Monthly Archives: July 2016

Who Is My Neighbor?

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29

Jesus has told us to “Love our neighbor as yourself” but who is our neighbor? When we think of the word “neighbor” we think of people who live closely to us or maybe people we know. But this is not the true Biblical meaning of “Neighbor”. One man asked Jesus this question and here was his reply

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. Luke 10:30-33

A few things to notice in this story, first the man that was attacked wasn’t identified by race or stature. Meaning we should help everyone in need, not just our family or friends. Second a priest ignored the victim. This shows you God is not impressed by the man’s religious knowledge but by his human reaction to other people. Third a Samaritan took pity on the man and saved him. During that time Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans as they viewed them below them. However, God noticed the Samaritans good deed.

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:37

So who is your neighbor? It’s everyone, no matter what race or stature , we are all one through Jesus Christ. So we must strive to not only take care of our own family, but to everyone who is in need in Jesus Name Amen

Is There Evidence for God?

Is there Evidence for God?

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

One of the common questions, is there evidence for God? God actually addresses this issue in The Bible, he tells us there is evidence of his existence all around us, the Earth, the heavens, animals, ect. He even goes as far as to tell us we are without excuse to not be believe in him. So the question would be if you don’t believe in God, then where did you and everything else come from?

Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), if we really know about God, we should look no further than Jesus. He is God in the Flesh ( John 1:14) and has been here since the beginning of creation ( Revelation 1:8). So if we really want to know about Gods existence, we should learn from Jesus Christ.

And the final piece of evidence is You!  God made you in his image (Genesis 1:26) So if you truly want to know what God looks like, look in the mirror. We were made for a special purpose to reflect Gods glory and serve him

So is there evidence for God ? Absolutely , the evidence is you  and everything that is around you. Including our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the living God in the flesh. As God said there is so much evidence we are without excuse!

What Spirit are You?

And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did? Luke 9:54

With all the evil in the world, sometimes we feel like the disciples did. When people reject Jesus or even blasphemy his name, its normal to feel some anger. However, we learn from this event that Jesus doesn’t want us to be looking for judgement but to share the mercy of God through Jesus Christ.

In this particular event, the Samaritans rejected Jesus and this obviously made his disciples angry. We see a lot of evil and sin in this world that makes us angry, how do we react? Are we condemning people or praying for them?

But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, You know not what manner of spirit you are of.For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to savethem. And they went to another village.
Luke 9:55-56

The disciples wanted God to consume the Samaritans with fire, like Elijah had done with the followers of Baal. Jesus rebuked them. So what was the difference? Well Jesus has brought a new covenant from God, filled with grace and mercy paid by his blood at the cross. Consuming sinners with fire would negate the reason Christ died for us.

This same covenant is still here today; God is still granting mercy to sinners through Jesus Christ. So as Christians our job is not to condemn sinners but to lead them to Jesus. Is this easy to do? No, of course not but we must not be a roadblock to someone’s salvation.

As Jesus said to the disciples, what manner of Spirit are you? Are you lead by the Holy Spirit or are you lead by a false Spirit of Satan? You don’t need to save the world, we already have a God who has done that in Jesus name Amen

New Thing

Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert Isaiah 43:18-19

We all know the world needs a change! A change from violence, hatred, greed, lust, and corruption. We need a new thing, and that answer is Jesus Christ. By his blood on the cross, he has made all things new! Jesus has defeated death and sin, he has overcome the world!

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Jesus said “ I am making everything new” Don’t you want to be restored? Don’t you want your mind renewed? Are you tired of being a slave to sin and death? There is no other answer but Jesus Christ, he is the beginning and the end.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Become renewed through Jesus Christ, your old life is gone. The old sinner inside of you has been crucified on that cross. With Christ you have become transformed, God has given us a New Thing and his name is Jesus Christ Amen

God Does Love You!

God Does Love You!

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

Many people in this world are searching for love, searching for people to value them. Well look no further than your Heavenly Father and Creator. He loves you enough to become human and die for your sins.

First thing you need to realize is you were created in Gods image (Genesis 1:27) so think about how special you are when God looks at you. Secondly God knew you before he formed you in your mother’s womb and has a plan for you (Jeremiah 1:5) He knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7)

God values all human life, just as he supplies food for the birds, he will supply all your needs also (Matthew 6:26) God says he will never leave us or forsake us  (Deuteronomy 31:6) God says you are the apple of his eye and he will keep you protected (Psalm 17:8)

The most important thing to know is, even because of our sins and rebellion, God forgives us anyway. Jesus said there is no greater Love than to lay down his life for friends, God demonstrated the greatest love on the cross and even called you his children (Galatians 3:26)

Maybe you made some mistakes, God will forgive you and through Christ you can be transformed (Romans 12:2) So don’t believe what the world is telling, believe what your Heavenly Father is telling you, You are special and you are Loved in Jesus Name Amen!

Fisher of Men

Now when he had ceased speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch. Luke 5:4

We all heard about Jesus, but what’s it going to take for you to truly believe in him? Why do we have such a hard time with faith? Jesus was teaching to Peter and others but could tell they weren’t getting it either, so he decided I’ll show you who I am

And Simon answering said unto him, Teacher, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at your word I will let down the net. Luke 5:5

Peter was a professional fisherman so he probably was a little annoyed at Jesus request, but out of respect he did it anyway. Do we feel this way sometimes when God is calling us to do something? We get settled in our own ways but need to remember Gods ways are higher.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. Luke 5:8

Peter witnessed the miracle and knew immediately he was in the presence of God. Peters response was correct as he immediately asked for forgiveness as he knew the holiness of Jesus. What would your reaction be if you were face to face with Jesus?

And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from now on you shall catch men. Luke 5:10

Jesus showed kindness and mercy to Peter and told him he was going to be one of his disciples! We need to remember we don’t choose God, God has chosen us. Allow God to work wonders in your life today , let Jesus make you also a Fisher of Men Amen

Is Jesus Your Lord and God?

Is Jesus your Lord and God?

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. John 20:28

The disciple Thomas became famous for asking Jesus a lot of questions, which he inherited the nickname “Doubting Thomas”, but after Jesus was resurrected and he revealed himself to Thomas, he called him his Lord and God. Jesus did not rebuke him, instead said that Blessed are those who don’t see but still believe. Is Jesus your Lord and God?

Jesus has revealed his divinity throughout the Bible, when the disciples asked to see God, he told them since they have seen him, they have seen God (John 14:9) and Jesus told them that he and God are one (John 10:30).  Paul also revealed to us that Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and Jesus is God manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16)

Many times we feel that God is so far away and he could never understand our lives, but this is actually opposite. God became flesh in Jesus and dwelt among us (John 1:14) He lowered himself below the angels (Hebrews 2:7) so he could be with us and save us from our sins. God knows your pain (John 11:35) and the temptations of the flesh (Matthew 26:41). But despite it all Jesus was willing to sacrifice himself to save us from death. He gave himself as a ransom for us all (1 Timothy 2:6)

The old testament prophecies reveal a child will be born unto us (Jesus) and he will be The Almighty God and The Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6 KJV). And he will be called Immanuel, meaning God is with us.

So I ask you is Jesus Your Lord and God? Remember Jesus said nobody comes to God except through him, and there is no salvation without Jesus Amen