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GOD DOES NOT WANT YOU TO BE LUKEWARM (August 9, 2018)

God does not want people to be lukewarm toward Him. A lukewarm person is not really a Christian. He or she is just playing at being a Christian. He or she acts as one when it is convenient and not when it is inconvenient. One cannot be both a Christian and be involved with the sins of the world. A Christ follower lives in the world, but he is not of the world.

Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Mammon simply means money or possessions. Either we follow God or the things of this world. It’s one or the other. Which one is more important to you?

1 John 2:15-16

 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

The things of the world are money, possessions, comforts, pleasures, fame and so on. If we love those things more than God, then we do not really love God, and we may not even have salvation.

Isaiah 29:13-14

“Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

Many people say they believe in God, but they do not live a godly life. Some of them even live lives worse than the ones who say they are atheists.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

“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!”

We are living in the last days and people have a form of godliness, but deny God’s power.

Titus 1:15-16

“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.  They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.”

You will find many people who say they believe in God, but they deny His power to heal or to do miracles. Do you fit in that category?

Matthew 5:13-14

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

If we lose our faith in God, zeal for serving Him or relationship with Him, we are no good to Him. We may even lose our salvation.

Revelation 3:15-16

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

If God says He will vomit you that means He is throwing you in the lake of fire to suffer eternally.

Matthew 7:21

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Some of those so-called Christians who are lukewarm will be judged and found guilty on Judgment Day. They will be thrown into the lake of fire. Don’t be one of them!

Supposing you do not want to spend eternity burning in the lake of fire, then repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and try to live a godly life. No, you will not be perfect – nobody is. Just do the best you can. God will understand. Read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God orally in all humility, sincerity in faith. He will receive it.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day, so that I could be reconciled to You. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me. Amen.”

Start attending a good born-again Christian church. Read the Bible, pray to God, and find some Christian friends to fellowship with them whenever possible. God bless you!

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WE GIVE LIFE TO WHATEVER WE RECEIVE

Many things, such as lies, propaganda, philosophy, doctrine, ideas and religion, do not have a life of their own. They only become real when we give them life. If we do not accept them they do not have life, and therefore cannot affect us in any way, shape or form. For our purpose I am only going to concentrate more on negative feelings, but realizing full well that we can also give life to the positive ones. Some of those negative feelings are being: worried, anxious, fearful, frustrated, mad, racially prejudiced, anguished, ashamed, bitter, feeling defeated, discouraged, distressed, downcast, frightened, humiliated, perplexed and many more.

PROVERB 18:21

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

Positive words have the power to encourage, uplift, and edify, but negative ones can also destroy a person if they are accepted. Words have life, but only if we accept them. The best thing for us to do is not to receive harmful comments from anyone and not to give them out, either.

JOB 3:25-26

“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.  I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”

Whatever it was he feared, he gave it life by confessing and by fearing it. In many cases whatever we confess that comes to pass. Instead of confessing the negative, we should confess the positive. We should be eternal optimists.

EPHESIANS 4:29-32

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Two points: Do not receive anything negative from other people, and do not speak negatively to others. Be very careful as to how you speak to children. You could cause life-long damage to them by using the wrong words.

GENESIS 3:5-7

The devil is talking to Eve in the garden of Eden. “ For God knows that in the day you (Eve) eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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 (Adam) 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.”

The garden of Eden was perfect. Sin was unknown here on earth. Through Adam and Eve’s disobedience sin entered the world. They gave life to it by listening to the devil and by obeying him instead of God.

ROMANS 3:1-4

“What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God.  For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.”

We can give life to God’s word and to the Holy Spirit in us if we read His word, pray it, live it, and teach it to others. We can use His word to rebuke the attacks of the devil and those of people who attack us for any given reason. In other words, we do not receive the attacks and we cast them away from us using the word of God.

MATTHEW 18:18-19

“Assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

This scripture gives us the power not to give life to anything that is negative, anything that comes from the devil, or anything that may cause us harm. Instead of giving life to that, we can give life to God’s will in our lives. We can do that by receiving God’s word and not the word of the devil or the world.

Keep in mind that you give life to whatever you receive. Quit receiving negative doctrines, ideas, advice, philosophies, lies, propaganda, or anything that goes against the will of God. Just receive whatever is helpful, healthy, positive, and godly. Speaking of receiving, the best thing you can receive is salvation – eternal life. You may do that by receiving Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior. If you do not know how to do that, simply read the following prayer, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity. He will hear you, forgive all your sins, and receive you as His child – you will spend eternity with Him and not suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

“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, and that He resurrected on the third day from the dead. I also receive the Holy Spirit in my life, and I ask You to bless me with good health and that I may find favor with You and with people wherever I may go. Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you. Come back to this blog every week. Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible. You’ve got hell to lose and heaven to gain!

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COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GOD

Some people say they don’t know how to pray, others say they don’t know how to pray aloud, and still others say they don’t know how to pray in a group and so on. Yet the word of God tells us to pray without ceasing, to bring everything up to God, and to come boldly to the throne of grace.

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 worried, frustrated, anxious or fearful. He wants us to bring all our problems up to Him, and He will help us with them.

EPHESIANS 6:18

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—“

God wants us to be praying to Him in tongues or, at least, in the presence of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to persevere in prayer – not just to pray it once and forget about it.

PSALM 55:22

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

If we are righteous, and we give our problems to God, He will help us with them. He will either remove the problem, or He will be with us in the middle of the storm, whatever it may be.

PROVERBS 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

The key word is trust. The Bible tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We should acknowledge God every day, and in everything we do. That is what pleases Him.

HEBREWS 4:14-16

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Jesus is our High Priest and He is at the right hand of the Father in His throne in heaven (Acts 5:31 and Mark 16:19) interceding for us, but only if we are praying in His name (John 14:14 and John 15:16). It is called The Throne of Grace because it is only by God’s love and His forgiveness for us that we have salvation, and that we can come to His throne and ask Him to bless us in one way or another. We do not deserve it, it is a love offering from God to us. Grace actually means unmerited favor.

Nevertheless in prayer we can come up boldly to the throne of God, and make our requests known to Him. Of course, it would be very fit and proper if we were to praise Him, adore Him and exalt Him before petitioning Him to do something for us. We need to worship Him for who He is, and not just for what He can do for us.

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THE GUILTY WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED

In most countries when a crime is committed if it is known who committed it, he or she is punished. That punishment is here on this earth, but God has an eternal punishment for those who sin do not repent and who do not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

GENESIS 3:6-7 and 3:23-24

“So when the woman (Eve) 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 (Adam) 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.” Genesis 3:23-24 – “ Therefore the Lord God sent him (Adam) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”

Adam and Eve were punished by being cast out of the garden of Eden because they disobeyed God.

ISAIAH 14:12-15 and REVELATION 12:7-9

““How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to sheol (hell), to the lowest depths of the pit.” Revelation 12:7-9 – “ And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (the Devil); 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.”

Satan (who was a privileged angel) tried to exalt himself above the throne of God, and he and the angels (later became demons) who followed him were cast out of heaven. They were eternally punished for rebelling against God.

1 SAMUEL 15:1-3

“Samuel (a prophet) also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.  Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”

Amalek and his men had attacked the Israelites (God’s chosen people) while they were roaming in the desert on their way to the promised land (the country of Israel), so God had a severe punishment for them.

GENESIS 18:20-21 and GENESIS 19:24-25

“Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” Genesis 19:24-25 – “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.”

The grievous sin that the people in Sodom and Gomorrah were involved with was sexual perversion – having sex with members of the same sex. God had every single resident killed, except for Lot and his two daughters. Sin may not necessarily be punished in this world, but if the person has not repented and has not received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, the inescapable fact is that it will be punished in the next one – the lake of fire.

WE WILL GIVE ACCOUNT TO GOD

2 Corinthians 5:10 – “ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” Romans 14:12-13 – “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Matthew 12:36-37 – “But I (Jesus Christ) say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

All of us have sinned, and that sin has to be paid for one way or another. Sin cannot go unpunished. When we face God in the final judgment if we have not received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior or if we have not repented of our sins, they will still be with us, which means that God will demand payment for them. Unfortunately for many of us that payment will be spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire.

However if we have repented and we have received Jesus Christ in our life as our Lord and Savior, all our sins have been paid for, forgiven and forgotten because Jesus paid for them by shedding His blood and dying on the cross. We will not be punished because Jesus took our punishment on His own body. If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this is your perfect opportunity to do so. Read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity. He will hear you, will forgive you, and will make you His child. That means you will spend eternity with Him and not with the Devil suffering eternally in the lake of fire.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He bled and died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He rose on the third day from among the dead to reconcile me with You. Allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You, Father God. Amen.”

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD

Every single one of us needs to hear the word of God, so we can either accept it or reject it. Since God gave us free will, once we hear the truth, it is up to us what we do with it. If we reject it, God will judge us in the final judgment, and will find us guilty of all our sins. That of course will send us to spend eternity in the lake of fire. Not a very pleasant thought!

HOSEA 4:6

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

Through the prophet Hosea, God was telling the Jewish people that they would wind up in hell and later on in the lake of fire because they did not know His word. Since they did not know His word, they were not living it. The same applies to us today. We cannot live by God’s word if we are ignorant of what it says.

ROMANS 10:17

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

The apostle Paul tells us very clearly that faith comes from hearing the word of God. It is impossible to have faith in God if we do not even know that He exists. The only way we can learn of God’s existence, that His Son died to pay for our sins on the cross, that Jesus gave us examples of how to live a Christian life, and what is the will of God is by reading the Bible. There are no shortcuts.

JOHN 8:31-32

“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.”

The only way we can abide and apply the word of God is by knowing it, and if we do that, then we will be set free from sin. The reason being is that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross by shedding His blood for us. He paid the penalty that we should have paid. We can only know that and know Him by reading the Bible, by going to church and by praying.

ISAIAH 52:6-7

“Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’ ” 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!”

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Matthew 23:39 and Psalm 118:26) proclaiming good news. Jesus, of course, came in the name of the Lord, but blessed is anybody who takes the good news of salvation to others who desperately need it. Are you doing that?

ROMANS 10:13-15

 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
who bring glad tidings of good things!”

We, who know the word of God, are called to take it to others who have not heard it yet. We are to try and evangelize those around us. You may be the only Christian your loved one, friend, co-worker, neighbor or acquaintance knows. If you do not tell him or her about the plan of salvation, who will?

MATTHEW 28:18-20

“And Jesus came and spoke to them (His disciples), 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 command from Jesus has become known as “The Great Commission.” Although Jesus gave it to His disciples, it applies to every single one of us today. We are supposed to take the gospel, which means “good news” to as many people as possible. The good news is that Jesus paid for our sins when He suffered and died on the cross. All we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and try to do the will of God. No, you are not expected to be perfect – just do the best you can.

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GIVE SACRIFICIALLY
All of us give in one way or another, but what pleases God the most is when we give sacrificially. Yes, we give from our need and not from our abundance. What we give does not necessarily have to be money, although it can be that. We can also give of our time, talents, abilities, wisdom, knowledge, faith, and the love of God that flows through us.
JOHN 3:16-17
“ For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
Father God sacrificially gave up His Son Jesus Christ to be killed as a common criminal to make salvation available to us. Whether we receive it or not, that’s entirely up to us.
1 JOHN 3:16-19
“By this we know love, because He (Jesus Christ) laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.”
Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we should be willing to help people in whatever way we can. All of us have different gifts, talents, abilities, and possessions that can be used to help others in their time of need. Today they have a need, tomorrow we may be the ones who have a need and somebody else will help us.
We should not just talk Christian talk, but we should walk the Christian walk. In other words, we need to demonstrate the love of God to others through our actions. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, both a kind gesture and a favor when it is needed speak volumes.
HEBREWS 13:16
“ Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
We should share with others what we have and that pleases God. We may just happen to have something somebody else needs. Maybe he or she needs it more than we do. Giving it may be a sacrifice to us, but if we are following godly principles we will give it up. In Acts 20:35, Jesus tells us that there is more pleasure in giving than in receiving.
JAMES 2:15-16
“ If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
A Christian cop-out is to say, “I’ll pray for you.” A prayer is fine, but what the person needs could be a blanket, a meal, five dollars, a listening ear, physical help or some other need that could be met by any practicing Christian. A little sacrifice by the Christian person could go a long way toward helping the person meet his or her need.

1 KINGS 17:7-16
“Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the LORD came to him (the prophet Elijah): ‘Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have instructed a widow there to supply you with food.’ So he 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.
There was a bad famine in the land because it had not rained for a long time. The widow obeyed God following the instructions that Elijah gave her, and God blessed her because of her obedience and because she was giving from her need, not her abundance.
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.”
According to Jesus the widow gave more than all the rest because she gave from her need. She gave all she had. Although the Bible does not actually say it, more likely than not, God supplied all her needs.
The most important point is to give of yourself sacrificially. There is a myriad of ways of giving. Just give as the situation requires it. Times change, circumstances change, places change, and situations change, but if you are a true Bible-believing Christ follower you will find a way to give sacrificially from your need. It may not make sense to your friends, fellow workers or the general public because God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
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WE ARE HEIRS WITH JESUS CHRIST

If we have been born again, we are heirs to the kingdom of God together with Jesus Christ. That means God has adopted us as His children, and as His children we have certain rights and privileges. However those right and privileges do not come automatically to us. We have to claim them and exercise them.

JOHN 3:1-3

“There was a man of the Pharisees (the religious leaders) named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

One is born again when one receives Jesus Christ in his life as his or her Lord and Savior. When one does that, one becomes a child of God. Are you a child of God?

JOHN 8:32 and 8:34-36

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:34-36 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin, and a son does not abide in the house forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Jesus was telling this to some who claimed to be believers, but they did not believe in Him. The truth is that Jesus paid for our sins when He suffered, died on the cross and resurrected. If we know that, claim it, repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are set free from sin, and we will spend eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father.

ROMANS 8:15-17

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

When one becomes a Christian, one becomes a child of God who is set free from the bondage of sin and from the past. One is considered to be a new person by God (2 Corinthians 5:17). In eternity we will be heirs with Jesus Christ to everything that Father God has.

ROMANS 8:28-30

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

IF we are Christians, we are justified from our sins because Jesus already paid for them. It does not mean we can go on sinning purposely, but when we do if we repent, ask God to forgive us, and do our best not to sin again, God forgives us and we are clean as if had never sinned.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-10

 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

The scripture is referring to what we will have in eternity when this life is over for us. Unfortunately only the Christians will go through this experience. The ones who fail to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire. Don’t be one of them!

PSALM 103:1-14

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. 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.
As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.  For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.”

A few practical benefits of being a Christian: 1. We will spend eternity with God. 2. We can bring our problems to God in prayer and supplication. 3. God protects us from harm. 4. He can give us victories over our enemies. 5. He can make the crooked paths straight for us. 6. He can heal us when we are ill. 7. He may perform miracles for us if they are needed. 8. He can help us to make decisions. 9. He can handle our hurts, frustrations, anxieties, fears and anything else that may be bothering us. 10. He can restore broken relationships. 11. He can help us leave behind some bad addictions.

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THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
In biblical days, even before Jesus was born, the price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver, and that was exactly what Judas received for betraying Jesus. That was the price he and the Pharisees put on Jesus’ life. How much is your life worth?
EXODUS 21:32
“If the ox gores a manservant or a maidservant (they would be slaves), he (the owner of the ox) shall give to their master (the owner of the slaves) thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned (would be killed by stoning).”
This time was about 1445 years before Jesus Christ was born. The price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver then and during Jesus’ lifetime.
ZECHARIAH 11:7-13
“So I (the prophet Zechariah) shepherded the flock (It is referring to the Jewish people) marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock (the people) detested me, and I grew weary of them and said, “I will not be your shepherd (He would not be the leader of the Israelites). Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.” Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations. It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the LORD. I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! (That is what they figured the life of Zechariah was worth). So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD.”
in those days the price of a slave was thirty shekels or thirty pieces of silver. Can we really put a price on a human life?
MATTHEW 26:14-16
“Then one of the twelve (Jesus’ disciples), called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests (the religious leaders) and said: ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him (Jesus) to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he (Judas) sought an opportunity to betray Him (Jesus).”
Jesus was only worth thirty pieces of silver to Judas and to the religious leaders. How much is He worth to you?
MATTHEW 27:3-5
“ When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.”
Judas had remorse, but he never repented. If he had repented, Jesus more than likely would have forgiven him. No one knows for sure, but there is a high probability that he may be suffering in hell. God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Do not gamble with your eternity. You can make sure that you will be going to heaven and not to hell.

MATTHEW 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Do not be fooled by the devil, the world or even by your own mind. Your soul is priceless. God considers it a treasure. No amount of money, power or fame can buy it or be a substitute for it.
The treasures that God is referring to are our souls. Yes, you can be a treasure to Him if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9, Luke 12:8, John 3:16, John 14:6, John 3:3).
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LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD
People who do not want anything to do with God are dead to Him. Those are the people who will never repent and just plainly refuse to believe in God. They are not dead physically, they are dead spiritually. God does not want to have anything to do with them because He knows their heart.
JOHN 5:36-40
“But I (Jesus) have a greater witness than John’s (John the Baptist); for the works which the Father has given Me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent (Jesus Christ), Him you do not believe.”
Jesus was talking to the Jewish leaders. They were trying to kill Him because He was healing people, saying He had come from God, and people were beginning to follow Him. In essence, He was a threat to their leadership.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:14
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
This refers to people who will never repent, will never receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and who do their best to discredit God’s existence and to insult Christians. It does not refer to people who will repent and who will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
MATTHEW 23:25-30
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’”
Jesus was talking to the religious leaders. They did not accept Him as the Messiah, and He did not accept them for salvation. They were as good as dead to Him.
JOHN 8:44-47
“ You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
Jesus told this to a group of Jews who did not believe in Him or in His word. Those people were dead to God.

MATTHEW 8:21-22
“Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
What Jesus meant was for the ones who had no salvation – spiritually dead – to bury the ones who were physically dead.
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are dead to God, which means you are totally separated from Him. Do not despair because God in His infinite love for us made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. That way, of course, is Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
If you want to make sure that you are not dead to God, go to this page to the article entitled, “You Cannot Have Faith Without Knowing God.” At the end you will find what we call, “The Sinner’s Prayer.” Pray it to God, and He will receive you as His child.
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