Wednesday, April 8, 2020

"BELIEVE"


"BELIEVE”



“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the Last Day.”      John 6:40



BELIEVE:  to have confidence or faith in the truth, or to give credence to.



Many people tend to BELIEVE in things that are NOT TRUE, and have NO CREDENCE to them at all.  Some of these things are very “quirky” in nature.  They are what we can call “far-fetched.”  Yet, they will chase after them, for the sake of BELIEVING in something. 



Mankind, naturally has a void in their HEARTS, which prompts them to search for something they can BELIEVE in, and put their TRUST in. They try all kinds of WEIRD things to fill that void, or to satisfy their longings.  And Jesus has the ANSWER for mankind’s search, which is the Will of His Father, God; that EVERYONE who looks to JESUS, God’s Son, and BELIEVES in Him, will have ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven, and they will be RAISED UP (resurrected) at the LAST DAY.



Now, to some, this may not seem feasible, but that is why Jesus said: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws them…”  This DRAWING is NOT LIMITED to a few.  Jesus said: “I will draw ALL people to Myself.” (12:32) This does not mean that ALL will ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, there will be those who will REJECT and REFUSE to ACCEPT it.  But it is impossible for mankind to BELIEVE and ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST as their SAVIOR and LORD, on their OWN, they NEED some DIVINE HELP, the HOLY SPIRIT will DRAW them to GOD’S Son.  And when this happens, it will be their choice whether, they BELIEVE and ACCEPT or NOT BELIEVE, and REJECT.   It is the CHOICE of MANKIND.  



Is or has God, been DRAWING you to BELIEVE in His SON, JESUS CHRIST?  And have you been REJECTING His INVITATION?  If that is the case you are DESTINED to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and there will be NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you close your eyes in death.  Jesus tells us that we CANNOT COME to the FATHER, except through BELIEVING in HIM.  In order for you to be ABLE to have an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, you MUST BE WILLING to 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.  And BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and BELIEVE on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and spend your ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

"The Invitation"


The Invitation”



The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the Water of Life.”       Revelation 22:17



When you receive an invitation to a party or get-together, there usually is a RSVP on the invitation.  Which means that you should RESPOND to the invitation, will you GO or NOT GO?



It’s the SAME with God’s INVITATION to mankind, for them to COME to JESUS CHRIST for the SALVATION of their WRETCHED, THIRSTY souls.   It is an INVITATION with CONSEQUENCES. 



The Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit of God and the Bride, which is the Church, the Body of Christ, the REDEEMED, are INVITING you to “COME!” and to partake of the WATER of LIFE.  Jesus in His encounter with the woman at the well, offers the woman, who had come to the well to draw water, an INVITATION to drink from a SPECIAL water, one that will quench her SPIRITUAL THIRST.  This is His INVITATION: “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will NEVER be thirsty again.  The water that I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to ETERNAL LIFE.”(John 4:14) Verse sixteen:  “Go, call your husband and COME here.” And she did as Jesus asked.  She answered His RSVP.   



So it is, with mankind, today, God, through His Holy Spirit and the Church, is offering an INVITATION for you to “COME!”  and to partake of that SPECIAL WATER, the WATER of LIFE, that is provided through the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and His REDEMPTIVE WORK on the CROSS, and His MIRACULOUS RESURRECTION. He is the ONLY WAY to be able to have that WATER of LIFE, springing up inside of you, the gift of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. 



If you should REJECT His INVITATION, you will experience the CONSEQUENCE of spending ALL ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, once you’re there.  In order to ACCEPT His INVITATION, you MUST BE WILLING to 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 that He is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and the CONSEQUENCE of spending ALL ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  SO, “COME!” to JESUS, NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, April 6, 2020

"What God Does for a Repentant Heart"


“What God Does for a Repentant Heart”



He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet of a rock and gave me a firm place to stand, He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.       Psalm 40:2-3



Let us look at the BENEFITS of coming to God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and seeking His FORGIVENESS for our sins. And the ability to become one of His Children.  To RECEIVE His SALVATION and an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.



The Psalmist, David tells us that God CAN and WILL deliver the one, with the REPENTANT HEART, from the SLIMY PIT of their SINS and will bring them UP and OUT of the MUD ad MIRE of a DEPRAVED HEART. 



He will then set their FEET on the SOLID ROCK, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and give them a STEADFAST, SURE FOUNDATION, on which to STAND.  Then He will put a NEW SONG in their MOUTH, a HYMN of PRAISE and DELIVERANCE, to JESUS for His ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, and for giving them HOPE and ASSURANCE of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  And being able to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  There is NO WAY to ESCAPE, after your there, its TOO LATE. 



When this takes place in a person’s life, they become a NEW CREATURE, a DIFFERENT PERSON, and that is why they can sing a NEW SONG.  Because, their OLD DESIRES and SINFUL WAYS are gone, and they will experience a NEWNESS of LIFE.  A life with HOPE and ASSURANCE, LOVE and PEACE.  This will cause many of their acquaintances’ heads to turn, and some will see this MIRACLE, and it might even bring them to a point in their lives, where they will FEAR or REVERANCE the ALMIGHTY GOD, and put their TRUST in Him also. 



Wouldn’t it be GREAT if you were the instrument that God would use in bringing them to put their TRUST in Him?  So, why not let this happen for YOU and THEM.  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.  CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking 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.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and let Him DELIVER you out of the SLIMY PIT of SIN, and LIFT you UP from the MUD and MIRE of a DEPRAVED HEART, and to set your feet on a STEADFAST, FIRM, and SURE FOUNDATION.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

"What's in Your Heart?"


“What’s in Your Heart?”



But who can discern their own errors?  Forgive my hidden faults.  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.  Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.      Psalm 19:12-13



In the day and age, in which we live, we are prone to HIDE our sins from others, we may be successful in doing so.  But, the ONE we REALLY try to HIDE them from is the ALMIGHTY GOD, which is, at ANY TIME, IMPOSSIBLE, because God is OMNISCIENT, meaning ALL KNOWING.  He is very much aware of YOU and YOUR transgressions.  So, it is NOT POSSIBLE to HIDE these sins in your HEART.



That is why David said: “Forgive my HIDDEN faults.”  He knew that God was well aware of ALL his sins, even those that David did NOT CONFESS to God.  David KNEW very well that God would NOT HEAR his prayers nor DELIVER him from his problems, as long as there were HIDDEN FAULTS (sins) in his HEART.  The TRUE BELIEVER, must have a CLEAN and CONTRITE HEART, when they ask for God’s DIVINE INTERVENTION.



I believe that verse thirteen, is a prayer for ALL TRUE BELIEVERS: “Keep Your servant also from WILLFUL SINS; may they NOT RULE over me.  Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.” And to that we can add verse fourteen: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my HEART be PLEASING in YOUR sight LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”



We cannot have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, if we are harboring sin in our HEARTS.  Remember, Psalm 66:18: “If I had cherished iniquity (sin) in my HEART, the Lord would NOT have listened.” If you want God to HEAR or LISTEN to your prayers, then CLEAN OUT your HEART. 



If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have NO RELATIONSHIP with Him and He will not HEAR you when you try to PRAY with a HEART that is filled with the filth of sins.  In order to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, you MUST BE WILLING TO TURN WAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  CONFESSING ALL of 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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and begin having a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP, with NO HIDDEN SINS, in your HEART, and ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE once you’re there, and GAIN HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!












Friday, April 3, 2020

"Refuge, Protection and Shield"


“Refuge, Protection and Shield”



But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.       Psalm 5:11



This is part of a Psalm of David, and David KNEW about troubles, a lot of his life was consumed with TROUBLES, some of which he brought on himself, because of the sins that he allowed to affect the intentions of his heart.  Yet, he still WORSHIPED the LORD GOD, and was known as; a man after God’s own Heart.  He sought God’s FORGIVENESS, because he KNEW that his sins would alter his relationship with God, and they would keep God’s intervention away from David’s perils.



However, when David faced such perils, he KNEW where to find REFUGE and PROTECTION for his weary soul.  Singing was/is a big part of PRAISE, and David did his fair share of SINGING PRAISES to the ALMIGHTY GOD.  Here we see that he ENCOURAGES the TRUE BELIEVERS to SING for JOY, because they have REFUGE and PROTECTION through God.



Not only is God the REFUGE and PROTECTION, but He is their SHIELD.  The ONLY WAY for mankind to experience GOD as their REFUGE and PROTECTION and their SHIELD is through His Son, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, who provides a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP between mankind and God. 



So, in order for a person, who has NOT given their HEART and LIFE to God, to be able to experience GOD as their REFUGE, PROTECTION and SHIELD, and to have an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS, instead of HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  You MUST be WILLING TO 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.  BELIEVEING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and let Him be your REFUGE, PROTECTION, and SHIELD. Then SING for JOY, and be able to REJOICE, because His PROTECTION is over those who LOVE His Name.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

"Help!"


“Help!”



Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of Your Name; deliver us and forgive our sins for Your Name Sake.     Psalm 79:9



This Psalm of Asaph, is a plea for God’s HELP.  In verse eight, he says: “May Your MERCY come QUICKLY to meet us, for we  are in DESPERATE NEED.”   Now, to a lot of us, we can identify with the URGENT plea of our Psalmist.  We are MORE than READY for COVID-19 to be over with.  However, if you look at verse nine closely, you will see that the Psalmist has reached the REALIZATION that it’s NOT the sins of PAST generations that may be holding up the HELP that he DESPERATELY NEEDS, but it may be HIS own sins that are delaying God’s intervention.



I can’t help, but wonder if that is not the case with what we, as a nation, are experiencing with the virus, and its LINGERING effects.  Is the Almighty God, waiting for this nation, as a whole, to come to Him in REPENTANCE of its SINS, mainly the REJECTION of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, as its Savior and Lord? 



Remember, Psalm 66:18, tells us: “If I cherish sin in my HEART, the LORD would NOT listen to me.”  Well, Asaph says: “HELP US,” for the glory of Your name; DELIVER us and FORGIVE OUR SINS.  He realizes that it may be HIS SINS that are hindering God’s divine intervention.  And he knows that there is POWER in the NAME of JESUS.  So, when you combine REPENTANCE with the MIGHTY NAME of JESUS, God will DELIVER and FORGIVE our sins.  Could it be YOUR SINS that are hindering your PRAYERS for HELP, to be answered?



If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, this might be your LAST opportunity to do so.  It’s possible that Jesus will return at ANY TIME.  And maybe our MERCIFUL God is delaying, in order to give EVERYONE, one LAST opportunity to ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE, and to RECEIVE HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  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.  CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then BELIEVE, 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 assured that He WILL hear your cry for HELP and will DELIVER and FORGIVE.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!






Wednesday, April 1, 2020

"The Sure Foundation"


“The Sure Foundation”



The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with His justice and righteousness.  He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.     Isaiah 33:5-6



Many of us have heard the illustration of the WISE and FOOLISH builders. This story exemplifies the IMPORTANCE of having a FIRM, SURE FOUNDATION.  The FOOLISH builder built his house on the ground without a foundation, and when the FLOOD came, the river CRASHED against the house and IMMEDIATELY it COLLAPSED.  And the destruction was GREAT!  But the WISE builder built his house on the ROCK, with a SURE FOUNDATION.  And when the flood came, and the river crashed against the house, it could NOT be shaken, because it was built on a SURE FOUNDATION, that was on the SOLID ROCK.  (Luke 6:48)



The Prophet Isaiah, was speaking to the remnant of Jews, telling them God is exalted and He dwells on High; He fills Zion with His JUSTICE and RIGHTEOUSNESS.  And that He will be their SURE FOUNDATION for their times.  This is a GREAT MESSAGE for God’s TRUE CHILDREN, today.  He wants to be our SURE FOUNDATION, so when the FLOOD of UNCERTAINTIES beat against us, we can TAKE COURAGE, and have His ABIDING PEACE, in knowing we are built on a STRONG, SURE FOUNDATION, with JESUS CHRIST as our CHIEF CORNERSTONE.  He is our ROCK on which we can run to and be safe. 



However, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, your like the FOOLISH BUILDER, who has NO SURE FOUNDATION, and when the STORMS and FLOODS of UNCERTAINTIES, like what we are going through now, with the Covid-19 virus, comes, where can you go for PEACE of mind, and just how COURAGEOUS can you be, without that SURE FOUNDATION?



We are facing PERILOUS TIMES, and we ALL NEED a SURE FOUNDATION, God is beckoning us to COME to HIM and receive from His rich store of SALVATION and WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE.  The FEAR, that is: REVERANCE and RESPECT, of the LORD, is the KEY to this TREASURE.  And there is ONLY ONE WAY to benefit from it.  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 let Him be your SURE FOUNDATION, on which you will build your RIGHTEOUS RELATIONSHIP with Him.  And you will GAIN Heaven with ALL its BLESSINGS, and be able to ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY TO ESCAPE.  So, Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!