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.

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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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Call Ye Upon the Lord

God Can Help You. He knows the battles you are facing. He knows how to take care of any problem we have. All we have to do is call upon him in prayer. Seek God, earnestly go to him in prayer, he will help you!

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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…

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Jesus Can Calm the Storm

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Recently My family and I were flying back from Texas through a Tropical Storm.  The Day of our travel was booked months in advance and we didn’t know the storm was coming.  Most of the flight was smooth sailing but as we came closer to our home state of Alabama, a tropical storm was coming up from the south.  The pilot told everyone to buckle up because the flight would become bumpy.  I have flown several times before and I am aware of the many air pockets that a plane hits that will cause a few dips and bumps along the way.  Usually I’m not too scared about it, but this time as the plane got closer to our destination, I got a little scared.   My daughter was sitting in front of me and she was getting sick due to the bumpy ride.  The rain came down and as we got closer to the ground all you could see was clouds.  The clouds were thick and I wondered how the pilot would find his way to land without being able to see the runway.  Yes I know that they have instruments but pilots need to see the runway at least.

Then I thought about what the Bible said about Jesus, calming the wind and sea.   I know that Jesus is the Master of the Wind, Storms, Sea, Rain and our Life.  He is able to take care of us despite what we are going through.  Matthew 8 says:23-27- And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep

seaAnd his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Then I realized that God could protect me through the storm and he could help the pilot land the plane.  After praying for God’s guiding hand upon the pilot and plane, I started singing to myself, Master of the Wind.  Here are the lyrics.

My boat of life sails on a troubled sea
Whenever there’s a wind in my sail.
But I have a friend who watches over me
When the breeze turns into a gale.

CHORUS:

I know the Master of the wind.
I know the Maker of the rain.
He can calm a storm, make the sun shine again.
I know the Master of the wind.

Sometimes I soar like an eagle through the sky
Above the peaks my soul can be found.
An unexpected storm may drive me from the heights
Brings me low, but never brings me down.

My favorite verse is Psalm 91:1- He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

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1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

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Sowing the Word of God

Amazing how God teaches us so many great things through parables. This is the parable of the Sower.  Read this post that was posted three years ago; it still applies today.

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Last night I heard a sermon about the parable of the sower.  I have heard this message before in the past but what was different about this message is that it spoke to me personally.  I have always looked at it as just sowing the word of God by witnessing but as I listened last night I realized it was for the Christian as well.  Let me explain.

Jesus said in Matthew 13:3-8, “Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung…

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