the church.      Ephesians 5:28-32

 

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he gives them an example or model of the PROPER relationship between a husband and a wife.  He is indicating that the LOVE that a husband has for his wife should be modeled after the LOVE that Christ has for His Church. 

 

The RELATIONSHIPS are similar to each other, as the church is an extension of Christ, the wife is the extension of the husband.  If the husband TRULY LOVES his wife, then he LOVES himself, and takes care of his own body, feeding and caring for ALL of its needs.  And so it is with Christ and His Church.  He tends to the well-being and needs of His beloved Church. 

 

The PROFOUND MYSTERY of this RELATIONSHIP is that “the two will become one flesh.” Of course they are separate in body, but they are ONE in spirit, heart, and soul.   Paul reminds us that he is talking about the RELATIONSHIP between Christ and His Church.  When we ACCEPT Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we become a part or member of His body.  His Spirit indwells us and we are part of Him and He is part of us.  He is the Head and we are the body. 

 

In Acts 4:32, it tells us that:  “All believers were one in heart and mind.”  In Romans 15:5-6, Paul says, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the SAME attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with ONE MIND and ONE VOICE you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Even though we are separate in our earthly bodies, we can be ONE in our MIND, HEART and SOUL, because of God’s GREAT LOVE exemplified through the SACRIFICE of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, the Lord Jesus Christ.  We who are TRUE BELIEVERS make up the ONE BODY of Christ, His Church.

 

What is your RELATIONSHIP with JESUS CHRIST are you a part of His Body?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT a part of His Body, and you are gambling with your destiny.  You have a choice to become part of the Body of Jesus Christ and have a UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP with Him and have the HOPE of Heaven or you can spend ALL of ETERNITY in Hell, the place of torment, torture, heartache, agony, pain and despair.  If you choose JESUS, this is what you MUST do.  Come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and have that UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP with JESUS and become a part of His BODY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Faith and Deeds"


“Faith and Deeds”

 

Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. 

James 2:21, 22, 26

 

One who claims to have FAITH, but is lacking in their actions, their FAITH is useless, and not a TRUE FAITH.  Abraham is a GREAT role model for us to gauge our own FAITH.  We probably won’t be asked to sacrifice our child, however we demonstrate our FAITH with our actions or DEEDS. 

 

In verse seventeen of this chapter, James states that:  “…Faith by itself, if it is NOT accompanied by action, is DEAD.”  Abraham could have professed his FAITH all day long and even longer, and without his actions, his FAITH would be DEAD.  As the body without the spirit is DEAD, so FAITH without DEEDS is DEAD.

 

We sometimes believe we have a STRONG, VIBRANT FAITH, but when we try to put our FAITH and DEEDS together, our FAITH FALTERS, because we fail to do the DEEDS that work with our FAITH and COMPLETES its purpose in our SPIRITUAL LIFE. 

 

It is our FAITH and DEEDS together, which gives LIFE to our witness, and makes it what it should be, a STRONG VIBRANT FAITH that produces the DEEDS that exemplify our TRUE RELATIONSHIP with our Heavenly Father.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your FAITH is DEAD.   In order to have a STRONG, VIBRANT, FAITH, one that is full of LIFE, and produces DEEDS that will WIN the LOST to Jesus Christ, and change your destiny from spending ALL ETERNITY in Hell to spending it in Heaven.  You MUST first 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 workout your FAITH through your DEEDS, and possess a STRONG, VIBRANT FAITH.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Declare With the Mouth, and Believe With the Heart!"


“Declare With the Mouth, and Believe With the Heart!”

 

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.        Romans 10:9-10

 

The DECLARATION with your MOUTH that:  “Jesus is Lord!” is an acknowledgement, on your part, that Jesus is God in the flesh.  And BELIEVING with your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and that God RAISED Him from the dead, brings SALVATION. 

 

The gift of SALVATION comes when a person comes to the realization that JESUS IS LORD, and ONLY through HIM comes JUSTIFICATION, and TRUE SALVATION, but it must be a HEART-FELT belief that Jesus died for YOU and was raised from the dead to purchase YOUR SALVATION.

 

It is not given to you by any other means.  We cannot purchase it, or receive it by our OWN works, only through the WORK of Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, are we able to obtain the SALVATION of our souls. 

 

SALVATION is through ACKNOWLEDGEING and DECLARING to God that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and BELIEVING in Him.  For it is with your HEART and NOT just your mind that you BELIEVE and are JUSTIFIED, and with your MOUTH that YOU DECLARE your FAITH, and are saved. 

 

Have you come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, DECLARING, with your MOUTH that “Jesus is Lord?”  If NOT you can do it NOW, and escape spending an eternity in Hell.  Come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him to FORGIVE you of your sins, and 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 DECLARE your FAITH to a LOST and DYING world.  Do it NOW, while you still can He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"The Remedy for SIN"


“The Remedy for SIN”

 

If You, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?  But with You there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve You.      Psalm 130:3, 4

 

ALL TRUE BELIEVERS should be really HAPPY that God doesn’t keep a record of our sins.  We should be OVERJOYED that we aren’t held accountable for our sins.  And we won’t face JUDGMENT for them either.

 

In Psalm 103:10-12, tells us:  He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  This should make us want to SHOUT HALLELUJAH!!!  That is if you are a TRUE BELIEVER.

 

The Psalmist in our Scripture, today, Psalm 130:3, 4, recognized that if God kept a record of ALL our sins and dealt with us according to what we deserved, NO ONE could stand.  We would definitely be doomed.  However, we have CONFIDENCE in the fact that God has a REMEDY for our sins that REMEDY is: His FORGIVENESS, which is so wonderfully explained in Psalm 103.

 

Because of His FORGIVENESS, the TRUE BELIEVER is NOT held accountable and will not have to face the JUDGMENT SEAT of the Almighty God, for their sins.  They are FORGIVEN and FORGOTTEN, and because of this the Lord is NOT keeping a record of our sins.  The FORGIVENESS of God cannot be treated lightly.  It takes a WRETCHED, FILTHY, UNRIGHTEOUS, SINNER and turn them into a HOLY, CLEANSED, RIGHTEOUS SAINT.  It is DEFINITELY a LIFE-CHANGING experience. 

 

With God’s FORGIVENESS, the TRUE BELIEVER can, with REVERENCE or FEAR, not being afraid, but having a godly reverence for the Almighty God, worship and serve Him in obedience and confidence.

 

 If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your sins have NOT been FORGIVEN or FORGOTTEN, and you will have to face the JUDGMENT SEAT of the ALMIGHTY GOD, who will hold you ACCOUNTABLE and give you the sentence you deserve. 

So why not come to Him NOW, and receive His REMEDY for your SIN-SICK SOUL, and be FORGIVEN of your sins.  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 receive His FORGIVENESS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Telling, Hearing, and Believing"


“Telling, Hearing and Believing”

 

But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in Him; and before they can believe in Him, they must hear about Him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them;

So faith comes from hearing the Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.  

Romans 10: 14, 17

 

HEARING and BELIEVING goes hand in hand.  You cannot possibly BELIEVE in something of which you have not HEARD anything about.  Our Scripture tells us that in order for one to come to the Lord for help, they MUST BELIEVE in Him; and before they can BELIEVE in Him, they MUST HEAR about Him, and in order for them to HEAR about Him, someone MUST TELL them.

 

We have a lot of LOST people in our world today who do not BELIEVE in the Lord, mainly because NO ONE has told them about Him and what He has already done for them, and what He wants to do for them.  They may have heard the name of Jesus, but they don’t KNOW Jesus as their SAVIOR and LORD, because they have not been given the full account of the GOOD NEWS that JESUS SAVES, that He died for them and was risen from the dead, which gave Him VICTORY over death and the grave, and He is NOW ALIVE in Heaven, sitting at the right hand of the Almighty God, making intercession for the redeemed.

 

Have you been the recipient of the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ, has anyone told you about how Jesus left the glories of Heaven, to come to earth as a human being and the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for ALL of mankind, to take on the sins, past, present and future of ALL people and to give His LIFE so that YOU might have ETERNAL LIFE, and that if you come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and seek 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 an HEIR to ALL the glories of Heaven for ALL of ETERNITY?

 

If you have been the recipient of that GOOD NEWS, then it is YOUR responsibility to SHARE or TELL someone else, so they might become a recipient of the GOOD NEWS, by HEARING and BELIEVING, remember they can’t BELIEVE unless they HEAR and they can’t HEAR, unless someone TELLS them about Jesus Christ.

If you have NOT been told, in the past, about what Jesus has done for you, and what He wants to PROVIDE for YOU NOW, the gift of SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  You have received the GOOD NEWS NOW!  So it is up to YOU, what YOU will do with the GOOD NEWS that you have HEARD.  Will you RECEIVE it and become a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD, and then TELL someone else, so they might HEAR and BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR?  Or will you REJECT it and risk your destiny and the destiny of others, who will spend an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of perpetual torment, torture, heartache, pain, agony and despair?  Be the bearer of the GOOD NEWS, JESUS SAVES!!! Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                               

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Is Jesus Under Your Roof?"


“Is Jesus Under Your Roof?”

 

Since they could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on a mat through the roof tiles into the middle of the crowd before Jesus.  Seeing their faith He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”        Luke 5:19

 

Jesus went with them, and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell Him, “Lord, don’t trouble Yourself, since I am not worthy to have You come under my roof.  Jesus heard this and was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following Him, He said, “I tell you, I have not found so great a faith even in Israel!”      Luke 7:6, 9

 

The question I pose to you today is:  “Is Jesus under your roof?”  Now that might sound like an odd question, but it isn’t really, when you stop and think about it.  Here are two instances where we have two men, who needed Jesus’ help and they found that getting to Jesus might be a little bit of a problem. 

 

Our first instance, is with a paralytic, who was in desperate need of getting to Jesus and the only way he had of accomplishing that ask was to have his friends take him to the house where Jesus was.  They tried to get the man in to see Jesus, the GREAT HEALER, but the crowd was too big for them to get anywhere close, so in their desperation, they took their paralytic friend to the roof, and commenced to tear the roof apart, when they had created a hole big enough, they lowered the paralytic man down through the roof and right in front of Jesus.  The first part of the HEALING process was bringing SALVATION to the sin-sick, paralytic man, which Jesus did.  Then Jesus, seeing the STRONG FAITH of the paralytic and his friends, HEALED the man of his affliction.  All because of Jesus being under someone’s ROOF. 

 

Our second instance, takes place in a town called Capernaum, which was Jesus’ adopted hometown, a place where He performed many miracles.  This day, a Roman Centurion was in need of help from Jesus.  The Centurion was well-liked by the Jewish people because he loved them and had built them a synagogue.  Now the Centurion’s servant was gravely ill and about to die.  The Centurion had a STRONG FAITH that Jesus could heal his servant.  So he sent some Jewish elders to bring Jesus back to his house and to have Him lay hands on His beloved servant.  However, the Roman Centurion, sent word to the Jewish elders and stopped them and Jesus from coming to the house.  The Roman Centurion told Jesus:  “Lord, don’t trouble Yourself, since I am not worthy to have You come under my ROOF.”   Jesus was amazed at the Centurion, and turning to the large crowd that was following Him, He said:  “I tell you, I have not found so great a FAITH even in Israel.”  When the Jewish elders returned to the house, they found the slave in GOOD HEALTH.  All because the Centurion had a STRONG FAITH, and EVEN though he felt UNWORTHY for the Lord Jesus to come under his ROOF, his STRONG FAITH, brought HEALING to his servant.  Is Jesus under your ROOF?  DOES He abide in your life, your home, your family?  He will NOT force His way in to be under your ROOF, but He will come and ABIDE UNDER YOUR ROOF, if you have a STRONG, ABIDING FAITH in Him.

 

In order to have Him under your ROOF, and in your HEART to bring both physical and spiritual healing to you, your family  and friends, 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 invite Him into your LIFE, into your FAMILY, and  under your ROOF, because of your STRONG FAITH.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

"WARNING: PERILOUS TIMES AHEAD!!"


“WARNING:  PERILOUS TIMES AHEAD!!”

 

 

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.        2 Peter 3:17-18

 

This is the end of the Apostle Peter’s letter to Christians, in churches, in various areas of his ministry.  And it is very INFORMATIVE, ENLIGHTENING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING and for some of us very INSPIRING.  

 

In this letter, the Apostle Peter is issuing a call to Christians for SPIRITUAL GROWTH, in order for them to be able to fight apostasy as they anxiously await the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This was an impassioned plea for the Christians to GROW in their FAITH and to become MATURE in their Christian life.  He described the characteristics of MATURE Christian believers, and encouraged them to GROW in the KNOWLEDGE and GRACE of their FAITH.

 

The verses preceding our verses, today, describes some of what lies ahead in the last days.  Peter, tells us that there are some DANGEROUS or PERILOUS times ahead, there will be scoffers who will ridicule our FAITH, they are the ones who follow their own evil desires, but they forget the DESTRUCTION that lies ahead for them and those who follow their example.  In Noah’s day the world was destroyed by WATER.  In the LAST DAYS, the world will be destroyed by FIRE, it is now being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the UNGODLY.

 

So the Apostle Peter WARNS the TRUE BELIEVERS that they should be on GUARD, and protect their FAITH. They should CONTINUALLY GROW and MATURE in their SPIRITUAL life.  READING and STUDYING the Word of the Living God.  GROWING in the KNOWLEDGE and GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ, so that they will NOT be INFLUENCED by the error of the lawless, and risk falling from their SECURE position.  This does NOT mean that they could lose their SALVATION, but they would definitely lose their rewards and will be chastised for their disobedience.  Their SPIRTUAL GROWTH would truly suffer from such an act.  It is a lot like raising a child, when a child is BORN into a family, the parents realize that the child must grow and mature, when the child disobeys the parent, that parent doesn’t make the child leave the family, but they discipline the child and TEACH them to do the RIGHT THING.  So it is with our LOVING Heavenly Father and His Children.  He expects us to GROW in our FAITH and to develop a STRONG, INTIMATE relationship with Him, so we are not led astray by every wind of doctrine, but we have KNOWLEDGE of who we are and to whom we belong, and will FOLLOW our Lord and live in His ways. 

 

Have you come to God for the SALVATION of your soul?  Or are you walking in darkness, living like those who are following their own evil desires, those who are headed for DESTRUCTION.  Those who will spend an eternity in Hell, the place of ETERNAL torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair with NO WAY of escape.  God is giving you the opportunity NOW, to change your direction, 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 GROW in the KNOWLEDGE and GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!