Thursday, September 29, 2016

"This is NOT the Father's Gravy Train!"


“This is NOT the Father’s Gravy Train!”

 

 

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God, and receive from Him anything we ask, because we keep His commands and do what pleases Him.  And this is His command:  to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.        1John 3:21-23

 

When a person comes to God for the SALVATION of their soul, they NEED to come with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, in order to receive the SALVATION.  When they do this, they come with a HEART that does NOT condemn them, but instead gives them CONFIDENCE before God, not disrespect or haughtiness, but CONFIDENCE to enter His presence, KNOWING He will ACCEPT them and HEAR their requests.

 

Some people treat God as though He has a BIG GRAVY TRAIN, and will dish out anything and everything they desire, and ALL they have to do is ASK.  But according to our Scripture, this is NOT TRUE.  There are a few stipulations to His goodness and generosity, and their requests must be in accordance to His will.  All of His commands are wrapped up in a single COMMAND, which includes FAITH and LOVE. 

 

FAITH, is to BELIEVE in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and LOVE, is that we genuinely LOVE one another.  A person who has NOT come to God for the SALVATION of their soul, can NOT come into God’s presence, asking for ANYTHING, until they have come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING their sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God, then they NEED to ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and develop a CONFIDENT prayer-life, which will be BENEFICIAL to them in their Christian walk, and practice LOVING one another with a godly-type love, this will be their OBEDIENCE to God’s commands.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"A Believing Heart and a Confessing Mouth"


“A Believing Heart and a Confessing Mouth”

 

 

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.          Romans 10:10

 

 

SALVATION is a HEART thing.  It is NOT attainable because you have a HEAD knowledge of it.  But the Holy Word of the Living God says:  “For with the HEART one BELIEVES unto RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  We are JUSTIFIED when we BELIEVE in our HEART, and CONFESS with our MOUTH that the Lord Jesus died for our sins, and was raised by God from the dead, then we are able to obtain SALVATION.

 

It is a sad thing, but many will THINK they are saved, because they ACCEPT the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in their MINDS, but it never becomes a HEART thing.   They will miss Heaven by about fourteen inches, the distance between the MIND and the HEART.  They have not come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING their sins, and ACCEPTING His gift of SALVATION, then PROFESSING that He is their Lord and Savior. 

 

Some believe that going to church and maybe even having a position in the church, makes them a TRUE BELIEVER, but that is NOT TRUE.  They may have grown-up in church, but have never come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING with their MOUTH their sins and PROFESSING Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  They may think that because they have ALWAYS been to church that that makes them a TRUE BELIEVER, this too is NOT TRUE.  If you go and stand in a garage for a couple of hours, that doesn’t make you car.  The point is there is ONLY ONE way of obtaining SALVATION.  It must be a HEART-BELIEVING, LIFE-CHANGING, experience.

 

You can obtain SALVATION, when the Holy Spirit offers you the invitation to COME to God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, willingly turning away from your sins and turning to Christ.  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, with ALL your HEART, CONFESSING that JESUS CHRIST is your LORD and SAVIOR.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"The Everlasting Light"


“The Everlasting Light”

 

 

The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.  Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.         Isaiah 60:19-20

 

This is a message for Israel, from the Prophet Isaiah, concerning ZION, the dwelling place of God’s people during the Millennial Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.    What a GLORIOUS place it will be.  The walls of the city will be called SALVATION and the gates PRAISE. 

 

There will be no more violence, nor ruin or destruction within its borders.  The Holy God will make PEACE the GOVERNOR, and WELL-BEING the RULER. He will make His people the EVERLASTING PRIDE, and the JOY of ALL generations.  And they will KNOW that He is their LORD, and SAVIOR, REDEEMER, and the MIGHTY ONE of Jacob.

 

The sun will no longer be their light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on them, because the Lord will be their EVERLASTING LIGHT, and their God will be their glory.  Their sun will NEVER set again, and the light of the moon will not grow dim anymore; because the Lord will be their EVERLASTING LIGHT, and they will no longer suffer days of sorrow. 

 

What a GLORIOUS time that will be!!  Are you READY?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to God?  If NOT, then you aren’t READY. And will face an ETERNITY in Hell.  But you can get READY 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 let GOD be your EVERLASTING LIGHT.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, September 26, 2016

"The High and Lofty One"

“The High and Lofty One”
 
 
For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:  “I dwell in the high holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.          Isaiah 57:15
 
Our God, the Protector of our soul, has provided a dwelling place for His Children, those who have come to Him with a contrite and humble spirit, and a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  They will run to Him on the road that He has prepared for them.  And at last, they will reach their eternal home with Him. 
 
He will revive the spirit of the humble, and revive the heart of the contrite ones.  They will rejoice in the high and holy place. They will live in EVERLASTING PEACE, for ALL eternity, because of the MERCY and GRACE of the High and Lofty One, whose name is Holy.  He forgives them and brings healing to their humble spirit and contrite heart, He gives them comfort and guidance, and they enjoy the PEACE of the High and Lofty One in the Holy place. 
 
However, the wicked will not receive PEACE or COMFORT, but will face judgment and punishment from the High and Lofty One, who is the JUDGE of ALL this world and its inhabitants.  They will face an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of perpetual torment, torture, heartache, pain and despair.  This is their destiny, because they refused to TURN AWAY from their wicked, sinfulness and TURN TO Him, the High and Lofty One.  They continue to refuse His MERCY and GRACE, and therefore, will be sentenced to a horrendous eternity.  Where do you stand in this scenario?  Are you with the FAITHFUL, REPENTANT, Children of the Living God, or are you with the WICKED, SINFUL, DISOBEDIENT creation of God? 
 
You can CHANGE your destiny NOW, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God.   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 let, the PROTECTOR of your soul, the High and Lofty One, revive your humble heart and soul, and LIVE with Him for ALL ETERNITY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!
 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

"A New Heaven and a New Earth"


“A New Heaven and a New Earth”

 

 

But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.   So then dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless blameless and at peace with Him.          2Peter 3:13-14

 

The Apostle Peter wrote this letter to the Christians to whom he had written to before.  He was passionately pleading with them to GROW in Christian MATURITY.  He encouraged them to make every effort to GROW in GRACE and KNOWLEDGE.  Peter encouraged them with the certainty of the return of Jesus Christ.

 

He reminded his readers of the promise of God concerning a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH, a RIGHTEOUS dwelling place for God’s TRUE CHILDREN.  For the Old heavens will disappear and the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 

 

Then God will recreate a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH a place of RIGHTEOUSNESS and HOLINESS.  It will be the home of RIGHTEOUSNESS because the Righteous One will be there.  This is what ALL TRUE BELIEVERS are looking forward to with GREAT ANTICIPATION. 

 

The Apostle Peter then encourages his readers, the TRUE BELIEVERS, to be HOLY and RIGHTEOUS.  To be found SPOTLESS and BLAMELESS, like a sacrificial lamb without blemish or spot, and to be at PEACE with God.  These are all attributes of the divine nature of God’s TRUE CHILDREN.   The TRUE CHILDREN of God need to make it their business to be MORALLY CLEAN, and to strive to be CHRISTLIKE in ALL their ways.  Then they can achieve TRUE PEACE with GOD.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are NOT a part of His family and will NOT experience the NEW HEAVENS and the NEW EARTH, but you will experience that place called HELL, the place of ETERNAL torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair.  However, God is giving you the opportunity to come to Him NOW, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART for the SALVATION of your soul by: 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, so you too may enter the dwelling place of RIGHTEOUSNESS, the NEW EARTH.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Friday, September 23, 2016

"What Awaits the True Believer"


“What Awaits the True Believer”

 

 

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 3:20-21

 

TRUE BELIEVERS, all over this world, are ANXIOUSLY awaiting their departure, from this temporary home to their ETERNAL HOMELAND, HEAVEN, where their TRUE CITIZENSHIP lies.

 

Why are they ANXIOUSLY awaiting to go to a place that they have NEVER been to?  And how can they call it their HOMELAND?  It’s because they belong to God, they are HIS Family, HIS Children, and therefore, they have a deep seeded desire to be where their Father and family are.

 

I guess you could say that this is a SUPER-NATURAL feeling, which every TRUE BELIEVER possesses in their heart.  When we come to God for the SALVATION of our soul, we are ADOPTED into His Family and we become His Children.  And our CITIZENSHIP in Heaven is part of our inheritance. 

 

We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, wait for the return of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, from Heaven, to take us away from this TEMPORARY abode, to our ETERNAL abode.  In order for our earthly bodies to be able to stand ALL the GLORIES of Heaven, they MUST be changed, and the Lord Jesus Christ will perform that miracle by the power that enables Him to bring EVERYTHING under His control.

 

In the twinkling of an eye, ALL the bodies of the TRUE BELIEVERS will be changed from these corrupt, sinful, bodies to incorrupt, sinless, bodies.  Bodies, which will NEVER DIE, bodies that will have NO limitations, NO pain, NO sickness, NO brokenness, and NO SIN.  But will be made PERFECT in EVERYWAY.   This too is part of our inheritance.

 

If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER, and your citizenship is NOT in Heaven, but in this wretched, sin-laden, world, and your body will NOT be changed to a GLORIFIED body, but will experience all the horrors of HELL, torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair.  However, God is giving you the opportunity to come to Him and be adopted into His Family, and receive a CITIZENSHIP in Heaven, and a GLORIFIED BODY, for ALL ETERNITY.  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 wait ANXIOUSLY for the RETURN of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"God, the Great Warrior!"


“God, the Great Warrior!”

 

 

He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped Himself in zeal as a cloak.  According to their deeds, so will He repay, wrath to His adversaries, repayment to His enemies; to the coastlands He will render repayment.          Isaiah 59:17-18

 

It’s an odd thing, I don’t remember, hearing God described as a WARRIOR dressed for battle, until He led me to this portion of Scripture.  This portion of Scripture are words that God gave His Prophet Isaiah for the nation of Israel, and is very much applicable to ALL BELIEVERS, today.

 

Isaiah is giving the nation of Israel and us a picture of God as a GREAT WARRIOR, who is ready to go forth and fight for His people.  The description of His garments for battle starts with a breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and a helmet of SALVATION.  These are also some of the items that were mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians 6:14, 17, which we know to be the whole ARMOR of God. 

 

God also puts on the garments of VENGEANCE and ZEAL.  And thus is READY for battle.  He zealously fights with vengeance on His enemies, which will end at the end of time as we know it.  He will fight with such VENGEANCE and ZEAL that people everywhere will know of His glory and strength.

 

The Almighty God who is RIGHTEOUSNESS and SALVATION exemplifies these godly attributes as His Holy ARMOR.  He brings RIGHTEOUSNESS and SALVATION to those who have repented of their sins, Jews and Gentiles, alike, and we too are encouraged to fight the battle of REDEMPTION of mankind’s soul, by putting on the FULL ARMOR of GOD (Eph. 6:14-17). 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are fighting a battle of your own, a LOSING battle with NO armor.  And you are vulnerable to being killed on the battlefield of sin, with an eternity in Hell, a place of torment, torture, pain, agony, and despair.  But God, the GREAT WARRIOR, is giving you the opportunity NOW, to join His VICTORIOUS ARMY of TRUE BELIEVERS.  You can join 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 RIGHTEOUSNESS, and become one of His VICTORIOUS WARRIORS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!