Deliverance From Harm

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When I was only 3 or 4 years old I can remember falling off an inner tube (float) in the Tennessee River.  I didn’t know how to swim or kick to get to the top.  I remember seeing the sunrays through the water that was muddy from below.  Don’t really remember how long I was under, but then all of the sudden my sister’s arm pulled me from the water.  Without her pulling me from the water I would have drowned and died.  As I lay in bed this morning I remembered this happening to me when I was young.   Then I think of the story how Jesus pulled Peter from the water when he was sinking.  Read the story below:
Matthew 14:25-31- And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

I remember being pulled out of the muddy River and it amazes me still.  This River could have had a current that floated me down the river where I wouldn’t have been found.  Somehow I was in the same spot that I fell from, so that my sister was able to pull me from the water.  I was saved from the water that day.  Just like Peter was saved from the water.  What joy it was to be pulled from the water.  What joy a person can have when Jesus rescues us from a life of sin.  He can save us from drowning in our sins.  He is able to deliver us when no one else can.  Our families can’t pull us from the depths of sin.  Only Jesus can.  For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

noun: salvation
  1. preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.
  2. deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.

Acts 4:10-12-Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

If you want to receive Salvation, it is free to all those that ask Jesus for it.  First Repent from your sins; or turn from them and ask forgiveness.  Second, ask Jesus to save you from your sins.  Last of all, serve Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by praying, attending church and telling others about his salvation.

 

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Our Purpose in Life

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We should never forget our purpose in this life.  It is not to obtain great riches nor to further our wisdom with much learning.  2 Timothy 3:7 reminds me of something, what some may be seeking after.  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Some want to be highlly educated in this life.  They go to college their whole life but miss the real purpose of life.  This life isn’t about great riches or great understanding.  To have great knowledge in this life but to miss Salvation is truly sad.  We all were born with a purpose.  Some may have been born with different gifts such as playing a piano or working with numbers, but we all have but one purpose.  That is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to this world. 

Look around!  Knowledge of this world is not helping the world become a better place.  I see some of the most educated people be ignorant of the simplest matters. There are those in politics that should be able to help our country but instead they are tearing our foundation apart.  They are seeking after their own selfish goals.  They don’t seem to care about the average man or poor man.  They don’t care about lowering taxes or making a life easier to live on this earth.  Sorry but some of the most educated men in this life are the most ignorant.  Why do I say this?  Because the more they seek after their own life of luxury or their own goals, the more they turn from God.  I’m not saying that a man can’t get a good education.  I’m saying that one should always keep God first in their life.  Remember your purpose in this life!

Have you ever noticed why the days are becoming shorter.  People are so busy with their lives that they don’t have time to slow down and acknowledge God.  So I ask you to take time to pray; take time to ponder this: what God would have for your life.  Take time to share the good news: that Jesus saves.  Jesus can help men live a life of happiness and peace.

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Lord’s Hand is not Shortened

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As I look around and see everything that is going on in the world, it is hard to imagine that a life can be changed.  I ‘m talking about a sinful man or woman receiving Salvation.  Today People mock God; they mock other Christians.  They prefer darkness over light.  They don’t care that they are living in sin?  The don’t care that one day they will stand before God and give account of their life.  They think they will live forever and not have to face the consequences of sin.  The truth is that we all will face the consequences of our sin; either in this life or the life to come.  Either we will reap what we have sowed here, or we will stand before God and be judged in the life hereafter.

The Bible says in Isaiah 59:1-Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save.  That tells me that the Lord Jesus is still in the saving business.  He can steal save the vilest of sinners.  He can change a life; change a sinner into a Christian man.  See the thing is…Christ Jesus saved us all.  We were all sinners.  We were all vile creatures that sinned.  Some may have sinned more than others, but it only takes one sin to go to Hell.  Jesus had to die for the sins of all the world.  He had to sacrifice his own life on the cross for each and every sinner.  None of us were perfect.  None of us were without sin.  We all needed a Savior.  So Jesus can save even the vilest sinner.  He can save anyone that will come to him freely. Matthew 16:24-26- says: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So anyone can be saved, if they deny themselves, cleave unto Christ Jesus and follow his commandments.  Are you ready to be saved?  Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today!

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There is a Cost to Serving Christ

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Lately I have been going through a lot of trials and tribulations.  It is not fun or easy when you have to suffer, but I know there is a reason.  Times are changing and the world is quite different.  Today people make fun of Christians, and many Christians are suffering persecution.  God loves us and wants to prepare us of the coming days.  I don’t believe Christians will have to live through the great Tribulation, but I do believe we will suffer for Christ sake.  2 Timothy 3:12 says:  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Matthew 16:24-27- Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Luke 14:23-35-And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Some may suffer more persecution than others.  The more your light shines for the Lord, the more Satan comes after the Christian for their service.  We do not have to fear, because God is always in control. The Lord tells us what is to come in the last days.

Matthew 24:5-13-For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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No Hope Without Mercy

Jesus died on the cross for our sins, not his own. He committed no sins; lived a perfect sinless life. He chose to die a terrible death on the cross for us, because he loved us. What greater love than to sacrifice your own life for the sins of the world. The Bible says: No greater love than man can have than this. To lay down his life for his friends. Yes Jesus called us friends if we do the things he ask of us. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice on the cross.

Godly Witnesses For Christ

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Satan loves to remind you of your past sins and throw them up to you.     I woke up yesterday recalling how many bad things that I have done in my life.  I know now how much mercy that the Lord has extended toward me; how much God has forgiven me for.  It would take a lot of time to recall all of our sins. Where would we be without God’s mercy?  There would be no hope at all.  If we have never asked for God’s forgiveness, then we would not be able to go to Heaven.  See Heaven is pure and without sin, and nothing of unrighteousness will enter through the gates.

Imagine a life without hope. Nothing to hope in.  Life would be most miserable if we didn’t have the gracy and mercy of God. If we got what we truly deserved, we would deserve death (hell).  None…

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Standing for the Faith

 

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There is a new progressive movement going on in some so-called churches where they accept anything.  They say come to this church and you can do as you please.  They say you can drink beer, you can commit adultery, you can find some other spiritual way to Heaven and still be forgiven, because you are part of this loving, accepting church.  They tell you lies that Christ loves you just the way you are, even in your sins.

Well the Christ Jesus that I serve tells us something quite different, he tells us that we must have a repentant heart; that we must turn from our sins and live a life pleasing to him… a holy life.  Yes, we are to love others and forgive others, but we are not to accept sin freely into our churches.  The Bible preaches against being drunk with excess.  The Bible preaches against homosexuality, adultery, lasciviousness, against lying, stealing, cheating, etc…..

I heard a sermon the other day, that talked about when Christ lived on this earth.  He was an austere man; which means: severe, stern, strict in manner.  He often got on to his own disciples for things that they did, such as when the disciples rebuked people for bringing little kids to him.  Another time when he asked the disciples to pray, instead found them all sleeping instead.   Jesus lived a perfect life without sin and expects us to strive for that too.  So no, he would not welcome sin into the church. 

Today we must stand for what is right and contend for the faith of Jesus Christ; for what he stood for, what he expects of us as Christians.  We must not accept falsehoods into our church, just for member’s acceptance or so we don’t offend anyone.  We should stand firm for Jesus Christ. Read more at: Contending For the Faith   

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No Hope Without Mercy

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Satan loves to remind you of your past sins and throw them up to you.     I woke up yesterday recalling how many bad things that I have done in my life.  I know now how much mercy that the Lord has extended toward me; how much God has forgiven me for.  It would take a lot of time to recall all of our sins. Where would we be without God’s mercy?  There would be no hope at all.  If we have never asked for God’s forgiveness, then we would not be able to go to Heaven.  See Heaven is pure and without sin, and nothing of unrighteousness will enter through the gates.

Imagine a life without hope. Nothing to hope in.  Life would be most miserable if we didn’t have the gracy and mercy of God. If we got what we truly deserved, we would deserve death (hell).  None of us really deserve God’s grace or mercy.  Not really.  Each and every sin that we did in our lives placed Jesus on the cross.  Our precious Savior (Jesus) was willing to go to the cross for us, not for anything that he done, but for us.  But somehow, Jesus was willing to die in our place.  He was willing to sacrifice his own body on the cross.  He was whipped, beaten, spit upon, mocked and then crucified on the cross.

If Satan had it his way, none of us would receive the forgiveness of the the Lord.  Satan accuses us daily of our sins to the Heavenly Father. Revelation 12:10 says: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Just remember that God will forgive you of your sins, if you would only ask. There is not a sin, that God wouldn’t forgive, other than the sin of rejecting Jesus.  John 3:16 says:For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ and he said that he was the chiefest of sinners.  So if God forgave him, then God will forgive you too. 1 Timothy 1:15 says: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

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Have You Left Jesus ?

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Many times we go on our merry way not realizing we haven’t prayed, we haven’t worshipped, we haven’t acknowledged Jesus.  Last Sunday our preacher talked about how Jesus when he was only 12 years old got left behind; his mother and dad left him in Jerusalem.  Every year Mary and Joseph went to Jersusalem to the feast of the passover.  They took him to the Temple to do their customs for the Passover.  After a day’s journey, Mary and Joseph started asking their kinsfolk where Jesus was.  When they found him not, they traveled back to Jerusalem.  After thee days they found him in the Temple (Luke 2:41-49).

Now I have read this scripture before and think it is an awesome story about how Jesus was about his Father’s business.  When the preacher started his sermon and said we were going to be reading this story, I thought his message would be about “Being about the Father’s Business.”  To my surprise and my own shame, he talked about how his parents had left him at the Temple.  He was found in the same place that they left him.  He didn’t leave them,  they left him.  I know I would have been in total shock if I had left my son and couldn’t find him for three days.  I can only imagine how Mary felt.

Today if we lost our child for three days, we would probably be in jail or DHR would take them away from us.  The point is that Jesus never left them.  They left him.  I know they didn’t do it on purpose, but do we leave Jesus on purpose.  I hope not.  We leave Jesus all the time.  Either we leave him out of our worship, or we leave him out of our prayers, or we leave him out of our lives all together.

Do we take time every day to talk to Jesus?  Do we invite him into our homes  by reading our Bibles?  Do we invite him to our jobs by praying and telling others about him?  Do we invite him in our cars while we listen to Gospel music?  Do we praise him at church by song and worship or are we more concerned with how great the band sounds? Do we leave him out of our ceremonies such as our weddings when we forget to acknowledge him?  Do we forget to thank him for our blessings that he has given us?  Do we praise him on the bad days along with the good days?  If you have ever forgotten to acknowledge Jesus, then you have left him.

Sad to say, we all have left Jesus at one point or another.  Jesus hasn’t ever left us, we have left him.  He is still at the same place.  We don’t have to go looking for him like Mary and Joseph did.  He said, He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  It isn’t a pleasant thought to think about Jesus not being there for us.  I know life would be most miserable without him.  He can bring joy to your life, comfort to your heart and peace to your soul.  I know he has for me. Acknowledge Jesus in your life today!

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Jesus Our Hope of Heaven

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Today in Sunday school we taught the children about Jesus and why it was necessary that he had to die on the cross.  If we look at our bodies, we see that they are not perfect; we have blemishes, wrinkles, cuts, poor eye sight, thinning hair, etc….   We look at our nature and believe me we may try not to sin but we eventually mess up and sin.  We may run a red light, curse, tell a lie, steal, cheat on a test, think bad thoughts, hit someone, etc…. In this life, we cannot live a perfect life of sin.  No matter how hard that we try too.  Now as a Christian, we are to try to live holy.  I’m not saying we are to freely sin, without consequences.  Jesus never gave us a license to sin.  He did however give us mercy and grace.

In Exodus when the children of Israel left Egypt, they traveled many miles to the promise land.  They endured much things, but God protected them, fed them and clothed them for many years.  He did however, set up an ordiance of sacrifice.  They were to kill a lamb to shed its blood for an atonement for their sins.  So when Jesus died on the cross, his blood became our atonement for our sins.  His blood covered our sins.

Now to get to my point, the reason that we needed a Savior, an atonement, is because of our sins.  See Heaven is a beautiful place of peace, bliss.  Revelations tells us that there will be no more death, no sorrow, no night.  We will live in harmony with our Lord and God.  So how is Heaven such a blissful place?  Because it is without sin.  Do you see the point!   With our sins, we cannot enter Heaven.  Our sins would corrupt this Beautiful blissful place.  Just like our corrupted fleshly bodies will one day be laid down.  We will receive a new body.  We will no longer have wrinkles or signs of aging.  We will no longer have to sleep.  So I hope this has answered my question so that you should all know.  Jesus is our Savior and atonement for our sins so we may enter Heaven.  But, there is one thing, we must believe in the Lord Jesus and simply ask him to forgive us of our sins and to cover our sins.  Now if you reject Jesus as your Savior, you will not be able to enter this wonderful place.  So I ask you today, Will you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

Read Revelation 20:12 through Revelation 21:27

Revelations 21:27 -And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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What Can This Day Bring

What’s can this day bring is the ultimate question. One day can bring many things. It can bring new life, death, sorrow, happiness, tribulation or pain. Your day or your life may alter but you can change your decisions. You can choose to embrace life with a good attitude or you can squander it away with poor choices. So I want to to ask you,  What would you do if you only had one day to live? If God told you that you only had one day left on this earth, would you make changes to the things you are already doing? One day can make all the difference in the world. One day you can break someone’s heart, mend old friendships, renew your faith, give the gospel to someone, live life to the fullest or to do unspeakable acts.

What’s in a day? Life is fragile but there is so much we can do in our lives. We affect someone in every aspect of our lives without even realizing it.  No one knows the day or the hour when they are going to die. Not even the ones who die with cancer. We might have that opportunity to make our final arrangements and say our goodbyes, but we might have more time to do things that we shouldn’t. When we live here on this earth, we might not have any intention on hurting others but many have. You might say I’ve never cursed anyone, never hit anyone, never murdered, never stole from anyone. I want to say that even through all of this, you have hurt someone in one way or another. No one lived a perfect life except Jesus.

If we neglect to help others, we have hurt them. If we have neglected to give someone money or food when they needed it, we have hurt them. If we stand idly by without giving someone the gospel of Jesus Christ, then we have hurt them.  So my question for you is what would you do if you only had one day left?

Related Scriptures:

Luke 6:38-Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Matthew 10:42-And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Matthew 7:11-If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

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