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We Must Obey God Rather Than Human Beings

27 Jun

Acts 5:27-29 – 27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

Everyday new laws are popping up that are contrary to God and His Word.  Now it is more important than ever to remember that “We must obey God rather than human beings!”

Many of our Christian brothers and sisters have perished for what would seem like some of the simplest things they could have gone along with.  However, most of those simple things are an abomination to God.

Stay strong!  This world is on a slippery pace to the One World Order and start of the Tribulation.  Unfortunately those who don’t know God’s Word are doomed to go against It and Him.

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An Analogy Of Lost Friends

20 Jun

As believers we look forward to an eternity with our loving Lord.  How did we learn of such things?

We learned of them because of others obedience to the commission that Christ gave to the church, which is to go out and spread the Good News.

Mark 16:15-16 –15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

What happens when someone dies without forgiveness in their sins?

They are separated from our Lord and go to hell for eternity.  Now if someone hears the message that you have been trying to share, then you have done your best.  If you believe faith is a personal thing just for oneself, then the commission of going out and sharing the Good News is not being fulfilled.

Matthew 5:13-16 –  13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

We are to exalt the King.  Shout it from the mountain tops.  Jesus Christ is Lord and He died for us so that we do not have to pay the penalty of an eternal destiny in a place for those who have rejected the free gift of grace.

If you had friends in a burning building, would you try to warn them to get out? 

You see it’s not just that Heaven is a place for those who love God and made Him Lord, but Hell is exactly that, hell.  It’s not a lonely bar.  It’s not a place where you get your feelings hurt.  It’s a place of torment that was created by God for Satan and those who have rebelled against Him.

What are people guilty of that will have them end up in Hell?  Buying what the devil was selling.  You can eat of that tree and you will be like god.  You will be the god of your own life and you can live it any way you want with no one to answer to.  Pride.  It’s a lower level for some than others, but nevertheless pride.

God wants us to freely choose Him.  He wants lovingly obedient, humble, and grateful children.

If you do your best to reach those doomed for destruction, then you’ve tried.  God can’t make others love Him.  But if you didn’t, then how do we know if they would have accepted Him or not?

We know the Lord, because of those who loved the Lord enough to obey Him.  Reaching others for God is a job that is expected from all those who love Him.  Praying, witnessing, loving, caring, and sharing God’s love and Word.

 
 

Better To Have Wisdom

10 Jun

Proverbs 16:16 –16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
    to get insight rather than silver!

Wisdom is from the Lord!  How we are supposed to live is easier when we have wisdom. 

Gold, silver, wealth, will always preoccupy the mind.

Did our Lord come down the first time and chase after wealth?  Gold?  Silver? 

No our Lord came down and gave.  He gave it all.  He gave us a way and an example of how we are supposed to live our lives.  The early church was more into giving to others than taking for themselves.

Wisdom!  No one has more wisdom for you than the Holy Spirit.  He is the messenger.  Read the Word and hear his voice.  If the voice does not match the Word, it isn’t the voice of wisdom or the Holy Spirit. 

We need to turn our minds to heavenly things, not earthly things.  Or Lord is coming in the air.  The world’s lord is coming from this earth.  It’s important where we are looking.

 

Turn My Heart

03 Jun

Satan has only a few packages he’s been selling for six thousand years.  Almost all of them have to do with wealth, power, sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.  Even the ones not listed still fit in the category of ME.  SELF.  The devil is in the selfish business.  You can pretty much use the test of anything and if it comes up about me and not for the Kingdom and the Lord it’s self.

I saw these verses reading through the One Year Bible the other day.

Psalm 119:36-37 – 36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

Picture this:  Bam!  Your heart stops ticking.  What do you have?  Memories for the eternal old folks home?

No.  You have your testimony of how you lived.  How did you do?  Was it all for you?  Was it for others but not based on the Lord?  What do you have to present to the Lord?

People want to live by a scale of good and bad.  Without an ultimate authority one wouldn’t even know what that is.  But we do have an Ultimate Authority.  His Son died on the cross and the acceptance of that death in the place of your own and making Him Lord is the only thing that counts for salvation.

Then there is the authority of accountability.  Whoops.  We’re back to who did you serve?

The good news is there is some time left to finish the race strong.  Don’t stand around on the track though, all the signs are pointing to a very soon return.