Monthly Archives: July 2018
The Bible has many stories of countless people who struggle. Abraham for example was told that he would have more ancestors than he could count. He was old and without a child “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God (Romans 4:20).” Just as Abraham gave glory to God having believed that what was “promised (Romans 4:21)” the Lord would do. God always keeps His promises this was a bold action for him to believe God for what could be seen as impossible “This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness. (Romans 4:22)”. When we step out in faith and give glory to God he emboldens us. I am thankful that God keeps His promises as He also promised “Israel a Saviour, Jesus: (Acts 13:23)” and that is exactly what God did! About 2,000 years ago God came in the form of a man whom we call Jesus Christ, He lived a perfect life, died and rose from the dead. He came to forgive us of our past mistakes and unite us to God. May, all glory be to God who loves us and died for our sins. Amen.
The Bible teaches us that even before the world was created God had a plan for the “hope of eternal life (Titus 1:2).” Even, when the earth was first created God knew mankind would disobey Him, and He had a plan for the salvation of all that would trust in Him. Jesus, came to earth, died and then rose from the dead “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Titus 2:11” Since, Jesus died for us we should be happy to live for Him. God is a loving God who desires to have a relationship with all of us. Believers, in Christ have received salvation, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5”. The Lord Jesus has poured out His love by dying to save us. God has a plan for my life and for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). May, we all trust in the savior and have faith in Him. Amen
God is alive and His presence is active His attributes are clearly seen in all creation. This very complex universe was created by an amazing God that loves all of us. The apostle Paul makes it very clear that all of creation points to God and through “the things that are made” we see God’s “eternal power” and are “without excuse”. But, what does that mean? It’s means God’s active force which created the universe, has done so in a way that points us to God. Just as someone who see’s the Mona Lisa would not look at it and say the painting created itself, it is unwise (Psalms 14:1) to look at the universe and say the same thing. God is loving and is one “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:4”. What is this knowledge and what is the truth? The truth is that God has shown his love for us because even though mankind was busy sinning God loves us so much He still died for us (Romans 5:8). Jesus stated, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6” Jesus came to earth lived a perfect life, shed his blood on our behalf for our sins. God did this so that before His judgement seat our sins could be seen as being “as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). What does this mean? It means that through faith in Jesus anyone and everyone can be forgiven. No man or women is too fallen to accept the blood of Jesus Christ as payment for their sins. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. – John 17:3”. It’s simple we must ask God in prayer to forgive us and He will, then if we place our faith and trust in Him we will have eternal life (be with God forever after death). May, we all know Him and trust in Him each day. Amen
Ro:1:20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse
Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Note: Don’t be put off by the above verse as it is simply telling us that God exists and that all good things come from Him. Even a non-believers good works are sinful because they are by their own effort without God in it (all good is from God but apart from Him all else is evil).
Through, Jesus Christ all Christians can have hope in Him. God directed inspired men (2 Timothy 3:16) to write His Word (The Holy Bible) so, “…that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4” “Hope never makes us ashamed because the love of God has come into our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us. Romans 5:5” God loved us so much that He died for us, and rose from the dead so that we can have hope in Him. It, is through the grace of God we are clean before Him and not ashamed. We can all have hope in God knowing that He loves us deeply, and will guide and direct our lives. “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4” God has good plans for all people (Jeremiah 29:11), His promise is that He will guide and direct our lives if we let Him. When we let God guide us we can have peace and hope. When we choose to follow Him we can’t go wrong. Sometimes, things go perfectly under God’s direction other times it may go hard. However, we can know that God’s way is always the best way and if we choose our own way it may fail. Everything, that Christ did on earth was through the Spirit of God. After, Jesus ascended to His father in Heaven He did not leave us alone, He left the Holy Spirit to guide us. Through, prayer and the leading of the spirit God will never abandon us and we can have hope and trust in that promise. May we all have peace and hope through Him. Amen
The bible teaches us that although this life will be difficult God wants us to be “…strong and courageous…(Deuteronomy 31:6)” God asks us to have peace in this life as through Jesus we can overcome whatever storms life brings upon us (John 16:33). “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7” The apostle Paul was in despair at times, “But he (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9”. From the Bible we know that Paul was shipped wrecked, and beaten. Yet, he tells us “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (Romans 8:37).” “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).” We can rejoice as the Bible puts it “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19”. How great it is to know that there is nothing that we need which God will not provide. May the peace of God be with you. Amen.
When Jesus died on the cross all of our past, and old life was destroyed on the cross. “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3).” “…Christ was raised from the dead…(Romans 6:4)” What does all that mean? It, means that in Christ we have become a new person. It uses the metaphor of death and being baptized into his death to represent a death to our sinful desires and a “born again” soul that it being shaped into the image of the Creator; God. The Bible and Romans 6 in particular teaches that we should not allow sin to “rule over us”, Christ is our God and Master. We are fully made new in Christ, we have put off our old self and been “…Born again…(John 3:3).” By, keeping God’s commands we show that we love Him as Jesus put it, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15).” That then means we are not, “…under law but under grace…(Romans 6:15).” We, see that we are not judged by the law of God, we are free in Him. Does this give us a license to sin? The Bible says, “…By no means!,..(Romans 6:15)…” There is a fine balance between justification by faith and good works. The moment we put our trust in ourselves rather than God we have given ourselves over to our sinful nature. We can not be justified without faith, as the Bible puts it, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)” The Bible teaches that we are rewarded for our good works, and that God will not forget them. It teaches that when we put our trust in Christ as the Creator of our faith we are forgiven. When, we do good works God smiles upon us as it is evidence that He is actively working in our lives and that we have surrendered to Him. May, we always remember that the, “…free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23).” Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:20 teaches us that we are ambassadors to Christ, but what does that mean? It means as God has called us, and united us to Him so that “…we might be made the righteousness of God in him…2 Corinthians 5:21” Whether we do good or evil people tend to look at those who say, “I am Christian” as an example of what God or the Christian Church is like. When, we don’t act in a good manner we tend to send a message that all Christian’s are hypocrites which is just what Jesus warned the religious leaders of His day not to be like! While at times when we don’t practice what we believe correctly we might be a hypocrite as believer we should be, “…killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter….” What does that mean? What it is telling us is that we should kill off our old nature that we had before Christ and “die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31)” to it. Jesus taught that, “… If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24”. Although, we will never get to the place where we are without sin (expect maybe in Heaven), we are found worthy before God through the blood of Christ. Jesus came to earth not only to die for us but to show us how to live. The old law taught, “…An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:…Matthew 5:38″. However, when Christ came the law was fulfilled He was the promised Messiah and he taught us to love one another (Matthew 5:43). Loving your neighbor is often seen that we should let others walk all over us and use us as a doormat, however the Bible teaches, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. (Matthew 18:15)” Talking to your brother when he has made you angry is part of being “reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20” “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20” So, the Bible teaches both love for one another but also to work out our problems with one another when we do that “…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us…(Romans 5:5). My hope is that if you don’t know God you will find Him for nothing can “…separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord… (Romans 8:39)” May God be with you. Amen
We can rejoice knowing that God loves us so much that He died and rose from the dead for us (John 3:16). Christ has provided the way and in Him, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1).” Jesus “endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2)”, even though He had to take our sin upon His shoulders. Jesus was a just man and God in the flesh, in all fairness He did not deserve to die, but God so loved, you that He gave Himself for you. The best part though is Jesus rose from the dead and through faith we can have a bold confidence that someday we will live with Him forever. Through the grace of God and faith we are “born again (John 3:3)” Jesus is alive in Heaven and “lives forever (1 Peter 1:23).” We must believe and have faith, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)” May we all believe and have faith in Him. Amen
Hebrews 12:2 calls Jesus, “…The author and perfecter of our faith…” It also teaches that Jesus endured the cross and is now seated at the right hand of God. But, what does that mean? It, means that God created our faith, loves us and the reason, “We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)” We can have confidence that God loves us, has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and that God will not abandon us to workout our difficulties on our own (Hebrews 13:5). Before, Jesus left the earth in Matthew 28:20 He promised us that He will be faithful to us both for now and even until He comes again. Through faith our sins have been forgiven because “…he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…(Hebrews 9:26) We our God’s friend and should rejoice knowing that we will be, “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls…1 Peter 1:9” “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12” In these last days God is “…commanding all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30)” The bible teaches us that, ” For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29″ The Bible asks the question, “… Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? Romans 6:1) then it goes on to answer the question saying, “God forbid…Romans 6:2”. The verse in Romans 11:29 teaches us that we don’t have to be perfect to come to Christ and accept Him as savior we can just come as we are and God will forgive us. It, is only after coming to God will it be easier for us to be aware of our sin and repent. May, we all be diligent in trusting in Him and know Him as He is the only way to be saved. Amen
Matthew 5:13 teaches that believers are to be the “salt of the earth”. But, what does that really mean? The salt of the earth is used as a metaphor for our relationship with God. Just, as salt is a precious resource we are valuable in the eyes of God. Each, one of us is the creation of a God that knows us and loves us and created us for His own purpose (Jer. 29:11). When God asks us to remain salty (Matthew 5:13), He is saying that we ought to be a light (Matthew 5:16), to the world. When, we remain salty we are abounding in God works that glorify God. Jesus also teaches us to “be perfect as your father which is in heaven is perfect”. What an incredibly high standard right? Yes, it is however, the Bible teaches that we are a new creation in Christ. In, the eyes of God through the blood of Christ a believer is seen as “perfect” in Jesus. That does not mean that we are without sin. What it does mean is that perfection is a life long process “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)”. If, you have just read this and have not put your faith in Christ my hope is you will. Without Christ we are lost and in a state of separation from God. Christ came to bridge the gap between us and God. Let, me say if you act like the salt of the earth yet don’t believe on Jesus then you are lost. There is no good work that can save us apart from the finished work of Christ on the cross and the grace that comes through it. May, God bless you and keep you in His love. Amen.