Friday, July 21, 2017

"The Marks of Jesus"


“The Marks of Jesus”

 

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 

From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

Galatians 6:14,17

 

In the conclusion of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia, he wrote to them concerning his RELATIONSHIP with our Lord Jesus Christ.  Saying that he NEVER wanted to boast of his own merits, ONLY in the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ.  To the Judaizers the CROSS was an object of shame, but to Paul it was a GLORIOUS thing, because of the SACRIFICE that was made upon it, for the SALVATION of MANKIND.   Paul GLORIED in the CROSS, and that was what he would BOAST about.  Because the world was CRUCIFIED to Paul, and Paul to the world, he became a SLAVE to the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  WHO or WHAT are you a SLAVE to?

 

Because of Paul’s RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ, he separated himself from the world and ALL of its allurements, fleshly desires, and religions that were spawned by human efforts.  He was BRANDED for Christ, and bore the MARKS of persecution, which showed that he belonged to Jesus Christ, and they demonstrated that he was a SLAVE of Christ, and NOT just a PEOPLE-PLEASER.   DO YOU BEAR the MARKS of JESUS CHRIST?  HAVE YOU TRULY GIVEN YOUR WHOLE HEART and LIFE to HIM?

 

It is the UTMOST DESIRE of GOD that we give to HIM our ALL, even at the cost of having to bear the MARKS of JESUS, MARKS that show we belong to Him and NOT to ourselves, we are His SLAVES, FREE from our SINS, but SLAVES to His will.   We do His will and NOT our own, because of our RELATIONSHIP with Him. 


Do you have a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ?  Can you BOAST in the CROSS?  Are you WILLING to BEAR the MARKS of PERSECUETION for HIM?  If your answer is NO to ANY or ALL of these questions, then you probably have NOT TRULY GIVEN ALL of your HEART and LIFE to Him, and if that is the case, you are BRANDED with the MARKS of SATAN, and will spend an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache and despair, 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 able to BOAST in the CROSS of CHRIST, and BEAR the MARKS of JESUS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"The Acts of the Flesh"


“The Acts of the Flesh”

 

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.        Galatians 5:19-21

 

We presently live in a world, NOW, where the ACTS of the FLESH are demonstrated daily, and in a lot of instances, it is flaunted and promoted by society.  The Apostle Paul gives us a pretty exhaustive list of ACTS that are carried out by those who LIVE by the FLESH.  And in some cases are found in our churches.

 

Why or how would ACTS of the FLESH creep into our churches? We know that the church is made up of people, many of who are TRUE BELIEVERS, but there are some within the church, the body of believers, who are NOT TRUE BELIEVERS, but they have a FALSE assumption that they are TRUE BELIEVERS, when they REALLY do not have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Christ Jesus.

 

They may be a product of being brought up in church,  or one of their relatives might have been a deacon, Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir, or even been a preacher.  Well, that does NOT make them a TRUE BELIEVER, especially if they are LIVING by the ACTS of the FLESH.

 

Just because they have walked an aisle, and repeated a prayer, been baptized, and a member of the church for forty years.  It still does NOT make them a TRUE BELIEVER.  You MUST have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and striving to LIVE by the SPIRIT, NOT by the FLESH.  Sure, NOBODY is perfect, even a TRUE BELIEVER will fall to temptation, but they DO NOT CONTINUALLY LIVE in the ACTS of the FLESH.  So this is how some of the ACTS of the FLESH, such as, ENVY, DISCORD, HATRED, JEALOUSY, SELFISH AMBITION, DISSENSIONS, FACTIONS, and the like, creep into the church.  They are brought in by those who are duped into believing they are SAVED, when they do NOT have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Christ. 

 

The Apostle Paul says that those who CONTINUALLY LIVE by the ACTS of the FLESH will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.  Instead, they will inherit HELL and all of its UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE for ALL of ETERNITY.  However, God has a plan to keep you from such a HORRIBLE DESTINY, if you will come to Him 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 TURN AWAY from LIVING by ACTS of the FLESH and TURN TO God, and start LIVING by the HOLY SPIRIT of the LIVING GOD.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Living the Christian Life"


“Living the Christian Life”

 

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.       Ephesians 4:29-32

 

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Ephesus, gives them instructions on LIVING the CHRISTIAN LIFE.  He gives them some advice as to what NOT to do, and then what they SHOULD do as TRUE BELIEVERS.

 

First, he tells them to NOT let ANY UNWHOLESOME talk come out of their mouths, but ONLY what is HELPFUL for building others UP according to their needs, that it may BENEFIT those who listen.  A TRUE Christian should NOT allow ANY UNWHOLESOME, or UNHEALTHY talk come out of their mouths.  They SHOULD be WILLING to use words that will EDIFY other TRUE BELIEVERS, in order to HELP them GROW in their FAITH.  The TRUE Christian, needs to watch closely what they say, so they will NOT cause anyone to STUMBLE, but that their words would BENEFIT those who are listening.

 

Then the Apostle Paul gives a WARNING:  “DO NOT GRIEVE the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD!”  with whom you were sealed for the Day of Redemption.   The Holy Spirit of God is a HELPER to the TRUE Christian, and He helps guard their words.  To GRIEVE the Holy Spirit of God, they would be IGNORING His help and they would NOT be SUBMISSIVE to His LEADERSHIP.  God SEALED the TRUE BELIEVER with the Holy Spirit for the Day of REDEMPTION, or the day when they will receive their NEW bodies. 

 

The Apostle tells them of five vices that they SHOULD get RID of:  BITTERNESS, RAGE, ANGER, BRAWLING, and SLANDER, along with every form of MALICE.   These are ALL attributes of an UNBELIEVER, and has NO PLACE in the TRUE BELIEVER’S LIFE.  So they NEED to GET RID of ALL these vices, and WORK at being COMPLETELY FREE from their HOLD.

 

He then gives them some POSITIVE THINGS that they should incorporate into their lives.  He tells them to BE KIND and COMPASSIONATE to one another, FORGIVING each other, just as in Christ God FORGAVE them.  If we carry the title of CHRISTIAN, which indicates that we are CHRISTLIKE in our WAY of LIVING, then we NEED to exemplify KINDNESS, COMPASSION and FORGIVENESS, ALL of which are attributes of CHRIST.  THIS IS HOW WE SHOULD LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE.  ARE YOU?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT possess the POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES of Christ, nor do you possess His Holy Spirit and you are NOT SEALED for the Day of REDEMPTION, but you are headed for the Day of Judgment, where you will be CONDEMNED and SENTENCED to an ETERNITY in HELL, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, unless you come to God NOW, 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 become a TRUE CHRISTIAN living a TRUE CHRISTIAN LIFE, who is SEALED with the HOLY SPIRIT of God for the Day of REDEMPTION.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"What is Mankind?


“What is Mankind?”

 

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?        Psalm 8:3-4

 

What is MANKIND? And why is God MINDFUL of them?  Have you ever wondered just exactly what MANKIND is, or why God would be MINDFUL of them and their EVERYDAY, EVERY SECOND, situations, their problems, and their needs? 

 

MANKIND was created in the image, and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26, 27), The Scripture says that God created MANKIND in His OWN image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.  In verse 28, it tells us that God BLESSED them.  Verse 31, says, “God saw ALL that He had made and it was VERY GOOD.

 

But, MANKIND was tempted to DISOBEY God, their creator, and they fell to the temptation.  They SINNED against God by DISOBEYING His Word, and SIN entered the HEART of MANKIND from that time on.

 

From Adam to Noah, MANKIND became more and more WICKED.  In the sixth chapter of Genesis, it tells us that the WICKEDNESS of the human race had become VERY GREAT, and that EVERY inclination of the thoughts of the HUMAN HEART was EVIL ALL the TIME.  So much so that the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS God of this Universe, REGRETTED that He had made HUMAN BEINGS on the earth, and His HEART was DEEPLY TROUBLED.

 

The Earth was so corrupt in God’s sight, and was full of violence, and ALL the people on earth had corrupted their ways.  So God told Noah, “I’m going to put an end to ALL people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.  And He did, with the GREAT FLOOD.  

 

Do you think God REGRETS restoring the earth and MANKIND, after their destruction by the GREAT FLOOD?  Look around you MANKIND is WICKED, and EVERY inclination of the thoughts of the HUMAN HEART is EVIL.  WICKEDNESS, CORRUPTNESS, DISOBEDIENCE permeates the HEARTS of MANKIND from the home to even some churches there is some form of EVIL or DISOBEDIENCE to God’s Word. 

 

The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:7, that the present heavens and earth are being reserved for FIRE, they are being KEPT for the Day of Judgment and DESTRUCTION of the UNGODLY.  Where are you in this scenario? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are a part of the UNGODLY who will stand before the JUDGMENT SEAT for the sentencing of your soul. You will end up in the Lake of Fire, 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 become a part of MANKIND that brings PLEASURE to God, and NOT REGRET.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, July 17, 2017

"How to Know Who the True Children of God Are"


“How to Know Who the True Children of God Are”

 

This is how we know who the Children of God are and who the children of the devil are:  Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s Child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.       1 John 3:10

 

The Bible teaches us that we need to have the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in order to have a RIGHT relationship with Him.  This does not mean that your SALVATION is by all the GOOD DEEDS you do.  But it means that because of your TRUE SALVATION experience, you will strive to do those things that are the RIGHT things to do, in order to have a RIGHT relationship with FATHER GOD.

 

In verse nine it tells us that:  “No one who is born of God will continue to sin.”  That is the one who is TRULY born of God will NOT make it a point to CONTINUE to sin, as they had before their SALVATION experience.   They may be TEMPTED, but they KNOW that the Holy Spirit of God indwells them, and so they will do ALL they can to NOT fall to that TEMPTATION, because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Yet the TRUE Children of God will at their weakest time fall into sin.

 

Wherefore is the difference between the TRUE Child of God, and the child of the devil.  The TRUE Child of God, SHOULD CONFESS IMMEDIATELY, their wrongdoing, (sin), and TURN AWAY from the SIN, and TURN towards God to renew their RIGHT relationship with Him.  However the child of the devil will continue to live in their sins, with NO REMORSE or GUILT. 

 

Another very IMPORTANT evidence of being a TRUE Child of God is; TRUE LOVE for EACH other.  All throughout the Bible we are told that we MUST LOVE each other as Christ LOVES us.  And to NOT have that TRUE LOVE, which can ONLY come from God, indicates that we are NOT a part of His family. 

 

“God is LOVE.  Whoever lives in LOVE lives in God, and God in them.  This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have CONFIDENCE on the Day of Judgment:  In this World we are like Jesus.”  (4:16b-17) 

 

We LOVE because He first LOVED us.  Whoever claims to LOVE God yet hates a brother or sister is a LIAR.  For whoever does NOT LOVE their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot LOVE God whom they have NOT seen.  And He has given us this COMMAND:  ANYONE who LOVES God MUST also LOVE their brother and sister.  (4:19-21)

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you cannot keep His commands, nor can you possess the LOVE that He wants us to have for EACH OTHER.  This means that you do NOT have a RIGHT relationship with Father God, and you are NOT His TRUE Child, but you are a child of the devil, which will send you to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING, torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache and despair.  But God in His INFINITE MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, has provided a WAY of ESCAPE, but 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 become a TRUE CHILD of GOD.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Gotta Tell Somebody!"


“Gotta Tell Somebody!”

 

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus.       John 1:40-42a

 

John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, preached JESUS, his message was this:  “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ “  John the Baptist, was the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ 

 

He told the Pharisees, when they questioned him concerning his identity and the fact that he was baptizing, that he, “baptized with water, but among you stands one you do not know.  He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am NOT worthy to untie.”   The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”   

 

The following day John was with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”  When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.  After spending some time with Jesus, the two disciples left.  Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and he followed Jesus.  The FIRST thing Andrew did when he left Jesus, was to find his brother Simon and he told him:  “We have found the Messiah!”  The One that the Jews were and still are looking for.  

 

Andrew had received the GOOD NEWS, and BELIEVED that Jesus was the Son of the Living God, the long-awaited Messiah, who was sent to take away the sins of ALL mankind.  This was something that he could NOT keep to himself.  He just HAD to TELL SOMEBODY, and that somebody was his brother Simon Peter.  We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, need to be like Andrew, and have a BURNING desire to TELL SOMEBODY, what Jesus has done for us and can do for them.   

 

Do you have the desire that you just “GOTTA TELL SOMEBODY, what Jesus can do for them?  You should!  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you cannot tell what Jesus has done for you, because you have NOT experienced His FORGIVENESS, which was provided to ALL people, through the DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION of Jesus for the SALVATION of the souls of mankind.  God is still offering you a way of escaping Hell, with all the UNENDING torment, torture, heartache, pain, agony and despair throughout ALL of ETERNITY.  Come to Him NOW, 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 RUN, GO TELL SOMEBODY what the Lord has done!!  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

"The Fruit of Righteousness"


“The Fruit of Righteousness”

 

And I pray this:  that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in the Day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.       Philippians 1:10-11

 

This is a prayer of the Apostle Paul for the TRUE BELIEVERS in Philippi. It was Paul’s desire that the LOVE of the TRUE BELIEVERS would continue to GROW in KNOWLEDGE and EVERY kind of DISCERNMENT.  It was his desire that they would have a DEEP and CLEAR understanding of things that are SUPERIOR, the things of God.  When they have that KNOWLEDGE and DISCERNMENT, which will produce a DEEP and CLEAR understanding of the SUPERIOR things, then they can be PURE and BLAMELESS in the Day of Christ, if they CONTINUE to GROW and apply the SUPERIOR things they have KNOWLEDGE of to their Christian life.

 

When the TRUE BELIEVER does this they will be PURE and BLAMELESS in the Day of Christ, FILLED with the FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  That is, they will live a FRUITFUL life.  A life that will produce SPIRITUAL FRUIT for the GLORY of God.  In other words, they will be able to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God, because they are exemplifying love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control, all of which are not only the FRUIT of the SPIRIT, but also evidences of the FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.

 

If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, then you should examine yourself and see if you are producing the FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will be considered PURE and BLAMELESS in the Day of Christ.  If NOT, you NEED to check out your SALVATION.  Because EVERY TRUE BELIEVER should have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with the Almighty God.  If you are NOT exemplifying the FRUIT of the SPIRIT, then you do NOT have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, and you need to BE SURE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you definitely do NOT possess the FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will not be PURE and BLAMELESS in the Day of Christ, but you will face JUDGMENT, CONDEMNATION and an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair, 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 PURE and BLAMELESS, exemplifying the FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Winning the Prize"


“Winning the Prize”

 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.       Philippians 3:13-14

 

We live in a very SIN-LADEN, DEPRAVED, LOST WORLD.  It is NOT the place that God intended for man to live, but because of the LOSTNESS of mankind this is what we have. In this LOST world, we, the TRUE BELIEVERS, find a lot of OBSTACLES that pop up in our way, things that distract us from RUNNING our RACE for the cause of Christ. 

 

The Apostle Paul, gives the TRUE BELIEVERS in Philippi, instructions for RUNNING the RACE, and WINNING the PRIZE, which awaits them.  He says that they should FORGET what is behind and STRAIN toward what is ahead.  Now, Paul knew that in this SINFUL, DEPRAVED WORLD in which we live, there would be things in our PAST and PRESENT that Satan will try and use to DISTRACT us and even cause some to DROP-OUT of the race.  Paul says for us to FORGET IT and PRESS ON toward the GOAL.  TRUST God to get you there.  God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is CHEERING us ON toward the GOAL.

 

Notice that Paul says to STRAIN toward what is ahead.  The word “STRAIN” means; to exert or use to the utmost.  So the Apostle is saying; “Give it your ALL, DON’T hold back, PRESS ON with ALL your STRENGTH, POWER and MIGHT.  RUN like a SCALDED CAT.  Don’t let Satan win, but be on the WINNING TEAM, God’s TEAM. 

 

When you keep your eyes on the GOAL ahead of you, and you RUN with your WHOLE HEART in it. You will win the PRIZE for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus.  You cannot obtain this PRIZE any other way.  You MUST come by way of the CROSS of Christ, in order to reach the GOAL.  Have you been RUNNING the RACE successfully with FAITH in the ALMIGHTY GOD to get you to your GOAL and to win your PRIZE?

 

If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, be aware that your course to the GOAL will be TREACHEROUS, and almost IMPOSSIBLE at times, but God says, “PRESS ON, My Child, for MY GRACE is SUFFICIENT for you, you are already a VICTOR!” 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are NOT a VICTOR, and you are LOSING the RACE.  The ONLY goal that is set before you is CONDEMNATION and HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, it will be for ALL ETERNITY.  However, God is giving you the OPPORTUNITY NOW, to come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RUN your RACE, FORGETTING what is behind and STRAINING toward what is ahead.  PRESS ON toward the GOAL to win the PRIZE for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"The Guilt of Sin"


“The Guilt of Sin”

 

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

My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.         Psalm 38:4

You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you          Psalm 69:5

 

GUILT:  The fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law.

 

In the case of SALVATION and REDEMPTION from sin, the TRUE BELIEVER is FORGIVEN of their sins and released from the GUILT of their sin.    If you are questioning your SALVATION, and your relationship with God. GUILT is a good jumping off spot to begin with.

 

If you are doubting, whether you are a TRUE BELIEVR, one indicator that you are a TRUE BELIEVER is, if you feel as the Psalmist felt; “the GUILT of his sins,” to the point of, being OVERWHELMED, being burdened so HEAVY that you cannot bear the GUILT, and it immediately brings you to CONFESSING your SINS and GUILT to God.

 

God is ALL KNOWING, and EVERYWHERE at the same time, which tells us that He KNOWS ALL about us. He KNOWS where we are, you cannot HIDE from Him.  He KNOWS what you are thinking, even BEFORE you think it. He KNOWS what you will say and do, before you say or do it.   

 

If you have walked the aisle and prayed a prayer, asking God to FORGIVE YOU, but you didn’t have it in your HEART to really LIVE a LIFE of sacrifices, and OBEDIENCE to Almighty God and His Word, and you are CONTINUING in your OLD SINFUL nature, feeling NO GUILT or REMORSE for your sins, then your SALVATION experience is NOT a TRUE LIFE–CHANGING experience, and you will spend an ETERNITY in Hell. 

 

Satan has blinded a lot of people into believing they are SAVED, when they are NOT TRULY SAVED.  If you do not experience the GUILT of YOUR SIN, then chances are you ARE NOT a TRUE BELIEVER!  But God is opening a door for you to come to Him NOW, 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 TOTALLY TRANSFORMED into a NEW CREATION, and have your SINS and the GUILT of your SINS taken AWAY, FORGIVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Blessed, Because of a Right Relationship with God"


“Blessed, Because of a Right Relationship with God”

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. 

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12

 

The Lord Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, preached and taught the multitudes of people, what we now call the BEATITUDES, which were BLESSINGS upon the TRUE FOLLOWERS of Jesus, Himself. 

 

At the closing of those BLESSINGS, He added two more, which should make EVERY TRUE BELIEVER or FOLLOWER of Christ, sit up and take notice.  Those who are TRUE BELIEVERS will, at some moment of time, experience PERSECUTION.  When you are serving Him in the ministry, it seems to be almost an EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE.    PERSECUTION, comes to one who is WHOLEHEARTEDLY SOLD-OUT to God.  Those who are OBEDIENT to His WILL and His WORD.  Those who are PERSECUTED because of RIGHTEOUSNESS. When we STRIVE to LIVE TOTALLY OBEDIENT to the WORD of the Living God, and are LIVING in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, we will find ourselves being PERSECUTED because of our RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

 

PERSECUTION will come to the TRUE BELIEVER, when people INSULT them, PERSECUTE them, and spread LIES, saying all kinds of EVIL against them, because of their RELATIONSHIP with Christ.  Don’t necessarily think that you are in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, because you aren’t experiencing PERSECUTION.  It might be that you don’t have the RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him to begin with.  ESCAPING PERSECUTION is not an indicator that you are in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him. 

 

Don’t believe that if someone is being PERSECUTED, they are NOT in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, because MOST LIKELY they are in a VERY CLOSE, INTIMATE, RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, and because of that, they come under PERSECUTION.  But Jesus says that the RIGHTEOUS will INHERIT the Kingdom of Heaven, and that they should REJOICE and be GLAD, because GREAT is their REWARD in Heaven.  And they are in GOOD company, because the PROPHETS were PERSECUTED for their RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God. 

That is the BLESSINGS that the TRUE BELIEVERS will RECEIVE.  But the LOST, those who have NEVER TRULY given their HEART and LIFE to God, and those who are NOT in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with GOD, will be CONDEMNED to an ETERNITY in HELL, they may not experience PERSECUTION, or the DEPTH of PERSECUTION that a TRUE BELIEVER does, here on earth, but in HELL, they will suffer; torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair.  They will NOT be BLESSED, but will be CONDEMNED for ALL of ETERNITY, unless they TURN AWAY from their sins, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, SEEKING a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, they must CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEARTS, that Jesus died for THEM, and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for them, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and have a RIGHT RELATIONSHP with FATHER GOD, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and be BLESSED.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

"BEWARE: WOLVES in SHEEP'S CLOTHING!!"


“BEWARE: WOLVES in SHEEP’S CLOTHING!!”

 

The people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.  They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 

These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.     

Jude 1:16-19

 

Signs of the times, maybe, but even Jude recognized the UNGODLY, who were infiltrating the body of TRUE BELIEVERS, and they were slipping in, as WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING, carrying DEADLY actions that would / will destroy the work of God’s Holy Spirit. 

 

How, you might ask, can you recognize such people?  Jude tells us they are GRUMBLERS and FAULTFINDERS; they follow their own evil desires; they BOAST about themselves and FLATTER others for their own advantage. Wow, that hits a lot of people, especially those who sit in the pews of churches, every Sunday.  They scrutinize EVERY little thing that THEY don’t agree with, whether it is SCRIPTURAL or NOT.  If they think it’s wrong, they will GRUMBLE and FIND FAULT with it.  And they will sometimes BOAST about what THEY have done in the past or even in the present, then they will SPREAD the POISION among the other believers with their FLATTERING WORDS to gain support for their UNGODLY AGENDA.

 

Now, it seem as though Satan is working overtime, in some churches, he KNOWS time is short, and the more he can wreak havoc within the body of believers, the GREATER destruction to the MISSION and MANDATE of the church.  Jude says: “But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.  They said to you, “In the LAST TIMES there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”  ‘THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO DIVIDE YOU, WHO FOLLOW MERE NATURAL INSTINCTS and DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT.”  BEWARE of the WOLVES in SHEEP’S CLOTHING, who will pull the WOOL over the eyes of even those who are TRUE BELIEVERS. 

 

You might ask, why God isn’t intervening and stopping this atrocity.  Well, He might be doing that right NOW, with this WARNING.  God will put the TRUE BELIEVERS to the test of whether they will LOVE Him enough to take a stand for HIM or whether they will BLINDLY FOLLOW a SMOOTH TALKING, FLATTERING, WOLF in SHEEP’S CLOTHING, and do the bidding of Satan to DIVIDE the BODY of the CHURCH, to cause a DISRUPTION in the WORK of GOD, and may cause the SPIRITUAL DEATH of MANY lost people.  Where do you STAND?  With those who are SCHEMING, PLOTTING, FOLLOWING the ways of the WOLF in SHEEP’S CLOTHING? ARE YOU helping them DESTROY GOD’S WORK?   PRAYERFULLY, you are NOT a part of the PROBLEM, but are a BLESSING to the Church and its MISSION.   If you have been BLINDLY sucked into the UNGODLY TACTICS of the WOLF in SHEEP’s CLOTHING, God’s giving you the opportunity NOW to TURN AROUND and FOLLOW HIS WORD, BE OBEDIENT to Him and STOP!!! FOLLOWING THAT WOLF and with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESS your SINS to Him and ask His FORGIVENESS.  He is FAITHFUL and JUST and will FORGIVE. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are FOLLOWING SATAN straight to Hell, for ALL ETERNITY.  You may even be his pawn, by being the WOLF in SHEEP’S CLOTHING.  If this is the case, you NEED to be SAVED.  This is what you must do to gain SALVATION:  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 WORK to BUILD UP the Body of Christ, and NOT bring CONDEMNATION on yourself.  Do it NOW, while your still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

"My Fortress, My Rock, and My Refuge"


“My Fortress, My Rock and My Refuge”

 

The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.   But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.  He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the Lord our God will destroy them.        Psalm 94:21-23

 

We live in a very WICKED and DEPRAVED world, with many WICKED and DEPRAVED deeds being carried out, and most of those deeds are aimed at the RIGHTEOUS of God, those who strive DAILY to LIVE by the WORD of the LIVING GOD. 

 

The TRUE BELIEVER, these days becomes the target of MANY UNGODLY acts, which is used to try to DESTROY ANY and ALL forms of GODLY BEHAVIOR.  It is the MAIN GOAL of Satan to work at DESTROYING any form of GODLINESS in the life of mankind, even to condemning to death the innocent ones.  He does this by entering our FAMILIES, NATIONS, and CHURCHES.  He infiltrates them by finding the ones who are WEAK and VULNERABLE, those he can MANIPULATE and CONTROL. 

 

In the FAMILIES, Satan works at destroying the structure of the family.  The MAN, the dad, the husband is to be the HEAD of the household, not a taskmaster, but the one to be responsible for the WELL-BEING of the family.  He is to be the SPIRITUAL LEADER, the one who brings God into their family and LEADS their family to a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.  But, it’s sad to say, in a lot of cases there is NO MAN within the family, and the RESPONSIBILITY is left up to the Mom.  In a lot of these situations, the fault is the working of Satan to DESTROY the family structure.  Even in families with a MAN as head of the household, there is still the working of Satan to destroy the FAMILY, especially if they ARE trying to live as God wants them to.  Satan will try to influence a member of the family to REBEL against ANY and ALL Godly influences.  Thus, a REBELLIOUS nature evolves and the FAMILY structure is at RISK of DYING.

 

In the NATIONS, SATAN works on the LEADERSHIP.  He infiltrates, by entering the HEARTS and MINDS of the LEADERS, and works diligently to put into effect the UNGODLY laws that will DESTROY, and bring DEATH to a nation that was once built on CHRISTIAN values.  Satan will work in the HEARTS of mankind to REBEL against ANY form of GODLINESS or LAWFULNESS.  The nations become a cauldron of REBELLION, LAWLESSNESS, HATRED, DEPRAVITY, FILTH, and MORAL DECAY.  The NATIONS are at RISK of DYING.

In the Church, Satan works in ANYONE, who is WEAK in their relationship with God, and sometimes he will plant his own people within the church body.  Their main objective is to influence others within the body, to work against the RIGHTEOUS, by BANDING together, and planting seeds of DISSENTION, and DISCORD among the people.  Then they use ungodly means of carrying out their DESTRUCTION, by planting seeds of gossiping, slandering, back-biting, grumbling, complaining, REBELLING against  the SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP of the church.  And if there is NO SPIRITUAL fiber in the body that is FAITHFUL enough to FIGHT BACK for the cause of Christ, then the Church is at risk of DYING.

 

God says He will REPAY the WICKED for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; He will DESTROY them.  PAYBACK IS ON THE WAY!  However for the RIGHTEOUS, who are persecuted, God is their FORTRESS, ROCK and their REFUGE. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are part of the WICKED and are being used by SATAN.  Your destiny includes being REPAID for your SINFUL life-style.  You will end up spending ALL of ETERNITY In Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, heartache, pain, agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, unless you come to God, NOW, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking His 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 one of the RIGHTEOUS, with God as their FORTRESS, ROCK and REFUGE, and receive the HOPE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

"The Delivering Hand of Almighty God"


“The Delivering Hand of Almighty God”

 

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.      Psalms 91:15

 

We all face problems, uncertainties, and troubles in our lives. Some of these problems, uncertainties and troubles are brought on by our own doing.  We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, face persecutions from all avenues of life.  They might be generated by people who claim to be what they really aren’t, and therein lies a problem.  TRUE BELIEVERS are sometimes, DECEIVED by the actions of these type of people and the TRUE BELIEVER is drawn into an unhealthy relationship, which is another problem.  Then the TRUE BELIEVER finds themselves in uncertain situations.  Situations which can cause TROUBLE for them and others, as well.  They may be part of the PROBLEM or they may fall victim to the problems, uncertainties, and troubles.

 

Either way, it would be BENEFICIAL to the TRUE BELIEVER to CALL on GOD, He promises to ANSWER.  When the TRUE BELIEVER is part of the problems, uncertainties, and troubles, and the Holy Spirit, which indwells the TRUE BELIEVER, brings CONVICTION upon their HEART, it SHOULD move them to REPENT of their wrong doing, and TURN AWAY from their SIN and let God continue His good work in their life. 

 

When the TRUE BELIEVER is the one who is experiencing PROBLEMS, UNCERTAINTIES, and TROUBLES, they can face them with ASSURANCE that God is with them and will bring them through each one. He is with us at ALL times.  He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us, but He will DELIVER us and HONOR us.  So take heart, TRUE BELIEVER, you will NOT walk alone through ALL of your problems, uncertainties, and troubles.  The MIGHTY HAND of our LOVING God will DELIVER us. 

 

If you have NEVER TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God then you will suffer through your problems, uncertainties, and troubles alone, without God’s MIGHTY DELIEVERING HAND to DELIVER and HONOR you, and you will spend ALL of Eternity in HELL.   Unless you come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, CALLING out to Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be ASSURED of His MIGHTY DELIVERING HAND, DELIEVERING you from your problems, uncertainties, and troubles.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"The Evil Alliance"


“The Evil Alliance”


Lord, help me control my tongue; help me be careful about what I say.  Take away my desire to do evil or to join others in doing wrong.  Don’t let me eat tasty food with those who do evil.      Psalms 141:3-4


It is AMAZING how Satan works in the lives of those who are weak and spiritually anemic.  He is able to get his foot into the door of their heart, and blinds them to the WORK and WILL of God. He entices them with appetizing morsels to feed their selfish, self-centered, egotistical souls.  In a lot of cases he appears as the wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Deceiving even those who are believers, and if they are not VERY CAREFUL, he will make them a part of his EVIL ALLIANCE to DESTROY the WORK of God’s Spirit within their own families, churches and nation.


This Psalm of David is a prayer, asking God to let him NOT SIN.  He says, “Lord, help me control my tongue; help me be careful about what I say.”  More of the leaders in our government needs to be praying this.  Their rhetoric has caused a DIVISION in our Nation, which is a DANGER to the HEALTH of our beloved land.  This is the work of Satan to try to DESTROY a GODLY NATION.  Even in our families, words are spoken that HURT, and DESTROY the ones we love.  And in the Churches, there are people who PROFESS to be TRUE BELIEVERS, and some may be, but there are some who PROFESS it, but they don’t really POSSESS it.  Satan is not picky, if he has the opportunity to use a TRUE BELIEVER, who is weak in their relationship with God, he will, because it is a BIG feather in his cap to be able to use one of God’s own to DESTROY the UNITY of God’s family.  Then there are those who he places in the churches to STIR-UP dissention, which by the way is the one thing that GOD REALLY HATES.   Are you dancing with the devil?


 You are, if you are joining others in doing wrong?  “Lord, take away my desire to do evil, or to JOIN those others in doing WRONG.”  David’s desire is to do what God says, regardless of who is enticing you.  Satan can and will use those, who you least expect.  He is the GREAT DECEIVER. 


“Don’t let me eat tasty food with those who do evil.”  In other words, DON’T FELLOWSHIP with those who are doing WRONG, and are scheming to cause DISSENTION within the Family of God. If you do fellowship with them then YOU are putting yourself at a HUGE RISK of being a part of the EVIL ALLIANCE, and you will answer to God. 


If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, and you have been, or are NOW a part of the EVIL ALLIANCE, you have a way to escape, by SEPARATING yourself from those who are doing WRONG, and CONFESSING it to God, then FOLLOW the GODLY LEADERSHIP that God provides.  God will chastise those who TRULY belong to Him, for their involvement in the EVIL ALLIANCE.


If you are an UNBELIEVER and are stirring up trouble in your family, the Church, or even your Nation, by your WORDS and ACTIONS, then you will stand before the Judgment Seat of God, the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, and you will give an account of ALL your SINS, and will receive your sentence of an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache and despair.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW to TURN AWAY from your sins, 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and cut ties with the EVIL ALLIANCE, and as David did PRAY that GOD will help you to not SIN against Him and His Family.  Do it NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

"Who Knows the Thoughts of God?"


“Who Knows the Thoughts of God?”

 

For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.       1 Corinthians 2:11-12

 

The blessing of SALVATION was the PLAN of God, the WORK of Jesus Christ, His Son, and the APPLICATION of God’s Holy Spirit.  The very same Spirit who indwells the HEART of EVERY TRUE BELIEVER.  He searches ALL things, even the DEEP THINGS of God concerning SALVATION.  

 

The only one who KNOWS the thoughts of God is the SPIRIT of God, just as it is with mankind. No one knows the thoughts of another except their own spirit within them.  When we RECEIVE SALVATION, we do NOT RECEIVE the spirit of this world, but we RECEIVE the SPIRIT of God, which gives us UNDERSTANDING of what God has freely given us, through Jesus Christ, that is our SALVATION.

 

By the work of God’s Spirit in us, we, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, grow in our KNOWLEDGE of our SALVATION.  We then can UNDERSTAND more about God’s PLAN for us. The Spirit of God, who knows the thoughts of God can reveal them to us, as God allows.  He gives us what God wants us to know, the DEEP THINGS of our SALVATION, which will enable us to be BETTER SERVANTS, and will help us in our OBEDIENCE and RELATIONSHIP with Him.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do not have His gift of SALVATION, but you are destined for an ETERNITY in Hell.  God has a plan for your life, and it does NOT include an ETERNITY in Hell.  His PLAN is for you to ACCEPT the WORK of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on an old rugged cross for the SALVATION of your soul, then you can RECEIVE His SPIRIT, who will, APPLY God’s PLAN, and will help you GROW in the KNOWLEDGE of the DEEP THINGS of your SALVATION. 

 

You do this by coming 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 His SPIRIT enlighten you, and be your GUIDE into the KNOWLEDGE of the DEEP THINGS of your SALVATION.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!