Going through the motions


You can go to church and be baptized and read God’s Word but if you don’t believe in Jesus for your salvation and repent of your old way of living…none of that will do you any good when it comes to getting into Heaven. You may be a member of a church for many years and you might know some Scripture by heart but if you don’t know Him and, more importantly, you are not sure that He knows you then your eternity will be very different from what you think it will be.

It isn’t a hard choice when you know you need Him as your Savior but some people seem to think that they can or need to help Him to save their souls. There is nothing that you or I can do that Jesus hasn’t already done to pay the price for our salvation. He did it all. We only need to accept it when it is offered to us.

Going to church, reading God’s Word, prayer…all of these are good things to do but they won’t bring you salvation. That is only found in Jesus Christ and your sincere belief in Him for your salvation. Then…you need to read the Bible and become a true follower of Him for the rest of your life. Even the Bible says “do not forsake the assembling of yourselves“, the reason for this is you can be encouraged by other believers and you can pray together about things that are happening in your life and theirs. It doesn’t matter who said what to you years ago. You are an adopted child of God when you give your life to Jesus, don’t worry about old pains and slights that happened long ago.

Allow God to take care of those problems, you server Him from this point on.

Why?


Shooting children? Why?

Life isn’t bad enough? Yet it seems that some just want to make it worse because of their actions that don’t make sense at all. Murdering children that haven’t even had a real chance to enjoy life. These children were wanted and loved by their families…what reason could possibly be given for this atrocity?

Gun control won’t help. Outlawing any kind of gun won’t help. The guns are not the problem nor is the availability of the guns. Our country has forgotten its roots that were deeply grounded in the Bible at one time. Parents and grandparents used to teach their children about God and pray with them about things that were going on in the world. We need to get back to that practice again!

God loves each of us and He placed those children on this Earth for a purpose but someone’s idea of killing them cut that purpose short. God knew of this but it is our responsibility to teach our children the right way to live according to God’s law. When I was growing up during the ’70s nearly every pickup that you saw had either a rifle or a shotgun or both in the cab on a gun rack visible to anyone. There were no shootings at the time that I remember. What happened?

We have walked away from our faith in God and particularly in the last few years because COVID gave everyone an excuse to leave the church and most haven’t gone back. We need God in our lives every day and those who feel that He doesn’t exist or don’t want to believe that He is real are going to be in for a huge surprise one day…soon.

Psalm 139 says in part: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

I pray that each of you will seek Jesus out today to learn of Him and what He offers to all who will believe in Him for their salvation.

What do you see?


When you watch the news, regardless of the channel, what do you see? A world that is going crazy or a Bible prophecy coming true before our eyes?

I see both of them happening at the same time. It seems that the world is moving faster toward the “end of the age” than it ever has before. Disease, wars, and the threat of war are everywhere it seems. The temperature of the whole world is rising along with the level of the ocean. There are droughts and famine and inflation in our country as well as in other countries. All of this was foretold in the Bible thousands of years ago. Some of it may not have been foretold in the same words that we use today but the words of those who were writing the prophecies down can still be interpreted to mean what we have today.

God is getting ready to let the entire world know that He exists in a BIG way. Whether you believe in Him or not won’t matter especially after the rapture of the church. There will be millions who have been in church and heard many sermons but they have never given their heart to Jesus and when that day comes they will regret their decision or their lack of a decision.

It may not look like this when it happens because people will disappear in front of their co-workers and their spouses in less than the time it takes to blink your eye. Their clothes will be here along with their socks and shoes and their wedding ring but they will be gone. It will be a glorious reunion day for some and a very bad day for others. Everything will change in an instant on that day. So…where will you be? Will you be among those who are taken to be with Jesus or will you be here wondering why you didn’t make that decision while you could?

What does it mean to “be like God”?


In the garden of Eden, the serpent tempted Eve with those words to get her to eat of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “You’ll be like God”. What does that mean exactly? Satan was tempting them with the idea that they would have God’s power and become as He is. The problem with thinking this way is that nobody is like God except God. Nobody outside of the Trinity can be or have His power. Satan knew this but he still used these words to entice them to go against God’s commandment about this tree. Because he knew if he could cause a rift or a split in their relationship with their Creator then Adam’s claim of being the steward of Earth would be null and void.

You know the rest of the story if you’ve been in Sunday school at some point in your life. Adam and Eve did fall for it and they were put out of the garden to live and populate the Earth along with having to work for everything that they needed.

Can we become “like God” to do His will on Earth?

YES, we can if we have given our hearts to Jesus and we are striving toward that goal every day! We will not be like Him in ways of being healers or creators in supernatural ways but becoming more like Jesus is the progression that we are seeking. Becoming mature in our faith brings us toward His likeness each day but we still have to work at it. We have to become more like Him just as the disciples did. With the Holy Spirit living in us, we can become more like Jesus Christ. Using our gifts and the wisdom that we gain from His Word we can spread His message around the world even if we only touch one person each day. That is at least 365 people in a year’s time. Then if they touch only one person each that gives their life to Jesus…the church is growing exponentially from that point on. Imagine how many that could be!

365+365 = 730

That’s just the first year! You get the idea. If God used each of us to touch only one person that gave their heart to Jesus and this kept going…there would be a worldwide revival of Christians before too long. God’s math is fantastic and He knows exactly how much and how many it will take to bring about revival in this world. The problem today is that the church is outnumbered by those who oppose our message…His message.

The faith of a child


Why does Jesus say that we must have this kind of faith? When a child is loved and cared for the faith that they have in their parents is absolute as long as their parents don’t get caught telling them a lie. That is the reason we must have faith in God and His Son, Jesus. It is the kind of faith that we must have if we are to become mature in our faith and as His disciples. We may never walk on water but our faith should be as focused as Peter was on Jesus when he took his first steps on the water.

In the world that we live in today, it is hard to have that kind of faith in things that we can’t see or touch. It is hard to have faith at all because of all of the information, true and not so true, that is available to us every day. So, can we have faith in God? If we are Christians who have had our lives changed because of God’s call on our lives we have a “measure of faith” that He gave us to bring us to know Him. Nothing from God’s Word can be understood without faith and when you realized that you needed Jesus because of your sins it was because of the Holy Spirit placing your faith inside your heart that brought you to that point.

While it is true that the Bible doesn’t state it in those words, this is what has to happen in a sinner’s life before they will realize that they truly NEED to give their heart to Jesus. God loves each of us, whether we return that love or not. He chooses those who will obey Him and do His work while there is time and it is those who truly belong to Him. I pray that all who might read this will seek Him in the Bible and prayerfully consider asking Jesus into your heart. One day it will be much worse in the world and it will be harder to be His so please make your decision soon.

Have you thanked God today?


Most of us wake up and just get up, if possible, and make coffee to start the day. We don’t wake up and thank God Who gave you the breath during the night to see this morning. We don’t thank God for the strength and the health that He gives us each day to do whatever we do. God gives each of us a number of days and years to live on this Earth and He gives us the strength to serve Him every day if we will live our lives doing that. So…why don’t we?

I wake up and try to remember to thank Him for allowing me to have one more day to serve Him. There are some days that I forget to thank Him but I usually get around to it before the day is too far gone. My point is that He gave His Son to pay the penalty for our sins so we could be useful and able to be His servants while we have the time to do so. Therefore, why can’t we thank Him every day for the blessings that will come on that day? The blessings may not be financial or healing but they could be a friend dropping by or the way your dog or cat makes you laugh. Some blessings aren’t easy to see but many times you will realize a blessing after it has happened and you will recognize it because it could only come from God.

Thank God for all of the little things and the big ones and your health and your family because you wouldn’t have them if it weren’t for His pleasure in giving them to you.