Friday, January 20, 2017

"Crucified with Christ!"


“Crucified with Christ!”

 

 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.          Galatians 2:20

 

What does it mean to be “CRUCIFIED with CHRIST?”  The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Believers in Galatia gives us the answer.  He states that he no longer lives, but Christ lives in him.  Yesterday’s devotion was concerning living either by the FLESH or by the SPIRIT.  When we come to Christ for the SALVATION of our soul, if we are sincere, then we are CRUCIFYING the life we lived by the FLESH and then we will be living by the SPIRIT, because the SPIRIT of the LIVING Christ lives in us. 

 

The NEW LIFE that we will be living will be lived by FAITH in the SON of GOD, the very one who suffered, bled and died for OUR sins.  Therefore, LIVING by the SPIRIT is ONLY possible through the act of CRUCIFYING the FLESH, because of our FAITH in the SON of GOD.  We then have a NEW LIFE, and will obtain RIGHTEOUSNESS before the Holy God. 

 

Paul states in his letter that:  “The RIGHTEOUS will LIVE by FAITH.”  (Gal. 3:11)  In order to live by the Spirit you must be made RIGHTEOUS, which comes through the SALVATION process, and is accomplished through FAITH in the SON of GOD, who WILLINGLY gave HIMSELF for the REDEMPTION of mankind. 

 

In order for you to live such a life, you must come to God seeking FORGIVENESS of your sins.  Living a “GOOD” life won’t make you RIGHTEOUS nor will it give you ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  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 CRUCIFY your sinful lifestyle, and receive a NEW LIFE, lived by the SPIRIT, through FAITH in the SON of GOD, and be made RIGHTEOUS before the LIVING GOD.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Living By the Flesh Or Living By the Spirit"


“Living By the Flesh Or Living By the Spirit”

 

 

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation---but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.       Romans 8:12-13

 

As TRUE CHILDREN of the Living God, we have an OBLIGATION---NOT to be ruled by the flesh, or to live according to it, but to be controlled by the POWER of the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  

 

The TRUE BELIEVER is to rebel against their sin nature and its desires, and to be SENSITIVE, and OBEDIENT to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  Not to LIVE according to the desires of the flesh, but to put to death those desires, and to allow the Holy Spirit to GUIDE, LEAD and DIRECT our lives.  We are to NOT let the fleshly desires influence us in ANY aspect of our lives, because the flesh brings about sinful actions that will definitely KILL a Christian witness. 

 

It is the OBLIGATION of the TRUE BELIEVER to ALLOW the Holy Spirit, which indwells them, to present them as a TRUE CHILD of the Living God, who lives by God’s SPIRIT and NOT by the FLESH. 

 

Living by the flesh, will bring about a spiritual death, which means that a person who is a TRUE BELIEVER, but is clinging to the desires of the flesh and not allowing the Holy Spirit to be in control of their lives, will not be able to grow spiritually, and they will not enjoy living by the SPIRIT of the LIVING GOD.  They will not present a GOOD, PRODUCTIVE, CHRISTIAN WITNESS.

 

However, if a TRUE BELIEVER, will LIVE by the SPIRIT, they will not only present a GOOD, PRODUCTIVE, CHRISTIAN WITNESS, they will NOT be GUILTY of LEADING others astray.  The ONLY way you can put to death the desires of the flesh is through the POWER of the Holy Spirit, therefore you MUST ALLOW the Holy Spirit COMPLETE control of your very being.  This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said:  “count yourselves DEAD to sin” (Rom. 6:11).  Then you will be able to LIVE a SPIRITUAL LIFE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are living by the FLESH, and you are not only experiencing a spiritual death, but will experience ALL of the HORRIBLE, ATROCIOUS feelings of HELL, which will last throughout ALL of ETERNITY, unless you 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 receive His Holy Spirit, and ALLOW Him to put to DEATH the desires of your FLESH, and begin LIVING by His SPIRIT.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Too Many Wonders to Declare"


“Too Many Wonders to Declare”

 

 

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.  None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.     Psalms 40:5

 

In yesterday’s devotion, which was out of the Book of Job, Job declared that the Almighty God had many plans in store for him.  Today’s devotion comes from the Book of Psalms, and is one of David’s Psalms, in which he is testifying of his salvation from the mighty hand of a LOVING God, who lifted him out of the mire and mud and set his feet on the SOLID ROCK.  The one who rescued him from his troubles, sins and enemies.  The one who put a NEW SONG in his mouth, and praise in his heart.

 

This is such an AWESOME piece of work from David’s heart.  He declares that MANY are the WONDERS and PLANS for God’s Children, too many to declare.  And David states that NONE can compare to God.  He is the ONLY ONE who can perform such deeds and have such wondrous plans in store for His Children.  I shudder to think of those who are missing out on the wondrous plans that God has for them.  Plans to set their feet on the SOLID ROCK, to deliver them from their troubles, sins and enemies, and to miss their BLESSINGS, because of their reluctance to OPEN their HEARTS and LIVES up to His CONTROL. 

 

Some are afraid that they will be made fun of or ostracized by their peers, if they allow the Holy Spirit to work in them to the fullest extent.  This is a SMALL price to pay, in respect to the price that Jesus Christ paid, in order to SAVE you and give you the HOPE of Heaven.  Some of God’s Children miss out on His MANY WONDROUS PLANS for them, because they QUENCH the work of God’s Spirit that abides in them.  They are more concerned about what the world thinks, than what God has planned for them.  What a SHAME!

 

And if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are LOST, and without His SALVATION, you will spend an ETERNITY in Hell, which is NOT what HE wants for you.  He wants you to 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 let Him set your feet on the SOLID ROCK, Jesus Christ, and to bless you with His WONDROUS PLANS and AWESOME DEEDS.  Do it NOW, while you still can He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"The Uniqueness of God"


“The Uniqueness of God”

 

 

“But He is the only God.  Who can come against Him?  He does anything He wants.                    He will do to me what He said He would do, and He has many plans like this.        Job 23:13-14

 

Job was an upright, godly man, whom God allowed to be tested by Satan.  In Satan’s testing of Job, Job lost ALL he had, and at one point in time Job thought to confront God, but after very careful consideration of his situation and the AWESOMENESS of the God of the Universe, Job reconsidered, after all who can counter God?  Who can come against the ALMIGHTY?  Who can come against the One who can snap His fingers and this WHOLE UNIVERSE could vanish.

 

There is NOBODY who is as POWERFUL or who possesses the UNIQUENESS of the LORD God Almighty.  The one who is in control of EVERYTHING.  And if He so desired could DESTROY EVERYTHING with a swipe of His MIGHTY HAND.  He is in a class all its own.  There is NOBODY or NOTHING that you can ever come close to comparing Him to.  

 

Job states that God does ANYTHING He wants.  He is the SOVEREIGN RULER of this Universe and EVERYTHING in it.  He is AWARE of EVERYTHING that happens, and it is His creation, so He will do WHATEVER He wants to do.  And we should be VERY THANKFUL that He is the PATIENT, COMPASSIONATE God that He is.

 

Job says, that God WILL do to him what He said He would do.  Another UNIQUE attribute of God is, that WHATEVER He says He will do, He does it, maybe not in our time frame, but in His.  He is ALL KNOWING and He KNOWS what’s best for each of His children.  His promises are TRUE and will be carried out in accordance to His will.  EVERYTIME we are put to a test, He allows it in order to help us be more like His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  And if we remain FAITHFUL, we will come through the test, being REFINED as PURE GOLD.  He has MANY PLANS for each of His children, ALL of them for their GROWTH and the STABILITY of their FAITH.

 

If you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER, in other words, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, I want you to know that He has plans for you too.  If you continue to REJECT His Son, Jesus Christ, His plan for you is an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, However, if you will ACCEPT His Son, and come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESS 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, then He will give you His gift of SALVATION and you can POSSESS His PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Become a Super Hero!"


“Become a Super Hero!”

 

 

My friends, if any followers have wandered away from the truth, you should try to lead them back.  If you turn sinners from the wrong way, you will save them from death, and many of their sins will be forgiven.       James 5:19-20

 

This verse of Scripture, written by James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, refers to those who are FOLLOWERS or BELIEVERS, and have STRAYED or WANDERED AWAY from the TRUTH.  It could refer to NEW believers or those who have been believers for a while, but have become weary and has fallen by the way. 

 

One of the tragic things that happens to NEW believers is that, once they are saved they feel like they should act and be like a MATURE BELIEVER immediately after their conversion, and immediately after their conversion is the PRIME TIME for Satan to tempt them to go back into their OLD SINFUL lifestyle.  When they believe they should act and be like the MATURE BELIEVER, and fail to do so, then they become disillusioned and they feel like a failure.  It was much easier for them to live the sinful lifestyle.   

 

How can the TRUE MATURE BELIEVER, RESCUE the NEW BELIEVER?  Well, it isn’t by condemning them or making them the object of GOSSIP.  But it is by going to them with a LOVING and COMPASSIONATE HEART, and taking them under your wing, so to speak, and become a MENTOR to them, and DISCIPLE them.  I believe that this is an area, in many churches, that is either weak or non-existent.  It seems like some people who CLAIM to be TRUE BELIEVERS, would rather COMPLAIN, GOSSIP OR SLANDER the one who has FALLEN from the way, and are in just as much NEED of RESCUE and RESTORATION as the NEW or IMMATURE BELIEVER.   

 

The TRUE MATURE BELIEVER should be LOVING, COMPASSIONATE, CARING, CONCERNED, and WILLING to be a MENTOR or SUPER HERO, who has the SPIRITUAL WELFARE of the NEW or IMMATURE BELIEVER at heart, and will do whatever they can to bring them BACK to the fold.  If you will be WILLING to RESCUE and RESTORE such a one then you will save them from destruction and the death of their SPIRITUAL LIFE and their sins will be FORGIVEN.  And you will be their SUPER HERO.

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, and you are NOT a BELIEVER at ALL, then you are a SINNER, and you are LOST in your sins, and on your way to an eternity in Hell, the place of FOREVER torture, torment, pain, agony, heartache and despair, and there is NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But God in His ABUNDANT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE has a plan for you.  He wants you to 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 become a NEW TRUE BELIEVER, and seek out a GOOD, BIBLE BELIEVING, BIBLE PREACHING, CONSERVATIVE CHURCH, attend it REGULARLY, and GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL and WORSHIP SERVICE so that you can GROW and MATURE in your FAITH, and one day, become a SUPER HERO.   Do it NOW, while you still can, because He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

"The Word, the Revelation"


“The Word, the Revelation”

 

There is a judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.      John 12:48

 

Jesus did not come into the world to JUDGE the world, but to SAVE the world.  There is a JUDGE for those who rejects God’s Word.  The Word, being Jesus Christ.  The issue that is presented here is the REJECTION of God’s command.  Those who ACCEPT and OBEY His command receives ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.   Those who reject that command will be JUDGED and will receive CONDEMNATION for their REJECTION and will spend ALL ETERNITY in Hell.

 

Jesus is not ONLY the Word of God, but He is the REVELATION of God.  The REJECTION of God’s REVELATION, Jesus Christ, not only brings the penalty of CONDEMNATION, but it brings a SPIRITUAL DEATH. 

 

Jesus’ purpose as God’s WORD and REVELATION is a POSITIVE one.  Jesus came bringing SALVATION to a LOST and DYING world.  REJECTION of the WORD and REVELATION brings the NEGATIVE aspect of His purpose.  Those who REJECT Christ, ends up with facing the RIGHTEOUS and HOLY JUDGE, the GOD of this UNIVERSE.  The one who has the POWER and AUTHORITY to CONDEMN and SENTENCE the UNBELIEVER, those who have REJECTED His Son, to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of ETERNAL torment, torture, agony, pain, heartache and despair with NO WAY of escape.   Are YOU, REJECTING God’s WORD and REVELATION, the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

If you have to answer YES, then you are at risk of facing the JUDGE and receiving His CONDEMNATION, and SENTENCING to an ETERNITY in Hell.  However, God in His INFINITE MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, has provided a way for you to CHANGE your destiny, and to ACCEPT His Word and His Revelation, Jesus Christ, 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 look FORWARD to an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Those Who Dvide"


“Those Who Divide”

 

 

But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.        Jude 1:17-19

 

I hear a lot, these days, about how our nation is DIVIDED, and how this one or that one is to blame for the DIVISION in our land.  Well, the Lord laid this verse of SCRIPTURE on my heart, and I believe this is a WARNING to each of us, as to just what is causing such a DIVIDE.

 

Jesus said to the Pharisees:  “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”  (Mat. 12:25).  Could this be the future for many nations, as well as our very own?  I believe so, because the Word of God is TRUTH, and it hasn’t failed in its predictions. 

 

Jude, in his letter to the Christian Jews, in Palestine, is reminding them of the predictions of the apostles, speaking of the LAST TIME, when there will be SCOFFERS or MOCKERS who follow their own UNGODLY PASSIONS. He indicates that they are the ones who cause DIVISIONS, they are the WORLDLY PEOPLE, who are DEVOID of the Spirit of God.  

 

This group of people are multiplying, because a lot of parents aren’t concerned about the “spiritual” aspect of their children’s lives, which may stem from their own lack of “spiritual” aspects, and the children are left to the influences of a WRETCHED, DEPRAVED, EVIL world that is waiting to get its clutches on our most PRECIOUS possession.  They are the NEXT GENERATION, who will FOLLOW their OWN UNGODLY passions. 

 

And the forces of evil are warring against the forces of God’s Children, causing DIVISIONS in EVERY aspect of life.  So what is the ANSWER to the DIVISIONS that are threatening the very existence of ANY Nation?  The ANSWER is JESUS, we NEED to turn to God for REDEMPTION and RESTORATION, and the ONLY way to accomplish both is to come to JESUS.  We must RESCUE our children, by having a deep concern for their SPIRITUAL WELLFARE and work at developing a HEALTHY appetite for the things of God. 

The future for those who SCOFF or MOCK God, those who are the WORLDLY PEOPLE, who are DEVOID of the SPIRIT of the Living God, is an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of FOREVER, torment, torture, pain, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Are you one of them? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are one of them.  And your future is the same as theirs.  However, you NOW have the opportunity to change your direction and possibly the direction of your children, 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 DO NOT be GUILTY of helping to DIVIDE and DESTROY a GREAT Nation, but be a part of its REDEMPTION and RESTORATION.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!