Saturday, December 9, 2017

"The Prince of Peace"


“The Prince of Peace”

 

Christ Himself is our peace.  He made both Jewish people and those who are not Jews one people.  They were separated as if there were a wall between them, but Christ broke down that wall of hate by giving His own body.  The Jewish law had many commands and rules, but Christ ended that law.   His purpose was to make the two groups of people become one new people in Him and in this way make peace.  It was also Christ’s purpose to end the hatred between the two groups to make them into one body, and to bring them back to God.  Christ did all this with His death on the cross.   Christ came and preached peace to you who were far away from God, and to those who were near to God.  Yes, it is through Christ we all have the right to come to the Father in one Spirit.       Ephesians 2 14-18

 

The prophet Isaiah tells us that one of the names given to God’s Son, Jesus, was the PRINCE of PEACE.  He not only GIVES us PEACE, but He IS our PEACE.  Jesus Christ came to earth as a newborn babe, and it was His MAIN objective to SAVE MANKIND from their SINS, and to bring them into a RIGHT relationship with God. 

 

In order to accomplish this monumental task, He must bring the two divisions of people, Jews and non-Jews together, to be as ONE body.  It was as if they were separated by a wall of hate, but Jesus BROKE down that wall of hate with the SACRIFICING of His own body. 

 

The Jewish law had MANY commands and rules that were hard if not impossible to keep, and could not bring SALVATION to a doomed people.  But Jesus ended that law.  It was His MAIN purpose to end the hatred between the two groups, and to bring them together as ONE body, and to bring them into that RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with the ALMIGHTY GOD.   Jesus did that with His death on the CROSS.  He came and PREACHED PEACE to those who were far away from God and to those who were near to God.  It is through JESUS CHRIST, that we have the right to come to the Father in ONE Spirit. 

 

If you do NOT possess this kind of PEACE, you are DOOMED and headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, forever experiencing ALL the HORRORS that are a part of this HORRIBLE place.  There will be NO WAY of ESCAPE, and there will be NO PEACE.   Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.   Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  (John 14:27)   The PEACE that the world affords is NOT a TRUE, LASTING PEACE.  And many times it comes with a price.  Jesus offers you a TRUE, LASTING PEACE that does NOT come with a price that YOU have to pay, because He has already PAID the PRICE with His own BLOOD.  All you have to do is to ACCEPT IT.  You do that 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, and ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and let the PRINCE of PEACE bring TRUE, LASTING PEACE into your HEART.  Do it now, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, December 8, 2017

"The Name"


“The Name”

 

“She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”          Matthew 1:21

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.       Isaiah 9:6

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 every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.        Philippians 2:9, 10

 

Generally speaking, when parents are expecting a BLESSED BUNDLE of LOVE, wrapped up in flesh and blood, they start searching for the PERFECT NAME, one that they HOPE will reflect the character of their little person.   So it was with the birth of God’s Only Begotten Son.  When the angel came to Joseph with the GOOD NEWS that Mary would be the Mother of God’s Son, the angel also told Joseph that they should give Him the name, JESUS, which means “SAVIOR”, for He will SAVE His People from their sins.  And being OBEDIENT to God, both Mary and Joseph gave the name, JESUS, to Mary’s firstborn.

 

Long before the birth of God’s Son, the Prophet Isaiah, prophesied of this SPECIAL BIRTH and the SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES, which He would possess, given to Him by His Heavenly Father.  These are attributes that will describe His character and His reign during the Millennium period.  He will be CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, one who will give WISE and SOUND advice, and the people will TRUST in His judgment.  He will possess ALL the attributes of His Father, He will be God in the Flesh, and God the Son, and therefore He will be CALLED the MIGHTY GOD.  He will be the ORIGINATOR of ETERNAL LIFE, the word FATHER in Hebrew, means ORIGINATOR, and therefore He will be CALLED the EVERLASTING FATHER.  He, is the ONLY ONE who can bring TRUE, EVERLASTING PEACE to mankind, and therefore will be CALLED the PRINCE of PEACE.

 

Therefore God gave Him the NAME that is ABOVE EVERY NAME, and there is coming a time, when EVERY knee will bow, in Heaven and on earth and even under the earth, and EVERY tongue will CONFESS, “Jesus is LORD!”  Have you CONFESSED that Jesus is Lord?  Is He your SAVIOR?  Have you come to Him for the SALVATION of your soul?  If NOT you are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS, with NO way of ESCAPE, unless you 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 CONFESS Him as your SAVIOR and LORD.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

"The Promise"


“The Promise”

 

“You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you are to call Him Jesus.   He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.”         Luke 1:31-33

The Lord made a promise to David, a sure promise that He will not take back.  He promised, “I will make one of your descendants rule as king after you.  If your sons keep my agreement and the rules that I teach them, then their sons after them will rule on your throne forever and ever.”        Psalm 132:11-12

 

One ordinary day, long ago, an angel appeared to a very godly young lady, named Mary, with a very SPECIAL message from God.  The angel told Mary that she would conceive, and give birth to a SON, but this Son would be SPECIAL and they were to give Him the name, JESUS.  Jesus was a PROMISE to King David, His ANCESTOR.  The angel went on to say that Jesus would be GREAT and would be known as the Son of the Most High.  God would give Him the throne of King David, and Jesus would reign over Jacob’s descendants, the Jews, FOREVER, and His Kingdom would be ETERNAL.

 

The Lord God made a PROMISE to King David in a covenant, which is known as the Davidic Covenant, that if David’s descendants would keep God’s covenant and the rules, which God would teach them, then their sons after them would rule on David’s throne FOREVER and EVER. The ONLY ONE, who was capable to fulfill this PROMISE was the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Not only, was Jesus the PROMISE to King David, but to MANKIND as well.  The PROMISE God has given to us is through the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE of Jesus, where He SUFFERED and DIED a HORRIBLE DEATH, but He CONQUERED DEATH and AROSE from the grave a VICTOR, a CONQUERING KING, the PROMISE of REDEMPTION to a LOST and DYING world.  Have you ACCEPTED God’s PROMISE, the Lord Jesus Christ, as your KING, your SALVATION? 

 

If you have NOT, then you are DOOMED to spend an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, 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 receive His PROMISE of an ETERNITY in Heaven with ALL of its glories.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"PEACE"


“PEACE”

 

“Give glory to God in Heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God.”         Luke 2:14

All this is from God.  Through Christ, God made peace between us and Himself, and God gave us the work of telling everyone about the peace we can have with Him.   God was in Christ, making peace between the world and Himself.  In Christ, God did not hold the world guilty of its sins.   And He gave us this message of peace.        2 Corinthians 5:18-19

 

PEACE:  Harmony, serenity, the absence of conflict.  

 

One dark, starry night on a hillside near Bethlehem, shepherds were watching over their sheep, they were visited by a very large group of angels from Heaven, and they began praising God and saying:   “Give glory to God in Heaven, and on earth let there be PEACE among the people who please God.”   The angels delivered a VERY IMPORTANT message to the shepherds.  “Let there be PEACE among the people who PLEASE God.”   You see they knew that the WORD needed to be proclaimed, that the PRINCE of PEACE, JESUS, had come to bring PEACE to those who PLEASE God.  It was a message of RECONCILIATION between God and mankind.   And I guess you could say that the shepherds got the ball rolling.  In verse seventeen, it says:  “When they had seen Him, they told what the angels had said about this child.  EVERYONE was amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”  These lowly shepherds were the first human AMBASSADORS of Christ, spreading the GOOD NEWS that the PRINCE of PEACE had been born.

 

Jesus Christ, the PRINCE of PEACE, came to earth as a tiny, newborn babe.  He came to LIVE, MINISTER, DIE, to be BURIED, and RESURRECTED in order for mankind to have PEACE with God, the act of RECONCILIATION.  And for those who have been RECONCILED and have received PEACE with God, we become His AMBASSADORS of CHRIST, and have been commissioned to GO TELL EVERYONE about the PEACE they can have with God, through their ACCEPTANCE of JESUS CHRIST, the PRINCE of PEACE.  The PEACE of NOT being held GUILTY of our sins and having an ETERNITY in Heaven, with Father God and ALL of His Children.   Do you possess that PEACE that is offered to you from the PRINCE of PEACE? 

 

If you do NOT have that PEACE nor have you ACCEPTED the PRINCE of PEACE, then you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, despair, and NO PEACE at all.  However, God in His ABUNDANT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, is offering you His PEACE, and wants to be RECONCILED with you, NOW.  In order to have His PEACE and RECONCILIATION, 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 the PRINCE of PEACE, and receive His PEACE.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"JOY!"


“JOY!”

 

The Angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all people.  Today your Savior was born in the town of David.  He is Christ, the Lord.”       Luke 2:10-11

You have not seen Christ, but still you love Him.  You cannot see Him now, but you believe in Him.  So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory.       1 Peter 1:8

 

JOY and HAPPINESS are really two different feelings.  Happiness occurs when POSITIVE circumstances are happening around you.  When negative circumstances happen, you are NOT happy.  JOY, on the other hand, is a PERMANENT feeling in the heart.  Spiritually speaking, it is an INNER PEACE that comes from God and is ALWAYS in the HEART of a TRUE BELIEVER, regardless of their outward circumstances. 

 

That starry, dark night on a lonely hillside, where some shepherds were watching over their flocks of sheep, a STARTLING thing happened, the sky lit up like a torch, and suddenly the Angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord was shining all around them, and they were VERY much AFRAID.  The Angel told them to NOT be AFRAID, “I am bringing you GOOD NEWS that will be a GREAT JOY to ALL the people.  Today your SAVIOR was born in the town of David.  He is Christ, the Lord.” 

 

The birth of Jesus is the GOOD NEWS for ALL people, He is our SAVIOR and LORD, He is the ONLY one who can SAVE us from our sins and an ETERNITY in Hell with all of its horrors.  He is our REDEEMER, KING of kings, and LORD of lords, He is the JOY of our SALVATION.  Because of His BIRTH, LIFE, DEATH, and RESURRECTION, we can have GREAT JOY in our HEART if we belong to Him. 

 

Even though we have NOT seen Him we still LOVE Him.   To me, this is possible through the work of the HOLY SPIRIT, which comes into the HEART of the TRUE BELIEVER at the moment of conversion.  The Spirit teaches us and leads us to a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God and His Son, Jesus.  Part of that RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God and Jesus is LOVE, we LOVE Him, because He FIRST LOVED us.  Another aspect of the RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God and Jesus, is BELIEVING, even though we CANNOT see Him NOW, we STILL BELIEVE in Him.   And because of the LOVE and BELIEVING we are filled with a JOY that mere words fail to explain.  It is a GREAT JOY that is FULL of GLORY.  A JOY that is FOREVER EMBEDDED in the HEARTS of the TRUE BELIEVERS.  Do YOU possess this JOY?   If NOT, you can.  God is giving you the opportunity NOW to RECEIVE this GREAT JOY, by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING 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 start experiencing JOY UNSPEAKABLE and FULL of GLORY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

"The PERFECT Gift"


“The PERFECT Gift”

 

But the gift is not like the trespass.  For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!        Romans 5:15

 

Many people are probably through with their shopping for that PERFECT GIFT for those people who are SPECIAL to them.  Those whom they LOVE, and those who are part of their family.  I still have a couple of GIFTS that I need to get.  Every year, it seems to get harder to figure out what to buy for those, to whom, we want to give that PERFECT GIFT.

 

God, our Heavenly Father, who is the Creator of ALL things, and ALL people, didn’t have that problem, when mankind became cursed, by the actions of ONE man, Adam, and SIN entered the HEART of EVERYONE who has ever been born, God in His INFINITE WISDOM and AMAZING GRACE, knew the PERFECT GIFT that was NEEDED for the Crown of His Creation, MANKIND, whom He LOVES with that SPECIAL LOVE, that comes ONLY through Him.  A LOVE so AMAZING, so STRONG, so PURE, so TRUE.  A LOVE that knows NO BOUNDARIES and has NO LIMITATIONS.  A LOVE that caused Him to GIVE His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, Jesus, to GIVE His own life, so that mankind might have LIFE and have it MORE ABUNDANTLY, The PERFECT GIFT, God’s SON, for the REDEMPTION of MANKINDS’S SOUL.

 

This PERFECT GIFT brought with it many different purposes.  It provides FORGIVENESS for those who come to God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, it provides RIGHTEOUSNESS for our soul, we are made RIGHT with God, not with our own RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is like FILTHY RAGS to God, but it is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus that is ACCEPTABLE to God and gives us a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.  It provides mankind with ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN with ALL the GLORIES of Heaven, and it KEEPS us from an ETERNAL LIFE in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair.

 

It is a GIFT that will NEVER decay, rust, rot, wear-out, or diminish in ANY way, shape or form.  It is ETERNAL, a FOREVER, PERFECT GIFT.  Have you RECEIVED this PERFECT GIFT?  If NOT, God wants to give it to you, NOW.  If you will TURN AWAY from your sinful lifestyle, and 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 PERFECT GIFT of SALVATION and receive His PERFECT GIFT that was selected ESPECIALLY with you in mind, because when Christ was on the cross, YOU were on His mind.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"The Aroma of Christ"


“The Aroma of Christ”

 

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.   To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.   And who is equal to such a task?         2 Corinthians 2: 15, 16

 

When we are planning to go off somewhere, one of the things most of us do is to want to have a PLEASING FRAGRANCE about us.  So we spray or dab a little bit of FRAGRANCE on us.  To some the FRAGRANCE is PLEASING and to others, it may NOT have a PLEASING AROMA about it.

 

Our offering to God is the PLEASING AROMA of Christ, the TRUE BELIEVER is that PLEASING AROMA.  We are the PLEASING AROMA among those who are being saved and those who are being lost.    To those who are PERISHING, this PLEASING AROMA brings the STENCH of DEATH. Many will REJECT Christ and spend an ETERNITY in Hell, which is a SPIRITUAL DEATH.  Those who are being saved are attracted to the Savior for the SALVATION of their souls, through the PLEASING AROMA of CHRIST, the WITNESS of the TRUE BELIEVER.  They will receive ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.

Who is equal to the task?  Only God can give ETERNAL LIFE, and He has accomplished it by using Jesus Christ, and His PLEASING AROMA.   Are you the AROMA of CHRIST?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to God?  If your answer is “NO”, then you are LOST and PERISHING and headed for a SPIRITUAL DEATH and an ETERNITY in HELL, unless you 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 ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven, and become the PLEASING AROMA of CHRIST.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Just a FOOT-WASHING"


“Just a FOOT-WASHING”

 

“Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.  And you are clean, though not every one of you.”         John 13:10

 

In the biblical days, people walked everywhere on dirt roads and dusty streets.  They wore sandals and therefore their feet needed a DAILY WASHING.   When they went to visit and partake in fellowship with someone, their host would provide a “foot washing” for their poor, tired, hot, dirty feet.  Even though ALL of their body was bathed before they arrived, their feet had gotten DIRTY and NEEDED a fresh CLEANSING, before the fellowship began. 

 

Jesus, the PERFECT HOST, proceeded to wash His disciples’ feet, because they had become dusty and dirty from their journey.  When He came to Peter, Peter refused to let his Master do such a thing to him, so Jesus, in essence, told Peter, even if you are bathed and CLEAN, your feet have become DIRTY and needs to be CLEANSED from the dirt that is on them.  Then He says that NOT EVERYONE is TOTALLY CLEAN. 

 

For ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, our HEARTS are like our FEET, they tend to get DIRTY from the DAILY SIN that we partake of, and in order to partake in FELLOWSHIP with Christ, we must first have our HEARTS CLEANSED, even though we have been FULLY WASHED by the CLEANSING BLOOD of Jesus Christ.

 

 In our daily life, we get our HEARTS defiled with the sins of envy, hatred, jealousy, gossiping, slandering, lust, etc., and then we want to have FELLOWSHIP with  Christ, and we can’t because we have a DIRTY heart, which MUST, FIRST be CLEANSED, then we can commune with our RIGHTEOUS REDEEMER.  Some BELIEVERS are like the Apostle Peter, who told Jesus, “not just my feet, but my hands and my head as well!”  They think they need another WHOLE BATH, when all they need is a “FOOT-WASHING.

 

In order to do that, we must ALL, BELIEVER and NON-BELIEVER, come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, ready to have their heart CLEANSED from its sins, and we MUST CONFESS our sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS.  The NON-BELIEVER NEEDS to BELIEVE that Jesus died for them and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God, and ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, which results in a COMPLETE CLEANSING, then they ONLY NEED to have a DAILY CLEANSING of their HEART, in order to partake in DAILY FELLOWSHIP with Jesus.  Come to Him NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

"Instrument of Unrighteousness or Instrument of Righteousness?"


“Instrument of Unrighteousness or Instrument of Righteousness?”

 

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the law, but under grace.           Romans 6:12-14

 

When the Holy Spirit of God brings us to Christ for the SALVATION of our soul, and we ACCEPT Him as our SAVIOR and LORD, we become DEAD to sin, because we have been crucified with Christ.  And we then become ALIVE with Him because we are brought into a NEWNESS of LIFE.  We have TURNED AWAY FROM our OLD, SINFUL LIFESTYLE and have TURNED TO a NEW LIFE in Christ.   Therefore, we are DEAD to SIN and ALIVE to God in Jesus Christ.

 

So we should NOT let SIN reign in our mortal body, but we SHOULD be OBEDIENT to God’s will, and STOP presenting the members of our body to sin, to be used as INSTRUMENTS of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. 

 

Instead we SHOULD present ourselves to God as those ALIVE from the DEAD, and our BODIES SHOULD be INSTRUMENTS of RIGHTEOUSNESS to the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD of this Universe.   SIN will not MASTER over us, because we are NOT under the law, but we are under GOD’S AMAZING GRACE.  We are to be OBEDIENT to God’s laws, but the LAW cannot SAVE us, ONLY GOD’S GRACE is ABLE to SAVE mankind from their sins.  Have you experienced God’s AMAZING GRACE?  Are you an INSTRUMENT of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS or RIGHTEOUSNESS?

 

You can EXPERIENCE God’s AMAZING GRACE 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 if you do this you will become DEAD to your SINS and ALIVE in Christ Jesus, and will become an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  So do it NOW, while you still can, and ESCAPE the HORRORS of Hell for ALL ETERNITY.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"The Coming of Grace and Truth"


“The Coming of Grace and Truth”

 

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:14, 16, 17

 

GRACE; Unmerited favor; or receiving what we don’t deserve. 

 

In the beginning, the Word was with God and the Word was God.  The Bible is the WRITTEN WORD of God, Jesus Christ is the LIVING WORD of God.  God’s LOVE was exhibited through the coming of the LIVING WORD, who became FLESH, NOT with a sinful nature, but He, who is the essence of the ALMIGHY GOD, came as a HUMAN BEING, possessing HUMANITY, which became a part of His deity. 

 

He came as a newborn babe, He grew as a child, as a teen, as an adult, with ALL of the functions of a human being, yet His SONSHIP was SPECIAL.  He was/is ETERNAL, the FULLNESS of GOD, yet He was FULLY HUMAN, but without A SINFUL NATURE.  He was the GLORIOUS REVELATION of His Heavenly Father, God, and came from His Father, FULL of GRACE and TRUTH. 

 

Mankind, in its SINFUL NATURE, needed a SAVIOR, and because of the FULLNESS of Jesus Christ, He was the PERFECT solution to the problem that plagued mankind, SIN.  God’s GRACE and TRUTH came to mankind wrapped up in a tiny bundle of SINLESS FLESH.  What the Law, which was given to mankind, by Moses, could NOT do, Jesus Christ could, TAKE AWAY the sins of the WORLD. 

 

And because of GOD’S LOVE, mankind can receive His GRACE and TRUTH, by ACCEPTING His Son, Jesus Christ, as their SAVIOR and LORD.  You do that 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 receive the FULLNESS of GOD’S GRACE and TRUTH, which comes through the Lord Jesus Christ, and ESCAPE the UNENDING HORRORS of Hell.  If you have NOT done this, you NEED to do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

                                                                                  

Friday, November 24, 2017

"Spiritual Fullness"


“Spiritual Fullness”

 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.          Colossians 2:6-7

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.        Colossians 3:17

 

Yesterday, we sat down to a table filled with all kinds of DELICIOUS, MOUTH-WATERING, foods, which when consumed, FILLED our stomachs.  Some stomachs were FILLED to the brim and caused us to want to sit around and snooze some.   While for others, it was FUEL for them who would be out in a few hours, scampering and literally fighting for items in their trek of BLACK FRIDAY.  Food is actually FUEL for our body’s functions.  It helps strengthen our muscles, and it helps our eyesight, skin, hair and teeth.   So it is important to FEED the body the FOOD that will BE BENEFICIAL to the PROPER WELL-BEING and FUNCTION of its VITAL PARTS.  When it is FED the food that is NOT GOOD, it can DAMAGE the muscles, eyesight, skin, hair and teeth. 

 

So it is with our SPIRITUAL BODY, we MUST do certain things to KEEP it HEALTHY and STRONG.  First we NEED to START out by LIVING our LIVES in Christ Jesus.  We do that by TURNING AWAY FROM the TEMPTING, TANTALIZING, MORSELS of SIN, and TURNING TO Him for the GOOD, NUTRITIONAL FOODS, such as READING, STUDYING and OBEYING His Holy Word, which produces RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will KEEP us ROOTED and BUILT-UP in Christ, and the SPIRITUAL FULLNESS will STRENGTHEN our FAITH, as we LIVE HEALTHY SPIRITUAL LIVES according to God’s Word.  This will FILL our SOULS with SPIRITUAL FULLNESS, and will HELP us thwart off the FIERY DARTS of Satan, and FILL our HEARTS with THANKFULNESS.

 

And it will give us the SPIRITUAL STRENGTH to do whatever we need to do, in the name of the   Lord Jesus, and to give THANKS to God for ALL of the SPIRITUAL FULLNESS we NEED.  Are you experiencing SPIRITUAL FULLNESS?  Or are you “SPIRITUALLY ANEMIC” and in NEED of some “SPIRITUAL FOOD?’.

 

 If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are VERY SPIRITUALLY ANEMIC, and on the verge of DYING SPIRITUALLY.  In order to be made SPIRITUALLY WHOLE and HEALTHY, with ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven, and ESCAPING Hell and ALL of its HORRORS, with no WAY of ESCAPE, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your life of sin 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 experience  “SPIRITUAL FULLNESS” for your HUNGRY SOUL.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Giving THANKS!"


“Giving THANKS!”

 

Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord.  Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.           Romans 14:6

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.     Ephesians 5:20

 

Today, in America, we celebrate a “special day”, a day set aside to give THANKS to the ALMIGHTY GOD, as the Pilgrims and the Indians gave THANKS to God for the HARVEST and other things as well, such as their health and their relationship with their new friends. 

 

Many families will sit down at a table, spread with MUCH food, and sweet fellowship with each other.  They will have warmth and love, a roof over their heads, good health, and FULL TUMMIES.  All of which and MORE, they SHOULD give THANKS to the ALMIGHTY GOD for.

 

Some, who live in other countries, and do NOT celebrate this ‘SPECIAL’ Day of Giving THANKS, should make it a point, as should we ALL, to give THANKS to GOD for ALL He has done for ALL of mankind, where ever they might be, EVERYDAY.  We ALL should have an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE!

 

So my dear friends, before you “PIG OUT” stop and think of ALL that God has BLESSED you with, and give THANKS TO HIM for His PRESENCE, PROVISIONS, AND PROTECTION.  You may NOT have ALL you want, but there is SOMETHING you can be THANKFUL FOR.  If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, you can definitely be THANKFUL for your SALVATION and ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.

 

However, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you can still be THANKFUL for His plan of SALVATION, a plan that gives you the opportunity, NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and spending an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its UNENDING HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE, 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 GIVE THANKS to Him.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Mercy and Grace"


“THANKFUL for God’s Mercy and Grace”

 

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.       Psalm 51:1

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!          Romans 5:17

 

MERCY:  NOT getting what we deserve, because of God’s UNFAILING LOVE, He has ABUNDANT MERCY on mankind.  When we are born, we are born with a SINFUL NATURE, thanks to Adam and Eve.  We have a CREATOR, Father God, who LOVES us UNCONDITIONALLY and has provided a WAY for us to NOT receive the judgment that is due us. And if we will cry out to Him, as the Psalmist, David did saying:  “Have MERCY on me, O God according to your UNFAILING LOVE; according to your GREAT COMPASSION blot out my transgressions.”   And if we are willing to TURN AWAY FROM that SINFUL lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, He will FORGIVE us and have MERCY on us.  God’s ABUNDANT MERCY is yours for the asking.

 

GRACE:  is getting what you DON’T deserve, UNDESERVED BLESSINGS.  Because of one man’s sin DEATH REIGNED through that one man, Adam.  But because of one man, Jesus’ ABUNDANT provision of God’s AMAZING GRACE, we will receive the gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS and be set FREE from the BONDAGE of our sins and ESCAPE the CONDEMNATION and JUDGMENT of spending an ETERNITY in Hell with ALL its HORRORS, which is due us.  Instead, when we come to God for the SALVATION of our SOULS, we will receive His AMAZING GRACE, because of His ABUNDANT MERCY.   These are the MOST IMPORTANT things a person can be THANKFUL for.

 

But you MUST FIRST, TURN AWAY from your SINFUL LIFESTYLE and TURN TO God, crying out to Him for His ABUNDANT MERCY, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and 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 His AMAZING GRACE, and ESCAPE HELL, and GAIN HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Guidance"


“THANKFUL for God’s Guidance”

 

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.           John 10:2-5

Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.      Psalm 25:5

 

The Lord Jesus Christ, gives us a good example of God’s GUIDANCE for His Children.  By using the figure of speech, of the relationship of the Good Shepherd and His sheep.  The sheep KNOWS the voice of the Shepherd and LISTENS to His voice.  We, who are God’s Children, are referred to as His sheep and Jesus is our Good Shepherd.  Those who have a close relationship with Him KNOWS His voice and will listen to Him. 

 

The Good Shepherd gives each of his sheep a name, and when he comes for them, he calls them by their name and they come to him.  Jesus, our Good Shepherd, KNOWS our name, and He will call us to FOLLOW Him.  We FOLLOW Him, because we KNOW His voice.  He goes ahead of us and gives us GUIDANCE in our life’s journey with Him.    We should NEVER FOLLOW Satan’s voice, but we SHOULD FLEE from him, because his voice will give GUIDANCE into EVIL and WICKED pathways that we do NOT want to take, because they will LEAD us to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING HORRORS, with NO WAY of ESCAPING.

 

However, when we FOLLOW the Good Shepherd, He will GUIDE us to the TRUE, LIVING God, who will be our God for ever and ever and He will be our GUIDE into an ETERNITY in Heaven with Him.  Psalm 25:5 should be a PRAYER for EVERY TRUE BELIEVER:  “GUIDE me in Your truth and TEACH me, for you are God my Savior, and my HOPE is in you ALL day long.”

 

Who is GUIDING you?  I am SO THANKFUL that I can DEPEND on God’s GUIDANCE to get me through this life, and PROVIDES me with the HOPE of Heaven for ALL of ETERNITY.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are receiving GUIDANCE from the one who will lead you straight to an ETERNITY in Hell, unless you 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 be THANKFUL for God’s GUIDANCE and the HOPE of HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Goodness"


“THANKFUL for God’s Goodness”

 

 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  His love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story----those He redeemed from the hand of the foe.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.      Psalm 107:1, 2, 8, 9

 

This Psalm was written to the nation of Israel when they were REDEEMED from captivity in Babylon.  However, this Psalm is applicable to the TRUE BELIEVER of Jesus Christ.  We too have been REDEEMED, set FREE from the BONDAGE, and CAPTIVITY of our sins.  All because of God’s ABUNDANT MERCY, AMAZING GRACE, and ENDURING LOVE. 

 

Therefore, we NEED to give THANKS to the LORD for our DELIVERANCE.  And we NEED to tell the STORY of our REDEMPTION, in order for others to be set FREE from the BONDAGE and CAPTIVITY of their sins.  We need to be a WITNESS to others, concerning ALL of the GOOD, WONDERFUL DEEDS God has done, and is CONTINUING to do for mankind. 

 

Just as He PROVIDED water for their THIRSTY bodies, He has PROVIDED LIVING WATER for the DRY, THIRSTY SOULS of mankind.  That LIVING WATER is Jesus Christ, God’s Only Begotten Son, who has REDEEMED FALLEN mankind from an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING horrors, IF they will come to God and partake of the LIVING WATER.

 

Just as He PROVIDED LIFE-SAVING food for the CAPTIVES, He PROVIDES SOUL-SAVING food for those whom He has REDEEMED.  Jesus Christ, is the BREAD of LIFE, for those who come to Him for the REDEMPTION of their SOULS.  Are you THIRSTING and HUNGERING after God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS? Have you come to the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER or partaken of the BREAD OF Life, Jesus Christ?  He’s your ONLY HOPE.

 

In order to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell and ALL its HORRORS, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, you MUST 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 GIVE THANKS to God for ALL of His GOODNESS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"THANKFUL for God's Provision"


“THANKFUL for God’s Provision”

 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:19

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.        Matthew 6:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.        2 Corinthians 9:8

 

God is the GREAT PROVIDER, for His TRUE CHILDREN, those who have been to the Cross of Calvary, and REPENTED of their sins, and have ACCEPTED His FREE gift of SALVATION.  For them, He will meet ALL their needs.  Maybe NOT ALL their wants, but definitely ALL their needs. 

 

When we PRAY for our NEEDS, we should NOT try to IMPRESS God with our vocabulary, and our ability to use it, like the pagans, or UNBELIEVERS do, when they are in NEED of God’s PROVISION.  Some think if they use BIG FANCY words, and maybe even bargain with God, He will HEAR them and PROVIDE their need.  But that is NOT God’s way.  You MUST FIRST, COME TO Him CONFESSING your sins and getting your HEART right with Him.  ACCEPTING Jesus Christ, as your SAVIOR and LORD.  Then He will HEAR your PRAYERS, and PROVIDE your NEEDS.  The Psalmist says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will NOT hear.” (Psalm 66:18)   You MUST FIRST come with a CLEAN HEART, free from sin.  Then He will HEAR your requests.  And keep in mind that God is OMNISCIENT, ALL KNOWING, He knows your NEEDS, before you ask Him.  But He still likes to hear from you.  And NOT just when you NEED something, but He LOVES it when you come to Him with a HEART FULL of THANKSGIVING and PRAISE.

 

He is NOT ONLY able to meet ALL your NEEDS, but He is ABLE to BLESS you ABUNDANTLY, in ALL things, and at ALL times, having ALL you NEED, when you SERVE HIM with a LOVING, GIVING HEART, doing GOOD DEEDS, NOT BEGRUDGINGLY, but with a CHEERFUL HEART. 

 

Yes, I am TRULY THANKFUL for God’s PROVISION.  And NOT ONLY for the material things, but ESPECIALLY for my spiritual well-being.  God has PROVIDED SALVATION to ALL who will come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, TURNING AWAY FROM their sins and TURNING TO Him, 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 let Him SUPPLY ALL their NEEDS, and have the HOPE of an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.  If you have NOT done this, you do not have His PROVISION, and are doomed to an ETERNITY in HELL.  So come to Him NOW, following the above steps.  And be THANKFUL for His PROVISION of ALL your NEEDS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

"THANKFUL for Heaven"


“THANKFUL for Heaven”

 

“Whom have I in Heaven but You?  And earth has nothing I desire besides You.”      Psalm 73:25

“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven…”       Matthew 5:12a

“After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into Heaven and He sat at the right hand of God.”       Mark 16:19

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in Heaven, not built by human hands.         2 Corinthians 5:1

But our citizenship is in Heaven.  And we eagerly await a SAVIOR from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.       Philippians 3: 20

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at Home with the Lord.      2 Corinthians 5:8

 

Heaven, the dwelling place of God.  I am THANKFUL for such a place, I am THANKFUL because I am a TRUE BELIEVER, and like the Psalmist says:  “Whom have I in Heaven but You?  And earth has NOTHING I desire besides You.  If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, then you too can relate to this statement.  Knowing that we do NOT belong to this WRETCHED, SIN-LADEN WORLD, with ALL of its, heartache, pain, misery, and despair, but because God DOES exist, we have the HOPE of Heaven.

 

As True Believers, who DILIGENTLY, and with JOY serve our God, and because we serve Him, He gives us REWARDS, which are being stored in Heaven.  I am THANKFUL for Heaven, because my REWARDS are being stored there, where they will NOT be destroyed by rust, moths or decay.

 

Heaven is not only the dwelling place of God, but it is also the dwelling place of His Son, our REDEEMER and LORD, Jesus Christ, who was CRUCIFIED, BURIED, and RESURRECTED, and is sitting at the RIGHT HAND of God, the place of HONOR, in Heaven.  So I am THANKFUL for Heaven because it is the dwelling place of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Heaven is also the place where we will have a GLORIFIED BODY, a building from God, an ETERNAL HOUSE for our SOUL that is NOT built by human hands, but is DESIGNED and PERFECTED in EVERY WAY for ALL of ETERNITY.  This is another reason I am THANKFUL for Heaven.

And Heaven is the HOMELAND of the TRUE BELIEVER, it is where their CITIZENSHIP is.  We are but sojourners in a STRANGE LAND, which we will soon be leaving to go to our FOREVER HOME, HEAVEN.  I am THANKFUL for Heaven, because that is where MY CITIZENSHIP is.

 

We are CONFIDENT in our ETERNAL DESTINATION and are EAGER to be at HOME with our Lord.  I am THANKFUL for Heaven, because it IS my ETERNAL HOME.  Is it your ETERNAL HOME?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then Heaven is NOT your ETERNAL HOME. Your ETERNAL HOME is a place called HELL, the place of UNENDING TORMENT, TORTURE, PAIN, HEARTACHE, AGONY and DESPAIR, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW to change your ETERNAL HOME.  You can do that 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 become a CITIZEN of Heaven, and be THANKFUL for HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!