Category: SALVATION


The Other Side of Terrorism

“The Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.”
(2 Timothy 4:18 NLT)

The media has been extensively covering recent acts of terrorism. Terrorists plan violence to intentionally harm or kill unsuspecting individuals to further their own selfish agenda. They are ruthless showing no remorse for their evil actions but there is another side of terrorism that receives no media attention. Satan is terrorism personified. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12) The Bible warns us to “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Satan’s methods are calculated acts of terror to tempt the human soul into sin leading to eternal separation from the Lord. The good news is that the Lord always provides us with an escape from temptation.(1 Cor 10:13) The blood of Jesus Christ our Savior was shed on Calvary so that we could avoid being a casualty of satanic terrorism.

20130417-195049.jpg

Advertisements

The Key

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
(John 11:25, 26 NIV)

Authors are bombarding the market every day with new books. It seems like they all claim to have the key to something.There is the key to happiness, the key to success, the key to health, and the key to a good marriage just to name a few. What they really have is the key to make money selling their own books. Only Jesus is the key to everything. Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) The end of this life is just the beginning of eternal blessings. Jesus is the key but we open the door of our hearts to him by faith. The key is just to believe.

20130413-180208.jpg

Overcomers

“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
(Revelation 21:7 NKJV)

Some people are so overwhelmed by life that they try to escape it all by jumping from a tall building or bridge in the tragic choice of suicide. In an attempt to leave a world of pain they enter into an eternity of suffering in the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41) Most would never consider jumping from a great height to commit suicide but many people are stumbling to their death from smaller hills every day. The Bible says that “a person who follows all of God’s law but fails to obey even one command is guilty of breaking all the commands in that law.” (James 2:10) Our sins cause us to fall in one direction, downwards. We overcome this sinful descent by putting our trust in the risen Lord Jesus whom by the power of his blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

20130411-175523.jpg

Conflict Resolution

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
(Philippians 2:4 NLT)

No one appreciates conflict with others but God is sovereign and in control even in times of interpersonal conflict. The Lord can permit interpersonal conflict for His greater purpose. For this reason both offended parties should embrace interpersonal conflict as an opportunity for change. Change is beneficial if it moves us in the right direction to promote spiritual growth. God is love and so He created humans for fellowship as members of His family. Our sin has ruined this relationship setting the scene for conflict with God since He is holy and without sin. Our ultimate model for conflict resolution is the Lord Jesus. Though He was God, He gave up His divine privileges to take the humble position of a slave being born as a human being. Jesus died a criminal’s death on a cross for our sins so that our conflict with God would be resolved. Resolving interpersonal conflict requires us to make a humble sacrifice in the interest of others.

20130401-201420.jpg

Better Than Expected

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
(John 3:17 NKJV)

It was a very good day. In fact it was a picture perfect day as everything went better then expected. Occasionally we are pleasantly surprised by something that was better then expected. A meal in a restaurant along with the customer service may have been exceptional or perhaps a purchased item exceeded all anticipations. When the Lord Jesus came to earth His disciples originally thought that He would liberate Israel from the oppressive Roman occupation and rule as king but the Lord Jesus came for much more then just a quick solution to their present situation. Jesus came not to condemn an earthy regime but to save the entire world from the consequences of sin. People often think about their own immediate problems from a local perspective in a finite manner but our all knowing God sees global solutions from the end results. God’s plans are always better then expected.

20130330-182942.jpg

Hooked

Then He (Jesus) said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 NKJV)

As I walk along a local ocean pier near my home I always see many fisherman trying to catch their dinner. Fishing is an enjoyable past time for many. Hooking a big fish and reeling it in is exciting at least for the fisherman. The fish however does not share the joy because a hook in it’s flesh is very painful. Then the fish is dragged out of their natural water environment and into a new atmosphere where they will suffocate to death. The Lord Jesus is like a fisherman and we are His fish. He hooks our flesh with the painful realization that we have all offended Him by breaking His perfect moral law. The Lord Jesus pulls us closer to Himself away from our natural worldly environment. The sinful nature of our flesh dies to our old lifestyle and we become born again in a completely new atmosphere. This process causes pain but the end result is eternal gain.

20130318-194229.jpg

Believe

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
(Hebrews 11:6 NLT)

Everyday millions of consumers make purchases from online retailers such as Amazon. Shopping for products electronically requires faith because you do not really know for certain if the vender exists and if your packages will actually arrive as promised. The only available assurance is a five star rating system which indicates previous customer satisfaction levels. If we have enough faith to give our money to someone we have not seen how much more should we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and entrust our souls to Him for eternal salvation. No one has ever seen God but there are millions of satisfied believers who can share a five star testimony for promises delivered. People do not have to know everything about God to believe in God. People believe in God to know God. This is called faith and that’s why we are called believers.

20130307-184943.jpg

Secrets in the Dark

“everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.” (Mark 4:22)

Everyone has a secret that no one else knows but God knows. People view the external results of our actions but the Lord discerns the hidden secrets deep within the darkness of our hearts. There is no secret that the light of His gaze cannot find. For “would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?” (Psalm 44:21)The Good News is the message of Christ who came to deliver us from the darkness of sin in deed and thought. If we change the attitude of our hearts to turn from our sins and believe that Jesus took our punishment on the cross then God no longer remembers the secret sins of the heart. “Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! (Micah 7:19) We are forgiven from the dark secrets and we are free because our sins were nailed to Calvary’s cross and cast into the sea.

20130219-194441.jpg

The Free Ride

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
(Romans 8:1, 2 NLT)

The invention of the safety bicycle in the late 1800’s resulted in great personal freedom and mobility in transportation for women who at that time lived in an oppressive male dominated society.(1) Traveling became much faster and easier but you still had to know where your destination was. When Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all humanity suddenly we were set free from the oppressive power of sin that causes us to be lost going in the wrong direction. By grace and not of our own effort we have been given a free ride to enter into heaven spending eternity in fellowship with King Jesus even though we do not deserve it. We are safe in our destination with Jesus so enjoy the free ride!

1.http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle#section_10

20130216-183630.jpg

Grass People

As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.”
(1 Peter 1:24, 25 NLT)

Grass grows and develops in three phases. The first phase is called the “vegetative phase”. During this phase the grass seed germinates and emerges from the dark soil to break into the light. The second phase is the “transitional phase” and involves a period of elongation as the grass blade grows upwards in height. The final phase is the “flowering phase” in which the grass reproduces itself through pollination. The Bible says metaphorically that humans are like grass. Our lives spiritually mature and develop like the grass life cycle. When we repent for our sins and receive Jesus as Lord the Bible says that we are “born again”. (John 3:3) Our lives start afresh with new meaning as the gospel of truth has germinated in our hearts and we emerge from the darkness of sin into the glorious light of a new life in Christ. During the second phase of spiritual growth the height of our understanding increases in the knowledge of God as we study His Word. In the final phase the character of Christ is evident in every believer and like a beautiful flower they attract others to reproduce new lives through the sharing of the Good News about Jesus.

20130106-164502.jpg

%d bloggers like this: