Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"Renewing, Achieving, Seeing"


“Renewing, Achieving, Seeing”

 

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.                                             2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

The longer God allows me to live on this earth, I realize more and more, just how FRAIL and FRAGILE our bodies of flesh and blood are.  We are truly OUTWARDLY wasting away, but inwardly, for the TRUE BELIEVER, we are being RENEWED day by day.   Our souls are being fitted for our ETERNAL HOME.  

 

The troubles we face now are TEMPORARY and will ACHIEVE ETERNAL GLORY for us, a GLORY that FAR OUTWEIGHS all our TROUBLES and HEARTACHES here on this LOST and DYING world.  A world that is REJECTING God’s gift of SALVATION, and EMBRACING their sinful lifestyle, which will only bring them TORMENT, HEARTACHE, AGONY and DESPAIR, yet they choose to follow it all the way into an ETERNITY in Hell. 

 

Many people are FIXING their EYES on what they can SEE.  We who are TRUE BELIEVERS, choose to FIX our EYES on what is UNSEEN, because what is SEEN is TEMPORARY, but what is UNSEEN is ETERNAL.  We LIVE by FAITH.  Hebrews 11:1, says:  Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do NOT see.  We KNOW it, even though we cannot SEE it. 

 

Therefore we MUST be WILLING to share what we KNOW and are LOOKING forward to.  Our motives should be PURE and our methods SCRIPTURAL.  And we MUST STAY TRUE to the WORD of the LIVING GOD.  Where are you HEADED for?  Have you RECEIVED the RENEWING of your inward being?  Are you ACHIEVING ETERNAL GLORY?  Are you FIXING your EYES on Jesus, so that you will be LIVING BY FAITH and LOOKING forward to the UNSEEN things awaiting you in Heaven, throughout ETERNITY?  You can do ALL of this by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for YOU, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be RENEWED, ACHIEVED, and SIGHTFUL in the things of God for ALL ETERNITY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

"In Whom Do You Trust?"


“In Whom Do You Trust?”

 

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.     Psalm 146:3

Surely God is my Salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.  The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my Salvation.       Isaiah 12:2

 

We are definitely living in DIFFICULT and DECEPTIVE times.  Not knowing WHO or WHAT we should put our TRUST in, for the UNBELIEVER this is TRUE, but it should NOT be TRUE for the TRUE BELIEVER, who should be WILLING and ABLE to put their TRUST in GOD, who is their SALVATION.

 

The ONLY human being you CAN and SHOULD put your TRUST in is JESUS CHRIST, who is the King of kings, He is the ONLY ONE who can SAVE you.  We cannot put our TRUST in any other person, they will eventually fail you, at some point in time, and they cannot SAVE you from your ETERNAL DESTINY. 

 

We CAN and SHOULD put our TRUST in God, who is our HOPE of SALVATION.  We can TRUST in Him and NOT be AFRAID, because He is our STRENGTH and our DEFENSE; He is our SALVATION.  So who BETTER can we FULLY TRUST in this life and the life to follow, except for JESUS, God’s SALVATION for a LOST and DYING world?   Are you TRUSTING in the government, a friend or loved one, a job, or a thing, all of which are very weak and puny, and lack in a lot of areas.  They are all fallible and cannot SAVE YOU, ONLY GOD is INFALLIBLE and OMNISCIENT (all knowing).  He knows what lies ahead of each of us, and how best to GUIDE and PROTECT us.  So who better to put our TRUST in than Him?   In whom do you TRUST? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT TRUSTING in Him, and are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell with ALL of its HORRORS, but God is NOW giving you the opportunity to TRUST in HIM, 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 put your TRUST in HIM.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Wavering in Unbelief or Strengthened in Faith?"


“Wavering in Unbelief or Strengthened in Faith?”

 

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”  The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness---for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.        Romans 4:20-25

 

Abraham was known as the ‘Man of Faith’, and because of his STRONG FAITH in God and His promises, Abraham was considered RIGHTEOUS in the sight of the Almighty God.  The Bible says:  “It was credited to him as righteousness.”  Our verses today, tells us that Abraham did NOT WAVER in UNBELIEF in regards to God’s promise, but he was STRENGTHENED in his FAITH.

 

Now, God’s promise to Abraham, to make him the FATHER of MANY NATIONS, was not an easy thing for Abraham to believe, because of the fact that his body was as good as dead, I mean the man was about a hundred years old, and Sarah was BEYOND child-bearing years, but these things DID NOT WEAKEN Abraham’s FAITH, instead it was STRENGTHENED.  He KNEW FULLY well that his God was MORE than ABLE to do what He promised to do.  Abraham KNEW when there seems to be NO WAY, God MAKES A WAY.  And because of that STRONG, STEADFAST FAITH, it was credited to Abraham as RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

The words; “it was credited to him as righteousness, “  was not for Abraham alone, but for ALL those  who come after him, and who will believe in Him, the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  Jesus gave up His life for OUR sins, which results in our SALVATION, and then He was RAISED to LIFE--- RESURRECTED for our JUSTIFICATION.  Are you WAVERING in UNBELIEF or are you STRENGTHENED in FAITH?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are not just WAVERING in UNBELIEF, but you are LIVING in UNBELIEF.  And your destination is NOT a GOOD one, because you are headed for HELL with all of its HORRORS, for ALL of ETERNITY.  However, God is NOW giving you the opportunity to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and STOP WAVERING in your UNBELIEF, and be STRENGTHENED in your FAITH.  Receive your SALVATION and JUSTIFICATION, and spend an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Running the Race, Reaching the Goal!"


“Running the Race, Reaching the Goal!”

 

I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect.  But Christ has taken hold of me.  So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.  My friends, I don’t feel I have arrived.  But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.  I run toward the goal, so I can win the prize of being called to Heaven.  This is the prize God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.         Philippians 3:12-14

 

In a few weeks, we will be watching the Winter Olympics, now, while the WINTER Olympics don’t have RUNNERS, they do have SKATERS and other ATHELETES, who will be contending for the GOLD MEDAL, in each area of their expertise.  This one time, for which they have worked HARD and LONG, STRUGGLING to put forth their best efforts to reach their goal---the GOLD!

 

However, in order for them to be READY to compete and SUCCEED, they MUST TRAIN, and be READY.  So it is with TRUE BELIEVERS, they too are in a RACE of sorts, and they MUST KEEP their EYES on the GOAL, which they MUST reach, in order to receive the PRIZE that God has waiting for them, and Jesus Christ has provided for ALL who enter the race, by coming to God for the SALVATION of their souls.  They train by developing a CLOSE, INTIMATE, RELATIONSHIP with God, this is accomplished by PRAYING, BELIEVING, and TRUSTING in Him.  They MUST also STUDY and KNOW the Word of God, the Bible, in this area, they NEED to attend Church for GUIDANCE and KNOWLEDGE through the Holy Word of the Living God.  They MUST make sure that they are STEADFAST in their FAITH, by gaining STRENGTH from SPENDING TIME with other TRUE BELIEVERS, and LEARNING from their EXPERIENCES. 

 

When they are READY they will RUN the RACE, facing towards the goal, which God has set before them, and NOT looking back at their past, but STRUGGLING FORWARD, towards their goal.  They MUST PERSERVERE and RUN with DIGNITY, FAITHFULNESS, and STRENGTH to PRESS ON to the PRIZE awaiting them.  The PRIZE, the GOLD, for the TRUE BELIEVER is spending ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who has made it all POSSIBLE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT in the RACE and are headed for HELL the place of UNENDING heartache, torture, torment, pain and despair, without any way of ESCAPE, but you will be there for ALL of ETERNITY.  However, God is offering you the opportunity NOW to enter, and RUN the RACE, REACH the GOAL, WIN the PRIZE.  You do that by TURNING AWAY FROM your old, sinful life-style, 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 RUN the RACE, REACH the GOAL and WIN the PRIZE, an ETERNITY with Jesus in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"ATTITUDE"


“ATTITUDE”

 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.     Philippians 2:3, 4

 

When we look at people, one of the first things we notice about them is their ATTITUDE.  ATTITUDES can tell us a lot about a person.  It usually will give us a heads-up on how to approach a person, or how to deal with the individual.  It also tells us a little bit about one’s character.  You are pretty much known by your ATTITUDES.

 

 The Apostle Paul warned the people in the church at Philippi, concerning their ATTITUDES.  Evidently they had a problem with exhibiting the WRONG ATTITUDES.   ATTITUDES that were NOT conducive to being a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  A person’s ATTITUDE can MAKE them or BREAK them.  In other words, a BAD ATTITUDE can destroy a Christian’s witness, and put other’s ETERNITY at RISK.   Whereas, a GOOD ATTITUDE can bring about more of a POSITIVE result.  

 

It should be the goal of ALL TRUE BELIEVERS to have the PROPER ATTITUDE, especially when we are witnessing.  Paul tells us to; “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.”  Our ATTITUDE should be the same as the ATTITUDE of CHRIST, who, though, He was God, did NOT think of having equality with God, as something to use to His own advantage.   

 

His ATTITUDE was one of absolute HUMILITY, by taking on the very nature of a servant.  He valued others above Himself.  He SERVED, instead of DEMANDING to be SERVED.  He did not consider His own interests, but took into consideration the interests of others.  He saw the NEED, and with the PROPER ATTITUDE, He gave His own life, in order, for others to be FORGIVEN of their sins and to ESCAPE Hell, and have ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.   We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS SHOULD have the SAME PROPER ATTITUDE of OBEDIENCE.  He was OBEDIENT to God, even to death.  Have you been OBEDIENT in your RELATIONSHIP with God?

 

He wants you to give your HEART and LIFE to Him.  Have you done that?  If NOT, you are headed to Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, for ALL of ETERNITY, and I would venture to say that your ATTITUDE has NOT come close to being like that of Jesus Christ.  You can, however, change your ATTITUDE and your ETERNAL DESTINATION, 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 have the PROPER ATTITUDE of OBEDIENCE to GOD, and an ETERNITY in Heaven.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

"New Life in a New Year"


“New Life in a New Year”

 

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.      Philippians 2:1-2

 

A brand NEW year lies ahead, are you experiencing NEW LIFE?  What does it mean to live a NEW LIFE?  For the TRUE BELIEVER of Jesus Christ, it means that we experience a NEW LIFE, every day, because SALVATION is a LIFE-CHANGING, ON-GOING, TRANSFORMING, lifestyle.  And we, like the Apostle Paul, have NOT ARRIVED at the culmination of our NEW LIFE in Christ.

 

Every day we face situations that come up unexpectedly and our FAITH and CHARACTER are put to the test.  How will we, as TRUE BELIEVERS, conduct ourselves, will we react as Jesus would?  Paul gives us some characteristics of Christ that will help us live a NEW LIFE in Him.   

 

The first thing that we should experience is ENCOURAGEMENT from our relationship with Christ.   We should be ENCOURAGED knowing that He is with us in EVERY trial and will give us the will to PRESS ON toward the goal that is set before us, and we will be VICTORS in the end, if we will put our FAITH and TRUST in Him.  And we should help others to be ENCOURAGED in their relationship with Christ.  The second thing we should experience is COMFORT from His LOVE,  to REALIZE that He LOVES us SO MUCH that He left all the glories of Heaven, came to earth as a simple, ordinary man, to SUFFER and DIE for ALL of mankind.  Then to be RESURRECTED to NEW LIFE so that we too may experience this NEW LIFE, if we will just BELIEVE in Him and ACCEPT Him as our SAVIOR and LORD, that should bring us COMFORT from His LOVE, we should share this too with others.  The third thing we NEED is the COMMON SHARING in the SPIRIT, this is, that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS receive the INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit of God, and thus they enjoy the FELLOWSHIP of the SPIRIT.  And we SHOULD exemplify the TENDERNESS AND COMPASSION of a Christ-like spirit.  We should be LIKE-MINDED, having SPIRITUAL UNITY among us. We do this by having the SAME LOVE, BEING ONE IN SPIRIT, and of ONE MIND.  These are some things that will enhance our NEW LIFE and will draw others into God’s Family.   So are you living the NEW LIFE in a NEW YEAR? 

 

Maybe, your answer is NO, same old sinful lifestyle, because you have NOT SINCERELY given your HEART and LIFE to God, therefore you cannot live a TRUE NEW LIFE, one that will lead you to a NEW LIFE, an ETERNAL, LIFE in Heaven, instead you are headed for an ETERNAL LIFE in Hell.  God is NOW offering you the opportunity to TURN AWAY FROM your OLD SINFUL LIFE 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 gift of SALVATION, and receive a NEW LIFE in a NEW YEAR, with an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Jesus' Prayer for All Future Believers"


“Jesus’ Prayer for All Future Believers”

 

“My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.   I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are One---I in them and You in Me ---so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”        John 17:20-23

 

In verses six through eighteen, Jesus was praying for His disciples and their sanctification.  In  the verses that we will be looking at, verses twenty through twenty-three, we will see the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the FUTURE BELIEVERS, those throughout the church-age, who have heard and TRULY BELIEVED the message that was proclaimed by His disciples, throughout the known world, concerning the GOOD NEWS of the REDEMPTION of MANKIND.

 

It was our Lord Jesus’ prayer that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS be ONE in SPIRITUAL UNITY, just as God was in Christ and Christ was in God, Jesus prayed that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS might be in Him and God together, in order for the world to BELIEVE that God had TRULY SENT His Son, Jesus, into the world, so that the world through Him might be SAVED.   Jesus gave them the glory that God had given Him, so they might become ONE as He and His Heavenly Father are ONE.  He prayed for COMPLETE UNITY in the Body of Christ, the Church. 

 

This was not a prayer of uniformity or for a world-wide ecumenical church, there is a lot of difference in uniformity, union and unity.  This was a prayer for UNITY in LOVE and OBEDIENCE to God and His Word.  There are many different denominations of churches, and different doctrines, but the MAIN thing that should bring the TRUE BELIEVERS together in SPIRITUAL UNITY is the BELIEF of Jesus Christ, as SAVIOR and LORD, that He died for the sins of ALL MANKIND, and was RESURRECTED from the dead, and is NOW seated at the RIGHT hand of the FATHER, in Heaven interceding for His Children.  And that He is the ONLY WAY to an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  

 

Are you included in this PRAYER?  Are you a TRUE BELIEVER?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to God?  If you answered NO to these questions, then you are LOST in your sins, and you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL of its HORRORS, and with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But God wants you to be a part of His family, He wants you to experience SPIRITUAL UNITY in the Body of Christ, but you must FIRST become a part of that Body, and you do that by, TURNING AWAY FROM your sins, 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 part of the BODY of Christ, and experience the SPIRITUAL UNITY of LOVE for GOD and OBEDIENCE to His Word, escaping Hell, and gaining Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Friend of God"


“Friend of God”

 

And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”---and he was called a friend of God.       James 2:23

 

Friend:  A person whom one knows well and is fond of.  (Webster’s Dictionary)

 

Abraham, the Great Patriarch of the Old Testament, the Ancestral Father of the Jewish people, and the ADOPTED FATHER of the Christians.  Abraham had a very close relationship with God.  He was FAITHFUL and OBEDIENT to God.  He took his family and moved them to an UNKNOWN DESTINATION, because God told him to.  Abraham didn’t have a clue where to go, but he TRUSTED God, and his FAITH was accompanied with ACTIONS. 

 

Another time Abraham’s FAITH and ACTIONS were demonstrated was when he offered his long-awaited son Isaac on the altar as a sacrifice.  He was willing to shed the blood of Isaac, because God told him to, but this was a test of Abraham’s FAITH, TRUST and OBEDIENCE to God.  God STOPPED Abraham just before he was about to kill Isaac, and God provided another sacrifice.  Isaac’s life was spared.  And because of Abraham’s FAITH, TRUST and OBEDIENCE to Almighty God, it was counted to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS---and Abraham was called a FRIEND of GOD.

 

Now, I don’t think God will ask us to offer the life of one of our children as a sacrifice, because He has already provided the PERFECT SACRIFICE in the life’s blood of His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He did that, in order to bring SALVATION to a lost and dying world.  But the question I must ask you is, “are you a FRIEND of God?” 

 

Have you put your FAITH in Him, TRUSTING Him, and being OBEDIENT to Him?  Are you putting your FAITH to WORK, starting off with, 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?  Do you TRUST HIM with your ETERNITY, by ACCEPTING His gift of SALVATION, and being OBEDIENT to Him by LIVING for HIM?    And are you willing to become a FRIEND of God?  If you are, then follow the above steps, starting with TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle.  Do it NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"A Corrupt World"


“A Corrupt World”

 

God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.        Genesis 6:12

 

All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.     Psalm 14:3

 

In Genesis, chapter six, verse twelve, God looked down from heaven on ALL mankind, to see if there was any who understood and any who sought after God, but to His dismay ALL had turned away from Him and had become CORRUPT.  There were only a FEW, who were godly and righteous in His sight.  That was Noah and his family. 

 

So God told Noah, that He was going to DESTROY the world and everything on it, to include ALL of mankind, who were living CORRUPT lives.   They had TURNED AWAY from godliness and righteousness, and EMBRACED the CORRUPTNESS of SINS. 

 

Even the Psalmist said that ALL had turned away from God and had become CORRUPT, and that NO ONE does GOOD, not even ONE.   The world, today, and, a lot of the people who are inhabitants of this world have become CORRUPT, and are headed for destruction.  Only those who are TRUE BELIEVERS, will escape the wrath of ALMIGHTY GOD, the Creator of HEAVEN and EARTH.  And what He CREATED, He will DESTROY, because of the CORRUPTNESS that has tainted ALL of His CREATION. 

 

 All you need to do, in order to KNOW that we are living on BORROWED TIME, is to OPEN YOUR EYES and LOOK AROUND.  CORRUPTNESS is in the HEARTS and MINDS of MANY, MANY people even some who PROFESS to KNOW God, but REALLY DON’T TRULY KNOW Him.  They may KNOW ABOUT Him, but if they harbor sin in their HEART, they DON’T KNOW HIM, and they are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL.  Do you KNOW HIM or just KNOW ABOUT HIM? 

 

God sent His Son to CLEAN UP the CORRUPTNESS in this old, lost, corrupt and dying world, and He did that by SHEDDING His blood on an old rugged cross, then on the third day, He was RESURRECTED from the dead, brought back to life, and through His DEATH and RESURRECTION, He brought CLEANSING POWER for those who will accept it.  And for those who don’t, they will be JUDGED and SENTENCED to an ETERNITY in HELL, with all of its HORRORS.  God is giving you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your CORRUPTED lifestyle, and to TURN 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 be SET FREE from your OLD CORRUPTED LIFESTYLE and EMBRACE your NEW RIGHTEOUS LIFE in Heaven for ALL of ETERNITY.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Why Hope?"


“Why Hope?”

 

We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our Help and our Shield.   In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.   May Your unfailing love be with us Lord, even as we put our hope in You.        Psalm 33:20-22

 

HOPE:  To trust or rely on (Webster’s Dictionary)

 

The Psalmist indicates that we SHOULD wait in HOPE for the Lord.  We should wait knowing that He is in CONTROL of EVERYTHING, and therefore we should WAIT TRUSTING or RELYING on God to do whatever He promises He will do. 

 

WHY should we WAIT in HOPE? Because He is our HELP and our SHIELD, in other words, He is our PROTECTOR.  God is ALL-KNOWING, and since He is ALL-KNOWING, He KNOWS what lies ahead of His Beloved Children, and can PROTECT them from worldly influences, and situations that would hinder or harm our relationship with Him. 

 

Our HEARTS can REJOICE because we HOPE or TRUST in His Holy Name, that name that is above ALL names in Heaven and on Earth.  In Old Testament times, God had many names, and each of those names had a meaning which reflected God’s character, such as:   El Shaddai, which means, The Almighty God.  Today, TRUE BELIEVERS, call on the name of “JESUS” who is the NEW CONVENANT, which brings mankind and God into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP or RIGHTEOUS RELATIONSHIP with each other through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  We end our prayers with the phrase; “In Jesus’ Name,” which indicates our HOPE or TRUST in the PRECIOUS NAME of our LORD.  And our HEARTS REJOICE because we HOPE or TRUST in the POWER of that name.

 

Those who are TRUE BELIEVERS can put their HOPE in God, because of His UNFAILING LOVE, a LOVE that is like NO OTHER, a LOVE which, boggles our minds, minds that does NOT FULLY understand WHY God would sacrifice His Son to be beaten beyond recognition, then nailed on a wooden cross, to be humiliated, scorned, and abused by sinful men, who could NOT comprehend the depth nor height of God’s UNFAILING LOVE, LOVE that held Jesus to the cross, in order for mankind to be able to be REDEEMED or SAVED from their sins and to be able to escape Hell, the place of UNENDING HORRORS, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.   This is the REASON we can put our HOPE in Him.  Have you put your HOPE in GOD and His SON, Jesus Christ? 

You should, because He is your ONLY HOPE, without Him you are DOOMED to spend ALL ETERNITY in HELL.  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 put your HOPE in Him, for He LOVES you with an UNFAILING LOVE.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, January 8, 2018

"A New Lease on Life"


“A New Lease on Life”

 

For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.        Hebrews 9:13-14

 

The blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with ashes of a heifer, were used for ceremonial cleansing of the body, and performed on a regular basis in the times, before the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Christ, but could NEVER reach the HEARTS and MINDS of mankind.   The blood of Jesus Christ, however, was shed ONCE and for ALL, and could CLEANSE the HEARTS and MINDS of ALL who would ACCEPT this NEW LEASE on LIFE, which is ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, by TURNING AWAY FROM their sinful life style and TURNING TO GOD for the SALVATION of their BODY and SOUL.  The BODY and SOUL will be reunited at the RAPTURE of the Saints of God, and will spend ALL of ETERNITY in Heaven. 

 

What the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of ashes of a heifer on the defiled person COULD NOT DO, the blood of JESUS CHRIST, DID.  And that was to PROVIDE a ONCE for ALL sacrifice for the souls of the defiled people.  But the defiled person must Accept, Believe, Confess, and be willing to serve the Risen Lord, their REDEEMER. 

 

Once we have gone through this CLEANSING and PURIFICATION of our souls, we should be WILLING to SERVE the LIVING GOD, who provided our SALVATION through the shed blood of the ONCE for ALL SACRIFICE, of His Son, our SAVIOR and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Have you been CLEANSED by the BLOOD of JESUS?  Are you SERVING the LIVING God?  Will you be spending YOUR ETERNITY in HEAVEN or HELL? 

 

If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have NOT been CLEANSED by the BLOOD of Jesus, and you are NOT SERVING the LIVING GOD, and you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL.  However, God in His INFINITE MERCY and AMAZING GRACE is offering you a NEW LEASE on LIFE, 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 His NEW LEASE on LIFE for YOU, with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  So do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

"Righteousness by Faith"


“Righteousness by Faith”

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power of salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.  

For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written:  The righteous will live by faith.            Romans 1:16-17

 

The theme of Paul’s letter to the True Believers in Rome, is the phrase in verse seventeen, “God’s righteousness is revealed” Paul was delighted to share the gospel with those who were called as saints. He made sure to let them know that he was NOT ashamed of the gospel, because it is the POWER of the ALMIGHTY God, which brings about SALVATION to EVERYONE, who believes, both Jew and Gentile (non-Jew).

 

The GOSPEL or GOOD NEWS, Paul says is God’s POWER of SALVATION to EVERYONE who BELIEVES, first brought to the Jews and then to the Gentiles also. The GOSPEL shows how God, in His infinite MERCY and GRACE makes people RIGHT with Him, and it BEGINS and ENDS with FAITH.  

 

The Apostle Paul, then quotes Habakkuk 2:4; “The righteous will live by faith.”  This kind of RIGHTEOUSNESS cannot be achieved by mankind’s OWN initiative.  It is RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM God, it is NOT the PERSONAL ATTRIBUTE of God, but since it comes FROM God, it is CONSISTENT with His own PERSONAL ATTRIBUTE.   Remember, RIGHTEOUSNESS is having a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.  And ONLY those who have TRULY GIVEN their HEART and LIFE to Him, and LIVES by FAITH, will receive RIGHTEOUSNESS, and JUSTIFICATION, SANCTIFICATION, and GLORIFICATION, in the process of LIVING BY FAITH, and thus will have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God. Do you have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, and are headed to an ETERNITY In Hell, the place of UNENDING torment, torture, heartache, pain, and despair, without any WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God is offering you the OPPORTUNITY NOW to receive His gift of SALVATION and be made RIGHTEOUS in His sight.  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 LIVE by FAITH, having received His JUSTIFICATION, SANCTIFICATION, GLORIFICATION, and RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Friday, January 5, 2018

"One Act of Righteousness"


“One Act of Righteousness”

 

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

 

Righteous- morally upright, acting justly.

 

When we come to God for the SALVATION of our souls, we are carrying out a RIGHTEOUS act, we are acting justly.  We are ACKNOWLEDGING that we are SINNERS, and that we NEED to have FORGIVENESS of our sins and have a RIGHT relationship with God. 

 

We cannot have a RIGHT relationship with Him, IF there is SIN in our HEART.  REGARDLESS, of whether we are a BELIEVER or an UNBELIEVER.  IF we are a BELIEVER and have UNCONFESSED SIN(S) in our HEART, our fellowship with our Heavenly Father is severed, until we come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART and CONFESS ALL our sins to Him. If we, as TRUE BELIEVERS, have UNCONFESSED sins in our HEART, we won’t lose our SALVATION, but our FELLOWSHIP with God will change.   Who are we to think that we can have a RIGHTEOUS relationship with the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS God of this universe, with UNCONFESSED sins in our HEART, when He couldn’t even look on His own SON, who took on the SINS of ALL mankind, when He was on the cross, dying for mankind to be able to have a RIGHT relationship with God, which was the ONE ACT of RIGHTEOUSNESS that brought mankind and the ALMIGHTY, RIGHTEOUS GOD together in a RIGHTEOUS relationship.

 

For the UNBELIEVER, they CANNOT obtain a RIGHTEOUS relationship with God, unless they come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING their sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART that Jesus died for THEM, personally.  When Adam, ONE man, committed ONE trespass, it brought a sinful nature into the HEARTS of ALL mankind, and  they are faced with ETERNAL CONDEMNATION, spending an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL it’s HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPING.

 

But ONE man, JESUS CHRIST, through ONE RIGHTEOUS ACT, brought about JUSTIFICATION, or RIGHTEOUSNESS, and a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP between God and mankind, and those who have received the gift of SALVATION, will spend ALL of ETERNITY in Heaven with God, their Heavenly Father.  Will YOU?  Are you a TRUE BELIEVER, one who has a RIGHT relationship with God?  Have you TURNED AWAY FROM your sins and TURNED TO Him, with a TRUE REPENTAN 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 ACCEPTING His gift of SALVATION, through the ONE RIGHTEOUS ACT of ONE Man, Jesus Christ, have you received a RIGHT relationship with God?  If you do this NOW, you can ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell.  PLEASE COME to Him NOW!!  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"Righteous in God's Sight"


“Righteous in God’s Sight”

 

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.        Romans 3:20, 22-24

 

Once when I was out with a group of other Christians, knocking on doors and witnessing.  I came upon a young man, who was apparently a non-believer.  I asked him, “In your opinion, what do you believe it takes for a person to be able to go to heaven?”  His answer was, “Keeping the Ten Commandments.”   WRONG!!  I explained to him that the Law, the WORKS of the Ten Commandments will NOT SAVE anyone.  The Law makes us conscious, or aware of our sins, and can NOT make us RIGHTEOUS in GOD’S SIGHT.   Sadly to say, the young man REJECTED his invitation to be SAVED and to be made RIGHTEOUS in GOD’S SIGHT.

 

The RIGHTEOUSNESS of God, which is having a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, is ONLY POSSIBLE through His Son, Jesus Christ.  You MUST BELIEVE in Him for your SALVATION and to be made RIGHTEOUS in God’s SIGHT.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, because we ALL have sinned and we ALL fall short of the glory of God, and we ALL are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, but through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God’s GRACE was extended to ALL MANKIND, and those who BELIEVE and will ACCEPT Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD, will be SAVED, and made RIGHTEOUS in GOD’S SIGHT.  Have you been made RIGHTEOUS in God’s SIGHT?

 

If your answer is NO, then you are LOST in your sins, and headed to Hell for ALL of ETERNITY, because you have NOT ACCEPTED GOD’S gift of SALVATION, and you are NOT RIGHTEOUS in GOD’S SIGHT.  However, you can be by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be made RIGHTEOUS in GOD’S SIGHT, with an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

"Desiring a Prosperous New Year?"


“Desiring a Prosperous New Year?”

 

Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.       Proverbs 3:9-10

 

PROSPERITY:  Wealth, success

 

Everyone desires PROSPERITY in some form or another.  Whether it’s to be WEALTHY, as in being RICH, monetarily or to have SUCCESS in whatever you attempt to do.  However, you can have PROSPERITY in ways that are NOT necessarily monetary.  You can have a PROSPEROUS FAMILY, one that is RICH in LOVE and COMPASSION for each other.  You can have a PROSPEROUS career, in whatever you do, by being SUCCESSFUL in the KNOWLEDGE of your profession, and in the WORK of your hands.  There are many ways to be PROSPEROUS.

 

God’s Word tells us that we SHOULD HONOR the Lord with our POSSESSIONS.  This is a way of expressing our THANKS and GRATITUDE to God for ALL of His BLESSINGS, when done in a LOVING and GRATEFUL attitude, which comes from a LOVING, and GRATEFUL HEART, then we will RECEIVE from God MORE BLESSINGS.  Our giving of our POSSESSIONS with the FIRST produce of our entire harvest is, the giving of our tithes, which is at least ten percent of our salary, BEFORE ANY DEDUCTIONS.  Some may say:  “How can we afford to do that?”  My question is:  “How can you NOT afford to do it?”  When we put God and the things of God FIRST in our lives, it shows our LOVE and APPRECIATION for ALL that He has done for us, and it HONORS Him.   He will GIVE us His BLESSINGS, which will bring us PROSPERITY.  Oh, by the way, the “NEW WINE” spoken of in verse ten, is FRESH WINE, it is the FRESH JUICE of the FRESHLY PICKED GRAPES, NOT the FERMENTED JUICE.  And that is a topic for another time.

 

Are you DESIRING a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR?   Well, when you GIVE YOURSELF to the LORD, HEART, BODY and SOUL, then He will  BLESS you with ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven, and KEEP you OUT of Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS, and with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and GIVE to God, FIRST, with a LOVING and GRATEFUL HEART, which produces  a  LOVING and GRATEFUL ATTITUDE, and experience PROSPERITY in the NEW YEAR.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"New Year, New Challenges"


“New Year, New Challenges”

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.     Proverbs 3:5, 6

 

HAPPY BLESSED NEW YEAR!!  So are you looking FORWARD to a NEW YEAR with NEW CHALLENGES?  For some it will be EXCITING and loaded with all kinds of OPPORTUNITIES, and CHALLENGES, which they will meet head-on. 

 

For others though, it will NOT be so EXCITING and MANY of the OPPORTUNITIES will be LOST and the CHALLENGES will NOT be met at all, mainly because of FEAR, ANXIETY, and lack of SELF-CONFIDENCE, now a little SELF-CONFIDENCE can go a LONG way.   God created us with the ability to experience SELF-CONFIDENCE, and to use it at the RIGHT times.  Sometimes, we go overboard with the SELF-CONFIDENCE, and leave God out of our lives all together.  NOT a GOOD thing on our part.

 

However, we see in this Proverb, words of HOPE, DIRECTION, and HAPPINESS, if we will FOLLOW the writer, of this particular Proverb.    Now KEEP in MIND, that there will be situations that we will have NO control over nor will they turn out at all like we WANTED or EXPECTED.   But the Word of God tells us to first of all: “Trust in the Lord with ALL your HEART”, now it doesn’t mean that when we are facing HEARTACHES, TRIALS, SICKNESSES, and even DEATH, that He will make them ALL go away.  All of these things are a part of life, on this earth.  The IMPORTANT PART of facing these things, is to TRUST in the Lord with ALL your HEART, FIRST, and He will HELP to see you through EACH ONE.   

 

Now, here is where we get proper GUIDANCE, with the gift of SELF-CONFIDENCE and its proper use.  We are NOT to rely on our OWN understanding:  In other words , SEEK His WAYS and let Him TEACH you, through the power of His Spirit, how to have and use SELF-CONFIDENCE.  When we have the Holy Spirit of the Living God working in us, then we can have ASSURANCE and SELF-CONFIDENCE, just KNOWING that GOD is in CONTROL, and He KNOWS EVERYTHING, even what we will be facing in the NEW YEAR.  SO, “TRUST in the LORD, with ALL your HEART, and LEAN NOT on your OWN understanding.   Then, “THINK about Him in ALL your ways.”  SEEK HIM, CONTINUALLY, ACKNOWLEDGING Him in ALL THINGS, and He will GUIDE you to the RIGHT paths.  He will DIRECT your PATHS to doing His WILL!”  And you can be CONFIDENT in His GUIDANCE.    What a GREAT way to LIVE in 2018. 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are headed for HELL, the place of UNENDING, heartache, torment, torture, pain, agony, and despair for ALL ETERNITY, with NO WAY of ESCAPING.  So to TRUST in the LORD with ALL your HEART, begin 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 TRUST HIM with ALL your HEART, and  DO NOT RELY on your OWN understanding, but in ALL your ways THINK and ACKNOWLEDGE Him, and let Him GUIDE you on the  RIGHT paths in 2018.  Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!