Monthly Archives: June 2019

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

Life is a struggle, every day we get closer to the reality of death. Most people don’t want to talk about this, but this is a reality you cant ignore. And while our physical bodies are growing older and dying, ours souls inside are being renewed everyday

How is this possible? Its all possible because of our Lord Jesus Christ defeating sin and death. Because He lives eternally we can live eternally also. However without Christ you are just the walking dead, a bunch of dry bones in the wilderness waiting for the grave.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 2 Corinthians 4:17

And while we struggle today, we deal with pain, suffering, disease, illnesses, the glory that is to come will far outshine the past. The day when we inherit our eternal bodies and meet our Lord face to face, all the pain and struggle will be remembered never again

while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

This is why its important to focus on the eternal kingdom and not this temporary world. We can easily focus on all the negativity of this world, but as Jesus said “Take Heart because He has overcome the world! (John 16:33)  Amen!

Focus On Eternity

we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

What is wrong with the prosperity gospel? Everything is wrong with the prosperity gospel, there is no reality in it whatsoever. As we read during the Apostle Pauls ministry, he was persecuted and eventually beheaded because of his faithfulness to Jesus Christ. This is not the picture the false prophets will teach you on TV and Youtube

If your being honest with yourself, your life probably sucks right now. Death and disease are rampant. Depression, anxiety, and fear haunt us on a daily basis. Why? Because we live in a broken world due to Sin. Be honest with yourself , as a Christian you are going to suffer and possibly face persecution for your faith

For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 11-12

So what is our hope? Our living hope is the Lord Jesus Christ, who defeated Sin and Death. A New Kingdom is coming , to abolish this evil cursed world. Stop looking in this world for salvation, only Christ can set you free!

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

As Jesus said, they can kill our body but they cant kill our soul. Our Soul belongs to Jesus , this is your living hope not prosperity of this world. Focus on eternity and not the temporary Amen!

Heaven

What is beyond this life? When we are young, life as we know it seems to go on forever. However as we get older we start understand that life is actually very short. The Bible tells us our life like a vapor in the wind, so when we understand this it brings a lot more things about our daily lives into perspective.

None of us know how much time we have. So knowing this we should live each day as if it could possibly be our last. So what does this mean, does it mean we should spend all our money or go on a permanent vacation? No it means we should spend quality time with our family, we should make sure our loved ones know we love them, we should slow down and actually acknowledge the people around us, we should love our neighbor as ourselves, and most importantly we should love God with all our heart, mind , and soul

So what happens after you die? Depends on who you put your hope and faith in. Jesus overcame death by the resurrection and promised us eternal life if we receive him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus promises when its our time to die, he will come for us and take us to our Heavenly Fathers house. And when God reestablishes his Kingdom we will all be resurrected with immortal bodies, this is the living hope of Christians.

However if you reject Christ, I don’t know what hope you have after you die. However I put my hope in the living God Jesus Christ.

New Heart

being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:3

Many Christians today still have great confusion over the difference between the Old and New Covenants. The Apostle Paul gives a clear teaching in this chapter, when you become Born Again and baptized by the Holy Spirit, the Law of God is written in your heart. Its not the Law that was written in stone, its written by the Holy Spirit

Now many people have a hard time comprehending this, how can we live morally if we are not under the Law anymore? Because we are living by the Holy Spirit under Grace, not living by the flesh under the Law. The old man has been crucified and you have been made new!

who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6

By the Holy Spirit , God has made us worthy enough to be his servants. We are not worthy by doing the works of theLaw, by its by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. We should not boast in our works either because we are only redeemed by the blood of Christ.

As Paul states the Law kills as none of us are worthy or able to fulfill the Law, but only Jesus is worthy or able to fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17) which makes us righteous before God

 

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

The New Covenant is not a New Testament idea, this was a prophecy throughout the Old Testament. The Prophet Ezekiel states God will remove our heart of stone (The Law) and replace it with a New Heart and New Spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit creates our New Heart!

Only Jesus can save you, receive him into your heart and become Born Again Amen!

Peddling Jesus?

For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 2:17

Lets be honest, modern day Christianity has become corrupted. Turn on the TV and all you see if false prophets pushing a false gospel. But this is not new, as the Apostle Paul states here to the Church of Corinth, he was not like those false prophets pushing a false gospel to make money

The original Greek word here is kapēleuontes which means peddling, to adulterate, to deal in purpose of gain. Basically it means people are using Jesus as a product to make money. We see this throughout the world, while there are numerous people starving and homeless, false prophets and banking in millions of dollars, living in mansions, and flying private jets.

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Matthew 6:24

Jesus warned about the seduction of money. This is the danger with money, it can bring you a false sense of power and you lust after it more than God. This is why Jesus advised the Rich Young Ruler to give away all his money to avoid this temptation

Many false preachers and ministries might have started out with good intentions but then fall to the seduction of money. Don’t sell your soul for this world, be sincere in your faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. Honor God with everything you do in Jesus Name Amen!

Comfort With Christ

indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 2 Corinthians 1:9

How do we deal with death and despair? How can our human minds even comprehend losing the life of a loved one or our own life? God will comfort you through this! Yes that’s right, as difficult as life may seem we are given eternal hope and comfort through Jesus Christ

Now you might say, well these are just words for people to feel better. No God demonstrated this hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ! If your looking for a historical event that you could place all your hope on it’s the resurrection of Christ

who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 2 Corinthians 1:10

God will deliver us from the sting of death because Jesus defeated death at Calvary! When you understand this, you have the blessed hope and comfort from God that only he can provide. Nobody else can provide you this hope and comfort!

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11

Regardless of what this world says, Prayer is a powerful weapon! Pray for hope and strength, pray for peace and comfort, most importantly pray for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus is your comfort and deliverance Amen!

Creed of Christianity

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The very first Christian “Creed” was written by the Apostle Paul. Many scholars believe this Creed could be written as early as 5 years after the resurrection. This is an amazing piece of historical evidence of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its important to understand how valuable and reliable this documentation is to the Resurrection of Christ

A Creed is a written set of beliefs, Christianity actually has several creeds including the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, ect. These are foundational beliefs that all Christians should agree with regardless of your denomination. The foundation of Christianity is the death and resurrection of Christ. The fact Paul documented this so early, confirms that Jesus death and resurrection was not a fable made up over time, but actual eye witnessed events

and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14

As Paul states without the Resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is worthless. There is no hope without the Resurrection of Christ, however because we know Jesus rose from the dead, we have the eternal hope of overcoming sin and death by the blood of Christ

Regardless of your denomination or differences with other Christians, 1 Corinthians 15 should be a foundation for your faith as all our hope rests in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Love of Christ

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

What is our motive for doing good? Is our motive to check some boxes off or is our motive actually love? This is very important to remember in our ministries or churches, because its easy to forget why God saved us to begin with.

We can have lots of knowledge about the Bible, we can study Theology and Apologetics, however if there is no love behind our motivation than its pointless. How can we show people Christ died for us because he loved us, when we don’t love ourselves? If you truly believe Christ died for your sins because of love, shouldn’t you love others also?

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2

Paul goes on to say without Love we are nothing! We can have the “gift of prophecy” or “faith that moves mountains” but if you’re a hateful person, your ministry is pointless. You can preach the greatest messages but if there is no love in you, your just a noisy gong

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

You can go through all the motions, and do the “Churchy” things that are expected. But if your heart is full of hate it profits you nothing! Were not going to be able to reach anyone with the gospel without the Love of Christ. What is the Love of Christ?

 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Even when we were rebellious, blasphemous, wicked, wretched, horrible people, Jesus still showed mercy towards us and died for us. That is true love, that is the Love of Christ. If we cant humble ourselves and learn from Jesus, then our conversion is worthless