Scrollin’, scrollin’, scrollin’


How much time do you spend doing exactly that? It seems that many people spend far more time on all platforms of social media than they realize. I heard this on the news today and I have a son that has been on Facebook longer than he should’ve been and it just hit home I guess. The story on the news was about how easy it is to find and get illegal drugs on any platform. The right keywords or hashtags that trigger a need or a buy and it won’t take long for someone to contact you.

I know that seeking any knowledge of Jesus is not a high priority for many young people these days since many of them claim that they don’t believe in any religion. Why? Religion has caused so many problems in the past and even today but that shouldn’t keep you from seeking your Savior. Having a relationship with Jesus is not “religion”! He had many arguments with the religious leaders of His day mainly because they thought that their strict adherence to their religion would save their souls.

They were teaching their religion and its rules as the way to heaven and it is not! Belief in Jesus as your Savior is the only way to gain salvation. Then you live your life trying to be more like Him. Without the Holy Spirit’s help we can’t begin to be more like Him but we won’t go back to the life we lived before. We can’t “work” our way into heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments because nobody can keep from breaking even one of them. From God’s perspective, even breaking one commandment makes you guilty of all of them. Because one sin, no matter how insignificant, is enough to condemn you to hell.

That is why Jesus had to come to Earth and live as one of us “yet without sin“, died an atoning death on the cross and then rose from the grave as the victor over death and the grave. It is your belief in Him as your Savior, not a set of rules, that grants you salvation and His righteousness by the grace of God. No extra work or abiding by a set of rules will gain you eternity…only your belief in Jesus as your Savior. Just like the thief on the cross. He believed in Jesus as the Savior, his Savior and Jesus said to him, “today, you will be with Me in paradise“.

That is why my advice to anyone who may be depressed or down or anxious is to seek the One Who can save your soul and give you a joy in Him that no drug can ever match!

The love of God…


God’s love for you began before He created anything. His love for you is everlasting and deeper than you will know until you are in His Presence. Many times it seems that we take His love for granted and all of His blessings and mercy too but He still pours them into our lives even when we don’t acknowledge them. Why do we act this way toward the One Who loves us most in all of creation? Because, even though we may belong to Him and claim Him as our Savior, we are still flawed human beings.

Your life is precious to God and He holds you in His hand because He knows what His plans are for you. He will never leave you or forsake you even if you forget about Him from time to time. Have you considered that He holds the entire universe together but He also knows how many hairs are on your head? I’m not speaking of one or two people, I am talking about every person on the planet! Even those who don’t know Him as their Savior. God is our Savior and our Redeemer and our Creator. Doesn’t He deserve to be praised and thanked for waking us up every morning?

Thank God for your day and for all of the blessings that you have because if you truly think about it…everything that you have is a gift and a blessing sent to you from God.

The deep love of God


According to David in the Psalms, God’s love is unknowable and it is beyond our comprehension. If you are in hell, His love is still there. If you are on a mountain, He is there. If you are in the depths of the ocean, He is there. His love is everywhere that you are because He loves you. So why does the whole world act as if God is a Bad Person? The whole world seems to think that God doesn’t care about His Creation at all. 

If God didn’t care about His Creation, everything in the universe would just vanish into nothing. “He holds all that exists by His Word”; the entire universe is held together by His power. Nothing that we see or know would exist, not even us, if He did not have the power to keep it all together.

Your life and mine, the fish in the sea and the birds of the air are all a part of His daily work. Not because He has to do it but because He wants to keep creation going until His Word is fulfilled. God has decreed that until everything is accomplished that He intended for His creation, not one part of His Word would be nullified.

God knew each of us before the Garden was created or the Earth or anything in the universe so why do we doubt Him in everything that He says in His Word? Jesus came to save mankind from themselves and from their sinful ways. He came to give us a chance and a choice but there are so many who either don’t want His offer of grace and mercy or they don’t believe in Him, to begin with. “A fool says in his heart that there is no God”; what does that say about most of the world?

Our country and the entire world are running as fast as possible away from God. The problem with this is the same problem that the prophet Jonah had. When you try to run from God, you usually run into Him. You can’t run from God!

Come to Jesus!


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:28‭-‬29 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/mat.11.28-29/77080

Are you joyful?


A Psalm for ogiving thanks.

Psalm 100 

1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!

 Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

 Know that the LORD, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

This Psalm gives us the way that we should be worshiping Him every day! Why should we be so joyful? Because He has saved us from an eternity of separation from Him. That would be an unbearable eternity even if it wasn’t accompanied by the fire of the lake of fire. You will be in a place where there is no life-sustaining water or love…forever!

Why would anyone want to be in such a place? Seek out your Savior because He loved you enough to come and die for your sins so that you might live with Him into eternity. God knew that each of us would need Him at some point in our lives. Some of us will seek Him out and give our lives to Him and some of us will hear messages about His love and forgiveness, sometimes for years, and they may never give their life to Him. Why?

Some of us are not interested in following Him even if we feel that tug on our heart and we recognize it as the Holy Spirit. Is it because we think we are good enough or that we don’t need Him? I can’t say that about anyone because I don’t know your heart. I know at one time that I fell into that deceit about my own idea of my righteousness. God knows your heart and He knows that you need Him, so when He touches your heart you should listen to His call and respond to it.

Should we give thanks and be joyful in our worship of Him? Yes, every day! Because there is no other way for us to be saved, and we cannot save ourselves, from an eternity of separation if we don’t accept Him as our Savior. Some believe that they don’t need Jesus as their Savior. How could that be true? He came and paid the penalty for all of the sins of the world, every person’s sins and their penalty. Could you do that? No! He was and is the only One Who could fulfill all of the prophecies about Himself that were in the Old Testament and He did!

God loves you. He made it possible for you to have an eternity with Him in a place where everything is made to exalt Him and show His love for His creation. Eternity with Him will be the most enjoyable time of your life and there will never be a day with pain or tears or problems during that time.

Do not return to your old way


And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/rom.12.2/2600

No comparison to my Lord!


There is none holy as the LORD: For there is none beside thee: Neither is there any rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/1sa.2.2/5785

God’s timing


We need to learn how to wait for God’s timing. It’s not easy, but the church needs to learn how to wait. Why do I say it that way? Because many in the church have gotten tired of waiting it seems. Many churches are teaching a doctrine that is very different from what is written in God’s Word simply because of the time that has passed since Jesus left to be at the Father’s side. Now, I am not trashing or trying to judge any church or pastor in any way. The times that we live in today should be pointing us toward Jesus’ return and it will be sooner than most think.

God’s timing is His timing because He is trying to save as many people in the world as possible. He is doing this because of His love for us…all of us. It doesn’t matter what country or religion they are, they are His creation and they are His children. He will bring as many to know Jesus as possible and He knows exactly how to bring them to know Jesus! It is also our job as His church to tell others about Him too…but are we doing that?

I pray that anyone who reads this will take His Word to those who need Him. In your family or your neighborhood or around the world if you post your Savior on FB or somewhere. Everyone needs to know Him. God’s timing is always perfect so be looking for Him in the sky one day soon.

TRAA


The Truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His atonement for our sins. Repentance from those sins and an adjusted attitude of becoming more like Jesus Christ! However you spell it or in which direction you read it, our society needs to get back to the truth of God’s Word, the Bible! For more than fifty years our young people in schools and colleges have been without the guiding light of God’s Word in their education. They may get a sermon on the weekends if they attend church, but today it seems that more of that age bracket don’t want to identify with any religion no matter what it teaches.

So…what can we do as a culture or a nation to bring people back to the place where they can get to know their Savior? Pray for a revival among those absent from worship services for the first and foremost action that we can take. The next best action would be for the church to be the church that Jesus intended for us to be, regardless of denomination. What does that mean exactly? Go into your community and find people in need of God’s provisions such as clothing, food, or help with chores around the house. Our society has become so insulated in the past couple of decades until we have forgotten what it means to be Christians and neighbors too.

Life is or should be more than working and coming home to hide until you have to go to work again. When Jesus told the Pharisees about the good Samaritan, He was telling them to go and do likewise. Why can’t we do that? Many of the letters that Paul wrote and those that the apostles wrote also had verbiage to go and take care of those who needed to be taken care of. Jesus said the same thing: “When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was thirsty, you gave me a drink, when I was in jail, you visited me.”

If you have been His hands and feet in this life to those in need, regardless of that need, then you are truly being the Church…the Bride of Christ. As Jesus answered the Pharisees when they asked what they should do after finding out who their neighbor truly is, He said “Go and do likewise“.