Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Turn My Heart"


“Turn My Heart”

 

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.       Psalm 119:37

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.       Romans 2:7-8

 

This prayer of the Psalmist, is a prayer that EVERY TRUE BELIEVER needs to offer to our Heavenly Father, that He would TURN OUR HEARTS towards His laws, and that we might be OBEDIENT to His will for our lives. 

 

And that our HEART would NOT be turned toward SELFISH GAIN, which would cause us to SIN against our God, with a DISOBEDIENT nature, and would lead us to an ETERNITY in HELL.

 

The Apostle Paul gives the TRUE BELIEVER a picture of what happens to those who have asked God to, “TURN MY HEART TOWARD YOUR STATUTES and NOT TOWARD SELFISH GAIN.  Those who are PERSISTENT in doing GOOD SEEK GLORY, HONOR and IMMORTALITY. To them God will give ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven, and they will ESCAPE ALL the HORRORS of an ETERNITY in Hell.

 

But to those who are SELF-SEEKING and who REJECT the TRUTH and FOLLOW EVIL, there will be GOD’S WRATH and ANGER.  They will face an ETERNITY in HELL, with NO WAY of ESCAPE. Which of these two groups do YOU belong to?  SELF-SEEKING or SURRENDERED to GOD?

 

If you are presently in the SELF-SEEKING group, and have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God. I have GOOD NEWS for you.  God has a PLAN, to RESCUE you from an ETERNITY in HELL.  If you will TURN AWAY from your SINFUL LIFESTYLE, and TURN 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 TURN your HEART toward His statutes and DELIVER you from SELFISH GAIN, and an ETERNITY in Hell.    Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Preparing For Battle"


“Preparing For Battle”

 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty Power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.     Ephesians 6:10-12

 

The Apostle Paul is instructing the TRUE BELIEVERS to gear-up for BATTLE.  We are in a SPIRITUAL WAR, and our enemy is NOT mortal man, but it is against the rulers, the authorities, the powers and the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.  In order to FIGHT and be VICTORIOUS in this BATTLE, we MUST be STRONG in the Lord and in His MIGHTY POWER.  How do we accomplish this?

 

First of all, we NEED to make sure that our RELATIONSHIP with God is what it should be.  PRAYER is our line of communication, REMEMBER, if there is SIN in your HEART, God will NOT hear your prayer, unless it is the PRAYER of REPENTANCE.  (Ps. 66:18)  So we NEED to make sure our line of communication is open and working correctly. 

 

Then make sure your ARMOR is READY for BATTLE.  Check out each piece carefully.  First check out the BELT of TRUTH.  One of the things that Satan uses to defeat the Believer is DECEIT, of which he is the master.  He will use it to bring shame to the Believer.  DECEIT is, the act of LYING.  So the TRUE BELIEVER, who KNOWS the TRUTH, for it is the TRUTH that has set them FREE, SHOULD buckle the BELT of TRUTH around their waist, making sure it is secure.

 

The BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, is the next piece of armor to put on.  We, as TRUE BELIEVERS, need to consistently live our daily lives in the LIGHT. LIVING as God’s Children, being OBEDIENT to our Heavenly Father.   This will keep the accusations of Satan null and void, and will give Satan NO OPPORTUNITY to attack, because we can stand in the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus Christ.

 

Our feet should be shod with the preparation of the GOSPEL of PEACE, This helps the TRUE BELIEVER to STAND FIRM and SUREFOOTED in the GOSPEL.  KNOWING and EXPERIENCING the PEACE that comes to us from the GOSPEL MESSAGE.  We are able to STAND upon the WORD of the Living God and be VICTORIOUS over our ENEMY.

Above ALL else we MUST take up the SHIELD of FAITH, in order to thwart off the fiery darts of UNBELIEF and DOUBTS, keeping them away, so that our FAITH remains STRONG, STEADFAST and UNSHAKEABLE, throughout the BATTLE.   And then put on the HELMET of SALVATION, which PROTECTS our minds and our thoughts.  When our minds are set on JESUS CHRIST and His imminent RETURN, we are less likely to fall into Satan’s traps.  These pieces of ARMOR are for the PROTECTION of the TRUE BELIEVER. 

 

The SWORD of the SPIRIT, and PRAYING are used for ATTACKING SATAN, TEARING DOWN his STRONGHOLDS and DEFEATING him.  The WORD of GOD is the SWORD, and what we NEED to OVERCOME SATAN and his attacks.  READ IT, MEMORIZE IT, and OBEY IT.  This is what will WIN the BATTLE.  BE READY, by doing ALL of the ABOVE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have LOST this BATTLE and are headed to an ETERNITY in Hell with all of its HORRORS.  But you can still be VICTORIOUS over SATAN and change your DESTINATION from Hell to Heaven, by TURNING AWAY from your sinful lifestyle and TURNING 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 ABLE to STAND STRONG, STEADFAST, and VICTORIOUS in the BATTLE.  Don’t FORGET your ARMOR!  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, October 16, 2017

"The Undivided Heart"


“The Undivided Heart”

 

Teach me Your way, Lord, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.        Psalm 86:11

I will praise You, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever.      Psalm 86:12

Be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.   1 Samuel 12:24

Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.       Psalm 119:2

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.       Proverbs 3:5

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”        Mark 12:30

 

Psalm 86 is a prayer of David, a man after God’s own heart.  In this prayer, David petitions God to give him an UNDIVIDED HEART.  He knew that if he was to be FAITHFUL to God, and to be able to RELY on God’s FAITHFULNESS, he NEEDED to have an UNDIVIDED HEART.  An UNDIVIDED HEART is a HEART that is WHOLLY or COMPLETELY under the control of God’s Holy Spirit. 

 

It is a HEART that will offer TOTAL praise to the One, who is WORTHY and that praise and adoration will be done with an UNDIVIDED HEART. 

 

When we SERVE the Lord we are to serve Him with ALL our HEART, and to consider what GREAT things He has done for us.  We are to SEEK Him with an UNDIVIDED HEART, and NOT a HEART that is PARTIALLY seeking Him, but one that is WHOLLY seeking His presence.

 

We are to TRUST the Lord with ALL our HEART and to not lean on our own understanding.  In order to FULLY TRUST in the Lord, as we should, we MUST TRUST with an UNDIVIDED HEART. We cannot put our TRUST FULLY in Him, if we are depending on worldly means too.  It is EITHER OR, but NOT both.  It cannot be done with a DIVIDED HEART.

 

Jesus taught that the MOST IMPORTANT law for us to obey is to. “Love the Lord your God with ALL your HEART and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind and with ALL your strength.” If we are to TRULY LOVE GOD, it MUST be done with an UNDIVIDED HEART, SOUL, MIND and STRENGTH.  Do you TRULY LOVE God?  Or are you trying to LOVE Him with a DIVIDED HEART, SOUL, MIND and STRENGTH? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have an UNDIVIDED HEART, but it doesn’t belong to God, it belongs to SATAN and you are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, and ALL its horrors, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  In order to keep from that destiny, you MUST TURN AWAY from your sins and TURN 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 PRAISE HIM, SERVE HIM, SEEK HIM, TRUST HIM, LOVE HIM, with an UNDIVIDED HEART.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

"The Acts of the Flesh, or the Fruit of the Spirit?"


“The Acts of the Flesh, or the Fruit of the Spirit?”

 

The acts of the flesh are obvious:  sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  

Galatians 5:19-23

 

The ACTS of the FLESH are obvious in the world in which we live.  They are flaunted in front of us daily.  They are the attributes of an UNBELIEVER, who continually lives carrying out most of these ACTS and more, which are not listed here, but nevertheless they too exist. 

 

Now, let me clarify something very important, this does not mean that if a TRUE BELIEVER falls into temptation, and is guilty of one of these sins that they will LOSE their SALVATION.  It is speaking of those who LIVE conducting such ACTS CONTINUALLY and with NO remorse for their sinful behavior. For the TRUE BELIEVER, they will come under CONVICTION, which is brought on by the work of the Holy Spirit, who indwells them, and they SHOULD TURN AWAY from their transgression and TURN BACK to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and He will be FAITHFUL to FORGIVE them of their sin.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us that those who choose to live by ACTS of the FLESH will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.  Their destiny, will be spending an ETERNITY in HELL, should they continue living such a SINFUL lifestyle, and REJECTING Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD.   Are you living by ACTS of the FLESH?

 

The OPPOSITE of living by ACTS of the FLESH is PRODUCING the FRUIT of the SPIRIT, which is NOT done under our OWN actions, but by the actions of GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT, which indwells EVERY TRUE BELIEVER.  When we TOTALLY SURRENDER to the HOLY SPIRIT, and His work in our lives, we will PRODUCE His FRUIT.  Now, there might be somebody that is thinking they can live by the ACTS of the FLESH and practice living with the attributes of the SPIRIT, but if you are thinking that way, you are very much DECEIVED and more than likely NOT a TRUE CHILD of the Living God.  Any of the FRUIT you bear is of your OWN merits and NOT the HOLY SPIRIT, who is NOT indwelling you.  If you have NOT given your WHOLE HEART and LIFE to God, then you are living by ACTS of the FLESH and are destined for an ETERNITY in Hell.  However, God has a plan to RESCUE you from that destiny.  But you MUST come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, in order to be RESCUED, and you MUST 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, before God.  ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be set FREE from living by ACTS of the FLESH, and start producing the FRUIT of the SPIRIT, and inherit the Kingdom of God.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

"The Security of the Sheep"


“The Security of the Sheep”

 

“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and the Father are One.”       John 10:27-30

 

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ confirming the SECURITY of the TRUE BELIEVER.  We are the SHEEP, and He is the GOOD SHEPHERD.  Being His sheep, we should FOLLOW Him, whenever and wherever He LEADS. 

 

He gives us ETERNAL LIFE, and we will NEVER perish; ETERNAL LIFE is a gift, and because it is a gift, given to EVERY TRUE BELIEVER, when they come to God for their SALVATION, they are ASSURED of ETERNAL life, and the promise that they will not PERISH.  TRUE BELIEVERS may stumble and fall to temptation, but Jesus, the GOOD SHEPHERD NEVER loses ANY of His SHEEP.

 

The SECURITY of the SHEEP does not depend on the frail sheep, but on the ABILITY of the GOOD SHEPHERD to DEFEND and PRESERVE His flock.  NO ONE is strong enough to SNATCH them out of His hand or the hand of His Father, who is OMNIPOTENT, or ALL POWERFUL, and there is NO ONE stronger or more powerful than He.

 

God’s plan of SALVATION and the gift of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN cannot be done away with or taken away from.  If it were possible to SNATCH it away, it would not be ETERNAL.  God would not take back from Jesus, His One and Only Son, the gift of His flock.  However, the flock is made up of TRUE BELIEVERS, those who have TRULY REPENTED of their sins, and have RECEIVED their gift of SALVATION, and ETERNAL LIFE, the gift that will NEVER be taken AWAY from them, because they have the GOOD SHEPHERD, who is like His Father, ALL POWERFUL, and ABLE to SECURE His SHEEP.  Are you a part of the Flock of Jesus?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT a part of His flock.  And your ETERNITY will be spent in Hell, unless your TURN AWAY from your sinful lifestyle, and TURN 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 a part of His SAFE and SECURE flock, with an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"You KNOW Me"


“You KNOW Me”

 

Lord, You have examined me and know all about me.  You know when I sit down and when I get up.  You know my thoughts before I think them.  You know where I go and where I lie down.  You know thoroughly everything I do.  Lord, even before I say a word, You already know it.  You are all around me---in front and in back---and have put Your hand on me. Your knowledge is amazing to me; it is more than I can understand.         Psalm 139:1-6

 

David acknowledges God’s OMNISCIENCENT power.  OMNISCIENT, ALL KNOWING, this is one of three of God’s SUPERNATURAL attributes.  The fact that God KNOWS EVERYTHING about EVERYBODY, and EVERYTHING that HAPPENS, even BEFORE it happens, in fact, He has KNOWN it before creation, this is MIND-BOGGLING. 

 

Just think, God KNOWS EVERY teeny, tiny aspect of your life, as a matter of fact David says that God has planned out ALL of His days and written them in His book even before he was one day old. (v 16)  God has plans for EVERYBODY.  He KNOWS whether we will be OBEDIENT to His will or not. 

 

He KNOWS ALL about YOU, even when you sit down or stand up, He knows what you think even BEFORE you think it.  (SCARY, isn’t it?)   He KNOWS where you go and where you lie down.  David says that God KNOWS THOROUGHLY EVERYTHING he does.  That means there is NOT one tiny detail that God doesn’t KNOW about, concerning our every action.  Even BEFORE we speak a word He already KNOWS what we are about to say.  He is EVERYWHERE, ALL around us in FRONT and in BACK, and His MIGHTY hand is on us. 

 

How can this be?  That He can KNOW ALL ABOUT EVERYBODY that has ever been born, even the precious babies who were ABORTED, He KNOWS EVERYTHING about YOU, and He is EVERYWHERE, there is NOWHERE you can go that He is NOT there.  There is NO HIDING PLACE.  His KNOWLEDGE supersedes ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, and is TRULY AMAZING and MORE than mortal man can conceive. 

 

Do you KNOW this AMAZING God?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to Him?  If NOT then you are doomed to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment and torture. God not only KNOWS you, but He LOVES you, even while you are still living in sin, and He wants you to have an ETERNITY in Heaven with Him.  This is possible, only if you will 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, His ONLY Begotten Son, died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and LET God be God in your life.  Do it NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"The Curse and the Cure"


“The Curse and the Cure”

 

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.       Romans 5:18-19

 

When Adam was created by God, he was created without a sinful nature.  He knew not sin, he was not DISOBEDIENT to God in ANY way.  Not until Eve was tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden, was SIN and DISOBEDIENCE against Creator God known or brought into the PERFECT, SINLESS CREATION.  It was then that SIN entered the world.  Mankind is born with a sinful nature, thanks to Adam.  “Therefore just as sin entered the world through one man,” because of his DISOBEDIENCE, we are CURSED with a SINFUL nature.  “And DEATH through SIN came to ALL people, because ALL sinned.”  (Rom. 5:12)

 

Because SIN and DEATH, the CURSE, was brought into the world, through the DISOBEDIENCE of one man, and since mankind is born with a SINFUL NATURE, DEATH reigns.  It is a SPIRITUAL DEATH that separates mankind from Creator God, and ALL that is RIGHTEOUS and HOLY, and condemns mankind to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  ALL due to one man’s DISOBEDIENCE.

 

But God in His INFINITE MERCY, AMAZING GRACE and ABUNDANT LOVE, sent ONE MAN, Jesus Christ to bring REDEMPTION and JUSTIFICATION through His ULTIMATE, SACRIFICE, His LIFE’S BLOOD shed on an OLD RUGGED CROSS, for the SALVATION of ALL mankind.  In order that GRACE might reign through RIGHTEOUSNESS, and OBEDIENCE over DISOBEDIENCE would bring LIFE through that ONE MAN, Jesus Christ our Lord, and our REDEEMER.  The CURE!

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are headed for HELL, because of that CURSE and you are dying a SPIRITUAL DEATH, SEPARATION from GOD for ALL ETERNITY.  But God is offering 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 ESCAPE from the CURSE, of DEATH by RECEIVING the CURE, of LIFE, ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Called to Be Holy"


“Called to Be Holy”

 

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But Just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written:  “Be holy, because I am holy.”        ! Peter 1:14-16

 

HOLY:  Set apart for religious use, consecrated, sacred, spiritually pure, sinless. 

 

As OBEDIENT children of the Living God, we should become as close as we can to being like Him in EVERY aspect of our lives.   One of the attributes of God is HOLINESS, and because He is HOLY, we too should be HOLY. 

 

When we come to Him for the SALVATION of our souls, we NEED to have a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  There are many people who THINK they are SAVED, but are NOT, because they did NOT receive it with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, they may have accepted it in their MIND, but it was NOT a TRUE REPENTANT HEART experience. 

 

When a person comes to God for SALVATION, and they come with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, they come ACKNOWLEDGING they are a SINNER, and will CONFESS their SINS to Him. The difference is that they have a LIFE-CHANGING experience.  They are no longer to conform to their OLD SINFUL ways, and evil desires they once practiced, but something NEW takes place in their HEART.  Now, please don’t misunderstand, they will be tempted, more than ever, to continue in their SINFUL lifestyle, but the Apostle Peter, encourages all of God’s OBEDIENT CHILDREN to become HOLY or set apart for religious purposes, to be SPIRITUALLY PURE, and SINLESS. 

 

Of course, we will NOT be able to achieve COMPLETE HOLINESS, this side of Heaven, but we are to WORK at getting every part of our lives to be in the process of becoming conformed to God’s PERFECT and HOLY will.  We are being CALLED to be HOLY as He is HOLY.   

 

A person who may THINK they are SAVED, but it is or has been ONLY a MIND thing, and NOT a TRUE HEART thing, will NOT have a LIFE-CHANGING experience, but will go right back doing their old evil desires, thinking that they can have the best of both, being SAVED, and still living in SIN.  The devil has them DEADLY DECEIVED. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, and you are continuing to live a SINFUL life-style, then you are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, with all of its HORRORS.  You MUST TURN AWAY from your sins, and TURN 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 CALLED to be HOLY as He is HOLY.  Do it NOW, while you still can He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, October 9, 2017

"Perverted Values"


“Perverted Values”

 

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.       Isaiah 5:20

 

The world we live in today, is a very difficult place for the Christian lifestyle.  We are seeing MORE of a twisted view of one’s VALUES or MORALS.  Society has dictated to us the way we SHOULD live our lives, according to their perspective on what is RIGHT, and what is WRONG.

 

To an UNBELIEVER, the VALUES of a person are VERY PERVERTED.  The UNBELIEVER will practice a WICKED and PERVERTED lifestyle, and try their best to pass it off as something that is GOOD, when God, the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, considers it to be EVIL. 

 

The UNBELIEVER’S VALUES, are influenced by the DARKNESS of an EVIL, DARK world, which promotes its EVIL behavior as something that is GOOD and keeps people in the DARK with such DECEPTION.  Their EVIL, DARK lifestyle is laced with BITTERNESS of IMMORALITY and PERVERSENESS, with the deception that their PERVERTED VALUES are GOOD.

 

They lead people to believe that the lifestyle of a TRUE BELIEVER is NOT GOOD, but that it is EVIL or BAD, and is NOT really LIGHT in a DARK world, but that it produces BITTERNESS and HATRED for them and their PERVERTED VALUE SYSTEM. 

 

Isaiah says, “WOE” to those who call EVIL GOOD and GOOD EVIL, who put DARKNESS for LIGHT and LIGHT for DARKNESS, who put BITTER for SWEET and SWEET for BITTER.  This is a WARNING for those who believe and practice such PERVERTED VALUES. They WILL be JUDGED and SENTENCED to an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torture, torment, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE. 

 

Where do you stand?  Are you practicing PERVERTED VALUES?  Are you calling EVIL GOOD, and GOOD EVIL, putting DARKNESS for LIGHT and LIGHT for DARKNESS, one who puts BITTER for SWEET and SWEET for BITTER?  If this is how you LIVE and BELIEVE, then WOE to you, for you are facing an ETERNITY in Hell, unless you TURN AWAY from you PERVERTED VALUES and TURN 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 get rid of your PERVERTED VALUES, and start LIVING for God.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"The Word of God"


“The Word of God”

 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.      2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

This was the Apostle Paul’s last letter, it was written to Timothy, his ‘son in the faith’.  It was the Apostle Paul’s final charge to Timothy. He, more or less, wanted Timothy to take up where he had left off.  And to use the Word of God as a SWORD to ward off the FALSE teachers and IMPOSTERS of the Word of God.  Those who WRONGFULLY teach and instruct the Word, and who leads others astray.

 

Paul, encourages Timothy to CONTINUE in the Word of God, in that which he had learned and became convinced of.  The Holy Scriptures, which is the Word of God enables one to become wise for SALVATION through FAITH in Christ Jesus.  It NEEDS to be taught in churches, today.  But it MUST be taught TRUTHFULLY and in order to do that it MUST be READ and STUDIED.  It is NOT just a book that is used when we attend church.  It MUST be USED DAILY.

 

All Scripture is the Word of God and is “God-breathed” or INSPIRED by GOD.  “You must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.  For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  (2 Peter 1:20-21).  It wasn’t written by man, himself, on his own, but they wrote what was given to them by the Holy Spirit of God.

 

It is through the Word of God that we obtain SALVATION, and it is through the Word of God that we are equipped to do the WORK of God, it teaches us.  It is BENEFICIAL to our Christian living.  It is used for CONVICTION, it rebukes us, when we go against God’s will.  It SETS THINGS RIGHT, it corrects us.   It EQUIPS the TRUE BELIEVER to do EVERY GOOD WORK of God, it trains us.  

 

We cannot function as TRUE CHILDREN of GOD, unless we KNOW what is RIGHT and TRUTHFUL, and LIVE IT.  We MUST READ and STUDY the WORD and KNOW what it says and what it means, and APPLY IT to our LIVES DAILY! 

 

Do you know what the Word of God says about obtaining SALVATION?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then you probably don’t know what you need to do, in order to RECEIVE His gift of SALVATION, in order to keep you out of an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony, and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  The Word of God tells us that you need to TURN AWAY from your sins and to 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.  When you do this, begin READING and STUDYING the Word of God, and become STRONG in your FAITH, EQUIPPED to do EVERY GOOD WORK of God.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Friday, October 6, 2017

"Who is Jesus Christ?"


“Who is Jesus Christ?”

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation.  For by Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions 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.  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.        Colossians 1:15-18

 

Just who is this JESUS?  Well, I’m going to give you a brief glance at some of the attributes that describe WHO HE IS.  Most of us KNOW that He is the Son of God, but He is MORE than just a Son.  (1) He is the IMAGE of the INVISIBLE GOD, “image” here means the REPRESENTATION and MANFESTATION of the Living God.  “He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” (Heb. 1:3)  

 

(2) He is the FIRSTBORN over CREATION.  This does NOT mean that Jesus, the Creator, created Himself, for one cannot create himself.  “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”  (John 1:3)  Jesus Christ PRECEDED Creation and is SOVEREIGN over ALL Creation.  Just as the FIRSTBORN of a family has PRIORITY of being born first and therefore has the SUPERIORITY that goes along with it.   “Firstborn” implies SOVEREIGNITY.  The term “FIRSTBORN” here implies the PRIORITY of Jesus Christ over Creation in time, and His SOVEREIGNITY over Creation by His rank.

 

(3) He is the CREATOR of the UNIVERSE.  ALL thing were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, this includes the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, both material and immaterial.  “But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed Heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.  (Heb. 1:2)

 

(4) He is the HEAD of the CHURCH.   The CHURCH is the INVISIBLE or UNIVERSAL CHURCH, which is made up of ALL TRUE BELIEVERS.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, no racial identification, ONLY the special body of TRUE BELIEVERS, a NEW CREATION of God, and of whom Jesus Christ is the SOVEREIGN, the HEAD of the special body.

 

(5) He is the FIRSTBORN FROM the DEAD.  Jesus Christ, TRIUMPHED over DEATH, with His RESURRECTION from the DEAD.  He was the FIRST to be RESURRECTED from the dead, NEVER to DIE again.  Because of His OBEDIENCE to the point of DEATH on a cross, and being RESURRECTED from the DEAD, “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”  (Phil. 2:9-10)

 

This is a brief picture of who Jesus is.  Do you KNOW Him as your LORD and SAVIOR?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to Him?  If NOT, you are HEADED for an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  You MUST TURN AWAY from your SINFUL LIFESTYLE and TURN 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 a part of His BODY, the “SPECIAL” creation of God.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Slaves to Sin = Spiritual Death or Slaves to Righteousness = Eternal Life?"


“Slaves to Sin = Spiritual Death or Slaves to Righteousness = Eternal Life?”

 

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.    

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:17, 18, 22, 23

 

The life-style of an UNBELIEVER, is that they are SLAVES to SIN.  This means that their life is MASTERED by SIN.  And not just SOCIAL SINS, drinking, sex, cursing, gambling, cheating, adultery, stealing, murder, etc., but SINS of the HEART, disobedience, disrespect, hatred, depravity, wickedness, etc.  These are all SINS that MASTER the UNBELIEVER’S life-style.  And will bring SPIRITUAL DEATH, with an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of ETERNAL TORMENT.

 

The Apostle Paul, in this part of His letter to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Rome, is giving THANKS to God for the CONVERSION of the ROMAN BELIEVERS, the fact that they were FREE from their BONDAGE of SIN, and that they came to OBEY, from their heart, the teaching that they had claimed allegiance to, the WORD of God, and were made SLAVES to RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

He goes on to tell the TRUE BELIEVERS that because they have made the WISE CHOICE, in ACCEPTING the SALVATION of their souls, having been set FREE from their SINS and becoming SLAVES of GOD, their benefit is that they will REAP HOLINESS, which leads to ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven. 

 

For the wages of SIN is DEATH, SPIRITUAL DEATH, ETERNAL SEPARATION from the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS God of the UNIVERSE, a HORRIBLE demise.  But the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE, with NO SEPARATION ever, ALWAYS with God, the FATHER and His SON, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

What is your choice?  To be a SLAVE to SIN, and to reap SPIRITUAL DEATH, with ETERNAL SEPARATION from God, in Hell, the place of ETERNAL TORMENT?  Or would you make the WISE CHOICE of TURNING AWAY from your SINS, to be SET FREE from your bondage to SIN, and to become a SLAVE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and to receive the gift of God, ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven with Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.  In order to do that, 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 be SET FREE from your SINS and SPIRITUAL DEATH, and become a SLAVE to RIGHTEOUSNESS, with ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Why Be A TRUE Child of the Living God?"


“Why Be A TRUE Child of the Living God?”

 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.  He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.        Psalm 103:8-10

 

Why should mankind come to God for the SALVATION of their souls?   Let’s look at some pretty good reasons:  First, the Lord is MERCIFUL and GRACIOUS, because of His MERCY and GRACE, we have the opportunity to be RESCUED from our sentence of CONDEMNATION, which, for those who are NOT a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD, is an eternity in Hell, which NO ONE in their RIGHT mind wants. 

Secondly, God is SLOW to ANGER, and ABOUNDING in MERCY.  With ALL the SIN, WICKEDNESS, DEPRAVITY, and REBELLION AGAINST God, yet He is NOT one to ‘fly off the handle’, but there is a point in time when He will not put up with the SIN, WICKEDNESS, DEPRAVITY, and REBELLION.  When, Jesus returns, in the clouds, to take the TRUE CHILDREN of the LIVING GOD, home to Heaven, the RAPTURE, then God will unleash His anger on the earth and those who are NOT His TRUE CHILDREN, those who have IGNORED and REJECTED His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, the Lord Jesus Christ, they will be subjected to the WRATH of God.  You still have the opportunity to come to Him NOW, because He is ABOUNDING in MERCY.  

Thirdly, Because Jesus Christ took our SINS and GUILT upon himself, God will not always strive with, nor keep His anger forever with those who belong to Him.  Their SINS and INIQUITIES are FORGIVEN and COVERED by the shed BLOOD of Jesus Christ, they are removed from us, as far as the EAST is from the WEST. 

FOURTHLY, because of His MERCY and GRACE for His TRUE CHILDREN, He will NOT deal with us according to our sins, nor will He PUNISH us according to our iniquities.  In other words, because of Jesus’ REDEEMING work on the cross, we will NOT receive what we DESERVE.

 

These are some reasons to become a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then you are NOT His TRUE CHILD, you are His creation, but NOT His TRUE CHILD.  Your ETERNAL DESTINY is a place called Hell, the place of UNENDING torture, torment, pain, agony, heartache and despair.  But God in His ABOUNDING MERCY and ABUNDANT GRACE is offering you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY from your SINFUL lifestyle, and 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 Him, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Living As Servants of God"


“Living As Servants of God”

 

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.   Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.         1 Peter 2:15-16

 

We live in a very SINFUL, WICKED, DEPRAVED world, and for the TRUE BELIEVER it is very DIFFICULT to live the way God wants and expects us to live.  We face all kinds of adversities, trials, and temptations, but it is the will of God for us to live, doing good works, which would stop foolish people from showing their ignorance by saying stupid things about us. 

 

We are expected to live by being OBEDIENT to the laws of the land, in other words we are to obey the laws that are given to us, to live by. Unless, of course, they are contradictory to the laws of God.  We are to yield to the highest authority in this land.  We are to be LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, which seems to be the minority in this day and time.  However, by doing this, we are obeying the will of God, and shutting the mouths of ignorant, foolish people, who love more than anything to PERSECUTE and DEMEAN the Christians.

 

The Apostle Peter tells us that we should live as people who are FREE, FREE from the penalty of SIN, but we are NOT to use our FREEDOM as a cover-up for participating in sin, instead we are to LIVE as SERVANTS of GOD.  That means we are to follow the example that Jesus has set before us, and strive to live according to the WILL of God, by living as a SERVANT of God.  One who seeks, with ALL their HEART to live doing the GOOD THINGS God want us to do.  SERVING Him and HONORING Him. 

 

We will fail every now and then, but it is up to us to make it right with God, by SEEKING His FORGIVENESS and continuing to LIVE as His SERVANT.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are LIVING in SIN and are destined for an ETERNITY in Hell.  You MUST come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, your sins to Him, and TURN AWAY FROM your sins, 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 start LIVING AS GOD’S SERVANT, by doing good things, and being OBEDIENT to the WILL of God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

"Getting and Maintaining Wisdom"


“Getting and Maintaining Wisdom”

 

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.   Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.  Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.   Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.       Proverbs 4:23-27

 

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. (v7) “Wisdom is the quality of being wise, good judgment based on knowledge.”  (Webster’s Dictionary)   GETTING WISDOM, is the beginning of wisdom.  The writer of Proverbs, tells the reader that they NEED to LISTEN to a Father’s INSTRUCTION; PAY ATTENTION and GAIN UNDERSTANDING.  In other words, be WISE by LISTENING, PAYING ATTENTION and GAINING UNDERSTANDING. When they have been OBEDIENT to follow those instructions they will have obtained the beginning of WISDOM.

 

Then the Writer goes on to give instructions on how they can MAINTAIN or KEEP their WISDOM.  He tells them that, “Above ALL else, GUARD your HEART, for EVERYTHING you do flows from it.”   In this passage the word HEART takes in NOT only the mental and emotional capacity, but also the VALUE SYSTEM.  What they SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do, in order to MAINTAIN WISDOM.  

 

KEEP YOUR MOUTH FREE of PERVERSITY; keeping your mouth from wicked speech, and letting the words of your mouth be ACCEPTABLE to God.  KEEP CORRUPT TALK far from your lips.  CORRUPT or DISHONEST talk should NEVER come from the mouth of the TRUE BELIEVER, the one who TRULY TRUSTS in the LORD. 

 

LET YOUR EYES LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD; fix your gaze directly before you.  Don’t be DISTRACTED, but CONTINUE on the STRAIGHT and NARROW, keeping your eyes on Jesus.  Living an UPRIGHT lifestyle, and NOT being like the Apostle Peter, who took his eyes off of Jesus, and began to sink into the sea.  If we take our eyes off of Jesus, which is a VERY UNWISE thing to do, we to sink into the sea of sinfulness.  So LET YOUR EYES LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD to the RIGHT PATH of your life.  KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS!!

 

GIVE CAREFUL THOUGHT to the paths for your feet and be STEADFAST in ALL your WAYS.  The REALLY WISE thing to do here, is to let the HOLY SPIRIT lead you to the RIGHT PATH, then with PERSERVANCE and STEADFASTNESS, STAY on that path.  DO NOT turn to the RIGHT or the LEFT; KEEP YOUR FOOT FROM EVIL.  STAY ON THE STRAIGHT and NARROW! 

 

These are the things that a TRUE BELIEVER MUST do in order to GET and to MAINTAIN WISDOM.  But if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, which is NOT the WISE thing to do, you are destined to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torture, torment, pain, heartache, agony, and despair.  You must do the WISEST thing you have EVER done or will do.  Come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVEING 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 GET WISDOM and MAINTAIN WISDOM.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Our Present Suffering and Our Future Glory"


“Our Present Suffering and Our Future Glory”

 

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the Children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the Children of God.        Romans 8:18-21

 

The Apostle Paul’s expectations of our FUTURE GLORY is the ABUNDANT HOPE of our ETERNITY in Heaven.  He believes that there is NO COMPARISON of our PRESENT SUFFERINGS to our FUTURE GLORY.

 

What an AWESOME thing to believe.  When we look around us and see ALL the suffering in our world, our nation, our families, even our own lives. However, Paul’s FAITH was so strong that he could say with CONFIDENCE that “our PRESENT SUFFERINGS are not worth comparing with the GLORY that will be revealed in us,” when Christ returns.   We cannot even begin to realize ALL the GLORY that awaits the TRUE Child of God.  “As it is written:  “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no mind has conceived”---the things God has prepared for those who LOVE Him.”  (1 Corinthians 2:9)

 

So even in our PRESENT SUFFERING, we can look forward to our FUTURE GLORY, as the Apostle Paul did. And even creation waits eagerly for Christ return, and for the revelation of God’s Children.  At that time, Creation itself, will be ‘SET FREE’ from its bondage of decay, which it was subject to by the disobedience of Adam, and it will be brought into the FREEDOM and GLORY of the Children of God. 

 

This GREAT and GLORIOUS scenario for the TRUE CHILD of GOD, is ALL possible through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.   He has made it POSSIBLE for the TRUE BELIEVER to be SET FREE from the PENALTY of SIN by His death on the cross.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23).   We have been SET FREE from the POWER of SIN, when we died 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.”  (Gal. 2:20)  And we are SET FREE from the PRESENCE of SIN when ALL of nature is delivered from its bondage.  “Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the FREEDOM and GLORY of the Children of God.”  (Romans 8:21)

Have you been SET FREE from the PENALTY of Sin, the POWER of Sin, and to the SOON demise of the PRESENCE of Sin?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your answer is “NO!”  In order to be SET FREE from the PENALTY, POWER, and PRESENCE of SIN, 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 have CONFIDENCE that your PRESENT SUFFERINGS are NOT comparable with the FUTURE GLORY that will be revealed in YOU, when Christ returns.  Do these things NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!