Saturday, December 15, 2018

"God's Gift versus Man's Sin"


“God’s Gift versus Man’s Sin”

 

Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin:  The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought Justification.

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!                                                                                                         Romans 5:16-17

 

There once was a person, who lived a sinful life.  They had never given God their HEART and LIFE.  As a matter of fact, they REJECTED anything that was associated with God, Jesus or of a spiritual nature.  One Christmas, this person’s office had a Christmas Party. There was a lot of eating, drinking, and very crude, sexual innuendos, which were being LOUDLY spoken.  There definitely was NO MENTION of the TRUE MEANING of Christmas.  Then they exchanged gifts. The person was surprised when they opened their gift.  It was a FIRE ALARM. “Now, what kind of gift was that?”  They thought, “I don’t NEED that, I ‘m forty years old and have NEVER had one.”   So that night, the person, had done a little too much celebrating.  They were DRUNK, when they got home they put their gift, the FIRE ALARM in the closet and closed the door.  “IF I think I’ll need it someday, I’ll put it up, but NOT NOW!  So the person shut the door to the closet, and went to bed with a lit cigarette in their hand, then they passed out.  That night the individual was swept out into ETERNITY.   They would spend ALL of their ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.    

 

Just like this situation, they REJECTED GOD, and His GIFT, Jesus Christ.  They IGNORED ANY thing related to God or of a Godly nature.  Whenever God’s Spirit dealt with them, they KEPT REJECTING.   Like the gift of the Fire Alarm, they wanted NO PART of God’s GIFT.  

 

Because of ONE man’s sin, CONDEMNATION came upon ALL MANKIND.  JUDGMENT followed ONE sin and brought the CONDEMNATION, but God’s GIFT followed MANY trespasses and brought JUSTIFICATION, A NOT GUILTY VERDICT on those who ACCEPT and BELIEVE in the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

By ONE man, Adam, DEATH REIGNED.  But because of God’s ABUNDANT GRACE and His GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is given through the ONE Man, JESUS CHRIST, to those who will RECEIVE and BELIEVE, they will spend ALL ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Will YOU RECEIVE and BELIEVE?  

If you are living like this person in the story, at the beginning.  You are HEADED for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS.  In order to change your direction, 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His GIFT of SALVATION and RECEIVE His GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS, through the LORD JESUS CHRIST.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, December 14, 2018

"God's Gift"


“God’s Gift”

 

But the gift is not like the trespass.  For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!        Romans 5:15

 

Adam, was a figure of the one who was to come, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God’s Gift to mankind.   The Apostle Paul tells us that Adam’s trespass or sin, is not like God’s Gift.  Many people died, both physically and spiritually because of Adam’s sin.  Mankind is born with a sinful nature, which is the desire to sin, because of the flesh.  Many people REJECT God’s Gift, because they are sinful by nature, and are blinded to the REAL TRUTH, just like Adam was, in the Garden of Eden.  And their destiny is an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE

 

But God’s Gift is SO MUCH different.  God’s GRACE, which came through the Gift of His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, offers MUCH, MUCH MORE than ANY sinful lifestyle.  God’s Gift is offered to ALL MANKIND.  It offers REDEMPTION, the FORGIVENESS of one’s sins.  It is a GIFT that KEEPS on GIVING.  It is ETERNAL, it will last FOREVER.   It provides RIGHTEOUSNESS, being able to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.  And it SECURES us an ETERNITY in Heaven.

 

Have you RECEIVED or REJECTED God’s Gift?  If you REJECT God’s Gift, you will be spending ALL of ETERNITY in Hell, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  The ONLY way for you to ESCAPE HELL is to:  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.  You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and receive FORGIVENESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS and ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

"A Message for Joseph"


“A Message for Joseph”

 

But after he had considered this, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said.  “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.   She will give birth to a Son and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”        Matthew 1:20-21

 

Joseph was faithful to the law, and he did not want to expose Mary to public disgrace, so he decided to divorce her quietly.  It was their custom, when two people were engaged, for them to be able to put an end to an engagement, they had to get a decree of divorce.  But God had other plans, He sent an angel to Joseph in a dream, telling him to NOT be AFRAID to take Mary home as his wife, because the baby she was carrying was of the HOLY SPIRIT.

 

The angel went on to tell Joseph that the baby would be a son, and they were to name Him JESUS, for He will SAVE His people from their sins.   Now, this was a VERY IMPORTANT part of the MESSAGE for Joseph.  The angel had also told Mary that she would give birth to a Son, and she was to call Him JESUS.   The name JESUS means “Savior”.   And so He is, He came to His own and they did NOT receive Him, but to as many as did RECEIVE Him, to those who BELIEVED in His NAME, He gave the RIGHT to become Children of God.  (John 1:11-12)   

 

His NAME is POWERFUL!  SALVATION is found in no one else, for there is NO other NAME under Heaven given to mankind by which we MUST be SAVED. (Acts 4:12)  There is NO OTHER name upon which you can call to SAVE you from an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE. 

 

You MUST call upon the name of JESUS, and 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and receive JESUS as your SAVIOR and LORD, and Heaven as your ETERNAL HOME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

"The Horn of Salvation"


“The Horn of Salvation”

 

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come to His people and redeemed them.  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.”               Luke 1:68-69

 

These verses are part of Zechariah’s prophecy, given right after the birth of his son, John the Baptist.  The Holy Spirit came upon Zechariah and he prophesied of the coming of the REDEEMER of the world. 

 

Zechariah called Him the “HORN of SALVATION.”  The horns of an animal symbolized it POWER.  Some Israelites of that time, believed that the MESSIAH would come as a MIGHTY WARRIOR, one who would DELIVER them from Roman rule, and the tyranny, of which they suffered.  But when Jesus was born, He didn’t come as a MIGHTY WARRIOR, even though He was of the house of King David.  He came as a HUMBLE SERVANT of the ALMIGHTY GOD.  He came in OBEDIENCE to His Heavenly Father. He didn’t come to JUDGE mankind, but He came as their REDEEMER.  He was the ONLY ONE who had/has the POWER to REDEEM mankind from their sins, and to give them ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.

 

This word “HORN” here symbolizes a STRONG KING.”  Even though Jesus came into this world, not born to a ROYAL family and not born in a PALACE.  He was and still is the KING of kings and LORD of lords.  And will one day, take His rightful place on David’s throne, for ALL of ETERNITY.

 

Just think, the One who is RULER of this Universe, came to earth as a tiny newborn baby, born in a manger, full of smelly animals, and was laid on a bed of hay.  He grew up, just like any other child.  Then when He was a grown man, He was HATED and REJECTED by His own creation.  Nevertheless, He was beaten to a bloody pulp, and nailed to an old rugged cross, to die a shameful, excruciating, death, so that mankind might come to a SAVING KNOWLEDGE, and be RESCUED from an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and be given the HOPE of HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS. 

 

He suffered, bled and died, not because He was weak, but because He was OBEDIENT to His Father, and He is a STRONG, POWERFUL KING, who WILLINGLY gave HIS LIFE so that YOU and I could have ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are destined to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  God in His ABUNDANT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE is giving you the opportunity NOW 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 you MUST 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 make your DESTINY an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, December 10, 2018

"The REAL Reason for the Season"


“The REAL Reason for the Season”

 

Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. 

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.             Isaiah 53:4-6

 

I TRULY BELIEVE that if Jesus had NOT been born, there would NOT be a CHRISTmas Season.  Many people think that this time of year is all about PARTIES, GIFT-GIVING, and SANTA CLAUS.  Now, while these things are NOT wrong to participate in, they are NOT what this SEASON is all about.

 

The REAL REASON for the SEASON is YOU and ME.  God so LOVED mankind that He was WILLING to SACRIFICE His ONE and ONLY SON to SUFFER in OUR place.  He took OUR PAIN and BORE OUR SUFFERING in order for US to be FORGIVEN of OUR sins, and to have an ETERNITY in Heaven.   He was PIERCED on an old rugged cross, for OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, and CRUSHED for OUR INIQUITIES.  The PUNISHMENT that He took, brought US PEACE and by His wounds WE are HEALED. This is NOT speaking of a PHYSICAL HEALING, but a SPIRITUAL HEALING.

 

The Almighty God GAVE US the BEST, MOST MEANINGFUL, LIFE-CHANGING, GIFT known to MANKIND.  He actually GAVE HIMSELF to take OUR PAIN and SUFFERING, and He became OUR SUBSTITUTE in DEATH by CRUCIFIXION. 

 

He, who came to earth as a tiny newborn babe, grew up SINLESS and PURE, without SIN, He became SIN by taking on ALL the SINS of ALL MANKIND, PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE.  And for those, who BELIEVE and ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, they will inherit ALL the glories of Heaven and will spend ALL of ETERNITY there with ALL the other TRUE BELIEVERS, God, the Heavenly Father and His BELOVED SON, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Is this your destiny?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are destined for an ETERNITY in Hell, with UNENDING HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But YOU are the REAL REASON for the SEASON, because Jesus came and died for YOU.  All you have to do is; 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.  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 spend an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its glories.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

"The Rising Sun"


“The Rising Sun”

 

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the Rising Sun will come to us from Heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”           Luke 1:76-79

 

These Scriptures are the benediction to Zechariah’s prophecy concerning the ministry of his son, John the Baptist and also the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Rising Sun, also known as, the Son of God.

 

John the Baptist, also known as, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, would go before the Lord to prepare the way for Him.  He would give people the KNOWLEDGE of SALVATION, which is accomplished through the FORGIVENESS of their sins.  This was John’s ministry.  He went out PREACHING and PREPARING the way of the Lord.  And those who accepted John’s message, were baptized.  That was how he received the title; John the Baptist.

 

The gift of SALVATION, was God’s plan for mankind.  It was provided because of His tender MERCY and amazing GRACE, which came to us, through the Rising Sun, the Lord Jesus Christ, who left the glories of Heaven, to SUFFER, BLEED and DIE on an old rugged cross, for the FORGIVENESS of the sins of ALL mankind.  He will SHINE on those LIVING in DARKNESS, and in the SHADOW of DEATH, and GUIDE their FEET into the PATH of PEACE.  He will HELP them ESCAPE HELL and GAIN an ETERNITY in HEAVEN. He came NOT to CONDEMN the world, but to SAVE the world.  This is the ministry of Jesus Christ, the RISING SUN.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are DOOMED to an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING HORRORS.  What better gift can you RECEIVE, than the gift of SALVATION?  This gift is INDESTRUCTIBLE, it will LAST throughout ETERNITY.  It brings PEACE of MIND, and JOY to your HEART.  It is the MOST VALUABLE gift you will EVER receive.   So choose WISELY, and allow the Rising Sun to shine on you, and to dispel the DARKNESS, and to bring you out of the shadow of DEATH and into the realm of EVERLASTING LIFE.  Let Him GUIDE your feet into the PATH of PEACE.  You can do this by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful life, 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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and the HOPE of an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, December 7, 2018

"The SPECIAL Gift"


“The SPECIAL Gift”

 

He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.  Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.          John 1:11-12

 

This is “GIFT-GIVING” time, a time when we GIVE to others things, which expresses our affection for that individual.  It is usually a GIFT that is “SPECIAL”, one that we want to last a LONG time.  One that will bring them JOY and be BENEFICIAL to them in many ways. 

 

The problem is, some people, when they are given a “SPECIAL GIFT”, such as this, they REJECT it, maybe even ABUSE it, or just NOT RECEIVE it, to begin with.  Have you ever REJECTED a GIFT that someone, who LOVES you, has given you, and wondered, “WHY this?”  And you make up some excuse for not accepting it.   Maybe, you accept it, and take it home and shove it into a drawer, or hide it in a closet, this too is a form of REJECTION.  

 

God so LOVED the WORLD that He GAVE His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, as a SPECIAL GIFT, to express His GREAT LOVE to ALL of MANKIND.  But NOT EVERYONE has or will ACCEPT this SPECIAL GIFT.  God’s GIFT to MANKIND will LAST throughout ETERNITY.  It will bring GREAT JOY to ALL who will OPEN their HEART, and ACCEPT it.  The BENEFITS of this GIFT is beyond measure.  It brings the FORGIVENESS of our sins, and the right to become a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD. And it will SECURE a FOREVER HOME in HEAVEN for ALL of ETERNITY.  Have you ACCEPTED this SPECIAL GIFT, GOD’S SON, Jesus Christ, as your SAVIOR and LORD? 

 

If you have REJECTED the GIFT, God is offering it to you again.  It is His desire that you ACCEPT His GIFT of SALVATION, and ESCAPE HELL, the place of UNENDING HORRORS, and to RECEIVE HEAVEN and ALL of its BLESSINGS.  In order to RECEIVE the GIFT, 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 is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His GIFT of SALVATION, and become His Child, by RECEIVING His SPECIAL GIFT.  Do this NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

"The Glory of It All!"


“The Glory of It All!”

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.         John 1:1, 14

 

It’s that time of year again, when we rush around, busying ourselves with parties, shopping, and celebrating, but now, just what are we celebrating?  There are those who BELIEVE that we CELEBRATE the BIRTH of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, and there are those who CELEBRATE SANTA CLAUS and GIFT GIVING. 

 

Well we can get side-tracked and forget the REAL TRUE meaning of this time of year.  John tells us that in the very BEGINNING of time, there was the Word (Jesus), and He was with God, during the CREATION of the world.  And as a matter of fact, the Word (Jesus) was/is God.  John also tells us that the very same Word, became FLESH and dwelt among mankind.  God, Himself took on the form of man, through the Person of Jesus.  He didn’t come as a grown-up, but as a NEWBORN babe, just like all of mankind.  Even though He was ALL man, in the flesh, but WITHOUT a sinful nature. He was and still is ALL God, HOLY and RIGHTEOUS. 

 

God looked down on mankind and saw their WICKEDNESS and DEPRAVITY, and He KNEW it was time to put His SALVATION PLAN into action.  So one dark starry night, in the sleepy little town of Bethlehem, God gave Himself as a once-for-all SACRIFICE, in the form of a tiny, newborn babe, named JESUS, the SAVIOR of ALL mankind.  He became FLESH and DWELT among mankind, performing many miraculous acts, yet He was and still is REJECTED by those He came to SAVE from an ETERNITY in Hell, the place of UNENDING HORRORS.  He GAVE His LIFE so that mankind might HAVE an ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven with ALL of its BLESSINGS.    This is WHY we celebrate December 25th as the birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.  TRUE BELIEVERS, really do have something to CELEBRATE, we CELEBRATE the GLORY of it ALL!  Are you able to CELEBRATE the birth of Jesus Christ, as your SAVIOR and LORD?

 

You can, if you will 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.  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 CELEBRATE the GLORY of it ALL, as a TRUE BELIEVER.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"The Appearance"


“The Appearance”

 

An Angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.  When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and overcome with fear.  But the Angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.       Luke 1:11-13

 

Zechariah, an ORDINARY man, a priest, married to Elizabeth, an ORDINARY woman, both were RIGHTEOUS in God’s sight, and blameless according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.  They were both, well along in years, and childless.

 

Zechariah, was on duty in the temple, carrying out his priestly duties before God. He was chosen to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.  When the incense was burned, all of the people outside, prayed.  This one particular time, was DIFFERENT. An Angel of the Lord APPEARED to Zechariah, and when he saw the Angel, he was STARTLED and OVERCOME with FEAR.  But the Angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.   Now, Zechariah, was in doubt of such a thing happening, so he said to the Angel, “How can I know this?  “For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.”  The Angel answered:  “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news.  Now listen!  You will become silent and unable to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”  (VV19-20)

 

Now, this is NOT an EVERYDAY, EVERYWHERE occurrence that takes place in our day and time.   Have you ever wondered how you might react to an APPEARANCE of the Angel of the Lord?  Would you be STARTLED and OVERCOME with FEAR?  If it happened to YOU, and you are one who DOES NOT BELIEVE in ANGELS, or the ALMIGHTY GOD, would it make you a BELIEVER? 

 

Well, this is NOT likely the way you will become a TRUE BELIEVER.  But you do have an opportunity NOW to become a BELIEVER.  Remember, Zechariah was a GODLY priest, who was RIGHTEOUS and blameless, according to God’s commands and requirements, and yet he didn’t BELIEVE what the Angel of the Lord said, and lost his ability to speak, for a period of time.  What will it take for YOU to BELIEVE?  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.  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 BELIEVE that there TRULY is a GOD, the MAKER of Heaven and EARTH, and your ONLY HOPE to ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and GAIN HEAVEN for ALL of ETERNITY.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"Reaping a Harvest"


“Reaping a Harvest”

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.      Galatians 6:9

 

The Apostle Paul was encouraging the Galatian churches to not lose heart, and become WEARY in doing good to all people, and especially to those who were a part of the family of God, the TRUE BELIEVERS.  Paul wanted the people to know that no matter how long it took to see the results of sowing the seeds of goodness, it would be worth the TIME and EFFORT, because they would REAP a HARVEST.  He urged them to NOT GIVE UP! 

 

This HARVEST would come at the PROPER TIME, which would be God’s time.  When a farmer plants seeds, he spends a lot of TIME and EFFORT to ensure a GOOD HARVEST.  So it is with SPIRITUAL PLANTING, it can take a long time to see the HARVEST.  So you should NOT become weary in doing good. 

 

One very important thing to REMEMBER, is when a person sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit they will reap ETERNAL LIFE. (v 8)   Whenever, we witness to others, we are PLANTING seeds of the Spirit, and sometimes it is someone else who will provide the WATER, the Word of God, and maybe even another person that will do the REAPING, or bringing the lost one to SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  Nevertheless, we ALL NEED to be PLANTING, and NOT become weary in doing good, in order to REAP a HARVEST of souls.

 

Are you planting seeds that would PLEASE your FLESH or seeds that will PLEASE the SPIRIT?  If you are planting seeds to PLEASE your FLESH, you will REAP DESTRUCTION.  However, if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, He will FORGIVE your sins.  But 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 God’s gift of SALVATION and start PLANTING seeds to PLEASE the SPIRIT, and REAP a HARVEST of souls for an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, November 26, 2018

"Relying on Faith"


“Relying on Faith”

 

So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.  For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written:  “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”  Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”         Galatians 3:9-11

 

The Apostle Paul is telling the churches in Galatia that those who RELY on FAITH will be JUSTIFIED by their FAITH and NOT by their WORKS.   This TRUTH applies to EVERYONE.  God told Abraham:  “ALL nations will be blessed through you.”  Remember, Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  It was because of Abraham’s FAITH.  So those who have FAITH are children of Abraham.  Those who RELY ON FAITH are BLESSED along with Abraham, who is the man of FAITH.

 

However, those who RELY on the WORKS of the law come under a curse, because it is written:  “Cursed is everyone who does NOT CONTINUE to do EVERYTHING in the Book of the Law.”  The Law cannot JUSTIFY; it can ONLY condemn.  In Paul’s letter to the Galatian Churches, he quoted Deuteronomy 27:26, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything in the Book of the Law.”  Implicating that the Law demanded PERFECTION, and FAILURE to KEEP ANY part of it, would bring a curse.  By breaking ANY PART of it, even ONE time, put the individual under a CURSE.  There is NO ONE that is PERFECT and ABLE to KEEP the whole LAW.  Everybody fails at some point in time. 

 

So this gives us a CLEAR picture of RELYING on FAITH or RELYING on WORKS.  FAITH brings JUSTIFICATION, WORKS brings a CURSE.  Are you RELYING on your FAITH or your WORKS to JUSTIFY you before God?  If you are RELYING on your WORKS, you will NOT be JUSTIFIED, but you will be CURSED to spending an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  In order to be JUSTIFIED and to be able to spend an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS, 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 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 RELY on your FAITH, not your WORKS, to bring you JUSTIFICATION before God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

"New Birth into a Living Hope"


“New Birth into a Living Hope”

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.  This inheritance is kept in Heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.          1 Peter 1:3-5

 

The Apostle Peter, begins this letter PRAISING God for His GREAT MERCY and the NEW BIRTH into a LIVING HOPE, which is based on and through the RESURRECTION of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.  When a person comes to Jesus for the SALVATION of their soul, they receive a NEW LIFE through a NEW BIRTH process, which provides them with a LIVING HOPE.  A HOPE that is grounded in the LIVING SAVIOR, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was raised from the dead, and is ALIVE in Heaven. This gives every TRUE BELIEVER, not just HOPE, but a LIVING HOPE in the fact that there is LIFE after DEATH.

 

It also, provides an INHERITANCE that can NEVER perish, spoil, or fade.   It is INDESTRUCTIBLE.  It can NEVER be taken away from the TRUE BELIEVER.  It is KEPT in Heaven for them, who are SHIELDED by GOD’S POWER, through their FAITH. The inheritance of ETERNAL LIFE and the FULLNESS of the SALVATION process will be made COMPLETE at the RETURN of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the LAST time.  Have you received the NEW BIRTH into a LIVING HOPE?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do not possess the NEW BIRTH or a LIVING HOPE, but you are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, with all its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  It is God’s plan for mankind to come to a SAVING KNOWLEDGE of Jesus Christ, and to ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION.  In order to do that, 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 the NEW BIRTH into a LIVING HOPE, and an INHERITANCE of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, November 23, 2018

"Three Ways to Demonstrate Faith"


“Three Ways to Demonstrate Faith”

 

We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.         Psalm 33:20-22

 

In this passage of Scripture, we see three ways for a TRUE BELIEVER to demonstrate their FAITH in the Almighty God.  The first way is, to WAIT IN HOPE for the Lord.   Sometimes in the walk of a TRUE BELIEVER, they face situations that seem DIFFICULT and even IMPOSSIBLE to deal with.  The wise thing to do is to WAIT IN HOPE for the Lord.  However, this is NOT ALWAYS the case, some will plunge into the situation with no direction or no guidance, and this only COMPLICATES the situation.

 

When the TRUE BELIEVER WAITS IN HOPE for the Lord, it is a DEMONSTRATION of their FAITH in Him and His POWER.   And they BENEFIT from the DEMONSTRATION of their Faith.

 

The second way to DEMONSTRATE one’s FAITH, is to REJOICE in the Lord, the one in whom they have placed their trust.  When we REJOICE, we are DEMONSTRATING to others our FAITH in God’s POWER.  And REJOICING is a source of STRENGTH for our STEADFAST FAITH.

 

The third way to DEMONSTRATE one’s FAITH is to TRUST in His holy name.  As humans, we tend to put our TRUST in many things that, at some point in time, will end up FAILING us.  This then weakens our FAITH and sends a message to this LOST and DYING world that you cannot FULLY TRUST God to be your HELP and SHIELD.  When one faces life with FULL TRUST in GOD, the message changes to one of a STRONG and STEADFAST TRUST and is a DEMONSTRATION of one’s FAITH in the ALMIGHTY GOD.  Do you have that kind of TRUST? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are destined to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY OF ESCAPE.  God is giving you the opportunity NOW to change your DESTINY by, TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask 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 DEMONSTRAT YOUR FAITH by:  WAITING in HOPE for the LORD, REJOICING in HIM, and TRUST in HIS HOLY NAME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

"Thanksgiving from the Heart"


“Thanksgiving from the Heart”

 

You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; in your right hand are eternal pleasures.         Psalm 16:11

 

David, may have been facing troublesome times, when he penned this psalm.  But his FAITH in the Almighty God, was STRONG and SURE.  Therefore, with GLADNESS of HEART, he could TRULY declare that his spirit could REJOICE, because of God’s SECURE hand. 

 

Even in TROUBLED times, David could and did REJOICE with GLADNESS and THANKSGIVING coming from his HEART.  Some of the things David was THANKFUL for are some of the very things that I too am THANKFUL for.  He tells us of a few of them, in this verse.

 

First, of all he says to God the Almighty Father, “You reveal the path of life to me;” We can TRULY be THANKFUL too, for God’s REVELATION of the PATH of LIFE to us.  He is an ALL-KNOWING GOD, and He knows what this LIFE holds for each of us.  NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING ever surprises Him.  He can GUIDE us down the PATH that is BEST for us NOW and in the FUTURE.  Will you allow Him to GUIDE your PATH?  Or will you wander AIMLESSLY in this DOOMED, SIN-LADEN WORLD, only to spend your ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Can you be THANKFUL for God’s GUIDANCE?

 

David was also THANKFUL in his HEART, because in God’s presence is ABUNDANT JOY.  The older I get, and the more sinful, depraved, corrupt this old wretched world becomes.  I am TRULY READY for God to tell Jesus, “Son, it’s time, Go get my Children!”  Then I can spend ALL of ETERNITY in God’s presence where there is ABUNDANT JOY, NEVERENDING JOY.   There is THANKSGIVING from my HEART, for this blessing.  Is there THANKSGIVING from your HEART?  Are you excited about Jesus coming for God’s Children?  Will you experience God’s ABUNDANT JOY?

 

THANKSGIVING was coming from David’s HEART, because he had the HOPE of an ETERNITY in Heaven, where there are ETERNAL PLEASURES in God’s RIGHT HAND.   Is there THANKSGIVING coming from your HEART, because you have the HOPE of HEAVEN, with ETERNAL PLEASURES coming from the RIGHT HAND of GOD, for His Children?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you DON’T have the HOPE of HEAVEN, but you are DESTINED for Hell.  In order to ESCAPE HELL and to GAIN HEAVEN, 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 God’s gift of SALVATION, and have THANKSGIVING from your HEART, too.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"An Attitude of Gratitude"


“An Attitude of Gratitude”

 

I sing a hymn of thanksgiving and tell of all your wonderful deeds.        Psalm 26:7

 

Gratitude:  A feeling of THANKFUL appreciation.

 

THANKSGIVING, in a few days we, as a nation will celebrate a time of being THANKFUL for ALL the blessings that God has given us.  It is a time of REFLECTION on the times we have experienced His mighty hand of MERCY and PROTECTION.  But MOST IMPORTANTLY, a time to REJOICE, because He has provided for the TRUE BELIEVER, ETERNAL SECURITY. 

 

We aren’t guaranteed our next breath, on this earth, but we are GUARANTEED an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its glories.  The Psalmist says:  “I sing a hymn of THANKSGIVING and TELL of ALL your WONDERFUL deeds.”  One of God’s WONDERFUL deeds was the REDEMPTION of MANKIND.  When He GAVE His ONLY SON, Jesus Christ, who was beaten beyond recognition, then nailed to an OLD RUGGED CROSS to SUFFER, BLEED, and DIE.  To take on Himself, ALL the sins of MANKIND, past, present, and future.  In order for those who TRULY BELIEVE and ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, to have the HOPE of HEAVEN, with ALL its glories, and to ESCAPE Hell, with ALL its HORRORS. 

 

In order for you to RECEIVE God’s gift of SALVATION, 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and have an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE, and SING a hymn of THANKSGIVING and tell of all His WONDERFUL DEEDS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

"Thankful For..."


“Thankful For…”

 

The LORD’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.  The LORD is all I have, and so in Him I put my hope.         Lamentations 3:22-24

 

The TRUE BELIEVER should be THANKFUL FOR God’s UNFAILING LOVE, which brings the attribute of CONTINUING MERCY.  Because of God’s UNFAILING LOVE, we are the subjects of His MERCY and GRACE.  MERCY is, God NOT giving us what we deserve.

 

Human beings are born with a sinful nature, meaning that we are born with the nature to be DISOBEDIENT to a RIGHTEOUS and HOLY GOD, the One who created mankind, and even though mankind REBELS AGAINST God’s Law, God has UNFAILING LOVE that produces a CONTINUING MERCY that offers SALVATION to a LOST and DYING world that is on its way to a DESTINY of spending ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING heartache, torment, torture, hatred, agony, pain and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE. 

 

Because of the DISOBEDIENT and REBELLIOUS nature of mankind, they are DOOMED to be JUDGED and SENTENCED, but God has a plan to rescue them from the DOOMED DESTINY they are facing.  This PLAN is based on His UNFAILING LOVE and CONTINUING MERCY. 

 

The PLAN is for FALLEN MANKIND to TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  They should then CONFESS their sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART that Jesus died for them.  And that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them before God.  Then they MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and experience His UNFAILING LOVE and CONTINUING MERCY.  If you have NOT done any of the above you are headed for a DOOMED DESTINY. PLEASE, follow God’s PLAN, and be able to be THANKFUL for His UNFAILING LOVE and CONTINUING MERCY.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

"Thankful Because..."


“Thankful Because…”

 

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in faithful love.  He will not always accuse us or be angry forever.  He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses.       Psalm 103:8-10

 

I am THANKFUL BECAUSE, our Lord God, Almighty is COMPASSIONATE, GRACIOUS, SLOW TO ANGER, NOT ALWAYS ACCUSING US OR BEING ANGRY FOREVER.   He is:  LOVING, FAITHFUL, LOYAL, MERCIFUL, He does not repay according to our sins.  He is FORGIVING, He separates the sin from the sinner. 

 

Mankind is REBELLOUS to God’s Law and His ways.  Mankind REJECTS God’s COMPASSION, GRACIOUSNESS, FAITHFULNESS, LOYALTY, and His MERCY.  In order to live in the FILTH of SINFULNESS and DEPRAVITY.  That they might BLEND into the WICKEDNESS of their society.  They would rather be SEPARATED FROM GOD, and ALL that is PURE and HOLY, then to SACRIFICE their SINFUL LIFESTYLE, which is TEMPORARY.  They would rather face the JUDGMENT SEAT of the ALMIGHTY GOD, and sentenced to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY OF ESCAPE, then to HUMBLE THEMSELVES before GOD, and SEEK His MERCY and GRACE, and to be FORGIVEN of their SINS, and to spend ALL ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.

 

I am THANKFUL BECAUSE years ago I gave my HEART and LIFE to GOD.  I received His MERCY and GRACE.  And I was FORGIVEN of my sins, PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.   I am SO looking forward to spending ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and leaving this WRETCHED, SINFUL, DEPRAVED WORLD.  Can you say the SAME THING?   Are you looking forward to spending an ETERNITY in HEAVEN or being in CONSTANT TORMENT, TORTURE, HEARTACHE and PAIN, with NO WAY of ESCAPE?  The choice is YOURS, CHOOSE WISELY!!

 

God in His GRACIOUSNESS and MERCIFULNESS, LOVES YOU, and wants you to spend ETERNITY in HEAVEN with Him and ALL the other TRUE BELIEVERS.  In order to do that 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 that, Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RECEIVE His MERCY and GRACE.  Then you too can be THANKFUL BECAUSE of ALL that GOD is to you.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!