Monday, May 21, 2018

":All One in Christ Jesus"


“All One in Christ Jesus”

 

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs to the promise.       Galatians 3:28-29

 

There may be some of you who will read this and NOT agree, but it is the Word of the Living God, and I will ALWAYS seek the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE, which is imparted to me, by God’s Holy Spirit, and to the BEST of my ABILITY and UNDERSTANDING, I will share with you what God’s Spirit tells me.

 

It is PLAIN and SIMPLE, there are NO DISTINCTIONS between JEW nor GENTILE, SLAVE or FREE, MALE and FEMALE, in the BODY of Christ, for we are ALL ONE in CHRIST JESUS.  A BELIEVING JEW does not have a higher ranking than a BELIEVING GENTILE.  This also applies to the BELIEVING SLAVE over the BELIEVING FREE PERSON, or the BELIEVING MALE over the BELIEVING FEMALE.  We, no matter who WE are, if we have ACCEPTED God’s plan of SALVATION for our lives, and have TURNED AWAY FROM our OLD, SINFUL lifestyle, for a SAVED, SANCTIFIED lifestyle, then we are a part of GOD’S FAMILY, because we are ALL ONE in CHRIST JESUS and we are HEIRS to the PROMISE. 

 

The BELIEVING GENTILE is adopted into God’s Family, and because Christ is the Seed of Abraham, and ALL BELIEVERS are in CHRIST, we are a part of that seed and an heir to the promise.   We must also take into account, the NATURAL seed of Abraham, which are the descendants of Jacob, the twelve tribes of Israel.  Within that group, is a remnant of believing Jews who will inherit the Abrahamic promises that are specifically for them.

 

The Spiritual seed of Abraham, the BELIEVING GENTILES, will inherit, the PROMISE of JUSTIFICATION by FAITH.   Are you a part of that Spiritual seed, ADOPTED into God’s Family? If you are, then you are a part of ALL who are in Christ Jesus, and will receive the PROMISE of JUSTIFICATION by FAITH.  Those who have NOT ACCEPTED God’s plan of SALVATION, but have continually REJECTED it, you are NOT a part of His Family, nor are you in Christ Jesus.  And you are NOT an heir to the PROMISE of JUSTIFICATION by FAITH, but you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, a place of UNENDING HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  God is giving you the opportunity NOW to TURN AWAY FROM your SINFUL lifestyle, and to TURN TO Him 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 part of Abraham’s Spiritual seed, adopted into God’s Family, an heir to the PROMISE of JUSTIFICATION by FAITH, because you are in CHRIST JESUS, and spend an ETERNITY in Heaven.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Righteousness = Blessings and Wickedness = Violence"


“Righteousness = Blessings and Wickedness = Violence"

 

Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.        Proverbs 10:6

 

One thought on this particular proverb is, that not only do the RIGHTEOUS receive BLESSINGS, but their TESTIMONY or their LIFESTYLE, from the past to the present times, becomes Spiritual BLESSINGS to those who are striving to live a RIGHTEOUS LIFE.  It is a JOY to look back into the history of some of the RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE of the BIBLICAL TIMES, and to GAIN wisdom about their RELATIONSHIP with the Lord God, ALMIGHTY.

 

However, this is NOT the case with those who have and is presently choosing to live a WICKED lifestyle, rejecting God’s Son as their Savior and Lord, and TURNING AWAY FROM GOD, and TURNING MORE and MORE TO their WICKED ways.  It is definitely NOT a JOY to look back at some who have done just that.  Their MOUTHS not only CONCEALS VIOLENCE, but their FATE is of a VIOLENT nature.  Jesus said:  “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.    (Luke 6:45)

 

What category do you find yourself in?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Him.  And you are considered to be WICKED in your HEART, and are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell with ALL its HORRORS, and with NO WAY OF ESCAPE.  In order, to ESCAPE HELL and GAIN Heaven for ALL of ETERNITY.  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 RIGHTEOUS in His eyes, and be BLESSED throughout ETERNITY.   Do this NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Enlarging the Harvest of Your Righteousness"


“Enlarging the Harvest of Your Righteousness”

 

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.        2 Corinthians 9:10-11

 

The Apostle Paul is now ENCOURAGING the Corinthian believers to be GENEROUS with all that God has blessed them with.  He tells them that God, who supplies seed and bread, will also SUPPLY and INCREASE their store of seed, because of their GENEROSITY of supplying the needs of God’s people. 

 

He says that God will ENLARGE the HARVEST of their RIGHTEOUSNESS.  This means that through their acts of being GENEROUS to others, they become MORE CHRISTLIKE, which should be the goal of EVERY TRUE BELIEVER.  We NEED to emulate the acts of our Lord Jesus Christ, to become MORE and MORE like Him in ALL of our actions.  Meeting the needs of others, when we are in the position to be able to do so, and to be able to do it with a CHEERFUL HEART, will TRULY ENLARGE the HARVEST of our RIGHTEOUSNESS.  The Bible teaches us that it is MORE blessed to GIVE than to RECEIVE. 

 

And through our RIGHTEOUS, GENEROUS acts of GIVING to others, we will experience God’s enrichment to us, in order for us to be GENEROUS on EVERY OCCASION.   And through our GENEROSITY, we will see the RESULT of THANKSGIVING to GOD, and NOT only on the part of the RECEIVER of the act, but also on the part of the GIVER, as well.  It is such a BLESSING, when we can GIVE to someone in NEED, and we NEED to experience God ENLARGING the HARVEST of our RIGHTEOUSNESS, resulting in our being MORE CHRISTLIKE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you cannot enjoy the BLESSINGS of God, to His Children, when they are GENEROUS to others, and when He ENLARGES the HARVEST of their RIGHTEOUSNESS.  You do NOT possess any form of RIGHTEOUSNESS, because you are NOT a Child of the Living God.  You are His CREATION, but NOT His Child.  And you cannot be Christ-like, unless you have TRULY GIVEN your HEART and LIFE to GOD.  Instead you are LOST and HEADED to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its Horrors, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God, in His INFINITE MERCY and ABUNDANT GRACE, is offering you the opportunity NOW to TURN AWAY FROM your SINFUL LIFESTYLE, and to TURN TO Him, 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 GENEROUS to others, and let God ENLARGE the HARVEST of your RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Opposites That Should NOT Be Together"


“Opposites That Should NOT Be Together”

 

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  Or what agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the Living God.         2 Corinthians 6:14-16

 

The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian believers, about LIVING for Christ.  And in this part of his letter to them, he warns them about being connected with UNBELIEVERS.  Paul says:  “Do NOT be yoked together with UNBELIEVERS.”  It seems that the Corinthian BELIEVERS were MARRYING and having BUSINESS connections with those that were NOT TRUE BELIEVERS of the ONE and ONLY HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD nor His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.  They may have been FALSE TEACHERS, and could be a THREAT to the RIGHTEOUS RELATIONSHIP of the TRUE BELIEVER and the Almighty God. 

 

The Apostle Paul, asks them a series of contrasting questions:  “What do RIGHTEOUSNESS and WICKEDNESS have in common?  Or what FELLOWSHIP can LIGHT have with DARKNESS?  What HARMONY is there between CHRIST and BELIAL? (the Old Testament name for Satan) Or what AGREEMENT is there between the Temple of GOD and IDOLS?  For WE are the Temple of the Living God.   What Paul was getting at was that there MUST be a SEPARATION between the TRUE BELIEVER and the WORLD and its SINS.  We are NOT to ISOLATE ourselves from the world, but it DOES MEAN that we KEEP OURSELVES FROM THE DEFILEMENT of the WORLD and its SINS. 

 

We MUST NOT be CONNECTED to those who are OPPOSITE from us in our BELIEFS and our LIFESTYLES.  YET, we SHOULD be a WITNESS for JESUS to this world and those who are LIVING a LIFE that is DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS.   We MUST be the LIGHT in their DARKNESS, yet NOT participating in their acts of SIN.  Remembering ALWAYS, that we are the TEMPLE of the LIVING GOD.  We are the ABODE of the HOLY SPIRIT, therefore, we MUST STRIVE to LIVE in the SPIRIT and NOT in the FLESH.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are living in the SINS of the WORLD, and are DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God has PROVIDED a WAY for you to ESCAPE HELL and to 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 LIVE a LIFE, SEPARATED from WICKEDNESS and DARKNESS.  Be a LIGHT for others to COME to.  DON’T BE YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Do NOT Receive God's Grace In Vain"


“Do NOT Receive God’s Grace In Vain”

 

As God’s co-workers we urge you NOT to receive God’s grace in vain.  For He says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.          2 Corinthians 6:1-2

 

This is a very crucial part of Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth.   There was a problem with FALSE TEACHERS, who could have been Judaizers, who may have denied that Godly RIGHTEOUSNESS, was obtained through FAITH.  The Judaizers would have wanted the message to say that the Mosaic Law was a means of obtaining RIGHTEOUSNESS.  But Paul refused to say anything of the sort, which would NOT have been the TRUTH.

 

Chapter five, verse twenty-one is the basis of Paul’s message:  “God made Him (JESUS) who had NO sin to be sin for US.  So that we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God.”  PLAIN and TRUTHFUL.  ONLY through the shed blood of JESUS CHRIST, can an individual obtain RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Any other ATTEMPT is receiving God’s grace in VAIN.  You cannot BUY, CHEAT, STEAL, COMPROMISE or use ANY other MEANS to obtain God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

 

Paul quoted the Prophet Isaiah, saying; “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  God has had a PLAN from ETERNITY PAST up to ETERNITY FUTURE, and NOW, is the DAY of SALVATION, which is the present AGE of GRACE.   And His PLAN is the PLAN of SALVATION, coming to God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son, who took on the SIN of ALL mankind, in order for them to RECEIVE the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God.  Paul says; “NOW is the time of God’s favor, NOW is the DAY of SALVATION!   Don’t put it off!  You may NOT have another opportunity.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT POSSESS His SALVATION or His RIGHTEOUSNESS.  And you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING.  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 gift of SALVATION and receive His RIGHTEOUSNESS.  And ESCAPE Hell and GAIN Heaven.    Do it NOW, while you still can, because NOW IS THE TIME.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Your Ministry and Your Message"


“Your Ministry and Your Message”

 

Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.   Therefore, we are ambassadors of Christ, certain that God is appealing through us.  We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”         2 Corinthians 5:18-20

 

In this part of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Corinth, he states that ALL things are from GOD.   EVERYTHING that was created at the FIRST CREATION and ALL that is created during the NEW creation of a SINNER, when they come to Him for the SALVATION of their souls.  They become a NEW CREATION.  (v 17) 

 

Our scriptures summarizes the Apostle Paul’s MINISTRY and MESSAGE.   The MINISTRY and MESSAGE of RECONCILIATION between GOD and mankind.  The act of RECONCILIATION was initiated by God and carried out by His ONLY SON, Jesus Christ.   This MINISTRY is shared by ALL TRUE BELIEVERS.  It is to bring others to the place of RECONCILIATION between them and the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, GOD.  In other words it is OUR MINISTRY to be AMBASSADORS of Jesus Christ, and to go out and EVANGELIZE the world. 

 

The MESSAGE of RECONCILIATION is based on the symbol of God’s ABUNDANT MERCY, AMAZING GRACE and His UNFAILING LOVE for ALL mankind, the CROSS of Christ.  The MESSAGE is what Jesus died for; the RECONCILIATION of mankind with the ALMIGHTY GOD.  Paul, on Christ’s behalf says:  “Be RECONCILED to GOD.”   As TRUE BELIEVERS, this is YOUR MINISTRY and MESSAGE, be FAITHFUL to the FATHER and His SON, by being OBEDIENT to YOUR MINISTRY and DELIVERING YOUR MESSAGE. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are in NEED of being RECONCILED to God, through the work of Jesus Christ.  In order to do that and ESCAPE an 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 work your MINISTRY by getting the MESSAGE of RECONCILIATION out to a LOST and DYING world.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, May 14, 2018

"Your Righteousness"


“Your Righteousness”

 

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”       Matthew 5:20

Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.         Romans 10:3

“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.   I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ---the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”               Philippians 3:8-9

 

In Isaiah 64:6, it tells us that; “our righteousness is like filthy rags,” we cannot PLEASE the RIGHTEOUS, HOLY God with our own RIGHTEOUSNESS.  In Matthew, chapter five and verse twenty, Jesus says:  “Unless your RIGHTEOUSNESS surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”  The RIGHTEOUSNESS of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law was that of their own doing.  They thought that as long as they did what the Law said, they were RIGHTEOUS in the sight of God.  That is RIGHTEOUSNESS by WORKS.  And that does NOT give you the RIGHT to enter Heaven.

 

In the book of Romans, chapter ten, verse three, the Apostle Paul says that, since they the Israelites, including the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, did not know the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God and sought to establish their own RIGHTEOUSNESS, they did NOT submit to God’s righteousness, and was lost in their sins.  You see, the Pharisees PROFESSED their RIGHTEOUSNESS, but they did NOT POSSESS the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God, which is ONLY obtained by ACCEPTING the Lord JESUS Christ as your Savior and Lord.   And therefore they were LOST and DOOMED to an ETERNITY in Hell. 

 

Paul, also in his letter to the Philippians, told them, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, NOT having a RIGHTEOUSNESS of my OWN that comes from the law, but that which is through FAITH in Christ---the RIGHTEOUSNESS that comes from God on the basis of FAITH.”  This is exactly what we ALL NEED, if we are planning to have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.

 

The ONLY WAY that you can have the SALVATION, which will give you RIGHTEOUSNESS and an ETERNITY in Heaven, is to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive His RIGHTEOUSNESS, which will be by FAITH, and you will be able to TRULY PROFESS what you ACTUALLY POSSESS, and it will bring you an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

"When Grief Turns To Joy"


“When Grief Turns To Joy”

 

Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.  You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

So with you:  Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

John 16:20, 22

 

These are the words of Jesus to His Disciples, concerning His DEATH and RESURRECTION.  He tells them that He will be leaving them, and they will not be able to see Him, but after a little while they will see Him. 

 

While He’s DEAD and in the GRAVE, they will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice, because of their HATE for Him.  He tells them they will GRIEVE, but their GRIEF will turn to JOY.  He says that “NOW is your time of GRIEF, but I will see you again, (speaking of His RESURRECTION), and you will REJOICE, and NO ONE will take away your JOY. 

 

His Disciples would GRIEVE over the DEATH of their Lord, but in time they would REJOICE because of the work of God’s Holy Spirit’s interpretation, which would enlighten them, to be able to ACCEPT His DEATH, and to cause them to UNDERSTAND that His DEATH would bring them the FORGIVENESS of their sins.  Their seeing Him, after His RESURRECTION, would bring them JOY that would NEVER end.  Jesus Christ DIED ONCE for the SINS of ALL mankind, but He is ALIVE in Heaven, FOREVER.  And because of His RESURRECTION, we have the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven with Him too. 

 

Just like the DISCIPLES, we are living in times, which brings us much GRIEF, because of the NEGATIVITY and HOSTILITY towards our CHRISTIAN VALUES.  The TRUE BELIEVERS, though, KNOWS that because of the DEATH of Jesus Christ, the OVERCOMER of this sinful world, has brought the GREATEST gift, ever given to mankind, the gift of FORGIVENESS of sins, and an ETERNAL HOME in HEAVEN. 

 

When He comes and calls His TRUE CHILDREN home (the Rapture), we will be able to experience JOY UNSPEAKABLE, that NO ONE or NOTHING can take away from us.  Do you have JOY in your HEART because of the FORGIVENESS of your sins, and the Hope of HEAVEN?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you cannot experience the JOY I am talking about, and your destiny is HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  In order 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 ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, and GAIN an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with NO MORE GRIEF, just JOY UNSPEAKABLE.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

"The Flesh Versus the Spirit"


“The Flesh Versus the Spirit”

 

Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.   At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit.  It is the same now.   Galatians 4:28-29

 

The Children of Promise are those who have been REDEEMED by the BLOOD of Christ Jesus and ADOPTED into God’s Holy Family.  They are the ones who are born by the power of the Spirit, like Isaac, they are the Children of Promise. 

 

Those who are living by the FLESH are likened to Ishmael.  Ishmael was NOT the child of promise, he was NOT the one God promised to Abraham and Sarah, Isaac was.  But Abraham and Sarah sinned against God, by moving ahead of Him and taking matters into their own hands.  And by doing that they set the TENSIONS between Ishmael and Isaac into motion, and from the days of Abraham and Sarah, the descendants of Ishmael, which are the Arabs, and the descendants of Isaac, the Jews, STILL live with TENSIONS and WARRING among themselves. 

 

Ephesians 6:12, tells us:  Our struggle is not against FLESH and BLOOD, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Two brothers, Ishmael, born NOT of the PROMISE from God, but by the SINFUL plans of SARAH and ABRAHAM.  Ishmael, born to Hagar, the maidservant of Sarah, and Abraham.  Ishmael, born according to the FLESH.  Isaac, born of the PROMISE, from God, the son of ABRAHAM and SARAH and born by the power of the SPIRIT of God, to this VERY DAY  are STILL FIGHTING with each other, and ALL because of ABRAHAM and SARAH’S sin.  The sin of NOT TRUSTING the PERFECT WILL of the LIVING GOD in their life.  They tried to USURP the will of God, and look what SIN has done to the relationship between the ARABS and the JEWS. 

 

When we move on our OWN without the LEADERSHIP of God’s HOLY SPIRIT, we are vulnerable to the POWERS of this DARK WORLD and the SPIRITUAL FORCES of EVIL, and we MUST PAY the CONSEQUENCES for our OWN SINFUL  DOINGS.  Just like ABRAHAM and SARAH, with two sons who were and STILL are at each other’s throats.  Are you going down the SAME road as ABRAHAM and SARAH, by NOT TRUSTING GOD’S leadership in YOUR LIFE?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are LIVING by the FLESH and NOT by the Spirit.  You are destined for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, that is NOT God’s plan for YOU.  He is offering you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO Him 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 ADOPTED into His Family, by the POWER of His Holy Spirit, and TRUST His WILL and LEADERSHIP in your life.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON   

 

 

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

"Wailing Into Dancing


“Wailing Into Dancing”

 

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.  Lord my God, I will praise you forever.        Psalm 30:11-12

 

Have you ever been in situations that seem HOPELESS, and there seems to be NO WAY of changing the things that have put you into those situations?  Have you sinned against God, and felt like He has given up on you?  That maybe His LOVE, MERCY and FORGIVENESS has dissipated from you?  Well, PRAISE GOD, His LOVE is UNFAILING, His MERCY is ABUNDANT, and His FORGIVENESS is ETERNAL.

 

King David had sinned against God, on more than one occasion and this Psalm is a song for the dedication of the temple.  It describes how God DELIVERED David from situations that seemed HOPELESS and with NO WAY to make things better.   BUT, God gave David HOPE and A WAY to make CHANGES in his bleak situations.  David says:  “For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

 

God CHANGED David’s WAILING into DANCING, David was JUMPING with JOY, because God REMOVED his SACKCLOTH (a garment worn, when in mourning), and CLOTHED him with JOY. So much so that David could NOT be SILENT, but is INTENT on PRAISING GOD FOREVER.    Sometimes when God DELIVERS us from HOPELESS situations that seems to provide NO WAY out, we FORGET to OFFER up THANKSGIVING and PRAISES to Him for ALL He has done.   

 

If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, you SHOULD have PRAISES in your HEART and on your LIPS CONTINUALLY, because He has made a WAY for us to be DELIVERED from our sins and from an ETERNITY in Hell, with all its HORRORS.  A HOPELESS situation with NO WAY of ESCAPE. 

 

However, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are DOOMED to an ETERNITY in Hell with NO WAY of ESCAPE, 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 be DELIVERED from a HOPELESS SITUATION by letting God make a WAY for YOU to ESCAPE HELL and GAIN HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Testimony of a TRUE BELIEVER"


“Testimony of a TRUE BELIEVER”

 

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. “     Acts 20:24

 

These are the words of the Apostle Paul.  He was speaking to the elders of the church in Ephesus.  He had just told them that he was compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to him, however, he says that the Holy Spirit has warned him that prison and hardships are facing him.   Yet KNOWING what could lie ahead of him, it does NOT deter him from his mission of taking the GOOD NEWS to a LOST and DYING world, at ANY COST.

 

Paul says that he considers his life NOTHING to him.  His determination was to see PRECIOUS SOULS SNATCHED from the FIRES of Hell, and brought into the GLORIES of Heaven, even at the RISK of his own life.  Paul had the ASSURANCE that his DESTINY would be an ETERNITY in Heaven, and that he had NOTHING to LOSE, but EVERYTHING to GAIN.    

 

He was DETERMINED to FINISH the RACE, and to COMPLETE the task that the Lord Jesus had given him.  Even if it cost him his life.  He was WILLING to RISK his life for the SALVATION of LOST SOULS. I think of the many people who have not only RISKED their lives, but have GIVEN their lives in order to bring some to the SAVING KNOWLEDGE of Jesus Christ.  Do you and I have that kind of DETERMINATION, knowing that there are those who are dying, every day, WITHOUT CHRIST?  We too, like Paul, have the MISSION or TASK of TESTIFYING about the GOOD NEWS of God’s AMAZING GRACE.

 

Are you WILLING to make some SACRIFICES, in order to bring SALVATION to LOST and DYING SOULS, by SHARING the GOOD NEWS about God’s AMAZING GRACE?  If you are one of the LOST and DYING SOULS, you are HEADED for an ETERNITY in Hell, unless you are WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING, your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and share YOUR TESTIMONY of God’s UNFAILING LOVE, and AMAZING GRACE, to those, you KNOW are LOST and on their way to HELL with ALL its HORRORS.  Be a LIGHT in their DARKNESS.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"The Almighty God"


“The Almighty God’

 

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.    Proverbs 21:30

 

What human mind has the WISDOM to CREATE a whole UNIVERSE?  And with that WISDOM, STEP OUT INTO THE BLACKNESS OF NOTHINGNESS and create this UNIVERSE, with a planet that can sustain plant, animal, and human LIFE.  Or CREATE the human body with a mind that functions AMAXINGLY.   WHO ELSE, but the ALMIGHTY GOD!  He is a SOVEREIGN, ALL-WISE GOD.  There is NO WISDOM that can SUCCEED AGAINST Him.

 

He is OMNISCIENT or ALL-KNOWING.  He KNOWS ALL THINGS.   He KNOWS what you are going to THINK, SAY, and DO, WAY BEFORE you THINK, SAY or DO it.   He has EXTREME INSIGHT into the intentions of the HEART, of EVERY PERSON.  He CREATED INSIGHT!  Who else can have such KNOWLEDGE and INSIGHT, but the ALMIGHTY GOD!  There is NO INSIGHT that can SUCCEED AGAINST Him.

 

He is the ONE who has THE ONLY PLAN for the SALVATION of the Crown of His CREATION, MANKIND.  Without HIS PLAN, ALL mankind would SURELY PERISH.   But because of HIS UNFAILING, UNENDING LOVE, ABUNDANT MERCY, and AMAZING GRACE, HE has the PLAN to SAVE MANKIND from an ETERNITY in Hell.  The place of UNENDING, INTENSE HATRED, TORMENT, TORTURE, HEARTACHE, MISERY, AGONY, PAIN, and DESPAIR, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.   His PLAN is for you to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus, God’s ONLY SON, died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive the BENEFITS of the WISDOM, INSIGHT, and the PLAN of the ALMIGHTY GOD!  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, May 7, 2018

"Demonstrating Our Faith"


“Demonstrating Our Faith”

 

We wait in hope for the Lord’ He is our help and our shield.

May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.

Psalm 33:20, 22

 

How can others know about your RELATIONSHIP with the Lord God Almighty?  Maybe by your WORDS, or ACTIONS, and maybe by your THOUGHTS that are conveyed through your WORDS and ACTIONS.  This Psalm is one of my favorites, because it talks about God’s UNFAILING LOVE and His FAITHFULNESS to His Children. 

 

This Psalm tells us that we SHOULD PRAISE HIM, because His WORD is TRUTHFUL and DEPENDABLE, and His Works are RIGHTEOUS and JUST.   And His LOVE is UNFAILING towards those who belong to Him.  Here are some ways that we can DEMONSTRATE our FAITH.

 

First, we can DEMONSTRATE our FAITH by our PERSERVERANCE, hanging on when times are ROUGH, NOT giving in, But WAITING and TRUSTING God to be our HELP and our SHIELD.  DEPENDING on Him and NOTHING or NOBODY else to DELIVER us from our iniquities, which hinder us in our DAILY WALK with Him. 

 

Secondly, we can DEMONSTRATE our FAITH by REJOICING in our HEARTS to the ONE, in whose Holy Name we CAN TRUST.  The very one who forms the HEARTS of mankind, and considers EVERYTHING they do.  We can TRUST Him to FULFILL His promises, and to complete His work of SALVATION.

 

Thirdly, we can DEMONSTRATE our FAITH by PRAYING that His UNFAILING LOVE, be upon us, for ALL of our days, as we put our FAITH and HOPE in Him. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your FAITH is in SOMEONE or SOMETHING else, other than the ALMIGHTY GOD.  Can you TRUTHFULLY say, without ANY doubts that you can TRUST and HOPE in that SOMEONE or SOMETHING to DELIVER you from Hell with ALL of its HORRORS?  If you believe they can, then WHO or WHAT will DELIVER them?  NO ONE has the POWER over DEATH and HELL, but the ALMIGHTY GOD.  And if you are DEPENDING on SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ELSE, you are DOOMED to AN ETERNITY in Hell, with NO WAY of ESCAPE, and the ONLY WAY for you to ESCAPE Hell, is to TURN AWAY FROM your sins, 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 and GAIN HEAVEN, and DEMONSTRATE your FAITH to others.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

"Being Kept Blameless"


“Being Kept Blameless”

 

May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.       1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

It was the Apostle Paul’s desire for the TRUE BELIEVERS in Thessalonica, to REALIZE that God, Himself, the God of PEACE, was ABLE to SANCTIFY them through and through.  The word, “SANCTIFY” means “set apart.”  Paul was giving them ENCOURAGEMENT in the aspect that God HIMSELF, would SANCTIFY or set them apart for His service.  However, they would not reach complete SANCTIFICATION until they reach their Heavenly Home.   

 

Another thing that was a desire of Paul’s was that they would be “KEPT BLAMELESS at the C0MING of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.   Paul indicated that his wish was for their WHOLE SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY to be KEPT BLAMELESS, INWARDLY and OUTWARDLY.  The SPIRIT of man is the part of mankind that enables them to COMMUNICATE with God.  The SOUL of man is the part that makes mankind conscious of themselves, and it is the seat of their personality.  The BODY, is of course, the physical part through which the person is able to express themselves.  The SPIRIT and SOUL is the INWARD parts of mankind, and the BODY is the OUTWARD part.  It was Paul’s desire that the TRUE BELIEVERS would be KEPT BLAMELESS in their RELATIONSHIP with the ALMIGHTY GOD, until the RETURN of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

The same God, who CALLS us to REPENTANCE is FAITHFUL and ABLE to KEEP the TRUE BELIEVER BLAMELESS, and He will do it by the POWER of His Holy Spirit, who indwells each BELIEVER at the time of their CONVERSION.  They are not left alone to work on their own merits, but they can RELY on the HELP and GUIDANCE of the Holy Spirit of the LIVING GOD, who WILL NOT FAIL them.  

 

When a TRUE BELIEVER sins, it is up to them to CONFESS their sins, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.   The Word of God tells us that, “If we CONFESS our sins, He is FAITHFUL and JUST and will FORGIVE us our sins and purify us from ALL unrighteousness.”  (1 John 1:9)   Will you be found BLAMELESS at the COMING of the LORD JESUS CHRIST?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you will be found GUILTY and will be sentenced to an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL of its HORRORS.  But God in His GREAT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, is offering you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO Him 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.  The ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be KEPT BLAMELESS, until the COMING of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Do this NOW, while you still can, where you spend your ETERNITY depends on it.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, May 4, 2018

"A Proclamation of Praise"


“A Proclamation of Praise”

 

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.  All glory to Him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.  All glory, majesty, power and authority are His before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time!  Amen.      Jude 1:24-25

 

In this small epistle of Jude, he is warning his readers, the Saints of God, to BEWARE of APOSTASY, the FALLING away from their FAITH in their Holy God.  He WARNS them of the PERILS of APOSTASY, in verses 5-16.   He gives them INSTRUCTIONS on how to AVOID APOSTASY, in verses 17-23, and he instructs them how to have VICTORY over the APOSTASY, in verses 24-25.  I would suggest that you read the ENTIRE short epistle.  It would be BENEFICIAL to your SPIRITUAL growth, and help STRENGHTEN your FAITH.  APOSTASY is the falling away from what you once believed or from your FAITH.  It is carried out by APOSTATES, false teachers, those who do not teach or preach the TRUTH, and can cause REAL PROBLEMS in a person’s SPIRITUAL life.    This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to KNOW what the WORD of GOD says, and to be taught the TRUTH of it. 

 

But Jude does NOT end on a negative note.  He ENCOURAGES people with the words of our text, today.  He tells us that we can have VICTORY over the APOSTASY.  He tells us that there is ONE who can keep us from FALLING AWAY, which is GOD, Himself, and not only will He keep us from FALLING AWAY,  He will bring us, with GREAT JOY, and without a single fault, into His GLORIOUS presence. 

 

Jude attributes ALL GLORY, to God, and to Him ALONE, through our SAVIOR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  ALL GLORY, MAJESTY, POWER, and AUTHORITY are His, and was BEFORE ALL TIME, and is NOW, in the PRESENT, and will be IN ETERNITY, BEYOND ALL TIME.  This is GREAT ASSURANCE for the BELIEVER. 

 

This is the GREATEST PROCLAMATION of PRAISE and ADORATION for the ONLY ONE, who can SAVE and KEEP His Children from FALLING AWAY from their FAITH and into the cesspool of APOSTASY.   Where are you?  Are you DEPENDING on Christ Jesus to SAVE and KEEP you, NOW and throughout ETERNITY?  OR are you DROWNING in the CESSPOOL of APOSTASY, LIES AND DECEPTIONS, which is pulling you toward HELL with ALL of its HORRORS, for ALL of ETERNITY, without a WAY of ESCAPE.  If you want to be RESCUED, 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 VICTORY over the APOSTASY, and ESCAPE Hell, and GAIN HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

"Knowing God's Will and Pleasing Him"


“Knowing God’s Will and Pleasing Him”

 

That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.        Colossians 1:10-12

 

To be WORTHY of the Lord, one MUST be EQUAL to the Lord’s STANDARDS.  When a person is SAVED they will TRULY GIVE their HEART and LIFE to God.  Then they will begin their WALK with the Lord, as a NEW CREATURE, OLD things are gone, and ALL THINGS become NEW.   They will experience a TRANSFORMATION of CHARACTER.  They will work at becoming Christ-like in their being.  They will become HOLY as He is HOLY.

 

They can accomplish this by:  FULLY PLEASING God.  In order to PLEASE God, they MUST be FRUITFUL in EVERY good work.  They MUST produce FRUIT through their personal testimony of their FAITHFULNESS to God.  When they WORK at this, they will GROW in their FAITH more and more. And they will develop a DEEPER KNOWLEDGE of God. 

 

Another way to PLEASE GOD is SPIRITUAL STRENGTH, which comes from KNOWING GOD’S will and PLEASING Him.  They can accomplish this SPIRITUAL STRENGTH by; ALLOWING God’s GLORIOUS POWER to work in them, by the WORK of the HOLY SPIRIT, which indwells them. 

 

This SPIRITUAL STRENGTH will produce GREAT ENDURANCE and  PATIENCE, which gives them the WILL to NOT GIVE UP, or NOT to ACT HASTILY, but to be LONG-SUFFERING and CALM, while in the midst of turmoil and strife. 

 

The Apostle Paul indicates that the TRUE BELIEVER should, “Give THANKS in ALL circumstances.  Then they can become PARTAKERS, with other saints, in the INHERITANCE that has been laid up for them, in Heaven.  Is this YOUR destiny?

 

Or are you HEADED for an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING, torment, torture, heartache, pain, agony and despair?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then this is YOUR destiny.  Because, you are NOT PLEASING to Him.  You are NOT one of His TRUE CHILDREN.  But you could be, if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO Him 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 KNOW GOD’S WILL by PLEASING HIM.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

"Crucified with Christ"


“Crucified with Christ”

 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.   The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.                 Galatians 2:20

 

After Paul’s conversion, he KNEW that LIVING and DEPENDING on the works of the Law for his spiritual livelihood would be futile.  It was his innermost desire to be identified with Christ, as it should be with EVERY TRUE BELIEVER.

 

Even though the death of the Lord Jesus Christ was UNIQUE in every way.  It was and is the ONLY WAY and He is the ONLY ONE, who can SAVE mankind from their sins.  However, when a person comes to Christ for their SALVATION, they ARE and WILL be IDENTIFYING with Him, and by FAITH in HIS SAVING POWER, they are CRUCIFIED with Him, because they DIE to their OLD, SINFUL, LIFESTYLE, and they are RESURRECTED to a NEW RIGHTEOUS LIFESTYLE.  This does NOT mean that they become PERFECT, but they are FORGIVEN.  This is exemplified by the act of BAPTISM. 

 

Christ lives in the TRUE BELIEVER, by the person of the HOLY SPIRIT, who comes and indwells them at the time of their conversion.   The NEW life they live is lived by FAITH in the RISEN, LIVING Lord, because He died for them, they SHOULD LIVE for Him.

 

Now, this does NOT mean that the TRUE BELIEVER will NOT struggle with suffering, sin, and death.  As long as they live in the flesh they will be subjected to the effects of this WRETCHED, SINFUL World, until Christ returns to take His people home.   However they have a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who will GUIDE and EQUIP them in EVERY situation.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and life to God, then you are living a DOOMED LIFE, and are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of ETERNAL torment, torture, heartache, pain, agony, and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Like the Apostle Paul, you MUST identify with CHRIST, by dying to your OLD, SINFUL lifestyle, and being RESURRECTED to a NEW LIFE in Christ.  

 

You do that by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your OLD, 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 live a NEW LIFE in CHRIST.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!