Monthly Archives: June 2018

Baptized Into Christ

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Romans 6:3

Usually when we look at the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, we often view it as a distant even in history. However if Jesus is truly your Lord, then your old self was crucified with Christ on the cross. This should make it very personal, it was Jesus who took your place on the cross, but it was your sins that put him there!

Often “Christians” don’t want to view themselves this way. We want the Grace from God but we don’t want the Repentance part. You need to Repent before you can be saved. Your old self needs to be crucified on that cross until your new self can be resurrected

This is the symbolism of baptism, your old self being dead and buried, while your new self resurrects and becomes baptized by the Holy Spirit. Baptism is not a means of salvation, it’s a confession of faith. It’s a confession that you have truly repented and declared Jesus is your Lord and Savior!

She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” John 8:11

When Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery, he didn’t say “God made you this way” He didn’t say “ Your perfect the way you are” No he said  “Sin No More”!, meaning Repent (Change your ways, turn away from Sin)

If you are a “Christian” still living the same lifestyle before you got saved, You are not saved…We need to truly Repent and follow Christ in Jesus Name Amen!

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Reign with Christ

Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits. Isaiah 26:19

 

Often when it comes to talking about the soul or even the resurrection, people will state “The Old Testament never talked about souls or afterlife” Well that’s not true…as the Prophet Isaiah revealed here by the Holy Spirit, we will have eternal life and the resurrection of the departed spirits will happen! So how will this happen? Jesus Christ

Because of Jesus defeating sin and death at the cross, everyone who passed away and was saved, will awake again and shout for joy with The Lord. This is not just New Testament prophecy, this was also foretold by the prophets of Israel

Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years Revelation 20:6

Death has no power over us anymore, thanks to Jesus Christ. We will reign with Christ, we shall inherit the New Heavens and Earth. Gods Kingdom will finally be restored in Jesus Name Amen!

Justification

He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. Romans 4:25

Justification is a legal term, the definition is the act or instance of justifying something, vindication, arguments offered in a justification of their choice

One of the strongest evidences of Gods existence is the Moral Law. Whether you acknowledge God exists or not, there is a right and a wrong, a good and an evil . For example , we all know that it’s wrong or evil to murder someone. This doesn’t have to be taught to anyone, it’s a Moral Law of God

So when our life is over we will need to give an account for our actions and deeds. Your going to be either innocent or guilty of breaking the Moral Law. Your sentence is either going to be Heaven or Hell (Eternal Life or Separation from God) If most of us are being honest and truly examine our life, we are all going to be guilty of breaking the Moral Law or Torah at sometime in our life

But God has a plan for humanity, he sent his only Son to take the penalty and punishment of our sins, which is death. He paid that debt for us on the cross so we can be justified before God

God accepted this atonement for our sins and raised Jesus from the dead to live forevermore. The resurrection is proof of Gods justification for us. We are justified because of the blood of Jesus Christ!

Heavenly Father, we pray that everyone comes to repentance, and accepts Gods grace through Jesus Christ Amen!

Lukewarm Christians

‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:16

Is there a such thing as a “Lukwarm Christian”? If so what is a “Lukewarm Christian”? Often I heard theologians try to downplay this scripture, saying it was a cultural reference to a drink, however this is a warning Jesus is giving to the Church, if he is truly your Master, then stop compromising to worship people

For example, we look at the United Methodist Church. They currently have an open Lesbian as a Bishop who is calling Jesus a bigot, however we have millions of “Christians” who continue to loyally serve the Methodist Church. Where is the outrage? Why are all the Methodist compromising their doctrine to appease the Church? They are “Lukewarm Christians”, either they don’t have the Biblical knowledge to identify the heresies or they just simply don’t care

Some might say, but wouldn’t Jesus rather have everyone saved even if they were “Lukewarm”? Well are you truly saved if you are “Lukewarm”? How can you truly be a bondservant for Christ and allow heresy in your Church?

But Jesus accepts everyone, regardless right? Well didn’t Jesus say “Many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14)? , didn’t he say , “Narrow is the path and few will find it” (Matthew 7:14)?  Jesus said he would “Spit out” the “Lukewarm Christians” isn’t that enough to take this more serious?

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:23

The current heresy going on in the UMC, as well as many other big corporate denominations, is lawlessness (sin). If you continue to stand with that Church, you are guilty of it also, as Jesus said “ Come out of her” (Revelation 18:4) meaning get out of the corrupted Church and worship God in spirit and truth

Heavenly Father, we pray for the Church, we pray that the Holy Spirit convicts all those guilty of being Lukewarm and lead that back to Spirit and Truth in Jesus Name Amen!

Gods Kingdom

And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:9

Just like the days when Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden, this will happen again with us when The New Heavens and Earth are restored, and Heaven comes down in the New Jerusalem.

Today the world is suffering, we are all suffering from sin, death, disease, and illness. However all of this will be removed when God cleanses the Earth and restores it back to paradise. Jesus Christ gives us all hope when their seems to be no hope. Because of him we can all face tomorrow and live forever!

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,  Revelation 21:3

God is coming down to Earth to dwell with us forever. Right now God may seem far away, you may feel like God doesn’t hear you or abandoned you. However God The Holy Spirit is with you right now, and eventually paradise will be restored and we will dwell with God forever.

Heavenly Father, we pray for your patience while we wait for your Kingdom to come in Jesus Name Amen!

 

Word of God

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Is the Bible just another religious book? Absolutely not, as the Apostle Paul reveals to us , the Bible is the written Word of God, given to us by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  You believe all of it, or none of it. While the Bible  moving from translation to translation, could have wording or grammar errors, the context is always the same. Gods word does not change!

 

As Christians, part of our walk with God, is to be continually learning and training the Bible. Often with learning also comes correction and reproof. Many Christians don’t like to be corrected if though it’s a Biblical principle.  Don’t become so proud that you don’t allow yourself to be teachable, as the Bible says Pride leads to destruction

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19

Jesus commanded us to MAKE disciples not just preach the gospel. In order to properly make disciples, we need to teach, train, and equip Christians the Word of God. In order for us to successfully do this, we need to be trained and taught ourselves. Make sure you are dedicating the time and resources to learn Gods word to properly teach others.

Take The Bible seriously, take Jesus commands seriously. Don’t allow your pride to be a stumbling block for people learning Gods Word. Make sure you are prepared to give an answer to anyone who m