Be About the Father’s Business

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Are We About the Father’s Business?

One day when Jesus was 12 years old, Mary and Joseph couldn’t find him among the company traveling with them. When they found him in the temple. Jesus said, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? So we should ask ourselves, Are we about the Father’s business?

So what is the Lord’s business today?  It is the same as it was when he was on the earth.  His business was to win souls.  He wanted to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Matthew 24:14 says: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.  So we must tell others about Jesus and how to receive eternal life in the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:8 says: -But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 22:15 says: For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
Luke 14:23 says: 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.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 says, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
James 5:20 says, “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

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Worship God, The Lord Reigneth

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As I began to study God’s Holy Word this morning, I see how King David began to prepare for the building of the temple of God.  So he began to prepare by bringing in gold, silver, brass, iron, onyx stones, glistering stones, precious stones, marble stones, wood for the building of God’s house.  Then David blessed the Lord before the congregation, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee: And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision (1 Chronicles 29:10-19).

In God’s word we find several scriptures that tell us that the Lord reigneth.  Psalm 93:1, 2 tells us: The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty: the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.  Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.  Psalm 96:2-4 says:  Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:9-13 says: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice.  Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.  Psalm 99:1-5 says: The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.  The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.  Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

The Lord our God is worthy to be praised and worshipped, Glory be to his name!  Let us lift our hands to worship our God, for the Lord Reigneth upon high.  Let us see what his Holy Word says about our maker.  Psalm 93:1-2 says: The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.  Psalm 95:1-7 says: O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. 

Today is the day of Salvation.  Today is the day to worship the Lord your God.  If you don’t know the Lord your God, today is the day to pray and ask his forgiveness.  Learn more about Salvation here: https://godlywitnesses.wordpress.com/are-you-going-to-heaven/

 

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After This the Judgment

 

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In the beginning, God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day.  Then one day Adam and Eve took of the fruit of the tree that God told them not to eat, so then sin entered the world. God told Adam and Eve that because of their sin, they would one day die. “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).
What is sin? Sin is the act of violating God’s will. It can also be viewed as anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God. The Bible tells us in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Sin separates us from the love of the Father.
Why must a person die? Romans 5:12 says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Hebrews 9:27-And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Revelation 20:12-And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
How can a sinful man become clean before God? For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Jesus free gift of salvation justifies many from sin, if they call upon him. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Revelation 1:5 says, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”

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Sin Has A Cost

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When we are young, we live our life as if there is no tomorrow. We live carefree lives and don’t worry about following God’s laws as much. You think you have all the time in the world to do as you please. As I have gotten older I have began to see that Sin cost something. Things you do when you are young, come back to bite you.  Sin has a cost.

Some sins affect you when you are younger. You may start to lose things in your life that you consider valuable. You might lose your wife because of committing adultery. You may get drunk with alcohol and lose your job that you worked hard to get. You may lose your truck because you committed a sin that cost a lot of money to do such as gambling and drugs. You may begin to waste your money on riotous living and lose your most prize possessions.You may have a car wreck and lose part of your family or your own life. See sin cost us something. Maybe not right when we are living in sin, but it will soon enough. Death comes in all ages. Revelation 20:12 says: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 

Now if you know Jesus as your savior. God no longer sees that sin, he sees the blood applied. 1 John 1:7 says: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.    Jesus death on the cross became your atonement for your sins. Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Jesus will cast your sins away.   Psalm 103:12 says: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Matthew 25:31-46 says:-When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

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The Holy Spirit, Our Comforter

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When Jesus was talking to his disciples, he told them that: It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you (John 16:7).  Those that trust in the Lord Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit.  Acts 1:8- But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

John 14:16,17,26-27- And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 15:26- But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:7-13-Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Ephesians 1:13,14-In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 4:30-And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
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Our Sin Debt Was Already Paid

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Recently I seen a video on Facebook where this lady was at court trying to answer for her crime of unpaid parking tickets.  She owed around four hundred dollars.  At first look, I thought how terrible it was for a person to not pay her city traffic tickets.  I wouldn’t even dare not paying a fine or traffic violation from the city.  I know what can happen if a person neglects to pay one, let alone several tickets.  As I watched this woman’s explanation, I thought she might be just putting up an excuse to get out of paying.  Then something happened to my perception of her.  I saw a woman desperate and in such terrible turmoil; I had a tremendous amount of compassion for her.  She had a son who died last year, then her government assistant check was cut because her son had owed money, so the state decided to cut her check.  Then everything seemed to go wrong.  She was evicted from her apartment, she ran out of money, then she kept getting parking tickets everywhere she went, not to mention she was still paying for her sons funeral.  This lady was in court, having to face a judge and answer for her crimes.  As I watched this video of her explanation, I saw a judge who was ready to hand out her sentence, but having compassion for her, he told her “I’m going to dismiss all your debt.”

This reminds me of a sin debt that was paid for me on Calvary.  Jesus knows my sins and he died for me anyway.  He is like the ultimate judge.  We can’t talk our way out of our sins, because he knows everything about us.  He knows sins that only we know.  He knows the sins we ever committed from the beginning of our life.  See Jesus, our judge, can cast a rightful and righteous judgment of death to us, but he has the power of clearing our sins for eternity.  See Jesus paid the ultimate price, he gave his own life on a cross.  Jesus paid for our sins with his own body at Calvary.  The Bible says: without the shedding of blood is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).  Jesus can clear our sins and forgive us any debt, but we must believe in him and ask for his forgiveness.

All we have to do to receive this forgiveness is to repent, pray to Jesus and ask him to forgive us and save us from our sins.  He is in Heaven waiting for us to come to him in prayer.  Right now Jesus is passing out grace (compassion) to all that come to him in true repentance.  There will be a day when we will stand before God and Jesus and he will either say, Your sins are forgiven, or he will say, I never knew you.  Those that don’t know Christ will answer for their sins.  Those that the blood has been applied to their sins is forgiven.  Not only are the sins going to be forgiven but he will welcome you with open arms into his family.  He will live a life of happiness, peace and joy.

Wouldn’t you like to hear that one day, Your sins are forgiven. Matthew 25:21 gives us a picture of what we will hear one day: (His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.)  Romans 4:7 says: Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  Romans 3:24,25 says, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

Related Post: https://godlywitnesses.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/jesus-our-high-priest/

 

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Part of the Lord’s Army

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In 1 Samuel 17 we read about David defeating Goliah, the giant.Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hands. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

Just as David became part of the Israel army, we as Christians are in God’s army. We are to be solders for Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). Like other soldiers, we will have to endure some things in this life that may come against us. Our adversary doesn’t want us to do the service of the Lord, and often throws things at us to try to discourage us.Our battle may seem big, but we like David need to trust in the Lord for the victory.  God is able to do much more than we could ever ask for.  Trust in him and he can deliver you out of any battle you may be facing in this life. Nothing is too big for God.

Lately I have had one thing after another come my way.  I realize that it is not what we endure but our focus should be on our service for Jesus Christ. If we look to ourselves we become vain and try to glory in ourselves. We must always remember that we have a service to live for others and quit worrying about ourselves. We should do everything to the glory of God, because he is the one who gives us our abundant grace. Satan wants to take our victory from us, but no one can pluck us out of God’s hands. We are redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus out of every nation (Revelation 5:9).

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Call Ye Upon the Lord

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Have you ever felt so emotionally drained where all you could do is call upon the Lord to help you?  Perhaps you work 60 hours a week and need a rest, or perhaps you have a loved one who is dying or very sick and you don’t know what to do.  Or perhaps you are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t find a way out of your financial troubles.  Let me tell you there is someone you can call upon.  He can help you with your struggles and he cares about you.

Recently I was working a very stressful job, working full time and then having to come home and continue the work from the day, up until bedtime.  No break, no time to rest other than the time I laid my head down.   Then after all of that, Satan threw dart after dart at me where I thought I was going to lose my mind.

Trust me it doesn’t feel good to be in turmoil.  Satan will do everything to keep your mind occupied on something other than God.  He will keep you worried, distressed, overcome with grief or stress, if you let him.  I say this because I know from my own struggles.  I know because it seems like when I wanted to do more for the Lord, the Devil stepped up his battle against me.  Then, I knew there would only be relief from the Lord, that I couldn’t find on my own.  It was Jesus who could calm the storm.  It was Jesus who could help me out of all my troubles.  Trust in Jesus, call upon him in your distress and he can save you.  He can give you peace, joy and relief.  After I called upon him, he helped me.  He provided me a way out, a new job.  And he can help you out of your struggles, but you must call upon him and he will help you.

Psalm 18:3- I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psalm 18:6-In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Psalm 86:5-For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalm 116:17-I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.

Isaiah 55:6-Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Romans 10:13-For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:12-For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

 

If you don’t know Jesus, then you really don’t know peace, you don’t know true love that only comes from above.  Seek the Lord while he can be found.  Call upon him while he is near.  He will save you and give you peace, love and joy that you have never experienced before.

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Equipped For Service

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The Christian life isn’t always easy. We not only face the trials of life, but we battle the darts that our adversary throws our way each day. Tribulations will arise and we will face hardships but we have a Heavenly Father who watches over us. He knows what we are going through. One thing I have realized as I get older is that the Lord has equipped us with the right tools to handle anything that Satan throws our way.

Recently I saw a video on Facebook of a 17 year old girl who was on her way to a mission trip. She wrote in her journal how she was looking forward to sharing the gospel to the people of Botswana, but her trip ended tragically when her bus crashed while enroute. She didn’t know that it was going to be her last time to write in her journal or that it would be her last day on Earth. May we always carry a testimony that will last no matter what the situation or circumstances. She was right, Satan was watching and waiting to destroy her testimony, but he didn’t succeed because now her testimony can travel much greater distances.

In Habakkuk 3:19 we read how the Lord supports, strengthens, secures, teaches, shields, edifies and protects his people; from Christ we have our strength to perform the duties that God instructs us to do, which is sharing the gospel. The Lord strengthens us so we can stand against our spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, and the world; and Jesus bear us up under all trials and afflictions, and carry us and delivers us out of all of our troubles. The church, though in distress, and pressed with sorrows, believes that the strength of Christ is made perfect in our weakness, because we are upheld by him under all, and brought out of it.   The text: he will make my feet like hinds’ [feet]; teaches us that
all Christians feet should be swift to run, in a lively cheerful manner, the way of Christ’s commandments; with our souls being strengthened, and our hearts enlarged with the love and grace of God; and to surmount with ease all difficulties and obstructions that lie in our way: and chiefly this regards the ministers of the Gospel, and the swift progress they will make in spreading the gospel to the world; and nothing should deter or discourage them, or move them from the hope of the Gospel, or from their duty.   They shall walk on securely and firmly: and to surmount with ease all difficulties and obstructions that lie in their way: and the swift progress they will make in spreading it in the world; just like the apostles and first ministers of the word, having their feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, went swiftly through all parts of the world, even to the ends of the earth, with it.

So in the latter day many will run to and fro, everywhere preaching the everlasting Gospel to all nations; and the knowledge of it shall greatly increase;  but to the strength and firmness of their feet; so that they can go upon rocks and mountains securely, and tread and walk, and concerning “walking” on “high places”; hinds feet are made mention of; and so this may also denote the stability of the saints in those times, both ministers and common Christians, in the exercise of grace, and in the performance of duty; their hearts will be established in the faith of Christ, and in love to him, and in the hope of eternal life by him; all which they will be settled in, and will hold fast, and not let go; and will be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord their God.  So in the Gospel of Christ, and in the ordinances of it, their souls will be established in and with the doctrines of grace, and will continue steadfastly in them, and abide by and keep the ordinances as they have been delivered to them; nor will any difficulties, move them from the hope of the Gospel, or from their duty; but they shall walk on securely and firmly: Then the text reads: he will make me to walk upon mine high places: which talks about how the Christian should be lively, spiritual, and heavenly frames of mind; and mount up with wings, as eagles; soar aloft in the exercise of faith; have their affections set on things above; and their conversation in heaven while they are on earth: which serves to draw out the desires of good men after the interest of Christ; to assist their faith in the belief, hope, and expectation of it; notwithstanding all the difficulties and discouragements that may lie in the way: and being of so much moment and importance, that it might remain and continue, and be of use to the church in succeeding ages.

Psalm 18:32-36,39 reads: It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

Ephesians 6:10-17 reads:-Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

References from Biblestudytools.com

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Contending For the Faith

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I hope all Christians are standing up and proclaiming the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  There may be a day coming where one may not be able to teach Jesus Christ in public. The church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). Anyone who comes along and claims to have a new word from God or tries to add to the faith is against Scripture.  All over the world there are some trying to get rid of anything that proclaims Jesus.  Examples are: They are taking down crosses in public; taking down monuments of the Ten Commandments in public spaces; arresting preachers of the gospel,; limiting Christians from promoting Jesus on their car or through handing out tracts; telling students they cant proclaim or speak of Jesus in their speeches. Anyone that dies Jesus as God’s son is not of the true faith.  1 John 5:20 says: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Contending for the faith is a balanced proclamation and defense of the fundamental elements of gospel truth; keeping up the good fight which is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ without wavering even unto death. Some examples of contending for the faith are:

  • staying in the fight even if you are the only one left
  • teaching and preaching sound doctrine
  • striving to be more like Christ
  • withstanding against all persecution
  • giving one’s all to share the gospel
  • defending the gospel against any fale witnesses
  • keeping the faith despite tribulations or trials

Now lets look to the word of God to see what or how we are to do in these last days.  Jude 1:3,20,21,22,23,24,25 says: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:12-19- says: Fight the good fight of faith, lay holdon eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

1 Timothy 1:15-17- 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. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

John 1:1-6-Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
Romans 3:22,23,24-Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

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