Friday, September 25, 2020

"TRUST, REJOICE and Be GLAD!"

 

“TRUST, REJOICE and Be Glad!”

 

In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us.  This is the LORD, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His Salvation.”    Isaiah 25:9

 

In that DAY, the DAY when the Almighty God will SWALLOW UP death FOREVER.  When He will wipe AWAY the tears from all faces; and will remove the disgrace of the Jewish people from all the earth.  The DAY when the SALVATION of MANKIND will be COMPLETE. 

 

In THAT Day, the REDEEMED of the LORD, will be able to say:  “Surely this is OUR God; in whom we have TRUSTED and He has SAVED US from SIN and its PENALTY.” 

 

In Psalm 86:2, the Psalmist, whom I believe to be King David, says: “GUARD my life, for I am FAITHFUL to You; SAVE Your servant who TRUSTS in You.”  These are VERY GOOD REASONS to REJOICE and BE GLAD.  God is our REFUGE and our STRENGTH; He is our SALVATION. David also says, in Psalm 68:3 “May the RIGHTEOUS be GLAD and REJOICE before God may they be HAPPY and JOYFUL.”  As God’s Children, we are the RIGHTEOUS, and it is in the HEART of God for His Children, NOT ONLY to TRUST Him but to REJOICE and BE GLAD for our SALVATION is near. 

 

In that DAY, when JESUS CHRIST returns to GATHER UP (RAPTURE) God’s children from this SIN-DRENCHED world and ALL its HEARTACHES, PAINS, AGONIES, and DESPAIRS, and our SALVATION is COMPLETED, we can TRULY REJOICE and BE GLAD.  Can you TRUST GOD with your destiny, and REJOICE and BE GLAD in your SALVATION?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have NO SALVATION, but you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.  In order for you to receive God’s FREE Gift of SALVATION, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your SINFUL lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and TRUST, REJOICE and BE GLAD.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

"Look Forward and Do Not Slip Back!"

 

“Look Forward and Do Not Slip Back!”

 

So think clearly and exercise self-control.  Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.  So you must live as God’s Obedient Children.  Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires.  You didn’t know any better then.  But now you must be holy in everything you do just as God Who chose you is holy.  For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”     1st Peter 1:12-16

 

A very IMPORTANT part of SALVATION is OBEDIENCE to God.  And one cannot be OBEDIENT to God when they don’t have a TRUE RELATIONSHIP with Him.  The Psalmist, wrote in Psalm 119:101, that; he refused to walk on any evil path, so that he might remain OBEDIENT to God’s Word.  He had a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, and was OBEDIENT to Him and His Word.

 

The Apostle Peter, tells us that as TRUE BELIEVERS, we should THINK CLEARLY and EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL.  In other words, DON’T LET your mind wonder BACK to your OLD SINFUL lifestyle, and become INFLUENCED by its sinful ways, but EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL.  One way to do that is to LOOK FORWARD to the COMPLETION of your SALVATION when JESUS CHRIST is revealed to the world.  You MUST LIVE as OBEDIENT CHILDREN of the LIVING GOD.  And DO NOT SLIP BACK into your old ways of living, don’t LIVE by the FLESH, but LIVE by the Spirit, which indwells you, and is WAITING and READY to give you GODLY guidance in your DAILY LIFE. 

 

Since your SALVATION, you are encouraged to BE HOLY, in EVERYTHING you do, this is POSSIBLE through the work of God’s Holy Spirit.  Like the Psalmist said: “I have REFUSED to WALK on ANY EVIL path, so that I may remain OBEDIENT to Your Word.” We are instructed by God to BE HOLY as He is HOLY. (Lev. 19:2)

 

 You KNOW that God paid DEARLY to save you from your WRETCHED, SIN-FILLED life, and the RANSOM He paid was NOT with SILVER or GOLD, but it was with the PRECIOUS BLOOD of Jesus Christ, the SINLESS, SPOTLESS LAMB of GOD.  And JESUS has been revealed to us in these LAST DAYS.  Through this plan of SALVATION, we have a RELATIONSHIP with Father God, who wants us to LOOK FORWARD to our SALVATION and NOT to SLIP BACK into our OLD SIN-FILLED lifestyle.  Do you have that RELATIONSHIP with FATHER GOD?

 

IF you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your DESTINY will be an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.  You do NOT have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with the HEAVENLY FATHER, and you are NOT PLEASING to Him because of your DISOBEDIENCE towards Him and His Word.  You have been REJECTING His Son, the LORD JESUS, and will not be able to INHERIT an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, until you become His OBEDIENT Child.  You do that by:  Being WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for You, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and LOOK FORWARD and DON’T SLIP BACK!  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

"The Once for All Sacrifice"

 

“The Once for All Sacrifice”

 

Not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another---He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  And as it is appointed for mankind to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.  To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.    Hebrews 9:25-28

 

We are TRULY BLESSED to be living in this time of History.  Because in Old Testament times, the people had to offer SACRIFICES, MANY TIMES, for their SALVATION.  Today, however, we have been BLESSED with a ONCE FOR ALL SACRIFICE, which is God’s ONE and ONLY SON, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the One who offered Himself, as a LIVING, BLOOD SACRIFICE, in order to REDEEM MANKIND from their sins ONCE and for ALL. 

 

UNREPENTED MANKIND are SINFUL, by nature, and are appointed ONCE to die, and then to face JUDGMENT, and SENTENCED to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after they are there.  However, from ETERNITY PAST, God has had a PLAN to REDEEM sinful mankind from their DOOMED ETERNAL DESTINY.  That PLAN was structured on the ONE TIME SACRIFICE of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.  It had to be a BLOOD SACRIFICE, because without the SHEDDING of BLOOD, there is NO REMISSION of SINS.  (v22)

 

So, the LORD JESUS was BORN SINLESS, LIVED SINLESS, DIED SINLESS and RESURRECTED SINLESS.  He was the PERFECT SINLESS, ONCE-FOR-ALL SACRIFICE to secure the TRULY REPENTANT SOULS for a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with the Almighty God, and for an ETERNITY in HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS.  He was offered ONCE to bear the sins of MANY.  He was TORTURED, HORRIBLY BEATEN, and HUNG on an OLD WOODEN, RUGGED CROSS.  HE PAID the PRICE for our FREEDOM from SIN and its ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES.  And those who have TRULY REPENTED of their SINS and have ACCPTED JESUS CHRIST as their SAVIOR and LORD, are EAGERLY AWAITING HIS SOON RETURN, when our SALVATION will be a DONE DEAL, and we will ENJOY ALL the BLESSING that are PROVIDED to US by our ONCE-FOR-ALL SACRIFICE.  Are you EAGERLY AWAITING His RETURN?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, through His ONCE-FOR-ALL SACRIFICE, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, then you probably are NOT EAGERLY AWAITING His RETURN.  But instead you are facing certain JUDGMENT and CONDEMNATION, and an ETERNITY in HELL, with NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you’re there.  So, why NOT do something about it NOW?  God in His INFINITE MERCY and His AMAZING GRACE, is offering His ONCE-FOR-ALL SACRIFICE, JESUS CHRIST to you, NOW, if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and be able to EAGERLY AWAIT HIS RETURN, and to spend your ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its blessings.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, September 21, 2020

"The Seed"

 

“The Seed”

 

“Now the parable is this:  The Seed is the Word of God.  Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.  Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.   But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.     Luke 8:11-15

 

This is the meaning of a Parable that Jesus spoke to a crowd of people.  It was about a farmer sowing some seed. (VV5-8)  In verse nine, His Disciples asked Him, “what the parable meant.  So, He gave the meaning to His Disciples.  The SEED is the WORD of GOD. 

 

There are four kinds of people, which are represented by four types of soil.  First, we have those who HEAR but they do NOT BELIEVE, because of the work of the devil.  The Second group are those who LISTEN and REJOICE, but they do NOT STICK with the TRUTH of the MESSAGE, because they have NO ROOT, they are the ones who are blown about by EVERY wind of DOCTRINE. In other words, they will FOLLOW ANYONE or ANY BELIEF.  They ONLY accept the FACTS of the WORD, with their minds. And then REJECT it with their HEART, especially when things get tough and the TRIALS come, they go.  This does not mean that they LOSE their SALVATION, because they NEVER had any SALVATION to LOSE.  

 

The third group are those who LISTEN but NEVER mature.  They may be interested in the MESSAGE of the LORD JESUS, but they CANNOT ACCEPT it because of their “idols” of LIFE’S CARES, RICHES, and PLEASURES of this EARTHLY LIFE.   Therefore, they cannot and will not be able to LEAD anyone else to the LORD.  They will NOT be able to BEAR FRUIT.

 

The fourth group are those who LISTEN, and will RETAIN or KEEP the Word of God in their HEARTS and MINDS, and will produce a SPIRITUAL CROP of others who NEED SALVATION. This is EVIDENCE of their SPIRITUAL MATURITY and their SPIRITUAL FRUIT.  These are the ONES who will inherit HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS as their ETERNAL HOME.  Which group are you a part of?

 

If you are NOT a part of the FOURTH GROUP, then your ETERNAL HOME will be HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you’re there.  In order to become a part of this FOURTH GROUP, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and become a SOWER of the SEED, a part of the FOURTH GROUP.  Do this NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

"God's Righteous Judgment"

 

“God’s Righteous Judgment”

 

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you?  Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?  But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself.  For a day of anger is coming when God’s Righteous Judgment will be revealed.      Romans 2:4-5

 

There are MANY people who think they can avoid God’s judgment, when in all actuality they are doing the same things that others do. You can’t judge others, because of your race, position, or even your religious affiliation, in this life. In the end, each individual is JUDGED by the ALMIGHTY GOD, not by mankind.  We ALL sin and FALL SHORT of the Glory of God. But we are JUSTIFIED FREELY by His Grace through the REDEMPTION that came by Christ Jesus.  (Romans 3:23-24)

 

There are those who show CONTEMPT for the RICHES of God’s KINDNESS, FORBEARANCE, AND PATIENCE. God’s RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT is INESCAPABLE, unless you REPENT and are FORGIVEN.  Otherwise, you will find that your OWN DISOBEDIENCE and CONTEMPT for GOD’S GOODNESS will lead you to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, once your there. 

 

The GOODNESS of GOD can lead to His JUDGMENT on FALLEN MANKIND, being delayed, in order to give them time to REPENT.  This is evidence of God’s GOODNESS, FORBEARANCE, and LONGSUFFERING.  The GOODNESS of God is exemplified by His PROVIDENCE, PROTECTION, AND PRESERVATION, all of which, leads to REPENTANCE, which is the ONE THING that God is wanting for ALL MANKIND.  He is PATIENT with you, not wanting ANYONE to PERISH, but EVERYONE to come to REPENTANCE. (2 Peter 3:9)    

 

REPENTANCE means that YOU are willing to TURN YOUR BACK on SIN, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION and God’s GOODNESS.  And ESCAPE HIS WRATH, which will be poured out on those who have REJECTED Him and His Gift of SALVATION, at the GREAT WHITE THRONE of JUDGMENT.  Do this NOW, and ESCAPE HELL and GAIN HEAVEN, as your ETERNAL HOME.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!   

Friday, September 18, 2020

"The Day is NEAR!"

 

“The Day is NEAR!”

 

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the Day is at hand.    Romans 13:11 12a

 

This portion of the Apostle Paul’s letter, to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Rome is to ENCOURAGE them, at a time when SPIRITUAL ALERTNESS is PARAMOUNT.  And they SHOULD AWAKE out of their SLUMBER, and BE READY to meet the LORD JESUS, because the CULMINATION of their SALVATION was at hand. This means that, that DAY, which ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, are ANXIOUSLY WAITING for is CLOSE, and they NEED to be SPIRITUALLY ALERT because TIME IS SHORT! 

 

The Savior, Jesus Christ is READY and WILLING to COME and TAKE ALL God’s TRUE CHILDREN HOME, to the FATHER’S HOUSE.  This day and time in which we are living is like a NIGHT of SIN, that is on the brink of running its course.  And the TRUE BELIEVER is to CAST OFF the garments of DARKNESS, and to PUT ON the ARMOR of LIGHT, which is our PROTECTIVE garment for living a HOLY LIFE.  We are NOT to COMPROMISE are beliefs or to PARTAKE of the SINFUL acts of this LOST and DYING world.  A world with NO HOPE for ETERNITY.  We NEED to be STRONG and STEADFAST in our FAITH.  By being Children of the Light, we are to WALK or LIVE in the LIGHT.  The BEST THING we can do is to PUT ON JESUS CHRIST, that is;  to LIVE like He LIVED, and FOCUS on Him and His Lifestyle.  And do NOT INDULGE in the DESIRES of the FLESH, but SEPARATE yourself from this WORLD and its LOSTNESS.  The DAY is NEAR, are you READY for the RETURN of JESUS, to FINISH the SALVATION process, by the RAPTURE of GOD’S CHILDREN?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your ETERNAL DESTINY, is NOT something you should be ANXIOUSLY AWAITING, because your ETERNAL DESTINY is HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.  But this is NOT what GOD wants for YOU.  It is HIS DESIRE that NO ONE should PERISH, but that ALL would come to JESUS, His SON, for their SALVATION, and to do that:  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your SINFUL lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  And you MUST ACCEPT God’s Gift of SALVATION, and become SPIRITUALLY ALERT, because the DAY is NEAR.  So, do this NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!  

 

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

"Forgiveness Through Jesus"

 

“Forgiveness Through Jesus”

 

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.     Acts 13:38-39

 

FORGIVENESS is a CRUCIAL part of the SALVATION experience.  The act of FORGIVENESS is GOD’S part of the SALVATION plan, and BELIEVING in JESUS CHRIST, and ACCEPTING Him into your HEART is YOUR part of the SALVATION PLAN.  God’s part included the substitutionary work of REDEMPTION, through the SACRIFICE of JESUS CHRIST, on an OLD RUGGED CROSS, and the MIRACULOUS work of God in the RESURRECTION of JESUS.  One cannot have SALVATION apart from this PLAN of SALVATION.

 

If they are NOT willing to BELIEVE and ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST as their SAVIOR and LORD, there is NO HOPE for them to be able to spend ALL their ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  And therefore, there is NO JUSTIFICATION.  JUSTIFICATION is the ACT of GOD in which, He DECLARES to be RIGHTEOUS, those SINNERS, who have BELIEVED and ACCEPTED Jesus as their SAVIOR and LORD.  It is a LEGAL act that takes place in the very MIND of the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD, and it CLEARS, and gives FREEDOM FROM EVERY charge brought against the sinner who has become a TRUE BELIEVER.  Then they NOT ONLY RECEIVE FORGIVENESS of their SINS, but they NOW have the HOPE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do you POSSESS His FORGIVENESS and His JUSTICE?  Or are you facing an ETERNAL DESTINY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE after you are there?

 

In order to receive God’s FORGIVENESS and His JUSTIFICATION, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sins, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.   Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and be FORGIVEN and JUSTIFIED, along with the HOPE of HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!