“Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies– I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. Isaiah 1:13
You go to Church, you throw money into the plate, you repeat some words, does this means your saved? NO… There is only one way to save your soul and that’s by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are all sinners by nature, until we come to repentance and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, you cant be saved.
Even though God made this clear through the prophet Isaiah, many people still don’t understand this. The Jewish people were Gods chosen people, but their hearts were far from him. They allowed sin and idolatry to overtake their lives instead of God. Their sin separated them from God, we cant be in his presence unclean and nonauthentic.
They continued their religious traditions and practices but God says they are “worthless” If you are not worshiping from the heart, your religion is worthless. Jesus is a personal relationship with God not another religion.
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
Jesus is The Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world! Only through him can you be saved, you cant be saved by works, only by the blood of Jesus Christ who is the ransom for our sins!
Heavenly Father, help us to worship in truth, lead us to a personal relationship with you through your son in Jesus Name Amen!
How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.
Psalms 65:4 NASB
When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.” Acts 28:4
As we wrap up the book of Acts, one of the memorable stories is when Paul was bitten by a viper or snake. This happened on the Island of Malta , where Paul and the other passengers ended up landing after fierce storms while they were sailing to Rome. The Islanders believed Paul was cursed because he was bitten by this snake, also they assumed he would quickly die because of the venom of the snake
First we need to understand that bad things don’t happen to us because we are cursed, bad things even happen to “good people” because we live in an evil and broken world. When sin was entered into this world through Adam and Eve, the world has become fallen because of the consequences of sin. We are all going to encounter trials and tragedies, but don’t blame God, this is a result of a broken world
Second, even though we live in a fallen world, God is still in control. Paul may have been bitten by the deadly snake, but God saved Paul because of his faith. God has granted everyone “Free Will” therefor he cant intercede in every incident that happens. However if we call on him to intercede, if its his will, he will intercede and save us
Paul went on to lead many more people to Christ through his ministry, God was not through with him yet. God may not be done with you also, call upon him in times of trouble to deliver you from this evil and broken world
Heavenly Father, we know whether in life or death, you are with us and you will deliver us. Help us to have the faith that can move mountains in Jesus Name Amen
Then all men will fear, And they will declare the work of God, And will consider what He has done.
Psalms 64:9 NASB
“Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told. Acts 27:25
While Paul was being sailed to Rome for his court hearing, they encountered a fierce storm which everyone believed they would lose their life. But Paul knowing Gods will by the Holy Spirit assured them they would all survive, they just need to keep courage!
You may be going through a storm today in your life, maybe your going through a personal battle today, remember that God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Remember one day to God is a thousand years for us (2 Peter 3:8) Our timing is not the same as Gods timing, we need to have patience and faith!
The men on the ship have been stuck in the storm for 14 days now and running out of food. Most of the men were planning on abandoning ship and try to swim to shore. But Paul told them “Unless you remain with the ship, you cant be saved (Acts 27:31). This happens in our own lives also, many times when things get tough our initial instinct is to “cut and run”. But sometimes in order to see Gods miracles we need to stay in the storm and ride it out.
Eventually they made it safely to land, just as the Holy Spirit promised to Paul. What if they went against Gods will and jumped overboard. They might have all lost their lives. Its import to trust in God because his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts! Keep Your Courage In Jesus Name!
Heavenly Father, please help us to put our faith and trust in you, even during our storms we know you have made a way for our salvation in Jesus name Amen
So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
Psalms 63:4 NASB
My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.
Psalms 62:1 NASB
While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.” Acts 26:24
While Paul was on trial for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, Festus, who was a Roman procurator that had Paul on trial, yelled out to Paul “ You are out of your mind” this may be the same reaction many of us get even today as Christians.
King Agrippa , who had prior knowledge of Jesus ministry and the prophecies about him, was intrigued to hear Pauls testimony and even challenged Paul “Can you persuade me in such a short time to become a Christian?”
To the world the gospel of Jesus Christ sounds insane, because their hearts and minds are closed and they don’t have the Holy Spirit. I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ can be explained logically and reasonably, but I also believe without the Holy Spirit you will never fully grasp the truth that God has revealed to us
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
We need to renew our minds, forget your preconceived notions about God. Listen to the gospel of Jesus Christ with a clean heart and mind. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through you, to give you greater understanding beyond human comprehension in Jesus name Amen!
Heavenly Father, give us a clean heart and mind, renew us so we may understand you more, fill us with your Holy Spirit in Jesus Name Amen
For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name.
Psalms 61:5 NASB