Thursday, August 04, 2016
From the very beginning God always knew what needed to take place in order for His creation, His children, to have a relationship and peace with Him. Never once did He think it was too high a price to pay for a relationship with us. You see, God made the earth for US, you and me. In the creation process described in Genesis, God created the earth and every living thing on it. The last to be created was man. Created in God's very own Image and man would have dominion over the whole earth. The very expression of this creation is LOVE. God didn't have to create anything. His being is eternal. His Joy is eternal. His Love is eternal. God is complete without anyone or anything. God did not create out of necessity, but out of LOVE.
The fall of man to sin was not a surprise to God. God knows the end from the beginning, so there is nothing He doesn't know or expect. Yet, He still followed through with His creation. He loves us so much that even before He created light He knew He would have to die a humiliating death at the hands of the very people He created. And yet, He still went through with it. At just the right time and just the right place He sent His One and only Son Yeshua (Jesus) to us. The physical representation of Himself. To teach us and to help us see and understand the power of God to SAVE US.
Yeshua taught us that the two greatest commandments were "to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself." He also taught us to forgive one another. If we are ever to expect God to forgive us of our offenses and debts (sin), then we need to forgive others who have wronged us. He also taught us to not think too highly of ourselves but to serve one another, "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." ~Matt. 20:28. He left us a blueprint on how we are to live our lives in faith. Yeshua's public ministry only lasted three and half years, but the gift He left us has endured for centuries.
You see, even though Yeshua knew that the hearts of men were wicked, He still went to the cross. At any moment He could have called down a legion of angels to destroy His enemies, but He went to His execution like a lamb to the slaughter. As He was about to lay down His life, He asked His Father in heaven to "forgive them, for they no not what they do." He never made it about Himself. He was humble and followed through with His Father's plan even though none of us deserve(d) it. It is said that even if there was only one person in the history of mankind that would accept His free gift of salvation, He still would have went to the cross. I believe that.
If you believe in Christ Jesus and His plan for salvation and want to know what to do to be saved (Jesus said "unless one is BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the Kingdom of God"), then REPENT (turn from) of your sins and turn to Yeshua, put all your faith and trust in Him like a child trusts his/her parents and be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Yeshua promises us that if we endure till the end we will be saved. Never lose faith in Him who conquered death and the grave. AMEN! HALLELUJAH!!!
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Ponder this... How many of you when boarding a plane are frozen with overwhelming terror? The answer most would say is "I'm fine flying. It is more dangerous to drive a car than to fly." The fact of the matter is we all put our trust and faith in the pilots ability to deliver us to our destination safely. It is the same with Jesus Christ. He promises that if you put your trust and FAITH in Him, He will deliver you from eternal death and damnation. Jesus is the only One to overcome death and the grave. He loves you so much that He willingly went to the cross to endure excruciating pain and humiliation for YOU. In fact the word "excruciating" come from the word crucifixion. It means pain beyond human endurance. Most people would become unconscious at that level of pain. But because Jesus is God in the flesh, He was able to remain conscious and feel every bit of God the Father's wrath. This is the measure of Love He has for you. He died for you... don't you think you should live for Him?
So here it is... the God of the universe, of all that was created, the seen and unseen, the known and unknown did not consider it too high a price for Him to lower Himself a little below the angels so that some might be saved. Who needs to be saved you ask? All of us! You seen we are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. Because we are sinners, and God is Perfect and Holy, He cannot and will not allow imperfection and unholy people and things in His presence. Hence, mankind needs a Savior.
That Savior is Jesus Christ. God in the flesh. The only Perfect One that could possible pay for the sins of all mankind through His sacrificial death on the cross. It pleased God the Father to take His wrath out on His own Son so that we may have eternal life. Now our Heavenly Father no longer looks at us as we truly are but through the sacrificial atoning Blood of His only Son Jesus Christ. Here's the catch, we can only be saved from eternal torment and punishment if we accept Jesus Christ as our Master and Savior. Then we must repent (turn away) from our sins and turn to Christ Jesus. We are already slaves. We are slaves to our fleshly lusts, worldly desires and satan.
We are exchanging one Master for another, and Jesus says He will set us free. We will no longer be called servants, but friends. Once we see how truly debased and wicked we really are in our present state, and our eyes have been opened, repentance comes easily. It is a gift from God. Once we repent we MUST be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, then Jesus promises we will have eternal LIFE!
BUT... if we don't then we are stuck in our sins, and the requirement for payment of those sins is eternal torment.
I beg all of those reading this that don't know Jesus Christ and what He has to offer PLEASE... PLEASE read a Bible! Search out to see if what I'm saying is true. Don't just trust me, trust Him
Ask Him to prove Himself to you. HE WILL! You have nothing to lose accept maybe a little time reading and talking to others, but you if what I'm saying is True then you have everything to gain i.e. ETERNAL LIFE AND JOY or everything to lose if you don't believe i.e. your eternal soul (the second death).
Saturday, July 30, 2016
There is a time coming in the near future when mankind will no longer accept God's grace and free gift of salvation. There will be a great falling away in the church and many who claimed to have known Christ will reject Him. Seek out the real Jesus Christ while He still may be found. Read the Bible. Start in the New Testament. Find out who this Jesus is and what He's all about. You have nothing to lose and eternal life to gain!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
“We have to decide whether our fear is going to get the better of us. Once upon a time we had a standard in our country that was ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ We’ve given up on so much. Now, people are talking about a standard that is ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.’ Think about it. Is that the standard we’re willing to live under?” ~Rand Paul - NSA Filibuster
Friday, July 22, 2016
As an adult I tried many different careers. I was a decent network engineer, but not the best. I was a decent barber, but not the best. I've known people in these fields that excelled, but I could only attain mediocraty. This encompassed all areas of my life. I've never had a successful relationship with the women I've been involved with including a marriage thirty years ago. My relationship with my daughter is strained at best and almost non-existent.
All my life I felt like a loser... but as I was listening to Alistair talk I realized that I've been trying to fit in where I was never intended to fit in. I'm the square peg trying to fit into a round hole. God made me to be a peculiar person so that I could see the glory of His Love and Mercy. Jesus said "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you" ~John 15:18-19 (NASB). If I had all the things that people have, a great wife, a good relationship with my child, the perfect job that I was great at and successes that the world seeks, then I may have never known my desperate need for a Savior.
You see I am MORE fortunate than the wealthiest or most loved and revered people in the world. I have been chosen by a King to be His son. I am the adopted son of the Most High God. I do not have to seek riches and adulation from the world because I have the Love from God that the world cannot understand. 1 John 4:8 says "The one who does not love does not know God, for GOD IS LOVE." So. if God is the very definition of Love then it stands to reason that I have the very best kind of Love.
This gift from God is not just for me, but for all people seeking more. This world will never give you enough. You'll constantly starve and strive for more. Only Jesus Christ can give you all you need. He will wipe away every tear and tell you in your heart "I Love You". If you are a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, then ask Jesus Christ to be the Master of your life. Believe on Him that He was crucified, died and and rose from the dead, defeating death and the grave and is seated at the Right Hand of God. Believe also that there is nothing He can't do for you according to His will and mercy. There is no pit you are to far down that He can't reach down and pick you up. Then REPENT of your sins, see them as He sees them... vile and dirty. It is only then that He can clean you up. When you realize you need to be cleaned up. A child that has never seen or been to Disney World does not know what he/she is missing. So when the parent says "Come in so I can clean you up and take you to Disney, they refuse. They are content playing in the mud making mud pies. However, once they see what Disney is like they are excited to come in and get cleaned up! We need to see how filthy we really are before we can come to Jesus and ask Him to clean us up.
Life on this Earth with Christ will be difficult, maybe more so than the difficulties you are going through right now, but He will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. ~Philippians 4:7. He will give you strength and courage to take on whatever this world throws at you and you too will know that you are a son or daughter of the Most High God, the prince or princess of a KING! HALLELUJAH!!! AMEN!!!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Starting something new in my walk with Jesus. I'm going to be posting
videos over the next 90 days to see if I can overcome some of the sin in
my life that I believe is holding me back from enjoying a deeper and
more meaningful relationship with Christ. I'm tired of the paying lip
service to Him, honoring Him with my lips but my heart is far from Him.
So I am going to be brutally honest on these videos and hold myself
accountable for what I do and what I fail to do. Should be fun...