Friday, February 21, 2020

"The Acceptable Time"


“The Acceptable Time”



For He says:  I heard you in an acceptable time and I helped you in the day of salvation.  Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.       2 Corinthians 6:2



What is the ACCEPTABLE TIME?  The Apostle Paul, says NOW is the ACCEPTABLE TIME, because the Lord God, says:  I heard you in an ACCEPTABLE TIME, and I helped you in the DAY of SALVATION.  This refers to the RESURRECTION of JESUS CHRIST.  Mankind’s ACCEPTABLE TIME, and the DAY of SALVATION, was brought about by the RESURRECTION of the LORD JESUS CHRIST from the dead.

So, the Apostle Paul, knew that the ACCEPTABLE TIME for the DAY of SALVATION to take place is NOW.  However, that ACCEPTABLE TIME is NOT determined by mankind.  They cannot decide when they will be SAVED.  It will be when the Holy Spirit of God, draws them, bringing them under CONVICTION for their sins, and providing an opportunity for them to ACCEPT or REJECT the LORD JESUS CHRIST as their SAVIOR and LORD.  John 6:44 says: “No one can come to Me (Jesus) unless the Father (God) who sent Me draws him and I will raise him up on the last day.”  These were the Words of the Lord Jesus.  In other words, YOU can NOT decide that you will wait until you are dying and then call out to God.  He may not deal with you that long. And, you could die SUDDENLY WITHOUT any advance notice or warning. 



So, NOW is the DAY of SALVATION, it is the ACCEPTABLE TIME for you to answer His call, if He has been dealing with you, CONVICTING you of your sins. Times when you feel GUILTY and UNEASY with your sinful lifestyle.  If you continue to REJECT Jesus as your SAVIOR and LORD, you will end up spending your ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  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.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, because it is the ACCEPTABLE TIME.  So, do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

"Obedience and the Word"


“Obedience and the Word”



But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.        Deuteronomy 30:14



OBEDIENCE is the act of being SUBMISSIVE to someone or something.  Moses instructs the Nation of Israel, that if they OBEY the Voice of the Lord God, to keep His Commandments and His Statutes, which are written in the Book of the Law, and if they turn to the Lord God with ALL their HEART and with ALL their SOUL, the Lord God would BLESS the work of their hands.  He would bring them PROSPERITY. 



This COMMANDMENT, which he brought them was not too mysterious for them nor was it far off.  But the Word IS very NEAR, it was in their MOUTH, they KNEW it and SPOKE it.  It was also in their HEART, and therefore, they SHOULD DO whatever the Word commands.



The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 10:9-10, that: “If you declare with your MOUTH, “Jesus is Lord,” and BELIEVE in your HEART that God raised Him from the dead, you will be SAVED.  For it is with your HEART that you BELIEVE and are JUSTIFIED, and it is with your MOUTH that you PROFESS your FAITH and are SAVED.”



In order to BELIEVE, you must FOLLOW or OBEY the WRITTEN WORD of GOD so that your FAITH will be in the Word, who was with God in the beginning, and the Word was God.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among mankind.  The Word of God is the Lord Jesus Christ.



For mankind to be able to have a relationship with God, and receive SALVATION, they MUST be OBEDIENT to the WORD of GOD.  They NEED a KNOWLEDGE of His Written Word, and a RELATIONSHIP with the Word that became flesh and dwelt among mankind.  This means you MUST READ and STUDY the Written Word, which is the Holy Bible, and SPEAK it to your friends and relatives, especially the children.   And have a RELATIONSHIP with the Word that became flesh by, ACCEPTING Him as your SAVIOR and LORD.



You start by:  BEING WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be OBEDIENT to His WORD.  And be able to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and GAIN an ETERNITY in HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

"Speaking Boldly"


“Speaking Boldly”



And now, Lord, take notice of the threats they have made, and allow us, your servants, to speak your message with all boldness.      Acts 4:29



The Apostles Peter and John were speaking to some people, about Jesus being raised from the dead.  When they were confronted by some priests, the officer in charge of the Temple guards, and some Sadducees, who were annoyed with what the Apostles were teaching.  So they arrested Peter and John.  But many who had heard the message, about five thousand, BELIEVED. 



Then members of the Council were amazed at the BOLDNESS of Peter and John.  So, they told them that under NO CONDITIONS were they to SPEAK or to TEACH in the name of JESUS.  But Peter and John answered: “You yourselves judge which is right in God’s sight---to obey you or to obey God.  For we CANNOT STOP speaking of what we ourselves have SEEN and HEARD.”



When the BELIEVERS heard what happened they all joined together in prayer to God, asking God to take notice of the threats that were made, and to allow them, His servants, to speak His message with ALL BOLDNESS.  Notice, they didn’t cower down, and wring their hands in dismay, but they PRAYED to God, that they might SPEAK His message with BOLDNESS.  And the result was:  When they finished praying, the place where they were meeting was SHAKEN.  They were ALL filled with the HOLY SPIRIT and began to PROCLAIM God’s message with BOLDNESS.  (v 31)



Can you imagine, if ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, would SPEAK God’s MESSAGE with BOLDNESS?  When Peter and John SPOKE with BOLDNESS, there were five thousand who came to BELIEVE the MESSAGE of JESUS CHRIST.  We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, seem to shy away from SPEAKING BOLDLY. Instead, we have a tendency to NOT SPEAK GOD’S message at all, much less to do it BOLDLY.  And I am GUILTY of NOT being BOLD in my witnessing too.  So, the thing to do is to PRAY that God would give US the BOLDNESS in SPEAKING His message to a LOST and DYING world.  And to let His Holy Spirit have COMPLETE CONTROL of our witnessing techniques. 



If we will be OBEDIENT to His command to:  “Go therefore and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe ALL that I have commanded you.” (Mat. 28:19-20), we could make a HUGE difference in a lot of people’s destiny.  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 to ESCAPE.  But, SPEAKING BOLDLY, “SALVATION is found in NO ONE else, ONLY JESUS CHRIST, for there is NO OTHER NAME under Heaven given to mankind by which we MUST be SAVED!” (v 12) You MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and start SPEAKING BOLDLY about what God has done for you.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"Favor in God's Sight"


“Favor in God’s Sight”



Now if I have indeed found favor in Your sight, please teach me Your ways, and I will know You and find favor in Your sight.     Exodus 33:13



Moses found FAVOR in GOD’S SIGHT.  He desired to KNOW GOD intimately, and LEARN His ways.  God had just told Moses: “I know you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.”  Guess what!  God knows your name, but the question is: Has He found FAVOR with you, in His sight?



Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and towards the Promised Land.  He did this under the LEADERSHIP of the ALMIGHTY GOD, and for the most part he was OBEDIENT to God’s direction. He did DISOBEY God once, and it cost him dearly, he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. 



In order to find FAVOR in GOD’S SIGHT one MUST be FIRST of all, a Child of the Living God, then they MUST be OBEDIENT to His Will.  Psalm 18:24 says: “The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.” 



In our Scripture, Exodus 33:13, we can see that Moses is asking God to TEACH him His ways, and then he would KNOW Him.  What Moses was basically saying was: “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; ESTABLISH the work of our hands for us---yes, ESTABLISH the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)  If God would TEACH Moses His ways, and Moses grew to TRULY KNOW GOD, he would be able to do what God wanted him to do.  This is the way it is with God’s TRUE CHILDREN, today, if we were OBEDIENT to God and FAITHFUL in ALL He wants us to do, we like Moses, could ask God to ESTABLISH the work of our hands that we might find FAVOR in GOD’S SIGHT.  Have you found FAVOR in GOD’S SIGHT?



If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, and have been REJECTING His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, you have NOT found FAVOR in GOD’S SIGHT.  And your DESTINY is an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  In order for you to find FAVOR in GOD’S SIGHT, and change your DESTINY, you MUST BE WILLING to 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and find FAVOR in GOD’S SIGHT.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!
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Monday, February 17, 2020

"The Faithful Servant"


“The Faithful Servant”



“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master.’       Matthew 25:23



These are words that EVERY TRUE CHILD of the Living God, hopes to hear when they stand before the Lord Jesus to receive their rewards, for their service to Him.  This is a part of the parable of the talents, spoken of by our Lord Jesus.  It concerns the rewards that were given to those who were FAITHFUL, with what their master had provided for them to use.  Some were FAITHFUL in using their talents, even though their tasks were small, they remained FAITHFUL.



However, there are those who do NOT use their talents, because they are NOT FAITHFUL to their master.  They may try to HIDE them, so no one will know that they even have them, much less use them.  They may use them for some purpose, other than FAITHFULLY USING them for the Lord. In this case, it may be doubtful that they are TRULY CHILDREN of God, and if that is the case, the reply to them is: “You wicked and slothful servant!”  Then the Lord will say: “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (v41) Which group are you in?  Those who are the FAITHFUL or those who are the UNFAITHFUL?

If you are part of the UNFAITHFUL, that means you are destined for ETERNAL PUNISHMENT in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  In order to ESCAPE ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you should CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be one of His FAITHFUL SERVANTS, who will enter the JOY of your Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, and enter your ETERNAL HOME, HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!




Saturday, February 15, 2020

"Finding the Knowledge of God"


“Finding the Knowledge of God”



Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the Knowledge of God.      Proverbs 2:3-5



To be able to have the KNOWLEDGE of God, I believe would be bitter-sweet, because the KNOWLEDGE of God is UNLIMITED.  He KNOWS ALL THINGS, whether GOOD or BAD.  He KNOWS when there is TROUBLE, HEARTACHE, CALAMATIES, EVILNESS, SICKNESS, AND DESPAIR, even before it happens.  



Yet, to SEEK after the KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM of God, provides us with UNDERSTANDING, INSIGHT, and DISCERNMENT into the Word of God, which will help us to be a BETTER servant to Him.  Obtaining this KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM takes EFFORT to HEAR with the ear, and APPLY with the heart, the things that God wants you to KNOW.  And you find out “what things”, when you ASK for KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM. Then you will UNDERSTAND the FEAR of the LORD and find the KNOWLEDGE of GOD.  This word FEAR means to REVERANCE the LORD GOD. 



Proverbs 1:7 says: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and discipline.”  The Lord God is the SOURCE of ALL KNOWLEDGE, and as a person “fears” or REVERANCES the Lord God, they gain KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM.  In order to obtain KNOWLEDGE of the LORD GOD, you MUST SEEK Him with ALL your HEART.  Then you will KNOW that HE ALONE is your HOPE for an ETERNITY in HEAVEN. 



In order for you to have this KNOWLEDGE and the HOPE that it brings, 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 you HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and GAIN, KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM, along with the HOPE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!




Friday, February 14, 2020

"Love and the Blood"


“Love and the Blood”



Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.      1 John 4:10

To Him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father---the glory and dominion are His forever and ever.  Amen.       Revelation 1:5b-6



People will be expressing their LOVE for each other, in many different ways, today, because it is Valentines Day.  That SPECIAL time when there is a very concerted effort to do something SPECIAL for the one they LOVE.   And many years ago, God did something VERY, VERY SPECIAL for ALL of the people on earth.  He sent His ONLY SON to earth as their own SACRIFICE that they might be SAVED from their sins and be able to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.



God, has proven His LOVE for mankind, by providing for us the ONLY WAY we can be FREE from our sins and to ESCAPE HELL, and GAIN HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Hebrews 9:12, tells us that:  Jesus entered the most holy place ONCE for ALL, not by the BLOOD of goats and calves, but by His OWN blood, having obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION. 



Therefore, Jesus, the One who LOVES us and has SET us FREE from our sins by His BLOOD, which He shed on an old rugged cross, has made us a kingdom of priests to His God and Father, and GLORY and DOMINION are His FOREVER and EVER.  So, why not experience TRUE, ABIDING, UNFAILING, and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, which Father God is waiting to lavish upon you.  If you will just TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO HIM, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. And CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  And ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and let God LAVISH upon YOU His LOVE and an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, because of the SHED BLOOD of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

"Regeneration and Renewal"


“Regeneration and Renewal”



He saved us---not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.       Titus 3:5



SALVATION is not obtained by WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  First, because mankind’s RIGHTEOUSNESS is like filthy, nasty, putrid rags, before the RIGHTEOUS, HOLY GOD of the UNIVERSE.  SALVATION is NOT earned, nor can it be purchased.  It is given by GOD’S ABUNDANT MERCY and His AMAZING GRACE towards mankind. 



RIGHTEOUS or GOOD works are really the FRUIT of our SALVATION.  When we are OBEDIENT to God, we are carrying out His RIGHTEOUS WORKS, and it stands as a TESTIMONY of our SALVATION.  When we come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, there is a TRANSFORMATION that takes place, and it requires REGENERATION and RENEWAL, which is done through the work of God’s Holy Spirit.



 REGENERATION is SPIRITUAL REBIRTH, which means the person coming to Christ for the SALVATION of their soul, becomes a NEW CREATURE, having been SPIRITUALLY BORN, or “IN CHRIST,” and NO LONGER under the bondage of SIN, instead of being a captive of their sinful nature, which they were born with, because of Adam.  But NOW, because of what JESUS has done on the cross, they are FREE from that sinful bondage.  And they face a BRAND-NEW LIFE, because of their REGENERATION.



The work of RENEWAL is an INTERNAL CHANGE, where a person’s thoughts, words and actions are very different, now.  There has been a RENEWAL of the MIND and HEART.  OLD things have passed away, and NEW things have come.  The MIND and HEART are WASHED, cleansed by the acts of REGENERATION and RENEWAL.  And the ETERNAL DESTINY of those who ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST as their SAVIOR and LORD will be changed. Have you experienced the REGENERATION and RENEWAL of your soul? 



If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your ETERNAL DESTINY is HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  If you feel a tugging on your HEART STRINGS, and feel like you want to receive God’s gift of SALVATION.  Here is what you MUST DO:  You MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and experience the REGENERATION and RENEWAL of your soul, and spend your ETERNAL DESTINY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

"Home in the Body---Or Not?"


“Home in the Body---Or Not?”



Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So, we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.       2 Corinthians 5:6, 8 ,9



Our physical bodies, houses the being that makes us who we REALLY are.  It is our spirit-soul that is living in this shell, we call a body.  And like any dwelling place or HOME, the body deteriorates with age.  And the spirit-soul vacates to another HOME, but this HOME is not like any other.  And if you want a HOME that will last for ALL ETERNITY, with UNLIMITED COMFORTS and BLESSINGS, and is known as HEAVEN, where Jesus Christ resides, along with ALL of God’s TRUE CHILDREN, then there are some things you MUST DO to be able to say, as the Apostle Paul said:  “We are CONFIDENT, I say, and would PREFER to be away from the body and at HOME with the Lord.”



We, who are the TRUE CHILDREN of God, can have this same feeling, because “we live by FAITH, not by SIGHT.” (v7)  And we have been promised an ETERNITY in Heaven, along with the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  The Lord Jesus said in John 14:2-3: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” 



So, when your “lease on life” is over and it’s time for you to MOVE on, will it be to a NEW HOME in Heaven, with ALL its COMFORTS and BLESSINGS, or will it be to the SLUMS of HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE?  If you want HEAVEN as your NEW HOME, 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.  Believing with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and PREPARE to MOVE UP to your NEW HOME, HEAVEN, with the Lord Jesus Christ and ALL the other Saints.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!








Monday, February 10, 2020

"God's Slaves"


“God’s Slaves”



As God’s slaves, live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil.             1 Peter 2:16



Webester’s Dictionary says that a SLAVE is a person who is completely controlled by some habit, influence, or person.  I like to believe that I am TOTALLY CONTROLLED by the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  And that I am OBEDIENT to Him and His Word.  One is NEVER so FREE than when they become God’s Slave. 



One reason to feel FREEDOM as a SLAVE of God, is because Christ was a SLAVE to mankind.  He SERVED mankind, while on earth.  He ministered to their needs, and provided miracles upon miracles for them.  But the MOST IMPORTANT thing that He did for us, was to bring SALVATION to this LOST and DYING WORLD.  And to SET us FREE from the clutches of wickedness and sin.   Philippians 2:7&8, tells us that: “He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a SLAVE, taking on the likeness of men.  And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming OBEDIENT to the point of DEATH---even to DEATH on the cross.”



God’s Slave has received FREEDOM to have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.  They will be FREE from CONDEMNATION because their sins, ALL their sins, are FORGIVEN, because of their ACCEPTANCE of the SACRIFICE of God’s ONE and ONLY SON, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Have you ACCEPTED Jesus Christ as your SAVIOR and LORD?  Are you God’s Slave?



If you have NOT ACCEPTED Jesus as your SAVIOR and LORD, then your destined for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  If you feel the HOLY SPIRIT tugging on your HEART STRINGS, then you need to be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and RECEIVE an ETERNITY in HEAVEN with ALL its BLESSINGS. And if you are God’s Slave, STOP! Using your FREEDOM to HIDE your EVIL DEEDS.   Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, February 7, 2020

"Out of Darkness"


“Out of Darkness”



But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.      1 Peter 2:9 



Peter, in his letter of ENCOURAGEMENT to BELIEVERS, exhorted them to practice HOLINESS.  He reminds them that they are a CHOSEN PEOPLE.  This term, “CHOSEN PEOPLE”, which at one time referred ONLY to the nation of ISRAEL, but in this CHURCH AGE, it refers to Jewish and Gentile BELIEVERS.  The responsibility that had been trusted to the nation of Israel has been given to the Church, during this Age of Grace.



BELIEVERS in the Church Age are called a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY NATION, GOD’S SPECIAL POSSESSION.  Believers are SPECIAL PEOPLE because God has PRESERVED them for Himself.  Now, while these descriptions of the Church are similar to those used to describe the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, it in NO WAY indicates that the Church will receive the NATIONAL BLESSINGS that are meant ONLY for the Nation of Israel, which were PROMISES of God.  Peter just used similar words to point to similar truths. 



The purpose of God choosing the BELIEVERS for Himself, was and still IS to DECLARE the PRAISES of Him to others. The BELIEVER-PRIESTS, SHOULD LIVE by the Spirit and NOT by the FLESH, in order to be a PROPER WITNESS to the UNBELIEVER.  They should MAGNIGY the GLORY and GRACE of the ALMIGHTY GOD, who has called them OUT of the DARKNESS and into the GLORIOUS LIGHT of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.   The DARKNESS was a time when the ONCE UNBELIEVER practiced the desires of the flesh, and LIVED a sinful lifestyle.  They were headed for DESTRUCTION, and a DESTINY of an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  But ONCE they have TRULY GIVEN their HEART and LIFE to God, and have ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST into their HEART, they have received God’s provision of SALVATION, and have come OUT of DARKNESS and into the GLORIOUS LIGHT, and they have become God’s  CHOSEN PEOPLE, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY NATION, and GOD’S SPECIAL POSSESSION, who are given ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Have you come OUT of DARKNESS?



If you are still groping in the DARKNESS, but have a desire to come into the GLORIOUS LIGHT, you can by:  Giving your HEART and LIFE to GOD.  You do that by being WILLING to TURN AWAYY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURNING 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 ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and come OUT of DARKNESS, and into His WONDERFUL LIGHT, and LIVE for ALL ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

"Not ALL Prayers are Answered"


“ Not ALL Prayers are Answered”



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

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would NOT have listened.    Psalm 66:18



I realize that this topic may upset some, who would believe that God answers ALL prayers.  The Word of the Living God plainly tells us that, for those who are WICKED or UNBELIEVERS, those who embrace SIN in their hearts, God will NOT HEAR nor ANSWER their prayers. 



The ONLY prayer that God acknowledges from the wicked or the UNBELIEVER, is the prayer of REPENTANCE. And this holds true for the BELIEVER, who, like, King David said, “IF I had cherished SIN in my heart, the Lord would NOT have LISTENED.  After the PRAYER of REPENTANCE, God’s ear is turned to His Child and their petitions.  But you MUST FIRST REPENT, of your sins and TURN AWAY FROM them, in order to have God’s DIVINE INTERVENTION. 



The reason being, is that God is HOLY and RIGHTEOUS.  He is NOT Santa Clause, who is waiting to give you whatever you ask or desire.  He is the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS God, the CREATOR of ALL things.  And He will not give you an audience with Him, until you have been washed in the BLOOD of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.  And ALL your sins are washed away, and your sins, though they were once as SCARLET are gone and your HEART is white as snow.  You have been REDEEMED and have been made RIGHTEOUS.



In order for this to happen, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sins, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you should 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 ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and when you go to pray, FIRST, ask for FORGIVENESS of your sins, and have the ASSURANCE that God will HEAR your requests, and His will be done in your life.  And be able to ESCAPE Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and to gain Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

"Who Are You Following?"


“Who Are You Following?”



My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me.      John 10:27



These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ as He was questioned by Jews, who had requested that if He was the Christ, then just say so.  And Jesus, who KNEW what they were thinking said to them: ” My sheep hear My voice, and I KNOW them, and they FOLLOW ME.  I give them ETERNAL LIFE, and they will NEVER PERISH, and NO ONE will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is GREATER than ALL, and NO one is able to SNATCH them out of the Father’s hand.  I and the Father are ONE.  (vv27-30)   But you do NOT BELIEVE because you are NOT a part of My flock.”  (v26)



These Jews were NOT followers of Jesus, and they were up to NO GOOD.  They were also influencing others to BELIEVE like they did.  Isaiah 53:6, says:  “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.”   There are times when we ALL decide to go our own way, and we end up regretting the plans and actions that we take.  We end up on the WRONG path, because we STRAY away from our SHEPHERD, and we then become vulnerable to the Devil and his devices, to keep us from being a POSITIVE witness for God, to being a DISGRACE.  Yet God has seen fit to lay our sins and short-comings on His SINLESS, Son, Jesus. 



Like the sheep, if we would just LISTEN to the voice of our Shepherd, and FOLLOW Him, instead of veering off His pathway.  We would be able to enjoy the JOY of our SALVATION.  In order to be apart of His flock, and to FOLLOW HIM, you MUST DENY YOURSELF, and PICK UP your CROSS, and be WILLING to FOLLOW HIM ALL the way. 



Don’t be like those who are NOT FOLLOWING Christ.  They are the UNBELIEVERS, and they will spend their ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  In order to be able to ESCAPE HELL, 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 God 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 inherit ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, because you are FOLLOWING the GOOD SHEPHERD, Jesus Christ, and you are a part of His flock.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


Monday, February 3, 2020

"Who Then Can Be Saved?"


“Who Then Can Be Saved?”



The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”      Mark 10:26-27



Jesus was talking to a young rich man, who wanted to know how to be saved.  When Jesus told him that there was one thing he lacked.  He MUST go and sell everything he had and give the money to the poor.  The rich young man, could not do it, because his HEART was not right.  He was unwilling to sacrifice for the sake of receiving SALVATION.   He departed a LOST soul, and Jesus said to His disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”  He said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”  This is because, in most cases, the heart of a rich man, belongs to his riches.  And he cannot and will not SACRIFICE for his SALVATION.



The disciples were AMAZED at His words.  So, Jesus said to them, “How hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!  Being able to enter the Kingdom of God, carries with it certain demands.  One is to DENY yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus.  (Mat. 16:24) This means that you MUST be WILLING to give up YOUR ambitions and plans, and TRUST God to lead you down the RIGHT path, one that will lead you to an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  You MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST be WILLING to CONFESS your sins to God, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then you MUST be WILLING to BELIEVE that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and ESCAPE Hell, with ALL its HORRORS, and GAIN Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and this is WHO CAN BE SAVED. So, do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, January 31, 2020

"Turn"


“Turn”



Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.   Acts 3:19



I know that this was a message to the nation of Israel, which was to compel them to REPENT or to TURN AWAY FROM their sins INDIVIDUALLY, and then TO TURN AWAY as a nation.  And they were to TURN TO GOD, in order for their sins to be WIPED OUT, therefore, they would NOT be held ACCOUNTABLE for them. 



I believe that this verse of Scripture could be applicable to UNBELIEVERS, whether they are JEW or GENTILE.  Isaiah 45:22, says: “Turn to Me and be saved, ALL you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is NO OTHER.”  He is the RIGHTEOUS GOD, and a SAVIOR, and there is NO OTHER GOD apart from Him.  “SALVATION is found in NO ONE ELSE, for there is NO OTHER name under Heaven given to MANKIND by which we MUST be SAVED” (Acts 4:12).  Just call out the PRECIOUS, WONDERFUL, POWERFUL, MERCIFUL name, JESUS, which is ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES in Heaven or on Earth. 



The act of REPENTANCE is to TURN AWAY FROM SIN and TURN TO RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is found in the act of SALVATION, which was brought about through the shed blood of the PRECIOUS SACRIFICAL LAMB of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Who died in YOUR and MY place on an old, cruel, rugged cross.  He took our SUFFERING and DEATH, and ALL the sins of ALL mankind, upon Himself, in order for MANKIND to be SAVED, and to PROVIDE them with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  And to be able to ESCAPE HELL, with ALL of its HORRORS.  Have you made the TURN that will determine your destiny?  HEAVEN or HELL? 



In order to receive God’s gift of SALVATION, you MUST BE WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and TURN FROM sin, TO RIGHTEOUSNESS, and TURN FROM an ETERNITY in HELL to an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


Thursday, January 30, 2020

"Plans"


“Plans”



“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails.          Proverbs 19:21



Everyone makes plans, plan-making, is not a bad thing, unless you make plans, and leave the Lord God out of your plan-making.  It is ALWAYS a WISE thing to allow God to guide you, when charting out your plans.  Because, it is with the HEART that mankind plans their course, BUT it is the LORD that ESTABLISHES their steps. 



When a person makes plans without talking to God, and getting His guidance, they open themselves up for DISASTER.  The LORD’S purpose will prevail in EVERY situation.  He will NOT allow us to FAIL, when we are OPEN, CONSIDERATE, and RESPECTFUL of His LEADERSHIP.  Proverbs 16:3 says: “Commit to the LORD WHATEVER you do, and He will ESTABLISH your plans.”  This is an ESSENTIAL STEP in having SUCCESS in you plan-making.  God is very much aware of the motives of a person’s heart, and as long as those motives are PURE and UPRIGHT, then the potential for SUCCESS is EXTREMELY FAVORABLE. 



The LORD works out EVERYTHING to its PROPER END. (v 4) Of that, you can be assured.  So, if you are a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD, one who has given their HEART and LIFE to Him.  You NEED to PUT EVERY FACET of your LIFE, especially PLAN-MAKING, in His Hands.  Because He KNOWS what is BEST for EACH of His Children. 



And if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to Him, you are NOT His Child, until you are WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and give Him OPEN ACCESS to your PLAN-MAKING, and ALLOW Him to change your DESTINY from an ETERNITY in Hell, with ALL its HORRORS to an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS, a REAL SUCCESSFUL PLAN.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!




Wednesday, January 29, 2020

"Trust in the Lord"


“Trust in the Lord”



You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.      Isaiah 26:3-4



Mankind stresses over a lot of things, situations, and other people.  And a lot of the time, there is NOTHING THEY nor ANYONE else can do to resolve the scenario, which becomes a HUGE STRESS FACTOR for them.   So, they end up with medical problems, which complicates an ALREADY STRESSFUL scenario.  We definitely live in a world FULL of STRESS and ANXIETY, and the NEWS of ALL that is happening adds to the STRESS LEVEL.  Just WHERE can you go to get some RELIEF from living with STRESS?



The Word of God, the BIBLE, tells us exactly what we CAN and SHOULD do, to be able to exist in these types of surroundings.  FIRST:  You NEED to have a RELATIONSHIP with the ALMIGHTY GOD. ONLY HE can give you PERFECT PEACE, when your MIND and HEART are STAYED or KEPT on Him.  Then you NEED to TRUST Him with EVERY FACET of your life.  Even the things that you think are trivial. When you give your HEART and LIFE to Him, He TRULY CARES about ALL that affects YOU.  And He wants to HELP you.  He wants to be your EVERLASTING ROCK, your FORTRESS, REFUGE, and your PEACE of MIND. 



He wants you to TRUST in Him FOREVER.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to:  “TRUST in the LORD with ALL your HEART, and lean NOT on you OWN understanding.  In ALL your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him, and He will DIRECT your paths.”  After all, He is OMNISCIENT, meaning He KNOWS EVERYTHING, and who better to TRUST, than the ONE who KNOWS what lies ahead, and the BEST WAY to be able to COPE with EACH situation. 



However, the ONLY WAY you can TRUST in the LORD forever, is to become His Child.  To do that you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN to GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  And you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and TRUST in the LORD to SAVE you from an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, and to PROVIDE you with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Are You Being DECEIVED?"


“Are You Being DECEIVED?”



Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”  Come to your senses and stop sinning, for some people are ignorant about God.  I say this to your shame.                                      1 Corinthians 15:33-34



The Apostle Paul was speaking to the Corinthian Believers, who were being influenced by FALSE TEACHERS, who had infiltrated the Church at Corinth, and were teaching a FALSE doctrine, concerning the RESURRECTION.  The believers were being DECEIVED, and STRAYING from the TRUTH.



Paul’s fear, was that the minds and hearts of the believers in Corinth would be SEDUCED from a COMPLETE and PURE devotion to Christ, which would CORRUPT their GOOD morals.  The sentence: “Bad company corrupts good morals,” is from the poet Menander. Yet it holds MUCH TRUTH.  BAD COMPANY CAN and WILL influence an individual’s morals and attitude about things they once denounced, but may be embracing, because of the DECEPTION that is influencing their behavior.  DECEPTION is one of the devil’s most effective tools.  He is the master of deception.  And given the opportunity he CAN and WILL destroy a BELIEVER’S witness, by DECEIVING them, and CORRUPTING their HEARTS and MINDS. 



So the Apostle Paul goes on to WARN the BELIEVERS: “Come to your senses and STOP SINNING, for some people are IGNORANT about God.”  They PROFESS to be WISE in the ways of God, but they are NOT.  And the devil will use your weaknesses concerning the lack of your knowledge, and the lack of a CLOSE relationship that you have with God, to DECEIVE you into BELIEVING and ACCEPTING LIES instead of the TRUTH.  You MUST be STRONG in your FAITH, POSSESS A CLOSE and INTIMATE relationship with God. And you MUST have KNOWLEDGE of God’s Word.  And have an ACTIVE and PERSISTENT PRAYER LIFE. 



If, however, you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are being DECEIVED and DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  In order to NOT be DECEIVED, and to CHANGE your DESTINY, you must be WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then 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 TURN AWAY FROM the BAD COMPANY and CORRUPT MORALS, and TURN TO GOD.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!




Monday, January 27, 2020

"Condemned or Not Condemned?"


“Condemned or Not Condemned?”



“He who believes in Him is NOT condemned; but he who does NOT believe is condemned already, because he has NOT believed in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God.”            John 3:18



To CONDEMN is to give grounds or reason for convicting.   If you continue reading verses 18-21, you will see that the CONDEMNATION was, that the LIGHT has come into the world and men LOVED darkness rather than the LIGHT, because their deeds were evil.   Jesus said:  “I am the Light of the World.  He who follows Me shall NOT walk in DARKNESS, but have the LIGHT of Life.” (John 8:12)



When an individual comes to BELIEVE and ACCEPT Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD, they are NOT CONDEMNED, and will NOT be JUDGED for their sins, PAST, PRESENT or FUTURE, because the BLOOD of the LORD JESUS CHRIST COVERS ALL SINS.  Yet, they are obligated to CONFESS ALL SINS to God, because of their LOVE and DEVOTION for His Son, Jesus Christ, who took their CONDEMNATION and GUILT away, when He was CRUCIFIED on the cross.  And He gave them ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.    John 5:24:  The words of Jesus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and BELIEVES in Him who sent Me has EVERLASTING LIFE, and shall NOT come into Judgment, but has passed from DEATH into LIFE.”



However, this is NOT what awaits the UNBELIEVER, those who REJECT the Son of God, and REFUSES to BELIEVE in Him and the One who sent Him.  Nor do they DESIRE to LIVE in the LIGHT, but prefer to LIVE in DARKNESS, because their DEEDS are EVIL.  The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians, says, “They PERISH because they did NOT accept the love of the truth in order to be SAVED. For this reason, God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, so that ALL will be condemned---those who did NOT BELIEVE the TRUTH but enjoyed UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. (Read: 2 Thess. 2:9-12) Their destiny is an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  Are you CONDEMNED ALREADY, or NOT CONDEMNED?



The ONLY way to NOT be CONDEMNED to an ETERNITY in HELL, is to be WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  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.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be ASSURED that you are NOT CONDEMNED, and on your way to an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

"The Greatest Evidence of God's Power"


“The Greatest Evidence of God’s Power”



For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.        1 Corinthians 1:18



In my opinion the GREATEST EVIDENCE of God’s POWER is in the MESSAGE of the CROSS, which is the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST, and His mission to SEEK and to SAVE the LOST.



 In this verse of Scripture we clearly see mankind divided into two groups. Those who are PERISHING, the LOST, and those who are BEING SAVED, or the UNBELIEVER and the TRUE BELIEVER.  The Apostle Paul, saw a need for the RENEWAL of the minds of the Corinthian believers.  They were trying to live their CHRISTIAN lives under their own POWER, and using UNSANCTIFIED common sense, which leads to:  SELF-seeking, SELF-serving, and SELF-destruction.  And they were NOT depending on the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT, which indwelt them, and still indwells EVERY TRUE BELIEVER, today. 



The MESSAGE of the CROSS, will eliminate SELF-CENTEREDNESS, and bring the individual to the CROSS, giving them the MESSAGE that JESUS SAVES, and there is NO OTHER WAY to become a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD.  It brings them to first, being JUSTIFIED, then after JUSTIFICATION, they will be SANCTIFIED, and then GLORIFICATION.  The MESSAGE of the CROSS brings SELF-DENIAL, and OBEDIENCE to God and His Word. 



The GREATEST EVIDENCE of the POWER of God, I believe is the REGENERATION of the HEART of MANKIND.  The POWER of the CROSS, resulting in the POWER to SAVE mankind from the POWER of SIN, ETERNAL DEATH, and the GRAVE.  To me, this is the GREATEST EVIDENCE of God’s POWER.  Have you experienced His SAVING POWER?



The way for you to experience the SAVING POWER of GOD, is for you to 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.  BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and experience the POWER of GOD, and the POWER He has to give you an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and to be able to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Friday, January 24, 2020

"Barriers"


“Barriers”



Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.       Isaiah 59:1-2



What BARRIERS do you have that are SEPARATING you from God, maybe even SEPARATING you from your ETERNAL INHERITANCE of an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your ETERNAL LIFE will be in a place called HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, and you have UNCONFESSED SIN in your HEART and LIFE, then you are SEPARATING yourself from God, and are unable to fellowship with Him. 



It is NOT God’s fault in any of these situations.  He has provided SALVATION to ANYBODY, who will come to Him with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESS their iniquities, which are the BARRIERS that are SEPARATING you from God and ALL He has to offer His TRUE CHILDREN.  Whether, SAVED or UNSAVED, your sins are like FILTHY, ROTTEN, PUTRID rags before the RIGHTEOUS, ALMIGHTY GOD, and that you are still clinging to.  And as long as they are in your life, UNCONFESSED, they will cause God to HIDE His face from you and He will NOT HEAR you, when you PRAY, unless it is a PRAYER of REPENTANCE and REMORSE for your UNCONFESSED sins.



King David tells us, in Psalm 66:18:  “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would NOT have listened.”  UNCONFESSED SINS are BARRIERS, which SEPARATES us from God, and for the UNSAVED they are SPIRITUAL DEATH WARRANTS that will bring JUDGMENT and CONDEMNATION of an ETERNITY in HELL.  For the SAVED, it breaks the line of FELLOWSHIP and COMMUNICATION to God.  These BARRIERS MUST be CRUSHED in either case.  There is ONLY ONE who can do that, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.



In order for Him to be your BARRIER BREAKER, 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 that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and let JESUS break down ALL those BARRIERS that are SEPARATING you from your HEAVENLY FATHER.  And receive Heaven as your ETERNAL HOME, and for the TRUE BELIEVER, have your FELLOWSHIP with God RESTORED.  Do this NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"The Conflict Between Truth and Lies"


“The Conflict Between Truth and Lies”



Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far off.  For truth has stumbled in the public square, and honesty cannot enter.  Truth is missing, and whoever turns from evil is plundered.  The LORD saw that there was no justice, and He was offended.        Isaiah 59:14-15



We live in a very WICKED world, one that is progressing in its evilness, vileness and depravity.  And mankind is caught up in its very DISASTRORUS clutches, which if NOT DEFEATED will hurl mankind into an ETERNAL DESTINY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.



JUSTICE:  The use of authority to UPHOLD what is RIGHT, JUST, or LAWFUL.  As I view the things that are happening in our world, today, I have to ask:  Where is JUSTICE?  Has it been turned BACK, due to the ABUSE of the AUTHORITY to UPHOLD what is RIGHT, JUST and LAWFUL?  And what about RIGHTEOUSNESS is it STANDING FAR OFF, because people would rather do what is WRONG than to do what is RIGHT, in the Eyes of the Almighty God? 



What about TRUTH, is there any HOPE for TRUTH to ever exist in our world?  The Scripture says; “Truth has STUMBLED in the PUBLIC SQUARE.”  It is getting to the point that we can hardly tell the TRUTH from the LIES in our society today.  TRUTH and HONESTY go hand in hand.  An HONEST person will NOT tell a LIE. A DISHONEST person, on the other hand, can’t tell the TRUTH.  Is TRUTH MISSING?  GOD HELP US!!



It is getting to the point, that those who STOP doing evil, and try to FOLLOW God’s ways are at risk of being PLUNDERED, as the Word of God says.  And seems to be at RISK of being PERSECUTED because of their stand as a TRUE BELIEVER of the One TRUE GOD!!



We are told that God saw that there was NO JUSTICE, and He was OFFENDED.  Now, if there is ANYTHING that you wouldn’t want to do, that is to OFFEND GOD.  So, when Israel SINNED against God, He brought destruction upon Judah and Jerusalem, by the hands of the Babylonians, to teach His people that they cannot go against, and despise His law and get away with it.  There is coming a day when ALL nations will be JUDGED by the ALMIGHTY GOD.  And they will face His FINAL judgment.  There is a time coming, when those who have REJECTED God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and His gift of SALVATION, will face JUDGMENT and SENTENCED to ALL ETERNITY in HELL, for their STUBBORN REFUSAL to TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS their sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART that JESUS died for THEM, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.  And to ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and KNOW the TRUTH, and FOLLOW GOD’S WORD.  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, why not do so NOW, just FOLLOW THE ABOVE plan, and do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!! 




Wednesday, January 22, 2020

"Faithfully Obey"


“Faithfully Obey”



Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do, and I will obey you faithfully; teach me to serve you with complete devotion.      Psalm 86:11



This was a prayer offered to God, from David, for God’s protection, and to keep him from DEATH. David acknowledged God’s GREATNESS, His CONSTANT LOVE and FORGIVING HEART.  He also acknowledged that there is NO OTHER god like JEHOVAH GOD, who has done what ONLY He can do.  He is MIGHTY and MERCIFUL, and HE ALONE is GOD.  He cares about His Children, and will ALWAYS BE FAITHFUL to those who FAITHFULLY OBEY His commands.



This part of David’s prayer is one, which EVERY TRUE BELIEVER, should be WILLING to pray, from a WILLING CONTRITE HEART.  “Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do, and I will OBEY YOU FAITHFULLY;” We so often, try to tell God what WE WANT to do, or we just COMPLETELY leave Him OUT of the entire scenario.  When we should SEEK His GUIDANCE, and FOLLOW HIM, and FAITHFULLY OBEY His Instructions.   We then could save ourselves a lot of HEARTACHES and DISAPPOINTMENTS. 



The next phrase is a little like the first; “teach me to serve you with complete devotion.”  We need to realize that we are HIS SERVANTS, and we need to KNOW what PLEASES HIM, so that we might SERVE HIM with COMPLETE DEVOTION, which means WHOLE-HEARTEDLY and NOT HALF-HEARTEDLY.  But with ALL we are, have, or EVER HOPE to be.  After ALL He has done for us, it is the LEAST we can do for HIM.  So, the question for the TRUE BELIEVER is: “Are you FAITHFULLY OBEYING the LORD GOD, and DAILY SEEKING His GUIDANCE?  Are you STRIVING to PLEASE Him, in your SERVICE to Him?  If NOT, you NEED to make it RIGHT, by FAITHFULLY OBEYING His Word and SEEKING HIS Will.



If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are being DISOBEDIENT and NOT OBEDIENT to Him and His commands.  And you are DOOMED to spend ALL ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  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 CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, 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 FAITHFULLY OBEY Him and His Word.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"How Much Longer?"


“How Much Longer?”



The LORD said to Moses, “How much longer will these people reject Me?  How much longer will they refuse to trust in Me, even though I have performed so many miracles among them?”      Numbers 14:11



This was God’s message to Moses, because of ALL the complaining of the people, who were in distress, over their trek through the wilderness.  They were so disgruntled with the way God, through Moses, was leading them, so much so, that they even thought it would have been better to die in Egypt, and even talked about choosing another leader and go back to Egypt!”  Where was their TRUST in God?”



So God said to Moses, “How much longer, will these people REJECT Me?”  The first thought that entered my mind when I read this Scripture, was:  I wonder if God, NOW, looks at Jesus, His One and Only Son, who SUFFERED and DIED on an Old RUGGED Cross, to REDEEM or SET FREE mankind, from their BONDAGE to SIN, and to provide an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN for their wretched souls.  I wonder if God says to Jesus, “How much longer, will these people REJECT Me?”  And, How much longer, will they REFUSE to TRUST in Me, for their ETERNAL DESTINY?”



Do UNBELIEVERS not realize what awaits them? Which is an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  Will they CONTINUE to REJECT God’s offer of SALVATION?  And will they REFUSE to TRUST Him for their ETERNITY, after ALL He has done to secure their SALVATION, and to provide them with RIGHTEOUSNESS?  “HOW MUCH LONGER,” will they wait to get their HEARTS RIGHT with God?  Time is fleeting and so is their opportunity to TURN AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. They MUST BE WILLING to CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  They MUST BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for them, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God.  They MUST ACCEPT GOD’s gift of SALVATION, and TRUST HIM with their ETERNAL DESTINY.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!     

Saturday, January 18, 2020

"Who IS God?"


“Who IS God?”



“It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it.  My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.  For this is what the LORD says---He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited---He says:  “I am the LORD, and there is no other.  “Turn to ME and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”        Isaiah 45:12, 18, 22



There are many in this world, today, who question if there is really a GOD.  Some believe that there is some kind of a SUPREME BEING, but they don’t have a clue as to who or what it is.  So let me share with you the God of ALL mankind.



As our Scriptures tells us, THERE IS A GOD.  Genesis 1:1 says: “In the BEGINNING GOD CREATED the heavens and the earth.”  But if you don’t believe in CREATIONISM, then read Romans 1:20:  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities---His eternal power and divine nature---have been CLEARLY seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are WITHOUT EXCUSE.  The last part of this Scripture is speaking of the UNBELIEVER.  Those who REFUSE to BELIEVE that God DOES exist.



We are a part of God’s creation, the birth of a human being is in itself, an ABSOLUTE miracle.  Mankind was created by God, and the CREATOR GOD wishes that this part of His CREATION would BELIEVE and ACCEPT the fact that:  HE DOES EXIST!!  There is NO OTHER god like Him.



He not ONLY CREATED ALL THINGS, but He has provided a WAY for SINFUL MANKIND to become a part of His FAMILY, and to be able to have FELLOWSHIP with their CREATOR, their RIGHTEOUS SAVIOR.  The One who will bring them SALVATION and will KEEP them from an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE. 



There is NO OTHER ONE who can do that for you, NO ONE, that is why He issues this invitation:  “TURN TO ME and be SAVED!” Because there is NO OTHER, except THE LORD GOD, ALMIGHTY. ALL you have to do is LOOK around you, you KNOW that there is a CREATOR, so just BELIEVE that it is THE LORD GOD.  And BELIEVE that He LOVES YOU, with a LOVE that can NEVER BE DUPLICATED.  He wants YOU to spend ALL of ETERNITY with Him.  To do that, you MUST BE WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and KNOW and BELIEVE that there is a GOD and He is your SAVIOR and LORD.  And spend your ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!