Saturday, October 19, 2019

"The Mystery of Godliness"


“The Mystery of Godliness”

 

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:  He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.        1 Timothy 3:16

 

MYSTERY:  Spiritually speaking; as laid out by the Apostle Paul, indicated TRUTH, which was HIDDEN in the Old Testament times and REVEALED in the New Testament times. 

 

This GODLINESS refers to the TRUTH of SALVATION and RIGHTEOUSNESS that can ONLY come from Christ Jesus, the Only Son of the LIVING GOD.  This MYSTERY was GREAT because of its range of understanding and its influence on a sinful world.  It was/is the ONLY HOPE for mankind.

 

The Apostle Paul gives us the CONTENT of this TRUTH, through an excerpt from an early hymn about Christ, who is the ENTITY of the MYSTERY.   “He was manifested in the flesh,” this speaks of His INCARNATION, when He came as a NEWBORN BABY, God’s gift to MANKIND for their SALVATION.  “He was VINDICATED by the Spirit,” which was carried out by the RESURRECTION, which was a demonstration of God, by the Holy Spirit of the CRUCIFIED and RISEN Christ, as LORD and MESSIAH of ALL.  “Seen by the angels,” this refers to His EXALTATION, which was carried out before the Heavenly realm, both the fallen and the elect angels.  (Phil. 2:5-11)  “Proclaimed by the nations, and BELIEVED on in the world,” This refers to the FULLFILMENT of God’s plan for the SALVATION of MANKIND.  “Taken up in glory.”  This refers to the ASCENSION of Christ Jesus into Heaven.  (Acts 1:9-10)  Where He is NOW, making intercession for the Children of God.  Are you a Child of God?  Have you experienced this MYSTERY?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE TOTALLY to God, then you are NOT His Child, nor have you EXPERIENCED this MYSTERY.  But you are carrying out the desires of SATAN, by being DISOBEDIENT to God, and you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, you can EXPERIENCE this MYSTERY of SALVATION by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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.  ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and EXPERIENCE the MYSTERY and become a CHILD of the LIVING GOD, with an ETERNAL HOME in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, October 18, 2019

"To KNOW That You KNOW!"


“To KNOW That You KNOW!”

 

And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.  Whoever says ‘I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.  By this we may know that we are in Him:  whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.       1 John 2:3-6

 

One SURE way of KNOWING that you are TRULY SAVED is by ONE word:  OBEDIENCE.  Some people believe that when they walk the aisle in a church, or repeat a prayer, they are SAVED, and on their way to an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Some believe that SALVATION comes by being GOOD and doing GOOD deeds.  Some are under the assumption that if their parents and grandparents held positions in the church that automatically gave them SALVATION.  NONE of these things will provide SALVATION.  One cannot gain SALVATION by the WORKS they do, or by the WORKS of another.

 

SALVATION is a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with GOD.  There is NO WAY, a person can EARN SALVATION, it is a GIFT from GOD.  And is provided by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His LIFE on an old rugged cross.  He shed His blood for the REDEMPTION of mankind.  Jesus told His disciple, Thomas:  “I am the Way and the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)  So to be ABLE to have that PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with GOD, you MUST ACCEPT Jesus Christ as your SAVIOR and LORD, and FOLLOW HIM in OBEDIENCE to His Word.

 

This is the way we KNOW that we KNOW, we are TRULY SAVED.  We cannot be SINLESS, as He was, but we can LIVE in OBEDIENCE to Him.  And being TRULY SAVED, we can be OBEDIENT to Him and His Word, because His HOLY SPIRIT LIVES in us.  And we have the desire to PLEASE HIM through being OBEDIENT to His Word (Bible).  A TRUE BELIEVER will STRIVE to LIVE in the SAME WAY in which He LIVED, by being OBEDIENT to His HEAVENLY FATHER.  Have you RECEIVED this GIFT of SALVATION?  Do you KNOW that you KNOW that you are TRULY SAVED?

 

If you have NOT TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, but are depending on YOUR WORKS or SOMEBODY ELSE’S WORKS. Then your ETERNITY will be in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  You MUST be OBEDIENT to God, by TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is now ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and through being OBEDIENT to Him, KNOW that you KNOW you are TRULY SAVED!  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

"Not Ashamed!"


“Not Ashamed!”

 

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.        1 John 2:28

 

The word ABIDING indicates a permanent living in Christ.  When a TRUE BELIEVER TRULY ABIDES in Christ, they do it in FAITH and OBEDIENCE.  This ABIDING is IMPERATIVE to the lifestyle of the BELIEVER.   It is something that the TRUE BELIEVER has to PURSUE and WORK AT, because of the sinful world we live in, we MUST STRIVE to LIVE in FAITH and OBEDIENCE to the Lord Jesus Christ.  And the ONLY WAY we can SUCCESSFULLY and TRULY be RIGHTEOUS is to LIVE or ABIDE in CHRIST JESUS.

 

Most ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, are ANXIOUSLY AWAITING the RETURN of CHRIST.  For those who are ABIDING in CHRIST, and living in FAITH and OBEDIENCE to Him, this is the time, in which, we can have CONFIDENCE and NOT be ASHAMED at His COMING, which is the RAPTURE.  Those who have been SAVED from their sins, and have PERSEVERED in FAITH and OBEDIENCE can have that CONFIDENCE, and NOT be ASHAMED, because they will stand before Christ, BLAMELESS, HOLY, and RIGHTEOUS, because they have ABIDED in Him. 

 

However, there are MANY who PROFESS to be BELIEVERS, but have NOT PERSEVERED in FAITH and OBEDIENCE, through ABIDING in CHRIST. They actually have NO relationship with Him, and they will be ASHAMED at His appearance.  Their DESTINY will be an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Is this your DESTINY? 

 

It is if you have NOT TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God.  And if you are PROFESSING but NOT POSSESSING His gift of SALVATION.  In order to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, you MUST TRULY HAVE a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ, and TRULY ABIDING in HIM.  You MUST BE 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 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 ABIDE in HIM, having CONFIDENCE, and be NOT ASHAMED at His appearance.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"HOPE---A Confident Expectation"


“HOPE--- A Confident Expectation”

 

Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.    Romans 8:24-25

 

The HOPE that is spoken of in the New Testament, is not like the English word---HOPE, the New Testament HOPE does NOT contain UNCERTAINITY, but it contains the CERTAINITY of something that is yet to be REALIZED.  It is the ULTIMATE PROMISE of sharing in the GLORY of the ALMIGHTY GOD.

 

It is the CERTAINITY or HOPE of the PROMISE of God that a TRUE BELIEVER, will, one day, be FREE from SIN and DELIVERED from an ETERNAL DESTINY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS. This is POSSIBLE, because of the REDEMPTIVE WORK of His SON, on an OLD RUGGED CROSS.  And for those who will come to JESUS CHRIST for the SALVATION of their souls, by FAITH in Him, will receive the PROMISE of a BODILY REDEMPTION and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  This PROMISE brings us HOPE---the CONFIDENT EXPECTATION of this final step of the plan of SALVATION.

 

Our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also EAGERLY wait for a SAVIOR, THE Lord Jesus Christ.  He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His GLORIOUS body, by the POWER that enables Him to subject EVERYTHING to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)  This is what we, the TRUE BELIEVER, EAGERLY WAITS for.  It is our HOPE---A CONFIDENT EXPECTATION of our ETERNAL DESTINY.   Do you possess this HOPE?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you have NO HOPE.  Your ETERNAL DESTINY is HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE. This is NOT what God wants for you.  He has a WAY for you to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, which is; for you to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO HIM, 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.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and have that HOPE---A CONFIDENT EXPECTATION of your ETERNAL DESTINY---HEAVEN.  So do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, October 14, 2019

"The Spirit of Christ in You"


“The Spirit of Christ in You”

 

For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.  But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.        Romans 8:6-9

 

The UNREGENERATED person, the one who has NOT come to Jesus Christ for the SALVATION of their soul, their mind is SET on the FLESH, which is SPIRITUAL DEATH.  Meaning, when they leave this world, through DEATH, they will suffer in HELL.  Because their mind is SET on the FLESH, which is HOSTILE towards God.  Their actions is more than just DISOBEDIENCE, it is the MANFESTATIONS of the inner content of the HEART.  And they CANNOT please God, no matter what they do.  They CANNOT work, pay, bribe, or talk their way into ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  It is ONLY possible by coming through the SHED BLOOD of Jesus Christ, and RECEIVING the SPIRIT of CHRIST. 

 

The one who has come to JESUS with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and has sought FORGIVENESS, will NOT LIVE in the FLESH, but in the SPIRIT of GOD, who is INDWELLING them.  And they have been adopted into God’s Family, and their spirit will be made ALIVE for ALL of ETERNITY, even though the body will die.  But the BODY will be RESURRECTED and CHANGED into a BRAND NEW, PERFECT, and GLORIFIED BODY, one that will be EVERLASTING.  However, the one, who does NOT have the SPIRIT of CHRIST living in them, does NOT belong to the FAMILY of GOD, and will SUFFER throughout ETERNITY, with ALL the HORRORS of HELL.  Do You POSSESS the Spirit of Christ?

 

If you have NOT TRULY given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you do NOT POSSESS the Spirit of Christ, and will spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  So, in order to ESCAPE HELL, and to RECEIVE the SPIRIT of CHRIST, you MUST be 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.  And then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and LIVE by the SPIRIT because the SPIRIT of CHRIST is LIVING in you.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

"The Unrepentant Heart"


“The Unrepentant Heart”

 

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the Day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.        Romans 2:5

 

One of the characteristics of an UNREPENTANT HEART is STUBBORNNESS.  It is one of Satan’s main tools to prevent a person from coming to God for FORGIVENESS, and the SALVATION of their soul.  STUBBORNNESS is an inherent characteristic, and for some, it poses to become a REAL, FULL-BLOWN problem.  When it comes to a person’s UNREPENTANT HEART, it is a VERY CRUCIAL PROBLEM, which will determine their ETERNITY.  It is also a SURE-FIRE way of Satan keeping you away FROM God and sending you to an ETERNITY in Hell.

 

When a person comes to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, seeking the FORGIVENESS of their sins, they will RECEIVE that FORGIVENESS, and ALL their sins are FORGIVEN, PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.  Jesus Christ DIED and was RISEN from the GRAVE, ONCE FOR ALL.  So ALL sins are COVERED by His BLOOD, and are FORGIVEN and FORGOTTEN, as far as the EAST is from the WEST.  (Psalm 103:12)

 

But for the UNREPENTANT HEARTS, which STUBBORNLY REJECTS God’s gift of SALVATION, and an ETERNITY in Heaven with ALL its BLESSINGS, they are STORING up GOD’S WRATH against themselves.  This WRATH will be poured out on them at the Day of Judgment, when God’s RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT will be revealed.  And those who are in this situation, will SUFFER ALL through ETERNITY, in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  Is this where you are?

 

You can change your DESTINY NOW, by WILLINGLY TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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.  ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and ESCAPE HIS WRATH!  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"PRAY!"


“PRAY!”

 

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”       Matthew 6:6

 

Jesus is giving His disciples a crucial lesson in PRAYING, in this chapter of the Book of Matthew.  PRAYER is a LIFELINE to the Heavenly Father, for the TRUE BELIEVER.  It is also the means of obtaining SALVATION.  The Scripture in 1 John 1:9 says: “If we CONFESS our sins, He is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us our sins and to CLEANSE us from ALL unrighteousness.”  This act is carried out through PRAYER, and brings us the gift of SALVATION.  This PRAYER is the FIRST and ONLY PRAYER that will CAPTURE the HEART of the LIVING GOD.  It is IMPERATIVE that you have done EXACTLY what 1 John 1:9 has said, if you expect your PRAYERS to be HEARD by the ALMIGHTY GOD. 

 

We live in DIFFICULT TIMES, and I hate to say it, but I BELIEVE that it will only get worse.  For the TRUE BELIEVER in the LORD JESUS CHRIST, we have our LIFELINE to the Father, and can TALK DIRECTLY to HIM anytime.  Jesus tells us in our Scripture, today, that we NEED to have a “SPECIAL TIME” to talk with our Heavenly Father, we NEED to GO into our room, CLOSE the door, and PRAY to Him, who is UNSEEN.  God, who SEES and KNOWS EVERYTHING, will HEAR our PRAYER, and will REWARD us ACCORDINGLY.  We cannot afford to NOT have that INTIMATE TIME ALONE with Him.  We must MAKE it an EFFORT and MAKE TIME FOR HIM.  It MUST BE the MOST IMPORTANT thing you do EVERYDAY.  COMMUNICATE with Him, THROUGH your PRAYERS, and BE ASSURED that He HEARS and WILL ANSWER, according to HIS WILL.  He DESIRES to have an INTIMATE, CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with His CHILDREN.  Are you His Child? 

 

If you have NOT GIVEN your HEART and LIFE to Him, you are NOT His CHILD, you are His CREATION, but NOT His CHILD, because you have NOT been ADOPTED into His Family.  And He will NOT HEAR any of your prayers, UNTIL, you PRAY to HIM for the SALVATION of YOUR SOUL.  In Psalm 66:19, the Psalmist tells us:  “If I had ignored my sins, the Lord would NOT have listened to me.”  So you MUST BE 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 GO to Him DAILY and PRAY, LIFTING UP to HIM, WORDS of ADORATION, PRAISE, and REQUESTS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 7, 2019

"Receiving Mercy and Finding Grace"


“Receiving Mercy and Finding Grace”

 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.       Hebrews 4:16

 

Living a Christian life is NOT easy, especially in this day and age.  We LIVE in the world, but we are NOT to partake of the things of the world, things that are contrary to the WILL and WAYS of the ALMIGHTY GOD.  Being a Christian, a TRUE BELIEVER in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must conduct ourselves in a manner that would exemplify our relationship with Him.  This can be difficult to do, but NOT IMPOSSIBLE, as long as we DEPEND on the HOLY SPIRIT of God to GUIDE us.  However, there may be times when we are WEAK and in NEED of MERCY and GRACE to help us STAY the COURSE.

 

Our Scripture, today, tells us to COME to the Throne of Grace, with CONFIDENCE.  When Jesus, died and rose from the grave, He paid the price for the REDEMPTION of ALL of MANKIND.  His SACRIFICIAL BLOOD was brought before the Throne of Grace and poured out on the ALTAR as the ULTIMATE, ONCE FOR ALL, SACRIFICE, which cleared the way for MANKIND to RECEIVE GOD’S MERCY, which is NOT receiving what WE DESERVE, but instead we FIND HIS GRACE, which is RECEIVING the BLESSING of SALVATION that we do NOT DESERVE. 

 

God is MERCIFUL, and is therefore, offering His MERCY to those who have NOT RECEIVED it, and are destined for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  He is GRACIOUS, and when you RECEIVE His MERCY, you WILL FIND His GRACE, the BLESSING of SALVATION, which you DO NOT DESERVE on your OWN MERITS. 

 

If you have RECEIVED HIS MERCY, and FOUND HIS GRACE, then you can come to His Throne of GRACE, with CONFIDENCE that He will provide you with help in the time of your need.  But in order for you to do this.   You MUST FIRST come to His Throne of GRACE, WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RECEIVE His MERCY and FIND His GRACE, the BLESSING of your ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

"The Inheritance"


“The Inheritance”

 

In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.  In Him you also, when you heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.     Ephesians 1:11, 13-14

 

I have never received a TRUE inheritance.  But I have one NOW, which I will receive in FULL, when I reach my Heavenly Home.  Because of the REDEMPTIVE work of Jesus Christ, I have OBTAINED an INHERITANCE.  I not only HAVE an INHERITANCE, but I have been MADE an INHERITANCE for the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

Before creation, God predestined that ALL, both Jews and Gentiles, who BELIEVE and ACCEPT Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and Lord, will RECEIVE this INHERITANCE, which is the FULL and COMPLETED SALVATION.  It is ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its RICHES and BLESSINGS. 

 

The TRUE BELIEVER, being the INHERITANCE for Christ Jesus, is that they BELONG to Him, they are His BODY, BRIDE and His TEMPLE.  They are His REWARD, His INHERITANCE.  When one HEARS the Word of Truth, and BELIEVES in CHRIST JESUS, then the PROMISED Holy Spirit indwells the TRUE BELIEVER, GUARANTEEING their INHERITANCE until they ACQUIRE POSSESSION of it.  Do you have this INHERITANCE awaiting YOU?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then I’m afraid you do NOT POSSESS this INHERITANCE.  Instead, you are destined to spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Your ONLY HOPE for this INHERITANCE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, is for you to be 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 that He 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 your INHERITANCE of ETERNAL LIFE with CHRIST in HEAVEN.  So do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

"The Results of Forgiveness"


“The Results of Forgiveness”

 

“I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”        Acts 26:17-18

 

These Scriptures are a part of the Apostle Paul’s recounting his calling to the ministry of Christ, by the Lord Jesus Christ, who commissioned Paul to carry the GOOD NEWS to the Jewish people and primarily to the Gentiles.  These are the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ to Paul.

 

Jesus was sending Paul to both the Jews and the Gentiles, but his commission was primarily to the Gentile nations, because the biggest part of the Jewish people would not accept his message, but the Gentiles, for the most part, did accept it.  The Lord gave us a real CLEAR picture of the RESULTS of FORGIVENESS.  Let us look at the very FIRST thing He mentions:  To OPEN their EYES, you see an UNFORGIVEN, UNBELIEVER is SPIRITUALLY BLIND, which means they cannot SEE or UNDERSTAND the TRUE NATURE of GOD nor His Word.  They are SPIRITUALLY living in a SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS.  So Paul must OPEN their eyes to the TRUE NATURE of God, and His LOVE for them.  This is IMPERATIVE for him, to be able to bring them from the DARKNESS of their SINFULNESS and into the LIGHT of God’s LOVE, which is exemplified by the REDEMPTIVE ACT of His SON, Jesus Christ.  This MUST BE DONE, before they can receive FORGIVENESS. 

 

When this is accomplished, then they can be RELEASED from the POWER of SATAN to GOD, and then they will receive FORGIVENESS of their sins.  The ULTIMATE RESULT of FORGIVENESS is; an INHERITANCE that is ETERNAL, and they will take their place among those who are SANCTIFIED or SET APART, by their FAITH in JESUS CHRIST.  So the RESULTS of FORGIVENESS are:  Receiving their SPIRITUAL SIGHT, BEING brought from the DARKNESS of their SINFUL LIFESTYLE to the LIGHT of GOD’S LOVE, and to BE SET FREE from the POWER of Satan to God.  Then to RECEIVE the INHERITANCE of an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL of its BLESSINGS.   Are you SPIRITUALLY BLIND, living in DARKNESS, under the POWER of SATAN, who will lead you STRAIGHT to HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then that is EXACTLY where you are HEADED.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW, to be brought out of your SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS, and into SPIRITUAL SIGHT.  He wants to bring you out of the DARKNESS of your SINFULNESS and into the LIGHT of His LOVE, and to BE SET FREE from the POWER of Satan.  He wants you to have that SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS.  To do that you MUST BE 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.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and experience the RESULTS of His FORGIVENESS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

"The Lord's Charge"


“The Lord’s Charge”

 

Hear the Word of the Lord, you children of Israel, for the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land:  “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land.  By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed.     Hosea 4:1

 

Even though this message was given for the nation of Israel, it sure is a STRONG CASE for the Lord God, against many other nations today.  We live our lives in peril and uncertainty.  Our future holds a lot of UNCERTAIN outlooks, we make plans, but we don’t know if we will be able to carry out those plans.  Proverbs 16:9 tells us:  “A man’s heart plans his way.  But the Lord directs his steps.”  Even nations will attempt to make plans, but the Psalmist tells us in Psalm 33:10: “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing:  He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.”  So we SHOULD LIVE according to the WILL of the ALMIGHTY GOD, who is in TOTAL CONTROL of EVERYTHING.

 

As it was for the Children of Israel, the nation was NOT LIVING according to God’s covenant.  And MUCH AS it is TODAY, the NATION was living in SIN.  There was NO TRUTH, MERCY, or KNOWLEDGE of GOD.  Instead the inhabitants were LYING, KILLING, STEALING, and COMMITTING ADULTRY.  They were devoid of FAITHFULNESS, LOVE and MERCY.  This was/is NOT PLEASING to God, and because of their SINFUL DEEDS, the Lord brought a CHARGE AGAINST the inhabitants of the land, and JUDGMENT was carried out in the matter of a SEVERE DROUGHT, which swept across the land, and people and animals perished.  Then came RESTORATION because of the people’s REPENTANT HEARTS.

 

What is it going to take for the NATIONS of today, whose inhabitants are living sinful lives, to TURN AWAY FROM THAT SIN, and to TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART?  Just as God had a CASE against Israel, He truly has a CASE AGAINST the NATIONS of today.  What will be the JUDGMENT for these nations and their inhabitants?  Are you contributing to the SINFUL CONDITION of your nation?  PROBABLY SO, if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, you are headed for His JUDGMENT, and an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God is giving you the opportunity NOW to TURN AWAY FROM, your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO Him, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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 spend ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!                                                                                            

Monday, September 30, 2019

"The Sufficient Sacrifice"


“The Sufficient Sacrifice”

 

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.  The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this.  For after He says:  “This is the covenant I will make with them after those days,” says the Lord; “I will put My laws on their hearts and write them on their minds,” He adds:  “I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts.”  Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.       Hebrews 10:14-18

 

The TRUE BELIEVER is SANCTIFIED or SET APART for God’s purpose, through the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ, who was/is the PERFECT SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE.  This is a ONCE and for ALL sacrifice.  Meaning that those who TRULY BELONG to God, can approach Him with FULL ACCEPTANCE, which is provided through the SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE, the death of Jesus Christ.

 

This is accomplished when a person comes to Christ, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, for the FORGIVENESS of their sins.  In verse twelve, we are told that this Man, Jesus Christ, after offering ONE SACRIFICE for sins FOREVER, sat down at the right hand of God. 

 

It all comes down to this, the Old Testament sacrifices were INSUFFICIENT to TAKE AWAY ALL of mankind’s sins.   Jesus Christ, in OBEDIENCE to His Holy Father, says:  “This is the covenant I will make with them after those days, I will put My Laws on their HEARTS and write them on their MINDS, I will NEVER AGAIN remember their sins and their lawless acts.”   The author of Hebrews, then says:  “Now where there is FORGIVENESS of these, there is NO LONGER an OFFERING for sin.”  This is because JESUS CHRIST is the PERFECT, SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE.  NOTHING or NOBODY can do what He has done, and bring a ONCE FOR ALL SALVATION to those who are WILLING to ACCEPT IT. 

 

You cannot LOSE it, have it TAKEN AWAY from you, or GIVE it back.  REMEMBER:  “Where there is FORGIVENESS of these (sins), there is NO LONGER an OFFERING for sins.  So if we could LOSE it, or have it TAKEN AWAY, or GIVE it back, we would have to CRUCIFY Christ over and over again.  He would not be a ONCE for ALL SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE.  And for those who REJECT this SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE, they have NO REAL SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE to turn to.  Now, this does NOT mean that, the TRUE BELIEVER, can live a SINFUL LIFE, and not be REPRIMANDED by GOD for their DISOBEDIENCE.  A TRUE BELIEVER, strives to be OBEDIENT to God.  They are tempted and sometimes they FALL to that temptation.  When this happens they are CONVICTED of those sins, by the HOLY SPIRIT, which indwells them.  It is then, up to them to REPENT. And they are FORGIVEN and their sins are COVERED by the BLOOD of CHRIST, and REMEMBERED NO MORE.  Have your sins been COVERED by the BLOOD of Jesus Christ, the SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE?  They are NOT if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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 have the ASSURANCE that you are FORGIVEN, and have HEAVEN as your ETERNAL HOME, because of GOD’S SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!! 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

"Alienated or Reconciled?"


“Alienated or Reconciled?”

 

Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions.  But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him---if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.       Colossians 1:21-23

 

ALIENATED means to be “cut off” or “separated.  People who are still living a sinful lifestyle, and have NOT REPENTED of their EVIL ACTIONS are ALIENATED and HOSTILE, separated from God, because of their EVIL ACTIONS.  When a person is born, they are born with a SINFUL NATURE.  The desire to sin is there, and they began to PRACTICE EVIL ACTIONS.  And so from the age of accountability, which is different with each person, but from that time on, they are RESPONSIBLE for their EVIL ACTIONS, until they become RECONCILED to God.  And they have NO HOPE for an ETERNITY in Heaven, unless they REPENT and are RECONCILED to God.

 

RECONCILED means to bring together, to make FRIENDLY again.  This is what happens when a person has REPENTED of their EVIL ACTIONS.  It is ONLY POSSIBLE through ACCEPTING the RECONCILING ACT of JESUS CHRIST, through the SHEDDING of His blood on the cross.  Hebrews 9:22 tells us that; “without the shedding of blood there is NO FORGIVENESS,” and therefore NO RECONCILIATION.  Through the SHED BLOOD of Christ, one is presented to God as, HOLY, FAULTLESS, and BLAMELESS.  One is SEPARATED from their sins and SET APART for God, this is the act of JUSTIFICATION, and will provide HEAVEN as their ETERNAL HOME. 

 

But you MUST REMAIN GROUNDED and STEADFAST in your FAITH.  And not easily shifted away from the HOPE you have received, because of your RECONCILIATION with God. This is possible for EVERY TRUE BELIEVER, because they have become NEW CREATURES, and the Holy Spirit is indwelling them, and providing the GUIDANCE and STABILITY they need.  So, are you ALIENATED or RECONCILED to God?

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are ALIENATED from Him.  And you will be spending ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, Jesus Christ, God’s ONLY SON, has provided a WAY for you to be RECONCILED to God.  And to RECEIVE this RECONCILIATION, you MUST BE 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.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a TRUE RECONCILED CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

"The Repentant Heart Becomes a Redeemedj Soul"


“The Repentant Heart Becomes a Redeemed Soul”

 

You have no part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right before God.  Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.       Acts 8:21-22

We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.      Ephesians 1:7

 

To have a REPENTANT HEART, is to be SORRY for the wrong-doings that you are guilty of.  To be REMORSEFUL of the sins you have committed, is to have the desire to TURN AWAY from your sins, and TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  When you do this your feet are on the RIGHT path, which will lead you to an ETERNITY in Heaven.

 

Simon, was a man, who practiced sorcery, and when he heard Philip, a disciple  of Jesus Christ, preach the GOOD NEWS about the Kingdom of God, and of Jesus Christ, Simon BELIEVED and was BAPTIZED.  But Simon, offered money to the disciples, if they would lay hands on him, in order to RECEIVE THE Holy Spirit.  However, Peter told him, “May your silver be destroyed with you, because you thought the gift of God could be obtained with money!”  Peter was outraged at Simon’s request, Simon was only interested in the POWER of the Spirit.  And Peter’s STRONG words, were because of Simon’s misunderstanding of God’s GRACE, God’s FREE gift of SALVATION.

 

Therefore, Peter told him, what is also applicable to EVERYONE, who desires to be SAVED.  Your HEART is NOT right before God.  And you MUST REPENT of your SINS, and ask for God’s FORGIVENESS, which is considered a REPENTANT HEART before God.  If we CONFESS our sins, He (God), is FAITHFUL and RIGHTEOUS to FORGIVE us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)  Then the Holy Spirit of God comes and INDWELLS the BELIEVER.

 

Jesus Christ, God’s Only Begotten Son, shed His precious BLOOD and DIED on an old, rugged cross to FREE MANKIND from their sins.  He IS the ONLY WAY for mankind to have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  This is REDEMPTION!  And it is the RESULT of a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  So when there is a TRUE REPENTANT HEART it becomes a REDEEMED SOUL.  Do you have a TRUE REPENTANT HEART and a REDEEMED SOUL?

 

If NOT, you can, if you will 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 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 ESCAPE an ETERNITY, in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and RECEIVE an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  And possess a TRUE REPENTANT HEART and a REDEEMED SOUL.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"Trusting At ALLTimes"


“Trusting At ALL Times”

 

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our Refuge.      Psalm 62:8

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust.”                  Psalm 91:2

 

TRUST:  putting CONFIDENCE in the RELIABILITY of someone or something.

 

King David tells us that we SHOULD TRUST in God at ALL TIMES.  Not just when we SEE or FEEL His POWER at work, or when He has BLESSED us, but EVEN when we are DISCOURAGED, BURDENED, or HEARTBROKEN.  David tells us that we NEED to POUR OUT our HEARTS to Him, because He is our REFUGE, our PLACE of SAFETY.   Maybe someone NEEDS to do that NOW.

 

God is the BEST of the BEST REFUGE and He is a STRONG and MIGHTY FORTRESS, where we can run to, and find REST from ALL that we encounter in our DAILY, EARTHLY lives. 

 

I think King David said it best when he said:  “Let the morning bring me word of Your UNFAILING LOVE, for I have put my TRUST in You.  Show me the way I should go, for to YOU I entrust my life.”  (Psalm 143:8)  Have you ENTRUSTED your LIFE to God?  Do you TRUST Him at ALL times?  Is He YOUR REFUGE and FORTRESS?  Have you EXPERIENCED His UNFAILING LOVE? 

 

You can ENTRUST your LIFE to Him and have Him as your REFUGE and STRONG FORTRESS, and TRUST HIM at ALL times, if you will TURN FROM YOUR sinful ways and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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.  ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ENTRUST your LIFE to Him for ALL of ETERNITY in Heaven, and ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  So do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


“Far and Near”

 

The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.   Proverbs 15:29

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.       Psalm 145:18

 

The Lord is FAR from the wicked, God distances Himself from the WICKED because He is RIGHTEOUS and HOLY, and He DETESTS wickedness.  Psalm 101:4, whose writer is David, says that: “The Perverse of heart shall be FAR from Me; I will have nothing to do with what is EVIL.” And the Psalmist Asaph, tells us that those who are FAR from God will PERISH; God will destroy ALL who are UNFAITHFUL to Him.  Are you FAR from God?

 

For those who are NEAR to Him, the RIGHTEOUS, has the ASSURANCE that God hears their PRAYERS.  David says:  “The Lord is NEAR to ALL who CALL on Him, to ALL who call on Him in TRUTH.”  In order to draw NEAR to God you MUST do what James 4:8 tells us:  “Come NEAR to God and He will come NEAR to you.  WASH your hands, you sinners, and PURIFY your HEARTS, you double-minded.”  The WASHING of the HANDS and PURIFYING of the HEART refers to CEREMONIAL CLEANSING.  However, notice that James addressed his readers as SINNERS, therefore there is a NEED for CLEANSING of the HEART. That is done when you come to JESUS CHRIST for the SALVATION of your SOUL.  He does the CLEANSING with the BLOOD He shed on CALVARY to FREE ALL mankind from SIN and to provide ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN for those who ACCEPT His OFFER.  

 

To those who have ACCEPTED His offer, those who are NOW in Christ Jesus and were ONCE FAR AWAY have been brought NEAR by the BLOOD of Christ.  (Ephesians 2:13)  Those who have done this are considered to be RIGHTEOUS, and they need to be PATIENT and STAND FIRM in their FAITH, because the Lord’s coming is NEAR.  The END of ALL things is NEAR.  Therefore, be ALERT and of SOBER MIND so that you may be able to PRAY.  (1 Peter 4:7)   PRAYING for ALL who are FAR from God and NEED to be brought NEAR to Him.   

 

If you are one who is FAR from God, because you have REJECTED Him and His Son, time and time again, you are destined to PERISH, and spend ALL of ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  But God wants you to be NEAR Him, and to do that you MUST 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 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 be NEAR TO HIM, with the ASSURANCE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Monday, September 16, 2019


“Two Paths”

 

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.   Then you will understand what is right and just and fair---every good path.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.          Proverbs 2:6, 9-11

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.  Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.  The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.  But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.         Proverbs 4:14-15, 18-19

 

In this life we are faced with choosing one of two paths, which are MAJOR PATHS.  One PATH is for the RIGHTEOUS, the other is for the WICKED.   If you are a TRUE CHILD of God you are considered RIGHTEOUS.  If you seek after WISDOM, and ASK God for it, He will GIVE it to you.  The writer of this Proverb, tells us that from God’s mouth come KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING.  And when we ASK, He will give us UNDERSTANDING of what is RIGHT, JUST and FAIR, which concerns EVERY GOOD PATH, or the way we live our lives.  God PROTECTS those who by His wisdom are MORALLY UPRIGHT, those who belong to Him.

This WISDOM is MORE than intellectual abilities, it is using SOUND JUDGMENT.  When WISDOM enters your HEART, DISCRETION will bring you PROTECTION and UNDERSTANDING will KEEP you. 

 

In Proverbs 4:14-15, are commands to STEER CLEAR of the PATH of the WICKED:  Do NOT set foot on the PATH of the WICKED or WALK in the WAY of EVILDOERS.   AVOID IT!!  Do NOT travel on it; TURN AWAY from it and GO on YOUR way.  The two PATHS are DRASTICALLY different.  The RIGHTEOUS PATH is STRAIGHT, and the LIGHT on the path leads the TRUE BELIEVER on an UNHAMPERED path.  However, the PATH of the WICKED is clouded in DEEP DARKNESS and is CROOKED and full of STUMBLING, BUMBLING obstacles.  The WICKED will PERISH, but the RIGHTEOUS will FLOURISH.

 

The PATH of the RIGHTEOUS leads to an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  The PATH of the WICKED leads to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Which PATH are YOU on?   If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, I’m afraid that you are on the PATH of the WICKED, headed for an ETERNITY in HELL.  However, God wants YOU to make a WISE choice and choose the PATH of the RIGHTEOUS.  IN order to CHANGE your PATH, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO HIM, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  BELIEVING, 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 get on the PATH of the RIGHTEOUS, and be able to ENTER your ETERNAL HOME, HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!