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One Entrance for All

Herbert took out his wife and children on a day trip to Calke abbey in South Derbyshire. Calke Abbey is set in approximately 22,000 acres of luscious green landscape and it boasts a mansion house dating back to several centuries ago. The exterior of the mansion was in need of much needed attention and the interior looked far worse. The state of the mansion has been neglected for years due to the financial crisis of the great depression. The owners could no longer carry out basic routine maintenance works to the upkeep of the property in a decent condition.
As we walked through the reception areas of the mansion leading to the great rooms we became increasingly alarmed to note that there was another entrance for the poor. The original owners had built a separate service entrance for their workers to avoid them from entering into the main reception area of the mansion. In short, servants who worked for the owners were not to be seen by them and their wealthy visitors.
This is not the case in the kingdom of God. God provides us with one entrance for all regardless of our economic status. We read in John 14:5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

The Beginning of Time…

The beginning of time.In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) was hovering over the waters.

And God said, (the Word) “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:1-4 

The “Word” Becomes a Human Being …

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God  He (the Word) was with God in the beginning. Through him (the Word) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

The Word became flesh (a human being named Jesus) and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-4a, 14

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn (most important) over all creation. For in him (Jesus, the Word) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

John writes, And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14

AMEN!!!

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Paul remained faithful

Leave it all behind. Jesus said “Pick up your cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Leave your brothers or sisters or fathers or mothers or children or fields for my sake and you will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29) Leave it all behind and pick up your cross and follow me.

What is the cost to follow Jesus Christ? Paul states in 2Timothy 4:8 now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing. The Holy Spirit witness to Paul that a crown of righteousness was his for staying faithful to the Lord and to the gospel.

While we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:13-14)

Are you eager to do what is good and right before the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you having trouble leaving it all behind? Have you replace the Lord with another love that is stronger than you? In the Old Testament in Genesis 29 Leah was Jacob’s first wife because her father tricked Jacob into marrying her. Jacob wanted Rachel but was given Leah. Leah became pregnant and she thought Jacob will love me now because a son was born. But, no Jacob did not love her and this hope of her husband desiring her continue until Leah cried out to the God and God saw her pain. See Leah was striving to be loved and she felt incomplete without his love. Leah tried for 10-15 years to get her husband’s love but something happen in her heart that turned her life around. Leah became pregnant a fourth time and during her pregnancy she began to seek the LORD for Himself. Leah fell in love with the LORD and when she gave birth to her son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” She named her son ‘Judah’ which means praise. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12) All your worrying about your family and friends just makes you sick because you deferring your hope somewhere other than the Lord. Once you put all your hope in the Lord you become a well spring tree of life.

Seek the Lord for Himself and not what you can get from Him. Have your desires become your gods? Do you desire wealth and everything that comes with it? Are these desires ruling you this day? If this desire is the reason you follow Jesus Christ so that He will give you your desires then your life will not change. Look again at Leah’s story with Jacob; her life was miserable it wasn’t changing until she left it all behind. She left those feelings of ever becoming complete with Jacob and gave her life completely to God. What did God do for Leah? After Leah and Rachel had died Jacob was dying he told his sons. “I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave…which Abraham bought…for a burial site. There they burden Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah.” (Genesis 49:29-31) “…there I buried Leah.” The LORD was looking out for Leah and Jacob came to love Leah. The Lord can do remarkable things for the ones He loves when we do not defer our hope to others. Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Leave it all behind…Pick up your cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24) How did Paul remain faithful to the Lord and the gospel? The Lord gave the Holy Spirit to His followers. Jesus says to His disciples “Now I am going to Him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. (John 16:5-11) The Lord had to leave because the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. The Holy Spirit came to convict us of sin in our lives so that we will turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. The Holy Spirit witnesses on righteousness: that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died and was resurrected, justified and Lord of all. Holy Spirit shows us what sin is and how to overcome the world. The Holy Spirit witnesses judgment: Satan’s defeat at the cross (John 12:31), world’s judgment (Romans 1:18-32), and future judgment (Matthew 16:27). The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s life is the reason that Paul was able to stay faithful.

Thank you Father, for your Son who died and rose on the third day; so that you could send the Holy Spirit to us. Thank you, Jesus Christ for your sacrifice for me that has brought me so much victory. Who would ever dream that I could have so much love in my life?  Thank you for convicting my heart that I was deferring my hope to something else. You complete me Lord we look nowhere else but to you. There is no one like you in all the earth. We seek you no other person or thing will distract us from you. You are our all in all and forgive us for using you for stuff…forgive us for loving family, friends, church, and things more than you. Help us leave behind people and things that have become our idols and pick up our cross and follow you. Protect our hearts from the evil ones and bullies in our life. I pray that our sense of fulfillment comes from you Lord and that we will delight in you. Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. (Psalm 51:10-13) In Jesus Christ name. Amen.

 

Choose Life…

Choose LifeNo one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—so that they should live on forever and not see decay. Psalm 49:7-9

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; John 11:25

For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. Proverbs 8:35

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day (of your life).” John 6:40

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:4

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1 John 5:11

AMEN!!!

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When your religion fails you: Jehovah Witness

One of the great difficulties in seeking a true relationship with God is encountering so many different belief systems – especially when they use the same terms, but those words mean different things depending upon who is using them.  It can be confusing to the new seeker and devastating to someone once they discover they have been following a false teacher or false doctrine.

A Jehovah Witness is particularly vulnerable to despair once they learn the Watch Tower Society’s dates for the fall of Jerusalem and Nebuchadnezzar’s reign are wrong by 20 years. Incredibly, this fact upon which their entire movement is based is readily disproved.  (See Doctrines that creep in: Jehovah Witness and the date of the fall of Jerusalem.)  Additionally, a Jehovah Witness may learn that other aspects of that religion are questionable, and may begin to have doubts.

What do you do if you’re a Jehovah Witness and you have realized that you have been misled?  You probably don’t want to be humiliated and defellowshipped, but you know you can’t continue to pretend all is well.  You have probably been treated as a nuisance by non-believers because you are “one of these JWs.”  And because you have been taught that all other religions are flawed, you don’t trust other Christian faiths.  So, where do you go?  You may even be thinking about dismissing the entire concept of God and eternal life.

First, let me assure you that God has not failed you. He has not abandoned you.  He wants you to know Him intimately because He loves you.  If anything, He is giving you an opportunity to learn to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Even though you have been taught that all other denominations are apostate and were disqualified because they fought in World War II, the Bible plainly tells us that God is not limited to any one group’s theology, but rather those that seek Him shall find Him (Proverbs 8:17, Acts 17:27, Romans 10:13).

You may not be a Jehovah Witness, but you many have been influenced by their doctrine and never fully accepted it.  And, having never really examined Jesus for yourself, you are left wondering about the truth.

Where do you begin?  It’s almost like starting over, like you had never heard about Jesus before.  Why? Because the New World Translation bible Jehovah Witnesses use was intentionally translated (or maybe mistranslated) to match Jehovah Witness doctrine.  Did you know that in the original languages, the name Jehovah does not appear in Genesis chapter 1 and no where in all of the New Testament?  Also, the Jesus you learned about does not have the same spiritual characteristics as described in the original languages.

Now, however, is not the time to get into a lot of theology.  Now is the time to start afresh with some basics.

First, you need to get a reliable translation of the Bible.  The King James Version has been accepted as reliable for centuries by Bible scholars.  If the archaic words are too much to decipher, try a New King James or a New American Standard version.

Second, knowing that God wants you to worship Him in spirit and in truth, ask for wisdom and understanding.  James 1:5 promises God will give you wisdom and John 14:26 promises the Holy Spirit will teach you.

You also need to get it settled as to whether or not you are really saved and what will happen to you when you die.  The Jehovah Witness doctrine does not agree with what the Bible teaches. I recommend reading through the Four Spiritual Laws and considering what it says.

You must find a group of believers with whom to study and worship.  You should ask God to lead you to a place of worship and fellowship.  You must be willing to learn and set aside things you have been taught by the Watch Tower Society.

There are times I get to talk to a Jehovah Witness about Bible verses and their interpretation as guided by the Watch Tower Society is completely different from what I understand.  An example is the 144,000.  A Jehovah Witness will automatically say that refers to a select group of believers – “a little flock” – that have been selected by Jehovah to live in heaven and that all other references to the 144.000 in Revelation chapter 7 are figurative.  I read Revelation 7 as literal and conclude the 144,000 are not a select group recruited through the ages, but are Jews who are living during the Tribulation period.

Think of it this way.  If you went to medical school in the 1700′s, you would have been taught that the way to cure some illnesses is by bleeding your patient.  (That treatment contributed to the death of George Washington.) The point is if you were to go to medical school now having practiced medicine according to 1700′s training, you would have to unlearn everything about bleeding people and replace most of what you learned with new knowledge.  You may still find yourself wanting to rely on your 1700 era medical knowledge, but for the sake of your patients, you have to discard it.

The same is true of learning real Biblical truth. After all, if the Watch Tower is so wrong about the date of the fall of Jerusalem, consider what else they taught you that is wrong.  If you want to worship in spirit and in truth, you have to unlearn a lot of doctrine and begin again.

Make Love a Priority…

Make love a priorityLove is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:10-11

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:8-11

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:5-7

AMEN!!!

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Success-Dying For Jesus Christ Brings Witnesses to and Glorify God.

If you just happen to find this site, I want to welcome you. The theory of evolution may argue your encounter is purely by chance or random.  I want you to know that the biblical triune God is all powerful, omniscient, omnipotent, and is the creator of the universe.  From humanistic perspective, the universe and its components are random and how there is no significance or meaning embedded in them by supernatural being.  Have you thought about how human beings use random sampling to study and gain understanding of human behavior and society? They infer from random sampling and inform us ways we can live meaningful lives.

We can gain insights from random samples of a population and improve human lives. Random sampling (scientific method) derived from conscious beings (researchers or scientist) that made decisions to study specific environment to conduct research? If the universe did not derived from random chance, could it be that conscious God placed components of the universe in a way that we can benefit and survive for thousands of years? Think about your birth? Did your parents randomly conceive you or did they purposefully engage in sexual activity or utilize other forms of conception to bring you into this life?

In John 12:1-26, Jesus Christ addressed his disciples and other people about his eminent death. He admonished them about the significance of priority and preference. Any one who wants to follow and depends on Jesus Christ must be willing to die when it is necessary and such beliefs must be in harmony with the Bible.  Eternal life must be the highest preference over earthly life. Jesus Christ emphasized that dying for Him brings the ultimate blessings of God. The effective way to live in this world is to continue to prioritize eternal life perspective and focus less on materials things that do not result in the glorification of triune God.

 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

The corn represented human life and how death was necessary to bring forth great fruits that glorify God.  In one sense, Jesus was saying that his death was mandatory to bring or draw people to Him.  The death and resurrection of Jesus has given me eternal life.  On other hand, Jesus required people to follow and embrace his words in the Bible. Trusting and depending on Jesus Christ required the willingness to live in the world and choose to die for Jesus Christ when necessary.

Jesus explained the significance of depending, trusting, and loving him above all. Jesus Christ demanded that anyone who is receptive to follow Him must be ready to be slave or servant.

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Do you want to be where Jesus Christ is?  If yes, Jesus Christ is trustworthy and truthful all the time. Examine yourself.  If you are being convicted about the necessity of embracing Jesus Christ, be obedient and surrender your life by confessing your sins and asking God to cultivate your relationship by serving and loving biblical triune God in your walk daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. May Christ Jesus grant you grace and mercy.

 

 

 

       

 

Faith

My reading took me to Amos 5 where Amos speaks to the Israelites for God. Amos communicates God’s sorrow. The Israelites sin has become a stench to the LORD. No repentance comes from Israel so God turns away. Amos speaks God’s thoughts of doom to the people of Israel. God speaks through Amos saying “Seek me and live.” The LORD wants His people to return to Him. But, first God is a jealous God who will not be ignored. But, second God is a loving and compassionate God who gives second chances to all. God has given Israel chance after chance to return but they refuse to turn away from the idols of their heart. Israel has become their idols and it says in the word ‘but their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, they have eyes, but cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.’ (Psalm 115:4-8) The Israelites trusted in their idols so they became their idols to where they couldn’t see or hear danger; their feet couldn’t run from evil. So, when God sent help in the man Amos to speak truth in their lives to turn from their wicked ways they couldn’t hear or see or utter repentance through their mouths; they had become their idols. The LORD is calling “seek me and live”.

Lord is calling ‘seek me and live” but Israel can’t hear; the flow of God’s words just pass them by without understanding.

Israel is not unlike us because we like our material goods as well. We want the best looking car or we need to build a house too. We have the mentality that what is ‘good for my neighbor is good for me, too’. But, God word says for people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. (1Timothy 6:9-11)

Pursue faithfulness in God: Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1Timothy 6:12) Israel did not fight for their relationship in God but we are called to persevere in faith for our relationship in Christ so that we will claim the prize of eternal life with Him. (Philippians 3:14)

The word says I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasures full. (Proverbs 8:17-21) But, God had conditions to His promises and they were to keep God’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) and Israel broke their covenant with God. But, Israel didn’t listen to Amos so reconciliation became judgment.

Amos continued to persevere with words from God to “seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you.” If only Israel would hate evil and seek good then God would save a remnant of Joseph.

A sure indication that you are committed follower of Jesus Christ is your hate of sin and your love for righteousness. Jesus Christ showed us His faithfulness to the truth and His righteous hatred for sin while He walked on this earth. The word says in John 3:19-21 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

Reading further into Amos 7:1-7 the Sovereign LORD was showing Amos a vision of locust on the King’s share of the harvest and Amos cries out “Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!” So the LORD relented. “This will not happen,” the LORD said. This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me. The Sovereign LORD was calling judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land. Then (Amos) I cried out, “Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!” So the LORD relented. “This will not happen either,” the Sovereign LORD said. This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in His hand. The vision showed that God was measuring Israel with a plumb line. A plumb line is a string with a weight on one end it is used in carpentry to make straight a wall. Israel wall was not straight. Israel walk was not obedient to God’s rules. God’s warning has fallen on deaf ears. God uses a shepherd boy from Judah to be a prophet for Israel. Amos cries out to God for Israel but Israel rejects God’s words and is told to “get out, you seer!” Amos was called to Israel by God to be a light in their presence darkness. Have you been called to a place where there is darkness and you are the only light within its walls? Persevere! The things that mark an apostle⎯signs, wonders and miracles⎯were done among you with great perseverance. (2Corinthians 12:12) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) We will not see the end result of our perseverance but know this: nothing is every wasted all is used for the glory of God. (Isaiah 55:11; Numbers 23:19)

In Amos 9:1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said: “Strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake. Bring them down on the heads of all the people; those who are left I will kill with the sword. Not one will get away, none will escape.

This is what judgment looks like when you are an enemy of God. God is a merciful and Israel was given chances upon chance to return to God but they loved their sins more. Israel couldn’t hear God’s voice and they forgot who He was. They created their own world where they were number one. They were living in a new utopia where life was surrounded by the love of activity and the worship of things. God was forgotten because life was great. Israel was blessed by God and riches abounded, and with all that God receded into the background until He was totally forgotten.

Israel had depended on their own strength and they have done well; with these thoughts they thought we do not need guidance from this god. Israel forgot who had blessed and protected them. Israel had fallen into the mistake that they were god. The Lord says in His word “you shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

Israel needed to repent and believe again on the LORD. But, they refused to return to the LORD. Israel refused to let go. Israel rejected God’s word. When you fashion idols in your heart and you trust them; you become them. (Psalm 115:8) When warnings come from God and Pastors we say that is not me for we can’t hear truth.  Are ears are stopped up by our idol in our heart and we can’t hear the Lord speaking.

Hear Jesus Christ calling out of the wilderness for you. Repent and believe that Jesus Christ died on a cross for your sins (the idols in your heart) and rose on the third day to be seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. We can’t do this life on our own we need help. Ask Jesus Christ into your life.

Persevere! We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (Hebrews 6:12) We do not want you to fall away to idols but to stay steadfast in the Lord. We want you to triumph. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. (2Corinthians 2:14)

Thank you, Lord for your faithful pursuing of us. Thank you, Lord that you continue to convict our hearts of our sin. Thank you, Lord for your walk to the cross that cancels my sin.

I pray for your people who struggle with idols of their heart. We ask for your will be done your kingdom come in each life. Open their eyes to see the path they have chosen to walk; which leads to judgment. Open their ears to heed the call of repentance and change before it’s too late. We have all fallen short of the glory of God no one’s perfect not one. Not even you. Help us Lord. In Jesus Christ name, I pray. Amen.

 

Our Victory in Christ…

Victory in ChristPraise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit (hell) and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling (bringing together) the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19a

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages (now) he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works (human effort), so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:6-9

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.  Ephesians 1:13-14

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Paul writes, Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

AMEN!!!

What Is Salvation?

The difference between religion and Christianity is, basically that religion is man’s attempt to reach God, and Jesus is God reaching out to man. You can never obtain salvation by your own works. According to Ephesians 2:8- the bible says it’s by the grace of God that we are saved and not by our own good works. Romans 3:23 says we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God and thus we needed a Savior to bring us back to God. God gave His Son Jesus that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life and He did not send His Son to condemn the world but He sent Him to bring salvation to mankind. (John 3:16-17).

God is the only one who can provide salvation for man, through Jesus; and any other attempts to approach God, regardless of how sincere they may be, will end in total failure with the result of eternal death. To be saved, you have to recognize your complete dependence on Jesus only and make a surrender of your life to Him as Lord. As it says in Romans 10:9, “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

The commitment to Jesus as Lord of all has to be there. That doesn’t mean that you can’t ever fall short of that commitment. The Lord is full of mercy, and His love covers multitude of sins (Proverbs 10:12). But, regardless of how well you fulfill it, you have to have made the commitment that Jesus is Lord of all.

I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior when I was 16 years old and that’s years ago. Before then, I didn’t know about salvation though I used to go to church, sing in the choir and was involved in all kinds of church activities and I thought I was on my way to heaven. But later in life, I stopped going to church, got involved with bad company, and became a rebellious teenager. I must say, the devil was up to destroying my life.

I didn’t care about life anymore because according to me, no one loved me. I grew up without a father and I think that contributed to the bitterness and emptiness I felt in my life. But God, in His own mercy and kindness, sent a good friend of mine my way, who preached the message of salvation to me and I accepted Jesus in my life as Lord and that’s when new life began for me. It didn’t matter to God what I had done, just as I was, I came to Him and He transformed my life, that’s love in action! It has not been easy, but with the Lord in my life, I have triumphed over the battles of life. What a good God HE IS.

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, just pray this simple prayer with me and mean it with all your heart, and you shall be saved:
Say “Father, I recognize that I am totally dependent on you to save me. I accept Jesus’ sacrifice as payment for my sins and I now make Him Lord of my life. I believe that Jesus is alive from the dead and now living in me. I am saved, Amen!

Welcome to the Kingdom of God, where you find righteousness, peace, joy, divine health, success and all the perks that come with salvation!

Overcoming Adversity…

TOvercoming Adversityhe Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-2

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:1-2, 5 & 8

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.  1 John 3:20-21

AMEN!!!

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True Hope

If you try to be made right with God through the law, your life with Christ is over – you have left God’s grace. (Galatians 5:4 NCV) When you tried to get to heaven on your own; by doing great works your life in Christ is over. God’s grace only works if He lives in you and works through you.

But we have the true hope that comes from being made right with God, and by the Spirit we wait eagerly for this hope. When we are in Christ Jesus, it is not important if we are circumcised or not. The important thing is faith – the kind of faith that works through love. (Galatians 5:5-6 NCV) We are saved through faith the Bible says this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. (Romans 3:22 NIV; Ephesians 2:8-9) A believer who walks with a living God shows the true nature of God as he or she shares faith with others and is obedient to the word. A believer has true repentance and a love for others through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. A believer has not conformed to this world but continues to be transformed by the living word. (Romans 12:2) A believer has picked up his cross and follows the steps of Christ. What concerns Christ concerns us and we look for ways to make a difference.

You were running a good race. Who stopped you from following the true way? This change did not come from the One who chose you. Be careful! “Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.” But I trust in the Lord that you will not believe those different ideas. Whoever is confusing you with such ideas will be punished. (Galatians 5:7-10) A true believer searches the scriptures to make sure the preacher/teacher is teaching God’s truth not man’s knowledge. We are accountable to God so stop pointing the finger to others for your Salvation. Wakeup for the road that leads to life is narrow but the way to death is wide. (Matthew 7:13-14)

My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love. (Galatians 5:13 NCV) We are now free from sin the word says therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 NIV) When we continue to sin we are living again in law and your life is over in Christ. The word says “remain in me and I will remain in you…Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me…apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers, such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” (John 14:4-6 NIV) When you repent and believe on Jesus Christ and surrender your will and ask Jesus Christ in your life. You are given power to remain in Christ and do His will in your life. When sin enters into a believer’s life they repent and asks for help to change. True repentance is a mark of a believer’s life who is a follower of Jesus Christ.

So I tell you: Live by following the Spirit. Then you will not do what your sinful selves want. Our sinful selves want what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against our sinful selves. The two are against each other, so you cannot do just what you please. (Galatians 5:16-17) The spiritual war within each believer has to do with the whole person; and if they will die to self each day and live in the Spirit they will have life but if you allow the sinful nature reign in your life you will experience death. We have a battlefield raging in our heart for dominion for darkness or light. The Spirit inside us gives us the power to reign with God and follow God’s rules. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. (Romans 7:21 NIV) If we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us. (2Timothy 2:12 NIV) This is why the gate is small and the road is narrow and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:14 NIV)

But if the Spirit is leading you, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18 NCV) The Spirit is life in and through Jesus Christ. Why would we choose law and death? Control…we want control of our life…we want what we want and when we want it; because we live in a materialistic society that through television, internet, radio, and the written word of mass media that we deserve it. But, the written word of God is specific that we are to put off the old self of sexual unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshipping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Galatians 5:19-21)

When you are guided through the Holy Spirit you will develop or grow into the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their own sinful selves. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do. We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit. We must not be proud or make trouble with each other or be jealous of each other. (Galatians 5:22-25) So, let us be overcomers who step up and out so others will see Jesus in us and want to know more.

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11 NIV) Believers’ overcame Satan because Jesus Christ blood shred on the cross gave us freedom to live a life of power against the prince of darkness. Jesus Christ blood gives us boldness to speak out and serve Him. Be overcomers! “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus Christ has already overcome the world for us. On the cross He said “It is finished.” (John 19:30) He did for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. We couldn’t continue in our sinful bodies to abide by a law that couldn’t be kept. So, God devised a plan that would change everything and bring us eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) God devised a plan because He loved us. God’s love brought His One and Only Son born of a virgin to earth to be a sacrifice. Jesus Christ love for His Father brought Him before a cross of wood; carrying our sins Jesus stained the wood red. The blood of His sacrifice covers over all our wrongs as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12) Christ carried His cross now we need to carry our cross so that others may see and be saved.

Do you have a stain of red on your heart that proclaims that Jesus Christ is Lord or do you still live in your sinful self? God’s plan includes you and if this day you are hearing Jesus calling your name; repent of your sins and believe that Jesus Christ was born a virgin birth, die a victorious death, and was resurrected to the right hand of the Father in heaven. Surrender your control and ask Jesus Christ into your heart. This day the heavens will open up and the angels will sing “Hallelujah” for you was lost and now you are found.

Thank you, Lord that you sent your Holy Spirit to convict our hearts to turn away from the old self and receive the new self. Thank you, Lord for the provision of the cross that brought freedom from my old self into a new life of promises.

I pray for my readers who struggle with their old selves. Help them to be overcomers who draw their strength from the Holy Spirit. I pray they will daily give their day to you. Guide their steps that will continue in the way they should go. Protect their eyes and ears from others who want to destroy Christ. I pray for a protected hedge around about them from outside forces. In Jesus Christ name; Amen.

 

Today’s Events = Rapture Soon!

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(Picture – The Resurrected Jesus)

Today’s Events = Rapture Soon!

After reading several articles about today’s events, I am further convinced we are approaching a major fulfillment of an “end times” prophecy.
First, in Numbers 19:2-6, God told Moses to get a Red Heifer without blemish or defect to be sacrificed for the sins of Israel. It has been said, the new Temple cannot be completed without repeating this process.
Since Israel became a nation again May 15, 1948, there has been a search for such a Heifer. Just recently, one was found that is believed to fulfill this requirement, and it is in America. All other implements for the Temple have been recreated and if this Heifer actually meets all details, (Completely red – even two off-color hairs is a disqualifier; never yoked to work; Never mated) then the Temple is ready to be rebuilt. Even though muslims are trying to block this, they are going against God and He will prevail.
Next, the current conflict with Hamas and all other Arab nations is right on time. There had to be something to spark aggressive action between Israel and the descendants of Ismael (Arabs). The kidnapping/murder of three Israeli youths is proving to be that catalyst. It’s interesting that there are 21 separate Arab nations, yet not one of them has provided land for the Palestinians. They constantly demand Israel give up its land to them. It should be noted, if God let Israel be defeated, they would all be exterminated. He isn’t going to allow this. He said He would do this not for Israel’s sake, but because of His name. (Isaiah 48:11, Ezekiel 36:22)
It should also be noted, the U.S. is violating its own laws by continuing to fund the Palestinians because they have joined forces with Hamas – a terrorist group that hates Israel and America.
The Russian/Ukraine conflict is coming to a head, which will soon be re-directed toward Israel. Reason? Oil and Natural Gas deposits in Israel. Russia has become an ally of Iran (Persia) and soon will be instrumental in an all-out attack on Israel. This has to do with the Gog/Magog invasion spoke of in Ezekiel 36-38.
There is also a turning away from the true faith – apostasy – that is gaining momentum. (1 Timothy 4:1) Churches are practicing “progressive Christianity” where the Church is bending to meet today’s desires rather than follow God’s word. One of satan’s greatest tools is the phrase, “Does God really mean…?” The answer is “YES”! However, many people are being deceived like Adam and Eve were. God said what He meant, and He meant what He said.
Jews are not the only ones being targeted, but Christians as well. In one recent case, a Christian was asked at work by a muslim, questions about Christianity. When the Christian gave answers, the muslim asked to be prayed for and even mentioned wanting to attend Church. Very soon after this, the Christian was shocked to learn a complaint had been filed for religious discrimination and harassment. A lawyer has been appointed by a Christian organization, and the charges are being fought. However, this is only one example of how we can be entrapped.
There are many other signs – the weakening of America; European Union becoming stronger; Christians being martyred and so forth – that point to the return of the Lord for His Church (Rapture). The pace is quickening daily. Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:28)
It’s exciting to see God’s word being fulfilled daily for those who are ready to be with Him.

Dealing with Anxiety…

Dealing with AnxietySearch me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; Psalm 37:7a

King Solomon writes, What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? Ecclesiastes 2:22-25

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5b-7

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20

Though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-10

AMEN!!!

Living in the Light of the Lord…

Living in the light of the lordYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:105 & 130

Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. Ecclesiastes 7:13-15

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:14-16

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:3-6

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 4:7

… to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.  Jude 1:25

AMEN!!!

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