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Victory over Death…

Victory over deathWho can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave? Psalm 89:48

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord (Jesus) comes escape from death. Psalm 68:19-20

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

For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:53-57

AMEN!!!

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How Can I Forgive?

I am no longer angry at the person
I no longer experience resentment (re-living the negative emotions associated with the person/event)
I give up all claim to punish the person for the offence

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What Does Forgiveness Look Like?

Forgiveness can be messy, it is a process. It involves healing of brokenness; it involves words, actions, and emotions. Forgiveness is rarely an all or nothing affair, and it can be easy to question if you will ever move towards forgiveness.

Because, forgiveness is an internal and personal state, it will look differently for everyone. It is complex (emotionally, physically, and spiritually). It takes time to heal internally. Feelings of bitterness and reactivity may continue to surface; this doesn’t mean there is no forgiveness. Forgiveness is a process. It is helpful to have a personal concrete and positive concept of what forgiving will look like.

For example the above concepts of forgiveness state what a person will not be wanting, not feel or no longer experience. To move forward in forgiveness it helps to consider what I do want to feel and how I will know that I am feeling that way. It helps to know what I will be experiencing, and what I will be looking for.

 

urgent care sketch by ramona taylor

How can I move forward in forgiveness?

Consider:

When, I no longer want to punish what will I want instead? (Wishing them well, wanting to see them get some help…).

When I am no longer angry at the person what am I feeling instead? (A sense of sadness, or loss, disappointment, regret, maybe ready to place anger on the situation rather than the offender).

What thoughts and actions will indicate that I am feeling a desired way (laughing at the person’s jokes, exchanging greetings when passing).

When I am no longer re-experiencing negative feelings (resentments), what will I be experiencing instead (seeing changes, seeing growth, speaking truthfully).

 

Helpful tips for processing forgiveness.

  1. Acknowledge feelings of hurt, anger, or shame and commit to doing something about them.
  2. Identify and focus on the offensive behavior (rather than the person) that has caused harm to you. This could be relational harm, emotional harm, physical harm or spiritual harm.
  3. Make a conscious decision to let go of seeking revenge, or nursing the grudge. Move toward forgiving thoughts or language. For example, replace derogatory references to the offender (“the jerk”) with their name.
  4. Remind yourself that you have a good reason to forgive (to experience healing, to move on, to be a role model, to act out my faith)
  5. When thinking about the offender, remind yourself that they are human and that their actions say more about their suffering or brokenness than about you.
  6. Accept the pain you’ve experienced without passing it off to others. Recognize that you may be unintentionally victimizing yourself or causing those around you to suffer in response to the pain you have experienced.
  7. Choose to extend goodwill and mercy toward the offender by wishing for their well-being.
  8. Think about the times when you have been released from a resentment. Be open to feeling that emotional relief again, and find ways to grow from the experience.
  9. Realize the paradox of forgiveness: as you let go and allow yourself to forgive offenders, you will experience release and healing.

 

by Ramona Taylor 8/2014

The Lord is faithful

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. (2Thessalonians 3:1-2)

Paul was writing to the Thessalonians asking for prayer so that good news of Jesus Christ would spread swiftly and would be received by all. Paul felt that we had a short time before the Lord would come back; so let us be quick with our prayers. The word honored here means that we would receive the word of God as the real truth. Again, Paul says pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men and Paul implies that even though you are Christian if you do not have faith you are wicked and evil men. For example: If we get the call from God to go to a foreign country and your Christians friends do not support you and they try to change your mind they are consider to be wicked and evil men. Surround yourself with common interest people who will pray with you for your mission and ask the Lord to deliver you from wicked and evil men.

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. (2Thessalonians 3:3)

The Lord says in His word “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) You can trust His word because our Lord is faithful. When we come before the Lord in prayer asking Him to strengthen and protect us from the evil ones; He does it in His way. His way is not our way but His way is better because He has a plan for us. That plan that He has for us we do not know at this time but He does. (Romans 1:33-34) We are being made in the image of Christ and through His working in us we continue to evolve and change to be used by Him. Paul’s repetition on prayer is our communication and communion with our Father God that develops our relationship with Him. We need a two way conversation going on between us so that we can learn to hear and follow the Lord’s leading.

We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. (2Thessalonians 3:4)

Again, Paul is confident in the Lord for the people of Thessalonica because He knows that Jesus is faithful. Even though Paul is in chains for Christ he has seen for himself that the Lord has provided, strengthen, protected him and changed him into a Christ follower. Paul in the scriptures before chapter 3 in Thessalonians commanded the church of Thessalonica in holiness, godly living, and to explain certain beliefs, especially concerning the status of believers who die before Christ’s return. We have confidence in the Lord to do these things we have no confidence in our flesh. (Philippians 3:3) We can’t do this walk on our own we need confidence in the Lord to do it for us. This is the faith we need to see that God is in control. When I shared with my family and friends that I was going to Russia they had mixed emotions. You are crazy, awesome we will pray, you can’t go, and when are you going? My faith is in the Lord’s faithfulness for me; not in my friends or family.

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2Thessalonians 3:5)

May (to be possible; to be able) the Lord direct your hearts. It could be impossible to direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. The Lord says in His word “do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 3:8) What would harden one’s heart? The rich man came to Jesus and asked “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man says “all these I have kept.” “What do I lack?” Jesus answered him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The young man was saddened because he had much wealth. Jesus goes on and says, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Then the disciples asked “Who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:16-26) What could harden one’s heart? Having too much of something that one does not want to give up will harden your heart. This one thing could keep your heart from being directed into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. If we are trying to make our heart follow Christ like the young rich man did we will fail. But if we follow the Lord’s will He will direct our heart and then God will make all things possible.

Save us from the wicked and evil men who devour and rob God’s people from accomplishing the Lord’s desires in their life. Let us stand with confidence that God has a plan for each an ever believer who desires to do God’s will. Let us throw off the chains of unbelief and embrace the faith of Christ; that all things are possible for those who believe in Jesus Christ. So, stand firm and draw strength, protection, and the Lord unfailing love as our banner. Let us, throw up our arms in surrender or abandonment to the King who makes all things happen Jesus Christ name. Amen.

Thank you, Jesus Christ for giving us the confidence to strive out in you to the outermost regions to preach the gospel. Thank you, Lord for giving us strength to walk away from the name sayings who do not believe. Thank you, Father for your Son who inspires us to greater heights then we could ever imagine for ourselves.

 

Do you feel rejected? Unwanted? Lonely? That you’re just not good enough?

You may be one of those individuals who throughout your life has been told that you’re just not good enough.

 

Maybe your parents called you “stupid” or asked why couldn’t you be like your brother or sister – or even the neighbor’s kid.  Your parents may have even thrown you out and told you to never come back.

 

You could be an orphan because your mom abandoned you at childbirth and no one has adopted you.  Your whole life has been in an orphanage or going from one foster home to another or you find yourself living on the street doing anything to survive or you are living with someone who abuses you.

 

You could have grown up as the child of parents who are constantly drunk or on drugs and they beat you or have you steal for them or sexually abuse you.

 

Maybe you tried out for sports or a cheerleading team or the band or choir, but you were cut from the squad because you just wasn’t good enough

 

Maybe you have applied for work and were told that others had better qualifications than you do.

 

You were passed over by your peers because you weren’t smart or weren’t pretty or didn’t have money, or they thought you were weird.

 

Or perhaps there came a time in your life when your spouse left you and your kids don’t want anything to do with you.

 

Rejection.  You have experienced it time and time again.  Maybe you have begun to believe all of the things they say about you – you’re no good; you have no purpose; and you will never be worth anything.

 

You don’t know what real love is like You have never experienced it.  You desperately want it, but don’t know where to find it.

 

You want acceptance.  You want someone to see the real you and want to be your friend.

 

You want purpose.  You want hope.  You want to know that there is a reason you exist and that there is a day coming in which things will be better.

 

You want someone to know and care that deep down inside, you are hurting.  You want someone who will be with you in the difficult times.  You want someone to talk to.  You want someone who will always be with you.

 

I have good news.  God says that He loves you.  Yes, God loves you where ever you are right now.  He said He would never leave you nor forsake you.  He says that you can’t even imagine the things that He has prepared for those that love Him. He wants to adopt you as His child and make you one of His heirs. He says you can come to Him now without fear of rejection and without fear of being told, “You’re not good enough.”

 

When you die (and all of us will), He will take you to be with Him forever.  He will wipe away all of your tears and there will be no more pain nor sorrow nor sickness.

 

The amazing thing is He offers all of this to you as a gift.  It is free.  There is nothing you can do to earn His promises or buy them.  He says, “Come unto me all of you who are burdened and I will give you rest.”  He also promises He will feed you and clothe you.

 

An ancient writer said this, “I have been young, and now am old.  I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his children having to beg for bread.”

 

Personally, I have had some very difficult times in my life, and I can say that God has delivered me out of all of my troubles.

 

How do you receive this gift?  How do you become a child of God?

 

God says, “You must be born again.” How can you born again?  In the Bible, God explains that to be born again means to be saved. You can be saved today. How?

First, you have to understand that God is perfect.  Anyone who is not perfect is called a sinner.  Well, we are all sinners.  Those who have ridiculed you are sinners.  Those who seem to be really good and perfect and happy are sinners.  Why are they sinners?  Because they are not perfect.

Here is Gods test.  Have you ever stolen something?  Then you are a sinner.  Have you ever told a lie?  You are a sinner.  Have you ever wished you could kill someone?  Have you ever had sex with someone who was not you spouse? Have you used the name of God as profanity? Then you are a sinner. God plainly states that all of us are sinners and none of us are perfect like He is.

Because you are a sinner, one day you will die.  God said that is the penalty for being a sinner.  That’s how we know everyone is a sinner because we know everyone will die and when we do, we will face God’s judgment.  Those who appear before God as a sinner, will spend an eternity in a place of torment called hell.

But if everyone is a sinner, how do you escape this judgment?  By being born again. Because God loved you so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in your place.  Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is like you owed a huge debt that you could never repay and then someone offered to pay it for you.

After his death, Jesus was buried in a tomb, but He didn’t stay there.  After three days and three nights, He rose from the dead and went to heaven.  Because He overcame death, He has the power to raise you from death as well.

God commands everyone, everywhere to repent. Repentance means that now that you understand that you are a sinner, that you want a different life.  Knowing that lying, stealing, cheating, and using God’s name as profanity angers God, you want to change your life to do things that please Him.  And it begins by admitting to God that you have sinned.  Then, the next step is to simply believe that Jesus was the One who bore your sin, died in your place. was buried, and Whom God resurrected.  Because Jesus did all of these things for you, He can save you from the penalty of your sins and torment in hell, and that is why He is called he Savior.

The Bible says, “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name,” and, “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

“Whosoever” includes you. “Shall be saved” means not maybe, nor might be, but without a doubt.

Just take God at His word that believing you will be saved.  No church, no organization, no group, no good works can save you.  God does the saving.  All of it!

God’s plan of salvation is very simple: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation.

You might think, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, it is that simple! It is what the Bible says. It is God’s plan. I encourage you to believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today. If you understand and accept that you are a sinner and if you want to become a child of God, then right now, wherever you are, lift your heart to God. Talking to God is called prayer. One sinner in the Bible prayed, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

That’s where you begin with God.  Admit you are a sinner and ask Him to save you.  If you are struggling for words, here is an example – but understand it’s not an exact set of words that saves you, it’s truly desiring to have God in your life.  Here is the example prayer, “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died on the Cross in my place. I believe He shed his blood for me and that though He died and was buried, He rose from the grave. I ask you to save me.  I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Now what do you do?  Ask God to lead you to a group of believers who love Him and will teach you about Him.

The Best Brand

A group of my workmates attended a training seminar in the West Midlands, England. Having consumed vast quantities of tea, coffee and biscuits they were asked by the organizers of the seminar to participate in an ice-breaking exercise. The ice-breaking exercise involved each worker identifying and writing down the name of companies to brand names. After an hour of the ice-breaking exercise most of the workers were able to name at least 50 percent of companies to the brand names without accessing the internet for answers.
It was amazing to discover from the ice-breaking exercise how many brand names have dominated our daily lives. Brand names creates within us a variety of emotional feelings which will largely depends upon our personal experiences of using the products and services as well as other peoples recommendations and referrals.
Unlike other commercial brand names there is a world class brand name which offers everyone the free gift of eternal life, spiritual gifts, peace, joy and prosperity without the financial burden or terms of conditions. Its the best brand name of all. The brand name is Jesus. A name which brings salvation to the world which is a free gift of God.
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). We represents Jesus on earth. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

Antony Douglas is the Author of an ebook called, ‘Your Change is Coming’ which is free for a limited period from Smashword or Noble and Barnes.

A Treasure Money Can’t Buy…

TreasureBlessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she (wisdom) is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Proverbs 4:5-6

… indeed, if you call out (to God) 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. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:3-6

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:26

No 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

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. 1 Timothy 2:5-6a

… keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:21
AMEN!!!

Distracted from the Bigger Picture

An elderly woman turned to a fellow passenger who was sitting on the bus beside her and said,”Did you see the horrific car accident.”
The passenger replied,”No. I was far too busy reading the evening newspaper to have notice that.”
The passenger worked all hours of the day to build up an successful business and he was on his way home. When he arrived home there was a note from his wife pinned to the kitchen table. The note read,”Don’t try to find us. We’ve had enough.”
The passenger lost sight of the bigger picture of recognizing the signs of a unhappy wife and the needs of others around him. He had solely focused on his own self gratification. He was distracted by his own ambitions of being an successful business man at the cost of others.
What lessons do you think the passenger learned from his recent experiences? He has learned that husbands must love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25). Also, he has learned to love his neighbours as himself (Mark 12:31). Don’t distract your mind from the bigger picture of family life and its lasting benefits to your well-being and prosperity.

God’s Everlasting Promises…

God's everlasting promisesYour kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord (Jesus) is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. Psalm 145:13

Paul writes, This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile (everyone else in the world). For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” 

He (God) will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Timothy 4:9-10, Romans 1:16-17 & 1 Corinthians 1:8-9

All the prophets testify about him (Jesus) that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:43

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20

AMEN!!!

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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.
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.