Choices, we all make them….

Joshua 24:15 “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…
but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Choices, we all make them…..

I woke up this morning and the choice was mine to serve God or to serve self.

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock
strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important, just ask my Lord.

My job is to choose what kind of a day I’m going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can thank my Lord
that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can thank my Lord
that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was
growing up or I can feel grateful that my life was preplanned by a loving God.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a
quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can continue to ask Jesus to be my best friend.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work of I can shout for joy
because I have a job to do in a huge mission field.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my
mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can start my day with frantic rushing to and fro or with time
alone with God.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can
feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, is shaped by my Lord and awaits my
participation.

I pray that I will end the day choosing God over self. It’s my choice.

Thank you Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joshua 24:15 “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…
but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Compromise and Soul Erosion…..

Psalm 4:5, “Offer right sacrifices, and trust in the Lord.”

Compromise and Soul Erosion

Some great places have been really damaged by the slow process
of erosion. So have some great people. That’s why you’ve got to make the
choices that will stop the erosion in your life.

And we’ve all got a powerful example for that in the Word of God in
the Book of Daniel, chapter 1, beginning with verse 5. Daniel is one of a handful
of promising Jewish young men who have been taken to Babylon after
King Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion of their land. The king includes them with
some of his own Babylonian “first-round draft picks” in a leadership
development program that will ultimately propel them to greatness in the kingdom.

Everything was fine until the king, “assigned a daily amount of
food and wine from the king’s table.” This was a special “training table
diet” designed to make them into the best physical specimens possible. But
that kind of food was totally out of bounds for Jews back then, as defined
by the laws of their God. A tough choice here! You’re on your way to
greatness, and right here at the beginning you’re being asked to
compromise a little. At stake could be your whole future and maybe even
your life if you defied the most powerful man in the world.

But the Bible says, “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with
the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission
not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show
favor and sympathy to Daniel. This official was afraid he might be
executed if Daniel and his Jewish comrades ended up looking worse than
the others. So Daniel persuaded him to allow a ten-day test of an
alternate diet of vegetables and water. Long story short, Daniel and
company,  the Bible says, “looked healthier and better nourished than
any of the young men who ate the royal food,” and “the king found none
equal to Daniel” and his friends.

God may be asking you to risk everything right now on what
looks like a very expensive faithfulness. It could really cost you to do
what’s right, to hold to your convictions, to refuse to compromise your
integrity or your purity. You’re risking everything on the faithfulness
of our God. It’s tempting to give in to get ahead … to get that need
met … to get out of that jam. But with your compromise goes a huge
piece of you and the blessing of Almighty God. Resist that eroding tide.

And remember that God’s favor is for God’s faithful. You may,
like Daniel, find yourself in different environments, pressured by
different expectations, but you’ve got to be sure that it’s always the
same you. You have to “resolve not to defile yourself” – to build an
uncompromising wall against even the first step that would take you
outside the ways of your God.

Mat 6:33a “But seek first of all His kingdom and His righteousness…”
 
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that
were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Unfolding a Rose and God’s will for you…..

II Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ…”

 Unfolding a Rose and God’s will for you….

A new Christian was walking with a more mature friend in a garden one
day and feeling a bit insecure about God’s will for his life, he inquired what
he should do.  His friend walked up to a rosebush, handed him a rosebud,
and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.

The new Christian looked in disbelief at his friend and tried to figure out
what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the
WILL OF GOD for his life But because of his high respect for his friend
proceeded to TRY to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact…It
wasn’t long before he realized how impossible it was to do so.

Noticing the younger Christian’s inability to unfold the rosebud while
keeping it intact, his friend began to recite the following poem…

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of GOD’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
when in my hands they fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of GOD’s design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust in Him for His leading
each moment of every day.
I will look to him for His guidance
each step of the pilgrim way.

The pathway that lies before me,
only my Heavenly Father knows.
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments, just as He unfolds the rose.

How strong is your faith this morning????????? I know mine is being
developed daily by my Savior, Jesus. Good thing, for by myself I would
fail miserably.

II Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ to Him be the glory both now and forever, amen.”

We will all have a Resurrected Body reunited with our Souls…..

Resurrection Body to be Reunited with the Soul

When you die where does your body go and does it stay there for eternity? What a question and one that has many views but only one that counts. Some people believe that once you die physically your body is in the grave and that is all that there is. Fortunately that is not what God says and the God who created us is the only one who holds the truth for all questions like this one.

Did you know that your body will be resurrected and reunited with your soul according to the Bible? And yes that is regardless of whatever state your body is in at that time. The same God who formed you from the dust of the ground can place you back together to stand before Him on judgement day.

If you believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit then you also believe that God recorded all truth for us in the Bible and it does not change from generation to generation (Mal 3:6).

There are two groups of people when it comes to the resurrection of the body reuniting with the soul. The two groups are first those called ‘born again’ believers who have placed their faith in God and His Son Jesus sacrifice as their judgement for sins. Then there are those who are unbelievers who place their faith in their own personal merits, church affiliation, family heritage or anything other than or in addition to Jesus to determine their eternal destiny.

Do not be concerned about how can our decomposed or destroyed bodies be once again made whole and put back together with our souls. The God who created us is more than able to. The issue at hand is when you are resurrected for what purpose will it be and where will you spend eternity. The believer’s destiny is to spend eternity with God. The unbeliever’s purpose of resurrection is to stand at the Great White Throne Judgement and give account of what they were depending on to wash away their sins. They choose self, their church denomination, their good works or even Jesus plus works which in the Bible is called ‘Another Jesus’. (Revelation 20) as their eternal destiny.

In scripture which is the one source of truth that never changes (Mal 3:6), there are multiple resurrections noted for the believer but only one for the unbeliever. The question this morning to ask yourself is; ‘which one will I be at?’

The resurrections for the believer or ‘born again’ CHRISTians are;

  • Mat 27:51-53 Many OT believers or saints as the Bible calls them are raised to life when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The dead  come out of the tombs or graves after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city Jerusalem and appeared too many people. Note that in the Bible a saint is anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus as their Savior which is different than how our world would define a saint. The difference shows the enemy satan at work trying to change God’s truths. For never changing truths check out II Tim 3:16,17, II Peter 1:20,21 and Mat 5:18.
  • I Thes 4:16-18 Many believe this is a description of when Jesus raptures or takes His church out of this world just before the start of the 7 years of tribulation our world will go through. The Church of the Bible are the people and no one particular denomination. Scripture does not mention the name of any denomination that we have in our world today. The enemy at work once again trying to distort and change God’s truths.
    • The resurrection of the dead noted here are those ‘born again’ saints or believers who have trusted Christ down through the ages and have passed away. While their souls are in heaven their bodies await this reuniting with their bodies. The reuniting does not take place so they can stand at a judgement seat for their sins. Jesus did that and His blood washes our sins away (Acts 16:31, Rom 10:13, Titus 3:5, Rom 8:1). HALLELUJAH.
  • Revelation 20:4-6 There is a 7 year period of tribulation that is to come on our world giving mankind one last chance to trust in Jesus. During those years the judgement the world brings on itself by denying Jesus destroys most of our world as we know it and most of the people die during those years without trusting Jesus. Immediately following that period of 7 years is a 1000 year period of time where Jesus rules our world called the Millennium.
    • During the Millennium those ‘born again’ believers that were martyred during the Tribulation period will be resurrected to rule with Jesus for those 1000 years.

The Resurrection of all unbelievers who have passed away without having trusted in God will occur at;

    • Revelation 20:11-15 The body in whatever condition it is in will once again be made whole and reunited with the soul that has waited in Hades after their physical death for those not trusting in Christ and awaiting judgment for their sins. Unbelievers choose to base their salvation on something or someone other than Jesus and this is their chance to plead their case.
    • Sadly listen to an example of them pleading their case for eternal life with God and His response.

 

  •  Mat 7:20-23 “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
  • Rev 20:11-15 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.  Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

 

The big question for this morning is to what Resurrection will you be at? For more on that visit the Bible where God speaks directly to us if we desire to know what must be done to be saved from the Great White Throne Judgement.  (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8,9 and Romans 10:13)

Teaching Another Christ…..

2 Cor 11:13, 14 “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

Teaching Another Christ

Are there church denominations today that have the name of Jesus in them but are not teaching the same Jesus of the Bible? The answer is a loud YES. And in our world one of satans biggest tools of error is mixing truth with error which also keeps mankind from recognizing and calling doctrinal error the heresy it is.

The master deceiver is good at what he does. He, satan, lied to Adam and Eve and has been lying to mankind ever since. He even tried to trick Jesus by using some scripture mixed with lies but Jesus countered him with; ‘it is written’. Jesus used scripture truth to expose satan’s lies. We must use the same scripture which fortunately never changes.

We live in a country where if you are seen as intolerant to any person or in this case religious denomination you are in the vast minority and seen as very dangerous. That thought process does not surprise me when I remind myself that the world we live in and many of its churches or denominations are not from our God but are from the god of this world, satan (II Cor 4:3, 4).

What ‘born again’ Christians must keep in mind is that the god of this world today can be partially victorious by keeping us from being the salt and light (Mat 5) that God intends us to be. Also we must remember that our God’s truths never change (Mal 3:6). Jesus proclaimed in scripture that He is the only way to restoring a broken relationship with God that sin breaks. That in our worlds view is seen as very narrow and dangerous to world unity. The truth is that most people will reject God’s truths (Mat 7:13,14). It is through Him alone that we can restore that relationship (John 14:6). That is a very narrow way but wonderful way (Rom 10:9, 10) and that truth never changes through the ages. If God’s truths change then they would not be absolute truth but temporary and intended only for the age or culture they were proclaimed in. Fortunately for us God’s word does not change through the ages as some teach. Some religions even teach that new truths are revealed down through the ages and only certain men are able to discern and record them. The bottom line is that if any view or doctrine differs from scripture it is not of God and demonic.

Those who teach ‘Another Jesus’ teach that world unity allows for many beliefs and Saviors. That also is not of God and demonic. Anyone who stands for God’s truths and not those of this world are typically persecuted both mentally and physically. We typically do not like any form of persecution which aids satan and his battle strategy to neutralize our relation with Jesus and His purpose for our lives. If our desire is to never have any spiritual opposition in our lives then that aids satan and his work to deceive manking by teaching ‘Another Jesus’ or one who’s death, burial and resurrection is not sufficient for our salvation.

One of his biggest lies and one of the hardest ones to confront is when he adds the name of Jesus to a religion along with works to be ‘born again’. When we hear a church denomination mentioning Jesus we automatically assume they are of God and that is dangerous.

The first church shortly after its being formed had that issue so it does not amaze me that we would have the same issue today. In the Book to the church at Galatia (Galatians) God the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul marveled at the fact that some were turning away from the doctrine of Grace and adding works along with accepting Jesus as being needed for salvation. Some teachers said that if the Gentiles were to be added to the church which consisted of primarily ‘born again’ Jews at that time they needed to be circumcised along with believing on the Lord Jesus to be saved. It was a ‘Jesus plus works’ doctrine to be ‘born again’. It was, ‘Another Jesus’.

Today we have some church denominations with one of them being one of the biggest our world has that teaches Jesus plus works. The works include church membership, baptism within that church, weekly attendance requirements, prayer to saints and persons along with those to God. They teach that in addition to Jesus other works are needed to be ‘born again’. That is different from but very similar to the early churches first major issue on being ‘born again’.

There are also church denominations who have the name of Jesus in them but teach that he was a great man and a prophet but was and is not God. They also need to read the scriptures in total and not just a few verses. Jesus proclaimed that he and the Father are one. Also in the Book of Revelation we see Jesus being worshipped while John bowed down to worship an Angel and the Angel told him not to do that and that we should only worship God. Jesus allows and accepts that worship in scripture which is just one of the many places proclaiming Jesus is God.

  • I John 10:28-30 “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.””
  • Rev 20:8, 9 “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!””
  • Mat 28:8, 9 “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.””

The early church had its first church council in Acts 15 to confront the issue of attaching any work to Jesus for salvation. In the Book to the Galatian church and us Paul confronted Peter for the same issue. Peter had been swayed by other Jews but to his credit when he heard the truth of the Gospel of Grace he turned away from the error. The bottom line is that God’s doctrine of what we must do to be saved has not changed based on the age we are in, the culture around us or the race or family we were born in.

Those who teach such heresy are teaching ‘Another Jesus’. Think about the church denominations around us today. Because a church denomination has the name of Jesus in its teachings does not mean it is teaching God’s truths. That is where the rubber meets the road as the saying goes. As the Bible says, ‘by their fruits you shall know them’. And I think that speaks to church denominations as well as individuals.

So how are we to tell those denominations who are in error? The best way I know is to ask any church you are reviewing what their doctrine of salvation is. And do they believe that Jesus is one part of God. A simple question like, ‘what do you teach on where you go when you die and what is needed to get there’, provides the answer. Listen to their answer very carefully. Do they add anything to Jesus sacrifice as needed to enter heaven? If they do, then regardless of the fact that they have some teachings about Jesus in their church they are still False Teachers as the Holy Spirit tells us in 2 Cor 11:13, 14 to the church at Corinth and us. “I say it once again, because a church denomination has the name of Jesus in it does not mean they are teaching what Jesus taught.”

Check out the following passages of scripture. And note how strongly God the Holy Spirit confronts doctrinal error or heresy.

Only One Gospel

Gal 16-10 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ

Paul, by God the Holy Spirits power;

Gal 2:11-16, 21 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.  And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

How God feels about those teaching error

Titus 1:12-16 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”  This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not, giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.  To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.  They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

 II Cor 11:1-4,12-15 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me!  I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.  But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

In summary, not all church denominations with the name of Jesus in them are teaching the Jesus of the Bible. The acid test is whether or not they add anything to Jesus sacrifice as being needed to be ‘born again’. Judge wisely based on God’s word.

John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

We all need Help…..

1 Samuel 16:7a “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; …”

We all need Help ….

One evening I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car.
I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered. This was
one of the “Don’t want to be bothered” times.

“I hope he doesn’t ask me for money,” I thought. He didn’t. He
came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop and he didn’t look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus. After a few minutes he spoke. “That’s a very nice car,” he said. He was ragged but had an air of dignity around him.

I said, “Thanks,” and continued wiping off my car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money
never came. As the silence between us widened something inside said, ‘ask him if he needs any help.’ I was sure that he would say yes, but I held true to the inner voice.

“Do you need any help?” I asked. He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke three words that shook me.

“Don’t we all?” he said.

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I
needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how
much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it’s just a compliment, you can give that.

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don’t have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos that only you through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the
streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.

Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, and then said, “Go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help.”

AND, “Don’t We All?”

1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

If you love Me, feed My sheep…..

John 21:17 “The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”  He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”  

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Feed My Sheep

One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise.
Ah the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description.
As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work.
As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me.

He asked me,
“Do you love me?”
I answered,
“Of course, God. You are my Lord and Savior.”
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Then He asked,

“If you were physically handicapped, would you still
love me?”I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest
of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t; be able to do, the
things that I took for granted.

And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.”
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Then the Lord said,
“If you were blind, would you still love my creation?”
How could I love something without being able to see it?
Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them
still loved God and His creation.

So I answered, “It’s hard to think of it, but I would still love you.”
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The Lord then asked me,

“If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?”
How could I listen to anything being deaf? Then I understood.
Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.

I answered, “It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word.”

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The Lord then asked, “If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?”

How could I praise without a voice?

It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song,

but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.

So I answered, “Though I could not physically sing, I would still
praise Your name.

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And the Lord asked,

“Do you really love Me?”

With courage and strong conviction, I answered boldly, “Yes Lord, I love
You because You are the one and true God.”I thought I had answered well,

And the Lord asked?

“THEN WHY IN TIMES OF PEACE DO YOU STRAY THE FURTHEST?
WHY ONLY IN TIMES OF TROUBLE DO YOU PRAY THE EARNEST?”

No answers. Only tears.

The Lord continued: “Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only

in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?”

The tears continued to roll down my cheeks.

“Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why
in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on?

Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?” I
tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.

“You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away.
I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn
away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge.
I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings
to you but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you
sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I
have answered them all.”

“DO YOU TRULY LOVE ME?”

I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had
no excuse. What could I say to this? My heart had cried out and the
tears had flowed, I said; Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”

The Lord answered; “That is My Grace, My child.”

I asked; “Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”

The Lord answered;
” Because you are My creation. You are my child.
I will never abandon you.
When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you.
When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you.
When you are down, I will encourage you.
When you fall, I will raise you up.
When you are tired, I will carry you.
I will be with you till the end of days, and I will
love you forever.”

Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How
could I have hurt God as I had done?

I asked God,

“How much do You love me?”

The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands.
I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Savior.

And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown.

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 anyone would boast.”