Pride goes before the Destruction and the Fall….

Proverbs 16:18-19 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

I Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.”

Pride goes before the Destruction and Fall!

Pride sounds like a good thing but is very dangerous. Wrongful pride has us depend on self over God. “There is a proud heart in every person. The pride that was in Adam and Eve’s hearts is the same as is in his sons and daughters. That is us. Pride is sin, and from there arises this overinflated and self controlled opinion of our spiritual state and condition. It is ok to feel good about what God is doing through your life but it is sin to credit that good to our own abilities and strengths.

Luke 18:11 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.”

This is the unsaved person’s motto. A proud man has an eye to see his beauty–but not his deformity. He sees his abilities–but not his spots. He sees his seeming righteousness-but not his real wretchedness.

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death.”

It is only by God’s work of grace that we see our lack of humility. The haughty eye looks inward–but the humble eye looks upward for strength, and therefore this is the believer’s motto, ‘I am the least of saints–and the greatest of sinners!’

Luke 18:13-14 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner!’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God!”

Bad News, Good News….

Bad News, Good News

The Bad News:

Sin. Yes it is still the major problem of this world. We’ve tried to cover it up so we don’t feel the guilt by calling it other names like; disease, half truth, bad genetics, freedom, hyperactivity, heredity, circumstances, bad surroundings, dysfunctional, etc.

Do not be deceived. The world may change but God never does and His definition of sin never does!!!

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sins, it shall die.”

Romans 3:10 “For there are none good, no, not one.”

Ezekiel 33:11 “As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from their way and live.”

The Good News:

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Rom 10:13 ” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Acts 16:31″And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and thy house.”

II Cor 5:21 “For He has made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him”

Have a great day!!

Hebrews 12:1,2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame and
is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

A Baby’s Tiny Hands

While pregnant with her son
Beneath her heart within,
She’d often feel his hands
Moving inside her skin.

He’d stretch his arm and hand
and push out on her side
she’d lovingly push it back
with a smile so sweet and wide.

She could hardly wait
for his upcoming birth
to touch his tiny hands
and welcome him to earth.

Then it finally came,
the night that he was born.
With joy she couldn’t contain,
she held him until morn.

She explored his tiny fingers.
She counted all his toes.
She wanted to get to know him,
His ears, his cheeks, and his nose.

The wonder of it all,
at this new baby boy!
She could not hold back.
She wept with tears of joy.

She touched his tiny hand,
a miniature of her own.
He squeezed it tight on her finger.
Such joy she had never known!

The time passed and he grew.
As a toddler, it was grand
to walk along and hold
His fleshy little hand.

She taught him many things.
Together they spent hours.
She’d take his little hand
and touch it to a flower.

When she would hold him close,
He soon developed the knack
of hugging her ’round the neck,
His tiny hand patting her back.

As her son grew older,
His young hands also grew.
He learned many ways to use them.
Each day brought something new.

She helped him learn to read.
She helped him learn to write.
Then, as the day was ending,
she’d pray with him at night.

He learned to use a hammer
with which to drive a nail.
He’d sometimes strike his finger
and let out quite a wail!

Her son continued growing
and soon became a man.
She loved him just as much
As when his life began.

His hands were now full grown,
so strong, yet tender, when
He, with deep compassion,
comforted a friend.

She was extremely grateful
when his hands would fold;
and bowing his head in prayer,
to his Father in Heaven he’d hold.

As the years flew swiftly by,
she watched her son with pride,
His strong but gentle arms
and hands there at his side.

She then thought her life was over.
She suffered unspeakable loss
when her son’s beloved hands
were nailed to a wooden cross…

But that was just the beginning.
for he died and rose again.
Her sorrow then was ended,
and joy replaced her pain.

For, you see, her son was Jesus,
God coming to earth as man,
to save us from our sins
according to His plan.

We cannot save ourselves.
Our sins would lead to death.
God put our sins on Jesus,
the perfect and the best.

With this came our forgiveness
if we believe in Him
He will take away our sins,
and come into our lives,
As He was resurrected,

Eternal Life He’ll bring
to all who have faith and believe
and to His hand will cling.

John 14:6 “And He said unto them, I am the way, the truth and the life,
no one can come unto the Father, but by Me.”

You choose, Salvation by Grace or Church and Works….

Romans 14:12 “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

When it comes to our eternal destiny we will each choose where we reside. Joshua recognized that and he made his choice.

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.”

We must each make the same choice, God or this world and its gospel of works and self. Just what will save us from eternal damnation? That’s where the Law and Grace come in.

The Law is a set of guidelines or rules that our God gave us. He did not give them to us to provide a system of works that we could use to be saved from our sins. He did give them to us to show us right from wrong and to show us that we could never provide the perfect sacrifice necessary to wash away our sins and allow us to spend eternity with a Holy God. Our sins deprive us of that right.

Easton’s Dictionary describes the Law; The Moral Law is the revealed will of God as to human conduct, binding on all men to the end of time. It was promulgated at Sinai. It is perfect (Ps 19:7), perpetual (Mat 5:17, 18), holy (Rom 7:12), good, spiritual (Rom 7:14), and exceeding broad (Ps 119:96). Although binding on all, we are not under it as a covenant of works (Gal 3:17). (See COMMANDMENTS, THE TEN.)—Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary

Grace is God’s unmerited favor that is given to all. It’s up to us to accept or reject God’s grace for our eternal destiny.

God’s forgiving mercy (Rom 11:6; Eph 2:5).—Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary

So, where are you at this morning? Are you expecting your good life actions to undo the sins you have committed? It can never happen. Listen to the following tongue twister for the answer;

Gal 2:16 “yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed on Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

One of my favorite verses follows closely behind this one. And it reminds us that if we could work our way to heaven then what Jesus did was;

Gal 2:21 ” I do not make void the grace of God: for if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Wow, that’s powerful. If we can work off our sins then Jesus sacrifice for my sins was in vain. Most people, not the least of this world’s population believe this way or do not even believe Jesus is God and that is why God has us on this earth…..!

Mat 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Come yyou after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Have a great day fishing, and remember to thank Jesus for the price He paid and remember to ask if your neighbor and co worker’s understand this. Maybe that is why Jesus has you where you are…………..!

You can have Daily Peace…..

Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus”

You can have Daily Peace!

Would you like to have a great day? One with true peace even while going through tough daily times? If so, then here is the way to start your day!! Real peace comes when our goal in life is to exalt the name of Jesus||||

Prov 3:6 “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your effort with success.”

Mat 6:33 “But seek you first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…”

The result of the day is dependent upon on how you start it and what your priorities are as you go through it;

Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

One big thing to remember or refocus on if needed is the fact that events in the lives of thosewho are “born again” believers revolves around the fact that we will go through trials to develop our spiritual character. To have God’s peace in our lives we must be content with the situations of our lives. Of course that assumes those situations are not a result of sin or “reaping what we have sown”. In which case requesting forgiveness from God and possibly those around us comes first. Contentment revolves around the fact that God is in control and desires we be doing His will for us!

Phil 4:7, 8 “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your
hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Relationships and the Church…

Mat 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Relationships and the Church!

Have you tasted what a daily relationship with Jesus is all about? You say, I know Jesus was born, died and rose again and even know Him as my Savior. And I attend a Christian Church. But I ask again. Have you tasted what a DAILY RELATIONSHIP with Jesus is all about?

Subject: Jesus

At one University each year they have what is called “Church Day”. It is a day when all the members of a certain denomination in the area are invited to the school because they want the Church dollars to keep coming in. On this day each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every “Church Day” the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center, and then eat their lunches outdoors. One year they invited a popular speaker.

He spoke for two and one-half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. “Docta, I got one question,” he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. “Sir …” CRUNCH, MUNCH … “My question is a simple question, “CRUNCH, MUNCH … “Now I ain’t never read them books you read … ” CRUNCH,MUNCH … “and I can’t recite the Scriptures in the original Greek … “CRUNCH, MUNCH … “I don’t know nothin’ about Niebuhr and Heidegger …”CRUNCH, MUNCH … He continued with the apple. “All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate — was it bitter or sweet?”

He paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: “I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven’t tasted your apple.”

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at the speaker and said calmly, “Neither have you tasted my Jesus.”

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers. He thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

Have you tasted Jesus? In Psalms 34:8 we read: “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” If you have, then rejoice in the hope of the resurrection that your faith in Him brings.

Remember one important thing. God created the Church and we are to use our spiritual gifts first within it and we are to serve Jesus in it. It only becomes a problem when some men turn it into their church versus Jesus church. So do not use this challenge as an excuse to stop fellowshipping. You are needed by your Savior in His Church. Have a great day developing your relationship with Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!

Heb 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Rom 1:20 “For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made. So men are without excuse.

Actions speak louder than words…..

Actions speak louder than words….

The question of life.

Would you like to look into your heart this morning? The portion that shows what your real focus on life is? Hopefully you find that you have a desire to know and serve Jesus. If your desire is to grow closer to God the Son and perform His will for your life then you will begin to see your true sinful fleshly nature as you move along on that journey. It is for our sins that Jesus died, was buried, rose from the dead and today sits at the right hand of God the Father and is making intercession for our sins. That is if you have been ‘born again’. If you are not and you leave the earth you may hear;

Mat 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

A revealing of who we are occurs as we live our lives. Actions truly do speak louder than words. Whether we are ‘born again’ or not will be reflected by our lives. The stronger our commitment to obtain something or be a certain person, the more we see who we really are. Learn from and listen to one of scriptures people the Apostle Paul and how his view changed as his life progressed. We see that as the Holy Spirit revealed and had it recorded in God’s word. The closer he got to Jesus the more was revealed to him about his fleshly nature and what was the purpose in life that God had for him. Let’s see what he said as that occurred.

After he accepted Jesus and his Lord and Savior and at the beginning of his ministry his response to himself was;
I Cor 15:9 “For I am the least of the Apostles…”
In the middle of Paul’s ministry his response was….

Eph 3:8 “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints…

At the end of his earthly life just before Jesus took him home his response was….

I Tim 1:15″This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

So, how do you view yourself????????

Notice how Paul’s view of himself changed as his life progressed. The reason it changed is because he sought a closer relationship with his Savior and as that developed he learned an important lesson. We are special not because of our strengths as a person but because of Jesus working through us. It was not based on his personal strengths and merits. So once again, just who do you feel you are and where do you feel your strengths come from?

Have a great day in the service of the King of Kings and remember what makes you special and how to find it.

II Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”