Thursday, July 18, 2019

"Perfect Peace with the Rock"


“Perfect Peace with the Rock”

 

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself is the Rock eternal.      Isaiah 26:3-4

 

PEACE is the absence of CONFLICT.  It is SERENITY, and CALMNESS.  Isaiah tells us that God will KEEP those whose MINDS are STEADFAST or whose mind is STAYED on Him, in PERFECT PEACE.  PERFECT means FLAWLESS, so God will KEEP those whose minds are STEADFAST, in a FLAWLESS PEACE. 

 

But that PERFECT PEACE belongs to the TRUE BELIEVER, who puts their TRUST in God FOREVER, because the LORD is the ROCK ETERNAL.  The Psalmist, tells us that:  “The LORD is my ROCK, my FORTRESS and my DELIVERER; my GOD is my ROCK, in whom I take REFUGE, my SHIELD and the HORN of my SALVATION, my STRONGHOLD.   (Ps. 18:2)  That is experiencing PERFECT PEACE. 

 

In Psalm 62:2, we see that: “Truly He is my ROCK and my SALVATION; He is my FORTRESS, I will NEVER be SHAKEN.  This too speaks of that PERFECT PEACE, which can only be experienced, when you have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the ROCK and the SALVATION of ALL who will BELIEVE and TRUST in Him.  Is He your ROCK?  Do you have PERFECT PEACE? 

 

You can if you are WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and start experiencing that PERFECT PEACE with the ROCK of your SALVATION, because you TRUST in HIM.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"Human Wisdom versus Spiritual Wisdom"


“Human Wisdom versus Spiritual Wisdom”

 

What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit –taught words.  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.       1 Corinthians 2:12-14

 

In order for God’s Children to KNOW His will and to understand His Laws and His Precepts, we MUST have SPIRITUAL WISDOM, which is given to us at the time of our SALVATION.    The Plan of SALVATION was prepared by God, the Father and brought about through the DEATH and RESURRECTION of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.  And it is being applied to EVERY TRUE BELIEVER through the work of God’s Holy Spirit, which indwells the TRUE BELIEVE at the time of CONVERSION. 

 

This PLAN originated in God and is taught by His Spirit.  The Spirit of God TEACHES the TRUE BELIEVERS the aspects of our SALVATION, and He does this using SPIRITUAL WORDS, and bestowing upon each TRUE BELIEVER, SPIRITUAL WISDOM.  He does NOT use words that are taught to the unregenerate mankind, which produces HUMAN WISDOM, but cannot produce SPIRITUAL WISDOM. 

 

The UNSAVED PERSON, cannot understand the SPIRITUAL WORDS or the SPIRITUAL WISDOM, because they do NOT possess the SPIRIT of God, and they do NOT ACCEPT the things that come from the Spirit of God, because they consider them to be FOOLISH, and they cannot understand them, because they do NOT possess the Holy Spirit of God, who is our TEACHER and GUIDE.

 

These UNSAVED PEOPLE, only understand the HUMAN WISDOM, which falls short of being able to UNDERSTAND the plan of SALVATION, and they regard it as FOOLISHNESS, which is leading MANY to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  They are LOST and without HOPE.  The ONLY WAY for them to RECEIVE SALVATION, and the SPIRITUAL WISDOM, they NEED to UNDERSTAND it.  They NEED to HAVE the HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLING them.  And to do that they MUST BE WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  They MUST BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART, that JESUS died for THEM, and is now ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.  Then they MUST CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  They MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RECEIVE the SPIRIT of GOD, and the SPIRITUAL WISDOM of their SALVATION.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Monday, July 15, 2019

"Discipline and Hope"


“Discipline and Hope”

 

Discipline your Children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.       Proverbs 19:18

 

This Proverb is imperative, which means it is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY for the well-being of ALL CHILDREN.   Children who are NOT DISCIPLINED have NO HOPE.  They become REBELLIOUS, UNCONTROLLABLE, CORRUPT, and EVIL MINDED.

 

Their lifestyle will more than likely, be one of incarceration, they will end up spending MORE time behind bars than NOT.  There is NO HOPE for a PRODUCTIVE future, if ANY FUTURE at all.   UNDISCIPLINED CHILDREN may even end up facing LIFE in PRISON, or even facing DEATH by capital punishment or from the NATURAL CONSEQUENCES that generally accompany REBELLIOUS, UNCONTROLLABLE behavior.  

 

This outcome for the UNDISCIPLINED CHILD is pretty HOPELESS.  And the PARENT(S) are ACCOUNTABLE for this type of behavior.  When they REFUSE to DISCIPLINE their CHILDREN, they become a WILLING PARTY to the DEATH of their child.  The way to NOT be that WILLING PARTY is to begin DISCIPLINING at an EARLY AGE.  If you have STRONG-WILLED children, SEEK HELP from a TRAINED COUNSELOR.  But don’t let your PRECIOUS CHILDREN LIVE WITHOUT DISCIPLINE and HOPE.

 

Now, SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, ALL God’s Children SHOULD be OBEDIENT and NOT REBELLIOUS.  They SHOULD BE WILLING to FOLLOW His WORD, and OBEY His Laws.  They SHOULD WALK or LIVE by FAITH.  They will have HOPE for a FUTURE, their ETERNAL HOPE is HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  However, for the UNDISCIPLINED, REBELLIOUS, EVIL-MINDED PERSON, they have NO HOPE, just an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But they can have HOPE if they will, TURN AWAY FROM their SINFUL lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them before God.  They MUST CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  They MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and have the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, July 12, 2019

"The RIGHTEOUSNESS of a MERCIFUL God"


“The RIGHTEOUSNESS of a MERCIFUL God”

 

They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.   God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.           Romans 3:24-26

 

God stepped into time, and provided RIGHTEOUSNESS for mankind.  He knew that mankind was HOPELESSLY SINFUL and so He FREELY JUSTIFIED those who would come to Him, through the REDEMPTIVE work of His ONE and ONLY SON, Jesus Christ.  He did this through the shedding of the blood of Christ on the cross, and those who ACCEPTED this by FAITH, received JUSTIFICATION, the act of being set FREE, through their FAITH, from the penalty of their sins.  Then to be accepted by God as RIGHTEOUS, which is doing what is RIGHT and PLEASING in God’s sight.

 

The MERCIFUL God, in His restraint, passed over the sins that had previously been committed.  He did this, because of His OMNISCIENCE, the ability to KNOW ALL THINGS, He KNEW that He was going to send Jesus as the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE or the PROPITIATION for the SINS of ALL mankind, those of the PRESENT, PAST and FUTURE.  And in so doing He demonstrated His RIGHTEOUSNESS and would DECLARE RIGHTEOUS those who would ACCEPT Jesus and have FAITH in Him.

 

Those who DENY and REJECT Jesus, are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with all its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Is this where you are in life, DENYING and REJECTING Jesus Christ and His work on the cross?  In order for you to change your DESTINY, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be FREELY JUSTIFIED, and be DECLARED RIGHTEOUS by God.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"Lies and the Truth"


“Lies and the Truth”

 

I have not written to you because you don’t know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie comes from the truth.        1 John 2:21

 

In today’s world, there are MANY people whose lives are consumed with so MANY lies that it is difficult, if not impossible to tell whether they KNOW what the TRUTH really is.  They are actually living out their life on nothing but LIES.  Children, at a very young age, are coached by their own parents to tell LIES.  Spouses LIE to each other, Children LIE to their parents, and their siblings, and employers to their employees, and the employee to their employer.  But the worst part of living a LIE, is when people LIE to themselves, deceiving themselves, and worst yet is when they LIE to God, who KNOWS ALL things, He can’t be fooled.  He KNOWS!!

 

John was writing to TRUE BELIEVERS, warning them about the teachings of FALSE TEACHERS. John wanted them to KNOW the fact that NO LIE COMES FROM THE TRUTH.  The LIAR is the one who DENIES that Jesus is the MESSIAH, and even those who DENY the very existence of the FATHER (God) and His Son (Jesus).  There are MANY who DOUBT the EXISTENCE of the Holy Trinity.  They prefer to BELIEVE a LIE, rather than to ACKNOWLEDGE the TRUTH.

 

This DENIAL will seal their FATE.  Jesus said:  “I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.”  Which means that HE is the ONLY WAY to obtain an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and that is the ABSOLUTE TRUTH.  Without it, you are DOOMED to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Are you living a LIE?  Do you KNOW the TRUTH? 

 

You do NOW, which means if you continue to REJECT and DENY Jesus Christ, you are WITHOUT an EXCUSE, and will spend ALL ETERNITY in HELL.  But God wants you to KNOW the TRUTH.  So He is giving you the OPPORTUNITY NOW to change your DESTINY.  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and KNOW and BELIEVE the TRUTH, It will set you FREE, and give you an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

"Perfect Love!"


“Perfect Love!”

 

No one has seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.  God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.          1 John 4:12-16

 

Today, my WONDERFUL HUSBAND, and I are celebrating FIFTY-THREE years of marriage.  As I think back over the years, I think of the LOVE that we have had and STILL have for each other.  I feel that our LOVE GROWS STRONGER with each day.  It’s not ALWAYS been a smooth path, but God has ALWAYS been a part of our lives, and He has ALWAYS been SUFFICIENT for EVERY need.  Even though we cannot see Him, bodily, we CERTAINLY can FEEL His presence and we can TRUST His HAND, because He ABIDES in us.  And His LOVE is PERFECTED in us.  How do we KNOW this?  Because He has given us His PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT, who indwells ALL TRUE BELIEVERS.

 

God has also EXEMPLIFIED His GREAT LOVE for us in that He GAVE His ONLY SON to be the SAVIOR of ALL MANKIND.  He LOVED us so MUCH that He gave Jesus to be our SACRIFICE, by the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary.  And WHOEVER will COME to God and CONFESS that JESUS is the SON of God, and that He is their SAVIOR and LORD, then God abides in them and they in Him.  ALL of this is possible because GOD IS LOVE, and His LOVE is PERFECT.

 

Now, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, nor proclaimed that Jesus is the SON of GOD, and PROFESSED Him as your SAVIOR and LORD.  You do not have God abiding in you, and have NOT experienced His PERFECT LOVE.  Your DESTINY is an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, because of God’s PERFECT LOVE, ABUNDANT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, He is NOW, offering you the opportunity to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that, Jesus died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and He will ABIDE in YOU and YOU in Him, and He will LOVE YOU with His PERFECT LOVE.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

"Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ Jesus!"


“Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ Jesus!”

 

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again.  Death no longer rules over Him.  For in light of the fact that He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God.  So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.        Romans 6:8-11

 

 The Apostle Paul’s letter to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Rome, is applicable to ALL TRUE BELIEVERS of today.  We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS of the Lord Jesus Christ, should FOLLOW the guidelines, which the Apostle has laid out before us.  In these particular verses of Scripture, Paul tells us that when we become a TRUE BELIEVER, we have DIED with Christ, and if we have DIED with Christ then we will also LIVE with Him.

 

Because Jesus Christ did NOT stay dead in the grave, as all humans do, when they die a physical death.  He was RESURRECTED or RAISED from the DEAD and the GRAVE.  And DEATH NO LONGER has RULE over Him.  And, through His OBEDIENCE to God, by being the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for ALL MANKIND, in that He laid down His life, DIED, for EVERYBODY.  He who knew NO sin, became sin, by taking on ALL the sins of mankind, past, present, and future.  And was RESURRECTED from the DEAD, which exhibited the fact that DEATH and the GRAVE has NO RULE over Him. 

 

So, if we have DIED with Christ, then we will also LIVE with Him.  But in order to LIVE with Him, we MUST DIE to OUR sins, ALL of our sins.  Which means that we do not CONTINUE in our old, sinful lifestyle, but we TURN AWAY FROM it, and TURN TO GOD, then we become ALIVE to God through the REDEMPTIVE WORK of Christ Jesus.   And we will inherit ALL the GLORIES of an ETERNAL HOME in Heaven.   Is this your DESTINY? 

 

You MUST DIE to your SINS, in order to be ALIVE in God, and to receive HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME, and to ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.   In order to do that, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is now ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and become DEAD to your sins, but ALIVE to God, and receive HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

"Set Free!"


“Set Free!”

 

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.       Romans 6:22-23

 

Today, we celebrate the birthday of America, and her INDEPENDENCE, or the FREEDOM from the control of another.  We, as a nation received with that freedom, the right to form our own government and laws, and to WORK, FIGHT and STRIVE to become a GREAT NATION, the MOST FREE of ALL the nations on earth, which we ARE today.  And for that I am FOREVER GREATFUL.

 

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Rome, he tells them that they were once SLAVES to SIN, and FREE from the control of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Then he asks: “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things that you are NOW ashamed of?  Those things result in DEATH!” (Rom. 6:20-21)  Paul was referring to a SPIRITUAL DEATH, which leads to an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Are you still a SLAVE to SIN?  Are you facing a SPIRITUAL DEATH with an ETERNITY in HELL?

 

Paul tells the TRUE BELIEVERS that they have been SET FREE from their sins, and have become ENSLAVED to God and HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS, which leads to an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Remember, being a SLAVE to SIN brings DEATH, but being a SLAVE to GOD, brings LIFE.  For the wages, what you will reap, of sin is DEATH, but the GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE in JESUS CHRIST our LORD!  

 

So, if you are still a SLAVE to SIN, and headed for a SPIRITUAL DEATH, which will lead you to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, you NEED to KNOW that GOD has a plan for SETTING YOU FREE.   And that is for YOU to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST BELIEVE with ALL your HEART, that Jesus DIED for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be SET FREE from your SINS, and spend your ETERNITY in HEAVEN.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

"The Law That Gives Freedom"


“The Law That Gives Freedom”

 

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it---not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it---they will be blessed in what they do.                    James 1:25

 

 

A law that gives freedom seems paradoxical in nature.  In other words, it is almost absurd to think of a LAW that could possibly give FREEDOM, since a LAW usually means RESTRAINT or a LACK of FREEDOM.  However, the content of this verse tells us that if we will LOOK INTENTLY into the PERFECT LAW and WILL CONTINUE in it we can obtain SPIRITUAL FREEDOM.

 

God’s PERFECT LAW gives TRUE FREEDOM, and when one STUDIES it INTENTLY, and with OBEDIENCE to His PERFECT LAW, and will CONTINUE in it.  They will be BLESSED in what they do.  They will find SPIRITUAL STRENGTH, and a CONTINUED MATURITY. 

 

Jesus Christ said:  “Hold to My teaching, then you will KNOW the TRUTH and the TRUTH will set you FREE.”  (John 8:31-32)  The one who will do what God says, will find FREEDOM and they will be blessed in the GOOD WORKS they do.  Have you experienced God PERFECT LAW that provides FREEDOM?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are in BONDAGE to your SINS.  And your DESTINY is an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God has PROVIDED a Way for you to have FREEDOM and to CHANGE your DESTINY, and that is to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO Him, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and STUDY His Word (Law), and OBEDIENTLY CONTINUE in His Word, the PERFECT LAW, and receive an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Monday, July 1, 2019

"Freedom through Knowing the Truth"


“Freedom through Knowing the Truth”

 

To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “If you hold on to My teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”       John 8:31-32

 

In a few days, we as a Nation, will celebrate the BIRTH of AMERICA, and we should ACKNOWLEDGE the SACRIFICES that have been made to provide us with the FREEDOMS we now enjoy.   And to be THANKFUL for those who were, and still are, willing to lay down their lives, and those who have laid down their lives, in order for us to have and CONTINUE to have those FREEDOMS, they have PAID the PRICE.

 

But they are NOT the ONLY ONES to offer such a SACRIFICE.  Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the REDEEMER of ALL mankind, came to set us FREE from our BONDAGE of SIN.  In our Scripture, Jesus was speaking to the Jews who BELIEVED His words, but it does NOT necessarily mean that they made commitments to Him, it is possible that they BELIEVED in the MESSAGE of REPENTANCE, but NOT the MESSENGER.  They were and still are looking for their Messiah. There is a remnant that have given their HEARTS and LIVES to Christ, and are known as the MESSIANIC JEWS. 

 

However, there are people of all nationalities that NOT ONLY BELIEVE the MESSAGE of Christ, but they BELIEVE in Him.  And in so doing, they will CONTINUE in the TRUTH, and will receive their SALVATION, because they KNOW the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set them FREE from their BONDAGE of SIN.

 

1 Peter 2:16, tells us that we SHOULD:  “Live as FREE people, but do NOT use your FREEDOM as a COVER-UP for evil; live as God’s slaves.”  When you come to BELIEVING, NOT ONLY, the TRUTH, but BELIEVING in the ONE who IS the TRUTH, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, you should LIVE as FREE people, because through Him, you have been FREED from your sinful lifestyle.  But that FREEDOM does NOT mean that you can CONTINUE to practice the sins of your past.  Instead, you should COMMIT yourself to do the WILL of God.  And COMPLETELY TURN AWAY FROM your OLD, SINFUL LIFESTYLE.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT FREE, but are STILL a SLAVE to SIN, with a DESTINY of an ETERNITY in HELL, and ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  This is the TRUTH!!  In order to CHANGE your DESTINY, you MUST BE WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and through the TRUTH, be SET FREE from the BONDAGE of your SINS, and receive HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS as your ETERNAL HOME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

"God's Unfailing Love and Wonderful Deeds"


“God’s Unfailing Love and Wonderful Deeds”

 

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.  He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.       Psalms 107:13-15

 

When we think about God’s UNFAILING LOVE, we think about His willingness to GIVE His ONLY SON to SUFFER, BLEED and DIE, so that ALL of mankind might have the opportunity to become a part of His FAMILY.  Mankind is a PART of God’s CREATION, but they are NOT a part of His FAMILY, until they ACCEPT Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD.  This is done when God’s Holy Spirit draws you to God, and when YOU, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, will ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION. 

 

Those who have done that are like the ones in our Scripture.  They CRY out to the Lord, with the KNOWLEDGE that they are SINNERS in NEED of a SAVIOR.  And God hears their CRY and will ANSWER, and FREE them from the DARKNESS of their DEPRAVITY, the UTTER DARKNESS of their WICKEDNESS. He will BREAK their CHAINS of SIN, and bring them into the GLORIOUS LIGHT of His Son, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, who will SAVE their SOULS from an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING.

 

 This SALVATION is PART of God’s UNFAILING LOVE and His WONDERFUL DEEDS.  Those of us who have this gift of SALVATION and a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, SHOULD give THANKS CONTINUALLY to the LORD for His UNFAILING LOVE and His WONDERFUL DEEDS towards us.

 

In order to become a RECIPIENT of God’s UNFAILING LOVE and HIS WONDERFUL DEEDS, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Start experiencing God’s UNFAILING LOVE and His WONDERFUL DEEDS, NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, June 28, 2019

"On Whom Do You Boast?"


“On Whom Do You Boast?”

 

“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”  For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one who the Lord commends.         2 Corinthians 10:17-18

 

If you MUST BOAST, don’t BOAST on yourself.   God is the One we SHOULD be BOASTING on.  It is He, who gifts us with whatever abilities we might possess.  Whether we have natural talents, such as, playing a musical instrument, or being able to sing, without, hitting ALL those flat and sour notes.  Some of us just like to make a JOYFUL noise to God. 

 

But, whatever we are GIFTED to do, we MUST realize where that gift comes from, and we NEED to be OPEN to God, as to HOW He wants us to use that gift(s).  In the Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy, (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  Paul states:  “ALL Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the SERVANT of God may be THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED for EVERY GOOD WORK.”  Which means that God expects us to USE our gift(s) for His HONOR and GLORY, for He is the ONLY ONE WORTHY of our PRAISE and our BOASTING.  

 

BOASTING on God is a WHOLE lot BETTER than trying to BOAST on our OWN selves.  When we are tempted to BOAST on what we have done, and we allow that DASTARDLY OLD Devil to GRANDIOUSLY use our God-given abilities in ways that would NOT be PLEASING to our HEAVENLY FATHER, we then are subject to becoming a CARNAL CHRISTIAN, and while we will NOT lose our SALVATION, we will lose rewards, to lay at the FEET of the One who DESERVES ALL the BOASTING we can offer.  So my question is:  “On Whom Do You BOAST?

 

If you have NEVER given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your GOD-GIVEN ABILITIES are NOT being USED to bring HONOR, GLORY and PRAISE to the ONE who RIGHTLY DESERVES ALL your BOASTING.  And you are on your way to an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS, and definitely NO BOASTING ALLOWED.  And NO WAY of ESCAPE.  So in order to CHANGE your ETERNITY from HELL to HEAVEN, and to USE your ABILITIES for the GLORY of the LORD.  And to BOAST ON Him, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then ACCEPT His GIFT of SALVATION, and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Then USE your ABILITIES to HONOR and GLORIFY the RISEN KING, JESUS, and BOAST ON HIM!  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

"The Truth"


“The Truth”

 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. 

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all.                     1 Timothy 2:1, 3-5

 

In this part of the Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy, he URGES him to lift up prayers of supplications, intercessions and thanksgivings for ALL people, and especially for those in leadership positions within the government.  He goes on to tell Timothy that this is GOOD and PLEASING in God’s sight, because it is His wish that ALL PEOPLE would come to the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH.

 

What exactly is Paul talking about?  The TRUTH that Paul was referring to was that:  There is ONE GOD, and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and Mankind, which is the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave HIMSELF as a RANSOM for ALL.  There is NO DISTINCTION between JEW and GENTILE, MALE and FEMALE.  We ALL MUST come to that KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH the SAME way.  And that Way is through the BELIEF and ACCEPTANCE of God’s ONE and ONLY SON, Jesus Christ.  We MUST BELIEVE that He DIED on an old, rugged cross, and was RAISED from the DEAD by the ALMIGHTY GOD, for the REDEMPTION of ALL of our sins, and we ALL MUST ACCEPT it as the TRUTH.  WHOEVER you are, and WHATEVER you do, He DIED for YOU.  That is the TRUTH!!

 

And the TRUTH of the whole matter is that there are and will be MANY, who will KEEP REJECTING the TRUTH.  The TRUTH is the Lord Jesus Christ.  John 14:6 tells us that:  “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way, and the TRUTH, and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father (God) except through ME.’”  There is NO OTHER WAY to have an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  That is the TRUTH!

 

If you have NOT come to God for the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH, to BELIEVE and ACCEPT His ONE and ONLY Son, Jesus Christ as your SAVIOR and LORD, then you are DESTINED to spend your ETERNAL LIFE in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  And that is the TRUTH!!  You are NOW given the OPPORTUNITY to BELIEVE and ACCEPT the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH.  You do that by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION and receive the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH, and PRAY for OTHERS too. And receive ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

"The Promised Blessing"


“The Promised Blessing”

 

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.              Galatians 3:14

 

This verse of Scripture is NOT speaking of the National blessing, which was given to the Nation of Israel.  But it is the PROMISED BLESSING of JUSTIFICATION which is apart from works of the Law.  It is given to ALL who BELIEVE.  It was part of the BLESSING given to Abraham that Gentiles might be able to receive.

 

And for ALL who BELIEVE in CHRIST JESUS, by FAITH, might receive the PROMISE of God’s HOLY SPIRIT, and His ministry to the TRUE BELIEVER.  This Scripture again shows us that SALVATION and SANCTIIFICATION comes by FAITH and NOT by WORKS.  

 

This PROMISE is given to those who come to GOD for the SALVATION of their souls through the REDEMPTIVE work of Jesus Christ, on an old, rugged cross.  SHEDDING His precious blood, because without the SHEDDING of blood, there is NO FORGIVENESS of sins.  Jesus came and BLED and DIED so that ALL who BELIEVE might receive the PROMISE of GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT, who INDWELLS the BELIEVER, and makes Himself available to the BELIEVER for SANCTIFICATION, which is the act of “being set apart” for every good and righteous work that God has called that BELIEVER to do. 

 

Have you received God’s PROMISED BLESSING of JUSTIFICATION?  Have you come to God for the SALVATION and SANCTIFICATION of your soul?  If NOT you are DESTINED to spend an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  In order to RECEIVE this PROMISED BLESSING of JUSTIFICATION, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and SANCTIFICATION, and receive His PROMISED BLESSING.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, June 21, 2019

"Just a Sinner Saved by Grace"


“Just a Sinner Saved by Grace”

 

 

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.      Romans 5:8

Now, if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.     Romans 7:20

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God---through Jesus Christ our Lord!        Romans 7:24-25

 

I AM A SINNER, but I AM A SAVED SINNER, There are two very different groups of SINNERS.  There are the LOST SINNERS, those who CONTINUOUSLY LIVE in SIN, they practice it DAILY, and they are the ones, who REJECT Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD.  Then there is the SAVED SINNERS, who have ACCEPTED Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD, and STRIVE to CONTINUOUSLY LIVE by God’s Spirit, which indwells them, but because they are STILL in the FLESH (body), and they STILL have a SINFUL NATURE, they are still SINNERS and are STILL subject to sin from time to time. 

 

But while we were STILL sinners, God demonstrated His LOVE for MANKIND, by the ONE and ONLY SACRIFICE of His ONLY SON, Jesus Christ, who DIED to SET MANKIND FREE from ALL their sins, PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE.  That is, if they will ACKNOWLEDGE that they are a SINNER in NEED of a SAVIOR, just like the Apostle Paul did when he said: “What a WRETCHED man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

 

If the SAVED SINNER will walk (live), by the Spirit, they will NOT GRATIFY the desires of the flesh.  For the FLESH desires what is CONTRARY to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is CONTRARY to the FLESH. They are in CONFLICT with each other, so that they are NOT to do WHATEVER they want.  (Galatians 5:16-17) 

 

Because they have given their HEART and LIFE to God through the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ, they have the PROMISE of a new BODY one that is FREE from SIN and a SINFUL NATURE.  One that will spend an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  “OH HAPPY DAY!”   But for the LOST SINNER, who has REJECTED Jesus Christ, and has chosen to LIVE by the FLESH with its SINFUL desires, they will DIE a SPIRITUAL DEATH, separated from God, and ALL that is GOOD, and will spend their ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.   But, God in His ABUNDANT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE, has provided a WAY for the LOST SINNER to come to Him and have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  To do that you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a “SAVED SINNER” with HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

"Eternal Life"


“Eternal Life”

 

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.        Romans 6:22-23

 

When a person comes to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, for the SALVATION of their soul, they are SET FREE from the bondage of SIN, and its destiny, which is ETERNAL DEATH, the SEPARATION from God in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.   Instead of that DESTINY, they will REAP a HOLY LIFE in contrast to a SINFUL LIFE, and will RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS.

 

A person who chooses to LIVE the SINFUL LIFE, will receive the WAGES they have EARNED, which is that ETERNAL DEATH, the SEPARATION from God and ALL that is GOOD.  SUFFERING here on earth is NOTHING compared to what awaits that person, who REJECTS JESUS CHRIST, and His gift of SALVATION, which is ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN. 

 

The Apostle Paul told the Saints in Corinth, that the sufferings and troubles they were experiencing were NOTHING in comparison to the ETERNAL GLORY, which outweighs ALL those troubles, especially being in the PRESENCE of the KING, Jesus Christ.   He tells them and us too, to FIX OUR EYES NOT on what is SEEN, but on what we CANNOT see, since what is SEEN is TEMPORARY, what is UNSEEN is ETERNAL.   “LIVING BY FAITH”, should be EVERY TRUE BELIEVER’S MOTTO.  Is it yours?

 

It can be, along with ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Is this the DESTINY that you are FIXING your EYES on?  If NOT, you are DESTINED to an ETERNAL DEATH in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  But YOU can CHANGE that DESTINY, by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful life, and TURNING TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

"The Love of God"


“The Love of God”

 

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.      Psalm 100:5

 

What is it that draws mankind to God, other than the HOLY SPIRIT of God?  It is the LOVE of God.  That is the reason the Holy Spirit draws mankind to God.  John 3:16 says:  “For God SO LOVED the world that He gave His ONE and ONLY Son, that whoever BELIEVES in Him shall NOT PERISH but have ETERNAL LIFE.”   Romans 5:8 says that:  “God proves His own LOVE for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ DIED for US!”  So we see that God’s LOVE is a SACRIFICIAL LOVE, which secures an ETERNITY in HEAVEN for those who BELIEVE and will ACCEPT His Only Son, Jesus Christ, as their Savior and Lord!

 

Because of God’s LOVE, He is COMPASSIONATE and GRACIOUS, slow to anger and RICH in FAITHFUL LOVE, (Psalm 103:8).   “Let Your FAITHFUL LOVE come to me, Lord, Your salvation, as You Promised,” (Psalm 119:41).  We see in these two verses that the LOVE of GOD is COMPASSIONATE, GRACIOUS and RICH in FAITHFUL LOVE.  It also is a LOVE of PROMISE, the PROMISE of SALVATION, which is carried out ONLY through Jesus Christ’s DEATH and RESURRECTION.  

 

God’s LOVE is an ENDURING LOVE, meaning it is a LOVE that LASTS throughout ETERNITY, PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.  Psalms 107:1 says:  “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  His FAITHFUL LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.   So the LOVE of GOD is SACRIFICIAL, COMPASSIONATE, GRACIOUS, FAITHFUL, and ENDURING.  Who wouldn’t want to be LOVED with a LOVE like that?

 

God is OFFERING it to ANYONE who is willing to TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.  Then they MUST CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  They MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and His SACRIFICIAL, COMPASSIONATE, GRACIOUS, FAITHFUL, and ENDURING LOVE.  If you do NOT possess this, you can, by just DOING the ABOVE, NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"The Plights of the Wicked and the Righteous"


“The Plights of the Wicked and the Righteous”

 

Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.  The Lord redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.          Psalm 34:21-22

 

Let’s look at the difference in the PLIGHTS of the WICKED and the RIGHTEOUS people.  First, our Scripture tells us that AFFLICTION will slay the WICKED, and those who HATE the RIGHTEOUS will be CONDEMNED.  They will stand before the RIGHTEOUS GOD of this UNIVERSE and be JUDGED and SENTENCED for ALL of their WICKEDNESS.

 

In Psalm 112:10 it says that:  “The WICKED will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and WASTE AWAY; the longings of the wicked will come to NOTHING.”   In Job 20:21 it says, “Nothing is left for him to devour; his PROSPERITY will NOT endure.”  Verse 23:  “God will vent His burning anger against him and rain down His blows on him.”  Verse 27:  “The heavens will expose his GUILT; the earth will rise up AGAINST him.”  Verse 29:   “Such is the FATE God allots the WICKED, the HERITAGE appointed for them by God.”  In Psalm 1:6, it says that “the way of the WICKED leads to DESTRUCTION.  Psalm 11:6 says:  “On the WICKED He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.”   Is this what your DESTINY holds?

 

For the RIGHTEOUS:  Psalm 7:10 tells us that:  “My shield is God Most High, who SAVES the upright in HEART.”  Psalm 5:12 says:  “Surely Lord, you BLESS the RIGHTEOUS; you surround them with your FAVOR as with a SHIELD.”  Proverbs 10:28 says:  “The prospect of the RIGHTEOUS is JOY, but the HOPES of the WICKED come to NOTHING.”  14:32; “When calamity comes, the WICKED are brought down, but even in DEATH the RIGHTEOUS SEEK refuge in God.”  2 Timothy 4:8 is a PROMISE for ALL of those who have given their HEARTS and LIVES to God, and are declared RIGHTEOUS:  “Now there is in store for me the CROWN of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which the Lord, the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, will award to me on that day---and NOT ONLY to me, but also to ALL who have LONGED for His appearing.” 

 

If this is NOT your DESTINY, it COULD be.  If you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that, Jesus died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, so you too, may be able to be declared RIGHTEOUS and receive the CROWN of RIGHTEOUSNESS along with an ETERNAL HOME in HEAVEN.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!