You make the Choice….

You make the Choice!

Each day we make decisions. Those decisions are based on the philosophies and priorities that we embrace. The world bombards us with its philosophies as to what is right and what is wrong. Our Lord placed His truths found in the bible with us also so we would be able to please and follow Him, if we so desire.

The question every day is, which will we follow?

Which direction will you choose?  Listen to some of the priorities of our world and what God says about them;

World = I have my rights! I deserve. I am a good person.
God = Jesus paid His life as the price for our sins. If we are His, we
do not have individual rights but we have a choice to let Jesus
control our lives and bring glory to God through our lives!
I Cor 6:20, Isa 64:6, Rom 3:10

World = Trust your instincts!
God = Have no confidence in self and the flesh! Phil 3:3

World = Pride in yourself in mandatory to feel good about yourself!
God = Pride comes before the fall and brings destruction! Prov 16:18

World = Speak boldly of your accomplishments!
God = Humble yourself and God will exalt you in His time! I Peter 5:5-7

World = You are good!
God = There are none good, no, not one! Rom 3:10, Isa 64:6
As a ‘born again’ believer I am special because of Jesus in me! II Cor 5:17

World = Strength in self brings security!
God = When I am weak and I rely on His strength, then Jesus is my
strength and my security and then I am strong! II Cor 12:9

World = Find yourself and be true to yourself!
God = Find your ministry that Jesus designed for only you & be true to Him.
I Cor 12:31 & 14:1 Grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus. II Pet 3:18

World = Believe in yourself!
God = Do not trust in yourself; trust in Jesus doing all things through your life by His power! Phil 4:13

World = Hard times should not happen to me, I deserve better!
God = If I am a believer, hard times when not the result of sin, are designed to
mold me in Jesus image and to glorify God, not me! Rom 8:28, James 1:2, 3

World = Live life with gusto while you can!
God = Live today with the surety of the Kingdom of God that tomorrow will bring!
I Thes 5 & Rev 19, 20, 21, 22

World = Fear comes from within, you can control it!
God = Only the fear of God is good. Fear does not come from God, it comes from the flesh and may reflect the level of our faith and or maturity! II Tim 1:17

World = There is no hell and eternal punishment!
God = the wages of sin is spiritual and physical death. Rom 6:23, Gen 3

World = If there is a heaven I will get there by my deeds, family spiritual heritage and church affiliation.
God = only by trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus is eternal life possible. Rom 5:8, Titus 3:5, John 3:16

So you make the choice…………….and please do not be spiritually laze and not look up the verse! That first of all is your choice!

So, what did you choose?

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 (where you live), in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Give Thanks to the Holy One….

I Thes 5:16-18 “Rejoice evermore, Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Give Thanks to the Holy One….

The following is something to ponder:

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead and a place to sleep … you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness … you are more blessed than
the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the
agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation… you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death … you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married … you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful … you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the
shoulder … you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone
was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people
in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a good day and count your blessings…and more importantly praise the One who
provided them………

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today….
“It’s already tomorrow in Australia!”

Charles Schultz

According to scripture we will have a new heaven and new earth after the Millennium period of time. Are you ready…..?

Rev 21:1-3 “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”

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

Psalm 118:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good; because His mercy endures forever.”

CHRISTians Gone and I’m Left Behind….

Matthew 24:42a “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come…”

Christians Gone and I’m Left Behind….

“I didn’t expect you to come this soon!?”

The Bible tells us that many people are going to respond the same way when Jesus comes back at His second coming. They won’t be ready, and they’re going to say, “I didn’t expect You to come this soon.” Or maybe, “I didn’t expect You at all.” I hope that won’t be us.

Unfortunately, most of our world is not ready to see Jesus. And most of our world, if asked today would say that Jesus return is nowhere on their radar scope of probable events. Most Bible scholars believe that the world we are living in today looks more like the kind of world Jesus said He would return to than it has before. Look at events in the Middle East, in Europe, natural disasters, the move to one world religion, the move to a one world currency, the development of the European Union, the nation of Israel and its continuing pains. The “Left Behind” series of novels about the end times has dominated best-seller lists with each new release. Well, in our kind of world, people can sense almost instinctively that something big is coming – even that Jesus is coming.

And whether or not He returns to earth in three months or 300 years, He is for sure going to come for you and me some day – when our life is over. That is a promise for believers but those not trusting in Him will have their day in court or their Judgment seat. And there’s only one way to be ready for Jesus and that is to have every sin you’ve ever committed forgiven by God. That’s possible only one way – by pinning all your hopes on the One who died to pay for your sin. John 3:36 makes it very clear: “Whoever believes in the Son
(that’s Jesus) has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” You can reject Jesus simply by doing nothing. And believing in Him means you’ve told Him you’re placing your total trust in
Him as your Rescuer from your sin.

If you’ve never done that, you’re not ready to see Jesus. If you have you still may not be ready based on your commitment to serving the King of Kings. Those not trusting in Him will be fearful of His return because it means their
judgment seat for eternity draws close. There can be no opportunity of spending eternity with Christ in heaven without believing in Him and placing your faith in Him.

If you are a believer in Christ your eternal security is exactly that, it is eternally secured. But you may find His return occurring while your service for Him is not at its best. There is still time to deny yourself, take up your cross (ministry for Him) daily and to follow Him (Mat 16:24).

Jesus will not announce His coming – either back to earth or our meeting with Him when our heart beats for the last time. It’s important to be ready. Because once He comes, it’s too late.

Why not be sure of where you will spend eternity today (Rom 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, and 10:13).

And if you have trusted in Christ, why not be sure you will not be ashamed at
His coming today!!!

Matthew 24:42-44 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”

Also, check out the Best Selling book series “Left Behind”.

Do I have a Spiritual Gift

If you are not a ‘born again’ believer who has done some studying of Spiritual Gifts in the scriptures this morning’s encouragement and/or challenge will be foreign to you. Actually many believers are not aware of what our Savior says about the spiritual gifts we have been entrusted with and directed to use to lift up His name. Please read on and see how the Holy Spirit challenges you.

I Cor 12:1 “…now concerning Spiritual Gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.”

Do I have a Spiritual Gift

Everyone loves a free gift. Jesus is the ultimate free gift. With His gift of salvation He has asked each believer to serve Him and His Church. The Church contains all those in this world who are trusting in Jesus alone for their salvation.  Did you know there are no denominations mentioned in scripture?

On the topics of Spiritual Gifts Jesus gave His Church (the people) Spiritual Gifts to perform service for His glory. We do not have to walk in our own strength and wisdom which is great.  If I were attempting to serve by my strength I can assure you I would fall flat on my face. We receive that supernatural desire and Gift(s) when we are ‘born again’.  After presenting ourselves to service Jesus (Romans 12:1,2) we can then look for how God will show us what our gift(s) are and how they are to be used.

Keep in mind that at salvation you are a baby in Christ or an immature person spiritually.  Use of my Spiritual Gifts will require my commitment to use them. After committing to use them then the Holy Spirit can work to develop them in my life.  Like salvation we are never forced into using them. But it is extremely important to know that Jesus commands and desires that we do so and that it is for His glory and not ours and that no minimum level of education is required to use them.

While these Gifts may run parallel to our earthly developed skills they frequently do not. I fall into that category. My gifts did not match my earthly skills which were not many. After many years serving Jesus I am very happy they did not. I was then and remain required to place more faith in His power versus my expertise.  I once tried using one of my spiritual gifts in my own power and I fell flat on my face. The important lesson I was being taught is that as Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all through Christ who, strengthens me”.  It is never by my strength, ability or any natural or developed talent. God’s grace is sufficient for our salvation and for our service for the King. So remember when you cannot do it and you know God is asking you to, that is a great place to be in your life because you are totally dependent on Him for any success.

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

Every born again believer has at least one Spiritual Gift and its purpose is to be used in the fashion Jesus intended and of course with the right attitude and motive. The only good motive for serving is because Jesus asked you to do so. You are then doing it for His glory and not yours or your family or churches.

Eph 4:7, 8 “But to each one of us (believers) grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s’ gift. Therefore He says, ‘When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”

Have you used your gift yet???

We may serve because a leader in the Church or family member encourages or challenged us to do so but if it is not for Jesus it will not last. I remember an elderly believer once telling me that if you wait 2 to 3 years you will find out what a servants commitment really is. His point being that if it is not for Christ they most likely will no longer be in that ministry after 2 to 3 years.

It is OK to try out different ministries to see where Jesus wants you to serve and leave those He did not intend for you. But when you find the one He intended for you then stay the course, for His glory. Yes, even when those you are serving with fall away. Remember Who you are serving. That will sustain you.

The purpose for these gifts;

Eph 4:16 “…from whom the whole body (Worldwide Church), joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part (person) does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

If you are not sure of your Gift(s) the place to start is on your knees requesting wisdom and then of course, search the scriptures daily.  Below is a listing of the spiritual gifts and some help in understanding your Gift(s) to help you in your quest to obey Jesus.

Start searching the scriptures today asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to you just where and how you are to serve Jesus. The following are some scripture passages defining what the Spiritual Gifts are;

WHERE FOUND: Romans 12:6-8, Eph 4:11, I Peter 4:11, I Cor 12:6-10, I Cor 12:28- 30

GIFTS
PASTOR TEACHER
TEACHING
HELPS (SERVING, MINISTERING)
ADMINISTRATION/LEADING
EVANGELISM
EXHORTATION
FAITH
GIVING
MERCY
APOSTLE
PROPHECY
MIRACLES
HEALING
TONGUES
INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
WORD OF KNOWLEDGE
WORD OF WISDOM

 

  • ASK NOT WHAT YOUR CHURCH CAN DO FOR YOU BUT ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR JESUS CHURCH

Sin is still Sin….

Sin is still Sin….

We live in a world that has tried very hard to eliminate one little 3 letter word from our

Vocabulary. Why would that be?

II Cor 4:3,4 “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.

One of the many beauty’s of scripture is that it never grows old or changes. That is because God authored it so that all generations would have truth.

Mal 3:6 “For I, Jehovah, change not; therefore ye, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

It is up to us what we do with that truth. We know we are to keep God’s commandments but listen to how scripture even makes obedience to our loving God even clearer. So in scripture what is sin?

James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Do you ever find yourself blaming your sin on some other person, place or thing that influenced you?

James 1:14,15 “But everyone is tempted, when they are drawn away of THEIR OWN LUST, and enticed, then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

There is One foundation that can help us in our battle!  But, even when we have Jesus as our foundation it takes more than words to be a disciple.

II Tim 2:19 & 22 “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows these who are His”, and “Let everyone who names the name of Christ DEPART from iniquity.” “FLEE also youthful lusts; but PURSUE righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart”.

Check your heart and your motives on all things. God the Holy Spirit will let you know if it sin.

James 4:17″Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

What our World needs. Love 2.0….

 

I Cor 13:13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest is love.”

What our World needs. Love 2.0

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Tech Support: Yes Ma’am, how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support: Yes I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your heart. Have you located your heart Ma’am?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running Ma’am?

Customer: Let’s see, I have past-hurt, low self-esteem, grudge, and resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase past-hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs.

Love will eventually override low self-esteem with a module of its own called high self-esteem. However, you have to completely turn off grudge and resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off Ma’am?

Customer: I don’t know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until grudge and resentment have completely erased.

Customer: Okay done, Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, “error-program not run on external components.”

What should I do?

Tech Support: Don’t worry Ma’am, It means the Love program is set-up to run on internal hearts but has not yet been run on your heart. In non-technical terms, it means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So what should I do?

Tech Support: Can you pull down self-acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-self; realize your worth; acknowledge your limitations.

Customer: OK, done.

Tech Support: Now copy them to the “My Heart” directory.

The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete verbose self-criticism from all directories and empty your recycle bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey!!! My Heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but eventually everything gets downloaded at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang-up.  Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer: I promise to do just that. By the way, what’s your name?

Tech Support: Just call me the Divine Cardiologist, also known as the Great Physician, or just “I AM.” Most people feel all they need is an annual checkup to stay heart-healthy; but the manufacturer (ME) suggests a daily maintenance schedule for maximum Love efficiency. KEEP IN TOUCH!

Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.

 Luke 9:23 “Then He said to them all; ‘If anyone will come after Me,  let them deny themselves, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

Sleeping when the Wind Blows…..

1 Cor. 10:4 “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

SLEEPING WHEN THE WIND BLOWS

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a young man approached the farmer.

“Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when wind blows,” answered the boy.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The boy worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with his work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer rushed upstairs to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the boy and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”

The boy rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by his response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot.

Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarps. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured.

Everything was tied down.

Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

MORAL:

When you’re prepared, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we secure ourselves against the storms of life
by grounding ourselves firmly in the Word of God. Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way?

2 Tim. 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Proverbs 20:24 – “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How can anyone understand his own way?”