The God of Abraham

The God of abraham

It is said that Jerusalem is holy to three monotheistic faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. All three faiths lay claim to the God of Abraham.

However, who is the God of Abraham?

The God of Abraham declared His Name to be “I Am” – Exodus 3:14.

(Remember His Name.)

When Abraham was to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to his God, he declared, “God will provide Himself the lamb for the burnt offering” Genesis 22:8.

The God of Abraham said that Abraham was a prophet (Genesis 20:7).

As a prophet, Abraham declared that God, Himself, would come “down from heaven” to be the Lamb for the offering – John 3:13.

In the Gospels, John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” when he saw Jesus Christ – John 1:29.

Jesus Christ fearlessly stated, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad” – John 8:56.

When did Abraham see Christ’s day? In Genesis 22:14: “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” This was the statement that Jesus Christ was referring to.

When Jesus told the religious rulers that Abraham “rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad,” the rulers responded, “You are not yet 50 years old, and you have seen Abraham?” – John 8:57.

Jesus Christ eliminated any doubts as to who He claimed to be when He answered, “Before Abraham was, I Am” – John 8:58.

Remember God’s Name?

The God of Abraham is absent from Islam and Talmudic Judaism, because the God of Abraham is Jesus Christ who is God the Son and in complete union with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit – Three in One – Matthew 28:19.

If your God is not the Lord God the Son, Jesus Christ, then your God is not the God of Abraham.

Abraham rejoiced to see Christ’s day.

Do you?

Abraham saw Jesus Christ’s day, and he was glad.

Are you?

Jesus Christ unashamedly challenged, “Unless you believe that I Am, you will die in your sins” – John 8:24.

Dying in your sins means going to hell.

You cannot go to heaven unless you repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ: that He died on the cross for you sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose again from the dead the third day according to the Scriptures – 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 10:9-10.

Repent of your sins and believe in the One True God – God the Son – Jesus Christ, and you will receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has glorified His Son Jesus Christ by raising Him from the dead – Jesus Christ is presently alive – Acts 3:13.

There is only one thing left for you to do, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.

God bless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disciples Never Cease to Live by Faith

Disciples Live By Faith

I am not into self-help, positive confession, or positive thinking.

I am into what the LORD God of the Bible says.

The God of the Bible gives me faith filled optimism simply because I believe what He has written in His Word.

The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” – Romans 10:17.

We need to read the Bible and study the Bible because we want to hear His truth with the ears of our hearts and receive the faith of God that is the result of hearing the Word of God.

Faith is necessary, for without faith we can never please God: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” Hebrews 11:6.

We need to live a life that is pleasing to God and worthy of the Gospel we say we believe by faith – Hebrews 11.

By faith in Christ, we can live empowered by Christ to the glory of Christ – Romans 6-8.

To live the Christ empowered life, we need faith in Him: who He is, what He has accomplished, and what He is yet to do. We learn these truths about Him through the Scriptures. As we learn the Scriptures, we are to believe them and do them: “But you be doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving your own selves” – James 1:22.

Our life in Christ, lived through Christ, all begins with faith in Christ and continues by faith in Christ: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet, not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” – Galatians 2:20.

As disciples of Christ Jesus our Lord, we are to never cease to live by faith: “For we walk by faith not by sight” – 2 Corinthians 5:7.

 

 

A Disciple Who Loves

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God’s love is practical. It meets us where we are. It spares no expense to win us.

God’s love is real.

“We love Him because He first loved us” – 1 John 4:19.

I love God.

I praise God and thank God for His grace and love to me and you! Do you love God? I hope that you do; if you don’t, you can. Once you believe in God’s love for you that has been demonstrated through Christ in the Gospel, you will experience His work of love in your heart. He will fill you with love for Him. It’s all His work within us, and it is glorious, and it is free, and He wants to do it for all who are His! As a believer in Christ, you can believe God to do this within you. God wants you to trust Him to fill you with His love – Romans 5:5.

“Love covers a multitude of sins” – 1 Peter 4:8.

I rejoice because of God’s love, for all my sins are forgiven to glory of God! If you have repented of your sins and believe in the Gospel, then you, too, have your sins covered, buried, removed, destroyed, pulverized, and condemned by the God who is love, Himself. The God of the Bible is the great God and Savior Jesus Christ. I am so excited to know Him; to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He has made us accepted in the Lord Jesus Christ – His beloved Son.

As we have been forgiven of every evil deed we have committed, so may we forgive all those with whom we are bitter, with whom we hold a grudge, and with whom we cannot forget. When our hearts are filled with God’s love, we finally have peace, power, and boldness to love others with the love of God that resides within us. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Ask Jesus to help you forgive your spouse, your father, mother, brother, sister, enemy, boss, co-worker, etc. Ask God to make your heart a conduit by which God can extend His love to others, draw people to Himself through your sacrifice, and glorify His holy Name.

Love covers a multitude of sin – not simply one or two but a multitude – 490 or more!

“Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins” – Proverbs 10:12.

Hatred is poison. Whether slow or fast, the poison spreads until the one who hates dies inside. Like Cain who murdered Abel, the one who hates cannot please God.

However, God’s love covers a multitude of sins – this covering is unrestricted. No matter what you have done, the God of the Bible forgives and commands His disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name – Luke 24:46-48.

By God’s grace and wonderful work in our hearts and minds, we can become people who help people, serve people, and love people. Through our loving service, we can influence people to seek God and His kingdom first. By this we can glorify God. I want to glorify God!

“He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends” – Proverbs 17:9.

When we learn to cover transgressions, by seeking to forgive others of their offenses toward us, we have learned what it means to be loving and are experiencing the filling of God’s love in our hearts as He promised – Romans 5:5.

God blesses the one who seeks to love. God’s blessing are far greater and exceed further in the joy of life through the power of the Holy Spirit than any grudge, bitterness, or unforgiveness can compare.

We can repeat a matter when we remind our loved ones of their past faults and failures every time they mess up or when we become frustrated with them over some issue.

Bringing up the repentant past is a great error on our part. Brining up mistakes, errors, faults, and sins that have clearly been repented of is not loving. Moreover, bringing them up every time some one fails is a sure sign of our own bitterness and immaturity.

May we be disciples of Christ and love in practice – in tangible ways – so those in our sphere will be drawn to the true God who is loving them through us.

 

 

The Glorious Gospel Will Prevail

The Glorious Gospel will prevail.

Don’t worry. Jesus Christ rules, and His Gospel will triumph over this world.

I believe the Word of God: Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Revelation 11:15(NKJV)

Every nation, kingdom, government, family, tribe, and individual will be given over to the power and control of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will rule over all.

“He shall reign forever and ever!” I rejoice in my Lord Jesus Christ.

“Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end…” Isaiah 9:7 (NKJV)

He will not be voted out of office.

He will not be scrutinized by the media.

He will not be ambushed, accused, impeached, or imposed.

“Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end…” I praise God for His truth, power, and love!

Jesus warned the Sanhedrin who asked if He was the Messiah of Israel, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:62(NKJV)

When the Lord Jesus Christ visibly returns to this earth, He will come sitting at the “right hand of power” – the very power of God, Himself, because He is God. He will come with the “clouds of heaven” – the glory clouds of God, Himself. All the world will stand in awe of the conquering King of Heaven – the King of the Jews – Jesus of Nazareth.

He alone is the King of kings and the LORD of lords; He is the “Great King above all gods” – Psalm 95:3.

My heart overflows with faith-filled optimism in the truth, reality, and power of the Word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Join me in fellowship with the Master! Praise His name with me. Yes!

Message: Love According to Knowledge

Philippians 1:9 – “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment…”

This message from God’s Word will encourage and strengthen your heart. In it we look at how our Lord Jesus loved, so we might know His love for us, and so we will model the way we love after Him.

May you be encouraged.

Love According to Knowledge. Phil. 1.9

The Grace To Obey From The Heart

The Lord Jesus Christ is our peace, and it is through Him that we have obtained mercy. Through His mercy He has offered us His grace in Christ. Because of His grace, we can be saved from sin, eternal damnation in hell, and our slavery to sin – we are no longer slaves to sin but are now salves to righteousness:
 
Romans 6:16–18 (NKJV/NAS)
 

16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

 
God’s grace gives us the ability to choose to obey and the power to obey Him. Through the power and help of God’s Holy Spirit, we willing obey “from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed.” (Greek: we were committed to the doctrines of grace in such a way that we were “constituted in salvation”* to obey them from our hearts.) Thank you Jesus!
 
Our loving God has committed us to being obedient to Him from our hearts. We are obedient to Him from our hearts because this is the work of transformation that He performs within us. This is how we are slaves to righteousness.
 
We must remain mindful of what He has done in our hearts. We must believe the facts: He has transformed our hearts by faith in the Gospel of Christ. Our transformation consists of being given His desires and His power to live for Christ making us a slave to righteousness – what a revelation and a joy this is!
 
The problem for all of us is whether or not we will believe His truth about us in Christ: that we ARE transformed by His grace, and we ARE given His desires and His power in order to obey His Word from our hearts. When we believe the truth of God’s doctrines, we will live in the power the truth of His teachings provide. We will actually live our daily lives operating in the power of His truth – how exciting and glorious!
 
All of God’s gracious work in our lives begins when we repent of our sins and believe the Gospel: Christ Jesus died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, He ascended into heaven, and He is going to return to earth.
 
God bless you.
 
*Weust’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament

The Rhema (Word) of God. God Raised Up Apollos. Part 4. Acts 18:24-28

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Apollos preached the Scriptures not his opinions. May we all learn to do the same.

By the Scriptures, Apollos proved that Yeshau was the Messiah of Israel. What Scriptures did Apollos use?

How important are the Scriptures in our post-modern age? Are the Scriptures as powerful today as they were in the 1st century?

What is the rhema (word) of God? How can I receive this Word?

I pray that this message from God’s written Word will bless you and strengthen your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: His truth, His love, His mercy, His grace, and His judgments.

God bless you.

AI vs Jesus Christ

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AI is Artificial Intelligence – robots or humanoids. The AI Church seeks to establish worship of AI.

Here is a link to the article about AI Religion: AI Church

This is a very sad prospect because it is false.

The book of Revelation tells the world its bleak and bright future. Before things get better in this world, things are going to get worse, and worse, and worse.

There is going to be a time called “The Great Tribulation Period” in which the Lord God of Israel will judge the earth for its ungodliness and unrepetance with plagues and the wrath of God.

During this period of time, the antichrist will arise. He is called the beast in Revelation 13, and he will be accompanied by his false prophet. All the world will worship the beast or antichrist:

Revelation 13:8 (NKJV) “8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

The Scriptures declare that the antichrist’s false prophet will make an image of the beast and the whole world will worship the beast and his image:

Revelation 13:11–17 (NKJV) “11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.”

This is the false prophet who will aid the beast (the antichrist) in setting up his false kingdom on earth.

“12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

All who do not repent and believe the Gospel of the risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will worship the antichrist – it is written in the Holy Scriptures.

“13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth—by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.”

The antichrist’s false prophet will deceive the whole world into thinking the antichrist is actually God. He will do this through false signs and wonders. He will claim these signs and wonders are biblical, of the Holy Spirit, and ordained by the God of heaven. He will deceive all who do not repent and believe the Gospel of Christ.

“15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”

 Is this “image of the beast” artificial intelligence? I do not know; however, the Scriptures make clear that the false prophet is “granted power to give breath to the image of the beast.” The breath of the false prophet will cause the image of the beast to come alive. Does artificial intelligence have a role in all this? Again, I do not know.

“16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

One thing the Bible makes absolutely clear is that there is going to be a one world religion.

Though the AI Church is false, it is another sign of the truth of the Scriptures in regard to “Last Days” deception. We should always believe and entrust our minds and hearts to the written Word of God and to the God who wrote it – the LORD God of Israel – Jesus Christ. Am I saying that the AI Church is the one world religion? No, I’m not. However, it is a bearing in the wheel. It is another step in the direction the Lord Jesus has revealed the world will go. It is a part of the global scheme of Satan to deceive.

Anything that contradicts the biblical Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is anathema, accursed – condemned by the apostles of Christ:

Galatians 1:6–10 (NKJV) I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Please remember that there is only One Godhead, and HIS NAME (Not Names) is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the risen Lord Jesus Christ, dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. God became a man in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Because of God’s exceedingly rich mercy, He loved us and died on the cross in our place taking our sin and God’s wrath upon Himself for sin. He was buried. He rose again from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven where He presently sits at the right hand of God the Father. He will soon return to this earth and establish His kingdom upon it. In doing so, He will punish the ungodly for all their ungodliness against Him, and He will reward all those who have repented of their sins and believed in Him. Satan is a liar and the father of all lies. The AI Church is a lie. Worship God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, for there is no other God but Him. He has revealed Himself through His written Word – the Bible. If you read the Bible, the Author of the Bible will speak to your heart.

Dear friend, do not be deceived by the lies of Satan. Follow the God of the Bible and worship Him alone. God bless you.

God Raises Up Apollos. Acts 18:24-28. Part 3

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God Raises Up Apollos. Part 3

Subtitle: AN INVITATION TO DINNER

Apollos served the Lord Jesus in Ephesus, Corinth, and Crete. His love for Christ is manifested in his bold presentation of the Gospel, from the Scriptures (the Old Testament), to unbelieving Jews in Corinth and elsewhere. May we possess the same boldness.

Moreover, Aquila and Priscilla took the time to disciple Apollos. In the ancient world, fellowship involved hospitality. Meals provided excellent opportunities for fellowship and discipleship. It is very probable this godly couple took Apollos into their home and shared meals together, and that through this, they equipped him with the fullness of the Gospel.

There is a great need in the body of Christ for “mature” believers to equip the unequipped through godly, caring discipleship from the dinner table.

May there be many more Aquilas and Priscillas in the the body of Christ. All you have to know is Jesus, His Word, and how to cook. This is a great syllabus for discipleship. Sadly, “mom and pop” discipleship ministries are few and the emphasis forgotten. Wake up “mature” believers! There are cities full of young men and women waiting for an invitation to dinner!

God bless you.