Jesus is coming to earth a 2nd time….

Jesus is coming to earth a second time….

Jesus second coming will be a tragedy for the majority of mankind. As a result of their turning their backs on God’s free offer of salvation well over ½ of our world’s population will die during the 7 year period of tribulation that precedes Jesus second coming. The names of those who reject God’s offer of eternal life are choosing eternal death.  They do so by trusting in their faith in their church, their works or their families’ spiritual heritage to save them and because of that choice their names are not found in God’s book of eternal life.

In which book is your name written?

Rev 20:14, 15 “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Rev 21:8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The Way to escape that judgment is to recognize you are a sinner and cannot save yourself without accepting God’s offer of salvation;

Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

 John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved you and your house.”

The next big event on the world’s calendar is not the end of the world. I think that theme is one of satan’s lies to down play the fact that Jesus will come a second time. Do not be deceived as many are. Check it out from our source of truth!

John 14:15-18 “If you love Me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I WILL COME TO YOU.”

Are you ready when Jesus returns?

I John 3:2,3 “Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when HE SHALL COME, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in him PURIFIES himself, just as He is pure.”

Where will your family and your friends end up? Maybe they need someone to share with them what Jesus has done for them………………!

One-liners and truth…

Rom 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

One-liners and truth….

1.    Give God what’s right — not what’s left.  Mat 6:33
2.    Man’s way leads to a hopeless end — God’s way leads
to an endless hope.   Prov 14:12
3.    A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.  Mat 6
4.    He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.  Phil 4:13
5.    In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma–
but never let him be the period.  James 4:7
6.    Don’t put a question mark where God puts a period.  Duet 6:5
7.    Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a faith -lift.  Heb 10:25
8.    When praying, don’t give God instructions — just report for duty.  Rom 12:1,2
9.    Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church. Heb 10:25
10. We don’t change God’s message — His message changes us.   II Tim 3:16, 17,  Mal 3:6
11. The real church is prayer-conditioned.  I Thes 5:16-18
12. When God ordains, He sustains.  Eph 4:30
13. WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.  I Thes 1:8, 9
14. Plan ahead — It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.  Rom 8:28
15. Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.  Prov 14:12
16. Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.  II Tim 2:15 , Mal 3:6
17. Exercise daily — walk with the Lord.  Luke 9:23
18. Never give the devil a ride — he will always want to drive.  James 4:7
19. Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it. Col 3:9
20. Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. I Peter 3:8
21. He who angers you controls you. Prov 15:18
22. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.   II Tim 1:7
23. Give Satan an inch & he’ll be a ruler.  Eph 6:12
24. Be ye fishers of men — you catch them & He’ll clean them.  Mat 4:19
25. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Gal 1:15

Rom 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

Like father, like son, like grandson….

Like father, like son, like grandson………

Have you ever said to yourself either out loud or by your actions that what I do with my life only affects me? So I can do as I please with my life. We mistakenly think that we are only affecting one life by our actions. We forget that our lives affect many others around us. It is an awesome life changing truth when I accept that my life affects the values and lives of those around me. Noted below is God’s warning of just such an affect our lives have on those around us.

Exodus 34:7 “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

 Wow, my life can have that type of impact on my family. That stops you in your tracks and makes you think. In addition to that knowledge we must be aware that everything we do and yes even those things we think in secret we will give account of.

 Heb 4:13 “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

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

So, today for my benefit and that of my family and that of those around me watching and learning from me I desire to live a Godly life and live as Jesus says;

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

It is never to late to seek forgiveness and make changes….

1 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.”

Mud Puddles and Dandelions…

Mat 18:2, 3 “And Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven.’ “

Mud Puddles and Dandelions!

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.

When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can’t carry a tune and don’t have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don’t know them, they make up their own.

When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.

When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids say, “Hi God!

Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don’t want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy.”

When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with.

I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from. No wonder God loves the little children!!

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

I wish you mud puddles and dandelions!

When people think of what they must do to reach heaven, some see Church affiliation, their deeds, their prayers etc. Kids take God at His word figuring He means what He says.

And He said;

Eph 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.”

John 14:6 “And Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by Me.”

Mat 18:3b “…and become as little children you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven.”

What do you see…….?

The Spiritual Cold War….

If I told you that there was a war going on you would probably ask me if I read the papers or listen to the TV and radio. Of course there are wars going on all around us. But if I told you there was a war going on that no human can actually see and can have very little affect on the outcome you would then give me a strange look and wonder what planet I am living on.

Well this morning I want to remind myself and you of that very fact. There is an ugly cold war going on that we cannot see and it has eternal consequences.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

 2 Cor 4:3, 4 “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

So if those verses are true and the real enemies are satan and self then how does he attack?

I Peter 5:8, 9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

James 4:1, 2a “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.”

 If I honestly look around me and within me I quickly realize there is a war going on for my soul. There is a war going on to keep me from serving Jesus. I am ‘born again’ so satan can no longer have my soul but he can keep me from serving Jesus. So how can I fight it?

2 Tim 2:22-26 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,  and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

 Galatians 5:16, 17 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.”

Put on God’s armor today that is described in Ephesians chapter 5 so you can stand in the midst of this cold war. I stand with Jesus our Lord and Savior and with you fighting the good fight………………..daily!

Luke 9:23 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

Using God’s name….

II Cor 6:17 “Come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord,
Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”

Using God’s name…

God said: It needs to bother you.

I said: What?

The language.

What language?

Case in point. You haven’t even noticed.

I’m not tracking with You. Notice what?

My name’s being taken in vain.

Oh, that. Well God, to be honest with You…
I’ve kind of gotten used to it.

Used to it?

Well, yeah. My environment is filled with conversations echoing Your name. Not only
that, but it’s pretty much a smorgasbord of four-letter options, too.

And that doesn’t affect you?

Nah. Like I said, I’m used to it.

That’s the problem.

Whaddya mean?

I don’t want you to get used to it.

But I hear that stuff all the time. TV’s full of it. Every sitcom I watch tosses Your name around. Can we get personal? Is it really that big of a deal?

Apparently you don’t realize the severity of this.

Gulp.

Every single time someone says, “Oh, my God!” they’re breaking one of My 10 commandments: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain.”

Yeah, but…

Doing something I’ve specifically spoken against is a big deal. Can you see why the only name given to men down through the ages to be used in vain is the name of My Son, the name above all names, and name that all will bow to?

Well…

Using My name in vain is sin!

But not real sin. Right?

Excuse me?

I always thought sin was like…You know…murdering someone or stealing something.

Sin is anything that goes against what I’ve commanded and anytime you know what to do but do not do it.

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

But Father, practically everyone says stuff like, “Oh, God.”

Most people are not going to heaven.

(Mat 7:13, 14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”)

Well, I don’t say it. Well, okay, maybe once…twice max.

But you’ve gotten comfortable with hearing it. That’s just as bad.

Well, I…

My child, I don’t want you to get comfortable living in this world and hearing what goes on around you. You see, this world really isn’t your home. Think of it as sort of a holding tank. Your real home is in heaven with Me. And the splendor of it is beyond your capability of human understanding.

I know, God. And I’m looking forward to that.

If you love Me, you will turn from your sin. And using My name in such a disrespectful manner is sin. And you will be salt is a world that needs to know sin is sin.

Wow. I didn’t realize.

You can’t help living in this world I’ve placed you in. But you can choose not to be a part of it.

How do I do that?

By refusing to get comfortable.

Yes.

I realize there are things you can’t help but hear, but that doesn’t mean you should become accustomed to hearing them. I want your stomach to bunch up in knots when you hear My name used in the wrong way. I want you to feel uncomfortable when people around you share coarse jokes and brag about their sexual escapades. I want you to turn around and walk away when you hear or see sin. Or I want you to in a loving fashion call sin for what it is. I want you to change the channel when the programming is of this world. You are being subtlety programmed to accept sin as normal by the enemy. Do not let it happen. Be the salt of the earth for My sake.

That will take a conscious effort, Father.

Yes.

But, do You think if I could get into the habit of doing it, it would become almost as natural as breathing?

You’re catching on.

It will be hard.

You won’t be alone.

(Hebrews 13:5b “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”)

People will probably laugh at me when I refuse to listen to their suggestive conversations.

I will respect you.

It would be easier if I had an example.

Amen.

You know, someone else who has already taken a stand.
Study My Son’s life.

Oh yeah!

And read Hebrew chapter 11. It’s FULL of people who took a stand.

Yeah, but some of them were killed for their beliefs.

That’s what Christianity’s all about.

Dying?

Yes.

Dying?

Yes. My true disciples are the ones who have died to living their own lives. They’ve given up control. They’ve become putty in My hands, and they’re letting Me reshape and remold them in My image.

And I guess that’s what You want me to do?

I want you to not be ashamed when you spend eternity with Me in heaven, and I need you to die to your own selfish habits, your coarse language, your plans for the future, your selfishness–even to your rights.

But, God…

And guess what?

What?

When you do…You’ll start to become very uncomfortable with the world around you. And that is good…………….

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Galatians 2:20″I have been crucified with Christ; and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”

John 14: 1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Finding Peace in a Chaotic World….

Finding Real Peace in a Chaotic world!

Did you ever have one of those days when you felt the whole world was against you? We live in a world that continues to pick up speed and if we cannot stay with it. Then it throws us out the window, or so it seems. We search for that individual who knows the solution to our speed dilemma. One who knows all of the answers to our problems and the problems of the world.

Sooner or later every human around us will let us down. Is there a source of strength and peace that will never let us down? The beautiful answer is yes there is. There is Someone who truly cares for you even if it appears the whole world is against you. The God who made you in His image truly cares for you. Yes, even during and especially during those bad days||||||||||| Listen to some just a few of His words to us.
Mat 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Psalm 55:22a “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you;”

Psalm 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for God to help me, then He listened, and heard my cry…He lifted me…and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me…He has given me a new song to sing.”

I Pet 5:7 “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”

That peace we seek does require some patience and faith.

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

And fortunately for us His love is not dependent upon our love for Him.

Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

So, this morning remember the One who created you and is sovereign over all of the affairs of mankind can handle any stress you allow Him to……………..