Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Forsaken"


“Forsaken”

 

At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?”  Which is translated, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?’       Mark 15:34

 

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.        2 Corinthians 5:21

 

FORSAKEN:  ABANDONMENT, to LEAVE, GIVE UP, or to DESERT. 

 

In this country, people FORSAKE each other daily.  Spouses FORSAKE each other, parents FORSAKE their children, and children FORSAKE their parents, and friends FORSAKE each other, for all kinds of reasons, and while this may be painful emotionally, it cannot compare to what our Lord Jesus went through on the cross, when God the Father had FORSAKEN God the Son.

 

The PAIN and ANGUISH of the soul is much deeper and painful than anything a person will endure.  When the TRUE BELIEVER goes through trials and tests or when they harbor unconfessed sins, they get a taste of the PAIN and ANGUISH of the soul, while they are NOT FORSAKEN by God, because of their relationship with Him, which is made possible, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, they can and will experience a SEPARATION of their relationship with Him, until they confess their sins to Him.  Some trials and testing may put them through the fire to strengthen their faith, and they will experience the PAIN and ANGUISH of the soul.

 

In order for God and mankind to have a right relationship with each other, there had to be a WAY from SINFUL MANKIND to the RIGHTEOUS GOD.  That WAY was provided by God’s own Son, Jesus Christ, who was SINLESS, He was without SIN, NEVER knew SIN, He was SPOTLESS, and for the FORGIVENESS of mankind’s sins, God made Jesus, who knew NO sin to become SIN on our behalf, in order for us to become the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.  God being a HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD, could not bear to look on His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, who had never been FORSAKEN by God, from ETERNITY PAST to ETERNITY FUTURE. But at that moment on the cross, when He took on the sins of ALL mankind, PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE, He was FORSAKEN by His Heavenly Father, and He KNEW and EXPERIENCED the PAIN and ANGUISH of the soul. 

 

If you have never given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are living a SINFUL life-style and are doomed for an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, anguish, heartache and despair, even if you think you are living a “GOOD” life.  If you have NOT come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING 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, and ACCEPTING His gift of SALVATION, then you WILL NOT make it to Heaven, but you WILL be FORSAKEN, because of YOUR sins.  So do the above things, NOW, while you still can because He is waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Friday, August 18, 2017

"The Healthy, Thriving Church"


“The Healthy, Thriving Church”

 

The church everywhere in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace and became stronger.  Respecting the Lord by the way they lived, and being encouraged by the Holy Spirit, the group of believers continued to grow.        Acts 9:31

 

What is a HEALTHY, THRIVING church?  And how did it get that way?  The church is made up of a body of people, who profess to be BELIEVERS in the Lord Jesus Christ.  They SHOULD be ALL in one ACCORD with the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, and SHOULD LOVE each other UNCONDITIONALLY as God LOVES us.  They SHOULD have a HEART of FORGIVENESS and COMPASSION for EVERYBODY, not just their little click or group, but for ALL PEOPLE, even the downcast, and unlovable. 

 

The HEALTHY, THRIVING church is a church that WORKS together and NOT against each other.  It’s a church that shows RESPECT for the Lord by the way they conduct themselves.  In other words they LIVE by the WORD of GOD.  LEARNING and OBEYING His commands, even if it goes against what THEY may want or think.   They SHOULD be SUBMISSIVE to God, DYING to their fleshly desires, and being brought into the NEWNESS of LIFE in Christ Jesus through the WORK of God’s Holy Spirit.

 

The HEALTHY, THRIVING church is a church that is being ENCOURAGED by the HOLY SPIRIT.  Whenever people are ENCOURAGED they are more apt to WORK harder and be more FAITHFUL to the cause of Christ.  The Holy Spirit sets the example for the TRUE BELIEVER, who SHOULD ENCOURAGE other TRUE BELIEVERS in their walk with the Lord, they should NOT, be envious or jealous of each other.  They SHOULD NOT gossip, back-bite, or slander others, but should ENCOURAGE them and be willing to mentor or disciple them. 

 

The devil is ALIVE and is HARD at WORK, trying to destroy the Church, the body of Christ.  The body is only as STRONG as the different parts of it is STRONG.  The devil knows where he can attack and be victorious in a person’s life to bring them down to his level.  Using them to DESTROY the WORK God is doing.  They become a THREAT to the HEALTH of the Church.  And could possibly be the DEATH of the local church they are a part of.  BEWARE THE DEVIL IS LIKE A ROARING LION SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR!!

 

Check out your own WALK with God.  Are you LOVING, COMPASSIONATE, FORGIVING, and ENCOURAGING?  Are you WORKING HARD and FAITHFUL to keep the Church HEALTHY and THRIVING?  Or are you, ENVIOUS, JEALOUS, GOSSIPING, BACKBITING and SLANDERING others? Tearing down and working AGAINST God’s Church, making it WEAK and SICK.  If you are doing these things you NEED FORGIVENESS.  Maybe you have NOT TRULY given your HEART and Life to God, then you are doing the work of the devil and are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, 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 a part of the HEALTHY, THRIVING Church.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

"The Spirit without Measure"


“The Spirit without Measure”

 

For God sent Him, and He speaks God’s words, since He gives the Spirit without measure.      John 3:34

When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness.        Acts 4:31

 

When God sent Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son, into the world to save the world from its sins.  He was endowed with the FULLNESS of the Holy Spirit, without measure.  When a person TRULY accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are given the gift of the Holy Spirit.  They are to be FILLED with the Spirit, this does NOT mean that they only receive a small portion of the Spirit, at that time, and a little more later on, until they are all FILLED UP with the Holy Spirit.  To be FILLED by the Spirit, is to be LED or CONTROLLED by the Spirit of God.  This is why the Apostle Paul instructs the TRUE BELIEVER NOT to QUENCH the Spirit, (1Thess. 5:19).

 

Peter and John had a prayer meeting with some other believers, and they prayed that the Lord would give them the privilege to speak the message of God with COMPLETE BOLDNESS.  When they had finished their prayer, the place where they were gathered, SHOOK, and they were ALL FILLED, or LED, or CONTROLLED by the HOLY SPIRIT and began to speak God’s message with boldness.  They did NOT QUENCH His Spirit but they ALLOWED the Spirit to speak BOLDILY through them. 

 

As TRUE BELIEVERS, we have the POWER and CAPABILITY of doing WHATEVER God calls us to do, because of the FULLNESS of His Spirit that ABIDES within us.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER, but you are LOST and headed for a place called HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, you are NOW being given the opportunity to TURN AWAY from your sins and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, 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, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be FILLED, (LED or CONTROLLED), with God’s Holy Spirit, without measure.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Where is Your God?"


“Where is Your God?”


As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”      Psalm 42 1-3


We all, at some time, or another, have faced, or had faced, or ARE facing precarious situations. Situations that are sometimes a REAL CHALLENGE to our FAITH.  The Psalmist, here is talking of such a PRECARIOUS TIME.  A time when he was being bombarded with OPPRESSION and TORMENT from his enemies.  However he knew where his HELP would come from.  And like a deer pants for streams of water, so his soul panted for God. 


His DRY, OPPRESSED, TORMENTED soul thirsted for the LIVING GOD.  And in his NEED, he CRIES out to God, “When can I go and meet with God?”  Those of us who have a designated time and place for our “Quiet Time” with our Heavenly Father, knows how important it is to KEEP that SAME time and place EVERYDAY, we NEED to make it a PRIORITY in our busy, fast-paced life.  And evidently so did the Psalmist.


When we go for our time with Father God, we must go with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, a HEART that is BROKEN and CONTRITE before the LIVING GOD, even to tears.  The ENEMIES of the Psalmist tormented and oppressed him, ALL DAY LONG with, “Where is your God?”  They could see that he was suffering and longing for God, but it seemed as though he was ABANDONDED.


However, they were NOT successful with their taunting and oppressive rhetoric of; “Where is your God?”  Instead it caused him to reflect on his past worship experiences, and he said:  “Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your HOPE in God, for I will yet PRAISE Him, my Savior and my God.”  (v5), and he KNEW full well WHERE HIS GOD WAS.


IF you are a TRUE CHILD of God, and you are dealing with those PRECARIOUS situations, you can have that ASSURANCE of knowing WHERE YOUR GOD IS, too.  Because He dwells within the HEART of EVERY TRUE BELIEVER, in form of the HOLY SPIRIT.  He is ALWAYS with you, and KNOWS your EVERY SITUATION.  Just like the Psalmist, you MUST THIRST after the LIVING GOD, and He will direct His love to you by day and His song will be with you during the night.

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT His TRUE CHILD, and are in NEED of His LOVE to bring you through the PRECARIOUS SITUATIONS of your LIFE.  And for the SALVATION of your SOUL.  In order to do that, 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 escape HELL and the CONTINUAL TAUNTING of:  “Where is your God?”  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"They Hated Me for No Reason"


“They Hated Me for No Reason”

 

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.

But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law:  “They hated Me without reason.”                           John 15:18, 19, 25

 

There was once a cliché: “Feel the LOVE.”  Now we seem to be in an environment with a cliché of:  “Feel the HATE”, because we seem to live in a world where we see very little expressions of LOVE and a LOT more expressions of HATE.  Mainly among our YOUNG people in our UNIVERSITIES and our COLLEGES, those who are ENCOURAGED to express their HATE-FILLED rhetoric, which a lot of times ends up in VIOLENT clashes among the OPPOSING sides, and not only destruction of properties, but even the murder of innocent people.  What a horrible environment to raise our families in.

 

Jesus was talking to His disciples (followers), about the environment that they were living in, and He told them this:  “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.”  Jesus did NOT “feel the LOVE.” Instead He felt the HATE, of the very ones that should have SHOWERED Him with their AFFECTIONS, however, the Religious Leaders, felt the HATE in their HEARTS, instead, and STIRRED up the people to “Feel the HATE in their HEARTS for the Son of the Living God, Jesus Christ.   Even to putting Him to DEATH on an old rugged cross.  “They HATED Him for NO reason!”  Other than their OWN sinful HEARTS. 

 

This HATE-FILLED environment put Jesus’ disciples at risk, because of their CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with Him.  This same HATE-FILLED environment puts the TRUE BELIEVERS of today, at risk also.  Many have been PERSECUTED and put to DEATH because of their CLOSE RELATIONSHIP to the Lord.   If they would have compromised with the world, and given-up their FAITH in Jesus Christ, then their lives might have been spared.   Some TRUE CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS are scorned, slandered, belittled and done even worse by family members and friends for being so FANATICAL about their FAITH.   In my opinion, if someone DIES to SAVE you from an ETERNITY of TORMENT and TORTURE, HEARTACHE and PAIN, you need to be FANATICAL about your RELATIONSHIP with them.  But many are shunned and “feel the HATE, NOT the LOVE.  And they are HATED for NO reason, other than their RELATIONSHIP with Jesus.

 

Are you living in a HATE-FILLED environment, one of your OWN making?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to God?  If NOT, then you are headed for a VERY HATE-FILLED, environment, called Hell, the place of UNENDING, torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony, and despair.  A place where you will NOT “feel the LOVE” ever, you will only “feel the HATE” FOREVER, 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 “FEEL THE LOVE!!”  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

"A Doomed Generation"


“A Doomed Generation”

 

“That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”  

And to whom did God swear that they would never enter His rest if not to those who disobeyed?  So we see that they were not able to enter because of their unbelief.

Hebrews 3:10, 11, 18, 19

 

The Author of this letter, was possibly talking to a group of Jews, or a community of mixed races, Jews being the majority, warning them against UNBELIEF.  The Author, indicated a lot of things, which the Jews would have been more familiar with, therefore I think they were addressing the Jews. 

 

However, the IMPORTANT thing is the WARNING.  God through His Holy Spirit talks to the group about the REBELLION of the Israelites during the time of testing in the wilderness.  God warns them of HARDENING their HEARTS as their ancestors did in the wilderness.  He said:  “That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, “Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.”   The retribution for their WAYWARD HEARTS was given in an oath God declared in His anger, they would NEVER enter His REST.  No HOPE of HEAVEN.

 

This message was NOT only given for those to whom the letter was written, but it applies to ANYONE who LIVES a DISOBEDIENT LIFE, in UNBELIEF of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  When we look at the NEXT GENERATION and their LIFE-STYLE for most of them, we NEED to ask ourselves the question:  “What have we taught them or what are we PRESENTLY teaching them about their RELATIONSHIP with God?”  What kind of an EXAMPLE are we showing them? 

 

They are our CHILDREN and GRANDCHILDREN!  Can we in ALL HONESTY, say we want the VERY BEST for them, yet we aren’t CONCERNED enough to tell them about God and His LOVE for THEM?  They, just like ALL PEOPLE will face ETERNITY, where will they SPEND ETERNITY?  Will their blood be on our hands, because we did not bring them up and nurture them in the Lord?  Have we FAILED to SHARE JESUS with them?  Maybe, you can’t because you don’t have a RELATIONSHIP with Him.  That is where it STARTS. 

 

You MUST have a RELATIONSHIP with God and His Son, Jesus, before you can lead anyone else to them.  You MUST come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and ask 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 a RELATIONSHIP with Him, so you can lead OTHERS to Him for their SALVATION.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Who Are You?"


“Who Are You?”

 

The God led Abram outside and said, “Look at the sky.  There are so many stars you cannot count them.  Your descendants also will be too many to count.”  Abram believed the Lord.  And the Lord accepted Abram’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.       Gen. 15:5-6

 

So you should know that the true children of Abraham are those who have faith.      Galatians 3:7

 

You belong to Christ, so you are Abraham’s descendants.   You will inherit all of God’s blessings because of the promise God made to Abraham.       Galatians 3:29

 

When a person comes to God for the FORGIVENESS of their sins, it is SALVATION.   That person is FORGIVEN, because of the PERFECT SACRIFICE of the Lord Jesus Christ, who DIED and was RESURRECTED, for ALL of mankind.  This act of SALVATION, then brings ADOPTION to the one who comes for their SALVATION.  

 

 Because the ACT of SALVATION is an ACT of FAITH, those who come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART for their SALVATION is ADOPTED into Abraham’s family, they become a TRUE CHILD of ABRAHAM, and an Heir of ALL of God’s blessings because of the promise God made to Abraham.

 

Christ DIED and was brought back to LIFE, in order that God’s blessing, which was PROMISED to Abraham might come through Jesus Christ.  Jesus DIED in order for those who are NOT Jews, to be able to receive the blessing, and the SPIRIT that God promised to ALL who BELIEVE.

 

Thus, when you are ADOPTED into Abraham’s family, you become a TRUE CHILD of God’s Family and an HEIR with Jesus Christ to ALL the GLORIES of Heaven, for ALL of ETERNITY.

 

If you have NOT come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, then you are NOT a TRUE CHILD of God’s, because you are an UNBELIEVER and the devil is your father and Hell will be your ETERNAL HOME.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW, to come to Him for your SALVATION and ADOPTION into His Family.  You do that by coming to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ADOPTION into His Family, and an Heir to ALL the glories of Heaven, and RECEIVE His Spirit.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Clothed in Christ"


“Clothed in Christ”

 

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.        Romans 13:14

 

There’s an old cliché that says; “clothes makes the man”, now that cliché might have a bit of truth to it.  You can usually tell somethings about a person by the way they are dressed.  People who are in the medical field usually wear what is known as “scrubs”.  People in the business field are usually dressed in suits and ties for the men, and dresses or dressy pant suits for the women.  Other jobs may require just everyday wear.   Nonetheless, some are distinguishable by their clothing. 

Some people, more so women, dress provocatively, while other dress more conservatively. Some dress-up, some are more casual in their attire.  Whatever your taste is for your clothing, it reflects on your mindset and what you are saying about yourself.  

 

The Apostle Paul tells the Believers in Rome that they SHOULD clothe themselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.  So how does one “CLOTHE” their self with the Lord Jesus Christ?  Well you start out with KNOWING who you are in Christ, and who you REPRESENT. What are the intentions of your HEART?  Are you wanting to draw attention to YOURSELF?  If so you need to change clothes.  

 

You should have the mindset, and in your HEART, the desire to REFLECT Christ, by clothing yourself with LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PERSERVERANCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL.  Let the Holy Spirit be your WARDROBE MANAGER.  Let Him provide the PROPER clothing for you and when you dress, don’t think about how you could GRATIFY the desires of your flesh.  Instead, look at ways you can present yourself in order to REPRESENT the Lord Jesus Christ, PROPERLY.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are probably NOT dressing in a POSTIVE light, but you maybe dressing to the desires of the devil.  You would be dressing to REFLECT him and his SINFUL, WICKED, DEPRAVED, EVIL ways.  Ways that will lead you to an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING, torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony, and despair.  You NOW, have the opportunity to TURN AWAY from your sinful life-style and to 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 PROPERLY DRESSED, by being CLOTHED in Christ.   Do it NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Conforming or Transforming?"


“Conforming or Transforming?”

 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is ---His good, pleasing and perfect will.        Romans 12:2

 

CONFORM means to make the same or to be similar to.  The Apostle Paul, says that as TRUE BELIEVERS, we are NOT to CONFORM to the pattern of this world.  That means we are to be DIFFERENT from the ways of this WRETCHED, CORRUPT, SIN-LADEN world.  We SHOULD NOT participate in any of its acts or schemes.

 

Awhile back, there was a toy that was a car or truck, or at least that’s what it appeared to be, but when you turned it over and pulled it apart from the bottom it became a robot type toy.  You could fold it back up and it was a car again, that’s what we call a TRANSFORMING of the toy. 

 

So it is with the TRUE BELIEVER, we should be TRANSFORMING from a SINFUL UNBELIEVER, to a TRUE BELIEVER who has been TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of their mind.   Which means, that they will TURN AWAY from their SINS and come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, their sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART that Jesus died for them, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, with God, then they NEED to ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become TRANSFORMING from an  UNBELIEVER to a TRUE BELIEVER, so they will be able to TEST and APPROVE what God’s will, His GOOD, PLEASING, AND PERFECT will is for them.  If YOU have NOT done this you NEED to do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Wait!"


“Wait!”

 

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.   My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.        Psalm 130:5-6

 

One word most people don’t want to hear is the word “WAIT” because it brings with it anticipation, longing, anxiousness and the dreaded PATIENCE, which some of us fear a little, because sometimes when we are being taught PATIENCE, it becomes a HARD LESSON to learn.  Nevertheless, it is a WELL-NEEDED lesson for each of us.

 

WAITING for the Lord, always seems to be difficult, because most of the time we are dealing with UNKNOWN circumstances, and we get ANXIOUS for Him to reveal His plans for us.  The Psalmist here, was WAITING for the Lord to reveal His merciful dealings with the nation of Israel.  

 

So to help him cope with the WAITING period, along with a WELL-NEEDED lesson in PATIENCE, he said, “in His Word do I HOPE.”  Very GOOD advice, while we are in GOD’S WAITING ROOM, we will get some release from our anxiety, and eagerness, by READING and STUDYING the Word of God, and MEDITATING on it continually, and putting our HOPE in it.

 

Not only was he WAITING physically, but also SPIRITUALLY.  He said, “My SOUL WAITS for the Lord.”  Now those of us who have been or are in God’s WAITING ROOM, we know how it affects us PHYSICALLY, but it is EXTREMELY hard to WAIT SPIRITUALLY also.  That’s when the Holy Spirit of God works in us, because He is our COMFORTOR, and we can have FAITH and PATIENCE through Him, in order to PERSERVERE until God is READY to reveal His plans. 

 

The Psalmist compares his WAIT to that of a WATCHMEN, as they waited for morning to come, when they would be relieved by another WATCHMEN, who took up the duty of WAITING, and watching the gates of the city.  They were STEADFAST and PATIENT with their WAITING time.  So it should be with the TRUE BELIEVER, who’s FAITH and HOPE is in the Lord. 

 

Where does your FAITH and HOPE lie?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER, and while you might face DIFFICULT circumstances and have to WAIT for relief to come, you have little or NO FAITH or HOPE, and you do not have a COMFORTOR to help you through these DIFFICULT WAITING PERIODS in your life.  In order for you to find RELIEF and GUIDANCE in your DIFFICULT WAITING PERIODS, and to SECURE your ETERNITY in Heaven instead of Hell, you MUST come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, 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, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be able to face your DIFFICULT WAITING PERIODS with FAITH, HOPE and PATIENCE.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Here Comes the Judge!"


“Here Comes the Judge!”

 

Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth.   He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.         Psalm 96:13

 

Here comes the Judge, Creator, Sustainer, and Lord of ALL things.  He is coming to bring JUDGMENT on the earth.  The Psalmist tells us that ALL CREATION should REJOICE, because He comes to JUDGE the world in RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

 

From the time of Adam and Eve, the earth has been under a curse, but when the Judge of ALL CREATION comes to JUDGE the world in RIGHTEOUSNESS, the curse will be lifted and replaced with BLESSING.  It will no longer moan and groan waiting for the Day of Redemption.  All of Creation will THRIVE and FLOURISH when RIGHTEOUSNESS reigns on earth.  ALL of nature will then sing a NEW SONG.

 

However, the Judge not only comes to JUDGE the earth, but He comes to JUDGE the PEOPLES or MANKIND, the Crown of God’s Creation.  And He comes in FAITHFULNESS.  SEPARATING the tares from the wheat or in this case, the UNBELIEVERS from the BELIEVERS.  The BELIEVERS will NOT be JUDGED on their SINS, because they are FORGIVEN.  But their WORKS will be JUDGED and TESTED by FIRE.  However, the UNBELIEVERS will be JUDGED by their SINS and mainly their UNBELIEF, and they will face CONDEMNATION and SENTENCING to an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony, and despair. 

 

But there is still HOPE for the UNBELIEVER, NOW, if your will come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING 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, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and REJOICE with ALL of Creation, because “HERE COMES THE JUDGE!” Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Calling God's Hand"


“Calling God’s Hand”

 

They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel.      Psalm 78:41

 

It is a DANGEROUS thing to put God to the test or to CALL HIS HAND.  Here are examples of people who tried and the results of their “Calling God’s Hand”

 

1.       Adam and Eve:  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food she took some and ate it.  She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.   Gen. 3:6.    So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden.   He CURSED the ground that Adam would painfully toil with to grow food to eat.  Eve would suffer intense pain during childbirth and her husband would rule over them.  A sinful nature entered the soul of mankind.

2.      People of Noah’s Day:  The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.  So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created. “   For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth.  EVERY living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals were wiped from the earth.

3.      Pharaoh:  When the King of Egypt was told that the Israelites had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them.  The Egyptians ----all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen pursued the Israelites, and followed them into the Red Sea.  When the Israelites got safely across on dry land.  God brought the water of the Red Sea down on top of Pharaoh and his army. Not a one of them survived.

4.      Herod:  An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.  “Get up,” he said, take the Child, Jesus and His mother and escape to Egypt.  Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him.”  So Joseph took the child and His mother during the night and left for Egypt. Where he stayed until the DEATH of Herod. 

5.      Judas:  One of the twelve disciples agrees to BETRAY Jesus and sells Him for thirty pieces of silver. And hands Him over to the chief priests in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Judas was seized with remorse and returned the money to the chief priests.  Then he went and HANGED himself.

6.      The Unbeliever:  As it was in the day of Noah, so it is TODAY, many have become EXTREMELY WICKED to the point that GREAT wickedness has entered the hearts of mankind and EVERY EVIL inclination of the thoughts  of the human heart  is EVIL ALL the time.  And ALL the ways of wickedness that deceives those who are living in SIN, will lead them to CONDEMNATION and an ETERNITY in HELL.

 

So are you guilty of CALLING GOD’S HAND?  Are you flirting with DANGEROUS SITUATIONS?  You are if you have NEVER given your HEART and LIFE to God.  You will face the Judgment Seat for the sentencing of your sins, which will bring you an ETERNITY of TORMENT, TORTURE, PAIN, AGONY, HEARTACHE, AND DESPAIR, in Hell.  You have been given the opportunity to ESCAPE that scenario, if you will come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, 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, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and DON’T CALL GOD’S HAND, but CALL on Him in prayer, DAILY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

"The Hidden Things Revealed"


“The Hidden Things Revealed”

 

The Lord looks deep inside people and searches through their thoughts.                            Proverbs 20:27 (NCV)

Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God.  Everything is clear and lies open before Him, and to Him we must explain the way we have lived.        Hebrews 4:13 (NCV)

 

There are three attributes of God that most people seem to forget.  (1) He is OMNIPOTENT, (2) He is OMNIPRESENT, and (3) He is OMNISCIENT, meaning He is ALL POWERFUL, EVERYWHERE at the SAME TIME, and ALL KNOWING.  Therefore it is IMPOSSIBLE to HIDE ANYTHING, THOUGHT, WORD or DEED from the ALMIGHTY GOD. 

 

King Solomon tells us that “the Lord looks DEEP inside people and SEARCHES their thoughts.”  Now, this could be VERY SCARY, to be able to KNOW the THOUGHTS of people, especially those who are WICKED and PERVERTED.  But nevertheless, God KNOWS EVERY THOUGHT, we think, EVERY WORD, we speak, EVERY DEED, we do, BEFORE we think it, say it or do it.  He KNOWS us BETTER than we know ourselves.  He KNOWS our MOTIVES for thinking, saying and doing what we think, say and do. 

 

The writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us that, “Nothing in all the world can be HIDDEN from God.”  No matter how hard you try, you cannot HIDE a thing from Him, because He is ALL KNOWING and He is EVERYWHERE at the SAME TIME.  It is FUTILE, to try and HIDE ANYTHING from Him. 

 

The writer of Hebrews, goes on to say that, “EVERYTHING is CLEAR and LIES OPEN before Him and to Him we MUST explain the way we have lived.”  We will all stand before the Lord and give an account for the way we have lived.  For the UNBELIEVER, they will be JUDGED for their SINS, they will be SENTENCED to an ETERNITY in Hell, because of their UNBELIEF. And for the TRUE BELIEVER, their WORKS will be JUDGED and TRIED by FIRE, and ANYTHING done in the flesh, will be BURNED UP, and ONLY what was done by the leadership of the HOLY SPIRIT will ENDURE the fire and will determine their REWARDS. 

 

Where do you stand, as an UNBELIEVER, or a TRUE BELIEVER?  Whether you are an UNBELIEVER or a TRUE BELIEVER, you cannot HIDE ANYTHING from the ALMIGHTY GOD.  He KNOWS, and EVERYTHING is REVEALED to HIM.  If you are an UNBELIEVER, your destiny doesn’t look so promising.  Because you are THINKING, SAYING and DOING the devil’s bidding, and are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair.  You must come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, 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,, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and have you WORKS judged, which will bring rewards, and NOT your SINS, which will bring CONDEMNATION.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

"The Name"


“The Name”

 

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.       Acts 4:12

For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. “        Romans 10:13

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.       

Philippians 2:9-11

 

Many parents-to-be look for that “special” name for their child.  And in looking for that “special” name, they seek out the meaning of the name, because they want to somehow, bless that child with the attributes of the name.  In other words, it is their HOPE that the child will live up to the meaning of its name.

 

An Angel of the Lord appeared to Mary delivering the GOOD NEWS of God’s plans.  The angel told her that she would conceive and give birth to a son, and that she should name Him, JESUS.  He told her that JESUS would be GREAT and would be called the Son of the Most High.  An Angel of the Lord, also appeared to Joseph and told him about the birth and that he and Mary should give the baby the NAME of JESUS, because He will SAVE His people from their sins.

 

This must have thrilled their hearts, but it probably caused them to wonder about this “SPECIAL” child.  Would He live up to His NAME?  I think that the life of Jesus was very indicative of His NAME.  And what a POWERFUL NAME it is!

 

The SALVATION of mankind is found in no other person, because there is NO OTHER NAME under Heaven given to mankind by which they might be SAVED.  EVERYONE who calls on the NAME of the Lord will be SAVED.  Our ETERNITY depends on the NAME of JESUS.  If we call on His NAME for the SALVATION of our souls we will be saved. 

 

How, you might ask, do I do that?  You need to come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING 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, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, because the Holy Scriptures tells us that at the NAME of JESUS EVERY knee will bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and EVERY tongue will confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD!  And you MUST call on His NAME, in order to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  So do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

"Temptation"


“Temptation”

 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.       1 Corinthians 10:13

 

EVERYBODY is TEMPTED, time from time, but we, as TRUE BELIEVERS, can have VICTORY over the TEMPTATION.  TEMPTATION is a tool of the devil, and for the WEAK and IMMATURE BELIEVER, it could be devastating.  However, the Apostle Paul gives the Christians in Corinth, some ENCOURAGING advice. 

 

First, he tells them that they are not experiencing any TEMPTATION that is any different from what mankind has faced before.  Basically, he was saying that it was a common thing for mankind to go through.  And they should KNOW that the TEMPTATION itself would NOT OVERTAKE them, because God is FAITHFUL, and He will NOT let them be TEMPTED beyond what they could handle.  And when TEMPTATION comes to the TRUE BELIEVER, they can rest ASSURED that God will PROVIDE a WAY out, so that they might ENDURE the TEMPTATION. 

 

The problem that existed with the Corinthians, was that some had it in their HEARTS, NOT to ENDURE, but to INDULGE in the TEMPTATION, which for that individual, the TEMPTATION, then became a FULL-BLOWN SIN. 

 

Keep in mind that EVERYONE is TEMPTED, but NOT EVERYONE falls INTO the TEMPTATION.  For the TRUE BELIEVER, the Holy Spirit of God brings warnings to their HEART, and it is up to the TRUE BELIEVER to RUN AWAY from the TEMPTATION.    The UNBELIEVER is more apt to RUN TO the TEMPTATION, and the SIN-CYCLE continues in their life.  And they end up LOST for ALL of ETERNITY, unless they RUN AWAY from the TEMPTATION and RUN TOWARDS God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING their sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART that Jesus died for them, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RUN AWAY from the TEMPTATIONS, and be ASSURED that He will provide a WAY of ESCAPE for them.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Born of God or Born of the Devil?"


“Born of God or Born of the Devil?”

 

But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins.  And in Him is no sin.  No one who lives in him keeps on sinning.  No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

1 John 3:5, 6, 9

 

Jesus came into the world to SAVE the world from its sins.  We are NOT talking about the planet, but He came to SAVE those who reside on this planet.  He was the PERFECT SACRIFICE for the REDEMPTION of mankind, because of the fact that He was SPOTLESS, without SIN.

 

The person who comes to Jesus for their SALVATION, MUST come with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, not just their MINDSET, but a TRUE REPENTANCE from their HEART.  When they come with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, seeking FORGIVENESS for their sins.  God is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE them of their sins, and they then become “Born of God.”  They are a TRUE CHILD of the Living God.  And they will from that time on TURN AWAY from their SINFUL lifestyle, they will NO LONGER CONTINUE to LIVE in Sin. 

 

This is NOT to say they will never sin again, we all sin and fall short of God’s glory, but the TRUE CHILD of God does NOT CONTINUE living in sin.  If they CONTINUE in their sin, then it is EXTREMELY likely that they did NOT have a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, but only accepted the work of Christ in their mind.

 

The Scriptures tells us that NO ONE who is TRULY born of God will CONTINUE to SIN, because God’s seed remains in them, and they CANNOT CONTINUE to sin, they are more aptly to RUN AWAY from their sin then to embrace it, and LIVE in it.  But because the TRUE CHILD of God is TRULY BORN of GOD, they will have it in their HEART to STRIVE to LIVE as Christ lived, SINLESS.

 

Those who are “Born of the Devil,” will live a SINFUL life. They KNOW NOTHING of Jesus, in other words, they DO NOT have a relationship with Him, and really don’t care to have a relationship with Him, but would rather LIVE in their sin.  Those who THINK they are SAVED, but never TRULY REPENTED from their HEART, of their sins, and CONTINUE to SIN against God, are NOT “Born of God”, but still “Born of the Devil, and they will spend ALL ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, unless they come to God NOW, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING their sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be TRULY BORN of God.  If you are in these situations, you need to do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!