Where is Your Treasure

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A Treasure is a valuable or valued item such as silver or gold.
Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” If we seek after richly possessions of this world, then our heart is not where it needs to be. We should seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33). God knows what you have need for and he wants us to rely on him for all our needs. Matthew 6:32,33 says, “For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36) What purpose is it to receive great riches on this earth for one day to die with nothing. “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (Timothy 6:7). There is a time appointed by God for all men to die. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”(Hebrews 9:27). Then God will judge the righteous and sinners for their work here on this earth. Ecclesiastes 3:17- I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. Those that work for riches and wealth are not fulfilling God’s purpose. God knows your cares and your true desires; whether they are to serve him or whether you care more for your life than him. Matthew 6: 19-21- Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:25-33- Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

1 Timothy 6:10,17-19- For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 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.  May we always look toward building on a greater foundation; that of Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says:For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

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Coming Kingdom of Christ

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The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Seed of David, will restore his kingdom on this earth.  In Matthew 1 we learn about the genealogy of Jesus and how he was the descendant of King David.  In Luke 1:31-33, Mary was told that she would bring forth a son and that he would reign over the house of Jacob forever.  The text reads, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” 

In Jesus ancestry line, we know that Jesus was a descendant of Abraham, Jacob and later David. Matthew Chapter 1 says, “Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob.” We know that God changed Jacob’s name to Israel (Genesis 32:28).  This is why Israel is considered the Holy land of Christ.  We know that this land was promised to the children of God when they escaped Pharoah and the land of Egypt (Exodus 3:8).

The prophet Daniel saw visions regarding the Lord’s kingdom in the last days.  Daniel 7:13,14 says, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

When Jesus was born, the Scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders were willing to have a king if that did not involve repentance and a change of heart. Actually they were ungodly and wicked; they were Jews outwardly but not inwardly. When Jesus pressed continually the command to repent and denounced their hypocrisy, they began to hate Him and rejected him as the Saviour.  They began to seek council to destroy him (Matthew 12:14).  They led him to Pilate to be judged and then condemned to die.  Pilate asked him if he was the King of Jews.  Jesus said that now his kingdom was not of this world, meaning that it would soon be.   John 18:36, “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” Matthew 6:10 says that the Lord’s kingdom is in Heaven but will one day be on this earth.  “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

God tells us through his word in Revelation 20:4 that the “saints” or the children of God will reign with Christ for a thousand years.  In Daniel 7:18,22, the Bible says, “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.”

God tells us that we, as saints, should look for his return and to prepare our hearts and minds to remain in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). 1 Corinthians 6:2 says,”Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” 2 Peter 1:10,11 says, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

To prepare our hearts and minds for his return, we should practice godliness, and to crucify our flesh, by living righteously. Titus 2:12,13 says, “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”  1 Timothy 6:11,12 says, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

Related scriptures:

Revelation 11:15- And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Daniel 7:26,27- But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.  And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Obadiah 1:15,17- For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.  But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Zephaniah 3:9-For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.

Zephaniah 3:17,19-The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord

 

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Jesus, A Strong Foundation

The older I get, the more trials that I have faced, I have learned that I need Jesus more and more.  He is the strong and firm foundation that can not be moved. No matter what storms come, no matter what tribulations arise, Jesus can weather any thing that comes against us. He is our shelter in the time of need.  He is our comfort in the time of sorrow.He is a light to our dark path. He is our refuge in times of danger and he is our strong and mighty hand that cannot be moved by our infirmaties.

What kind of foundation are building on? Are you living a life for Christ? Are you doing for others? Or are you working to increase your wealth upon this earth? Are you concerned with the cares of this life or are you building upon the foundation of Christ? Lets look to what the word of God says about building upon a strong foundation.

Matthew 7:21-27: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Christ is the only foundation that you can build upon to get you to Heaven. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” If you are trying to build wealth and riches upon this earth than you are building a foundation upon the sand. Start building your firm foundation upon the rock, which is Jesus Christ.

A man cannot work his way to Heaven. There is nothing we can do that would be good enough. Our righteousness is as filthy rags before the eyes of God. Giving to the poor, feeding the hungry are great things you can do but they will not get you to Heaven. You must first receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and then you can build toward a strong foundation in Christ. You can receive riches in Heaven for the things you did on this earth such as giving to the poor but if you haven’t received Christ first, then you are not going to receive eternal life.

My hope is built on nothing less
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

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Humble in Service

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Paul was a great servant and minister for the Lord Jesus. He endured many hardships and death for the cause of Christ. Paul wanted to teach Christ disciples how important it was to continue in Gods ministry; sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  He wrote many letters to the saints to encourage them to continue in the service of the Lord Jesus. May we all strive to be a great servant for the Lord.  Let us look at what he told the saints to help them in their Christian fight.  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ, (Philippians 1:6). Paul said that, For him to live is Christ, but to die is gain. Paul spoke to the sains in Philippi, If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11).

God is pleasured when he sees the saints continue to serve him in humility,  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13). The saints should strive to serve Christ in one accord, Philippians 3: 13-16 says: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same things.

Colossians 1:23,28,29 says:  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.  Colossians 3:1-3 says: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

In order to do the will of the Lord, we must know without a doubt what his will is.  In order to know his will, we should study his scriptures; Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord, (Colossians 3:16). 1 Thessalonians 2:4, But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1 Thessalonians 4:1,4,7 says: Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  1 Thessalonians 5:17,22,23 says: Pray without ceasing.  Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Last of all, serving others is what we should strive to do. Looking at the needs of others; and offering some help.  Whether feeding the poor, helping the sick, or sharing the gospel to others, we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us (Luke 6:31). Luke 6:38 says: 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. 

Paul knew his time was drawing short, so he wrote to the elders of the church at Ephesus. Acts 20:19-28 says: Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

God gave us guidance on what he would have us to do. 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.  Matthew 7:21-27: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Jesus last words to his disciples before his ascention into Heaven, Matthew 28:19,20 says: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

 


 

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The Sweet Name of Jesus

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Jesus refers to himself by many names. His name is powerful.One day our Lord will descend from Heaven with a shout.  All will bow before our King. Let us praise his Holy name. Jesus our Lord. His name is wonderful, his name is wonderful, his name is wonderful, Jesus our Lord.
John 15:5- I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: John 14:6- Jesus saith into him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Romans 8:1- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were sinners, Christ died for us. John 6:35- And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 13:13- Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. John 10:11- I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:9- I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 11:25- Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, John 17:2,3- As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 8:12- Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Philippians 2:10-That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. Isaiah 9:6-For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Revelation 1:8- I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:

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Walk Not in Counsel of Ungodly

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I have noticed in the last few months how people’s views have changed. People call things that are good and righteous, evil. They call anyone that stands against unrighteousness, bigots.  They teach false religions in schools, but dare Christians to teach Christianity.  They call things that are wicked and evil, good. Isaiah 5:20 says:Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 

So much wickedness is around us. Every where you look you see or hear something wicked going on. From rioters burning buildings, to witches casting spells against Trump, we must not take counsel with the ungodly. Psalm 1:1 says:  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  You may ask what does this mean. This means: Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). This means if it even resembles something you suspect could be evil, stay away from it.  For example: a person tells you to go watch a movie with them.  They tell you that they heard it is the best movie of all time. You ask what it is about.  They tell you that it is about God and Jesus but with a twist. Sorry but red flags should be going up. First of all, if they mention: With a twist, you need to question them on what they mean. I have heard about a movie called: “The Shack.” People are giving great reviews.  This movie in itself speaks: Blasphemy to me. You may ask why?  They have created God and the Holy Spirit in the image of man.  (See Romans 1 below).  God is Almighty and without corruption. John 4:24 says: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The Bible says: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15). This means that these false prophets will come to you and appear good in nature, but will tell you things that is not from God.  They will tell you that they seen a vision or heard a word from the Lord.  They speak lies, because God is not in them.  Beware!  God doesn’t have prophets today!  He uses preachers and teachers to tell of his word. (The Bible is God’s word and authority that we must live by). The Bible is God’s finished work.  Revelations 22:19 says: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Psalm 2:1-3 says: Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  God is going to judge the earth one day. We need to be cautious what we allow outselves to become involved in. We need to:  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Satan is walking around the earth looking for those he can deceive, confuse and blind the eyes of.  He wants to corrupt everything that is good and pure.  He knows he has a limited amount of time to do so. One day soon the Lord will come back to take his people home with him.  1 Thessalonians 4:16 says: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Related Scripture:

  • Romans 1:21-23:-Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
  • Psalm 4:2,3- O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.  Leasing Old English word meaning lies, or lying,
  • Psalm 5:4-6-For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
  • Psalm 5:9,10-For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
  • Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
  • 2 Timothy 3:1-7- This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
  • For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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Waiting on God teaches Us

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Isaiah 40:31 says:-But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. This verse says that waiting brings us something unexpected. Waiting strengthens us, helps us to endure, and renew in us something much greater.
Waiting on something or someone is one of the most difficult things to do in this life. We wait at traffic lights, we wait at the restaurant, we wait for an appointment, we wait at the supermarkets, we wait on our paychecks from work, we wait for retirement, we wait in sickness for our healing and we wait for answers. But waiting teaches us something, it prepares us and creates in us a new man, or a new creature. It creates a man of God who can endure things, a person who has learned humility, a person who has learned to be patient, and a person of obedience.
The Lord tells us in: Psalm 27:14 says: Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Waiting on God and His perfect timing gives us hope and something even greater, Patience. Waiting allows us to wait with expectation of what is sure to come. We learn how to be humble because a person of pride wants what he wants and doesn’t think he needs to wait on anything or anyone. Waiting teaches us to endure some things. Sometimes we must wait for hardship or trials to leave us. Waiting on our trials to be over helps us to learn to rely on God and trust in him. Waiting strengthens us and creates a stronger and more obedient Christian.

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The Overwhelming Love of God

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What an overwhelming love the Father has for us, because he gave his only son to die in our place, for our sins, and the sins of the whole world. Then for Jesus to show grace to those that sin is way beyond comprehension. Grace is a quality of love; It is showing unfavorable merit to the undeserving. It is love from the Father that gives us an unearned forgiveness from our sins, when we deserve nothing from God. God’s continuing grace allows all men that accept Christ to have eternal life. Romans 3: 23-25 says, “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: 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. Mankind is not able to do anything to earn eternal life, it is only by the grace of God that we are saved. “But God, who is rich in mercy, for this great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in our sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast,” Ephesians 2:4,5,8,9. 1 Corinthians 13:4 says, Charity suffereth long, and is kind. I think of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. He showed us an unconditional love, and overwhelming love that kept him on the cross. He endured great suffering, mocking, scourging, crucifixion because he cared for the soul of mankind. Then he continues to forgive man of his sins, despite his disobedience.

Not only does God love us but he continues to wait for us to come to him freely. He doesn’t push us to love him, but gives us our free will. We know that Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”  This basically means that Jesus is just like his Father. He loves us, he cares about us, he shows us compassion when we are hurting and he can comfort us when we are sad. He knows all about us; he even know the number of hairs we have on our heads. God is Almighty and All Knowing.  He knows what we need before we ask. He wants us to be happy and live godly lives. Sometimes when we ask for things, God knows that it will either be good for us, or not.  So be thankful for God’s protection over our lives. He not only protects us from harm, but protects us from being hurt inside.  He wants us to be happy and live a joyful life. God is much more than just our Father, but he is our teacher, master, Lord, protector, provider, friend, comforter, healer, leader, supplier, guardian, maker, our peace, our happiness, our hope, our righteousness, etc…

If you don’t know the love of Jesus, I urge you to accept Jesus as Lord of your life and he will give you that love, a new heart, he will become your atonement, and you will become one of his children. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

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Getting Back to Our First Love

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With Valentines Day around the corner, I wanted to take time to look at what Love is really all about. No better way than to look to the scriptures. Jesus is our greatest example. He died on the cross for our sins. Here is a little poem I wrote from the scriptures –1 Corinthians Chapter 13.

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Charity envieth not, but suffers long.
Charity is not easily provoked, for its heart is strong.
Love cares not for itself, but one another.
God in Heaven loves you like no other.
Out of faith, hope and love, the greastest is love.
True love comes from the father up above.
Compassion and giving is what love is made of.
Love is kind, for God himself is love.
Love does not seek things for its own,
but rejoices in the truth and not what is wrong.
Love cares for others and pride is nowhere in sight.
Love bears all things, hopes and endures all things right.
Love is patient, love is kind,
love is giving of your heart and mind.
Love is the greatest thing to possess,
for God wants only our very best.

Godly Witnesses For Christ

jesus2Many seem to forget that everything we do today should be for the honor and glory of our holy Father and his son Jesus Christ.  Do you remember when you received Christ as your Lord and Savior?  Do you remember the joy that you felt inside and the love you felt for him and for others.  Well we need to get back to our first love, Jesus.  Jesus should be our first love above all else.  We should give him all our honor and praise, which he richly deserves.

With things going on around us we seem to lose focus on what really matters in life.  What matter to you the most?  Does Jesus matter to you more than family, friends, wealth or riches?  Jesus said, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me…

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Gifts of the Spirit

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God wants you to seek his will for your life. Everyone here on this earth has a gift. Your gift might be teaching, being a prayer warrior, singing, teaching, encouraging others, witnessing or just being a friend. Once you find out what your gift is, use that gift. Seek answers through prayer and God will reveal what he wants you to do.
Your gift is probably something that you really enjoy doing and perhaps you didn’t realize that it could be used for God’s will. If you are a singer, use it to sing Christian or gospel music. Be careful because some have started singing for the Lord but went on to sing for things that didn’t pertain to the gospel. Some great singers started by singing in the church choir.

You are never too young to do anything for the glory of the Lord. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too young to teach, lead the singing, etc… Don’t let Satan discourage you. The Bible says not to let anyone despise your youth (1 Timothy 4:12). If you have a gift that God has given you, use it for God’s will. Remember you are adding to your Heavenly foundation.  You will receive a reward for your works on this earth.

1 Corinthians 12:4-31 says, Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

 

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