Success of a Loser

motive Charles SpurgeonMany people feel that they don’t need God intervening in their lives because they have it all under control. They are educated, have an amazing career and a great social life, and they credit their “success” to their own initiatives and labor. However, their success should really be labelled: the Success of a Loser. Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Christmas!

2123279702_fe72b7a26f_mThe Christmas season is upon us and it’s truly the most wonderful time of year! Not counting the bah-humbug groups, most people everywhere are happy and friendly and filled with the seasonal joy. And while many of these happy people celebrate the “Happy Holiday” with Santa; we Christians celebrate “Merry Christmas” with Jesus! Continue reading

Who is Jesus Anyway?

Jesus said comeThere have been many books written on the life of Jesus. Some come at us from a theologian point-of-view and are detailed in words we can’t pronounce, causing us to get lost on the first page. Other views are written from a lustful assumption that brings God down to human level in an effort to conceive a formula that provides much earthly gain. Continue reading

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

 

Who is Jesus?

2789295801_96e79a9b9f_mChristians know that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth to be the savior of mankind – and even the world is familiar with His name even though they don’t reverence it. The Bible makes endless references to the many names of Jesus and each one is a powerful illustration of the authority and love of God. Yet, there are many Christians who don’t really know who Jesus is and who don’t realize that the entire Bible is inspired by Him and is written about Him.

Who is Jesus? Why does He deserve our love, our respect and our life? Why is our hope in Him and not in our own accomplishments? The answer can be found in the many names and titles that have been given to Him. Hopefully after reading some of them, we’ll all have a better understanding of who Jesus is.

Jesus is:

The Alpha and Omega“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” … Revelations 22:13

The Word of God“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” … John 1:14

The Son of God“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” … John 20:30-31

Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” … Isaiah 9:6

The Beloved“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. … Matthew 3:17

The Bread of Life“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” … John 6:35

The Door“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” … John 10:9

The Good Shepherd“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” … John 10:11

The Way that leads home“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

The Lamb of God“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

The Great High Priest“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” … Hebrews 4:14

King of kings, Lord of lords“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.”  1 Timothy 6:14,15

The King of Glory“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. … Psalm 24:8

The King of all the earth“For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.” … Psalm 47:7

The Great Prophet“And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying that a great prophet is risen up among us; and, that God hath visited his people.” … Luke 7:16

The Judge of the living and the dead“And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.” … Acts 10:42

The Resurrection and the Life“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” … John 11:25

The Great I AM“And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” … Exodus 3:14

The Rock“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.” … Psalm 95:1

The Bright and Morning Star“’I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” … Revelations 22:16

The Lion of tribe of Judah“…Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” … Revelations 5:5

God’s gift to us“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” … Ephesians 2:4-8

The Light of the World“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” … John 8:12

Our Healer“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” … Isaiah 53:5

The Name above every name“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” … Philippians 2:9-11

Our Advocate“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – 1 John 2:1

Worthy of our praise’Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’” … Revelation 5:12

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painting of Jesus2There was a video put out a few years ago by a very humble and yet very talented Christian artist who paints a picture of Jesus from the many names that are listed in the Bible. Please take a few minutes to watch and be blessed as the anointed music and the picture of Jesus come alive in you! Click here to go to the video.

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