Tuesday, April 7, 2020

YOUR REAL ESTATE IS READY –DOCUMENT NEEDS YOUR SIGNATURE



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Have you ever gone through a real estate transaction? I have, and from what I remember, there’s a lot of paperwork involved, including a credit check. The loan company has to make sure you qualify for a loan. Qualifying involves the company finding out if you have a job, how much you make, how much debt you have, if you pay your bills on time, and on and on. All the information you provide has to be verified; after that, you get a response saying, 1) “Congratulations, you can have the loan,” or 2) “No, you don’t qualify.” The feedback could lead to a happy time or a discouraging one. What has been your experience, and how did you deal with it?

I know how you can acquire a piece of real estate at the most beautiful location that does not require all that hassle and uncertainty. In fact, it is paid for, the paperwork is solely in your name, the title is not transferable, and no one can ever foreclose on you. Like I said, it is paid for; you can never be evicted! All you need to do to be able to move into this piece of property of yours, no questions asked, is sign a document of acceptance. 

Would you be interested in this property? It’s not being forced on you; as grand as it is, you still have the option to turn it down. But why would you do that? Oh, I should also tell you, once you get into this gated city, you’ll be free from all diseases, pain, tears, heartaches, and death. At this point, you should be wondering, “Where’s the document with the dotted line? I’m ready to sign.”

It’s a good thing you are wondering, because I’m eager to tell you. That gated city is heaven, God’s dwelling place. Jesus, through the shedding of His blood, paid the price on behalf of all those who would like to go there. Jesus’ credit is impeccable with the Father; with His blood He took care of the details. He once told His disciples, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3 NIV).   

How do you sign on the dotted line? The Bible says we are all sinners and that the payment for sin is death, but God’s gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ (see Romans 3:23 & 6:23). This means being sinners disqualifies us from going to heaven, unless we repent of our sins and accept the fact that Jesus has died in our place (see Romans 10:9-10). Are you ready to sign on the dotted line to claim your place in heaven? Then pray to God, asking Him for forgiveness, and ask Jesus to come into your heart and make you a child of God. That’s the signature that changes everything.

Remember how I said the title is not transferable, and that you’ll never be evicted? Well here’s that promise: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). he word “whoever” is singular (everybody on their own), and “eternal life” is an indication that your stay in heaven will be forever; the same promise is made in 1 John 5:13, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

Now with this explanation, please don’t hesitate to accept the offer of salvation and new life in Christ Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Time is running out; you have to make this decision while you’re alive. If you miss this opportunity, you will not get another chance. Decide today and have the assurance of going to be with Jesus someday: forever!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

GOD LOVES YOU




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In order to appreciate another person’s love for you, it is important to know who the person is, and what value they bring to your life. If they bring no value to your life, their love really will make no difference, one way or the other. Therefore, in order to appreciate God’s love for you, you’ll need to know who He is, why He loves you, and how that love can impact your life. So who is God?

God is the holy Creator of the universe, including both the visible and the unseen things. He has ultimate power and wisdom. He owns everything and everybody (see Psalm 24:1), and has the right to do with each person as He chooses. He created man in His own image, so humans have the character of God, and just like God, we are eternal beings, as well as emotional beings. Being emotional, we have the ability to love, hate, forgive, create, and admire beauty.

When God created man (Adam and Eve), He enjoyed a relationship with them; He visited and talked with them often (see Genesis 3:8), until that relationship was tainted and interrupted by sin, the result of Satan’s doing and man’s disobedience. Sin ruined the relationship, not only in the present, but also for the future--eternally, because God is holy and cannot co-exist with sin, in this world or the next. Out of love for us, and the desire to resume an ongoing relationship with us, God put into motion the plans He had from the beginning of time to restore the relationship. The only solution to the problem was for sin to be punished.

Did God punish sin? Yes! How did He do it? He became Man in the person of His Son Jesus, in order to take on the punishment for the sin of mankind; the only way back to God. What this means is, God the Creator, left His holy dwelling place in heaven with all the pump and worship of angels, to live among sinful men on earth. God the giver of life died, willingly. By His death, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thereby restoring the relationship between God and man. This is the demonstration of God’s love for you and me.

Do you know of any kings, leaders, masters, or lords willing to trade places with their servants or subjects. How many of these dignitaries will want to serve a one day jail sentence for any criminal in their jurisdictions, let alone die for one? Without interviewing any of them, I can accurately answer this question. None of them! The point is they all enjoy the honor, respect, and power that come with their positions. They’ll not consider giving all that up for anybody—whether it is for a friend or foe, but Jesus did! The Scripture tells us, “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him” (1 John 4:9 NLT).

If God set His glory and majesty aside, became human, suffered, and died, when He didn’t have to, we should equate it to love. He did all this out of love for us; it should mean something to us. He knows what our lives would be like without His death. In order for His love to mean anything to our lives, we need to respond to His love and the salvation He’s offering by His death. We are not automatically saved by His death; we have to ask to be saved, because of the onetime death He died in our place. We’ll be doing ourselves a disservice if we turn our backs on Him. The Bible says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:13-14 NLT).

That’s as good as it’s going to get. There’s no other way to get into a personal relationship with God without accepting Jesus’ death as your own. No amount of arguments you pose about salvation through Jesus, will change anything; He is God and the buck stops with Him. His Word says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31 NLT); “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3 NLT).

God loves you! Before you were born, He had plans in place to redeem you from the sin nature you inherited from your fore-parents, Adam and Eve. How are you going to respond to this demonstration of love? Please embrace that love. Call on Jesus today, repent of your sins, and ask for forgiveness. He will forgive you and start the work of transformation in your life that will begin to restore the loss of His image in you.

Being aware of God’s love does amazing things in one’s life. You can approach Him anytime, anywhere, in any situation with confidence. After all He is your Father, and has promised never to leave you or forsake you, and to give good gifts to those who ask Him (see Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 7:9-11). I encourage you to fall in love with Him today!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE SHOULD WE BE?


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Every Christian should participate in the discussion about our Lord’s return. It is that important! The apostle Peter described in his letters how things will be when the Lord returns. Based on the information he provided, he asked this very important question: “What kind of people ought you to be?” 

So let’s see what the Day of the Lord (the Lord’s Return) is going to look like. That day will come like a thief (when we least expect). And on that day, “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare” (2 Pet 3:10 NIV). 

Peter’s question then is, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be” (2 Peter 3:11 NIV)? He then gives the answer: “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat” (2Peter 3:11-12 NIV). 
So we need to:
·        Be Watchful – “If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” (Luke 12:39-40 NIV).

·        Live Holy Lives – be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with God. (See 2 Peter 3:11, 14)

·        Speed UP His Coming with Evangelism – “And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14 NIV; also 2 Peter 3:11-12).

·        Know the Word of God, be on your guard, and do not be deceived by imposters and false teachers. (See 2 Peter 3:17).

  • Store up our Treasures in Heaven, where there will be no fire, moth, rust, stealing, or any kind of destruction. Our focus will most likely be where we’ve stored our treasures. (See Matthew 6:20).
 So what kind of people ought we to be until His return?  We need to be living expectantly and watchfully, keeping on the whole armor of God, and evangelizing with zeal and excitement.  Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus come! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

WE ARE STRANGERS IN THIS WORLD



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The apostle Peter addressed his first epistle to “God’s elect, strangers in the world…” (1 Peter 1:1 NIV). Why didn’t he just say to Christians, or to the Church, since that’s whom he was really writing to? Why did he call them (us) strangers? Strangers because that is what we are; we are foreigners on earth; we don’t belong here. We are looking forward to going home to a city whose architect and builder is God Almighty!

This place we call the world sucks!  It is full of sin, and evil, and destruction. There is no reason we can, or should feel at home here. We are not, cannot, and should not be content living here. Our discontentment should keep us longing for our real home; it should keep us focused on the One who is waiting to welcome us home with open arms. If we get comfortable here, and lose our longing for home, we could forget about our home, and buy into the things and ideas of this world, making excuses why this and the other are okay. God forbid! So let us never lose sight of our heavenly home.

Let us constantly remember what that city looks like. Although we have not seen it yet, we know Him who descended and ascended from there, and we believe everything He has told us about that place. It has mansions, streets of gold and pearly gates; it has no need for the sun, because it is lighted by God’s glory (see Revelation 21:23). We are also told, “The dwelling of God is [will be] with men, and He will live with them. They [the saints] will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4 NIV). Hallelujah! Are you ready for this, are you excited?

But while we are still here, we have a mission to focus on; we have a mission to accomplish. I hope you are not wondering what that mission could be, because I’m sure you already know it. I’ll refresh your memory, just in case you have forgotten: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15 NIV). We need to take this charge seriously, because there are many, including loved ones who have not yet found the hope that we have in Christ Jesus. Some have a false hope, based on their good works and the like. We need to correct them. When was the last time you shared your faith with another person? Please don’t keep putting it off; tomorrow could be too late for many people. Let’s get busy, strangers; let’s bring as many as possible with us to our new home-heaven!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

DO NOT INSULT THE SPIRIT OF GRACE



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According to the book of Hebrews, if we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, we are trampling the Son of God under foot, treating the blood of Christ as an unholy thing, and also insulting the Spirit of grace (see Hebrews 10:26-29). This sounds very serious, and so do the consequences. You might be wondering, “What is sin?” Sin as defined by the Word of God is, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4 NIV).

The argument the writer of Hebrews presents is: if those who rejected the Law of Moses (a mere man) died without mercy on the testimony of two or three, how severe should (would) the punishment be for those who trample the Son of God under foot? The answer is quite clear from the passage, judgment and consumption by the same fire that will consume the enemies of God.

That is why Paul admonishes Christians, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (see Philippians 2:12 NIV). Why with fear and trembling? Because God is holy and does not tolerate sin, and we shouldn’t either! Out of love and reverence for Him we need to be careful how we walk. Our hearts’ desire should be to be pleasing to Him in every way.

The apostle Paul warned the men of Athens in the book of Acts that in the past God overlooked ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. And why?  Because He has set a day to judge the world with justice by Jesus (see Acts 17:30-31). If love and reverence for Him does not compel us to fear sin, His judgment should.

If we sin, we have an advocate to plead our case before the Father (see 1 John 2:1). John says, “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him” (1 John 3:6). He also says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9). The devil has been sinning from the beginning, so he who does what is sinful, John says, is of the devil (see 1 John 3:8).

. If you claim to be a Christian, but have been living comfortably in sin, please question your faith, and start all over. Repent, and ask God to forgive you through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. He will forgive you, and cleanse you from all sin, and fill you with His Spirit to enable you to walk according to His Word. Remember, God loves you, and does not want you to perish. If you continue on the path you are on, you’ll be guilty of treating the blood of Christ as an unholy thing, and also insulting the Spirit of grace, which of course comes with consequences—judgment and punishment.

Christian, let’s live godly in this life, so that when He appears, we won’t be ashamed, and we will live forever with Him!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

MAN’S SPIRITUAL HEALTH RECORD



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When was the last time you saw your healthcare provider with a health problem? I can tell you how your visit went. It went something like this:

·        You presented your concerns,
·        He examined you, and ordered some tests (laboratory and radiology)
·        Then he diagnosed you (told you what disease you had).
·        He proceeded to tell you the prognosis of the disease (the expected future course of the illness, with or without treatment)
·        He concluded by outlining available treatment options, and offered you the opportunity to make a choice.

In the same way, God has diagnosed man’s spiritual health, and needless to say we all suffer from the same condition—sin! Sin manifests differently in different individuals, but nevertheless, it is still sin! Below is everybody’s spiritual health record, `and it includes the condition of our hearts, God’s diagnosis and prognosis, and His recommended solution.

·        Man’s Condition(Sin)
Manifests as:

Lawlessness
Hatred
Unbelief
Selfishness
Pride, arrogance, etc.

·        God’s Diagnosis – (The Problem)
“The human heart is most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

“Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

“The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!” (Psalm 14:2-3).
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standards” (Romans 3:23).

·        Prognosis of Man’s sinful Condition -

The wages of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23).

“Anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18).

·        The Only Available Cure –(Faith in the name of Jesus)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” 
(John 3:16).

There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him” (John 3:18). 

“Let the wicked change their ways, and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously” (Isaiah 55:7).

·        Status Post Treatment –(Assurance of forgiveness and eternal life)

Forgiven – “I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus” (1 John 2:12).

Provision for Future sins - “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, who is truly righteous” (1 John 2:1).

Eternal Life - “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

Dear Reader, would you follow your provider’s recommendation for a physical ailment? How about God’s recommendation for your spiritual ailment? Would you follow it? You have the right to not follow it, but you need to know: “They (unbelievers) will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). Please choose life with Jesus, today!


 (All quotes from the NLT)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

HE EMPTIED HIMSELF OF ALL, EXCEPT LOVE



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Charles Wesley wrote such beautiful hymns during his life (1707-1788). One of my favorites is “Amazing Love,” in which he emphasizes the mystery of Jesus’s death.  The third verse of that hymn goes like this: “He left His Father’s throne above – so free, so infinite His grace - Emptied Himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race (mankind).”

Jesus, being God, is immortal and has all power and authority, but for our sake he temporarily and willingly gave up immortality, power, dignity, and authority.  He washed his servants’ feet, allowed Himself to be insulted, ridiculed, beaten, dis-robed, and crucified; He died like a criminal, although He had done nothing wrong. How many of our present-day leaders (kings, ministers, presidents, etc.) would accept anything less than what their positions allow them? 

Have you ever had an argument with someone who asked if you knew who he or she was? When people express themselves that way, they are really saying, “I am a very important and powerful person. I deserve to be respected, and don’t you mess with me.” Many people in positions of authority expect everybody else to recognize that, and respect them accordingly. They get highly indignant if they sense they’ve been denied that respect in any way. 

Jesus, on the other hand, emptied Himself of everything, except love. Jesus’s love for us and His obedience to His Father were His reasons for becoming flesh and dwelling among men. Love and obedience sent Him to the cross, and held Him there until He died! Had He allowed His immortality, power, authority, and the respect due Him to affect His decision, you and I would still be in our sins, not forgiven, and on the way to a Christ-less eternity. He emptied Himself of all except love!

If you are an unbeliever, understand that Jesus died in your place. He gave up everything so He could die to save you.  He died so you don’t have to.  The Scripture puts it this way, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe in him stands condemned already.” (John 3:16-18 NIV) 

God wants you to respond to His sacrifice of love with a, “Yes Lord, I accept the death of your Son in my place. Please forgive my sins, and make me your child.” The Bible tells us, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 NIV)

On the other hand, if you are a Christian, you already understand salvation, but are you walking in humility and selflessness as Jesus walked? Jesus emptied Himself of all, except love. He instructs us, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow-man has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8 NIV) 

Yes, salvation is free, but it sure cost Him everything, and for that reason, let’s love Him through obedience.  He said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.” (John 14:21 NIV)