Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Most Precious People on Earth

I looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion! With him were a hundred forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.  Then I heard a sound from heaven that was like a roaring flood or loud thunder or even like the music of harps.  And a new song was being sung in front of God's throne and in front of the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn that song, except the one hundred forty-four thousand who had been rescued from the earth.  All of these are pure virgins, and they follow the Lamb wherever he leads. They have been rescued to be presented to God and the Lamb as the most precious people on earth.  They never tell lies, and they are innocent.

Revelation 14: 1 - 5

Who is this group of people who never tell lies and are innocent?  These people are different from others because the Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.”

If you believe that the 144,000 number is an exact and not symbolic number then I have no idea who they are.  

But consider the possibility that these precious people are those who died either before they were born or before they reached an age where they would be accountable for their actions.  

Listen again to John’s description of them: “They have been rescued to be presented to God and the Lamb as the most precious people on earth.”

With the millions and millions of babies that have been aborted even in recent history, I find it hard to believe that the Bible would not make some reference to them!  If these verses are talking about those babies, I find it a wonderful picture of them following Jesus around Heaven while they sing a song that no one else could learn!  I can’t imagine how beautiful that song will be when we hear it on the Day we enter Eternity!

Remember, the Bible tells us to think about things above!

“Lord Jesus, open our eyes to see things that we cannot see and understand things that we cannot understand.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

No More War

At the sound of the seventh trumpet, loud voices were heard in heaven. They said, "Now the kingdom of this world belongs to our Lord and to his Chosen One! And he will rule forever and ever!"  Then the twenty-four elders, who were seated on thrones in God's presence, knelt down and worshiped him.

Revelation 11: 15 - 16

Some wars seem to go on forever!  From generation to generation the sons of warriors become fighters themselves in a war that never ends!

The war between Righteousness and Evil has been fought ever since that fateful day in the Garden of Eden when Sin provided the fuel for the first battle.

As a human being today you surely know that the conflict continues to rage as the infection of sin spreads from human to human in attempt to kill us all!

But there is a coming day when the Kingdom of this World will be handed over to Jesus and He will rule forever and ever!  The War will be over!  

Heaven will not just be a hiding place from the war between good and evil.  There will be no more war!  Here on earth there will always be “wars and rumors of wars,” but not so in Eternity!  For that you can rejoice, knell down and worship the Lord.

“Lord Jesus, thank You that even the kingdom of this world will one day be ruled completely by You and You alone!  May Your Holy Name be praised now and forever.  Amen.”

Monday, July 16, 2018

Perfume From Heaven

I am grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory. God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume.  In fact, God thinks of us as a perfume that brings Christ to everyone. For people who are being saved, this perfume has a sweet smell and leads them to a better life. But for people who are lost, it has a bad smell and leads them to a horrible death.

2 Corinthians 2: 14 - 16a

Years ago my favorite “After Shave Lotion” was called “Old Spice.”  It came in a white bottle with a uniquely tapered shape and had a small plastic stopper on top to keep it from spilling.  And the aroma was easily recognized by almost everyone.  

Somewhere over the years, men wearing “perfume” went out of style and I never replaced my empty bottle of Old Spice.

With any good after shave lotion, all you had to do was enter the room and within seconds everyone knew you were there by the distinct odor.

Today there are people who claim to be allergic to any kind of perfume and as a result it has been used less and less.

The aroma that accompanies you as a follower of Jesus is also noticeable within seconds when you enter a room.  And those who are also Jesus’ followers find the aroma to be very pleasant. But there are some today who claim to be allergic to the Perfume of Jesus!  To them the aroma is offensive and they demand that you not wear that Perfume in public!

If you are a disciple of Christ, don’t go out without the Perfume of Jesus!  Then everyone will know who you are and more importantly who He is.

“Thank You Jesus, for being the Perfume from Heaven in my life.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Don't Forget to Feed the Birds

I tell you not to worry about your life. Don't worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn't life more than food or clothing?  Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth more than birds?

Matthew 6: 25 - 26

One of my daily jobs is to put bird seed in the feeders that hang outside our window.  Paying attention to and watching birds is what you do when you get older.  Birds are an amazing part of God’s creation.  If you are not yet fascinated by birds, I think someday you will be.

God not only created the birds, but He watches them and feeds them.  The Bible says that God knows when a sparrow falls to the ground.

Someone said years ago, “Find out what God is doing in the world and ask Him to let you become a part of it.”  One thing that God is doing, according to the Bible, is feeding and caring for birds!  So when I put bird seed in the feeders each morning I am putting my hand to the plow of God!  

Of course, feeding birds is not the only thing that God is doing!  God is also fishing for men!  That is what Jesus told the disciples.  He said He would teach them to fish for men!

So as you seek to follow Jesus in fishing for men and  spreading  His Kingdom around the world, don’t forget to feed the birds!  When you become part of what God is doing in the world, you will preach the Good News of Jesus to everyone on earth, but you will also feed the birds!  Feeding birds may seem like a very small thing, but feeding birds is what God does!

“Lord Jesus, help me to put my Hand to the Plow of God in spreading Your Kingdom around the world, but may I also Lord never forget to feed the birds!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”

Saturday, July 14, 2018

No Good Reason to Keep Silent

Be sure to pray that God will make a way for us to spread his message and explain the mystery about Christ, even though I am in jail for doing this.  Please pray that I will make the message as clear as possible.  When you are with unbelievers, always make good use of the time.

Colossians 4: 3 - 5

When customers came to his barber shop he always prayed that God would show him how to share the message of Jesus with those who didn’t know Him!  It was closing time when a young man asked if the barber could cut his hair.  The barber apologized, said “no” and closed the shop.  He could “share Jesus” the next time the man came in.  A few days later the barber heard that the young man who wanted the hair cut was murdered that very night!

God will make a way for you to spread the message of Jesus, but you must say yes to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to tell someone about the Lord!

You can be sure that when the Holy Spirit is leading you in any direction, the Enemy of all mankind will try to lead you away from God’s will.   If your “walk with Jesus” is without opposition you should ask the Lord to confirm that you are going the right way!  

Satan wants you to get discouraged and quit walking in the way the Lord has told you to go.  He will try everything in his arsenal to stop you from doing what God has called you to do.  

Let the attacks of Satan simply confirm that you are indeed walking in the right path! 

You can be sure that there is someone who will cross your path today who needs to know more about Jesus.  The Holy Spirit may know that you will be their last opportunity on this earth to hear the Good News.

“Lord Jesus, I can always find a “good reason” not to tell someone about you.  Give me the courage today to ignore all the “good reasons” to keep silent and to speak the Message that all men need to hear!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen.”  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Team Jesus

Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.

Colossians 3: 16 - 17

I live in the United States, so we know about the World Cup and pay some attention to it, but nothing like the rest of the world does.  The sport that we become most obsessed with is College Football.  Our “football” is oblong shaped with two pointed ends.  

There are people who display passion for their “team” in almost every way!  Team colors are painted on things that can be painted in the yard of their house.  Sometimes even the house is painted with a team color theme. They wear team jerseys often and even tattoo team logos on their bodies! 

There is a great difference however, between those who are devoted "fans" to a sports team and the ones who actually play the game!  

These verses from Colossians 3 talk about the message about Christ “completely” filling your life! Then everything you do or say will be done in the Name of the Lord!  There will be no doubt who your team is.  

Again, everything you do and every word you speak will inform those who see you or hear you that you are an active member of TEAM JESUS, and not just a Fan!

“Lord Jesus, help me today to be bold and not ashamed to tell everyone that You are my Lord and Savior! May the message about You, Jesus fill my life completely!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen.”

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Your Heart in His Hand

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You died with Christ. Now the forces of the universe don't have any power over you. Why do you live as if you had to obey such rules as, "Don't handle this. Don't taste that. Don't touch this.”?

Colossians 2: 20 - 21

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you have been born a second time.  The first time you were born was when you were separated from your mother’s body and began to breathe on your own.  The second time you were born was when you were separated from the world and began a life that was sustained by the breath of God!

If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, then you will die twice.  The first time you will die is when your physical body stops functioning and you stop breathing.  The second time you die is when you will be cast into the “fires of Hell” where you will remain forever separated from God!  

Disciples of Christ also die twice.  They first die with Jesus to this world and all it’s lusts.  And then they die physically as they transition to an Eternity with Him!

As human beings we do have “free choice,” but it is really only one Choice.  You can Choose to accept Jesus or you can Choose to reject Him!  When you put your Heart in the Hand of Jesus your fate with Him is sealed forever in Heaven!  When you keep your Heart in your own hand and give in to the love of Sin your fate without Jesus is sealed forever in Hell!

Decide today to put your Heart in the Hand of Jesus!  It is a Choice you will never regret!

“Lord Jesus, thank You Lord for making it possible for me to die with You instead of dying forever in the fires of Hell.  May Your Name be praised now and forever. Amen.”