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MY FRIENDS, THE STORM SHALL NOT APPROACH US!!!

DEC 14, 2016

MY FRIENDS, THE STORM SHALL NOT APPROACH US!!!

0401munkacsyI have always heard the ground at the foot of thee cross is level, And the best definition I could find for level was equality and in the context of our salvation we all get there equally through the blood of Christ. And if we believe in that blood we must also believe that through that blood we are save. Through that blood when the storm is raging and we don’t hear His voice or feel His Spirit and we cry out to the Master “the tempest is raging in our life! And the billows are tossing high! The sky is overshadowed with blackness, no shelter or help is nigh; Do you even care that we perish?

How can you just lie asleep when each moment of our life, is so madly threatening a grave in the angry deep? And my friends it is at that moment the winds and the waves obey His will, and that still small voice, the Spirit of God Himself says, “Peace, be still!” My friends, God loves us so much that He died to save us from the storm whether demons, principalities, or flesh and blood.

If we believe and endure, every situation of our life obeys the will of the Master, the one why created the heavens and the earth. But we cannot lose imgresfocus of our goal, life eternal, “for [the one who calmed that raging sea] knows the plans [He has] for you [and I. That is a promise my friends and the] Lord’s, “plan is to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give you and I hope and a future [right in the middle of that storm]” Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

As Christians who are seeking to be in God’s kingdom. God sometimes allow those storms of our life to strengthen us and keep our focus on Calvary. So we must look to the eagle another one of God’s creatures and understand how he handles the storm. As the storm approaches, long before it breaks. The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come and that my friends is when we need to study more than ever God’s word.

In addition, we are praying without ceasing for deliverance. And like the eagle, when the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. So As the storm rages we are soaring above it. The eagle or ourselves do not escape the storm. img_0246we simply use the storm to lift us higher.

We rise on the winds that bring the storm because “He will cover [us] with His pinions, And under His wings [all of God’s children] may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. [We] will not be afraid of the terror by night or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at our side and ten thousand at our right hand, But it shall not approach you [or I.]” Ps 91:1-4 (NASB) My friends now focus on those last words in that text “But it shall not approach” us and as we are studying and praying and fasting in the midst of our storm, remember God’s promise the “storm will not approach us” if we are under His wings.

MY FRIENDS, IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS, WHERE DO WE STAND?

Dec. 13, 2016

MY FRIENDS, IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS, WHERE DO WE STAND?

0401christleuvenJesus was accused of sedition a civil crime, not a religious one, which blasphemy would have been. But Rome had no religious affiliations so Christ was “crucified between two thieves, which the word thieves can also mean “insurgents.” A Centurion guard was the commander over a group of  roman soldiers whose only reward was glory in one’s death on the battle field. Their jobs also was to oversee crucifixions, a cruel and unusual method of disposing of insurgents. So the process was not about just killing somebody, but killing them in a horrible way.

The Centurion over these insensitive and heathens soldiers was probably the same one who arrested Jesus on Thursday night in the garden, who saw Peter cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest with a sword and Christ miracle of putting it back. My friends, do we witness daily the miracle of Christ in our life with no regards as to the hand that guides us on this road we travel daily, “like the fool who says there is no God.”

The Centurion was probably with Jesus through His four trials as the head official who maintained order. His soldiers would have been the ones who scourge Christ with “a multi-thong type whip used to inflict severe corporal punishment and mocking Jesus by throwing a cloak on Him as if it were a royal robe, putting a reed in His hand as a scepter and a crown of thorns on His head.

They were the ones who would have taken that mock scepter hitting Him in the face, spitting on Him, ridiculing Him as a fake king, “Hail King of the Jews,” not realizing He truly was the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords. “ They were the soldiers who probably eye-witnessed the entire ordeal from the very beginning, down the Via Dolorosa to Calvary in an act of vulgar, un-sympathetic and callous behavior in the presence of the Son of God.

14169pst140401_p40My friends, why weren’t they in awe at how different Christ reacted compared to the other prisoners they nailed to the cross? Never realizing the purity and righteousness of who Christ was and what the gospel they were witnessing could do to them, if they believed? Never understanding the selfless, sacrificial and unconditional love of the one whose hands and feet they hammered those nails through.

His only response, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Paul tells us in 1 Titus 1:15 (KJV) “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. So does the things of this world make you and I defiled and unbelieving to the point not even what Christ has done to us and for us we recognize anymore?

And Have we reached the point on our Journey where we have no more regard for His daily blessings then the Roman soldiers or the rabble who cried out crucify Him? But one my friends, only one. The Centurion stood in the shadow of the cross and allowed the good news of Christ crucifixion to transform him as he cried out “Surely this man was the Son of God!” My friends, we mock and crucify Christ daily like the heathen soldiers who knew no God. But like the centurion are we willing to stand in the shadow of the cross and be transformed.

MY FRIENDS, “SURELY HE IS THE SON OF GOD,” AND THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO SAY!!

Dec. 12, 2016

MY FRIENDS, “SURELY HE IS THE SON OF GOD,” AND THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO SAY!!

bo12The theme of the Bible is Jesus and how he died to save [you and I.] The plan of salvation assures us, He’s coming back again. The chorus says, Are you ready for Jesus to come? Are you faithful in all that you do? Have you fought a good fight; Have you stood for the right? Have others seen Jesus in you? The title of the song is where I ask you to focus. “are you ready for Jesus to come?” It did not ask if your family, friends or co-workers were ready, just you.

It’s a personal invitation because our salvation is personal. In addition, what does the gospel of Gods word and the love of Christ do to us spiritually? Remember, we have done our all, but is our all enough in the eyes of God. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the heart.” Prov 21:2 (KJV)

And it is at that point when we have those doubts is when we focus on “the matchless charms of Jesus,” then an amazing thing will happen in [our] images10heart: “[we] will fall in love with the Man of Calvary” (Ellen White, Life Sketches, p. 293). Because it is on Calvary, Jesus outstretched hands demonstrates that selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8 (NKJV) My friends, when we see the passion and make it personal, then obedience to “His will” becomes unavoidable and what the Lord pondereth is a Spirit that is overflowing and a heart that loves as He loves.

And with a shared vision we tell the world; “the theme of the bible is Jesus and how he died to save” all. A certain medieval minister announced he would be preaching the next week on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the church windows, the congregation gathered.

tumblr_lh0zrap9jx1qajllro1_500In the darkness of the church, the minister lit a candle and carried it to the picture on the back wall of the sanctuary. A picture of Christ on the cross. First he illumined the crown of thorns on His head, next, Christ pierced hands, then the spear wound in His side. A hush fell on the crowd, he blew out the candle and left the church because there was nothing else to say.

My friends, we must personally see what the Centurion Soldier saw when He said “Surely this man was the Son of God!” And as we look at prophecy and how close we are to Christ second coming, daily we must look at the passion of Christ and say; He would have died just for me, surely He is “the Son of God!” And at that moment there is nothing else to say.

But, it becomes what we do for Christ as we allow His Spirit to transform or heart and soul into the very image of Christ then through our faith and endurance we can say with full assurance that we have fought a good fight, and have stood for the right; and now others see Jesus in all that we do.

MY FRIENDS, WHAT DOES A SEVENTH-DAY-ADVENTIST BELIEVE?

Dec. 11, 2016

MY FRIENDS, WHAT DOES A SEVENTH-DAY-ADVENTIST BELIEVE?

The greatest want of the world is the want of men [and woman], men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and cross-to-salvation-300x200honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. (E.G. White, Education, p. 57) It is not my responsibility to give a history lesson on one’s beliefs because what all Christians should believe in is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom [we figuratively crucify daily if our life is nor centered around Him.] Whom God raised from the dead.

This is the stone which was [despised and] rejected…..which has become the chief cornerstone. [and there] is salvation in [no] other name under heaven [that has been] given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 (NKJV) My friends “there is no other alternative for salvation but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

So the major beliefs of a SDA even though there are twenty eight of them can be summed up into seven doctrines of the church beginning with 159101. Scripture; which is the word of God, 2. Salvation; deliverance from sin by one name only, Jesus Christ. 3. Sanctuary; We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.” Heb. 8:1-2 (NKJV)

4. The Sabbath; which is the seventh day Sabbath in Exodus 20:8, (KJV) “Remember the “Sabbath day to keep it holy” 5. Second coming; And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” John 14:3 (NJKV) 6. State of the Dead; “The resurrection of the dead will occur at the second coming of Christ at the “last trumpet the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and we shall always be with the Lord” 1 Thess. 4:13-18 (NKJV) 7. Spirit of Prophecy; “Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 (NKJV) “Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev 19:10 (NKJV)

So my friends, we all must build our faith and endurance on what we believe, and that belief must be based on God’s word. And that faith and 6082_pSQHZk3vendurance becomes a personal testimony because Salvation is not acquired in groups. Individually your belief and faith and endurance must take you through “great tribulation, (pressure, distress, oppression), such has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again]” Matt. 24:21 (NIV)

And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet and they will gather together His elect (God’s chosen ones) from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Matt. 24:31 (AMP) Therefore, you [who follow Me] must also be ready; because the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. Matt. 24:44 (AMP) But, This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come.” Matt 24:14 (AMP)

 

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MY FRIENDS, WHAT ARE THE THREE ANGELS TELLING US?

MY FRIENDS, WHAT ARE THE THREE ANGELS TELLING US?

jesus-gethsemane2Gethsemane, one of Christ last destination before the Passion. “Passion stems from the Latin work pati, meaning “to suffer.” And oh, how our Savior suffered for you and I. After the passover supper with His disciples, He took them to Gethsemane. “Christ then withdrew about a stone’s throw as He knelt down and prayed,  saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.”

And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  and He arose “and He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Luke 22:41-44 (NIV) Matt. 26:40 (ESV)

My friends, it’s now personal and if we are children of God, does the passion of Christ drive us to give it all to Him? And are we so 3_Angelsconsumed with the things of this world that we fail to understand at what price selfless sacrificial and unconditional passion takes so that we can live throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity?

My friends, this short probationary period we are given from birth to death “could we not watch” and pray to understand the passion of Christ and what it means to our Salvation while studying the three angels in Revelation 14 that gives us a final warning? The first angel tells us to “fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come.”

The second angels message, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” The third tells us, “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.”

But my friends, the mercy and grace of God still pleads with His children. Rev. 18:1-5 (NKJV) tells us “after these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!………

imgres“Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” My friends this is a crucial time in history and prophecy, but most of us are sleeping. Those texts tell us, God has children in Babylon, but has the allurement of the things of this world caused us to fall asleep right here before probation closes and God says it is finished.

At this point in history we are having our final exams, the question I asked you and I would we study less if it was our finals for school or employment? Well this final is for our salvation and life eternal. Are you watching and praying and studying. Remember, “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

MY FRIENDS, IF YOU BREAK ONE HAVE YOU BROKE THEM ALL?

Dec. 9, 2016

MY FRIENDS, IF YOU BREAK ONE HAVE YOU BROKE THEM ALL?

adam-and-eveThe serpent put doubt in the mind of Eve. Doubt about God’s intention as to where He was trying to take humanity on their Journey which started at in the beginning. So “when the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom, she took and ate. She also gave some to her husband. Therefore violating God’s divine law” which stated “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Gen 2:16-17 (KJV)

One law, one transgression and they violated that one and the penalty was “you will surely die.” Six thousand years later we have ten laws that God has given us to keep and “whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law., James 2:10-13 (KJV)

But our High Priest sympathizes with our weaknesses [in transgressing God’s law in all areas of our life because He was] tempted in all point as we10-Commandments-final are, yet without sin.” Heb. 4:14-15 “Therefore, Paul tells us in Rom 12:1-2 (NIV) [we must] offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is our true and proper worship [and] not to “conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom 12:1-2 (NIV)

My friends what that text is telling us, if we have not transformed our minds and allowed our bodies to become a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. But have conformed to the pattern of this world we will not be able to know what the will of God is and with out knowing and understanding His will then we have no problem breaking any of God’s laws.

Therefore putting other gods before Jehovah is no problem, lying is no problem, adultery is no problem, keeping the Sabbath holy is no problem. My friends, none of the commandments will we have a problem with because the “accuser of the brethren” has given us his own law according to Satan and according to his law we will not surly die.

s061But the true reality is, “Whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:18-19 (ESV) Christ also tells us If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (NKJV)

So the question we must ask ourselves do we love God enough to give Him our all and keep all of His commandments? Mrs. E. G. Whites says “I love Him because I have proved Him, and I know that He will do all that He has promised to do. He gave His life for me, and I have given all that I have to Him.” And Friends, that must be our mission statement that we have given Him our all because He gave His all for us.

 

MY FRIENDS, ONCE AGAIN LET’S MAKE IT ALL ABOUT SELF!

Dec. 7, 2016

MY FRIENDS, ONCE AGAIN LET’S MAKE IT ALL ABOUT SELF!

Let’s focus on self today as we ask ourselves the question. Suppose each day as we move through all of life’s challenges, and we begin to “embrace imgresour life as It Is, rather than what we wish It to be,” or as the world views us. And then my friends, that is when we turn to Calvary, because that is when we understand that we must not turn away from the reality of life but towards where God has brought us from and where He is trying to take us to. And that is when it its OK to make it all about self.

Because self now has begun to take on a transformational change in the beauty and Character of Christ. And self has also taken on a transformational change in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And self has also taken on a transformational change in the very image of God so when the world, in whatever situation or circumstances sees you and I, they only see Christ. Because the reality of it all is self can now say with no reservation that we have been young.

And now we are old; and yet we have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” Psalm 37:25 (NKJV) In addition, 881e90d64d19817cc7bfa9aa929b1fc1once we pivot towards the cross life is not so complicated because “despite awareness of our own sinfulness and humanity and once we begin to look at the cross and understand what that cross was all about.

We become in awe of the fact that when we look at God, God has also looked at us and He has also looked at the pure and holy righteousness of His Son “who knew no sin but took on the burden of sin for us” who “voluntarily” allowed Himself to be “made a little lower than the angels. And it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons [and daughters] to glory, should make the [Author and founder] of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” Heb. 2:9-10 (NKJV)

And now, we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Heb 4:14-15 (NKJV) So now my friends, we can face anything because our life, our character, our emotions, our ups and downs, our high mountains and low valleys, our rough terrains and stormy days our loved gained and our loved lost is a gift from God that only strengthens us.

Second-Coming-of-Jesus_iconAnd along with that gift is His promises that says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord our God, He is the One who goes with you” So “let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6 (NKJV) Heb. 13:5 (NKJV)

And one day soon, if we believe and endure, “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:15-18 (NKJV)

MY FRIENDS, ON A JOURNEY WITH CHRIST, HOW GREAT IS THAT?

Dec. 6, 2016

MY FRIENDS, ON A JOURNEY WITH CHRIST, HOW GREAT IS THAT?

jesus-loved“Christ went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons” Luke 8:1-2 (NKJV) Most likely Mary Magdalene also witness  Christ mock trial before the high priest as he ask, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” as Jesus responds “I Am…..she then witnesses the high priest ripping his clothing as he cries out, why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy.

What is your verdict? Guilty! The rabble cry out in response. “He deserves to die!” The horror she must have felt to see the rabble spit at him, and beat him with their fists while crying out “Prophesy to us,” as the guards also begin to slap him while taking him away.” Mark 14:61-65 (NKJV) I can only imagine her only words as the tears flowed down her face were, “oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!”

Because at that point she probably understood the consequences of what was taken place in regards to the Jewish nation as her dreams and hopes 553593254cfae7f8bc8c9c9ea6884433faded away at Calvary. But little did she know that is where Her hopes begin, because on the third day after Christ death, she stands there weeping at the tomb then Jesus voice is heard “………Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

Then She turns and once again her dreams and hopes stands before her  as He tells her “go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” John 20:11-20 (ESV) Women, most of the time are not made significant characters in the bible but her faith and dedication made her the exception. She was even part of the entourage who after His resurrection in Acts 2 (KJV) Jesus taught pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Then commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem until they have receive power from the Holy Spirit; and then you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  And that my friends is the journey we must all take. And it begins with her when Christ cast out seven demons, which could have been at seven separate occasions.

But she stayed focus on her goal as she “forsaked all others” while taking on the character and image of Christ. My friends, as you see Mary Magdalene’s urljourney, we must ask ourselves what are the demons of this world that still “pleases us well” that keeps us from forsaken all others.” And if our desire is salvation why have we lost focus on our journey? My friends, like Mary Magdalene, before we even get to the cross we must have that personal relationship with Christ through His word.

And with the power of Gods word and Spirit we can then like Mary Magdalene enter the upper room and take up our cross as we present to others the power of the gospel of Christ second coming and the transformation that takes place if you have faith and endure. We then present a shared vision of that glorious place called heaven.

 

 

 

 

MY FRIENDS, DOES THIS WORLD PLEASE US WELL?

Dec. 4, 2016

MY FRIENDS, DOES THIS WORLD PLEASE US WELL?

Samson saw a woman in Timnah of thee daughters of the Philistines. So he told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the 1-7-3_delilah_hedy_lamarr_in_the_film_samson_and_delilahdaughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife…………for she pleases me well.” My friend how long will the world and the things of this world “please us well.” And because God is a personal God how long before He personally tells us “I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing [not realizing] we are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked?”

And how long before “God sees that the wickedness of you and I…and that every imagination of our thoughts in our heart [is only on the things of this earth and not on things above]? And my friends, how long before “it repented the Lord that he has created us, and it grieves him at his heart”? And how long before the Lord cries out in righteous indignation as only an all knowing, all powerful Omnipresence God can do, telling us; I will now separate the wheat from the tares and destroy the tares whom I have created from the face of the earth……

For it repenteth Me that I have made them?” Gen. 6:5-7 (KJV paraphrased) My friends, at this point in history those are really personal questions thatmaxresdefault we personally have to answer. Gen 6:8 (KJV) tells us “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” The things of this world “did not please him well” so only he and his family were saved in the ark, “because all flesh was corrupt.”

And that is why in Matt. 7:13-14 (NKJV) Christ personally tells us in advance, two thousand years ago, because He loves us and gave His life for us; “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 [or will even try to.]”

My friends, this world and the things of this world “pleases us well.” But if we truly desire salvation and if we truly desire to live in that place “Eye have not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9 (NKJV) Then today, and not when it is convenient for us, we must totally “crucify our life with Christ; [to the point it “no longer pleases us well”] and it is no longer [us] who lives, but [it is] Christ who live in [us.]

imgresAnd the life which [we] now live in the flesh [we] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [us] and gave Himself for [us].” Gal 2:20 (NKJV) My friends, one day our soul will be required of us because “there is a line of demarcation” and that boundary is well defined between God and Satan. So “how long will [we] waver between two opinions?

If the LORD is God, [then we must] follow him; but if we prefer the god of this world and all He has to offer then], we can follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21 (NIV) And, what’s amazing about that  statement, the Lord loves us so much He has allowed us to choose.

MY FRIENDS, TAKING THE GOSPEL WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!!

MY FRIENDS, TAKING THE GOSPEL WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!!

laying-aside-every-weight-and-sin-300x300JESUS, OUR EXAMPLE “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, [as we must also take up our cross and follow Christ]…………….” Heb. 1-2 (KJV)

A FATHER’S DISCIPLINE “The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son [and daughter] whom He receives.” [In addition,] it is for discipline that we have to endure. [Because] God is treating [us] as sons [and daughters]…… [Consistent with this,] if [we] are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then [we] are illegitimate children and not God’s sons [and daughters]……[So we must understand,] For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it………” Heb. 1:3-1 (NKJV)

THE UNSHAKEN KINGDOM …………….Therefore, since we receive a kingdom [and gospel] which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to Godredeemerlives a pleasing and acceptable service and worship with reverence and awe; for our God is [indeed] a consuming fire. Heb. 1 25-29 (NKJV)

Today I need you to focus on Hebrews 12. a road-map to allowing the gospel of Christ to penetrate from within while understanding what is being done for us through Christ as we focus on “the steadfast love of the Lord [that] never ceases; [and] His mercies never come to an end; [great and beyond measure is God’s faithfulness, because] they are new every morning;” Lam. 3:22-23 (ESV)

Heb. 12 begins by setting out an example for us to live by, that example being Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of our Faith but before we can benefit from the promises and blessings of God and the full power of His Spirit we must strip away every sin that entangles us while running with endurance and persistence the course God has set before us. Also, while on this journey there will be some extremely annoying and difficult experiences, the terrain will get tough as we venture into unchartered and unfamiliar territory that will stretch out faith to the limit.

But, this only prepares us so we can “come out of great tribulation having washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev 7:14 (NIV) In addition, we must also remember “no temptation has overtaken [you or I] except such is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow [us] to be tempted beyond what [we] are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that [we] may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor 10:13 (NKJV)

Light-of-the-World-300x200So our discipline is necessary because without discipline we are illegitimate children without the DNA or the “fundamental and distinctive characteristics” of Christ who guides us in “setting our minds on things above which are [everlasting], [and] not on earthly things, [“which will blow away like chaff in the wind”]” Col. 3:2 (NIV)

In addition, because all what God has done and continues to do for us so that we can have life and have it more abundantly in His Kingdom we owe Him all the praise and Honor that we can give as we take the good news of the gospel to all the world and then the end will come.