Category Archives: Death

“But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Acts 3:18

The second sermon given by Peter revealed how Jesus Christ has been foretold throughout the entire Bible. Even since the book of Genesis all the way through Revelation, Jesus Christ has been revealed to the world. Prophets like Moses, Isaiah , and Daniel all spoke of the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

And even though Jesus was revealed through the scriptures, the people still didn’t recognize him in the flesh. And not only did they reject him but had him tortured and crucified on a Roman cross. The Messiah that was promised by all the prophets through the Holy Spirit, was murdered by his own people

“For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.” Acts 3:26

God raised up his only begotten Son, the suffering servant, who took the wrath of all our sins, so we can be justified before our Heavenly Father. The time has come for everyone to repent, the blood is on all our hands.

Only  Christ, can save us from the curse of death, repent and receive his salvation in Jesus Name Amen!

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Victory Through Christ

“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

Satan uses tools to enslave us into fear, tools such as disease, sickness, suffering, hardships, and even death. However those strongholds no longer have chains on us anymore, since Jesus defeated sin and death, and walked out of that grave, we no longer have to fear!

This is a radical concept for us to understand, for centuries Satan has been using the fear of death to enslave the innocent. Fear that not only we will suffer but also our families and loved ones. But Perfect love cast out all fear (1 John 4:18) That is exactly what Jesus finished at the cross and the evidence is the empty tomb

For Christians death is not the end, its just the beginning. Sounds cliché or maybe even surreal, however when you understand this is Gods truth, you understand the power of what Jesus accomplished!

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

Victory is ours through the resurrection of Jesus Christ! No longer are you a slave to fear, no longer are you a slave to death. Jesus has overcome the grave, that is why the Resurrection is the greatest event to happen in human history Amen!

Into The Pit

Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” Daniel 6:16

Usually when we think about the story of Daniel and The Lions Den , we think about it literally. However what if we thought about it symbolically relating to ourselves. I’m sure there has been a time in your life, when you were thrown into the pit of despair (lions den) surrounded by demons (lions) who were looking to torment and devour you

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

The apostle Peter describes Satan and his demons as lions looking to devour us. So think of yourself as a symbolic Daniel under attack by Satan himself. Was it fair or just for Daniel to be thrown into the lions den? No, however notice how Daniel reacted, with pure faith and peace that God would deliver him, even though from most peoples point of view, he was about to be ripped apart

“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.” Daniel 6:22

God has sent a deliver to protect and redeem Daniel. God has sent Jesus to deliver and redeem you. Even when you are down in the pit of despair, trust in Jesus, because demons tremble at the sound of his name Amen!

Free Will

“If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. Matthew 18:13

Often Christians are criticized by non-believer for worshipping an “Angry God” that is wrathful and hateful, the reality is , it couldn’t be farther from the truth. As we look at this parable about how God rejoices over just one person repenting and coming to Christ

God loves us enough to not only forgive us for our sins and disobedience , but he was willingly to lay down his life for you, there is no greater love than what God displayed on the cross

“So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish. Matthew 18:14

It is not Gods will for anyone to perish, it is our will that determines if we perish. Since the beginning of time, God has granted us “free will” that allows everyone to choose, good or evil, God or Satan, this is a choice everyone gets to make

However even after all God has demonstrated to us , some will still reject Christ and refuse to repent or change their ways. When you make your choice ,you must also be willing to accept your fate, which will be the Lake of Fire

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Many people mock at the delay of Christ return, however God is doing this purposely allowing people time to come to repentance. However God is just and eventually justice will be served!

Come to repentance , come to Christ, who is the only one who can redeem you of your sins and restore your soul in Jesus name Amen!

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!

 

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

Eye For Eye?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matthew 5:38-39

With all the violence and hatred in the world today, how do we react? The normal human reaction is for us want an “Eye for Eye” but with this approach when does it end? Jesus taught us to “Turn the other cheek”, instead of answering violence with violence we should try to resist .

Obviously this is not easy and not very popular. Its natural for us to want to avenge our enemies, but the questions is when will it stop? So how as Christians can we apply these teachings Jesus wants us to follow?

Remember Jesus said we must first deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24) before we become a disciple, isn’t violence mostly about human ego and greed? If we truly are a Christian, we must not only Deny Ourselves but also Love our Enemies (Matthew 5:44).

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

One of the most powerful scriptures in the entire Bible is this one, Satan can threaten you with violence or even death, however we should not fear them. See God gives life and can take it away, he is the only one. Even if your physical body is dead, your soul will live as long as God says it will.

This is why Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding, because our Heavenly Father, creator of the Heavens and Earth is truly in control. So resist violence, turn the other cheek in Jesus Name Amen

We Are The Clay

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/07/opinion/maynard-assisted-suicide-cancer-dignity/

 

Assisted suicide is legal in 9 countries and 5 states in America. Brittany Maynard, an advocate for “Dying with Dignity” wrote about her decision to use Assisted Suicide when she learned she had a brain tumor.  She said “ I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.”

I sympathize with her and her family but have total control over your life is not realistic. Even if you don’t believe in God, you should know we can’t do everything on our own terms. When we put our trust in God, we develop the peace and understanding to hand things over to God, and let go of the control.

(Psalm 139:16)´” Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

She goes on to say “I would not tell anyone else that he or she should choose death with dignity. My question is: Who has the right to tell me that I don’t deserve this choice? That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain? Why should anyone have the right to make that choice for me?”

Who has the right to tell us not to kill ourselves? God is the answer. Before we were even born God hand picked up to fulfill a destiny, do we know more than our creator? Is the clay greater than the potter? How can we fulfill Gods will if we cut our lives short? How can we expect God to create a miracle if we don’t allow him time or the circumstance to perform it?

(John 14:7) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

And then she said “Having this choice at the end of my life has become incredibly important. It has given me a sense of peace during a tumultuous time that otherwise would be dominated by fear, uncertainty and pain

What she really was looking for during this ordeal was peace. Jesus is the only one who can give us that peace, perhaps if she knew him, it could have changed her mind?  When you don’t have the peace of Christ, it also leads to fear and uncertainty. Be strong and courageous for the Lord is with us and won’t forsake us.

(Romans 14:8) “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s”

 

November 3rd 2014 Brittney Maynard ended her life thru assistant suicide. Her last quote was “”It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all,” she said

I know this was a tough situation for her and the family, however I still believe we need to leave our lives in Gods hands. Let thy will be done, not our will. Could have God delivered her from this cancer? We will never know. Life is a gift from God, we need to learn to savor every moment. There is a higher purpose and deeper meaning to life then we know, there we are the clay and God is the potter, let him mold us as he sees fit, in Jesus name Amen

Live with Meaning

For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 1 Peter 1:24
How long do you have to live? Might sound like a morbid question but its reality Most of us go about our daily lives pretending death doesn’t exist or we have endless amounts of time. That’s why it’s important to use your time wisely. Don’t waste your life chasing after money or possessions because as the scripture says they will all fade away. Make every day count; make time for your family.
(1 John 2:17) “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
But there is hope for all of us thru Jesus Christ. He is the only way to eternal life. Everything else in this world will fade away. Satan wants you to waste your time on Earth with worldly pleasures, but your time is valuable. Everything you do you will be held accountable for. How are you spending your days here on Earth? When you pass away what would everyone say about your legacy?
(Proverbs 22:1) “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
What is your legacy? What would your family or children say about you? We all know someone who you can’t think of anything bad to say about them, that’s the person we should strive to be. A good name, when people say your name do they think respectable, loving, caring, giving, ect. This is far more valuable than any money or possessions could buy. How do we achieve this, follow Jesus.
(2 Corinthians 5:22) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Jesus was the only human to walk this Earth that had no sin. Even those who don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah can’t bring a valid claim against him. He showed us how to live and though him we can live forever.
Live your life on this Earth with meaning, follow Jesus to eternal life. Don’t waste your time following temporary pleasures of this world. Create your legacy starting today thru Jesus Christ Amen.

Be strong in The Lord

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

 

Are you struggling today? Are you involved in a battle that you feel like your losing? Who do you call on for strength? Are trusting in God to be your refuge thru your times of trouble? With God you are not alone, if you stand with him he will stand with you. If God is for us, who can be against us?

(Psalms 136:1) “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endurethfor ever”

 

King David understood this principle, when the world was against him and everyone was trying to kill him. He called unto God for his strength and he delivered him as always. For God promises his mercy endures forever. Call out to God today and he will not forsake you.

(Philippians 4:13) “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

 

This is probably one of the most popular scriptures in the New Testament, however when Paul wrote this he was chained in prison. He didn’t proclaim this while living in paradise, he proclaimed this during his time in prison. He called onto God to give him strength no matter what man was doing to him.

(Ephesians 6:10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 

Again Paul tells trust in God to get you thru your battle and lean on him for your strength. Do you have this faith today? Are you fighting your battles alone or do you have God on your side? If you trust in him, he will not forsake you.

(Jeremiah 17:14) “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.”

 

Are you praising God in the storm or cursing him? So this is the true reveal or you faith. Anyone can be faithful during good times, but what about the hard times? This is what reveals who you really are. Thru you faith you will dig deep roots and endure any storm. Be strong in the Lord. In Jesus name Amen