The Sting of Death

936490_275713379237498_1737628803_nNo matter how careful we live our life or what diet regime we adapt to stay healthy we will all still die sometime. And far too many people have no idea where they’re going when they die. Many assume they’ll go to Heaven; others live in constant fear of the sting of death! Continue reading

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Christians Are Not Perfect: We are Forgiven!

3147461049_35b009962d_mAs we travel forward in our Christian walk we realize that not everyone along the way is in the same place as we are in our personal relationship with God. Some will be brand new Christians and others will have a mature walk with God. Some were once back-sliders, but are now back on the path, while still others need to be prompted to get back on. There are those who are abundant in love and radiate in peace while others are still focused more on the law than on His grace. Some will have a shallow understanding of the scriptures while others have a deep understanding of them. We have all come from assorted backgrounds and been brought through different circumstances, and we all have our own mountains to climb, but the one thing we have in common is that we are forgiven!

We have all sinned, regardless of what we’ve done, and be it  big or little there is no difference to God. Sin is sin and it will separate us from God. That’s why He gave His own Son to be a sacrifice for us. He wanted to take the sin from us and bear the punishment of it for us so that we could get rid of the sin and stand holy before Him. But we’re not holy on our own merits. We are only holy because the blood of Jesus covers us and has taken away that sin. And when we accept His sacrifice and turn away from the worldly sins, we are forgiven and we become children of God.

We are forgiven! We have been redeemed back to God and every sin we committed before we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior was forgiven. The record has been washed clean and God doesn’t see it anymore. We now live under grace. We are no longer under the law and sin can no longer hurt us.

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” … Galatians 4:4-5

Without God’s forgiveness we have sin in us, and when we commit one sin, 310702990_21eca830bb_mone felony or offence – a single transgression against the law – then we commit sin against God. He gave us the law through Moses and it’s known as The Ten Commandments as set out in Exodus 20:3-17. If it were possible for any person to live one hundred percent according to this law and never once waiver even in the slightest bit throughout their entire life, then they would not have sin in them and they would not need a Savior. But The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” so we know that it is impossible to live without sinning. This means that every person has sinned and therefore, deserves to suffer the punishment for their sins.

But God loves us with a love so great that few people can really comprehend it. It grieved God terribly to have been separated from Adam and Eve because of sin. It was His plan then to take that sin away from them and from every person ever born because He knew the punishment of sin. He made the world; He made the law and it stands.

“For the wages of sin is death.” … Romans 6:23

The “death” spoken of here doesn’t refer to the death of our earthly bodies when we leave this earth. It’s speaking of the second death that will come to those people on Judgment Day who are found with sin in them, and the punishment will be a complete separation from God forever.

“Then the king [Jesus] said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” … Matthew 22:13

Jesus is the only person ever to have lived a totally sinless life. He was born of a woman, but His father was God and God is Holy, so Jesus was Holy. He was not born of a man and did not inherit the sin of Adam as the rest of the human race did.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” … Hebrews 4:15

5578273602_79073a7036_mJesus died on the cross and took upon Himself all of our sins so that everyone who accepts it will be forgiven and will live under the grace of God. This means that if during our Christian lives we do something that we know is wrong, we can come to God immediately and ask Him to forgive us and He will not only forgive us, but He’ll erase it from our record.

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

We are forgiven! We live under the grace of God and as we grow and pray and study the Bible and worship the Lord, we become more and more like Him through the Holy Spirit in us. But every Christian won’t be like us. We shouldn’t judge them or put them down, but instead we need to show the love and grace of God toward them. We need to pray for them and teach them at their level so they can see God from where they are.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” … Colossians 3:16

The Christian life is wonderful when we see others through the eyes of Jesus and not through our own ideals. There are many people around us who aren’t Christians, but who watch us and who deep inside want to know God. We need to treat all people with love and compassion, using only scripture as a benchmark and God’s love and grace toward them so they can see Him. But we also need to tell them about His judgment for those who still live in sin so they’ll know why they need to repent.

The only difference between Christians and people of the world is that we are forgiven and His Spirit now lives in us. And for this we are eternally grateful! Thank you, Jesus!

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” … Psalm 32:1

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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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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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A Virtue Called Love

Today I was thinking about the Lord and how wonderful He is and how great His love is towards us. I thought about some of the poems that I have written to Him over the last many years and so I went into my file and was blessed by some of the poems that I read that I had written to the Lord.

The poem that I want to share with you is one that I wrote over twenty years ago. I hope you will be as blessed reading it as I was in writing it.

 

A Virtue Called Love

A bounty of warmth on a dark, lonely night

  A confidence inside that bursts with delight.

Not a judge that condemns, not a pride that you keep,

  But something you share with the lost and the weak.

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Not something you buy or would trade for a cost,

  Not something to find since it’s never been lost,

Not an heirloom that’s given to that chosen few,

  But a free gift endowed to me and to you.

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It’s the comfort of refuge in a world of duress,

  It’s reassurance within that gives us rest. 

The foundation of life that’s inspired from above,

  The most precious of gems, this virtue called ‘Love’.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  … Galatians 2:20