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Archive for September, 2011

Earthly Tent Will Soon Be Destroyed

30 Sep

2 Corinthians 5:1-5 – 1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

The truth is inevitable.  Our bodies are going to grow old and pass away.  Nobody has taken worldly goods with them.  They are still here. 

These are scientific facts, not faith.  Yet man still tries to find the fountain of youth and obtain riches in this temporary life. 

Why?

What’s neat about the Bible is it explains why.  It explains who we are as fallen creatures.  It explains what God expects and wants from us and that it takes His strength and spirit working through us to get it done.

The Bible is full of the words of life.  It is full of how to live and warnings of how not to live.  

Growing up in High School, many people strived for good grades.  They weren’t happy for just barely passing.  In the spiritual realm concerning their relationship with the one true God, just barely passing or getting a D- works just fine for them.

 We need to seek our Lord and all that He wants in our lives.  If we do our best we have a tendency to fall way short.  Just think how bad it is when we don’t try at all?

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Don’t Be Enticed

29 Sep

Proverbs 1:10-10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.

One thing we have to remember is we are all sinners and we can’t allow friends and family to sway us either from what’s right concerning the Word of God.  We always look at people we don’t know and hang around with, but they really aren’t going to entice you anyway.

Stand true to the One True God.  Nobody loves you more! 

 

Just Felt Like A Rapture Verse

28 Sep

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – 51 Listen, I tell you amystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

I look forward to it with excitement.  To be taken in an instant to be with the Lord in the Air and forever be with Him.  Exciting indeed!

 

Choose A Side; Wars On

27 Sep

Matthew 12:30- 30 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

We don’t want to be undecided or caught in the middle.

Daniel 7:13-14- 13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

This is the side to be on.

Those who have chosen and will continue to choose the devil’s coup, will lose in the end.

Revelation 20:10-15 – 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The idea isn’t just to choose the winning side.  We need to seek the loving Creator.  This world is full of people that haven’t taken ANY time to so.  We don’t want to be one of them.  Seek the Lord.  Study the Word.

 

He Loves Us And Forgives Us

26 Sep

Psalm 103:8-12 – 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the
earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

We need to thank the Lord more often that He does not treat us as we deserve.

Praise our God that removes our transgressions from us.  He is worthy of our Praise.  Not just because He made us, but because He is slow to anger and wants His children to love Him.  He constantly shows love to a bunch of fallen people who are full of things detestable.

The war is for your heart.  You can be on the winning side guaranteed.  Choose Him that loves you, cares about you, and made you.

 

Quote – Dwight L Moody

25 Sep

The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.
Dwight L. Moody

 

Proverbs 2:6- 6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

The reason for spiritual blindness is no relationship with God.  When people don’t have God they don’t
have sound Wisdom.  Wisdom comes from the Lord.

 
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You Are God’s Temple

23 Sep

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

God cares about His loved ones.  The Holy Spirit lives in us.  We need to keep the house as clean as we can.

He also cares when we are harmed.  The verse has strong words that state God will destroy those who destroy His temple.

Vengeance is the Lords to handle.

Romans 12:19- 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  KJV

 

The Sacrificial Lamb Of God

22 Sep

Genesis 22:6-8 – 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

I’ve got to be honest.  The first few times I read over these passages I didn’t catch on to even 20 percent of the real meaning or understanding of them.

The first time I read these passages I thought, really?  God would even ask Abraham to sacrifice his son?  Give me a break this was after the first time I read it.  Then I realized and focused on the commitment of Abraham.  Then after a few more times and studies one realizes God would have never gone to the trouble to give a 90 year old woman and a 99 year old man a son only to have him slain.

The thing that took quite awhile to realize was that God had and always has a plan from the very beginning.

Let’s read verse eight again.

Genesis 22:8 – 8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

God indeed did offer His son for the sacrifice.  Amazingly a little further along in the chapter we read this:

Genesis 22:10-12 – 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the
LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

The Angel of the Lord?  That’s one of the terms for Jesus in the Old Testament before he came into the world in the virgin birth.  Jesus is actually speaking to Abraham not to hurt Isaac.  Pretty neat.

Who’s the Lamb of God?

John 1:29 – 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

That He did.  Jesus is the only way we are saved.  That closed mindedness is not popular in the world today.
The ones who don’t like to hear it are the same ones who want to do things their own way in the first place.
That’s how we got away from God originally.

God provided the way back.  In the form of the Son, He died on the cross.  What could man possibly do, or what is he thinking, that he can get back to God on his own?  He can’t.

Accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord and be saved for eternity with your King.

Revelation 19:9 –   9 Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

 

Be Joyful Always

21 Sep

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

When I met my wife she had a saying that has stuck with me.  Fake it till you make it.

Nobody can demand that someone actually be joyful.  They can put on an act but we choose to be joyful.

The thing is; if you consider yourself blessed, you will always in your heart be joyful.  We may have lapses of emotions, but overall if we put God at the top and center, we will have joy.

Pray continually!  Also known as unceasingly.

Why should we give thanks in all things?  Because God will always take care of those who love Him.  We may not understand certain things when they happen, but if God is the love of our life, He is faithful.

 

Your One Day Further Removed From This Earth And One Day Closer To Eternity

20 Sep

Does the title make you excited?

Who are you living for?  What are you living for?

Philippians 3:12-14 – 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes we forget the obvious bible verses we have heard many of times growing up.

Genesis 19:26- 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

It wasn’t like she was looking at the sun.  She desired what God had destroyed even after He allowed her to be saved out of it.  Forget what is behind and move forward toward the goal.

Luke 9:62 –62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Looking back when we need to be looking forward.  When we are pressing for the worldly goal and not the heavenly goal, we’re not heading in the right direction.

What you did for the Lord yesterday is part of the prize waiting for you later.  What you did for your kingdom on this earth is paid in full.  It’s lost forever.

You’re one day closer to eternity, how will you spend today?