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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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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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“You don’t know what I’ve done – I’m Evil”

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You Don’t Know What I’ve Done – I’m Evil”
If I had a cup of coffee for every time I’ve heard that line, I’d be on a permanent caffeine buzz! Let me give you:
Shock # 1: God already knows everything you’ve thought, said and done, and He’s not surprised.
Shock # 2: If (not that they did) Hitler, Stalin, Osama Bin Laden and all others like them accepted Jesus as their Savior before dying, they’ll be in Heaven. If you don’t accept Jesus, you won’t!
Shock # 3: If you really believe God will not forgive your sins – please post a note to this blog. I want to know who the FIRST PERSON in ALL HISTORY that God will not forgive. The only unforgivable sin is to not accept Jesus and the sacrifice He gave for all of us.
God’s Promises:
Acts 2:21 / Romans 10:13: All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Romans 5:8: God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Romans 3:23: For ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.
Is this only for the “Big” sins? No – God hates all sins; great or small. Now for one of the most famous Bible verses:
John 3:16,18: For God so loved the world He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
1 John 1:8-10: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins (to Him), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleans us from ALL unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (emphasis mine)
What it comes down to is what do you want? If you’re happy with this world and all it has to offer, this is all you will ever get. If you care about your “eternal future”, you MUST consider God’s offer to you.
1 John 5:12: Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
What to do… Pray directly to the Father; confess your sins TO HIM; ask His forgiveness and ask that Jesus be your Savior. If you mean it, not just saying the words, the Holy Spirit will come to live with in you.
Does this mean you will never sin again – NO. Remember, ALL have sinned, however after accepting Jesus, you can ask forgiveness whenever you do slip and sin.
To help you better understand this, I recommend you read Romans in either the New American Standard or English Standard Version Bible. It will help you in your new journey with the Father. It is not easy, however the eternal reward is absolutely worth it.
God will never force you to accept Him or Jesus. You have the free will to reject Him. However, if you do accept His free gift, He will accept you no matter what you have done. Once you are His child, your sins will never be remembered by Him again. Also when you do sin, Re-read 1 John 1:8-10. That’s your lifetime warranty in writing.
We are not guaranteed one more day here. Consider now as the time to act. Bless you!

Are You The Last Gentile?

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Are you the Last Gentile?
Romans 11:25: Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
Anytime the Bible speaks of Fullness, it means “completeness” or “finished”. The Church age began with the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus the Messiah. Through the shedding of His blood, ALL mankind is eligible to be forgiven their sins and receive eternal salvation. (Acts 2:21 Romans 10:13). All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. The Church (Christians) has not replaced the Jews, but is grafted in to God’s covenant – if the people accept Jesus as their Savior.
As I have posted before, this has always been God’s plan for us, and it was sealed with Jesus’ sacrifice at calvary. The Israelites (Jews) have been God’s chosen people from the time of Abraham; through his son Isaac; and then through Jacob whose name was changed to “Israel”. This is defined “triumphant with God”; given after he wrestled with the angel. (Genesis 32:28; 35:10)
God has special plans for His chosen people, and He will give His full attention to them after the Church is removed. Please note: The Church is not a building; not a particular religion. It is ALL people who have accepted Jesus and are called Christians.
God knows that the Israelites today have not fully accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah. It is estimated only about 7% have done so and are known as “Messianic Jews”. By the end of the tribulation, the Bible says All His People will believe. (Philippians 2:10-11 and Romans 14:11). Every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord.
Now, the main topic – what happens when the Fullness of the Gentiles comes in? As with every war, there is one final victim. With every sport, one final play and then the end. This is the same with God. He has one final Gentile in mind before sending Jesus to take His Church home. (Rapture)
1 Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel and with the sound of the trumpet of God. The dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and so will we always be with the Lord.
This refers to the “Church age” people who believe in Jesus – Jews, Gentiles – EVERYONE! However, Romans 11:25 tells us that when the last Gentile God has in mind gives His/Her life to Jesus, the rapture will take place. Just as God gave the world time before closing the door to Noah’s ark, He’s giving us time right now to accept Him through His Son – Jesus. He will not wait much longer. I believe we are at the very threshold of this event.
Are you that Gentile? Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Do you want to go through the tribulation? All prophecies leading up to the Rapture are done. Now it’s a matter of when the “fullness” is done.
To put off accepting Jesus is to not accept Him; to say maybe is a NO; to say anything but yes is to be lost.
The only unforgivable sin is to not accept Jesus. The door is about to close. Please be onboard and enjoy the trip “up” with the rest of the Christians. Hope to see you there!

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Dealing with the question

You may know the story of Joni Eareckson. As a spirited and exuberant teenager she dived headfirst into a lake in 1967 and was permanently paralysed from the neck down. Although she has spent much of her life since then championing disability awareness and has a powerful and moving testimony of overcoming incredible odds by God’s grace, the question of why God would allow this to happen is a real one. And we don’t have to look that far back. Unanswered questions lie all around us. This year more than 300 people, mostly teenagers, drowned in a ferry disaster off South Korea. We cannot imagine the pain of so many families racked with grief, nor their struggle with the question: Why?

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This series of 3 blogs attempt to address this most painful of all questions – why does God allow suffering? Or more bluntly, why do bad things happen? This first blog focuses on ways of approaching the question itself.

This is a recent question

It may seem strange, but why does God allow suffering? is a recent question, a question of modern times and developed economies. For example, up to the 18th century at least, people expected one in three of their children to die before they reached 5 and mothers routinely died in childbirth. Bad things happened including pestilence, plagues and wars and, if you made it through all of that, life expectancy was around 40. The question of why? wasn’t one that people asked. Bad things just happened – a lot.

The question has intensified in the last 50 years especially with leaps in medical technology and drugs. Modern medicine brings benefit to millions by reducing pain and extending life. But it also brings about an expectation that somehow we should not have to suffer in this day and age. “They can do a lot these days” is a statement I often hear when someone is about to embark on cancer treatment. It is true, but it still drives unrealistic expectations. In other cases modern medicine can even be the cause of suffering. On her third and most aggressive regime of chemotherapy last year my mother was put into considerable distress and pain. She was looked after well but the side–effects of her treatment were heart wrenching, and we greatly regret being persuaded to continue with treatment rather than just making the most of her final months of life.

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Of course it’s a tough question

For sure a lot of suffering in the world is a direct result of human decisions – the terrorist bomb in Omagh killing 29 people, the innocent girl returning home who is raped, these are the result of corrupt and degenerate behaviours. And we should remind ourselves that there are in fact enough resources in the world to feed all the hungry, but, as a race of people, we choose not to.

What about cases of natural disaster, sickness and unforeseen accident? It is important to note that although people can certainly cause suffering as described above, suffering in these cases can never be traced back to any “wrong-doing”. In John Chapter 9, Jesus himself makes it clear that, for the man born blind, his blindness was nothing to do with any crime or behaviour.

As Christians we believe that disaster, sickness and accidents were never part of God’s original creation. The original created order of Genesis chapter 1 was perfect and included man’s ability to exercise free will and autonomy. But all of this became subject to degeneration after rebellion and corruption entered the world. By Genesis chapter 4 the first murder has already taken place and the world is disfigured and in trauma. In addition, suffering has no part in God’s final creation. We live in the light of a certainty, that in the crucifixion God defeated evil, suffering, and even death itself, and began a new order accessible to all who accept it. Thus the end of this story has already been determined and we can see it. There is no suffering …”there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain” (Revelation 21:4). Right now however we live between these ages, in a traumatised world. This present world is not as it should be, but we are not left to face it alone. As we shall see in the next blog, God will not leave us alone ……This in a nutshell is the Christian faith.

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And the accompanying question – why me?

The other question that we inevitably ask is why me? “….. why has this happened to us? It’s all unfair” were questions I asked when we believed we may lose our daughter to an illness some years ago. By far the best answer came from my wife who said “….why not us?”

There is no guaranteed ticket to a life free from calamity. It is tempting to think that if we pray, pursue good works, give away our money etc then we shouldn’t have to face the big disasters in life. But there is no “deal” like that. We all share in the broken nature of this world. And equally, God’s kindness is extended to all, “he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45). (I also discussed this recently in The Boulder).

But it’s also worth asking …

Another question: Why do good things happen?

Why should there be mountain views, days at the seaside, job satisfaction, a welcoming smile or even a sunny day? And why do many, many bad things not happen? – that collision we narrowly avoided and that bug I didn’t catch – why was that? A well-developed attitude of wonder at creation and gratefulness for all that is right can underpin a life that rests in assurance and wholeness. And it can provide us with the necessary balance when we do enter those hardest of times. A persistent sense of gratitude is something we can choose to have, or not.

Why does God allow suffering? – discover more

This blog is one in a series of 3 short articles on this topic:

  1. Part I – Looking at the question dispassionately
  2. Part II – The response to suffering from us, and the response to suffering from God
  3. Part III – Alan and Penny’s Story

Chris Goswami April 2014

Chris Goswami is Director or Marketing for a Silicon Valley based company and a Minister In Training in the UK Baptist Church. His personal site is www.7minutes.net.
This blog is pat of a series of 3 blogs.

Everlasting Promises…

Everlasting PromisesLord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:1-2

Your 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

King Solomon writes, I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:10-13

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:9

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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Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 1

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Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 1
Satan has tried to destroy God’s creation from the very beginning. We all have heard the story about Adam and Eve and the initial fall of mankind.
At one point, the world became so evil God destroyed all but eight people and certain animals. From these eight, He repopulated the world. This did not end evil.
Later, Sodom & Gomorrah became so evil God destroyed them. There weren’t even 10 righteous people in them. If there had been, God promised Abraham he would spare them.
Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. God told Abraham he would father a son through Sarah, but he tried to make sure he had a son through unapproved methods. As a result, Ishmael, son of Hagar the maidservant, was banished and Isaac was the chosen son. Since then, there has been conflict between their descendants to this very day. (Ishmael descendants are Arabs; Isaac’s are the Israelites).
All through the first five books of the Bible, we have stories of people who were faithful to God, but also a lot of rebellious people as well. When we get to the book of Joshua, we are in the period of the Judges.
Satan knows of God’s covenants and throughout the Bible, we can see his negative influence.
During the time of the Judges, God brought Ruth and Boaz together in order for His divine providence to rule. Ruth was from Moab and Boaz from Bethlehem. Through their marriage, David became king after Saul fell from grace. Satan was able to control Saul, but not David. God’s covenant with David said the Messiah would come from his bloodline. After David was Solomon, and though he fell from grace at the end, the line continued through one of his sons.
Satan tried very hard to interfere, but God made sure the line of David didn’t get eliminated. Even through the Babylonian captivity, God kept His covenant, and David’s bloodline can be traced as shown in the New Testament. (Matthew and Luke)
Through the prophesies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Zachariah and others, we are given an insight of the future from the end of captivity to the coming of the Messiah the first time. There is even a great deal of information of the last days of this earth before the 2nd. Coming of the Messiah.
Jesus will come to gather His Church, but this will not be the 2nd. coming as we will “rise to meet Him in the clouds”. The actual 2nd. coming will find Jesus coming directly to the earth to conquer satan.
After the last Old Testament prophet, there’s a silent period of about 400 years. In the New Testament, Matthew gives one of the bloodlines of Jesus. Matthew is Jewish and it’s believed the one he gives is Joseph’s, which gives Jesus Credibility. In those days, as with the Islamic world today, women were second-class citizens.
Luke, a gentile, gives a different line believed to be that of Mary.
Both Joseph and Mary came from David, but by different paths. Jesus could not have been the “perfect sacrifice” if Joseph and Mary’s blood combined to conceive Him. Man’s sin nature would have been in Him and God would not accept a less-than-perfect sacrifice. By the Holy Spirit putting the seed in a virgin (Mary), the blood of the Messiah would be uncorrupted, and be able to serve to save all of mankind – if they would accept His sacrifice.
Please continue to the second part to see how Jesus has already defeated satan, sin and death.

Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 2

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Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 2
The Pharisees had many old transcripts saying “A Virgin shall bear a child”. The arrival of Jesus should have surprised no one. They prided themselves about knowing of the future Messiah. Problem here is PRIDE.
If they had carefully studied the writings of Daniel, he told of the actual day the Messiah would enter Jerusalem. (9th. chapter)
Gentile kings from the east (area of Iran) knew more than the Jewish priests, and came to Jerusalem looking for the Promised One.
The Pharisees were taken off guard because they expected the messiah to come in on a great white horse with much pomp and circumstance, and defeat all their enemies and take His place in the temple. They believed they would be given special privileges by Him because of their titles, and when Jesus didn’t do this He became their enemy.
He didn’t come up to their expectations, but they came down to His. He knew He would be rejected as was written in Old Testament prophecies. He orchestrated everything that would happen over about a 3-year period leading right up to Calvary.
Satan continued to be a force to deal with, but Jesus was always one step ahead every time. He controlled the entire crucifixion! Jesus was offered something to dull the pain, however He refused. He wanted the full effect of OUR SINS to be felt. He was beaten mercilessly and would have been barely recognizable when finally put on the cross.
Jesus made seven statements from the cross:
1. Father Forgive them for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34) He demonstrated how we are to love our enemies.
2. Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise. (Luke 23:43) Not only did Jesus pardon the criminal on His right, He let us know that when we die we will be immediately with Him if we have accepted Him.
3. Woman, behold your son. (John 19:26) Jesus blessed Mary by making sure she was taken care of after He would be gone.
4. My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22). Jesus knew He would have to be separated from the Father to become the perfect sacrifice, and this terrified Him.
5. I Thirst! (John 19:28) This showed Jesus, even though fully God, was fully man and had normal human reactions to the physical torment.
6. It Is Finished! (John 19:30) The work He had come to do was finished – The Sacrifice Was Complete.
7. Father, into your hands I commit My Spirit. (Luke 23:46) Jesus died immediately after these words. He died voluntarily. The human side was dead, but His Spirit was immediately with the Father, and He was there to welcome the pardoned thief.
These were not the final words spoken by Jesus on this earth. Three days later He arose and before ascending to Heaven, had many witnesses to His resurrection.
About the resurrection, Jesus’ Spirit was not in the grave – only His earthly body. On that 3rd. day, the stone was “rolled away” and the seal broken. He could’ve walked through the stone, but this was done to show He was just who He said He was.
Up to the resurrection, satan was confident he would win. He’s so vain he still believes he will overcome the Trinity, however, with the redeeming blood that was shed, there is a “RED STAIN” left behind that satan will never be able to “get rid of”!
Once and for all, sin/death was conquered.
All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved! (Acts 2:21)
He Is Risen – He Is Risen Indeed!

The Cross

The CrossIsaiah writes 800 years before Jesus was born, Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Surely he (Jesus) took up our pain and bore our suffering, But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life (he will rise from the dead) and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant (Jesus) will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:1, 4, 5, 11

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

Jesus said, This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”  John 12:38

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 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 3:14-16 

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

AMEN!!!

 

Jesus/Yeshua – Prophecies Fulfilled Part 1

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Jesus/Yeshua – Prophecies Fulfilled Part 1
Although this message is for EVERYONE, it is especially for the “Children of Israel” that have not accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah. This will definitely be more than one blog post (actually 5) in order to give it the special attention needed. Yeshua fulfilled over 300 prophecies by the time He left this earth. I cannot list them all, but will give 15 prophecies from the Old Testament and then I will give the New Testament fulfillments. I made reference to this in a previous blog, but as a refresher:
The Old Testament in the Bible was written before Jesus was born. Its writings were completed in 450 BC. Written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, it contains over 300 prophecies Jesus fulfilled through His life, death and resurrection.
Mathematically, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are staggering.
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000; 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies 1 in 10 to the 157th power; and 1 person fulfilling all 300+ only could be Jesus!
I do not know the odds of 15, but it’s definitely greater than 8. Only God knew beforehand all that would be accomplished and all that was written about the Christ. This makes the Bible more reliable than any other book or record.
The New Testament was written after the death of Jesus Christ. Archeologists have found thousands of manuscripts of this, and some are dated less than 100 years after the original letters were written. The Bible is superior by far than any other of the ancient writings.
God gave us these prophecies to build our faith and lead the way to His Son. Jesus the Christ is the Lamb of God, slain before the creation of the world. (Revelation 13:8) My hope is you will know without doubt that His death and resurrection are the sacrifice for our sins; and with His death He takes away not only our sins, but the sins of all the world. (1John 2:2) He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless spotless Lamb of God. God chose Him for this purpose long before the world began, but now these final days, He was sent to the earth for ALL to see. And He did this for you. (1 Peter 1:19-20)
Please note, all Bible passages in this message are abbreviated due to space, however, I encourage you to go the text to read the entire passages.
#1 – THE MESSIAH WILL BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM
Micah 5:2 (8th century BC) – But you o Bethlehem Ephrathah are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1-6 – Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod…..Herod called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked “Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?” In Bethlehem, they said.
Luke 2:4-5,7,15 – And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home……he took with him Mary who was obviously pregnant. She gave birth to her first child a son.
John 7:42 – For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.
So far, we have only covered one prophecy and its fulfillment. Please continue to the next part for further proofs.