Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Seeking and Calling = Mercy and Pardon"


“Seeking and Calling = Mercy and Pardon”

 

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.   Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts.   Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them and to our God, for He will freely pardon.      Isaiah 55:6-7

 

“For God so LOVED the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him should NOT perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE.  (John 3:16)     The Jews do not have the sole possession of SALVATION, because they are God’s covenant people.   I believe that John 3:16 is pretty clear about who can receive God’s gift of SALVATION.  It tells us that God loved the WORLD, which means EVERY RACE and CREED.  He opens up His arms to a LOST and DYING WORLD.  But those who come to Him for SALVATION, MUST COME BELIEVING and TRUSTING in Jesus Christ, as their SAVIOR and LORD. 

 

Isaiah tells us to SEEK the LORD while He may be FOUND; and to CALL on Him while He is NEAR. There will come a time when it will be too LATE, that time will be when God comes as JUDGE to bring FINAL JUDGMENT on those who have TURNED AWAY FROM Him and REJECTED His gift of SALVATION.  SEEKING and CALLING on the LORD, indicates that the person is WILLING to TURN AWAY from their SINFUL LIFESTYLE, and DESIRING God’s FORGIVENESS. 

 

When this happens God will have MERCY on their wretched soul, and He will FREELY PARDON them from an ETERNITY in Hell, and give them the HOPE of HEAVEN for ALL of ETERNITY.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are headed for Hell with ALL of its HORRORS.

 

 In order to ESCAPE HELL and its HORRORS, you MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, His MERCY and His PARDON. And spend an ETERNITY in Heaven with ALL its GLORIES.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"The Power and Wisdom of God"


“The Power and Wisdom of God”

 

Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.         1 Corinthians 1:24-25

 

Man’s POWER cannot come anywhere close to the POWER of the ALMIGHTY God.  There is NOTHING or NOBODY that is as POWERFUL as the ALMIGHTY God.  In Deuteronomy 3:22, 24, Moses was speaking to the nation of Israel, and said:  “Don’t be afraid of them, for the Lord your God fights for you.” Then Moses begged the Lord:  “Lord God, You have begun to show Your GREATNESS and POWER to Your servant, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can perform deeds and mighty acts like Yours?” 

 

Moses and the Israelites had SEEN God’s POWER at work.  They KNEW, firsthand, how powerful God is.  It is God who gives mankind the POWER they need.  And He is STILL an ALL POWERFUL GOD.  Who else can control the Universe and keep all the planets in the RIGHT PLACE and ORDER?  Who has the POWER over the oceans and seas.  Who else can save a wretched, lost, sinful soul from an eternity in Hell?  The answer is CLEAR; the ALMIGHTY GOD.

 

Nobody or nothing has the WISDOM of the ALL KNOWING GOD.  It is NOT the plan of man, that will save that poor wretched, lost, sinful, soul from an eternity in Hell, but through the WISDOM of God, whose wisdom confounds the wisest human mind.  The WISDOM of mankind cannot begin to appreciate the plan of God.  The Prophet Isaiah tells us that God’s thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not His ways.  This is the Lord’s declaration:  “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isa. 55:8,9)  

 

So you see there is SALVATION in NO other person or thing, which will SAVE you from an ETERNITY in HELL.  NO ONE has the POWER and WISDOM to carry out the PLAN of SALVATION, except the ALMIGHTY GOD, and He is ACCOMPLISHING His plan through the PREACHING of Christ CRUCIFIED for mankind’s SALVATION. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are STILL a poor, wretched, lost, sinful soul that is bound for HELL and ALL its HORRORS.  This is what you MUST do to experience the POWER and WISDOM of the ALMIGHTY GOD.  You must 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a TRUE BELIEVER, who is on their way to an ETERNITY in Heaven, because of the POWER and WISDOM of GOD.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"All Who Believe, All Have Sinned, And ALL are Justified"


“All Who Believe, All Have Sinned, And All are Justified”

 

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

 

The RIGHTEOUSNESS that is given by God, through FAITH in Jesus Christ, is given to ALL who BELIEVE.  The Apostle Paul states this, in order for people to come to the REALIZATION that there is NO DIFFERENCE between the Jew and the Gentile.  Any “special privileges” the Jews may have had would NOT exclude them from God’s CONDEMNATION of the SIN in their life.

Paul goes on to say, “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  When we are born, whether we are Jew or Gentile (non-Jew), we are ALL born with a SINFUL NATURE, which means we have the desire within us to SIN against God.  The phrase, “and fall short of the glory of God” is in the present tense and means we  “KEEP FALLING SHORT of the Glory of God, which is the manifestation of His divine attributes.  We must STRIVE HARD to become more and more CHRIST-LIKE in our daily living, this is the DESIRE of the Almighty God. 

 

Paul also gives us HOPE through the act of God’s JUSTIFICATION, when he said:  “And ALL are JUSTIFIED FREELY by His GRACE.”  Meaning that we are ALL DECLARED RIGHTEOUS by His JUSTIFICATION, which is given to ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, because of God’s AMAZING GRACE or UNMERITED FAVOR.  God would NOT do this without dealing with that individual’s sin, FIRST, before making and declaring them RIGHTEOUS.  And this part of God’s REDEMPTIVE PLAN, came through he REDEMPTIVE WORK done on the OLD RUGGED CROSS of CALVARY, by His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Have your sins been FORGIVEN, are you DECLARED RIGHTEOUS, have you been FREELY JUSTIFIED by the GRACE of God, through the REDEMPTIVE WORK of the LORD JESUS CHRIST?  If you have NOT done this, you have the opportunity NOW to have the HOPE of Heaven and be able to ESCAPE the HORRORS of HELL for ALL of ETERNITY, if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sins and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking His 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 ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, be JUSTIFIED, and headed for an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Condemnation or Justification?"


”Condemnation or Justification?”

 

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.       Romans 5:18-19

 

The actions of ONE man’s DISOBEDIENCE to God and His will, brought JUDGMENT on ALL mankind, which, in turn, brought about CONDEMNATION, the process of declaring guilty of wrong-doing or convicting someone of committing a wrong-doing.  This offense then brought CONDEMNATION and JUDGEMENT upon ALL MANKIND.  And because of ONE man’s DISOBEDIENCE, MANY were made sinners, because the SIN-NATURE, entered into the HEART of mankind. And we NOW have what we have today, hatred, malice, deceit, depravity, disobedience and despair, just to name a few of the sins that plague mankind. 

 

However, God’s plan included ONE Man, Jesus, who through His RIGHTEOUS ACT as our SACRIFICAL Lamb, PAID the PRICE for our SINS, by His ONCE FOR ALL ACTION of dying, being buried in a tomb, and in three days was raised to LIFE. So mankind could have EVERLASTING LIFE in Heaven with Him and Father God. 

 

The whole situation is this:  By ONE man’s SIN or DISOBEDIENCE, A SINFUL NATURE entered the HEART of ALL mankind. Thanks to Adam!  And we NEED a SAVIOR, ONE who can take away our SINFUL NATURE, and make us RIGHTEOUS before the Almighty God.  Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Because of His ONE OBEDIENT ACT, we have HOPE and can RECEIVE His FREE GIFT of SALVATION and an ETERNITY in Heaven. 

 

Here is what you NEED to do if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God. First, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your OLD 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His FREE GIFT of SALVATION, and receive JUSTIFICATION, NOT CONDEMNATION.   Do it NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"Forgiveness, Belief, Justification"


“Forgiveness, Belief, Justification”

 

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the Law of Moses.”        Acts 13:38-39

 

Jesus Christ came to earth to REDEEM fallen mankind. He came to set them FREE from the bondage of their sins, that through Him, we obtain the FORGIVENESS of our sins, when we BELIEVE that He has come to be OUR sacrifice.  Jesus said, “I am the WAY and the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through ME.  (John 14:6)  

 

The ONLY WAY a person can receive FORGIVENESS, is to BELIEVE that through the shed blood of JESUS CHRIST, our REDEEMER, we have FORGIVENESS of ALL our sins, because He died in our place, and took on our sins, on an old rugged cross, and was RESURRECTED, brought back to life in three days.  He conquered DEATH and the GRAVE.  And we NOW have HOPE for an ETERNITY in Heaven.

 

When we RECEIVE the FORGIVENESS of our sins, and because we BELIEVE, we then have JUSTIFICATION, which we could NOT obtain by obeying the Law of Moses.  ONLY through JESUS CHRIST are we JUSTIFIED. JUSTIFICATION, is the process of being SET FREE from the PENALTY of our sins, because of our FAITH in Christ, and His REDEMPTIVE work on the cross.  And we are ACCEPTED by God as RIGHTEOUS and ADOPTED into His Family.   He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our JUSTIFICATION.  (Rom. 4:25)

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have not received FORGIVENESS of your sins, and because you do NOT BELIEVE, you will NOT receive JUSTIFICATION and will be found GUILTY, and you will be sentenced to an ETERNITY in HELL, where you will experience ALL of its UNENDING HORRORS.  However, God has provided a way for you to ESCAPE Hell.  You MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive FORGIVENESS, because you BELIEVE, then you will have JUSTIFICATION, through Jesus Christ.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

"LIFE---Temporary and Eternal"


“LIFE---Temporary and Eternal”

 

You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.  Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.   Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.         Psalm 39:5-6

 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”          Matthew 6:19-21

 

What does LIFE mean to you?  Is it SO IMPORTANT that you’re constantly working and scheming up ways to increase your EARTHLY TREASURES, in order to leave an ENORMOUS  INHERITANCE for your family to fight over?  And causing you to spend ALL your time trying to achieve more and more. 

 

Don’t get me wrong on this, I think you SHOULD provide for your family and take care of their needs NOW and when you are gone.  But the point I’m getting at is like what King David penned in the thirty-ninth Psalm.  He states that our DAYS are a MERE HANDBREADTH; not very long.  Everyone is but a BREATH, even those who seem SECURE.  Everyone goes around like a PHANTOM/SHADOW rushing around heaping up WEALTH, worldly possessions, and NOT knowing who will end up with it.  

 

Jesus tells us to NOT STORE up for ourselves treasures on earth, things that are NOT ETERNAL, where moths and vermin will destroy, and thieves will break in and steal.  Things that will not give us ETERNAL REWARDS that will NEVER rust, decay, nor where they will be ruined by moths, and vermin nor will you be robbed of them. 

 

The TRUE BELIEVER, should WORK for SPIRITUAL, ETERNAL REWARDS that will last throughout ETERNITY.  Rewards that we can lay at the feet of our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, who gave His life that we might have ABUNDANT LIFE. 

 

For the UNBELIEVER, they will NOT receive ETERNAL REWARDS, only ETERNAL CONDEMNATION, because of their sinful lifestyle.   In order to have ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven with ETERNAL REWARDS, you MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and STORE UP for yourself ETERNAL REWARDS and an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"The Good Deposit"


“The Good Deposit”

 

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you---guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.        2 Timothy 1:14

 

One of the MOST IMPORTANT things the Apostle Paul did for Timothy, was to TRUST him with the SOUND TEACHING of the GOSPEL.  Timothy was to NOT let any beliefs or theories that are contrary to the TRUTHS of God’s Word erode or taint it.

 

The “Good Deposit” Paul was referring to in this Scripture was the TRUTH of the GOSPEL, which Paul had taught Timothy.  Preserving the TRUTH of the GOSPEL is so demanding and difficult that human strength is NOT ENOUGH to preserve it.  Maintaining the integrity and purity of the TRUTH of the GOSPEL, MUST be done through the STRENGTH and WISDOM of the HOLY SPIRIT, who indwells the TRUE BELIEVER at the time of their CONVERSION.

 

It is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS KNOW the TRUTH of the GOSPEL, and to be able to PRESERVE it, through the work of the HOLY SPIRIT.  There are some who WANT and NEED to KNOW the TRUTH of the GOSPEL.  Do You?

 

The TRUTH is; that Jesus Christ came to earth to SEEK and to SAVE LOST MANKIND from their sins.  He GAVE His OWN life as a SACRIFICE by DYING on an old rugged cross for YOU and ME.  Then He CONQUERED DEATH by His RESURRECTION from the dead.  In order for us to be able to spend ALL ETERNITY enjoying ALL the GLORIES of Heaven, with Him and Father God, instead of the alternative, which is spending an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS.

 

For us to be able to GUARD the “GOOD DEPOSIT,” we MUST KNOW IT, BELIEVE IT and have the HOLY SPIRIT indwelling us, so we can depend on His STRENGTH and WISDOM in such an IMPORTANT and DEMANDING TASK.   If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you DON’T have the HOLY SPIRIT indwelling you, and your destiny is HELL with ALL its HORRORS.   You MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive the Holy Spirit, and KNOW, and GUARD the “GOOD DEPOSIT.”   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"Fellowship with the Almighty God"


“Fellowship with the Almighty God”

 

If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.          1 John 1:6-7

 

In verse five, we see that God is LIGHT; in Him there is NO DARKNESS at all.  So if we claim to have FELLOWSHIP with Him and yet walk or live in the DARKNESS, we LIE and do not live out the truth.  In other words we are living a lie.  

 

The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians, was instructing them on how to LIVE as TRUE BELIEVERS in the Lord Jesus Christ.  In chapter six, verse fourteen, Paul tells them:  “Do NOT be yoked together with UNBELIEVERS.  For what do RIGHTEOUSNESS and WICKEDNESS have in common?  Or what FELLOWSHIP can LIGHT have with DARKNESS?” 

 

If a person is an UNBELIEVER in Jesus Christ, then they are living in DARKNESS.  They CANNOT have it BOTH ways.  They CANNOT live in DARKNESS, and have FELLOWSHIP with God, who is LIGHT.  They may fool some people by CLAIMING to have FELLOWSHIP with God, but it is IMPOSSIBLE, it’s like mixing water and oil, they separate, because there is NOT a COMMON element that brings them together, where they become ONE.  They just DON’T MIX, and so it is with LIGHT and DARKNESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS and WICKEDNESS, have NOTHING in common. 

 

In order to have SWEET FELLOWSHIP with Father God, who is LIGHT.  You MUST WALK or LIVE in the LIGHT.  And to be able to WALK or LIVE in the LIGHT, you MUST be a TRUE BELIEVER.   You MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, living in DARKNESS, 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and WALK or LIVE in the LIGHT.  And ENJOY the SWEET FELLOWSHIP of GOD and His SON, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"Acknowledge, Confess, Forgive"


“Acknowledge, Confess, Forgive”

 

I acknowledge my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity: I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.      Psalm 32:5

 

The nature of mankind is SINFUL, and because of that SINFUL nature, it has brought about an environment of depravity, hopelessness, despair, corruptness, and many other despicable attributes of a FALLEN world.  King David, KNEW that his sins were always before him.  He was seeking God’s favor, and he KNEW that in order to gain God’s favor, he MUST ACKNOWLEDGE that he was a sinner and he MUST ACKNOWLEDGE his sins to Almighty God.

 

Again, in Isaiah 59:12, we are encouraged to ACKNOWLEDGE our sins.  The prophet Isaiah states:  “For our offenses are many in Your sight and our sins testify against us.  Our offenses are ever with us, and we ACKNOWLEDGE our iniquities.

 

So in order to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, the first thing we NEED to do is to ACKNOWLEDGE that we are a sinner and then ACKNOWLEDGE or CONFESS our sins to God.

 

Romans 10:10, tells us that with the HEART one believes and is JUSTIFIED, and with the MOUTH one CONFESSES and is SAVED.  So we see that both the HEART and the MOUTH are integral parts of God’s SALVATION PLAN.

 

When a person ACKNOWLEDGES that they are a SINNER, and then CONFESSES their sins to God, then, and ONLY then will they experience God’s FORGIVENESS, and have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.  1 John 1:9 says:  If we CONFESS our sins, He is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.

 

If you have not ACKNOWLEDGED that you are a sinner, in NEED of a Savior, and have NOT CONFESSED your sins to God, then you are NOT His child, and you are destined to spend ALL ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS.”  You MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, April 9, 2018

"Who is Your Light Source?"


“Who is Your Light Source?”

 

Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant?  Who walks in darkness and has no light?   Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon His God.   Look, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with sparks:  Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled---This you shall have from My hand:  You shall lie down in torment.   Isaiah 50:10-11

“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”  “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words has that which judges him---the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”    John 12: 46, 48

 

We live in a DARK world, and in a DARK, FOREBODING time.  A time where a lot of people are stumbling around in their own DARKNESS, depending on their OWN source of LIGHT.  And really LOST in their OWN environment.  They may be SEARCHING for a LIGHT SOURCE that will lead them to a BETTER environment, one that is not so GLOOMY and DANGEROUS.

 

In Isaiah 50:10-11, the Prophet of Israel, is talking to the Israelites, concerning their LIGHT SOURCE.  He tells them that if they will TRUST in the Lord and RELY on His God, they will receive the PROPER, WELL-NEEDED LIGHT SOURCE.  But Isaiah also WARNS those who choose to WALK or LIVE in the LIGHT of their OWN FIRE or LIGHT SOURCE, and because of that choice, they will lie DOWN in TORMENT.   In other words, if they REJECT the ALMIGHTY GOD, and His Word, they will DIE SPIRITUALLY and PHYSICALLY be in Hell, the place of UNENDING TORMENT.

 

Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, tells us that He has come into this DARK world, as a LIGHT to the world, so that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him, would NOT abide in DARKNESS, but they would LIVE in His LIGHT.  But those who REJECT Him, and His words, which will bring JUDGMENT on them in the LAST DAY, and they will receive UNENDING TORMENT in HELL for ALL of ETERNITY.  Are YOU living in the LIGHT of the Lord Jesus Christ?  Or are you STUMBLING around in your DARKNESS with a very INADEQUATE LIGHT SOURCE? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your LIGHT SOURCE is VERY INADEQUATE and will only bring you an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING TORMENT, TORTURE, HEARTACHE, PAIN, AGONY and DESPAIR, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  It is VERY MUCH to your BENEFIT to have the PROPER, WELL-NEEDED LIGHT SOURCE, Jesus Christ, in order to obtain it, you MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be BROUGHT INTO THE GLORIOUS LIGHT, of the Lord Jesus Christ, and ESCAPE HELL, and GAIN HEAVEN.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

"The Shepherd and Overseer of Our Souls"


“The Shepherd and Overseer of Our Souls”

 

“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.”  For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.          1 Peter 2:24-25

 

Jesus Christ, Himself, bore our sins, as His bloody, limp body hung on an old rugged cross, between two common criminals.  The KING of kings and the LORD of lords, HOLY, PURE, SPOTLESS, RIGHTEOUS Lamb of the Living God, took on Himself ALL the sins of mankind.  He who knew NO SIN, became SIN, so that MANKIND might DIE to SINS and LIVE for RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

 

Mankind lives in a SIN-SICK soul, one that DESPERATELY NEEDS to be HEALED from this HORRIBLE DISEASE that will cause the soul to be thrust into an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But Jesus Christ took the punishment for the sins of mankind, and was mercilessly beaten and wounded for our transgressions, and by His wounds we have been healed of our sin-sickness.

 

People are like sheep who wander away from the Shepherd and Overseer, and they make the WRONG CHOICES, which is DANGEROUS for the WELL-BEING of their souls.  But the GOOD SHEPHERD and OVERSEER, comes SEARCHING for them, and when He finds them, those who are WILLING to come to Him, He will SAVE. However, there are some who will continually RUN AWAY from Him, and ALL the SAFETY and PROTECTION, LOVE and TENDER CARE, that He offers. 

 

Which kind of sheep are YOU, one who will come to Him for SALVATION, PROTECTION, and ETERNAL SECURITY?   Or are you one who will CONTINUALLY RUN FROM Him and REJECT His LOVING, TENDER CARE and the HOPE of an ETERNITY in Heaven?  And instead you are willing to spend an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are headed for Hell, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, for ALL of ETERNITY, unless you 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and let Him be your SHEPHERD and OVERSEER of your soul, and have the HOPE of an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, April 6, 2018

"The Devil's Trap"


“The Devil’s Trap”

 

Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.  Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.  Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap.  For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.       2 Timothy 2:25-26

 

In the Apostle Paul’s last letter to Timothy, he gives him instructions on dealing with those who have been swayed by the teachings of FALSE TEACHERS.  He instructs Timothy to NOT quarrel but to be KIND and PATIENT with difficult people.  He tells him to be GENTLE in instructing the ones who oppose the TRUTH, in hopes that God will change their HEARTS and they will learn the TRUTH.

In the world we live in, there are so many different FALSE DOCTRINES that are being spread across this planet, and so many in our own homeland.  Many people are being DUPED by the devil’s trap of DECEPTION, and being led astray, because they DO NOT KNOW the TRUTH, and in a lot of cases they DO NOT WANT to KNOW the TRUTH.  It takes a Christ-like Spirit to be able to help them ESCAPE the DEVIL’S TRAP. 

 

Most of the time the devil will lure the IMMATURE believer into his trap by using just enough of God’s Word to make it sound like the TRUTH, but it is so twisted that it is FAR from being the TRUTH, and thus begins the DECEPTION and BRAIN WASHING of those that the devil has trapped.  Many are so indoctrinated with FALSE BELIEFS that it takes much PRAYER and PATIENCE, on the part of the MATURE, TRUE BELIEVER, to be able to help them come to their senses and ESCAPE the devil’s trap.  They are held captive by the devil, in order to do whatever he wants them to do.  So the TRUTH must be GENTLY instructed to them in a Christ-like manner.  

 

The devil has MANY trapped into BELIEVING LIES, and SHUNNING the TRUTH, which will lead those caught in his trap, straight to Hell with ALL of its HORRORS.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, or if you are being taught ANYTHING that is NOT in the Word of God, or goes against JESUS CHRIST being the ONLY WAY to Heaven, through ACCEPTING and BELIEVING in His SACRIFICIAL DEATH and RESURRECTION for your SALVATION.  Then you are TRAPPED and HEADED for Hell, unless you TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus Christ, died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ESCAPE the DEVIL’S TRAP and Hell, and LIVE in the TRUTH, for Jesus, and receive the HOPE of Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

"Our Guaranteed Inheritance"


“Our Guaranteed Inheritance”

 

In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.         Ephesians 1:13

 

If you have TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, and BELIEVED in Jesus, the One who GAVE His life, so you might have ETERNAL LIFE with Him in Heaven.  Then you have TRULY, or HONESTLY started the SALVATION process in your life.   And you have been SEALED with the Promised Holy Spirit.  And because you have been SEALED with the Promised Holy Spirit, you are GUARANTEED the INHERITANCE that God has PROMISED all His TRUE CHILDREN.

 

Since the Holy Spirit is the Guarantee of our Inheritance, and we have been SEALED with Him, or He indwells us, at the time of our conversion, He is in our HEARTS and has SEALED us as a PRECIOUS POSSESSION of the ALMIGHTY God.  And we will receive our GUARANTEED INHERITANCE, which is the COMPLETED SALVATION process, at the culmination of the ages, and ALL to the PRAISE OF HIS GLORY.  Our Heavenly Home is awaiting our ARRIVAL.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you don’t have a GUARANTEED INHERITANCE, only an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS.  However, you can receive a GUARANTEED INHERITANCE, if you will 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive your GUARANTEED INHERITANCE.   Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"The Self-Condemned Person"


“The Self-Condemned Person”

 

Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time.  After that, have nothing to do with them.  You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.      Titus 3:10-11

 

Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love for the Father is not in them.   For everything in the world---the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life---comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.          1 John 2:15-17

 

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope---the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.       Titus 2:11-14

 

A SELF-CONDEMNED person is one who EMBRACES the world and its sinful vices, such as the LUST of the FLESH and EYES, and is PRIDEFUL about ALL their accomplishments in this world, no matter what they have to do to be so accomplished.  They REJECT GOD and His laws.  And they bring JUDGMENT upon themselves.  They are people who are DECEPTIVE, DEVISIVE, and DOOMED.  They are LOVERS of this WORLD and ALL it has to offer.  They don’t think about their ETERNITY.  I would venture to say that anyone who has died, and is in Hell, would tell you, if they could, that living for the WORLD is NOT WORTH the AGONY, HEARTACHE, PAIN, MISERY, TORTURE, TORMENT and DESPAIR that they are SUFFERING right NOW.  They would BEG you to ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, which is made possible because of His AMAZING GRACE and ABUNDANT MERCY.

 

They would tell you to say “NO!” to ungodliness and worldly passions.  And to LIVE a SELF-CONTROLLED, UPRIGHT and GODLY LIFE in this present age, while waiting for the BLESSED HOPE, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the SAVIOR of ALL mankind. 

 

He is the one who gave HIMSELF for us to REDEEM us from ALL wickedness, and also, to PURIFY for Himself a people that are His very OWN, who are EAGER to do what is GOOD.  In order to NOT be a SELF-CONDEMNED PERSON, and have to spend ALL ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, you MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ESCAPE Hell, GAIN Heaven, and be PURIFIED as a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Heavenly Wisdom"


“Heavenly Wisdom”

 

But the wisdom that comes from Heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.      James 3:17

 

Wisdom is using GOOD JUDGMENT that is based on KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE.  We gain WISDOM by interacting with situations, which gives us KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE in that particular situation, therefore, we KNOW something about the situation, and then gain WISDOM concerning it.  Knowing how to deal with it, and how to help others who might be facing the same or similar situations.

 

In this life we have two different forms of WISDOM.  We have the EARTHLY WISDOM, first of all, which usually harbors bitter envy and selfish ambition, and where there is envy and selfish ambition you will have disorder and every evil practice.  (VV 14, 16)

 

But the other form of WISDOM is HEAVENLY WISDOM, which offers us purity, WISDOM that is NOT tainted with EVIL practices and is HOLY and RIGHTEOUS.  Then we see that HEAVENLY WISDOM is peace-loving, it seeks to PRACTICE keeping peace among God’s Children.  It is free from SELFISH AMBITION, which can cause discord, and is UNSPIRITUAL, and even DEMONIC.  HEAVENLY WISDOM is considerate of others and their feelings, fears and frustrations, and not to CONDEMN, but to share your KNOWLEDGE of the situation they might be in.  HEAVENLY WISDOM is submissive, it is submissive to the WILL and WISDOM of God’s Holy Spirit.  HEAVENLY WISDOM is full of mercy and good fruit, where there is MERCY there will be GOOD FRUIT, for example, God’s MERCY brings the GOOD FRUIT of SALVATION.  So we too must practice MERCY, towards others that they will be able to come to a SAVING KNOWLEDGE of Jesus Christ.   HEAVENLY WISDOM is also impartial and sincere.  It does not make differences, by being partial to one over another, and it is sincere, it is HONEST and not trying to fool others.  HEAVENLY WISDOM is yours for the asking, but ONLY if you are a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD.

 

In order to obtain HEAVENLY WISDOM, you must FIRST, come to God, by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and then SEEK His HEAVENLY WISDOM.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Forgiveness"


“Forgiveness”

 

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.   Forgive as the Lord forgave you.      Colossians 3:13

 

Forgive:  To give up being angry with or wanting to punish: pardon (Webster’s Dictionary)

Forgiveness:   A being ready to FORGIVE (Webster’s Dictionary)

 

FORGIVENESS is probably one of the hardest things a person can and will practice in their lives.  For most people, when they are wronged by someone, they want RETRIBUTION, in other words, they want the person who wronged them to be PUNISHED for their wrong doing. 

 

FORGIVENESS is out of the picture, the last thing they want to do is to FORGIVE that individual.  However, the Bible, God’s Holy Word, says:  If you FORGIVE other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also FORGIVE you.  But if you do NOT FORGIVE others their sins, your Father will NOT FORGIVE your sins.   (Matthew 6:14-15) 

 

FORGIVENESS is CRUCIAL to our SALVATION, in fact it is SALVATION.  To FORGIVE is to PARDON, we were FORGIVEN or given a PARDON from our sins by God, through the shed blood of His Only Begotten Son, on an old rugged cross.  Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will FORGIVE their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 

 

God wants His Children to be CHRISTLIKE in their lives and in order to do that we MUST be willing to FORGIVE as Jesus Christ FORGIVES us.  It is a FAMILY TRAIT, which can only be TRULY carried out within the HEART of mankind, when they are SAVED or FORGIVEN of their wrongdoings.   If you are NOT PRACTICING FORGIVENESS, then you are NOT RECEIVING FORGIVENESS. 

 

And if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT FORGIVEN of your sins and will NOT spend your ETERNITY in Heaven, but will spend it in HELL, with ALL of its Horrors.  In order for you to be FORGIVEN and to have an ETERNITY in Heaven, and to ESCAPE HELL, you MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and PRACTICE FORGIVENESS so that you might RECEIVE FORGIVENESS.   Do it NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

"The Third Day"


“The Third Day”

 

And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!  Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”  And they remembered His words.            Luke 24:4-8

 

Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and some other women, arose early on the THIRD DAY following the DEATH of their Beloved Master, Teacher, and Friend.   They hurried to the tomb to properly prepare His body for PROPER BURIAL according to Jewish customs.  But when they arrived at the tomb, the stone had been ROLLED AWAY from the opening, they went inside the tomb, and did NOT find the body of the Lord Jesus.

 

They were very perplexed about this.  What happened to the body of their Lord? They knew full well that He was DEAD when they laid Him in the tomb, so what could have happened?  Then two men in BRIGHT, SHINING garments stood by them.  The women were SO AFRAID, they dropped to the ground and put their faces to the earth.  Then the men asked them, “Why do you SEEK the LIVING among the DEAD?  He is NOT here, but He is RISEN!  Don’t you REMEMBER how He spoke to you, when He was in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of SINFUL men, and be CRUCIFIED, and the THIRD DAY rise again?’”  Then they REMEMBERED His words. Their grief had caused them a brief lapse of memory, until they were reminded of the very words of the Lord. 

 

The THIRD DAY must have been BITTERSWEET to the women as they PONDERED the words of Jesus, and hurried on to tell the disciples ALL the things they had encountered, and to let them know that HE has CONQUERED DEATH, and is RISEN from the GRAVE.  The Apostles did not BELIEVE the women, and had to see it for themselves. 

 

The women, however, REMEMBERED the words of Jesus, and RAN to TELL the disciples the GOOD NEWS!    We too, KNOW He’s ALIVE and because He’s ALIVE, we too will be FOREVER ALIVE with Him in Heaven.  That is, IF you have given your HEART and LIFE to GOD.  If you have not done that, then you are destined for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God has provided a way for you to ESCAPE HELL and GAIN Heaven.  You MUST 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and TRULY CELEBRATE RESURRECTION DAY, as a BLOOD BOUGHT, REDEEMED CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  And RUN and TELL SOMEBODY the GOOD NEWS!  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

"The Darkest Hour"


“The Darkest Hour”

 

Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.   Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.  And when Jesus cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.   Having said this He breathed His last.   So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”        Luke 23:44-47

 

Growing up, I always wondered why people called this day, “GOOD FRIDAY,” if it was to represent the day that Jesus was CRUCIFIED.  To me, that was not what I would call GOOD. As I got older and more mature in my FAITH, I realized that it was a VERY GOOD FRIDAY for ALL of mankind.  This was the day that Jesus PAID IT ALL.  His DEATH on the cross was for the REDEMPTION of mankind.  To bring us from the DARKNESS into the LIGHT.

 

Jesus had previously, told those who arrested Him that, “this is your hour---when darkness reigns.”  DARKNESS reigned because of the CRUCIFIXION of the Lord.  Not only was the arrest done under the cover of DARKNESS, but the trials were also conducted during the DARK of night.  And they were also working as the forces of DARKNESS to KILL the Son of God, the MESSIAH.  The arrest was illegal because it was done in the DARKNESS of the night, and accomplished through a paid accuser.  Many sins or carried out during the DARKNESS of night.

 

But the DARKEST HOUR of all was when DARKNESS covered the whole earth, from the sixth hour (noon) till the ninth hour (3:00pm).  Then sun was darkened, and the veil in the temple, which separated the holy of holies from the rest of the temple, was torn in two. Then Jesus cried out with a LOUD voice:  “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” This was the DARKEST point in time, when it seemed as though ALL HOPE was gone, when Jesus breathed His last breath.  He WILLINGLY gave up His life.  He was DEAD!   But even then, there was enough LIGHT for the centurion to recognize, that Jesus was a RIGHTEOUS Man.    

Jesus said:  “I am the Light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in DARKNESS, but will have the LIGHT of life.”  (John 8:12)   Are you FOLLOWING JESUS?  Or are you WALKING in DARKNESS with NO HOPE for an ETERNITY in Heaven, but destined for Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS?  You NOW have the opportunity to come OUT of the DARKNESS and INTO the LIGHT by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURNING 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 is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and WALK in the LIGHT as He is in the LIGHT, and ESCAPE  an ETERNITY in Hell and GAIN an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL of its GLORIES.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!