New Life in Jesus

April 27, 2009

1 Timothy 1:14-16 (New Living Translation)

14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

 15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.

Jesus has paid the price for our sins. Whenever we miss the mark of perfection of Jesus, we have forgiveness and a clean screen.  All you have to do is accept,confess ,  and believe. 

Accept: Recognize God loves us so much he sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead to defeat death once and for all.

Confess: Agree with the Lord we are eternally lost and deserve eternal separation in a literal place called Hell.  We must not only recognize we are sinners, we must stop and turn away from our sins.

Believe: Put your trust and faith in Jesus. Like a birthday present, God has a gift for you(Jesus) now will you choose to open the gift. The gift does you no good if it remains unopened.

Just call upon the name of God to open the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.  When you receive Him in your life. You are clean and a brand new creation. 

Yes as long as we are in these flawed bodies we will slip and fall. Yet, because Christ has taken residence in our lives, we are forgiven and being daily made into the likeness of Christ.

Here is a website for further information how you can make this decision to invite Christ into your life.

http://knowgod.org

Greg Laurie will guide you in much more detail into what it means to be a Christian and experience a brand new life in Jesus.

 

 

John 14:6 (New Living Translation)

  6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

 

There are those in the world telling you, “There are MANY ways to Heaven.” (Oprah, New Age philosophies, etc.) These individuals ignore this statement made by Jesus. Although these same people tell you, “Jesus was a good teacher,” they contradict themselves when they say Jesus is not the only way to Heaven. 

Which is correct? How can they say he is both a good teacher yet say he is not God? If you recall in a previous post, Oprah and New Age teachings, they used a salad bar mentality approach to the Bible.  They ignore the parts they do not like and misinterpret those they do apply to situations.

So who is correct? Oprah and her many ways to Heaven OR Jesus proclaiming HE is the only way to Heaven?

Jesus cannot be a good teacher if he makes statements such as the case in John 14:6 as being the only way to God. Jesus is either a Liar, Lunatic, or Lord.  Of course Oprah is correct in saying he is a good teacher, yet she is dead wrong on saying there are many ways to Heaven. 

The Bible is completely true.  You cannot use Oprah’s salad bar approach to God and his Word.  Ultimately, Oprah has to make a decision and NO fence-riding is allowed.  God and His Word is not like Burger King.(You cannot have it your way.) Either you accept all of what God states in the Bible or reject all of the Bible teachings.

You get one shot in eternal life. If you proclaim many ways to Heaven, you must be proclaiming yourself  better than the God of the Bible.  I hope you will reconsider proclaiming yourself more knowledgeable than God. If your wrong, you have some explaining to do to God when you life ends.

 

 

 

Acts 20:27 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

27 “for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God.

I am glad there are Godly pastors, evangelists and teachers teaching all of God’s Word. Unfortunately, there are some proclaiming bits and pieces of God’s Word. The Bible is not a salad bar.  A healthy Christian needs all of God’s Word.

To be physically and mentally healthy,  a well-balanced diet consists of the four basic food groups.  The same goes for our spiritual well being.  If God speaks to us from Genesis thru Revelation, it would be wise to see ALL of what God desires to you and me.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

15 “and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. “

 

God is trying to get our attention. The last part is the clincher: “so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  Feeding on all of God’s Word allows us to understand what God requires of us to become more like Him.  Thank you to all pastors teaching the entire Scriptures.

To those pastors not teaching all of God’s Word, I challenge you to see how your congregation can be spiritually fit by teaching them through the entire Word of God.   Too many have been breastfeeding way too long on the basics. Now it is time to teach them to eat the meatier sections of God’s Word.

Hebrews 5:14-18 (New King James Version)

14″ But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Like a good mother, they know when it is time to stop breastfeeding or bottle feeding  little children.  A  growing healthy christian and church need the solid food. A church can be used greatly when it goes from the milk to the meat of God’s Word.

There are some religious churches purposefully treating God’s Word as a salad bar. These people have unbiblical lifestyle habits. To justified their actions they leave out sections upon sections of scriptures which tell them how the poison of sin is destroying them.  As as healthy biblical christian or church, we need to understand the ENTIRE Bible to help those trapped in the poison of sinful lifestyle. God’s Word in its’ entirety can be that healing agent to a person or people in need of the touch of Dr. Jesus. All of God’s Word is love. And true love operates when all of God’s Word is used. A doctor uses all known methods to stop the spread or elimination of cancer in a person. If he did not use all necessary tools, he would not be very beneficial to the paitent well being. The same with God’s Word, a person cannot be totally spiritually fit if all he is receiving is bits and pieces. Now in some closed countries, some people only have pages of God’s Word to learn.  Yet, here in the U.S. we have Bibles available to us out the wazoo. How blessed we are to have the entire compiled Word of God. It would be wise of us to go through all of the Bible.

 

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

11 For I know the plans I have for you” —[this is] the LORD‘s declaration—”plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Nothing happens to us by chance. The Lord exists out of time. He has seen our beginning, what is currently happening, and our future.  I need to be reminded of this verse.  Many times I get discouraged due to events in my life. Yet, I need to always be reminded of  how God orchestratesmy life. The down times are used for His Glory.  These down times in my life are used to shape me into becoming more like my Savior. Help me Jesus. Help me to submit to your ways concerning my life.

God Responds to My Cry

April 20, 2009

2 Samuel 22:6-8 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

6 The ropes of Sheol entangled me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

    7 I called to the LORD in my distress;
    I called to my God.
   From His temple He heard my voice,
    and my cry for help [reached] His ears.

    8 Then the earth shook and quaked;

  the foundations of the heavens trembled;
   they shook because He burned with anger
.

 

 

David knew where to turn anytime life became unbearable. When everything around us appears to be going wacky, we can call out to God and he hears. Sometimes he takes immediate action. Sometimes the results of our prayers happen at a later time. God always hears when someone cries out to him in need. When his children are hurting, like any loving father, he comforts us. Storms of life may blow all around me. Yet, God sees everything happening. It pleases him when we recognize our limitations to a situation and know we must always turn to him in all events.

If he responded to David in a magnificent way. how much more can he do for us if we only trust in him.

Colossians 2:6-8 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

    8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.

Anytime you listen to a sermon, a teacher at school, talk radio, the guys in suits and ties knocking at your door, etc;  ALWAYS go back to Jesus and the Bible as your measuring tools. Pray for wisdom to interpret anything anyone has said on an issue. You can be on steady ground when you compare what anyone says to what is stated in the Bible.  You know if  someone makes a philosophical statement opposite of what God says, then you have to make a decision.

Will you follow the prescription of God’s teaching on issues in life or what a popular talk show host blabs from her mouth(wheather it be Oprah or Katie Couric)? If they are not consistant with what scripture teaches then you need to stop listening to their retoric. Feed on the Word of God and you will be able to determine what is Holy and pure and right.

This includes anyone claiming to be a spokesperson for God( I include myself.) Always do your research and go to the Bible. If a spokesperson doesn’t line up on the fundementals of the Word of God(the Trinity, Jesus dying on the Cross, the God inspired truth of the Bible, etc) then you need to show the person the error they have made( Help the brother or sister in the Lord to recorrect them back to God’s Word. They might accidentally may not be aware of their error.  Then there are some who blatantly twist God’s Word to draw people for power gain. These kinds you need to just steer clear of their twisted theology.

Just because someone claims to be Christian, doesn’t mean the say or teach is Biblical. Like the Bereans in the book of Acts, go back to scripture to see match what someone says to what God has already stated.  The devil can come in as an angel of light to trick people.  Don’t be deceived. When you daily study God’s Word with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will know how to react when people make statements from a church, talk radio, a politician,  or anyone.

2 Timothy 2:15 (Amplified Bible)

15Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

I will come out and say it. Jesus was not a Socialist.  Socialism and its extreme form Communism are ideas that intentually and purposefully leave out God and make government god(note small “g”).  One may bring up the book of Acts and how many came together and shared with each other.  HOWEVER! Many socialist and liberals fail to remember how due to this event, they went broke and Paul had to take up a offering in I Corinthians 16:3 to help the church in Jerusalem because they stoped working. Paul through God’s Spirit was explaining how those who work  will eat and have their needs met. Paul did help them although a verbal chewing out was needed to  get the church in Jerusalem back on their feet and get back to work to support themselves and their familes. 

(UPDATED)Why the church or Jesus are not Socialist? Socialism is  forced by the Government. In the books of Acts, the money was given FREELY and by the Church.

Bible interpretation can be taken out of context by anyone. One can truly never understand the Scriptures unless they allow the Holy Spirit to teach them and guide them into God’s Word.

Know God

April 14, 2009

If you don’t have a personal daily relationship with Jesus, here is a link to help you in the most important issue concerning your life and eternity: http://www.harvest.org/knowgod/

Spiritual bullseye

April 13, 2009

Ephesians 6:12 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

I am seeing more and more everytime I make a stand for Christ, I get attacked spirituallly. Yet greater is Jesus living in me than the devil that is in the world.
The devil doesnt mess with the quiet christians. He just gets mad and attacks anytime a believer in Jesus uses his spiritual armor for the Lord and empowered by the Lord. So if you dont want to be attacked stay off the battlefield.  Yet, God calls us, via the Great Comission, to go into all the world to proclaim the name of Jesus.

Luke 24:5 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

5 So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground.

    “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men.

Acts 4:33 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them.

Jesus is alive.  No longer bound by human limitations,  Jesus has conquered all evil and death.  Now he gives up power by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit living inside me and overflowing in me, has now empowered me to proclaim to all  of the resurrrection of  my Jesus.  There is nothing more important to me than my deep personal relationship to Jesus. He has done it all. He is my bridge to God the Father. He is the key to Heaven.

Time is short. Quit foot shuffling with God and answer his call to an eternal relationship with Jesus. NOW is the time. Don’t let your flesh, the world, or Satan keep you in procrastination.

John 6:44 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.

Jesus has the ability to also raise you from the dead. He calls you like a mother calling her children to come inside to eat. You have no power within yourself to keep puting Jesus off. If you do not come to a relationship with Jesus NOW, you have nothing of yourself to  come to him later. Something else will try to take you out of this world to prevent a future conversion. NOW is the time. NOW mean WON. You can will have WON when you come NOW.  If you knew you are eligible to win a contest by entering immediately, you would have the golden ticket filled out on the spot. The same way with Jesus. Greater rewards happen when you accepted him in your life NOW.  This offer is for a limited time. Do not delay! NOW is the time.

For those of you living in the South, I will help interpret what the Lord has put into this blog. In the words of the Great Saint Larry the Cable Guy, ” GIT UR DUN.”  Nascar racers don’t win the race by putting off  the final laps to a more convient time, they put the petal to the metal in the final lap to win the race.  To win the race for life it cannot be done later it must be done NOW.  Run with all your heart, mind soul and strength to the open arms of Jesus.