The result of sin…

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 KJV

We know that in Christ we will have life more abundantly into Eternity! Amen!

Have you been called?

When God calls you, will you answer His call on your life? God chooses each of us that are called to become His adopted sons or daughters but some of us are so busy we can’t hear Him. Sometimes we are too busy to know His voice when He does call us. The only way to know His voice is by reading His Word.

Do you know that each time you have heard preaching about salvation or some other teaching from the Bible…you are being called by God? There isn’t a time that we are in a church or listening to a television sermon that God hasn’t ordained that time as a call on your heart to become a disciple of His. Each of us has heard many sermons and teachings from God’s Word. Whether we are young or old, every time God’s Word is preached or sung in a song, God is calling you or me. Even if you have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation just once or many times, each time God is speaking to you. It may be a different message each time. One may come from Psalms, one may come from Matthew or John or the book of Romans, but each time God is calling you to become His child through faith in Jesus.

I have read the Bible about ten or more times in the past decade or so and each time I get a different message from the same passages. Why? Because God’s Word is alive and it reads us as we read it. Some people don’t believe that but that is because faith hasn’t revealed it to them yet. You can only understand God’s Word through faith. Without faith, the Bible is just a book of history and poetry with some prophecy scattered here and there.

What causes you to turn away from Jesus? Is it your job? Is it your family? Is it your pride? Life can get in the way because of all of the distractions and problems that we have. But…God is calling people every day. Some of us don’t see it or know those who’ve been called but there are many who give their lives to Him each day. God loves us as His creation but He doesn’t like the way most of us live each day. We go around living our lives as if the Bible and its message either don’t matter or it is just a fantastic story. One day, when the Trumpet of God sounds and the church is taken away the whole world will recognize that the Bible’s stories were right.

At least some people will recognize that God’s story was telling the truth. There will be many in the world who refuse to accept God or the Bible, so they won’t believe that the “disappearances” had anything to do with God. I pray that anyone and everyone will seek to know Jesus as their Savior. Seek Him for your salvation today while there is time.

Have you believed in Him?

According to John, our belief in Jesus is what gives us eternal life. It has to be belief in Who He is and the atonement that He provided for us through His sacrifice on the cross. He was the perfect Lamb of God that provided a sacrifice with all of the requirements to pay for the entire world’s sins. He provided a way for everyone to be reconciled to God by our belief in Him and His sacrifice. It is that belief that must be more than just belief in Him as a person but in Him as your Savior. Many people, if not most, have heard of Jesus and know Who He is or Who He claims to be but they don’t believe that He is their Savior. They don’t believe that He is the Son of God and the Messiah, their Messiah.

Jesus is mentioned in Islam and in their holy book but only as a prophet and nothing more. Yet many are coming to a saving knowledge of Him by seeing Him in their dreams and He is telling them Who He is and that they need Him as their Savior. God knows who will commit their life to Him and who will not and many of those who swore that they would never know Jesus are becoming followers of Him anyway. Because He is seeking them in their dreams and explaining to them their part in His Kingdom.

All of us have a part to play in His Kingdom and He is calling all of us to come to Him for our salvation. All we have to do is to accept Him as our Savior when we feel the touch and the conviction of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That conviction tells us that we can’t be a part of His Kingdom without giving our hearts to Jesus. I pray that everyone who feels it will give their hearts to Jesus.

I’m not ashamed

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:16‭-‬17 KJV

Christians should not be ashamed of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He came to Israel to preach and tell them the good news of the Kingdom of God and they didn’t believe in Him or His message. They wanted a conqueror. Someone who would vanquish Rome and bring the Kingdom to Israel. It is coming but only after they have finally learned Who He is.

God loves each of us but He doesn’t like our sinful lives and our prideful lifestyles. We believe that we can live any way we want to and then He will take us in any way and that is not how it works. We must give our hearts and our lives to Jesus and repent of our sins…all of them. We can’t hold on to even one little sinful thought or action in our lives. Our entire being must be given to Him and then with the help of the Holy Spirit of God, we can live our lives as close to Him as possible. 

See, we can’t live a Christian life without the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, we won’t even give our hearts to Him and become Christian without the Holy Spirit convicting us of our need for Jesus Christ as our Savior. It takes the grace of God that gives us the faith to believe through the Holy Spirit in the Savior, Jesus Christ. The entire Godhead is at work in salvation because each of us who is called by Him is important to Him. Why? Because there is someone that we can take our witness to who will listen to us more than they will to anyone else.

A friend of mine, Jesse Gilbert, considers himself to be saved. Yet, his life doesn’t reflect it. I pray that God will get his attention and bring him to know Jesus before it is too late. Do I know his heart? No, only God knows that. But I pray that he will change his life soon.

We can move in His strength

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: And hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grey-headed, O God, forsake me not; Until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come. Psalm 71:16‭-‬18 KJV

God will give you strength for each task and accomplish His will in your life. There will be days that try your patience and your faith but if you trust Him, He will bring you through it. God loves each of you but He doesn’t like our way of living. The sinful lives we live, even after becoming a Christian, cause God pain. In the same way a child who makes some mistakes that their parents warned them about hurts them. The big difference is that God can provide a way out of the problem.

You might not like the solution that He provides but if you will listen to Him and follow His direction, everything will work out for you and for His glory.