Thursday, July 18, 2019

"Perfect Peace with the Rock"


“Perfect Peace with the Rock”

 

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself is the Rock eternal.      Isaiah 26:3-4

 

PEACE is the absence of CONFLICT.  It is SERENITY, and CALMNESS.  Isaiah tells us that God will KEEP those whose MINDS are STEADFAST or whose mind is STAYED on Him, in PERFECT PEACE.  PERFECT means FLAWLESS, so God will KEEP those whose minds are STEADFAST, in a FLAWLESS PEACE. 

 

But that PERFECT PEACE belongs to the TRUE BELIEVER, who puts their TRUST in God FOREVER, because the LORD is the ROCK ETERNAL.  The Psalmist, tells us that:  “The LORD is my ROCK, my FORTRESS and my DELIVERER; my GOD is my ROCK, in whom I take REFUGE, my SHIELD and the HORN of my SALVATION, my STRONGHOLD.   (Ps. 18:2)  That is experiencing PERFECT PEACE. 

 

In Psalm 62:2, we see that: “Truly He is my ROCK and my SALVATION; He is my FORTRESS, I will NEVER be SHAKEN.  This too speaks of that PERFECT PEACE, which can only be experienced, when you have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the ROCK and the SALVATION of ALL who will BELIEVE and TRUST in Him.  Is He your ROCK?  Do you have PERFECT PEACE? 

 

You can if you are WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and start experiencing that PERFECT PEACE with the ROCK of your SALVATION, because you TRUST in HIM.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"Human Wisdom versus Spiritual Wisdom"


“Human Wisdom versus Spiritual Wisdom”

 

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.  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit –taught words.  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.       1 Corinthians 2:12-14

 

In order for God’s Children to KNOW His will and to understand His Laws and His Precepts, we MUST have SPIRITUAL WISDOM, which is given to us at the time of our SALVATION.    The Plan of SALVATION was prepared by God, the Father and brought about through the DEATH and RESURRECTION of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.  And it is being applied to EVERY TRUE BELIEVER through the work of God’s Holy Spirit, which indwells the TRUE BELIEVE at the time of CONVERSION. 

 

This PLAN originated in God and is taught by His Spirit.  The Spirit of God TEACHES the TRUE BELIEVERS the aspects of our SALVATION, and He does this using SPIRITUAL WORDS, and bestowing upon each TRUE BELIEVER, SPIRITUAL WISDOM.  He does NOT use words that are taught to the unregenerate mankind, which produces HUMAN WISDOM, but cannot produce SPIRITUAL WISDOM. 

 

The UNSAVED PERSON, cannot understand the SPIRITUAL WORDS or the SPIRITUAL WISDOM, because they do NOT possess the SPIRIT of God, and they do NOT ACCEPT the things that come from the Spirit of God, because they consider them to be FOOLISH, and they cannot understand them, because they do NOT possess the Holy Spirit of God, who is our TEACHER and GUIDE.

 

These UNSAVED PEOPLE, only understand the HUMAN WISDOM, which falls short of being able to UNDERSTAND the plan of SALVATION, and they regard it as FOOLISHNESS, which is leading MANY to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  They are LOST and without HOPE.  The ONLY WAY for them to RECEIVE SALVATION, and the SPIRITUAL WISDOM, they NEED to UNDERSTAND it.  They NEED to HAVE the HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLING them.  And to do that they MUST BE WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  They MUST BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART, that JESUS died for THEM, and is now ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.  Then they MUST CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  They MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RECEIVE the SPIRIT of GOD, and the SPIRITUAL WISDOM of their SALVATION.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, July 15, 2019

"Discipline and Hope"


“Discipline and Hope”

 

Discipline your Children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.       Proverbs 19:18

 

This Proverb is imperative, which means it is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY for the well-being of ALL CHILDREN.   Children who are NOT DISCIPLINED have NO HOPE.  They become REBELLIOUS, UNCONTROLLABLE, CORRUPT, and EVIL MINDED.

 

Their lifestyle will more than likely, be one of incarceration, they will end up spending MORE time behind bars than NOT.  There is NO HOPE for a PRODUCTIVE future, if ANY FUTURE at all.   UNDISCIPLINED CHILDREN may even end up facing LIFE in PRISON, or even facing DEATH by capital punishment or from the NATURAL CONSEQUENCES that generally accompany REBELLIOUS, UNCONTROLLABLE behavior.  

 

This outcome for the UNDISCIPLINED CHILD is pretty HOPELESS.  And the PARENT(S) are ACCOUNTABLE for this type of behavior.  When they REFUSE to DISCIPLINE their CHILDREN, they become a WILLING PARTY to the DEATH of their child.  The way to NOT be that WILLING PARTY is to begin DISCIPLINING at an EARLY AGE.  If you have STRONG-WILLED children, SEEK HELP from a TRAINED COUNSELOR.  But don’t let your PRECIOUS CHILDREN LIVE WITHOUT DISCIPLINE and HOPE.

 

Now, SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, ALL God’s Children SHOULD be OBEDIENT and NOT REBELLIOUS.  They SHOULD BE WILLING to FOLLOW His WORD, and OBEY His Laws.  They SHOULD WALK or LIVE by FAITH.  They will have HOPE for a FUTURE, their ETERNAL HOPE is HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  However, for the UNDISCIPLINED, REBELLIOUS, EVIL-MINDED PERSON, they have NO HOPE, just an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But they can have HOPE if they will, TURN AWAY FROM their SINFUL lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them before God.  They MUST CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  They MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and have the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, July 12, 2019

"The RIGHTEOUSNESS of a MERCIFUL God"


“The RIGHTEOUSNESS of a MERCIFUL God”

 

They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.   God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.           Romans 3:24-26

 

God stepped into time, and provided RIGHTEOUSNESS for mankind.  He knew that mankind was HOPELESSLY SINFUL and so He FREELY JUSTIFIED those who would come to Him, through the REDEMPTIVE work of His ONE and ONLY SON, Jesus Christ.  He did this through the shedding of the blood of Christ on the cross, and those who ACCEPTED this by FAITH, received JUSTIFICATION, the act of being set FREE, through their FAITH, from the penalty of their sins.  Then to be accepted by God as RIGHTEOUS, which is doing what is RIGHT and PLEASING in God’s sight.

 

The MERCIFUL God, in His restraint, passed over the sins that had previously been committed.  He did this, because of His OMNISCIENCE, the ability to KNOW ALL THINGS, He KNEW that He was going to send Jesus as the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE or the PROPITIATION for the SINS of ALL mankind, those of the PRESENT, PAST and FUTURE.  And in so doing He demonstrated His RIGHTEOUSNESS and would DECLARE RIGHTEOUS those who would ACCEPT Jesus and have FAITH in Him.

 

Those who DENY and REJECT Jesus, are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with all its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Is this where you are in life, DENYING and REJECTING Jesus Christ and His work on the cross?  In order for you to change your DESTINY, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be FREELY JUSTIFIED, and be DECLARED RIGHTEOUS by God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"Lies and the Truth"


“Lies and the Truth”

 

I have not written to you because you don’t know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie comes from the truth.        1 John 2:21

 

In today’s world, there are MANY people whose lives are consumed with so MANY lies that it is difficult, if not impossible to tell whether they KNOW what the TRUTH really is.  They are actually living out their life on nothing but LIES.  Children, at a very young age, are coached by their own parents to tell LIES.  Spouses LIE to each other, Children LIE to their parents, and their siblings, and employers to their employees, and the employee to their employer.  But the worst part of living a LIE, is when people LIE to themselves, deceiving themselves, and worst yet is when they LIE to God, who KNOWS ALL things, He can’t be fooled.  He KNOWS!!

 

John was writing to TRUE BELIEVERS, warning them about the teachings of FALSE TEACHERS. John wanted them to KNOW the fact that NO LIE COMES FROM THE TRUTH.  The LIAR is the one who DENIES that Jesus is the MESSIAH, and even those who DENY the very existence of the FATHER (God) and His Son (Jesus).  There are MANY who DOUBT the EXISTENCE of the Holy Trinity.  They prefer to BELIEVE a LIE, rather than to ACKNOWLEDGE the TRUTH.

 

This DENIAL will seal their FATE.  Jesus said:  “I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.”  Which means that HE is the ONLY WAY to obtain an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and that is the ABSOLUTE TRUTH.  Without it, you are DOOMED to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Are you living a LIE?  Do you KNOW the TRUTH? 

 

You do NOW, which means if you continue to REJECT and DENY Jesus Christ, you are WITHOUT an EXCUSE, and will spend ALL ETERNITY in HELL.  But God wants you to KNOW the TRUTH.  So He is giving you the OPPORTUNITY NOW to change your DESTINY.  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and KNOW and BELIEVE the TRUTH, It will set you FREE, and give you an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

"Perfect Love!"


“Perfect Love!”

 

No one has seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.  God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.          1 John 4:12-16

 

Today, my WONDERFUL HUSBAND, and I are celebrating FIFTY-THREE years of marriage.  As I think back over the years, I think of the LOVE that we have had and STILL have for each other.  I feel that our LOVE GROWS STRONGER with each day.  It’s not ALWAYS been a smooth path, but God has ALWAYS been a part of our lives, and He has ALWAYS been SUFFICIENT for EVERY need.  Even though we cannot see Him, bodily, we CERTAINLY can FEEL His presence and we can TRUST His HAND, because He ABIDES in us.  And His LOVE is PERFECTED in us.  How do we KNOW this?  Because He has given us His PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT, who indwells ALL TRUE BELIEVERS.

 

God has also EXEMPLIFIED His GREAT LOVE for us in that He GAVE His ONLY SON to be the SAVIOR of ALL MANKIND.  He LOVED us so MUCH that He gave Jesus to be our SACRIFICE, by the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary.  And WHOEVER will COME to God and CONFESS that JESUS is the SON of God, and that He is their SAVIOR and LORD, then God abides in them and they in Him.  ALL of this is possible because GOD IS LOVE, and His LOVE is PERFECT.

 

Now, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, nor proclaimed that Jesus is the SON of GOD, and PROFESSED Him as your SAVIOR and LORD.  You do not have God abiding in you, and have NOT experienced His PERFECT LOVE.  Your DESTINY is an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, because of God’s PERFECT LOVE, ABUNDANT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, He is NOW, offering you the opportunity to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and He will ABIDE in YOU and YOU in Him, and He will LOVE YOU with His PERFECT LOVE.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

"Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ Jesus!"


“Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ Jesus!”

 

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again.  Death no longer rules over Him.  For in light of the fact that He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God.  So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.        Romans 6:8-11

 

 The Apostle Paul’s letter to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Rome, is applicable to ALL TRUE BELIEVERS of today.  We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS of the Lord Jesus Christ, should FOLLOW the guidelines, which the Apostle has laid out before us.  In these particular verses of Scripture, Paul tells us that when we become a TRUE BELIEVER, we have DIED with Christ, and if we have DIED with Christ then we will also LIVE with Him.

 

Because Jesus Christ did NOT stay dead in the grave, as all humans do, when they die a physical death.  He was RESURRECTED or RAISED from the DEAD and the GRAVE.  And DEATH NO LONGER has RULE over Him.  And, through His OBEDIENCE to God, by being the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for ALL MANKIND, in that He laid down His life, DIED, for EVERYBODY.  He who knew NO sin, became sin, by taking on ALL the sins of mankind, past, present, and future.  And was RESURRECTED from the DEAD, which exhibited the fact that DEATH and the GRAVE has NO RULE over Him. 

 

So, if we have DIED with Christ, then we will also LIVE with Him.  But in order to LIVE with Him, we MUST DIE to OUR sins, ALL of our sins.  Which means that we do not CONTINUE in our old, sinful lifestyle, but we TURN AWAY FROM it, and TURN TO GOD, then we become ALIVE to God through the REDEMPTIVE WORK of Christ Jesus.   And we will inherit ALL the GLORIES of an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.   Is this your DESTINY? 

 

You MUST DIE to your SINS, in order to be ALIVE in God, and to receive HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME, and to ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.   In order to do that, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is now ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and become DEAD to your sins, but ALIVE to God, and receive HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!