Your Grace Father is wider than the universe, Deeper than I can ever imagine. Your Grace Lord, covers my sins more than I will ever know. Your Grace, my Creator gives me hope for something better. Your Grace creates a deeper Faith in this sinner.
Folks, I hope you are doing well. Honestly, I am hanging on in my journey through this world. I am disgusted by what I am seeing occurring in these last days. From the promotion to open sin to money grubbers proclaiming “God’s will” in their lives.
I will write today on the latter. For as I work closely with people in real estate I see weekly on Facebook and in person those who have God’s name on their lips, but He is far from their heart. For they often proclaim that His will is for them to be rich, wealthy and far from squalor.
But Scripture paints a completely different picture. For His will is for men to know and follow Him. To follow Him is to preach the Gospel to the utter most parts of the world. If He places us high or low in this world it is not for our own revelry and debauchery.
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1Tim 6:6-10)
Brethren, beware of the hour and stay firm on your Foundation. The hour is late and we should already have our lamps trimmed and ready. Blessings in Christ Jesus.
Brothers and Sisters, I seem to be on a roll right now with my posting. I praise the Lord Jesus Christ for the gift He has given me. I pray His word and teaching be carried out to all who need to hear.
My wife and I were at dinner tonight. We were speaking about things we would like to do and projects that we would like to complete. But as our conversation wandered, we began to converse about Jesus and His purpose. As we talked He began revealing that many churches are dead. But He also revealed something wonderful.
I think it’s time to quote some Scripture.
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. (Rev. 3:1)
Notice the Lord’s charge to the church in Sardis was that they had the reputation of being alive. But in fact they were dead. So how did they get that way? They must have fallen away from the Gospel right? They focused on their own thoughts and purpose rather than His. Think Matthew 7:21-23 here. For Jesus says quite plainly that they needed to hold fast to what they had and repent. To remember what they knew to be true.
Flash forward 2,000 years to today and what do we see? There are many churches who claim to be alive and flowing in the Holy Spirit. But they are imposters. We see examples on Daystar and TBN. And carbon copies in our towns and cities. What they really are are programs with music to shift your mood and emotion. Basically to manipulate you with the show. The dynamic way the pastor speaks. One moment lulling you into pacifity. The next moment roaring into a point of excitement.
But there is hope for those who believe and are saved in Christ from their sins. For there is a promised resurrection from the dead. I want you to know that resurrection begins with the dead in this world. The dead who walk as though they are alive. But they are not alive in Christ. Most importantly to the dead who claim to be Christ’s and go to that graveyard called church.
Think about it for a moment. When you have discussions with many of these “churched” people, all they can talk about is their church and their pastor. Why? Isn’t it because they are not alive in Christ? For if they were alive in Christ they would speak of Him. And of His life in them. But their focus is the life of the church. It is part and parcel to why we have so many denominations. But the call is clear:
2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” 4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. (Rev 18:2-4)
And so as we answer the call of Salvation we are resurrected from the dead into a life in Christ Jesus our Savior. Praise His Holy Name!
Click on the picture to read the article from Jerusalem Post. Are we getting closer to Christ’s return? The obvious answer is yes. But more importantly, are we years closer rather than decades or centuries closer? Perhaps so. Time will tell. Stay humble and patient in these dark and trying times my brothers and sisters. The writer of the article yearns for the artifacts of the Jewish temple from 2,000 years ago. And in a way yearns for a the God of Abraham, Isaac and Moses. I yearn for the return of Jesus the Christ.
In this present struggle of mankind against itself a striving for perfection out of imperfection is trying to be accomplished. We see this in the prevalent social movements of today. Most strikingly is Critical Race Theory, #MeToo movement and others. Mankind is reaching out and searching to deal with the sin nature that is in all of us. In a darker sphere, elements of these movements have darker motives to instigate their changes. But that has been the struggle since the fall of man. And that is the antichrist spirit trying to subjugate the Christ.
Man, through the influence of Satan have created so many different religions in the world that if it weren’t for the work of the Holy Spirit there would be no hope. But there is. For our Christ clearly declared:
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Father Revealed7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
For there is no other way of Salvation other than through our Christ! Yet man, through has answer seems to think that if you work hard enough you can achieve something higher. But there is no assurance of this type of religion. For who sets the standard and how does anyone really know if the standard is met?
Yet if we have faith in Jesus Christ we do have assurance:
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:1-11)
Then if we have assurance in Christ through the Holy Spirit, what need have we of any other religion? There is only Christ. We have no need of any of these social movements either. It is easy to acknowledge the sinfulness of man. But it is only through Christ that man will be perfected.
12 Not that I have already attained,or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:12-21)
Is that not enough to explain our world? Our only hope and our only escape is faith in Jesus Christ. Apart from Him we have nothing. May the God of Peace and Salvation find you. Blessings.
It’s always amazing to me the different ways God can speak to us through the Spirit. Yesterday I was out walking the dog. He’s a big black lab named Diesel. He’s older now so he moves a lot slower than he used to. And he likes to take time to sniff around. So as we paused along the way I happened to notice a number of seeds piled up on the sidewalk. They were in the corner of one of the squares the way they would be after a rain would carry them to an uneven lower corner.
Looking down at them He reminded me of the parable of the seeds. In this way I considered how a tree produces thousands upon thousands of seeds. And those seeds are carried away by wind or water generally. Some grow, but get cut down or uprooted. Many don’t grow at all. A seed may not germinate for lack of light, water or soil. So not many will grow into maturity.
Consider the Scripture: 3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mat 13:3-9)
This shows our walk with Christ can at times be difficult. But where our faith can take a deep root we can produce fruits in His name. But again he said
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Mat 7:13-14)
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Are you seeing this? We must remain focused upon Him, Jesus the Christ who died for our sins and declared “sin no more”. For He gave us a job to do in His name. To preach the Gospel and care for the poor and sick.
Brothers and sisters, it’s no wonder this world is in a tail spin about this corona virus. I have waited to write anything about it until this time. But now is the time as we need to have patience in the Spirit as our Christ and Savior is calling out and drawing people near to Him in this time of desperation.
For this world is full of sickness and imperfection because of man’s sin. Our Father has laid out what these sins are in the Old Testament and made them clear in the 10 commandments. (Exodus 20) But over time He revealed Salvation through Jesus Christ as He laid down His life on the cross. His blood was shed so that those of us who are convicted of our sins can have faith that that blood has washed our sins away.
Much of this world rejects this message and so they are afraid of death. When man is afraid of death they will make absurd rules and laws thinking they will be protected. Even mandating masks on virtually everyone who breaths. For deep down they know that there is an appointed time of death for each and everyone of us.
Our Christ declared this:
34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)
Folks, we are called to take up our cross to follow after Christ! We are not called to get caught up in the paranoia of this world. We are not called to the fear of this world. For to give in to these mask mandates are the fear of this world. To give in to them are revealing our preference for the ungodly laws of man. So then let us have the mind of Christ. Let us take up this calling of Christ so that we will not lose our life. Yes, good news is if we take up His calling we will find life forever more in Him who gave His life for us. How much the more do we owe Him our very lives. Take courage brethren for Christ has declared:
27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. (Mat. 10:27-33)
Therefore let us now be about the Lord’s business in this time of trial. For it is a light affliction. But the world now needs to hear the Good News of Salvation in Christ Jesus.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat 28:18-20)