Category Archives: Hope

Are You A Light to this World?

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

Jesus has called us to be The Light of The World, so do others see you as a light or a dark cloud? So what does it mean to be The Light? When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9), you are given eternal life which has defeated death and sin (John 3:16). Jesus said whoever follows him will never walk in darkness again (John 8:12)

However, as Jesus goes on to say does someone light a lamp and hide it under a basket? (Matthew 5:15) No when you understand and receive Gods grace through Jesus, you need to share it to the world. (Matthew 28:19) The world is hopeless and in need of a Savior, that Savior is Jesus Christ (Luke 2:11), when you “open the eyes of the blind”(Isaiah 42:7) to Jesus, you shine The Light on them

The next part of the scripture says, a town built on a hill cannot be hidden, meaning when you become a Christian you are going to stand out. (1 Peter 2:9) When you accept the Holy Spirit you become transformed and your mind is renewed, no longer do you conform to the sins and evil of this world (Romans 12:2) And Jesus told us the world will probably hate us because of him (Matthew 10:22)

But Jesus is the Resurrection (John 11:25), The Living Water (John 4:14), The Bread of Life (John 6:35), that gives hope and victory to all of us because he has defeated death and hell. (Revelation 1:18) Let your light Shine to this world in Jesus Name Amen

 

Gods Calling You!

Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10

God had called Moses to be his voice, to be his prophet for his people, to save them from slavery. But Moses originally refused to obey, instead of accepting Gods calling, he made up excuses why he wouldn’t be able to achieve his mission.

What about you? When God is calling you, do you accept your assignment or make up excuses why it can’t be done?

The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:11-12

Gods response to Moses is truthful, who does Moses think he is complaining about his stuttering? God made him that way, God has equipped us to fulfill our destiny, he knows the beginning from the end, put your trust in him and go!

But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Exodus 4:13

Again Moses is negotiating with God, telling him to send someone else. But God has already chosen Moses, he was born with this destiny. Just like you, your born for a destiny, question is are you answering Gods calling or still negotiating with God?

Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. Exodus 4:14

Gods plan is being revealed, Moses brother Aaron, who eventually becomes the first high priest for the nation of Israel, and is passed down his entire blood line. God has a solution already for your problem, we must trust in his plan and his calling for our lives in Jesus Name Amen

Does God Change?

 

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6

Many Christians today believe we need to change our beliefs or doctrine to accommodate people’s lifestyle today. The problem is God does not change, and his Word never changes either (Isaiah 40:8)So what is the solution for this? Repentance.

John The Baptist was sent as the messenger to pave the way for Jesus Christ (Isaiah 40:3) what was his message? “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at Hand”.  The problem is people don’t understand the true Biblical meaning of Repentance. The Greek word is metamelomai which means change of mind and purpose. So repenting doesn’t mean to just confess your sins but to also change your lifestyle from sin.

Jesus is the Living Word (John 1:14) and he is the same today, yesterday, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) Therefor God doesn’t change and neither does his Word. God gave us the laws of marriage in Genesis 2:24 and Jesus echoed the same in Matthew 19:5. Notice God does not change.

The reason modern day Churches are failing is because they haven’t truly built their house upon the Rock, they have built on the sand by changing Gods word to fit their congregation. What happens, the storm comes in and crushes the false Church.

As Jesus said if we truly loved him we would follow his commandments (John 14:15) any Church that changes there doctrine to please people is a rebellion against God. All righteous comes from God and he does not change (James 1:17) 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

Got Grace?

Got Grace?

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Romans 3:24

Who is worthy to receive the Grace of God? The good news is we are all worthy, so what is Grace and how can we obtain it?

Grace– is the feely given, unmerited favor and love of God

Do any of us truly deserve Grace? Absolutely not, but even though we were sinners, God demonstrated his love for us through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8) We must understand the wages of our sins is death (Romans 6:23) but Jesus tasted that death so we don’t have to (2 Corinthians 5:15) this is what Grace truly is

So how do we obtain Grace? If you confess with your mouth Jesus Christ is Lord and believe God has

raised him from the dead, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9) we must also repent of our sins (Acts 3:19)

and become transformed ( Romans 12:2) through the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to repent

Repent- means to feel remorse and turn away from sin

So when we repent our sins, its not just a motion were going through but a change. Grace is not a free

Ticket to sin, but when we accept Christ into our hearts we are baptized by the Holy Spirit

(Matthew 3:11)

Grace can only be obtained through Jesus Christ, because he took on the sins of the world, including

yours so we may have eternal life (John 3:16) there is no other way to escape death (John 14:6) Once

you realize you need a Savior, then you understand the importance of Jesus Christ. So share the hope

and victory we have through Jesus Christ by his Grace Amen

 

Meaning of Life

Meaning of Life

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

What is the meaning of life? Throughout time people have pondered this question and searched for meaning. However, the answer is in The Bible, God has laid out his plan for us since the beginning of time.

God has created us in his image (Genesis 1:27) and made us perfect and immortal.  Due to our sin, we brought on sickness and death (Romans 6:23). However, God still has a plan for us, and his name is Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:15).

Jesus took our sin and death for us (Romans 4:25), so we can be immortal again. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are baptized by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11), and begin living by The Spirit (Galatians 5:16)

So the meaning of life is press on to the prize of our higher calling (Philippians 3:14) and we wait for the return of our King Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:5) who will defeat Satan forever (Revelation 17:14) and wipe away everyone’s sorry, tears, and death (Revelation 21:4)

The Kingdom of God will reign forever (Revelation 11:15) Do you want to be part of that perfect kingdom? Where you are no longer a slave to sin and death? Then this is the meaning of life, to follow your Lord, Savior, and King to paradise (Luke 23:43) in Jesus Name Amen

Amazing Faith

So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. Luke 7:6-7

What can we learn from the centurion? Here he is being honest with Jesus, he knows Jesus can heal his servant but doesn’t feel worthy to even approach Jesus. Do we feel like the centurion or do we feel like God owes us?

What we do learn is that we should have faith and know that God can do all things, but we should also be humble and not expect that its his will to do as we request.

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Luke 7:9

A centurion is a commander of the Roman army, he had great power and authority just as he expressed to Jesus. But he also showed that he believed Jesus has greater power and authority than him.

So when Jesus heard that faith coming from a centurion, he was amazed. Herse a man whose job is to enslave the Jews, but this man recognizes that Jesus is the Messiah.

Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Luke 7:10

The centurion knew that Jesus didn’t need to even see his servant to heal him, and he was correct. Do we understand this also? We can pray for others and don’t have to be with them for them to be healed. God is everywhere, the Holy Spirit lives inside us all, amaze Jesus with your faith also Amen

Blessings Stored In Heaven

The faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world–just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:5-6

When we truly understand God’s grace that has been delivered to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, then we have expectations of blessings from Heaven. We know we can overcome the world because Jesus has already overcame the world.

Notice the scriptures says “hope stored up for you in heaven” As I taught in an earlier devotional, the original Greek word for Hope is Elpida which mean expectation. So we can expect blessings from Heaven when we store them up thru prayers and thanksgiving to God.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Colossians 1:9-10

We can’t underestimate the power of prayer, its your greatest weapon. When we pray from the heart, our prayers release and aroma of sacrifice to God (2 Corinthians 2:15)

Just like in the Old Testament when they used to burn incense for a pleasing aroma for God, your prayers to God release a pleasing aroma to God.

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:11-12

We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength, we all have heard this, but we need to believe it , think it , and live it. The power of The Holy Spirit has been giving to us all from God, welcome The Holy Spirit into your life today.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

The atonement sacrifice of Jesus has rescued us from the condemnation of death. Satan has a dominion of darkness right here on Earth and its looking to devour you like a Lion. But thru Christ we are victorious, give praise and thanksgiving daily to our Heavenly Father and store up the blessings in Jesus Name Amen

Faith Is Hope

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

The original Greek word used for hope is elpida which means expectation and trust. So when we say to hope for we mean to expect Gods deliverance. Most people when they think of hope, they believe its false hope or throwing a penny in the wishing well. But we must have confidence in our faith.

Jesus said “Blessed are those who have not seen yet still believed” When you put your trust and hope in God, you will be blessed

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3

God spoke the Heaven and Earth into existence, he formed us in the womb. Many will say that is not enough for me. Even though the signs of an intelligent designer are clearly present in all things, most won’t have faith. For we walk by faith and not by sight, it’s important to understand this principle.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Imagine raising your children and they deny everything you tell them. That’s what it feels like to God when we deny his existence and his Word. He has giving us everything including sacrificing his only begotten Son Jesus to save us. God measures your heart, if you go to him with a false heart he knows. You must take that leap of faith and trust in God.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. Hebrews 11:7

Noah trusted in God, even though everyone mocked and laughed at him. Because Noah trusted in God he not only saved his family but the entire human race. Many today still mock this event, but there is actually lots of scientific evidence that supports The Flood was an actual historic event.

What level is your faith at today? Are you confident that God will deliver or are you hopeless? Jesus said anyone with faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, do you have a mountain you need moved today?

Hope In The Lord

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Isaiah 40:25

Many today still deny or don’t know God is, but if you want a personal relationship with God it starts with Jesus Christ. Yet people still find other  idols such as money and drugs to try and fill there void. These things never created anything but destroy life. They are creations of Satan to rob and steal you of your existence.

Who could make the Heavens and The Earth? Who could breathe life into dust and make us? Who is the “intelligent designer” behind all creation?

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

God not only created every star but knows each one by name. Did you ever try to count all the stars? God knows every strand of hair on your head. Even though we are just a vapor in the wind, God cares for us deeply.

He showed his love and mercy by sacrificing his only begotten Son Jesus so we may be freed from the slavery of sin and consequences of death.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom Isaiah 40:28

Jesus is the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Kingdoms and nations will rise and fall but our Lord Jesus will reign forever. He is the King of Kings, Immanuel, all governments will rest on his shoulders and he will rule with a rod of iron.

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

To those who are weary, he will give you rest. I can do all things thru Christ that gives us strength. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead is living inside of us.

Do you know God? Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way nobody gets to The Father except thru him, you want to know God, get to know Jesus Amen