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THE PRAYERS OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON

The most effective weapon we have as followers of Jesus Christ is prayer.  Prayer is direct communication with the God who created everything that has ever existed, that exists, and that will exist in the future.  We should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  The Bible tells us that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).  When we pray in faith and according to God’s will, God Himself sees to it that His word is fulfilled.   

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer is communication with God the Creator of life.  There are many reasons for us the humans to communicate with God. 

LUKE 1:46-55

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.  For He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.  He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.  He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Sometimes we pray to adore and magnify the name of God, and that is what the virgin Mary was doing in this instance.

LUKE 18:13

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’”

Since all of us sin, prayer is used to confess our sins and ask God to have mercy on us. Without His mercy all of us would wind up in hell and in the lake of fire suffering eternally.

PSALM 136:1-9

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: To Him who alone does great wonders, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever— The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever; The moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever.”

Some of our prayers should just be to thank God, and that’s what the psalmist was doing here. If you truly count your blessings you will find many reasons to thank God.

1 KINGS 8:35-40

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance. “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),  that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.”

Many prayers made to God are petitionary.  What that means is that we are asking God to intervene on our behalf and help us.  We need help with something that is out of our control. King Solomon was petitioning God to intervene on behalf of the Jewish people.  He knew that they were God’s chosen people.

JAMES 5:13-16

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

We should pray without ceasing because all of us have needs that only God can fulfill and we should pray for others who also have needs that only God can answer.  There is nothing more important than our souls.  Therefore we should be praying for God to open the eyes of those who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Without repentance and asking Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior they will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

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WAIT ON THE LORD

Because God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9),  and because He knows everything including what is going to happen in the future, we should, whenever possible, consult Him before making any decisions.  We should wait for His response.  Sometimes it takes time, but it will come if we wait patiently on Him.  Many times we make the wrong decision because we do not wait on the Lord.

Jesus is going to return to earth in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52) to take His children home.  We, who are Christians, should be waiting eagerly for that day.

PSALM 25:3-5

 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”

When we petition God in prayer, we should keep on praying it and wait patiently for Him to answer our petition.

PSALM 40:1-3

“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”

God hears us every time we pray if we are His children. We are His children if we have received Jesus Christ in our lives as our Lord and Savior.  Have you done it?

HOSEA 12:5-6

“That is (Jesus Christ), the Lord God of hosts. The Lord is His memorable name. So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.”

God will answer our prayers under four conditions:  1. We are followers of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray to Father God in the name of Jesus. 3. We pray in faith believing that we will receive, and 4.  What we are praying is in God’s will.

LUKE 12:35-40

“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;  and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.  Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.  And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

God may not answer our prayer immediately, but we have to remain in obedience to Him and in faith waiting for Him to answer our prayer.  He will answer our prayer in due time if it is in His will and if it is in our own best interest.

GENESIS 22:8-14

 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.  And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.  But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said; “Abraham, Abraham!” So he (Abraham) said, “Here I am.” And He (God) said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”  Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.  And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

God was testing Abraham as He had told him to sacrifice his son Isaac.  It was an extreme case  but nevertheless Abraham was obedient and as He had waited on the Lord obediently and faithfully,  the Lord told him not to sacrifice Isaac.

HEBREWS 9:27-28

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

Jesus will appear to us – the ones who are alive – a second time in what is called “the rapture.”  He will take us to heaven to be with Him forever.

ROMANS 8:22-25

 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”

We, the Christians – Christ followers, are eagerly waiting for the rapture, judgment day and eternity, so we can be with God forever and ever.

Whatever your need or needs may be, learn to wait on the Lord patiently.  Since God has all the correct answers, your answer may not come when you want it, or even exactly the way you want it, but in the end you will understand why God answered it that way.

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LET GOD’S BLESSINGS FLOW THROUGH YOU

God may have several purposes when He blesses us.  One of those purposes is for us to bless others.  He may bless us with talents, abilities, position, money, and in other ways, and He wants us to use  part of those blessings to bless others.  The more you bless others, the more God will bless you.

PSALM 34:1-3

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

The first thing we should do in order to receive God’s blessings is to have an intimate relationship with Him the way king David had. We should praise Him, adore Him, exalt His name, serve Him and pray to Him on a daily basis with thanksgiving in our hearts.

GENESIS 12:2-3

“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God was telling Abraham that His blessings would pass through the latter to anyone who would bless him.  The same is true today.  The people who bless Israel will receive blessings from God.

By the same token, people who bless other people receive blessings from our God.  Are you being a blessing to anybody?

MATTHEW 5:1-12

“And seeing the multitudes, He  (Jesus) went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

This discourse is known as “The Beatitudes.”  Jesus was basically telling the people that whoever did what He mentioned would be blessed by God.  The reason is simple:  They would be doing God’s will and God’s blessings would flow through them to other people.  God still wants to bless others through us.  He blesses us, so we can be a blessing to others.

LUKE 6:38

 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

According to how we bless others, God will bless us.  We are not just talking about money, but of giving of your time, talents, wisdom, intelligence and anything else that may help others.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-7

 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The apostle Paul is referring to giving financially at church, but it also applies to how we help other people who may be in need. Do we give from our need, or do we give from our abundance? Do we give because we feel obligated to do so, or do we give because it comes from our heart?

MATTHEW 28:19-20

 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

This is the command that Jesus gave to His disciples, but it also applies to us today.  We are to let His love flow through us, and tell the people about the plan of salvation wherever we go.  The biggest favor we can do for anyone is to show the love of God for them by explaining to them how Jesus paid for their sins on the cross, how much He loves them, that He is waiting for them to repent, and that He will forgive all their sins, so they can spend eternity with Him.

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NO PRAYER IS TOO BIG AND NO PRAYER IS TOO SMALL

With God all things are possible.  Therefore we should not limit Him when we pray.  No matter how big or impossible the prayer may seem, God can answer it if we pray it in faith.  Regardless of how small the prayer may seem to others, God wants us to pray it.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

God’s will is for us to rejoice, to pray without ceasing and to thank Him for everything and in everything.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We should never be anxious; instead we should take our needs to God in prayer and supplication, and thank Him in advance as if He had already answered our petition.

EPHESIANS 6:16-18

 Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

We should always pray in faith in the name of Jesus to God the Father.  If we know a scripture that covers our situation, we should claim it in authority.  We should pray repeatedly for that specific need until the answer comes.  When the answer comes we should thank God for answering our prayer and we should give testimony to people of what He did for us.

JAMES 5:14-16

 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

We should pray for one another in faith.  The one who has the need should receive the prayer by faith and the one or the ones who pray for him should also pray in faith.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

1 PETER 3:12

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

If we are righteous, humble before Him, and sincere, God will listen to our prayers, and if it is His will he will answer them.  Since His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9), and since He knows everything, sometimes He does not answer our prayer because it would cause us harm in the long run.

LUKE 18:1-5

“Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,  saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

The main point of Jesus’ parable is that we should always pray and never give up.

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GIVE FROM YOUR NEED

Many people do not give at all; some give very little and many of the ones who give, give from their abundance.  To really please God we should give from our needs.  That please God because He knows we are giving sacrificially, just as He gave His Son for us.

Deuteronomy 16:16-17

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man [shall give] as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

Every person should give to the church and help others as he is able.  There will be times when a person will not be able to give or to help for whatever the reason or reasons.

2 Corinthians 9:7

“Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity:  for God loves a cheerful giver.”

God wants us to give lovingly because we want to give, not because we are forced into doing it. By the same way, we should help people in need because we sincerely want to do it, and not for any other reason.

1 Corinthians 13:2-3

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.”

The main point here is that we have to be charitable.  We must remember the poor and help them whenever possible. Whatever we give, we should not give it as charity, but as something useful and valuable.

Proverbs 19:17

“He that has pity upon the poor lends unto the Lord, and that which he has given will he pay him again.”

God is watching when we help others, and when we need help, God will have the correct people there to help us.

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it shall be measured back to you.”

If we give, God will bless us.  Many times He multiplies it back to us.  If we do not give anything, and He multiplies the zero that we have given by any number it will give Him and us zero.

Matthew 25:35-40

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

When we help others we are serving God.  When people have a legitimate need they cannot meet, and we meet it for them, we are serving God.

Mark 12:42-43

“And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.  And he (Jesus) called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.”

The wealthy people were giving from their abundance, but the widow was giving from her need.  This message is not only about giving from our financial need, but also giving from our time when we are busy ourselves and sharing what we have learned through knowledge and through  our personal experiences.

The most important things in life are free and it won’t cost us a dime to give them away.  All of us can give someone a smile, a kind word, comfort, encouragement, a pat on the back, advice, a listening ear, and some physical help they may need.

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HE WHO STAYS ATTACHED TILL THE END

There are pastors and teachers who teach, “Once saved, always saved.”  It sounds good, but it is not true.  There is not what the Bible teaches.  We have to be Christ followers until the day we die, otherwise we may lose our salvation.

Jude 1:20-21

 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,  keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

It is quite possible that Jude may have been a son of the Virgin Mary and Joseph.  In other words, he would be Jesus’ half brother. Because false teachers were teaching false doctrine, Jude was telling the people to stay firm in their faith in Jesus till the end.

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God’s promises always have conditions. The two obvious conditions here are that it is God’s will and that we stay attached to Him.

John 15:1-8

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

2 Timothy 4:5-8

 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

The apostle Paul is telling his followers and us that he served God well, that he is going to die and for us to evangelize and to fulfill our ministries – telling others about God’s plan of salvation for them and for every single human being.  

Hebrews 6:4-6

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”

People who believe in God and then knowingly move away from Him find it very difficult to  truly come back to Him in sincerity and faith.

 2 Peter 2:19-21

“While they (religious leaders) promise them (the people) liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.  For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.  For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.”

God will judge each individual according to the amount of light he has.  Pastors and priests will be judged harsher than the normal person. God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7-8).

He who remains loyal to God till the end will spend eternity with Him.  He who does not will spend eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil and his demons. Do not let that happen to you!

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THE FIELDS ARE RIPE

The different parts of the world are the fields and the people are the fruit or the vegetables who are ripe and ready to be picked, or better stated who are needing and ready to hear the word of God. They need to hear the plan of salvation, so they can accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior or reject Him completely.

 LUKE 10:2

Jesus said to His disciples:  “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Jesus was telling them that there were many people who needed to hear the gospel – the plan of salvation – but that there were too few people prepared to do it, or who were willing to do it.

JOHN 4:35-36

Jesus was in Samaria looking at many people who had never heard about Him or the plan of salvation and He told His disciples:  “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.”

What Jesus was saying was that those people not only needed to hear the word of God, but they were ready for it, so they could make an intelligent decision whether to accept Him as their God or not.

MARK 16:15-16

After Jesus had resurrected He appeared to His disciples and told them:  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Jesus is telling us the same thing and that is to tell people about the plan of salvation, that He is the only way to heaven.  The people who receive Him as their Lord and Savior will go to heaven, but the ones who do not will go to hell and later on to the lake of fire.

2 THESSALONIANS 3:1-2

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.”

The apostle Paul was asking the Thessalonian people to pray for him and the people with him who were taking the word of God to people who had not heard it before.  Only the Jewish people had heard the plan of salvation up to that time. It was the beginning of the Christian church.

MATTHEW 28:18-20

After Jesus had resurrected and before He went up to heaven He gave His disciples “The Great Commission.” – “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit wanted and still want the word of God to be given to every human being on earth.

 

ISAIAH 52:7

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

God wants everyone of us to take the gospel – good news – wherever we go to whoever might listen.

Due to the extremely difficult times we are living, more and more people are becoming receptive to hearing the word of God. It gives them hope, but more importantly salvation.  You might be a fruit or a vegetable in the field that is ripe and ready to be picked.  If you are, all you have to do is ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.  If you are ripe, pray aloud and in all seriousness, sincerity and humility the following prayer to God.  He will hear you and accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to have mercy on me and to forgive me. I believe and I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

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THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS COMING

As most of us know Jesus Christ came the first time as a baby, grew up, suffered, died and resurrected to reconcile us with the Father.  He is coming the second time, but this time it will be to take His children (the believers) home and to change this earth to its original state.

Exodus 24:15-17

 And he (Moses) said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.”  Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.  Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He (God) called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.”

Not only here, but in other scriptures (Hebrews 12:29, Deuteronomy 4:25 and 9:3), the Bible tells us that God is a consuming fire.

Luke 9:28-32

 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He (Jesus) took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  As He (Jesus) prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.  And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,  who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.  But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.”

Jesus was not just a mere man or a prophet He is God in the flesh.  One of His names is Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” God the Father showed His glory through Jesus.

Exodus 40:34-35

 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

The glory of the Lord is present whenever and wherever He manifests Himself. Since He is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, all loving, compassionate, merciful, and sovereign, He makes His presence felt when people are praying, worshiping Him, serving Him, asking for His presence or whenever there is a need.

John 17:1-5

“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,  as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

Jesus glorified the Father by doing His will, which included reconciling us to God, making the Father known to us, teaching us the word of God, showing us how to live by example and giving us direct communication to God through His word and through the Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

‘But I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall be with the Lord.”

This event, which has not happened yet, is known as “The Rapture.”  Although no one knows the day or the hour it will happen, all the signs that it is about to happen are already here.  Yes, the glory of the Lord is coming and it will be a lot sooner than most people expect it.

Matthew 25:31-33

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”

Jesus will come back the second time to set the world in order.  He will rule it from Jerusalem with an iron hand (Revelation 2:27) for a thousand years. That time is known as “The Millennium.” – Revelation 20:4.

If you want to see the glory of the Lord and not His fury, repent, ask God to forgive you and receive the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  If you have no idea how to do it, pray the following prayer aloud to God in all humility and sincerity, and He will allow you to be in His glory eternally.

“Father God, in the name of your Son Jesus, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I ask Him  to be my Lord and Savior and the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you.  You are now His child.  Get yourself a good Bible, read it and start attending a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  I update my page every Wednesday or Thursday.  Come back to it and read the different categories.  God bless you!

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THE GREATEST IN GOD’S EYES

When we think of great people in God’s eyes we think of Abraham, Moses, King David, the apostle Paul and maybe a few others, but what does God think? By reading the scriptures we can find out what God values in a human being, and, of course, if a person is doing what God values, God will be happy with him or her.

Matthew 23:11-12

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

According to God in order to be considered great in His eyes we must humble ourselves and become servants to others just as He came to serve humanity.

Luke 14:10-11

“But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

By being humble, in many cases, we will be exalted by people and for sure we will be exalted by God.  We need to be more humble and we should acquire meekness.  Jesus was the prime example of humility and meekness.

Matthew 20:26-28

“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The greatest people in God’s eyes are the ones who serve other people and especially the ones who are winning souls for His kingdom.

Matthew 18:1-4

“At the time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst f them, and said  “Assuredly, I say to you,  unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus made it quite clear that unless we come to Him in pure faith, not questioning anything as little children and forgiving the faults of others as little children do, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

2 Timothy 2:3-4

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

If we are Christians we are in a war with the devil.  That is why in Ephesians 6:11, the apostle Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God.  What Paul is telling us here is not to be consumed by the affairs of this world but to serve God.  We cannot be great in God’s eyes if we are not doing His work.

Luke 21:1-4

 And He (Jesus) looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,  and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.  So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;  for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

The poor widow gave the two mites (pennies) from her need, while the rich men gave from their wealth.  Therefore what she gave was greater in God’s eyes.  The greater the sacrifice we do for God, the more He appreciates it.

Luke 22:25-27

 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.  For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

Jesus was explaining to His disciples that a person might be considered great here because of his position, talents, money and fame, but the servant, who is doing the work of God and serving according to God’s will, is greater.

Philippians 2:5-8

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Jesus is our example of meekness, humility and righteousness.  We will never be exactly like Him.  No one can, but we can try to follow His principles and commandments to the best of our ability.  If we do, not only will God be happy with us, but we will spend eternity with Him.

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DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW

Many people worry about tomorrow thinking that their worst fears will come to pass.  Most of the time what they think is going to happen does not happen.  Consequently they worried for nothing.  The Bible scriptures clearly tell us not to worry about tomorrow.  The reason is that not one problem has ever been solved by worrying.

Matthew 6:33-34

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

If we seek first the kingdom of God, He will take care of our tomorrows.

Luke 12:23-26

“Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?  And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?”

If God takes cares of the birds and other animals, He can surely take care of us.  We gain nothing by worrying.  On the contrary, we may bring illnesses or other problems into our lives or those of our loved ones.

Philippians 4:6-7

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God does not want us to be anxious, frustrated or to worry.  He wants us to release all our troubles to Him.  He definitely wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him, to pray and to have faith that our prayers will be answered.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you; He shall never shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

We were never meant to carry our burdens.  God can do a much better job than we can.  He will take care of His children.  We are His children if we have received Him as our Lord and Savior. If you have not done that, it would be wise for you to do it.

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

We should humble ourselves before our Lord and cast all our cares on Him.  He can handle them no matter what they are.  With Him all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Psalm 23:4

“He (God) restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

No matter what situation we are in, we should not worry nor fear, but we should pray to God and place ourselves in His hands.

ISAIAH 43:1-3

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

God is telling Israel that He will protect them wherever they are and whatever the situation may be, and He is telling us the same thing.  We do not need to worry.  We just need to have faith in Him.

If you are still carrying all your burdens because you are not yet a child of God, you may do that now.   You do that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  I case you do not know how to go about it, I have written for you what we call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  Pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity.  He will hear you and accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died on the cross, and resurrected from the dead on the third day to pay for my sins.  I accept His sacrifice as I make Him the Lord of my life.  I also ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me, so He can guide me, protect me and keep me company wherever I go.  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer in faith, God has heard you.  That means you will spend eternity with God and not in hell or the lake of fire with the devil.  Read all my blog once a week, find a good born-again Christian church and read the Bible so you can learn more.  God bless you!

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CHOOSE A BLESSING OR A CURSE

Since we have free will, we have the privilege of choosing how we want to live.  Many of the decisions we make have consequences.  Many of the bad things that happen to us are a direct result of poor planning, bad decisions and of our selfishness -  just thinking about ourselves. We   need to think how our decisions affect our present, our future, and even the lives of other people.

Joshua 24:15

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua was reminding the Israelites how God had guided them, protected them for forty years in the desert and that He had defeated all their enemies before them, and now they were trying to turn away from Him.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

“Behold, I (God) set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”

The curse comes if we worship other so-called gods, which are not gods at all.  There is only one God and it is the Creator of heavens and earth.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16

“See, I (God) have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.”

If we choose life and good, God will bless us, but if we choose death and evil, His curses will fall on us.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I (God) have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them”

When God says, “Choose life,” He means choose salvation and not damnation.  By choosing salvation, we are automatically choosing God’s blessings.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”

God was talking to the Jewish nation, but because He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and since He shows no partiality (Romans 2:11), it also applies to us.  If we choose Jesus as our Lord and God as our Father, not only will we receive salvation, but we will receive God’s blessings.

Proverbs 18:21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Will your fruit be a blessing or will it be a curse? That, of course, depends on your thoughts, your words and your actions.

Romans 10:9-13

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you have never received  Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior, choose a blessing now by accepting Him.  If you do not accept Him, you are choosing a curse.  If you want to make sure you go to heaven and to receive God’s blessings, pray the following prayer aloud to God in all sincerity and humility and He will hear you.  He will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me and I receive Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I believe and confess that He suffered, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I receive His sacrifice.  I also ask You to activate Your Holy Spirit within me, so He can guide me in everything I do.  Thank You, Father,   Amen.”

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I AM GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER

Regardless what people through the ages may have claimed and what different religions may be claiming now, there is only one God.  That God, of course is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He is the Creator and the sustainer of everything that existed, exists and will ever exist.

Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

It was the Creator God who brought everything that exists out of nothing. He even created the first two human beings – Adam and Eve.

John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

The Word is Jesus Christ – the Creator.  Everything was created by Him and for Him.

Isaiah 45:5-6

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

The Lord is telling us through the prophet Isaiah that He is the Lord and that there is no other.

Isaiah 43:10-11

““You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.  Before Me there was no God formed,
nor shall there be after Me.  I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.”

Jesus is saying that He is God the Lord and that He is the Savior, the only way to salvation.

Isaiah 46:9

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.”

God is making it very clear that He is the only God.  Every other so-called god was either a human being, or something else, but definitely not God.

Hosea 13:4

“Yet I am the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but Me;
For there is no savior besides Me.”

Jesus is telling the Jewish people that He is the only God and that He is the only way to eternal life.  That applies to us as well.

Isaiah 44:6

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.’”

God makes it clear that He is God and there is no other.”

Deuteronomy 4:39

“Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.”

God is telling the Israelites, his chosen people, that the Lord Jesus is God over everything and there is no other god.

Ephesians 4:6

“(There is) one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in youall.”

The apostle Paul is telling us that there is only one God who is above all and that God is the one who appeared to Moses, chose Abraham and sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

1 Corinthians 8:6

“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”

The apostle Paul explains it very clearly to the Corinthians and to us that there is only one true God and that through Him all things are held together.

1 Timothy 2:5

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Jesus is the only Mediator for us in heaven.  When we pray, He is asking the Father to hear our prayer and to help us.  The angels and the Virgin Mary are in heaven and so are the saints, who have gone to heaven before us, but they cannot receive our prayers nor help us – only God can! Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34).

Revelation 22:12-13

““Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Jesus Himself is telling us that He is God and that He is coming soon to take us to heaven.  That event (John 14:3) which will happen soon has become known as “The Rapture.”

If,  for whatever reason,  you thought there were several gods or several ways to get to heaven all these scriptures should prove to you that there is only one God and one way to get to heaven.  That’s why in John 14:6, Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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GOD CHOSE YOU

Although most of us do not realize it, God chose us for salvation before the foundation of the world.  Before we were born He had already chosen us. The human mind cannot comprehend that, but that’s the way it is.  The main reason for that is that God is sovereign, which gives Him the right to do His will.

Exodus 33:19

“I (God) will make all My goodness pass before you (Moses), and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

That is what God told Moses.  Since God is sovereign, He can have mercy, compassion and be gracious to whomever He desires. He acts according to His will, not according to anybody else’s desires or mandates.  God has decided to be gracious to you and to have mercy and compassion on you, but that does not do you any good unless you receive it.

Ephesians 1:3-5

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

This scripture could not be any clearer – God chose you for salvation before the foundation of this world.  If you are reading this, believe it, claim it, and receive it.

John 15:16-17

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  This is my command: Love each other.”

Jesus was telling this to His disciples, but it also applies to us today.  There are 4 main points here:  1.  God chose you.  2. You were appointed to bear good fruit.  3. Whatever you ask Father God in Jesus’ name,  the Father will do for you (if it’s in His will).  4. Love people.

Romans 5:7-8

 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Jesus chose you.  He even suffered, died and resurrected to give you salvation.  However salvation is not automatic you have to receive it.  You do that by repenting of your sins, asking God to forgive you and receiving Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

Ephesians 2:8-9

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Salvation comes to you from God strictly by His grace, not by any works you may have done.  God chose you, but you have to accept it by faith.  If you do not accept salvation by faith, you will lose it and will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.

Psalm 33:11-13

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.  From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind.”

This was referring to the Jewish nation, but it can refer to you if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You will not be “the chosen people,” but you will be “the chosen person.”

1 Peter 2:9

 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Yes, God is talking to Israel, but He is also talking to you.  All you have to do is receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you become “a chosen person, a royal priesthood, a holy person, God’s special possession” because you came out of not being part of His family to being His child.

God chose you, but your salvation –spending eternity with Him and not in the lake of fire with the devil – is not complete unless you choose Him. If you do not know how to do that, read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you and receive you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me and activate Your Holy Spirit within me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected to pay for my sins. Right now He is at Your right hand interceding for me.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

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DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD

Since this is a fallen and broken world that has been cursed by God, He does not want us to be conformed to it.  We are just sojourning here (1 Peter 2:11-12).  Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), and that is where we are going to spend eternity.

James 4:13-14

 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Life is like a vapor that is here for an instant and is carried away by the wind. If a person lives to be eighty years old, compared that to eternity or to just 5 billion years, and it is nothing.  Therefore we should not be conformed to our life in this world that goes by fast, but rather to the eternal one which will never ever end.

Philippians 3:20-21

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”

People who are not Christians are citizens of the country where they were born or where they have attained a citizenship, but we, the Christians, are citizens of heaven.  Therefore we should not be conformed to this world, but to heaven.

John 14:1-4

““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Being that we are citizens of heaven, Jesus is coming for us in what is known as “the rapture,” and He will take us to heaven, so we can be with Him forever.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we no longer belong to this world, but to heaven.  We should not allow this world’s system to change us, but we should change it.

Romans 8:8-10

“So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

If we are Christians, then the Holy Spirit lives in us and the Spirit helps us to do the things that are pleasing to God because they are in His will.  In any and in all circumstances a good Christian should try to do the will of God and not his own. That is what Jesus came to do and we should try to imitate Him.

Colossians 3:1-10

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image.”

If you are involved in any of those activities mentioned by the apostle Paul, renew your mind, do not participate in them, and start doing what pleases God.

 Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

If you are not a Christian or a believer in Jesus Christ, you need to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and you can only do that by reading, studying and meditating on the word of God which is found in the Bible. Do not be conformed to this sinful world, but be conformed to God. If you continue being conformed to this world, you will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.

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HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS

Although some pastors and evangelists are teaching that God’s blessings, promises and miracles are automatic, in most cases that is not the case.  In most cases there are conditions  we have to fulfill in order to receive the blessing, the miracle or the answer to our specific need.

John 3:3

“Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus – one of the religious leaders), “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

In order to receive God’s blessings we have to be His child and in order to be His child, we have to be born again. The condition to be born again is to receive Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. One receives Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior, by believing in the heart that He is God and by confessing it aloud with the mouth (Romans 10:9). The condition to see the kingdom of God –to have salvation – is to be born again.

John 15:5-8

 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Jesus Himself tells us to bear good fruit, but we can only do that if we remain in Him.  If we remain in Him and bear good fruit then we can pray in His name (John 14:14) and it will be done for us.

Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We make treasures in heaven when we do the will of God here on earth by serving Him in one capacity or another, and especially by bringing people into salvation by telling them about the saving power of Jesus Christ.  If we serve Him, He will bless us in one way or another.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

One of the keys for God to bless us is for us to trust in the Lord Jesus and for our hope to be in Him

Philippians 4:5-7

“Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing. but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. “

One way of receiving God’s blessings is to pray to Him in faith.  He wants us to bring everything up to Him in prayer and supplication.  No issue is too big or too small for Him.

Malachi 3:8-12

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts;  “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.”

The main point here is that since God is the Creator of everything,  we should be grateful and give Him part of our time, talents, abilities and “yes” even part of our money, so that His kingdom here on earth can grow.  The word of God is free, but it takes money to take it to people. When we give unselfishly, God blesses us in one way or another.

Psalm 50:23

“Whoever offers praise glorifies Me (God); and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

God deserves, needs and wants to be glorified by us.  The angels are doing that in heaven, and if we do it, He will bless us.  God lives in the praises of His people  (Psalm 22:3).

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” – “Ephesians 6:1-3 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise, that is may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.: – Colossians 3:20 – “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is pleasing to the Lord.”

Regardless of our age, God will bless us if we obey and honor our parents.

Matthew 22:37-40

 Jesus said to him (a lawyer/a religious leader), “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is  like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If we truly love God, love and bless people, God will bless us.  If we do not receive the blessings in this world, we will receive them in the next one.

Genesis 12:3

 I (God) will bless those who bless you (Abraham), and I will curse him who curses you: and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”Psalm 122:6 – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  May they prosper who love you.”

Since Abraham is the father of the Jewish nation, God will bless anyone who blesses Israel.  Are you praying for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel?

“For He (God) said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”Exodus 33:18 – “Then He (God) said (to Moses), “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Since God is sovereign and above everything that exists anywhere He can be gracious, compassionate and kind to whomever he pleases.  He can bless or discipline according to His righteous judgment.

If you want to receive God’s blessings you can start doing some of the things mentioned in this message.  God will hear you, will see you and He will bless you one way or another.  He is still in the blessing business.

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DO NOT BLAPHEME THE NAME OF GOD

The verb blaspheme, according to the dictionary, means:  “Talk profanely, making use of religious names.” More specifically, it is a defamatory, injurious, or abusive speech against God Himself, which is one of the worst offenses a person can do against Him.  Yet people do it all the time consciously or subconsciously.

2 Timothy 3:1-4

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves,  lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God.”

Those blasphemers are talking profanely against the name of God.  They are not only mocking  and ridiculing God, but they are doing it to all believers.  God will take care of them in the final judgment.  Then they will not be laughing.  Don’t be one of them!

Leviticus 24:15-16

“Then you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.  And whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death.”

This is what God told Moses to tell the Jewish people who were with him for forty years in the desert.  God takes blaspheming extremely serious.

Exodus 22:28

“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.”                                                                           This is what God told Moses to tell His people.  We are not to revile, insult, blaspheme or use God’s name in vain, unless we are ready and willing to pay the consequences.

Exodus 20:7

  “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

In God’s eyes we are guilty of blasphemy if we use His name in vain. Do not fall into that trap.

Deuteronomy 5:11

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

Think of how many pastors, evangelists and so-called prophets will have to give an account to God for giving false testimony by using His name in vain.

Matthew 12:32

“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”

Speaking against the Holy Spirit is blasphemy and it will not be forgiven.  A person doing such a thing will wind up in hell and in the lake of fire.  Don’t let it be you!

Leviticus 19:11-13

 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”

God makes it very clear that we should not swear by His name falsely.  It is better not to swear by His name, or by anyone or anything else at all.

Matthew 5:33-37

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

It is much better not to swear at all because we do not have all the answers.  We do not know what tomorrow may bring, and that could completely change the circumstances of what we swore we would do. It is much better to let our “Yes” be “Yes,” and our “No” be “No.”

If you have been using God’s name profanely or in vain – even if it has been subconsciously –  repent, ask God to forgive you, and stop doing it.  If you don’t, you will pay heavy  eternal consequences in the lake of fire.

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THE LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD

The Bible tells us that in the end times people will be lovers of themselves, doing what is right in their own eyes, and that they will not believe in God;  instead they will mock and ridicule those who believe. Some of them, who say they believe, will not conform to God’s ways, but will want God to conform to their ways.

2 Timothy 3:1-9

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

The apostle Paul was telling this to his disciple Timothy, but we should also receive it as a warning.  We are in the last days and what Paul mentioned is exactly what is going on now.

1 Timothy 4:1-3

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,  forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”

Many people have departed from having faith in Jesus Christ to having faith in other gods or idols.  One religion forbids its leaders to marry and to abstain from eating certain foods on Fridays.

2 Peter 3:3-4

“ Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,  and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

The apostle Peter told us that scoffers would come in the last days and those scoffers are here.  They have heard that God exists and that Jesus is coming back, but they don’t believe it and they make fun of it.

Galatians 6:7-8

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

God cannot be tricked, fooled or mocked.  The ones who think they are too smart to believe in God, who think they do not need Him or who are mocking Him will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.  Let’s hope you will not be one of them!

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

The apostle Paul is telling the people of Thessalonica that in the end times the people will fall away from God and then the antichrist will come on the scene.  Guess what? We are living in the last days.  The nations are falling farther and farther away from God.  That means the seven-year tribulation will start and the antichrist will take over the world for a season.

Matthew 24:9-13

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

Jesus was  telling His disciples that some of them would be hated and killed because they believed that He was God.  Now days round the world people are being hated and killed simply because they believe in Jesus Christ, and refuse to deny their faith.  False prophets are coming up from different countries. Some of them even have television shows.

Do not be fooled by false religions, false prophets or false doctrines.  There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  Therefore do not let your love grow cold, but rather let it grow warm toward people and toward God.

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TRUST THE LORD AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

Most of the mistakes we make are made because we lean on our own understanding. Either we do not consult God at all by prayer and supplication, but even if we do, we get impatient waiting on Him to act, and we do it our way. Then when the results turn out negative we wind up paying the consequences.

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Since God’s intelligence, knowledge and wisdom are much, much higher than ours, we should lean not on our own understanding, but on His.

Mark 10:27

“Jesus looked at them (His disciples) and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

God has no limits with Him all things are possible, and because they are, we should lean on His understanding, not ours.  We are limited.

Isaiah 55:11

“so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me (God)  empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

When we declare something or pray it, it may not necessarily be fulfilled, but when God declares something it has no choice but to be fulfilled. We should put our trust in Him, not in ourselves or in other people.

1 John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He (God) who is in you is greater than he (the devil) who is in the world.”

If we are Christians God lives in us, and He is much greater than the devil.  We have to trust God, not ourselves, not the world’s system and certainly not the devil.

1 Corinthians 1:23-25

 But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Who are we compared to God?  Nothing! Our only real hope is to cling to Him.  If we are wise in our own eyes, we will miss many opportunities, will make many mistakes and will wind up in the lake of fire suffering eternally.  Let’s hope that is not your case.

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord, for he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

God curses the person who trusts in people, but blesses the person who puts his trust in Him.

Proverbs 3:5-7

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall directyour paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes;  Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Trust in the Lord Jesus and do not live by your own logic because if you live by it, eventually it will be detrimental to you.

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THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION AGAINST YOU

Because of the devil’s work and because sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God cursed the earth and condemnation came against the human race, but since Jesus lived a sinless life, suffered, died and resurrected to pay for our sins that condemnation has been removed from any person who receives Him as his Lord and Savior.

1 John 4:8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

God loves us because He is the very essence of love.  That is why He is willing to forgive us when we fall and make mistakes.  If we repent and ask Him to forgive us, He is not only willing to forgive us, but also to bless us.  Come to Him!

1 John 4:19

“We love Him - God – because He first loved us.”

God demonstrated His love toward us by not only creating this planet, but by creating us.  Then when we had no chance of redemption, He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins by giving up His own life on the cross, so we could be reconciled to the Father.

Romans 5:8-10

 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

If you are not a Christian, in essence, you are an enemy to God, but if you become a Christian you will be part of His family.  Christ already died and resurrected, so that you may have eternal life with Him.  He loves you and He is waiting for you to come to Him.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In other words, because all of us have sinned (Romans 3:23), we deserve to spend eternity separated from God suffering in the lake of fire, but because of His love for us and His grace, we can spend eternity with Him by simply repenting and turning our lives over to Him.

Psalm 103:10-12

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

God’s grace, mercy and compassion is great for those who fear Him.  Not a fear with trembling, but a reverence, respect and love that we should have for Him.

Romans 8:1-4

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

ONE: There is no condemnation if we are in Christ Jesus (Christians).  TWO: Christians should walk according to the Holy Spirit. THREE: We are free from sin that leads to death (separation from God eternally).  FOUR: Jesus conquered sin, not for Himself, but for us.  He was already sinless. FIVE:  We will enter heaven as if we were sinless because the blood that Jesus shed on the cross will have cleansed us from all sin.

If you are not a Christian there is condemnation against you, and that condemnation is there because Adam and Eve sinned, you sinned and you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  However if you receive Him as your Lord and Savior that condemnation is no longer there, and instead of spending eternity in the lake of fire, you will spend it with God where there will be no more tears, crying, sorrow, sadness, pain nor death (Revelation 21:4).

If you want to spend eternity with God, you can, but you have to become a born-again Christian.  You may do that by coming to God in repentance, humility and sincerity.  If you have no clue how to begin, just pray aloud the following prayer to Him and He will hear you and accept you as His very own child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross and resurrected to pay for my sins. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask You to have the Holy Spirit live in me. Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

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GOD IS IMPARTIAL

Although some people seem to be favored by God and others not, that is not the case.  God is impartial.  If God seems to favor a person, it is because that person is doing God’s will or will do it in the future.  Since God knows the intentions of the heart, because He can see the future and being that He is looking for people to serve Him, He blesses those who will.

Romans 2:11

 God will judge those who are not Christian harshly, but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For there is no partiality with God.”

God does not show partiality because of race, sex, age, social status or for anything else.

Acts 10:34-35

 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Romans 10:12 – “ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.”  “Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You (God)  render to each one according to his work.” Romans 10:12 – “

The apostle Peter realized that God had not only chosen the Jewish race, but anybody else who would fear Him, serve Him and would receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  All of us are chosen for salvation if we repent, ask God to forgive us and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. That, of course, includes you.

Deuteronomy 10:17

 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.”

God is sovereign and yet He shows no partiality to anyone.  He is not impressed by talents, abilities, educational level, social status, physical strength, natural beauty or anything else we may possess.

Job 34:19

Yet He (God) is not partial to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.” Proverb 22:2 – “The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all.”

No matter who we may happen to be, we were created by God.  He is our Creator and because of that He does not show partiality.

Psalm 98:9

“For He is coming to judge the earth.  With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity.”

When the final judgment takes place, every human being that has ever lived will be judged fairly and justly by our God.  The ones who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be found guilty and will be cast into the lake of fire to spend eternity there. Don’t be one of them!

1 Peter 1:17

What standard will God use to judge us?  He will judge us by our works, as it is stated in 1 Peter 1:17 – “ And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear.”

Colossians 3:25

“But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.”

2 Chronicles 19:7 – “Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.”

Doing wrong in God’s eyes is being involved in sin.  All of us sin.  There is not one person on earth who has not sinned.  God’s wrath will come on those who have sinned, have not repented, have not asked God to forgive them and have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Are you in that group?

Jeremiah 9:25

 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised.”

The circumcised are the Jews and the uncircumcised are the ones who are not Jews.  In the final judgment God will judge all of us with the same standard.  If we have repented, ask God to forgive us, received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and tried to live a decent life, God will find us innocent, but if we have not done those things, He will find us guilty and the lake of fire will be our eternal place.

Since God is totally impartial, it does not matter who you are or what you have done, if you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God will forgive you and ask you to spend eternity with Him.  If, for whatever reason, you don’t know where to begin, pray the following prayer to Him aloud in all humility and sincerity and He will make you part of His family.  Yes, you will not have to pay for your sins because Jesus Christ already paid for them.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins, ask You to forgive me as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He shed His blood on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day from the grave and that He is at your right hand interceding for me even now. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask Your Holy Spirit to live in me and to guide me from now on.  Amen.”

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GOD WANTS US TO OVERCOME

God wants all of us to be overcomers and not underachievers.  He has given us all the tools to do exactly that.  Nevertheless some of us are always underachieving because either we do not know the word of God, we do not put it into practice or we do not put it into practice correctly.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

God wants us to overcome in every area of our lives.  The conditions are that we seek Him and that we call on Him.  We should pray to the Father in the name of Jesus – John 14:14.

Revelation 3:5

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

A person who overcomes is one who has received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and has remained a Christian the rest of his life.  Where you will spend eternity should be the most important thing to you.  Will you overcome?

Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Matthew 7:8 – “ For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

To overcome difficult obstacles we need faith and that faith comes by hearing the word of God. We need to read the Bible, go to church and listen to pastors and evangelists in order to pray in faith, so we can overcome whatever storm we are facing.  Are you facing a difficult storm?

Romans 12:19-21

 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

There are many things to overcome, but all of them come from the devil, from our sins and from evil.  The most important thing is to overcome the devil and evil with good.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.” Romans 5:3-5 – “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The main weapon God has given us is love.  God can work through us and give us the victory if we act in love.  If we act or react in anger, we are working for the devil and not for God.

Revelation 12:11

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Just as those people overcame the devil, we can do it the same way.  We can defeat him by the blood Jesus shed on the cross and by living a Christian life, so we can have a testimony saying we served God in love as best we could. That testimony comes by trusting in God and not in our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).

James 1:12

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:2-4 – “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 – “ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

What is needed on your part to overcome?  Work, persistence, perseverance, endurance, faith in God and in yourself. If one of those is missing, you will probably not overcome.

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  Mark 9:24 – “ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” The devil had been trying to actually kill the child.  The father was not sure if Jesus could actually cast out the demon.  That is why he said, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”

The main weapon the devil has is deceit.  That’s why he places fear, unbelief, doubt and lies in people.

Anger, Fears and worries

If anger, fears and worries are disturbing your life, read the following scriptures.  For anger: Ecclesiastes 7:9, 2 Timothy 2:23-24 and James 1:19-21.  For fear:  Psalm 27:1 and Isaiah 41:13.  For worries:  1 Peter 5:7 and Proverbs 12:25.  You can overcome, but you have to defeat those as well as lack of faith and confidence.

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SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION

Jesus came to this world on a search and rescue mission.  He came searching for the sinners and to rescue them from their sins, but only if they would repent, ask Father God to forgive them and would receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. That means He came searching for you.  Are you going to hide or will you allow Him to find you?

Luke 19:9-10

“Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;  for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” This is what Jesus said to a crowd of people in reference to Zacchaeus, a tax collector and known sinner who had repented.  The people did not understand God’s plan of forgiveness.  That’s why Jesus was explaining it to them.

Matthew 18:10-13

“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones (children), for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.  For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?  And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.”

God worries about the sinners, who are far away from Him, because He wants all of us to spend eternity with Him. That includes you!

Mark 2:15-17

 Now it happened, as He (Jesus) was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.  And when the scribes andPharisees (the religious leaders) saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He (Jesus) eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Since all of us sin, Jesus made it quite clear that He came from heaven to rescue us from our sins and to give us eternal life with Him.  Yes, no matter how nice you may be, you are sinning.

Matthew 9:11-13

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Your good works will not get you to heaven, but Jesus will.  That means you have to accept Him in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

1 Timothy 1:15-16

“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.”

This is what the apostle Paul wrote to his disciple and fellow servant Timothy.  If we cry out go God, through His mercy, grace and by what Jesus did on the cross, we can receive salvation.

No matter what you may have done, God will forgive you if you repent, ask Him to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Romans 5:6-8

 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

What this means is that Jesus has already paid for your sins.  All you have to do is receive that sacrifice that He suffered on the cross around two-thousand years ago.  If, for whatever reason, you do not know how to go about it, read the following prayer several times, and when you fully understand it, pray it to God aloud in sincerity and humility.  He will hear you, will receive it and will make you His child.  That means you will spend eternity with Him and not burning in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me as I receive Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in my heart.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He shed His blood and gave up His life on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day and that He is at Your right hand interceding for me even now.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

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HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY

The Bible makes it extremely clear that heaven and earth will pass away, but the word of God will be fulfilled. In other words, nothing is iron clad and nothing is everlasting with the exception of God, His kingdom and His word. Societies may go through changes,  new cultures may appear and others disappear, changing times will bring different scenarios, but the word of God will never ever change.

Matthew 24:35

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Jesus Himself makes it very clear that no matter what happens His words, the prophecies that are written in the Bible, will be fulfilled. Nobody and nothing can derail God’s plan.  What is written in God’s word  is written and it will come to pass.

Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

What God is saying is that His word will be fulfilled.  His words are the prophecies He left for us in the Bible.  If we want to know what is going to happen in the future or in eternity all we have to do is read the Bible.  The answers are there.

Isaiah 45:22-23

“Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.”

God is saying that He has already sent out His word in righteousness through the prophets (written in the Bible) and it will be fulfilled. Basically He is telling us that salvation is only through His Son Jesus (John 14:6), that every person is accountable to Him and that at the end every single person will have to acknowledge the fact that He is God. Every and I mean every knee will bow and every person will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).

Isaiah 46:9-10

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.”

God is completely sovereign and through His word, He has declared the end from the beginning because He lives out of time and He has already destined the end and has already seen it.  What God has declared will happen because He has declared it, it is in His will and He will make sure it happens,  Since He lives out of time and all things are possible for Him (Mark 10:27), He has already seen it happen.

Psalm 33:10-12

“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”

Presidents, kings, rulers and nation may have plans, but if they are not in line with God’s plans they will not be fulfilled.  God allows dictators and bad leaders to lead a nation because its people have moved away from Him.  He allows that, so the people will repent, cry out to Him and He will deliver them from bondage.  The Israelites cried out to Him when they were being treated as slaves in Egypt and God sent Moses to deliver them out of bondage.

John 14:6

 Jesus said to him (the disciple who became known as ‘Doubting Thomas’), “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Just as many scriptures have already been fulfilled, some are being fulfilled now and others will be fulfilled in the future, John 14:6 will be fulfilled in your life, one way or the other. If you receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, you will spend eternity with Him, but if you do not, then you will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.  The choice is entirely up to you.

If you want to make sure that you will spend eternity in a paradise type of setting with God, then repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and try to leave sin behind.  Now, you will never be perfect, but you can do your best.  In all humility and sincerity pray the following prayer to God.  He will hear you, will forgive all your sins and will make you His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He  suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected on the third day to make salvation available to me.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me, protect me and bless me. Thank You Father!  Amen.”

You are now a child of God destined to spend eternity with Him.  Start reading the Bible starting with the gospel of John.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible.  God bless you!

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I HEAR THE CRIES OF MY PEOPLE

Many times when we are in trouble or when we pray, we think that God does not hear us or that He is not listening to us.  If we are His children He is completely aware of everything that is happening to us and He hears us every single time we pray to Him.  He made us a promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and He keeps all His promises.  He does not move away from us, but many times we move away from Him. 

Hebrews 13:5

 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God’s promises always have a condition.  The condition for Him not to leave us nor forsake us is for us live our lives without covetousness.  Covetousness is sin in God’s eyes.

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God was talking to Joshua, the leader of the Jewish people who had come out from bondage in Egypt, and was telling him not to be afraid of the stronger force they were about to face in battle because He was going to give them the victory.  God was with the Jewish people because He had chosen them to be His.  If you are a born-again Christian God has chosen you to have salvation.

Exodus 3:9-10

 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me (GOD), and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

The Jewish people were being oppressed as slaves in Egypt, so God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush.  God told Him that He had heard the cry of His people and that He would send Moses to bring them out of Egypt.  Just as God heard the cry of the Jewish people, He will hear yours if you cry out to Him.

2 Kings 20:5-6

 “Return and tell Hezekiah (the King) the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.  And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.”’”

King Isaiah was ill, had prayed to God, God heard him and answered his prayer through the prophet Isaiah.

1 John 5:14-15

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him (Jesus Christ), that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

If we are God’s children and ask our petition in the name of Jesus, God will hear us and if it is His will, He will do it.

John 9:31

 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” 1 Peter 3:12 –  “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

The scriptures make it clear that God does not hear sinners, but He does hear His children.  The latter are the ones who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

John 16:24

 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 14:14 –“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”  Matthew 21:22 –“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

God’s promises always have a condition.  What are the conditions here? 1. That you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  2. That you ask in prayer in the name of Jesus.  3.  That you ask in faith. 4. That you wait patiently expecting to receive your miracle.

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 A MESSAGE OF LOVE

There are many forces working in the world.  Many of them are powerful, negative and destructive.  Others are positive and provide much needed help to our environment and to life itself.  Without them the human race could not survive.  Some of them are the air we breathe, the water in the rivers and in the oceans and, of course, the sun and the moon.  I could mention more, but by now I am quite sure you understand the point.

Yes, there are many forces, but without doubt the oldest one, the one that will never end and the one that makes the biggest difference in our lives is the force of love.  It has the ability to conquer evil, which includes but is not limited to… hatred, rage, violence, jealousy, envy, hopelessness,  disillusionment, despair, tragedies, lack of forgiveness, failure, and anything that may happen in life.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, the apostle Paul describes love as:  “ Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.   Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”

He could probably have added a few more things to love.  God gave us the perfect example of love in His Son Jesus Christ.  We should try to imitate Him as much as possible. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?  He wants to be your friend, God, Lord and Savior. 

1 John 4:8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Since God is love and He created us, our love comes from Him.  If we do not love, we are not His children. Do you love?  Are loved by someone?  One thing is sure – God loves you!

1 John 4:19

“We love Him (God) because He first loved us.”  God knew us before we were born and He loved us even then.  In Jeremiah 1:5 it says:  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;  I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  If God knew Jeremiah before he was formed, He also knew us before we were formed. That means He knew you before you were born, when you were in your mother’s womb and He knows you now. 

John 3:16-17

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  The reason Jesus died for our sins is because Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit love us so much.  Regardless of what you may have done, God loves you.  Repent and ask Him to forgive you.

Romans 5:7-8

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Because Jesus loves you so much He already died on purpose to pay for your sins.  All you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. Will you do that?

Matthew 22:37-40

A Pharisee, one of the religious leaders, asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment and the Lord replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” In essence, what Jesus responded was that there is nothing more important than love.  Are you a loving person?

If you did not come from a loving family, do not let that stop you from loving.  You need to love and be loved.  Other than salvation – spending eternity with God – there is nothing more important than love. 

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USING OUR GIFTS AND TALENTS FOR GOD’S GLORY

God has given each and every one of us gifts and talents.  We are to use them to do God’s will by sharing them with others.  Whatever gifts or talents we have, other people need to benefit from them and we need to benefit from theirs.  It would be extremely selfish of us to keep them to ourselves.  In essence, we would be disobeying God.

Those gifts and talents do not have to be spectacular.  It could be driving, cooking, teaching people to do something they do not know how to do, giving people advice, praying for others, telling people about salvation, helping people in whatever they might need help, or just listening to them when they have problems.

James 1:16-18

 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

Every gift, talent and ability that we have comes from God the Father of lights.  If we are His children we are the lights.  The light comes through the Holy Spirit and the word of God.  Our mission is to tell others about Jesus Christ and how they can spend eternity with Him.   

Ephesians 2:8-10

 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

The faith that we have in God and the faith that others have is a gift from God.  All the good works that we may do have been prepared for us by God.  We have to be faithful, obedient and perform those good deeds. We should be looking for opportunities to be a blessing to others.

Romans 12:3-8

 For I (the apostle Paul) say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,  so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;  or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”

What the apostle Paul is telling us is to use our talents, abilities and gifts that God has given us  to help others.  I should help others and in turn others should help me. That is God’s will for us.

1 Peter 4:8-11

 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

We should use the gifts, talents and abilities God has given us to help others in a loving way. We should not do it because we are getting paid, not out of duty, not because we are expected to do it, nor out of a guilty conscience.  We should do it out of kindness and out of love.

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

This can refer to money, but it also can refer to just about anything else.  That is because there are many different ways of giving.  You can give of your time, abilities, gifts, talents, knowledge, wisdom, money, possessions and so on.

1 Corinthians 12:  4-10

 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:  for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”

These nine gifts are normally called the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I will not try to explain how they function.  All I will say is that they come through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit works through a person and those gifts are manifested.  If none of those are being manifested in your life, do not worry.  Exercise your talents, abilities and gifts to the best of your ability as frequently as possible and God will be happy with you.

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GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU

There is a strong possibility that you may have never heard that God has chosen you.  Yes, He has chosen you to spend eternity with Him.  That’s what we call salvation, but being the just and loving God that He is, He gives you the privilege of accepting that free gift or of rejecting it.  Yes, God gives you the right to decide whether to spend eternity with Him, or to spend it with the devil in the lake of fire suffering forever and ever.  It’s your choice!

Ephesians 1:3-6

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

God chose you before the foundation of the world.  You have an open invitation to be His child, but if you don’t respond to it, you are dead to Him.  It’s your choice!

Romans 8:29

“For whom He (God) foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (brothers).”

God chose you before you were born because He wants to give you the opportunity to live with Him forever.  In order to do that, however, you have to repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and leave any blatant sin you may be involved with behind.  God does not expect you to be perfect, but He does expect you to try to be more like Jesus and less like your sinful self. Yes, it’s possible.  It’s your choice!

Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

God created Adam and Eve on the sixth day of creation.  He chose them to be the first humans on this planet.  Unfortunately they rejected Him when they disobeyed by eating the fruit of the tree of good and evil (Genesis 3:6-7). Let’s hope you accept Jesus and don’t reject Him, because if you do, He will reject you.  It’s your choice!

Genesis 12:1-3

“ The Lord had said to Abram, “Get out of your country, from your kindred (relatives) and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God chose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish nation – God’s chosen people – and to be the father of the faith for every believer who believes in Jesus Christ, Father God and the Holy Spirit.  You can come to that faith too.  It’s your choice!

Exodus 3:9-12

 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come unto me (God): and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”  And Moses said unto God, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” And he said, “Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”

God chose Moses to deliver His people from bondage from Egypt.  God is sending me to tell you about Him, so you will come out of bondage from sin and from not spending eternity in the lake of fire. 

You may think that God has not chosen you because you don’t have a college degree, have not studied the Bible, have not gone to church, have been involved in sin or for many other reasons, but God has chosen you because He knows your heart.  None of the things I mentioned can keep you out of God’s kingdom if you acknowledge that you need God by repenting, asking Him to forgive you, being willing to leave blatant sin behind, and by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

You may be thinking:  “I don’t know how or where to start.”  Read the following prayer and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. You know what?  He will hear you and make you part of His family.  That means you will spend eternity with Him and not with the devil, his demons and unbelievers in the lake of fire.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins and that He resurrected on the third day.  Right now He is at Your right hand in heaven interceding for me because He loves me.  I ask You for the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me.  Thank You, Jesus, Father God and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

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Jesus-and-Earth

Jesus_Heals_a_Blind_ManTHE LORD OF THE HARVEST

The Lord of the harvest, of course, is Jesus.  His harvest is not a crop as a famer may think, but souls.  God’s seed is in the Bible.  That’s because the seed is the word of God.  The word of God through the scriptures and the Holy Spirit comes into a person’s life and changes him or her inside.  When a person receives Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior the seed starts to germinate and then it produces fruit. The fruit is the good works that the new born-again Christian will produce.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9

 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.  So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”

The apostle Paul was explaining that the world is God’s field, He is the Lord of the harvest, and that we – the Christians – are God’s workers. The crop are the people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.   

Matthew 9:35-38

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were wearyand scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

The Lord of the harvest is God, the harvest are the people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the laborers are Christians who preach and explain to others how to become children of God.

John 4:35-38

This is what Jesus said: “ Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

The fields is the world, the harvest are the people who will become born-again Christians, and the one who reaps is God.  That’s because He gains another soul.  The people who serve God are the laborers and we rejoice too when somebody becomes a Christian.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

“Now may He (God) who supplies seed to the sower (God’s servants), and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,  while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.”

Normally the seed is the word of God, but it can also be money, possessions, wisdom, talents, abilities or anything you may have with which you can bless other people.

John 15:16-17

You did not choose Me (Jesus Christ), but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that you love one”

We bear fruit when we bring people into salvation.  That’s when we explain to them the word of God, they receive it, and they become Christians (Christ followers) and will spend eternity with God and not with the devil burning and suffering in the lake of fire.

Mark 16:15-16

 And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

If we call ourselves “Christians” our task, our mission, our mandate is to tell others about the kingdom of God and how to become part of it – through Jesus Christ.  Do you believe or will you be condemned?  It’s up to you!

Mark 13:26-27

“Then they will see the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”

That will be one of the final harvests.  The elect are the people who have become Christ followers.  They don’t necessarily have religion, they have a relationship with God. Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ?  If you don’t, you will not be part of the harvest.  If you want to be part of the harvest and maybe even a laborer, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

In case you want to be harvested, read the following prayer and when you understand most of it,  pray it to God aloud in humility, sincerity and in faith.  He will hear you and will become your Father and your God.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and I confess that Jesus Christ Your Son suffered, died and resurrected to pay for my sins.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me.  I thank You as I ask all this in the precious name of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

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 Jesus on the cross

J E S U S   C R U C I F I E D

The main message about God was, is and should always be about the suffering, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without that Christianity would be meaningless.  Unfortunately lately the pastors and evangelists are preaching anything but that.  They are preaching about grace, God’s blessings, the end times, the rapture, the anti-Christ, the tribulation and other things, which may be good, but the focus should not be on them, but on Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:23-24

“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.”

The reason Jesus gave His life for us is because all of us sin and because we do, we could not inherit the kingdom of God or have eternal life with Him.  Because God loves us so much He made a provision for us to be reconciled with Him.

Hebrews 9:22

 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sin).”

God always required pure blood for the remission of sins.  Because we are born into sin and because we sin our blood is not pure.  Even if we were to bleed ourselves to death, our blood would not be good enough.  Jesus never sinned.  His blood was pure and perfect.  When He shed His blood on the cross at Calvary it makes us as clean as snow if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Have you received Him in your life as your Lord and Savior?  If you have not you are under condemnation.

John 3:15-17

 That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Father God sent His Son Jesus into the world to save us.  We cannot save ourselves, but Jesus, who is God in the flesh, sure can.  We have to believe that He exists, that He is God and that He wants to be our Lord and Savior.  If we respond to His calling we will spend eternity  with Him, but if we don’t we will spend it in the lake of fire burning forever and ever.

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For He (Father God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Jesus took our sin upon Himself, so we would not have to pay for it by going to hell and later on spending eternity in the lake of fire.  The salvation of our souls is free, but it is not an automatic thing.  We have to repent, ask God to forgive us and make a confession of faith in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

The apostle Paul clearly understood that to some people believing in God or that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins sounds totally crazy, but to the believers, who accept it by faith, it gives them salvation.  I am one of them.  Are you?

Galatians 2:19-22

“For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Basically what the apostle Paul was saying was that he had turned his life completely over to God.  In other words, he was living by godly principles trying to do the will of God in all circumstances, but when he did slip the grace of God would cover him.

1 Corinthians 1:23-24

“But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

The apostle Paul preached that the only way we could have salvation was to believe and confess that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and that He was crucified, died and resurrected to pay for our sins. Our mission is to do the same thing.

BECOME A CHILD OF GOD

If you believe you are going to heaven because you are a nice person, because you belong to a certain religion, because you are doing good deeds, because you believe there is a god or for any other reason, you are totally mistaken.  The only way you can spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire is by repenting, asking God to forgive you and accepting Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior.  If you have never done that, you may do so now.  Pray aloud the following prayer to God.  He will hear you, forgive you and make you His child.

“Dear God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I accept His sacrifice and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me.  I pray all this in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.”  http://thelivinglights.com    rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  (11/2/17)

 

NO ONE IS SINLESS

Although many people think they are sinless because they are nice people, because they haven’t hurt anybody or because they do good works, God says they are sinning.  Sometimes people compare themselves to the worse of the lot and because they are not that bad, they think they are righteous and sinless.  However a holy, holy God does not agree with them. The only person who lived a sinless life is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 6:1-3

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I (the prophet Isaiah) saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Isaiah saw the God in His throne in heaven and the seraphim were constantly saying:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.”  Nobody, but nobody is holier than God.

Revelation 4:6-8

 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.  The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.  The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

This is what John,  the apostle whom Jesus loved, saw in heaven.  The four creatures were constantly saying:  “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.” Since God (God the Father, God the Son – Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit) is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He was, is and forever will be holy.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He (Father God) made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 1 John 3:5 – “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.”

Jesus who never sinned died to pay for our sins.  All of us sin and whoever says he has no sin, he is lying.

1 Peter 1:18-19

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, tells us that we have been redeemed from our sins by the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross at Calvary.  Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Being that all of us were born into sin because of Adam and Eve, we sin.  No, we are not holy here on this earth, but we will be holy when we are in heaven.  The ones who do not make it to heaven will not be holy, but damned in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.  You can avoid that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your wages will be death, which means separation from God eternally – spending eternity in the lake of fire. Jesus already paid for your sins on the cross with the blood He shed and by giving up His life.  All you have to do is accept the sacrifice He made for you.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are headed for hell and after the final judgment to the lake of fire to suffer there forever and ever.  It does not matter if you are a nice person, have never hurt anyone, have done many good works or belong to a certain religion.  The only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  If you want to have eternal life with God and not eternal damnation, pray the following prayer to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and will forgive all your sins.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I repent and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He bled, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I not only accept His sacrifice, but I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, as well as asking the Holy Spirit to live in me and for You to be my Father.  Amen.”

If you were sincere, your sins have been forgiven.  Now find a good born-again Christian church and congregate there with the rest of the believers.  Come back to my page on a weekly basis to learn more.  God bless you!    http://thelivinglights.com/       (10/26/2017)

THE CHEERFUL GIVER

The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver.  To teach us by example, He was the first one to give.  To begin with He gave us this planet, the sun, the moon, the stars, life and then He gave up His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to save our souls.  Jesus did not only come to make salvation available to us, but also to give us life in abundance (John 10:10).

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

God wants us to sow bountifully and cheerfully.  Depending how much we sow and with what spirit or intent we sow, that will determine what we reap.

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

With the same measure we give, it will be given back to us.  If we give very little of ourselves, we get very little back.  If we give a lot, we receive a lot.  The solution is in our hands.

Mark 12:41-44

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.  But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

It’s not about the amount we give, but rather about how much we give according  to our resources and with the attitude we give it.

2 Chronicles 1:5-7

 Now the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the Lord; Solomon and the assembly sought Him there.  And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

Basically God gave “carte blanche” to Solomon.  Because he had offered a thousand burnt offerings to God, God would grant any wish he had.  That can happen to any of us if we dedicate our lives to the Lord.

1 Kings 17:10-16

 So he (the prophet Elijah) went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, ‘Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?’  As she was going to get it, he called, ‘And bring me, please, a piece of bread. ’As surely as the Lord your God lives,’ she replied, ‘I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die. ’Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.  For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.”’ She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.”

Because the widow obeyed, God blessed her and her son.  If she had not provided for the prophet, God would probably not have provided for her.  The will of God is for us to share with other people the blessings He has bestowed on us. Yes, it can be money, but it also can be many other things.

Acts 5:1-11

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.  And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?  While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.  And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter asked her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”She said, “Yes, for so much.”Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”  Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.  So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.”

Apparently Ananias and his wife Sapphira were not cheerful givers.  They even lied about it.  Unlike them, God wants us to be cheerful givers.  Our giving should not just be money or possessions, but our time, talents, abilities, intelligence, wisdom advice and with whatever else God may have blessed us.  We should share as much as possible.  Are you giving back to society, or are you keeping it all to yourself?   http://thelivinglights.com/  (10/19/2017)

 

A  P  O  S  T  A  S  Y

What is apostasy?  According to The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus apostasy is “renunciation of a belief,  faith or principles,  especially religious.”  The New King James Bibles defines it as:  “A falling away from God’s truth.” Regardless of which definition we receive, that is exactly what is happening in the United States to the Bible and to the Christian beliefs.  They are being exchanged for what the people want to hear.

Exodus 32:1-6

Because Moses spend 40 days with God on Mt. Sinai when he received THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, the people got impatient, made themselves a golden calf, started worshiping it and therefore fell into apostasy.

“ Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

1 Kings 12:28-33

As you will read below, Jeroboam was the king of the northern tribes of Israel. Instead of following God’s command through the priests for the people to worship God in the temple in Jerusalem, the king made other provisions.  This, of course, was apostasy.

 Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!” And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.  He made shrines on the high places, and made priests from every class of people, who were not of the sons of Levi. Jeroboam ordained a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast that was in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. So he did at Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And at Bethel he installed the priests of the high places which he had made.  So he made offerings on the altar which he had made at Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in the month which he had devised in his own heart. And he ordained a feast for the children of Israel, and offered sacrifices on the altar and burned incense.”

2 Timothy 4:3

 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.”

That time has come.  The people just hear what they want to hear.  Many pastors and evangelists knowing that is what the people want are giving them exactly that.  Of course that leads to heresy (teaching contrary to the truth) and apostasy.

2 Peter 2:1-3

“ But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.  By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

From the beginning of time as we know it someone has been giving false doctrine.  The first one, of course, was the devil in heaven and later on in the garden of Eden.  Because we are at the end of the age, there are many  false prophets, pastors and evangelists.  Remember…”Not everything that glitters is gold.” Do not be deceived by their convincing words, but check everything with the word of God in the Bible.

1 Timothy 4:1-3

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,  forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”

We are living in the latter times where people are departing from the faith and are giving heed to deceiving spirits.  There is a religion that forbids its leaders to marry and to eat meat on Fridays just as the Bible predicted two-thousand years ago.  Many pastors and evangelists are giving the people false doctrine because that’s what brings in the money to them.  In Matthew 6:24, Jesus tells us that we cannot serve both Him and mammon (money, fame, possessions, etcetera).

2 John 9:11

 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”

He who does not believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Bible is the word of God, according to 2 Timothy 3:16 does not have salvation.  We should not be unequally yoked with them (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Galatians 1:6-9

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,  which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

The apostle Paul was talking to some of the members of the first church – the Christian church at its inception.  Even then they were listening to false doctrines.  There was heresy (teaching contrary to the truth) and apostasy.

Do not fall into believing that:  1. You will go to heaven because you are not harming anybody. 2. You will be saved by your good works.  3. You are automatically saved because you belong to a certain religion.  4. Once you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can sin as much as you want because you are saved by grace. 5. You will go to heaven because you are killing people for your god.  6.  You will go to heaven because there are many ways of getting there.  7. That God would not send you to hell, regardless of your beliefs or lifestyle because He is a loving God.

What you believe or do not believe does not affect or change the facts.  There is a heaven, a hell, a lake of fire, a devil, demons, God’s angels and, of course, God.  The real living God happens to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - the God of the Jews.  If you worship some other god or do not believe that God exists, you will wind up spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering throughout eternity.  If that thought does not appeal to you, then simply repent, and become a born-again Christian.  You may do that by reading the following prayer several times.  After you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I sincerely repent.  Please forgive me and cover my sins with the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ.   I believe and confess that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, but I also know that He rose from the dead on the third day.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for Your Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and help me live this life. Amen.”

Regardless of your past, if you prayed the prayer in all sincerity, you have been completely forgiven by God.  Find a good born-again Christian church and start attending it.  Read the Bible and fellowship with other Christians.  Read my blog once a week.  I update it on Wednesdays or Thursdays.  May our God bless you!   http://thelivinglights.com/    rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  (10/12/2017)

NO OTHER GOD

God makes it very clear in the Bible that there is no other God and that we are to worship Him and Him alone.  If we worship anybody else or anything else, it is idol worship and God definitely hates that.  If we worship anything else other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob we do not have salvation and will spend eternity in the lake of fire. Do you understand the severity of that?

Exodus 20:1-6

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

God was talking to the Israelites, but, at the same time, He could have been talking to us.  He did not take us out of Egypt, but He took us out of sin.  Some religions worship celestial bodies, others worship animals and still others worship so-called saints.  It does not matter what they worship if it’s anything other than God, they will wind up burning and suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever.

John 14:5-7

 “ Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

There is only one Creator and one Savior and that one is Jesus Christ, and there is only one God and one way to heaven. That God manifests Himself in three ways; God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit. That God is  the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the God of the Jewish people and the God of any believer who receives Jesus Christ in his heart as his Lord and Savior.  You can be one of them.

Jeremiah 25:6-7

 Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me (God) to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the Lord, “that you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.”

Through the prophet Jeremiah, God tells the Jewish people not to go after other gods.  The main reason is that there are no other gods.  The second reason is that God is a jealous God . People make images of so-called saints, virgins or gods and worship them.  That only brings God’s wrath upon them.

Deuteronomy 4:23-24

 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you.  For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

God is a jealous God and if you worship idols, His wrath will fall on you, you will wind up in hell and later on you will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

Deuteronomy 6:14-15

“You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.”

God was talking to the Israelites, but what He told them applies to us as well.  If you don’t believe that, just look at all the catastrophes happening around the world. No, it’s not “mother nature.”  It is God removing His protection from us because of the way we are living.  The Unites States is moving farther and farther away from God and the results are extremely visible.

Even a blind person can see them and understand them.

If you are worshiping nothing or are worshiping something else other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, you will be going to hell and later on to the lake of fire to spend eternity there. However, if you do not want to suffer that fate, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and start living a Christian life according to God’s principles.  No, you won’t become perfect here on earth, but you will spend eternity with God because He will forgive all your sins.  If you do not know how to become a son or daughter of God, read the following prayer and when you understand it and agree with it, pray it to God aloud.  He will hear you and will forgive you completely.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I have repented.  Please forgive me as I ask Your Son Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. I confess and believe that He paid for my sins and that He  resurrected from the dead on the third day.  Cover me with His blood and allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You, Father. Amen.”

Read my entire page and keep coming back to it once a week.  I normally update it on Wednesdays or Thursdays.   http://thelivinglights.com    (10/5/17)

DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING UNFINISHED

We Should always finish what we start, unless we realize that what we are trying to do is totally wrong.  Most of the patriarchs in the Bible finished what they set out to do.  They went through failures, disappointments, opposition and dangers until death, but they fulfilled the assignment God had given them.   There are many examples, but the very best one, of course, is Jesus Christ.  He stood firm until death.

Genesis 2:1-3

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

God did not rest until He had finished His creation.  He always finishes what He starts.

Philippians 1:3-6

 I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

The apostle Paul was telling the Philippians that the good work God had started in them would be carried out to its completion.  God will do the same thing for us, because He does not quit in midstream.

Acts 7:29-30

 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons. After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.”

Moses had killed an Egyptian who was mistreating a Jewish person, but he thought nobody knew about it.  When he heard that it was common knowledge, and being afraid the Pharaoh was going to have him killed, he fled from Egypt. He spent 40 years tending his father-in-law’s sheep.  He did not leave that assignment until God gave him a new one.

Deuteronomy 34:5-8

“And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried himin Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.”

Moses brought his people out of bondage from Egypt at 80 years old and he led them until he was 120 years old.  He served God until God took him home.

2 Timothy 4:5-8

 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

The apostle Paul is telling his disciple Timothy that he – Paul – has finished the work God had assigned to him.  He is now getting ready to die and go to heaven. All of us have an assignment that God has given us.  Two scriptures will make this very clear to us.

Matthew 22:37-40 – “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.” Jesus told this to the Pharisees, but it applies to us as well.

Matthew 28:19-20 – “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

This message is telling us not to leave anything unfinished.  That includes loving people, loving God, making disciples by teaching them the word of God.  If we die without doing those three things, we leave unfinished business and God will judge us for that.               (9/28/17)   http://thelivinglights.com/

NOT EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD

The saying “Not everything that glitters is gold” applies to many areas of our lives.  Many times what appears to be good at first glance turns out not to be good at all. Living life as we see fit seems very attractive to us, but in the end it will not only destroy us physically, but in all probability it will also send us to hell and after the judgment to the lake of fire, where we will spend eternity.

Genesis 3:6-7

“When the woman (Eve) saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband (Adam), who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

God had told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but because it looked pleasant to them, they ate of it. Because they did, God cast them out of the garden of Eden.  Sin entered the world through them and that is why we have so many problems now. Don’t blame the world’s problems on God, but rather to the devil and to Adam and Eve.

Genesis 19:3-5

“But he (Lot – Abraham’s nephew) insisted so strongly that they (the two angels) did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.  They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

The men of the city wanted to have sex with the two male angels.  In other words the city was filled with homosexuals and lesbians.  They were up to sexual perversion.  The angels took Lot and his two daughters out of the city and God destroyed it.  Being gay seemed right to the residents, but it brought God’s wrath on Sodom and Gomorrah.  Not everything that glitters is gold.

Judges 16:15-21

Then she (Delilah)  said to him (Samson), “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.”  With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands.  After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.”

Samson fell in love with a Philistine prostitute.  She looked good to him, but she brought his complete destruction – ultimately his death.  Not everything that glitters is gold.  Many would-be stars go to the glitter of Hollywood and wind up being totally disappointed. 

Exodus 32:1-8

“ When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.  They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’”

The idol was shiny made of gold and probably looked pretty, but it brought the wrath of God against the people.  Not everything that looks good to the eye is good for us. God punished those sinners and they spent 40 years in the desert, instead of 2 or 3 weeks. Since appearances can be deceiving, we have to learn to discern what is good and what is bad.

Luke 22:1-6

“Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching,  and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.  Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.  They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.”

I am sure the 30 pieces of silver that the priests gave Judas looked tempting to him, but not everything that glitters is gold.  If you read the Bible, He hung himself afterward. He made two wrong decisions in succession.

Think of your own experiences when something that looked good to you at the beginning turned out to be bad.  The moral of this message is: Don’t fall for everything that looks good. Investigate and pray about it before you get involved with anything or before you make any substantial decision.  Stay away from drinking, smoking, using drugs, sex out of wedlock, illegal activities and so on.  Remember this:  Not everything that glitters is gold.   http://thelivinglights.com/  9/21/17

GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD CHANGE

Ever since the beginning of time, men have changed. Unfortunately most of the time it has been for the worse.  Adam and Eve were the first humans to change by becoming disobedient. Their son Cain followed their example of disobedience. God, on the other hand, never ever changes.  If He were to change, He would be just like one of us and would not be God.

Revelation 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord,“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Jesus Himself tells us who He is.  He is God, of course, who has always been and always will be. He will never cease to exist and He will never quit being what He is…God.

Hebrews 13:8

The author of the Book of Hebrews said: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Because He is God, He cannot change and because the Bible is His word it will not change either.  That means we can and should live our lives according to the scriptures.

 Psalm 102:27

 But You (God)  are the same, and Your years will have no end.” A psalmist, knowing that God is the Creator of everything that exists,  is praising Him for who He is. He is acknowledging that God had no beginning and He will have no end.  He lives forever and ever.

James 1:17

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights (Father God), with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

God is the Father of lights and since we are His children, we are the lights.  With Him there is no variation nor shadow of turning.  He will always be the same.

Matthew 24:35 and Luke 21:33

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

Jesus Himself said this about His words – the ones He had taught to His disciples.  They hold true for us today and will hold true eternally.

Numbers 23:19

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

God does not have to repent because He has never sinned and will fulfill what He said He would do because if He were not to do it, He would have lied and that is something He cannot do.  He cannot change.

Titus 1:1-3

“Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,  in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,  but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior.”

Our hope of eternal life is in Jesus Christ, which He promises to us if we repent (Acts 3:19), ask God to forgive us (1 John 1:9), leave our sinful ways (2 Chronicles 7:14), and if we confess that Jesus Christ died, was raised from the dead  (Romans 10:9-10) and is now at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (  Romans 8:34).

Since God has never lied or changed, cannot change or lie and will never change, we can be assured that if we follow Jesus’ teachings we will spend eternity with Him.  In case you don’t know how to begin, start by reading the following prayer.  When you understand it, pray it to God aloud in faith and in all sincerity.  He will hear you, will forgive all your sins, and will make you His son/daughter.  In spite of what you may have done, He loves you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins.  He resurrected on the third day and is now at your right hand interceding for me because I accept Him as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me, protect me and be my friend. Thank You, Father!  Amen.”

Get yourself a Bible and start reading the Gospel of John.  Start attending a born-again Christian church and make friends there.  People will welcome you there.  Keep coming back to my page – thelivinglights.com   I update it every Wednesday or Thursday.  God bless you!   (9/14/17)

WHOM THE SON SETS FREE…

The Bible tells us that if the Son – Jesus Christ – sets us free, we are free indeed. It does not necessarily mean free from slavery, communism, a dictatorship or from a physical situation.   It means free from sin, from fear, anxiety, worries, hatred, lack of forgiveness, evil thoughts and everything that comes from the flesh, the world, the devil and not from God.  He frees us inwardly, not necessarily outwardly.  our circumstances may not change, but we change.

John 8:31-36

 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”  Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Every single person sins and our sin condemns us to eternal separation from God.  That means we should spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire, but since God loves us so much, He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place to pay for our sins.  If we accept that sacrifice, we will spend eternity with God.  If we do not accept it, for whatever the reason, we will receive God’s wrath eternally in the lake of fire. 

Romans 8:1-2

 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

There is no condemnation for the people who follow Jesus Christ – the Christians -. If you are not a Christian and if you have not received Jesus in your heart as your Lord and Savior, God’s condemnation is still on you, but if you repent and receive Jesus Christ in your life, the Son will set you free from that condemnation.  If you don’t know how to do that, I will show you at the end of this message.

Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

What the apostle Paul is saying is that to become a Christian you have to transform your mind – change your way of thinking.  You become free of trying to fool, deceive, trick or undo people out of their possessions, instead you are now trying to help them.  Instead of just trying to live for yourself, you now live to please God and to help other people.  In essence, you become a new person leaving behind selfishness, greed, envy, jealousy, hatred, covetousness, anxiety  and every other sin that goes directly against God’s will.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

If the Son – Jesus Christ – sets us free, does that mean that we won’t have any troubles?  Not at all! It only means that we turn them over to God, refuse to worry about them and God will help us resolve them.  After all, His ways, power, intelligence and wisdom are much, much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Once we leave the sin behind, we should not go back to it.  Although it is referring to religious rituals or traditions, it applies to any sin, such as using drugs, drinking, stealing, violence, prostitution, same-sex marriage and so on.  Allow God to set you free from any type of bondage and remain in that condition the rest of your life.

If you want to be free indeed from the wrath of God, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and leave your sinful ways behind.  You do not have to wait until you clean yourself because that may never happen.  You accept Jesus by faith and He will clean you up.   If you want to become a child of God, be a better person and spend eternity with God, instead of suffering in the lake of fire, pray the following prayer to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and will receive you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me.  I also ask Your Son Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  I confess and believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead on the third day, and that some days later He ascended to heaven where He is at your right hand interceding for me.  Thank You, Father!  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer and meant it, you are now free from whatever sin was holding you captive. As of this moment, all your sins have been forgiven. You have a perfectly clean slate. Every night before you go to bed ask God to forgive you for the sins of that day and He will.  Find a good born-again Christian church, make friends there and start attending it on a regular basis.  God bless you!   (9/7/17)   thelivinglights.com

 

BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY

God wants His children to be holy. Who are His children? Anyone who receives Jesus Christ in his heart as his Lord and Savior is a child of God. According to The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus, one of the definitions of holy is:  “Belonging to, devoted to, or empowered, by God.” If we are His children, He empowers us, protects us, guides us and blesses us.  Are you His child?

1 Peter 1:15-16

 But as He (God) who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

God is holy and perfect.  We will never be perfect, but we can be devoted to Him by trying to do His will, and not ours, as much as possible.   In other words, we should try to stay away from sin as much as it is within our power.

Leviticus 11:44-45

 For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

God brought the Jewish people out of bondage in Egypt and He was telling them to be holy and not to defile themselves.  When we received Jesus Christ in our lives, we became God’s children.  He did not bring us out of Egypt, but He brought us out of sin. That’s because Jesus paid for our sins on the cross at Calvary.

Leviticus 19:2

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’”

God wants a holy people.  He wants us to live a godly life.  If every human being were to do that, there would be no trouble in this world.  It would be a perfect one, but since sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, that will never happen until we are in heaven.

Leviticus 20:6-8

“And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I (God) will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.  Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”

God hates witchcraft and idolatry.  If you are into that, repent, ask God to forgive you and refrain from doing that.  If you don’t, you will wind up in the lake of fire burning eternally.  Be holy, which means keeping God’s statues – commandments.  It’s not difficult!

Leviticus 20:26-27

“And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. ‘A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.’”

God chose the Jewish people to be His and separated them from all the other nations.  When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God separates us from all the unbelievers in the world and opens the gates of heaven to us.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Because God lives out of time, He knows everything and is seeing everything that happened in the past,  that is happening now and that will happen in the future.  Because of that, He knew before time began who would repent and choose Him as his God.  Consequently He chose those people for salvation – to spend eternity with Him.  Are you one of them?

If you don’t know whether you have been chosen by God or not, simply repent, ask God to forgive your sins, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and live a godly life from now on.  If you have never done that, in all humility and sincerity pray the following prayer aloud to Him.  He will hear you and you will become one of His children.

“Father God, I know I have sinned.  I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me as I confess that Jesus is Your Son that He suffered and died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I make Him my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, Father!  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer to God and you meant it, you are now a son/daughter of God.  Keep coming back to my page – thelivinglights.com – as I update it every Wednesday or Thursday.  (8/31/17)

 

DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED

Some people become discouraged easier than others, but nevertheless most of us become discouraged at one point or another.  Many inventions have not been invented, many businesses have not been opened, and many good plans have failed because people have become discouraged.  To avoid becoming discouraged we have to maintain a positive attitude,  keep our eyes on the goal and pray to God – this only applies to Christian people.  If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, keep reading and you will have the opportunity to do so.

Philippians 4:6-7

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Instead of being discouraged, anxious or quitting, you should bring up our problem or problems to God and He will give you peace of mind.

Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If you are a Christian, do not fear, do not dismay and do not be discouraged because God will help you.  He will see you through the situation.

Joshua 1:9

 Have I (GOD) not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This is what God told Joshua when the latter replaced Moses as leader of the Jewish people. Guess what?  God is telling you the same thing.

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

If you remain steadfast, God will be with you, will renew your strength, so you can see the situation through and accomplish your goal.

Psalm 34:17-19

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

If you are a righteous Christian and you cry out to God, He will hear you and deliver you from your troubles.  It does not mean that you will not have troubles, but it does mean that God will be with you.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Cast your burdens on the Lord Jesus and He will help you.  He is Jehovah Jireh, which means the God who provides.  He is also Jehovah Rapha – the God who heals.

Philippians 4:19

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Do not worry because God will supply all your needs, not necessarily your wants or your desires.

Matthew 11:28-29

Come to me (Jesus Christ), all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

If you are dismayed, disillusioned, discouraged and do not seem to have any hope, come to Jesus.  Not only will He give you rest, but He will give you that peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this is your perfect opportunity.  Read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity and He will give you eternal life.  You will spend eternity with him.  If you have a Bible read John 3:3,  John 3:15-17, John 14:6 and Romans 10:9-10.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I repent of all my sins, and I ask You to forgive me  as I receive Jesus Christ in my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask You to fill me with the Holy Spirit that I may live a life according to your will.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

You are now a child of God.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  Start reading the Bible and start socializing with Christian friends. God bless you!  (8/24/17)  thelivinglights.com

 

DO IT WHILE YOU CAN

Opportunities to do good and to do the will of God are just that. Many times they present themselves only once and sometimes  we are not even expecting them. Opportunities normally happen at a specific time, at a specific place to a specific person.  We have to learn to take advantage of them when they happen.  Once they are gone, they are gone.

Galatians 6:9-10

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

We should try to do good at all times.  Even if we cannot help physically or financially we can give people the proper advice and encourage them.

Colossians 4:4

 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

The ones who are outside are the ones who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and therefore will wind up in hell if we don’t witness to them.  Redeeming the time means to use it wisely and to take advantages of the opportunities that arise.

2 Timothy 4:2

“I (Paul the apostle) charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:  Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

We should be willing and ready to give the word of God and to help others at all times. Many pastors and evangelists are teaching “the false feel good message.” We should be ready, willing and able to teach the true one at any given moment.  If we wait for the perfect time, it may never get here.

Genesis 25:29-33

 And Jacob cooked a stew; Esau came from the field, and he was weary.  And Esau said to Jacob, “Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red stew; for I am weary.”  Therefore was his name called Edom.  And Jacob said, “Sell me this day thy birthright.”  And Esau said, “Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?”  And Jacob said, “Swear to me this day.”  So he swore to him: and he sold his birthright to Jacob.”

Two big points here:  1. Esau despised his birthright, which in those days was extremely important.  2.  Jacob took advantage of the situation.

Luke 10:30-36

 “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed,he took out two denarii (the money used in those days), gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’  So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

This was a parable that Jesus told a lawyer who was trying to trick him.  The Jews and the Samaritans hated each other.  Samaritans and Jews never helped each other.  The Samaritan went totally against his culture and seized the opportunity to do good.

Nehemiah 2:4-8

 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”  Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,  and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.”

Nehemiah was the king’s cupbearer.  One day the king noticed that Nehemiah was sad, and so he asked him what was wrong. Nehemiah took advantage of the situation explaining the problem of the Jewish people to the king and the latter send him to Judah to help his people. 

ISAIAH 55:6

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.”

What that scripture is telling us is that Salvation will not always be available.  It will not be available once we have died without accepting the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  At that time we will be in hell, and it will be too late to repent or to ask Jesus into our hearts.

Do not waste your life on drugs, drinking, being lazy or anything else.  Get the most out of life.  Make a difference in our society and also for the kingdom of God.  Leave a legacy of helping people and of being a good Christian person.  Do not follow the herd.  If you do, you will be mediocre.   (8/17/17)   thelivinglights.com

 

WHAT GOD HATES THE MOST

If we were to ask several people what God hates the most, some of them would say sin.  Others would say pride.  Of course some would say violence, while others would probably say lack of forgiveness.  There would probably be many more answers, and to some extent every one of them would be partially right, but none of those would be the correct answer.

Revelation 12:7-10

 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

The Lucifer, who was a very special angel, committed the very first act of disobedience in heaven when he rebelled against God, and he and the fallen angels who followed him were cast out of heaven. He is now known as the devil and the fallen angels became known as demons. 

Genesis 3:6-7

 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

God had told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The devil told them that they should and they disobeyed God.  Because of their disobedience sin came into a perfect world and made it what it is today.  As punishment God cursed the world and drove them out of the garden of Eden.

Numbers 20:7-12

 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.  And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?”  Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

Because of disobedience the Jewish people were wandering through the desert for forty years. They complained to Moses that they needed water, so Moses prayed to God and God told him to speak to the rock and water would come forth.  Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses struck it twice with his rod.  Because he was disobedient God did not allow him to enter the promised land.  Disobedience is a serious matter with God.

Genesis 19:15-17

“When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”  And while he lingered, the men (angels) took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.  So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he(an angel) said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” Genesis 19:24-26 … “Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.  So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

Because of carnal sin, including homosexuality, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but he rescued Lot, his wife and his two daughters.  God told them not to look back as He was destroying the city.  Lot’s wife disobeyed, looked back, and she immediately became a pillar of salt.  God hates disobedience, but he loves obedience.

If you are blatantly disobeying God, your day of judgment will come.  No matter how you have been disobeying, repent, ask God to forgive you, quit participating in that sin and God will forgive you.  He is a loving God, but He cannot be mocked.   (8/10/17) thelivinglights.com

 

 

 

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