Sunday, February 17, 2019

Welcome Speech to Heaven



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Imagine yourself taking the ultimate, cosmic tour and when the bus stops you look out of the window and hear the tour guide say these words!

"You have now come to Mount Zion and to the heavenly Jerusalem. This is the city of the living God, where thousands and thousands of angels have come to celebrate.  Here you will find all of God's dearest children, whose names are written in heaven. And you will find God himself, who judges everyone. Here also are the spirits of those good people who have been made perfect.  And Jesus is here! He is the one who makes God's new agreement with us, and his sprinkled blood says much better things than the blood of Abel."

Hebrews 12:22-24

The moment you arrive in Heaven you will begin part two of a never ending life.  Life on this earth is simply the first drop of rain in a flood much bigger than the one that floated Noah's ark!

In Heaven you are going to see thousands and thousands of angels celebrating and you will find all of God's dearest children!  You will know who they are because their names are written in Heaven.

God is there!  Those who have been made perfect are there.  And most importantly, for those of us who are the children of Adam, Jesus is there!  He is the One who shed His blood to bring us the New Agreement that made it possible for every human being in Heaven to be there!

By the way these verses from Hebrews 12 are not describing an imaginary place.  If you believe in Jesus and give your heart to Him, you will hear the Welcome speech to Heaven after you take your last breath on this earth!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for making a place ready for me to be with You, forever in Heaven.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Slaves to the Work




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That same day the king gave orders to his slave bosses and to the men directly in charge of the Israelite slaves. He told them: Don't give the slaves any more straw to put in their bricks. Force them to find their own straw wherever they can, but they must make the same number of bricks as before. They are lazy, or else they would not beg me to let them go and sacrifice to their God.  Make them work so hard that they won't have time to listen to these lies.

Exodus 5:6-9

The Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt.  When Moses and Aaron asked Pharaoh to let the people go, his response was to make them work even harder and to find their own straw for the bricks.

The king said that his purpose was to "make them work so hard that they won't have time to listen" to God!

The truth is that you don't have to be a slave in Egypt to find yourself working so hard that you don't have time to listen to God.  One of Satan's tricks is to either make you a literal slave who doesn't have time to listen to God, or a slave to the work itself with the same result.  Some call it a "workaholic."  You become addicted to work like someone is addicted to alcohol.

It is not the "work" that God wants from you, it is rather a relationship! 

You see, you can work for someone and not know them!  Many people spend long hours working without ever knowing their employer as a friend.  

When you work for Jesus, He is first of all your friend!  If you work for Him, but don't know Jesus as a friend, I am afraid you will be terribly disappointed in the end.  

But if you know Jesus and spend lots of time relating to Him, the work He wants you to do will not be overwhelming!

If you don't know Jesus, moving a mountain is a monumental task.  If you do know the Lord, one word can cast that mountain into the sea!

"Lord Jesus, may Your Power work through me today to accomplish Your will.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

You Are The Villain




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The LORD said: Ezekiel, son of man, the people of Israel are complaining that the punishment for their sins is more than they can stand. They have lost all hope for survival, and they blame me.  Tell them that as surely as I am the living LORD God, I don't like to see wicked people die. I enjoy seeing them turn from their sins and live. So if the Israelites want to live, they must stop sinning and turn back to me.

Ezekiel 33:10-11

Do you enjoy a movie in which the "Bad Guys" get "what is coming to them?"  Or would you rather see one where the villain changes and becomes a hero?  God doesn't enjoy stories of justice in which the death of a sinner is the final chapter!

The soul purpose of Jesus coming to this earth was to change your story into one of triumph rather than tragedy!  

The sobering and sometimes shocking truth of the Gospel is that you are not a "Good Guy" in your story!  You are the villain who will die unless the Blood of Jesus Christ is applied to your wicked heart!

But when you are washed in the Blood of the Lamb, your wickedness is wiped out by His Righteousness!  

So if you have never given your heart to Jesus, don't try to convince yourself that you are really a good person.  You are not good unless His Blood has been applied to your heart!  Then you are now and forever will be like Jesus Christ!

"Thank You Jesus for changing me into someone who can be like You.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ears of My Heart!




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If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will let everyone who wins the victory eat from the life-giving tree in God's wonderful garden.

Revelation 2:7

I only have one ear that works.  A few years ago my right ear became totally deaf.  Frankly, it was a very "big deal" to not be able to tell the direction from which a sound was coming.  With only one working ear I also cannot appreciate Stereo music.

But even with only one ear I can still listen to what the Spirit of God is saying.  In fact, the Spirit can speak clearly to someone who is deaf in both ears!  

There is a big difference between my physical ears and the ears of my heart.  I listen to the Holy Spirit with the ears of my heart!  When my heart is deaf, it is not because of a loud noise or an illness.  When my heart cannot hear it is often because of sin.  Sin takes away my ability to hear the Spirit as He speaks to my heart! 

Repentance is the hearing aid of your heart!  When you repent of your sin, the message of God for your heart begins to come through, loud and clear!  

It is also hard to hear God when the volume of the noise of this world is turned up loud.  Repent of your sin and turn down the world so you can hear the Lord today!  If you refuse sin and carefully listen you will hear Him!  

"Lord Jesus, help me today to hear what Your Spirit is speaking to my heart.  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Final Solution



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I tell you that people will come here from cities everywhere. Those of one town will go to another and say, "We're going to ask the LORD All-Powerful to treat us with kindness. Come and join us." Many people from strong nations will come to Jerusalem to worship me and to ask me to treat them with kindness. When this happens, ten people from nations with different languages will grab a Jew by his clothes and say, "Let us go with you. We've heard that God is on your side." I, the LORD All-Powerful, have spoken!

Zechariah 8:20-23

When an atheist becomes a believer the change is dramatic but not complete.   Atheists don't know what is the explanation for everything, but they are "sure" that it is not God!

But the journey to faith is only beginning when you go from total disbelief to an "oh my God, You are real" perspective on life!  This is where you need to be reminded of the verse that says the demons believe and tremble. And certainly Satan believes in God!  Satan is by no means an atheist.

So now you know that God is real.  What are you, my friend going to do about it?  Some people are satisfied to stop at the point of just believing in God.  Frankly, it is not hard to come to a point of believing in the existence of God.  Look at the stars on a cloudless night, or look at a beautiful flower and try to believe that all that grandeur is just an accident of time!  To believe such a thing is really unthinkable. The handiwork of God screams at all the senses of men every where and every day!

Obedience to God is the final solution for your eternal dilemma.  When you step onto the road of doing what God tells you to do, it is then that Relationship with the Almighty becomes Reality.  

If you have come to the point of believing in God, take the next step of being obedient to His Word in every way!  Then your Reality will be a Relationship with Jesus Christ!

"Thank You Jesus for making it possible for sinful fallen human beings to know You and to live with You forever.  Praise Your Name, now and always. Amen."

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Silent Before the Lord




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City of Zion, sing and celebrate! The LORD has promised to come and live with you. When he does, many nations will turn to him and become his people. At that time you will know that I am a prophet of the LORD All-Powerful. Then Judah will be his part of the holy land, and Jerusalem will again be his chosen city. Everyone, be silent! The LORD is present and moving about in his holy place.

Zechariah 2:10-13

When my six children were little we would play games while traveling in the car.  Sitting still for hours with no physical exercise was hard for them.  We played games like counting red cars, or even a harder game today of counting white horses.  My favorite game was "The Quiet Game."  The winner was the one who could keep quiet the longest!

I loved "The Quiet Game," but the kids were not so excited about it.  They would always figure out that their parents had gotten tired of the noise.

Did you know that sometimes God wants you to be quiet before Him? 

Of course, there are times when you should lift up your voice and praise God with everything in you. But there are also times when being quietly in God's presence is the most appropriate thing and is pleasing to Him.

When you are quiet before the Lord, you can see what He is doing.  When you are still in His presence you can hear His voice even when it is a whisper.  When you are quiet, your heart is available for the Holy Spirit to lead and direct.

The Lord says both "Sing and Celebrate" and "Be Silent" before Him.  

"Lord Jesus, teach me how to be quiet while standing, sitting and bowing before You!  And while I am silent may I hear Your voice and see Your face!  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."



Saturday, February 9, 2019

Faith Makes Men Equal



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Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.  So if you belong to Christ, you are now part of Abraham's family, and you will be given what God has promised.

Galatians 3:28-29

On July 4, 1776 the founders of the United States signed the Declaration of Independence which says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The Bible does not specifically say, but if men and women are "Created Equal" we quickly lose that equality by the circumstances of life.  Some children are born into poverty, and some into wealth.  Some children are healthy and well fed and some barely get enough to stay alive.  Whatever "equality" we had when we took our first breath quickly disappears!

Equality of Birth always changes or goes away, but Equality of Faith remains forever!  Because of your Faith in Christ Jesus you are equal to every other man or woman of Faith!  People who believe in Jesus are brothers and sisters in the same family and are equal because they have the same Father!  

There is only one way to make all men equal in this world.  That way is Faith in Jesus Christ! 

Today women strive to be equal to men.  People of color work hard to be recognized as equal to those whose skin is not as dark.  The poor want to equally share with the rich in the wealth of this world.

Ultimately efforts at equality among men will often fail.  The Declaration of Independence did not make men equal, but the Declaration of Dependence on Jesus Christ will make you equal with all others who have Faith in Jesus!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to have even more Faith in You than I have ever had before.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."