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I Am Not Ashamed-

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) 

Jesus said that if we are ashamed of him to others, he will be ashamed of us to the Father. 

I am not ashamed of the gospel of our Lord, no, I praise it for it is the power of God manifest, first in Christ Jesus and later, in the written words of God, our Holy Bible.

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) 

First came the Law of Moses, an impossible set of rules and laws that no one could follow save and except the Lord Jesus.

Then came Jesus Christ, the Son of God come in human form to save the sinner from himself.

By Jesus’ death and resurrection the Law of Moses is no more, all things now come by grace for all who believe, “from faith for faith.” 

Faith, the trust that Jesus had in the Father allowed him to endure the pain and agony of death on the cross, his death giving all who would believe in him, through faith, the power of God in salvation. 

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4) 

“So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) 

The printed words of Christ, the Bible brings salvation to all who will believe in him as Lord, delivered both by the Bible and by the preaching of good men who are called to preach the gospel of our Lord to the world.

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2) 

Step forth in faith brothers, becoming living reflections of the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Become an example, a reflection, that all can see the joy of living in Christ Jesus. It is through our lives that the Lord is seen by the world, it is by our lives that Jesus Christ is judged by those who do not know him. It is our duty as his followers to present him as he is, Lord of all and savior to the world. 

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophesy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:6-8) 

Step forth today and become a living reflection of our Lord, bringing his joy and peace to the world around you. May his blessings by upon you and his peace be within you…

The Christian Way-

 There are many questions concerning the Christian way of living, questions of what should I do, or, what should I not do if I am to follow Jesus Christ and he is to be my Lord and Master.

The prophet Micah gave answer to a young man that came before him asking the question, “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?” (Micah 6:6)

Now this young man is assuming that he will have to bring gifts or sacrifices to the Lord in order to be accepted as a child of the Most High God.

But, the prophet says no, there is nothing that you must bring before him but yourself as he answers with these words.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

Sounds so simple, so easy, we have only to treat others equally, with justice, to show mercy and kindness to all less fortunate than ourselves, and lastly, to walk humbly with God.

Oh, but therein lies the problem. 

For humility is not an attribute of the natural man, no, man looks to his own selfish wishes and seeks to satisfy his own will and not to submit to the will of God each day.

Humility is a hard taskmaster for the natural man and gives so many so much trouble in following Gods will through life.

Micah has told us what God requires of all who would follow him and we can look to the Proverbs for the things which are best left alone in the life of the Christian.

Proverbs chapter six says this about the things that God does not like, the things that one is to refrain from in order to live as God wishes for his child.

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him” (Proverbs 6:16) 

Let us look first at the  six things that God hates.

“Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” (Proverbs 6:17)

Haughty eyes – haughty is to have or to show contempt or superiority for all considered inferior to oneself. To look down on others and to exalt oneself.

Lying tongue – See Commandment #9 – Thou shall not lie!

Shedding innocent blood – See ‘Commandment #6 – Thou shalt not murder.

“A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil. A false witness who breathes out lies” (Proverbs 6:18-19) 

Wicked plans – a wicked heart cannot serve God

Run to evil – if saved one must run from evil and to the Lord.

False witness – See Commandment #9 – Thou shalt not lie!

And lastly, the things which God abhors – 

“And one who sows discord among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:19)

Discord – to cause active quarreling and conflict among others.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.” (James 2:8)

“Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

“Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.” (James 4:10)

And there we have an understanding of the do’s and don’ts of being Christian. May you be blessed by the Lord this day and forever…  

Righteousness Manifested-

There is but one way to the righteousness of God and that path comes through the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross of calvary as payment for the sin of all mankind.

While there are those who claim works as salvation, the Bible says no, as is proclaimed by the Lord Jesus when he says to all, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) 

Gods righteousness is manifested on earth only through the Lord Jesus and it is through acceptance of him as Lord of lords and King of kings that all come to the Father’s kingdom.

“But the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it.” (Romans 3:21) 

This verse speaks of the Lord Jesus as he is manifest to us as a man who has come from God. A man who brings a new way, a way apart from the Law of Moses, the gospel truth of our Lord. A man of whom the entire Old Testament, the Law and the Prophets, speaks.

“The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:22-25) 

“It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26)   

The righteousness of God come to earth in the form of a man, but being still the deity of God, righteousness manifest to all mankind who would believe in him as Lord and Savior. Lord of all people for God makes no distinction of color, creed, or sex, for all are precious in his sight. Righteousness for all times and all peoples.

By the will of God that all people should not perish but have everlasting life the boasting of the Jews as the only chosen people of God is over with the coming of Jesus and the teaching of his way, the gospel of the Christ. 

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9)

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” (2 Peter 3:10)

“But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13) 

And so I ask you, “Will you come and wait with us today? Come, putting your trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to be your own personal Lord and Master? You must choose, all people must, you can choose life in Christ Jesus or death in the world, the domain of the devil, for he is already sentenced to the eternal fires of hell and so too will be all who follow him. 

Come today, come and wait with all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of the world.

The Good News-

During their time at Antioch the Holy Spirit called Paul and Barnabas to go into the land preaching the gospel. They set off through the land going from town to town bringing the word of God, the good news, to all who would listen.

At a town called Lystra they came upon a lame man, and the Bible says of him, “He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang upright and began walking.” (Acts 14:8-10) 

Now as one might imagine, the amazement was great and the Lycaonians began to worship Paul and Barnabas believing them to be gods in human form that had come among them.

“Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.” (Acts 14:12-13) 

Now when Paul and Barnabas saw this they ran out into the crowd begging and shouting for them to stop and saying to them, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:15-17) 

Those who preach the gospel today preach the same message, that we should turn from earthly idols, to the message of the good news of the risen Lord Jesus Christ and his love for all mankind.

Peter said it so well when he said of the gospel and of salvation by the grace of God through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus.

“Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:23-25) 

For it is as Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) 

This my friends is the “good news” that all have preached, the truth of the gospel of Christ Jesus, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but that their spirits shall live forever with him.

Have you accepted him as your Sovereign Lord and Master. Do you know him as your Lord, more importantly, does he know you?

For he tells us that many will come before him in judgment saying, Lord, Lord, but he will turn them away saying, “And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matt. 7:23) 

Don’t be like those who profess to be Christian but are in name only, and not in their hearts.

Accept him with your heart this day and know the joy of living and walking with the Lord, knowing that your life is secure in his love and grace and that your eternity is set in heaven with him, forever.

“The Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

– Aaron

May the peace that comes only from the Lord be upon you this day and forever..

Come-

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:12-13) 

A promise given by the Lord Jesus through the mouth of the apostle John in the final chapter of the final book of the Bible.

A promise of justice to come for all people, good and evil, for all they have done on this earth.

In the “no fault” society of todays world, many find these words hard to accept, just as they also find the Lord Jesus and his love hard to accept. Not because they cannot believe them but because they do not want to have to abide by them which is what Jesus requires of all who would follow him and receive his blessing of life eternal.

For he tells us it is not enough that we believe in him but that we also must obey the will of his Father in heaven if we are to inherit the kingdom of heaven.

There are three steps to salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. First – We must believe in him, believe that he is the Son of God come to earth to die for the sins of all mankind. Second – We must accept him as our Sovereign Lord and Master, accept him as Lord of lords and King of kings, Lord of all. Third – We must obey the will of the one who sent him, the Father God, we must walk humbly with him each day doing his will and not the will of the world or of ourselves.

“And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophesy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” (Revelation 22:10-11) 

Since Jesus has defeated the great dragon, Satan, at the cross, the visions of John have already been fulfilled. We are to spread the truth of the gospel to the world, for in time the habits of all will be set, for the evildoer, the filthy, the righteous and the holy, all will do as they have been doing, their patterns of behavior will become irreversible. What will be will then be. 

The assurance that, when Jesus comes “soon,” he will bring his recompense, his blessing to believers and judgement to rebels, those who reject him, should motivate believers to perseverance and purity, to be righteous and holy.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root of David, the bright morning star. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelation 22:16-17) 

The kingdom of Jesus is the kingdom of David carried on through the ages, the one foretold by Balaam as he foresaw one like a bright morning star rising from Israel to conquer the nations of the world. 

For all who thirst for a better relationship with the Lord he freely gives the water of life, salvation of the soul by his blood shed on the cross. The word “Come” in these scriptures is a prayer, a wish for the Lord Jesus Christ to come and deliver his own unto himself forevermore… 

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus !” (Revelation 22:20) May his blessing be upon you this day and forever…

Humility-

Humility, the act of being humble, submitting to something other than one’s own will or wishes. 

Not such an easy task for mankind, for all men want their own way, their own wish to be fulfilled. 

But the Bible tells us that to be Christian, to follow Christ, is to be humble.

The prophet Micah says there are only three things that the Lord requires of man if he is to follow him in life, those are; to always do justly, to treat others equally and justly, to always love mercy, to show mercy to all who are less fortunate than oneself, and lastly, to walk humbly with God each day. This third requirement is the one most troublesome for most who would call themselves Christian, for it is against man’s nature to submit to anyone other than himself.

Christ gives all the most perfect example of humility by the giant sacrifice he made for all mankind.

The apostle Paul in the book of Philippians tells us that we are to, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) 

And then we see the truest example of humility ever performed by anyone, given us by our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

Have this in mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God, a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5-7) 

Jesus, though he was God, gave up his deity in the sense that he laid it down and humbled himself to the point of being born of a woman in the form of a man. Giving up the highest, must honored position in the universe, his Godly life for the life of not just a man but of a servant of all men. Wow!!! That is being humble my friends, and what does he ask of us, but to do justly, to show mercy and to walk humbly with him each day. So little asked for so much given!

“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8) 

He died that all mankind might have life eternal. The ultimate sacrifice, given even for those who nailed him to that cross, and for all who were to come, he died for all people, that all might live. All people have to do is to simply humble themselves accepting his free offer of life eternal with him, and yet, it seems that is just too hard for many to do.

For his ultimate sacrifice he has now been rewarded by the Father.

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11) 

The day comes when the time for repentance has passed, the time for forgiveness is no more and the great day of the Lord is upon all the earth. Then all knees will surely bow and all tongues confess that Jesus is Lord, but the time shall be passed for salvation and all who stand before him are to then be sentenced to an eternity apart from him. An eternity of torment and suffering. A time when all shall finally realize the error of their ways and will have to live with that realization, forever.

So I ask of you today, can you not humble yourself today, to bow your knee and confess with your tongue that Jesus Christ is Lord of all? It is either to do so now and live in total bliss forever, or, it is to do it later to no avail and to live in torment forever. The choice is yours to make as it is for all people, make it wisely for your eternity depends upon it.

May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. 

The Choice-

Why do you ask of me that I should acknowledge this Jesus that you proclaim as my Lord and Savior? Why do you ask this of me???

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

As the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and disciples of our Lord on the day of Pentecost, they began to preach and proclaim the gospel and Jesus as Lord and Christ in Jerusalem among the very people who just a short time before had clamored for and demanded the death of our Lord on the cross of Calvary.

And then Peter rose from the group and began to speak to all who were there.

“Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.” (Acts 2:14)

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36) 

As one might imagine the response when they heard these words was dramatic as they then realized the error of their ways and wished to repent for their sins.

And they cried out as a group to Peter and all the brothers who were there that day, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) 

Now on that fateful day about three thousand souls believed the gospel and received the gift of the Holy Spirit, forever saved from the penalties of their sins.

It is that same blessing that I wish for all people today, that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance and receive everlasting life in Jesus Christ our Lord. That too is the wish of the Lord God, for he has promised by the death and resurrection of his Son that all are to have the opportunity at repentance and forgiveness and he waits patiently for all to come to him.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness,  but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) 

Why, one might ask does the Lord God not just draw all to him and bring all to repentance as he wishes? 

Because, God has given all people their own free will to make their own decisions in life and although he wishes for all to come and accept his Son as Lord, he will not force himself on anyone. 

It is your choice just as it is my choice who we will serve in this life. 

The choice for all is the same, eternal life in Jesus Christ, or, eternal darkness, removed forever from the presence of the Lord and condemned forever to hell.

It is as the great warrior and leader of the Israelites, Joshua, said when he gave the Israelites the ultimatum of choosing their life path, with or without the Lord. 

Choose whom you might, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) 

And so I ask you this day, whom will you serve, will it be the gods of this world and all their temptations, or will it be the Lord God of heaven who holds the future of all people in his hands. 

Will it be those who can only kill your earthly body or the one who holds both your earthly body and your eternal spirit in his hands? 

May your choice be wise today and forever… May you too choose life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Gospel Truth-

Through the prophet, Hosea, the Lord speaks to all who will listen when he says; “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me.” (Hosea 4:6)

So what is this knowledge that man has rejected, the lack of which has caused man to stumble and to fall from the Lord into the pit of destruction that he shall be destroyed for his rejection of the truth and what has caused man to fail in faith to the Lord.

“The coming of the lawless one in the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all  wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and be saved. Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

A time will come when all who have refused to believe in the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior will become delusional, believing all that the world says, moving away from the saving grace of the Lord to be condemned for their non-belief into the pit of destruction, forever. When that time comes all chances for redemption will have passed and the eternal future for all will be set.

For all who would know and accept the truth of the gospel Jesus said this.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

The only truth of this world is the Word of God, the Holy Bible that he has left with us to follow that we can learn and know the truth and follow him in spirit and truth.

“Again, Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Will you continue to stumble in darkness, or, will you answer his call and come into the light that your steps will be illuminated forevermore?

For all who would follow him, Jesus says to the Father above; “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:16-17)

What is this that Jesus asks of the Father, to sanctify them? The word sanctify means; “to be set apart for a sacred purpose of a religious use,” so, Jesus is asking that all who follow him be set apart from the world and made holy for his own purpose.

“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.” (John 17:18-19)

Jesus makes his commitment to the Father God, a trust that cannot be broken by any man, that all who follow him will also be set apart from the world that they too may carry the gospel to all whom they meet in life. 

Jesus gives the truth of Gods Word to all who will listen. “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Come today and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, come to the truth, know the truth of the gospel, for the truth will set you free from the clutches of the devil and will free you forever from the penalties of sin and evil. 

May the truth of God’s Word be yours forever…

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Eternal Redemption-

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)

“The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22) 

Yes, many are the afflictions of all who would follow Christ through this life, but they are not to be feared for from them all the Lord will deliver his own. 

The Bible tells us we will have afflictions but that we are to be redeemed by the Lord, the dictionary says of affliction; “it is the state of being affected by something that causes distress or suffering.” Of redeem it says; “It is to buy back – to free from what distresses or harms – to change for the better.” And that is exactly what the Lord does for all who come to him in repentance, he redeems us, he pays our debt of sin that we are no longer charged with sin but are forever free of the affliction, free of its penalty, the death of the spirit. Afflictions, yes, but fear, no! 

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even 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.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23) 

Blessed by the Lord, saved by his grace, kept in his protection, led by his Holy Spirit through the pitfalls of life, afflicted at times but sure of an eternity of bliss to be served with the Lord, forever.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”  (Romans 8:1)

For all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord are blessed by his saving grace, saved forever from the penalties of one’s sins.

Kept from the power of the evil one, from sin, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, until one either passes from this mortal life into the spiritual life, or, Christ comes back for his own, to be then removed from the very presence of sin and the evil one, forever.

The blessing of the Lord, redeemed of our sins, saved by his grace, protected and guided by his holy Spirit, there is no affliction of this world that can compare to the promise of the eternity we are to serve with our Lord in heaven. 

Rejoice all believers, rejoice for the time that is to come, rejoice in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Holy Spirit-

Just prior to his ascension back to the Father in heaven, Jesus spoke to his disciples, telling them of things which were to come. One of these comings was the Holy Spirit of God who would come to take Jesus’ place on earth, to be the Helper for all who would follow Christ Jesus in this life and into eternity. 

And so Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:4-7) 

The disciples were shocked and dismayed by this knowledge that their Savior and Master was to leave and return to the Father in heaven. They always had difficulty understanding what the Lord Jesus was telling them for his thinking was so much higher than theirs, just as it is with us today, many times we have trouble understanding the Bible for it is the inspired words of God who sees all while we only see a tiny circle of light around us. God sees the world in its entirety while we see only a tiny snapshot of time where we are at any given moment.

And so the Holy Spirit did come and what is it that he is to do on earth?

“And when he comes he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no longer; concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.” (John 16:8-11) 

And so we see it is the Holy Spirit who brings conviction upon all . Some of which will turn from their wicked ways, repent and accept Jesus Christ as Lord, while many others will reject the words of the Spirit thereby rejecting Christ Jesus as Lord and dooming themselves to an eternity apart from God, lost in eternal darkness in hell. It is the Holy Spirit who brings and maintains righteousness in the world in the absence of our Lord. It is the Spirit who speaks to all, giving help and guidance to all who will listen.

As Christ has defeated Satan, the ruler of this world, so does the Holy Spirit controls his actions and govern his ability to rule here on earth. The devil can do nothing without permission from the Father, given through the Holy Spirit, God’s messenger and administrator on earth.

For those who are saved by the grace of God through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is our daily guide, our comforter, our Helper in all things of life. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us through the minefields of this world of the devil, it is the Holy Spirit who teaches us as he leads us through the pages of God’s Word, preparing us for whatever is to come each day. It is the Holy Spirit who speaks to us the words of our Lord as Jesus continues his teaching through his Holy Spirit.

“When the Spirit of truth (which is the gospel) comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-14) 

May you listen to the Spirit as he speaks to you and convicts you of your sinful ways, making a way for you to salvation. May God bless you and keep you…

To be Christian-

Many may ask, “ So what is it that you do as a Christian, as one who strives to follow the wishes of God each day?

And the Christian may answer him, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” (Romans 12:9-13) 

The instructions of the apostle Paul to all who would live the Christian life. He tells us to rejoice in hope which would be natural for all people how have hope have happiness and joy. but, he also says to be patient in tribulation, this word tribulation is not a word that would inspire patience for it is defined as; “ being in distress or suffering, resulting from oppression or persecution.” Not exactly a time in which one would wish to be patient, but the Christian life is not an easy road, it is the hard road, the road less traveled. 

He gives all the secret to getting along in times of tribulation though when he then says, “Be constant in prayer.” In another passage of the Bible he says, “To pray without ceasing.” 

Calling upon the Lord for all things and not just during the times of oppression and tribulation but at all times, speaking to the Lord as a child speaks to his father, for direction, for help, for his needs and his wishes. It is ask Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive.” Which is true for all who ask for God’s will to be done.

Paul goes on in this passage to say more about living the Christian life as he says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” (Romans 12:14) Not only to be patient in persecution but to bless those who are persecuting you. Paul says this for all revenge is reserved for God. 

It is as the Bible says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:30-31) 

All revenge, all judgment belongs to the Lord and to him alone as it is for us to follow his will, doing as he instructs us through his Holy Word.

Paul’s instructions continue as he says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, do not associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” (Romans 12:15-17) 

These last few verses illustrate the way God wishes us to live as his own, maybe more than any others. Our duty as born-again children of the Most High God is to present ourselves as living reflections of our Lord Jesus Christ, showing to all whom we meet, his goodness, his grace, his love and his mercy. 

Giving all cause to ask to know more about the Jesus whom we follow. It is through our lives, lived in Christ, that others are brought before the Holy Spirit to be convicted of their sinful ways. Giving them cause to accept Jesus as Lord and Master and receiving the free gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as their guide and comforter through life, and finally, to receive that blessed hope that lifts all from the pit of destruction and into the light of the world, an eternity to be spent with Christ in heavenly bliss.

No, my friends, the Christian life is not easy, it is sometimes very hard, but as Paul said another time, the sufferings I have now I consider as nothing compared to the rewards I am to receive when I have gone home to be with the Lord. 

May that become for you too from this day forth, knowing that nothing that anyone of this world can do to you can compare to the blessings that you are to receive for being fervent in spirit, for serving the Lord each day and remaining faithful through it all.

Read your Bible each day my friend, for it is only through its pages that those who strive to serve him and do his will in life learn of the things that God expects of us each day. May his blessing be upon you this day and forever…

A new creation-

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1) 

Transformed through the word of God, lifted from the pit of destruction into the light that is the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord, amen…

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is passed away; behold, the new has come.”(2 Corinthians 5:17)

The old sinner is no more and the new servant of God is forevermore set aside, in Christ, for God’s good pleasure. Always being with the Lord forever.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) For by the grace of God we are transformed into the new creation, forever to be with the Lord, forever to be led by his Holy Spirit as we journey through this world. For it is by repentance of our sinful ways that we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as Peter said to the people on the day of Pentecost. 

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) 

It is this Holy Spirit of God that then leads us and guides us through the pitfalls of life on earth. but, be careful my brothers, 

“Do not quench the spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20) Upon our repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord we are given the Holy Spirit as our guide and our comforter, it is he who speaks to us in our hearts, giving us direction in life, keeping us from falling back into the sinful ways of the world, we must always listen and obey him or we run the risk of quenching the Spirit and drifting away from the Lord. 

Isaiah says of those who rebel against God, who quench the spirit of God.

“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abomination to all flesh.” (Isaiah 66:24) 

What Isaiah describes here is hell. Where no man dies, but is forever tormented, the fire never quenched but burning forever.

We most certainly do not want to ever quench the Holy Spirit of God, but we want instead to live in harmony with the Spirit and our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Come today. Accept him as Lord and receive the free gift of the Holy spirit and eternal life in Christ Jesus.

“He who calls you is faithful, he will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24) 

May the love, grace and mercy of our Lord be upon you this day and may you live in the house of the Lord forever…

Reap what you sow-

Every day I see so many atrocities around the world, many of which are here in America, even in East Texas. Every day I see people mocking God, making fun of those who do worship him, and belittling those who show interest in him. People who seem determined to wipe the word of God off of the face of the earth.

Seeing these Evil actions give me cause to grieve for the souls of those who commit these atrocities. I weep for them because as a Christian who studies God’s Word I understand what they are setting themselves up for later on when the day of judgment comes.

I pray for each of these poor misguided souls and hope that somehow, someway they will see the light of the Lord Jesus and accept him as Lord and Savior.

“As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. By the breath of God they perish and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.” (Job 4:8-9) Job cautions us about doing wrong, plowing iniquity (gross injustice or wickedness) and warns us of the debts we will pay for doing unjustly.

The old prophet Micah tells us just what we are to do if we are to follow God’s will in our lives.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) Simple, follow three basic rules in life. (1) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (2) Have mercy on those less fortunate than you. (3) Submit each day to the will of God and not your own or the will of man.

Keeping these three rules of life will bring you closer to God and make you a beacon of light for the Lord every day.

As we learn the Word of God we are to share our fortune with those we meet and those who teach us.

“Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. (Galatians 6:6)

For those who will continue in their lives of sin and iniquity, the Bible gives this warning.

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7) If you read these words and still continue on the road to ruin then I pray for your poor, lost and tormented soul. May God have mercy on you…

As the end of the age comes there will be two resurrections of the dead. The First resurrection will come before the thousand year reign of Christ in Jerusalem. “Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6)

For those who do not make the first resurrection this is their fate.

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, according the what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 

“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

Please turn from your wicked ways, accept Jesus as Lord and dedicate your life to service to him before it is too late.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you this day…

The Bible says, that David, king of Israel, slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.

David had ruled over all Israel for forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty three years in Jerusalem.

“So Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.” (1 Kings 2:12) 

It is said by most scholars that Solomon was about twenty years of age when he took over the throne of David, the Bible does not say for certain, but we know he was considered a young man.

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream one night and asked, “Ask what I shall give you.” (1 Kings 3:5) 

Solomon being a young man had many things that he had not learned to prepare him to be king of Israel and so he said to the Lord; 

“And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or to come in.” (1 Kings 3:7)

“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern what is good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9)

Now it pleased the Lord very much that Solomon asked only for wisdom to govern and not for gain for himself and the Lord responded to Solomon. “And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.” (1 Kings 3:11-13) 

And so it was that king Solomon became the richest and wisest man to ever live on earth.

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand of the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.” (1 Kings 4:29-30)

“And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.” (1 Kings 4:34) 

Solomon also spoke 3000 Proverbs and 1000 songs and called himself the preacher as he spoke to his people of all things. 

In his final book of the Bible he said, “Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with care. The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.” (Ecclesiastes 12:9-10) 

And lastly, he gives the summation of all he has learned in his many years of governing his people.

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) 

And so there we have it, the sole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments in our lives… 

Are you living a life of submission to God, or, are you living a life filled with the sins of the world? 

That is for you to answer for all things will be brought into the light and judged whether good or evil… May you be found blameless in Gods eyes…  

Wisdom of Solomon- 

The Bible says, that David, king of Israel, slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.

David had ruled over all Israel for forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty three years in Jerusalem.

“So Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.” (1 Kings 2:12) 

It is said by most scholars that Solomon was about twenty years of age when he took over the throne of David, the Bible does not say for certain, but we know he was considered a young man.

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream one night and asked, “Ask what I shall give you.” (1 Kings 3:5) 

Solomon being a young man had many things that he had not learned to prepare him to be king of Israel and so he said to the Lord; 

“And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or to come in.” (1 Kings 3:7)

“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern what is good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9)

Now it pleased the Lord very much that Solomon asked only for wisdom to govern and not for gain for himself and the Lord responded to Solomon. “And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.” (1 Kings 3:11-13) 

And so it was that king Solomon became the richest and wisest man to ever live on earth.

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand of the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.” (1 Kings 4:29-30)

“And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.” (1 Kings 4:34) 

Solomon also spoke 3000 Proverbs and 1000 songs and called himself the preacher as he spoke to his people of all things. 

In his final book of the Bible he said, “Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with care. The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.” (Ecclesiastes 12:9-10) 

And lastly, he gives the summation of all he has learned in his many years of governing his people.

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) 

And so there we have it, the sole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments in our lives… 

Are you living a life of submission to God, or, are you living a life filled with the sins of the world? 

That is for you to answer for all things will be brought into the light and judged whether good or evil… May you be found blameless in Gods eyes…