The Holy Spirit In Our World Today

Drawing, Convicting, Residing In Believers, And Providing Power For Service.

And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).

The Holy Spirit is in our world today convicting and preparing the hearts of many in the world. We are unwilling and unable to come to the Lord on our own due to our fallen nature. There is an animosity in all of us toward the Lord prior to our coming to Him in repentance and faith. The Father draws us to Christ and His sacrificial work at the cross through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been referred to respectively as the “hound of Heaven.” He seeks out souls for the kingdom.

“No man can come to Me (Jesus), except the Father which has sent Me draw him (by the Holy Spirit)” (John 6:44).

The Lord has given us free will so we have a choice to accept or reject the calling of the Lord. We are convicted by the Holy Spirit of our lost state, and He points us to the cross where Jesus paid the price for our sins. Once we do come to the Lord in repentance and faith, we are born again and the Holy Spirit comes to live within us.

“He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify Me (what Jesus accomplished at the cross): and shall receive of mine (the benefits of the cross to us), and shall show it to you (the New Covenant)” (John 16:14).

We cannot walk out our life in victory by our own efforts. Since the cross, the moment we come to the Lord in repentance and faith the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us. This is the New Covenant. It was not possible for the Holy Spirit to indwell believers prior to the cross because the sin debt had not been paid. Jesus said this to his disciples regarding the Holy Spirit coming to dwell in all believers:

“Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows him: but you know Him, for He dwells with you, and shall be in you (after the cross)” (John 14:17).

We are to walk out our life by faith. We are to walk “in the Spirit” which means that our faith must be in Christ and Him crucified, which will allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives.

For the Law (this is a law of God) of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit -how He works) of life (all life comes through Christ) in Christ Jesus ( by what He accomplished at the cross) has made me free (victory) from the Law of Sin and Death (our victory over sin comes only in this way)” (Romans 8:2).

The above verse is one of the most important to understand regarding our daily walk with the Lord. Just as we could not save ourselves; we cannot have victory in our lives through our efforts. We must place our faith in Christ and Him crucified every day for us to walk in the victory we so want to have in our lives.

The Holy Spirit also comes to give us power for service in the Baptism with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This is available to all those who have been born again and is spoken of in the Book of Acts. Jesus said:

“But You shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8)

The Lord was adamant about His disciples waiting for the Holy Spirit to come in power before going out to minister. The Holy Spirit did come on the Day of Pentecost, which was the birth of the church. He came to indwell believers to bring about our sanctification and to give us power for service in the kingdom. He is here today helping the church with the Great Commission given us by Christ.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘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” (Mathew 28:18,19).

The Holy Spirit is at work today in our lost world. We have a fallen nature and cannot save ourselves. He convicts us of our lost state and draws us in the love that our Savior showed for us on the cross. His great sacrifice paid the price for the sin debt owed and allowed the Holy Spirit to come into our lives as a helper and guide. Our faith in Christ and him crucified on a daily basis will allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives to give us the victory that will allow us to live lives pleasing to the Lord. He also comes in the Baptism with the Holy Spirit to give us power for service. The Holy Spirit draws, convicts, resides in believers and provides power for service. He calls out today to all those that will come in repentance and faith. He seeks out souls for the kingdom. Hopefully, all those reading this today have come to the Lord by faith through the drawing of the Holy Spirit.

“I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Helper), that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16).

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The Great Escape

In The Twinkling Of An Eye

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

The Apostle Paul in the above verse is revealing a mystery to the church. That mystery revealed is regarding the Rapture. The rapture of the church is when the Lord comes for all those that have placed their faith in Him and His sacrifice at the cross. The Lord, at the end of His earthly ministry, promised to return for us. He said the following:

“In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you be also” (John 14:2,3).

The Lord has promised to come for us prior to the final judgment that will come upon the whole world. He is actually coming back twice. The first time will be when He comes in the air and raptures both the living and dead saints. Both will be raised up with glorified bodies and “meet Him in the air.” The Lord will come finally at His Second Coming at the end of the Great Tribulation. The Bible says this about this time:

“And except these days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (many will die)…” (Mathew 24:22).

So, the Lord comes for His own prior to the judgment coming on all of mankind. After which, seven years of the worst tribulation that the earth has ever, or will ever see, comes upon the world. The Word of God tells us these things by way of prophecies. They are given to us so that we will know what is coming. The wise heed the Lord’s warnings and come to Him in repentance and faith. The Bible says this regarding the redeemed:

“For God has not appointed us to wrath (to go through the end time final judgment), but to obtain salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ (the wise take heed of these words)” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

The Lord loves us and desires that all come to Him in repentance and faith in the salvation He provided at Calvary. He warns all that will listen to heed His Word because judgment will come in the Great Tribulation. The Lord must judge sin and will judge all those that do not come to Him in repentance and faith. His loving invitation stands today. All are invited to escape the judgment that will come. The great escape, the rapture of the church, is on the horizon. It could happen at any time. You don’t want to miss it and have to face the dark days ahead. Hear Him today and live.

“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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

For those of us that know the Lord and know what’s coming upon the world, as Peter said, “What manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.” May the Lord find us serving Him with our whole heart when He comes for us in the great escape. The Rapture is called the “Blessed Hope” for good reason. We have His promise to return for us that we might be with Him for eternity. We have much to look forward to. Maranatha!

Always Remember

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Can You Hear Me Now?

The Lord Calls Out To All Those Who Would Come!

“So then faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word Of God” (Romans 10:17).

There are many voices in the world today vying for our attention. But there is only one voice that matters when it comes to our spiritual wellbeing now, and our destination when we pass from this life into the eternal future. That voice is the voice of God and He comes to us by way of His Word – the Bible.

In the Bible, we hear God’s Words of warning to us regarding our condition which is that we are sinners out of fellowship with Him. He speaks out through His Word pointing us to the path we must take to be born spiritually and have a relationship with the God that created us and loves us.

The Lord has made a way for us through His mercy and grace. That way is faith! Faith in the provision He has provided through the sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross as payment for the sin debt owed. The following verse says it well:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

The cost of our redemption was steep. The Son of God, The Lord Jesus, left His home in glory, was born of a virgin, and lived a perfect sinless life. He died on a cross that the sin debt might be paid and that we might have forgiveness and fellowship with the Lord.

So, the question God is asking is: Can you hear me now? He has gotten the attention of all those on the Earth by coming here Himself. Everyone is without excuse. We can either seek Him out through His Word, or we can ignore all He has done and listen to the multiple voices that seek our attention. The Lord has given us free will and we must choose our own way.

“…Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…….but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

He healed all those that came to Him. He brought us the very Words of God in His teachings. His sinless life qualified Him to be the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. He was crucified for the whole world to see, and He rose from the dead as proof that the Father had accepted His Sacrifice.

“Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

I encourage all those that do not know the Lord to seek Him out through His Word. He calls out to the whole Earth with the Good News of the Gospel. You can know the One that loves you and seeks for you to be with Him for eternity. He has made the way; we need only accept His gracious gift of forgiveness and fellowship. Won’t you do that today? If so, you can truly say to the Lord – I hear You now!!!!

“As for me, I shall call upon God, and the Lord will save me” (Psalm 55:16).

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By The One Offense, Many Died

Yes, We’re Talking About Everyone!

“…For if through the offense of one (Adam) many be dead, much more the Grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one Man, Jesus Christ, has abounded unto many” (Romans 5:15 KJV).

Through the sin of Adam, all those that came after him were dead spiritually. We have a fallen nature and we cannot rectify our fallen condition ourselves. The sin nature has caused much heartache and destruction through the years. Adam walked with God prior to the fall, was taught by God, and had sweet fellowship with the Lord. When Adam fell he fell from a total God-consciousness to a self-consciousness. After the fall, men were born into this world spiritually dead with a fallen nature. Mankind’s total self-conscious state resulted in sin and death.

Immediately after the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden, the Lord showed them the only answer to what they had done. As has been stated; spiritual death was the result of the fall. The Lord showed them the way that spiritual life and fellowship with Him could be restored to them. The following verse is the first mention of God’s answer to man’s fallen state:

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Satan had used the woman (Eve) to bring sin into the world and the Lord was saying He would use a woman (Mary) to restore man to proper fellowship with Him. This points to the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Who would come to pay the price for our sin and restore man’s fellowship with God. The verse points to Satan bruising His (Christ) heal, pointing to the cross, and Christ bruising Satan’s head, proclaiming Satan’s total defeat by what Jesus accomplished at the cross.

The Lord also covered Adam and Eve with the skins of an animal pointing ahead, in type, to Jesus shedding His blood on the cross to cover the sin of the world for all those that would believe and accept His great sacrifice. The answer to Adam and Eve’s sin and fall was grace. Grace was the Lord’s answer to the problem of sin. It could be the only answer because we were helpless in ourselves to free ourselves from the sin nature we were born into. The Lord’s great love for us provided a Savior.

“Therefore as by the offense of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation (our lost state); even so by the righteousness of One (Christ), the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many (all) were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:18,19 KJV).

Adam disobeyed God and therefore sinned against Him. The result was that all those that came after were lost, or sinners. All were judged by God to be spiritually dead and separated from Him by sin. The Lord’s love for us brought the answer to our hopeless dilemma. Through the obedience of the One (Christ). This speaks of Christ the God/Man being obedient until death; death on the cross. The one man (Adam) through disobedience brought death to all; the obedience of the One (Christ) brought righteousness (right with God) to all those that placed their faith in Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross.

This is the story of the Bible; the redemption of man. The whole of the Bible points to Christ through the sacrificial system in the Old Testament which represented the cross, to His actual sacrifice on the cross. John the Baptist proclaimed:

“Behold, the Lamb of God that takes say the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

The Lord’s love for us is also the story of the Bible. Those that do not read through its pages miss out on the greatest love story ever told. The Lord gave us His Word so that we would know the Way; that Way is by faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Lord offers us this great gift of forgiveness and salvation that cost him so much as a free gift through His mercy and grace. What more could He do? He has done it all and given us a road map that leads us directly into His loving arms. Read the Bible; the Lord gave it to us so that all those that might come by way of His Word would know the truth. And all those that come by it will know the way to life eternal. Jesus is the Word and he told us how we must come to God. He said:

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

One man’s offense brought death to all. One man’s obedience brought life. Everyone must choose his way or path in life. There are multiple voices today pointing the way that mankind should go. These voices have changed over time, but there is one voice that remains the same and has done so down through the centuries. It is the voice of God calling out to all those who will listen. He calls out in this love and points us in the way we should go. Again, He does this through His Word, the Bible, as the following verse tells us:

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

Always Remember,

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A Most Unbelievable Invitation

RSVP Today- For We Are Not Promised Tomorrow

A Fictional Narrative And An Invitation To All

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1).

One day after checking his mailbox as he arrived home from work; a man found an envelope addressed to him and his family. The envelope was richly embossed with gold leaf. He opened the envelope to find an invitation to a marriage banquet. The invitation itself was deep red with gold letters laying out a most incredible invitation. Everything was to be provided for at this grand banquet. It was free to the man and his family and promised a wonderful time to all that attended.

The man showed the invitation to his wife and family. They too could not believe all that was promised to those that attended. After a family discussion, they decided to accept the invitation and attend the banquet. They were surprised to learn that all their neighbors had received the very same invitation and had decided against attending. The neighbors said they had other plans and did not want to go. The man and his family made preparations to attend this grand banquet. They waited for the date to arrive with great anticipation.

So, who was this family that received this wonderful invitation to this lavish banquet with all things provided. The answer to that question is: The invitation has been given to everyone and every family – all have been invited, and all must respond. One can ignore this invitation, but that is the same as turning it down. To attend we must acknowledge the Lord’s great sacrifice. He shed His Blood for us at Calvary to pay the sin debt owed, and to provide this invitation. All must consider their response carefully. The decision to attend, or the decision to ignore or turn down this invitation, is the most important decision we will ever make. The Lord awaits our response and the response of our family. The following verse shows us how to accept all the Lord is offering with this invitation:

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and your house (family)” (Acts 16:31)

As has been stated, the Lord’s great sacrifice at the cross has made the way for this incredible invitation to go out to all. Those that will accept it will be blessed in this life with the knowledge of the Lord and will spend eternity with Him. The following verse explains some of what we have to look forward to:

“And God will 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” (Revelation 21:4).

So, we have a choice. The invitation has been sent to all those in the world. How will we respond? Will we gladly accept, realizing the wonderful gift the Lord has provided for us, or will we, like the man’s neighbors, decline the invitation? God has given us free will. We must choose to accept or reject, the Lord’s most unbelievable invitation. An invitation that in no way we deserve. It’s a gift to us from God because He loves us and wants us at the banquet and with Him in eternity. The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, says this about the marriage supper – the Marriage Supper of the Lamb:

Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife (the redeemed) has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white (Righteousness due to what Christ accomplished on the cross): for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Blessed are they which are called into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb” (Revelation19:7-9).

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He Came, We Saw, He Conquered

And The Grave Had No Claim On Him!

What Resurrection Sunday represents is of monumental importance to all those that seek the answers to life. Oddly, the remembrance of such an important day is not called by the name that it represents. The true meaning of the day is that it is a celebration and remembrance of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He died a sacrificial death and conquered both sin and death.

The resurrection proved that Jesus was Who He said He was. He said He and the Father were one. He said that if you see Him you’ve seen the Father. He said that He came from the Father and was returning to the Father. He said before Abraham was “I Am.” His resurrection validated everything He said about Himself and all that He taught during His earthly ministry.

His Resurrection was also the proof that the Father had accepted His death on the cross as full payment for the sins of all those that will come in repentance and faith. To those that have come by way of faith; this is a shouting day! As the song says; “We were lost and undone without God or His Son.” We had no hope in ourselves of escaping the sin nature we were born into. Jesus came into this world to pay that sin debt owed the Father and to rescue us. The following verse says it well:

“Who gave Himself for our sins (on the cross), that He might deliver us from this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4).

His resurrection was our assurance that our account is settled with God, and, as Jesus said as He hung on the cross; “It is Finished.” We were transferred from the kingdom of darkness to God’s Kingdom of “the Son He loves.” The following verses tell us what happened to us spiritually with the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection:

“Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-5).

The other important result of His resurrection was that it was the proof that all those that are His will be resurrected as well. These are pretty incredible results of the Lord rising from the dead. I can’t imagine anyone that knows the importance of this day not honoring it. The Word says:

And God (the Father) has both raised up the Lord and will raise up us by His Own Power” (1Corinthians 6:14).

We honor His birth on Christmas, and we honor His sacrificial death on Good Friday, but somehow His resurrection is not solely given over to honor and celebrate His victory over sin and death by His resurrection. It’s called Easter with bunnies and eggs taking first place in the minds of many.

A day that represents our freedom from sin and our future resurrection to be with the Lord for eternity, is a day unto itself in importance and thanksgiving to the One that made it possible. Resurrection Day to a Christian is a day to shout the praises of our God. This is just a thought, but maybe we should move the bunny and the eggs to another weekend and give the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus the honor it deserves.

He came from His home in glory through the virgin birth as the God/Man; we saw all that He said and did through the Bible accounts of His earthly ministry, and He conquered sin and death through His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection. Our sure hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ as He tells us in the following verse:

“I am the Ressurection and the Life: he who believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (the coming resurrection of believers)” (John 11:25).

Remember Always,

God Loves You!

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Down The Via Dolorosa; All The Way To Calvary

The following are lyrics from “Via Dolorosa.”

Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering. Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King. But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

“Via Dolorosa” was composed by Billy Sprague.

The Via Dolorosa (from Latin, meaning, sorrowful road) is a half-mile narrow winding route believed to be the path the Lord was taken down from Pilate’s Hall of Judgment to Calvary.

He left His throne in glory and walked among us for thirty-three and a half years. In the years of His ministry, He taught those that would hear of the ways of God. He healed all those that came to Him in need. He raised the dead. He cast out demons. In the end His own rejected Him. He was beaten and spit upon and so abused that it was said that He didn’t look like a man. But Calvary was the reason He came, suffered, and died. An amazing story of God’s love for us. As Isaiah 53 tells us:

Down the Via Dolorosa “brought as a lamb to the slaughter… He opened not His mouth.”

Down the Via Dolorosa, “a man of sorrows.”

Down the Via Dolorosa “despised and rejected of men.”

Down the Via Dolorosa to be “wounded for our transgressions.”

Down the Via Dolorosa to be “bruised for our iniquities.”

Down the Via Dolorosa “the chastisement of our peace (it was all up to Him to restore peace between God and man) was upon Him.”

We were lost and undone. We could not save ourselves. He came and walked that final walk for us. We will be learning about all it cost the Lord to provide forgiveness for our sins throughout eternity. The Lord paid a price for us that we could not pay. The lyrics in the following song say it all:

And I shall forever lift my eyes to Calvary. To view the cross where Jesus died for me. How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul. He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.

(He Looked Beyond My Faults – Composed by Dottie Rambo)

Down the Via Dolorosa as those who loved Him looked on with great sadness.

Down the Via Dolorosa as the Angels looked on in amazement.

Down the Via Dolorosa as His Father watched His only Begotten Son make His way to be offered up as the Sacrifice for the sin of all mankind.

“Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…”

As John, the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold, the lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” All of the Bible points to Jesus and His great sacrifice. It can be said that the “red thread”, which is a reference to the Blood He shed at Calvary, runs throughout the whole Word of God. Yes, down the Via Dolorosa all the way to Cavalry; the ultimate display of God’s love for us. The following lyrics tell of the measureless love of God for us:

The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen could ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest Hell…Oh love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forever endure.

(The Love Of God – Composed by Frederick M. Lehman)

He left His throne in glory, walked among us, and gave His life for us on the cross. What the Lord endured at Calvary was because of a love for us that is measureless. The following verses from Psalm 22 will give us some insight into His suffering there:

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are you so far from helping Me, and from the words of my roaring” (verse 1).

“But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people” (verse 6).

“All they who see Me laugh me to scorn…” (verse 7).

“Many bulls (religious leaders of Israel who were bent on crucifying Christ) have compassed Me….. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and roaring lion” (verses 12,13).

“I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels” (verse 14).

“My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaves to My jaw; and you have brought Me into the dust of death..” (verse 15).

“For dogs (Gentiles carrying out the crucifixion) have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked (religious leaders) have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet” (verse 16).

“I may tell all my bones (He was completely exposed for all to see): they look and stare upon Me” (verse 17).

“They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (verse 18).

C.H. Mackintosh said the following regarding Christ:

“He not only came as ‘The Truth,’ but also as the perfect expression of all the love of the Father’s heart: ‘grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.’ He was the full disclosure to man of what God was…..” (C.H Mackintosh).

The “Lamb of God” that paid the sin debt for all those that will come to Him in repentance and faith. The Lord endured all He suffered for us. Oh, the love of God that looked beyond our faults and saw our need. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

“Greater love hath no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

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Have You Read My Words To You?

You’ll Need Them Along The Way In Your Journey Through Life!

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

The Lord gave us an invaluable gift in His Word. The Bible is the infallible Word of God, and He has given it to us to show us the way through this life. He is our Creator, and for those that are His; He is our Redeemer and our Lord. He created all things and sustains them by His Almighty Power.

The Bible is about the fall of man and his redemption. We have a God that loves us and wants the best for us. He has given us free will so that we might choose our path in life. His Word shows us the way to walk, and through it, find our way back to Him.

The Lord offers a path back to Him by way of Calvary. Man is totally depraved and unable to save himself. These words are strong but true. Without the Lord we are lost and without hope. The Lord shows us that in His Word, and displays His love for us in His answer to our hopeless state. His love can be seen by all at Calvary. His death for the sin of mankind enabled man to be born spiritually and have communion with the Lord once again. As John the Baptist proclaimed regarding the coming of Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross:

“Behold, the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

The Bible is our guide. We must read it and believe what it says. It is the wisdom of God given to us that we might escape our fallen nature and live a life pleasing to the Lord in this fallen world. The life the Lord offers is one of forgiveness of sins and fellowship with Him. We are born spiritually and have the Lord’s presence in our lives which blesses us and sustains us as we walk out our lives. The Bible calls it “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

As we look at what is happening in our world today; we see a world in trouble with unrest, lawlessness, and great uncertainty about the future. We need only to look to God’s Word to see that these times were prophesied by the Lord. He wants all those that come to Him through His Word to know that we can rest in the knowledge that our Mighty God has everything in His control.

The world as it is cannot continue forever. There must be a time of judgment for a world that goes its own way and sinks further and further into sin. This can be seen in God’s Word. He warns all that judgment is coming. He cries out to us through His Word that we might not perish, but that we might come to Him in repentance and faith and receive His mercy and grace. Mercy and grace that cost the Lord greatly to provide at Calvary.

The Bible is our guide. Read it today and live. Ignore it at your great risk. The Lord has done all He can. He came and died on a cruel cross to pay for our sin and points the way to Eternal Life with Him through His Word. The Bible is His loving gift to us. Read it today for in it you will find “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” May you be blessed as you seek to know the One that loves you. He asks you today if you have read his book because in it are the words of life.

“As for God, His way is perfect:
The Lord’s Word is flawless;
He shields all who take refuge in Him” (Psalm 18:30).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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A Letter To God

He Reached Down For Me

I was lost and undone without God or His Son when He reached down His hand for me. (He Reached Down For Me – Composed by G.E. Wright)

A Letter Written By The Redeemed

Dear God,

Life can be difficult and discouraging at times. I was on the wrong path for many years seeking happiness and fulfillment in all the wrong places. My life was a good life by most standards, but something was missing. There was something deep inside that was not satisfied with the life I was living. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I knew I was missing the mark and lacking something extremely important in my life.

In quiet desperation; I called out to you. I remembered my youth when I had gone to church and heard the Bible stories. I wanted to know if you were real. If I could come to you and know the God I had heard about in my youth. You reached down and revealed yourself to me in your love. A love that you expressed for us all in your Word, that we might come to know you. A love that called out to me through your great sacrifice at the cross. A love whose chief desire was to call me to yourself so that I might be with you throughout eternity.

I succumbed to that love realizing that I needed a Savior. I realized I was unable in myself to measure up to all you required as a holy God. I saw your great sacrifice as the answer to my need. I was separated from you by sin and the Cross was the bridge that crossed that gap. You were offering me new life in you. I repented of my sin and my living a life without you. In an instant, all the guilt lifted and I was free. I had been born of your Spirit and now had a personal relationship with you. It was joy unspeakable and full of glory. The very best day of my life!

I then heard about the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Your Word told me it was a second work of the Holy Spirit and was for power for service with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. You said it was available to all. I sought and received this Baptism with the Holy Spirit. I cannot tell you how blessed I have been throughout my life with the Holy Spirit helping me as I have sought to share the joy that I have found in you with others. Tongues, or my prayer language, has encouraged and strengthened me every day.

I also came to realize that you have provided for me in another way as I walk out my life. When I place my faith totally in you and your great work at the Cross each day; the Holy Spirit will work mightily in my life to bring me the victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil that I seek. I came to realize that I am not called to fight against sin, or to seek victory in what I do, but to place my faith in the Cross for the victory you have already provided. That realization has blessed me with a rest in you and your great work at the cross that I did not previously have. Some say it is like being born-again, again. To this, I wholeheartedly agree!

I am grateful beyond words for the love you have shown to me, and for your mercy and grace. You have provided me with a complete salvation which is by faith from first to last. You have promised me that when this life has passed; I will be with you for eternity. You are worthy of praise and I lift up your Name. I surrender to your love unreservedly today desiring to do your will in my life, and knowing that I am truly blessed in knowing you. I come to you today with thanksgiving and praise in my heart for all you have done for me – when you reached down your hand for me!

In Christ, I Stand,

Signed

The One You Love

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

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It Only Took One Angel

One Of The Most Amazing Victories In History

“Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defended cities of Judah, and took them” (Isaiah 36:1).

Assyria now comes against Judah after defeating other countries and defeating the northern kingdom of Israel. Their leader, Sennacherib sent Rabshakeh, the leader of this Assyrian assault that would come against Jerusalem, along with a “great army.” And Rabshakeh stood outside the city to demand that Jerusalem surrender.

Rabshakeh may have been chosen as a spokesman because he was fluent in Hebrew. He now addresses king Hezekiah through representatives of the king. And he tells them to ask the king why he has any confidence in any defense against the “great king”; the king of Assyria. Rabshakeh asks them who they are trusting to help them. He seems to have some knowledge of a proposed agreement between Eygpt and Judah, and Eygpt’s lack of strength to help Judah; referring to Eygpt as a “broken reed.”

He then questions whether the God of Judah would help Jerusalem considering Hezekiah had removed “the high places” of worship. He did not realize that these high places were idolatrous altars that Hezekiah had removed. Rabshakeh thought that the God of Judah would be offended with their removal.

Rabshakeh then tells them that the Lord told him to destroy Judah. He was referring to a prophecy made sometime earlier by Isaiah. He misunderstood the prophecy. The Lord did ordain Assyria to conquer certain countries including the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and to chasten Judah, but he never called them to destroy Judah. In their pride, they were going beyond what the Lord had said. They, of course, did not believe in the Lord but used this false interpretation of the prophecy to try and weaken the people of Jerusalem.

The representatives sent by Hezekiah asked that all communication be done in the Syrian language so that those on the wall in Jerusalem would not hear and have what was said weaken their resolve. This was exactly why Rabshakeh spoke in Hebrew. He ignored the request and continued to converse in Hebrew.

Rabshakeh then shows great contempt for all those listening on the wall and in Jerusalem. He points to what would happen to them when they were cut off from supplies. He then cries out with a loud voice so that all could hear and tells them not to trust Hezekiah to deliver them, and to not let Hezekiah encourage them to trust that the Lord will deliver them. He then tells them that their only hope is to agree with the king of Assyria that life might go on as it had with plenty of food and drink. Of course, that would not be the case when they are taken out of the land.

He then asks if the gods of any nation delivered the people from the king of Assyria? Even the Northern Kingdom (of Israel) was not delivered out of his hand. He then includes the Lord among the other gods and questions the deliverance of Judah by Him. This was an insult to the Lord which will result in the great defeat and humiliation of Sennacherib and the great Assyrian army. The representatives of the king answered him not a word for the king had commanded that they not respond to the threats.

“And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord” (Isaiah 37:1).

Hezekiah, though seeking ways other than faith previously, now takes the situation to the Lord realizing that certain destruction lies ahead unless the Lord intervenes. He now sends representatives to Isaiah the Prophet, something he should have done at the start of this terrible trouble. Isaiah tells them to tell Hezekiah the following:

“Thus saith the Lord, be not afraid of the words you have heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land” (Isaiah 37:6,7).

Hezekiah had sought the Lord and victory was now assured. More threatening came forth from Assyria by way of a letter insulting the Lord and boasting of their victories. Hezekiah laid the letter before the Lord and petitioned the Lord for help. The Lord responded through Isaiah with the following:

“Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the King of Assyria, he shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, says the Lord. I will defend this city to save it for My Own sake, and for My servants David’s sake” (Isaiah 37:33-35).

So, the king of Assyria, in his pride and arrogance comes against the Lord. The Lord had used him in the victories he had attained to this point, by now coming against Jerusalem, he is overstepping what the Lord had ordained and was now lifted up in pride thinking that the victories were due to his prowess. The Lord will turn his spirit of pride into a spirit of fear as the following verse tells us:

“Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and eighty and five thousand: and when they (those in Judea) arose early in the morning, and behold, they were all dead corpses” (Isaiah 37:36).

The Lord sent one angel who killed 185,000 Assyrians. This is one of the greatest miracles recorded. Sennacherib, King of Assyria, returned to Ninevah in defeat where he was killed by two of his sons over contention for the throne. The Lord had used Sennacherib in the victories he wrought. He could have known the Lord, but instead came against God’s people and therefore against God. And by it, he destroyed himself.

So, what’s the lesson for us in all this? We must bring everything to the Lord. We must look to Him in every circumstance in our lives. There is no victory outside of the Lord. We must seek Him in all the decisions before us and ask Him what to do, how to do it, and seek His power to accomplish it. If we don’t, it gives Satan an opening to tempt us to lose faith in the Lord. Satan is after our faith. He does this at times by threatening us and attempting to make us fearful just as the Assyrians attempted to do that to King Hezekiah and all the people of Jerusalem. If He can cause us to lose faith in the Lord; He has won. We must realize our victory comes only through our faith in Christ’s great victory at Calvary. We are not called to fight Satan; we are called to fight “the good fight of faith.” The Lord brought total victory and Satan’s total defeat by His sacrifice on the cross. We are “in Christ” and His victory is ours. Let us not turn back, but boldly walk out of our lives with faith in the One that loved us and brought us life in Himself.

“…In all things we are more than conquerors through Him (Jesus) Who loved us” Romans 8:37).

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