Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"What Kind of Spirit Abides in Your?"


“What Kind of Spirit Abides in You?”

 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.      1Timothy 1:7

 

If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, then you have received the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  He is the Spirit of POWER, LOVE and SELF-CONTROL.  He is the Spirit of WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, COUNSEL and MIGHT, of KNOWLEDGE and the FEAR of the LORD.  (Isa. 11:2)  And if you LIVE in the Spirit, you will experience His attributes, at some time or another.  

 

It is AWESOMELY AMAZING to know that God’s Spirit indwells us and when we are SUBMISSIVE to Him we will have the JOY of His POWER, LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL, along with His WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, COUNSEL AND MIGHT, also, His KNOWLEDGE and the FEAR or AWE of the LORD, which works in us to make us PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to God. 

 

Another act of God’s Holy Spirit is that He Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are Children of God.  In other words, He gives us the ASSURANCE we NEED to KNOW that WE KNOW, that we belong to God.  (Romans 8:16)

 

However, for those who have REJECTED God’s gift of SALVATION, they do NOT have His Holy Spirit indwelling them, but they have the evil spirits of the devil, which brings, hatred, heartache, agony, jealousy, envy, pride, dissention, fear, despondency, arrogance, rage, uncontrolled fits of anger and despair, just to name a few of the attributes of the evil spirits. 

 

Evil and wickedness, will NOT enter Heaven, but will spend ALL of 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 that is the place you will spend your ETERNITY.   So I ask you again, “What Kind of Spirit Abides in You?”  You can receive the Holy Spirit of the Living God, 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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RECEIVE His Holy Spirit, and experience His AWESOME attributes, and GAIN Heaven and be set FREE from an ETERNITY in HELL.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

"The Perfect Sacrifice"


“The Perfect Sacrifice”

 

Nor did He enter Heaven to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not His own.  Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.  But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.       Hebrews 9:25-28

 

In Old Testament times, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer were sprinkled on those who were ceremonially unclean to sanctify them so they were OUTWARDLY clean.  These sacrifices were insufficient, and had to be done more than once.  But Jesus Christ, the UNBLEMISHED, PERFECT SACRIFICE, cleanses our CONSCIENCES from the very acts that leads to death.  We MUST DIE to the flesh in order to serve the LIVING GOD.

 

Jesus Christ appeared ONCE for ALL at the end of the Old Testament era, to be the ULTIMATE, PERFECT SACRIFICE for all mankind.  Just as it is appointed to mankind to die ONCE and then to face judgment, so it was for Christ to be SACRIFICED ONCE to take away the sins of many.  And when He returns a second time, it will not be to bear sin, but He will bring the fullness of SALVATION to its climax for those who are WAITING for Him.

 

In order to be FORGIVEN of your sins, and to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, and to not have to face JUDGMENT, and to GAIN an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell, with all its HORRORS, you MUST ACCEPT and NOT REJECT Jesus Christ as your PERFECT SACRIFICE.  You do that 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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be EXCITED about the RETURN of JESUS CHRIST.  And GAIN an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.   Do this NOW while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

"Hold On!"


“Hold On!”

 

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.   But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.       Hebrews 3:12-14

 

One thing I need to point out, at the very beginning, is that the writer of Hebrews, is talking to TRUE BELIEVERS.  Notice that he calls his readers, “brothers and sisters.”  TRUE BELIEVERS, can and sometimes do fall to temptation.  And here, our writer of Hebrews is issuing a WARNING to the TRUE BELIEVERS to NOT have a SINFUL, UNBELIEVING HEART that TURNS AWAY from the living God. 

 

Sin can have a STRONG HOLD on a person’s HEART, and it seems that the old devil is hard at work trying to get TRUE BELIEVERS to stumble and fall back into their old, sinful, unbelieving lifestyle.  He, the devil, cannot take your SALVATION from you, but he can and will RUIN your testimony and your effectiveness as a CHILD of God.  King David is a perfect example of a man after God’s own heart, yet he fell into temptation, and I believe that he is alive in Heaven, today, because of his REPENTANT HEART. 

 

The writer gives us instructions on how we can STAY FAITHFUL to God, and flee from the temptation.  He tells us to ENCOURAGE one another DAILY, as long as it is called “Today.”  This will STRENGTHEN our ability to OVERCOME our weaknesses, and to keep us from being HARDENED by sin’s deceitfulness. 

 

If we hold to our ORIGINAL CONVICTION FIRMLY, we will continue to SHARE in Christ.  And will be able to reap rewards for our FAITHFULNESS to God and His Word.  How about YOU?  Are you a TRUE BELIEVER in the LORD JESUS CHRIST?   Have you TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God? 

 

He is giving you the opportunity NOW, to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS and to GAIN and ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL of its BLESSINGS.  But 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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ESCAPE HELL, GAIN HEAVEN and REAP your REWARDS.   Do this NOW, “TODAY, “while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Walking in Obedience"


“Walking in Obedience”

 

And this is love; that we walk in obedience to His commands.  As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.       2 John 1:6

 

To WALK in OBEDIENCE means to LIVE in OBEDIENCE to God’s commands.  We, as TRUE BELIEVERS, should strive to be OBEDIENT to ALL of God’s commands.  One of His commands is that we LOVE ONE ANOTHER, you might ask yourself; “exactly what does that mean?”  It means that we should LOVE each other with a godly love, which is a love that truly seeks the BEST for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

This is done by WALKING IN LOVE, meaning to LIVE with a GODLY LOVE for one another, which is what God commands.  Any other type of LOVE is not without flaws and actions that are tainted by fleshly desires.  Godly LOVE, however, is pure, unadulterated, and can only come from the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  So when we LOVE ONE ANOTHER we are then OBEDIENT to His command and WALKING in OBEDIENCE or LIVING in OBEDIENCE.  What a difference it would make in our world, which is plagued with HATRED, DISCORD, and SELFISHNESS, if we would WALK in OBEDIENCE to the ALMIGHTY GOD.

 

If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, my question for you is; “are you WALKING in OBEDIENCE to God’s commands?”  Especially, the command for His Children to LOVE one another?  If you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER, one who has NOT given their HEART and LIFE to God, you cannot WALK in OBEDIENCE to Him, because you are living a sinful life, which means that you are living in DISOBEDIENCE and are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and 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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and WALK in OBEDIENCE to Him and His commands and ESCAPE HELL and GAIN HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"The Testimony of God"


“The Testimony of God”

 

And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.                                      1 John 5:11-12

 

In some churches we are asked to “stand and testify,” which means to tell others what the Lord has done for you, that is, if you have given your HEART and LIFE to Him.  Every TRUE BELIEVER has a TESTIMONY, and SHOULD SHARE it with EVERYONE they come in contact with.  God’s testimony is GREATER than any human testimony, because without God’s testimony, we wouldn’t have one. 

 

God’s testimony is, that He offers ETERNAL LIFE to ALL PEOPLE, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  If you have ACCEPTED God’s gift of SALVATION, through His Son, then you have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, but if you do NOT ACCEPT His gift, you do NOT have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, but you will spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, the place of ETERNAL TORMENT, TORTURE, HEARTACHE, PAIN, AGONY and DESPAIR. 

 

If you believe in the Son of God, you will ACCEPT and BELIEVE God’s testimony.  But if you do NOT BELIEVE and ACCEPT God’s testimony, you make Him out to be a LIAR, and you will be JUDGED, CONDEMNED and SENTENCED to an ETERNITY in Hell.  You will not receive ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  Will you ACCEPT and BELIEVE God’s testimony, and receive ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven?

 

In order to ACCEPT and BELIEVE God’s testimony, you MUST 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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and receive ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"Where is Your HOPE?"


“Where is Your HOPE?”

 

Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.         Psalm 25:4-5

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.  May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.       Psalm 33:20-22

 

The Psalmist emphatically proclaims that his HOPE is in God.  In Psalm twenty-five, verses four and five, he is imploring the Lord God to SHOW, GUIDE and TEACH him, God’s WAYS, PATHS, and TRUTHS.   He is asking God to do these things because he KNOWS that God is his SAVIOR, and the only way for him to LIVE for God is to be SHOWN His WAYS, to be TAUGHT His PATHS, and to be GUIDED and TAUGHT God’s TRUTHS.  This was his desire, because his HOPE was continually in the ALMIGHTY GOD.

 

When we face problems, or going through difficult times, we generally call on our friends and relatives to PRAY for us.  And the reason is because we KNOW that God is our ONLY HOPE.  For the TRUE BELIEVER, we WAIT for the Lord, because we BELIEVE that He is our HELP and our SHIELD, and we can put our TRUST in Him.  But for the UNBELIEVER, God does NOT hear their prayers, because they have not given their HEART and LIFE to Him, and there is UNCONFESSED sins in their Heart.  But because of His UNFAILING LOVE, if they will TURN AWAY FROM their sins and TURN TO Him and CONFESS their sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that JESUS died for THEM, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.   They MUST ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, then He will HEAR this PRAYER of REPENTANCE and any other prayers they offer, as long as they CONFESS their sins FIRST, then they too, like the Psalmist, can proclaim; “my HOPE is in YOU all day long.”   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

"The Proper Mindset"


“The Proper Mindset”

 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable---if anything is excellent or praiseworthy---think about such things.           Philippians 4:8

 

This verse of Scripture is part of the Apostle Paul’s final exhortations to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Philippi.  Here, Paul is encouraging them to have the PROPER MINDSET.  Their MINDSET will guide their ACTIONS.   Have you ever watched the News, and wondered; “What in the world are they thinking?”  The world today is teetering on chaos, because of the many different MINDSETS.   And those who have the POWER to do something, tries to set the minds of others in THEIR direction.

 

I guess that this is TRUE in just about all facets of life, such as; relationships, business deals, legal matters, etc.  But the Apostle Paul gives us the PROPER MINDSET, especially, for the TRUE BELIEVER.  He tells us that our minds should be set on, “whatever is true”, in other words, we should THINK about things that are HONEST and RELIABLE.   Our minds should be set on, “whatever is noble,” meaning things that are HONORABLE and DIGNIFIED.  And “whatever is right,” or things that are JUST and CORRECT.  We should set our minds on, “whatever is pure, things that are WHOLESOME and free from MORAL IMPURITIES.  The last two mindsets, which Paul mentioned were; “whatever is lovely, things that promotes PEACE and rejects CONFLICTS.  Lastly Paul asks that our minds be set on, “whatever is admirable, things that are POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE.  And Paul ends with, “if ANYTHING is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY---think about such things.”  He is indicating that ALL of these mindsets are EXCELLENT and PRAISEWORTHY.  

 

Very few in our world, today, are in tune to ALL of these mindsets.  There is TROUBLE, TURMOIL, HEARTACHE, ANXIETY and DESPAIR, all around us, mainly due to IMPROPER MINDSETS.  We can make a BIG DIFFERENCE, if we will ALL work at having the PROPER MINDSETS.   You can start 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 you MUST ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and ALLOW His HOLY SPIRIT to HELP you with the PROPER MINDSETS.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

"The Complexity of Mankind"


“The Complexity of Mankind”

 

What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?        Psalm 8:4

The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.  If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.                                               1 Corinthians 15:42-44

 

When people are conceived in their mother’s womb they have TWO parts, NATURAL and SPIRITUAL.  The part that is formed first is the NATURAL part.  Verse forty-six says. “The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.”  The NATURAL body is PERISHABLE, but the SPIRITUAL body is IMPERSHABLE. 

 

When the child is conceived in the womb, it is conceived with a SINFUL NATURE, it is conceived with WEAKNESS, and is TEMPORAL, and IMPERFECT.  So God provided the SPIRITUAL part of a human being, in order for them to be changed from PERISHABLE to IMPERISHABLE, because; “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”  (V 50)  

 

This is where the SPIRITUAL part comes in.  During the resurrection of the dead, those who belong to Jesus Christ, will have their PERISHABLE NATURAL body changed to IMPERISHABLE, and it will be raised a SPIRITUAL BODY that will be raised in GLORY and POWER.  Those who are ALIVE, when Christ comes to get His TRUE CHILDREN, they will be INSTANTLY TRANSFORMED with their NEW SPIRITUAL BODY. 

 

However, this is NOT the case for those who CONTINUALLY REJECT God’s gift of SALVATION, those who are UNBELIEVERS.  They will be SPIRITUALLY DEAD and will spend their ETERNITY in HELL, the place of ETERNAL torment, torture, heartache agony and despair, with NO WAY of ESCAPE.   Is this your destiny?  It doesn’t have to be, if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and look forward to a NEW SPIRITUAL BODY that will spend an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"Set Free!"


“Set Free!”

 

Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.        Romans 8:1-2

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.         Romans 6:23

 

As we, who live in the United States of America, are looking forward to celebrating our Independence Day, tomorrow, July 4th.   We will gather with family and friends and picnic, go boating, swimming, watch a baseball game etc.  But I wonder how many Americans stop and give “THANKS” for their FREEDOM to CELEBRATE their LIBERTY or being “SET FREE!”  We tend to get caught up in all the hoop-la of the holiday, and FORGET why we are celebrating.  MANY, MANY people have shed their PRECIOUS BLOOD and SACRIFICD their LIVES to give us the FREEDOM we have today.   The Bible tells us that: “Greater LOVE has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  We truly have a LOT to be THANKFUL for.

 

But we not only have FREEDOM to live our lives, the way we do.  We have been “SET FREE” Spiritually also.  The Apostle Paul tells us that for those who have given their HEART and LIFE to Christ, there is NO CONDEMNATION, we are NO LONGER bound to our SINS, and we will not be PUNISHED for them, because of the SHED BLOOD of Christ Jesus, and His death on an old rugged cross. 

 

When we were living sinful lifestyles, we were CONDEMNED to an ETERNAL DEATH, which would bring an ETERNITY in Hell, because the wages of sin is DEATH, BUT the GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE in CHRIST JESUS.  And those who come to Christ Jesus for FORGIVENESS and REPENTANCE, there is NO CONDEMNATION, because the law of the SPIRIT who gives LIFE has SET us FREE from the law of SIN and DEATH. 

 

July fourth is our nation’s INDEPENDENCE DAY.  Do YOU have a SPIRITUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY?  A day when YOU came to Christ for FORGIVENESS and REPENTANCE, to be SET FREE from your sins and to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL and to GAIN an ETERNITY in HEAVEN?  If not, you NEED to do it NOW.  You NEED 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 God’s gift of SALVATION, and be SET FREE from your sins and the CONDEMNATION that awaits you, and spend an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!