Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"An Anchor for the Soul"


“An Anchor for the Soul”

 

These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when He makes a promise, and He cannot lie when He makes an oath.  These things encourage us who came to God for safety.  They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong.   It enters behind the curtain in the Most Holy Place in Heaven, where Jesus has gone ahead of us and for us.  He has become the High Priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek.        Hebrews 6:18-20

 

The writer of the book of Hebrews, whom I believe to be the Apostle Paul, tells us that there are TWO things that are UNCHANGEABLE:  God cannot lie when He makes a promise, and He cannot lie when He makes an oath.  Once He makes a promise, you can count on Him KEEPING that PROMISE, and even MORE so when He backs it up with an OATH.

 

For those of us who have come to Him for refuge, these two things should encourage us.  They should give us STRENGTH to HOLD ON to the HOPE that we have been given. The Messianic HOPE, being the SALVATION of our souls given to us through the REDEMPTIVE WORK of the Lord Jesus Christ.  That HOPE is an ANCHOR for the soul, and it is SURE and STRONG.  It will HOLD STEADFAST, until we are moved on to our ETERNAL DESTINATION. 

 

Then it will be brought to the SAFEST place of all, behind the curtain of the Most Holy Place in Heaven, the inner sanctuary where the Lord Jesus Christ has gone before us.  Because of the Lord’s entrance into the Most Holy Place, where He functions as a High Priest FOREVER, it gives us who are TRUE BELIEVERS the HOPE of a STEADFAST ANCHOR for the soul, one that will NEVER be shaken loose.  An anchor of HOPE that the TRUE BELIEVER can HOLD ON to.

 

Do you have an ANCHOR for your soul or are you drifting about, being tossed and turned in EVERY direction with NO safe harbor?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT have an ANCHOR for your soul, and you are adrift on a TUMULTUOUS sea of sin, battered by waves of uncertainty and great peril.  You can ESCAPE that life and be brought into a SAFE and SECURE harbor, and ANCHORED in Jesus, the Master of the Sea.  You do that 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 receive HOPE as an ANCHOR for your soul.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Heaven, Our Homeland"


“Heaven, Our Homeland”

 

But our homeland is in Heaven, and we are waiting for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come from Heaven.  By His power to rule all things, He will change our simple bodies and make them like His own glorious body.          Philippians 3:20-21

 

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Philippian believers, whose citizenship was in Rome, and they were living as colonists in Philippi.  Paul was speaking to them as BELIEVERS, about their ETERNAL CITIZENSHP, their TRUE, PERMANENT HOMELAND, being in Heaven.  Even though they were residing on EARTH, which is a TEMPORARY HOMELAND for ALL TRUE BELIEVERS.

 

ALL TRUE BELIEVERS are waiting with bated breath and great anticipation, for the return of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, from Heaven which is known as “THE RAPTURE.”  The time when ALL of God’s TRUE CHILDREN will be caught up in the air, and our lowly, limited bodies will be changed to GLORIFIED BODIES, in a blink of an eye.   Our bodies will be changed to be like the GLORIOUS BODY of the Son of God. 

 

Our GLORIFIED BODY will NO longer have limitations nor will it be buffeted by pain and disease or sin.  We will NO longer have a SINFUL NATURE, but will be like Jesus, we will be FREE from SIN, which will make us SINLESS, just as He was/is SINLESS.   And our SANCTIFICATION will be complete.  What a GLORIOUS TIME that will be.  Are you READY?  He’s coming SOON!!

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT His TRUE CHILD, you are His CREATION, but you are NOT His Child, until you come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, you are LOST and your ETERNAL HOMELAND is a place called HELL, where your UNGLORIFIED body will suffer UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair.  The place where the flame never dies.  You are NOW given the opportunity to TURN away from your SINFUL life-style, and come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, 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 born into His family, and become a TRUE CHILD of God, who is EAGERLY awaiting the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the RAPTURE, and receive a GLORIFIED BODY, and HEAVEN as your TRUE PERMANENT HOMELAND.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"The Renowned Faith"


“The Renowned Faith”

 

And the Lord’s teaching spread from you not only into Macedonia and Southern Greece, but now your faith in God has become known everywhere.  So we do not need to say anything about it.  People everywhere are telling about the way you accepted us when we were there with you.  They tell how you stopped worshiping idols and began serving the living and true God.  And you wait for God’s Son, to come from heaven.  He is Jesus, who saves us from God’s angry judgement that is sure to come.         1 Thessalonians 1:8-10

 

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian believers, he commends them for their STRONG, FAITH, a FAITH that was RENOWNED everywhere.  They were in essence, a TRUE WITNESS of God’s SAVING POWER and His AMAZING GRACE.   And they shared what God had done for them, and was STILL doing in their lives. 

 

No, they didn’t have social media to get the word out, but EVERYWHERE they went, and EVERYONE they met was an opportunity for them to grasp, and to SHARE the GOOD NEWS. So they did just that.  They shared about the DIFFERENCE God had made in their lives, by DELIVERING them out of idol-worship, and had BROUGHT them into His presence, where they abide, SERVING and WORSHIPING the ONE and ONLY TRUE LIVING GOD.  This SHOULD be a CHALLENGE for every TRUE BELIEVER, today.   Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14:  “You are the light that gives light to the world.  A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden.”   Acts 22:15 says:  “You will be His witness to all people, telling them about what you have seen and heard.” 

 

As TRUE BELIEVERS, are we SHARING what God has done and is STILL doing in our lives, to ALL we meet and wherever we go?  Are we making EVERY EFFORT to SPREAD the GOOD NEWS, that JESUS SAVES, and is the ONLY WAY to get to Heaven?  Are we putting out the WARNING that Jesus is coming SOON, and He is the ONE who will save us from the coming, ANGRY WRATH of God?  WE SHOULD BE doing ALL of this and whatever else we need to do, to get the LOST to God. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are one of the LOST, and you are facing God’s ANGRY WRATH, along with an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of FOREVER pain, torment, torture, agony, heartache and despair, to name just a few of what is waiting for you, UNLESS, you TURN AWAY from your SINFUL life-style and 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 have a RENOWNED FAITH, which you will be willing to SHARE with a LOST and DYING WORLD.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Who's in Control?"


“Who’s in Control?”

 

If you use your lives to do the wrong things your sinful selves want, you will die spiritually.  But if you use the Spirit’s help to stop doing the wrong things you do with your body, you will have true life.  The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.  And the Spirit Himself joins with our spirits to say we are God’s children.      Romans 8:13, 14, 16

 

When a person comes to God for the SALVATION of their soul, a battle takes place in that person’s HEART.  The battle is between the FLESH and the SPIRIT of GOD.  The FLESH is NOT so quick to relinquish CONTROL to the Spirit.  When we are born, we are born with a SINFUL NATURE, a nature that is inclined to SINFUL ways, and when we become “born again” our NEW nature SHOULD be in control, but the OLD SINFUL nature doesn’t want to SURRENDER to the NEW nature.  Thus it is up to the NEW BELIEVER to put to DEATH the OLD SINFUL nature.

 

Only by the POWER of the Holy Spirit of God, can a TRUE BELIEVER put to DEATH the OLD SINFUL nature.  The Holy Spirit indwells the person at the point of SALVATION, and that person MUST ALLOW the Holy Spirit ACCESS to EVERY part of their HEART, and they MUST ALLOW the Holy Spirit to be in CONTROL of  EVERY PART of their being.  When this happens, the person will have TRUE LIFE, SPIRITUALLY. 

 

This doesn’t mean that a TRUE BELIEVER will never fall to temptation, because as long as we are in the FLESH or this BODY, we will be subject to temptation, the REAL TEST of a TRUE BELIEVER is what they do with the temptation, sometimes we are VICTORIOUS over the temptation to sin, that’s when we ALLOW the Holy Spirit to be in CONTROL, but sometimes we FALL and that’s when the FLESH is ALLOWED to be in CONTROL.  

 

When we ALLOW God’s Spirit to be in CONTROL, we KNOW we are the TRUE CHILDREN of GOD, because His Spirit joins with our spirit to testify that we ARE God’s Children.  Who is in CONTROL of YOU?  If it is your FLESH, then you are SPIRITUALLY DEAD, and will end up spending ALL ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torture, torment, pain, agony, heartache, and despair, UNLESS you come to God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and ask 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 to DEATH your OLD SINFUL nature and put on a NEW nature that is CONTROLLED by God’s Holy Spirit and makes you a TRUE CHILD of the Living God.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"BEWARE! The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"


“BEWARE! The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

 

Such men are not true apostles but are workers who lie.  They change themselves to look like apostles of Christ.  This does not surprise us.  Even Satan changes himself to look like an angel of light.  So it does not surprise us if Satan’s servants also make themselves look like servants who work for what is right.  But in the end they will be punished for what they do.                                         2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 

The Apostle Paul had problems with FALSE apostles, those who masqueraded as TRUE apostles, but were TRULY NOT, the REAL THING.  Times have NOT changed a bit.  The way they carry out their schemes, their techniques, their abilities and their mode of getting their FALSE doctrines spread across the sea of humanity, has been modified to fit the mindset and the frame of time in which they operate.

MANY have, and MANY will fall into their clutches, and will believe the FALSEHOODS and the WICKED mindset of the FALSE doctrines.  They are enamored by the schemes of shrewd and deceitful people, who do what they do to BETTER their own lifestyle at ANY cost.  They have NO real concern for those who are LOST and GRASPING for any shred of HOPE.

 

BEWARE of those who come declaring a DIFFERENT scenario than the one, which God, Himself has laid out for the SALVATION of mankind.  Jesus said:  “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, NO man comes to the Father, but by Me.”  These are the words of TRUTH, and a person MUST come before the Holy God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING their sins before Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them, and is in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God, then ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and receive the TRUE WAY to ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  DON’T be SWAYED by the LIES of SATAN, but FOLLOW Jesus, READ and STUDY your Bible, in order to KNOW the TRUTH.  Paul says that, “in the end they, the FALSE TEACHERS, will be punished for what they do,” and so will their followers.  So come to God NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Don't Give Up!"


“Don’t Give Up!”

 

So we do not give up.  Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day.  We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles.  We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see.  What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.       2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

There are many times that I desire to just “give up!”  You know, when you feel like you are not accomplishing whatever you set out to accomplish.  Times when you feel defeated, rejected, ignored.  That’s the time when Satan has a BIG hold on your emotions, and in some cases, He puts a STOP on your mission, and whatever God has planned for you to do, goes undone.

 

However, in this portion of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthian Church, he tells them to NOT give up.  Then he goes on to tell them why they should NOT give up.  First of all, our physical body is becoming OLDER and WEAKER, but at the same time our spirit inside us becomes new EVERY day.  While on the outside we are becoming OLDER and WEAKER, spiritually we are being made NEW EVERYDAY, and experiencing the RENEWING work of the HOLY SPIRIT within us. We are being prepped for God’s ETERNAL Kingdom, and are becoming MORE like His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

While we are still in this AGING, PHYSICALLY  WEAKEND body, our troubles seem to multiply, but Paul says, “that those small troubles is only temporary, and they are helping us GAIN ETERNAL GLORY, which is MUCH GREATER than the troubles. We should keep our eyes on the GOAL that is set before us, and NOT dwell on the troubles that beset us.  When we focus on the GOAL, the troubles will become STEPPING STONES, and NOT STUMBLING BLOCKS. 

 

The KEY to NOT giving up is to NOT set our eyes on what we CAN SEE, but on what we CANNOT SEE.  Because what we SEE is temporary, but what we CANNOT SEE is ETERNAL.  When we do this we will be LIVING by FAITH!  And we will NOT give up!

 

If you’re a TRUE BELIEVER, and feel like GIVING UP, DON’T DO IT!  Take the Apostle Paul’s advice and PRESS ON, by FAITH, towards the GOAL set before you, the END is worth the journey.  

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are living a DEFEATED life.  You really don’t have a goal to work towards, and your END is NOT going to be better than the troubles you will encounter along the way.  However, you can EXPERIENCE VICTORY in your journey, and receive SALVATION, and the CROWN of LIFE, and the HOPE of Heaven, as your goal.  You do that 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 DON’T GIVE UP! PRESS ON towards the GOAL.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"One Man's Disobedience Versus One Man's Obedience"


“One Man’s Disobedience Versus One Man’s Obedience”

 

So as one sin of Adam brought the punishment of death to all people, one good act that Christ did makes all people right with God.  And that brings true life for all.  One man disobeyed God, and many became sinners.  In the same way, one man obeyed God, and many will be made right.       Romans 5:18-19

 

When the first man, Adam, sinned against God, that act of DISOBEDIENCE brought about a LIFE-CHANGING experience.  Life that was once PERFECT in EVERY way, became life that was IMPERFECT in EVERY way.  When Adam sinned, ALL of mankind was born with a SINFUL nature that is they have a desire to sin, and so they did and still do.  Sin came into the world and tainted EVERY part of mankind’s soul.  Sin RULED the HEARTS of mankind, and brought with it DEATH, not only DEATH, but SEPARATION from the Almighty God.  Mankind became UNRIGHTEOUS before God.

 

Before the Creation of this world, God, knew that mankind would be DISOBEDIENT to Him.  God in His INFINITE WISDOM, and AMAZING GRACE had a plan to bring mankind back to Him, by the OBEDIENCE of a PERFECT BEING.  So Jesus came to earth as a HUMAN BEING, a Man without a sinful nature, and He dwelt among mankind, then because of the DISOBEDIENCE of Adam, Jesus was arrested, beaten unmercifully, and unlawfully charged with a crime He did NOT commit, then nailed to a cross, where He took on the sins of ALL mankind, He, who knew NO sin, became sin, in order for mankind to have a RIGHT relationship with the Almighty God.     

 

One man’s DISOBEDIENCE brought DEATH and an ETERNITY in Hell, separated from God and ANYTHING that is GOOD.  Hell is a place of UNENDING heartache, pain, agony, torture, torment, and despair.   But because of One Man’s OBEDIENCE, mankind has the opportunity to ESCAPE Hell and be made RIGHTEOUS before the Almighty God, through the FORGIVENESS of their sins, which is PROVIDED by the ACCEPTANCE of His Son’s OBEDIENT act of SALVATION.

 

Where do you want to be, on the side of the DISOBEDIENT or the OBEDIENT?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are on the DISOBEDIENT side, and your destiny is HELL.  However, you can come over to the OBEDIENT side, and receive God’s gift of SALVATION and the HOPE of Heaven, by coming to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL you HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, be OBEDIENT to Him, and receive His gift of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!