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

Japan Earthquakes Provoke Fear of World End

The  massive 9.1 earthquake in Japan recently has many people fearing the worst-world end!  Combined with other world earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, famines, global warming , and extreme weather conditions there is evidence of other troubling issues across the globe.  There have been out breaks of new health threats like H1N1, and terrible diseases without known cure, pestilence problems like the recent epidemic of bed bugs, and a surge of violence and criminal activity greater than ever before.  Our economy seems to get worse by second and the crippling effects of hard financial times can be seen and felt all over the world.  Many fear these terrible things are clues that point out disaster.  Could this be a severe warning of catastrophe?  What can be done to prevent this horrible outcome, and is it too late?  What can we do as individuals and families  to ready ourselves and be prepared for the future?  Can anyone escape from this terrible threat?  With so many gripped  with fear and bracing for worst, these are the type of questions that fill the hearts and minds of people today.  The answers to these crucial questions have been discovered and the outcome is astounding and may come as quite a shock . 

 The bible warns of these same concerns and very issues.  It is written clearly for all to read.  These hardships and major world issues should not come as a surprise to the discerning person. All of the events that are taking place have been foretold in the bible and if you have not yet read these scriptures, you may be surprised to see how accurate and detailed these prophetic messages actually are.

Matthew 24:5-8 (Amplified Bible) 5For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [[b]appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.   6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; 8All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the [c]birth pangs [of the [d]intolerable anguish].

 It is amazing how these prophecies, written so long ago, so accurately depict the picture of our world condition today.  This world is definitely spiraling towards a great tribulation.  As seen in the previous scripture of Matthew 24:8 all of these things are just the beginning of a time of  the intolerable anguish that lie ahead.  As terrible as things are today, they appear to be just a taste of the great tribulation to come.  These words and promises are not meant as a source of fear and dismay.  On the contrary, these prophecies are words of hope and offer peace in a world of a turmoil.  There is another scripture that reveals salvation from the aweful terrors that are to come.   You see if we can identify the truth in these prophecies we should also not be oblivious to the hope that is available.  There is hope and there is a way of escape from the terrible times that are most certainly and rapidly approaching.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died[f] so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.  15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.[g] 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died[h] will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words. 

Clearly the ultimate source of hope for humanity is found in Christ Jesus.  He lived here on this planet amongst us and performed many great miracles.  He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, restored hearing to the deaf, cast out unclean spirits and raised the dead and still His greatest miracle was His greatest sorrow and greatest joy. 

He gave up His life for us.  He was brutally beaten and mocked and hung on the cross for death.  He died there in a place called Calvary.  Despite the fact that He had never sinned and remained clean His whole life, He took all of our sins upon Himself.    He  was buried in a tomb. Then just as it had been pre foretold, on the third  day He rose from the dead.  Jesus was resurrected from the dead!   Jesus is alive!  He later ascended to heaven and can now be found at the right hand of the Father.  He is our mediator, and friend.  He represents us earnestly with love and compassion.  That is the true message of Easter and by far the greatest news of this day and age. 

The events that are taking place right now in our world herald a great tribulation to come.  These events are the direct result of sin and evil.  No one on earth is perfect or without sin but according to bible there is a way to be saved from sin and the terrible events that are now unfolding right before our very eyes. 

Hebrews 9:28 (New Living Translation)28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

1 Peter 1:5 (New Living Translation)5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

Receiving the salvation and assurance of eternal life is as simple in believing in Jesus Christ and accepting the fact that you are in need of saving.  All one must do to be saved is ask Jesus to come into their heart and forgive   them of all their sins. Then God will make you a brand new creation and if you truly believe it, God will transform you and lead you and guide you during these uncertain times that we face.  Although we are not promised that we will not have to endure trials and tribulations, we are promised ultimate salvation through Jesus. 

Now is the time to pray and Jesus come into your heart.  He understands what you are going through and He will not be hard on you.  Jesus wants to save you.  But there is no guarantee how long we have before Jesus returns to get His people.  According to Matthew 24:36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
  All those wait, thinking that time is on their side live in jeopardy and face the dangers of judgement and punishment for all eternity. 

Please take time right now, while there is still a chance and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Tell others about the ,hope and love you have found.   Want to learn more?  Read the bible and begin attending church and studying God’s word daily.  Read more articles like this on the Success and Failure website. You too will learn that no matter what terrible fate this earth may face that there is truly great hope and complete assurance in God.   

 Yours in Christ Jesus,

Pam Shekailo

Please write to me if you more questions or concerns.  I would be happy to hear from you.

MONEY CAN’T BUY ME LOVE

 

 

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.

1 Timothy 6:6 NLT

If your like me, when you see a group of factory workers that win the mega Powerball, it’s hard to not do a little fantasy spending.

But, as lengthy as the list may grow, we will forced to omit items. Certain things carry no price tag; no matter how high the bidding goes.

It is difficult to appreciate our great wealth, for we have been trained to value things in life with suggested retail.

Money will buy a bed but not sleep;

a house but not a home;

medicine but not health;

amusements but not happiness;

religion but not salvation;

a passport to everywhere but heaven.”

new economy

A while back I gave a guy something he needed in his home. I think I was as blown away by his reaction as he was by getting it. He tried to pay me what he could and kept saying said he owed me. I assured him he owed me nothing and need not pay me back, it was a gift, no strings attached (no he didn’t need to listen to me preach before he could leave either).

So there’s the economy we carry from material world to every other part of our lives. We think that everything comes at a price. Trust me I’m just getting used to this myself. It’s kind of the “love without condition” carried further. If by doing something for you, I expect (even eventually) something in return, maybe it’s just your friendship, or admiration, then I’m not doing it for you at all, I’m just bartering for something for myself.

I think giving is easier with strangers, maybe people you will never see again, do a random act of kindness and walk away, never expecting to see them again, and they can never pay you back. It seems a lot harder among acquaintances, maybe hardest in relationships. We’ve been raised in this “point” system; I help you with your car, later when my computer dies you help me.

In relationships, try to remember the beginning, think back to when just being with that person was the goal, didn’t matter what you were doing, just being around them was enough. Let a relationship last long enough and we tend to put it to the “point system” more and more it becomes what we’ve done for the other or what we can do, or vise versa “what have you done for me lately” or “look at all I do for you and what do I get in return?” well if you’re looking for something in return you weren’t really doing it for the other person were you?. As our relationships with God are compared to a marriage I think we tend to go down the same path, we forget where our faith began, when just knowing he was there was enough.

I’m not throwing out acts of love or intentionality that come naturally through love. But if you buy your wife flowers on valentines merely BECAUSE it’s Valentines Day, it is in your heart, an empty gesture, really, just acting out of obedience or obligation. The same can apply to our faith lives.

So now I get to the point where I may be wrong. But… we are told to go out and spread the Gospel… Gospel means “good news” I’m pretty sure the good news isn’t “well Christ died on the cross now you should feel guilty and not do anything wrong and make sure you read your bible 5 times a day and here’s a check list of do’s and don’ts”.. I’m pretty sure the Good news is the price is paid, “it is finished” not “hey, now the ledger shows you in the red so you owe me”.

There Is None Like Jesus!

No other name has had an impact on more lives in the history of humanity than Jesus..
 Jesus Was Never Created Micah 5:2 
 Jesus Essence Has Never Changed Heb 13:8
 Jesus is God John 1:1
 Jesus is The Creator of Everything Col 1:16
 Jesus is All-Powerful Matt 28:18
 Jesus is All-Knowing Col 2:3
 Jesus is Ever-Present Matt 18:20
 Jesus is Holy Luke 1:35
 Jesus is Righteous Isa 53:11
Jesus is Just Zech 9:9
Jesus Had No Deceit 1 Pet 2:22
Jesus is Sinless 2 Cor 5:21
Jesus is Spotless 1 Pet 1:19
Jesus is Innocent Matt 27:4
Jesus is Gentle Matt 11:29
Jesus is Merciful Heb 2:17
Jesus is Forgiving Luke 23:34
Jesus Receives Worship by Demons Mark 5:2,6
Jesus Receives Worship by Men John 9:38
Jesus Receives Worship by Angels Heb 1:6
Jesus Receives Worship by Disciples Luke 24:52
Jesus Receives Worship in Heaven Rev 7:9-10
Jesus Will Receive Worship from Everyone Phil 2:10-11
Jesus Was Human 1 Tim 2:5
Jesus Was Conceived by the Holy Spirit Luke 1:34-35
Jesus Took On Man’s Nature Heb 2:9-18
Jesus Humbled Himself Phil 2:8
Jesus Was Subject To Human Emotions Heb 5:7
Jesus Raised His Body From The Dead John 10:18
Jesus Blood Brings Reconciliation With God Eph 2:13-16
Jesus Blood Brings Redemption for Man Rom 3:24-25
Jesus Blood Allows Man To Be Justified before God Rom 5:9
Jesus Blood Sanctifies Man Heb 10:29
Jesus Blood Brings Spiritual Victory Rev 12:11
Jesus Blood Brings Eternal Life John 6:53-56
Jesus Came to Save Sinners Luke 19:10
Jesus Will Bring in Everlasting Righteousness Dan 9:24
Jesus Destroyed the Works of Satan 1 John 3:8
Jesus Fulfilled the Old Testament Matt 5:17
Jesus Gives Life Now John 10:10
Jesus Is Our Advocate 1 John 2:1
Jesus Gives Eternal Life John 10:28
Jesus Is Eternal Life 1 John 5:20
Jesus Sends The Holy Spirit To Us John 15:26
Jesus Will Take His People To Heaven John 14:3
Jesus Will Return To The Earth After The Tribulation Matt 24:29
Jesus Will Return To The Earth In Power & Glory Matt 24:30
Jesus Completes Revelation Heb 1:1
Jesus Will Never Send You Away If You Come To Him John 6:37
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life John 14:6

Biblical Proof that Jesus is God!

HE never changes, is the only Saviour, he created the universe and earth by Himself, he is the Word. HE is the first and the last, he forgives sins., He is our redeemer, he is one. He has a Son. He is the Holy One, Only He is worshipped. He is Messiah. HE is from everlasting. Only He is glorified.. God is ‘I am’, God heals all diseases. He is the Judge of the whole earth. HE has life in Himself. Even the devils tremble by him, HE raises the dead, He is sinless and perfect, He is omnipotent with him everything is possible, HE is powerful.

Who is (God) He ……He is no one but only Jesus Christ! Only Jesus Christ

I and My Father are one. John 10:30

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Matthew 4:7

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour .Isaiah 43:11

I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. Isaiah 41:4

Jesus said, “Fear not; I am the first and the last:” Revelation 1:17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made by him…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us John 1:1, 3, 10, 14

Jesus saith…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure Luke 10:21

Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Luke 23:42

My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” John 5:17

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life John 8:12

When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be John 8:28

If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. John 8:42

Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” John 9:37

You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:13

Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. John 17:11

Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3

And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:11

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah…out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

GOD…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his SON…who being the brightness of his glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON… Hebrews 1:1-3

WHO IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, the firstborn of every creature: Colossians 1:15

They shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US Matthew 1:23

The voice of him [John the Baptist] that crieth in the wilderness, PREPARE ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway FOR OUR GOD.” Isaiah 40:3

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another… Isaiah 42:8

“… feed the church of GOD, which he hath purchased with his OWN BLOOD. Acts 20:28

Hereby perceive we the love of GOD, because he LAID DOWN HIS LIFE for us. 1 John 3:16

And they stoned Stephen, calling upon GOD, and saying, LORD JESUS, receive my spirit Acts 7:59

For unto us A CHILD IS BORN, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

CHRIST, who is the IMAGE OF GOD II Corinthians 4:4

Glory of GOD in the FACE OF JESUS CHRIST.” II Corinthians 4:6

Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me. Luke 8:46

Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”John 20:27-29

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. Colossians 2:9

But every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 1 John 4:3

Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through him in your midst…” (Acts 2:22).

Jesus said: “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9

Whoever receives this child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives Him who sent me;” (Luke 9:48).

And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;…’” (Acts 2:38).

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three agree in one.” Number 8

And he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, ‘Have you not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female.’” (Matthew 19:4).

And when they (wise men from east) were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and (they) fell down, and worshipped him.” Matthew 2:11

I AM THAT I AM.” (Exodus 3:14).

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah. 1:5.

And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Saviour; There is none except Me. Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:21-22

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand Matthew 12:25

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Matthew 17:4

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible Matthew 19:26

Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. Matthew 21:27