What Is Salvation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

True Hope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Today’s Events = Rapture Soon!

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(Picture – The Resurrected Jesus)

Today’s Events = Rapture Soon!

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

Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 1

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

Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 2

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

Jesus/Yeshua – Prophecies Fulfilled Part 1


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.
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.

Believe Jesus, Know Jesus – God’s Salvation is Only Through Jesus Christ

Jesus, somewhere is someone who is very close to accepting God’s salvation through You, and that someone does not know how to believe it. This is what I sense from You this morning.

“Knowledge without belief is not salvation. Belief must come from the heart.”

I did not know how to go from knowledge to belief, even after years of going to church.

“You could not do it for yourself. My Father called you to Him. You needed only to desire to know Me, and not just know about Me. He touched your heart at the moment you were willing. Tell them what I did for you.”

But how can I explain it, Jesus? I am a small person with small words.

“I will help you. I will cause you to remember.”

I remember what it was like when I was not sure that God would forgive me and accept me into His Kingdom. I had never known love so great as Your love. I could not even imagine it. I thought of conviction at that time as a bad thing, and as something to avoid. I did not know that conviction is more than feeling guilty; it is truly the beckoning of God, through the Holy Spirit, to the heart.

One Sunday morning, I was at church, listening to the sermon, and I was trying to convince myself that I was good. God made it clear to me that I was not good. He caused the Holy Spirit to pass through my skin and touch my heart. At that second, I realized that You know every thought, act, word, and deed, and yet I felt so loved. I knew with certainty that every word in the Bible is the Truth. I do not know why I had not understood salvation earlier.

“You were not looking for Me.”

Not until that morning. As the pastor spoke God’s message, my heart ached for something I had never known and could not understand. I only knew that it had something to do with heaven and love. I was thinking within the limits of my own mind, and Satan was working against me. He tried to get me to condemn myself, so I would believe him and not believe the Truth. There was a very rapid sequence of memories and mental images of my sins against You. The evil one tried to convince me that God would not forgive me through You, but even so, I could feel You holding my heart in your hands.

I thought all of the people around me were good. I was afraid they would reject me if I admitted that I was a sinner. I was afraid You would tell me that I was too bad to be forgiven. That was the work of the evil one also. But You did not give up. You flooded me with Your love. My heart felt warm and large. I felt cherished as never before. I knew that You had chosen me and I was sure that His miraculous way of penetrating my heart was real and true. It was as if time stopped and it was just You and me, heart to heart, on that pew. Your love for me was so pure that I was ashamed, but Your love was bigger than my shame. I wondered how You could love me so much that You would die so I could live in heaven, forever. Jesus, I wanted desperately to be sure I would go to heaven when I died. I thought of how much I must have hurt You. How long I had ignored You. How much I did not deserve God’s mercy. How I had made life all about me.

Satan was counting on my fear of rejection to keep me from asking You to forgive me. He then switched tactics and aimed at the pride within me. He wanted me to think I was good enough without Your salvation. But that opened up another realization—that not only is heaven real, but so is hell. I knew without a doubt that if I did not accept God’s forgiveness, I would go to hell, forever. Then suddenly I realized that it did not matter what others thought of me. I understood how great God is and how small I was. I understood how far below His standards are the standards of man and that even if I could live perfectly according to the highest of human standards, I could never get to heaven by being good in the sight of man. I could sense the pressure of evil pushing against me, all around me. You kept Your touch of love evident within me. I knew the spiritual realm was real. I knew I had to choose. I knew You were my only protection from the evil one.

At the very second I told You in my thoughts, with a broken heart, that I was sorry for my sins and accepted God’s forgiveness through Your sacrifice for me, the Holy Spirit expanded within me to every cell of my body.

“You were cleansed with forgiveness, because you believed and desired to know Me.”

Yes! I felt completely clean. I felt no fear. I felt no guilt. I felt no shame. You took it all away instantly. I felt NEW. I was so filled with joy that I could hardly talk when I prayed with the pastor and confessed You as my Lord and Savior at the front of that little church. Believing You and knowing You changed my life, and my eternal destination.

“What I did for you I will do for anyone who calls upon My name. Tell them: Believe Me. Trust Me. I am the only way.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NLT)

Jesus’ Words – God’s Judgment Is Coming

I sense a spiritual tremor, Jesus—a downward shift in the spiritual realm. A darkening in this world within many. What was once important to me does not seem significant anymore, my Lord. What I desire more than anything is to do what God wants me to do in the time that remains here. You told me several days ago to release my grip on the world. I still do not know what this has to do with God’s plan for me. All I know is that I sense an urgency to fulfill what God wants of me, and that there is not much time for me to do it.

“There is more to be done. Not what you will gain, but what you will give.”

What am I to give?

“Your heart. Again and again and again. You must do My Father‘s work.”

Have I not given my heart, Lord? What does God want me to do?

“Eternal work. You are not to work for worldly gain. You are to work completely for My Father’s Kingdom. Give without regard to gain in the world.”

You are right, Jesus. I have spent too much of the life God has given me in thoughts about how I will live in this world, though I am, ever more clearly, a foreigner here. Looking at circumstances with human wisdom means nothing. Working for worldly gain means nothing.

“Nothing. It will all come to naught. Yet My rewards are forever.”

Thank You for bringing me, again, to what is most important. How will I do this work for God?

“Fix your heart and your mind not on things seen, but on things yet unseen.”


“Yes. Soon.”

I am ready. I am waiting.

“Many are not. I know you greatly desire to be with Me, but there is something more important than the former desires You released to Me. ”

Open my eyes, Lord.

“Open your heart. Your mind cannot conceive what I speak to your heart.”

These are the Scriptures You brought to my heart, Jesus:

All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17, NLT)

You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.
(Ephesians 2:2, NLT)

My work is about the spiritual battle—the unseen powers of good and evil. God and Satan.

“Yes. I have heard your prayers. I have seen your tears. You have asked me why many do not love My Father and Me. They who refuse Me are refusing My Father. They are under the power of Satan. You are not only to wait, but also to work.”

What is my work, Lord Jesus?

“Spread My Word to the nations.”

What words from You am I to spread to the nations, Jesus?

“Warn them. Judgment is coming.”

Yes, and You will rescue those who love You. Those who remain will suffer as mankind has never before suffered because they refuse to believe the truth. I remember that You told me, “Suffering humbles some.”

“There is more. Tyranny. Tyranny is coming. Not much longer. Then massacre. And death. Remember the four horses.”

The white horse, the red horse, the black horse, and the pale green horse in Revelation 6. The work of Satan through the Antichrist.

“He will proclaim peace. There will be no peace. It is all a lie. A deception. He will slaughter. Many will die.”

The Antichrist will sign a peace treaty with Israel.

“Only outwardly.”

Then he will break the treaty. This is all in Your Word. Jesus, why do so many not believe You?

“You are grieving for them, though you will not remain there. You and those who know Me will be rescued. You have believed Me when I have told you there is not much time. Tell them now: You must choose God or choose Satan. Tell them even if some do not believe the words I have given you. This is what you are thinking: ’Am I sure I am hearing the Lord?’”

Yes. Exactly, Jesus.

“Of course you are hearing from Me! Listen! Is My love for you and for them not worth the wrath and scorn of man? Do you think I will not hold you accountable for what I have told you to tell and you did not tell?”

I know You will Jesus. I know You will.

“Do not let the evil one discourage you. Do not be afraid of what man may do to you. Be about My Father’s work. Now, before the day of completion.”

You will let me complete what I am called by God to do. It is the same for all who love You and listen and obey. We who love You will be with you very soon. You will protect all of us who believe in God through You. Thank You for reminding me of this Scripture for those who believe You, Jesus:

When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14:3, NLT)

Success is Knowing and Obeying God, Even When We Suffer

As Christians, we need not be dismayed when we suffer in this life. Those who love the Lord are the enemies of the evil one and his demons. Because the real battle is unseen, we can be blind to the oppression inflicted against us. Satan often prefers that we do not know that it is him who is attacking us. He wants non-believers to be oblivious to the help and hope available to them through Jesus Christ. He wants us who believe in the Lord Jesus to see ourselves as undeserving victims of God, or as foolish and doomed martyrs in the cause of Christ. He assigns the demons to attack us in the ways that we are most vulnerable. The evil one even uses people who, with or without knowing it, are controlled and manipulated by him to hurt us. He tries to convince us that unpleasant or painful dilemmas are evidence that the Lord does not really love us and is not really good.

Especially when we do not have the answers about why we are suffering, the evil one attempts to convince us that God is punishing us. His accusations, of course, are filled with deception. He will do anything in his power to try to stop us from using every situation for the glory of God—even what appears, in human wisdom, to be failure. Satan wants us to blame ourselves or blame God for what we experience as painful because he knows that God’s plan is good for each who believes in Him through Jesus Christ. Each and every circumstance that God allows, whether we perceive it as good or bad, and as a success or a failure, has an eternal, good purpose.

If you are in a painful situation, Satan is either hoping to keep you from knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or he is maneuvering to impede you as you serve God. Jesus is our only protection from the evil one and his demons. They are in fact terrified of Jesus. Jesus Christ has authority over everything in heaven and on earth. Satan does not want you to know this and remember this as you are suffering. He wants you to focus on yourself through what you think and how you feel about circumstances. He wants to distract your attention away from our Lord so you will not seek and receive the strength, power, courage, and wisdom that is in Jesus Christ and revealed by Him to us through the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes, when we suffer, we do not understand that the reason for the difficulty is to bring glory to God. We can become discouraged by struggles, and see ourselves as failures when we forget to trust the Word of God rather than how we feel, the perceptible challenges that face us, or what we are thinking. Everything God allows is to be used to further His Kingdom. We do not fail as long as we obey Him.

Our Lord is faithful. At the right time, He will reveal the specific reason that He has allowed oppression by the evil one. Perhaps God is speaking to you through these words you are reading. Maybe He is calling you to Him through Jesus Christ. Maybe He is confirming that what you are experiencing is to draw you near to Him so that you can fully know His purpose for allowing your circumstances. Listen to His whisper to your heart. God wastes nothing. He will make known to you what you are to do with your situation.

If you are suffering for the Lord, what can you do? Praise Him for the opportunity to serve Him. Be diligent in reading His Word and dwelling on it. Ask God what you are to know and to do for Him. Ask God what the evil one is trying to accomplish or prevent. We can persist, overcome, and succeed by obeying what God tells us to do with whatever we face. Suffering for the Kingdom of God is a tremendous honor from our Lord. The works to which He calls us, as the result of serving Him through difficulties, are more important than anything we could treasure in this world. Suffering for the Lord brings us closer to Him. It gives us a greater appreciation of what He has done for us. It permeates us with reverent awe of His love and provision for us. And, one day, when we see Jesus face to face, we will know that persisting with faith and through obedience, when we suffer in His will, is the epitome of success. Further, what we do for the Lord, in and through suffering, is success that lasts forevermore.

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:17, NLT

For He is good; His love endures forever

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. ∽Psalm 106:1

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Psalm 106 starts out Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Why is God good; because His love endures forever. God’s people Israel saw God’s love first hand when they left Egypt. God worked through Moses and Aaron to do multiple miracles so that Israel could go into the wilderness to worship their God, Yeshua. God’s love was shown through each plague that the Egyptians endured for holding onto the Israelites. God said ‘let my people go’ but Pharaoh continue to hold the Israelites. The Psalmist knows these miracles first hand and is giving God honor in his Praise the Lord. Let us all ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.’ We also have stories we can tell of God’s love for us. Recently, the Lord has blessed me with furniture but it was somewhere else and I needed to pick it up. So, I call my church and arranged the getting rid of one couch and picking up another couch. We have a plan and then the Lord has a plan; well, I like the Lord’s plan better. My plan wasn’t going anywhere and it was snowing each of my plan days so I gave up and God came through and I just opened doors for two guys. Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. ∽Psalm 106:1

God’s love endures forever. God’s love endures, withstands, suffers, stands, bears, perseveres, remains, carry on these are some of the adjectives for endure. God love is not short live for when I am good but forever. Israelites had a history of forgetting what God had done and did not wait for his counsel. ᶦ⁴In the desert they gave in to their cravings; in the wasteland they put God to the test. ᶦ⁵So He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them. (Psalm 106:14-15) Sometimes the Lord’s love will give us what we most want but it will be a cost to our freedom or life. For example eating too much caffeine for some of us could cause debilitating illness now or later on in our life; giving us a man or woman that is not right for us because we want them could cause misery for years on end; the job of a lifetime that is within reach but still unavailable we want it and in the end it’s not what you thought and it destroys your family life; and finances are in the red and you don’t want to give up that house even though the Lord says too and you want it. Sometimes, we need to go through the valley so that we can have the mountain views with the Lord. We think we know better than the Lord and we fall like the Israelites because we want control at any cost; the cost of your spouse, children, finances, health, and relationship to God.

When you become blind and deaf you have made an idol for your selves like the Israelites. At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal. ²⁰They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull, which eats grass. We also exchange our Glory (God’s visible presence) for designer clothes, sports teams- TV programs (when we arrange our day around our TV), money, credit cards, electronics, toys, and etc…They become our gods and we exchange them for God. God says bulls eat grass. In Romans 1:22-25 says: Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools ²³and exchanged the glory of the immoral God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. ²⁴Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. ²⁵They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator ⎯ who is forever praised. Amen. God is forever praised but gods are not.

We forget God and the miracles He did at the Red Sea where He parted the water and let Israel walk on dry land. So He said He would destroy them ⎯ had not Moses, His chosen one, stood in the breach before Him to keep His wrath from destroying them. Moses stood in the breach to take the wrath on behalf of the Israelites and saved them. Who is standing in your breach before God?

But the people continue to complain and despise the pleasant land. God’s wrath burned again…²⁶He swore to them with uplifted hand that He would make them fall in the desert, ²⁷make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands. ²⁸They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods; they provoked the Lord to anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them. ³⁰But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked (stopped). ³ᶦThis was credited to him righteousness for endless generations to come. (Psalm 106:26-31) Who is standing in to intervene for you?

One of the commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Horeb was “You shall not have no other gods before me.”  (Exodus 20:3) Israel was to serve God only and we are commanded to obey the same command. We are to worship God alone…There will be no seeking, praying, worshiping any spirits, the dead or ‘other gods’ but worshiping the true God. (Lev.17:7; Duet. 6:4; 32:17; Ps. 106:37; 1Cor. 10:19-20)

Israelites mingled with their neighbors and adopted their ways. ³⁶They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. ³⁷They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. ³⁸They shred innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. ³⁹They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves. (Psalm 106:35-39)

We also mingle with our neighbors (world) and want what they have. We buy the best homes and cars and go on better vacations. We marry our children off to pagan spouses and fellowship with pagan friends. We adapt to their pagan holidays and begin to worship their gods of fun. We forget that God is a jealous God and that He desires a relationship with you and that church is not enough to breach the gap in your relationship. Who will stand and intervene for you?

God became angry because His chosen people were out of control and He had to bring them back so He handed them over to the nations to be oppressed. Many times the Lord wanted to deliver them but they were bent on rebellion. Does that sound familiar to you? We are like the Israelites that we want our way. The Lord will hand us over to our self and we will destroy ourselves. Or like the Israelites we will call out “Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 106:47-48)

Who will intervene for you? Are you calling out to God to save me?

God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Believe on Jesus Christ for He carried our sins and pay the price on the cross…Repent of your idols…surrender your control and ask Jesus Christ to come live inside you so you can reflect God’s glory.

Thank you, Jesus that you stand in the gap so that the wrath of God is extinguished. Thank you, Father that your grace is efficient for us.

Lord Jesus you who carried our infirmities and carried our sorrows to the cross let us laid our burdens down and pick them up no more. I pray that you will be our all and all that we will not have other gods before you but cling to the desires of your heart. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord. In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

You Just Have to Do It!

risk taking

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy

Every day people take risks that could ultimately provoke danger, mishap, or loss, all for the chance to win at this game called ‘life’. Some do indeed have victory, while others are defeated, only to get back up and try again.

How many of you can say, you’ve taken risks? Have a dared to start a new business venture, write a book, or close a potentially big deal that made you lots of money? Or is what you dream about only that…a dream?

No one has the opportunity to succeed unless they were willing to fail first. And to be honest, they may have failed many times. But the key is to NOT QUIT!

Try these strategies when you decide to take the next leap of faith: 5 Ways to be Better at Risk Taking

And let me add my own advice to you:

1. Always know that if God sent you to it, He will bring you through it.

2. God always makes provision for the vision He has given you.

3. There is nothing new under the sun. Remember what you have thought about others may have already tried, failed, and quit! The difference is: Don’t you quit!

4. Each risk will bring you further and further to the promise. Keep etching away!

5. One day you will look back at how far you’ve come and you’ll say, ‘I Made It!’


Lord help me to learn to follow you. As you say ‘YES’, I will go. I won’t run from risks because if it’s truly of you, you will direct and guide me into all truth. Keep me from the path of the enemy and allow my steps to be ordered by you. After I’ve done all I can, you will prosper me and let me look back, if only for a moment, to see from whence I came. And I will be sure to give You the glory. In Jesus Name, Amen.


Victory comes when you trust and rely on Jesus Christ!

Life in the world is full of problems of which people are desperate to find solutions. No matter what terrible situation we face in the world we can get solution through our Lord Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can fix any problems that are impossible for a mere human. When we rely on the word of God which is Jesus Christ, submit and surrender ourselves in all areas of our life by being obedient to his commandments and laws, we live a victorious life.

When family doesn’t understand you, and when your friends don’t seem to care remember Jesus Christ understands and cares for you. Jesus alone is the answer to all kinds of problems.

When no one stands by you when you face any troubles or crises, remember Jesus Christ will stand by you and give you strength.

When you have lost your path and direction remember Jesus Christ will direct your paths, guiding you through out your life.

When relationships fail to support you, remember Jesus Christ, he has all the support you needed.

When you are going through some of the worst crisis period of your life remember Jesus Christ stood by you like a firm rock offering you unbound support showing you the ray of hope.

When your time get so rough and your heart feels like its breaking, remember the only person you could ever trust whole heartedly is Jesus Christ.

When no one else seems to share your sorrow and trials, remember Jesus Christ shares your sorrow and trials and get rid of your pain.

When you need something, remember to ask from Jesus Christ because he will supply all your physical needs.

When people let you down in your life, remember Jesus Christ will never forsake you but encourage you with his powerful words.

When you are in trouble and cry out for help remember Jesus Christ is on his way to help you at the time of your need.

When you do something wrong remember Jesus Christ, he will forgive you and set you straight.

When you are in fear and despair, remember Jesus Christ, he will strengthen you; he will help you and uphold you with his victorious right hand.

When you wanted someone who is loving, caring and understanding remember Jesus Christ who will accept you for who you are.

When you Have loneliness, frustration, and fear taken control of your thoughts, pain is too much to bear and there is no one on your side remember Jesus Christ he will take your pain and give you rest and peace.

When your loved one stabs you from the back remember Jesus Christ he will love you with unconditional love.

When you have hopeless situations and could see no way out remember Jesus Christ to see His loving hands moving upon your situations, and soon you will be out of the troubles.

When you do not have a good friend remember Jesus Christ is a good and best friend who cares for you and He knows all about you, even knows your thoughts and the number of hairs on your head.

When you are hungry and there is none to feed you remember Jesus Christ he is the provider for He is the bread of life and He meets all your needs.

When no one is there to listen to you remember Jesus Christ, he is waiting patiently to welcome you. He wants you to come to Him about everything that concerns you.

When people did not hear your requests or concerns or prayers, remember Jesus Christ, in His perfect timing he will grant your request.

Whenever you have a bad news from doctors, remember Jesus Christ is the Great Physician who ever came to heal the sickness of the world.

Whenever you feel broken hearted, remember Jesus Christ, He is very close to you for he is your greatest encourager, motivator and the biggest supporter.

Whenever you are in danger remember Jesus Christ, for He is your refuge and fortress and his Blood has the power to heal you, to free you, to protect and cleanse you from all dangers.

When people have rejected you, remembers Jesus Christ, he waits for you with open arms to accept you.

Whatever problem you may ever face in the life remember Jesus Christ for he is the answer. Trust in Him and rely on Him in everything, you will never go wrong anywhere.

When people mislead you and bring you shame remember Jesus Christ, he will never mislead you for He is the way, the truth, and the life.

When people do not have time for you, remember Jesus Christ, he longs to spend time with you .He never cancels your appointment in His appointment book.

When people are trying to harm you physically and mentally, remember Jesus Christ, he will protect you from all harm and watches over your life, he watches over your coming and going   both now and forevermore.

Whenever you face terrible dangers, accidents remember Jesus Christ; His divine protection has saved you from many physical dangers.

Whenever you love and surrender yourself humbly before Jesus Christ, there is no evil or danger that could come near you.

 Whenever People make promises and then don’t follow through, remember Jesus Christ, he will  never fail you nor forsake you

for he  is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

Whenever you are addicted to destructive bad evil habits and you think you can’t overcome it, surrender to Jesus Christ, he will wipe your tears and make you whole again.

When your friends let you down and never care for you again remember Jesus Christ, he  is the only totally reliable ,flawless ,all-satisfying friend for you.

Whenever you get cheated, remember Jesus Christ he will protect you against being deceived by cheaters if you walk in his light, truth and the way.

Whenever the law fails in the world, remember Jesus Christ his law is righteous, even Earth may pass away but his law never fails for he is the Judge of All the Earth.

Whenever your family and friends have closed their doors for you, remember Jesus Christ for He is the door the one who opens and closes doors in your life for he is Door of Opportunity, Door of Salvation, Door of Deliverance and Door of miracles.

 Whenever you lose sleep or have difficulty in sleeping remember Jesus Christ, he is the one to help you and give you the peace you need to sleep and find rest.

Whenever you face financial problems turn to Jesus Christ fear God, walk uprightly in his commandments he will give you financial blessings .Wealth and riches shall be in your house.

Whenever you desire to have children but you are unable, pray and have faith in Jesus Christ, for he said all things are possible with God and God is still working in the lives of people.

Whenever you are living in a broken family relationship remember Jesus Christ and turn towards him, he will heal and restore your relationship because he is the prince of peace Comforter, and Counselor.

Whenever you are in broken marriage remember Jesus Christ, he can fix all your problems in the marriage for he alone can change the most hardened heart and dead marriage.

When you are poor and needy remember Jesus Christ, he loves you; he defends you and blesses you abundantly with all your needs.

Whenever you are possessed by devil or attacked by devil or evil people, come to Jesus Christ, his mighty name and by the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ you are redeemed out of the hands of devil and evil people and get saved and protected.

Conclusion: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor heights, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD, which is in CHRIST JESUS, our LORD. –Romans 8:38-39

Sweet Offerings

My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord Almighty. ~Malachi 1:11

When we come to the Father and offer ourselves up to him when we come to the altar. We repent and believe on Jesus Christ we become a sweet offering of pure delight to our Father; from them on we are pure in his sight. Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead carrying all our sins and diseases to the cross so that we do not have too. We have a clean slate and in his sight we do not sin no more because He conquered sin and death in our place so we can live a victorious life in Him.

When we worship Him our worship is pure and untainted because as children of God we are now free of all filth. Why, because of the blood of the cross washed away all our sins and diseases that hinder our walk to the throne. We claim alleges to the Jesus Christ and stand and proclaim that Jesus Christ is King in our lives.

Do you proclaim Jesus Christ is King in your life? Are you a sweet offering to His name or has your complaining reach the throne of God as a bitter sweet offering. Do you proclaim God with your lips but your heart is far from God? The Lord says in his word “so, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold. I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)

Children, your Father calls you do you hear His voice you who are in the wilderness he calls to the sinners and not to the self-righteous. (Matthew 9:13)

We who are sinners desperately need Jesus Christ when we come to the Lord we become a sweet offering to Jesus Christ. We proclaim his name Jesus Christ throughout the world with our confession because once we were lost now we are saved.

Once my burden was so heavy and now I’m at rest. (Matthew 11:28) Everything in my being is harmoniously working together for the good of all. I am not warring inside myself because I have Jesus Christ living inside of me and I am satisfied.

Once I was dead and now I am alive again, I was lost but now I am found because Jesus Christ brought me home. (Luke 15:24) It was nothing I did but it was all Jesus Christ doing. I was dead in my trespassing, my sin and when God brought me to himself and I repented and believe on Jesus Christ I was made alive in Him. I became that sweet aroma that pleasing sacrifice to God. When I was lost I was without God and when my Father found me He joyfully puts me on his shoulders and He took me home. (Luke 15:5, 6 NIV) I live in Him now. He is my home.

God sacrifice Jesus Christ as a pure sacrifice without blemishes so that we can enter into the throne room of God and repent and believe on Jesus Christ so that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

We thank you God for sending your son to be that sweet offering of praise for us. We thank you for the freedom of accepting you into our hearts when you call to us. Thank you Jesus Christ that you love us that much to give your life for us. Thank you. Thank you. We could not do this on our own we needed your help.

I pray that you would crucify the pride in our hearts that thinks we are better than we are. I pray that you will bring to their knees the lost and hurt children that feel that they don’t need you. I pray you will woo them with your love until they have no more excuses. In your hands I give this pray in Jesus Christ name. Amen.

Never Give Up!

Life is seems to be very-very difficult for me and my family right now. I just lost my job because of financial crisis caused obviously by the global economic downturn. Not only me actually but also my wife. The school where we used to work with faced monetary problem due to the decrease of the number of students enrolled this particular school year; which I believe is brought about by the worldwide economic turmoil. The school management was left with no other choice but to go on cost cutting. Unfortunately, we were included in the list of people to be slashed from the roster of its manpower. My heart can’t simply agree with it, but what shall I do? Yes, I’m greatly troubled; but need to calm down. Think and think and think again.

We’ve been trying to look for a quick and doable solution to our present condition, but can’t find immediate positive result. I almost lost hope, but wait a minute; why should I feel this way? Am I forgetting that there is God? Do I need to be reminded again that my “CREATOR” is always able to provide me of all my needs? No, I don’t think so!

My son be still“, most probably be the message of the Lord for me. Oh, thank you so much most gracious and loving Heavenly Father; because you’re always there to rescue me and all of those who are weary.

(Matthew 6:28-30)

Sickness: Not An Act Of God!

Daily Devotional

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).

A lady gave birth to a child that was blind and started crying, ‘’Oh God, what has this innocent child done to be born blind? Oh God, why did you do this?’’ She held God responsible for such a misfortune out of her ignorance. Many people ignorantly attribute every mishap to an act of God; this is wrong! God is not the author of the pain, sickness and misery in the lives of many. Rather, He’s the healer, restorer, and mender of broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships.
Our opening scripture reveals God’s character and nature of love, kindness, and compassion, while revealing Satan as the one who oppresses people with sickness, hardship, pain and misery. It tells us that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him. Notice, it wasn’t God who made the people sick; but it was God who sent Jesus to heal them.
The case of blind Bartimaeus readily buttresses this. The Bible says he was born blind; not satisfied with his condition, he cried out to Jesus for help, and the Lord restored his sight (Mark 10:51-52). In this case, the man was born blind, and then Jesus healed him, proof-positive it wasn’t God who made him blind. A similar case was when Jesus and His disciples met another man who was born blind. His disciples asked Him, ‘’Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?’’ (John 9:2).
The Lord responded, ‘’…Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the word of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.’’ The devil’s work was manifested in the man’s life, which was the blindness, but the Lord Jesus went on to say, ‘’…but that the works of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of Him that sent me,’’ (John 9:3-4) and healed the man.
Evidently, God is the healer while the devil is the oppressor responsible for all the sickness, disease and misery that people suffer from! Nevertheless, thanks be unto God; He’s given us power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils (Mathew 10:8). Like Jesus, you ought to go about doing good. Healing those who are oppressed of the devil, for God is with you.
Dear Heavenly Father, blessed be your Name forever for your light that shines brightly in this dark world, bringing healing, deliverance, preservation, and strength to the oppressed and afflicted, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
1 John 3:8
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