Sunday, August 18, 2019

How to Save the Earth





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The Lord is going to twist the earth out of shape and turn it into a desert. Everyone will be scattered, including ordinary people and priests, slaves and slave owners, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, the rich and the poor.  The earth will be stripped bare and left that way. This is what the Lord has promised.  The earth wilts away; its mighty leaders melt to nothing.  The earth is polluted because its people disobeyed the laws of God, breaking their agreement that was to last forever.  The earth is under a curse; its people are dying out because of their sins. 

Isaiah 24:1-6


I have never heard anyone identify the fulfillment of this prophecy in history.  Since the Bible predicts it, it will happen.  When it will happen is not clearly stated in Scripture.  But the reason for the earth being twisted out of shape and turned into a desert is clear! The people disobey the laws of God and break their agreement with Him!

There are however plenty of people today predicting the soon destruction of the earth through Global Warming and Climate Change!  They blame the use of fossil fuels, pollutants emitted by factories and a host of other things that they believe will destroy the earth!

The Bible clearly says that the earth will turn into a desert, but not because people are burning too much coal and oil.  

Climate change or global warming are not the problem.  Disobeying the laws of God is the problem that is destroying the world!  The beauty of the earth is sustained daily by the Power of God!  When He decides to withhold, even a small portion of that Power, we will see the earth on a serious path to destruction!

There is only one way to "Save the Earth" from being twisted out of shape and turned into a desert.  That way is for men and women to begin obeying the laws of God instead of ignoring them!  A massive world-wide revival of the Power of God in the lives of men is the best thing we can do to "Save the Earth!"

When that happens, we will be saved whether the earth is saved or not.  

"Lord Jesus, when a fire breaks out, what good is it to save the house if the people all perish?  Thank You Lord for paying the price to save all those who turn their hearts to You.  May it be said that this generation turned to You and was saved!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever, Amen."


Friday, August 16, 2019

Prayers Always Answered




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Our God, you deserve praise in Zion, where we keep our promises to you. Everyone will come to you because you answer prayer.
Psalms 65:1-2
I once met a man who had lived most of his life as a follower of Islam. He was a faithful Muslim and prayed five times a day. Then, the man encountered Jesus and became a Christ follower. As a believer in Jesus he prayed often and with joy.
I asked this fellow how his prayer as a Christian was different from his praying as a Muslim. His answer was startling.
He said, “When I was a Muslim, my prayers were never answered. But now that I am a Christian, my prayers are always answered!”
Christianity is flooded with examples of God responding to prayer with mighty demonstrations of His power!
Some people wonder and even debate whether nor not God still does miracles today. The answer to that is simple. Every answered prayer is a miraculous intervention into the affairs of men. Praying Christians welcome and request God’s power in their lives!
Is your “religion” one where you hear about and even learn all about God, but never see His power?
Perhaps you are already a Christian, but are not experiencing a powerful and faith building prayer life.
The best way to improve your prayers is this: Pray according to the Will of God as you see it in the Bible. Then you will see God powerfully work His Will in every situation for which you pray! As you pray you can even quote the Words of Scripture!
“Lord Jesus, You are a God that answers prayer. You are alive and I can depend on You for everything in my life! May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen.”

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Curse and Cain




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 first death of a human being did not happen because he grew old and died of “natural causes.” The first death came because of rebellion against God. It was the first case of “religious persecution.” Cain killed his brother Abel because God approved of Abel’s sacrifice and not of Cain’s.
Adam and Eve’s sin brought the consequence of death to all men. Their son Abel was the first man to suffer that fate! When Abel arrived in Heaven there was no one else from earth there with him.
When Jesus died on the Cross, He was the last Man to suffer because of the Curse of Death! When Jesus died, His death was the completion of the punishment for Adam and Eve’s sin and for the sin of all mankind! When Jesus proclaimed “It is finished” as He died on the Cross, He must have been talking about the punishment of death that came to all men because of Adam and Eve!
If Jesus had not died on the Cross, every man and woman who has ever lived, including you and me, would be lost in the fires of Hell forever! But because He took the punishment for all sin, those who follow Him will escape Hell and live with Jesus forever in the presence of God!
“Lord Jesus, You not only redeemed me from eternal damnation, but You, Lord will love me forever! Jesus, You paid the price for my sin and suffered my death on the Cross. I place my trust in You and desire to obey Your every Word. Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name now and forever, Amen!”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Portrait of Jesus



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"Don't get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don't give up. We should help people whenever we can, especially if they are followers of the Lord."

Galatians 6:9-10

There is great power in being a person who helps people in need.  When a man or women who is desperate for help encounters that help in the form of another person, there is an immediate and unbreakable bond, formed by the glue of love in action!

When someone, literally rescues you from the threat of death you will certainly listen to everything your rescuer might say to you. 

That is what Jesus does.  Before He rescues you from the fires of Hell because of your faith in Him, you may come to believe in Him and all the "facts" about who He is and what He did.  But after He snatches you from the grip of the Evil One and rescues you from Hell every Word of Jesus becomes a joyfully obeyed command!

Every time you help someone in need, you are adding another brush stroke to a portrait of Jesus! It is by your good works that the world sees what Jesus is really like.

"Lord Jesus, help me today to be a rescuer who shows all the world what you are like!  Praise You Holy Name, now and forever, Amen!"

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Able to Live Differently



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The women went into the tomb, and on the right side they saw a young man in a white robe sitting there. They were alarmed.  The man said, "Don't be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was nailed to a cross. God has raised him to life, and he isn't here. You can see the place where they put his body.  Now go and tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you."  When the women ran from the tomb, they were confused and shaking all over. They were too afraid to tell anyone what had happened.  Very early on the first day of the week, after Jesus had risen to life, he appeared to Mary Magdalene. Earlier he had forced seven demons out of her.  She left and told his friends, who were crying and mourning.  Even though they heard that Jesus was alive and that Mary had seen him, they would not believe it.  Later, Jesus appeared in another form to two disciples, as they were on their way out of the city.  But when these disciples told what had happened, the others would not believe.  Afterwards, Jesus appeared to his eleven disciples as they were eating. He scolded them because they were too stubborn to believe the ones who had seen him after he had been raised to life.  Then he told them: Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world.

Mark 16: 5 - 15

The initial reports that Jesus was alive were not believed, even though they came from “eye witnesses.” So, don’t think it strange when you tell someone about Jesus, who He is and what He did and they don’t believe you! It is not just the “report of the resurrection” that proves the Deity of Christ to a “lost and dying world.”

What they want to know is this: Does the Resurrection of Jesus Christ make a difference in the lives of those who follow Him? Are disciples of Jesus able to live life differently than they would have if Jesus had not gone to the Cross?

If Christianity is just a correct understanding of who God is and His attributes, how is that better than not understanding? It is like a man who learned a new language and knew all the words, pronunciations and even the grammatically correct usage of it, but never communicated with anyone else in that tongue. What good is it if you know all the Words of Scripture and every theological doctrine, but are not empowered by the Holy Spirit to live for Jesus?

If you believe in the Resurrection of Jesus, let the world know by what you do, more than by what you say! Better to be a not highly educated follower of Jesus who listens to and obeys the leading of the Holy Spirit, than a man who “knows it all” and yet refuses to obey the Lord!

“Lord Jesus, may I be today a follower who not only believes everything in the Bible about You, but also one that obeys your every Word! May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Unstoppable Joy





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When a woman is about to give birth, she is in great pain. But after it is all over, she forgets the pain and is happy, because she has brought a child into the world. You are now very sad. But later I will see you, and you will be so happy that no one will be able to change the way you feel. When that time comes, you won't have to ask me about anything. I tell you for certain the Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name. You have not asked for anything in this way before, but now you must ask in my name. Then it will be given to you, so you will be completely happy.

John 16:21-24 - CEV

When your desire and God’s will become one and the same you will be “so happy that no one will be able to change the way you feel.”

Your transformation from a man, controlled by the flesh to a man, controlled by the Spirit is usually not instantaneous. It is a process called “Spiritual Growth” and happens as you let go of the desires of the flesh and grab hold of the Will of God for every decision in your life!

Eventually, your desires and the Will of God merge into one, and He gives you everything you desire! Then, unstoppable joy will flood your heart and mind as you come to know for certain that He will provide everything you want!

It is like what happens when a man goes through the withdrawal from an addiction. The pull of that addiction is strong, at first, but eventually it goes away altogether! As you begin to let go of the pull of the flesh, it is hard, but eventually you will be released from the pull of flesh and you will be “completely happy.”

“Lord Jesus, I want the Unstoppable Joy that You have promised for those who can ask anything in Your Name and receive it from the Father. May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Day and Night




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You know what sort of times we live in, and so you should live properly. It is time to wake up. You know that the day when we will be saved is nearer now than when we first put our faith in the Lord.   Night is almost over, and day will soon appear. We must stop behaving as people do in the dark and be ready to live in the light.  So behave properly, as people do in the day. Don't go to wild parties or get drunk or be vulgar or indecent. Don't quarrel or be jealous.  Let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear. Then you won't try to satisfy your selfish desires. 

Romans 13:11-14 - CEV

There is a big difference between “day” and “night.” When Jesus returns, night will turn to day and darkness will become light. When morning comes, it is time to wake up and see the light.

When you walk in the darkness, the goal of your life becomes “satisfying your selfish desires.” In darkness, it is hard to see beyond your own needs and wants!

But when you let the Light of Jesus Christ fill your heart and mind, and you put on His righteousness like a robe, you are enabled by Him to say “no” to the desires of the flesh! If you keep Jesus as close as the clothes you wear, the pull of your own selfish desires will fade away!

Let Jesus be your constant, daily companion and do nothing, say nothing, or even think one thought that would make Jesus uncomfortable. If you recognize His perpetual presence in your life you will live differently, and He will be pleased with that difference!

“Lord Jesus, I want to satisfy You and not my own selfish desires. May I live this day according to Your will and not my own! May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Sunday, July 21, 2019

To Be Like Noah




But without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and rewards everyone who searches for him. Because Noah had faith, he was warned about something that had not yet happened. He obeyed and built a boat that saved him and his family. In this way the people of the world were judged, and Noah was given the blessings that come to everyone who pleases God.

Hebrews 11:6-7 - CEV

If you want to be like Noah, you don’t need to build a big boat, but you do need to please God! Noah was pleasing to God because he had faith and because he did what God told him to do!
Have you heard the soft voice of the Holy Spirit telling you something that He wants you to do? And if you have heard the Lord speaking to your heart, have you taken the first step in obeying that Voice? God told Noah to do something that had never been done before and without complete trust in and dependence on the Word of God, it would have seemed to be insane!
Every land based animal is alive today because the Ark carried their ancestors. The eight people who survived the flood because they were in the Ark are the ancestors of every human being alive today! It was the faith and obedience of Noah that carried all of humanity in that boat!
Don’t forget that your faith in God and your obedience to His commands will impact even generations yet to be born! The faith and obedience of Noah blessed everyone who ever lived after Noah and your faith will bless everyone who comes after you!
So, when you are tempted, bring to mind all those who will be blessed by your faithfulness and obedience. Also think about the pain and suffering that you would bring to those you love by your disobedience!
“Lord Jesus, help me today to be like Noah and obey everything You want me to do. And may Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Monday, July 15, 2019

Father and King





If God says his chosen ones are acceptable to him, can anyone bring charges against them? Or can anyone condemn them? No indeed! Christ died and was raised to life, and now he is at God's right side, speaking to him for us. Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, suffering, and hard times, or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death? It is exactly as the Scriptures say, “For you we face death all day long. We are like sheep on their way to be butchered.” In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us. I am sure that nothing can separate us from God's love—not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Romans 8:33-39 - CEV

If you were the son or daughter of a king, would you be more impressed with the fact that your father is a king, or that he is your father? I think, quite obviously it is more important that your father is, in fact your father than that he is a king!
If you had to choose between the two, what would you decide? Would you choose to keep the king and lose your father, or keep your father and lose the king?
I would rather have a loving father than a loving king! A father who never receives the praise of the world, but loves his children is more important to them than all the kings on earth!
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you can know for certain that God is your Father! He is also the Almighty Creator of all there is, but like a mighty warrior General would pick up his baby and caress him in his powerful arms, God will tenderly care for you! Remember, the only way to become a child of God is to be “born again” into His family because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross!
Many children in today’s world are “Fatherless” because of so many terrible things that can happen. But no children of God are without their Father! You can also ask your Father to let you sit in His lap as He tells you the stories of Creation and the history of Time! You will be forever blessed!
“Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your own blood so that I might be a child of the Father! May Your Glorious and Wonderful Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Friday, July 12, 2019

Fooling the Nations




I saw an angel come down from heaven, carrying the key to the deep pit and a big chain. He chained the dragon for 1,000 years. It is that old snake, who is also known as the devil and Satan. Then the angel threw the dragon into the pit. He locked and sealed it, so 1,000 years would go by before the dragon could fool the nations again. But after that, it would have to be set free for a little while.
Revelation 20:1-3 CEV

If Satan will not be able to “fool the nations” while he is locked up in the pit, then “fooling the nations” is part of what Satan does as he roams free on this earth! The “father of lies” wants you to believe things that are not true!
Every lie on earth in some way is an attempt to contradict Jesus Christ. When you dip your toe in the filthy water of deceit and lies you begin to do the work of Satan instead of Jesus!
The Devil works hard to fool whole nations with the lies that bind them in a web of misinformation, that they believe to be truth!
As he did with Adam and Eve, Satan wants you to question the Words of God Himself and come to believe that the Holy One is lying to those He created! When the Devil succeeds in getting you to accuse God of lying about even one small thing, then you have opened the door for the Devil to bombard your mind with suggestions of God’s dishonesty!
Remember, there are always consequences for not believing the truth!
“Lord Jesus, I pray for the wisdom to know the difference between true and lies! Thank You Jesus for the truth that always comes from You, the Holy Spirit and the Father! May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Don't Twist the Bible




Don't forget that the Lord is patient because he wants people to be saved. This is also what our dear friend Paul said when he wrote you with the wisdom God had given him. Paul talks about these same things in all his letters, but part of what he says is hard to understand. Some ignorant and unsteady people even destroy themselves by twisting what he said. They do the same thing with other Scriptures too. My dear friends, you have been warned ahead of time! So don't let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance. Let the gift of undeserved grace and the understanding that come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ help you keep on growing. Praise Jesus now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:15-18 - CEV

What do you do with verses in the Bible that are hard to understand? Do you pray for understanding or “twist” them to fit your own personal prejudices about what they “should” mean? Even the Apostle Peter admitted that some of what Paul said in his writings was “hard to understand.” If Peter, who walked with Jesus for three years found it hard to understand some of what Paul wrote, do you think it will be easy for you?
Often, we seek to find someone who believes they do understand that part of the Bible and ask them “what we should believe” about it.
Many years ago a large part of what I “believed” about what the Bible was actually saying, was based on what other people told me! Many parts of my understanding came from someone who told me something like: “I know the Bible says this or that, but what it really means is:”
If you want to understand any book, the best way is to ask the author of the book. If you want to know what the Bible means the only reliable source is to ask the Holy Spirit! It was the Holy Spirit who guided the hands and minds of men to write the Scriptures. And the Holy Spirit, who lives in you as a follower of Jesus, can reveal to you what the Bible is saying, even the “difficult parts.”
So don’t “twist” the Scriptures to make them align with something you heard, even from a respectable man or woman of faith. Let your understanding be adjusted by the Holy Spirit Himself until your understanding agrees with what the Bible itself says.
“Lord Jesus, let my understanding of the Scriptures come from the Holy Spirit and not from the opinions of men. Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name now and forever, Amen.”



Friday, July 5, 2019

The Real Jesus-Like Life




Come to Jesus Christ. He is the living stone people have rejected, but which God has chosen and highly honored. And now you are living stones being used to build a spiritual house. You are also a group of holy priests, and with the help of Jesus Christ you will offer sacrifices that please God. It is just as God says in the Scriptures, “Look! I am placing in Zion a choice and precious cornerstone. No one who has faith in this one will be disappointed.” You are followers of the Lord, and this stone is precious to you. But it isn't precious to those who refuse to follow him. They are the builders who tossed aside the stone that turned out to be the most important one of all.
1 Peter 2:4-7 - CEV

Over and over in the Bible we are encouraged to be like Jesus! The most amazing thing about following Jesus is this: We don’t change ourselves into someone like Him. He changes us so we can be like Him.
Jesus takes us where we are and like a potter who makes a pot, He shapes us into His own image so we can be like Him! We cannot die for our own sins, but we do “take up our cross and follow Him.”
The “Free Will” that God has given man enables the created one to say “No” to God. We can refuse to be shaped into the image of Jesus, or we can yield to the call of God on our lives and let Him do His work in us.
When you see a beautiful piece of pottery on display you would never think of praising the pot for the beauty it displays. In the same way we cannot praise a man who God has formed into the image of Jesus!
When you try to spruce up your life so that it looks like Jesus, you are dealing in counterfeit art. The only real “Jesus-like” life is one that is crafted by the Lord, using a human being who gives himself daily to Jesus Christ!
“Lord Jesus, I give myself again to You today. Do what You will with my life. Make me into Your image so I can show everyone I encounter who You are and what You did for them. Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever, Amen!”

Thursday, July 4, 2019

SOARING TO THE HEAVENS WITH JESUS!




You were rescued from the useless way of life you learned from your ancestors. But you know you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don't last forever. You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb. Christ was chosen even before the world was created, but because of you, he did not come until these last days. And when he did come, it was to lead you to have faith in God, who raised him from death and honored him in a glorious way. This is why you have put your faith and hope in God.

1 Peter 1:18-21 - CEV

Jesus came to “lead you to have faith in God.” Faith is a simple five-letter word but is profound in every way!
Since the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden it has been very easy for mankind not to believe in and especially not to have faith in God! God reveals Himself to those who want to see Him, and hides Himself from those who don’t desire to know Him.
So, if you choose to deny the reality of God, you will have plenty of “evidence” to support your choice! God through the Holy Spirit does not force Himself on you. Your mind will be able to satisfactorily explain away everything that might suggest that God is real.
But when you take the step of choosing to believe in and trust God, the “evidences” become clear and show themselves all around you! Remember that you can believe in God without trusting Him. The Bible says even the demons believe! Belief without trust is what the demons do!
If you want to have faith in God, then you will need to step off the edge of a cliff every day. You will begin with a small step of faith. Then the next step will be greater. When you trust God in anything, it is because you cannot see the way with your own senses.
Those who don’t trust God will think you are foolish. But like a baby bird, learning to fly and be supported by the air beneath his wings, you will begin your journey of Soaring to the Heavens with Jesus!
“Lord Jesus, I do want to put all my faith and hope in You, and learn to trust You with every step I take, even today. May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Moment Before I Hear the Trumpet





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Every time I think of you, I thank my God.  And whenever I mention you in my prayers, it makes me happy.  This is because you have taken part with me in spreading the good news from the first day you heard about it.  God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.

Philippians 1:3-6

Recently, I heard a missionary giving a report about his "work on the mission field."  It was a simple and powerful presentation. He spoke of how he was able to tell people about Jesus in the culture where he now lives and has been for more than 20 years.  

He did not talk about how many people gathered for worship meetings.  He talked about lost men and women and how they came to know Jesus.  The thing that he does is very simple.  He builds basic houses for poor people who can't afford them, and in the process tells them about the Love of Jesus Christ!  He has built hundreds of houses in the years he has been there, but did not report on how many people accepted Jesus!  It seems, his goal is to continue to proclaim the message and let the Lord count the results. 

The Phillipians began spreading the message of Jesus on the day they first heard it.  But, the job is not yet done and won't be complete until the day that Jesus returns!  

So, if today is the Day of the return of Jesus, my job is the same as it was yesterday and every day from the first time I heard the message!  I am to tell someone about Jesus Christ and His message of hope for everyone who turns their heart to Him! 

"Lord Jesus, may I be telling someone about You the moment before I hear the Trumpet! And  may Your Holy and Precious Name be Praised now and forever, Amen."

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Secret Life with Jesus



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I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. If you don't stay joined to me, you will be thrown away. You will be like dry branches that are gathered up and burned in a fire. Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered. When you become fruitful disciples of mine, my Father will be honored.

John 15:5-8 - Contemporary English Version (1995)

These verses tell us the secret of a fruitful Christian life. If you want your life to be full of the fruit of the Spirit then you must “stay joined to Jesus!”
How does a follower of Jesus Christ stay joined to Him? What is the secret to having a secret life with Jesus?  
This may sound too simple, but consider this: If you are only with Jesus in your Worship meetings and Bible studies with others and even small prayer groups you will not have a very close relationship with your Lord! If the only time a husband and wife spend together is in the company of others, there will be no fruit from that relationship. The simple truth is that if you spend no time alone with Jesus, you will not be joined to Him in a way that will cause your life to be filled with fruit!
But when you quietly listen to His voice and let His Words become part of you, you will be joined to Jesus! Then the Bible says you can pray “whatever you want” and your prayer will be answered! That promise comes directly from "Being Alone with Jesus!”
So, continue to worship with others, meet in small groups for Bible Study and prayer, but never neglect your one on one meeting with Jesus in your own place of fellowship with Him!
“Lord Jesus, thank You for allowing me to spend very special time with You, every day! May your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Your Place in Heaven


Jesus said to his disciples, "Don't be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. You know the way to where I am going." Thomas said, "Lord, we don't even know where you are going! How can we know the way?" "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father.

John 14:1-6

When Jesus lived on this earth, He was homeless! According to His own words the Lord “didn’t have a place to lay His head!” (Luke 9:58)

I have never been homeless, but I can imagine that it might be a terrifying experience!

Jesus was homeless here on earth, but He will not be homeless in Heaven, and neither will you be a person without an address. You will have a “Place in Heaven,” prepared by Jesus Himself and ready for you when you leave this life. Your room will be in God’s house! And Jesus, who knows your heart better than anyone else is decorating that room just the way you like it! Your room in Heaven will be “perfect in every way!”

All of God’s children will live in the same House!
There is only one way to get a room in God’s House, and that Way is Jesus Himself! When you give your heart to Jesus here on earth, the Word goes out to Jesus to get your room ready in Heaven! I do hope mine has a window, a balcony and a view of the city, the mountains, and the sea!

“Lord Jesus, You are the only way to Heaven and You are making a place ready for all of us who give our hearts to You here on earth! I fall at Your feet here on earth and I will fall before You forever in Heaven. Praise Your Holy Name now and always, Amen!”

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Faith, Obedience and the Place of Rest




Who were those people that heard God's voice and rebelled? Weren't they the same ones that came out of Egypt with Moses? Who were the people that made God angry for forty years? Weren't they the ones that sinned and died in the desert? And who did God say would never enter his place of rest? Weren't they the ones that disobeyed him? We see that those people did not enter the place of rest because they did not have faith.

Hebrews 3:16-19

How does not having faith in God keep you from resting well at night? When you put your head on the pillow for the night, you must trust something or someone if you are to sleep well. If you are wealthy, you will probably buy an expensive security system to warn you if there is any trouble headed your way.  
Once I met a man who was a Registered Nurse and made more than 100,000 dollars a year sitting in the room next to a billionaire as he slept, just in case he had any trouble during the night!
Trusting in God keeps you calm when trouble comes during the day and enables you to sleep peacefully at night. Faith assures you that the Hand of God Himself must permit any trouble that would come your way!
Not trusting God is the first step as you walk through the doorway of disobedience! Without faith and obedience you will not find the “Place of Rest” here on earth or in Heaven!
Listen to God, not so you can “understand” Him or His Word. Hear God so you can obey Him! Obey God and enter His place of rest!
“Lord Jesus, thank You, Lord that we can trust You even while living here on earth and can obey Your every desire! May Your Holy and Precious Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Temple of the Holy Spirit



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Let all the world be silent--the Lord is present in his holy temple.

Habakkuk 2:20

It must have been an awesome experience to be in Jerusalem when God was in His temple!  
Once I visited Washington D.C. and toured the White House where the President of the United States lives, but the President was not in the White House that day. I stood at the door of the Oval Office and saw the desk of the President, but he was not there. I do know that my visit would have been much more meaningful if the President had been home that day!
The Bible says that you as a follower of Jesus Christ are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. He lives in you! His presence is a powerful reminder and expression of the Power of God in the world. When you have God’s Spirit living in your heart, there is nothing you need that He cannot accomplish. The is no wisdom that is not available from Him as you walk in His will!
There is no miraculous application of His Power that is beyond His ability to accomplish!
Even though God was present in Jerusalem in His Temple people would turn to worship idols and ignore God and His Word!
As a follower of Jesus Christ, remember that the Holy Spirit wants to live in your heart and be in control of your life! He also wants to empower you to do the work of God in the world around you! There is an old hymn that says “Let Him Have His Way With You!” When you do that you will be walking with Jesus every day!
“Lord Jesus, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit and letting me be the Temple where He lives. May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen.”

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Hiding From or Running To God



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From east to west, the powerful LORD God has been calling together everyone on earth. God shines brightly from Zion, the most beautiful city. Our God approaches, but not silently; a flaming fire comes first, and a storm surrounds him. God comes to judge his people. He shouts to the heavens and to the earth, "Call my followers together! They offered me a sacrifice, and we made an agreement." The heavens announce, "God is the judge, and he is always honest." My people, I am God! Israel, I am your God. Listen to my charges against you. Although you offer sacrifices and always bring gifts, I won't accept your offerings of bulls and goats. Every animal in the forest belongs to me, and so do the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds in the mountains, and every wild creature is in my care. If I were hungry, I wouldn't tell you, because I own the world and everything in it.

Psalm 50:1-12

Who owns the world? It is not Satan! God declares in Psalm 50 that He owns the world and everything in it! Satan created nothing. He is not the author of anything good.

The world system is under the control of Satan and he wants to control your life as well. The Devil can do many things, but he cannot keep you from turning your heart to Jesus Christ! Satan has no power to stop you from responding to the call of Christ. When Adam and Eve sinned and turned away from God, God called out to Adam and asked the first man “where are you.” Of course, Adam was hiding from God when he heard the Call of God!

In the presence of God, there are only two human activities. The first is "hiding from God" and the second is "running after God!" You will do one or the other. If you are not seeking God, then you will be seeking to hide from Him!

If you choose to pursue God and run to the Heavenly Father, you must first come out of your hiding place and call His Holy Name!

“Lord Jesus, help me today to stay out of the hiding place that I so often seek to keep me away from You. May Your Name be praised now and forever, Amen.”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Parable of the Beach Walker




God was kind and let me become an expert builder. I laid a foundation on which others have built. But we must each be careful how we build, because Christ is the only foundation. Whatever we build on that foundation will be tested by fire on the day of judgment. Then everyone will find out if we have used gold, silver, and precious stones, or wood, hay, and straw.
1 Corinthians 3:10-12

There once was a man who would get up early every morning and walk the beach on the shore of a vast ocean! After making that walk for many days, he looked down and saw a glimmer of sparkling light from something partially hidden in the sand. When he reached down and grabbed the colored rock that was reflecting the morning sun he found a precious jewel of great worth and beauty!
He kept looking and looking, but never found another one that day.
But the next day was a different matter. As he walked and enjoyed the cool ocean breeze and the first hint of the warmth from the sun, he looked down and there was another gem, just waiting for him in the sand! As the days went on the man gathered a large collection of extremely valuable jewels. Actually, their worth was beyond measure.
The man never sold the jewels, but he did give some of them away to those who took the time to inquire! Some said the man was very foolish because he could have sold the jewels and become very wealthy. Others said the early morning beach walker was deceiving them and that his story about how he found them must have been a lie.
But the man with many sparkling jewels paid no attention. Why would he want to exchange the precious things that he found for money or even food? He always had enough money to buy food and pay for his place to stay, so he chose to keep the gems and yes give them away when he could.
Of course, I am talking about you and your time walking the beach on God’s vast Ocean of Truth. If you are only looking for “precious gems” to sell and make yourself rich, you will fail. But if you are looking to spend time with God and listen to His voice in the crashing waves and feel His touch in the soft ocean breeze, you will sometimes see the sparkling light in the sand below your feet!
“Lord Jesus, when I walk with You, I find precious stones of truth that are beyond compare. Show me more today of Your riches scattered in the path before my eyes! Praise Your Holy Name now and forever, Amen!”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Stampede of the Ants




The good news is spreading all over the world with great success. It has spread in that same way among you, ever since the first day you learned the truth about God's wonderful kindness from our good friend Epaphras. He works together with us for Christ and is a faithful worker for you. He is also the one who told us about the love that God's Spirit has given you.

Colossians 1:6-8

What is the “truth about God’s wonderful kindness?” And how does the “good news” spread all over the world?
Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than a plan, a system, or a “purposeful dissemination” of the message to the farthest points on earth. “Mission work” is what happens when a follower of Jesus moves from one place to another.
It is a little like a colony of ants. I have watched some very tiny ants discover a crumb of cookie on my desk and not only enjoy the morsel themselves, but soon, yes very soon my whole desk will be swarming with ants! The ant who discovers the small piece of cookie hurries back and tells the rest of the ants what he has found. Then there is almost a stampede to the food!
We might call that a “revival” when it comes to the Gospel!
In today’s computer age, we call it “going viral.” If one person tells two others about Jesus and they do the same, it would only take 33 generations of that process to reach every person on the face of the earth with the Gospel. That could happen in a very short period of time!
But if even 1000 missionaries were the only means of spreading the message of Jesus, it would take them a very long time and maybe even never get done!
Remember, as a follower of Jesus Christ you are part of a chain of those who tell others about Him. If you only tell two others about Jesus in your whole life, that may be enough to saturate the earth with the Gospel!
Of course, if you love Jesus you won’t stop at telling only two. You will become overwhelmed with the joy of spreading the Good News of God’s great kindness and love!
“Lord Jesus, I pray that all men may see and hear the Wonderful News of What You did for all mankind! May your love Jesus be spread all over the world today! May You be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Salvation is not a Theological Imponderable




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"First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them.  Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God.  This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Savior.  God wants everyone to be saved and to know the whole truth, which is: There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us."

1 Timothy 2:1-5

God is the ultimate intelligence in all of Eternity!  He is capable of everything there is and even more.  His understanding is complete and beyond our ability to even think about.
  
There are some teachers who try to make the promises of God to be beyond the simple understanding of a human being.  They say that only those who have been previously selected by God can be saved.  And they tell you that if you have not been selected you cannot respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ and be saved.

If God has limited the reach of the Blood of Jesus, then God desires for us something that He has made to be impossible.

Don't be fooled by any teaching that limits the scope and power of the Cross and Blood of Jesus Christ!  Salvation is not a theological imponderable for the intellectual elite to discuss and dissect!  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a simple message for simple people to believe and receive the Joy of the Lord as they journey on the Road to Eternity! 

"Lord Jesus, may I believe and receive Your every Word and trust that You want everyone to be saved!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever, Amen!" 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Christians Are Not Actors




I thank Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me the strength for my work because he knew that he could trust me. I used to say terrible and insulting things about him, and I was cruel. But he had mercy on me because I didn't know what I was doing, and I had not yet put my faith in him. Christ Jesus our Lord was very kind to me. He has greatly blessed my life with faith and love just like his own. "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." This saying is true, and it can be trusted. I was the worst sinner of all! But since I was worse than anyone else, God had mercy on me and let me be an example of the endless patience of Christ Jesus. He did this so that others would put their faith in Christ and have eternal life. I pray that honor and glory will always be given to the only God, who lives forever and is the invisible and eternal King! Amen.

1 Timothy 1:12-17

The Apostle Paul is the best example of how God uses your terrible past to make your life a powerful proclamation of His great love and mercy!

Jesus is not looking for “good people,” who join His team and make Him look good to everyone else! Jesus is looking for the worst among us, so He can change them into the very best they can be! The Bible even says that our righteousness is like filthy rags. On your own, you “fall short of the Glory of God!”

If you study the Bible and read about Jesus so you can learn to “act like Jesus,” then your life is only an “act” and you are an actor! But if you give everything you have and are to Jesus and turn away from your sins, He will transform your heart and let you “be like Jesus.” The difference is dramatic. When you “are like Jesus” instead of just “acting like Jesus” everyone will know that you truly met the Lord and are becoming more like Him every day!

If you consider yourself “too bad” to become a Christian remember this: You cannot be too bad to give your heart to Jesus, but you can consider yourself too good to need His Blood as a sacrifice for your sins!

“Lord Jesus, use my terrible sin to show every being in all the Cosmos how great, wonderful, loving and merciful You are, were and ever will be! Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever, Amen!”

Saturday, June 8, 2019

A LIGHT FOR THE NATIONS!




Now the LORD says to me, "It isn't enough for you to be merely my servant. You must do more than lead back survivors from the tribes of Israel. I have placed you here as a light for other nations; you must take my saving power to everyone on earth."

Isaiah 49:6

The first practical electric light became a reality 140 years ago. Thomas Edison invented a light bulb that could last as long as 1200 hours without burning out. Then he worked on the problem of how to get electric power to the bulbs that would ultimately cover the earth!

Thomas Edison was a great inventor, but what he did was merely a copy of the Light Distribution that God invented long before Edison came on the scene! Bringing light to a dark world is what Jesus came to do! He is the light of life. Without Jesus everyone is in darkness!

And when you turn your heart to Jesus, you become “a light for other nations” and you can take the Saving Power of Jesus to “everyone on earth.”

When you tell someone about Jesus, they not only hear the message, but they also see the light! When you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, the Power of God brings light to your life and helps you see everything in life differently.

“Lord Jesus, without You I was blind and in darkness! But Jesus You are the light of the world and You are willing to shine through me on everyone I meet today! May the Glory of Your light be seen by all men everywhere! Praise Your Holy Name now and forever, Amen!”


Friday, June 7, 2019

Old and Gray and Safe





"You survivors in Israel, listen to me, the LORD. Since the day you were born, I have carried you along. I will still be the same when you are old and gray, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe."
Isaiah 46:3-4
What has God done for you? We are often encouraged to consider what we can do for God, but perhaps we should stop long enough to think about what He has done for us!
God created a planet which was not too hot or too cold. He put oxygen on it so we could breathe, and water to drink, along with fruits and vegetables and other food to eat. He made animals to help us work the land and for companionship. God gave us families so we could enjoy loving relationships and learn more about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
Without God’s constant provision for life itself we would not be able to live even an hour on this earth!
God has also given us a purpose for living this life. My purpose is to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit with every action I take every day!
On the day that you were born, God cared for you and protected you from harm. And on your last day on this earth He will do the same! Some people believe that a new born baby is not important and is unworthy of protection by law. Often they believe the same thing about those who are old.
If you believe God has forgotten you, take a long slow breath and thank Him for it!
“Lord Jesus You have not only created me, but You have given me everything I need for life here on earth, and forever with You in Heaven. May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever, Amen!”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

I Met the Serpent in My Garden




"I invite the whole world to turn to me and be saved. I alone am God! No others are real. I have made a solemn promise, one that won't be broken: Everyone will bow down and worship me. They will admit that I alone can bring about justice. Everyone who is angry with me will be terribly ashamed and will turn to me.

Isaiah 45:22-24

Hell is not the enemy camp of Satan! There will not always be a war of Good vs Evil that rages across the cosmos. Hell will be a place where men and women who rejected Jesus, and although ultimately bowed the knee to Almighty God and worshipped Him, will spend Eternity, separated from God.

The power of Satan will come to a complete end. No longer will he speak enticing words, seeking to turn men’s hearts away from God. The war between Good and Evil will be over.

It is indeed hard to imagine what it will be like to live with only pure thoughts and no temptation to sin. I suppose the closest we can get to understanding that is remembering what it was like to be a very small child. I do remember thinking “everyone was nice” and I couldn’t imagine that anyone had evil motives in what they did. But then I met the serpent in my garden and joined the rest of humanity in stepping into the “knowledge of good and evil.” In today’s world that tree grows everywhere and even little children are eating the fruit as they join lost humanity on the road to Eternal destruction!

Remember, if you spend Eternity in Hell you will certainly know why and you will regret that you rejected Jesus Christ! But if you still have even one breath left, you can turn to Jesus and give your heart to Him! Then you simply ask Him to tell you what to do every minute of every day for the rest of your life here on earth.

“Lord Jesus, I want to worship You today and never stop as long as there is forever! May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised throughout Eternity, Amen.”

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Blessing of Forgetting

I wipe away your sins because of who I am. And so, I will forget the wrongs you have done.

Isaiah 43:25
          

In a few days I will be 73 years old!  In some ways that doesn’t seem possible.  It took a long time, but I have become the person I pitied when I was young.  I thought it must be a bad thing to be old and grey and be weaker and even quite forgetful.
            
But now that I am old and grey, weaker and forgetful, I have come to realize something of the beauty of being old!
            
I may have forgotten lots of facts, but my mind is awash in remembered feelings!  I remember the love of my mother and her tenderness when I was a child.  I remember how I felt about my father who still impresses me in my memory.  And I remember my early childhood feelings about God.  “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food” may have been a memorized prayer, but I was reminded every meal about the goodness and greatness of God!
            
When you wake up one morning, look in the mirror and discover that you are old, don’t fret.  God will help you remember what you need to remember and, praise His Name, He will help you forget the things that need to be forgotten!
           
The Bible says that God remembers our sin “no more.” So as we grow more and more like Him we will forget our sin as well.
          
"Lord, You have blessed me with a wonderful forgetfulness of my sins, and also with the blessing of always remembering Your amazing and everlasting love.  May Your Name be Praised now and forever, Amen."