Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Persevere and Receive"


“Persevere and Receive”

 

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.  For, “In just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith.  And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”  But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.       Hebrews 10:36-39

 

The writer of Hebrews, is speaking to ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, concerning their PERSEVERANCE in doing the will of God.  There are two groups that the writer addresses.  First he instructs the TRUE BELIEVER, to PERSEVERE in doing the will of God and RECEIVING the PROMISE of God, which is the culmination of their SALVATION.  He reaffirms the coming of The Lord Jesus Christ, and states that He will not delay in coming again.  

 

Then the writer shifts gears a little, in addressing those who have the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH of SALVATION, but they don’t really POSSESS it in their HEART.  It is a MIND-THING, not a HEART-THING, and they are the ones who SHRINK BACK, those who God takes NO PLEASURE in, and are DESTROYED.  But the TRUE BELIEVER has the KNOWLEDGE and the POSSESSION of SALVATION, and they seek to do the will of God with PERSEVERANCE, by living by FAITH and are TRULY SAVED. 

 

Are you a TRUE BELIEVER or one who has the KNOWLEDGE of SALVATION, but does not POSSESS it, the one who SHRINKS BACK from doing the will of God, because they do NOT belong to Him?   And they have NO TRUE FAITH in Him or His PROMISE.   The one who will face DESTRUCTION, being sentenced to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair. 

 

 If you are one who has the HEAD-KNOWLEDGE, but NOT the HEART-KNOWLEDGE, or if you don’t even have the HEAD-KNOWLEDGE, God is offering you the opportunity NOW, to change your destiny, 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 God’s gift of SALVATION, and PERSEVERE and RECEIVE God’s PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Perishable to Imperishable, Mortal to Immortal"


“Perishable to Imperishable, Mortal to Immortal”

 

Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed---in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.   When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  (Isaiah 25:8)        1 Corinthians 15:51-54

 

The Apostle Paul is not only enlightening the TRUE BELIEVERS in Corinth, but also the TRUE BELIEVERS of today, concerning the MYSTERY of the RAPTURE of the Church, the TRUE BELIEVERS, who make up the BODY of Christ.    He says, “We will NOT all sleep,” which means, we will NOT all face death, but we will ALL be changed.  And this transformation will take place INSTANEOUSLY---In a FLASH, or the TWINKLING of an eye.  That, dear brothers and sisters is QUICK!!!

 

It will happen at the LAST and ONLY trumpet call for the Church, the Body of Christ, the TRUE BELIEVERS.  When the trumpet sounds, the Dead in Christ will be raised FIRST, IMPERISHABLE, and we ALL will be made IMPERISHABLE which means the bodies will be INDESTRUCTIBLE, they will NOT decay, but will be PERFECT in EVERY way.  We will ALL exchange the MORTAL for the IMMORTAL, which means being MORTAL, we ALL would face DEATH, but when we become IMMORTAL, we are clothed with LIFE FOREVER.  Because FLESH and BLOOD cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, the PERISHABLE cannot inherit the IMPERISHABLE, but through the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ we have VICTORY over DEATH, because “DEATH has been swallowed up in VICTORY.” 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT a VICTOR over DEATH, and you face an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair.  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 be CHANGED from PERISHABLE to IMPERISHABLE, and from MORTAL to IMMORTAL, in the twinkling of an eye, at the RAPTURE of ALL the TRUE BELIEVERS, both living and dead.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"The Prayer of a TRUE Repentant Heart"


“The Prayer of a TRUE Repentant Heart”

 

Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.  Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.       Psalm 119:132-133

 

I’m sure there are other passages of Scripture that could also be used as a prayer for the TRUE REPENTANT HEART, but as I was searching for what God wanted me to use for the devotion, today, when I came to this passage, I immediately thought of a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. And I thought, what a GREAT description of a HEART that is TRULY seeking God’s MERCY, DIRECTION and REDEEMING POWER.  A PRAYER of one who is TRULY REPENTIVE of their sinful lifestyle.

 

The psalmist, first, comes to God, imploring that He TURN to them, to take notice of them, and to have MERCY on them.  This is what one, who is seeking God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, should do.  They NEED to IMPLORE Him to TURN to them or take notice of them and to have MERCY on their POOR, SIN-SICK soul.  It is also applicable to the TRUE BELIEVER, even though you are FORGIVEN, you are still a sinner, a sinner SAVED by GRACE.  But because you are SAVED by GRACE, doesn’t mean that you don’t sin.  We live in a VERY SINFUL, WICKED, DEPRAVED world.  And because we are in the flesh, we sometimes, will fall to temptation and commit sins, therefore, we are in need of praying for MERCY and FORGIVENESS with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  

 

When we have obtained the MERCY and FORGIVENESS, then we NEED God’s DIRECTION in our walk with Him, so that we might STAY on the STRAIGHT and NARROW path that leads us to our ETERNAL HOME.  And we definitely NEED His REDEEMING POWER to sustain us and to NOT let sin RULE over us, to NOT let it CONTROL our lives, and cause us to STRAY off the STRAIGHT and NARROW PATH.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you have NOT obtained MERCY, DIRECTION, or GOD’S REDEEMING POWER. But you are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torture, torment, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God is TURNING to you NOW, and He is IMPLORING you to come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and seeking His MERCY by 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 seek His MERCY, DIRECTION and REDEEMING POWER for your soul.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Five Steps that Lead to True Righteous Justice"


“Five Steps that Lead to True Righteous Justice”

 

Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.       James 4:7-8

 

In order for a TRUE BELIEVER to obtain TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS there are five steps for them to take, and apply to their life.  First, they are to SUBMIT themselves to God, SUBMIT means to be OBEDIENT to God, or to GIVE UP to Him.

 

 So the first step is their OBEDIENCE to God.  The second thing they NEED to do is to RESIST the devil.  RESIST means to KEEP FROM, FEND OFF, or to WITHSTAND.  So they are NOT to ALLOW the devil to influence them in ANY WAY, but to REJECT his presence and his influence.  In order to do that, they MUST rely on the WORK of the Holy Spirit, which is indwelling them.

 

The third thing is for them to COME NEAR to God, because when they draw NEAR to Him, then He will DRAW NEAR to them.  When they COME NEAR to God, their FAITH is STRENGTHENED, and they are REFRESHED, RENEWED and RESTRENGTHENED.  In order for them to RESIST the devil and to turn away from any temptations that would hinder their calling.

 

The fourth thing is their CLEANSING. “Wash your hands, you sinners.”  This was a CLEANSING ritual for the Jews, and a VERY IMPORTANT PART of their ceremonial purification process.  And the CLEANSING of the HEART, for the TRUE BELIEVER, is accomplished by the CONFESSION and FORGIVENESS of their sins.  They NEED to make sure they have received CLEANSING, before they come into the presence of the ALMIGHTY GOD, because they are SINNERS, by nature, FORGIVEN, but still SINNERS. 

 

The fifth and final step is to PURIFY their HEART.  They do this by coming to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING their sins to Him and seeking His FORGIVENESS, because they are SINFUL and DOUBLE-MINDED.  Then they can receive TRUE RIGHTEOUS JUSTICE and possess TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS before the Lord God Almighty. 

 

Have you come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART?  You NEED to, in order to receive TRUE RIGHTEOUS JUSTICE and to possess TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS before God.  And to have the HOPE of Heaven for ALL of ETERNITY.  If you don’t you will spend ALL of ETERNITY in the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony, and despair without ANY WAY of ESCAPE.  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 receive TRUE RIGHTEOUS JUSTICE, and possess TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS with God, and spend your ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"The Sanctity of the Human Life"


“The Sanctity of the Human Life”

 

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.      Psalm 139:13-16

 

The Psalmist, David, penned these words, which were his thoughts concerning the SANCTITY of the HUMAN LIFE.  He was OVERWHELMED with the AWESOMENESS of the Almighty God’s creative abilities to form such an intricate body out of a mass of LIVING cells.  Which God, Himself, brought into being in his mother’s womb. 

 

He came to realize just how FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made he was.   He knew that God was ACTIVELY involved in the formation of his body, from the point of conception to the day he would draw his last breath.  God’s presence was there watching and working in the reproduction process of forming the unformed body with the veins, arteries, all the organs, the beating of the tiny heart, with all its intricate parts, placing the brain in the skull of the head, connecting the nervous system, forming the lungs, the liver, the stomach, the whole digestive system, the pancreas, the kidneys, forming the arms and tiny hands and fingers that will one day wrap around the neck of a loving mommy and daddy in a loving gesture of a HUG. And legs with tiny feet and toes that will walk and run to mommy and daddy in excitement and joy.   And placing it all within the skeletal frame. Clothing it all with soft pink flesh. 

 

Even before the body is formed, ALL of the days of that precious life is ordained, planned for them and written in God’s book, before they are even born.   God knows us and has a plan for EVERY HUMAN BEING.  This is why abortion is SO WRONG.  Who is mankind that they would take it upon themselves to DESTROY a PRECIOUS, CREATION of the ALMIGHTY GOD, and do away with God’s plans for that HUMAN BEING?  One day, those who have carried out such horrendous deeds will stand before the RIGHTEOUS Judge and be judged and sentenced for their ungodly acts. 

 

When we are DISOBEDIENT to the laws and commands of the RIGHTEOUS GOD, who is CREATOR of EVERYTHING, we will be judged.  Most likely, if you are being DISOBEDIENT to God, and have very little regard for the SANCTITY of  HUMAN LIFE, then you probably have NOT TRULY 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, and ACCEPTING His gift of SALVATION, and OBEYING His LAWS and COMMANDS, having a STRONG REGARD for the SANCTITY of HUMAN LIFE, and receiving the HOPE of HEAVEN.  You NEED to do the above NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Our Great and Mighty Lord"


“Our Great and Mighty Lord”

 

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.  The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.      Psalm 147:4-6

 

Have you ever just sat and thought about the GREATNESS and MIGHTY POWER of the Lord God, ALMIGHTY?  Who else could step out in the DARKNESS of NOTHINGNESS and create EVERYTHING?  Who could give LIGHT by just speaking it into existence?  Who could separate the waters and create the SKY?  And cause the waters below to be gathered to one side and the dry ground appear and there was LAND?  And the waters gathered He called “SEAS.” Who else could cause the LAND to produce VEGETATION?  Who else has the POWER to create the SUN, MOON, and the STARS and to determine the NUMBER of stars and calls them EACH by name?  Who else could create EVERY ANIMAL, BIRD and FISH?  And then create the CROWN of CREATION---MANKIND from a little bit of dirt? 

 

Who else could part the Red Sea or make a donkey talk?   And perform so MANY MORE miracles, which demonstrate their GREAT and MIGHTY POWER?  And who else could bring SALVATION to a LOST and DYING world, through the SACRIFICE of their ONLY SON, to be tormented, beaten, spit upon, and CRUCIFIED on an OLD RUGGED CROSS for people who hated Him.  Who else has the POWER over DEATH by RESURRECTING the lifeless body of their BELOVED SON, in order for MANKIND to have ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven, providing a WAY for MANKIND to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell?  

 

Who else has UNDERSTANDING that has NO limits?  Who else is a RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, who has the POWER to SUSTAIN the HUMBLE but will DESTROY the WICKED?  ONLY THE LORD GOD, ALMIGHTY!! 

 

Have you given Him your HEART and LIFE?  If NOT then you fall into the category of the WICKED, who will be DESTROYED and will spend an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, heartache, pain, agony and despair, with NO WAY OF ESCAPE.  But the ALMIGHTY, POWERFUL GOD, who is in COMPLETE CONTROL of ALL THINGS, is 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 that Jesus, His ONLY SON, died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be SUSTAINED by God, and NOT DESTROYED and have the HOPE of HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"The Son"


“The Son”

 

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the first born from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.          Colossians 1:15-18

 

Jesus, the Son of God is the exact REPRESENTATION and MANFESTATION of the ALMIGHTY GOD.  Jesus said:  “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  (John 14:9)

 

 He is the FIRSTBORN OVER ALL creation, which means He preceded ALL of creation, and is above ALL creation.  He not only created ALL things, but He is the One by whom ALL things exist, both visible, and invisible. 

 

He is also the Head of the Body, the Church; those who are the TRUE BELIEVERS, the ones who have been SAVED from their sins and washed by the blood of Jesus, the Son, they make up the universal church, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, only the TRUE CHILDREN of the Living God. 

 

He is the FIRST BORN of the dead, He was the FIRST one to be RESURRECTED from the grave, NEVER to die again.  This RESURRECTION declared His SUPEREMACY over ALL of creation, and His RELATIONSHIP with God as God’s Son.

 

In order for mankind to be SAVED from their sins.  God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to RECONCILE mankind to Himself through the shedding of the blood of Jesus on an old rugged cross.  He was the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for mankind to be able to become the CHILDREN of GOD, and to have an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven with God the Father.  

 

So if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have NOT been RECONCILED to God by His SON, and you cannot be His Child, with an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven, but you are on your way to an ETERNITY in HELL the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache and despair.  However, God is giving you the opportunity, NOW, 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 TRUE CHILD of God, through the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE of His SON, Jesus Christ, and receive your ETERNAL HOME, Heaven, with God the Father and His SON, Jesus Christ.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!