Is sin for real…..

Is sin for real….

It’s a big mistake to think that you can control sin in your life or worse yet, to think there is none. I know it is word that is very seldom used by this age we live in, but it has not lost its relevancy with God. The enemy has convinced most that it is a concept of a past age and not for the days we live in. Be very careful….one of the wonderful things about our God and His scriptures is that they do not change down through the ages. We can count on what we read in scripture to be as true today as it was when it was first given to us by God, its Author.

Malachi 3:6a “For I, Jehovah, change not; ….”

For many in America if you have the right kind of home, vehicle and stuff than that is what life if all about. Sin that breaks fellowship with a loving God is generally not a part of the equation. If God’s word is relevant for today, and it is, then what does it say? The Holy Spirit using Paul’s life sums it up nicely…..

Rom 7:15-18 “For what I am doing I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do. If then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law … But now, it is no longer I who does it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”

Everyone is accountable for his or her sin. Blame cannot be placed on any person, place or situation so we escape its consequences.

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

Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

Rom 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

Rom 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death…”

That’s the bad news. So, how do I control sin? Now for the good news.

Rom 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

So, Who do I confess my sins to?

1 Tim. 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

Check out your life this morning and seek forgiveness when needed.

Fighting our Enemy the devil….

In this age of devil’s food cake, the Blue Demons, the Devil Rays, etc.

Remember one huge truth. Satan is as real today as he was when he was kicked out of heaven for wanting God’s glory for himself. And his objectives remain the same as when he helped Adam and Eve to sin.

John 8:44b “…he was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. He speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

Satan and his host of fallen angels walk the earth today. Their goal is to guide people to an eternity destiny without God and tormented because of it.

I Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour,

Job 1:7 “And the Lord said unto satan, from where do you come? Then satan answered the Lord, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

So, how do I battle his attacks is the question? The answer is to fight the good fight of faith today and never be deceived.  There is a war going on for souls. And if he no longer can have your soul he can still keep you from serving Jesus. The answer of how to fight him is….

James 4:7 “SUBMIT yourselves therefore unto God, RESIST the devil and he will flee from you.”

 I Tim 6:12a “Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal…”

Who am I focused on today

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

Who am I focused on today!

Have you ever been hindered in your service for Jesus by your vision of a perceived lack of service in one of His children? You know, when you are so hung up with someone else and what they are not doing what you think they should be and that attitude keeps you from serving. Have you ever been so discouraged by the actions of another that your eyes and mind can go nowhere else? Or at least feel like they cannot.

This is an age old problem that has been with us since the first sins of mankind. Fortunately there is a solution and of course scripture offers us the answer. Isn’t it great how scripture offers the answer to all of our problems if we will but ask the Holy Spirit to teach us from His word?

Don’t allow your service to be limited, terminated or modified by the perceived lack of service or ineffectiveness of another person. Having a focus that pleases God can only happen when we change the reason we serve. Our focus must be on Jesus and never on those around us. We minister to those around us but we serve Jesus!

Listen as Jesus explained this to Peter and to Martha in two separate cases of wrong focus;

John 21:21-22 “So Peter seeing him (John) said to Jesus, ‘Lord, and what about this man?’ Jesus said unto him, ‘If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.'”

Luke 10:39-42 “And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'”

The key to a right focus;

Heb 12:1 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

Have a great day and watch your focus. And no one else………………!

There is only One good place for it to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Changes in your Life….

Changes in your Life!

How do you feel about your decisions made in the past this morning? The past cannot be changed but the future can.  The things we regret having done or regret having said remain with us and with those we have offended. While they should be our reminder of what not to do, they should not keep us from doing what is right for the future. And hopefully there are some things we did that were good in God’s eyes and we can even further develop them.

If you are feeling that no change is needed you are, well, you are blinded by your own self centeredness. Don’t be offended but be challenged to change. There is not a person on this earth who cannot improve upon their past and change their future. Of course the changes that will make an impact for eternity can only come from knowing and serving Jesus. Listen to God the Holy Spirit teaching us;

Phil 3:13, 14 “Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended: But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are ahead.  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Phil 4:1 “Therefore my brethren … stand fast in the Lord…”

Life’s biggest change comes when you believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior and the second biggest change when you commit your life to His service.

1st and most important, have you accepted His gift of salvation through the sacrifice of the
cross so you can stand fast??

Eph 2:8, 9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone would boast.”

After allowing Jesus to save you, have you committed your life to Him?

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

Many believers have never made that presentation. Have you?

Be a doer and not a hearer only….

Be a doer and not a hearer only!

You frequently hear the phase of the “sitters and soakers”. Those who attend or even struggle to attend local church services and are never active in either the worship or activities needed to keep local churches afloat. They are typically comfortable in attending Sunday’s services and maybe a few special church events throughout the year but have never sought to understand what spiritual gift(s) they have nor how Jesus would have them use those gifts within His Church and to a lost and dying world. As with all areas of our lives the word of God addresses this issue.

I’ve said enough. Let’s hear what God’s word has to say!

James 1:22-25 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; For he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

What did you see this morning when you looked in the mirror? A sitter and a soaker or a doer? If you do not understand what Jesus has for you to do today than the first step is recognizing it and the 2nd is to ask the our Teacher the Holy Spirit how to get started.

Be a doer of the word of God this morning!!!!!!!!!!!! When I am in front of Jesus on the day that believers receive their reward or crowns I pray that I will hear, “well done, My good and faithful servant.”

Romans 14:10-12 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

Now it is up to us to obey or to…..!

Are you Ready for Jesus 2nd Coming….

Are You Ready for Jesus 2nd Coming?

Jesus will come again. Are you ready? The world knows He came once but most have no idea He will come a 2nd time. How about me and you? Even if you know the Biblical passages; do you really feel that He is coming again?

No regrets|

I Jn 2:28, 29 “And now, little children, abide in Him, that WHEN HE
APPEARS, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His
coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who
practices righteousness is born of Him.”

Until He returns that 2nd time we as His Church and family have a lot to do. And those tasks take endurance. If the world hated our Savior it will not take kindly to those who choose to profess the same truths that Jesus did. If you endure for Him|

 

II Tim 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

Heb 10:36-37 “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have
done the will of God, you may receive the promise. For yet a little
while and He who is coming will come and will not wait. Now the just
shall live by faith;”

That being the case and if we are obedient to our calling it will require. Staying the course! We certainly do not want to be ashamed if Jesus were to come back today. Do we?

Heb 10:38”But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

It just doesn’t get any better than serving Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TODAY!

Mother’s Day…..

FOR ALL MOMS (PRESENT, PAST OR POSSIBLY FUTURE)

We are sitting at lunch when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of “starting a family.”

“We’re taking a survey,” she says, half-joking.

“Do you think I should have a baby?”

“It will change your life,” I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral.

“I know,” she says, “no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations….”

But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but that becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable. I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking!

“What if that had been MY child?” That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the level of a bear protecting her cub.

That an urgent call of “Mom!” will cause her to drop a souffle or her best crystal without a moment’s hesitation. I feel I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood.

She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby’s sweet smell.

She will have to use every ounce of her discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is! All right.

I want my daughter to know that everyday decisions will no longer be routine. That a five year old boy’s desire to go to the men’s room rather than the women’s at McDonald’s will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that restroom.

However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother. Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself.

That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give it up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years-not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs.

I want her to know that a caesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor. My daughter’s relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic.

I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and drunk driving. I hope she will understand why I can think rationally about most issues, but become temporarily insane when I discuss the threat of nuclear war to my children’s future.

I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike.

I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or a cat for the first time.

I want her to taste the joy that is so real, it actually hurts.

My daughter’s quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. “You’ll never regret it,” I finally say. Then I reach across the table, squeeze my daughter’s hand and offer a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all of the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings.

This blessed gift from God . . . that of being a Mother.

“Author Unknown-”

Do not be deceived. Life is truly about your Lord and your family.

It is not about income, 401K balances, housescars, cloths etc.

The desired outcome of a Godly Mother, Grandmother, is;

II Tim 1:5 “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, I am persuaded is in you also.”