Wednesday, August 15, 2018

"Unwavering Faith"


“Unwavering Faith”

 

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.   This was why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”                                                                                                                                            Romans 4:18, 20-22    

 

The reason the Apostle Paul says, “Against ALL hope,” was because Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead----since he was about a hundred years old---and Sarah’s womb was dead, in other words she was BEYOND child bearing years.  Therefore it would seem like a HOPELESS situation.  But Abraham, in HOPE, BELIEVED God’s promise to make him the Father of MANY nations.   God takes the IMPOSSIBLE and makes it POSSIBLE.  And He will KEEP His PROMISES.  He CANNOT FAIL.     

 

These things, Abraham was sure of, and it was what KEPT his FAITH from WAVERING through UNBELIEF regarding God’s promise.  Abraham was STRENGTHENED in his FAITH and he gave God ALL the glory.  He could do this, because he was FULLY PERSUADED that God had the POWER to do what He PROMISED.  This is why “it was credited to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 

 

Are you facing a SEEMINGLY HOPELESS SITUATION?  WHATEVER it is God can give you the STRENGTH to get you THROUGH.  He won’t necessarily make it GO AWAY, but will provide a WAY to get you to the other-side.  And like Abraham, your FAITH can be UNWAVERING, and you can give God ALL the GLORY for what He has done, and what He will do.   ALL of this is POSSIBLE, if you are a TRUE BELIEVER.

 
However, if you are an UNBELIEVER, you are UNFAITHFUL to God and His ways.  And your destiny is an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TRUN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST BELIEVE with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.   Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be STRENGTHENED with an UNWAVERING FAITH in God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!                                                                                                                                       

Monday, August 13, 2018

"Guilty or Not Guilty?"


“Guilty or Not Guilty?”

 

For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God.   All His laws are before me; I have not turned away from His decrees.        Psalm 18:21

 

From the beginning of time, when Adam and Eve sinned against God and His decree, concerning NOT eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They were tempted by a serpent and FELL to the temptation.  Then their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked. That was when a sinful nature with a GUILTY conscience came upon ALL mankind.  (Genesis 3:7) 

 

The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 3:23, “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”  Throughout the ages, from the Old Testament times until the PRESENT times, mankind has sinned against God, and has broken His laws and REBELLED against His decrees.  They have REJECTED Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the ONLY WAY to be SAVED from a SINFUL LIFESTYLE and a GUILTY CONSCIENCE.

 

King David knew what to do.  He CONFESSED his sins to God and sought His FORGIVENESS.  He set his HEART and MIND on OBEYING the laws and DECREES of the Almighty God.  And he was relieved from a GUILTY CONSCIENCE, and went from being GUILTY to being NOT GUILTY. 

 

The last part of Romans 3:23, says; “and ALL are justified freely by His grace through the REDEMPTION that came by Christ Jesus.”   Jesus is the ONLY WAY for a person to be SAVED and pronounced “NOT GUILTY!”  If you are one who has never given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are GUILTY of SINNING against Him, BREAKING His Laws, and REBELLING AGAINST His Decrees.  And your destiny is an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  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.  And you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be set FREE from a GUILTY judgment, and a sentence of an ETERNITY in Hell.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

"The Everlasting Light"


“The Everlasting Light”

 

The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your Everlasting Light, and your God will be your glory.  Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your Everlasting Light, and your days of sorrow will end.        Isaiah 60:19-20

There will be no more night.  They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.  And they will reign for ever and ever.     Revelation 22:5

 

The Prophet Isaiah, is giving the nation of Israel a prophetic message concerning the different things that will happen during the Millennium reign of Jesus Christ.  And it is information that is relevant for the TRUE BELIEVER, today.  He tells them that there will be NO MORE sun to light the day, nor will there be the brightness of the moon by night, because the LORD will be the EVERLASTING LIGHT, and their GLORY.  And the days of sorrow will END.  What a time that will be!

 

Even the Apostle John, in the 22nd chapter of Revelation says: “There will be NO MORE night.”  And they will NOT NEED the LIGHT of a lamp or of the sun.  For God, Himself, will be their LIGHT.  And they will reign forever and ever.   This is the scenario for the TRUE BELIEVER of the Lord Jesus Christ.  But the scenario of the UNBELIEVER is spending an ETERNITY in the dominion of darkness. (Col. 1:13)  A place of BLACKEST darkness.  (2 Peter 2:17) It’s a place full of TORMENT, TORTURE, HEARTACHE, PAIN, AGONY and DESPAIR.  Is this your destiny?  Are you living in darkness and headed for an ETERNITY of the BLACKEST, DARKNESS you have ever experienced?  And there is NO WAY of ESCAPE. 

 

The ONLY HOPE is for you 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.  Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and LIVE your ETERNITY in the EVERLASTING LIGHT.   Do this NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, August 10, 2018

"The Eyes of the Lord"


“The Eyes of the Lord”

 

The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord is on His heavenly throne.  He observes everyone on earth; His eyes examine them.         Psalm 11:4

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.              Proverbs 15:3

 

One thing I need to emphasize is that the Lord God is OMNIPRESENT, meaning that He is EVERYWHERE at the SAME TIME.  So that explains how God can have His eyes on EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE.  The Psalmist tells us that He OBSERVES EVERYONE on earth.  To OBSERVE means to pay SPECIAL ATTENTION to or to WATCH someone or something.  He also tells us that the EYES of God EXAMINES everyone, meaning He looks at them CLOSELY and CAREFULLY.  He doesn’t miss a thing. 

 

There is NO PLACE to HIDE.  EVERYWHERE you go, He’s there, and EVERYTHING you do He SEES. Proverbs 15:3 should be a WARNING to the WICKED people, and a COMFORT to the RIGHTEOUS.  He is NEVER taken by surprise.  We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS can TRUST His Hand, even in HARD, DIFFICULT times.  The times when He is silent and seems to be unconcerned.  We can TRUST that He SEES and KNOWS all things, good or bad.   There are times when we don’t UNDERSTAND WHAT or WHY God is allowing certain things to happen.  That is when STRONG FAITH will be needed to produce a DEEP TRUST in GOD’S plan.  Because He not only SEES the PRESENT but He SEES and KNOWS what the FUTURE holds.

 

As a TRUE BELIEVER, we have HOPE and FAITH in the ALMIGHTY GOD, but if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are part of the WICKED people who need to be WARNED.  God SEES and KNOWS WHERE you are and WHAT you are doing. He knows that you NEED to be SAVED from your sinful lifestyle.  You NEED to TURN AWAY FROM that sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO Him, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you need to 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 KNOW He’s watching you, and TRUST His HAND.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

"I Am Not Ashamed"


“I Am Not Ashamed!”

 

And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. That is why I am suffering here in prison.   But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.       2 Timothy 1:11-12

 

The Good News, the most IMPORTANT message ever told.  No wonder Paul suffered for its cause.   This scripture was written to Timothy, to encourage him, in his ministry, to CONTINUE ON, even to the point of suffering.  

Paul was presently in a Roman prison at the time this letter was written.  He had SUFFERED MUCH because of his ministry. He knew the IMPORTANCE of the message of Jesus Christ, so much that he was WILLING to SUFFER, even to the point of death, if need be.  He had been called by God to PROCLAIM the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST to the Gentiles, and so he did with TENACITY and through LONGSUFFERING, he SPREAD the Word of God EVERYWHERE, with NO REGARD to his own well-being.  

 

Yet the Apostle was NOT ASHAMED of the MESSAGE, the SAVIOR or his PRESENT SUFFERINGS, because he could PROCLAIM to the world that he KNEW whom he BELIEVED in and TRUSTED the Lord Jesus Christ to GUARD whatever was his destiny, because Christ Jesus had ENTRUSTED Paul with the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel.  And even though Paul suffered through humiliation and abuse, he BELIEVED that God would vindicate him in the end.

 

Are you willing to SUFFER for Christ, and NOT be ASHAMED of your calling to do so?  I pray that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS could have Paul’s BOLDNESS and WILLINGNESS to share the GOOD NEWS that JESUS SAVES to a LOST and DYING world, and NOT BE ASHAMED.  

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are part of that LOST and DYING world, with NO HOPE, unless you TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle.  Then TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and spread the GOOD NEWS, JESUS SAVES, and like Paul, proclaim, “I am NOT ASHAMED of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and spend your ETERNITY in Heaven.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"Perseverance"


“Perseverance”

 

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  

James 1:4, 12

 

Benefits in TRIALS, is that POSSIBLE?  It is for the TRUE BELIEVER.   One of the benefits during a TRIAL or TESTING period, is the benefit of PERSEVERANCE or ENDURANCE, while going through the sometimes very hard TRIAL.  But the result of the benefit of PERSEVERANCE is the TRUE BELIEVER being made MATURE (perfect) and complete. 

 

When God allows these TRIALS and TESTING periods to come our way, the MAIN thing is that we are able to PERSEVERE or ENDURE these hard times.  It is a BLESSING if we keep in mind that God has a divine purpose for the TRIAL and if we TRUST His Hand, He will see us through to the end.   Are you going through this time of TRIAL, if so, then “hang on!”  Don’t give up! PESEVERE!  And reap the rewards.   When you have come through the TRIAL with PERSEVERANCE, having stood the test, you will receive the Crown of Life, which the Lord has PROMISED to those who LOVE Him.  

 

But for those who have NOT given their HEART and LIFE to God, they will receive JUDGMENT for their transgressions (sins). They will be sentenced to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL of its UNENDING HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  In order to ESCAPE HELL, they MUST TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then they MUST CONFESS their sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them, and is in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.  Then they MUST ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and be able to PERSEVERE or ENDURE their TRIALS and be made MATURE and COMPLETE, and to receive the Crown of Life.   They NEED to do this NOW, while they still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

"The Broken Branches"


“The Broken Branches”

 

If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches.  If you do, consider this; you do not support the root, but the root supports you.  You will say then, “Branches were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.   Do not be arrogant, but tremble.   For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.        Romans 11:17-21

 

The Apostle Paul paints us a picture of how SALVATION came to the Gentile nations.  He talks about the cultivated and the wild olive shoot.     The BROKEN BRANCHES are representative of the UNBELIEVING ISRAEL, those who have rejected Christ.   The ROOT represents the patriarchs of Israel or Abraham, to be exact.  The wild olive shoot is the Gentile nations.  The BRANCHES were BROKEN OFF because of their UNBELIEF.  But the WILD OLIVE SHOOT was grafted into the cultivated olive ROOT (Abraham), thus the Gentiles who BELIEVE are grafted into the ROOT, Abraham, and they should NOT consider themselves to be SUPERIOR to the BROKEN BRANCHES. 

 

The Gentile nations are BLESSED to be able to SHARE in God’s AMAZING GRACE.  Their SALVATION comes from the Jews (John 4:22). And they have NO RIGHT to be BOASTFUL.  Paul warns them NOT to be ARROGANT or BOASTFUL.  Because the UNBELIEVING Gentile nations could and will be broken off at the end of the age, when the Judgment Seat comes.

 

Paul is NOT talking of the PERSONAL SALVATION of individuals, but of the NATIONS and of the PEOPLES who make up the nations.  God will NEVER SEPARATE the TRUE BELIEVERS from Christ. (Romans 8:35-39).  As TRUE BELIEVERS, we benefit from the spiritual privileges and heritage of Israel.  And SPIRITUALLY speaking, we are children of Abraham, because he is the “father of ALL BELIEVERS.” (Galatians 3:26-29). 

 

Where do you stand?  Will you be a part of a Gentile nation, which is made up of UNBELIEVERS, and will be part of a BROKE BRANCH that will be cast into EVERLASTING FIRE?  Or will you stand on your FAITH and be counted as a TRUE BELIEVER?  If you choose to REBEL against God and His ways, then you will be a part of an UNBELIEVING GENTILE NATION, and you will be JUDGED by the ALMIGHTY GOD, and sentenced to an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS 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 become a part of His family, and spend ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its GLORIES.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Monday, August 6, 2018

"Be Careful!"


“Be Careful!”

 

Dear friends, since you already know about this, be careful.  Do not let those evil people lead you away by the wrong they do.  Be careful so you will not fall from your strong faith.   But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Glory be to Him now and forever! Amen.        2 Peter 3:17-18

 

 The Apostle Peter warns his readers to be ON GUARD, with the assumption that they already KNOW this; to NOT let those evil people lead you away by the wrong they do.  He was talking about the being led away by the error of the LAWLESS people.  He WARNED them to BE CAREFUL!  So that they won’t fall from their STRONG FAITH.   NOT that they would lose their SALVATION, but that their STRONG FAITH would NOT be WEAKENED.

 

Peter, not only issued a WARNING, but he gave them and us a word of ENCOURAGEMENT.  He is ENCOURAGING us to GROW in the GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of our LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ. 

 

To GROW in GRACE, we are to GROW in the UNMERITED FAVOR of a LOVING, COMPASSIONATE, GOD.  We can only accomplish that by GROWING in the KNOWLEDGE of our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, who has provided ETERNAL LIFE to all mankind, with the shedding of His precious blood, on an OLD RUGGED CROSS. In order to do this you MUST READ and STUDY the WORD of GOD.   Are you GROWING in the GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of our Lord?  Or are you FOLLOWING the EVIL, LAWLESS PEOPLE and having your STRONG FAITH weakened?  

 

If you are NOT GROWING in the GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, then you NEED to BE CAREFUL of becoming WEAK and USELESS in your FAITH.   And if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are ONE OF THE EVIL, LAWLESS PEOPLE, who are at the devil’s bidding, and you are facing an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of UNENDING, torment, torture, pain, heartache, agony and despair, with NO WAY OF ESCAPE.   In order to be able to ESCAPE HELL, 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, 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 GAIN HEAVEN, with ALL of ITS GLORIES.  You NEED to DO this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!! 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

"Not a People Pleaser"


“Not a People Pleaser”

 

For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.   On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.  We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.                                       1 Thessalonians 2:3-4

 

For the TRUE BELIEVER, we have been called and set apart by God, for specific works.  The Good News that is preached and taught by those called to do so, SHOULD be done not by ERROR, LIES, or for WRONG REASONS, or IMPURE MOTIVES.  It should be done with a PURE HEART, and only under the LEADERSHIP of God’s Holy Spirit. 

 

A preacher who preaches the Word of God in this manner, is often turned out of his church, because many PEOPLE in the churches, today want to hear a social gospel, not so much the Word of God.  They don’t want to hear the TRUTH, just words that make them FEEL-GOOD.  They don’t want to hear anything that would bring CONVICTION into their HEARTS.  And cause them to get SERIOUS with God about their relationship with Him.  They just like to have their ears tickled and be able to CONTINUE doing what they SHOULD NOT do.

 

The Apostle Paul, tells the Thessalonian Church, that the messages they PREACH and TEACH are not done from ERROR or IMPURE MOTIVES nor are they trying to TRICK them, but they speak as being APPROVED by God and are ENTRUSTED with the gospel.   And when they speak, they are NOT trying to PLEASE PEOPLE but they are SPEAKING the TRUTH in order to PLEASE GOD.

 

ALL TRUE BELIEVERS should try to PLEASE GOD in ALL they do, because He is the one who TESTS our HEARTS.  And if you are SERVING God in order to PLEASE PEOPLE, regardless of how much you WATER-DOWN the TRUTH or COMPROMISE to make PEOPLE HAPPY, you are SINNING against the ALMIGHTY GOD.   And if you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER, one, who has NOT given their HEART and LIFE to God, the TRUTH IS; you are DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But God in His INFINITE MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, is offering you the opportunity to ESCAPE HELL, NOW, 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.  And 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 ESCAPE HELL and GAIN HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

"The True God and Eternal Life"


“The True God and Eternal Life”

 

We know that we are Children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.   We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is True.   And we are in Him who is true by being in His Son Jesus Christ.  He is the true God and eternal life.         1 John 5:19-20

 

If you have TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are considered to be a Child of God.  And we also KNOW that the WHOLE WORLD is under the CONTROL of the evil one, Satan.

 

We also KNOW that the Son of God, Jesus, has come and has given us UNDERSTANDING, about our NEW LIFE.  When we have come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, we are given a NEW LIFE, because of the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE of Jesus Christ.  It is a LIFE without a CONTINUAL desire to sin.  We become a NEW CREATION, with a TRUE DISDAIN for living a sinful lifestyle.  But because we are still in the flesh, we will stumble and may fall to temptations, but the TRUE BELIEVER will not be able to CONTINUE living a sinful lifestyle.  The Holy Spirit of the Living God will bring conviction into their HEART, and they will live with that guilt until they CONFESS the sin, and TURN AWAY FROM it. 

 

We KNOW that Jesus came so that MANKIND might have SALVATION.  And to bring us into an UNDERSTANDING of Him, the Almighty God, who is TRUE.   And we are in Him, who is TRUE, because we are in His Son Jesus Christ, who is the TRUE GOD and also ETERNAL LIFE.  This is because Jesus is IN God, who is TRUE.  Jesus Christ and God, the Father are One and the SAME.  Jesus is God incarnate, God in the flesh.   And through Jesus, there is ETERNAL LIFE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you’re living in LIES, and have NOT the TRUTH.  The TRUTH is you are living a sinful lifestyle and are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God has sent His Only Begotten Son to die for you, so that you might KNOW God, who is TRUE, and ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION.  And to gain an ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven.  To do that 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 UNDERSTAND your NEW LIFE with God the Father and His Son, who are the TRUE God and Eternal Life.  Do this NOW while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

"The Overcomer"


“The Overcomer”

 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.   But take heart! I have overcome the world.”        John 16:33

 

Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, John 1:5, says; The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has NOT overcome it.  DARKNESS is the sin that is prevalent in our world today.  But DARKNESS cannot OVERCOME the TRUE LIGHT, which is the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Light dispels the darkness.  So when a person comes to Christ for the FORGIVENESS of their sins, they are brought out of the DARKNESS (sin) and into the GLORIOUS LIGHT of Jesus Christ.  

 

This truth is found in 1 John 5:4, of God’s Holy Word:  “For everyone born of God overcomes the world.  This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”  We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, can be OVERCOMERS in this dreary, wretched world in which we live.  Romans 12:24 give us an example of how we can be an OVERCOMER.  It says:  “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  1 John 4:4, says; “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”    So, “who is it that OVERCOMES the world?  Only the one who believes that Jesus is the SON of GOD.” (1 John 5:5)  They are the OVERCOMERS.  Are you an OVERCOMER? 

 

Have you ever given your HEART and LIFE to God?  If NOT, then you are a LOSER, one who loses out on spending an ETERNITY in Heaven, but WILL spend an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its horrors, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  In order to ESCAPE Hell, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, NOW, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him 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 LIVE for Christ Jesus, and become an OVERCOMER, through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

"God: The Son"


“God:  The Son”

 

No one has ever seen God, but the One and Only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known.   John 1:18

Jesus answered:  “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?   Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.   How can you say, ’Show us the Father’?  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me?  The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority.   Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work.   Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.      John 14:9-11

 

So the question is:  “Has anyone seen God?”  Philip wanted to be able to SEE with his own eyes the image of God, and he isn’t the only one.  Down through the ages many have wanted the same thing.  In verse eighteen of chapter one, John tells us that; “No one has ever seen God,” God in His being is INVISIBLE, because He is in SPIRIT form.  But what this scripture is telling us, is that No one has seen God’s essential nature. God’s inner nature is brought into view in Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus is God in the flesh.  God became man and dwelt among men.  Therefore, in our scripture in John, chapter fourteen, verses nine through eleven, Jesus says to Philip, “Don’t you know Me?”  Anyone who has seen Me, has seen the Father.”  Because He is in the Father and the Father is in Him.   He tells Philip, “BELIEVE ME when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.”  “Or else BELIEVE on the evidence of the WORKS themselves.”   Those who have seen Jesus, have seen God.  They are ONE, yet they are separate entities.  It is a little HARD to understand the TRINITY.  God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. It’s a little like an egg, three parts in one.  You have the shell, the white and the yolk, three separate parts yet it is ONE egg. 

 

I think the important lesson, here is to BELIEVE that Jesus is every bit as much God as He is man.  And the essential nature of God is revealed through Jesus, His SON.  Do you BELIEVE in GOD, the Father, God, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?  It’s the ONLY way to get to Heaven.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are on your way to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS.  In order to have an ETERNITY in Heaven, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful life, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS 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 BELIEVE in God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit, and spend ALL ETERNITY in Heaven.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!