Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"How to Be Declared Righteous"


“How to Be Declared Righteous”

 

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.        Romans 3:22-24

 

To be DECLARED RIGHTEOUS, means to have a “RIGHT” relationship with the Almighty God.  In order for sinful mankind to have a “RIGHT” relationship with God.  A person must TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and then through FAITH in Jesus Christ, they are DECLARED RIGHTEOUS before God. 

 

No one has “SPECIAL” CLOUT with God.  ALL have sinned and are continually falling SHORT of God’s glory.  But ALL who BELIEVE are JUSTIFIED (Declared righteous),  by God’s AMAZING GRACE, because of the REDEMPTIVE WORK of the Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross, for the SALVATION of mankind, both Jew and Gentile.

 

Where do you stand in relationship with the Almighty God?  Have you been DECLARED RIGHTEOUS? Or are you CONTINUALLY FALLING SHORT of the glory of God, because you are CONTINUALLY REJECTING Him?  If that is the case, you are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But God has a plan for you to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.  His plan is that you TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST BELIEVE, 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 then be DECLARED RIGHTEOUS.  Do this NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"To Tell or Not To Tell"


“To Tell or Not To Tell”

 

In the assembly of all your people, LORD, I told the good news that you save us.   You know that I will never stop telling it.  

I have not kept the news of salvation to myself; I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.  In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent about your loyalty and constant love.                                                                                                                                                            Psalm 40:9-10

 

David was EXCITED about the GOOD NEWS that God’s plan for mankind was to SAVE them.  He was SO EXCITED that he could NOT STOP telling it.   He PROCLAIMED it, where-ever he went.  He says that he DID NOT keep the NEWS of SALVATION to himself.  He ALWAYS spoke of God’s FAITHFULNESS and HELP.  Even in the assembly of ALL God’s people, David DID NOT keep SILENT, about God’s LOYALTY and His CONSTANT LOVE.  David was a TELLER of the TRUTH of GOD’S SAVING POWER and His EVERLASTING LOVE.

 

If you are a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD, then you too should be a TELLER of the GOOD NEWS.  Think about it; if ALL of God’s TRUE CHILDREN were TELLERS of the GOOD NEWS that JESUS SAVES! What would this world be like?  How many would come to a SAVING KNOWLEDGE of JESUS CHRIST?  Why aren’t ALL the TRUE CHILDREN of GOD as EXCITED as David?  Why aren’t we ALL TELLERS of the GOOD NEWS?  Have we LOST the JOY of our SALVATION?   Do we NOT have COMPASSION for LOST SOULS?

 

Maybe we have become APATHETIC to the cause of Christ.  We, who are the TRUE CHILDREN of GOD, need to REGAIN the JOY of our SALVATION, and get ALL EXCITED, and GO TELL somebody what the LORD has done for YOU, and can do the SAME for them too.  Jesus is COMING SOON, and We ALL should be about God’s business of BRINGING IN the LOST.  Are you WILLING? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are one of the LOST, who NEEDS to KNOW that you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God has a PLAN, and I have some GOOD NEWS for you.  If you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST then 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 He will SAVE you from an ETERNITY in HELL.  Then GET ALL EXCITED and become a TELLER of the GOOD NEWS.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

"From Dust to Dust:"


“From Dust to Dust”

 

Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and formed a man from it.   He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living person.         Genesis 2:7

You will turn back into the dust of the earth again, but your spirit will return to God who gave it.     Ecclesiastes 12:7

 

God had a DEVINE PLAN for the creation of man.  He formed man from the DUST of the earth or ground.   Some say that He made clay from the dust and like a POTTER, He fashioned man, to His liking then He BREATHED the BREATH of LIFE into the man’s nose.  And man became a LIVING PERSON.   In my research I found that man and the dust of the earth or ground, possess the same chemical elements, such as:   Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, silicon.  With a trace of:  iron, fluorine, copper, zinc, aluminum, manganese, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, cobalt.  All of these are needed to keep the human body functioning properly. What a MIGHTY GOD and MASTER CREATOR, He is.

 

The Bible tells us that when the human body dies, it will turn BACK to DUST, but the spirit or breath of that human body will return to God, the One who gave it.  This is not referring to the time, when man is JUDGED BY GOD.  It is referring to the BREATH of man, which gives LIFE.  

 

Now when we think about this, we MUST ask the question about the destiny of mankind’s soul.  The Apostle Paul says that:  “to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”  This is the destination for the TRUE BELIEVERS of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  And what about those who REJECT Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD, “They, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath.   They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever.”  This is the destiny for the UNBELIEVERS.  Which category are you in?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are LOST and headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO way of ESCAPE.  In order to CHANGE your destiny, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  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 ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and GAIN HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS.   Do it NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, October 12, 2018

"Always Be Prepared"


“Always Be Prepared”

 

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.   But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.           1 Peter 3:15-16

 

As a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD, you should ALWAYS REVERE Christ as Lord, in your HEART.   You SHOULD have a DEEP RESPECT for His standing, the fact that He is the Son of God.  He is also the King of kings, Lord of lords, and RULER of ALL MANKIND.  

 

In this world, in which we temporarily reside, MANY people don’t KNOW JESUS CHRIST, and furthermore, they don’t want to KNOW Him.  They are BLINDED SPIRITUALLY, and prefer to STAY that way.   God, in His INFINITE MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, wants to be able to bring SPIRITUAL SIGHT to them.  And He has decided to use His TRUE CHILDREN to do this.   As His Children, we SHOULD ALWAYS BE PREPARED to give an ANSWER to EVERYONE who asks us about the REASON for our HOPE.   In other words, we are to WITNESS to those who asks us WHY we have this HOPE.  Why do we BELIEVE, what we BELIEVE?   What is our HOPE based on?

 

Are you PREPARED to ANSWER such questions?  Can you DEFEND your HOPE and your FAITH?   Many will laugh at you and tell you that you are believing a fairy tale.  Are you PREPARED to SHARE your TESTIMONY of how you came to Jesus for the SALVATION of your soul?   Can you tell them about the DIFFERENCES in your LIFE, since Jesus came into your HEART?    And about the HOPE you have for spending an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and ESCAPING HELL, with ALL its HORRORS?   This is YOUR TESTIMONY, and they cannot truly deny what happened to YOU. 

 

Peter tells us to do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.   And to be able to KEEP a CLEAR conscience, conducting yourself as a TRUE CHILD of GOD.   LIVING out your TESTIMONY, so those who would speak MALICIOUSLY against your GOOD BEHAVIOR in Christ, would become ASHAMED of their SLANDER.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have NO HOPE, and will spend an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and you will have NO WAY of ESCAPING.  You are SPIRITUALLY BLIND, but God has the ABILITY to give you SPIRITUAL SIGHT, if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST 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.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ALWAYS BE PREPARED to DEFEND your HOPE and FAITH.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"DIE To Sins and LIVE For Righteousness"


“DIE To Sins and LIVE For Righteousness”

 

“He Himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”      1 Peter 2:24

 

We are living in a wicked, evil world, a world that is totally opposite of what God wanted for the Crown of His Creation, MANKIND.   Nevertheless, mankind has failed God, by their DISOBEDIENCE, and they continue to do so.  They LIVE SIN-SICK lives, and ignore and reject God’s plan.  They are playing right into Satan’s hands, and will be swept away to an ETERNITY in Hell, with NO WAY of ESCAPING.  They will be HOPELESSLY LOST FOREVER.

 

They REJECT the fact that Jesus Christ, took on ALL their sins, PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE, He bore their sins, in His body on the cross.  He who knew NO sin, became sin, in order for SIN-SICK MANKIND to be FREE from THEIR sinfulness, to DIE to their own sins, and to LIVE for RIGHTEOUSNESS.  So they might LIVE for ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN.

 

“By His wounds you have been healed.”  This is NOT talking about PHYSICAL HEALING, but it is referring to SPIRITUAL HEALING.   He wasn’t BRUTALLY BEATEN and HUNG on a wooden cross, so mankind could be healed of PHYSICAL ailments.  He SUFFERED, BLED and DIED as a SACRIFICAL LAMB, so that mankind might be HEALED of their SIN-SICKNESS, which is a whole lot MORE IMPORTANT HEALING.   You can be HEALED of physical ailments, and one day you will still die a physical death.  Physical healing is TEMPORARY.  But if you aren’t SPIRITUALLY healed, which is PERMANENT, a FOREVER thing, you will be SUFFERING ALL the HORRORS of HELL for ALL of ETERNITY.  Is this your destiny?

 

Jesus suffered, bled, died, and was RESURRECTED, in order for YOU to DIE to your SINS and to LIVE for RIGHTEOUSNESS. He suffered so you could be HEALED of your SIN-SICKNESS.  In order for you to be MIRACULOUSLY HEALED of that dreadful, deadly disease of sin-sickness, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then BELIEVE, 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 DIE to your SINS and LIVE for RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Heart and Mouth"


“Heart and Mouth”

 

For it is with the heart that you believe and are justified, and with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.         Romans 10:10

 

There are two very important parts of the human body, which are essential in keeping the body ALIVE and functioning.  These two parts are also VERY IMPORTANT to our SPIRITUAL life.  The HEART keeps the blood flowing to the other organs and aids in the PROPER FUNCTIONING of the physical body.   If the HEART should STOP, the body would CEASE to function and it would DIE. 

 

In the SPIRITUAL BODY, the HEART produces FAITH, and because of FAITH, you BELIEVE, and are JUSTIFIED (set free from guilt).   FAITH and BELIEVING are very IMPORTANT to the SPIRITUAL BODY, because without them, one could NOT be SAVED from their sins, nor could they be SAVED from an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS.   We NEED FAITH and BELIEVING in order to SURVIVE SPIRITUALLY.  

 

With our MOUTHS, the human body is nourished with FOOD and WATER.  With the MOUTH, we TALK or COMMUNICATE with each other.  Now, I know that there are other ways to be nourished and to communicate, but God designed our MOUTH for our benefit.  We can TASTE with our tongue, ALL the delicious foods and the tongue is housed in the MOUTH.  We can BREATHE air and also communicate with our mouths and that makes it convenient.   

 

PROFESSING with our MOUTH our FAITH, brings SALVATION to our sin-sick souls.  We have the ability to SHARE with others the GOOD NEWS that JESUS SAVES.  And they too can reap the benefits of SALVATION.   We CONFESS our sins to the Lord, with our MOUTH, and we PROFESS that He is LORD and SAVIOR for ALL mankind. 

 

Have you BELIEVED with your HEART, and been JUSTIFIED?  Are you PROFESSING with your MOUTH your FAITH?  If NOT you are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.   You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, in order to ESCAPE HELL.  And you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then you NEED to BELIEVE 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 with ALL your HEART, and PROFESS with your MOUTH that JESUS CHRIST is LORD and SAVIOR of ALL mankind.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, October 8, 2018

"Who Are the Children of God?"


“Who Are the Children of God?”

 

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the Children of God.

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s Children.

Now if we are Children, then we are heirs---heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.                                           Romans 8:14, 16, 17

 

I believe that many people have the misconception that ALL people are Children of God, because He created mankind.  And that, He did, but NOT ALL of mankind are Children of God.  The Apostle Paul tells us that CHILDREN of GOD are those who are LED by the SPIRIT of GOD.  In order to be LED by the SPIRIT of God, you MUST POSSESS the Spirit of God, and that comes through SALVATION.

 

When a person is DRAWN to God by God’s Spirit, they are given the opportunity to ACCEPT or REJECT God’s gift of SALVATION.   When they ACCEPT His gift, the SPIRIT of God comes and indwells that person and they become a Child of God.  When they REJECT His gift they remain LOST and an orphan (spiritually speaking).    

 

Paul tells us that the Spirit, Himself, testifies WITH our spirit that we are God’s Children.  This means that God’s Spirit bears witness along with our spirit that we are God’s Children. 

 

If we have become Children of God, through the act of SALVATION, then we are an HEIR of God and Co-heirs with Jesus Christ to ALL the riches of Heaven.  That is, IF we SHARE in His SUFFERINGS, in order to SHARE in His GLORY.  

 

As TRUE BELIEVERS we do from time to time find ourselves SUFFERING, because of our FAITH.  We are sometimes treated with ANIMOSITY, HATRED, and SCORN.  We are sometimes LIMITED in our MINISTRIES, and in EXTREME instances even face IMPRISONMENT and DEATH.  Children of God are those who are willing to TAKE-UP their CROSS and FOLLOW CHRIST. 

 

Now, can YOU, with ALL HONESTY say that you are a CHILD of GOD?  Have you given Him your HEART and LIFE?  If you have said “NO” to these questions, then YOU are LOST and on your way to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  The ONLY WAY to ESCAPE Hell, is to:  TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST then 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be LED by His SPIRIT to become a Child of God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, October 5, 2018

"Sold Out"


“Sold Out”

 

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.          Psalms 27:4

 

King David was a man after God’s own heart, we can see that, by the words he penned in the “Book of Psalms”.    David was NOT ALWAYS spotless, free of any sins.  He was human and many times acted in the flesh.  He was like any other human being.  Many times he fell into temptation, headlong.  And he PAID for his transgressions, suffering the CONSEQUENCES of his sins.  He was CHOSEN by GOD to be King of Israel, and through the lineage of King David came the MESSIAH, SAVIOR of ALL MANKIND.  The One who is the ETERNAL KING of the UNIVERSE.  The One who will RULE over ALL mankind. The One who WILL RETURN to EARTH to REIGN throughout ETERNITY.  

 

Of ALL the things King David possessed, there was ONE THING he asked of the Lord God, not only did he ASK for it, but he SOUGHT AFTER it.  That ONE THING, was that he might DWELL or LIVE in the House of the Lord ALL the days of his life.  This DESIRE in David’s heart, exemplifies his FAITH.  It is SO HARD to get some to come to the House of the Lord, EVERY SUNDAY, much less, for them to DESIRE to be there more than ONE day a week.  Many people, who CLAIM to be a Child of God, think if they come Sunday morning, they’ve paid their dues.  Where is the DESIRE to be in God’s House, meeting with God’s Children, worshiping, and learning about God and His ways?  The ONLY difference between King David and you and me is, David was “SOLD OUT” to God and the THINGS of God.

 

He wanted to GAZE upon the BEAUTY of the Lord.  He wanted to STARE INTENTLY with AWE at the BEAUTY of the Lord God.  Do you ever take time to just be ALONE with God and to MEDITATE on His GREATNESS?  We have an ADVANTAGE, which David didn’t have.  We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and OH, the WONDERFUL, MARVELOUS, BEAUTIFUL things He is waiting to reveal to us, if we will spend time ALONE with Him. 

 

King David, reiterates that he wishes to SEEK God in His temple.  We are the TEMPLE of God’s Holy Spirit.  We would NOT have to SEEK God in His temple, if we were TRULY “SOLD OUT” to Him.  The Holy Spirit did NOT indwell David, as He does the TRUE BELIEVER, today.  Do you ASK and SEEK to have MORE time with God?  Are YOU “SOLD OUT?”

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are LOST and headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God has a PLAN for your destiny.  He wants YOU to be a part of His Family, and spend your ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS.   You can do that by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ASK Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then BELIEVING, 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 OPEN your HEART up to Him and be “SOLD OUT” to God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"Stand Firm!"


“Stand Firm!”

 

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.                        Ephesians 6:12-17

 

We are living in PERILOUS times, in a DANGEROUS world.  One that is wrought with EVIL and WICKED schemes.  A world that is RIDDLED with demonic influences.  A world that is in conflict, GOOD vs EVIL, Satan’s minions vs God’s Children.  Because the Children of God is in battle, they MUST be PREPARED.  So God gives them instructions, through the Apostle Paul, on how they should PREPARE for battle.  The mandate is to STAND FIRM! 

 

In order to STAND FIRM, you MUST BE DRESSED for battle, with the FULL ARMOR of GOD.  You MUST have the BELT of TRUTH BUCKLED around your waist.  This is the basis of a BELIEVER’S FAITHFULNESS. The BELT of TRUTH gives FREEDOM and STABILITY.  Then you MUST put the BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS  IN PLACE, this BREASTPLATE is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus Christ, and will PROTECT the BELIEVER’S HEART from the assaults of Satan.  Next, is to have your FEET FITTED with the READINESS, which comes from the GOSPEL of PEACE.   This represents the STABILITY to STAND FIRM, which comes from the GOSPEL and it gives the BELIEVER PEACE, in order to STAND in the battle.

 

They SHOULD also TAKE UP the SHIELD of FAITH.  The STRONG, ABIDING FAITH of the BELIEVER can EXTINGUISH ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one.   They NEED to TAKE the HELMET of SALVATION and the SWORD of the SPIRIT, the last two pieces of armor to be added.  The HELMET Of SALVATION was a sense of safety, in protecting the mind, whenever attacked by the devil.  It is the assurance of the HOPE of SALVATION.  The SWORD of the SPIRIT is the “SPOKEN WORD of GOD, which is BENEFICIAL to the BELIEVER, when attacked by the devil.  The Spirit of GOD will bring to the mind of the BELIEVER, the WORD of GOD, which is MORE POWERFUL than a two-edged sword. 

 

This ARMOR will bring PROTECTION to the TRUE BELIEVER, in the PERILOUS TIMES in which we now live.  Are you in possession of such an armor?  Or are you one of Satan’s minions?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then you are DOOMED and fighting a LOSING BATTLE.  You will end up spending ALL ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO way of ESCAPE.  In order to CHANGE your DESTINY, and become a TRUE CHILD of GOD, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST 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 is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be able to STAND FIRM! in the BATTLE.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, September 28, 2018

"Growing-Up"


“Growing-Up”

 

Then we will no longer be immature like children.  We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching.  We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.   Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ who is the head of His body, the Church.   He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.       Ephesians 4:14-16

 

God has raised up and gifted some to be evangelists, pastors, and teachers.  It is their responsibility to EQUIP God’s people to do God’s work, in order to BUILD-UP the Body of Christ, the Church.  For those willing to start the GROWING PROCESS, they MUST work together in UNITY of FAITH and KNOWLEDGE of the Lord Jesus Christ.  So they will MATURE in the Lord, and will measure up to His FULL and COMPLETE STANDARD.

 

When this happens the TRUE BELIEVERS will no longer be like IMMATURE CHILDREN, who are tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching.  They will be GROWING in their FAITH and KNOWLEDGE of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they will not be DECEIVED or tricked with CLEVER LIES, lies so DECEPTIVE and CLEVER that they may sound like the TRUTH, but in all actuality they are nothing but LIES.    Instead of being duped into FALSEHOOD, they will speak the TRUTH in LOVE, and will GROW-UP in EVERY WAY more like Christ, who is the Head of the Body, the Church. 

 

He makes a PERFECT FIT for the WHOLE BODY and EACH part does its OWN WORK.  They help the other PARTS to GROW and MATURE, in order for the WHOLE BODY to be GROWING HEALTHY and FULL of LOVE.  Are you a WILLING part of the BODY of Christ, His Church?  Are you WORKING TOGETHER with others in UNITY of FAITH and KNOWLEDGE of Christ?  Or are you just warming a place on the pew, paying your dues, not WILLING or PARTICIPATING nor GROWING-UP in your FAITH and KNOWLEDGE of Christ? 

 

Instead of GROWING-UP you are remaining an IMMATURE CHILD, which is at risk of being TOSSED and BLOWN by EVERY FALSE TEACHING.  You may want to TRULY CHECK your SALVATION.  If you have NEVER TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, you will not GROW-Up spiritually, but you WILL sink deeper in your sins and have NO HOPE for an ETERNITY in Heaven.  God WILL withdraw His Spirit, and your opportunity to be SAVED will be GONE.  NOW is the time for you to be SAVED!  This is what you MUST do:  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your SINFUL lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a Child of God that is GROWING-UP in the UNITY of FAITH and KNOWLEDGE of the Lord Jesus Christ, and become a MATURE TRUE BELIVER.  Do this NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"The Art of Self-Deception"


“The Art of Self-Deception”

 

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.     James 1:22

No one should deceive himself.  If anyone among your thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise.       1Corinthians 3:18

Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.     Job 15:31

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.       1John 1:8

 

The ART of SELF-DECEPTION is VERY prevalent in our world today.  MANY people are DECEIVING THEMSELVES by; sitting in church every Sunday LISTENING to the Word of God, but never APPLYING the Word to their lives.  They think that, as long as they participate in the ACTIVITIES and ORDINANCES of the church, this will provide a place in Heaven for them.  We are encouraged to not JUST LISTEN but to DO WHAT the WORD of GOD SAYS!  If you are NOT LIVING according to the Word of God.  You are DECEIVING YOUR SELF.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us NOT to DECEIVE ourselves by THINKING that we are wise according to the standards of this poor, wretched, sinful world. Instead we need to become “foolish” by realizing that the wisdom of this world is “foolishness” to God.  Then seek God’s wisdom, which will truly make us wise.

 

Job tells us that a person should NOT DECEIVE themselves, by putting their TRUST in WORTHLESS things.  Because this will be a fruitless effort and they will gain NOTHING in this life nor in the life to come.

 

John says, “If we claim to be without sin, we DECEIVE OURSELVES and the TRUTH is NOT in us.”  Many people think that if a person is a GOOD person, one who does GOOD DEEDS, HELPS others and treats others with KINDNESS and RESPECT they will make it into Heaven.  This is a TRUE FORM of SELF-DECEPTION concerning one’s eternal destiny.  You cannot get to Heaven because you are a “GOOD PERSON”.  The Bible tells us that “ALL have sinned and come short of God’s glory.”  (Romans 3:23)  And “You are SAVED by GRACE through FAITH, and this is NOT from yourselves; it is God’s gift---NOT from WORKS, so that NO ONE can boast.             (Ephesians 2:8-9)

DO NOT be SWEPT AWAY by SELF-DECEPTION.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you NEED to do so NOW.  You do it by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING to God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him.  And ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and no longer be held by SELF-DECEPTION, but be FREE, and ESCAPE HELL and GAIN HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"One"


“One”

 

There is one body and one Spirit---just as you were called to one hope at your calling---one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.        Ephesians 4:4-6

 

These verses of Scripture are indicators of the UNIFICATION of God’s Church.  There is ONE body---that is the body of TRUE BELIEVERS who make up the Body of Christ, the CHURCH.

 

There is ONE Spirit, which is the HOLY SPIRIT of God---the one who comes and indwells the TRUE BELIEVER at the time of conversion.  He leads people into SALVATION, through His CONVICTING POWER.  He is the one who will GUIDE and LEAD the TRUE BELIEVERS into the UNIFICATION process of becoming ONE body, the Church of the Living God. 

 

ALL TRUE BELIEVERS share in ONE HOPE, which is their ETERNAL RELATIONSHIP with the Almighty God.  And their ETERNAL HOME, HEAVEN, which is a PART of their ONE HOPE.

 

ONE Lord, is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church.  He is the ONE and ONLY SON of the LIVING God.  He is the ONLY ONE who can SAVE the LOST, and bring them into the Family of God. 

 

ONE Faith, which is BELIEVING in the LORD JESUS CHRIST, as SAVIOR and LORD.  The ONLY ONE who has the POWER to SAVE a LOST and DYING world.

 

ONE Baptism, refers to WATER BAPTISM, which suggests the ONE single act that demonstrates the TRUE BELIEVERS’ SPIRITUAL UNITY.

 

ONE God and Father of ALL, this refers to God’s relationship with the TRUE BELIEVER, NOT ALL mankind.  God is the FATHER of His TRUE CHILDREN, those who have been washed in the blood of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and are FORGIVEN of their sins.  They are His CHILDREN and He is their FATHER.

 

Are you part of the ONE BODY?   Were you called by the ONE SPIRIT for SALVATION of your soul?  Do you possess the ONE HOPE? ONE LORD? ONE FAITH? AND have you participated in the ONE BAPTISM?  Is the ONE GOD, your HEAVENLY FATHER?  Are you His TRUE CHILD? 

 

In order to be a part of God’s ONE FAMILY, the FAMILY of BELIEVERS, the ones who will spend ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN with their HEAVENLY FATHER, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST 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.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a part of God’s Family and spend ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, in ONE ACCORD.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, September 24, 2018

"The Wicked"


“The Wicked”

 

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 36:2-4

Woe to the wicked!  Disaster is upon them!  They will be paid back for what their hands have done.     Isaiah 3:11

But all sinners will be destroyed.  There will be no future for the wicked.    Psalm 37:38

 

One does not have to go far to see that WICKEDNESS prevails in our world, today.  Any CORRUPT, EVIL WICKED thing, such as:  Abortion, murder, thievery, human trafficking, child abuse, spousal abuse, sexual abuse, rape, incest, drugs, drug trafficking, and MANY, MANY MORE WICKED actions are truly prevalent.  God’s word has MUCH to say about WICKEDNESS.  I want us to see the HEART of a WICKED individual. 

 

In Psalm 36:2-4, we see that a WICKED person, in order to take the sting of guilt away, will “flatter” themselves.  They look at their evil deeds as conquests that they have accomplished, and they have carried them out so MUCH that they don’t see them as SIN or WICKEDNESS.

 

Because of their DECIETFUL mindset, they do not use WISDOM in their decision making nor do they carry out any GOOD deeds.  They PLAN to do WICKED things even when they lie down at night their minds are SCHEMING to carry out evil plans.  They are SET on a SINFUL COURSE of life, and will not REJECT what is wrong.  They, therefore, become a part of the problem.

 

In Isaiah 3:11, and Psalm 37:38, we see the DESTINY of a WICKED person who has NOT come to God for the FORGIVENESS of their WICKED deeds.  Isaiah begins by saying “WOE” to the WICKED!   The word “Woe” means GREAT SORROW, and it is in their future because, DISASTER is coming their way.  Their DESTINY will be an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  They will SUFFER, UNENDING heartache, torment, torture, pain, agony, and despair.  Their ETERAL SUFFERING will be a PAYBACK for the WICKEDNESS they have done.

 

Is this YOUR DESTINY?  Are you involved in WICKED PLANS and SCHEMES?  Is your HEART turned to WICKEDNESS, instead of RIGHTEOUSNESS?  If your answer is YES!  Then your life is set on a sinful course, and your DESTINY is HELL.  However, there is GOOD NEWS!  God has a plan for YOU, if you will ACCEPT it, and NOT REJECT it.  He wants you to come to Him by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your WICKED lifestyle, and TURNING TO Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST 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 His gift of SALVATION, and TURN your DESTINY from HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, to HEAVEN, with ALL its GLORIES.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

"My Rest, My Rock, My Salvation, My Fortress"


“My Rest, My Rock, My Salvation, My Fortress”


Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. 

Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.     Psalm 62:1-2


This Psalm tells us of David’s CONFIDENCE and TRUST in God, no matter what he faced.  He KNEW that God was his REST.  In times of BATTLE FATIGUE, David could find PEACEFUL REST in the Almighty God. 


The TRUE BELIEVER is always experiencing BATTLE FATIGUE, because they are fighting SPIRITUAL BATTLES daily.  And they too can have that PEACEFUL REST in the ALMIGHTY GOD, who is ALWAYS AVAILABLE.  All they need to do is to GO to Him, when their soul is tired and weary, He will give them REST.


With that SAME CONFIDENCE David proclaims that God is his ROCK.  Whenever he felt WEAK, and like he could NOT go on, because of his PUNY STRENGTH, he went to the ROCK of his SALVATION and was REVIVED with STRENGTH from the Almighty God who was his ROCK.


The same is true with the TRUE BELIEVER, when they are WEAK from their SPIRITUAL BATTLES, they can GO to their ROCK, the Almighty God and be REVIVED with STRENGTH from Him, because He is their ROCK.


David also declared that God was his SALVATION.  He knew that God could DELIVER him from his lack of faith and weaknesses, and that God COULD and WOULD RESTORE his SOUL.  The Almighty was David’s SALVATION.


He is also the SALVATION for the TRUE BELIEVER.  Whenever they fall to temptation, or become weak in their FAITH and TRUST of God they can come to Him, and seek FORGIVENESS and He will RESTORE their relationship with Him, because He is their SALVATION.


David also describes God as his FORTRESS.  When David needed sanctuary, a place to meditate and be RENEWED in his spirit, he could go to God and be SAFE while regrouping and there he would be REVIVED, because God is his FORTRESS.  


For the TRUE BELIEVER, the Almighty God is their FORTRESS.  They can GO to Him ANYTIME, and find SAFETY.  He will REVIVE and RENEW them, because He is their FORTRESS.


We are living in UNCERTAIN TIMES, we all need, at some time or another, REST, A ROCK, SALVATION, AND A SAFE FORTRESS.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT have ACCESS to any of the above.  And you are destined to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS.  In order to have REST, A ROCK, SALVATION and A SAFE FORTRESS, and to ESCAPE HELL, you MUST do these things: You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST BELIEVE, 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 receive, REST, A ROCK, SALVATION, and a FORTRESS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!



Friday, September 21, 2018

"Nailed to the Cross"


“Nailed to the Cross”

 

Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.                                                                        Colossians 2:12, 14

 

In order for mankind to receive SPIRITUAL FULLNESS in CHRIST, Jesus Christ had to DIE, be BURIED, and RISEN from the grave.  A TRUE BELIEVER experiences TWO baptisms.  The FIRST baptism is a SPIRITUAL BAPTISM, which occurs at the moment of SALVATION, and is the “putting off” or the “breaking away” of their OLD SINFUL NATURE.  The SECOND baptism is WATER BAPTSM which is done by IMMERSION into the water.  This portrays BURIAL with Christ, and the “coming up” out of the water, represents the resurrection to a NEW LIFE, by the POWER of God.

 

The Spiritual act cancels the INDEBTEDNESS of our SINS, which brought CONDEMNATION to us. But Jesus Christ came and was CRUCIFIED, taking upon Himself EVERY VILE, CORRUPT, HORRID, DESPICABLE, NASTY, SINFUL act and NAILED it to the CROSS with Him.   He who knew NO SIN, became SIN, in order for mankind to be SAVED and brought to SPIRITUAL FULLNESS in Him, and for them to be able to be declared RIGHTEOUS in the eyes of the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD.

 

Your sins brings you under INDEBTEDNESS, which CONDEMNS you, and will be your sentence to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But because of the DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION of the Lord Jesus Christ, who has provided a WAY to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell, you can have your sins NAILED to the CROSS, and your INDEBTEDNESS CANCELLED.  Here is what you NEED to do.  TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to God, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, because your sins are NAILED to the CROSS, and come to a SPIRITUAL FULLNESS in Christ Jesus.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!