An Amazing Story: Enoch Never Died

And He Warned Of The Coming Flood Of Noah’s Time

“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.”

“And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:21-24).

It is believed that Enoch was the first to hear from the Lord through revelations. It is said that he wrote 5 books, and these 5 books have been combined into one volume. The five books are: The Book of Watchers, The Similitudes, The Astronomical Book, The Book of Dreams, and the Epistle of Enoch. None of these 5 books became a part of the canon of scripture, and whether these were all written and passed down by Enoch is unknown, but we do know that Jude quoted him in the New Testament (Jude vs. 14), so we know that he did write some things that were passed down.

At sixty-five years of age it is thought that Enoch gave his heart to the Lord, or something significant happened to him at the time when he begat Methuselah. Methuselah’s name means “the deluge will be sent when he is dead.” This foretold the flood of Noah’s time.

It seems that the Lord gave Enoch great revelations at the time of Methuselah’s birth, or just prior to it. One of which was regarding the great flood that was to come upon the Earth and when it was to come. Noah was born 100 years after Enoch was translated by the Lord. Enoch’s son, Methuselah, would have certainly known Noah and Noah would have known of Enoch’s prophecy regarding the flood. Methuselah lived 969 years which is longer than any other person. Enoch’s prophecy of the flood, and that it would come when Methuselah was dead was certainly meant by the Lord as a warning of what would take place and when it would happen. We can see that it was also the Lord’s grace extended towards all those that were alive at the time.

Those alive at the time of the flood did not know how long Methuselah would live. so they did not know when the flood would come. Those living at that time lived very long lives and the fact that Methuselah lived longer than anyone else points to the Lord’s grace towards all those who were alive. Just as in the case of the flood of Noah’s time; the rapture of the church could come at any time. The rapture of the church is when the Lord returns for all believers whose hope is in His coming. Like those at the time of the flood, we do not know when the rapture will happen and the Lord’s grace is extended to all those today as it was then. The Lord is:

” …Longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. (2 Peter 3:9b).

The Lord instructed Noah to build the ark, and we know that outside of Noah’s family (8 people) no one headed Enoch’s warning. We also know that Noah preached to all that would listen during the period of time when the ark was being built. This is an example to us all today. All living today would be wise to heed the Lord’s warning of both the coming rapture of the church and His final judgment on this world in the final Great Tribulation.

So, we have two amazing stories in the fifth chapter of Genesis. The first is Enoch’s translation by God. Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he begat Methuselah and then the Lord took him; meaning he was translated without dying. There were only two men in scripture that did not die, but were taken by the Lord: Enoch and Elijah. Enoch’s faith in the Lord and his life of walking with God for three hundred years in a world that was corrupt and about to be judged by God is a good example for us in these end times as we witness wickedness increasing. We are to believe God and walk in faith believing in all that He has promised those that wait for His return.

The second amazing story is the warning of the coming flood in naming his son Methuselah which meant “the deluge will be sent when he is dead.” Methuselah was a living warning of the flood to come and his life showed forth the grace of God extended to anyone that would heed the warning and come to the Lord by grace. The year he died the flood came. The sad thing is that the Bible does not tell us that Methuselah himself came to the Lord. There isn’t any mention of it. We all must come to the Lord individually. If Methuselah did not place his faith in the Lord after seeing the faith of his father Enoch, and his very name prophesying the coming judgment, then it is a sad end to a life that had every opportunity to know the ways of God and receive His mercy and grace.

We are faced with similar circumstances. Our Lord came and died on a cross to pay the sin debt and show us the way to have forgiveness and fellowship with Him. We also know that a final judgment of God is coming. We, like those of Methuselah’s time, have been warned and have had the grace of God extended to us. The rest is up to us. Today is the day of salvation. Will we accept the forgiveness and grace of God, or will we like those at the time of Noah go about our daily business with no thought to the “flood” that is about to come upon the Earth?

“…….Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…..( Joshua 24:15).

The Book of Revelation identifies two men who will come down from God and shall be witnesses on the Earth at the last half of the seven-year Great Tribulation. Many think these two will be Enoch and Elijah, the only two men who were translated and did not die. The following is an account of these two witnesses ministry:

“And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth (preaching repentance). And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed” (Revelation 11:3,4,5).

“These have power to shut up Heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and to have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will” (Revelation 11:6).

These two witnesses sent by God will warn all those living at the time of the coming judgment, and call all to repentance. The Bible says that when “their testimony is finished,” the Beast (the Antichrist) will kill them and their bodies will lay in the street of Jerusalem for three and a half days. Unbelievably, it says those that dwell on the earth will rejoice over their death and give gifts to each other because the two that had tormented them were dead.

“And after three days and a half the Spirit of the Lord entered into them, and they stood upon their feet. And they heard a great voice from Heaven saying unto them, come up hither. And they ascended up to Heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them” (Revelation 11:11,12)

At the time of Noah, the Lord both extended His offer of grace and warned those that were alive for 969 years. Its been nearly 2000 years since the Lord’s first advent. He provides forgiveness and life eternal to all those that would come by faith and believe. He also warned of a final judgment that would come. Even until the end, the Lord sends witnesses, as we have seen in the Book of Revelation, to preach repentance and bring judgments in a last warning to all those on the earth. The Lord has done all He can to call all to repentance, but judgment is coming. As has been mentioned, it has been almost 2000 years.

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Dead is Dead! But God….

“And you has He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

There is nothing fallen man can do to save himself. As the title of this article states, dead is dead. Conversely, as believers, we don’t realize just how saved we are. We were dead spiritually and totally and completely lost, but now we are alive “in Christ” and completely and totally saved.

We were hopelessly lost and without God when He found us. The Holy Spirit drew us to Him. I have heard it said that so and so came to the Lord. This is not entirely accurate. We may have come to the Lord in repentance and faith, but it was the Holy Spirit that had to draw us to the Lord. When this happens; it is the greatest day of our lives!

Since the fall of man in the garden, sin has reigned in the lives of most of those born into this world. As has been stated, we cannot escape the clutches of the sin nature. We need to be rescued from our hopeless condition. The pride of man prevents most from admitting their need and coming to the One that loved us and died on the cross to pay the sin debt owed and rescue us from sure destruction.

The Lord has made a way for us and awaits our coming to the place where we admit our need and accept all He has done for us. Until we do this, we are spiritually dead. By our repentance and faith in His sacrifice at the cross, we are born again, or born spiritually. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us and we are a new creation.

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (a new creation): old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We are born from above by the precious blood of Jesus. By faith in Christ and Him crucified we walk out our new life. The Holy Spirit works in us to have victory over the sin in our lives and works in transforming us into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit accomplishes this as we place our faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. Our coming to the Lord in repentance and faith and our daily walk with the Lord is all by faith. Spiritually speaking the scriptures state that we were crucified with Him and raised to our new life.

“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 should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3,4).

The Apostle Paul put it this way:

“I have been crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

We have been blessed beyond anything we might imagine. At the moment we come by faith to Christ, we are accepted in the beloved, we become children of God and we have the assurance that we will spend eternity with the Lord. Again, the Apostle Paul says it best:

“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them who love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9,10).

Yes, the Christian life is an exciting life. We are blessed by the Lord and have fellowship with Him. The Holy Spirit guides us, changes us to be more Christ-like, and imparts spiritual knowledge to us in our journey through this life. The Apostle Peter summed it up when He said the following regarding our walk with the Lord:

“Whom (Jesus) having not seen, you love; in Whom, though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory”

We serve a great God and have much to be grateful for. “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins has quickened us together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4,5). Yes, dead is dead, but God, in His love for us made a Way! And what a Way it is!!!

Jesus said unto him, I Am The Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

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A New Year’s Resolution That You Can Keep!

In Fact, It Is Kept For You!

Just As I Am

O Lamb of God I come! I come!
I come broken to be mended
I come wounded to be healed
I come desperate to be rescued
I come empty to be filled
I come guilty to be pardoned

By the blood of Christ the Lamb

(Just As I Am – Composed by Charlotte Elliott in 1835)

As the new year approaches, many of us look to make changes in our lives – changes that will make our lives better. This coming year could be a time when we decide to make the best decision we could ever make to improve our lives not only for the present but for eternity. We can do this by placing our lives in the care of the One that loved us enough to give His life for us at Calvary. God asks only that we repent of going our own way and place our faith in the Lord Jesus and His great sacrifice for us at the cross. We are to depend on the Lord for all our needs.

We come to the Lord just as we are. We come in repentance and faith. When our faith is in the Lord the Bible tells us that we become a new creation. Our old life has passed away and everything becomes new. We receive the Holy Spirit Who indwells us as a “helper,” and we are changed by the power of God. The Holy Spirit will guide us into “all truth” as Jesus told His disciples just before His death. His sacrifice on the cross paid the sin debt and allowed the Holy Spirit to come in a new way. We are kept by the power of God by faith as the following verse says:

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5).

We now walk out our life by faith in Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. Our salvation is through faith from first to last. We are saved by faith and we are kept and changed by faith as we serve the Lord in our daily life. We are called to “fight the good fight of faith,” meaning that we are to keep our faith in Christ and Him crucified. When we do this the Holy Spirit will work within us and we will be willing and able to do God’s will in our lives as the following verse states:

“For it is God (through the Holy Spirit) which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” Philippians 2:13

So, as we look to the new year, let us decide to choose Christ this year instead of resolving to keep resolutions we know we have been unable to keep in the past. We come to the Lord believing that He paid the price for the sin debt, and we are changed. The Lord will make the changes in us that are needed. Our part is to believe. As the Word says, “We are kept by God through faith.” If you haven’t come to the Lord in the past; Won’t you place your life in the care of the Lord this new year? He will watch over you as no other would, and He is only a prayer away!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” ( 2 Corinthians 5:17).

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Happy New Year!

[With the publishing of this week’s article/podcast; The Here I Am, Lord blog has, to date, published 100 articles on salvation, our daily walk with the Lord, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, and prophecy. I thank the Lord and give him all the praise for the opportunity, and the ability, to share His Word. I want to thank all those who have faithfully read the articles and listened to the podcasts. I pray that the Lord richly bless you and your family in the coming year. Tom Quinn – Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com]

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God With Us

A Christmas Message

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

The above verse foretells the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “Immanuel” means “God with us.” We read in the Gospel of Matthew that the Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and said the following:

“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus (Savior): for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

We celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time each year. He came to us as a babe in a manger, born of a virgin, and born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament Book of Micah foretold his birthplace and that He would be from everlasting, or in other words; “God with us” as the following verse from Micah states:

But you Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall He come forth unto me Who is to be ruler in Israel. Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).

The Old Testament had many prophecies that foretold the coming of Jesus. And as we celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time each year; we also witness the beginning of an incredible story, also foretold, that resulted in the crucifixion and resurrection of the One that was born into this world specifically for that purpose. He came to die that we might live.

The miracle of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ should be our focus as we celebrate Christmas this year. The Lord saw our need and left His home in glory to become man and dwell among us. This baby born in the manger in Bethlehem to a virgin was “God with us” and His coming was planned by the Godhead in eternity past as the following verse confirms:

“Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” I Peter 1:20).

The Lord was foreordained by God to come as a babe in a manger to be our savior. He did it all for you and me. This Christmas with all the holiday cheer and with all the wonder and beauty of Christmas, let us remember that that baby Who was born was “God with us.” Isaiah says the following about the child that was prophesied to be born:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

He came that we might live. We must realize this and place our faith in the God that loved us and died on a cross to save us. He is our Savior and our Lord. Otherwise, If we miss the true meaning of Christmas; we miss out on the greatest gift we could ever receive! Yes, it is “God with us,” that we celebrate on Christmas. As Christians, the Lord is not only with us but He is in us as walk out our lives: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It doesn’t get any better than that! Look to Him this Christmas and you will be truly blessed!

A Christmas Poem

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the earth; people were greatly celebrating all because of a birth. A Savior had been born into the world in the past, and the salvation He offers it is hoped all would grasp. He offered His Life for those who would believe: all those who come by faith are those who receive. So, let us celebrate the true meaning and pray! Because He left His home in glory that all might be saved this day.

Unto Us A Son Is Born!

Merry Christmas!

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We Shall See Jesus!

And What A Glorious Day That Will Be!!

“I (Jesus) go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself” (John 14:2,3).

Jesus spoke these words to His beloved disciples just before His crucifixion. They were certainly words of encouragement for them, and they are words of encouragement for us. Jesus, in this verse, was speaking of the rapture of the church which would result in all believers that have passed from this life and those living at the time of His coming being caught up to be with the Lord. So, the Lord made it clear before He left that He would return and that He would take all His own to be with Him where He is. After the crucifixion and resurrection, as He was being taken up into Heaven; the Lord sent angels to remind and comfort His followers once again as the following verses tell us:

“And when He had spoken these things (final instructions to His followers), while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men (actually angels) stood by them in white apparel; which also said, you men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you to Heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

The Lord had paid the price for our sin on the cross and was now being taken up into Heaven. The Bible said that his followers stared after Him as He departed. What must their thoughts have been at the sight of Jesus leaving them after being with Him for three and a half years. The Lord had told them that He would not leave them “comfortless” but would send the Holy Spirit in a new way to help them and Who would live in them. They knew this and were comforted by it, but I’m sure they were saddened to see the Lord depart from them after being with Him for so long. The two angels standing with them as Jesus departed were sent by the Lord to remind them of His promise that He was going to prepare a place for them and would return. This must have been a great comfort to His followers.

We don’t know when the Lord will return for His church: it could be at any moment. The Bible does not point to any event that must take place before He comes. Actually, He is coming twice. He is coming first for His church in the Rapture and He will come finally at the end of the Great Tribulation in what’s called The Second Coming. The Rapture will happen without warning. The following verses tell us what will take place at the rapture of the church:

“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 will 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” ( 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).

We are told in 1 Corinthians that the Rapture will take place in the “twinkling of an eye” at the last trump which speaks of the closing of the church age. Yes, at that time, we will see Jesus and be with Him forever. We are also told that at that time that “the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” This speaks of us receiving our glorified bodies. What will it be like to see Jesus in our glorified bodies? The following verse gives us some answers to that question:

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

The Lord is returning for us and it could be any day. We have great things to look forward to when He does return. the Apostle Paul in the Epistle to Titus calls it “Our blessed hope” which is a sure hope of what is to come. Yes, we shall see Jesus and it will be glorious! What a day that will be! There is no better promise than this as the following words of a song written by Diane Wilkinson exclaim:

We Shall See Jesus

Once on a hillside, people were gathered for Jesus had risen and soon would ascend. Then, as He blessed them, He rose to the heavens and gave them His promise to come back again.

We shall see Jesus, just as they saw Him. There is no greater promise than this. When He returns in power and glory. We shall see Jesus, we shall see Jesus, just as He is!

We Shall See Jesus – Composed by Diane Wilkinson

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Rescued From The Evil Kingdom

A Fictional Narrative

“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13,14).

There once were two kingdoms that could not have been more different. Although they were located next to each other, they were in opposition to each other in every way. The larger kingdom which was ruled by a malevolent ruler had many subjects. The other kingdom had fewer subjects and was ruled by a benevolent ruler.

The kingdom ruled by an evil ruler seemed to prosper, but only because those in the kingdom did not realize the totality of evil they lived under and were controlled by. The evil ruler hated those that lived under his power and ruled with an iron fist destroying the lives of all those in the kingdom. The amazing thing about this situation was that the people under him did not seem to want to escape all the evil that surrounded them or the evil ruler who controlled their lives.

The great king that ruled over the smaller kingdom watched over his kingdom and people for their good. His love for his people showed through in all that he did. Those living under his rule loved him and knew that he cared for them and watched over them. All of those that lived under this great king had once lived in the kingdom ruled by the evil ruler.

Those living in the evil kingdom were prisoners, though unaware of their captivity. You might say they were like homegrown slaves; those that were born into slavery and never knew any other way and never knew what real freedom was.

The people living in the smaller kingdom knew of the terrible conditions that those in the other kingdom lived under. Their king was more powerful than the evil king so they could go to those in the evil kingdom and tell them of all the good they were missing. The evil king would try to stop them, but they were protected by their king. Those that they spoke to in the evil kingdom had a choice. They could leave and come into the kingdom with the great king, or they could stay. The evil king could not stop them if they chose to leave.

Incredibly, although many were rescued from the evil kingdom, most chose to stay. Not only that, but they refused to listen to the good news brought to them by those under the benevolent king. Some even tried to do them harm. All of this was quite mystifying to those that saw the bondage that these people lived under. The only possible answer to their refusal to leave was that they were happy in the evil they lived with and did not want to give it up.

Those living under the evil ruler knew that things were not right in their lives and the evil kingdom. They were free to leave at any time; all they had to do was to admit they were going the wrong way and living lives that were beneath what the good king and kingdom had offered to each of them.

The day came when the evil of the larger kingdom and its ruler caught up with it. The good king, who had sent many of his subjects to warn and rescue all those that would listen, brought judgment on the evil king and his kingdom.

The Bible tells us that there is a “narrow way” to enter the kingdom of God. Sadly, few find it; as the following verse tells us:

“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and wide is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be that go thereat. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few that be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14).

Today is the day of salvation. Will you come to the Lord by the narrow way? That “way” is for you to come in repentance and faith in the life He offers us through His great sacrifice on the cross. We are promised only today. Satan, the evil ruler, was defeated at Calvary. As the above verse states, “wide is the way that leads to destruction.” Joshua said it best regarding the choice we have today:

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

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And You Shall Receive Power

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Originally published April/2020

“You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence” (Acts 1:5).

When we are born again we are “born of the Spirit”, for John 3:6 tells us “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. Roman’s 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons (and daughters) of God”. The Holy Spirit lives in us and glorifies Jesus (John16:14). He leads us in all truth (John 16:13) and gives us victory over the sin nature (Romans 8:2). Our daily walk with the Lord is one of faith in His finished work on the Cross, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us.

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a second work of grace and is available to all those that are born again. It is given to us by the Lord to empower us for service. Jesus is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 3.3 John the Baptist says of Jesus, ” He who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”.

Just prior to His Ascension, Jesus, in speaking to His followers, “Commanded (an order) that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father (speaking of the Holy Spirit), which, said He, you have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence” (Acts 1:4-5). He told them “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus here is speaking of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, which is distinct from receiving the Holy Spirit at the initial salvation experience. The word used here for power is the Greek word “dunamis ” and means strength, power, ability, and miracle-working power. The Holy Spirit empowers us to preach the Gospel, pray for the sick, walk in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), and to cast out demons.

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in a new and powerful way. “And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared cloven (divided) tongues like as of fire (Matthew 3:11). And they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues (the initial evidence that one has been filled), as the Spirit gave them utterance (the Spirit initiates)” (Acts 2:2).

Peter said in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days (the days we are in now), saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh (available to all): and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men will dream dreams: and on My servants and on My handmaids I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:16-18). The next two verses are a continuation of that which was spoken by Joel and concern the time just prior to the Second Coming. They read “And I will show wonders in Heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor and smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable Day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:19-20).

Some believe that this initial outpouring of the Spirit along with the spiritual gifts (e.g. healing, tongues, and prophecy) was given by God to establish the church and that it ended with the apostles (Cessationism). Note though that Peter did not say that it was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel. Also, verses 19 and 20, the continuation of Joel’s prophecy outlined above, speaks of the signs that will occur at the end of the age before the Second Coming of the Lord. Clearly, “those days of my Spirit”, mentioned in verse 18, establishes that this prophecy of Joel spans the entirety of the church age. Also, the worldwide effort (unto the uttermost part of the earth) spoken of by Jesus in Acts 1:8 was not completed by the early church. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is available to the church today as it was on the Day of Pentecost to enable the church to accomplish the Great Commission.

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is not being preached as it should in many churches today. Whatever preconceived ideas we may have about this, we owe it to ourselves to seek the Lord about it and ask Him if the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for today. As one who has received this great gift; I can attest to the fact that it is real and it is definitely for today The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is received by faith. We need only ask the Lord for it in faith. As mentioned, the initial evidence of the baptism is speaking in other tongues (Isaiah 28: 11-12). These are languages spoken somewhere in the world, but not known to those that receive the baptism. Again, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers us for service. Jesus shed His Blood on the Cross for our sins, and to enable the Holy Spirit to come into our lives to help us live godly lives and to give us power for service. The Lord declared in Zechariah 4:6 ” Not by (human) might, nor by (human) power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord”. This is God’s way. There is no other. Let us seek the Lord for all He has for us.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, I need you. Come sweet Spirit, I pray. Come in your strength and your power. Come in your own gentle way.

Composed by Bill and Gloria Gaither

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Forgiven And Much Loved

Forgiven And Much Loved

We love Him because He first loved us….” (1 John 4:9).

If we do not understand what Christ accomplished on the cross and the fact that we are forgiven for our sins, then we will live life without the forgiveness He provides and not understand just how much He loves us.

Many today believe that if their good deeds outway the bad in their life then they will be accepted by God. It is a works mentality that is directly opposed to what the Bible says regarding our acceptance by the Lord. Relative righteousness is also a hope of many. They compare their life with others (usually those of lesser character) and believe they will be accepted by the Lord because, in their opinion, their “good life” will guarantee it.

Many believe that if they follow church teachings, attend church regularly and receive the sacraments established by the church, then they will be accepted by the Lord. A couple of things should be noted here. We should follow church teachings as long as they line up with the Bible, but following church teachings will not gain us the acceptance of the Lord. Secondly, there are no sacraments in Christianity! The very meaning of the word sacrament is a ceremony or ritual that “imparts divine grace.” This is a gross error. Only God can impart grace, and He does so by faith in Christ and His finished work at the cross. If we are believing that following church rules and receiving sacraments will make us acceptable to God, then we are believing in a false hope.

The Christian disciplines are important. We should attend church, read the Bible, pray, fast as the Lord directs, receive communion (which is an ordinance of the church). All the Christian disciplines and good works are important to our faith, but they do not gain us acceptance with the Lord.

The Bible tells us that salvation and acceptance by God are dependent on our repenting of our sins and placing our faith totally in Christ and Him crucified. He paid the price for our sins and by accepting His great work at the cross; we are forgiven and accepted by the Lord. Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” We are saved by grace. It is a gift that cost the Lord an incredible price to provide. The Christian life is by faith from first to last. We come to the Lord by faith and we walk out each day by faith in what Jesus accomplished at the cross. This allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. We cannot save ourselves and we cannot sanctify ourselves. Our faith must be totally in the Lord.

“The work of God (what He requires of us) is to believe in the One He has sent” (John 6:29).

If we are depending on anything outside of the cross to be acceptable to the Lord then, we will love little. We will not see the great love the Lord has for us and just how saved we are. Once we accept the Lord’s way, the way of the cross, then our hearts will overflow with a love for the One whose love for us caused Him to leave his home in glory, walk this earth for three years as a peasant, and die on a cruel cross, so that we might be forgiven and be with Him in eternity. His last words on the cross were “It is Finished.” He loved much. Seeing this we also will love Him much and live a life of praise and thanksgiving to our great God.

In conclusion, when we see what the Lord has provided for us and come to realize that we have been forgiven, not by what we do, but by His mercy and grace; we will love Him much for all He has done. He has provided a complete salvation so we can say much has been forgiven and we love the One that first loved us. Call on the Lord today. He stands at the door of our heart to come in and forgive us and bless us with a love that took Him to the cross.

“I, even I, am He Who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

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Giving Thanks To The One Who Has Blessed Us With Our Very Life!

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).

This Thanksgiving is a time for us to give thanks to the One that loves us and provides for our every need. He wishes to spend time with us and have us realize just how much He loves us. His great sacrifice at the Cross is proof of that love and should cause us to come to Him with thanksgiving – Come to the One who loved us and rescued us from our fallen condition.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:4,5).

He provides for our every need and watches over us for our good. He comes to us as a father watching over His children. We can come to Him anytime with all of our needs. He is there for us when we are afraid or troubled. He comforts us in all that we go through in this life. He is truly worthy of our praise and thanksgiving.

The Cross (Christ crucified) is the bridge that allows us to be forgiven and to be brought into God’s very presence. We are called children of God and beloved of the Lord. Our realization of just how much the Lord has done for us should result in thanksgiving and praises to our great God. In these difficult times we live in, we can say that we know the One that created us, the One that saved us, the One that provides for us, and the One that watches over us. And there is coming a day when we will be with Him for eternity. He gave us His Son! What more could He have done to show His love for us. Let’s place Him first in our hearts this Thanksgiving.

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

Give Thanks Composed by Don Moen

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If Not To The Lord; Where Could We Go?

“In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4)

Originally published May 2021

“Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

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These words of Peter were spoken after what had turned out to be a very sad scene. The Lord had just finished teaching in front of the multitude and many of those present, including some of His disciples, had turned away from Christ. Regarding this, the Gospel of John says: “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” In the introductory verse above, Simon Peter was responding to the following question from the Lord: “Then said Jesus unto the twelve (Apostles), will you also go away?” Peter added the following bold declaration: “And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

There is no other place where those seeking salvation can go. The Lord tells us that there is only one way to salvation.” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” The world questions this and points to other ways they say are ways to God. We know this is not true, but we need to truly appreciate the fact that there is a way and understand just what the Lord requires of us.

The Lord could have softened His message that day to make it more palatable to those present, but He did not. He knew it was critical that the people hear what the requirements of discipleship were. In addressing the multitude, Jesus proclaimed the following: “Verily, verily I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no life in you.” Jesus is speaking spiritually here regarding the cross and the necessity to totally and completely believe in Him and His great work at the cross. He is saying, short of that, there is no life in you. He goes on to say: “whosoever eats My flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jesus is reaffirming to those present that the total object of our faith must be in His sacrifice at the cross, and if that is done, we will have eternal life. And finally, the Lord says: “He who eats My flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in Me, and I in Him.” This speaks of the importance of our continued daily partaking of the Lord (Christ Crucified).

Luke 9:23 makes it clear: “If any man will come after Me (be a disciple), let him deny himself (our own ability, will power, strength), and take up his cross (faith in His finished work) daily (important to reaffirm our faith daily), and follow Me (can only be done by faith in the cross).”

In this address to the multitude by the Lord, it goes on to say: “Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, this is a hard saying; who can hear it.” Jesus responds to this unbelief on the part of some of His disciples by saying: ” It is the Spirit Who quickens; the flesh profits nothing.” He, of course, is telling them that His words are pointing to spiritual realities. Man wants to do his part, and when that way seems unattainable or not to his liking, unbelief is the most common reaction. In the natural, the cross has no attraction. Peter and the twelve, although I am sure didn’t fully understand what the Lord said; went the way of faith. They believed in the Lord and trusted that He had the “words of life” and that He would lead them in that way.

That is something we must do today. Some things may be difficult to understand; we may go through some difficulties in life we don’t understand, but we know in whom we have believed. He has told us that the way to “eternal life” is by placing our total faith in Him and His great work. Our flesh will want to do its part, but we must not trust in our own ability or in self-effort. We are to practice the Christian disciplines (e.g. Bible reading, fasting, praying), but our faith must not be in these for victory. Our part is to choose to believe in Christ and Him Crucified on a daily basis. Yes, there is only one way that leads to life and, if we know the Lord, we can rejoice in the fact that we have found it. Where else could we go? Thank the Lord that we need not look anywhere else for He has the “words of life.” There is none like the Lord.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

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(Composed by Lenny LeBlanc)