Jesus is Our Only Hope!

john teshWe all have days when everything goes well and we feel happy and free, and then there are other days when it seems as if Murphy’s Law just takes over. We get frustrated and stressed, and we feel that everything we’re going for in life is just not going to happen. We take our eyes off of God and put them onto the problem and we get frustrated because we cannot see that Jesus is our only hope.

We tend to take on the responsibility to rise above the things that come against us, and let’s face it, we don’t always have the wisdom or the strength or the ability to get the victory over everything that comes against us. We try and we fail. And while this failure is a major stresser on its own, the fact is that what we do or try to do also has a great impact on those around us, which creates an even more “hopeless” situation.

When we look at the various circumstances through our own eyes – the eyes of carnal man - we have no hope. This corrupt world is out to get us and if our confidence and our hope is in us alone or the people around us, then we eliminate the One person who can help, who does have the wisdom and the ability to overcome.

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” … John 16:33

As Christians, our hope must always be in the Lord. Our very existence is totally dependent upon what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and our hope must extend far beyond the struggles of life that we endure; it must go far beyond His love and protection over us in our daily lives.

Jesus took ALL of OUR SINS upon Himself at the cross. He was pure because 5578273602_79073a7036_mHe was God in the flesh, but at that cross God withdrew His Spirit from Jesus so that He could absorb our sins and take them to hell on our behalf. But death and hell could not keep Him there and through God’s Holy Spirit Jesus rose out of hell, and after a short stay on earth to encourage His disciples, He rose to Heaven where He lives forevermore as our King and Savior!

Every one of us who accepts this gospel message will go to Heaven when we leave this earth because Jesus took away the sin that would have otherwise sent us to hell. If we believe in Him, then we are saved.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” … Romans 10:9

The Bible says that Jesus has made a place in Heaven that’s just for you and just for me.

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”         …John 14:2-3

This is our hope; that Jesus will come for us and take us home to Heaven to be with Him for evermore. This world is not our home; we are just passing through because our home is in Heaven with the Lord.

431832_669162449775825_1904920909_nBut when this hope is not embedded deep into our soul, we tend to depend more on ourselves and less on Him, and after a while we take our eyes off of Jesus and we lose that hope. We must protect our heart and NEVER lose that hope because once it’s gone, nothing else matters. If we can’t trust Him with our eternal lives, then we lose the inspiration to live for Jesus on earth, and we become like the world and just struggle and get defeated through life’s parade of trials.

This Friday is what we know as “Good Friday” and we focus on that dark day when Jesus was nailed to the cross for us so we could be restored to our Heavenly Father. Sunday is Easter Sunday and we remember that Jesus rose on the third day – Easter Sunday – in what is referred to as the first resurrection. We are all part of this first resurrection when our hope is in Jesus because He WILL come again to take us Home. Many Christians have already gone Home; their hope has become a reality.

Where is your hope? Is it in Jesus? If it is that’s wonderful and one day we’ll all meet in Heaven and praise the Lord together for saving us. But if you don’t know Jesus, it’s never too late to say, “I believe. Forgive me Lord Jesus and wash me clean of all the sin that’s in me and fill me with Your Spirit so that I may be with you in Heaven throughout eternity.”

Our hope is in Jesus! Praise His name forever more!

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
4 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
9 And He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bear the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. … Isaiah 53:1-12
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Don’t go to Bed Angry

stock-photo-a-guy-grabing-his-hair-with-angry-3211190There are many times in our lives when people really make us angry and we just want to shout out at them and get them to smarten up. But we’re not always in control of the situation and sometimes we’re not able to talk to them and so the anger bottles up inside us and we feel as if we will explode. Night time comes and we are in such anxiety that we can’t sleep and so we meditate on the reason we’re angry and whole thing seems to get worse. That is why we don’t go to bed angry.

So, what do we do then, stay up all night and just try to forget it? If the one we’re angry at is our spouse or a brother or sister and that person has already tuned us out and gone to sleep we just angrier. And if it’s a friend or co-worker then there’s nothing we can do until we see them again. So what do we do?

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” ... Eph. 4:6

The anger that we experience at times like this is an emotion that springs up inside us, and is usually caused from frustration because we can’t do anything to change the situation and the person we’re angry with doesn’t seem to care. This emotion is something that we alone have to deal with, and once that emotion is back under control we’ll see things more clearly and deal with the problem properly.

2643148122_ae6721809e_mWhat we need to do is get into our quiet place and talk to God about it like a child would speak to his father. We need to pour it all out and not hold back a thing because He wants to help and He wants us to get that anger and frustration out of us.

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” … 1 Peter 5:7

We need to tell Him everything and then ask for His help and His guidance and His love and His patience and His wisdom so that we can deal with the person and resolve the conflicting issue. We need to pray for the person we’re angry with, as well, and ask that the Lord would touch their heart and mind so they’ll be willing to resolve the issue amiably.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

If we approach the issue with our own wisdom and understanding, and with our own pre-set opinions, we will just add more fuel to the already raging fire. When the anger burns inside us alone – because it appears that it’s not bothering the person we’re angry with – then the problem of anger is really ours and we have to deal with it.

So when we give the problem to God and talk it out with Him for 7939_692592870766116_1823059502_nfive minutes or five hours – whatever it takes – then what we are doing is getting the anger out of us and getting our emotions back under control. But as well, we will no longer carry the burden of the problem because we will have given it to God.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

We have to trust God and believe that He can and that He will intervene for us.

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” … Psalm 18:2

Afterwards, we’ll have God’s peace about us and we’ll be able to go to bed and sleep like a baby because the anger that we had earlier will be gone. And we’ll rest because we know that God has taken the burden and is working on our behalf.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” … John 14:27

And when we rise in the morning our soul will be at rest and God’s peace will be about us so we’ll be able to deal with the situation clearly. The other party might not be ready to settle, but our heart will be settled and our eyes and our hope will be focused on Jesus. We will have the confidence in Him to know that He will lead and guide us according to His will.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” … Proverbs 3:5-6

Are Heaven and Hell Real?

431832_669162449775825_1904920909_nMost Christians accept that there is a Heaven and assume that they’ll go there when they leave earth, but many do not believe that there is a hell. Some of the new-agers believe that for unsaved people hell is here on earth, and for those who DO know Christ, then their Heaven is here on earth. This is totally erroneous doctrine because Heaven and hell are very real and we are all going to go to one or the other when we die.

Jesus came and died on the cross for every single person ever born, and He said that whoever accepts His salvation as redemption for their sins would be saved. So everyone has the opportunity to accept forgiveness for their sins through what Jesus did on the cross. And those who accept Jesus will be saved from the wrath of God that will soon come upon this earth, and they’ll have their name written in the Book of Life, but sadly, those whose names are not in this Book WILL go to hell.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  … John 3:16

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”… Revelation 20:15

Jesus also tells us that there most certainly is a Heaven and that He has prepared a place for us:

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”… John 14:2

But He’s also said that not everyone will go to Heaven, and that the path to Heaven is narrow.

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” … Matthew 7:14

Some people will be angry that they didn’t get into Heaven because 68998146_6136ce06da_mthey lived in religion and just assumed that they’d go to Heaven, but they never really knew God or accepted Christ, and we know this because of these scriptures:

“And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” … Matthew 24:51

“There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.” … Luke 13:28

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” … Matthew 7:23

But there will be those who DO make it into Heaven and they will be the ones who accepted Christ:

“His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’” … Matthew 25:23

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” … Revelation 2:7

We know that the longevity for each person born on earth is for only a short period of time and so while we are here we have an opportunity to accept that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour – or not. It’s our choice, but what we decide has definite consequences for our eternal future. And Jesus makes it clear:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” … John 3:3

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” … 1 Peter 1:23

Jesus made it clear that He is the only way into Heaven, and if you believe in Him, you will be saved and go through that door to be with Him forever.

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” … John 10:9

And finally, it’s hard for us to envision, but we won’t suffer the loss of the unsaved after the Judgement because Heaven is filled with God and love and His joy.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” … Revelation 21:4

The new age Christianity teaches that once saved, always saved;8472731872_67f246af9c_m that Christ came and died for everyone and so everyone is saved. Some sects of this new religion teach that Christ died for everyone and so if you acknowledge this then you’re saved. You don’t need to change any part of your sinful life because whatever you do is forgiven.

But this is foolishness! God is holy and Heaven is holy, and if He cast the devil out of Heaven when sin entered him, then why would God open the doors so that every sinner on earth could just walk in when they die? That would mean that Heaven would be corrupt with sin because the souls of the unsaved people are still carrying sin with them when they enter.

That would mean that Christ accomplished nothing on the cross; that He didn’t take upon Himself our sins and that He didn’t heal us. If every sinner could just enter Heaven without repenting and being forgiven, without accepting the pardon that Jesus gave through giving His own life, then it was all for nothing and God isn’t holy.

But God IS holy, and Jesus DID pay the ransom for our sins and Jesus DID bring us back into a relationship with God. And when we accept what Jesus accomplished on the cross we gain life and it separates us from the people who do not accept this truth. Therefore, only those who accept Jesus will get into Heaven, and those who don’t accept this truth will go to hell.

Many people ask why they need to be saved to go to Heaven, and the answer is simple: if you’ve ever broken even one of the Ten Commandments in even the smallest way, you have sinned and you will be punished for that sin because the wages of sin is death. There is not one person on earth who has not broken one of these commandments – except for Jesus.

There is a thirty-minute film that’s just been released and it will clearly let you see the need for the cross and it’s called, “Noah: and the last Days” produced by Ray Comfort, a Minister of the gospel and Founder/President/CEO of Living Waters Publications . Please watch it and be blessed. Don’t assume you’re going to Heaven and don’t kid yourself, there is a hell.

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“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”… Joshua 24:15

 

A Sleeping Pill for Christians

3700394412_8a38969da7_mThere are times in our lives when things become so busy and so hectic that the days slowly turn into weeks and the weeks become one long, progressive challenge. Seasons come and go and life seems to pass us by. At night, we lay in bed and our mind becomes a rerun of everything we did during the day and the only thing that stops it is when we worry about what we have to face tomorrow.

We know that we need to sleep and we desperately want to relax our mind and fall asleep, but it’s impossible. So, what are our options: a drink to relax us? One drink that inevitably becomes a dependency because we won’t be able to sleep without it? Or perhaps a toxic sleeping pill to put our mind to rest – a pill that becomes an addiction? How do we beat the frustration of life and get our sleep? Is there a sleeping pill for Christians?

Yes, there is a sleeping pill that’s just for Christians and it’s called, “Faith in God”. It’s not taken through the mouth, but rather, through the heart. If you want to activate this pill, you must close your eyes and begin to focus all your thoughts on God alone. It’s not going to be easy and you’re going to have to force yourself to NOT think about your struggles or any of the things that get you down. You’ll need to think only on good things.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever What a friend we have in Jesusthings are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” … Philippians 4:8

Then begin to thank God that you’re saved because Jesus suffered and died on the cross for YOU, and then thank Him for all the blessings that come because of the cross and because you belong to God. Thank Him for the good things in your life: for your family no matter how trying they may be at times; for your job even if it’s not perfect, but it’s a means to support the family you love; for your clothes even if they aren’t the most stylish; for your car even if it isn’t a show piece; and for all your possessions no matter how few or worn they may be.

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” … 1 Thessalonians 5:18

6695757601_baec4e4102_mAnd thank God for your health regardless of any issues that need healing because Jesus took those issues upon His own body on the cross (Isaiah 53:5) and you just haven’t realized it yet. Thank Him that you still have a body that works because you can offer your body to the Lord to be the temple of His Spirit.

“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” … 1 Corinthians 6:19

As you focus on God and what He has done for you, and on the blessings that He has given you, and for the inheritance that waits for you in Heaven, you begin to see that you are blessed and that God IS very present in your life. Perhaps you’ve pushed Him away as you tried to do everything yourself.  Maybe it’s time that you made Him Lord over your life and depended on Him for everything.

Ask for His help and then expect an answer. God is your provider. He WILL give you victory over all your struggles, but you have to ask Him, trust Him and be prepared to make some changes.

If you need God to fill you with His Holy Spirit so you can serve Him with a whole heart, then ask Him for it:

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” … Matthew 7:7

If you need wisdom, then ask God for it:

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth4668123355_e8fe03b41b_m to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” … James 1:5

If you need food, clothing, shelter, a car, finances or anything, then ask God for them:

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” … Philippians 4:19

If you need a spouse to go through this life with, then ask Him for one because He wants you to be happy:

“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” … Proverbs 18:22

Regardless of what problems come against us, if we give them all to God He will carry us through them and He’ll help us to get the victory over them. This is a real, spiritual pill and it works – and all we have to do is ask God to help us as we cast our cares onto Jesus  (1 Peter 5:7), and then wait to see what He does.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” … Matthew 11:28-29

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Follow the Instructions: Do Not Pass Go…..d

loveSo many times in life we get frustrated with people because they constantly ask us questions and interfere with our work so that we can explain things to them instead of them being responsible and simply reading the instructions for themselves. Oh, how much time it would save if people would stop being lazy and just take that initiative in the first place. And oh, how God must look at us so often in amazement that we, His children, would rather ask someone about Him than read the Bible and learn for ourselves. We need to follow instructions and not pass Go…d.

The main reason that we have so many religions and false doctrines is because Christians don’t want to read the Bible for themselves. They are basically just plain lazy and would rather let someone else do it and then just follow them. No wonder the people are being deceived – and it’s because of their own callous attitude. Christians really have no one to blame but themselves.

God gave us His Word … aka the Bible … aka our manual for life … aka His instructions so that we could learn first-hand about Him, about His plan for mankind, about the redemption at the cross, and about the grace we’ve been given because of Jesus. And all we have to do is read it.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” … 2 Timothy 2:15

Many Christians worry that if they study the Bible on their own they’ll misunderstand it and they’ll get all mixed up, but that is far from the truth because there is only one teacher of Bible, and He teaches every single believer the exact same truth without the slightest variation. There is no way that we, on our own merits and with our own understanding, could ever understand the Bible. Clearly, only the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth of the Bible to those who seek God and ask Him.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” … Matthew 7:7

And God is faithful to those who want to know Him.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also380772_186711078089848_177717718989184_356422_1516336833_n we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. … 1 Corinthians 2:12-14

As Christians we will stand one day before God and have to account for what we did with our lives. So many will have to explain to Him why they didn’t serve Him with a whole heart, why they didn’t trust Him and why they didn’t share His love with others. The lame excuse of, “I didn’t know what you wanted me to do”, will not cut it because God gave us each the ability to know His will, and He has explained His will and His ways throughout the Bible. And since Christians can obtain a Bible almost anywhere in the civilized world, even to say they didn’t have one to read will just add to their humiliation.

There are so many false teachers in the world who are just waiting with their master, the devil, to devour innocent people. We need to be humble and meek before God, but in this world we need to be wise and bold and know our God.

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” … Matthew 10:16

2407960698_667f19de7b_mWe need to find a church that praises and worships the Lord in spirit and in truth so that we can be part of this beautiful worship before Him. And we need to find a church that preaches only the real gospel of Jesus and not a “new age Jesus” and a compromising gospel that’s filled with lies and deception. It’s not an easy task anymore, but we can get a better understanding of what to look for in a church when we know the Bible and when we know what the real gospel is. We need to be filled with God’s wisdom and not with our own understanding of what we think is good.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” … Proverbs 3:5

There are many televangelists today who appear to teach the Bible, but who have more programs and missions going on than they do salvation messages, and they constantly ask for large donations of money. God does NOT charge us money to be saved, so we need to realize that when money is the theme and the motive for everything they do then God is not their main focus and they are on the wrong path. When we know the Bible we know that God provides all of our needs.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” … Philippians 4:19

There are many false teachers and doctrines that the devil has established to deceive the people. We enjoy nice things and we have been taught that we are successful when we’ve got lots of riches, and so we think that these notorious churches that are lavished in riches are God’s perfect church on earth. We think that God has blessed them because it’s His will that as King’s kids we should be wealthy. But when we know the Bible we know that our inheritance is in Heaven and not here, and we understand that while we are here on earth it is our responsibility before God to share His love and purpose with as many people as we can.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” … Matthew 6:19

431832_669162449775825_1904920909_nHeaven is a real and very beautiful place, and not just because of its physical appearance. Jesus is there – the One who gave His life for us so that we wouldn’t be at the mercy of the world, but would live in His grace forever.

We can only know who God is, what His purpose for mankind is and what our future is when we read the Bible and learn the truth for ourselves. Our lives are too valuable to just leave in the hands of other people and hope that they’ll get us through; our lives are so valuable to God that He gave His only Son so that we WOULD get through.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” … John 3:16

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“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” … Ephesians 6:11-16

Don’t Let the Mockers Deceive You!

380772_186711078089848_177717718989184_356422_1516336833_nThe Bible warns us that in the last days there will be mockers who will come at us from every resource to make fun of Jesus and His deity, and that if the Christians who profess to love Him don’t really know Him, even they will be deceived. Don’t let the mockers deceive YOU!

“These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.  But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:  how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.” … Jude 1:16-19

Hollywood has reaped its successes by portraying every type of life scenario to draw in a global viewing audience. And what better way to include the millions of so-called Christians than to make a religious movie that depicts the truth about their Savior?

WaquasUnfortunately, not even Hollywood with all of its modern technology can reveal the truth about Jesus to anyone. Why not? Because the Bible tells us that only the Holy Spirit will reveal God to us, and when we watch a so-called “Godly” movie and it’s different from the truth, we know that the Spirit wasn’t involved. It’s produced by mockers who are led by money, success and box office reviews.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” … 2 Timothy 3:16

The movie, Son of God, has just been released in theatres and the hype that has gone ahead of its debut has made Christians and non-Christians alike curious about what it entails.  Non-Christians, who have no idea who Jesus is or what His purpose is or what He has done for us, will view this movie and think, “What a great guy!” But Christians who watch this movie and who know Jesus will see that it’s just another Hollywood attempt to mock God.

There is only one way to learn about Jesus, to know who He is and what He’s done for us. There is only ONE way! That is to read the Bible and pray that the Spirit of God reveal Him to us. There is no other way. The only way to Heaven is through Jesus, not through a film that has changed the truth to adamant lies to deceive its viewers.

4668123355_e8fe03b41b_m“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” … John 14:6

Peter walked with Jesus and knew that He was special, but it wasn’t until the Holy Spirit revealed the truth to him that he knew who Jesus really was.

“’ Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’” … Matthew 16:17

If we are truly searching for the truth about Jesus, then we have to go to the source – the Bible! And we have to study it. We cannot go to the world and expect that they would know anything about God, and if we go there then we have to realize that what we’ll see are lies and deception. God does NOT lead us into temptation and we have to be mature enough to stay away from it.

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” … Matthew 6:13

Sunny Shell, author of the Christian blog,  Abandoned to Christ, recently viewed the movie, Son of God, and published her observations. She compares the movie to the Bible and notes that this film does NOT represent the truth about the Bible, about Jesus or about events that took place during His earthly ministry. It’s an emotional deception that shows Jesus to be a “nice person”, but without purpose, deity or power, and the events have been changed enough to shock those who do know their Bible. Read her review and learn what changes were made and how the truth has been distorted to produce a new age Jesus, and not the Jesus of the Bible it claims to represent.

Sadly, though, many people will be baited by the actors’ performances that will convince them otherwise, and they will be lost in the hype and the emotions of the movie’s deception.  As Christians, we need to encourage other believers to read the Bible if they want to know Jesus and to leave Hollywood to do their thing of entertaining idle minds.

Jesus is Lord and He won’t be mocked. Beware and don’t let the mockers deceive YOU!

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” … John 10:27

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Are You a Wannabee Christian?

970226_692775127414557_351315248_nChristians face many challenges in life and the greatest one is deception. Lots of people think they are Christians, yet their personalities and their lifestyles don’t reflect it. Are they Christians or is it possible that deception has made them Wannabee Christians?

One of the concerns that people have about Christianity is that they’ll have to give up all the good things in life; no more smoking, no more drinking, no more going to bars, no more indulging in unfavorable substances and no more hanging out with old friends. They look at Christianity as a religious organization that comes with a bunch of rules and turns people into unpersonable zombies. This is far from the truth because when you become a Christian you don’t have to give up anything.

When you become a Christian, you choose to give up everything.

There’s a big difference between someone who “wants” to become a Christian and someone who gives his or her heart to Jesus and “becomes” a Christian. The perception is comparable to a diet. Many people yo-yo on various dieting fads to lose weight, but they never succeed and in fact, often suffer poor health effects because of it. They’ll see all the benefits and read all the testimonies of celebrities who engaged in specific diets and now look awesome, and so they’ll go on the diet, too. But they’ll fail.

Why will they fail? Because their eyes are on the end result, but their heart and mind have nothing stable to hold on to. In other words, they are not committed to the diet or to the reason for the diet; they are not committed to good health; they are not committed to change – they just want to look good and so they follow the regime on their own energy and for their own glory.

It’s the same concept for Christianity. Without a commitment, you will not succeed. 5352515370_7f2a4426e6_m Unless you are committed to Jesus and to His ministry and to His calling on your life, you will never know what Christianity is all about. You will always remain a wannabee Christian with no goal, no purpose, no hope for the future, and nothing solid in your life to guide you.

Wannabee Christians want to appear to be Christians, want to reap all the benefits of being Christians and want to hold the status and impression of good Christian citizens, but they don’t want to deny their own existence. They don’t want to change who they are and more than that, they do NOT want to give up the pleasures in life that they enjoy.

However, when you are committed to God your heart changes and your priorities shift from being self-pleasers to being Christ-pleasers. Your focus and your goals, and your hopes and your joys in life become entwined with those of Jesus. You no longer struggle to give up old habits because you “want” to give them up; you no longer fight the change, but rather, you willfully submit to God’s ways.  You slowly take on the lifestyle and passions of Jesus.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” … Galatians 5:1

The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:22 that Christians are known by their fruits and these are “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control.” These fruits are the personality and characteristics of Jesus, so the more you become like Jesus, the more of His fruits you will have and the more of His personality will live in you.

After a while you’ll realize that you are different. The things that you used to enjoy doing and places you thought were socially exciting become distasteful things of the past and you have no desire to do them anymore. You have new interests, new joys and new hope. Your outlook on life changes and you begin to see things through Jesus’ eyes.

“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” … Psalm 37:5

Will every conversion be a simple transformation once you’re a Christian? Not always. People who once engaged in addictive substances, for example, will often have a physical battle to fight because their bodies crave the substance it’s used to.

 “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Matthew 26:41.

7939_692592870766116_1823059502_nThis requires diligently seeking Jesus to remove this craving and to heal the body. Some people will get the healing and others will need to go to a naturopathic doctor for natural meds to help them overcome it. But when you are committed and when you trust Jesus to give you the victory over it, you WILL defeat this goliath and you WILL enjoy the freedom of life without its evil clutches.

After a while you’ll look into the mirror and see that you really are different. You are not the person you used to be. As you study and grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and as you commit your life to Him, you’ll progressively take on His personality and His passions. Your thoughts and your ideals will become more like His as His Spirit becomes life in you.

 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” … Galatians 5:16-17  

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