Archives for February 2017

MY FRIENDS, THINK OF WHAT IT MEANS TO SAY “NO” TO CHRIST?

Feb. 28, 2017

MY FRIENDS, THINK OF WHAT IT MEANS TO SAY “NO” TO CHRIST?

rich1[1]“Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said, “One thing you lack: [YOU MUST ELIMINATE SELF FROM YOUR LIFE], and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Eliminate self, How dare that street preacher ask some one of my status to eliminate self “even the “foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but [this] Man has nowhere to even lay his head.” And He wants me to follow Him.

My friends, Christ timing for a commitment has caught most of God’s children at a bad time. His standard of character for His kingdom seems to be out of touch from what our plans are at this point in our life. But friends, focus, because “only those who will say, Lord, all I have and all I am is Thine, will be acknowledged as sons and daughters of God.

[We must] consider what it means to desire heaven, and yet to turn away because of the conditions laid down. Think of what it means to say “No” to Christ.” (E.G. White, Desire of Ages p 523) And think what it means to say to Christ, I am to busy to get with you today, maybe at the end of the month?

Think what it must mean to the One who died on Calvary for our salvation for us to accept an offer made by Satanvirgins4[1] that we consider to good to refuse, “all this I will give you he tells us, if you will only bow down and worship me.”? Matt. 4:9 (NIV) My friends, History, as we know it, is about to end, are we ready?

I remember, as I child no more than eight or nine fallen asleep during Church service, the alter call was given right at the time I was waking up people started standing so I stood, not knowing what was going on. That my friends, is the scenario we all face today because the church is asleep which allows God’s word and the prompting of His Spirit to become unfamiliar to its members.

And Like the five foolish virgins, “they are not hypocrites. They have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit’s working.

They have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken [while allowing God’s Spirit to eliminate self and the things of this world where we have no problem telling Christ no, maybe later]“ (E.G. White, Christ Object Lesson p 411)

15133-armor-of-godWe must remember the battle that rages from within will not cease because we have now made some miraculous earth shaking decision to serve God. Every aspect of who God has created within us, Satan is at war against. every hereditary tendency that focuses our attention on the things above, Satan is at war with.

Every avenue that God has given to “forsake all others.” Satan is at war with. My friends Satan seeks total domination of every part of our life. Remember this battle is not with flesh and blood. And if we are lacking in putting on any part of God’s armour daily, and done all, through Christ His word and Spirit to remain focused, even the elect will not survive the assaults of Satan.

Feb 26, 2017

MY FRIENDS, MANY ARE ASKING WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED, HOW DO WE RESPOND?

“When there is no special effort made to resist [Satan’s] power, when indifference prevails in the church and the world, Satan is not concerned; for he is in no danger of losing those whom he is leading captive at his will. But when the attention is called to eternal things, and souls are inquiring, “What must I do to be saved?” he is on the ground, seeking to match his power against the power of Christ and to counteract the influence of the Holy Spirit.” (E.G. Whit, The Great Controversy)

My friends, today it’s personal, John 9:4-5 (AMP) tells us that “we must work the works of Him, Jesus Christ who [has commissioned His children to go into all the world and present the good news of the gospel so all who have lost hope but are still asking “what must I do to be saved.” WHILE IT IS DAY; [because as we look at prophecy and our world today, there should be no doubt that] night is coming [soon] when no one can work.

[But, as long as God has given us the ability to work, we must become Christ Light to the world [which gives guidance through His word along with the power of God’s Holy Spirit]” Our narrative begins when Christ and His disciples passed by and saw a man blind from his birth.

His disciples asked, Rabbi, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? And like Christ disciples we must look at our communities and world as someone who has been blind since birth, six-thousand years ago when Satan said to Eve, “you will not die……..

For God knows that when you eat from it, [referring to the tree of knowledge of good and evil] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” And at that point when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s warning and ate from that tree, and sin entered this world.

And now this same Satan, the evil one “who said in his heart; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.” “has been on the ground, seeking to match his power against the power of Christ and to counteract the influence of the Holy Spirit” In each of our lives.

And like the man who was given his sight back by Christ. The light that shines from God’s Spirit must shine through us into the world and once all who seek and understand the love, grace and mercy of the one who gave it all for their salvation at Calvary they will be able to say also like the blind man “one thing [we] know, that, once [we were] blind, but [now we] see.”

My friends, we must understand, “Christ came into this world so that the blind may see his grace through you and I and through the light from through us to them may have life and have it more abundantly in this world and one day soon that place Eye hath not seen.

Nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  So let’s all fall on our knees daily and cry out to the Lord until we know we have forsaken all others Because before us is “life or death, blessings or curses. Now choose life, so that [all who seek God’s presence along with our children and friends and family may live

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FEB. 25, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

Feb. 25, 2017

MY FRIENDS, DO YOU BELIEVE HE WHO IS WITH US IS GREATER?

maxresdefault[1]Our narrative begins in 2 Kings 6:8-23 (NIV) The king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said privately, where he would set up his camp. But God told the man of God, Elisha, where the location of the Aramean army would be. And, each time the Armean’s moved to a different location, Elisha was warned by God and he would relate their location to the King of Israel. This enraged the king of Aram!

So, he summoned his officers and demanded of them. Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?” “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” “Go, find him the king ordered,” as he sent all of his forces by night and surrounded the city where Elisha was.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariotsElijah6.18-20_[1] had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” Elisha answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” My friends, God tells us in 2 Chron. 20:15 (KJV), “not to afraid nor dismayed by reason of [any] great multitude; for the battle is not ours, but God’s.

But my friends, it’s only in God’s word and on our knees and through Gods Spirit where our fear is eradicated. And like Elisha who knew His God and forever prayed seeking the presence of His God, and His will for his life. Like Elisha, at that point on our journey, we know our God and what He will do for and through us.

So our prayers are that others will see as we see and will understand and know the power of the one “who is in us, is greater [and more powerful] than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4 (NIV) But, we must also understand “at times we may be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not Mark-11.23-300x224[1]abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed, Cor. 4:8-9 (NIV)

But we must never “be afraid,” because “the one who is in His faithful in any and all situations and circumstances of our life is greater than all principalities and all rulers of the darkness of this world and all spiritual wickedness in high places! And the one who is in you and I will never leave nor forsake us even if He has to surround us on every Hill and mountain with “horses and chariots of fire.”

My friends, as God’s elect, He’s preparing us for something we may not quite be able to handle today. But soon, because prophecy is ending rapidly, through or faith, His promise is “whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for us [in accordance with God’s will].” Mark 11:23 (AMP)

FEB. 24, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

Feb. 24, 2017

MY FRIENDS, CHOOSE TODAY WHY HESITATE?

come-away76[1]Today we must understand, “the world will not be converted by the gift of tongues, or by the working of miracles, but [only] by preaching Christ crucified. [So] the Holy Spirit must be allowed to work. God has placed instrumentalities in our hands, and we must use every one of them to do His will. (E.G. White, Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers p 424) consistent with this, it must become personal as we allow God’s Spirit to restore God’s will into our character on this journey as we seek His presence daily.

“Because by beholding [His presence daily,] we become changed!” But, if we allow our minds to adapt to the things of this world and not those Christian attributes presented through God’s Word and Spirit our focus will become blurred, our character will deteriorate and the difference between right and wrong will never be challenged.

Remember, being only a good person is not a prerequisite for God’s kingdom, but to carry our cross as His disciple th2JBWH9D4and love as He loved is. Oh what grace that will take us from this sinful world to that place “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for all that love him.” 1 Cor. 2:9 (KJV)

And, that place is where God’s faithful will live throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. My friends, it is time we quite giving Satan a pathway to our destiny, he is a defeated foe who knows, even He will one day bow down and acknowledges with His own tongue the greatness of “our Lord and Savior”

Yes, even the leader of this dark world and the evil forces in the heavenly realms who was the first to decide there was something better something greater “whose heart was lifted up because of [his] beauty, [who] corrupted [his] wisdom by reason of his brightness” who “said in his heart I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will be like the Most High.” Ez. 28:17 (KJV), Is 14:13-14 (KJV)

Yes even he, who broke the perfect harmony of Heaven and earth, yes even he will acknowledge the greatness of God. Oh what love grace and mercy who knew the only way to vindicate who He was and that His law of love was only about love, who gave His only Begotten Son. And Oh, no greater love then that of a Son who was willing to vindicate His Father on Calvary and give all who believe the opportunity to live throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.

images4My friends, at this moment in History, the world is choosing sides. Remember “Sin will not rise a second time” once God says it is finished and His faithful righteous have been sealed by the blood of the Lamb. So choose “this day whom you will serve.”

“Choose this day” if that “wide gate, that easy path that leads to destruction and death that many will enter is more appealing than that narrow gate, even though the path through it is hard, and the terrain rough, through Christ, His grace makes it easily obtainable and in the end it will lead to life-eternal. But what’s sad, very few will choose that path. But if only, you or I chose that path, Christ would have still died so that we would obtain life and obtain it more abundantly in His pure and holy kingdom.

FEB. 23, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

Feb 23, 2017

MY FRIENDS, HOW MANY ARE ACCUSED OF DERELICTION OF DUTY?

606459-24016-28[1]In the context of our salvation what that implies is “a soldier in the army of God who is guilty of neglect of duty and has willfully refused to perform his or her duties (or follow a given order) or is unable to act in accordance to God’s will, either they are asleep, or their focus has been taken off of the things above, onto the things of this world and now we are unable to perform our duties satisfactory. “We are neither cold nor hot….

And because we are only lukewarm…..God wants to spue us out of His mouth.” Rev 3:14-16 (KJV) My friends, have we fallen asleep while on duty? Or do we just not care? Or do we justify our attitude by convincing ourselves, “where is this ‘coming’ He promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as [usual,] since the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:4 (NIV)

My friends, serving Christ has only become a distressing chore because doing God’s will is no longer a deed of love simply for what was done for us on Calvary. Matt. 25:14-30 (NIV) The narrative begins: “A man goes on a journey, called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.

To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then heth6IOD4H5T went on his journey………..The man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master, he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more. “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!……. “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master, he said, you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more………. “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!

Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. I was afraid so I hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you His master replied, You wicked, lazy servant!……….”

My friends, that’s as far as we need to go with that narrative, “you wicked and lazy servant.” Not my words but Christ. The one who soon would walk the Via Dolorosa to Calvary to die for each of our sins even before they became sins. “Many whom God has qualified to do excellent work accomplish very little, because they attempt little.

rejoice7[1]Thousands pass through life as if they had no definite object for which to live, [and] no standard to reach [My friends it is called DERELICTION OF DUTY.] Such will obtain a reward proportionate to their works.]” (E.G. White, Christ Object Lessons p 331)

So, today, ask ourselves. what do we really have to look forward to at Christ soon return, because He is coming back for a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.” Now ask ourselves another question, do we fit into that category? Or have we incapacitated ourselves in such a way into the fabric of this world that we cannot give God our all?

MY FRIENDS, WE MUST SEEK WITH A PASSION A NAME CHANGE!!

Feb. 21, 2017

MY FRIENDS, WE MUST SEEK WITH A PASSION A NAME CHANGE!!

“We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed……..When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in Second-Coming-of-Jesus_iconvictory.” 1 Cor 15:51-54 (NIV) We shall all be changed how sweet the sound. But, my friends, “our traits of character [we] cherish in life will not be changed by death or by the resurrection [or if we are alive when He enters those clouds].

[We] will come up from the grave with the same disposition [we] manifested in our home and in society. Jesus does not change the character at His coming. The work of transformation must be done now. Our daily lives are determining our destiny. Defects of character must be repented of and overcome through the grace of Christ, and a symmetrical character must be formed while in this probationary state [from birth to death], that we may be fitted for the mansions above.” (E.G. White, Character Development)

My friends, it is a process that starts at birth. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:5-7 to “make every effort to add to our faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”

Sanctification, A process starting with our faith that God is able to do all things through His Spirit and that Conflictcross-to-salvation-300x200 from within that is waged on our character by the forces of evil against our “hereditary tendencies” to sin, the Spirit if we believe begins to convict, instruct, restore, and empower us daily into the image of the one who “will ascend from heaven, with a loud command” for the redeemed.

And our reward will be with Him and “He will give to each person according to what they have done,” or not done. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter which means Rock). John. 1:40-42 (NIV) Only our Creator Christ through His word and Spirit can change self  which represents the things of this world to a name fit for His pure and holy kingdom.

thebodyofchrist[1]And each day the process of a name change allows the “passion of Christ” to take us beyond where we were the day before spiritually. Now my friends, in the Silence of your war room where you encounter a peace of mind in the presence of God each day. Seek a silence that is not just the absence of sound but a stillness that takes us right into the presence of God in the throne room where our Savior abides.

And then pause! Now let’s ask ourselves, how far are we away from a complete Character Change where Christ tells us “not guilty,” your name is now chosen by Me. You are now a royal priesthood, holy, God’s special possession, you may now declare the praises of My Name who called My faithful out of darkness into My wonderful light,” [throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity]” 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

MY FRIENDS, ONLY A MIRACLE WILL DO AT TIMES!

Feb. 20, 2016

MY FRIENDS, ONLY A MIRACLE WILL DO AT TIMES!

Daniel 3:14-18 “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image th2935A5FMwhich I have set up? Now let’s go over this again, when you hear the sound of music, fall down and worship the image which I have made, But understand if you do not, you shall be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god will rescue you out of my hands?” O Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t have to ponder this matter.

If it be so, our God whom we serve will deliver us from the fiery furnace, and from thine hand. But if not, understand this, we will still not serve your god, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. My friends, Sometimes God allows things to get so far out of control in our life, only an extraordinary event or supernatural occurrence must happen in-order to change the situation.

There are seven thousand promises in God’s word and at times, none of them seem to apply. The Psalmist says, “In the day of th3OL6Z9GMmy trouble I [desperately] sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out [in prayer and supplication] without weariness; [But] My soul refused to be comforted.” Ps 77:2 (AMP)

My friends, have we reach that point, where the music is playing, the fiery furnace is seven times hotter than usual, and only a supernatural intervention can change the circumstances. The doctor has diagnosed you with stage four cancer. Your only form of transportation will cost three thousand dollars to repair and you only have three dollars.

This list is as long as those seven thousand promises in God’s word so let’s go to John 11:1-45 (KJV) (v, 3) “Lord, behold, Lazarus whom You love is sick.” (v, 6) When Jesus heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. (v,17) When Jesus and His disciples finally arrives, Lazarus had died and had been in the tomb four days.

(v, 37) Some skeptics responded, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” (v, 40) “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. (v, 42) And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”

93084b38e65504c992242409f8c35035[1](v,43) Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” Five days, Christ waited as the body was decaying. But, Christ knew that a miracle must occur to convince some, and still others would never believe. Friends, God’s delay only prepares us, for what we are not ready to go through today.

Remember, God is greater than all of our situations. But, even the miracle of Calvary, because of one’s lack of studying God’s word and seeking His Spirit will never understand such love. Joseph was sold into slavery as a teenager, ridiculed, rejected, and finally spent two years in jail.

But His faith was steadfast, unmovable and always abounding in the Lord, and at forty years old he became second in line to the throne in Egypt. Oh what a miracle. Remember, our salvation will take the miracle of transformation of our character from a supernatural power to get us into the promise land. But are we willing to “forsake all others.” and give Christ our all.

MY FRIENDS, ARE WE READY FOR JESUS TO COME TODAY?

Feb. 17, 2017

MY FRIENDS, ARE WE READY FOR JESUS TO COME TODAY?

th38URFKJ2“Every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither]. Therefore [you and] I do not run without a definite goal; [we cannot] thrash around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing]. But [like a boxer] we strictly discipline our body and make it our slave, so that, after we have preached [the gospel] to others, we ourselves will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service].” 1 Cor 9:26-27 (AMP)

My friends that text tells us if we are disciples of Christ who seeks the presence of God daily, as we carry out His commission to present the good news to those who have lost hope. We must be discipline steadfast unmovable spiritually in all areas of our life and forever abounding towards the one who gave it all for our salvation.

“A large proportion of all the infirmities that afflict the human family are the results of their own wrong habits, because of their thVFTZGGEUwilling ignorance or their disregard of the light which God has given in relation to the laws of their being.” It is not possible for us to glorify God” [and man.] (E.G. White, Confrontation, p61-62)

So we must ask ourselves, if serving the Lord seems undesirable to us personally, then we must choose today whom we will serve, whether the rulers, and authorities of the evil powers of this dark world” or the “Invisible God and creator of the heavens and the earth. My friends remember we cannot serve “without a definite goal; or thrash around like one beating the air, just shadow boxing.”

We must have a purpose and that purpose must be a shared vision that keeps us focused on a fixed destination, God kingdom. And unless we are daily advancing while discipline our mind and body we will not finish the course. In triathlon competition, the swimming being the first event before bicycling and running, if you fail, and somehow are not able to finish the first leg of the race the swimming.

You are then disqualified to continue the race, and made to move to the side with the onlookers. And that is the same way with where God is trying to take us. So, if we have not studied God’s word, and allowed His Spirit to Guide us in all truth and understanding which gives us a passion to seek God’s presence daily. We will never finish, and our destination will never become a reality so we must then move to the side with the onlookers.

images2Because a lack of preparation and faith will keep us frightened and ill prepared to continue the course. One day “there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now and never to be equaled again. “If those days are not cut short, no one will survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matt 24:21-22 (NIV)

My friends, unless God intervenes all will be destroyed. But the question we must ask ourselves how far are we from being an “elect,” or how far is our character from the image of God. “Time is passing-swiftly. The hours, days, seasons, and years are moving as if watching the blur of a speeding train pass by.” My friends Are we ready?

MY FRIENDS, HIS LIGHT WILL LEAD US ON A STRAIGHT PATH?

Feb. 16, 2017

MY FRIENDS, HIS LIGHT WILL LEAD US ON A STRAIGHT PATH?

14329298961_da63af3bfc_b[1]Paul McCartney’s hit song the long and winding road; “tells us It’s a sad song, because it’s  about the unattainable; the door you never quite reach. A road that you never quite get to the end of.” But my friends, Christ tells us the road to life eternal is attainable and we can reach it when we submit ourselves completely to Christ will, because at that point “the heart is [then]united with His heart, [our] will is merged into His will, [our] mind becomes one with His mind, [and our] thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life.

This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.” (E.G. White, High Spiritual State Attainable)

And that law of love and grace will keep us from falling, [and it also present us] faultless before the presence promises-of-God-1-6of his glory with exceeding joy. Jude 24 (KJV) My friends, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could travel without interruption on this Journey God has placed us on.

Because there are times when it seems we will never reach that place God is trying to take us. But, our failures are not from the lack of what Christ has done for us and continues to do through His Spirit. Remember the sacrifice made at Calvary where God gave his only Begotten Son to save you and I.

That sacrifice, “clearly shows and proves God’s love in that while we were still sinners, He gave His only Begotten Son to die for us.” But there are times when we ignore Calvary and wander blindly in a totally opposite direction from God’s plan.

But our God does not forsake us He tells us in Isaiah 42:16 (KJV) “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”

My friends, our life is laid out before God, He see’s every valley created by unwise choices that we have made throughout our life. But as long as our focus stays on the Journey Christ tells us “I am the light of the world. Whoever caminofollows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (KJV)

Light has always been a symbol of the presence of God who we should seek daily from His word and Spirit. Remember “in the beginning “God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness” Gen 1:3 (KJV) and throughout His word He leads His children with that same light.

But also throughout His word his Children along with His anointed kings and patriarchs and prophets also at times got off course. But like our Bible heroes who stayed focused on God and the journey, in the midst of the confusion of what we are witnessing in our world today, we must also stay focused on where God is leading as we “forsake all others,” which allows the light of God’s presence to lead us into “His path of righteousness for His name sake” which then leads us into His kingdom.

MY FRIENDS, I AM A LIVING TESTIMONY GOD RESTORES!!

Feb. 12, 2017

MY FRIENDS, I AM A LIVING TESTIMONY GOD RESTORES!!

8bc72ed7-copy-copy[1]“He restores my mind, and with His healing hands, I’m made whole He makes my life complete My reunion is so sweet I’m a living testimony that God restores” (Darwin Hobbs, God restores) Yes my friends God restores, But something I heard in church yesterday, someone stated “if you can’t spend twenty four hours with God” in these last days of the History of mankind “when many false prophets [are] appearing and deceiving many people.

[And] the increase of wickedness [has abounded to astronomical levels], while the love of most grows colder and colder” Matt. 24:1-13 (KJV) “How can we spend an eternity in the presence of a pure and holy God” the end of (v,13) states “but the one who stands firm to the end will be save.”

In the context of our salvation firm would mean “securely fixed in place, steadfast not unwavering, about if it is God, or god we serve. My friends, eternity is a long time, it’s never ending. Isaiah 66:23 (KJV) tells us “From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord.”

My friends, it is time we begin to question, are we truly preparing for eternity. Just to say God restored me, are only thTY4O6F82void or ineffectual words with not much substance if restoration does not take us to another level, because, “this to will pass” in this ever-changing world we live in.

So restoration, must be about a daily encounter we have with the invisible God that tells us “miracles still happen,” and now that I have found who He is, and what His will for my life is, nothing else in this world matters. For Paul it was on the Damascus Road, “For one hundred and twenty disciples it happen when they spent ten days in the upper room and they received the promise of the Holy Spirit.”

“When Christ took human nature upon Him, He bound humanity to Himself by a tie of love that can never be broken by” [“death nor life, neither angels nor demons, our fears for today or our worries about tomorrow. Not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Rom. 8:38-39 (NLT)] (White, Steps to Christ, p 72-73) But self can. Yes, it’s our choice that decides to make that separation.

Our choice that says, I am a willing testimony that Christ restores, but I am still not willing to enter daily “through that small gate and [walk that] narrow road that leads to life, that only a few are willing to find. My friends “The final movements” of what is taken place in our world today “will be rapid ones” and restoration must be daily.

psalm_23_31[1]Seeking God’s presence and His will for our life through His word and Spirit must never be optional. “At this time a living testimony is to be borne in the lives of God’s professing people, so that the world may see that in this age when evil reigns on every side, there is yet a people who are laying aside their will and are seeking to do God’s will.

In addition, a people in whose hearts and lives the law of God is written” (White, In heavenly places p 347) And this can only happen if our time with Christ on this earth is only and extension of our time with Him throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.