Monday, January 18, 2021

"God is FAITHFUL!"

 

“God is FAITHFUL!”

 

Pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.  But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.                                2 Thessalonians 3:2-3

 

This is a PRAYER REQUEST from the Apostle Paul and his missionary friends to the Church in Thessalonica for their SAFETY and PROTECTION from the WICKED and EVIL people, who were NOT of the FAITH, but they were DISTURBINGLY UNRIGHTEOUS, and were out to make TROUBLE for Paul and the MINISTRY of the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST.  They were definitely ENEMIES of the CROSS, and all it represented.

 

Paul gave the BELIEVERS in Thessalonica some ENCOURAGEMENT concerning God’s FAITHFULNESS.  He wanted them to KNOW and BELIEVE that GOD is FAITHFUL in EVERY situation.  1st Thessalonians 5:24 tells us that God is FAITHFUL in our SALVATION:  The One who calls you is FAITHFUL, and He will do it.   In 1st Corinthians 10:13 God is FAITHFUL when we are TEMPTED:  No TEMPTATION has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And GOD is FAITHFUL; He will Not let you be TEMPTED beyond what you can bear.  But when you are TEMPTED, He will provide a way out so that you can endure it.  In SUFFERING, 1st Peter 4:19, tells us: Those who SUFFER according to God’s Will should commit themselves to their FAITHFUL CREATOR and CONTINUE to do good.  And the Words of JESUS CHRIST, to God, concerning the welfare of His Disciples, in the Gospel of John 17:15:  “My Prayer is NOT that you take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one (Satan).”  JESUS KNEW first-hand of GOD’S FAITHFULNESS, especially in His ABILITY to PROTECT His Own Children, from the evil one.  

 

These are some reasons for the TRUE BELIEVER of today, to KNOW that GOD is FAITHFUL in ALL SITUATIONS.  And I believe that we are going to face situations that will TEST our FAITH, beyond what we have had to face in the past.  So, we NEED to TRUST GOD’S FAITHFULNESS, and STAND FIRM in our FAITH, BELIEVING that GOD IS FAITHFUL in EVERY SITUATION, even when there seems to be NO WAY, God WILL MAKE a WAY, because HE is FAITHFUL!!!

 

Do you KNOW this GOD, who is FAITHFUL in EVERY situation?  Have you given your HEART and LIFE to Him?  If NOT, He cannot be FAITHFUL to you, because YOU are NOT His CHILD, and He has NO RELATIONSHIP with you.  In order for you to experience God’s FAITHFULNESS, and to

have a TRUE RELATIONSHIP with Him, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful life-style and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS, God’s ONLY SON, 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 GOD’S FAITHFULNESS, to provide you with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and to be able to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  So, do ALL the above, NOW, while you still can.  He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

"The Spring of Living Water"

 

“The Spring of Living Water”

 

“My People have committed two sins:  They have forsaken Me, the Spring of Living Water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”     Jeremiah 2:13

 

Israel’s two sins are:  First, they ABANDONED GOD, their Spring of Living Water, and chose to worship FALSE IDOLS.  In this verse of Scripture, God gave the Prophet Jeremiah, this scenario, using the metaphors of springs of living water, and cisterns that were manmade and UNRELIABLE.  The SPRING of LIVING WATER represented God, and the CISTERNS represented the USELESS, UNRELIABLE FALSE GODS. 

 

Israel possessed NATURAL SPRINGS, which were REFRESHING, RELIABLE SOURCES of WATER.  However, these CISTERNS were pits that had been dug into the rock and covered with plaster.  They were used to collect rainwater which was BRACKISH, UNPLEASANT and DISTASTEFUL. Not only that, they were very UNRELIABLE, because they were CRACKED, and could NOT HOLD the WATER.  And this was the SECOND SIN, they TURNED AWAY FROM GOD, the SPRING of LIVING WATER.  The ONE they could DEPEND ON, their LIFE-GIVING SOURCE. 

 

This SCENARIO is what many are living today. All over the world, many are TURNING AWAY FROM GOD and His LIVING WATER, and they are REPLACING Him with THINGS that are UNRELIABLE, and FALLIBLE when it comes to giving what is NEEDED to obtain ETERNAL LIFE, which is made possible, ONLY through the RELIABLE, LIFE-GIVING WATER, which is JESUS CHRIST, GOD’S ONLY SON, who suffered, bled and DIED in OUR place, so that we MIGHT have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN. Sometimes, things are NOT what they FIRST appear to be.  So, don’t RISK your ETERNITY in HEAVEN, by TURNING AWAY FROM GOD and His SON, who is the LIVING WATER, and TURNING TO something that is NOT going to PROVIDE you with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, but will give you an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.

 

In order for you to RECEIVE an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, you MUST COME to this SPRING of LIVING WATER, (God) with a WILLINGNESS to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And 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 let Him be your SOURCE of LIVING WATER, providing you with an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  So, do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, January 15, 2021

"Firm in the Faith"

 

“Firm in the Faith”

 

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  Do everything in love.         1 Corinthians 16:13-14

 

The words of this verse seem to resonate throughout the Word of God, in many different parts of the Bible, and is used to ENCOURAGE the BODY of BELIEVERS, as to their frame of mind and the attitude of their HEART, especially when they are facing difficult times or UNCERTAIN TIMES.  I believe that God has led me to this Scripture to HELP us REALIZE the POWER and POSSIBILITIES we have to be ABLE to PERSERVERE and to NOT GIVE UP, in our SERVICE to Him.

 

First, we are to BE ON GUARD, or to be ALERT, WATCHFUL, CAUTIOUS, VIGILANT, and OBSERVANT of the things happening around us.  We are to be OPEN-EYED, and aware of our environment.  We are to NOT be SLUGGISH and UNAWARE of the situations we find ourselves in.  And when we seem OVERWHELMED, with the situation we can DEPEND on God to get us through, because we are ON GUARD, and not caught OFF GUARD, and vulnerable to Satan’s tactics.

Next, we are to STAND FIRM in the FAITH. We are NOT to WAVER in our FAITH in the ALMIGHTY GOD, but we are to be STEADFAST, and SURE of what we BELIEVE.  We are to be FIRM in our PURPOSE as a BELIEVER.  We are to be UNWAVERING, and FIRMLY ESTABLISHED in our FAITH in God, and PLACING our TRUST TOTALLY in Him alone.   He is our REDEEMER, ROCK, REFUGE, and our STRONG and MIGHTY TOWER, in Him we TRUST.

 

We SHOULD be COURAGEOUS and STRONG.  I believe we, as ALMIGHTY GOD’S People are facing some VERY difficult days ahead of us.  And IF we are able to face these difficult times, we are going to have to be COURAGEOUS and STRONG in our FAITH in God.  In order to be COURAGEOUS and STRONG, we NEED to be PRAYER WARRIORS, and ALWAYS be in an ATTITUDE of PRAYER.  We NEED to put ON the FULL ARMOR of GOD, so that when the day of evil comes, we will be able to stand our ground, and after we have done EVERYTHING to STAND, we SHOULD STAND FIRM in our FAITH, being FULLY CLOTHED with the ARMOR of the ALMIGHTY GOD.  (Ephesians 6:10-17) And in EVERYTHING you do, DO IT IN LOVE, ESPECIALLY the LOVE you have for the LORD GOD and His Son, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the REDEEMER of ALL mankind.

 

 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God you are already affected by Satan’s tactics, and on your way to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, once you are there.  This is NOT what GOD wants for you.  It is HIS desire that NO ONE PERISHES in HELL, but that ALL would come to REPENTANCE, and spend their ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  In order to do that you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful life-style, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And 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 STAND FIRM in your FAITH, by being COURAGEOUS and STRONG, and doing EVERYTHING in LOVE.   Do these things NOW, while you still can.  He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!

 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

"To Those with Fearful Hearts"

 

“To Those with Fearful Hearts”

 

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with divine retribution He will come to save you.”     Isaiah 35:4

 

We are living in UNCERTAIN TIMES, with a new form of government on the horizon, some call it SOCIALISM, and some dare to call it COMMUNISM.  Either way, it is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT way of life from what we are used to.  And it puts FEAR into our HEARTS, to know that we are facing a life-style that will be DETRIMENTAL to the FREEDOMS we have ENJOYED in the PAST.  For sure we are facing TROUBLED TIMES.  This thirty-fifth chapter is a message from God, and was given to the Prophet Isaiah, for the Nation of Israel, it refers to the Millennial Kingdom, and this verse, I believe was directed to the Exiles, returning to Israel, those who had suffered at the hands of their oppressors.   This message was to bring PEACE and JOY to their HEARTS. It was meant to give them ENCOURAGEMENT.  And I believe that it can and SHOULD do the same for ALL of God’s Children, no matter, where you might be or what you may be facing.  He is ABLE and He will deliver us from not ONLY our SINS, but from the WICKED who bring OPPRESSION and HEARTACHE on God’s Children.

 

The first thing, that God wants us to do is to “BE STRONG, and DO NOT FEAR!”  This was the message God gave to Joshua, when he took Moses’ place: “Have I not commanded you?  “BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS.  DO NOT be AFRAID; do NOT be DISCOURAGED, for the LORD your GOD will be with you WHEREVER you go.”  (Joshua 1:9) And the TRUE BELIEVER of today, has that same message to hang on to. 

 

Whenever we NEED GOD, which is ALL the TIME, we can KNOW that He will be FAITHFUL to us, and will DELIVER us from this OPPRESSIVE, WICKED, DEPRAVED and DOOMED WORLD.  And ONE DAY He will come with VENGEANCE, JUDGMENT and RETRIBUTION.  For the WICKED and UNREPENTANT souls, there will be the RETRIBUTION of PUNISHMENTS and for the REDEEMED of GOD, there will be the RETRIBUTION of REWARDS.

 

 If you have NOT TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are one of those WICKED, UNREPENTANT SOULS, who are DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.  In order to change that DESTINY, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful life-style, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and “BE STRONG, DO NOT FEAR, for GOD is with YOU, and He will DELIVER YOU!”  So, do the above, NOW, while you still can.  He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"God's Love and Faithfulness"

 

“God’s Love and Faithfulness”

 

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through fear of the LORD evil is avoided.     Proverbs 16:6

 

God’s UNFAILING LOVE, is STRONG and DEEP enough to provide ATONEMENT for ALL the sins of ALL mankind, from ETERNITY PAST to ETERNITY FUTURE.  John 3:16 is a GREAT example of this ATONING LOVE: “For GOD so LOVED the WORLD that He gave His One and Only SON, that WHOEVER believes in Him shall NOT perish but have ETERNAL LIFE.”  Because of God’s UNFAILING LOVE, Jesus came to SAVE MANKIND, and He came NOT to CONDEMN, but to SAVE this CORRUPT, LOST, DYING, WORLD from their sins.  He did that through becoming the SACRIFICAL LAMB, and laying down His LIFE on an old rugged cross, and allowing to be CRUCIFIED, He DIED, in order for MANKIND to receive ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  And this is GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE.  A LOVE that has NO END, NO CONDITIONS, just a PURE, DEEP, STRONG, ABIDING, UNFAILING LOVE that comes from the HEART of GOD.

 

His FAITHFULNESS was ESTABLISHED in Heaven itself.  It has NO BOUNDARIES; His GREAT LOVE reaches to the heavens and His FAITHFULNESS reaches the skies.  (Ps.57:10) His FAITHFULNESS continues through ALL generations.  “If we CONFESS our sins, God is FAITHFUL and JUST and will FORGIVE us our sins and PURIFY us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.”  (1 John 1:9) When we come to GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESS our SINS to Him, He will FORGIVE our sins, and He is FAITHFUL to give us an ETERNITY in HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS.  And we SHOULD NOT CONTINUE in SIN, but AVOID EVIL and OVERCOME TEMPTATION, by having a FEAR of the LORD, this means to RECOGNIZE Him and His ATTRIBUTES, having a REVERANCE for His NAME, TRUSTING, OBEYING, SERVING, and WORSHIPING Him as the ALMIGHTY GOD.    Have you come to Him, with a REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU? 

 

Have you ACCEPTED His Gift of SALVATION? And is your ETERNAL DESTINY HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS or HELL with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE after you are there?  If you have NOT done ALL of the ABOVE, then I’m sorry to say that your ETERNAL DESTINY is HELL.  SO why NOT do these things and be ASSURED of HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME, made possible because of GOD’S LOVE and FAITHFULNESS towards YOU!  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"A LIVING Sacrifice, the Instrument of RIGHTEOUSNESS"

 

“A LIVING Sacrifice, the Instrument of RIGHTEOUSNESS”

 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s Mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God---this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s Will is---His Good, Pleasing and Perfect Will.         Romans 12:1-2

 

This was VALUABLE information from the Apostle Paul to the BELIEVERS in Rome.  He STRESSED the importance of OFFERING to the ALMIGHY GOD, their body as a LIVING SACRIFICE, because of GOD’S MERCY on them and in view of ALL that God had done for them. So, as the PROPER and TRUE form of WORSHIP, they should OFFER their BODIES as LIVING SACRIFICES. This type of WORSHIP is PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to the RIGHTEOUS and HOLY GOD.

 

What is a LIVING SACRIFICE?  A LIVING SACRIFICE is one, who is TOTALLY CONTROLLED, and YIELDED to the ALMIGHTY GOD as an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  They are NOT to imitate the behavior and customs of this world.  Do not have an outer expression that does NOT reflect what is REALLY in your HEART.  Like using certain words or even the HOLY SCRIPTURES to help advance your cause, and MASQUERADING as something that you are NOT.  It’s like trying to make people believe that you are a RIGHTEOUS person, when in all ACTUALITY you are an UNREPENTANT SOUL, who is LOST and on their way to an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.   This is TRULLY NOT a PLEASING nor ACCEPTABLE form of WORSHIP to the ALMIGHTY GOD. 

 

In order to become a LIVING SACRIFICE---an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is PLEASING AND ACCEPTABLE to GOD, you MUST HAVE a REPENTANT HEART, and allow God to TRANSFORM you into a NEW PERSON, by the RENEWING of your MIND, changing the way you think.  This is accomplished by the Work of the HOLY SPIRIT, who will CHANGE our way of THINKING, through a CONSISTENT STUDY of GOD’S HOLY WORD, so that we might KNOW God’s Will, and be PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to Him. 

 

The person, who does not wish to be a LIVING SACRIFICE, an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, is DOOMED, because of their UNREPENTANT HEART, and REJECTION of GOD and His SON, JESUS CHRIST, who SUFFERED, BLED, and DIED for ALL of MANKIND, in order, for them to be able to have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and to ESCAPE an ETERNAL LIFE in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after they are there.  They MUST be WILLING to become a LIVING SACRIFICE, an INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, by WILLINGLY TURNING AWAY FROM their sinful life-style, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS their sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that JESUS died for THEM, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.  They MUST ACCEPT God’s Gift of SALVATION, and become a LIVING SACRIFICE, AN INSTRUMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that is PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to GOD. And they NEED to do this NOW, while they still can.  He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, January 11, 2021

"Preparation for the Millennial Kingdom"

“Preparation for the Millennial Kingdom”

 

The scoffer will be gone, the arrogant will disappear, and those who plot evil will be killed.  Those who convict the innocent by their false testimony will disappear.  A similar fate awaits those who use trickery to pervert justice, and who tell lies to destroy the innocent.              Isaiah 29:20-21

 

I believe that the Word of God gives us a pretty concise picture of what the Last Days will be like.  That time when the Church of the Living God is RAPTURED, and TRIBULATION TIME, for the UNREPENTANT SINNER is over.  Our Scripture in the twenty-ninth Chapter of the Book of Isaiah, the Prophet of God, reminds me of the NATURE of the last four years, in which, we have suffered through the UNNECESSAY PERSECUTION of a number of INNOCENT people, who were drug through a plenary of FALSE TESTIMONY.  Because of a DESPICABLE desire to PERVERT JUSTICE, and tell LIES in order to DESTROY the INNOCENT.  Sound familiar?

 

But when the PROPER time comes for the RAPTURE, the TRIBULATION, and the MILLENNIUM, each period of time will be carried out just like God intends it to be.  The scoffer will be GONE, the ARROGANT will DISAPPEAR, and those who plot evil will be KILLED.  Those who have CONSPIRED to CONVICT the innocent will DISAPPEAR, along with those who use TRICKERY to PERVERT JUSTICE and the LIAR, who set out to DESTROY the INNOCENT. 

 

I believe that the stage is being set, for such a time as this.  The mindset of many, WORLDWIDE, is quickly developing OPPOSITION against ANYTHING that is of a GODLY nature, or is FAIR and JUST.  And God’s JUDGMENT is COMING upon ALL who REJECT Him and His LAWS.  God is the God of JUSTICE, and when JUSTICE is DONE, it brings JOY to the RIGHTEOUS, but TERROR to EVILDOERS.  Are you PREPARED for the RAPTURE, and the MILLENNIUM or are you PREPARING for the TRIBULATION and the JUDGMENT of the ALMIGHTY GOD? 

 

If you have NOT TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are PREPARING for the TRIBULATION and JUDGMENT, where you will be CONDEMNED to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.  In order to be PREPARED for the RAPTURE and the MILLENNIAL REIGN of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful life-style, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST BELIEVE that JESUS, God’s ONLY SON, 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 PREPARED for the RAPTURE, and the MILLENNIUM REGIN of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!