Saturday, November 9, 2019

"He Knows"


“He Knows”

 

God, You know my foolishness, and my guilty acts are not hidden from You.      Psalm 69:5

 

The Almighty God of ALL CREATION, KNOWS ALL the THOUGHTS and DEEDS of ALL of MANKIND, from the VERY BEGINNING of time till the VERY END of time.  HE KNOWS!

 

Therefore, it is utterly IMPOSSIBLE to try and HIDE ANY THOUGHT or DEED from God.  King David knew this first hand, and that is why he states:  “God, You KNOW my foolishness, and my guilty acts are NOT HIDDEN from You.”  He KNOWS EVERY thought before we think it.  And He KNOWS EVERY DEED, good or bad, before we even have the desire in our heart to do it.  HE KNOWS! 

 

David penned these words in Psalm 139:7-8:  “Where can I go to escape YOUR Spirit?  Where can I flee from YOUR presence?   If I go up to Heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.”  God is EVERYWHERE and HE KNOWS EVERYTHING.  No matter, WHERE you attempt to HIDE, or WHAT you attempt to do.  He KNOWS.  You CANNOT HIDE from His Spirit. 

 

And if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to Him, you will be JUDGED by Him for ALL the WICKED ACTS and PLANS that you have EVER been a part of.  You CANNOT HIDE a SINGLE thing from Him because HE KNOWS ALL THINGS!!!  So, in order to ESCAPE His CONDEMNATION, and an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM YOUR sinful lifestyle and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He 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 an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Because He KNOWS and you will stand in JUDGMENT and CONDEMNATION before Him.  So, do this NOW, while you still can, in order to ESCAPE His JUDGMENT and CONDEMNATION.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, November 8, 2019

"The Hiding Place"


“The Hiding Place”

 

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.       Psalm 32:7

 

King David had committed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba, and from that sin came many other horrible sins.  David tried to HIDE his sins by covering up one sin with another.  And it was taking a toll on the Man after God’s Own Heart.  He penned:  “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.  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.”  (VV 3-5)

 

God did not act as David’s Judge, but David ACKNOWLEDGED God as his HIDING PLACE.  A QUIET place of REFUGE from the RAGING STORMS of DAVID’S own making.  Why?  Because, David finally came to GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, ACKNOWLEDGING that he had SINNED against GOD and GOD alone.  He was GUILTY, and that GUILT was EATING AWAY at DAVID’S sanity. When David ACKNOWLEDGED his sin to God, and no longer tried to COVER it up, and CONFESSED his TRANSGRESSIONS to God, God FORGAVE the GUILT of DAVID’S sin. 

 

But David still faced the CONSEQUENCES of those sins and paid a HUGE PRICE for his transgressions.  (2 Sam. 11-15)  Yet David’s FAITH in God, brought him to God, and God became David’s HIDING PLACE or PLACE of REFUGE in the STORMY WATERS of LIFE.  God did not make all the TROUBLES disappear, but He was there with David, to see him through, because David SOUGHT God’s FORGIVENESS, and did so with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  So David was able to SURROUND himself with SONGS of PRAISE and DELIVERANCE to the ALMIGHTY GOD, the ONE who is ABLE to DELIVER.   Is God your HIDING PLACE?

 

He can be, if you will come to Him, 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 ACKNOWLEDGE and CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and let God be your HIDING PLACE, when the STORMS of life are RAGING, He will stand by you.  And like David, you will be able to SURROUND yourself with SONGS of PRAISE and DELIVERANCE.  So do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

"Who Are the Wicked?"


“Who Are the Wicked?”

 

I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:  There is no fear of God before their eyes.  In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.   The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.  Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.         Psalm 36:1-4

 

The Psalmist, David, received a message from God, in his heart.  This message was concerning the TRUE NATURE of a WICKED person.  First, David says that:  “There is NO FEAR, (the word “fear” here means “dread”), of God before their eyes.  In other words they SAY or DO whatever is in their HEART, without regard for the precepts of the ALMIGHTY GOD.

 

Having NO FEAR or DREAD of God, the WICKED person lives in sin or practices it continually.  They FLATTER themselves, soothing their own guilty conscience, in order to HIDE their iniquities, because if they saw their lifestyle from God’s point of view, they would absolutely HATE it. 

 

And because of their WICKED, UNGODLY ways, their life has become WORTHLESS.  Their words are WICKED and DECEITFUL; they FAIL to act WISELY or to do GOOD.  And they REFUSE to REJECT EVIL.  They even PLOT EVIL DEEDS, while on their bed going to sleep.  They REJECT any SPIRITUAL DEALINGS, especially concerning their SALVATION, through the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  They are CONTENT with living in their SINFUL, WICKED WAYS, headed to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  Are you one of the WICKED?

 

You are, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God.  In order to become a TRUE BELIEVER in CHRIST, one, who has an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and being able to ESCAPE HELL, you MUST BE 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 that He 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 be CHANGED from being WICKED to being RIGHTEOUS before God, and ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

"God's Grace and Mankind's Faith"


“God’s Grace and Mankind’s Faith”

 

Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.       Gen. 15:6

Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness.  Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us.  It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.       Romans 4:22-25

 

God’s GRACE is giving to mankind BLESSINGS that they don’t deserve, such as, SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.   In Genesis 15:6, we are told how God bestowed His GRACE on Abraham.  It says:  “Abraham BELIEVED God and it was CREDITED to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Abraham did NOT receive God’s AMAZING GRACE because he kept the LAW.  But ABRAHAM received it because of his FAITH.  And Abraham then had a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, which provided RIGHTEOUSNESS for Abraham.

 

This same GRACE is offered to mankind, IF they will, like Abraham, BELIEVE and have the FAITH that GOD WILL DO what He promises He will do.  If we have that kind of FAITH, RIGHTEOUSNESS will be CREDITED to us, also. 

 

God’s GRACE was provided for ALL of mankind, if they will BELIEVE in Him, the One who RAISED Jesus from the dead, and ACCEPT the fact that Jesus was DELIVERED UP for our sins and RAISED for our JUSTIFICATION.  This is what GOD’S GRACE and MANKIND’S FAITH is all about.  Do you possess GOD’S AMAZING GRACE, and do you have the SAME kind of FAITH that Abraham had?

 

In order to receive RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTIFICATION, from God, you MUST BE 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 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, by FAITH, and receive RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTIFICATION from Him, which will provide you with an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

"What To Do"


“What to Do”

 

But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the Love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.              Jude 1:20-23

 

Jude, the brother of James, and half-brother to the Lord Jesus Christ, gives us instructions on what a TRUE BELIEVER in the Lord Jesus Christ should do until the Lord returns.  The FIRST instruction is to BUILD UP one’s FAITH, this is done by STUDYING the Word of God, and LIVING in OBEDIENCE to the Word of God.  Which will PRESERVE and STRENGTHEN the TRUE BELIEVER’S FAITH in Christ and will give them the benefit of experiencing the LOVE of God as contrasted to the WRATH of God, which is poured out on those who are LIVING in DISOBEDIENCE to God’s Word.

 

The SECOND instruction is PRAYING in the HOLY SPIRIT, this does NOT refer to speaking in an UNKNOWN tongue, but it means to PRAY consistently through the WILL and POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD, which indwells you.  And who will PRAY for you, when you don’t have the words to PRAY.  And PRAYING in the NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The THIRD instruction is to KEEP yourself in the LOVE of GOD, this indicates that the TRUE BELIEVER should LIVE by FAITH and in OBEDIENCE to God, in order to receive the FULL EXTENT of GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE, His ABUNDANT MERCY and His AMAZING GRACE.  As opposed to His WRATH and CONDEMNATION, which is the END RESULT of those who LIVE in DISOBEDIENCE to Him and His Word.  Those who CONTINUALLY REJECT SALVATION through His SON, Jesus Christ.

 

The FOURTH instruction is to EXPECT the MERCY of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, which will LEAD us to the consummation of our SALVATION at His RETURN, and we SHOULD do this with EAGER ANTICIPATION, because this will be what ushers in our ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Are you WAITING with EAGER ANTICIPATION for His RETURN?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then you should be TREMBLING with FEAR at the thought of His RETURN.  Your destiny will be an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM YOUR sinful lifestyle and to TURN TO HIM, 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 LIVE in OBEDIENCE to Him and His Word, and spend your ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 4, 2019

"God's Heart of Redemption"


“God’s Heart of Redemption”

 

He has sent redemption to His people.   He has ordained His covenant forever.  His name is holy and awe-inspiring.       Psalm 111:9

 

REDEMPTION:  the act of REDEEMING, which is to RESCUE from sin and from being punished for one’s sins.  

ORDAINED:  To ESTABLISH

 

It all started in the Garden of Eden, when MANKIND (Adam and Eve) DISOBEYED God.  The Crown of God’s Creation, DISOBEYED their Creator, and because of their DISOBEDIENCE they were PUNISHED for their sins.  So this has been the plight of mankind throughout the ages.

 

I believe that God’s Heart was broken, sure He knew this would happen.  And He gave mankind the ability to make their own choices.  Adam and Eve, chose to do what God told them NOT to do, they were DISOBEDIENT.  And God from ETERNITY PAST, in His INFINITE KNOWLEDGE, KNEW that MANKIND would NEED REDEMPTION. 

 

This Psalm was specifically written for the Nation of Israel, at the time of their EXODUS from Babylon back to Jerusalem.  But I believe that God has shown me that this Scripture is applicable for ALL of mankind.  WE ALL NEED to be REDEEMED from our SINS, in order to ESCAPE ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, which would be spending an ETERNITY in HELL.

 

However, because of GOD’S HEART of REDEMPTION, mankind has the opportunity to be REDEEMED through the ORDAINED, NEW COVENANT, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and His REDEMPTIVE, SACRIFICIAL DEATH on the Cross of Calvary, and His GLORIOUS RESURRECTION from DEATH and the GRAVE.  He is the VICTOR, the REDEEMER of ALL MANKIND, those who will BELIEVE and ACCEPT GOD’S SALVATION which comes from His HEART of REDEMPTION.

 

Will you make the RIGHT CHOICE?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then you are living in DISOBEDIENCE to Him.  And your ETERNAL DESTINATION is HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  But because of GOD’S HEART of REDEMPTION, you have the opportunity NOW, to change that DESTINY by:  WILLINGLY TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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 receive HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, as your ETERNAL HOME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

"Confession = Forgiveness"


“Confession = Forgiveness”

 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.       1 John 1:9

…If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.      Romans 10:9-10

 

An old Scottish proverb says that:  “CONFESSION is GOOD for the SOUL.”  This is ESPECIALLY TRUE in God’s PLAN of SALVATION.  Our Scripture in 1 John 1:9 tells us that IF we will CONFESS our sins, which means, “IF we will ACKNOWLEDGE our sins, He, GOD, is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE US of our sins and will CLEANSE us from all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.”  This is SPIRITUAL MEDICINE for the SIN-SICK SOUL.

 

CONFESSION or ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of one’s SINS and SHORT-COMINGS, is a VERY IMPORTANT step in the PLAN of SALVATION.  CONFESSION is NOT so much, telling GOD all about out transgressions, but it is about us KNOWING or having KNOWLEDGE of OUR OWN PERSONAL SINS.  When we ACKNOWLEDGE that we are a SINNER, who is GUILTY of SINNING against GOD, we are getting closer to receiving the FORGIVENESS of our sins.  When this takes place, God is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us and to CLEANSE us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.  These actions can bring PEACE and JOY to a STRESSFUL HEART, and will give ETERNAL LIFE to a SPIRITUALLY DEAD SOUL.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us:  “IF we will CONFESS with our MOUTH that Jesus is LORD and BELIEVE with ALL our HEART that GOD raised Him from the dead, you will be SAVED from an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  Two VERY IMPORTANT STEPS, which MUST be taken in the SALVATION PROCESS are:  “CONFESSION and BELIEVING. “  You cannot CONFESS and NOT BELIEVE, nor can you BELIEVE and NOT CONFESS, and be SAVED.  Verse ten, tells us why this is TRUE; “For with the HEART one BELIEVES and is JUSTIFIED, and with the MOUTH one CONFESSES and is SAVED.”  And that is how CONFESSION = FORGIVENESS, which = SALVATION, and ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD by; CONFESSING and BELIEVING, then your DESTINY is ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  You MUST BE 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 that He 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 RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, because of your CONFESSION and BELIEF.  So do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!  BE READY!!!