Monday, April 21, 2014

Titus 3: 5

"He saved us - not by works of righteousness, that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewel by the Holy Spirit." ~ (Titus 3: 5)

Thank You, Father, that Your mercy is beyond our comprehension and extended so freely. Amen.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

2 Timothy 3: 1-2

"But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy....." ~ (2 Timothy 3: 1-2)

This sounds nothing like today's generation.....

                                  {sarcasm intended}

LETS NOT LOSE THEM TO THIS MESS! In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Luke 2: 51

Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart." ~ (Luke 2: 51)

Yup!

Even Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, had to obey His mom and dad.

EASTER!

Hebrews 2:14
"Because God's children are human beings--made of flesh and blood--the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death."

"JESUS IS LORD!"
Not because we claim that He is!
Not because there are a million crosses that represent Him!
Not even because we believe that He is!

The fact is that:
"WHETHER WE ACCEPT HIM AS LORD OR REJECT HIM AS LORD, HE STILL REMAINS LORD OF ALL!"

"JESUS DOES NOT NEED OUR PERMISSION TO BE LORD!"
"NOR DOES HE REQUIRE FOR US TO SERVE HIM IN ORDER FOR HIM TO RULE OVER ALL CREATION!"

"JESUS HAS DOMINION OVER ALL THINGS!"
"EVEN DEATH!"

"HENCE, WE CELEBRATE THIS BLESSED DAY OF EASTER!"
"RESURRECTION SUNDAY!"

I know these words may be sobering to some, but this morning, I strongly feel stirred to remind people of Jesus' Sovereignty & Grace!

"WE NEED JESUS!"
"NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!"
"WE SHOULD BE CHASING HIM!"
"NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!"

"JESUS ALREADY CHOSE US!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
WILL YOU CHOOSE JESUS TODAY?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

IN ITS TIME...

Proverbs 25:2
"It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them."

"IN ITS TIME..."

Question of the Day:
"How deep are you willing to go?"

I have learned that God allows us to reach our breaking point so that we may learn more about ourselves!
Because He already knows what we will do & where we will go from there!

We can choose to move past our breaking point in brokenness & reach the next level of our faith & maturity!
Or we can choose to set our breaking point as the limit of how far we can go!

The choice is ours to make!
But the revelation that I got was that:
"OUR BREAKING POINT IS ACTUALLY THE INAUGURATION OF A NEW ERA IN OUR LIFE!"

IN ITS TIME, if we choose to move past our breaking point by relying on God for strength & restoration, we will soon realize that our "BREAKING POINT" was actually a stepping stone for bigger & better things!
But it is going to take some digging in order to draw out the strength courage & attitude of Faith necessary to reach our intended goal!

"GOD HAS PLACED TREASURES WITHIN US!"
"THEREFORE, LET US PICK UP OUR SPIRITUAL SHOVELS & START DIGGING!"

I will ask you again;
"HOW DEEP ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?"

Are you a Christian? Are you sure?

Many people claim to be a Christian today. Could this be true? Let's compare the claim it to the scriptures... 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here!" We often hear this verse but what does it mean exactly? Well, let's look at some additional text. 1 Corinthians 15:3 tells us, "Christ died for our sins" This is True. 2 Corinthians 5:15 tells us why..."And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again" So when we put it all together we see that Christ died for our sins so that we might die to self and live for Him, therefore if we claim to know Him the evidence is we are no longer the same, we are a new creation that seeks to please The Lord. 
Therefore, Matthew 7:21-23 starts to make sense, "“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you who practice lawlessness" Even though many did much activity in the name of The Lord, their hearts were never changed, the evidence is in the last verse..."away from me, you who practice lawlessness" they were still living a lifestyle to please themselves and not The Lord.
 It's not easy giving up your life but it is what it takes if you truly want eternal life, this is why Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." 

What does it take then to enter this narrow gate? 2 Corinthians 7:10 tells us, "godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret..." Brokenness over being a sinner against a Holy God leads to repentance, a turning from your sin, turning to Jesus Christ as the mediator of your soul, and this, God tells us through His Word, you will never regret. 
Unless you have been broken of your sinful condition, confessed it to God, repented, placed your faith in Jesus Christ, and are now living for Him and not yourselves (meaning following God's will, for example reading your Bible, going to church, putting others above yourself, keeping yourself from being polluted by the worlds ungodly ways such as worldly music, movies, clubs and bars, and more) then you really are not a Christian "Christ Follower" 
If this is you believe it or not is a good realization...as you can still turn to Jesus before it's too late and you hear those devasting words "Depart from me, I never knew you" 
Do not be deceived, Jesus Himself said, "small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" 

Friday, April 18, 2014

James 1:4

"But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

"Being stretched is a privilege, not a punishment!"

When you feel that you are being spread so thin,
When you are at the point of giving up,
When when you don't think that you can go any further;
"THEN GOD!"
"THAT'S WHEN GOD!"
That's where these phrases originate from.

How many of you know that God is an On-Time God?
How many know that God is a God that cares?
How many know that God allows us to be stretched in order to take us to the next level of Glory?

Therefore, do not allow yourself to be led by emotions, but by Faith!
Knowing that the stretching process is part of your growth!

"BEING STRETCHED IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A PUNISHMENT!"

"NEXT LEVEL REWARDS REQUIRE NEXT LEVEL FAITH!"
But how can you reach the next level without GROWTH!

Therefore;
"LET GOD'S STRETCHING PROCESS TAKE YOU FROM GLORY TO GLORY!"