Wise For Salvation

Wise For Salvation

Paul commanded Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2-3:

“Preach the word in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Everything the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us about our Lord Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him is found in the written Word – the Scriptures. That is why the Scriptures are to be preached.

Everything we need to know about salvation in Jesus Christ, walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of Holy Spirit is found in the Scriptures. That is why we must preach the Word.

Every doctrine or teaching that we need to believe, embrace, and follow is found in the written Words of the Holy Spirit that are only contained in the entirety of the 66 books of the Bible. Read the Bible, dear friend.

Paul explained, “But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” – 2 Timothy 3:13-15.

The Holy Spirit’s discipleship process for His converts is to reveal His written truth from the Bible, so disciples of Jesus Christ will do – will obey – the Word of God.

Our discipleship depends upon the truths taught, read, and believed from the Words of truth found only in the Holy Spirit’s written Word that we call the Bible.

It is my prayer that you will find a fellowship in your area that teaches through the books of the Bible, so you will learn what the Holy Spirit has written and remain a doer of the Word:

“But be doers of the Word and not hearers only deceiving your own selves” – James 1:22.

God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By God’s Grace

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also, we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” – Romans 5:1-2

In Acts 15:6-11, Peter teaches us that God chose, God gave the Holy Spirit, and God purified Gentile believers (non-Jews) by faith in Jesus Christ. He declared, “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved – even as they.” It is only by God’s grace that a person can be saved from eternal damnation in hell. God’s gift of eternal life is given to those who confess and believe that Jesus Christ is God and Savior, and who repent and believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His gift of salvation does not depend on one’s goodness but upon one’s faith in Jesus. This is God’s grace to us – we do not have to be perfect in order to receive His gift of salvation through Christ: “That if thou shalt confess with they mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” – Romans 10:9. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, least any man should boast” – Ephesians 2:8-9. “Be strong in the grace that is in our Lord Jesus Christ” – 2 Timothy 2:1.

December 25-31, 2016 Current Events

Here are some interesting current events that I believe are great tools that can be used when sharing the Gospel. The source links are listed after the quotes. God bless you, and a Happy New Year as well. 

United Nations Security Council Resolution UNSC Resolution 2334:

“The UN Security Council passed the measure Friday after the United States abstained, enabling the adoption of the first resolution since 1979 to condemn Israel over its settlement policy.’

The resolution demands that “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem”.’

It says settlements have “no legal validity” and are “dangerously imperiling the viability of the two-state solution.”‘

source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/un-demands-end-israeli-settlements-us-abstains-193027638.html

 

Obama on running against Trump:

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t,” Obama said in Ethiopia on Tuesday. ” There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law’s the law.” – 12/27/16

http://time.com/3974517/obama-third-term/

“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told his former senior adviser, David Axelrod, on Monday’s “Axe Files” podcast. “I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/barack-obama-axelrod-third-term-hope-change-232969

 

John Kerry’s Mideast Peace Speech

(this is only an excerpt…)

“They fail to recognize that this friend, the United States of America, that has done more to support Israel than any other country, this friend that has blocked countless efforts to delegitimize Israel, cannot be true to our own values or even the stated democratic values of Israel. And we cannot properly defend and protect Israel if we allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes. And that’s the bottom line.”

“The vote in the United Nations was about preserving the two-state solution. That’s what we were standing up for.”

“Israel’s future is a Jewish and democratic state living side by side in peace and security with its neighbors. That’s what we are trying to preserve for our sake and for theirs.”

“Like previous U.S. administrations, we have committed our influence and our resources to trying to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict because yes, it would serve American interests to stabilize a volatile region, and fulfill America’s commitment to the survival, security and well-being of an Israel, at peace with its Arab neighbors.”

“Today, there are a number — there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states. But here is a fundamental reality: If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or Democratic, it cannot be both. And it won’t ever really be at peace.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/text-kerry-speech-israeli-settlements-dispute-200630464.html

No Apology

No Apology…

Where will you spend eternity?

Jesus the Messiah declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” – John 14:6.

Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, and He made no apology for this truth. According to Jesus of Nazareth, there is no other religion, creed, philosophy, or faith that will open the door way of heaven and allow us to enter into the eternal presence of God the Father.

Jesus Christ declared that He, Himself, was the Door into heaven, and He made no apology for this truth: “I Am the door of the sheep” – John 10:7.

Peter preached without apology: “Repent, therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” – Acts 3:19. Everyone must repent and believe in Jesus Christ in order to go to heaven.

Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and He rose again from the dead on the third day. All who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as their God and Savior will be saved:

“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes to righteousness and with the mouth confession is made to salvation” – Romans 10:9-10.

If we die without forgiveness of sins through the Lord Jesus Christ, then we will go to Hell.

Hell is real.

Without apology, Jesus Christ taught the truth about Hell and warned us of its eternal torment – Luke 16:19 -31. All who will not repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Hell’s flames.

Jesus Christ died on the cross to appease God’s wrath for our sins, so we would not have to go to Hell.

No one has to be eternally damned. The Lord Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross for our sins; by faith in Jesus Christ alone, we can escape eternal damnation.

The God of heaven and earth is a gracious God, but He does not tolerate rebellion – allegiance to Satan and his kingdom. By rejection Christ, every human being is worshiping Satan whether they are aware of it or not – Revelation 13. All unbelievers are under his power and authority – Ephesians 2:1-3. The Lord God of heaven and earth has no rival, and He is a jealous God. He gave no apology when He declared this truth concerning Himself to all of us: “I am the LORD, and there is no other besides me: and there are no gods. I’m strengthening you, although you have not acknowledged me, so that from the sun’s rising to the west people may know that there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other” – Isaiah 45:5-7 (ISV). He is the holy God. He is the just God. He is the Judge of our souls: “It is appointed to men once to die but after this the judgment” – Hebrews 9:27.

Our sins are rebellion against God’s holiness, righteousness, and sovereignty. Our sins are evil. We are evil. God is holy. His holiness demands that justice be served upon the souls of all who sin against His laws – His Word and His Truth.

Mankind is sinful, lost, self-absorbed, and in rebellion against the God of the Bible. Man’s future is bleak to say the least. However, there is Hope, and Hope’s name is Jesus Christ. He can save us from our sins if we repent and believe in Him.

Hell is not going to be a place where unbelievers are going to party. On the contrary, Hell is where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” – Luke 13:28. Jesus taught that Hell was a place where the “worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” – Mark 9:44-48.

According to our Lord Jesus, Hell is a real place. In Hell, the worms don’t die, and the fire never goes out.

I don’t know anyone who would like to take a bath in a tub full of flesh eating worms.

I don’t know anyone who enjoys being burned.

Eternal Hell is not going to be a party place; it is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth – eternal pain and suffering.

In contrast, heaven is a place of glory, joy, peace, perfection, beauty, life, excellence, happiness, purpose, satisfaction, worship, blessedness, wealth, splendor, power, meaning, and, most of all, it is where all who know Jesus Christ as their God and Savior will be in His presence forever!

I pray that you will understand where you will spend eternity.

I pray that you will know the love, mercy, and grace of the Lord God.

I pray that you will repent, believe, and follow Jesus Christ.

God bless you.

Satisfaction… Fulfillment…

Satisfaction… Fulfillment…

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness” Psalm 107:8-9.

For so many in our country, life is dissatisfying and empty. The masses go from one thing to another hoping to find satisfaction, peace, and true happiness.

We all know people who fill themselves with drugs – smoking and drinking whatever they can find – in order to harness enduring satisfaction within.

We all know people who are preoccupied with fitness, charities, ministries, businesses, academics, politics, etc. because it helps to ease the emptiness created by the knowledge that life is abominably empty, temporary, and difficult.

The Scriptures teach that “to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”

Many people are lost in the sea of dissatisfaction: with their jobs, their marriages, their relationships, their music, their wealth, etc. because only Christ can fill the hungry soul with goodness – His goodness.

The blessing of satisfaction and fulfillment are spiritual, but many people try fill their lives up with physical, temporal things that only the spiritual benefits of faith in Christ can produce in the human heart.

No one outside of a covenant relationship with God by faith in the Gospel of Christ will experience enduring, eternal satisfaction and fulfillment in their souls.

Only the Lord Jesus can satisfy the longing soul. Only the Lord Jesus can fill the hungry soul with His goodness.

Are you longing for something more in life? Are you hungry for something more in your life? The Lord Jesus Christ is the answer! He will fill your hungry soul. He will satisfy your longing soul with His goodness. Christ died on the cross for your sins, and He rose again from the dead on the third day. Whoever repents (turns from) their sins and trusts Christ as their God and Savior, will be saved from eternal damnation in hell.

Christ is the only One that can fill and satisfy the hungry soul with His goodness.

It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will open your heart to the truth of Christ Jesus – the Lord God of heaven and earth – and that you put your faith and trust in Him.

God bless you, dear friend.

That Person…

That Person…

That person who drives you nuts is God’s gift to you – your homework if you will.

By God’s grace, love this person in spite of his or her flaws, inconsistencies, failures, and rebellion.

It is not giving in; it is giving out – from a heart filled with pain by that person’s foolishness but healed, strengthened, and refreshed through the power of the Holy Spirit. First, we forgive as our gracious Lord has forgiven us. Second, we show mercy by being kind as our God has been towards us. Third, we show love by serving this person the way our Lord has served us.

There is no faith in Christ that is not rewarded, dear saint.

There is no giving of self, or death to self, that the Lord Jesus does not replace with Himself.

The Lord Jesus empowers those who, solely because of faith in Him, will serve Him in weakness only to find themselves strengthened by His presence in the exact moment they began to serve Him by faith.

“Through love, serve one another” – Paul the apostle, Galatians 5:13.

I pray that person in your life will be used by the Lord Jesus to make you more and more like Him who is our Lord – “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live. Yet, not I, but Christ lives in me. And, the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” – Paul the apostle, Galatians 2:20.

God bless you, dear friend.

Who is Truly Blessed?

Who is Truly Blessed?
 
There is such a great evil among Bible believing Christians, and I include myself in this evil and repent of it often… Hearing the Word of God but not seeking to do the Word of God is sin.
 
Studying to learn the Bible instead of studying to do the Bible is cause of great concern (if there is no desire to do what one has learned after one has studied).
 
I am, at times, so discouraged because I know the Scriptures, but I fail to do them.
 
I am like many “believers” who go to “Church” and hear the Word of God but don’t have a heart to do the Word of God. Lord Jesus, forgive me.
 
If going to fellowship and hearing a Bible teaching is the extent of our Sunday worship, then we have greatly missed the whole point of going to fellowship and hearing the Word of God.
 
Unless we go to hear the Word of God for the purpose of doing the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit, James says that we “deceive ourselves.”
 
And, let us not stop short of simply attending a fellowship to hear the Bible – how about every time we open our Bibles in our daily devotions?
 
Are we reading the Word of God to do what we have read?
 
Our Lord Jesus continually encouraged those who heard Him to “take heed how you hear.”
 
I have great concern for my generation and my children’s generation.
 
Ought we to be going to our fellowships in order to do the Word of God that we are going to hear?
 
Ought we to be reading/studying the Word of God, so we may live the Word of God in our daily lives?
 
I believe that many, including myself, have forgotten the admonition from Christ: “Blessed, rather, are they that hear the Word of God and keep it” – Luke 11:28.
 
May we, dear friends, be included among the ranks of those whom our Lord Jesus says are “blessed.”
 
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. God bless you.

Revival In America?

Revival in America?
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“O, that my people had listened to Me and Israel had walked in my ways!” – Psalm 81:13
 
May America listen to God and walk in God’s ways.
 
Our God can do anything. Nothing is impossible for Him. He can bring revival, but revival starts in the hearts of God’s people.
 
3,000 years ago God instructed Israel with the remedy for idolatry and sin:
 
“If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” – 2 Chronicles 7:14.
 
1. Note how God address His people: “If my people…” If…
 
2. Consider what God tells His people to do: humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways.
 
Understand how God has promised to respond when His people obey His Word: 1) I will hear from heaven. 2) I will forgive their sins. 3) I will heal their land.
 
America needs God to forgive her sins and heal her land.
 
God wants American Christians to: humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways.
 
Perhaps this is the only reason why revival tarries.
 
May the Holy Spirit awaken the hearts of every born again Christian in America, so we might be a part of God’s remedy for the nation – Jesus Christ – true revival.