Self-righteous

Is this America’s problem or just the church’s problem? Is this a Christian problem or an Islamic problem?

It was the problem that Jesus faced, not in His life but from the priests who were the “spiritual leaders and teachers” of Israel and the Jews. They were self-righteous, thinking that their righteousness was good enough without the Messiah. Self-righteousness, thinking better of yourself than you should, will send more people to hell than any amount of sin. Thinking that your life and heart belong to Jesus because of something that you said or did decades ago and yet you don’t live it is a form of self-righteousness. Not because you don’t have Jesus or that you aren’t saved because you may be, but you are being selfish with your gifts from God!

When you are self-righteous you also believe that you don’t need Jesus or fellowship with others. I know there are many who say that they are saved, but they have become satisfied with their lives and they don’t want to give their faith away to anyone. They don’t want to share in fellowship with a group of believers, they want to sit at home and sulk, not praising God and being thankful for His mercy and His graciousness toward them. Yes, you may be saved and you will have access to Heaven and eternal life one day but no one else will have been blessed by your faith and your witness because you didn’t take it with you everywhere!

Why? Because, you have the key to Heaven and you aren’t giving it away to anyone else. You are going to live your life the way you want to and do whatever you want to do, but for a time you knew that your salvation was secure so you don’t feel the need anymore to be a “light unto the world” around you or anywhere else. Oh, you are nice to everyone and courteous to all until they hurt your feelings or someone says something about you and you hear of it, then you hold a grudge for the rest of your days and you don’t have anything to do with them ever.

WHY ARE YOU BEING THIS WAY!!!

The Love of Jesus is not coming out of your heart because you have bricked it up so tight that nothing can come out! You will let some love or lust or other feelings in through the cracks, but you won’t allow anything to go out, at least not any REAL and honest Love that comes from God. Your life is like the rest of the world, just as Satan wants it to be. You don’t belong to him, but nobody can really tell for sure that you don’t.

In many ways this has happened to lots of so-called Christians and the church itself. I say so-called because from the outside, nobody could tell that you are a Christian. The same is happening to many churches, they look more like country clubs or social clubs than they do a place of worship for God Almighty! This description sounds a lot like the church that Jesus said, “I will vomit you out of my mouth” to in the beginning of the book of Revelation, doesn’t it?

When you, as a church or a Christian, get to a point where you don’t look or act any different from those who don’t believe…something has gone terribly wrong. Turn back to Jesus, ask forgiveness for your failures, study the Word again, forget the doctrines and the rules which “churches” are founded upon and get back to God. Those rules in your by-laws and charters are made by men, our life and our churches are supposed to be founded upon the Rock of Jesus Christ and His Word, and none other! As Jesus said, “Come back to your first love!”. Stop chasing after feelings and “prosperity gospels”, and get back to the True Gospel of Salvation, Jesus Christ. He is the Only Way to Heaven, all other roads eventually turn toward hell!

Are we there yet?

Did you ever hear this from your kids? I know that nearly every parent has heard it a few times. So what about all of us who live in the world today? Do you ever wonder about when or where you might end up when this life is over? Well, the when I can’t help you with and to be truthful I personally can’t help much when where either unless you listen carefully to some of the writings that I have placed here.

First, the when is entirely up to God. He knows specifically when and how you will die and leave this life, so you need to consult Him about that. Although, He won’t give you that information. We never find out when or how we die ahead of time, because that would make things too easy. The Bible says that no one knows the time or the hour of the second coming of Jesus and we also don’t know our own time of departure from this life. I really don’t want to get into the “when I will die” discussion because I don’t want to know for myself. When God decides it is time, I will go..period.

What can I tell you about the part of life concerning “are we there yet?” ? Well, with all of the movies which show aliens or asteroids or some other “end of the world” scenario, I believe that there are many people who are wondering just that very thing, are we there yet? The answer is…..we are getting close. I know, for many people this will be a let-down and a non-answer, but it is the truth and its the only answer that I can truthfully give you. No man knows when these things are going to take place, unless God gives him that information and He won’t likely do that until it is very close to happening. Even then, they won’t be given an exact day or hour if they are given any information at all!

We are to be watching and seeking Him until that day. We are also to be doing His work until that day and it will come because it has been foretold, regardless of the fact that it has been over two thousand years since Jesus’ time. Our life and everything that goes on in this world will go on as it has until the events foretold in the book of Revelation begin to happen. Paul said that we would not see any events until the “man of sin is revealed”, even though many Christians are taught that we will be “taken up” before any of the events in the book of Revelation come about.

I don’t want to get into a debate about interpretations of scripture either so I am going to stop there. The point of my writing is that we are not there yet, but the time is growing shorter by the day. Step up the attack, tell as many people as you can about Jesus, teach as many as you can about Him, because the time is right. Your Salvation and your Savior draws nearer with each passing hour and day that goes by.

Is Satan real?

“Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.” (Ezekiel 28: 12-15)

There are many sites which question the validity of the Word of God which states that he is real and also bring up the idea that he is just a metaphor for mankind’s evil state. Well, if the prophets say that the Spirit of God gave them the knowledge and the words to write about him, then I believe it. Also, our Lord Jesus said that He witnessed Satan fall from Heaven like lightning, so to answer the question: Yes, I do believe that Satan is real!

Look at all of the evil things that go on in the world. I know that mankind is evil in some ways, but some of the things which happen to people and especially to youngsters must be prompted by Satanic forces, demons, principalities, whatever you want to call it. It is just too depraved, it seems, for a person to do some of the horrendous things which make the news sometimes without being pushed or influenced by a truly evil presence.

He is known by many names among which are: Satan (the Accuser); Lucifer (the name he was given by God); Beelzebub (the evil one). He is also known as the Dragon and the King of Tyre. By whatever name you call him, he is a created being that was created by God to be a guardian cherub which is why he is so powerful. He was created with all of the beauty that God could bestow upon him and when he saw himself and realized how magnificent he was, he wanted more and pride took root in his spirit.

Lucifer, became Satan when he tried to take what a created being has no right nor power to take. He tried to become a god, above the throne of God on the mountain of God. A human can’t do it and neither can an angel or a cherub, no matter how powerful they may be. He will bow one day to Jesus as the King of Kings. He won’t like it, Gabriel or Michael may have to force him to bow, but he will.

The most wonderful news that I can give you, as a Christian, is that you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and therefore you have power and protection against him. Although, I believe that anyone would be frightened if he actually showed up in physical form regardless of your belief! We have the Spirit of God in us as Christians and therefore we have a part of the Trinity living with us. If you have not asked Jesus into your life, then Satan has an open door to your heart and soul and can enter at any time he chooses. If you mistakenly invite him in by playing a game or playing with witchcraft, then you will pay the consequences.

Give your life to Jesus, decide to follow Him, read and pray about what you are reading in the Bible. God will reveal things to you through His Word to teach you about Himself and about who you are in Christ. Once you have taken the Word of God into your heart by the reading of it, determine to learn from it and you will have a weapon against Satan that he cannot go up against.

Think about it and one day I may meet you in Heaven.  🙂

Are you ready?

For what? There are many things in life that we are or should be ready for, but how do you know when you are ready? Do you even have a clue what it is you feel the need to get ready or be ready for?

Many people, including me, don’t have a clue. Should I be ready for a “zombie invasion” or a nuclear winter, or maybe a financial meltdown and the anarchy which will follow? Some of these are just fantasies of course, but what about the rest? Are you ready for things to really get bad? And when they do, what will you do? Are you going to be one of those who may be helping or will you be part of the problem?

Life on this earth, the only place that we have to live at the moment, is getting harder to handle in light of the economic crisis that the whole world is in right now. Can we have an impact on the way things turn out in the long run? In a way, we can, but we will have to make sure that our heart is right with God first. The reason that I say that is because the world is getting close to the time when this age will end. I don’t know when, nobody knows that except God Himself, but it will likely be in our lifetime.

Many people are worried about asteroids hitting the earth or some other catastrophic, world-wide calamity that will plunge us into anarchy and the only one that is going to happen with any certainty is the one that is predicted in God’s Word. You will have to choose sides in this time of conflict, whether to serve the one who is “in charge” of the world at the time or to be a servant of God and try to help others who are His servants at the time.

Many people will leave the church during this time because it has been prophesied that there will be a falling away from the faith at this time. What will cause this? People have asked this question this for many years and the cause that has been debated and discussed has changed many times. Apathy, dissatisfaction with religion in general, many people, even now, are turning their back on the religion that they grew up with.

The “falling away” during the Tribulation will be so great that very few devout, believing Christians will be left. I know that many people are going to read this and wonder about the “rapture” and whether it happens or not, the answer to that is…I don’t know. The theology that brought that into the teaching of the church did not come into the church until 1830 so I am not sure when we will be gathered up with Him.

The point is that we must be ready regardless of when Jesus sends His angels and blows the trumpet which signals that the saints will be gathered to Him. Like the ten brides in the parable, only a few of them were ready with their lamps when the groom came and that is what we must be…ready.

We must be looking, watching for Him, but we also must be telling others who will listen about Him if they don’t know their Savior. We have to be about the Master’s work when He comes so we won’t be caught unaware and unprepared. If you have given your life and your heart to Jesus, then you must tell others and keep praying, looking for Him until He comes. Whether it is five years or fifty years until that time, I don’t know but when they time comes we must be ready.

Don’t listen to false teachers who tell you that they are the Christ or that they have seen him because they have not. Jesus told His disciples that “many will come in my name claiming ‘I am the Messiah‘, and will deceive many” Matthew 24:5. We have to be studying the Word of God and learning all that we can through it, so that when claims are made about a particular someone, we will be able to see through the lies and deceit that will be spread to all of the world.

If you have not given your heart to Jesus, please consider that when your life is over on this earth you will stand before God in judgement. We are not good enough, regardless of the charitable things that we have done while living, to be ushered into Heaven. Unless you have asked Jesus into your heart and accepted Him as your Savior, you will be condemned the same as the fallen angels and Satan himself!

That is the only requirement that we have to meet to be allowed into Heaven, no amount of good deeds will help, because Jesus accomplished everything that was needed, all that you have to do is accept it as His grace to you and believe that He died for your sins. When you have accepted this and believed in His sacrifice for you, then you are an adopted child of God! Don’t wait, because we are not guaranteed our next breath, or tomorrow let alone years from now!

 

Do you know your Redeemer?

We live our lives in a world full of technology. People are connected today in ways that only thirty years ago was not possible. What about being connected to your Redeemer? The signal clarity never goes away and it is always a clear signal because He hears our every prayer. So why do we not hear Him when He calls? Maybe because we are not listening? Or it might be possible that we just can’t hear that small voice for all of the electronic stuff that we have ringing in our ears and Him.

When we have come to know Jesus, do we decide or does our heart feel the pull of the Holy Spirit? Your only decision is whether or not to answer His call on your life, we don’t decide to get saved just on our decision alone. Unless your heart feels the pull of the Holy Spirit, you won’t feel the conviction to ask Jesus into your heart, that is why we can’t just decide to be saved on our own.

Jesus said that the only way to come to the Father is through Him and the only way that you will know that you need Him is by the conviction of your soul and your heart. Just as Peter was broken after he denied the Lord, we have to be convicted and broken to know that we need Him. We cannot save ourselves and through no action on our part can we be justified before God. Our justification comes through Jesus and faith in Him alone.

“Is it possible that you can lose your salvation?” is a question which gets asked many times. The answer is no, you can’t lose your salvation if you truly have it. If you were “saved” during an emotional event and your life didn’t change afterward, then you may not have been saved. If your character, the person that you truly are, didn’t change and your habits didn’t change then you likely didn’t truly ask Jesus into your heart. Yet, many people think that they are saved because of these things and in many instances they will not listen to anyone from that point on regarding their salvation.

This is a deception that Satan has used for many thousands of years. People think that they have their salvation, their so-called “fire insurance” and no amount of preaching or prayer will get their attention unless God does. They remind me of the Pharisees of Jesus’ time. So wrapped up in their religiousness until they didn’t recognize the Messiah when He came.

Why do we do this? We make up our own worldview, our own comfortable spot that makes us feel all fuzzy and safe, and yet we are deceiving ourselves. Still being taken in by Satan’s schemes, we walk in our comfortable religious “feeling”, and fool ourselves right into hell itself.

Now, I don’t want anyone to think that I am judging anyone, all I am doing is pointing out what some people do. The only One who judges is Jesus and He knows the condition of your heart, regardless of how well you may hide it from others.

God’s Word is the only text that we need in order to know how to be saved and then how to follow Jesus afterwards. It is our instruction book for life everlasting and for life here while we can make a difference in other people’s lives.

We have pushed God’s Word from our lives and from the education system that our children are indoctrinated in and yet we want them to grown up into moral, law abiding citizens. How can they when we have removed the teaching and the influence of God in their lives? Many people don’t go to church regularly anymore so their children are not brought up hearing God’s Word! We are creating a culture that has no fear of God because they don’t know Him or even know about Him.

This fact alone is shown in our culture today because of a small group of people who want freedom from religion, of any type. They don’t want to be told that anything that they may say or do is morally wrong, and yet they will have to account for every word and deed when they face God one day.

The answer to all of life’s questions is found in God’s Word and yet there are many who don’t even have a copy of it in their home. I have read through its pages many times and each time I get a sense of peace and security that I can get nowhere else, because it is a living Word and each of us gets a different message each time we read it or hear it.

Pick up a copy of it at the library or at a book store. Ask God to show you His wisdom for your life through His Word. You won’t be disappointed with the answers to many questions that you have had and you may be surprised about the answers that you never thought would be there. May God richly bless each of you!

Do you know Jesus?

Many people today need to but there are also many who either by choice or by fear, they do not know their true Savior. He came into this world to die for your sins so that you can be redeemed, sanctified and clothed in His righteousness.

These concepts are foreign to many people and completely unknown to some. In our world today there are billions of people living, working and going about their lives without a clue regarding the fate which awaits them after they die. Many people don’t believe that there is an eternity, the just look at death as the end and nothing more.

We are made for eternity and our soul is the part of us that is bound for it. The time that we have here is microscopic compared to an eternity, so why don’t we investigate our options? Many people don’t think that they have an option, but you do!

Jesus is the answer for your life both now and into eternity! He is the Messiah that the Bible foretells in the prophecies of the Old Testament. He came to give His life for our sins so that we could come to the throne of God clothed in His righteousness because our own righteousness is as “filthy rags” before God’s holiness!

Can we truly know Him? Yes we can!! He stands before the door to your heart and knocks all you have to do is ask Him to come in. Your life will never be the same, it will be better! Because you will always have Him with you and you will never be alone again!

To many people the concept of having Jesus with them everywhere they go is just too much to handle. Think about this, He knows what you are doing and where you are anyway, whether you have asked Him into your life or not. Turn your life around and follow Jesus and let Him show you what you can really do with your life! He knows what you are capable of and the best part is yet to come.

The pain that you have experienced in your life can be healed by Him whether it is emotional, physical or spiritual. Jesus knows all about you and your life, all you have to do is let Him make it a better life than it is now!

During the end times…..

There will be pestilences, and famines and wars and rumors of wars. Men will hate you because of Me and will persecute you. There will be a falling away of the faithful, men will lose faith in their religion and will despise it. These things will come to pass, but the end is not yet.

The paragraph above is a paraphrase of a few of the prophecies which Jesus gave to the twelve disciples about the time before His return but they sound like some of the headlines today. What will happen preceding the return of Christ and is all of this actually prophesied in the Bible? There are many questions that people have about this time in history because of the different prophecies from different cultures that refer to this time period.

Since Jesus fulfilled so many prophecies concerning the Messiah during His lifetime on earth, it is only fitting that we should believe the prophecies concerning His return. I know that many do not believe that the book of Revelation is true but since it was given to John by Christ and His messengers I do believe and I suggest that you should too.

Our world is going through a very tough time right now but it pales in comparison to what is to come. I write this to get people to really think about their relationship to God and to Jesus because it is vitally important for all of you. God loves us all and doesn’t want anyone to perish but without accepting Christ into your heart and reading and studying His word, there will be little hope.

I am not saying this to try to scare you but a time will come that will see people put into prison for their belief and for the possession of a Bible. Our world and the ones who rule over us have been manipulated by Satan and his fallen angels and they are still manipulating them to this day. They may not be aware of it but it is happening. The next few years, and I am not sure how long it will be, will show these things to be true and those who have believed and who have studied the Bible will know about these things and will be prepared as much as they can be.

The time to come to Christ is now, today. We are not guaranteed the rest of today, your life may end at any time so the time for salvation is now. Don’t wait for tomorrow or next week because it may be too late, you may not make it home from the store or to church. Our God and Messiah is awesome and He loves you. Give your life to Him as a living sacrifice today, you won’t regret it!