Wednesday, April 27, 2022

He hears us

If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. John 5:14
 

Rejoice In Suffering

We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5:3,4


Monday, April 25, 2022

Jesus is the way

 

I am the way, the truth, and the life - John 14:6

God wants to save us

 

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it's people. He sent Him to save them. John 3:17

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Jesus takes away our sins

 

The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Jesus was pierced for our rebellion

 

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:5

Wash

 

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. John 13:14

Consider it pure joy

 

Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds. Because you now that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Call on the Lord

 

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13

All like sinners

 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23

Jesus raised from the dead

 

He is risen - Bible

All of us like sheep

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away, we have left God's paths to follow our own. 

Yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all. 

Isaiah 53:6
 

Friday, April 15, 2022

God so loved the world

For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16


 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Stay with me

Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorry to the point of death, stay here and keep watch with me" Matthew 26:38
 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Do not be ashamed

If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name - 1 Peter 4:16
 

Love one another

 

Just as I have loved you, love one another. John 13:34

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Christ humbled Himself

He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man - Philippians 2:7-8
 

Monday, April 11, 2022

What is repentance?

There is an argument that "Salvation" is "easy" and some believers "make it hard" or "do it by works" in regards to "repentance". 

Without going into a long-drawn out debate on the exact meanings of greek words...

Without going into differnet english translations....

One has to recognize that Jesus said and what Jesus meant. 

#1 - What Jesus said. 

'saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.”' Mark 1:15 https://my.bible.com/bible/1171/MRK.1.15

saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15

let me begin by saying that "if" you have a problem with the word repentance, then please note, that "you" have a problem with Jesus "and" His Teachings. I don't have a problem at all with the word of repentance. 

#2 - Meaning

Open your Bible to the story of the prodigal son in Luke

'Then He said, “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.’ So he divided his estate between them. “Not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together, and journeyed to a distant country, and there squandered his possessions in prodigal living. When he had spent everything, there came a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and hired himself to a citizen of that county, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. He would gladly have filled his stomach with the husks that the swine were eating, but no one gave him any. “When he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have an abundance of bread, and here I am perishing with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’ So he arose and came to his father. “But while he was yet far away, his father saw him and was moved with compassion, and ran and embraced his neck and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him. And put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. Bring here the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and be merry. For this son of mine was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ So they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. As he came and drew near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. He said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ “He was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and entreated him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! These many years have I served you. Nor have I ever transgressed your commands, yet never have you given me a goat, so that I might be merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ “He said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. But it was fitting to be merry and be glad, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”' Luke 15:11-32

The real repentence is shown in this story, told by Jesus Christ. Note the sinner's realization of being a sinner and guilty, note the confession of sin to God, note the change in thinking resulting in a change of life style (he left the pig pen), not the humbleness. This is not a 'work' of man. The inward belief in God is what repentance is about. 

The devil, who comes to kill, steal, and destroy would trap you into this. 

1. Repentance is a work because 'quitting a drug' or 'stop sexual behaviors' are works and the bible says that there are no works for salvation so it's a free gift and when you add works, you are making null the free gift of Jesus, so you can't say to stop doing the drugs because it's a work, you are preaching. (that is one of the devils' accusations, to make repentance 'null' or 'confusion' in order to remove the holiness God wants in our lifes. 

2. The devil would also say, just believe and when the devil says "just" believe, the devil wants to turn God's grace into a license for sin. Look at these verses in context. 


'Beloved, while I diligently tried to write to you of the salvation we have in common, I found it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. For there are some men who secretly crept in, who were marked long ago for this condemnation. They are ungodly men, who pervert the grace of our God into immorality and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Now I want to remind you, though you already know, that the Lord saved the people out of the land of Egypt and afterward destroyed those who did not believe. Likewise, the angels who did not keep to their first domain, but forsook their own dwelling, He has kept in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities in like manner, gave themselves to immorality and went after different flesh, they serve as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire. Likewise, these ungodly dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and slander celestial beings. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil in a dispute about the body of Moses, did not dare to pronounce upon him a railing judgment. But he said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these men slander those things that they do not understand. But they destroy themselves in those things that, like unreasoning animals, they know by instinct. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily after the error of Balaam for a reward, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are the ones who are stains on your love feasts as they feast with you irreverently and care only for themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted; raging waves of the sea, which are foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness has been kept forever. Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam, also prophesied of these men, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with ten thousand of His holy ones, to execute judgment on everyone, and to convict all who are godless of all their wicked deeds that they have committed, and of all the terrible words that godless sinners have spoken against Him.” These men are grumblers, complainers, who walk after their own lusts. Their mouths speak arrogant words, and they flatter others to gain profit. But, beloved, remember the words that were previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last days there will be scoffers who will walk after their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who cause divisions, sensual, devoid of the Spirit.'

Jude 1:3-19

To understand repentance, you have to understand Grace and what Grace is and what Grace teaches. 

In the prodigal son story, the son, remembered God and hoped in God's mercy and grace because he said, I will go to my father and say I have sinned against heaven and sinned against you and am not worthy, let me be be like a hired servant. He hoped in God to grant goodness, mercy and grace. 

The Bible says this about Grace. 

'Do you despise the riches of His goodness, tolerance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?' Romans 2:4

'For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, righteously, and in godliness in this present world, as we await the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all lawlessness and purify for Himself a special people, zealous of good works. Teach these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.' Titus 2:11-15

 
I ask myself, "if I really understand God's grace, then I would be drawn to God and his goodness and the effect would be like Titus 2:11-15 says "teaching me to deny ungodliness"

and if I am not turning away from my sins, stopping the whatever it is,..perhaps I don't yet understand God or His Grace because I can't see the effect and the produce of God's great. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5.


Saturday, April 9, 2022

You alone Lord make me dwell in safety

In peace I will lie down and sleep. For you alone Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

God proved his love

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8


Study this book

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8
 

I seek to live in the house of the Lord

The one thing I ask of the LORD the think I seek most - is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections and meditating in His Temple - Psalm 27:4


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

God will destroy Satan and Satan's Work

God will destroy Satan and Satan's Work

 

God is able to destroy evil
'Whoever practices sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil. ' 1 John 3:8 https://my.bible.com/bible/1171/1JN.3.8

Whoever practices sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

There is one Lawgiver who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? James 4:12

So then, as the children share in flesh and blood, He likewise took part in these, so that through death He might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, Hebrews 2:14

 

Do not fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

 

 

Satan tries to copy God, but instead of destroying evil, Satan tries to destroy everything good, righteous, godly. 

 

The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10


 

Don't only look at the evil you see around you, unless you first look at your own evil and deal with it first. After you have been purified of your own evil, is when you and rightly and with a clear mind and clear conscience, wish for God to punish 'other' evil doers. 

 

 


You and I can easily find evil in others and rightly so, they should be held accountable for their evil doing. On the same time, we also are not innocent.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Armor of God

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:11

Iron sharpens Iron

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another - Proverbs 27:27


Salvation

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved - Acts 4:12