The Real CHRISTian….

The Real CHRISTian

 I Pet 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a
holy nation,, His own people, THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM the
praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had
not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

A.W. Tozier

“The real Christian is an odd human being anyway. The Christian
feels supreme love for One he has never seen, he talks everyday with
Someone he cannot see, he expects to go to heaven on the virtue of
Someone else, he empties himself in order to be full, he admits he is
wrong so he can be declared right, he goes down in order to get up, he
is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is the poorest,
happiest when he feels the worst, he dies so he can live, he forsakes in
order to have, he gives away so he can keep he sees the invisible, hears
the inauditable, knows that which passes knowledge.”

The test. What is your life proclaiming? And of course remember, the
biblical requirement for being a Christian is that, ‘you must be born again’

Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with
the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called
Christians first in Antioch.”

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY SERVING JESUS and remember what real
priorities Jesus would have you to practice!!!!

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Do you want to be Rich….

1 Timothy 6: 6″But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Do you want to be Rich….

Ronald Meredith, in his book HURRYING’ BIG FOR LITTLE REASONS,
describes one quiet night in early spring: Suddenly out of the night
came the sound of wild geese flying. I ran to the house and breathlessly
announced the excitement I felt. What is to compare with wild geese
across the moon?

It might have ended there except for the sight of our tame
mallards on the pond. They heard the wild call they had once known.
The honking out of the night sent little arrows of prompting deep into
their wild yesterdays. Their wings fluttered a feeble response. The urge
to fly to take their place in the sky for which God made them was
sounding in their feathered breasts, but they never rose from the
water.

The matter had been settled long ago. The corn of the barnyard
was too tempting! Now their desire to fly only made them uncomfortable.
Temptation is always enjoyed at the price of losing the capacity for
flight.

I Tim 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out; but having food and covering we shall be therewith content. But they that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish
and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the
love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for
money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many
griefs.

Don’t allow yourself or your family to fall into this trap!

A Modern Day Aesop’s Fable….

James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

A Modern Day Aesop’s Fable

A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package; what food might it contain?  He was aghast to discover that it was a mousetrap!  Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, “There is a mousetrap in the house, there is a mousetrap in the house.”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell you this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me; I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house.”  “I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse,” sympathized the pig, “but there is nothing I can do about it but pray; be assured that you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow, who replied, “Like wow, Mr. Mouse, a mouse trap; am I in grave danger, Duh?”

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.

In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital.  She returned home with a fever.

Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. His wife’s sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well, in fact, she died, and so many people came for her funeral! The farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat.

So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, remember that when the least of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

James 2:15,16 “If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food; And one of you say to them, ‘Depart in peace, by you warmed and filled’; Notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful for the body; what does it profit?”

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”

A Spiders Web and God’s Protection….

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

A Spiders Web and God’s Protection…..

During World War II, a Marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific Island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction.

Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several
small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves.
Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy
soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly
search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, “Lord, if it be your will, please protect
me. Whatever Your will though, I love You and trust You. Amen.”

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw
close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me
out of this one.” Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over
the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the
while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the
opening of the cave.

“Hah,” he thought. “What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord
has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.”

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout
and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to
his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however,
after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on.

Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance,
his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

“Lord! Forgive me,” prayed the young man. “I had forgotten that in
You a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.”

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to
forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in
the most surprising ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah, reminded
the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem,

“In God we will have success!” [Nehemiah 2:20]

And remember: Whatever is happening in your life, in God, a mere
spider’s web becomes a brick wall of protection.

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye 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 ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

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

Faith, One Day at a time….

Faith is required throughout our lives if we are to first restore our relationship with God that sin broke and second if we are to live a life that is pleasing to our Lord. This morning let’s look at some of those verses in scripture reflecting when faith is needed.

Saving Faith. It takes faith accepting God’s grace to wash away our sins. No work, person or organization can do that for us.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Sanctification and growing Faith! After being ‘born again’ we will need to walk by faith to please God and grow closer to Him.

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

FAITH ONE DAY AT A TIME

“I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the
year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require
us to carry the whole bundle at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one
stick, which we are to carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on.
This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for each day;
but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday’s stick over again today,
and adding tomorrow’s burden to the load, before we are required to bear it.”

– John Newton (1725-1807)

God’s grace will sustain if we allow it to. It takes faith to accept that God can run our lives better than we can. And when those troubles come it takes faith to trust that God is with us and even sustains us.

Matthew 11:28, 29 ” 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 gentle and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.”

2 Cor. 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

How is your faith this morning????