DO NOT BE DECEIVED, JESUS IS COMING AGAIN….

Mark 13:22 “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Do Not Be Deceived!

A newspaper article in 2008 titled “The Gospel of Judas” tried to make a case for Judas being a Holy Week hero. The article went on to say that the book presented Judas as Jesus’ best friend and that Judas helped Jesus to escape the temptations of this world by escaping it through death. It presents Jesus as someone not able to cope with this world. From my view the book attacks why Jesus came to earth, just who Jesus was and is today and the authenticity of scripture. Knowing that I am confident of Who the author of these heresies is and it is not my God.

We are warned in scripture against individuals, writings and groups of men (Col 2:8) who will attempt to present their philosophies as new truths so that people do not believe God. Humanism, lack of absolutes, tolerance for sin, works for salvation are just some of the philosophies that have been developed by someone other than God.

 

Col. 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the ways of the world, and not after Christ.”

So where can we find truth? First we must accept that God is truth. God and His truths do not (Malachi 3:6) change down through the ages. There are not changing or new truths. If truth changes than it was not truth at all. We must also accept that God will protect those truths down through the ages (Mat 5:8). Try as they may, no one can remove the truth from being available to us. Of course the above mentioned truths as does our eternal salvation will take faith on our part to accept them. That is because God’s truths are contrary to our feelings and the teachings of this world. Scripture was inspired and given by God to us (II Tim 3:16, 17 – II Peter 1:20, 21) and is our source of truth today. Many see it as foolishness but that is simply because they have chosen to not have faith in God (I Cor 2:14).

As for the attack on Jesus. Those same God breathed and protected scriptures proclaim that Jesus is God the Son and not just a man or a prophet (John 5:18, John 17:5). All of the scriptures (66 Books, 40 scribes, One Author) proclaims His deity. The OT proclaims His first coming while the NT proclaims His death, burial and resurrection (I Cor 15:3,4) for our sins and His second coming. He lived a sinless life (II Cor 5:21) as only God could. He was tempted as we are (Heb 4:15) but did not give in to sin as we do.

Do not be deceived by false prophets and writings. Scriptures note that as we draw closer to Jesus 2nd coming those false prophets and writings will become more numerous.

Are you ready if Jesus were to return today?

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”

The Rock I stand on is…..

The Rock I stand on…..

How’s your footing and foundation this morning? I know the world teaches that most if not all religions lead to God but that simply is not so. And if you are a believer in Christ (born again) you have a foundation that will never fail you. That foundation is Jesus the Son of God. He is the only person who lived, died was buried and rose again and today is not in the grave but sitting at the right hand of the Throne of God. That is because He is our God. Joseph Smith, Buddha, Mohammed, the Popes and all other humans who profess to be God remain in their graves because they are not!

So how do we know that all religions do not lead to God?

John 14:6 “Jesus said unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes unto the Father, but by Me.’ “

With that in mind, just Who is your spiritual Rock this morning? Are you trusting in Jesus or a religion that our world made up. Notice in scripture NOT ONE of the religions of this world are noted. The one true spiritual Rock worth believing in and building on;

I Cor 3:11 “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

I Peter 2:4&6 “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious” Behold I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name, under heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved.”

You need to trust in Someone this morning. How about the Savior of this world, Jesus? It is your choice. No one or no religion or no church can decide for you……………

Hebrews 9:26-28 “He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

AMEN

A Different Perspective….

A Different Perspective

It is easy to say, ‘ Why Me?’ And it fits so nicely with the world we live in. Our world teaches us that we are special all by ourselves and that we deserve all things we can dream of. We even tell ourselves that; based on our worthiness we should be able to work ourselves into God’s graces by our own merits. Of course that first assumes we recognize that sin has broken the fellowshipping tie with God. After all, the word sin is not one you hear much about. I wonder why? And we think we can do all things by the use of our superior abilities…..or can we? Do you ever wonder where that philosophy comes from?

II Cor 4:3, 4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Eph 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

While many of the difficulties of my life are the consequences of sin many are not. Difficult times come from a couple of directions. Just to list two, there are the consequences for sin and there are the benefits of trials in our lives bringing spiritual growth. So what if the situation that I am in is actually God’s will for me???? And what if it is actually needed for my life to have meaning for God? Scripture notes that as a ‘born again’ believer my life is not my own. I have a much greater purpose in life. It is to bring glory to the Savior who died so that my sins could be forgiven. I should therefore;

Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the
nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Isa 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with the wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

This morning I want you to feel special but it’s not because of who you are or what your human capabilities are. It is because a loving God sent His only Son to die for the sins we commit. I can be a child of God once I accept His sacrifice for me and that makes me special!!!!!!!!! Then life has real purpose! I know that I am special because Jesus died for me. But it is vital I remember it is His sacrifice and His strengths that make me who I am.

JOHN 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Serving the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…

Serving the King of Kings!
Service to the King has some requirements!!

You first must be;

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

You then must;

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Do you remember the moment you gave your life to Jesus? If you can’t remember then maybe you never did. What a great day to recognize your sin, and call upon the One who died for your sins. And what a great to present yourself to His service.

He alone saves!!!!!!!!!!!! He alone creates the new birth. There are not many roads to God as many proclaim. There is only one.

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

Is that being narrow minded? Yes, for you see God’s designed way of returning the fellowship that sin breaks is very narrow.

John 14:6 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one can come unto the Father, but by Me.”

After being ‘born again’, God’s desire for us is;

Mat 16:24 “And Jesus said unto them, ‘If anyone will come after Me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Me.'”

How are your priorities this morning? Are you focused on doing the will of God or doing your own will? Don’t waste today with noncritical priorities. Heaven awaits our answer…….

Prov 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.”