Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"Renewing, Achieving, Seeing"


“Renewing, Achieving, Seeing”

 

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.                                             2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

The longer God allows me to live on this earth, I realize more and more, just how FRAIL and FRAGILE our bodies of flesh and blood are.  We are truly OUTWARDLY wasting away, but inwardly, for the TRUE BELIEVER, we are being RENEWED day by day.   Our souls are being fitted for our ETERNAL HOME.  

 

The troubles we face now are TEMPORARY and will ACHIEVE ETERNAL GLORY for us, a GLORY that FAR OUTWEIGHS all our TROUBLES and HEARTACHES here on this LOST and DYING world.  A world that is REJECTING God’s gift of SALVATION, and EMBRACING their sinful lifestyle, which will only bring them TORMENT, HEARTACHE, AGONY and DESPAIR, yet they choose to follow it all the way into an ETERNITY in Hell. 

 

Many people are FIXING their EYES on what they can SEE.  We who are TRUE BELIEVERS, choose to FIX our EYES on what is UNSEEN, because what is SEEN is TEMPORARY, but what is UNSEEN is ETERNAL.  We LIVE by FAITH.  Hebrews 11:1, says:  Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do NOT see.  We KNOW it, even though we cannot SEE it. 

 

Therefore we MUST be WILLING to share what we KNOW and are LOOKING forward to.  Our motives should be PURE and our methods SCRIPTURAL.  And we MUST STAY TRUE to the WORD of the LIVING GOD.  Where are you HEADED for?  Have you RECEIVED the RENEWING of your inward being?  Are you ACHIEVING ETERNAL GLORY?  Are you FIXING your EYES on Jesus, so that you will be LIVING BY FAITH and LOOKING forward to the UNSEEN things awaiting you in Heaven, throughout ETERNITY?  You can do ALL of this by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING 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 be RENEWED, ACHIEVED, and SIGHTFUL in the things of God for ALL ETERNITY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

"In Whom Do You Trust?"


“In Whom Do You Trust?”

 

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.     Psalm 146:3

Surely God is my Salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.  The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my Salvation.       Isaiah 12:2

 

We are definitely living in DIFFICULT and DECEPTIVE times.  Not knowing WHO or WHAT we should put our TRUST in, for the UNBELIEVER this is TRUE, but it should NOT be TRUE for the TRUE BELIEVER, who should be WILLING and ABLE to put their TRUST in GOD, who is their SALVATION.

 

The ONLY human being you CAN and SHOULD put your TRUST in is JESUS CHRIST, who is the King of kings, He is the ONLY ONE who can SAVE you.  We cannot put our TRUST in any other person, they will eventually fail you, at some point in time, and they cannot SAVE you from your ETERNAL DESTINY. 

 

We CAN and SHOULD put our TRUST in God, who is our HOPE of SALVATION.  We can TRUST in Him and NOT be AFRAID, because He is our STRENGTH and our DEFENSE; He is our SALVATION.  So who BETTER can we FULLY TRUST in this life and the life to follow, except for JESUS, God’s SALVATION for a LOST and DYING world?   Are you TRUSTING in the government, a friend or loved one, a job, or a thing, all of which are very weak and puny, and lack in a lot of areas.  They are all fallible and cannot SAVE YOU, ONLY GOD is INFALLIBLE and OMNISCIENT (all knowing).  He knows what lies ahead of each of us, and how best to GUIDE and PROTECT us.  So who better to put our TRUST in than Him?   In whom do you TRUST? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT TRUSTING in Him, and are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell with ALL of its HORRORS, but God is NOW giving you the opportunity to TRUST in HIM, by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING 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 put your TRUST in HIM.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Wavering in Unbelief or Strengthened in Faith?"


“Wavering in Unbelief or Strengthened in Faith?”

 

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”  The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness---for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.        Romans 4:20-25

 

Abraham was known as the ‘Man of Faith’, and because of his STRONG FAITH in God and His promises, Abraham was considered RIGHTEOUS in the sight of the Almighty God.  The Bible says:  “It was credited to him as righteousness.”  Our verses today, tells us that Abraham did NOT WAVER in UNBELIEF in regards to God’s promise, but he was STRENGTHENED in his FAITH.

 

Now, God’s promise to Abraham, to make him the FATHER of MANY NATIONS, was not an easy thing for Abraham to believe, because of the fact that his body was as good as dead, I mean the man was about a hundred years old, and Sarah was BEYOND child-bearing years, but these things DID NOT WEAKEN Abraham’s FAITH, instead it was STRENGTHENED.  He KNEW FULLY well that his God was MORE than ABLE to do what He promised to do.  Abraham KNEW when there seems to be NO WAY, God MAKES A WAY.  And because of that STRONG, STEADFAST FAITH, it was credited to Abraham as RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

The words; “it was credited to him as righteousness, “  was not for Abraham alone, but for ALL those  who come after him, and who will believe in Him, the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  Jesus gave up His life for OUR sins, which results in our SALVATION, and then He was RAISED to LIFE--- RESURRECTED for our JUSTIFICATION.  Are you WAVERING in UNBELIEF or are you STRENGTHENED in FAITH?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are not just WAVERING in UNBELIEF, but you are LIVING in UNBELIEF.  And your destination is NOT a GOOD one, because you are headed for HELL with all of its HORRORS, for ALL of ETERNITY.  However, God is NOW giving you the opportunity to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN 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 STOP WAVERING in your UNBELIEF, and be STRENGTHENED in your FAITH.  Receive your SALVATION and JUSTIFICATION, and spend an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Running the Race, Reaching the Goal!"


“Running the Race, Reaching the Goal!”

 

I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect.  But Christ has taken hold of me.  So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.  My friends, I don’t feel I have arrived.  But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.  I run toward the goal, so I can win the prize of being called to Heaven.  This is the prize God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.         Philippians 3:12-14

 

In a few weeks, we will be watching the Winter Olympics, now, while the WINTER Olympics don’t have RUNNERS, they do have SKATERS and other ATHELETES, who will be contending for the GOLD MEDAL, in each area of their expertise.  This one time, for which they have worked HARD and LONG, STRUGGLING to put forth their best efforts to reach their goal---the GOLD!

 

However, in order for them to be READY to compete and SUCCEED, they MUST TRAIN, and be READY.  So it is with TRUE BELIEVERS, they too are in a RACE of sorts, and they MUST KEEP their EYES on the GOAL, which they MUST reach, in order to receive the PRIZE that God has waiting for them, and Jesus Christ has provided for ALL who enter the race, by coming to God for the SALVATION of their souls.  They train by developing a CLOSE, INTIMATE, RELATIONSHIP with God, this is accomplished by PRAYING, BELIEVING, and TRUSTING in Him.  They MUST also STUDY and KNOW the Word of God, the Bible, in this area, they NEED to attend Church for GUIDANCE and KNOWLEDGE through the Holy Word of the Living God.  They MUST make sure that they are STEADFAST in their FAITH, by gaining STRENGTH from SPENDING TIME with other TRUE BELIEVERS, and LEARNING from their EXPERIENCES. 

 

When they are READY they will RUN the RACE, facing towards the goal, which God has set before them, and NOT looking back at their past, but STRUGGLING FORWARD, towards their goal.  They MUST PERSERVERE and RUN with DIGNITY, FAITHFULNESS, and STRENGTH to PRESS ON to the PRIZE awaiting them.  The PRIZE, the GOLD, for the TRUE BELIEVER is spending ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who has made it all POSSIBLE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT in the RACE and are headed for HELL the place of UNENDING heartache, torture, torment, pain and despair, without any way of ESCAPE, but you will be there for ALL of ETERNITY.  However, God is offering you the opportunity NOW to enter, and RUN the RACE, REACH the GOAL, WIN the PRIZE.  You do that by TURNING AWAY FROM your old, sinful life-style, and TURNING 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 RUN the RACE, REACH the GOAL and WIN the PRIZE, an ETERNITY with Jesus in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"ATTITUDE"


“ATTITUDE”

 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.     Philippians 2:3, 4

 

When we look at people, one of the first things we notice about them is their ATTITUDE.  ATTITUDES can tell us a lot about a person.  It usually will give us a heads-up on how to approach a person, or how to deal with the individual.  It also tells us a little bit about one’s character.  You are pretty much known by your ATTITUDES.

 

 The Apostle Paul warned the people in the church at Philippi, concerning their ATTITUDES.  Evidently they had a problem with exhibiting the WRONG ATTITUDES.   ATTITUDES that were NOT conducive to being a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  A person’s ATTITUDE can MAKE them or BREAK them.  In other words, a BAD ATTITUDE can destroy a Christian’s witness, and put other’s ETERNITY at RISK.   Whereas, a GOOD ATTITUDE can bring about more of a POSITIVE result.  

 

It should be the goal of ALL TRUE BELIEVERS to have the PROPER ATTITUDE, especially when we are witnessing.  Paul tells us to; “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.”  Our ATTITUDE should be the same as the ATTITUDE of CHRIST, who, though, He was God, did NOT think of having equality with God, as something to use to His own advantage.   

 

His ATTITUDE was one of absolute HUMILITY, by taking on the very nature of a servant.  He valued others above Himself.  He SERVED, instead of DEMANDING to be SERVED.  He did not consider His own interests, but took into consideration the interests of others.  He saw the NEED, and with the PROPER ATTITUDE, He gave His own life, in order, for others to be FORGIVEN of their sins and to ESCAPE Hell, and have ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.   We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS SHOULD have the SAME PROPER ATTITUDE of OBEDIENCE.  He was OBEDIENT to God, even to death.  Have you been OBEDIENT in your RELATIONSHIP with God?

 

He wants you to give your HEART and LIFE to Him.  Have you done that?  If NOT, you are headed to Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, for ALL of ETERNITY, and I would venture to say that your ATTITUDE has NOT come close to being like that of Jesus Christ.  You can, however, change your ATTITUDE and your ETERNAL DESTINATION, 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 have the PROPER ATTITUDE of OBEDIENCE to GOD, and an ETERNITY in Heaven.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

"New Life in a New Year"


“New Life in a New Year”

 

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.      Philippians 2:1-2

 

A brand NEW year lies ahead, are you experiencing NEW LIFE?  What does it mean to live a NEW LIFE?  For the TRUE BELIEVER of Jesus Christ, it means that we experience a NEW LIFE, every day, because SALVATION is a LIFE-CHANGING, ON-GOING, TRANSFORMING, lifestyle.  And we, like the Apostle Paul, have NOT ARRIVED at the culmination of our NEW LIFE in Christ.

 

Every day we face situations that come up unexpectedly and our FAITH and CHARACTER are put to the test.  How will we, as TRUE BELIEVERS, conduct ourselves, will we react as Jesus would?  Paul gives us some characteristics of Christ that will help us live a NEW LIFE in Him.   

 

The first thing that we should experience is ENCOURAGEMENT from our relationship with Christ.   We should be ENCOURAGED knowing that He is with us in EVERY trial and will give us the will to PRESS ON toward the goal that is set before us, and we will be VICTORS in the end, if we will put our FAITH and TRUST in Him.  And we should help others to be ENCOURAGED in their relationship with Christ.  The second thing we should experience is COMFORT from His LOVE,  to REALIZE that He LOVES us SO MUCH that He left all the glories of Heaven, came to earth as a simple, ordinary man, to SUFFER and DIE for ALL of mankind.  Then to be RESURRECTED to NEW LIFE so that we too may experience this NEW LIFE, if we will just BELIEVE in Him and ACCEPT Him as our SAVIOR and LORD, that should bring us COMFORT from His LOVE, we should share this too with others.  The third thing we NEED is the COMMON SHARING in the SPIRIT, this is, that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS receive the INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit of God, and thus they enjoy the FELLOWSHIP of the SPIRIT.  And we SHOULD exemplify the TENDERNESS AND COMPASSION of a Christ-like spirit.  We should be LIKE-MINDED, having SPIRITUAL UNITY among us. We do this by having the SAME LOVE, BEING ONE IN SPIRIT, and of ONE MIND.  These are some things that will enhance our NEW LIFE and will draw others into God’s Family.   So are you living the NEW LIFE in a NEW YEAR? 

 

Maybe, your answer is NO, same old sinful lifestyle, because you have NOT SINCERELY given your HEART and LIFE to God, therefore you cannot live a TRUE NEW LIFE, one that will lead you to a NEW LIFE, an ETERNAL, LIFE in Heaven, instead you are headed for an ETERNAL LIFE in Hell.  God is NOW offering you the opportunity to TURN AWAY FROM your OLD SINFUL LIFE and TURN 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 a NEW LIFE in a NEW YEAR, with an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Jesus' Prayer for All Future Believers"


“Jesus’ Prayer for All Future Believers”

 

“My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.   I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are One---I in them and You in Me ---so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”        John 17:20-23

 

In verses six through eighteen, Jesus was praying for His disciples and their sanctification.  In  the verses that we will be looking at, verses twenty through twenty-three, we will see the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the FUTURE BELIEVERS, those throughout the church-age, who have heard and TRULY BELIEVED the message that was proclaimed by His disciples, throughout the known world, concerning the GOOD NEWS of the REDEMPTION of MANKIND.

 

It was our Lord Jesus’ prayer that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS be ONE in SPIRITUAL UNITY, just as God was in Christ and Christ was in God, Jesus prayed that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS might be in Him and God together, in order for the world to BELIEVE that God had TRULY SENT His Son, Jesus, into the world, so that the world through Him might be SAVED.   Jesus gave them the glory that God had given Him, so they might become ONE as He and His Heavenly Father are ONE.  He prayed for COMPLETE UNITY in the Body of Christ, the Church. 

 

This was not a prayer of uniformity or for a world-wide ecumenical church, there is a lot of difference in uniformity, union and unity.  This was a prayer for UNITY in LOVE and OBEDIENCE to God and His Word.  There are many different denominations of churches, and different doctrines, but the MAIN thing that should bring the TRUE BELIEVERS together in SPIRITUAL UNITY is the BELIEF of Jesus Christ, as SAVIOR and LORD, that He died for the sins of ALL MANKIND, and was RESURRECTED from the dead, and is NOW seated at the RIGHT hand of the FATHER, in Heaven interceding for His Children.  And that He is the ONLY WAY to an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  

 

Are you included in this PRAYER?  Are you a TRUE BELIEVER?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to God?  If you answered NO to these questions, then you are LOST in your sins, and you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL of its HORRORS, and with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But God wants you to be a part of His family, He wants you to experience SPIRITUAL UNITY in the Body of Christ, but you must FIRST become a part of that Body, and you do that by, TURNING AWAY FROM your sins, and TURNING 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 part of the BODY of Christ, and experience the SPIRITUAL UNITY of LOVE for GOD and OBEDIENCE to His Word, escaping Hell, and gaining Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!