From The Age Of Innocence To The Perfect Age

The Lord’s Progressive Revelation To Mankind

The Lord has dealt with man through the years with progressive revelations that can be described as dispensations, eras, or ages. These periods of time can be broken down into 7 periods of time or dispensations. They are as follows:

Innocence – This began with the creation of man in God’s own image and after His likeness. The Lord formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into him the “breath of life.” Adam was created with superior intelligence evidenced by him naming all the living creatures the Lord had created. Adam and Eve were created with a free moral agency to choose for themselves. When they disobeyed the Lord’s command not to partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they lost their innocence and died spiritually. This was the birth of the sin nature that is found in all those that came after them. They were cast out of the Garden, but not before the Lord, in His love for them, made a covering of animal skins. This was to show Adam and Eve that sacrifices were to be offered which pointed ahead to the Redeemer that would come to restore fellowship between mankind and the Lord.

Conscience – This dispensation began with man’s expulsion from the Garden with the loss of the perfect life of fellowship and communion with God. During this dispensation, man was to live by his conscience. It lasted 1656 years until the flood. This was a period of time when the Lord allowed man to make decisions according to his own conscience. Would he choose to serve the Lord or Satan? It did not start well with Cain killing Abel, and ended with the wickedness of man being so bad that the Lord had to destroy all mankind with a flood with the exception of Noah and his family. Man had failed this test and it resulted in the judgment. But again, the Lord, in His love for mankind, gave man hope in the promise of the rainbow.

Human Government – Instituted by God after the flood and consisted of God giving Noah and his descendants particular laws by which man was to be governed. The laws were as follows: repopulate the earth, exercise dominion over the animals, eat meat along with fruits and vegetables, do not eat the flesh of animals that contained blood, and capital punishment for murder was instituted. It is to be noticed that the first two laws mentioned were also part of the first two dispensations. By these laws, man, under God, was to administer the affairs of all mankind to show that he could be faithful to God by his obedience to the laws under man’s own human government. The result was that man failed in this dispensation. In governing himself he forgot God as evidenced by man erecting the Tower of Babel with the result being the Lord’s judgment in confusing the languages and scattering the people.

Promise – This dispensation lasted 430 years and was called the Dispensation of Promise because of the covenant God made with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3). The Lord promised that by this covenant “shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Idolatry and the worshiping of many gods were prevalent in the world of that day led by Nimrod. It resulted in the religious system of Babylon. Because of this widespread idolatry, God would for the first time separate one family, one lineage, apart from the rest of mankind to become His people and worship and serve Him only. The Lord would birth the nation of Israel and bring forth the Messiah through the lineage of Abraham. The only thing required by God during this dispensation was for man to believe God’s promises and the covenant He made with Abraham. Civil laws were to be followed as well. The idea was that people down through the years would have knowledge of the One true God through Abraham and His descendants. They were to be His witnesses on earth. The dispensation ended with God delivering His people from Egyptian bondage and bringing judgment on Eygpt. Also, Israel fell short of believing God’s promise at times. So, the Dispensation of Promise ended in judgment just as the previous dispensations had.

Law – Man had failed to obey God in the previous dispensations. Through the Law, God would give Israel His will in totality. Israel would see through the Law the holiness of God and what God desired of man; that He would have a holy people set apart to Himself. Although God required Israel to keep the Law during this dispensation; Israel would find that they could not keep the Law. The Law was added because of transgressions and pointed to the need for a coming Redeemer which had God shown them through the sacrificial system. But Israel failed in this dispensation. Israel’s attempt to live by the Law and not realizing the significance of the sacrificial system resulted in failure and disobedience to God. They became self-righteous and crucified the very One the sacrificial system pointed to. Rejecting their Messiah cost them the Kingdom of God that was offered to them by Christ at that time and resulted in the destruction of Israel in A.D.70.

Grace – The Law showed man his total inability to keep it and prepared the way for the dispensation of grace through the Lord’s sacrificial death on the cross. Man was to see through the previous dispensations and his utter failure in each, that he could not obey God by his efforts and needed a redeemer. Grace was offered to all by faith in the Lord, with the Lord Himself paying the price owed for man’s disobedience, and providing a way for man to walk out a victorious life of obedience to God through faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are in the dispensation of grace currently. It will be followed by the judgment of God on those that reject the love, mercy, and grace that He offers to all. A Great Tribulation is coming upon mankind. Those that are disobedient to the Lord in this dispensation will face this final judgment.

Divine Government (The Millennium) – This final dispensation will begin with The Second Coming of the Lord when He will set up His earthly kingdom that will last 1000 years. Satan will be bound and God will establish His government here reigning through Christ. This final dispensation will contain both saints and sinners. At the end of this thousand-year period, sin will be totally and finally dealt with. Satan, who had been bound for the thousand years, will be released and lead a short-lived rebellion with many joining him. This final rebellion will be put down quickly by the Lord and Satan and all those that joined him in the rebellion will be cast into the Lake of fire. The Great White Throne judgment will take place at the end of the Millennium with all the unredeemed standing before the Lord and being judged and cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. There will be a New Heaven and a New Earth with a new Jerusalem “coming down from God from Heaven.” With the end of this last dispensation comes the Perfect Age with the Lord dwelling with us and with no more sin, no more sorrow with all things made new as the following verses tell us:

“Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

“And God shall 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 have passed away.”

“And He Who sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new…” Revelation 21:3-5)

Always Remember,

GOD LOVES YOU!!!

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If The Lord Is God, Follow Him!

Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve!

“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. But the people answered him not a word” (1 Kings 18:21).

It was a time of great apostasy in Samaria, the northern kingdom of Israel. Ahab, the king, did not follow the Lord and did evil in the sight of the Lord along with his wife Jezebel. She had massacred many of the prophets of the Lord, and Baal worship was flourishing drawing the people away from the Lord.

Elijah stood alone against some 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah. He came to the people, as our introductory verse states, and called them out to challenge their apostasy and to call them back to the one true God.

Elijah proposed that they offer a sacrifice on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal calling on their God and Elijah calling on the Lord God. And Elijah said, “The God who answers by fire, He is God.” The prophets of Baal cried out to Baal from morning until noon with no answer. At noon Elijah began to mock them saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” The prophets of Baal continued to cry out until the time of the evening sacrifice (3 PM); cutting themselves with blood gushing out of their wounds. The Bible says that after all this “There was no voice no one answered, no one paid attention.”

Elijah then told the people to come near to him, and the Bible said he “repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down”. This is how bad it had gotten that the altar of the Lord was in disrepair. “And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the twelve tribes of the sons of Jacob, and built an altar in the Name of the Lord. He dug a trench around the altar, placed the wood on it, and cut the bull in pieces.” Elijah then had the people pour water over the sacrifice and the wood. He had them do this three times with the water drenching the altar and filling the trench around the altar. Then, at the time of the evening sacrifice, Elijah cried out to the Lord. He said:

“Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and I am your servant and that I have done all these things at your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me that this people may know that You are the Lord God and that you have turned their hearts back to you again” (1 Kings 18:36,37).

The fire of the Lord fell and consumed the sacrifice along with “the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.” The people, after seeing the Lord answer with fire, fell on their faces and said “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God.” Elijah had them seize the prophets of Baal, and they were all executed at the Brook Kishon.

Israel had a special relationship with the Lord. At that time, all the surrounding nations served false gods or idols. They were the only people on earth that served the Lord God. At the time of Elijah, they had joined the surrounding nations in idol worship. The Lord, in His mercy, sent Elijah to call them back to Himself.

The Lord answered with fire at 3 o’clock, the time of the evening sacrifice. This is the same time of day some 900 years later that the Son of God died on a cruel cross to pay the sin debt for mankind. The Old Testament sacrifices all represented and pointed to the One that would come as the Savior of mankind. The fire the Lord sent from Heaven to consume the sacrifice at the time of Elijah was an incredible display from the Lord and the people fell on their faces turning back to the Lord.

The Lord’s sacrifice at Calvary should have the same effect on all those that hear the Good News. We all must choose whether we will serve the Lord or “Baal” today. If we do not turn to the Lord after His coming and dying for us, then we are going a false way and serving a false god. Just as there was only one sacrifice that was acceptable to the Lord at the time of Elijah, there is only one sacrifice acceptable to the Lord now. It is Christ and Him crucified.

We have a choice to make in this life. We can go the way of the Lord and be saved, or we can go any other way and end up lost, serving a false god like some of the children of Israel and the prophets of Baal. If we are not serving the Lord; we are going a false way and serving a false god. After all, the Bible tells us that Satan is the “god of this world” and has most in the world deceived. In the following verse, the Apostle Paul uses very strong language explaining the state of those outside of the Lord’s mercy and grace and his desire that they escape the snare of the Devil :

And that they (anyone who does not have their faith in Christ crucified)) may recover themselves (escape) out of the snare (a carefully laid trap) of the devil, who are taken captive (prisoners) by him at his will (helpless against Satan)” (2 Timothy 3:26 with commentary).

We have a sin nature or a fallen nature that was passed down to us from Adam. Jesus came and died for our sins to free us to live a life of victory through faith in His sacrificial work at the cross. We cannot free ourselves and there is no neutral ground. We must make a decision. John 3:18 says, “He who believes not is condemned already, because he has believed not in the Name of the Only Begotten Son of God.”

We’ll close with the words of Joshua who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. He had the following to say regarding the choice we all must make:

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

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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A Journey To The North

Seeking The Lost

A Fictional Narrative

“How shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

The trip from the southern territory to the north would be a difficult one for the man. He would miss those in the southern territory and he had some apprehension about how he would be received in the north.

There was a book that told of a better life now and better life in the future for those that received the words of the book. Those in the southern territory believed the book and knew what the book said about a time of great trouble in the world that was about to take place. They were comforted in knowing that they would be rescued from the worst of what was to come. The man was traveling north to let those that lived in the northern territory know what those in the south already knew. The man loved the south; they were so open about how they had been blessed by what was in the book, and they freely shared this with others who had not heard how they too could be blessed. They also shared what the book had to say about what the future held.

His journey was a difficult one because he carried with him the burden of letting all those in the north know that there were terrible times ahead. He had good news as well that he hoped all those he would come across would accept because he knew that in them accepting the good news their lives would be blessed. They would be rescued as well from the terrible times coming.

“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 be no flesh saved: but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21,22).

What he found when he arrived in the northern territory shocked him. Very few wanted to hear what he had to say even though he tried to explain the serious nature of what the book proclaimed. He tried everything with the people including leaving excerpts from the book in places he knew they frequented. Nothing seemed to get their attention. What could he do to make them realize just how serious the situation was?

“And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

The people in the north seemed to be very satisfied with their lives and did not think that what he was trying to tell them was for them. Many had been told other things and saw him as a threat to what they believed. However, most of the people he spoke with were polite, but some saw him as a fanatic, or felt he was making too much of things. Others seemed to agree, but he realized that they did not really grasp the full impact of the words he shared because they made no changes in their lives as a result of what they heard.

What would happen to these people? They were going about their lives with no thought about the future. They had a chance to come into the knowledge that would assure them of a wonderful blessed future. And they could be rescued from the certain terrible trouble coming upon the world. The man loved the people of the northern territory and continued to share from the book. It was all he could do!

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

The people themselves would have to come to the realization that the good news and warning he shared each day were of great importance in their lives. He knew that a changed life was a miracle and he prayed that for all of them. Only time would tell what would become of those in the northern territory. The book was very clear on what they needed to do to change their lives for the better now and be rescued from all that was coming. And the book was very clear on what would happen to those that rejected the message. His hope was that they would heed the message he proclaimed. We end our story with the man praying that those in the northern territory would accept what the book proclaimed. He knew their lives would change for the better and that they would be safe and secure against what the book warned would be a time of great tribulation on the earth.

“Therefore just as the Holy Spirit says, Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…..” (Hebrews 3:7,8)

So, what does the book of our story have to say? Well, it’s the Bible and it says the following:

We are to admit we are sinners unable to save ourselves: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23), and “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

We are to acknowledge that Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross: ” He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

We are to place our faith in Him (Jesus) and His great sacrificial work on the cross: “If you 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” (Romans 10:9).

Today is the day of salvation! We are not promised tomorrow. He has given us His Word that we might know the way… The way of the cross.

Heavenly Father,

We pray for all those that are lost in this world; that they would sense the Holy Spirit drawing them to the One that loves them, and gave His life as a sacrifice for their sins that they might have “Newness of Life” in Him and be rescued from the wrath to come. Amen.

Always Remember,

God Loves You

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Satan’s Sleight Of Hand

The Deceiver In Chief

“How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations. For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation. On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” Isaiah 14:12-14).

Sleight of hand – a cleverly executed trick or deception.

Sleight of hand is used by magicians in their performances. They divert our attention from what they are actually doing to perform their trick. Satan does the same thing to divert our attention from what’s important to our soul. He is a master at this and will cause many, if not most, to end up in Hell.

The Lord told Adam and Eve that they were not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Lord told them that “in the day you eat thereof you shall surely die.” Spiritual death would come, not from the fruit itself, but from Adam and Eve not obeying the Word of God. From this, we see that disobedience to the Word of God, which is sin, always results in death. They were allowed to eat of all the other trees in the Garden including The Tree of Life which contained fruit that could renew their bodies and allow them to live forever. Satan came to Eve and said the following regarding God’s command not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Lord’s warning that eating of it would bring death:

“And the serpent (Satan speaking the serpent) said unto the woman, you shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4).

Satan lies to Eve denying the Word of God. Satan is a liar and he, by this, seeks to plant doubt in her mind regarding the Word God spoke to them. Satan does the same thing today and has been successful at causing millions to doubt the Word of God which can only lead to death. Satan then says regarding eating of the forbidden tree:

“For God does knows that in the day that you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5).

So now we have Satan not only planting doubt in Eve’s mind regarding the validity of God’s Word, but telling Eve that by eating the fruit of that tree she will become like God. Pride was the sin of Satan as we saw from our introductory verse, and pride is the sin that will keep many from coming to the Lord in repentance and faith.

Satan, using these two lies, is doing the very same thing today and has deceived millions down through the years. It is Satan’s sleight of hand – a cleverly executed trick or deception. He knows that if he can cause people to doubt God’s Word, then it is a short step to cause them to believe that they do not need God and are in fact like God and able to go their own way. Again, this has resulted in millions not finding salvation and losing their souls.

Due to Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden, Satan had the legal right to hold humanity in captivity due to sin entering the world. Their sin resulted in all those that came after them to have a fallen, our sin, nature. The Lord defeated Satan at the cross paying the debt owed to God for our sins and we can be free from Satan’s sleight of hand. We do this by coming to the Lord in repentance and faith in His great work at Calvary.

However, Satan, even though he was defeated at the cross, did not change his strategy because it has worked for him down through the years. Doubt God’s Word and become gods yourself is his constant lie. Just look around and see the results his wares have wrought. Most doubt the Word of God evidenced by the few that actually read it, and believe it. And many have become their own gods going about their lives doing what seems best to them. Jesus addressed this in the following verse”

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).

What Satan has done by his sleight of hand is to divert attention from the Tree of Life which represents Christ and the life He offers to all by His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins, to the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil which represents us going our own way in disobedience to the Lord which always ends in death.

For those of us who have eaten of the Tree of Life having placed our faith in Christ and His great sacrifice at the cross for salvation; Satan comes with his sleight of hand regarding our progressive sanctification (how we live for the Lord on a daily basis). He points us to Law and works as the way to have victory over the sin in our lives. This is partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and will not bring us victory. He has convinced many that once we are saved we can avoid sin in our lives by whatever it is we decide to do in our own strength to bring victory. Whether it’s fasting, prayer, reading the Bible, or any other Christian discipline, we will be blessed by doing these but they will not bring us victory. The following verse says it succinctly and best:

“For therein (through the cross) is the righteousness of God (right with God) from faith to faith (God provides and men receive). The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17 ESB notes).

We must partake of the “Tree of Life” daily to have victory in our lives and to walk pleasing to the Lord. Our salvation is completely of the Lord from first to last. Satan wants us in bondage either by being lost and without God in this world, or being miserably saved by trying to live a life pleasing to the Lord by our own efforts. Paul said this to the Galatians who were considering the latter:

Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free (we are free by our faith in Christ and Him Crucified), and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (coming up with our own to walk out this Christian Life through law or works” (Galatians 5:1).

Satan is a liar and has sought to have all those in the world from the time of Adam and Eve on down doubt God’s Word and go their own way – “You shall not surely die” and “you shall be as gods.” His tactics do not change because many, or most, have bought into his lies. The Bible says “That the whole world is under the power of the evil one (Satan).” But through the grace of God, we can be free from the bondage of the sin nature and free from Satan’s sleight of hand. I’ll close with the following Words of Jesus:

“If the Son, therefore, shall make you free (by the cross), you shall be free indeed (free to live in the liberty the cross provides)” ( John 8:36).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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Angels’ Food From Heaven

Receiving The Bread Of Life

“Then said the Lord unto Moses, I will rain bread from Heaven for you” (Exodus 16:4).

The children of Israel had just been delivered from Eygpt and had been in the wilderness for about a month. They were quick to complain to Moses about their current location and had even wished that they had died at the hand of God back in Eygpt. They wanted to return to Eygpt where they falsely claimed that “we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full.” The truth was that they were slaves and harshly treated by the Egyptians. They had eaten slave food in Eygpt and would see the Lord provide them with Angels’ food in the wilderness.

“Men (the Israelites) did eat angels’ food, He sent them food to the full” (Psalm 78:25).

The Lord graciously sent quail for them to eat in the evening, and rained down bread from Heaven for them in the morning. The quail seemed to be supplied this once and possibly on rare occasions. When they saw the Lord’s provision of bread from Heaven they didn’t know what it was so they called it “Manna.” It was graciously provided by the Lord for all of the forty years they were in the wilderness.

They were to gather it each morning in an amount to be enough for a one-day provision for each person. They were not to gather more than they needed for the day. Those that did gather more than needed found it bred worms and stank. On the sixth day, they were to gather twice as much for each individual. This was so they would have provision for the seventh day which was the Sabbath instituted by the Lord on which day they were not allowed to work.

The manna given them by the Lord showed the Lord’s grace and mercy towards them and represented the true Bread from Heaven; the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “The glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud” the first time the manna was provided. “The glory of the Lord” and the true bread from Heaven would be fully revealed when Jesus came in the flesh and dwelt among us. The Word says “we beheld His glory.” So, the manna was a type of God’s provision of His Son that the world might not perish, not of hunger, but as the result of our fallen nature. The following well-known verse says it best:

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

The manna miraculously provided to Israel in their great need for sustenance points, in type, to Christ as our daily provision. Some of the interesting facts about the manna sent from the Lord that point to in type to Christ are the following: It was given freely by the Lord (Grace); it was given only to Israel (only believers receive from the Lord); the manna came to them where they were (the Lord finds us); each individual had to gather the manna for himself (everyone must come to the Lord individually); the manna lasted only the day (we must place our faith in the Lord on a daily basis); the manna was white (the purity of Christ); it was sweet to the taste (living for the Lord is the most wonderful life). And lastly, as the Manna was Israel’s source of sustenance for the forty years in the desert; we are kept by grace through faith in Christ and Him crucified, with the Lord providing for all our needs. The following verse says it well:

“According to His Divine Power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him Who Has called us to knowledge and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).

All of this story of the Lord’s gracious provision of manna in the desert is a wonderful picture of the Lord’s care for us and His love that brought us a Savior. The true “Bread from Heaven” was sent by the Lord in His grace and mercy. Just as the Israelites were in a wilderness and in need of daily sustenance; we are in the wilderness of sin and can only find our daily sustenance in the One that loved us and left His home in glory to die on a cross for the sin that has us in bondage. The Lord made this very clear in the following verse:

“I (Jesus) am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of this world (the cross)” (John 6:51).

“….He who believes on Me has everlasting life. I am the Bread of Life” John 6:47,48).

The Lord calls out to us and points us to the “Living Bread which came down from Heaven.” It is freely given by the Lord in His Grace and mercy. We must receive this “Living Bread” by placing our faith in the Lord and His sacrificial work at Calvary. Only those that come to Him in repentance and faith receive, but those that do come experience the blessings of the Lord in this life and in the (eternal) life to come. As has been said, living for the Lord is the most wonderful life. The Lord has proven His love for us and draws us to Himself. In the following verse, the Lord makes His love for us abundantly clear:

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

If you do not know the Lord; He is only a prayer away! The following is the Sinner’s Prayer prayed by millions down through the years:

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. At 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, according to God’s Word, you have passed from death to life. You have been born again (born from above)! Praise the Lord.

“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God 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).

Remember Always,

God Loves You!

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When My Savior Reached Down For Me!

I Was Lost And Undone Without God Or His Son

(When My Savior Reached Down For Me -Lyrics by G E E Wright)

[We are saved and kept by the Lord as we reach up and take the hand He extends to us in mercy and grace. He is the One that died for our sins and offers us forgiveness and “Newness of Life.” The world’s condition is “lost and undone without God or His Son.” Jesus came to change that for all those that will come to Him in repentance and faith. It is my hope that this article will show us the Lord’s great love for us and His saving and keeping power for all those that will hear His voice and come to Him. I know that His saving and keeping power is real because I was lost and undone when He reached down His hand for me! The greatest day in anyone’s life is the day they realize their need for a savior and come to the One Who loves them and has proven that love by His great sacrifice at the cross for their sins. That day came for me and I thank Him each day for His mercy and grace that saved me, and keeps me securely in His loving care.]

“I (Jesus) came forth from the Father (His Deity), and am come into the world (to die for your sins): again, I leave this world, and go to the Father (mission accomplished)” (John 16:28).

The above verse says it all. The Lord Jesus left His home in glory and became a man, the God/Man, to die on a cruel cross for our sins. We were dead in our sins and unable to free ourselves. The Father sent His Son out of His love for us in order to pay the debt owed for sin, and by our faith in His sacrifice on the cross, save us and free us to live a life pleasing to the Lord. He paid the price that we might not be a slave to the sin nature we were born into. The sin nature remains with us in our mortal bodies, but by faith in His finished work, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin (the sin nature) and therefore not yield to its demands. The Apostle Paul said the following about our relationship to the sin nature:

“Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead unto sin (the sin nature), but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. For sin (the sin nature) shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the Law, but under grace” (Romans 6:11,14).

What the Apostle Paul is saying is that, by faith in Christ and Him Crucified, the grace of God is extended to us to live a life pleasing to God. He is also saying that victory can never be attained by “Law“, any law. This means that, once we are saved by faith in Christ crucified, our efforts to serve the Lord by what we do will not bring us victory. The Christian disciplines (praying, reading the Bible, going to church, fasting, etc), although important, will not give us victory over sin. If they could give us victory then Christ need not have come to die on a cruel cross. The following verse makes this abundantly clear:

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

If we try to live for God by any other means than by faith in Christ and His great sacrifice at the cross then Jesus did not need come and suffer and die as He did. We place our faith in Christ and His sacrifice at the cross when we come to Him in salvation, but we must continue to have faith in Christ and the cross daily to realize our victory over sin. We are to “abide” in Christ. That means we are to remain “in Him.” We do that by faith, as has been mentioned; faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross. The following verse tells us what happens to us when we place our faith in Christ and Him crucified:

“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 above verse is not speaking of water baptism, but a spiritual baptism into Christ. When Christ died on the cross God saw it as us dying with Him, with Christ becoming our substitute, and our gaining all the benefits that His death provided. We were also spiritually buried with Him meaning that all of our sins were buried as well. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father; we are spiritually raised with Him to “Newness of Life.” Jesus put it this way:

“I am the Vine, you are the branches: he who abides in me, and I in Him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

We must walk in this “Newness of Life” by abiding in Him. Jesus made it very clear regarding those that do not abide in Him. He said, “without Me you can do nothing.” All life comes from God. We can be saved and live our lives only by receiving this Life” He offers us by placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified daily.

What about the Holy Spirit. How does He work in our lives? A very good question. The Holy Spirit will work mightily in our lives as we place our faith in Christ and His sacrificial work at the cross. If our faith is not in the cross, we limit what the Holy Spirit can do in our lives. Jesus said of Him “He shall glorify Me.” The following verse tells us how to Holy Spirit works in our lives to bring us victory over sin:

“For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death” (Romans 8:2).

We can see from the above verse that there are two laws at work here. The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus and the Law of Sin and Death. If our faith is in Christ and the cross the Holy Spirit will bring us victory over sin. This is how He works. He works in no other way! If our faith is in anything else we will fall under the Law of Sin and Death. We cannot move our faith from the cross to other things and have victory. The Law of Sin and death is a powerful law that we cannot overcome in our strength. The only law more powerful than the Law of Sin and Death is the Law of Life in Christ Jesus. We are to be strong in the Lord and His might. He has done it all. Our part is to come by faith.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).

In conclusion, Christ left His home in Glory out of a love for us. He came to die on a cross to pay the debt owed for sin. By faith in Jesus and His great work, we are forgiven of our sins and walk in “Newness of Life.” When we abide “in Him” it allows the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives. As the song says ” we were lost and undone without God or His Son.” But God, in His love for us provided a way that fellowship might be restored. The following verse says it best, “We love Him because He first loved us (1John 4:19). Jesus paid the price for our sins at the cross that we might be with Him in eternity. How great is our God! But for God; where would we be? The following verses should cause us to praise and thank the Lord for all He has done for us:

“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, (by grace are you saved); and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).

In closing, I give you the following quote from Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) a well-known Scottish evangelist who wrote the classic devotional My Utmost For His Highest. He said:

The heart of Salvation is the cross of Christ. The reason Salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much.

It is the gate through which any and every individual can enter into oneness with God. But it is not a gate we pass right through; it is one where we abide in the life that is found there.

Remember Always,

God Loves You!

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The Serpent, The Leprous Hand, And The Blood

Tell Them That “I Am, That I Am” Sent You

After spending forty years at the backside of the desert, the Lord came to Moses and called him to bring His people out of their bondage in Egypt. This same Moses that killed the Egyptian in defense of a fellow Israelite forty years earlier, now tells the Lord that he is not equal to the task. The Lord has his brother Aaron go with him as his spokesman and assures Moses that He will be with him. He instructs Moses to tell the Children of Israel that “I Am that I Am” had sent him.

The Lord commanded Moses to tell the children of Isreal that He, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, would bring them out from under their bondage in Eygpt to “a land flowing with milk and honey.” He was to go before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and demand that he “let My people go.” The Lord also told him that Pharaoh would not let them go and that the Lord would “smite Eygpt with all my wonders” after which Pharaoh would let the children of Israel go.

Moses told the Lord that the children of Israel would not believe that the Lord had sent him. The Lord asked what he had in his hand. Moses replied that he had a rod. The Lord had him cast it on the ground and it became a serpent. Then the Lord told him to pick it up by the tail, and it became a rod once again. The Lord then told him to put his hand in his bosom, and when he did, his hand became leprous. The Lord had him put his hand in his bosom once again, and his hand returned to normal flesh. The Lord instructed Moses to use these signs to show the children of Israel that the “God of their Fathers” had indeed appeared to him. The Lord also told Moses that if they did not believe these first two signs he was to “take the water of the river and pour it on dry land.” The Lord said the water from the river would become blood.

The Lord was showing Moses that by the rod turning into a serpent he would be coming up against the powers of darkness. Egypt worshiped demon spirits and by the rod turning into a serpent the Lord was showing Pharaoh that the Kingdom of Eygpt was under Satanic control. In fact, one of the gods of Eygpt was the serpent. Aaron cast his rod down before Pharaoh and it became a serpent. Pharaoh called for his wise men and sorcerers and the Bible says “they also did in like manner with their enchantments.” However, Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. The Lord, by this, was showing Pharaoh that He was mightier than all the gods of Eygpt. Prophetically, this also pointed ahead to Calvary where Jesus would totally defeat sin and Satan (see Genesis 3:15). The Lord would use this same rod to bring about the miracles in Eygpt that would result in Pharoh letting God’s people go.

The second sign of Moses’ hand turning leprous represented sin which is the problem for all of the human race. His placing his hand back in his bosom once again and it coming out without any leprosy points to the salvation only Jesus can provide to each individual that comes to Him with the leprosy of sin. Sin is a problem within the heart of each individual and the answer to the sin problem within cannot be resolved by our efforts but cost the Lord greatly to provide for us at the cross.

The third sign of the water from the river turning to blood represents the only answer to defeat Satan (the serpent) and sin (leprosy), and that’s the Precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again the only way that mankind can be delivered from the sin nature is through the sacrificial work of our Lord at Calvary. Note that the third sign was to be given if the first two were not believed. If we do not believe that we are under the dominion of Satan (the serpent) and have a fallen nature (leprous), then this third sign, the only way to salvation, points to the result of rejecting what the first two signs show us. The cross accepted brings life. The cross rejected brings sure judgment. The serpent, the leprous hand, and the blood; all point to our need for a savior. We were all dead in our sins, but Christ through the shedding of His Blood on the cross has brought forgiveness to all those that will come in repentance and faith.

Regarding the serpent (Satan):

“Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the Kingdom of His Dear Son” (Colossians 1:13)

Regarding the leprosy of sin:

“There is none righteous, no, not one. For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:10,23).

Regarding the Blood (the Precious Blood of Christ):

“For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many (whosoever will believe) for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

Remember Always,

God Loves You!

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A City Set On A Hill

And The Narrow Path

A Fictional Narrative

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14).

There once was a city set on a hill. The light from it shown brightly beckoning those in the surrounding valleys to come. All those living in the surrounding valleys lived in darkness. The only way for those in the valley to gain access to the city was by a narrow path.

Those in the city encouraged all those in the valley to come and join them in the city. Those that lived there were blessed with the best of everything. Those living in the valleys were much less fortunate. There were dangers there that the residents faced every day. They lived lives far beneath the lives they might live in the city. Those in the city were perplexed as to why the valley people would not join them.

The valley people refused to come up into the city because the only way to gain access was along a narrow path. The narrow path was not something that the valley people wanted to attempt to travel on. They were used to wide-open areas that allowed them the freedom to go about their lives. They saw the narrow path as restrictive and they were happy with the lives they lived in the valley. They did not realize that what seemed restrictive actually would afford them great liberty and freedom. The light from the city attracted some of the valley people, but the majority of them remained in the low-lying areas where they could live their lives as they saw fit.

Storms would come through the area from time to time and both the city and valley areas were affected. However, the well-lit city on the hill seemed to weather these storms much better than those in the valley. The storms resulted in the death of many of the valley’s people. The shelters they choose were poorly constructed and did not weather storms well. The city on the hill, however, was well protected and the light showed them the way to the well-built shelter provided by the city.

This story has a wonderful ending for those in the well-lit city on the hill. But those that lived in the valley lived their lives in fear of the next storm. All they had to do to better their lives was to admit they were in the wrong place and take the narrow path to the well-lit city that provided the protection and light they needed to live better lives.

“Enter you in at the strait gate (door, which is Jesus): for wide is the gate, and broad its the way that leads to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat.”

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way (path), which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14).

We have a choice as we live out our lives. Will we choose to remain in the valley like those in our story, or will we come into the light of the Gospel? Jesus died for all those that will come to Him in repentance and faith believing that His sacrifice at the cross paid the sin debt and enables us by the new birth to come into His glorious light. If you do not know the Lord, won’t you come by the straight gate and narrow way (Christ and Him crucified) to the One Who loves you and proved it by His sacrifice for your sin at the cross? Jesus said the following regarding the need for a spiritual birth:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water (natural birth) and the Spirit (spiritual birth), he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3).

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Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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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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God Loves You!

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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

God Loves You!

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