Archives for August 2016


Aug. 30, 2016


woman-at-the-well“The more [we] study the character of Christ, the more attractive will he appear to [us]. He will become as one near [us], in close companionship with [you and I]; and our affections will go out after him. If the mind is molded by the objects with which it has most to do, then to think of Jesus, to talk of him, will enable [us] to become like him in Spirit and character. [We] will reflect his image in that which is great and pure and spiritual.

[We] will have the mind of Christ, and He will send [us] forth to the world as his spiritual representative. He will be our only glory. [We] cannot affiliate with the world without becoming a partaker of its spirit, without becoming guilty of treason against the Lord who has bought you [and I]” [thus far by faith] (E.G. White, RH August 26, 1890, par. 2)

Treason my friends is defined as “the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith.” And like Judas we commit treason daily against our Savior, not with a kiss, but by allowing Satan to move our attention away from the love and grace of Christ to the things of this world. Six thousand years ago because of sin, “whoever, owing allegiance to [God], would wage war against [Him] by uniting with [His] enemy [Satan], and giving him their aid and allegiance in the Great controversy between good and evil, was guilty of treason. And the penalty was death.”

But, we have a Savior who looked beyond our breach of faith and saw what we could be through him, so He “bore our sins in His body on the cross, soimages3 that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds [we] were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) As we look at our life and then look at the life of Christ, we must thank God each day that He is not through with us yet.

And He “who began a good work in [each of us] will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in each of us.” Phil 1:6 (AMP) Oh the miracle our God has performed in our lives as He looked beyond our faults and saw we could be as “perfectly righteous as His Son once we “forsaked all others” and gave our all to Him.

And instead of death Christ made the decision to make the ultimate sacrifice to die in our stead so that if we choose”to forsake all others,” we will never be accused of treason again as we allow His Spirit to transform our character from being what we are, to the man and woman who recognizes and believes through our faith in God and His word, what Calvary meant for our salvation.

s061And through our faith and endurance we can say without a doubt that we are going to totally trust God in working out the plan for our life here on earth and throughout eternity. Because we understand it did not end at Calvary but continues in the heavenly sanctuary with Christ advocating to the Father on our behalf.

“And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [who will intercede for us] with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous [the upright, the just One, who conforms to the Father’s will in every way, purpose, thought, and action]. And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature…….] 1 John 2:1-2 (AMP)


Aug. 29, 2016


redeemerlives“For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, And at the last He will take His stand upon the earth. “Even after my [mortal] skin is destroyed [by death], Yet from my [immortal] flesh I will see God, Whom I, even I, will see for myself, And my eyes will see Him and not another! My heart faints within me. Job 19:25-27 (AMP) And yes, at times like Jeremiah when life has taken its toll we may cry out, if my head were a pool of water and my eyes a fountain of tears, I would weep day and night” for the death of a love one.

Or a child that has decided what the god of this world has to offer for only a moment is more appealing than life eternal. Or for ourselves That pleads with the Lord daily about our health. But his response is; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness, therefore my friends we must boast all the more gladly of our weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon [us.]” 2 Cor 12:8-9 (ESV).

My friends we must come to the conclusion if this is not our home and we “long for a better country, a heavenly one,“ there will never be an easy way around the despair of our day to day life on one side and our desperation to survive on the other. Remember, the story of Job was not put in the bible to teach us about the storms of our life, but how to “renew our strength” in the Lord daily in the midst of our storm through faith, patience and endurance.

While at the same time developing that personal relationship with Christ as He prepares our character to be “safe to save” for His pure and holy 04-heaven-is-my-homekingdom. And yes, God is silent at times but Paul is emphatic: “The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.”

Natural creation, “groaning” in travail and decay, can only be set free by the transformation” [of what God intended from the beginning when after creation week He saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good and now he can say with no reservation that] history begins and ends at the same place, and everything in between comprises the struggle to regain what was lost.” (Philip Yancy, Disappointment with God p. 191)

And our character plays a vital part of regaining that. “And the battle ground of our faith” are the trials and tribulations of what we are experiencing 909b32c6f8b613d2e358f0f0d09c40dddaily, but our focused must remain on the prize as we ask ourselves the question, is Life unfair? If so, was it unfair to Christ? And since Christ was the Son of God should He have been spared that final walk down the Vía Dolorosa, like a lamb led to the slaughter?

Yes, my friends life and God is fair. And as our example we must live our life like Christ lived His, with only one concern and that is “Father not my will but thou will be done” and then at that point all of heaven will rejoice because Christ can say with full assurance, there is none like him or her on all the earth,  blameless “which implies we are men and women with integrity.”

And we are upright “which implies we are completely fair and honest in our dealings with others” and we “fear God meaning we have given our all to Christ above all others” [including our time talents and our money] and we shun evil, [which implies we avoid anything that is an abomination to God] ” (Africa Bible Commentary) Job 1:8-9 (KLV paraphrased)


Aug. 28, 2016


What is it about the glorious and “fatal attraction of sin” that causes us to believe in the name of Christ, but with no commitment or conviction which jesushealingthen allows Satan to successfully keep “our mind on things of this earth and not on things above.” A woman touches the hem of Christ garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment I shall be made well. And because of her faith just a touch, and the woman was made well…” Matt 9:20-22 (NKJV)

My friends, how many times did Judas touch the Master’s garment in the three and a half years as Christ disciples and still, thirty pieces of silver is all it took to betray the one who would die so that no matter how horrendous the sin salvation was still accessible if one believed and I can say with no reservation Judas believed because another disciple John tells us If all of Christ deeds were written one by one, “the world could not contain the books that would be written” John 21:25 (NKJV)

So the question is not if Judas believed, but why his life was not changed as the lady who Crawled on the filthy streets, hyperventilating, getting stepped on by others, for just a touch. So there is a difference in just believing, and believing with conviction. James 2:19 (KJV) tells us “even the demons believe and tremble.” That is why Judas could believe and still betray Christ with a kiss.

There was no commitment or conviction in what that name meant which allowed Satan to convinced Judas not only in betraying Christ, but that his judas-betrayer-kiss-999242-tabletonly alternative after such an horrendous act was to take his own life and so he did. My friends, to say I believe “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” [means nothing without a commitment and conviction to give our all to what that name means to us] Acts 4:12 (NKJV)

Because God is looking for those who will give up everything to take up their cross and follow Him. He is also looking for those who will walk by faith and not by sight and who are seeking His presence with a passion. “And when we praise His Name, mountains move, and in spite of our circumstance all of heaven stops to listen.” Because they know the price that was paid so that we would believe in His name.

So my friends to believe is to have that personal relationship with Christ because worthy is the Lamb that opens up our eyes to the love grace and mercy of what Calvary and His name means to us and our salvation personally. And from the dawn of the setting sun from one day to the next we will be in awe of what His name means to our life as we become submerged in God’s word as we allow His Spirit to transform our lives into the image of God.

5a5739be8cb391fa5a9a7ded479de312And each day that our eyes are not focused on the Master and what His name means to each of us only deprives ourselves of that personal sensation of God’s Spirit and Christ outstretched hand guiding us on our journey to the promise land.

So as heirs to God’s kingdom and joint heirs to the one who makes demons tremble, His name must mean more to us then life it-self as we “run this race until we see His face” and hear Him personally say “well done good and faithful servant; thou have been faithful over [my name] and now I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matt. 25:23 (NKJV)


Aug 28, 2016


Black-child-layingin-hospital-bed-300x199“David, a 2-year old with leukemia, was taken by his mother, Deborah, to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, to see Dr. John Truman who specializes in treating children with cancer and various blood diseases. Dr. Truman’s prognosis was devastating: “He has a 50-50 chance.” The countless clinic visits, the blood tests, the intravenous drugs but David never cried and although his friends in the clinic had to hurt him and stick needles in him, he hustled in ahead of his mother with a smile, sure of the welcome he always got.

When he was three, David had to have a spinal tap a painful procedure at any age. It was explained to him that, because he was sick, Dr. Truman had to do something to make him better. “If it hurts, remember it’s because he loves you,” Deborah said. The procedure was horrendous. It took three nurses to hold David still, while he yelled and sobbed and struggled.

When it was almost over, the tiny boy, soaked in sweat and tears, looked up at the doctor and gasped, “thank you, Dr. Truman, for my hurting.” images41(Monica Dickens, Miracles of Courage, 1985) And as a child of God each day even though at times life hurts and it is safe to say at times life is horrendous, But our words must be, thank you God for my hurting, but Calvary tells me it’s all about your love for me.

My friends, each day we must “Count it all joy…when [we] meet trials of various kinds, for [we must understand] that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing… (and) Blessed is the man (and woman) who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:2-12 (ESV)

But what we must also understand is, the finish line has not been moved and the requirements to finish have remained the same for two thousand years. And that is whoever “endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matt. 24:13-14 (NKJV)

And what is so amazing, God is allowing us to be co-workers with His Spirit in taking the good news of the gospel “to all the world.” My friends, the war is being fought daily over our character. So that mountain that seem at times we will never get over is God’s only chance to work a miracle in each of us because we are being tried in the flames of our day to day challenges that Christ allows the god of this world to carry us through.

Light-of-the-World-300x200Remember what God himself said about His Servant Job. “There is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Job 1:8 (NKJV) But, God still tells Satan in (v,8) “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” And sometimes it is only our life that is “spared” Job 2:6 (NKJV) And only our faith and endurance will prepare us for such an encounter with the enemy.

But like Job, we must say with passion and with no reservation. “My Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Job 19:25-27 (NKJV)



Aug. 26, 2016


9d85c2de12bd5508fe2959d52698b6daMost of us have lived long enough to have seen the world as it is, but not like we would want it to be. As a kid you wake up each day to a brand new world where the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the Hardy boys would come to life within one’s imagination. Where outdoors was a world of castles and moats, that comprised of an array of trees, dogs, tadpoles lightning bugs, creeks and the woods where every trail, hill and rock you figure would be your safety net for life.

And then somewhere in between our fantasy world and a world that is over saturated with television, Internet, Netflix, facebook and twitter, life became real, with real issues and real choices that we all make throughout our life. Choices that determines one’s unavoidably consequences in this great controversy between good and evil, life and death. So today let’s make it personal as we close our eyes and focus on where God is leading us in this world that at times is “unchartered territory” meaning “unmapped or unexplored.”

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow www-St-Takla-org--Bible-Slides-joshua-516it, then you will know which way to go, ….” Joshua 3:1-4 (KJV) This was the directions from Israel’s new leader Joshua, who replaced Moses in leading the Children of Israel to the promise land. He was Chosen because he knew the territory, because forty years earlier he had traveled it.

So today my friends as God’s Chosen, the journey we are now traveling to the promise land stands on the other side of our trials that we must encounter as this controversy continues between good and evil. And much of the terrain we travel will be “unchartered territory” to us. But our Savior has been this way before. He knows the rough terrain. He knows the temptations and hardships one must encounter daily from the forces of evil.

In addition, this controversy became real to Christ one that He experienced for Himself because He knew it would be very real to us and we would have to experience it also as we moved from the safety net of our homes as a child to a life of strong winds and boisterous waves. And at times because it is “unchartered” we become terrified and we began to sink. And like Peter we cry out “Save me, Lord!”

7164641872_c0be204160My friends, each day we must be prepared to face the unknown on this Journey Christ has placed us on that we never thought we were capable of going through. “But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7 (NKJV)  And because of the Good Shepherds method of preparation, all we can say once we get to the next trial of our life is, I’ve been here before.

When your child decided the values he or she had been taught all of their life was not what they seeked anymore, as they went out into the world, but now they are  teaching bible study on Wednesday night. I can go on and on, but the scenario is the same Jesus saves physically mentally and spiritually and through our faith and endurance, He is preparing us now to go through the unknown and “unchartered territory’s” of our life. But remember my friends, “our God who goes with you and I, He will not fail or abandon us,” [but we must believe and endure Because He has traveled this road before.] Deu. 31:6 (KJV).





Aug. 25, 2016


imgres8Oh the grace and mercy of God whose promises we can hold on to in every situation and circumstances of our life, even during these times of great desolation and confusion like never before because God is our “refuge and our fortress.” And even if we are in the clutches of Satan whose only intent is to devour. If we seek Christ with a passion, He will deliver us. But my friends, all of God’s promises are based on our willingness not to just seek Him, but to give Him our all, all meaning, time, talents, money and especially our hearts.

In addition, during this probationary period, are we listening to the Spirit of God as He tries to take us to a place where self no longer exist which is in the arms of Christ. We get up each day and the majority of the world never gives it a second thought that there is a world beyond the curtain of our finite minds and far beyond the rise and fall of nations, and far beyond wars and rumors of wars.

And beyond famines and pestilences and earthquakes in various places, beyond death and destruction and mayhem and murder and lawlessness. But matthew-24-13as Christ ambassadors we must let the world know what they are witnessing is the staging ground for something much bigger and it goes far beyond the “breaking news” of the day because It is a war from within our hearts, where prophecy is unfolding, the part that states, “he [or she] who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matt. 24:13 (NKJV)

And it is those words “endures to the end shall be saved” that the great controversy between good and evil is being fought over and where our character is being molded for the kingdom of God and most important it is where Christ “stands at the door and knocks and If anyone hears [His] voice and opens the door, He will come in.” Rev. 3:20 (KJV)

My friends “every warning, reproof and entreaty, entreaty meaning an earnest request or petition, in the word of God or through His delegated messenger is a knock at the door of [our] heart; [and] it is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, our determination to open becomes weaker.

If the voice of Jesus is not heeded at once, it becomes confused in the mind with a multitude of other voices, the world’s care and business [and “breaking new” will] engross [our] attention and conviction dies away,” [which then keeps our faith in Christ from enduring to the end] (SDA Bible Commentary) We are born of a woman, so our journey starts at birth and like Christ we must make a choice, how will it end.

imgres11For Christ it ended with the ultimate climax. Calvary, resurrection and then victory where now He sits at the right hand of “Our Father”and because “the one who conquered” is the one who knocks at the door of our heart, His promise is, if we endure “He will give you and I the “right to sit with Him on His throne, just as He [endured and] was victorious and now sits down with His Father on His throne.” Rev. 3:21 (NIV)

So today we can become conquerors through Him who loves us and never stops knocking at our hearts and because He never stops that should persuade us “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [if we endure till the end] Romans 8:37-39 (NKJV)


Aug. 23, 2016


carrying-the-cross-300x200“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but that I [give new life and] raise it up at the last day. For this is My Father’s will and purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him [as Savior] will have eternal life.” John 6:38-40 (AMP)

So Christ is telling us His plan on earth was not for selfish reasons, but to do the will of His Father who sent Him. John 6:38-40 (AMP) And as our example our mandate is to follow in the footsteps of the Master with no preconceived plans of our own about what direction on this journey Christ is leading us. But what we do know “if any man or woman wants to be his disciple [they] must deny self and take up their cross and follow Him.” Matt. 16:24 (NIV)

But most of the time we decide God is not needed in our planning and we begin to walk through the darkest valley of our life where there is an ever imgres1ending narrative of struggles,and trials where now our life has only become a state of disappointments and uncertainty that lingers in our mind because God is not the single most important Person in our life. But my friends, that is the time we must remember that our Redeemer has not aborted the plans He has for us.

Plans that give us hope and a future in this life and the life to come and “despite awareness of our own sinfulness and humanity, [if we will begin to] look at the cross, [we will be] in awe of the fact that [God sees us] just as perfectly righteous as Jesus [once we give Christ our all,] because “though He knew no sin, He permitted Himself to be made sin on [our] behalf and to suffer the death that we deserve.” 2 Cor. 5:21 (KJV) Heb. 2:9 (KJV) (Bill Liversidge)

My friends, so much has gone into planning our Salvation, so why would we feel we have a better plan in finishing our journey to the promise land then what has been planned for us. The Prodigal son in Luke 15:11 (KJV) was not satisfied with being under his father’s roof, he felt he had a better plan for happiness, not realizing “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Prob 14:12 (NKJV)

heaven2And like the Prodigal son we must also come to our senses and realize our Father has a better plan one that will endure throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity and “nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.” Ecc. 3:14 (KJV) My friends, through our faith and endurance if we believe, then there is a path to citizenship to God’s kingdom and life eternal.

And each day that we allow self to die just a little more, the light of the glory of God will guide us until the direction and requirements to that path becomes clear and we will “be a-part of that great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues,” as we here the Master say “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”



Aug. 22, 2016


living-water-pix“Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of Heaven, fill me up, and make me whole.” Yes my friends, let our hunger and thirst after righteousness be made whole,” because All roads to the kingdom and eternal life goes through God’s word and Spirit as the process of revival, renovation and restoration takes place. And through our faith and endurance it becomes our life and our character being restored to God’s original plan. Christ tells us in John 6:51 (KJV) I am the living bread that came down from heaven.

Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” And His death on the cross allowed Christ “the Son of God to give His “flesh” that is to die and thus to make His perfect humanity available to [you and I] if we will partake of Him this free gift through our faith.” (SDA Bible Commentary)

Now we must ask ourselves, what will we give in return for a total makeover? Remember we were on the auction block going to the highest bidder,th until Christ paid the ultimate price to restore us into His character. And now because of what Christ has done for each of us we should be willing to give Him our all. Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 15:10 (KJV) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them yet not I, but the grace of God that was within me.

Yes, my friends with the grace of God that is within us, with passion we must be willing to work harder than anyone else, as we challenge ourselves to make extraordinary things happen for the glory of God as we take the good news of the gospel to everyone. So today, as we move through all of life’s challenges, when the world views us, they must only see the beauty and Character of Christ within us.

And then we can say with full assurance that because of what Christ has done for us we have now “Set our mind on things above, not on things on the earth,” Col 3:2 (NKJV) and our character now exemplifies who Christ is and what He means to us personally. Most of us seek change but in most cases we are incapable to make it happen, because it would involve a “Spiritual transformation, or restructuring of our lives around Christ.

suffering00And we are just not ready to give it all to Him because the season finale of Greenleaf, empire, the half and the half nots and Game of Thornes is just a few weeks away. My friends Satan is a strategist in planning and directing the forces of evil to entertain us and keep our minds occupied and filled to capacity with the things of this world which makes the season finale of a TV show more appealing then studying the word of God and serving Him. And now we are in danger of losing our salvation and life eternal.

As we travel on this Journey to the promise land remember, there is a continuous movement in our lives, and that movement is two forces, both operating simultaneously with each other, but both moving in opposite directions with different agendas and different outcomes. But the goodness of God gives us the option to “choose yea this day” and if we choose Christ, [then we] “become a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17 (KJV) and now we are “safe to save” for Gods pure and Holy kingdom.



Aug 21, 2016


59232-God-Is-LoveAgape love, is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional. From a human standpoint, this is probably as far as our finite minds can comprehend on the subject of love and even that becomes blurred at times in regards to one’s selfish heart and the plan of salvation to save us. So let’s make it personal today and close our eyes and look within our heart and see the wretched sinners we are and think of someone actually willing to die so that you and I “may have life, and that we may have it more abundantly [in this life and the life to come] John 10:10 (NKJV)

And He did it even though He knew every messed up situation and out of control circumstance we would find ourselves in throughout our life. But He said I will still go and live among the lost souls of this world and many will not understand or care to understand the cost that will be paid for their salvation because at times the lure of the things the god of this world would present to you and I would be more appealing than a righteous character.

But He also knew “we [would be] more than conquerors through Him if He could show us to love as He loves and then and only then through His word and Spirit and our faith and endurance would we be able to say with full assurance “neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come….[will] be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Rom 8:36-39 (NKJV).

Imagine my friends, we are about to have children heirs to our great mansions and fortunes and real estate holdings. And in-order for them to inheritimages4 all we have we must first be “wounded for all their transgressions throughout their life, we must also be crushed for their wickedness, their sin, their injustice, their wrongdoing in fact all of the punishment for their wretched life style fell upon us so they could live a happy life.”

My friends, would we still feel it was worth it. Well Christ did and He did it simply because He loved us and God demonstrates this love, “in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8 (NASB) Our Savior knew the trials and tribulation of this life that would surround us decade after decade. And He also knew how close our probationary period would get to ending, and our minds would still “be on things of this earth and not on things above”

1044-Jesus_Knock_on_a_21st_Century_DoorBut, if you seek God’s kingdom like I, you will fall at times, but we must get up and continue to live our lives centered around Christ and His will for us. But the thought of God saying, He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still, [“because no sacrifice for sin is left,” and now it is finished]” Rev. 22:11 (KJV)

Probation is over,  and we have remained in our sins to long and now our right to the tree of life and Gods pure and holy kingdom and life eternal are forever lost. My friends, the thought of that should terrify each of us. But, as we look at prophecy unfolding we are close. But probation and grace continues and Christ still knocks, “Here I am! I stand at the door of your heart, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.”


Aug 20, 2016


Self is defined as a person or thing referred to with respect to his or her complete individuality. And when it comes to our salvation complete Beyond-Your-Limiting-Beliefs-11individuality does not allow the Spirit of God to transform you and I into the individual character of Christ. That is why self must be eliminated completely as we move beyond our needs and wants to a place where God can use us for His glory and honor. “Let none suppose that they can live a life of selfishness, and then, having served their own interests, enter into the joy of their Lord.

In the joy of unselfish love, they could not participate. They would not be fitted for the heavenly courts……In the great judgment day those who have not worked for Christ, those who have drifted along, carrying no responsibility, thinking of themselves, pleasing themselves, will be placed by the Judge of all the earth with those who did evil. They [will] receive the same condemnation.” (E.G. White, Christ Object Lessons p 364-365)

In God’s kingdom where only the joy of unselfish love abides, how could they be comfortable in the “midst of a great multitude which no man or woman could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues,maxresdefault (1) standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands along with ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, of angels [singing] with a loud voice to the one who gave it all for our salvation “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” Rev. 7:9 (NKJV), Rev. 5:11-12 (NKJV)

Yes my friends, self could never be happy in the midst of such love and adoration. And until we personally understand the unselfish price that was paid for our salvation we will never be able to look beyond our own self to what the needs of God are. We live in an “age of self gratification and personal choices” that has nothing to do with God, therefore dieing to self as far as we are concern is not negotiable because that would require some type of demand on our time, talents, money and character.

The Rich young Ruler was perfect in his own mind. He kept all the commandments. Then, Christ forced him to look into the mirror at self. And Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven; and come, follow Me. These imgreswords saddened him because he owned much, and he went away grieving.” Matt 17:21-22 (NKJV) My friends, Calvary, that is where it all starts for each of us and God’s kingdom is where it will end as we lay self at the foot of the Cross and accept Christ invitation and take up our own cross and follow Him wherever He may lead.

The cross has all of the elements needed for our Salvation; love, faith, endurance, grace, mercy, hope, justification by faith where we are accounted just or free from the guilt and penalty of sin, sanctification because of our faith we are now set apart special, chosen, heirs to Gods kingdom and it starts when we accept Christ as our Savior all the way to Calvary, the resurrection, and then His ascension to start His priestly duties on our behalf. The only thing that is not at the cross is self that we will take into the promise land, because self at that point has become the Character and image of Christ.