Speak to the Mountain…

We all have mountains in our lives.  Mountains can represent fears, doubts, health issues, financial troubles and so on.

Most of the time, we talk to God about our problems endlessly, however, there comes a time when we need to stop talking to God about our mountains and start talking to the mountains about our God.  We need to remind the mountain (our problems) about God’s power, his sovereignty, his faithfulness and his Grace.

We need to stand on God’s promises and his Word.  The Word says in Matthew 17:20 “Say to this maintain ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move”.  God is greater than any problem we face.

We need to address the mountains in our lives.  Remember that we have been given dominion over the earth.  God wants us to battle our enemy and fight off his attacks with the weapons he has given us.  We have the sword to fight our enemy.  The sword represents the Word of God that has the power to pierce any opposition.

What did Jesus do when he was tempted by the devil?  He used the Word of God to fight him and strike him down.  Every chapter and verse delivered a blow to him and he finally retreated.

We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and let the enemy attack us at will.  We need to go from defense to offence using the Word of God and cut our enemy to pieces…that is what God is hoping we will do.  He is rooting for us and he has given us the weapons to fight back.

If we feel inadequate…that is the enemy telling us that we are.  We need to remind our enemy that…
“If God is for us who can be against us”.  Rom 8:31
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  Phil. 4:13

Remember, our enemy is a liar and a thief and a murderer.   He want to have us believe that God is against us…that we messed us too many times for God to love us…that we have no hope…that we’re all alone.  Those are all lies.

It is important to remember that we need to be relentless in our prayers.  The enemy will not retreat just by us praying one time.  Jesus was tempted for 40 days.  Satan is persistent…we need to be even more persistent.  Let’s let him suffer for a change.  Let him die by a 1,000 cuts by the word of God.  Let’s arm ourselves with scripture, so the next time he attacks us, we will use these scriptures to make him be sorry he even tried his tricks and accusations on us.

Follow this link for scripture by topic. http://successandfailure.net/Answers-By-God/Answers-For-Successful-Living.html

Let’s be relentless!!!

Prayer for Spiritual Warfare.

When we become Christians, we become the enemy of Satan.  He is the great deceiver.  The bible says that he is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Since God has given us ruler ship over the earth.  Adam lost it, Jesus won it back and delegated it back to us.  This means, we are in charge…so when Satan attacks us and our family, we need to address him…Satan…that is what Jesus did.  He used the word of God when he addressed Satan.

Make no mistake about it…we, as Christians are at war.  We fight a spiritual battle every day.  Here is a prayer I found that provides some direction…enjoy…and stay strong in the Lord!

Satan, take note and listen well.  We are the church of the Living God, we are bought with the Blood, charged with Power, married to Jesus, indwelled with His Spirit, destined for victory, and immune to destruction.  We’re part of the company of the committed, the Crown of the Covenant, the congregation of the courageous, we are a fellowship of the faithful, a battalion of believers, a regiment of the redeemed, a division of the devoted, an army of the approved, a team of the triumphant, a platoon of the powerful.  Satan, you will not conquer me.  For I am Blood washed, daily delivered, strongly sanctified, spirit soaked, in-Word, and indwelled.  You are wasting your energy on me.  My faith is set.  My victory is assured.  I am linked with a sovereign and eternal power.  You are a deceiver, but you will not deceive me.  You are like a roaring lion, but I am not devourable.  You are extremely subtle, but I’m on to your ways.  You parade as an angel of light, but I walk in a stronger light.  Your days of deception are over with me.  I won’t be detoured, derailed, distracted, distorted, discouraged, or disillusioned by your schemes.  I’m off limits to you now.  My doors are closed and locked and I’ve thrown away the keys.  You won’t walk in, crawl in, slither in, sneak in, pry in, or barge into my life.  I have a permanent and precious Friend, who lives inside of me, and He will not share this temple with anyone else, especially you.  His Name is Jesus.  He and I know that your time’s almost up.  You may lie, lure, linger, lurch, and laugh, but you won’t get in.  Your days are numbered; your designs are dwindling; your evil is eroding; your devilishness is dissolving; your progress is poisoned; your success has been subverted; so get off my property; get off my porch.  Get out of my sight.  For He who is in me, is greater than he who is in the world.  Leave my family alone; leave my children alone; and leave my church alone.  God is on my side.  I am on God’s side.  I have the same power that delivered Jesus from temptation and sin.  I have the same power that raised Him from the grave.  I have been promised the victory, and I have claimed that victory, and you can summon all your hosts, but you will lose the battle!  We are the church of the Living God!  Blood-washed, Spirit-filled, battle-scarred, unrelenting and indestructible.  And in the blessed words of Jesus Christ, the gates of hell will not prevail against us.  In Jesus Name.  In Jesus Name.  Are you listening?  In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

Is Life Ruling You?

I’ve been going through a great study by John Bevere called Relentless.  This study has been such a blessing and has provided a paradigm shift in my thinking.  I’d recommend everyone get that book and the DVDs…you will be so blessed.

Many Christians are ruled by life.  We forget who we are in Christ and we let circumstances control our lives.  I’ve been guilty of that and I find the need to remind myself that I’ve been bought by the blood of the lamb and that through Christ I’ve been empowered to rule.

Romans 5:1 says, “All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.”

This is meant for all Christians.  Most importantly, he is not talking about the next life but this life.

We’re not supposed to just survive and wait for the rapture…we’re supposed to be conquerors and overcomers.  He wants us to overcome our fears, doubts and all other issues that hold us back from becoming what God meant for us to be.  These issues in our lives are like castles that the enemy has set up on our property.  These are strongholds that we’ve allowed to set up shop in our lives.

God wants us to be free of these castles in our lives.  He won’t just have these castles disappear.  He wants us to conquer these castles.  He’s given us the Holy Spirit and all the weapons we need to conquer these castles.

How do we do that?  We do it through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The same Grace that saved us, also empowers us to live as Christ did.

Ephesians 1:19-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
And what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, (he is talking about us)  Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.   And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all.

Ephesians 2:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere in Christ Jesus.  (We, the body of Christ, rule with him)

Romans 6:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.  (we have the power to live a holy life through grace)

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 NKJV
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:  that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.  For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,  imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. (God’s Grace enables us to go beyond our own ability)

I hope this truth encourages you as much it has me.  Meditate on these scriptures and you will be blessed and empowered.

May you rule in life!

The Afterlife

Most people I talk with see this life as the main event.  They focus all their attention on this life and look at life after death on this earth as the afterlife.

In reality, the Bible says that we are eternal beings.  When you consider eternity…let’s just say a million years, the 80 or so years most of us will live on this earth can hardly be called the main event.  The time we spend here would be like 0.000001% of our lives.  So, the 80 years here are nothing in comparison to 999,920 years to come.

Wouldn’t it be worth spending some time to ponder and consider the choices we make?  What if Christians are right?  Would you want to risk eternity?

Once we die here, we will end up in one of two places…heaven or hell.  Heaven is all we ever hoped for and dreamed about just better.  Imagine hell being the worst day of your life here, multiplied by 1,000…every day…forever…999,920 years.

This life here on earth brings its challenges…sickness, death, job loss, stress and much more.  The Bible does not promise that life a Christian will be all peaches, it actually tells us that we’ll have trouble.  All of us…none excluded.

For a Christian, this life on earth will be the worst it will ever be.  For a non-Christian, this life will be the best it will ever be.  Think about this.

How we live the 999,920 years of the main life to come depends on not how good we are but whether or not we put our trust in Jesus as our savior.

It’s not a blind faith.  Research the evidence…it’s worth your time.  Best of all, it even effects your life here is a positive way.

You might think that you have wasted your life or you have done too many bad things.  There is good news.  God is a God of second chances.  He loves you…yes even you and me as wretched as we are.  The Bible says that none are good and that Jesus died for us not because all of a sudden we became good, but as we were sinners he died for us.  He is a God of 2nd, 3rd…100th chances.  Give him a try.  He does not disappoint.

Don’t wait.  None of us know if this is our last day here on this earth.

Check out Salvation, Who is Jesus, Who gets into Heaven (a quiz), Are you a good person (a test)

Christmas is about Christ.

It’s easy to forget what Christmas is really about.  Christmas a lot of times gets busy with shopping and eating and family events.

Frankly, our lives can get very exhausting and stressful doing those things.  Worst of all, in all this activity, we forget what Christmas is all about.

Christmas is about Christ’s Birth.  The most wonderful Gift that God has ever given us.  It was the only true way we could ever overcome the curse of sin.

His coming was foretold in Isaiah 9:6.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Just thinking about it brings peace and joy into my heart.  Thank you Jesus.

Can you get to heaven by living a good life?

Are you a good person?

It’s a common belief today, including by people who call themselves Christians, that we can earn ourselves into heaven by living a good life.  Or the idea of purgatory, that we get another chance after we die to make things right by our own efforts or deeds.  If you were to do a survey, most people would  consider themselves a good person.  They believe that their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds and therefore they’ll make it into heaven.  If you are in those camps of belief, PLEASE READ WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY.

Bottom-line…we can’t get to heaven by living a good life or attending Church.  Good works are an important evidence that we are Christians, however, it will not get us saved…it is by Grace alone and by putting our faith in Jesus Christ to be our savior that will provide salvation.  We have one chance and one chance only…there are no second chances like purgatory to work our our salvation.  Don’t take my word for it…just read the Bible verses below and do your research…your SALVATION depends on it.

Who gets to go to Heaven? Take the test and find out!

On what grounds is a sinner accepted in the presence of a holy God?   Acceptance is based on the “righteousness of God in Jesus Christ”.  It is a righteousness wholly outside the sinner, accomplished by Christ, and imputed to him through the one God-given means—faith in the Savior, acceptance of His gift of eternal life.   Jesus paid the price by dying for us on the cross.

Are you a good person? – Take the test and find out!

The Bible says:

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  Romans 3:19-24

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  2 Tim 3:15

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.   Romans 3:27-28

So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.   Romans 9:16

Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,   2 Tim 1:9

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:5-7

even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  Romans 3:22-24

What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.  Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  Romans 9:30-33

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.   2 Tim 1:8-

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,   Romans 5:1

And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.  Romans 11:6

and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; Phil 3:9

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,  Titus 2:11-13

That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:7

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.  1 Tim 1:14-16

Bottom-line, we will fail if we try to attain salvation on our own strength.  Salvation is a free gift from God for everyone who accepts Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

The Only Way To Salvation

Here is what the Bible says…

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inChrist Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  Romans 10:9-10

The Sinner’s Prayer

After reading all the questions and answers on the site, you may still have some very important questions concerning your own salvation. You may still not be sure that your own sins have been forgiven. Or you may not be sure that you have personally received the gift of eternal life.

If you have questions about your own salvation, we invite you to experience for yourself the truth of the bible’s teaching about salvation. Confess your sins to God, trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness, and then, in faith, claim God’s promise of forgiveness and eternal life. He will surely give you what he has promised.

In order to help you do this, we invite you to pray sincerely the following prayer or a similar prayer of you own.

“Dear God, I confess that I’m a sinner and that I need your forgiveness. I’m truly sorry for my sins and humbly ask you to forgive me and cleanse me. I believe that Jesus died on the cross in my place and that he rose again for my salvation. In faith I accept from you the gift of eternal life, and, with your help, I promise to serve you as long as I live. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen”

The bible says…

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12

That’s a promise to live by!  WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!

What do you do next?

  • Find a  Bible teaching church that teaches Jesus as savior (e-mail us and we’ll      find a local church near you for you) .
  • Once you  find a church, don’t just attend a service once per week but get involved  in a Bible Study in homes organized by your Church.  It’s a place to learn and it provides important support for you to become what God has planned for you.  He has a greater plan for you than you  could ever imagine.
  • Don’t be  just a user or a taker…get involved in helping out.  God  has given you gifts that are special.   You are a special person and he wants to use you to serve him and  the church.  At the end, you will be that one that is being blessed.  You heard the saying that it is more blessed to give than to receive…that statement is truer than you know.
  • Start reading the Bible and spent time praying…daily.
  • Tithe 10% of your income.  It sounds like you’re giving something up, however, realize that God is your provider and if you trust him, he will pour out financial blessing on you greater that you could have ever imagined.  It’s the greatest key to financial success.
  • Get  baptized.  It’s an outward confession of your faith and it an important process in your new walk with Christ.

Is Jesus God?

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Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God?

Of all the major religions, only Jesus claimed to be God.  Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  He is part of the Godhead (Trinity)…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He was there from the beginning.  Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about Jesus…

What Jesus said about himself:

Fear not; I am the first and the last. Revelation 1:17

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

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  John 8:58

I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.   John 10:30-31

The Father is in me, and I in him. Therefore they sought again to take him.  John 10:38-39

He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.  John 14:9

Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.  John 5:16-18

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22

What the apostles said about Jesus:

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 2 Peter 1:16-17

The son is the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.  Hebrews 1:3

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 7:59

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.  John 20:31

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.  John 1:14

“The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life”  1 John 1:1.

until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:13

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of creation. For by Him all things were created…all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together”  Col. 1:15-17

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command” Heb. 1:1-3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.  For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”?  Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?  And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”  But as to the Son, He [the Father] says to Him, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever” Heb. 1:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

“He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell”  Col. 1:19.

“Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:6-11

“For the grace of God has been revealed bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God, while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.  Titus 2:11-13

In addition, Jesus’ coming was foretold and he fulfilled over 300 prophesies.

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Jesus Fulfilled Over 300 Prophecies

Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus

Research provided by http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org 

Old Testiment Scripture Prophecy

Prophesies

Fulfilled In New Testiment Scripture

1. Gen. 3:15 Seed of a woman (virgin birth) Galatians 4:4-5,
Matthew 1:18
2. Gen. 3:15 He will bruise Satan’s head Hebrews 2:14, 1John 3:18
3. Gen. 5:24 The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated Mark 16:19
4. Gen. 9:26, 27 The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem Luke 3:36
5. Gen. 12:3 Seed of Abraham will bless all nations Galatians 3:8,
Acts 3:25, 26
6. Gen. 12:7 The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed Galatians  3:16
7. Gen. 14:18 A priest after the order of Melchizedek Hebrews  6:20
8. Gen. 14:18 King of Peace and Righteousness Hebrews 7:2
9. Gen. 14:18 The Last Supper foreshadowed Matthew 26:26-29
10. Gen. 17:19 Seed of Isaac (Gen. 21:12) Romans 9:7
11. Gen. 22:8 The Lamb of God promised John 1:29
12. Gen. 22:18 As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations Galatians 3:16
13. Gen. 26:2-5 The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer Hebrews 11:18
14. Gen. 28:12 The Bridge to heaven John 1:51
15. Gen. 28:14 The Seed of Jacob Luke 3:34
16. Gen. 49:10 The time of His coming Luke   2:1-7;
Galatians 4:4
17. Gen. 49:10 The Seed of Judah Luke 3:33
18. Gen. 49:10 Called Shiloh or One Sent John 17:3
19. Gen. 49:10 Messiah to come before Judah lost identity John 11:47-52
20. Gen. 49:10 Unto Him shall the obedience of the people be John 10:16
21. Ex. 3:13-15 The Great “I AM” John 4:26, 8:58
22. Ex. 12:5 A Lamb without blemish Hebrews 9:14;
1Peter 1:19
23. Ex. 12:13 The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath Romans 5:8
24. Ex. 12:21-27 Christ is our Passover 1Corinthians 5:7
25. Ex. 12:46 Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken John 19:31-36
26. Ex. 15:2 His exaltation predicted as Yeshua Acts 7:55, 56
27. Ex. 15:11 His Character-Holiness Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27
28. Ex. 17:6 The Spiritual Rock of Israel 1Corinthians 10:4
29. Ex. 33:19 His Character-Merciful Luke 1:72
30. Lev. 1:2-9 His sacrifice a sweet smelling savor unto God Ephesians 5:2
31. Lev. 14:11 The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood Luke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7
32. Lev. 16:15-17 Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death Hebrews 9:7-14
33. Lev. 16:27 Suffering outside the Camp Matthew 27:33;
Heb. 13:11, 12
34. Lev. 17:11 The Blood-the life of the flesh Matthew 26:28;
Mark 10:45
35. Lev. 17:11 It is the blood that makes atonement Rom.   3:23-24;
1John 1:7
36. Lev. 23:36-37 The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst” John 7:37
37. Num. 9:12 Not a bone of Him broken John 19:31-36
38. Num. 21:9 The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up John 3:14-18, 12:32
39. Num. 24:17 Time: ”I shall see him, but not now.” John 1:14;
Galatians 4:4
40. Deut. 18:15 “This is of a truth that prophet.” John 6:14
41. Deut. 18:15-16 “Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.” John 5:45-47
42. Deut. 18:18 Sent by the Father to speak His word John 8:28, 29
43. Deut. 18:19 Whoever will not hear must bear his sin Acts 3:22-23
44. Deut. 21:23 Cursed is he that hangs on a tree Galatians 3:10-13
45. Joshua 5:14-15 The Captain of our salvation Hebrews 2:10
46. Ruth 4:4-10 Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us Ephesians 1:3-7
47. 1 Sam. 2:35 A Faithful Priest Heb. 2:17, 3:1-3, 6, 7:24-25
48. 1 Sam. 2:10 Shall be an anointed King to the Lord Mt. 28:18, John 12:15
49. 2 Sam. 7:12 David’s Seed Matthew 1:1
50. 2 Sam. 7:13 His Kingdom is everlasting 2Peter 1:11
51. 2 Sam. 7:14a The Son of God Luke 1:32, Romans 1:3-4
52. 2 Sam. 7:16 David’s house established forever Luke 3:31; Rev. 22:16
53. 2 Ki. 2:11 The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated Luke 24:51
54. 1 Chr. 17:11 David’s Seed Matthew   1:1, 9:27
55. 1 Chr. 17:12-13 To reign on David’s throne forever Luke 1:32, 33
56. 1 Chr. 17:13 “I will be His Father, He…my Son.” Hebrews 1:5
57. Job 9:32-33 Mediator between man and God 1 Timothy 2:5
58. Job 19:23-27 The Resurrection predicted John 5:24-29
59. Psa. 2:1-3 The enmity of kings foreordained Acts 4:25-28
60. Psa. 2:2 To   own the title, Anointed (Christ) John 1:41, Acts 2:36
61. Psa. 2:6 His Character-Holiness John 8:46; Revelation 3:7
62. Psa. 2:6 To own the title King Matthew 2:2
63. Psa. 2:7 Declared the Beloved Son Matthew 3:17,
Romans 1:4
64. Psa. 2:7, 8 The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated Acts 13:29-33
65. Psa. 2:8, 9 Rule the nations with a rod of iron Rev. 2:27, 12:5, 19:15
66. Psa. 2:12 Life comes through faith in Him John 20:31
67. Psa. 8:2 The mouths of babes perfect His praise Matthew 21:16
68. Psa. 8:5, 6 His humiliation and exaltation Hebrews 2:5-9
69. Psa. 9:7-10 Judge the world in righteousness Acts 17:31
70. Psa. 16:10 Was not to see corruption Acts 2:31, 13:35
71. Psa. 16:9-11 Was to arise from the dead John 20:9
72. Psa. 17:15 The resurrection predicted Luke 24:6
73. Psa. 18:2-3 The horn of salvation Luke 1:69-71
74. Psa. 22:1 Forsaken because of sins of others 2 Corinthians 5:21
75. Psa. 22:1 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
76. Psa. 22:2 Darkness upon Calvary for three hours Matthew 27:45
77. Psa. 22:7 They shoot out the lip and shake the head Matthew 27:39-44
78. Psa. 22:8 “He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him” Matthew 27:43
79. Psa. 22:9-10 Born   the Saviour Luke 2:7
80. Psa. 22:12-13 They seek His death John 19:6
81. Psa. 22:14 His blood poured out when they pierced His side John 19:34
82. Psa. 22:14, 15 Suffered agony on Calvary Mark 15:34-37
83. Psa. 22:15 He thirsted John 19:28
84. Psa. 22:16 They pierced His hands and His feet John 19:34, 37; 20:27
85. Psa. 22:17, 18 Stripped Him before the stares of men Luke 23:34, 35
86. Psa. 22:18 They parted His garments John 19:23, 24
87. Psa. 22:20, 21 He committed Himself to God Luke 23:46
88. Psa. 22:20, 21 Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel Hebrews 2:14
89. Psa. 22:22 His Resurrection declared John 20:17
90. Psa. 22:27-28 He shall be the governor of the nations Colossians 1:16
91. Psa. 22:31 “It is finished” John 19:30,
Heb. 10:10, 12, 14, 18
92. Psa. 23:1 “I am the Good Shepherd” John 10:11, 1Peter 2:25
93. Psa. 24:3 His exaltation predicted Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9
94. Psa. 30:3 His resurrection predicted Acts 2:32
95. Psa. 31:5 “Into thy hands I commit my spirit” Luke 23:46
96. Psa. 31:11 His acquaintances fled from Him Mark 14:50
97. Psa. 31:13 They took counsel to put Him to death Mt. 27:1,
John 11:53
98. Psa. 31:14, 15 “He trusted in God, let Him deliver him” Matthew 27:43
99. Psa. 34:20 Not a bone of Him broken John 19:31-36
100. Psa. 35:11 False witnesses rose up against Him Matthew 26:59
101. Psa. 35:19 He was hated without a cause John 15:25
102. Psa. 38:11 His friends stood afar off Luke 23:49
103. Psa. 38:12 Enemies try to entangle Him by craft Mark 14:1, Mt. 22:15
104. Psa. 38:12-13 Silent before His accusers Matthew 27:12-14
105. Psa. 38:20 He went about doing good Acts 10:38
106. Psa. 40:2-5 The joy of His resurrection predicted John 20:20
107. Psa. 40:6-8 His   delight-the will of the Father John 4:34, Heb. 10:5-10
108. Psa. 40:9 He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel Matthew 4:17
109. Psa. 40:14 Confronted by adversaries in the Garden John 18:4-6
110. Psa. 41:9 Betrayed by a familiar friend John 13:18
111. Psa. 45:2 Words of Grace come from His lips John 1:17, Luke 4:22
112. Psa. 45:6 To own the title, God or Elohim Hebrews 1:8
113. Psa. 45:7 A special anointing by the Holy Spirit Mt. 3:16; Heb. 1:9
114. Psa. 45:7, 8 Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed) Luke 2:11
115. Psa. 45:17 His name remembered forever Ephesians 1:20-21, Heb. 1:8
116. Psa. 55:12-14 Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy John 13:18
117. Psa. 55:15 Unrepentant death of the Betrayer Matthew 27:3-5;
Acts 1:16-19
118. Psa. 68:18 To give gifts to men Ephesians 4:7-16
119. Psa. 68:18 Ascended into Heaven Luke 24:51
120. Psa. 69:4 Hated without a cause John 15:25
121. Psa. 69:8 A stranger to own brethren John 1:11, 7:5
122. Psa. 69:9 Zealous for the Lord’s House John 2:17
123. Psa. 69:14-20 Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion Matthew 26:36-45
124. Psa. 69:20 “My soul is exceeding sorrowful.” Matthew 26:38
125. Psa. 69:21 Given vinegar in thirst Matthew 27:34
126. Psa. 69:26 The Saviour given and smitten by God John 17:4; 18:11
127. Psa. 72:10, 11 Great persons were to visit Him Matthew 2:1-11
128. Psa. 72:16 The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground John 12:24-25
129. Psa. 72:17 Belief on His name will produce offspring John 1:12, 13
130. Psa. 72:17 All nations shall be blessed by Him Galatians 3:8
131. Psa. 72:17 All nations shall call Him blessed John 12:13,
Rev. 5:8-12
132. Psa. 78:1-2 He would teach in parables Matthew 13:34-35
133. Psa. 78:2b To speak the Wisdom of God with authority Matthew 7:29
134. Psa. 80:17 The Man of God’s right hand Mark 14:61-62
135. Psa. 88 The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary Matthew   27:26-50
136. Psa. 88:8 They stood afar off and watched Luke 23:49
137. Psa. 89:27 Firstborn Colossians 1:15, 18
138. Psa. 89:27 Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings Luke 1:32, 33
139. Psa. 89:35-37 David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever Luke 1:32, 33
140. Psa. 89:36-37 His character-Faithfulness Revelation 1:5, 19:11
141. Psa. 90:2 He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2) John 1:1
142. Psa. 91:11, 12 Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ Luke 4:10, 11
143. Psa. 97:9 His exaltation predicted Acts 1:11; Ephesians 1:20
144. Psa. 100:5 His character-Goodness Matthew 19:16, 17
145. Psa. 102:1-11 The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary John 19:16-30
146. Psa. 102:25-27 Messiah is the Preexistent Son Hebrews 1:10-12
147. Psa. 109:25 Ridiculed Matthew 27:39
148. Psa. 110:1 Son of David Matthew 22:42-43
149. Psa. 110:1 To ascend to the right-hand of the Father Mark 16:19
150. Psa. 110:1 David’s son called Lord Matthew 22:44, 45
151. Psa. 110:4 A priest after Melchizedek’s order Hebrews 6:20
152. Psa. 112:4 His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al Matthew 9:36
153. Psa. 118:17, 18 Messiah’s Resurrection assured Luke 24:5-7; 1Cor. 15:20
154. Psa. 118:22, 23 The rejected stone is Head of the corner Matthew 21:42, 43
155. Psa. 118:26a The Blessed One presented to Israel Matthew 21:9
156. Psa. 118:26b To come while Temple standing Matthew 21:12-15
157. Psa. 132:11 The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body) Luke 1:32, Act 2:30
158. Psa. 129:3 He was scourged Matthew 27:26
159. Psa. 138:1-6 The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings Matthew 2:2-6
160. Psa. 147:3, 6 The earthly ministry of Christ described Luke 4:18
161. Prov. 1:23 He will send the Spirit of God John 16:7
162. Prov. 8:23 Foreordained from everlasting Rev. 13:8,
1Peter 1:19-20
163. Song. 5:16 The altogether lovely One John 1:17
164. Isa. 2:3 He shall teach all nations John 4:25
165. Isa. 2:4 He shall judge among the nations John 5:22
166. Isa. 6:1 When Isaiah saw His glory John 12:40-41
167. Isa. 6:8 The One Sent by God John 12:38-45
168. Isa. 6:9-10 Parables  fall on deaf ears Matthew 13:13-15
169. Isa. 6:9-12 Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words Acts 28:23-29
170. Isa. 7:14 To be born of a virgin Luke 1:35
171. Isa. 7:14 To be Emmanuel-God with us Matthew 1:18-23,
1Tim. 3:16
172. Isa. 8:8 Called Emmanuel Matthew 28:20
173. Isa. 8:14 A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense 1Peter 2:8
174. Isa. 9:1, 2 His ministry to begin in Galilee Matthew 4:12-17
175. Isa. 9:6 A child born-Humanity Luke   1:31
176. Isa. 9:6 A Son given-Deity Luke 1:32, John 1:14, 1Tim. 3:16
177. Isa. 9:6 Declared to be the Son of God with power Romans 1:3, 4
178. Isa. 9:6 The Wonderful One, Peleh Luke 4:22
179. Isa. 9:6 The Counsellor, Yaatz Matthew 13:54
180. Isa. 9:6 The Mighty God, El Gibor 1Cor. 1:24, Titus 2:3
181. Isa. 9:6 The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth John 8:58, 10:30
182. Isa. 9:6 The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom John 16:33
183. Isa. 9:7 To establish an everlasting kingdom Luke 1:32-33
184. Isa. 9:7 His Character-Just John 5:30
185. Isa. 9:7 No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace Luke 1:32-33
186. Isa. 11:1 Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer Matthew 2:23
187. Isa. 11:1 A   rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse Luke 3:23, 32
188. Isa. 11:2 Anointed One by the Spirit Matthew 3:16, 17, Acts 10:38
189. Isa. 11:2 His Character-Wisdom, Knowledge, et al Colossians 2:3
190. Isa. 11:3 He would know their thoughts Luke 6:8, John 2:25
191. Isa. 11:4 Judge in righteousness Acts 17:31
192. Isa. 11:4 Judges with the sword of His mouth Rev. 2:16, 19:11, 15
193. Isa. 11:5 Character: Righteous & Faithful Rev. 19:11
194. Isa. 11:10 The Gentiles seek Him John 12:18-21
195. Isa. 12:2 Called Jesus-Yeshua Matthew 1:21
196. Isa. 22:22 The One given all authority to govern Revelation 3:7
197. Isa. 25:8 The Resurrection predicted 1Corinthians 15:54
198. Isa. 26:19 His power of Resurrection predicted Matthew 27:50-54
199. Isa. 28:16 The Messiah is the precious corner stone Acts 4:11, 12
200. Isa. 28:16 The Sure Foundation 1Corinthians 3:11,
Mt. 16:18
201. Isa. 29:13 He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word Matthew 15:7-9
202. Isa. 29:14 The wise are confounded by the Word 1Corinthians 1:18-31
203. Isa. 32:2 A   Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place Matthew 23:37
204. Isa. 35:4 He will come and save you Matthew 1:21
205. Isa. 35:5-6 To have a ministry of miracles Matthew 11:2-6
206. Isa. 40:3, 4 Preceded by forerunner John 1:23
207. Isa. 40:9 “Behold your God.” John 1:36; 19:14
208. Isa. 40:10. He will come to reward Revelation 22:12
209. Isa. 40:11 A shepherd-compassionate life-giver John 10:10-18
210. Isa. 42:1-4 The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer Matthew 12:18-21
211. Isa. 42:2 Meek and lowly Matthew 11:28-30
212. Isa. 42:3 He brings hope for the hopeless John 4
213. Isa. 42:4 The nations shall wait on His teachings John 12:20-26
214. Isa. 42:6 The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles Luke 2:32
215. Isa. 42:1, 6 His is a worldwide compassion Matthew 28:19, 20
216. Isa. 42:7 Blind eyes opened. John 9:25-38
217. Isa. 43:11 He is the only Saviour. Acts 4:12
218. Isa. 44:3 He will send the Spirit of God John 16:7, 13
219. Isa. 45:21-25 He is Lord and Saviour Philippians 3:20,
Titus 2:13
220. Isa. 45:23 He will be the Judge John 5:22;
Romans 14:11
221. Isa. 46:9, 10 Declares things not yet done John 13:19
222. Isa. 48:12 The First and the Last John 1:30, Revelation 1:8, 17
223. Isa. 48:16, 17 He came as a Teacher John 3:2
224. Isa. 49:1 Called from the womb-His humanity Matthew 1:18
225. Isa. 49:5 A Servant from the womb. Luke 1:31,
Philippians 2:7
226. Isa. 49:6 He will restore Israel Acts 3:19-21, 15:16-17
227. Isa. 49:6 He is Salvation for Israel Luke 2:29-32
228. Isa. 49:6 He is the Light of the Gentiles John 8:12, Acts 13:47
229. Isa. 49:6 He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth Acts 15:7-18
230. Isa. 49:7 He is despised of the Nation John 1:11, 8:48-49, 19:14-15
231. Isa. 50:3 Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation Luke 23:44, 45
232. Isa. 50:4 He is a learned counselor for the weary Matthew 7:29, 11:28, 29
233. Isa. 50:5 The Servant bound willingly to obedience Matthew 26:39
234. Isa. 50:6a “I gave my back to the smiters.” Matthew 27:26
235. Isa. 50:6b He was smitten on the cheeks Matthew 26:67
236. Isa. 50:6c He was spat upon Matthew 27:30
237. Isa. 52:7 Published good tidings upon mountains Matthew   5:12,15:29,28:16
238. Isa. 52:13 The Servant exalted Acts 1:8-11; Eph. 1:19-22, Php. 2:5-9
239. Isa. 52:14 The Servant shockingly abused Luke 18:31-34; Mt. 26:67, 68
240. Isa. 52:15 Nations startled by message of the Servant Luke 18:31-34; Mt. 26:67, 68
241. Isa. 52:15 His blood shed sprinkles nations Hebrews 9:13-14, Rev. 1:5
242. Isa. 53:1 His people would not believe Him John 12:37-38
243. Isa. 53:2 Appearance of an ordinary man Philippians 2:6-8
244. Isa. 53:3a Despised Luke 4:28-29
245. Isa. 53:3b Rejected Matthew 27:21-23
246. Isa. 53:3c Great sorrow and grief Matthew 26:37-38, Luke 19:41, Heb. 4:15
247. Isa. 53:3d Men hide from being associated with Him Mark 14:50-52
248. Isa. 53:4a He would have a healing ministry Matthew 8:16-17
249. Isa. 53:4b Thought to be cursed by God Matthew 26:66, 27:41-43
250. Isa. 53:5a Bears penalty for mankind’s iniquities 2Cor. 5:21, Heb. 2:9
251. Isa. 53:5b His sacrifice provides peace between man and God Colossians 1:20
252. Isa. 53:5c His sacrifice would heal man of sin 1Peter 2:24
253. Isa. 53:6a He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind 1John 2:2, 4:10
254. Isa. 53:6b God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind Galatians 1:4
255. Isa. 53:7a Oppressed and afflicted Matthew 27:27-31
256. Isa. 53:7b Silent   before his accusers Matthew 27:12-14
257. Isa. 53:7c Sacrificial lamb John 1:29, 1Peter 1:18-19
258. Isa. 53:8a Confined and persecuted Matthew 26:47-27:31
259. Isa. 53:8b He would be judged John 18:13-22
260. Isa. 53:8c Killed Matthew 27:35
261. Isa. 53:8d Dies for the sins of the world 1John 2:2
262. Isa. 53:9a Buried in a rich man’s grave Matthew 27:57
263. Isa. 53:9b Innocent and had done no violence Luke 23:41, John 18:38
264. Isa. 53:9c No deceit in his mouth 1Peter 2:22
265. Isa. 53:10a God’s will that He die for mankind John 18:11
266. Isa. 53:10b An offering for sin Matthew 20:28, Galatians 3:13
267. Isa. 53:10c Resurrected and live forever Romans 6:9
268. Isa. 53:10d He would prosper John 17:1-5
269. Isa. 53:11a God fully satisfied with His suffering John 12:27
270. Isa. 53:11b God’s servant would justify man Romans 5:8-9, 18-19
271. Isa. 53:11c The sin-bearer for all mankind Hebrews 9:28
272. Isa. 53:12a Exalted by God because of his sacrifice Matthew 28:18
273. Isa. 53:12b He would give up his life to save mankind Luke 23:46
274. Isa. 53:12c Numbered with the transgressors Mark 15:27-28
275. Isa. 53:12d Sin-bearer for all mankind 1Peter 2:24
276. Isa. 53:12e Intercede to God in behalf of mankind Luke 23:34, Rom. 8:34
277. Isa. 55:3 Resurrected by God Acts 13:34
278. Isa. 55:4a A witness John 18:37
279. Isa. 55:4b He is a leader and commander Hebrews 2:10
280. Isa. 55:5 God would glorify Him Acts 3:13
281. Isa. 59:16a Intercessor between man and God Matthew 10:32
282. Isa. 59:16b He would come to provide salvation John 6:40
283. Isa. 59:20 He would come to Zion as their Redeemer Luke 2:38
284. Isa. 60:1-3 He would shew light to the Gentiles Acts 26:23
285. Isa. 61:1a The Spirit of God upon him Matthew 3:16-17
286. Isa. 61:1b The Messiah would preach the good news Luke 4:16-21
287. Isa. 61:1c Provide freedom from the bondage of sin John 8:31-36
288. Isa. 61:1-2a Proclaim a period of grace Galatians 4:4-5
289. Jer. 23:5-6 Descendant of David Luke 3:23-31
290. Jer. 23:5-6 The Messiah would be both God and Man John 13:13, 1Ti 3:16
291. Jer. 31:22 Born of a virgin Matthew 1:18-20
292. Jer. 31:31 The Messiah would be the new covenant Matthew 26:28
293. Jer. 33:14-15 Descendant of David Luke 3:23-31
294. Eze.34:23-24 Descendant of David Matthew 1:1
295. Eze.37:24-25 Descendant of David Luke 1:31-33
296. Dan. 2:44-45 The Stone that shall break the kingdoms Matthew 21:44
297. Dan. 7:13-14a He would ascend into heaven Acts 1:9-11
298. Dan. 7:13-14b Highly exalted Ephesians 1:20-22
299. Dan. 7:13-14c His dominion would be everlasting Luke 1:31-33
300. Dan. 9:24a To make an end to sins Galatians 1:3-5
301. Dan. 9:24a To make reconciliation for iniquity Romans 5:10,
2Cor. 5:18-21
302. Dan. 9:24b He would be holy Luke 1:35
303. Dan. 9:25 His announcement John 12:12-13
304. Dan. 9:26a Cut off Matthew 16:21, 21:38-39
305. Dan. 9:26b Die for the sins of the world Hebrews 2:9
306. Dan. 9:26c Killed before the destruction of the temple Matthew 27:50-51
307. Dan. 10:5-6 Messiah in a glorified state Revelation 1:13-16
308. Hos. 11:1 He would be called out of Egypt Matthew 2:15
309. Hos. 13:14 He would defeat death 1Corinthians 15:55-57
310. Joel 2:32 Offer salvation to all mankind Romans 10:9-13
311. Jonah 1:17 Death and resurrection of Christ Matthew 12:40, 16:4
312. Mic. 5:2a Born in Bethlehem Matthew 2:1-6
313. Mic. 5:2b Rule  in Israel Luke 1:33
314. Mic. 5:2c From everlasting John 8:58
315. Hag. 2:6-9 He would visit the second Temple Luke 2:27-32
316. Hag. 2:23 Descendant of Zerubbabel Luke 2:27-32
317. Zech. 3:8 God’s servant John 17:4
318. Zech. 6:12-13 Priest and King Hebrews 8:1
319. Zech. 9:9a Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem Matthew 21:8-10
320. Zech. 9:9b Beheld as King John 12:12-13
321. Zech. 9:9c The Messiah would be just John 5:30
322. Zech. 9:9d The Messiah would bring salvation Luke 19:10
323. Zech. 9:9e The Messiah would be humble Matthew 11:29
324. Zech. 9:9f Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey Matthew 21:6-9
325. Zech. 10:4 The cornerstone Ephesians 2:20
326. Zech. 11:4-6a At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders Matthew 23:1-4
327. Zech. 11:4-6b Rejection causes God to remove His protection Luke 19:41-44
328. Zech. 11:4-6c Rejected in favor of another king John 19:13-15
329. Zech. 11:7 Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant Matthew 9:35-36
330. Zech. 11:8a Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them Matthew 23:33
331. Zech. 11:8b Despised Matthew 27:20
332. Zech. 11:9 Stops ministering to those who rejected Him Matthew 13:10-11
333. Zech. 11:10-11a Rejection causes God to remove protection Luke 19:41-44
334. Zech. 11:10-11b The Messiah would be God John 14:7
335. Zech. 11:12-13a Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver Matthew 26:14-15
336. Zech. 11:12-13b Rejected Matthew   26:14-15
337. Zech. 11:12-13c Thirty pieces of silver cast in the house of the Lord Matthew 27:3-5
338. Zech. 11:12-13d The Messiah would be God John 12:45
339. Zech. 12:10a The Messiah’s body would be pierced John 19:34-37
340. Zech. 12:10b The Messiah would be both God and man John 10:30
341. Zech. 12:10c The Messiah would be rejected John 1:11
342. Zech. 13:7a God’s will He die for mankind John 18:11
343. Zech. 13:7b A violent death Mark 14:27
344. Zech. 13:7c Both God and man John 14:9
345. Zech. 13:7d Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him Matthew 26:31-56
346. Zech. 14:4 He would return to the Mt. of Olives Acts 1:11-12
347. Mal. 3:1a Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah Mark 1:1-8
348. Mal. 3:1b Sudden appearance at the temple Mark 11:15-16
349. Mal. 3:1c Messenger of the new covenant Luke 4:43
350. Mal. 4:5 Forerunner in spirit of Elijah Mt  3:1-3, 11:10-14, 17:11-13
351. Mal. 4:6 Forerunner would turn many to righteousness Luke 1:16-17
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ARE YOU A TRUTH SEEKER?

There are many religions.  Some people say that all the religions lead  to heaven.  It’s the same God.  Is that true and is the Christian religion
compatible with Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, etc.?

If you study all major religions, you will find that all major religions point toward truth.

Buddhism says that truth is found through an 8 fold path.  It says that if you strive toward truth all your life, you may eventually discover the truth.  But Buddha at the end of his life in a famous statement said that “I’m still searching for the truth”.

Hindu scripture says that truth is very illusive and you probably never find it.  It’s like a butterfly, just about the time you grab it, it will fly off.

Others say that truth must be searched for by purifying yourself by chanting…and maybe you just might get to the truth.

Mohammed said “I’m a prophet and I point toward the truth.”

Jesus came along and said “I am the truth”.  He did not say that I point to the truth or I teach the truth but “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.  John 14:6

A way is a person…not a path, not a religion.  It’s a person and the person is Jesus Christ.

John 8:32 says “then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

God reveils himself to people who seek him.  Jeremiah 29:13 says that “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jesus Christ died for our sins so we may be saved from the penalty of sin.  Click on the links below for more info

How to get into Heaven!

Who is Jesus!

Jesus and the Rich Man

Jesus and the Rich Ruler

Last week, our pastor talked about the passage in the Bible where the rich ruler asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.  Mark 10:17-29.

I think most people are unsure or misunderstand what this passage really means.  In this article we’ll try to answer the following questions:

  • Does this passage say that Jesus is denying his divinity?
  • Does this scripture say that every rich person will go to hell or that we must give all your money to the poor to get into heaven?
  • What can one do to inherit eternal life?
  1. In Mark 10:18, when Jesus responded to him saying “why do you call me good…only God is good”, does he at that point deny his divinity?  Let’s take a closer look at the situation.  This man came to Jesus.  He called him teacher.  The fact that he called him teacher shows us
    that he did not see Jesus as the Son of God…he saw him merely as a good, smart person…that is why he responded to this man saying “why do you call me good…only God is good?”  Jesus talks to us personally based on where each person is coming from.  If Jesus had meant to deny his divinity, he would have replied simply that he was a sinner. But Jesus’ divinity isn’t the issue.  He was merely questioning him based on the rich man’s response, to make him reflect on his words.  Jesus realized that this person was blind as to who Jesus really was and that this person based his view of salvation on works and on lineage since he used the word inherit.
  2. In Mark 10:21-23, Jesus tells him to sell everything and follow him.  When the young man turned away sadly, Jesus explained that it is hard for a rich man to find salvation.  There are actually two important points to be made concerning these verses.  Will selling everything get us into heaven? NO.  1 Corinthians: 13 is clear on this.  Even if we give all your money to the poor, it will not provide salvation.  We can’t buy our way into heaven.  What Jesus was talking about is this – he knew the person’s heart.  He was simply testing his character.  He knew that possessions were more important to him than following God.  Luke 16:13 says “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money”. That is why he went away sad, because he was unwilling to lay down his wealth (the idol in his life).  We need to lay down all of the idols in our
    lives…especially money.As  far as all rich people going to hell is concerned…just remember that some of the greatest people in the Bible like Abraham, Noah and others were some of the richest people of their time and God loved them and they loved God.  God wants us to be successful.  The key is to keep our hearts on God and not allow ourselves to be focused on our possessions.  By the way, we can be just as obsessed by money and thinking about money if we are poor.  We can get into the trap of thinking that more money would solve all our problems.  In reality, if Jesus is our focus, everything else will fall into place.  It’s a good reminder for all of us.
  3. Starting in Mark 10:23, Jesus starts explaining how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  He says “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”  What does that even mean?  For a long time I actually thought that he was talking about a sewing needle.   However, what he was talking about is a small opening in a city wall that was big enough for a camel or a person to get through if they took everything off and kneeled down and crept through.  In other words, we need to leave everything behind.  There is nothing we can do for God.  There are no good deeds (no matter how good) that could ever get us into heaven.  Living a good life will not save us.  It is simply being saved by Grace. The Bible says that we have all sinned and fallen short, and that Jesus died for us and paid the price for our sins.  The Bible simply says to accept Jesus’ free gift and turn from your sins and we will be saved.  That is it.  Doing good things, being baptized, reading the Bible, etc. is really just a sign of us being saved but not the key to salvation.

Follow these links for more information on Salvation. Are you a good person – A Test, Salvation.

Never give up…Get up!

We all face failure in our lives at times; whether they are recurring fears, lost opportunities, possibly even moral failures.  One of mine is that I get nervous when speaking to groups when I feel like I’m being evaluated.  Then my breath gets short and my voice starts cracking.  I’m just not myself when that happens and I feel terrible afterwards.  It’s not like it happens all the time either.  In those situations I feel like Peter, when he walked on water and then began to sink when he got his eyes off Jesus.  I can hear Jesus saying…”Oh you of little faith”.

At those times…some of us start believing the enemy (satan).  He tells us that we’re worthless failures or that God does not care about us or even love us.  We tend to feel defeated and ready to give up and let the enemy win.  Though giving up and giving in to the lies of the enemy seems like the easy thing to do sometimes, is that what God wants us to do?

It’s hard to get up…especially when we try to do it on our own strength.  The good news is that we don’t have to do it on our own strength…we have a helper and that is Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  God does not want us to do anything on our might.  He does want us to take the initial step of faith, repent and then get up, however, He does not want us to do it on our own strength.  He wants us to give him our failures, fears and burdens and move forward.  Also, He does not want us to live in the past.  Many of us relive our failure a thousand times over and over in our thoughts.  We need to stop that.  The Bible says that we should take every thought captive into the obedience of Jesus Christ.  That means that He wants us to consciously cast away thoughts that do not come from Him.  We can’t prevent every thought from entering our minds, however, we have to make a decision on what to do with those thoughts.  Do we meditate on that bad thought or do we take that thought captive…do we bind it to a scripture and dismiss it?  Which route we chose is up to us.  Let’s choose right.

God wants us to get up when we experience failure or defeat.  Never ever is God saying to give in to defeat.  He is our biggest advocate who encourages us to get up because He is an overcomer and has already overcome this world. 

The Bible says…

 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:14-16

 “Though a righteous man falls seven times, He rises again.” Proverbs 24:16.   

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22

God wants us to get up.  The key to success is not the act of falling down but that act of getting back up.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

I wish that I could overcome some of my struggles in an instant, however, it’s more of a slow process most of the time.  Nevertheless, God wants us to be overcomers and He gave us all the tools to do that.  You might think that you will never overcome this illness, addition, fear, etc. in this life, but that is not what God says.  The Grace that saved us from sins consequences also provides us with the power to be overcomers and to live holy, righteous, successful lives.  It’s the lack of faith that is truly holding us back.  Jesus talked to his disciples many times about their lack of faith.  If we had the faith of just a mustard seed we could move mountains.  We could pray for the sick and they would be healed.

How do we get more faith?  We get it by spending more time in the word, in prayer and in thought with Jesus.  We get it by trusting Him when these situations come up and by surrendering our fears, our doubts, our past, our failure continually to him and giving him thanks for the victories.  We get it by little victories along the way when we step out in faith and trust God.  We get it by getting up one more time.  Let’s write down all that God blessed us with and read those blessings once a day for the next 30 days.  We need to train our minds toward God and rebuke the enemy who want us to live defeated lives.  Let’s start living a victorious life starting NOW!

Don’t give up on God because He has not given up on you.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!  You might feel that your sin is too big for God ever be able to forgive you.  That is a lie of the enemy.  God is not proud of our sins, however, He is always ready to receive us back if we repent and ask Him into our hearts.  You might say…I have sinned 500 times…I have done really bad things.  Repent, ask God to forgive you, and ask Jesus into your life…He is waiting.

Father, increase our faith so we may live the life you meant for us to live.  Amen!

Covenant With God

I thought I’d share this great resource that was presented by our pastor recently.  It serves as a reminder to what it takes to live a godly life.  We have a responsibility as Christians to live by this covenant with God…not as an obligation but as a evidence of our salvation.  It is also not an attempt to save our selves by living good lives…that is not possible since we’re saved by Grace alone, however, once we accept Jesus in our lives, there should be some fruit or evidence that we’re saved.   The same Grace that saved us also gives us the ability and the power to change our behavior and live a life worthy of our calling.

Feel free to download a printable version of “My Covenant with God” by clicking on this link.

In Covenant with God

I Will

Be Responsible
For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Galatians 5:6 (NLT)

Know The Word Of God
For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are. Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done. Hebrews 12-13

Be Fruitful In All Areas Of My Life
“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10

Love God With All Your Heart, Mind and Strength
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”  Matthew 22:37

Always Honor Authority
The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong.  So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience. Romans 13:4-5

Pray
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6

Work Diligently
Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.  Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.  Colossians 3:23-24

Forgive Others and Reconcile With Those I Have Wronged
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.  Mark 11:25-26

Walk With Integrity
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.  And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God,  while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.  Titus 2:11-13

Work To Fulfill Each Of These Items For The Rest Of My Life For His Glory
But if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.  Joshua 24:15

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Feel free to download a printable version of “My Covenant with God” by clicking on this link.

This Thanksgiving – Is there anything to be thankful about?

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It’s the day when we Americans give thanks. It makes us reflect on the many blessings in our lives. Some of you might face real tragedy or hardship. You might be faced with a job loss, foreclosure or even something life threatening like cancer. You might have to dig very deep to see any blessings in your life, however, make no mistake, there is always something to be thankful about.

I think about that:
I can walk
I have Christ in my life
I have a wonderful family
I’m healthy
I can see
I can hear
I live in a great country
That I have great friends
I’m thankful for our soldiers

1 Thess 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.NIV (read passage on Crosswalk.com)

Having a thankful heart or being happy is not based on our circumstances…it’s a Gift from God if and when we seek him. He is waiting…

Share with us…what you are thankful for?

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May God bless you richly this Thanksgiving!

Judgment Day

Every person will be judged

We’ll all be judged one day, Christians and non-Christians alike.

There is a good reason the Bible says in Proverbs 1:7 that “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”.  Many people I talk with, even many who say they believe in God say that God is all love and therefore would never punish anyone.  The Bible actually says just the opposite.  It talks about two different judgments, one that relates to everyone about our belief in Jesus as the savior of the world and the other relates to every word and or deed that Christians say or do.  

Non Christians will be judged

Accepting Jesus Christ as our savior is the most important decision of our lives?  It’s a yes or no question.  There is no middle ground, no neutral place…we have to choose.

The choice we make has eternal consequences. Many of us look at our lives here on earth as the main part of existence; however, the Bible is clear, we’re eternal beings.  If we choose Christ, we spend eternity in heaven, if not, an eternity in hell and the lake of fire.

HEAVEN – a place of total contentment, peace and joy…forever

HELL – a place of physical and emotional pain and egony…a place of true regret…forever.

Both, the Old and New Testament talks about eventual judgment…

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.  Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.  Dan 12:1-2 (NIV)

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  The lake of fire is the second death.   If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.   Rev 20:11-15 (NIV)

The book of life records everyone who accepted Jesus as their savior.  Salvation is a choice and a free gift.  Whether or not we accept this free gift is the difference between eternal glory and eternal damnation.  The only way to have our names written into the book of life is through the free gift of Jesus…there is no other way.  We can’t earn our way into heaven…it is a free gift.

“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.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  John 3:16-18 (NIV)

Christians will be judged.

It’s called the judgment seat of Christ.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.  2 Cor 5:10 (NIV)

 We will get an award for our good deeds.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Gal 6:9 (NIV)

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.  Rev 22:12 (NIV)

 We can’t take our houses or other possessions into heaven, however, all the work we do for God will follow us.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”   Rev 14:13 (NIV)

 God has a record of every careless word that we have ever spoken.  We will also be judged for our work. 

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.   Matt 12:36 (NIV)

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.  If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.  If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.  1 Cor 3:10-15 (NIV)

 May God have mercy on us all.  When I read the above, it made me re-evaluate my life.  I hope you do the same.

How to Find Happiness – A Balanced Life

Key to Happiness #14 – A Balanced Life

Family, work, health, ministry, leisure, God, civic duties, friends, etc. are all areas that fight for our time.  Finding balance is not a simple process…it takes discipline.

There are certain times in our lives where one or two of the above areas seem to consume every minute of our time.  I sure struggle with this sometimes.   I remember when I was in my twenties and I was really into exercising.  I literally worked out seven to eight hours per day.  I’d run several miles, then swim for two hours, then do weights and leg lifts for another few hours.  I was in great shape, however, other parts of my life where non existent or were seriously lacking.

Then, in my late twenties and early thirties, I was really focused on work.  I could work sixty hours per week and still want to work more.  I had to prove I was the best!

My next phase was when I was very involved in church…always busy doing something.  Don’t get me wrong…there is nothing wrong with working hard and being involved in good causes.  At the same time, if your family life is suffering and therefore it costs you your marriage or you lose your health over it – or even worse, if it costs you your soul, it is not worth it!  I think we all know people that have had such outcomes.  It’s always easier to see the imbalance in other peoples’ lives so it is helpful to examine our own every so often.

Image by Christian ChallengeFinding true balance.

Prioritizing and balancing our activities is very helpful, however, in my opinion, the only way to find true balance is to have God in the center of all our activities.  Only then will we find true balance and happiness.

God wants to be the center of our universe.  We are made that way.  “In His presence is fullness of joy.”  Ps 16:11

Any time we replace him with something else from the outside, we are literally putting something in the way of true happiness and contentment.

Here are some scripture that talk about our priorities:

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Philippians 3:7-8 “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…”

Scheduling your time:

The only way we can get balanced is to schedule times for our activities.  We start with the most important areas and work our way down to the least.  Some should be daily activities like praying (preferably with your spouse) and spending time in the word.  Other activities like exercise might be 3 times per week, etc.  It is important to note that if you have never exercised or read the Bible, I suggest you start small and build up so you won’t get burned out.  Start with just 5 minutes per day reading the Bible for example and add as you grow.  The same with exercise – don’t commit to one hour of exercising if you have never done it.  Just start with a few minutes once or twice per week and as you feel motivated add additional time.

In addition, don’t work 7 days per week.  Take off a day and relax to re-charge your batteries.

Keys to happiness exercise:

  • Ask God for help and direction (ask Jesus into your life if you have not done so already…  He’s your guide, your helper and your key to happiness).
  • Set some time aside to set your priorities
  • Set a schedule that is workable.

Other great resources on this subject check out :
Encouraging Bible Verses on Balance, Focus on the Family, Christian Challenge on Balance.

May you find happiness by balancing your life!  We hope these tips help you get started.

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