Where Are You?

The Question The Lord Asks Of Us All

“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves and hid from the Lord after their fall in the Garden. The Lord, in His mercy, sought out Adam and Eve. If He had not sought them out then their, and our, condition would be as hopeless as that of the fallen angels. But the Lord did seek them out and showed them a way that they might have fellowship with Him.

The Lord, of course, knew exactly where they were, but in asking the question, He wanted Adam and Eve to see their true condition. The Lord does the same thing today. He calls out to everyone through His Word to show us where we are (i.e. our lost condition), and to show us the “Way” to have fellowship with Him. Jesus said:

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

Adam and Eve hid from God because of their disobedience, not due to any change in the Lord. They found that it was impossible to hide from God, and neither can we. They hid because of guilt. Sin causes us to feel guilty, and we see God as someone to fear and hide from. We come to the Lord only by the Holy Spirit seeking us out just as the Lord sought out Adam and Eve.

By the Lord covering them with “coats of skin,” it showed them the seriousness of sin, in that, an innocent animal had to die. This, of course, pointed ahead to the cross It showed them, and us, that salvation is all of the Lord. The fig leaves they used to try and cover themselves were useless. Likewise, any attempt we make to cover our sin, or live for the Lord by our efforts, is useless and will be rejected by the Lord.

As has been stated, the “coats of skin” were a type, pointing to Calvary. It cost the Lord greatly to “cover” the sin that was a result of the fall in the Garden. We have a fallen nature and are unable to save ourselves. It took God becoming man and dying on a cruel cross to pay the price to redeem us.

Once we come to the Lord in repentance and faith; we are to continue to keep our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided. The church in Ephesus in the Book of Revelation was admonished by the Lord for not doing this very thing:

“Nevertheless I (Jesus) have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4).

They had “left” their first love, which was faith in the only “covering” the Lord has provided – Christ and Him crucified. They had moved their faith to other things. They had fallen from grace, and this will lead any individual, or church, to spiritual wreckage. The question today from the Lord is the same: “Where are you?” Is our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided or are we trusting in “fig leaves.” Paul said it best:

“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).

The “covering” has always been Christ and Him crucified. Just as the Lord covered Adam and Eve with the skin of a slain animal, the Lord covers us with the Blood of Jesus. Salvation is of the Lord from first to last. We praise His Name for His mercy and grace towards us.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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The Village

Originally Published in 2019

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15,16)

There was once a very remote village with a population of several hundred. One day, a traveler came to this village. He spoke of a king and a kingdom that were seeking subjects. The villagers listened to the man as he presented the kingdom to them, but they did not feel they needed a king or a kingdom and went about their business paying no heed to what the man presented. There was one exception to this; one man in the village listened intently to the story of this king and kingdom and told the traveler that he wanted to become part of the kingdom.

“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

The traveler told the man that the only requirement for becoming a part of this kingdom under the king was to admit that he needed what the kingdom had to offer. The man did just that and became part of the kingdom. The traveler stayed for some time and told the man all about the wonderful king and kingdom.

After a period of time, the traveler told the man that he needed to leave the village. He said he had been sent by the king to reach as many villages as he could with the message of the kingdom. The king was now calling him to continue on his journey. He would go on to the next remote village with the good news of the wonderful king and kingdom.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

Before the traveler left, he gave the man a book that had all the information that the man would need regarding the king and kingdom. He told the man to read the book every day and that it would encourage him and reinforce all the traveler had told him. The man was sad to see the traveler go but thanked him profusely for telling him about the kingdom. He told the traveler that the words of the kingdom had changed his life for the better and that he would seek to share the message with the other villagers.

“For the Lord, Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout …..(1 Thess. 4:16)

Before the traveler departed on his planned journey to other villages; he told the man something most incredible. He said that one day the king himself would come for his servants and take them to live with the king forevermore. The traveler told him that all of this was written in the book for the man’s encouragement.

After the traveler’s departure, the man went throughout the village telling all those that would listen of all the wonderful news of the kingdom. The villagers at first listened, but most did not accept what the man told them. He showed them the book and told them of the one-day return of the king to take those that had become part of the kingdom away to be with him. Over time, they became angry with the man, mistreated him, and would avoid him whenever possible. The man did not give up. He heralded the good news of the kingdom throughout the village each day.

“Then we which are alive and remain will be caught up …… to meet the Lord in the air…” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

One day the villagers realized that the man and all those that had believed his words were missing. They searched the village for them, but they were nowhere to be found. They remembered his words about the kingdom. They searched his home and found the book he carried with him everywhere. The book had been left on the desk opened to the story of the sudden return of the king for those that were part of his kingdom. The villagers remembered that the man had told them all about these things when he spoke to them about the kingdom.

There were some in the village that took to heart the message the man had brought them. They encouraged each other each day with the words of the book. They also warned the other villagers about a terrible end that was spoken of in the book for those that were not part of the kingdom. The villagers listened at first, but then told those with the message from the book to leave them alone and not bother them any longer. The villagers said they had their lives to live and did not want their lives interrupted or troubled by these words.

“For then shall be great tribulation … (Matthew 24:21)

What the villagers did not realize, was that there was a great storm coming that would destroy their village and take many lives. And although all those in the village would go through the coming storm, there was a place of security for those in the king’s kingdom. As the storm began to bear down on their village, with certain destruction inevitable, the villagers continued living their normal lives unaware of their final end.

THE HOUR IS LATE!

Today, the Lord is calling out to all those that will hear and come to Him. We are promised no more than today. Today is the day of salvation. Won’t you come to Him and enter His rest.

“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

I Never Shall Forget The Day (lyrics)

I never shall forget the day when all the burdens of my soul were rolled away. It made me happy, glad, and free. I’ll sing and shout it for He’s everything to me.

(Composed by Iris Dement)

Always Remember,

God Loves You

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Where Does Your Heart Live?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

Home is where we dwell every day. It is a place of safety for most and a place of comfort. We are most happy when we are at home with our family. When we are away from our home there is a yearning to return. It is a place of security and rest on our journey through this life.

The Bible tells us that our spiritual place of rest (our home) is in Christ. Those that find this rest in Christ are blessed indeed. Jesus called out to all those seeking this rest in the following verse:

“Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

The Lord is to be our dwelling place. He watches over us and guides us through this life. We are safe and secure in His care. Psalm 91 says it well:

“He who dwells (make our home) in the shelter of the Most High (in Christ) will abide (dwell) in the shadow of the Almighty (our place of safety and protection). I will say of the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress (where we live), my God, in whom I trust (rely totally on)” (Psalm 91:1,2).

We are born with a fallen nature and are in need of a Savior. Our spiritual home cannot be of our own making. There are many paths that promise seekers that they are the way to spiritual growth. These are all false ways. Only the Lord can rescue us from our fallen condition and make us alive spiritually. The Bible tells us this clearly:

“Unless the Lord build the house, the builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Our spiritual home, so to speak, comes to us through a heart change. God’s Word leads us through the wisdom it contains. We can come to an understanding of God’s Way that will bring us to a saving knowledge of the truth.

“By wisdom (the Bible) a house is built, and through understand (knowing God’s way) it is established” (Proverbs 24:3).

The condition of our heart determines where we live spiritually. When we realize our lost condition and come to the Lord in repentance and faith in the Way He has provided for us we have come home to him. That Way is by faith in Jesus and His great sacrifice at the cross.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus (believe the price was paid at the Cross for our sins), and shall believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (He’s alive!) You shall be saved (have come home to God).”

“For with the heart man believes unto Righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10).

Just as we enjoy the comfort and protection of our earthly home; spiritually we can live or abide “in Christ.” We can be safe and secure in His loving care as we walk out this life with our faith in Christ and Him crucified. Surely, home is where the heart is. It is my prayer that all those that read this have their home in Christ! In closing, let us hear the Words of Jesus as He comes to each of us individually with a love for us that brought Him to the cross:

“Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door (of our heart) and knock (He draws us with His love): if any man (whomsoever) hear My voice (responds to His love), and open the door (receive Him as Savior and Lord), I will come into him (make His home in us), and will sup with Him, and Him with Me (an intimate relationship)” (Revelation 3:20).

Lord, I’m Coming Home

Coming home, coming home, never more to roam. Open wide thy arms of love, Lord. I’m coming home.

(Lord, I’m Coming Home – Composed by William J. Kirkpatrick 1838 -1921)

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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Welcome, Holy Spirit

The Dual Work Of The Spirit

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“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you in all Truth…” (John 16:13)

The church was born on the day of Pentecost after the Lord’s sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection. On that day the Holy Spirit came for the first time to indwell all believers. The Holy Spirit could not come like this prior to the cross because the sin debt had not been paid. But now, The Holy Spirit could come and live in all believers. When we come to Christ by faith; the Holy Spirit baptizes us into Christ. This is a spiritual baptism. The following verses tell us what happens spiritually when we come by faith to Christ:

“Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ ( spiritually) were baptized into His death. (spiritually we died with Him)? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death (we were also buried with Him along with all our past sins): that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in Newness of Life” ( Romans 6:3,4).

The Holy Spirit helps us to walk in this “Newness of Life” when we place our faith in Christ and Him crucified. Again, spiritually we died with Him, we’re buried with Him, and were raised from the dead like Him. As the Apostle Paul was fond of saying we are “in Christ.” The Holy Spirit’s work in us is predicated on us placing our faith in Christ and Him Crucified daily. The following verse makes this abundantly clear:

“For the Law of the Spirit (Holy Spirit) of Life (Newness of Life) in Christ Jesus (Jesus made it possible by His sacrificial death at Calvary) has made me free ( victory over sin) from the Law of Sin and Death (a powerful law that can only be overcome by faith in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit)”  (Romans 8:2).

This is the way the Holy Spirit works in our lives to bring us victory over sin. It is the only way the Holy Spirit works. If we try to go some other way which always means by way of works; we will fail. So, the initial way the Holy Spirit works in our lives is in the area of sanctification to make us more Christ-like.

The other way the Holy Spirit works is by the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Christ is the baptizer with the Holy Spirit. This baptism is for power and for service. The only requirement to receive it is to be born again. We receive this baptism by faith. Jesus thought it so necessary for service that he told His disciples the following regarding it:

“And, (Jesus) being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father (the Holy Spirit), which He said you have heard of me. John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit. ….You shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you” (Acts 1:4,5,8).

And the Holy Spirit did come upon them on the Day of Pentecost as the following verse tells us:

“And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2-4)

As has been mentioned, the Holy Spirit could not come and abide in believers until the sin debt was paid at the cross. But now, the Holy Spirit comes to live in the believer to give us victory in our daily walk with the Lord. And He comes to give us power for service that we might carry out the Great Commission.

We truly have a complete salvation all due to the Lord love for us that caused Him to leave His home in glory and die on a cruel cross to pay the sin debt for mankind. A price we could not pay ourselves. When we come in repentance and faith in Jesus and what He accomplished at Calvary we are born again, or born spiritually. We now walk out this life by faith in Christ and Him Crucified by the power of the Holy Spirit. So, we have power to live a holy life and we have power for service, We couldn’t ask for any more than that. The Lord’s love shines through all he has done for us. How can we not share the great love He has for us with others as Jesus commanded us to do in the Great Commission?

The Great Commission

“…All power is given Me in Heaven and in Earth. Go ye therefore, and teach (preach to) all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18,19).

The Promise of Jesus

“…..And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world, Amen” (Matthew 28:20).

Welcome Holy Spirit

Welcome Holy Spirit be here with Your Presence. Fill me with Your power. Live inside of me. Your the living water, never dying fountain. Comforter and Counselor take complete control.

Welcome Holy Spirit composed by Hillde Bedsvaag

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God Loves You!

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The Neighbors

Oh, How He Loves You And Me!

A Fictional Narrative

[written in the first person]

My next-door neighbors are a wonderful couple who had befriended me when I first moved into the neighborhood. I had moved to town for a job, and I had come alone. My wife of some thirty years had died just prior to my move. In fact, that was part of the reason for moving and taking the new job. The Lord had been so faithful and I felt blessed knowing that He was with me. His presence was my constant companion. I was thankful every day that I knew the Lord and that I had His Word to comfort me in my loss and in those times when sadness was an ever-present companion.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3).

My neighbors were much-needed friends in my time of grief. I wanted to tell them how the love of God had changed me and to let them know just how faithful the Lord is to His children. But they attended a church that did not follow the Bible and many false doctrines had made their way into their church down through the years. Sadly, their church had substituted man’s ways for God’s Word. I didn’t know how to approach them with the love that the Lord had for them. They said they felt that they were at the right church and were getting the truth because it was the original one started by Jesus.

I knew all about the teachings of this church because I grew up attending it. This church taught that they were the one true church and that the Apostle Peter was their first leader. How could I reach them with the truth about Christianity? I remembered as a youth how the church warned about listening to those of other denominations. In fact, at the time, I felt sorry for those outside the church because the church said that they were lost.

One day, while I was talking with my neighbors, I felt the Lord prompt me to speak to them about their souls. I knew that this church put little emphasis on what the Bible said. They would hear selective verses from it on Sunday, but it really was all about what the church teachings required. Also, the neighbors knew that I was not “one of them” and would be on their guard against anything not taught by their church which I was sure they had been warned about just as I had been those many years ago.

I followed the Lord’s leading and spoke with them about the love God has for us. How He left His home in glory and died on the Cross that we might be forgiven and saved. As I spoke with them I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit. The neighbors listened intently to what I had to say. I could see by their reaction that nobody had ever spoken to them this way about the love God had for them. When I finished speaking, we wished each other a good night and they returned to their home. I prayed that the Lord’s great love for us all would draw them to Him.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jeremiah 31:3).

I was very busy with my new job and did not see the neighbors for quite some time. One night, there was a knock at my front door and when I opened it I found the couple, my neighbors, standing there. I invited them in and we sat down in the living room. I felt that they had something on their mind that they wanted to discuss, but they didn’t bring up the real reason for their visit for a long period of time. Finally, the husband spoke up and said that they wanted to hear more about Jesus. They both said that they could see that I had something that they didn’t have. They had tears in their eyes as they told me how the words I spoke to them had stayed with them. In fact, they said that the love of God that I spoke about was all they could think about since that night. The Holy Spirit was drawing them and they both seemed overwhelmed by the fact that the Lord had reached down to them in His love. They said they wanted the joy and peace that they saw I had. Both the husband and wife wanted to know the Lord.

“We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

I led them in the Sinner’s Prayer that very evening, and this couple, my wonderful neighbors, became my brother and sister in Christ that night. The Lord blessed me with these great neighbors that were so good to me when I moved to my new home and job after losing my wife. And the Lord blessed this couple with the knowledge of the love the Lord has for them and the salvation he offers to whomsoever comes to Him in repentance and faith in Jesus and the price He paid at Calvary.

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (the Cross represents the ultimate sacrifice the Lord made because of his great love for us)” (John 15:13).

Oh, How He loves You and Me

Oh, how He loves you and me. He gave His life, what more could He give? Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how He loves me; Oh, how He loves you and me.

(Oh, How He Loves You and Me – Composed by Kurt Kaiser)

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Just As It Was In The Days Of Noah

A Walk-Up Call

NOAH’S ARK

“But as in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark” (Matthew 24:37,38).

The Lord, in these verses, just prior to his crucifixion, tells us how things will be in this world just prior to His Second Coming. Those living at the time of Noah paid no attention to Noah’s warnings regarding the coming flood. It will be the same just prior to the Lord’s Second Coming. People will be going about their normal lives with no regard for the prophecies the Lord has given us about his soon return. In Genesis, the Lord said the following regarding the condition of the world just prior to the flood:

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

These are very strong words from the Lord. Sin grieves the Lord and it will be dealt with at the Lord’s return. We have a choice to make today. Do we heed the prophecies regarding His soon return and the judgment that will come upon this world? the right choice is to turn to Him In repentance and faith in His answer for the sin problem in the world. He came and died on the cross that all those that believe in Him and the great price he paid might be saved. Saved from the wrath of God that’s coming as judgment on a rebellious and sinful world. The Lord tells us that the time of the end will be very similar to the times of Noah:

“And (they) knew not until the flood came, and took them all away: so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:39).

We also have a very similar account of what happened in the days of Lot and the Lord’s warning regarding the coming time of that judgment:

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from Heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day the son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).

Judgment is coming and there will be no warning prior to His coming outside of the many prophecies that the Lord in His mercy has provided. Notice that in each of these examples of what is to come, both with Noah and with Lot; the righteous were taken out, or rescued, prior to the judgment falling. The Lord has promised all those that are His that he will come for us prior to the Great Tribulation that is soon coming on this world. He said:

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world (the Great Tribulation), to test those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10).

Some might say that everything goes on as it has for thousands of years. Why should we be concerned about some prophecies from 2000 years ago? The Apostle Peter addresses this in the following verse:

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking in their own lusts (going their own way; not God’s way), and saying, Where is the Promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation” (2 Peter 3:3,4).

These forget that the Lord did bring judgment at the time of Noah and all those alive a the time outside of Noah’s family perished. The Lord created the world by speaking His Word and the Bible tells us that the earth as we know it has been reserved for judgment by the Word of God.

“But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved for judgment and perdition of ungodly men ( 2 Peter 3:7).

The Apostle Peter goes on to say regarding the Promise of God and His timing of events:

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

The Lord has warned all those that dwell on the earth that there is a day of judgment coming. It is my sincere hope that this would be a wake-up call to all those that do not know the Lord. He paid the price at the cross that whosoever will come to Him and be saved from the coming judgment. If you do not know the Lord, you have an opportunity today to make things right with Him. His mercy and longsuffering have delayed the coming judgment, as the Apostle Peter tells us in the following verse:

“The Lord is not slack concerning His Promise (of His coming), as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Today is the day of salvation. We are not promised tomorrow. Just as Noah and his family were saved from the judgment that came upon his generation; we have an ark of safety today. That ark of safety is Christ! The following verse assures us that whosoever will call upon the Lord will be saved from the judgment to come:

“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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The Rich Fool

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

The Parable of the Rich Fool from Luke 12: 16-21

“And He (Jesus) spoke a parable unto them, saying, the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentiful” (v16).

The Lord Jesus taught by parables many times in His earthly ministry. The Parable of the Rich Fool was one of these. Parables are fictional stories that convey a spiritual lesson. This rich man had been blessed by the Lord and his harvest had been plentiful.

“And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do because I have no room where to bestow (store) my fruits” (v17).

His first “thought” should have been to thank the Lord for the abundant blessing. The rich man had his eye on the blessing instead of the Lord Who had richly blessed him. He gave no thought to using a portion of his abundance for the Kingdom of God but looked to store everything up for himself.

“And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater, and there will bestow (store) all my fruits and my goods” (v18).

His thoughts were only of himself and he was not thankful to the Lord for all he had. The Lord wants to bless us and there is nothing wrong with enjoying the blessings of the Lord, but the rich man gave no thought to thanking the Lord nor blessing the work of God with his abundance. The rich man was ungrateful and gave no thought to the Lord.

“And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry” (v19).

He had an abundant provision for his flesh, but his soul was barren. He had given no thought to the things of God as evidenced by his desires “eat, drink, and be merry.” Many in the world today enjoy an abundance of material things but give no thought to the Lord. Not realizing or acknowledging the blessings of the Lord is a dangerous position to be in. The Bible says “All good gifts come from above.”

“But God said unto him, you fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those be, which you have provided” (v20).

Strong words from the Lord, “You fool.” Our soul is our most valuable possession. Pity the individual who accepts the blessings of the Lord but ends up in Hell for eternity because those blessings did not point him to the Lord and his need for the spiritual blessings that only the Lord can provide.

So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God” (v21).

A lesson for all for sure. Temporal blessings will not last but to know the Lord and His ways will bring eternal blessings. We can be rich toward God by acknowledging our need. He displayed His mercy and grace for all to see at the cross. The Lord calls out to us with the following words:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

It is a fool indeed who is ungrateful towards the Lord for their temporal blessings and ignores the eternal. We’ll close with the words of the missionary Jim Eliot who was martyred attempting to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador. He said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” The Lord wants us to enjoy the blessings He provides, but we always must keep eternity in sight and be grateful for the Lord’s mercy and grace which will bring us into His very presence for eternity. The following verses say it clearly:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal (Matthew 6:19).

We are to enjoy what the Lord blesses us with realizing that they are only temporal blessings and pale in comparison with the treasures awaiting us in Heaven).”

“But lay up treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matt 6:20-21).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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Why Should I Let You Into My Heaven?

All Will Stand Before God And Give Account

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Many are confused today about the things of God and are hearing conflicting views on God and salvation. For those that attend a church, many just accept whatever their church teaches them regarding God. But what if they’re wrong? Eternity is a long time and knowing what God says about it should be of utmost importance to everyone. One’s church may be preaching and teaching the right thing, but the Lord will not give us a pass if they are not telling the flock the truth. As the following verse tells us: each one of us is responsible before the Lord for our own soul.

“So then each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” (Romans 14:12).

God’s Word is the measure of all truth. We must make sure we are not believing or counting on things that are not Biblical. There is no Purgatory. There are no such things as sacraments that bring about salvation. The only one we are to pray to is the Lord. We confess our sins to the Lord, not to a priest. Mary cannot hear or help us. We cannot gain salvation by following church rules. Social justice is not the Gospel. There are moral absolutes. We can not gain heaven by living a good life alone. These are only a few of the false doctrines and beliefs that many accept as true because they do not know God’s Word.

“Every Word of God proves true: He is a shield to all those who take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5).

Some would say, well that’s just an opinion, or the Bible can be interpreted in many different ways. I would suggest that these arguments come mostly from those that have never read the Bible themselves. Considering that eternity is at stake, and even if these arguments are believed by some; you would think that everyone would want to make sure that what they believe is true.

Others would say that they don’t believe there is a God, or they are just not sure. Read the Bible and it will tell you all about how the Lord left His home in glory and lived among us for thirty-three and a half years. Read the Bible and hear the words he spoke – those unlike any mortal man. Read the Bible and the detailed description of His suffering and death on the cross for our sins. Read the Bible about how He rose from the dead which was witnessed by more than 500 people at the time. Yes, there is a God and because of His great love for us, He came to this earth and paid a price for our sins that we could not pay ourselves.

When we purchase an automobile we are given an owner’s manual that tells us all about the car and includes a maintenance schedule. We usually keep it close by, maybe in the glove compartment, so that we can reference it when we need it. If we ignore what it says, particularly about maintenance, then we can have some serious problems. God has given us the Bible so that we can know what He says about our soul. If we do not heed what the Bible says then we risk not knowing about the salvation the Lord graciously has provided and we will end up in serious trouble for eternity. When it concerns our soul, we cannot depend on anyone else no matter how well-meaning they may be. We are responsible to God in the end.

The Bible does say that we can know that we have eternal life. That Jesus paid the price for the sins of mankind on the cross. That we are saved by placing our faith in Him and His great sacrifice at Calvary. That God loves us and does not want any to perish. That whosoever believes has passed from death to life spiritually. That Jesus rose from the dead and has gone to Heaven to prepare a place for us and will return for us so that we will be with Him in eternity. Read the Bible for in it are the words of life. It’s the Lord’s love letter to all those that read it and believe. Read it for yourself. You will be blessed.

The following are lyrics from the hymn, I Will Sing The Wondrous Story, composed by Frank H. Rowley in 1886:

I will sing the wondrous story of the Christ that died for me. How He left His home in glory for the cross of Calvary.

He came and lived among us and died on a cruel cross. He offers us forgiveness and eternal life with Him as sons and daughters of God – joint heirs with Jesus Christ. He gave us His Word in a book called the Bible so that whosoever reads it will know the way to freedom from sin and the blessings of the Lord. What more could He have done? Why should the Father let us into Heaven? There is only one answer to that question! The Father will welcome us into Heaven if we come by way of repentance and faith in His Son’s sacrificial death on the cross for the sin of mankind! There is no other way! The following verse makes it very clear:

“He who has the Son has Life (Life Eternal); he who does not have the Son of God does not have Life” (1 John 5:12).

The following is the Sinner’s Prayer prayed by millions down through the years: If you do not know the Lord I encourage you to pray this prayer and believe what you pray.

THE SINNER’S PRAYER

Dear God In Heaven,

I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins. The way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with your Precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe God raised Jesus from the dead, and He is alive. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as the savior of my soul. And I make Him the Lord of my life. According to your Word which cannot lie: I am washed, I am forgiven. I am saved. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer and believed what you prayed, then you have passed from death to life spiritually. You have been born from above – born again!

Always Remember,

God Loves You!!

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Up, Up, And Away

In A Moment; In The Twinkling Of An Eye – I’ll Fly Away

Suddenly And Without Warning

“For the Lord, Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

The Lord is coming back just as He promised. He is coming twice. First, He is coming for His church in what is known as the Rapture. And finally; He is coming in judgment against a rebellious and evil world at His Second Coming. He came in His first Advent to pay the price for the sin of mankind and offer forgiveness and new life to whomsoever will believe in Him and His sacrificial death at Calvary. Our introductory verse in this article addresses the Lord’s coming for His church prior to the Great Tribulation. The Lord said the following concerning this time of final judgment:

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (left alive)” (Matthew 24:21,22). The Lord promises to keep His church from this end-time judgment as He makes clear in the following verse :

“Because you have obeyed My command to persevere (remained faithful persevering), I also will keep you from the hour of temptation (the Great Tribulation), which will come upon all the world, to try them who dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10).

Obviously, it would be best to be caught up to be with the Lord in the Rapture before the judgment. When He comes for the church He will not come all the way back to earth but will meet us in the air. All the believers who have died will rise first, and then we who are alive at the time will be caught up to be with the Lord. And along with the wonderful promise to be with the Lord forever; we will be raised incorruptible, without a sin nature, as the following verses explain:

Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trump shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1Corinthians 15:51,52).

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:53,54).

When the Lord comes for us we will not only rise to be with Him but we will be changed. We will receive our glorified bodies and will no longer live in our current tent with a fallen sin nature. What a promise! And it gets even better as the following verse states. Jesus made the following promises to us prior to His crucifixion:

“In My Father’s House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2).

He promised to come for us (the Rapture) so that we might be where He is. He left to prepare our home (many mansions) for us and we will be with Him forever! All this could happen at any time. There is nothing prophetically that must happen prior to the church being caught up (raptured) to be with the Lord. His coming will be sudden and without warning.

“Behold I come quickly (suddenly without warning)” (Revelation 3:11).

Whether we die in the Lord prior to His coming in the Rapture, or we are alive at His return; The following song expresses our joyful anticipation of His soon return:

I’ll Fly Away

Some glad morning when this life is over; I’ll fly away! To a home on God’s celestial shore. Just a few more weary days and then; I’ll fly away! To a land where joy shall never end; I’ll fly away!

(I’ll Fly Away composed by Albert E. Brumley in 1929)

Always Remember,

God Loves You!!!

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Do You Have Life Assurance?

Don’t Leave This World Without It!

Covered with the Blood of the Lamb

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (Mark 8:36).

Our soul is eternal and will live forever. It is more valuable than anything the world can offer. The Lord has given us free will and we will choose where we will spend eternity. That’s right; we will choose! Just as we have life insurance to protect our loved ones; we need to have life or soul assurance to guarantee that we spend eternity in the right place. There is a financial commitment to acquire life insurance, and there is a spiritual commitment to guarantee life eternal with the Lord.

Just as a life insurance policy has all the terms laid out for us; the Lord has laid out His terms for our life assurance in a document called The Bible. So, how can we make sure that we have eternal life? How can we attain this life assurance? The following verse tells us the way:

“These things have I written unto you who believe on the Name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may believe on the Name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

As 1 John 5:13 proclaims; we can be assured that we have eternal life with The Lord. With life insurance, we purchase it to be insured. With life assurance, it was purchased for us by the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross. He paid the price owed for our sins so that we might have the assurance that we will be with Him in eternity. The Lord’s terms and conditions are spelled out clearly in His Word. The Book of Romans tells us what we must do:

“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart, man believes unto Righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10).

So faith is our way to life assurance. It cost the Lord greatly to provide this for us. Some would say that just as we must purchase life insurance, we must do our part in gaining eternal life with the Lord. But what could we possibly add to what the Lord provided for us at Calvary? No, we must come in repentance, empty-handed, just as we are, to a God that loves us and proved that love by leaving His home in glory and coming to die on a cruel cross. This is the way to the blessed assurance that we have eternal life with Him. Jesus says this clearly in the following verse:

“…I am come that they (whosoever will come) might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Jesus is the source of this “life” and he offers it freely to all those that come to Him by faith. Life assurance, cannot be purchased by the works that we do. We cannot attain it by the good in our life outweighing the bad. The terms and conditions have been set forth by the Lord in His Word. Salvation is freely given to all those that come in repentance for their sins and faith in Christ and Him crucified. Those are the requirements of the Lord and we should praise Him each day for the wonderful salvation He has provided for us.

“This is the Lord’s doing (i.e. salvation); it is marvelous in our eyes” (118:23).

Most would agree that life insurance is something everyone should have. However, assuring that our soul will spend eternity with the Lord is something many do not seek out to make sure their covered – covered by the Precious Blood of Jesus. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation. Life assurance is available right now and comes from the Lord. Where we spend eternity is something we must get right!

“In Whom we have Redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to riches of his Grace (unmerited favor)” (Ephesians 1:7).

“And this is the promise that He has promised us, even Eternal Life” (1 John 2:25).

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God. Born of His Spirit, washed in His Blood. This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long.

(Blessed Assurance – Composed by Fanny Crosby and Phoebe Knapp)

Always Remember,

GOD LOVES YOU!!!

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