Saturday, May 27, 2017

"The Cost of Freedom"


“The Cost of Freedom”

 

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.         Isaiah 63:5

 

Many will be celebrating Memorial Day with their family and friends, this weekend, there will be beach excursions, picnics, boating, swimming, fishing and sports.  Now, these things are fine and fun, but some will be decorating graves, and tears will be shed for their loved ones who have sacrificed so much.  And I wonder how many will stop and think about those who shed their blood and gave their life, in order to preserve these and other freedoms that we enjoy.  After all that is what Memorial Day is all about, REMEMBERING those who have given their ALL, those who have sacrificed THEIR lives so we could enjoy OURS. 

 

There was One who gave His ALL, so mankind could be FREE from their SINS, and face an ETERNITY in Heaven a man named Jesus, who was beaten beyond recognition, spit upon, taunted, humiliated like nothing we have ever experienced or will ever experience.  Then He was nailed to a rugged cross, pierced for OUR transgressions, crushed for OUR iniquities; OUR punishment was on Him. 

 

The King of kings and Lord of lords GAVE His life, so that ALL mankind might be set FREE from their sinful lives.  It was by His wounds that we are healed, NOT a physical healing, but a SPIRITUAL healing for our poor, wretched, SIN-SICK soul. 

 

When we think about our FREEDOM, let us NOT FORGET, the REAL, EVERLASTING FREEDOM, that some of us, who have given our HEARTS and LIVES to Jesus Christ, enjoys, along with the HOPE of an ETERNITY in Heaven. 

 

Our BRAVE men and women who have, throughout the history  of our GREAT Nation, paid the ultimate cost for OUR freedom, deserves to be REMEMBERED and HONORED, but the ONE who has REDEEMED US and SET US FREE for ALL ETERNITY, very much DESERVES to be REMEMBERED and HONORED, and NOT just today but EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT TRULY FREE, but you are living in BONDAGE to your sinful lifestyle, and facing an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache and despair, with NO WAY of escape.  But God has a plan for your SPIRITUAL HEALING and TRUE, EVERLASTING FREEDOM, which is 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 be TRULY SET FREE with the HOPE of ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

"Whom Have I in Heaven but You?"


“Whom Have I in Heaven but You?”

 

Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.  But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.       Psalm 73:27-28

 

The Psalmist Asaph, knew full well, the demise of those whose lives are far from God and His laws.  Those who are UNFAITHFUL, He will DESTROY. That is what ETERNITY holds for the UNBELIEVER, the one who lives a corrupt, sinful, depraved life.  The one who is FAR from God, in other words, the one who has NO relationship with God, but embraces the world and its life-style. 

 

But for the TRUE BELIEVER, it is GOOD to be NEAR God for He is their REFUGE, a SHELTER from danger, but NOT ONLY a SHELTER, He is also their SALVATION, and when a person comes to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, seeking a REFUGE for their sin-laden, weary soul, they receive not only a REFUGE, but SALVATION too.  And their destiny is a home in Heaven with God. 

 

The TRUE BELIEVER will receive a better, more balanced view of life and be more equipped to live a RIGHTEOUS life, on earth, because of their RELATIONSHIP with God.  It TRULY is a GOOD thing to be NEAR to God, and to follow His laws.

 

 God is our ONLY HOPE for an eternity in Heaven.  Through the SACRIFICE of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, Jesus Christ, we have SALVATION, and are guaranteed an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.  Since Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, who else in Heaven can provide these things for us, but God?  So the Psalmist was right on spot when he said:  “Whom have I in heaven but you?”

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are one of the UNFAITHFUL, an UNBELIEVER, and you are facing DESTRUCTION.  You will perish, you will be spending your ETERNITY in a place called Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, heartache, pain, agony and despair, unless you TURN AWAY from your sinful life 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 let Him be your REFUGE, then you can say: “Whom have I in Heaven but you?”  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"FAITH = Righteousness and Justification"


“FAITH = Righteousness and Justification”

 

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 4:23-25

 

Because of Abraham’s FAITH, “it was credited to him” the “IT” is RIGHTEOUSNESS.  God credited Abraham with RIGHTEOUSNESS because he believed in God and His promises.  But the phrase “it was credited to him” was not written for Abraham alone, it is also applicable to us, today, at least to those who BELIEVE in God and His power to raise the Lord Jesus from the dead.

 

There can be NO redemption of mankind without the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus our Lord. We must have FAITH like Abraham in order to have RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTIFICATION credited to us.  We must BELIEVE that Jesus was delivered over to death for OUR sins and was RAISED to LIFE for our JUSTIFICATION.  JUSTIFICATION is the act by which a sinner is freed from their sin through their faith, and credited to them by God as RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you have NOT been credited with RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTIFICATION, but are condemned to an ETERNITY in Hell because of your UNBELIEF.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW, to turn AWAY from your SINS 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 have RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTIFICATION credited to you, and escape the HORRORS of HELL.  Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Acknowledgement, Confession, Forgiveness"


“Acknowledgement, Confession, Forgiveness”

 

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.”  And you forgave the guilt of my sin.       Psalm 32:5

 

David, a man after God’s own heart.  David sinned against God, and he ACKNOWLEDGED his sin to God, he was OPEN with his ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, and he did NOT try to hide or cover it up, because he realized that he COULD NOT hide or cover it up.  He knew that God KNEW ALL about it.  And because of his relationship with God, David ACKNOWLEDGED the sin and CONFESSED it to the Lord.  And God was FAITHFUL to FORGIVE David, and released him from the guilt that the sin caused.

 

In my opinion, David can be classified as a TRUE BELIVER.  And because he was a TRUE BELIEVER, he felt GUILT and REMORSE for his shortcomings, so much so that it actually made him physically sick.  He KNEW that his only HOPE was to ACKNOWLEDGE and CONFESS his sins to God and to SEEK His FORGIVENESS.  When David carried out this scenario, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART then God would FORGIVE and release him from the GUILT of his sin.

 

This is evidence that a person is a TRUE BELIEVER, when they are CONVICTED of their sin, by the work of the HOLY SPIRIT, which is indwelling them, and they ACKNOWLEDGE and CONFESS their sin to God, then SEEK His FORGIVENESS of the sin or sins, then and ONLY then will they be RELEASED from the GUILT of that sin. 

 

If you do NOT come under CONVICTION, and you feel NO GUILT or REMORSE, and you do NOT feel like you need to ACKNOWLEDGE and CONFESS your sins to God and SEEK His FORGIVENESS, then either the Holy Spirit is on a leave of absence, and in a TRUE BELIEVER, that will NEVER happen OR He has never taken up residence in your HEART, because you have NEVER TRULY come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART to begin with. 

 

But God in His infinite MERCY and amazing GRACE, has provided for the UNBELIEVER an opportunity to come to Him NOW, and begin a RIGHTEOUS RELATIONSHIP with Him, by coming with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, ACKNOWLEDGING your sins, and CONFESSING them 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 become a TRUE BELIEVER.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"The Adopted Child"


“The Adopted Child”

 

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.  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs---heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.          Romans 8:13-17

 

The Apostle Paul tells the believers in Rome, about their ADOPTION into God’s family. He begins with how they should live their lives.  He tells them that to live according to the flesh, will bring them death.  Paul doesn’t mean that the TRUE BELIEVER of Christ, who might be living in sin, would die an ETERNAL DEATH in Hell, but that they would NOT enjoy the blessings of living a SPIRIT-FILLED life now and would miss out on receiving any future, ETERNAL REWARDS in Heaven.  They would miss out on being LED by God’s Spirit and enjoying the FREEDOM of being REDEEMED.  Instead, they would live a life of SHAME and GUILT, like an UNBELIEVER.  But if by the Spirit of God, you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, and will be considered a Child of God.

 

 

The Spirit of God brings ADOPTION into God’s Holy Family to ALL TRUE BELIEVERS.  And because of this SPECIAL relationship with God, we are able to cry “ABBA, Father.”  This is a very endearing and intimate title, indicating the type of relationship we have with our Father God.  And because of this SPECIAL relationship the Spirit Himself, testifies that we are God’s children.

 

And since we are God’s children, we are also HEIRS---Heirs of our Father God and CO-Heirs with Christ Jesus, if we are willing to share in His sufferings, so that we might be able to share in His glory.  This also means, to be able to make sacrifices, and to put the well-being of others before our own.  To LIVE for Christ, and to exemplify His LOVE, MERCY and GRACE to a LOST and DYING WORLD. 

 

Have you received your ADOPTION into God’s Holy Family?  Are you considered His Child, His Heir and co-heir with Christ Jesus, to ALL the glories of Heaven?   In order to receive all of these SPECIAL BLESSINGS, 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 become His ADOPTED CHILD, HEIR, and CO-HEIR with Christ Jesus.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

"What Doe the Future Hold?"


“What Does the Future Hold?”

 

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.                          2 Timothy 3:12-13

 

 

We who are TRUE BELIEVERS, will face PERSECUTION of some sort.  We may not be flogged, beaten, tortured, or have our children ripped from our arms and thrown to hungry lions, or our loved ones executed before our very eyes.  But we will experience some form of PERSECUTION, because of our FAITH.

 

 When we had the Presidential elections, a lot of us that are TRUE BELIEVERS, feared that if one of the candidates got into office, our God-given rights, our religious freedoms, would be taken from us, because of the mindset and speeches made by this one candidate.  But PRAISE be to God, He heard and answered our prayers, and that candidate LOST the election. 

 

If they would have won the election I’m sure the PEOPLE of FAITH, would be suffering some form of persecution.  We are NOT out of the woods, yet, for we are living in the LAST DAYS, and PERILOUS TIMES await us, even WORSE than we might think.  Paul in his letter to Timothy says; “evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”  We haven’t seen ANYTHING yet, folks, not like what lies ahead.  We MUST be READY, and we do that by TRUSTING in God, STANDING STEADFAST on His PROMISES, being FAITHFUL to His WORD, and SEEKING HIS FACE DAILY (praying).

 

We should be LOOKING and LISTENING for His SOON return.  The RAPTURE of the SAINTS of God, to be taken to their ETERNAL HOME, Heaven.  The place of ETERNAL BLISS, where there will be NO MORE EVILDOERS or IMPOSTORS to bring PERSECUTION on God’s People.  NO more burdens to bear, NO more heartaches there, only PEACE, LOVE, and JOY like we have NEVER KNOWN. 

 

What does your future hold?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are headed for DESTRUCTION in a place called Hell, where you will suffer; torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair for ALL of ETERNITY with NO WAY of escape, 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 be ASSURED of the HOPE of HEAVEN, for ALL of ETERNITY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"The Rock"


“The Rock”

 

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.      Psalm 18:2

He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense I shall not be greatly moved.      Psalm 62:6

In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.     Psalm 62:7

 

The Psalmist David, wrote many Psalms, in which he referred to the Lord as his ROCK.  These verses are but a few.  I wanted us to see David’s HEART, a man who was after God’s own HEART.  A man who realized where his STRENGTH came from, and that the Lord was his FORTRESS and DELIVERER, SHIELD and the HORN of his SALVATION, and his STRONGHOLD.

 

Jesus Christ, the Rock, the HORN of OUR SALVATION.  Without Jesus, there would be no SALVATION.  It is ONLY by the SHEDDING of His PRECIOUS blood that we have the SALVATION of our souls.  He is the ROCK!

 

He is our DELIVERER, it was by God’s own plan that the Lord Jesus Christ come to this earth, live a short life, and suffer and die, in order to REDEEM mankind from their sins.  He is our DELIVERER.  He is the ROCK!

 

He is WORTHY of our TRUST, because in Him is our STRENGTH and our STRONGHOLD.  When we are WEAK, He is STRONG, therefore, we can CONFIDENTLY put our TRUST in Him, because He is the ROCK!

 

He is our DEFENSE, defending our position in Him, the JUSTIFICATION of our right standing with God, and therefore we shall not be GREATLY moved.   Our right standing with God will not be removed, because it is ETERNAL. 

 

We can be assured of the HOPE of our SALVATION, because He is the ROCK of our STRENGTH, and our REFUGE is in Christ and Christ ALONE.  He ONLY is our ROCK.

Is He YOUR ROCK, FORTRESS, DELIVERER, SHIELD, the HORN of your SALVATION, STRENGTH, STRONGHOLD, and your DEFENSE?  He is NOT if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, but He can be ALL of this and SO much MORE, if you will 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 let Him be your ROCK, FORTRESS, DELIVERER, SHIELD, HORN of your SALVATION, STRENGTH, STRONGHOLD, and your DEFENSE.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!