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.

 

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.

Jesus – A Beginners Guide (Part 1)

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Jesus – A Beginners Guide (Part 1)
First, you may have seen the “Books for Dummies” and might think this is a guide like that. Let me just say that anyone who seeks Jesus is no dummy, and never will be. There are some who have never been introduced to Jesus, the Bible, Church and anything involved with them.
Starting at the beginning, when a person travels somewhere they’ve never been, it’s always a good idea to have a “guide”. A Christian’s guide is called the Bible. It has been around for over 2000 years, and is the same today as it was then. A good way to remember this is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. This is God’s love letter to us and it has a total of 66 books within it; written by about 40 men inspired by the Holy Spirit who is part of the Trinity. (Father, Son and Holy Spirit.) The Bible has two sections; the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 books, and provides history from earth’s creation to the birth of Jesus the Christ, and prophesies that show future events all the way to the end of this earth’s existence. The New Testament starts at the Birth of Jesus, and covers His life through His ministry (about 33 years), death, burial and resurrection. From there, the subjects covered are Christian living, history of the early Church, and events that are to come all the way to eternity.
There are people today who claim not to believe in Jesus, however there is an overwhelming amount of evidence He is real. Even Satan and his demons know Jesus exists – they just have a pride thing and don’t accept Him. They would like you to spend eternity with them in torment.
Before we get into the “how to be a part of Jesus”, some simple definitions need to be given.
a.) Church – this is not a building, but the PEOPLE who have accepted Jesus. When He talks about His Church, He doesn’t refer to any particular religion (see #c.) In Matthew 16:16-18, Jesus is talking to his disciples and Peter makes the statement that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus replied that on this “Rock” (Peter’s confession) He would build His Church – all who accept Him as their Savior. Remember the word ALL. When Jesus comes to take His Church home (Rapture) He will be taking people not buildings. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.)
b.) Christ – Not Jesus’ last name. Means “Anointed One” or “Messiah”. His coming was prophesied throughout the Old Testament. He was to be the Savior of everyone – Jew and Gentile. He did not appear majestically as they expected, and therefore was rejected by most of them.
c.) Religion – Surprise! Jesus does not really care for organized religion. His biggest conflicts were with the religious leaders of that time. He gave guidelines that His followers were to follow to be accepted by Him, yet the religious leaders fell back on tradition and ceremony that were man-made, not God-inspired. Titles such as Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox and so on do not impress Jesus. (see #d) It’s what’s in the heart that counts.
d.) Christian – Follower of Jesus. Acts 11:26 says His followers were known as Christians first at Antioch. ANYONE can become a Christian: Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Protestant, Catholic – EVERYONE can be accepted if they will accept the free gift God gives us through His Son. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13).
There is more to know about Jesus. Please continue to part 2 for concluding information that will change your life and eternal destiny. Thank You!

Jesus – A Beginners Guide (part 2)

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Jesus – a Beginners Guide (Part 2)
Continuing with some definitions:
e.) Bible – the true and inspired word of God. There are many versions which follow the original texts and are great for use. The best one for you is one you can understand. The King James Version is written in 16th century English, and sometimes difficult to understand. The New King James is better, but still somewhat complicated. Modern versions are English Standard Version (ESV); New American Standard (NASB) and New International Version (NIV). For ease of reading in today’s language I would recommend for a beginner the ESV. Also, it should be a “study Bible” which has scripture on the top with explanation on the bottom. This is best if used daily.
f.) Hell – Also known as Sheol, hades and Lake of Fire. This is a place prepared for Satan and his demons, and unbelievers who do not accept Jesus. Anyone who goes there CHOOSES to do so.
g.) Heaven – dwelling place for God, Jesus and Holy Spirit (Trinity), Righteous Angels and ALL Saints that accept Jesus Gift Of Salvation.
h.) Salvation – Jesus died for EVERYONE’s sin. Through His grace, we get something we do not deserve and through God’s Mercy we don’t get what we do deserve. You cannot “earn” or “buy” this – it is given Freely to those who put their Faith and Trust in Jesus.
Some Basic Questions:
1.) Who Can Accept Jesus: Romans 3:23 says ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. However Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13 says ALL who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
2.) How do I accept Him: First, admit to yourself and God you are a sinner, and know you can’t save yourself. God Loves You! If you will ask Jesus to forgive your sins, He will do it. Tell Him you want Him to come into your life and rescue you from Hell. Again I refer you to Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13. You do not have to do this in a Church or confess to any person. Jesus is the only one who can save you. (John 14:6)
3.) What if I have committed the unforgivable sin: The only unforgivable sin is to die without accepting Jesus. No other sin you have done will disqualify you. You might say, “You don’t know what I’ve done!” Nope, but God does and will forgive you according to 1 John 1:8-10. If you say you can’t be forgiven, you’ll be the first person in ALL of history that this applies to. Romans 8:1 says there is No Condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
NOTE? Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18 Assures us God does not lie!
4.) What if I accept God but not Jesus: Best Bible passage is 1 John 5:10-12. (paraphrased) All who accept the Son have the Father – All who do not accept the Son do not have the Father. This is the Unforgivable Sin!
5.) How about all the good things I’ve done: Ephesians 2:8-10 – We are saved by the Grace of God through faith, not by works.
You now have something to think about. Do you want to continue without Jesus and spend ALL eternity in torment? Or do you want to start your eternity RIGHT NOW by accepting Him. Your Choice!
Go back to question 2 and follow the steps. You might want to find a Bible Teaching Church for reinforcing fellowship. Main thing, get a BIBLE and read from it every day. A good starting place is the Gospel Of JOHN, and then Romans.
My Prayer for you is you will accept Him today. Tomorrow may be too late!

In my Father’s house

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. ²In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. ³And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ⁴You know the way to the place where I am going. (John 14:1-4)

Do you ever wonder what heaven looks like? Could it be more wonderful then the place we already live on earth? The Lord says this place isn’t our home (John 14:2-3) and some authors say we are on a journey through this time until we meet Jesus in heaven. In places in the Bible heaven is describe as a spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12) and Paul talks about a man who was caught up to a third heaven and he describes this heaven as paradise. (2Corinthians 12:2-4) When I think of paradise I think of a tropical island in the Pacific where I can soak in the sun and swim in sparkling blue waters. Heaven is one of peace with no struggle. That’s what I think of  when heaven is compared to paradise.

The Lord says “do not let your hearts be troubled” even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4) “trust in God; trust also in me (Jesus Christ). Let us not look at our circumstance but look to God and trust Him through the hard times of life because He is thinking of us and preparing a place for us in His home. He is the father who is waiting patiently for His Son or Daughter to come home so that He can put a ring on your finger, a robe on, place a kiss on your cheek and celebrate for “my son was lost and now he is found” (Luke 15:11-32). The Lord says in His word “I will come back and take you to be with me” this Father is planning a future with us; we should be ecstatic that we are so loved. We do not need to be discouraged but to look forward to the time that Jesus will come for us.

⁵Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” ⁶Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ⁷If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him. (John 14:5-7)

“I am the way” you can only go to the Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the truth and the life which gives us hope.

All we know of Jesus is not by sight as Thomas has but through the living words that testifies that He lived and died for us in the Bible. But, also because He formed us still in our mother’s womb (Psalm 22:9, 71:6; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 8:28-30) giving us the DNA that shouts to our every cell that Jesus Christ is our Lord… we our drawn to Him with our every fiber of our being…and as much as we want to run away from God He brings us back as He woos us to His side… we can’t get away because He is our home. The Lord says in His word if two or three are gather in my name the Lord is in our midst (Matthew 18:20)…We have seen the Father in each of our brothers and sisters in the Lord because we reflect God’s glory.

⁸Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” ⁹Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? ᶦ⁰Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work. ᶦᶦBelieve me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” (John 14:8-11)

Philip didn’t know that Jesus Christ resembled His Father and now we should resembled our Father Jesus Christ. So when you are out in the world, the world should see us as different as resembling our Father Jesus Christ. When they see you they should see Jesus Christ.

“The words I say to you are not my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work.” Jesus words were not His own because God was speaking through Him. Just as I now write to you the Spirit is speaking through my writing out to you. The Lord is teaching me through the word and the Holy Spirit is giving me the words to write to you. It astounds me that my talent was never writing but storytelling and here I am and the Spirit is flowing through me out to you. Wow! It blows my mind. If we can do this we can do anything that the Lord calls us to do. So what is stopping us?

The Lord couldn’t do the miracles on His own He needed His Father. The Lord says in His word that His Father was doing His work through Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus Christ. Therefore, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. ᶦ³And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. ᶦ⁴You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

The word says “anyone who has faith in me”. I was talking to someone about sickness and I told them that whatever my eyes itches I give it to the Lord “by your stripes I am healed”. I believe that He will heal me. This person said “but He doesn’t heal you all the time.” I said “yes, I believe all the time because ever instances in the Bible when someone asked for healing the Lord healed them. The Lord didn’t say come back tomorrow or I will think about it. No, the Lord healed ever sickness throughout scripture and “anyone who has faith in me” will be healed, too. Be persistent and give it to the Lord. Be like the woman before the judge who was persistent in getting what she wanted. The unjust judge says “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:6-8) “Ask me in my name” the Lord says and “I will do it” but we have such little faith to believe that we can. Jesus Christ healed everyone who came to Him and during the Apostles’ times they also did awesome miracles in Jesus Christ name. But we think ‘that was then’ and ‘this is now’ but the word says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever ⎯  ᶦ⁷the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. (John 14:15-17)

‘If’ you love me, you ‘will’ obey. The word is ‘if’ you love me. In your sinful nature (Romans 8:5-8) you cannot desire the things of God for your minds are set on what that nature desires but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

Jesus says in His word that He will ask the Father for another Counselor the Spirit of truth for us ‘if’ you love me, you will obey what I command. ‘If’ we love Him and obey His commands we will get ‘another’ Counselor which means the Holy Spirit and He will come and live in us. So, now I have Jesus Christ living in me and also the Holy Spirit. Wait, the Father is in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ lives in me since I ask Him into my life after I repented and believe on Jesus Christ…so if Jesus Christ is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is in me that means the Father is in me too. Right…now we also have the Holy Spirit in me too. WOW! So that means if Jesus did these awesome miracles with His Father and the Apostles also did amazing miracles shouldn’t we be doing awesome-amazing miracles, too? We have some unbelievable power living inside us to do mighty things for Christ. But, why aren’t we?

The problem is that the world can’t except the Holy Spirit and each and every one of us have a bit of the world in us ‘if’ we haven’t let go of the old sinful nature. (Colossians 3) So, miracles to some will never happen because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. ᶦ⁹Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. ²⁰On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. ²ᶦWhoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by the Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:18-21)

Our Father prepares a place for us in paradise and we need to trust in His judgments for us. We need to believe He will be back soon for us because He says in His word “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14: 18) Jesus will come to us and guide us to this place He prepared for us. We are to look for that moment and keep our light burning (Matthew 25:1-13) and not be caught without oil and the door closes.

“On that day you will (we will) realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” The Holy Spirit is like a fire, river and a breath; we will know He is in us. Thank you Lord for sending the Holy Spirit.

Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not the world?” ²³Jesus replied, “If, anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. ²⁴He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. (John 14:22-24)

The Lord doesn’t come to the world because the world does not understand or know the Father. Only the ones who truly love the Father can come to the Father and the Father will make a home inside them. “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” Again the Lord says these words are not my words but my Father who sent me.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. ²⁶But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:25-26)

As you read the word the Holy Spirit will remind you of God’s truths and will convict, help, comfort, strengthen, interceder, teacher, and guide us through the struggles of this life so that we will continue to love and obey the teachings of the word. The word will witness to your Spirit and you will get one revelation after another through the Lord. We in our self are nothing but with Christ we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) It is part of the world to be troubled and afraid but ‘if’ you belong to Christ you are at peace and trusting in the Lord.

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. ²⁹I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. ³⁰I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, ³ᶦbut the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:28-31)

“Be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” I do not know about you but when my Father was alive you heeded his advice because when I was little my mother would say “waits, till your father comes home.” Did that send fear into you? It worked every time with me. My father was like John Wayne meets a farmer and he was my idol and I can see why Jesus says “be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” Jesus’s Father is like the Mafia meets Mother Teresa and  that should say “my Father is greater than I.”

The Prince of darkness is in the world now and the Lord says “He has no hold on me.” If Jesus lives in me and I am in Him then Satan has no hold on me. If the Lord says “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” Then, we the believers who are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) to the world should step up and show the world that we love the Father and we will do exactly what the Father commands us to do.

But, ‘if’ you are trap in a sin that keeps you from loving and obeying God’s word the Father welcomes you to come in and repent and believe. For the Father turns no one away from the truth that He sent His one and only Son to become a sacrifice to us all. The word says “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) So, ‘if’ you believe that Jesus Christ was born a human, died on a cross made of human hands for the sins of all the world and then was raised after the third day from the dead to live at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us…come now and surrender your will because the Father is wooing you…repent and believe…ask Jesus Christ into your life…now, trust that Jesus Christ is preparing a place for you…in my Father’s house are many rooms…patiently wait with us for the coming King.

Thank you Jesus, for thinking of me and speaking to me in your word. Thank you, for your calm assurance that you will not make me an orphan but that I am a daughter of a King. Thank you, Father for sending your Son to be my hero through nothing that I had done but everything that He has done. Thank you.

Dear Lord Jesus I pray for my readers so that they may know you more. Make them lie down in green pastures so that you can lead them along the quiet waters, restore their souls. Make them read their Bibles and may they thirst and hunger for the word…lead them to fellowship with others and create in them a clean heart and renew a right spirit in them…guide them in the path of righteousness for your name’s sake…guide them into all truth in letting go of the old nature of sin and put on the new nature of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, faithfulness, and self-control. So that, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we will not fear any evil for you O Lord are with us. Your rod and staff shall comfort us…Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit shall be our comforter and even though there is a table prepare before our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil; our cup overflows with your goodness and mercy and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23) Thank you Lord that you do battle for us so that we can stand our ground before the evil one. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17) In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

 

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER : 6

The Attitude Of The Christian

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

The Bible is more than a story-book or a compilation of historical events. It is the revelation of God and His Kingdom. Every time you study your Bible and read about the lives of those who walked with God, you’ll become aware of another dimension of His awesome personality. This revelation helps you cultivate the right attitude to life.

The story of the three Hebrew boys in the third chapter of the book of Daniel is one of the most inspiring stories in the Bible. The government of the day promulgated a decree that everybody must bow to a golden idol set up by the king. But Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow because they believed in the only true God. King Nebuchadnezzar became enraged and ordered them to be killed in a burning furnace, but these guys were unperturbed. The king was infuriated by their defiance, but Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego didn’t cry or beg for their lives; they weren’t afraid. They said, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not worried about what will happen to us. If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and he will deliver us out of your hand, Your Majesty. But if he doesn’t, please understand, sir, that even then we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have created” (Daniel 3:16-18 TLB). Glory to God!

They didn’t talk like victims. Their situation didn’t alter their trust in the unfailing power of Almighty God to deliver. The young men in the face of adversity epitomized what the Christian attitude should be.

There is an attitude for living that every Christian should cultivate, and that’s the attitude of a victor.

You can never be disadvantaged. If God is for you who can be against you? How big is your God? How well do you know him? Our God is a big and faithful God, lover of your soul! Oh and so much more! Study, don’t just read, but study the bible, trust in His word, have strong and unwavering faith, and you will surely come back with a testimony!

Always remember that: irrespective of the circumstance, you can never be disadvantaged. Refuse to be disadvantaged.

F U RT H E R   S TUDY : P SALM 91:4-7

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER : 5

Be Inspired To Serve

“… Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant”. (Matthew 20:26-27).

The responsibility of service is the key to greatness!

The opening scripture underscores this truth; the word “minister” is from the Greek word “diakonos” and it means a servant, or an attendant, one who serves or runs errands for others.

As Christians, we’ve been called to service; both of God and of mankind. God is mindful and concerned about people more than anything else. So, when you’re concerned about serving people through your work, the Lord will be mindful of your success and prosperity; He’ll cause everything you do to prosper.

The Bible says there’s profit in all labour (Proverbs 14:23).

Therefore, it doesn’t matter the job or business you do, when your goal is to render quality service, your greatness will be inevitable.

But greed has stopped many from being service-conscious as they should. Don’t let the desire to have be your driving force in life.

Greed is the undue ambition for gain and inordinate desire to amass wealth for oneself.

Refuse to yield yourself to it, don’t let it rule your life, trade, business or profession; rather, become motivated by the joy of service.

Be inspired by the importance and relevance of your job or business towards the betterment of society.

Make yourself needed, relevant and indispensable to your generation by choosing to serve, for that is the pathway to greatness.

Be inspired to serve

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER : 4

Carry The Right Presence 

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:” (Colossians 3:10).

As God’s people, we’re engaged in a duty of presentation.

Paul said in Colossians 1:28, “…that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” You are the product of God’s perfect sacrifice and how you present yourself to the world matters.

Jesus is no longer on the cross with a disfigured face. So recognize that since you’re saved, you carry the presence of a glorified, victorious Jesus, not the presence of frustration and sadness.

Unfortunately, some Christians love to carry a long face. They could carry it on for weeks, enjoying the attention of friends who keep inquiring from them if everything is alright. It amazes me how anyone could go on for prolonged periods with a sad face day after day, week after week, looking normal only occasionally.

The truth about a consistently long face or gloomy countenance is that it quenches the spirit (1Thessalonians 5:19).

Heaviness is a spirit and you have to command it out of your life and your home!

That look that carries the presence of sadness cannot release joy, happiness, meekness and calmness; that’s why it has to leave you.

The presence you carry around you speaks louder than what you wear; it tells the condition of your spirit.

The life of a believer ought to be exciting, not ordered by the dictates of this life but by the Word.

The recreated man is victorious; he is peculiar, more than a conqueror, and he walks with zest and issues forth life.

His lips are a spring of life that refreshes the hearts of those who hear him.

His face lights up the place, his countenance creates an atmosphere of joy and peace; and people are not uncomfortable or unhappy or wondering what has gone wrong when they are around him.

Understand that this is the environment where the Holy Spirit functions effectively.

So make that extra effort to brighten your face and always see yourself the way God sees you.

F U RT H E R  S T U DY : P R O V E R B S 15:13

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER : 3


Integrity Of Heart

“…if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness…Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever….” (1 Kings 9:4-5).

God spoke to Solomon as he was building the temple. He promised to establish his kingdom over Israel forever and all Solomon needed do was to walk before God as David, his father did (1 Kings 9:4).

How did David walk?

He walked in integrity of heart! David was a man of his words. He walked with God with a perfect and upright heart, and also fulfilled every vow he made.

Integrity is not in your dressing or physical gait, it is bringing out the glory of God that’s in you; that is, in your human spirit.

How?

It is by upholding God’s Word; living out the Word in your heart!

Job is another man who walked in integrity of heart toward God. He trusted God and refused to speak ill in spite of the calamity that befell him. He was the richest man in his region, but he lost all his wealth and his children in one day. Nevertheless, he said, “My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me” (Job 27:4-5).

Some put their trust in horses and some in princes but those that put their trust in the living God shall never be put to shame.

Don’t ever put your trust or confidence in man, rather put your confidence in God.

He’s the only one that can build up your life and move you to another realm, a higher level.

Wake up every morning confident of His love for you and walk with Him in the integrity of heart.

F U RT H E R S T U DY : P S A L M 26:1; P R O V E R B S 20:7

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER : 2

LIGHT UP YOUR WORLD !

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).

The impact of light in our world can’t be over-emphasized. If you’ve ever travelled in an airplane I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean. I’ve often travelled by air and I’m always intrigued at the view I get from an airplane, particularly when it’s about to land in the night. When you look out of the window before the airplane commences its descent, you won’t be able to see anything because everywhere is dark. But as it descends, you’ll begin to see flickers of light, in spite of the fact that you’re still thousands of feet from the ground.

Many times, you’ll be able to distinguish between the headlight of cars and those of different houses. Being able to see and differentiate the light of cars moving and those of different homes, right from up in the clouds is simply amazing.

This means, just one light can make a whole world of difference in a dark world.

No wonder the Lord Jesus said we’re like the city that’s set upon a hill which can’t be hidden.

In other words, a child of God can’t be hidden as his light is shining ever so brightly.

The Bible says, “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising” (Isaiah 60:3).

Put differently, the unbelievers and kings, people of remarkable influence, dignitaries will come to you because the glory of God is shining through you.

Many of them are already peeping through their windows to look at you as you pass by; they recognize that you’re the light of the world.

So light up your world!

FURTHER STUDY: JOHN 8:12; ROMANS 8:19

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER : 1

Be Conscious Of Your Identity

“…Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9).

As Christians, we have the Spirit of Christ. It’s so important for us to be conscious of that reality.

The word ‘Christian’ means Christ-like; in other words, we’re like Christ.

We’re to live, love, talk and conduct all our affairs in life like Him.

Some Christians know how to be nice only when they’re in church. The real question is, who are you when you’re out of church? When at home, in the office, school, market-place and on the street, do you suddenly forget your identity as a Christian and begin to act and talk like the rest of the world?

Your Christianity must not be restricted to the Church building. You’ve been called to make a difference; God has placed you as an example and a shining light in this world, never forget that.

When you open your mouth to speak, people should experience the love of God through your words. Your words should minister grace to the hearers always, for you have the Spirit of Christ.

Some people are quick to blow their top and become easily infuriated when others offend them, but when you’re conscious of your identity as a Christian, you would learn to subdue your anger always.

You would learn to love and appreciate others even when they hurt or mistreat you.

That’s the way of Christ; that’s the life of a Christian!

F U RT H E R   S T U DY : A C T S 11:26   ;      M AT T H E W 5:16

Asking The Right Questions- Does God Care

Does God Care About Our Problems?

Watching the 2011-2012 NFL season, there was one player who spiked major debate. People everywhere were focused on Tim Tebow. If you don’t know who he is by now, he’s the Denver Quarterback famous for praying and praising God on and off the field. For a Christian like myself, I was so inspired to watch someone “famous” live out their faith without compromise. I loved that he was a player who my nephews looked up to. But not everyone felt the same way. The better Tebow did, the more questions, and frankly outrage, arose. People wanted to know if God really cared about football. Didn’t He have better things to do? Did God play favorites? I can’t tell you how many articles I came across with authors posing these questions and putting in their two cents. Now that the season is over, America has settled down a little on the Tebow-mania, but these questions still remain, and not just about Tim Tebow. People want to know if God really cares about them, personally, and why bad things are happening and no one is fixing them.

Does God Care About Me?

I read a great book once by Sonia E. Isaacs called “Angry Conversations with God.” In the book she offers up some really raw insights about her relationship with God. Something that has stuck with me, even a year after reading the book, was a line where she also wondered if God cared about her, despite there being other, bigger, important things to worry about.  I think the way she put it was that she had “middle-class white girl problems”…but she was a middle-class white girl. Her problems were relevant to her life. God has formed each one of us individually and He knows everything about us. It says in Psalm 139:13 that God knit us together. If there are any knitters out there, you know how much attention you have to pay to each stitch. That’s how much God pays attention to us, how invested He is in us. So to say that you are just a middle-class white girl, or that you are just a guy who throws a ball for a living, is not saying enough about yourself. You are God’s creation, His beloved. He cares about you and your problems, even the “silly” ones. So the question is not “Does God care about me?” because that is a resounding “YES!” The question is “Do I care about God?”

Do I Care About God?

Sometimes we can look at our problems and think “God, how could You let this happen?” But God isn’t to blame. He is holy and blameless. We are to blame. If you stop and think about it, when was the last time you did something, anything, for someone else? Sometimes, we get so caught up in what God “isn’t” doing, that we don’t realize that we are the ones who are doing nothing. We forget that we are all called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) to bring light into the darkness. Maybe you can’t cure AIDS, but you can donate to organizations that are helping educate people on how to stop the epidemic from spreading. Maybe you aren’t in the financial position to donate to a cause, but you can start a fundraising page to raise awareness in your community. When we think of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we often think of it as formulaic, but if that were true, God would have just used a “cookie-cutter” to form each of us. We all have a specific purpose in fulfilling God’s purpose. He loved you enough to do His part, do you love Him enough to do yours?

Hopeful Hearts and Seasoned Souls

She’s engaged!

Is it your best friend? Your sister? Or is it you? Now that a ring is on your finger, you’re realizing that you’re life is about to change and you can’t wait another second to say “I do.” You think about all you’ve been through and your mind can’t help but go back to the beginning; when you first met the man that would one day become your husband.
So what’s one of the first things you want to do when you suddenly become someone’s fiance? Perhaps it’s safe to say that you want to run and tell your mom! After all of the joy, excitement and maybe even a few tears, a wise woman would ask her mother (if she hadn’t asked already) all that she needs to know before she gets any closer to the alter.
So here’s the burning question: If your mother is divorced, never married, or unhappily married, can she give you what she doesn’t have?
It’s true, some of the best advice comes from people that have gone through pain, fears and disappointments. Even those who haven’t quite reached their goal, they’re still persevering with plenty of lessons under their belt. But what if the perception of your mother toward marriage is deep bitterness and a lack of forgiveness? How will you receive the insight and encouragement from your mother then?
Okay, let’s take a deep breath. Yes, it’s a blessing if one has parents who have a loving, successful marriage that spans decades. But what about the women who don’t? What do they have to look to in order to know what being a husband or wife means?
Family curses are what come into play here. Cycles of bad habits, skewed mentalities and most detrimental, homes lacking the presence of Christ.
It’s truly about getting back to basics. When some little girls are twirling around in their tutus and “playing purse,” their mothers may be teaching them about who God is, if they don’t already know at that toddler age. Throughout their childhood years any lessons a girl’s mom shares is usually remembered if reiterated as she grows older.
“I have to tell you like my mother told me. Be independent, even in marriage-and have your own money,” said Elizabeth. She has been married for over 30 years. Unhappily. She reflects on some of the things she told her daughter when she was growing up regarding men and marriage. “Education first.” She emphasized this throughout her daughter’s life. Elizabeth said that education gives you the freedom to do what you want. To have a more well-rounded life. You realize the more education you get, the more education you want.” So what did she tell her daughter about marriage? That you don’t have to tell men everything. Elizabeth’s reasoning is that as the woman, you believe that marriage is about unity, but the man is all for himself.
This is a mother who has been scarred by her years as an unhappy wife.
From a family of eight, she grew up in a home filled with siblings and two loving parents. She’s the baby, so her parents were well into their forties when she came along. While her mother took Elizabeth and her brothers and sisters to church, she was never consistently taught what having a relationship with Christ is all about.
She remembers the one day when her father went to church with them. After this memory came to her mind, she said that it’s possible that she never really knew what the characteristics of a man with a heart for Lord looked like.
It all comes down to one decision. That one decision to fall in love with Jesus. No matter how much someone else can try to teach and preach, you have to feel and hear God for yourself in order to surrender your life.
Elizabeth’s mother couldn’t do any more than what she did because it was up to Elizabeth all along to seek what the Lord wanted for her and wants for her today. Praying for her husband before he came along- doing the same for her children. Seek God in all of the decisions that you make.
Elizabeth has an experienced soul. She’s experienced a lot of pain from a marriage that was built on the wrong things. She admits that she wants to develop a relationship with Christ. Only then can she possess a forgiving heart.
So what about the hopeful heart? That’s the thing about Jesus—when you know Him before you make choices all on your own, you have the ability to live a life of hope, excitement and fearlessness.
You take a seasoned soul’s lessons and God’s principles and see whether they line up. You can take heed to what an older woman has been through, but don’t let it paralyze you and make you fearful of marriage. God has called you to be fearless!
When you know God, when you have fallen in love with Jesus Christ, when you live a praying life, when you read and practice the Word, not only can you avoid a broken marriage and bitterness, but you can bless another woman with your spirit. Even one who has an experienced soul.

Chateaux-Capri “CC” Sirmans

FROM www.hisbeautymagazine.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

The Wisdom To Know.

The wisdom to know(Paul writes) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.  1 Corinthians 2:4-6

 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.   1 John 5:20

 (Paul writes) My goal is that they (you and me) may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:2-3

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

 …for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.  Proverbs 8:11

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Ask God for His wisdom and believe in your heart he will give it to you! 

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DIET CHRIST

 

 

There is no such thing as diet Christ

 

 I have made a decision to diet. But, I have made this decision other times, as well. Why would this time be any different? I guess it’s just not meant for me. ~ The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. ~Mark 4:15 NLT

 I have made a decision to diet. I am very excited to see the results of it. I will do anything to win this battle. Everywhere I turn there is a temptation. But, that does not bother me. My mood has become poor, however, because my friends will not encourage me. They have dieted and failed. They don’t believe there is any hope. I guess it’s just not meant for me. ~ The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. ~ Mark 4:16-17 NLT

 I have made a decision to diet. Everywhere I turn there is a temptation. I still want those things. You know what, I think there might be an easier way. Maybe I can have both. I will say I’m on a diet, but I will keep visiting my secret hideaway, from time to time, where nobody will see me. No one will be the wiser! Just as long as I look like I am dieting. ~ The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. ~ Mark 4:18-19 NLT

 I have made a decision to live a new life. I will slip up, promptly admit it, and maintain my new path. I know it will not happen quickly. I know it will take time. It will be hard for me to see, but others will see the change. I will throw away the scale. I will never reach a point of satisfaction because I will set no benchmark. I will take it one day at a time and do the very best I can everyday. I will reward myself by knowing, that what once controlled me in this world, is no longer my master. I will encourage my friends with this new life. Most importantly, I will rely on the strength of God alone and praise Him always for the results. ~ And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted. ~ Mark 4:20 NLT

There is no such thing as diet Christ