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I just finished applying the new registration sticker on my car. It is just one of the things you have to do each year. So many things in life have expiration dates; credit cards expire, coupons run out, gym memberships have to be renewed, tv (cable and satellite) subscriptions have to be re-contracted. Fossil fuels are becoming depleted. The dinosaurs became extinct. The pumpkin pie that my grandma made for Thanksgiving was gone in no time at all. Even life itself, as we know it, will end.
Nothing in this world is permanent. One thing that we can count on to last forever is the love of God and the salvation that His Son offers. No matter what, God still loves us, and salvation is free. However, since the world is coming to an end, we only have a finite number of opportunities to accept the call of God on our life. Like I said, salvation is free. All you have to do is believe in the Son of God and His ministry. It is that simple. We can count on the Bible for truth and direction.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16
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As you may know, it is getting close to Thanksgiving Day. What are you thankful for? I am thankful for Jesus dying to save me, for a God that love me enough to send His only begotten Son, Jesus raising from the Dead, the comfort that the Holy Spirit gives, my fiancee, my family, my church, my pastor, a healthy strong immune system, the privilege to have a variety of food to eat, potable water (clean drinking water), life itself, salvation, my grandparents that took me to church when I was young, the blessing of an automobile that runs, a job, ability to go to college, the blessing of having a copy of God’s Word to study and to live by, people that are pro-life and support the right to life for babies in the womb, my friends, the talents that the Lord has given me, to live in a free country, … and the list goes on and on.
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give Thanks because He has given
Jesus Christ His son
And now let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord
Has done for us.
Lord, thank you for all of the blessings that you give me in Life. I pray that I will use them for your honor and glory. Let me not use them for my own selfish desires, but let others see Jesus in me. Let them see Jesus in what I say, how I say it, where I go, and in what I do. Let my life be a living sacrifice for you. Lord I pray not my will but Yours be done. Lord, give me the strength and the courage to live life in surrender to You and to share the Gospel will others. Teach me Your Word and Your ways. Teach me to love like You love. Teach me to live as Jesus did. Help me to be the hands and feet of Jesus so that I may serve others as He did. Let me focus on Heavenly wealth and not earthly wealth. Bless me O’ God and direct my steps. Lead me on the path to Righteousness. Expose unto me areas of my life that are not pleasing to You. And Lord, be patient with my doubts. Help me to trust You more each day. You know that I am only a mere mortal, and that I am not perfect. Your love for me is unconditional. Help me to become more and more perfect each day. Lord, You alone are my comfort, my strength, and my song. I desire to be with You. I trust You to be with me in the light as well as in the darkness. Lord, help me to be a light for others. Make me into the willing vessel that You would have me to be. I ask this in You blessed Son’s name, Jesus Christ ~Amen
We have so many things to be thankful for everyday. Do not forget that.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?
Happy Thanksgiving to all. God Bless!
Jesus died for my space in Heaven, but He also died for your space in Heaven. “He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed” [Isaiah 53:5]. When I think about Jesus dying, I am reminded of what Simon Peter said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God ” [Matthew 16:16]. Who is Jesus to you? To me, Jesus in my savior that died in my place to take away the burden and consequence of sin, all of my hurts and pains, and He delivered me from the doom of eternal death (complete separation from God). Paul tells us in Romans that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Paul goes on to say that “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Like everyone else, I am not perfect. I have had my own downfalls, and for many years I had no one any greater than me to help me back up. It was a struggle to go through life each and every day. One day things could be fine and then the next they were what seemed to be the worse that they could get.
Thanks to my maternal grandparents, I am in a better place today. They showed me Gods love, and they started taking me to church each Sunday when I was very young. I am so glad that they did. I seriously doubt that I would be where I am today without their influence. I also am thank for other family members, my church family, and my pastor that prayed for me and encouraged me. They all have been there for me through everything that I am going through.
Since becoming a Christian. I have surrendered my life to my Savior Jesus Christ; even my thoughts, actions, and my reactions. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” [Galatians 2:20].
However, I am still not perfect, but I am going to strive to my best to model my life after Christ’s life as He loved here on Earth. With His example, I am able to keep my self in check each day.
I have heard the question asked before, “what if when you die you find out that there is no heaven, no God, no Jesus. What if you just wasted your time?”. My friend, I tell you that my life will have been much better off than if I had lived my life for myself and my own desires. I would have been into so many things. Who knows; it may have been drugs, alcohol, a life full of living off of sexual desires, or even suicide. But my faith in God has given me strength and a purpose for living. Jesus tells us in New Testament that “…man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” [Deuteronomy 8:3]. This is very true–I would not be able to have the joy that I have without God’s Word.
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
God has definitely changed my life for the better, will you let Him change yours?
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What are you doing for God in your daily life? Are you doing Kingdom work or is it just church work?
Kingdom work is acts done that result in the growth of the Kingdom of God. Your acts benefit the Kingdom if you are spreading the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are your acts winning souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?
Church work consist of acts that only benefit the physical requirements in a church. Many people today are holding several different roles in church and believe that they are doing work that is pleasing to God. They may be very busy doing this and that and going here and there, but their acts do not bless God unless they are impacting lives for Christ.
James 1:27 tells us that “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Christian, if you are not committing your days to serving God by serving others, then you need to re-examine your life purpose. The Bible makes it very clear that God is more worried about the spiritual than the physical. God has blessed us in so many ways that we need to share those blessings with others.
Our world is full of sin and lost people that are in need of Jesus. Church work will not show them Jesus. Church work will not bring them to following Jesus and surrendering their life to him.
It is only by doing Kingdom work and loving people to Jesus that will bring sinners to the foot of the cross. If we were to live our life and only do church work, then that would have the same effect on the world as if Jesus had only came to earth and did busy work and did not die on Calvary’s cross and raise from the dead.
In Matthew 28, Jesus says,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus said “GO and Tell”. He did not say “DO”. We have to go to our neighbors, loved ones, friends, enemies, co-workers, and others and tell the about Jesus and what He has done for you and what He can do for them.
We have to love people to Jesus. You have to show them that you love them just like Jesus does. And that your care for them just as Jesus does.
LORD I pray that you will help use to live for You and let Your Son live through us each and every day of our lives. LORD teach us how to love like You love. Teach use to live like You live. Give us a compassion for others like you have. Grieve our hearts for what grieves Yours. Be our guide. Amen.
Go make an impact for God’s Kingdom today and everyday.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
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