Thursday, October 19, 2017

Just One More


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Just One More



7 For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places.

Matthew 24:7



Matthew 24 deals with the end times. Jesus is describing some of the things that must happen before His return. When things such as earthquakes, pestilence wars occur. When people are fighting with one with the other, we take these occurrences as being signs of the end times. When we hear of such things the familiar refrain comes to the fore. "Jesus come quickly." I understand the rationale behind "Jesus come quickly." It is a cry for our salvation. To be delivered from the sin that assails us on every side. It is a request to do away with the evil one. To free us from His influence. It is a cry for peace and deliverance.



Then we have verses like these. So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:28



For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. Romans 2:6-8



The verses concerning the second coming of Christ are wonderful. I long for the day of His return, but, Romans 2: 6-8 haunts me.



The first part is easy , welcoming and hopeful. But the last part is the one that unsettles me, "there will be wrath and fury." Who are those who obey unrighteousness, who are those that will receive “wrath and fury.”



I don't pray "Jesus come quickly." I pray delay as long as possible 10,0000 years would not be too soon. Why do I say that? Who is the one that will receive "wrath and fury?" It will be my son, my daughter, my sister, my brother. It will be my mother, father, aunt, cousin, uncle, friend and neighbor.



In the movie, Schindler's List near the end of the movie Schindler is lamenting the Jews He did not save. He is despondent and questioning himself if I had done this or that I could have saved one-two, possibly three more.



In Revelation 21:4 it says, And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.



If we are in heaven why would there be tears? Why would God have to wipe our tears away? Could it be because we are regretful of those we did not reach those that were left behind? Those brothers, sisters, mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors that were left to receive the "wrath and fury" of God.



When we get to heaven will we lament the lives we did not touch the ones we did not reach? How will we handle the reality of knowing we could have done more. We could have reached out to more.



Today we need to be more conscious of one more. We need to stop praying Jesus come quickly and we need to start praying Jesus give me one more, Just one more.

Leia Mais…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vanities.

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Vanities.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2

All of our efforts everything we strive for is a pointless, meaningless exercise without Christ. All of our altruistic pursuits will end up in the empty hole of nothingness.

If this life is all there is, then legacy is meaningless, and accomplishments are temporal at best. If the momentary is all there is,  life is pointless without purpose. Without something more than our current existence life is no more than vanity. If vanity is all there is, then all we strive for is in vain. Life is then a pointless cycle of self-gratification, disappointment, self-gratification, disappointment, again and again, and again.

God is the only thing that breaks the cycle of hopelessness and pointlessness. God is the only thing that gives life meaning. God is the answer to vanity.

Leia Mais…

Monday, October 16, 2017

Never Rejected

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Never Rejected


37 All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out. John 6:37

Jesus promises us He will never reject us. In my interpretation, this verse means that anyone who has responded to the call of Christ now belongs to Him and he will not get rid of. You can't cast out, get rid of something that is not yours.
The implication is He has accepted us as we are and will not reject us. There is no precondition to coming to Christ. If there is no precondition, then all that come to Christ in any condition will be accepted by Him. And He said He would not cast you out. Regardless of your state, Christ will keep you. You will always be His.

Leia Mais…

Saturday, October 14, 2017

All of You

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All of You

 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37

It is very simple, God wants all of you.

Leia Mais…

Friday, October 13, 2017

Save Yourself

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Save Yourself
 
39 One of the criminals who was hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" Luke 23:29
 
Was it a desperate cry for salvation? Was it a taunt and insult or both? If I am the one on the cross next to Jesus, I might ask the same question. With a different intent, not to taunt but as the last desperate plea of dying man.  We know that this was not the intent of the criminal hung alongside Christ.  We know it was at the very least a taunt or a challenge to Jesus to prove Himself.
 
We behave as if the man hanging next to Jesus was singular in his demand and challenge to Jesus. He wanted Jesus to prove His divinity. We may not use the same words, but in essence, we ask the same question.  If God were alive, why does God allow? Where was God when?  If there were a God, there would not be injustice, famine wars ext.  It is all the same question, If you are Christ save us and prove to us you are who you say you are?  We are asking Him to die again and again and again and forever to prove to each of us his divinity. Asking Him to die for every sin all the time to prove His worth to us.  
 
The criminal hanging next to Jesus is guilty of His crimes, His sins.   He is asking Jesus to save Him from the sin He is guilty of. He is asking, no he is demanding that Christ do for Him what he could not do himself.  To remove his just condemnation without atonement for his sin.  We are the asking the same thing. We want to be justified without making payment.
 
We all want the same thing we want to be absolved of our sin without personal cost.  That is what all our spiritual, intellectual, political correctness is all about. Let us not remind anyone of their sin. Let us not actually hold anyone responsible for their sin. Let us demand that God change His laws that we may have our way. Let's do away with righteousness. 
 
The criminal hanging on the cross did not even acknowledge His sin, His crimes. He only wants to be saved from them. He was not concerned about his quilt, righteousness or God. All he wanted was for his sin not to cost Him His life. 
 
That is who we are. We sin and do not want the consequences of the sin. We want to live unrighteously and receive righteousness. We want Christ to die on the cross not for our salvation but for a license to continue to sin.  
 
Christ died for your salvation, not to be the whipping boy for your sin.

Leia Mais…

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Little Faith

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Little Faith
 
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20
 
What comes first faith or the mountain? Usually, we are looking for the faith required when we arrive at the mountain. Not until the heart attack are we looking for the faith necessary to manifest a miracle. We, at least I, don't have reservoirs of faith stored for trying or impossible situations. Yet when we find ourselves in impossible situations, we try to call on faith we have not stored or attained. The time to exercise faith is not when you don't have any. To pray a vain hopeless prayer of faith with an empty tank at the time of crisis is precisely that an empty request. 
 
At present, I am trying to accomplish something that is far above anything I've ever done. If we are successful, it will be a miracle. It requires a lot of people, and not everyone regardless of my intention will be on the same page. I will gain no personal benefit in this endeavor other than to see the hand of God work. It is a huge endeavor for me, but I have perfect peace in the attempt. If I fail, the lost will not be mine as much as to the people this project would help. 
 
When I presented the idea to some of my associates, there was some resistance on several fronts. All of their objections were and are valid. But I see them all as obstacles, not real barriers. I am convinced that they can all be overcome fairly easily. I don't see any of the challenges as a death blow to the project. 
 
The feeling I have is peace. I believe I am convinced. Unlike any other time in my life that God will provide everything we need to accomplish the goal. I have an unrelenting faith that we will succeed because the project will bring honor and glory to God. It is the most unusual feeling I've ever had. This will be done because God will bring the necessary pieces together. Do I have a reservoir of faith to accomplish this task? Well yes, I do because I have seen the hand of God work in my life. I saw it when I had my heart attack. I saw Him heal me, restore me and bring me back from the jaws of death. I have seen Him work in my life and in the lives of many other people. So yes my tank is full. I believe He will provide the miracle we need to move the mountain before us.
 
If you want to see your faith become a reality, you must reach beyond what you can grasp. If you extend your hand beyond what you can grasp without faith, you will retract an empty hand. You must believe, expect and receive the miracle of God.

Leia Mais…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Separation

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Separation
 
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
 
Let's get real for a moment. This scripture has to be the most uplifting, inspiring scripture in the entire Bible. We are assured, under no possible circumstances will we be separated from the love of God. As I thought about this scripture, I realized something. This is one-sided.
 
Everything that is promised here is a promise from God to us not us to God. The truth of this verse only exists when it comes from God to us. What it is saying is there is nothing in creation that can stop God from expressing His love to us. There is no existing authority of any kind that can keep God from revealing His love for us. There is nothing that can keep us from receiving His love. He has created the entire universe in such a way as to make it impossible for us not to have access to His love.
 
You are the only thing in creation which can make this promise void. Have you ever been in a situation where someone expresses love to you but you do reciprocate that love? After all that God has done to enable you and I to be loved by Him we can reject Him. We can close the door. We can nullify all He has done to love us. After all, He has done for us to be loved He has given us the authority to reject His love. There is nothing in life which can impede His love for us. But we can stop it at the door of our hearts.
 
The greatest promise in the bible and we can negate it and render it powerless. We have the power to accept or reject Gods love. He will not force us to accept His love. After creating a universe with the sole purpose of loving us we can say no. I do not want your love. We can say that to God.
 
Even still, God calls to you, let me love you. He knows many will reject His perfect love. Still at the door of your heart. Knocking, asking you to let Him in to heal your broken heart.
 
It astonishes me that insignificant man was given the authority to reject God. We can actually say no to God. We can choose not to accept His love.
 
God wants us to love Him as He loves us, willfully intentionally, knowingly. He wants us to pick Him as He has picked us. When we do there is nothing that can separate us from receiving His love, nothing.

Leia Mais…