Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17
What every Atheist and non believer don’t realize, is every good gift they have in life, came from God. Love is from God, therefor without God their marriage would not be possible. Children are from God, therefor without God, they wouldn’t have children. Even those who reject God, he still showers his gifts on them as Jesus said “ The rain falls on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45)
Therefor when we think about eternity, life without Jesus would mean total removal and separation from , not only God, but all these gifts that he has given us also. There is no Love in Hell, there is No Peace in Hell, because there is no God in Hell
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James 1:18
Not only did God give us these gifts here now on Earth, but he gave us the ultimate gift of Eternal Life through his Son Jesus Christ. When the Bible talks about the firstfruits, that’s what its talking about the resurrection.
Because of what Christ has done for us on the cross and defeated sin and death, we will be raised at the resurrection in our immortal bodies as the firstfruits to God. Notice it says because of Gods own will, meaning God loved us before we loved him. He chose to save us and die for us, when you realize this you understand the amazing love and gifts God has given to us!
Think about the gifts you have today in your life, remember to Thank God because every good gift from above , Amen!
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12
Often when we are going through temptations, we don’t consider ourselves to be blessed. Think about what your going through with this Pandemic, everyone has suffered something in some way. God is asking you to endure this temptation , put your faith and trust in Him, and you will receive the Crown of Life
Now when we talk about these things, many might not be interested in a Crown of Life. This is because you don’t have a eternal perspective, you are only looking at things from a temporal perspective. Eternity is a long time to be wrong, put your faith in the one who offers eternal life, Jesus Christ!
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:13-14
Often we like to blame God for our sin, we when people fall into the temptations of alcohol or sexual immorality, they will say “God made me this way” However this is a lie from Hell, God actually says the opposite. Whenever you are tempted it did not come from God, it comes from Satan and the sinful nature of your flesh. Blaming God for your sin wont work on judgement day!
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15
So how can we avoid sin? Well God tells us Sin begins in your mind. We imagine or fantasize about a sin, this is where we need to put a stop to it! When we allow Sin to be planted in our minds, eventually it overcomes us and then it produces the physical act of sin. This is why we should avoid things that will infiltrate our minds with perverse things such as music, movies, pornography ect
Focus your eyes and mind on Christ! This is why a strong prayer life is essential for fighting these spiritual battles, to empower you mind to kill these temptations and avoid sin. Endure the temptations of this world and you will receive the Crown of Life through Jesus Christ! Amen!
Who did Jesus tell us to worship?
Talking to a Jehovah Witness the other day, and he quoted Matthew 4:10 as proof Jesus is not God. So lets compare the scripture
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10 (KJV)
Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship,j and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’ Matthew 4:10 (NWT)
When we compare this scripture between the New Word Translation vs other English translations, theres a big difference. Notice in the NWT it seems pretty clear to worship Jehovah only, but is that what the original Greek text says?
The original Greek word is Kyrion which in English always translates to Lord. Jehovah would not be a correct translation here. His response was “Well what scripture is Jesus quoting”? Ok fair enough, as we see Jesus is actually quoting Deuteronomy 6:13 lets compare this scripture
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Deuteronomy 6:13 (KJV)
So when we look at the original Hebrew , it is Yahweh here so it can be correctly translated as Jehovah. However if we agree that Jesus is quoting this scripture in Matthew 4:10, think about what Jesus is revealing.
Jesus didn’t use the word Yahweh when rebuking Satan, he used Lord. I think we can all agree Jesus is the Lord. So Jesus essentially is mentioning himself where in Deuteronomy Yahweh is. Therefor I actually think by the Jehovah Witnesses exploiting this scripture, there actually proving that Jesus declared himself God
The New Word Translation incorrectly translates Kyrion as Jehovah in Matthew. You don’t have to be a Greek scholar to know that’s an incorrect translation.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:2-3
As were all going through this trial of the pandemic, you might ask how can we find joy in this? How can we find joy in trials and temptations? Because God is working on you to mold you for eternity! You see we look around the world and see death and despair, but that’s because were looking from a temporal perspective
We need to focus on an eternal perspective, focus on Gods eternal Kingdom to come, focus on Christ. When we understand and realize this is a fallen world under the curse of sin, its not a surprise to us that a pandemic like this would happen
But we can use this moment to strengthen our faith in Christ. Cling to God in all your needs, not anything of this world because its all temporal. Your money may be gone, your health may be gone, but Jesus victory on the cross is forever! Instead of letting this time destroy you, allow it to strengthen your faith in God
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:4-5
Many things have been taken away from us during this time, however we should still feel complete because we abide in Christ. As the scripture said “Wanting Nothing”, nothing can replace the fellowship of God and His love and mercy that he demonstrated to us
Now I know what your thinking, how can I comprehend any of this? Well the scripture says next “If you lack wisdom or understanding, ask God” What a simple concept yet how many fail to turn to God during times of confusion and turmoil?
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 6-7
However when we come to Jesus, we should come with true faith. We shouldn’t come to Christ, as if he were a genie looking to answer your demands. Come to him as the Risen Savior, the one who has defeated sin and death.
Anyone who comes to him with lack of faith shouldn’t expect anything from him. This faith is developed and endured during the trials and temptations of life, cling to Jesus and you will lack nothing!
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
These scriptures recorded by the Apostle Paul are considered the first official “Creed” of Christianity. This is very compelling evidence of the resurrection as this was believed to be documented within 5 years of the resurrection. From a historical perspective this is very early evidence and almost unheard of.
As we see, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the central theme of Christianity. This is the core of our beliefs, without the death and resurrection of Christ, we would still be dead in our sins!
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:5-7
Notice this for eyewitness accounts, Jesus not only appeared to Peter (Cephas) and the rest of the Apostles. But Jesus then appeared to over 500 eye witnesses , many who were still alive when Paul wrote this. Remember after Jesus resurrection, he remained for 40 days until he ascended back to Heaven.
And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:8-9
How about the Apostle Paul as an eye witness, here is a man who hated Christians to the point he hunted them down and was responsible for the death of Stephen. However when he met Christ on the Road to Damascus, he became transformed and is arguably the greatest preacher in Christian history, writing over half of the New Testament
Jesus Is Risen! Just as he transformed the lives of many including Paul, he can transform your life also because He Lives! Amen!
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept Mark 16:9-10
As we see again from the gospel of Mark, Mary Magdalene, who was freed from seven demons was the first to see the Risen Jesus. Also notice how it described the disciples, they were weeping and mourning over the loss of their Lord Jesus
However Mary went to tell them the good news (Gospel) that Jesus Is Risen! Imagine their response when they first heard this! Imagine when they thought Jesus was dead and now realized that He is Risen forever!
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. Mark 16:11-12
But look what it says, even though Mary seen Jesus with her own eyes, they didn’t believe her! Even though Jesus told them countless times, he was going to be resurrected, they didn’t remember and they didn’t believe
Now for the next 40 days Jesus would make numerous appearances to his disciples and hundreds of other people. Here he appeared to two of his disciples to reveal He Is Risen
And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Mark 16:13
Those two disciples went back to report that Jesus Is Risen also, and guess what they still didn’t believe! Does this sound familiar? Does this sound a lot like people today? There are still many people today who still don’t believe Jesus Is Risen! What is it going to take for you to believe?
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. Mark 16:17
Later Jesus came and appeared to the rest of the disciples and notice what he did, he rebuked them! Why? Because of the hardness of their hearts! Even though they had multiple witnesses to his resurrection , they still hardened their hearts and didn’t believe
Are you still hardening your heart today? There were hundreds of eye witnesses of the resurrected Jesus, receive him today because He Is Risen!