April 30, 2008
The Lord would not have any man/woman to die and go to hell. With that said, it is the Lord’s will that all would be saved. Some challenge whether or not hell is real because the belief seems to be that we serve a loving God so how could he send anyone to hell? The truth is that the Lord sends no one to hell, it’s a personal decision made by our choices. Secondly, the Lord doesn’t want anybody to experience hell because (2nd Pt. 2:9) “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men would count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Thus, he’s looking for humanity to give their lives to him before he returns. However, it’s up to those of us who are saved and have experienced this love relationship with the Lord to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with sinners. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise of a second coming; he could come now if he chooses to. But if he did there would be so many departing from his presence that the Lord himself would be disappointed with the outcome; even those who confess to know him. The Lord is longsuffering toward those who have not given their lives to him yet. To the sinner out there, to the unbeliever or non-believer out there, he is waiting on you to come to the cross with a repentant heart before he returns.
God Bless You
April 29, 2008
(Prov 28:20-KJV) “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Faithful in this text would be one who is devoted and loyal to his/her Christian faith; or one who is devoted to Christ Jesus. Thus, a faithful man/woman shall abound with blessings. Often when we think of blessings we think of money. However, there are many, even more important blessings than a dollar bill. As faithful believers in Christ Jesus we should be thankful for blessings such as peace of mind; peace in your home because very few people have it; life-health and strength is also a blessing which young people deem to be a right of passage; however, it is often taken for granted. Another blessing of the faithful in Christ Jesus is the ability to give and to receive love; not to mention the saving of our souls. Thus, child of God there are many blessings which are more important than the size of our bank account. In fact, the scripture goes on to say “But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” Hence, as a faithful man/woman in Christ Jesus attaining riches (monetary gain) should not be our primary focus. If we are to be rich in anything, let us be rich in the righteousness of Jesus, with an understanding that God will provide for the needs and even some of the desires of the faithful.
God Bless You
April 28, 2008
The believers who are suffering for Christ are few and far between in America. There are not many who can truly say they are being persecuted for Christ sake. Most Christians are suffering because of the sin and bad decisions they have made, not what they are doing for Christ. Is that to say we can never get to that point; absolutely not! However, the Christians who are being persecuted for Jesus sake are those who have gotten beyond worrying about what they want, or how they feel and what other’s think. The Christians who are suffering for Christ already understand that life doesn’t revolve around them and in fact is not about them at all. The Christians who are suffering for Christ have moved from carnal thinking and carnal ways into spiritual thinking and spiritual ways. The scriptures tell us that it is an honor to suffer for Christ; however, not many really desire to do that. Ask the average Christian to turnover their plate and fast for three days on behalf of Christ and watch their response. They will look at you as if you are speaking in an unknown tongue, but we know fasting is of God. The Apostle Peter sums it up beautifully when talking about suffering for Christ; he says “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf (1 Pt. 4:16).”
God Bless You
April 25, 2008
(Ex 9:5) says “And the Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all the children of Israel.”
It’s truly good to have the favor of God upon our lives. Israel had such favor as well, as the leaders of Israel were battling with the God of Egypt (Pharaoh) for their freedom. God had demanded through Moses that Pharaoh let the children of Israel go, but Pharaoh continually refused. Therefore, God began to show this king that he truly favored the Israelite’s when he told him if you don’t let my people go “on tomorrow I will begin to kill the cattle of Egypt, but the cattle of Israel will live.” Thus, the Israelite’s were shown favor by the hand of God. Those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus are shown great favor as well. We know this to be true because (Psalm 91:7) tells us “A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee;” that certainly sounds like favor to me. In fact, have you ever wondered why something happened to someone else, but it didn’t happen to you. For example…a storm comes through your neighborhood and destroys your neighbor’s property and leaves yours untouched; that’s favor. There are various examples of favor that God has shown each of us at one time or the other where we all have to say “that was nothing but God”. Child of God even if we look at our lives today we have to confess that things aren’t as bad as they could be. Though the price of everything is going up, God’s people are still up; though the enemy of our souls would love to destroy us, he can’t do what he would like because we serve an all powerful God. If we take stock of our lives again we will find that the Lord has shown us the favor of Israel, if not more as a New Testament believer.
God Bless You