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Fear God

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. Ecclesiastes 12:13

A person who doesn’t  “Fear God”, is the most dangerous person in the world. Because without the Fear of God there is no morality or love. With all the violence and blood shed happening around our country and world, the “Fear of God” needs to be brought back more than ever

Everyone is looking for a reason and a solution to all the madness happening in our society today. They want to blame it on guns, blame it on mental illness, blame it on our authorities, but the core of the issue is , with no respect or knowledge of God, there will be no cure.

We were all made in Gods image, we were taught by Jesus Christ  to “Love our Neighbor as ourselves” . But when society removes Jesus and tells our children that God doesn’t exist, then society starts to collapse. Where does our morality come from then? What is the purpose for the human race?

The Hebrew word for “Fear” is “Yirah” meaning “Awesomeness” or “Reverence” . When we “Fear God” we don’t react to him like a dictator, we stand back and look at the sky and the ocean, and stand in awe of his Creation. We stand in “Reverence” that even though we were sinners, Christ went to the cross and died for us out of love.

If we want to bring this country and world back, we need to bring us back to “Fear God”, to understand we are created in our Heavenly Fathers image, to know he counts every hair on our head, to know right from wrong, to know Christ has given us eternal life in Jesus Name Amen!

 

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500 Can’t Be Wrong

After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 1 Corinthians 15:6

Can 500 people be wrong? Paul tells us that there was over 500 eye witnesses to the resurrected Jesus Christ, including himself. Now if we were going to put the issue of Jesus Resurrection on trial, I believe the evidence of over 500 eye witnesses would suffice in winning the case!

Often people who are non believers will say “there is no evidence for God”. This is not a true statement, as the New Testament reveals a lot of evidence for the resurrected Jesus Christ. However skeptics want you to throw out The Bible because they know its evidence is irrefutable and damaging to their case.

Now their next comeback will be that The Bible is not reliable. Let’s point out a few facts that shows this claim is untrue .

  • New Testament manuscripts are much earlier than any other historic book in history. There are over 5,700 Greek manuscripts from the New Testament. Most other books from ancient world are lucky to have 10 to 20 manuscripts.
  • The New Testament manuscripts are from much earlier than any other book also. For example most believe the earliest gospels were written around 25 years after Christ , where as Alexander the Great for example, was written 500 years after his death.
  • The New Testament manuscripts also have a 99.9% accuracy which was reaffirmed by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I could go on about this subject, but the point is , 500 people , who were willing to die for the truth, can’t be wrong. There is overwhelming evidence of the existence of God and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen!

40 Days

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. Matthew 4:1-2

Since this week is the beginning of Lent season, today we are taking a look at the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. This is symbolic of the 40 days before Easter (Lent  Season) originated. During this journey we see that Jesus was tempted with three temptations that all of us face in our daily lives.

And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matthew 4:3-4

The first temptation we see is the lust of the flesh. Jesus , who has been fasting for 40 days, is obviously very hungry and vulnerable at this point. Satan tries to tempt him by enticing him to make stones into bread. Jesus replies with scripture and says “Man shall not live on bread alone” meaning as Christians we deny our physical temptations which are sinful, to live holy and be a true disciple of Christ.

This could apply to many physical temptations in our lives such as drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality, gluttony, ect. However by the Holy Spirit we can overcome these temptations and avoid sin

Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU’; and ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'” Matthew 4:5-6

The second temptation comes from human pride. Satan tries to challenge Jesus, by saying if you are the Son of God, then prove it. Often times in life when our pride is challenged, we might make a bad decision just to prove that we are the boss or in charge. Jesus however didn’t fall for this trap

Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'” Matthew 4:7

Satan was even quoting scripture to try and lure Jesus into the temptation, but Jesus responded by saying “Don’t test God”.  Jesus demonstrated this humility also later in John 13, Jesus washed the feet of his own disciples. Instead of Jesus being a dictator leader he was leading by example.

Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8-9

The final temptation Satan was trying to tempt Jesus into the lust of the eyes. Look at all these beautiful possessions we can have if we just sell our soul. Jesus didn’t fall for this but sadly we see people do this every day. We see actors and musicians sell all their morals and values just to become rich, what they don’t understand is they are worshipping Satan and his worldly system

Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'” Matthew 4:10

Again Jesus overcame this temptation and told Satan to go away! As the Bible tells us “Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7) Worship God and serve him only!

We need to remember Jesus was in human form, susceptible to Satans temptations and overcame by The Holy Spirit. We can overcome also because Greater is he living inside of me than he that is living in the world (! John 4:4) in Jesus Name Amen!

Heart, Mind, and Soul

“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7

Today we take a look at Cane and Abel, brothers that Satan tore apart to caused the first murder! Both brothers brought an offering before God; however God was pleased with Abel’s but not Cain’s? Why?

We have to remember God wants our heart,mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37) not just our presence, like quality over quantity. It says that Abel offered his first born sheep of his flock (Firstfruits), this was the best Abel had to offer and because of this God was pleased.  While Cain offered some random fruit from his garden, could have been leftovers or bad fruit, but it surely wasn’t his best, God rejected it!

God doesn’t really care what you are offering him, but what you are offering him should be the best you can provide from your heart. Cain was just going through the motions basically trying to trick God, but God reads our hearts, minds, and soul.

Now this rejection from God obviously upset Cain, and instead of him trying to do better, he became insanely jealous of his brother Abel.  As God said to him “sin is crouching at your door” meaning if you allow this jealousy and anger to manifest in you, it will grow into sin (James 1:15). That’s exactly what happened.

Instead of Cain, repenting, he allowed sin to grow into murder! (James 1:15) God wants us to love him with all our heart, mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37) , not just going through the motions!  Just like the 5 loaves and 2 fish, give God whatever you have and he will bless you in Jesus Name Amen!

Are You Ready? #Eclipse2017

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:42

Could the Great Eclipse be a sign of the Return of Christ? If Jesus came today would you be ready? Jesus clearly stated that nobody will know the day or hour of his return, however he did tell us to be ready for his return.

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, Luke 21:25

Jesus taught that God uses the heavens to give us signs, a giant billboard from Heaven. With all the attention and excitement generated for the Great Eclipse , could God be using this to get everyones attention? Even if Christ doesn’t return on Monday, their should still be a call to repentance. With all the violence and evil going on in this world, there is no better time than now to return to The Lord

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

If Jesus did return and you are standing face to face with the Holy One, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What would he say to you? Would he say “Good work my faithful servant (Matthew 25:23) or will he say “Depart from me I never knew you! Lawlessness by Biblical definition is sin. Any sin is an act or rebellion against God.

Did you repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Time might be running out, you don’t want to be “Left Behind”, Jesus is your only way to salvation! Keep your lamps lit and eyes in the sky!

Your Faith Will Heal You

He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18:38

When you’re in a time of trouble, how do you respond? What do you when you’re in a crisis? Often we waste a lot of time and energy trying to resolve our own issues, when God already has the answer and wants to hear from us. Call out to Jesus and he will save you!

Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18:39

There are always going to be people rebuking you, telling you to be quiet or telling you that your wrong. But noticed what the blind man did, when they told him to be quiet he shouted to Jesus even louder. See we can’t allow others to distract or derail our faith, set your sights on Jesus he is your Lord and Savior

“What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Luke 18:41-42

Jesus answered him and said what do you need from me? Its important that we specifically tell Jesus what is wrong. Remember you can’t have faith without action, and this mans action proved his faith to Jesus and he healed him.

Don’t allow others to lose your faith, Your Faith will Heal You in Jesus Name Amen

Nation Divided

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:24-25

Can America survive as a divided nation? The simple answer is No, as Jesus taught us a Kingdom divided will fall, so what can we do to bring a nation back together? The simple answer is we need to make Jesus the center of our lives. We need more of Christ and less of us (John 3:30)

Jesus taught us to Love our Neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31) So who is our neighbor? Our neighbor is everyone, until we start to accept one another for who they are, we will always be divided. Jesus always taught us to Love our enemies (Matthew 5:44) even those who persecute us because of our faith, we should pray for them and remain to live in peace.

Why must we do this? Because even though we were sinners Christ died for us and God demonstrated his love for us (Romans 5:8) We can only overcome evil with love, we cant repay evil with evil (Romans 12:17)

Love is patient, Love is kind, Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13) The only way to restore a divded nation is with Love, the Love that Christ has shown us in Jesus Name Amen

Thief In The Night

“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15

 

Are you ready for the return of Jesus Chirst? Or will you be caught exposed by your nakedness? Nobody know the day or hour when Christ will return except God almighty (Matthew 24:36) That’s why its important to stay alert and keep your lamps lit (Matthew 25) Does anyone ever expect a thief to show up at their house? No otherwise you would be ready, this is the same principle with Christs return (Luke 12:39)

Don’t be deceived , for just as in the Days of Noah will be the same for the day of The Lord (Luke 17:26) People will mock, blasphemy God, and continue on sinning even up to the Judgement of God comes upon them, the same as the Great Flood. (Luke 17:27) That’s why many will mourn the great day when they see Jesus coming in the clouds  (Matthew 24:30) because the judgement of God is coming upon The Earth.

Are you washed in the blood of Jesus? (1 John 1:7) He is the only way to eternal life (John 14:6) Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand (Matthew 3:2) Prepare yourself for the coming of our Lord, keep your lamps lit, reframe from evil , we are Children of The Light we don’t belong to darkness or evil, so stay alert and don’t fall asleep like the world has fallen asleep (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

Prepare yourself for the coming of Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, were every knee will bow and tongue will confess he is our Lord and Savior Amen

Gods Not Dead

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Matthew 28:6

Why can we have faith and hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Because our God lives forever (Hebrews 7:24), he has conquered the grave (1 Corinthians 15:57), he has overcome the world (John 16:33), Jesus said I am the living One, I was dead and now alive forever, he holds the keys to death and the grave (Revelation 1:18)

And if Christ has not been raised from the dead, then Christianity is pointless (1 Corinthians 15:54) Without Jesus there is no hope or salvation, for the wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23) and we are all sinners and fall short from the glory of God (Romans 3:23) That’s why Christ is the only way to eternal life, nobody gets to God except though him (John 14:6) Nobody else is worthy to be our ransom (Matthew 20:28) except the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ (John 1:29)

But there is good news, even though we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8) paid our debt and on the third day rose from the grave, just as he said he would (1 Corinthians 15:4) O Death where is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:15) We have victory through Jesus Christ because our God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son so we shall not perish (John 3:16) in Jesus Name Amen

Know Your Enemy

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. Genesis 3:4

When tragedy strikes who do we blame? Many times when we suffer, we blame God. He is the first to get the blame for everything and usually the last to get thanks for anything. But what about Satan? Did he not tell us we will not die? Even though God warned us not to eat from the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:3) we ate it anyway and when the wages of our sin which is death comes upon us (Romans 6:23), we curse our Creator who warned us.

Know who your real enemy is , Satan, the thief that only comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) Your enemy the devil who prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8) But Jesus came to give life (John 10:10) so why don’t you follow him?

Jesus overcame on the cross and put all our enemies under his feet, including the last enemy to be destroyed which is death (1 Corinthians 15:26) Jesus is the resurrection (John 11:25) the living water (John 4:14)  the truth life and only way to God and eternal life (John 14:6)

So know your enemy , we are in a spiritual warfare for your soul put on the whole armor of God stand against the schemes on Satan (Ephesians 6) in Jesus Name Amen