Ye Are The Temple of God

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The church is not a temple made with hands, but part of every believer in Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says,  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20-What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 John 2:24-Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 2 Corinthians 6:16-17- For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

1 Peter 2:5-Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Acts 7:48-49- Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? God remains in every believer through his Holy Spirit, not in a structural building. John 4:24 says: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

When a person receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, they receive the Holy Spirit of God that lives within them. 1 John 2:27 says, But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. John 14:17- 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. 2 Corinthians 3:3- Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.  1 John 4:2-Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

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The Lord’s Word is Truth

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One thing I noticed is there is a lot of scripture related to the truth of Gods word and how it can sanctify, teach, be a shield and buckler; it is the very ground for which the Gospel stands. These scriptures of Gods word can lead us unto Salvation through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 17:17-Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Psalm 86:11-Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. John 8:32 -And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Psalm 119:142-Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Psalm 119:30-35- I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy command-ments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. John 17:17-Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psalms 91:4- He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 2 Thessalonians 2:13- But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 1 Timothy 2:3,4- For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15-But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Proverbs 23:23-Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Ephesians 1:12-14-That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.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.

2 Corinthians 6:4-10-But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
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A Present Help In Times of Trouble

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I recently seen a post on Facebook where lions rescued some men from being killed by Terrorist.  These men would not have had much hope without this miraculous rescue from lions; but I know that God is our help and protector in times of trouble and he can deliver us from any harm that comes our way.  Psalm 46:1 means a great deal to me.  It has given me hope when I was having a hard time.  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  I know that God can take care of us no matter what comes against us.

Have you ever been in a situation that you thought that nothing could help you? A time when everything came against you, and you thought that no one could come to your aid. Let me tell you that I know of someone who can help you in your time of need. He can make your enemies to be at peace with you (Proverbs 16:7). He can deliver you from trouble if you would call upon his name (Psalm 91:15). He can heal you from whatever disease that you have and comfort you, when you are near death (Psalms 103:3 and Psalms 30:2). And he can help you when you are grieving (Psalms 147:3).

He is a God that can protect us from trouble and protect us from any evil that may come our way, if we would only trust in him. Psalm 91:9 says, Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation. Psalm 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. We can abide under the shadow of the Almighty by having faith in him (Psalm 91:1). He sends his angels to protect us from when we are harmed (Psalm 91:11).

No matter how big the problem is and no matter how long you have dealt with the problem, God can help you. If your heart is troubled and you don’t know where else to turn, Jesus can help you (Luke 4:18). He is a God of forgiveness and he can deliver you from sorrow. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Samuel 22:2 says, And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer.

If you need Gods help, he is there for you. If you have enemies that come against you, he can make your enemies to be at peace with you. Proverbs 16:7 says, When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Psalm 18:3 says, I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Now is the time to call upon him and trust that he will deliver you and help you in your time of need. Psalm 55:16 says, As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Psalm 86:7 says, In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. Psalm 145:18 says, The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Romans 10:13 says, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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What God Hath Joined Together

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Mark 10:9  says: What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. This is a strong statement! God joins man with woman and they become one flesh in God’s eyes. Ephesians, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”  God tells us that they should be committed to each other because one day they will be heirs together in Heaven.  1 Peter 3:7 says, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

Marriage is not only a joyous occasion but a lifetime commitment.  It shouldn’t be taken lightly.  In 1 Corinthians 13 we learn that love bears all things.  Love suffers long and is kind, not easily provoked or puffed up.  Love bears all things and endures all things.  A man or woman who loves one another isn’t concerned about their own desires but the needs of each other.  They might endure a great deal but they must forgive one another as Christ forgives us.

Marriage was first talked about in Genesis 2:24.  “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  Notice how it says a man will leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife.  

Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”  So we know that it is more honorable to get married than to fornicate.

 

God tells us that a woman should be under subjection to her husband; and a man should love his wife like Christ loves the church.  Ephesians 5:24,25 says, “ Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”

God tells his people in Jeremiah 29:6 to “ Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.”  He clearly says that a man is to be with a woman so that they can have children.  Another scripture is in Genesis 1:28, God told male and female to be fruitful and multiple and replenish the earth (bear children).

A man or woman shouldn’t commit adultery for this is one of God’s ten commandments. Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”  1 Corinthians 7 talks about how a man and woman are bound under a law to each other. The wife is bound to her husband including in their personal relationship.  They are not to defraud each other except for fasting and prayer.   If one dies than they are freed from the law to remarry another.  If they separate from each other, they are not to remarry.  There is one exception, the Bible says if a man puts away his wife except for adultery causes her to commit adultery and if he remarries commits adultery himself (Matthew 19).

Ecclesiastes 9:9-Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

Ephesians 5:23-For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Matthew 19:9-And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Mark 10:12-And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8-  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

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Adopted into Gods Family

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Once a person gets saved and becomes a Christian, they are adopted into God’s family.
Ephesians 1:3-6- 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

2 Corinthians 6:1,18 says, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Romans 8:15,23 -For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

1 John 3:1,2- Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
John 1:12- But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1 John 3:1,2-Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

To become a son of God you must accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Romans 322-26- 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: 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; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

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Jesus died for All Mankind

This morning I met with a man who I felt disliked me for my race. He was from the Middle East. The very tone and attitude that he showed me was of disgust. I know that some nationalities hate Americans and he was one of them. I know how it feels to be hated just for being a certain race, and believe me it shouldn’t be this way. People should not dislike or hate someone because of their skin color or what race they are. We should love others the way we want to be loved. The Bible 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 (John 3:16).

Now I am not talking about religion of another person. I am talking about their race or ethnicity . It is perfectly fine to dislike a false religion. I do not want anyone teaching my children false doctrine. 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.
We should not fellowship with those that teach false doctrines or false religions, but we should not hate anyone. We shold pray that all would come to repentance and acceptance of Gods son, Jesus.

Godly Witnesses For Christ

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Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a city known as the birthplace of Jesus and King David.  It is a predominately Christian Palestinian city just south of Jerusalem. Therefore he was not a White man, African, Indian, German, Spanish man. He came from Israel which means he was of that descent. So I ask you the question, Are you prejudice? Do you think your nationality or race is better than someone else. Have you found yourself talking badly about another race.

There are so many different nationalities in the world but Jesus died for all. If you think you are better than someone else, then you might want to consider that Jesus was born a different race than you. Do you find yourself looking at someone’s skin color? If you have received salvation then we are all of Christ. If you cannot accept someone for their race, then you might be…

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Faith Unto Righteousness

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This week I have been thinking about Faith a lot.  I have drove past signs that read: Faith.  I wondered what Faith is all about.  Yes, I have read about faith and know somewhat what Faith was, but to examine it in full is necessary.  Why is Faith so important?  Without Faith it is Impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  So that tells me that if we don’t have faith, than we are displeasing in God’s eyes.  I don’t know about you, but that scares me.  I want to be well pleasing in the sight of God.

To study more on faith lets look what is said about it.  Faith– complete trust or confidence in someone or something; strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

Faith is believing on something without having proof that it exists.  We look at scholars, scientist and archeologist who are always trying to prove the existence of God.  We look at atheist who are always trying to disprove his existence.  I say: Look Around.  Everything you see is a revelation of God’s existence.  But this post is not to prove God but to show you the importance of having faith in God.

I have learned in my life that having a great faith in God is powerful.  The Bible says: If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove from here to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20).  To move mountains that stand in our way is possible.  This text refers to something huge that can be moved from our lives, such as sickness, financial woes, heartaches.  Having great faith in God and his promises makes our life easier.  We dont’ have the stress and worry that some face, because we know who we can depend on in this life.

Why do I have faith in God and his son, Jesus Christ?  I believe in God because my life without him would be most miserable.  How do I know?  I know because I experienced a time in my life where I didn’t feel God’s presence with me.  I had wandered away from God, and my life became empty, hopeless, unbearable and fearful.  That is why I cried unto my God with my whole being and he heard my cries unto him. Since then, I came back to God and forsook my sins.  Now I have peace through him.  Now I don’t have to fear.  Now I am comforted from all my sorrows.

Faith is:

  • Complete trust in God
  • Belief of his existence
  • Hope in his return
  • Acceptance of his grace toward us
  • confidence in his forgiveness
  • conviction of our sins that we have committed against him
  • assurance of his resurrection
  • dependence on his protection, comfort, love
  • Trust in his mercy and Grace
  • reliance on God for everything in our life
  • knowing God is able

Scriptures on Faith:

  1. Hebrews 12:2- Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  2. Romans 3:22-26- 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: 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; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4::14,38– For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:57,58- But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
  5. Matthew 25:21- 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.
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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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