Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"Numbered With the Transgressors"


“Numbered With the Transgressors”

 

After He has suffered, He will see the Light of Life and be satisfied by His knowledge My Righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.  For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.        Isaiah 53:11-12

 

Whenever I read these verses and the preceding ones, I feel remorseful to KNOW that Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, had to SUFFER and DIE because of MY SINS, and not ONLY MY SINS, but YOURS too.  The HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, SINLESS SON of the LIVING GOD, became SIN, and PROVIDED SALVATION for EVERYONE, who BELIEVES in Him and His REDEEMING SACRIFICE on an OLD RUGGED CROSS.  HE paid the PRICE that should have been on our heads. It was mankind that REBELLED against God and His ways, NOT the SINLESS SON of God. 

 

Yet, He was WILLING to lay down His LIFE for those who PRACTICED SINS and REBELLION against God.  When mankind came to the SAVING KNOWLEDGE of Christ and God’s Plan of SALVATION, and BELIEVED in Jesus and His mission to SAVE those who were in EVERY SENCE of the word; TRANSGRESSORS.  JESUS CHRIST, the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, Son of God, the ONE who KNEW NO SIN, became SIN, and was NUMBERED with the TRANSGRESSORS.  He bore the sins of EVERYONE, and is MAKING INTERCESSION for those who will ACCEPT HIM as their SAVIOR and LORD. Then they will SHARE in His INHERITANCE, and they will RECEIVE an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and they will ESCAPE ALL the HORRORS of an ETERNITY in HELL.    Where do YOU stand?  Are you a SINNER SAVED by GOD’S GRACE?  Or are YOU a SINNER that is on their way to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE?

 

If you have NOT SINCERELY given your HEART and LIFE to GOD then you are on your way to HELL.  However, God LOVES YOU SO MUCH that He sent His SON to DIE in YOUR place, and He wants you to become a CHILD of His by: TURNING AWAY FROM YOUR sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO HIM, 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 ALWAYS REMEMBER that Jesus SUFFERED and DIED by TAKING EVERYONE’S transgressions (sins) on Himself, and was NUMBERED with the TRANSGRESSORS for YOUR SAKE and MINE.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Monday, February 18, 2019

"Christ Lives In Me"


“Christ Lives In Me”

 

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

 

As a Child of God, what is your concept of LIVING a CHRISTIAN LIFE?  For the Apostle Paul, it was being CRUCIFIED with Christ, meaning that he would DIE to his old sinful lifestyle, and that he would NO longer LIVE being his OLD, SELF-RIGHTEOUS, SELF-CENTERED SELF.   It meant that he would DETHRONE SELF, and YIELD his throne to another; the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  And now Christ LIVES in HIM.  This is the MAIN CONCEPT of LIVING a CHRISTIAN LIFE.

 

We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, those who have given their HEART and LIFE to God, like Paul, MUST be CRUCIFIED with Christ; DYING to OUR OLD SINFUL LIFE.  DETHRONING our SELF and YIELDING it to the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  So that it is NO LONGER YOU who LIVES, but that it is CHRIST LIVING in YOU.  This action is carried out by the Holy Spirit, who, at the time of CONVERSION, will INDWELL the HEART of the TRUE BELIEVER, and will TEACH, GUIDE and LEAD us in the ways of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  This is known as REBIRTH, or being BORN AGAIN, and takes place when we ACCEPT by FAITH the SON of GOD as our SAVIOR and LORD, the ONE who gave HIMSELF for YOU.

 

There are some who think that THEY have to try to LIVE a CHRISTIAN LIFE according to their OWN merits, this is IMPOSSIBLE.  It is the PURPOSE of the INDWELLING of the HOLY SPIRIT in the HEART of the TRUE BELIEVER to TEACH, GUIDE and LEAD you to LIVE a CHRISTIAN LIFE.  In John 14:26 , Jesus told His disciples; “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will TEACH you ALL things and bring to your remembrance ALL that I have said to you.”   Christ LIVES in the HEART of EVERY TRUE BELIEVER by the PRESENCE of God’s Holy Spirit. 

 

Some people may think that all they have to do to obtain SALVATION, is to say a prayer, and then go on with life as usual.  This is NOT SALVATION, SALVATION is becoming a NEW CREATURE, a DIFFERENT person.  One who has TOTALLY and TRUTHFULLY given their WHOLE HEART and LIFE to God, and ALLOWS JESUS CHRIST to LIVE in them, by the POWER of GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT. 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God.  Then it is NOT CHRIST who lives in YOU, but it is the devil.  And he is LEADING you to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and there is NO WAY of ESCAPE.  However, God in His INFINITE MERCY and ABUNDANT GRACE, is offering you the opportunity NOW, to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO HIM with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST BELIEVE that Jesus DIED for YOU, with ALL your HEART, 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 you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and allow CHRIST to LIVE in YOU, by the POWER of GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Two IMPORTANT Steps to SALVATION"


“Two IMPORTANT Steps to SALVATION”

 

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.        Romans 10:10

 

The Bible clearly states how a SINFUL person can obtain SALVATION.  In Romans 10:9-13, it gives us STEPS we MUST TAKE in order to possess JUSTIFICATION, SALVATION, and RIGHTEOUSNESS.  I would like to focus on verse 10, which are two very important steps in the SALVATION of a LOST SOUL.

 

The first step is:  To BELIEVE with your HEART that Jesus is Lord,” and that He DIED for YOUR sins and was RAISED TO LIFE, by God, in order for YOU to have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  It cannot be an “I THINK”, it MUST be an “I BELIEVE”, because, it is with your HEART that you BELIEVE and are JUSTIFIED, NOT with your MIND.    

 

The second step is:  To CONFESS with the MOUTH your sins, before God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, you are ACKNOWLEDGING that you are a sinner in NEED of a SAVIOR, and then you can SINCERELY PROFESS with your MOUTH that “JESUS IS LORD!” 

 

These TWO STEPS will lead you to SALVATION, and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  But if you have NOT BELIEVED with your HEART nor CONFESSED with your MOUTH, you are HEADED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  God is giving you an opportunity NOW, 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be JUSTIFIED, SAVED, and RIGHTEOUS, before the ALMIGHTY GOD.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

"Envy and Selfish Ambition"


“Envy and Selfish Ambition”

 

But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come down from Heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.   For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.        James 3:14-16

 

ENVY and SELFISH AMBITION, two attributes that the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD of this UNIVERSE, does NOT want His Children to possess.  Some may believe that these two attributes are a form of “wisdom”, but such “wisdom” is NOT from God, but it is EARTHLY, UNSPIRITUAL, and DEMONIC, which are ENEMIES of the TRUE BELIEVER.  This constitutes FALSE WISDOM, it is DEFINITELY NOT the WISDOM that God gives His Children.

 

I believe that in this day and time, we see ENVY AND SELFISH AMBITION running RAMPANT in so many different facets of our life.  We definitely can see it in our government, with the different attitudes of the different groups of individuals and their agendas.  We see it infiltrating our families, causing DIVISIONS, JEALOUSIES, even HATRED, and in some cases VIOLENCES.  Sadly to say ENVY and SELFISH AMBITION has entered into the HEARTS and minds of members of the Church family too.  And has caused DISSENSIONS and DIVISIONS among God’s Children, because of the use of their FALSE WISDOM.  Instead of HUMBLING themselves and DEPENDING on God and His Holy Spirit to impart GODLY WISDOM to them, they open their HEARTS to EARTHLY, UNSPIRITUAL and DEMONIC influences, which generally DESTROYS the work of God, or at least puts a HALT to it.

 

If you are a TRUE CHILD of GOD, don’t let ENVY and SELFISH AMBITION invade your HEART and MIND.  If you don’t have an INTIMATE ALONE TIME with your HEAVENLY FATHER, MAKE ONE!! Let Him give you WISDOM that comes from Him and NOT from the EARTHLY, UNSPIRITUAL, DEMONIC ENEMIES that are only out to DESTROY your RELATIONSHIP with the ALMIGHTY God.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD.  You are NOT His Child, and you are living in REBELLION against Him.  You are headed for an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and there is NO WAY of ESCAPE.  More than likely, you find yourself experiencing some ENVY and SELFISH AMBITION.  You may even allow them to CONTROL your HEART and MIND, concerning your RELATIONSHIPS and DECESION-MAKING.  If this is the case, I want you to KNOW that God is giving you the OPPORTUNITY NOW to CHANGE your DESTINY by:  TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO HIM with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be set FREE from the EARTHLY, UNSPIRITUAL, DEMONIC influences that are sending you to an ETERNITY in Hell.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"A Sincere Heart"


“A Sincere Heart”

 

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.        Hebrews 10:22

 

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!  Well, we have been focusing on LOVE these last few days, so I thought we might take a look at something that is a very prominent object of HUMAN AFFECTIONS, which is, of course, the HEART.  We tell those we LOVE that we LOVE them with ALL our HEART.  Some people are very SINCERE when they express this, however there are those who say it, but really don’t mean it. 

 

In our devotion today, we will talk about saying and proclaiming the fact that we LOVE God with ALL our HEART.  But do we REALLY?  In order to say it and mean it, you have got to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.  The writer of Hebrews encourages us to DRAW NEAR to GOD.  To be able to come into the presence of the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD, you NEED a SINCERE HEART and a SURE FAITH, or a FAITH that has FULL ASSURANCE of your RELATIONSHIP with Him.  The ONLY WAY to approach God is through His SON, Jesus Christ, and His SACRIFICAL DEATH on the CROSS. 

 

When you come to Christ with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, it is like having your HEART sprinkled with the CLEANSING BLOOD of Christ Jesus, this act of REDEMPTION provides you with FREEDOM from your GUILTY CONSCIENCE and WASHES your SIN-DRENCHED body with PURE water from the FOUNTAIN of LIVING WATER. Thus, you will have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Holy God.  This will set you FREE from your CONDEMNATION and it will provide you with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN. 

 

If you have NOT come to Christ for the SALVATION of your soul.  You cannot DRAW NEAR TO GOD, until you come to Him with a SINCERE, 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.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and with a SINCERE HEART, a SURE FAITH, and the CLEANSING with PURE WATER, have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, and receive an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

"True Love"


“True Love”

My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.        1 John 3:18

 

This is what LOVE is:  It is NOT that we have LOVED God, but that He LOVED us and sent His Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.  (1 John 4:10)  This is a SACRIFICIAL LOVE.  “For God LOVED the world SO MUCH that He gave His ONLY SON, so that EVERYONE who BELIEVES in Him may not die but have ETERNAL LIFE.  (John 3:16)

TRUE LOVE is a SINCERE LOVE, 1 Peter 1:22 tells us;  “Now that by your OBEDIENCE to the TRUTH you have purified yourselves and have come to have a SINCERE LOVE for other believers, love one another EARNESTLY with ALL your HEART.”   This means that we should LOVE each other with a GENUINE LOVE and to do that with a ZEAL and to be SERIOUS about our LOVE for each other. 

 

TRUE LOVE is a SAVING LOVE, Psalm 91:14, 15 tells us that “God says, ‘I will SAVE those who LOVE Me, and PROTECT those who ACKNOWLEDGE Me as LORD.  When they call to Me, I will answer them when they are in trouble, I will be with them.  I will RESCUE them and HONOR them.”  God’s LOVE is a TRUE SAVING LOVE.

 

TRUE LOVE is a STEADFAST LOVE, Ephesians 6:24 says:  “May God’s GRACE be with ALL those who LOVE our Lord Jesus Christ with UNDYING LOVE.  UNDYING LOVE is a STEADFAST LOVE.  It is a LOVE that is NOT shaken, it IS FIRM and STRONG.  It will NEVER DIE OUT, but it will STAND the tests of time.  Does this describe the LOVE you have for the Lord Jesus Christ?  It should.

 

These are a few of the attributes of TRUE LOVE, which is the AGAPE or GODLY type of LOVE.  It is DEFINITELY the type of LOVE that God has for His Children.  And as God’s Children, it is the type of LOVE that we should share among each other.  Remember:  The COMMAND that Christ has given us is this:  WHOEVER LOVES GOD, MUST LOVE OTHERS ALSO.   (1 John 4:21)

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you cannot experience His TRUE LOVE.  However, He is giving you the opportunity NOW to be able to have that EXPERIENCE.  You MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be able to EXPERIENCE the REAL TRUE LOVE of ALMIGHTY GOD.  And be RESCUED from an ETERNITY in Hell, and spend your ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Monday, February 11, 2019

"Where Does LOVE Come From?"


“Where Does LOVE Come From?”

 

Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.      1 John 4:7-8

 

Some people may think that LOVE is an emotion that you are born with.  While others may say it is a LEARNED emotion, that from birth, over a period of time, you are taught to LOVE.  However, the Bible tells us that LOVE comes from GOD, which is the AGAPE type of LOVE.

 

There are three types of LOVE:  One is the AGAPE or Godly LOVE, shared by God’s Children, the second type is PHILO or brotherly type of love, this is the type of LOVE that is expressed among family members or close friends.  The third type of LOVE is the EROS, which is the type of LOVE that is shared between husband and wife, which is expressed physically.  The word EROS comes from the word EROTIC. 

 

I believe that when God created mankind, He created them with the ABILITY to LOVE each other in ALL three ways.  In order to become a TRUE CHILD of God, you MUST LOVE Him DEEPLY with the AGAPE LOVE.  This LOVE is a manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT of God. 

 

This is how God showed His LOVE among us:  He sent His ONE and ONLY Son into the world that we might LIVE through Him.  This is LOVE:  NOT that WE LOVED GOD, but that He LOVED us, and sent His Son as an ATONING SACRIFICE for our sins, (VV 9-10).  And since God so LOVED us, we also ought to LOVE one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we LOVE one another, God lives in us and His LOVE is made complete in us.  (VV11-12).  This is the type of LOVE that TRUE BELIEVERS, TRUE CHILDREN OF GOD should have for each other.  Are you experiencing the AGAPE, or GODLY LOVE? 

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT EXPERIENCING His LOVE.  And you WILL experience His WRATH, because you are living a SINFUL lifestyle, which is enmity against the HOLY God.  In order to experience His LOVE and be RESCUED from an ETERNITY in Hell, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and EXPERIENCE and SHARE His AGAPE LOVE with others.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

"The Guarantee of a Better Covenant"


“The Guarantee of a Better Covenant”

 

But Jesus became a priest by means of a vow when God said to Him, “The Lord has made a solemn promise and will not take it back:  ‘You will be a priest forever.’”  This difference, then also makes Jesus the guarantee of a better covenant.          Hebrews 7:21-22

 

The priests in Jesus’ day, were not made priests by God’s vow, they came through their Levitical heritage, but Jesus Christ became a High Priest by the means of a vow, God’s Vow, this happened when God said to Him, “The Lord has made a SOLEMN PROMISE and will NOT take it back:  ‘You will be a priest FOREVER.’”  This difference between Jesus and the other priest, made Jesus the GUARANTEE of a BETTER COVENANT.

 

Another difference between Jesus and the other priests is:  The OTHER priest DIED and could NOT continue their work.  But the Lord Jesus is ETERNAL, and His work does not pass on to someone else, especially A MORTAL human being.  And because of this, Jesus is ABLE to SAVE, NOW and ALWAYS those who come to God through HIM.  This is POSSIBLE, because He LIVES FOREVER to intercede or PLEAD with God for them.

 

Jesus is the High Priest that MEETS our NEEDS.  He TRULY is our GUARANTEE of a BETTER COVENANT, because; He is HOLY, there is NO FAULT or SIN in Him, and NEVER has BEEN; He has been SET APART from the sinners and RAISED above the heavens.   Unlike the other high priests; He does not nor does He NEED to FIRST offer sacrifices DAILY for His OWN sins, and then for the sins of the people, because He is SINLESS, PURE and HOLY.  He OFFERED ONE sacrifice, ONCE and for ALL, when He OFFERED HIMSELF.  JESUS CHRIST, the SON of GOD, became the PERFECT HIGH PRIEST FOREVER.  He is the GUARANTEE of a BETTER COVENANT.  (VV 24-27)

 

Have you come to Jesus, as your High Priest?  If NOT, you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  Jesus is NOT ONLY the High Priest, He was also the SACRIFICE, which TOOK AWAY the sins of those who will come to Him for the SALVATION of their souls, ONCE and for ALL!  JESUS is the ONLY WAY to get to GOD, and have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  In order for you to COME to Jesus, you MUST be WILLING to 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.  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 receive the GUARANTEE of a BETTER COVENANT, and ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and GAIN HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!

 

 

Friday, February 8, 2019

"Confidence?"


“Confidence?”

 

In union with Christ and through our faith in Him we have the boldness to go into God’s presence with ALL confidence.          Ephesians 3:12

Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace.  There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.         Hebrews 4:16

 

Confidence:  Firm belief; trust; reliance.

 

When an individual comes to Jesus Christ for the SALVATION of their soul, it entails MORE, MUCH MORE than just a FREE TICKET into Heaven, and an ESCAPE MECHANISM from spending an ETERNITY in Hell.  It is a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with not ONLY Jesus, but the Almighty God.  And in this RELATIONSHIP, we can obtain CONFIDENCE in the capabilities of the Almighty God, such as; KEEPING His PROMISES, and providing a FOREVER HOME for His children, making His presence KNOWN, and being our REFUGE in our darkest times.  

 

However, many of His Children LACK CONFIDENCE in the ALMIGHTY GOD, and live a defeated life, because their relationship with God suffers from a LACK of CONFIDENCE, and their FAITH becomes WEAK and VULNERABLE to Satan’s attacks.  And they try to FIGHT their OWN battles, ALONE without calling on God for His HELP.  Their CONFIDENCE in the Heavenly Father is non-existent, at least that’s the impression they make.  Some may even believe that as long as they have the PROMISE of HEAVEN, that’s ALL they NEED.  WRONG!!!  God’s offer of SALVATION includes a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.  One in which you can be CONFIDENT in Him and His CAPABILITIES. HE IS ABLE, in ANY SITUATION!!!  ALL you have to do is CALL ON HIM! If you TRULY BELONG to Him.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us that because of our UNION with Christ, and our FAITH in Him, we can have the BOLDNESS to go into God’s presence with ALL CONFIDENCE.  In Hebrews 4:16, the writer tells us that we, God’s TRUE Children, SHOULD have CONFIDENCE, and approach God’s throne, where there is GRACE; receiving blessings WE DON’T DESERVE.  And there we will RECEIVE MERCY; which is NOT receiving what WE DO DESERVE.  Then we will find GRACE to HELP us JUST WHEN WE NEED IT.

 

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you cannot have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, nor can you ENTER HIS PRESENCE with CONFIDENCE, because of your sinful lifestyle.  You’re headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY of ESCAPE.  In order to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and when you have done this, you may have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with the ALMIGHTY GOD, and can enter His presence with BOLDNESS and CONFIDENCE in Him.  Do ALL of the ABOVE NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

"Rescued!"


“Rescued!”

 

He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of His dear Son, by Whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.        Colossians 1:13

And so the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials and how to keep the wicked under punishment for the Day of Judgment, especially those who follow their filthy bodily lusts and despise God’s authority.         2 Peter 2:9

 

Have you ever been RESCUED from a DANGEROUS situation?  If so, then you know the anxiety and nervous tension, situations like that can bring.  Many times, in the Bible, we can read where King David, and other Old Testament people were under immense persecutions and attacks upon them.  Even in the New Testament times, the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ were TEMPTED, TORMENTED, and TORTURED, some to the point of death.    Yet, one way or another they were RESCUED from their PERILOUS environments.

 

So it is with the TRUE BELIEVERS of today, God has RESCUED them from the POWER of DARKNESS, and with HIS POWER, He has brought them SAFELY into the KINGDOM of His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to RESCUE mankind from their sins, and brings them FORGIVENESS , when they come to God for the SALVATION of their SOULS.  

 

God, not ONLY is ABLE to SAVE mankind from their SINS and from an ETERNITY in Hell, but He is ABLE to RESCUE them from their trials and persecutions.  He is the ALMIGHTY, EVERLASTING GOD, a GOD of LOVE, MERCY and COMPASSION.  He LOVES His Children and is ABLE to RESCUE them from the clutches of the WICKED, which He will keep under punishment for the DAY OF JUDGMENT, ESPECIALLY  those who FOLLOW their FILTHY, BODILY LUSTS and DESPISE the ALMIGHTY God’s AUTHORITY.  Has He RESCUED YOU from an ETERNITY in HELL, with all it’s HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE?

 

If NOT, He can!! If you will 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.  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 let Him RESCUE you from the pits of Hell, and BLESS you with ALL the GLORIES of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"The Word of Life"


“The Word of Life”

 

We write to you about the Word of Life, which has existed from the very beginning.  We have heard it, and we have seen it with our own eyes; yes, we have seen it, and our hands have touched it.  When this Life became visible, we saw it; so we speak of it and tell you about the Eternal Life which was with the Father and was made known to us.   What we have seen and heard we announce to you also, so that you will join with us in the fellowship that we have with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.          1 John 1:1-3

 

John, an Apostle, of the Lord Jesus Christ, was addressing the TRUE BELIEVERS of his time.  Who were the objects of the antichrists or false teachers, who denied the INCARNATION of Jesus Christ, the Word of Life. 

 

John tells his readers, the reason for his letter to them.  First, let us look at the title, the WORD of LIFE, which John has ascribed to Jesus, and rightly so.  In John 1:1, John stated:  “In the beginning the WORD already existed; the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God.”  Verse four says:  “The WORD was the Source of LIFE, and this LIFE brought light to people.”  In verse fourteen, John says:  “The WORD became a human being and, full of GRACE and TRUTH, lived among us.  We saw His glory, the glory which He received as the Father’s only Son.  This description pretty much describes the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the LIVING GOD.

 

John wanted his readers to KNOW that JESUS came in FLESH and BLOOD, as a MAN, who dwelt among mankind, for the PURPOSE of SEEKING and SAVING the LOST.  The LIGHT of LIFE, brought LIGHT and LIFE to those LIVING in the DARKNESS of their SINS. 

 

John wanted the TRUE BELIEVERS to KNOW that he and the other disciples, had FIRST-HAND, PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.  He said that they HEARD IT, SEEN IT with their own eyes, and even TOUCHED IT with their own hands.  Not ONLY is Jesus the WORD of LIFE, He is LIFE, ETERNAL LIFE. It is because of HIM that mankind can EXPERIENCE that ETERNAL LIFE, and be able to have FELLOWSHIP with FATHER GOD and His SON, JESUS CHRIST.  In John 14:6, Jesus says: “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE; no one goes to the Father except by Me.”  Jesus, the WORD of LIFE, is the ONLY WAY to ETERNAL LIFE with God.

 

Have you ACCEPTED the WORD of LIFE, as your SAVIOR and LORD?  If not you are living in DARKNESS and will be spending your ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY OF ESCAPE.  You are NOW being given the OPPORTUNITY to ACCEPT Him.  This is what you MUST do to be able to have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  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.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be able to have SWEET FELLOWSHIP with FATHER GOD and His SON, the WORD of LIFE, Jesus Christ.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

"What an AWESOMEGod!"


“What an AWESOME God!”

 

By the Word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; He puts the deep into storehouses.  For He spoke and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm. 

The LORD foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.                        Psalms 33:6, 7, 9-11   

 

Have you ever just stopped and contemplated on the AWESOMENESS of the ALMIGHTY GOD?  Have you ever looked around at NATURE, or been outside on a STAR-STUDDED NIGHT, and wondered how those many stars and the moon and the sun, in the daytime can stay suspended in the heavens?  Isn’t it AMAZING how the EARTH is just the RIGHT DISTANCE from the sun, so that the earth and the things on earth won’t disintegrate?   Yet it provides the right amount of WARMTH and LIGHT to sustain mankind and the other parts of God’s creation. 

 

The Bible tells us that God SPOKE the world into EXISTENCE, by the POWER of His WORD.  (Gen. 1)  What God orders, HAPPENS.  The Psalmist tells us, that ALL PEOPLE of the WORLD should WORSHIP Him.    For He SPOKE and it came to be; he COMMANDED, and it STOOD FIRM.  The earth was not BLOWN off course nor did SUN, MOON or STARS fall from the heavens, yet they have STOOD FIRM, right where the CREATOR of the UNIVERSE put them. 

 

Then the Psalmist speaks of God’s POWER in the HISTORY of mankind.   The plans of the Almighty God FOILS the plans of the EVIL NATIONS.  His PURPOSES are STEADFAST and SUSTAINED, no matter what mankind purposes to do.   His PLANS and PURPOSES stand FIRM FOREVER, through ALL generations.  Surely, God’s POWERFUL WORDS and WORKS SHOULD evoke our VERY BEST WORSHIP and PRAISE, for He ALONE is WORTHY!!

 

Are you AWARE of who holds the DESTINY of this WORLD and UNIVERSE?  And who also holds YOUR destiny in His MIGHTY, POWERFUL HANDS? If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then your DESTINY is an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY OF ESCAPE.  In order to change your ETERNAL DESTINATION, 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.  You MUST THEN BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that, God’s ONLY SON, Jesus Christ died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and realize just how AWESOME He is, and WORSHIP and PRAISE Him, because HE ALONE IS WORTHY.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!                                                                                              

 

Monday, February 4, 2019

"Living By Faith"


“Living By Faith”

 

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

 

Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, tells them that being JUSTIFIED by FAITH in Christ is not done by the works of the law, because by the works of the law NO ONE will be JUSTIFIED (V16).  He stated that; “Through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.”  He went on to say that he had been crucified with Christ and it is NO LONGER he who lives, but CHRIST, who lives in him.  This is done through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. 

 

The life that he lived in the body, he lived by FAITH in the Son of God, the One who loved him to the point of giving Himself for Paul.  Paul reasoned, if Christ loved him to the point of dying in his place, then he could DIE to self, and LIVE for Jesus Christ. This would bring him something that the law could NOT, which is JUSTIFICATION by FAITH in CHRIST. 

 

You see, LIVING BY FAITH, is not being OBEDIENT to a set of rules and regulations, but it is being OBEDIENT to the ALMIGHTY GOD, and living in accordance to His will.  If the Law could bring SALVATION, then Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, was in vain.  And the Law would nullify God’s GRACE. 

 

SALVATION by the Law would be SALVATION by WORKS.  And it is NOT BY WORKS that we are saved, but by God’s GRACE and MERCY, through the DEATH and RESURRECTION of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, in order to LIVE BY FAITH, we MUST be like Paul, and be CRUCIFIED with Christ, so we MIGHT LIVE for Him, and gain an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its blessings.

 

In order for YOU to LIVE BY FAITH, and have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, you MUST DO this FIRST:  TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle (be crucified with Christ), and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then 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 begin LIVING BY FAITH for CHRIST JESUS, the ONE, who DIED for YOU.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

"Who Are the Enemies of God?"


“Who Are the Enemies of God?”

 

For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!        Romans 5:10

 

Who are the ENEMIES of God?  The ENEMIES of God are those who REBEL against and REJECT God and His Son, Jesus Christ.  They are the COLD, BLACK HEARTED SINNERS, who FIGHT AGAINST God’s Laws.  WE were, and some of you still ARE the ENEMIES of God.   Those who have NOT COME to Him for the FORGIVENESS of their sins, but instead are living in ENMITY against Him. 

 

God’s plan to RECONCILE His ENEMIES, is carried out by the SACRIFICIAL DEATH of His ONLY SON, Jesus Christ.  To RECONCILE is to make FRIENDLY again.  It is God’s desire to bring RECONCILIATION to His ENEMIES.  To change them from; His ENEMIES to His CHILDREN, from SINNERS to SAINTS.  RECONCILIATION is the BASIS of a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP between God and mankind.  RECONCILIATION is the REMOVAL of the ENMITY, which separates God from mankind.  Therefore, before mankind can be RECONCILED to God, they MUST COME to the CROSS for the SALVATION of their SOULS, and to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  This is the FATE of God’s ENEMIES.

 

Jesus Christ died for His ENEMIES, verse eight, tells us that:  “While we were still SINNERS, Christ died for us.”  And now, since we are RECONCILED to God, through the DEATH of His Son, how much more shall we be SAVED through His life!  We are not speaking of His earthly life, but His life in Heaven, where He is EVER INTERCEDING for US.  What kind of LOVE is it that a HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD, would RECONCILE and bring SALVATION to His ENEMIES, and accomplish it through the AGONIZING, TORTUROUS DEATH of His ONE and ONLY SON?  Are you STILL living in ENMITY against God and His Son?

 

If you are, you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE once you are there.   God is offering you His RECONCILIATION, IF you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO HIM, 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 STOP being the ENEMY of God and BECOME the CHILD of GOD.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, February 1, 2019

"Who Are the Children of God?"


“Who Are the Children of God?”

 

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.  By this it is evident who are the Children of God, and who are the children of the devil:  whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.      1 John 3:9-10

Jesus answered him, (Nicodemus), “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”       John 3:3

Jesus said to him (Thomas), “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”         John 14:6

 

Some people are under the FALSE assumption that EVERYONE on the face of the earth, is a child of God.  This is NOT FACTUAL, and I believe that a lot of God’s Word, the scriptures, explicitly tells us that.  EVERYONE is a CREATION of GOD, but EVERYONE is NOT a Child of God.

 

First of all, in 1 John 3:9-10, we are told that:  No one who is BORN of GOD makes a practice of sinning, this means that they DO NOT CONTINUE to LIVE in a sinful lifestyle.  And the reason being is because God’s seed or the very NATURE of God abides in them.  They CANNOT keep on sinning because they have been BORN of GOD.  However, because we are in the flesh, we sin against God, but it is NOT a continual SINFUL LIFESTYLE.  A TRUE Child of God will come under CONVICTION and REPENT of that act of DISOBEDIENCE, and then they will CONTINUE to STRIVE to LIVE in OBEDIENCE to the Almighty God.  And because of this, they are KNOWN as the CHILDREN of GOD. 

 

One evening a man, named Nicodemus, a member of the Pharisees, came to Jesus, and Jesus told Nicodemus, that “NO ONE can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again.”   Jesus was NOT talking about being physically born again, but He was telling Nicodemus that in order to see the Kingdom of God, to become a TRUE CHILD of GOD, there MUST BE a SPIRITUAL BIRTH.  Which meant that whoever BELIEVES in Jesus Christ, and will come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, would NOT PERISH in Hell, but would have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, and thus they will be called the CHILD of GOD. 

 

Jesus, talking to His Disciple, Thomas, told him; “I am the WAY and the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  No one comes to the Father EXCEPT through Me.”  If you are feeling uneasy and convicted about living a SINFUL LIFESTYLE, COME to JESUS, and be BORN AGAIN into the FAMILY of God. To do this 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.  You MUST BELIEVE 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 BORN AGAIN and KNOWN as a CHILD of the LIVING GOD, and RECEIVE an ETERNITY in Heaven.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!