JUDGMENT IS COMING…

JUDGMENT IS COMING…

Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. God’s Judgment on Assyria “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! I send him against a godless nation, I dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets. —Isaiah 10:1-6

Woe to those who make unjust laws. Woe to those who issue oppressive decrees. Woe to those who deprive the poor of their rights. Woe to those who withhold justice from the oppressed. Woe to those who make widows their prey. Woe to those who rob the fatherless. Do you think the Lord is not watching? Oh yes, He is!

There will come a day of reckoning. You can be sure of that. The United States is not immune from disaster for afar and who would help us if we were attacked? Most nations hate the United States and “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death” (Proverbs 11:4). The wealth of the United States will not save it. The only thing that can save the U.S. is righteousness— a righteousness that comes from God.

God can use any nation as His “rod of my anger” or the “club of my wrath.” He works through godless nations to bring down other godless nations. He dispatches a nation; He does it to go against a people who anger Him. Do you not think that God is angry with the United States? Let’s ponder for a few moments.

· How many unborn have been and are being slaughtered… “legally?”

· What about the rampant sexual immorality that is taking place?

· Do people live for God or materialism?

· Is the government making just laws?

· Who puts these leaders in power?

· Do leaders issue oppressive decrees?

· Are leaders truly concerned for and looking after the poor?

· Is government withholding justice to the oppressed?

· Does government take advantage of widows?

· Are leaders robbing the fatherless?

We would be hard pressed to say no to any of the above. Now if God judged in the past because of these things, why would He not judge us? His Church in the U.S. needs to be about His business now… we will be affected by judgment when it comes. The U.S. is not exempted from the judgment of God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYbX-3_a98U

Help us Dear Father to do Your will in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the Name of Jesus.

STAND!

STAND!

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. —Isaiah 7:9

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is foundational and is the firm Rock on which we stand on (I Corinthians 3:11; Matthew 7:24:27). “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Now “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (I Corinthians 16:13).

Don’t allow circumstances or people to distract you from your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. “The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Be and do what God desires and trust Him for the results! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuMLBhrKHsA “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). You are not alone even though you may feel that way at times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV1l_DDjUIk Take courage!

I thank You Dear Father that You are always there and that I am never alone regardless of what I am going through or how I feel. Oh, that I would stick close to my Lord Jesus. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

RIGHTEOUSNESS

RIGHTEOUSNESS

So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. —Galatians 3:6

Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” —Galatians 3:11

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” —Galatians 3:13

“There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10) and “there is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:12). “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22) and “all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:25-26).

One cannot read these verses and be awe struck at the love, mercy and grace of God. Righteousness, none of which we had, was credited to our account when we called on the Name of the Lord Jesus for salvation (Romans 10:13). “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21). For those of us who have called on His Name we “will live by faith.”

Jesus has “redeemed” those who have called on His Name and they have been given His righteousness. This is truly amazing— not only being saved from our sin, but also being continually saved until we see Jesus face to face. Oh, that we would live faithfully for Him— being the person He desires and serving as He desires. May this be so.

Dear Father, I fail You, oh so often. I so look forward to being in Heaven with Jesus and all who love Him… never to fail again. Oh, glorious day that will be. Until then, may I yield to the power of Your Holy Spirit and live in the authority of Jesus. So be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHeEytocJVY

ENJOY LIFE, PREPARE FOR DEATH

ENJOY LIFE, PREPARE FOR DEATH

No one knows what is coming— who can tell someone else what will happen after them? —Ecclesiastes 10:14

However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. —Ecclesiastes 11:8

When death comes near to a friend, relative or even someone we do not know but hear of the situation— it is sorrowful. Before I was a follower of Jesus and did not have an understanding of the big questions of life— Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is death like? Is there really a heaven? Is there really a hell?— my grandfather, my mother’s dad, died. This shook me. My last remembrance of him was when I visited him in the hospital. That picture still remains in my mind as does the last moments of my dad, my mom, my father-in-law and so many others.

We do not know what today will bring or tomorrow or the day after that. One thing we need to be aware of is the brevity of life no matter how long or short our life is on this planet may be— “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (Psalm 39:4).

I have spoken at many funerals and have said as I motioned to the deceased, “We will all be in this situation one day. Prepare for it now by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ!” That day will come sooner than we think and will be upon us before we know it. Life is a shadow, a midst, a moment and we need to use the time wisely, enjoy the life God has given to us with the relationships He has gifted us with.

It grieves my heart when I talk to people about the life-giver— Jesus— and they do not want anything to do with Him. Death is coming ever so closer and they are not ready. Many people do not want to talk about death. I remember after my grandfather died that I wrote about death quite a bit in my English Composition class. To the point where my teacher said I should write about something else. But I did not want to write about something else. I was looking for answers and that teacher apparently did not have any for me except not to think about death or write about it.

I am so grateful. My heart overflows with joy that God would reveal to me Who His Son is and what He has done, is doing and will do for me. Now may my light shine to honor Him right to the last flicker… whenever that day may come. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiRhcR4Vg10

Dear Father, I am grateful to know that You know the future that I do not know but that I can trust You fully for what I do not now know. As has been said, “You know the future better than I know the past.” May I live to honor You today and the rest of this life You have given me. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

SIN

SIN

Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. —Ecclesiastes 7:20

When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. –Ecclesiastes 8:11

…one sinner destroys much good. —Ecclesiastes 9:18

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. —II Corinthians 11:14-15

Sin… thousands of years ago it entered through Adam and Eve. All that is evil can be traced back to that deception in the Garden of Eden. Since then man is prone to go his own way and do his own thing (Isaiah 53:6). Man thinks he is in control, that he is the master of his destiny, the captain of his life and doesn’t need a Savior.

The vast majority of people when ask “Are you a good person?” will say yes. They do not understand what sin is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUaBPcdq9kQ But God’s Word is clear and that is what counts— “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10-18). Yes all people on the planet are in the same boat and their slave master captain is Satan (II Timothy 2:26).

“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:21-26) Let us rejoice and be faithful to the One who loves us and proved it at the cross! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysWIv4DJ7QI&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l&index=11

Dear Father, thank You for rescuing me from sin and judgment and to a relationship with Jesus. I am grateful and now may I live faithful in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. May it be so!

THE LOVE OF MONEY

THE LOVE OF MONEY

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. —Ecclesiastes 5:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. —I Timothy 6:10

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. —Matthew 6:24

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money… —II Timothy 3:1-2

When I read verses like these above I am reminded of Adolf Merckle. He was a German billionaire who committed suicide. Why? “The sad truth is that there will almost certainly be others as the recession bites deeper. But, like Merckle’s family, those who are left behind will never fully comprehend how pride and prestige can ever be more valuable than life itself.” Money, businesses are more important to many than relationships… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/recession/4210246/Adolf-Merckle-what-made-this-German-billionaire-commit-suicide.html

How true it is that those who love money never have enough. They are never content with what they have. They need to have more and more. This is what they live for. This is such a sad way to live. Even some who have professed the Lord Jesus Christ wander “from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” because of the love of money. “Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil” (Proverbs 15:16).

Knowing Jesus… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RjXVFDRqQk Nothing/nobody compares to Him!

Dear Father, thank You for allowing me to know Jesus. May I honor Him by the way I live. May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

KNOWN BY THE ONE THAT TRULY MATTERS!

KNOWN BY THE ONE THAT TRULY MATTERS!

For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Like the fool, the wise too must die! —Ecclesiastes 2:16

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. —Ecclesiastes 3:11

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead… —I Corinthians 15:19

Do you remember your grand-parents? How about your great grand-parents, do you remember them? Can you mention anything about your great, great grand-parents? How quickly people are forgotten! One hundred, one hundred and fifty years after a person dies there is little or no remembrance of them. Walk through a cemetery and ponder the older gravestones. Who knows anything about those folks in the 1800’s or 1700’s? Unless a person has written something that has been popular or invented something of use, their existence will be soon forgotten. That is sobering to think about, isn’t it? The wise and the fool will not be long remembered, either one of them after their death.

Think about it for a few minutes and then write down all the names of people you can remember that lived 200 years ago— the 1700’s. Not many people come quickly to your mind, do they? So we too will be forgotten quickly once we pass through death’s door.

But, for those of us who know the Lord Jesus Christ eternity awaits us on the other side of death’s door. We will be with Jesus (proving Himself to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4) and all who love Him forever. Indeed, we would be “of all people most to be pitied” if Jesus did not rise from the dead. But, hallelujah, He has risen!

How sad really existence would be if this was all there was. We would live a few decades, die and that would be it. But for the follower of Jesus the best is yet ahead! Jesus is preparing a place for us! (John 14:1-6) and one day we will be there with Him. Rejoice that even though the world may forget you… God knows you intimately and will never forget you! Oh, lest us rejoice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7fL0CbXK3o

Dear Father, thank You for the love You have given me through Jesus! Oh, that I would live faithful for You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

SURELY YOU KNOW!

SURELY YOU KNOW!

Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! —Proverbs 30:4

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. —John 3:13

“Surely you know!” Don’t you? Who is the One who has gone up into heaven and came down? Do you know His Name? Who is the One that has gathered up the wind? Do you know His Name? Who is the One that has wrapped the waters in a cloak? Do you know His Name? Who is the One that has established all the ends of the earth? Do you know His Name? Surely you know!

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (I John 4:14).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. —John 1:1-3

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” —Genesis 1:1

“Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” —John 14:9

“Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.” —John 8:54

Do you know Him? Rejoice and live out the C.O.R.E. of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. C.ommands— What is He telling you to be and do? O.bedient— Are you being obedient in what He desires you to be and do? R.esults— There will be results as you obey what He is saying to you. E.alt— His glory will show forth through the results of you being obedient to what He says. Do you know Him? — “Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person” (I John 2:4). May we be faithful.

Dear Father in heaven, may I be faithful to Your Word, to Your Son, to Your Spirit…May it be so.

TRUST AND FEAR NOT!

TRUST AND FEAR NOT!

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. —Proverbs 29:25

To fear man is to be held back from what the Lord wants to do in and through our lives. Just like a poor rabbit caught in a snare is going nowhere, but is stuck in the pain of the snare, so also we will be stagnant in the ache of our own fear.

We need not fear anyone if we are truly trusting in the Lord. You say that you are truly trusting in the Lord, but why then are you fearing in this or that situation? We overcome our fears by trusting in the Lord God Almighty and we say, “Whom shall I fear?” We need not fear any person. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOkImV2cJDg

When we really understand Who we know and Whose we are, why would we fear? Today, go forth knowing and trusting the One who is greater than all. This is the One you know and love. This is the One who loves you more than any other. So, fear not! He who loves you said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6). The Lord God Almighty is greater than all! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbqPQkH5HYA Fear not, trust Him who cares more for us than we care for ourselves!

Dear Glorious, Compassionate Father, I am grateful that I need not fear man because of knowing You. Oh, when fear seeks to raise its ugly paralyzing tentacles may I trust You to free me from that fear. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and in the power of Your Holy Spirit. May it be so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIpnW3rtRQ4

BELIEVING OR BELIEVING IN VAIN

BELIEVING OR BELIEVING IN VAIN

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. —II Corinthians 6:1-2

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. —I Corinthians 15:1-5

Have you truly believed the gospel of Jesus Christ or have you “believed in vain?” As it has been said, “If you went to court for being convicted for being a Christian, for being a follower of Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Do others all around you know you are a follower of Jesus—your neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, friends, neighbors, and strangers? Who in your network of relationships have heard the gospel from your lips or received the gospel through your hands? Do they see a difference in your life by the way you live for Jesus? Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.” Has anyone ever praised you, thanked you or acknowledge you because of your walk with Jesus? Has anyone seen the evidence in your life that you truly know the Lord Jesus? They may not agree with you, but they know that you sincerely believe. Have you truly believed or have you believed in vain? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD6khv6pGkw&t=7s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E00j5xGeDm8 Do you believe? If so, rejoice in knowing the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in being able to serve Him now and the glory of an eternal Heaven before us. If you have not truly believed… call on the Name of Jesus now, turning from your own ways to follow His ways as revealed in His Word, asking Him to forgive your sin and make you a child of God— “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-m9sRRN9MA

Thank You my Heavenly Father for the salvation and life You have given me through Jesus. Now, may I become what You desire and obediently be serving You as You desire. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!