And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 KJV
God planned for this even before the fall came to the Garden of Eden. He knew that mankind could not stay faithful to Him so He planned our salvation even before bringing Adam from the dust of the Earth. God knows you even if you don’t know Him. Seek out the Lord for your salvation while there’s time.
Some of you who read this page may not think so but if you are past the age of forty you kn it’s true. The more candles that are on your cake it seems that the celebration of your birthday comes around faster every year. It’s just the opposite of when you were young. We never thought our birthday would get here and Christmas always seemed so far away.
It doesn’t matter if you celebrate the day of your birth or not, the days go by in the same way every year and every week. The hours in a day have not changed and the same goes for the weeks and the years. It’s our perception of them that has changed from childhood to adulthood.
Time just keeps slipping into the future and there’s nothing that we can do to change that. I know that I used a part of Kansas’ lyrics but it is true. If you are a believer and you read your Bible then you know that we are also coming to the end of the age. How much longer will this be? Nobody on Earth knows for sure but global warming will not end our world it will happen when Jesus comes for His bride, the church, which is made up of those who truly believe God’s Word. Many people and some denominations have gone through the Bible and picked what they will teach and what they will believe and by doing this they are not teaching the full gospel of Jesus or the story that God placed in His Word.
God’s Word is true and it is sound in all of it’s wisdom. One day soon the whole world will know this.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:44 KJV
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord , and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Jeremiah 17:7-10 KJV
Your attention follows your heart. So wherever your heart is and wherever your treasure is are the same place. If you value your money more than you value your life, then you have made money your god. What will it profit a man if he gains the wealth of the whole world and yet loses his soul? Jesus asked that question. The quote just says “if he gains the world”, but I looked it up in a few commentarys and the word means the entire wealth of the world.
That would be trillions of dollars today, but what would you do with it? For sure you could buy anything that you set your mind on, but God says that you would lose your soul. He values your soul as being worth more than the wealth of the world. Give your heart to Jesus and seek Him for your treasure.
Most of the time I write here to bring God’s message to anyone who would enjoy reading it or maybe someone who was searching for His message. Right now however I am living with a conundrum of sorts: feeling alone even when I’m at home or at church. It doesn’t matter where I am really. This feeling hits in a way that most people don’t notice it which makes the feeling even worse because it is like I don’t exist.
So…what can I do about it? Other than read some chapters in Psalms and pray about my situation…my feelings, I really don’t see any possible cure or treatment because no one besides myself even notices that anything is bothering me. If I tell them how I feel, all I usually get is a look that says “So?”. To put anyone’s mind at ease who might actually care I am not considering suicide, even though it does cross my mind quite often.
I have had these feelings since high school so this isn’t an “age related” problem. This has been with me for over forty years. Although most people never notice it regardless of how close we might be. It isn’t anyone’s fault because the feeling will go away for a while and then some days it comes back so hard until I feel as if I’ve lost a close friend or family member and I begin to sob uncontrollably. I know…not like a man to admit something as insignificant as a feeling that can do such a thing. If you don’t want to know how I feel some days, then don’t read this.
Thankfully, this doesn’t happen every day but there are days that it comes and it won’t go away for a week or two. When that happens I just try to glaze over it and keep it to myself since I can’t afford to go to some “mind doctor”. I do want to take the time here to thank those of you who might have read this far. God is still in control regardless of our feelings or the outcome of an election or even a pandemic. All of us will get through this one way or another. I am still keeping my eyes glued to the sky each time I go outside just in case I see the sign of the cross or something that isn’t caused by natural weather.
Praise God for all of your gifts and your blessings because He does give graciously.
Both of these words are part and parcel of the message which Jesus taught to His disciples. What do I mean by “life”? Well, you are alive and the life that you live every day is a message that others see when they see you on a daily basis. People notice how you walk and talk, especially when they find that you have given your heart and life to Jesus. When Jesus went to different towns during His ministry do you think that He announced His coming? No, the word spread because of what others had experienced because of His life and because of the love that they felt when He spoke to them or preached to them or blessed them.
His ministry was and is the same as our ministry today. We are supposed to go out into the world and let people see Jesus in our daily life. Not being arrogant or boastful about our life but simply living our life with His life as a pattern by everything that we do or say. If a person can’t see Jesus in your daily life by how you speak or your actions then you may not have Jesus in your heart at all.
What about “love”? How do we incorporate that into our lives? According to the apostle Paul, “if we do not have love then we are just a clanging cymbal“. Why would he say something like that? Because everything that Jesus did in His ministry was done because of His love for His people and for each of us. Jesus healed people because He loved them. He blessed children because He loved them. Every action that He took during His ministry, even His death on the cross, was done because of His love for us.
In the culture that most of us live in today, the word “love” has been used and abused so much that it means much less than it should. Even saying “I love you” used to be an endearing thing to say but today love doesn’t carry the weight that it did in the past. There are many words that don’t mean the same today and many of them have been reduced to abbreviations or even emoticons.
God’s love is deeper and more meaningful than we can imagine but many people who attend church today don’t seem to see God in that way anymore. Mostly because very few people even believe that the Bible is the actual Word of God and that it is ALL TRUE! God cannot lie and yet many teachers and preachers will tell you that God didn’t mean it that way or that it only meant that when it was written but today it doesn’t mean that at all.
The Ten Commandments are still commandments and God meant every word. The Bible, Old and New Testaments, was inspired by the Holy Spirit and since He can’t lie then every word is true and was meant to be taken as absolute Truth then and now. Some people try to water down or change some words so that the message is skewed or changed to have a different impact on people today. In other words they don’t want to offend people. I don’t remember Jesus backing away from His critics or changing His message so that they wouldn’t be offended.
Live your life as a reflection of Jesus so that others will see Him in your words or your actions and maybe they will want the Savior that has come into your life and made such a change in your life and the way you live it.
How did the universe get so big in six days? How did God make some stars HUGE and some that are just the right size to provide warmth and life? Why did God create people who can be so cruel and who will reject Him as their Savior?
These are just a small sample of questions that have come through my mind in the past few weeks, but I still don’t have an answer to any of them. I probably won’t get an answer to any of them until I meet Him in eternity one day. I pray that my life and the decisions that I’ve made in life will at least get me inside the door to Heaven. It will not be my life or any of the “works” that I have done which will bring me to heaven’s door. What will get me in will be the fact of my salvation by my belief in Jesus and His atonement for my sins.
The question of the universe and the stars which God placed in it is actually answered in Genesis. The “how” God did it part was by His Word. Everything that God created was spoken into existence with the exception of mankind, the man and his wife. God sculpted him from the clay or mud if you like it that way and then He breathed His breath of Life into the man and he became a living soul. When God formed the woman, He put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs and formed her from that.
Mankind was formed by God’s hands. Everything else was spoken into existence, even the fish and the birds and the animals and trees. God wanted a special relationship with mankind which is why He formed him from the clay like a potter but I’m sure there were no imperfections in His creation at all.
Why was mankind created in this fashion? Because God wanted to have an intimate relationship with us and for a time He did have that relationship. But…when mankind disobeyed God’s rule about the tree in the midst of the Garden, he was cast out of the Garden and into a world which suffered because of his disobedience. Death wasn’t spoken of at all until the Fall and then even the stars and the planets and the animals and everything else that God had created felt the sting of the disobedience and the fall. God cursed the ground so that Adam would have to work hard to make things grow to support his family.
Life had been as close to heaven as possible before mankind disobeyed God’s rule about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That is where all of the evil in man’s heart began and we have made it show in many ways over the thousands of years since then. God had seen that man would not be able to resist the temptation to give in to enticement from Satan or from any other source. Which is why He told the woman that one day the “seed of the woman” would conquer the sinful ways of man and pay the price to redeem everyone and bring them back into a relationship with God again.
Jesus was that seed and He did fulfill that prophecy because nobody else in humanity would be able to live a spotless, sinless life in order to pay the price for all of mankind, past present and future. The sacrifices of goats and sheep and birds and bulls in the Old Testament were just a foreshadowing of Jesus shedding His blood to atone for all of mankind’s sins. They could not wash away man’s sins because they were only temporary substitutes for Jesus Christ’s blood which would take all of our sins away.
I pray that all who read this will take it to heart and believe in Jesus for your salvation today! Because you don’t know when your days may be over
Even after two thousand years there are still many places and people who still need to be reached for God’s Kingdom! In today’s world there seem to be more who don’t want to hear about the Savior Who gave His blood and His life for them. But we are still supposed to get the message out even if it is only a few who truly take it to heart. Why do we need to do this? Because it is our duty, it is our solemn duty because Jesus said it was our commission to take His message to ALL of the world. True, He was talking to His disciples but by extension it falls to us.
Even if all of the Christians in the world just told one person and that person told one or two people and each one accepted Jesus as their Savior, we could truly evangelize the world in a very short time. But not everyone is going to hear the message with their spiritual ears because it says in God’s Word, “many are called but few are chosen“. God does send His Spirit out into the world and some will accept His message and some will not. Why does the call of God’s Spirit touch some and not others? For the same reason that God said “Jacob I loved, Esau I hated” before they were born. He named them and He knew their futures before they were born.
I’ve heard people say that if God chooses who will be saved and who will not then there is no reason for us to tell them but it is still our job. Many people will never hear about Jesus or His message if we don’t take the message to them in some way. By preaching or in person and sometimes by our posts on this medium. Whichever way works to get the Lord’s message of grace and salvation out to those who are lost then that is the one we should use. Are we living in the last days? Yes! Some may be telling you that we aren’t, but if you read the prophecy books like Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Revelation, many of their prophecies have already come to pass. The only ones left are the taking up of the Bride of Christ (the church) and the seven years of tribulation.