Monthly Archives: October 2013

We Deserved Hell…………

Romans 3:10-11 “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God”.

 

The scripture tells us all have sinned, therefore we all deserved Hell but With God’s intervention to help us change, we have all have been offered a chance at heaven. Without God our natural nature will always choose to do that which goes against God’s word, His will and His way. But it is God’s will that we be transformed and repent that we might have everlasting life with Him. God provides a way to remove the sentence of death that hangs over us, without excusing or condoning our old sinful ways and unrighteousness. He sent his son to accept for us the penalty of sin. If we willingly turn from a wrong way of life, God is more than willing to substitute the shed blood of our Savior for the sentence of death we brought on ourselves through our sins.

Christ solemnly warned a crowd” Unless you repent you will all likewise perish”, but really, what is repentance? We rarely hear the word repent anymore, and few understand what it means. Repent refers to a change of heart, a shift in ones thinking, a transformation of purpose with emphasis on modifying one’s conduct. Though Christ came to take away our sins,we still have our part to do. He didn’t come to save us in our sins or while we continue in sin. If one is pardon from a crime he is expected to cease from his criminal acts, not to continue in a criminal enterprise. Like wise Jesus death saved us from sin and we should turn away from sinful acts, deeds and thoughts.

True repentance requires both a belief and a doing. One has to by faith believe that Christ has died for their sins, and through the water baptism truly believe they have put to death the old man and his ways, and  has risen a new creation in Christ and with Christ. But having faith in Jesus is not just simply believing he is our Savior, it is  also believing his message, his promises, and His instructions and  governing ourselves accordingly. Christ once asked” why do you call me Lord, and not do the things which I say”? When we truly repent we stop doing what is wrong and start living in harmony with God’s ways and laws. We stop our willful and deliberate sinning. Repentance should  include a sense of shame and sorrow, for genuine repentance our lives must change. True repentance is a gift from God, He leads us to that point if we respond positively to His working with us to open our minds, and he gives us understanding of His Word and ourselves, thus showing us the things within we must change. We deserved Hell, but Christ died that we might enter Heaven.

My Sin For His Righteousness

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”.

Jesus Christ death; the message is unbelievable, a message of redemption, that is a substitution for sin. This is one of the great verses proclaiming the unbelievable love of God. It is impossible for man to grasp the fact that God made Christ to be sin for us, yet that is exactly what the scripture says. He who knew no sin made to be sin, for the sole that sinneth shall surely die, so for man to live He had to die.

 

Did He die in vain? Why was this act necessary? Because man needs more than just righteousness to stand perfect before God. To stand righteous before God is not enough, for man has already sinned. Man already stands guilty of breaking God’s law, and the judgment and condemnation of death has already taken effect upon man. So the condemnation and judgment of sin had to be taken care of. God did this by laying all the sins of man upon Christ, all the guilt and condemnation of sin, God placed it all on Christ and let Him bear it all Himself. God’s purpose for this was that we through Christ death, might be made righteousness of God in Christ. When a person really believes in Jesus Christ, God takes that man’s faith and He counts it as righteousness. The man is not righteous, but God considers the man’s faith in Christ as righteousness. God does this because he loves man so much, that he sent His only Son to die that we might have a right to life. Jesus secured righteousness for man. He came into the world to die for man. He came and arose from death and thus conquered death for man, thus His resurrected life could stand for the resurrected life of the believer. But did Christ die in vain in your life?Have you accepted this truth?

 

The truth is this God loves His Son Jesus Christ so much, that He honors any man who honors His son by believing in Him and believing Him. When we sincerely trust Christ, God takes that faith and counts it as righteousness, thus He judges us , and treats us, as though we are innocent. We are not innocent, us and God both knows this, but God counts us as innocent because of our faith in Jesus Christ. To God we have died with Christ and rose a new creation. He took our sin that we might have His righteousness.

An Ever Present Help

Hebrews 3:1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus:”

When you have a problem have you ever considered Jesus? Did you know he is a way out of no way, and a problem solver; When troubled or burdened, look to Jesus for He is an ever present help. When anxious, look to Jesus, He is a peace, which surpasses all understanding; In all you do look to Jesus the Christ our ever present help. Let Him be the head of your life, let Him govern your life.

 

Jesus is kind, and sympathetic, He wept for Lazarus, wept over Jerusalem, and He feels for all who are burden. He asked that we cast all our cares upon Him, for He cares for us. He is compassionate, He healed the leper, He looked upon the multitude with concern just before feeding them. He had mercy on the blind man who cried out to Him, and Jesus suffered and bled and died on the cross to save those without strength, sinners, and the enemies of God. He is our perfect example to follow. He is our teacher as He has set forth the perfect plan for salvation and life. Teaching us the way, the truth and the life desired of us from the Father. He is our Savior a perfect sacrifice for an imperfect people, for He provides flawless redemption. He is our High Priest, our advocate as He stands in the gap as our  bridge over the troubled waters of sin leading us back to God, and observing and providing our every need.

 

So no matter what situation you find yourself in be it lost in darkness in danger of eternal damnation, or just struggling to go through the day, look to Christ Jesus Gods gift to all mankind, and our ever present help

The Night Life

Ephesians 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”.

Directions on how to live in this world are very needful. We constantly come in contact with the ungodly it is unavoidable. But we are taught to avoid such communion and fellowship with them if it means becoming partakers of their evil deeds. Here we have three truths mentioned here, evil works are unfruitful; they are works of darkness; and they deserve reproof. We must have no fellowship with them, neither at anytime or in any manner.

 

What is forbidden? “fellowship with the works of darkness “. Now this fellowship can manifest its self in many ways. It can be by personally committing sins or by joining with others doing wrong. It can come by teaching one to do wrong in word or by action. By constraining, commanding, or even tempting one to do wrong; by threat, request, persuasion, etc. We can provoke someone, or neglect to rebuke ones wrong doing at the start, leading them to think we are in agreement with their actions.. By conniving at sin, tolerating, concealing or making it welcome in our life. By our commending defending and excusing the wrong already done, and fighting those who would expose, denounce and punish it. We must be careful not to tolerate even the smallest amount of wrong doing in our lives. We must be above any kind of reproach, ” don’t let your good be evil spoken of “. A little leaven corrupts the whole loaf. We must reprove the ways of darkness and those who would walk in that darkness. We must declare its wrong, and our hatred of it. With conviction, As the holy spirit reproves the world of sin, we must aim at proving the world guilty by our holy life and bold witness. We  must reprove sin , convict hearts to convert souls to win the lost to Christ.

 

A man lost in darkness will follow any one out of the darkness, who not only has a light but will turn it on. If you get comfortable in the darkness, you may never turn on the light to lead others out of the darkness. It is our duty to be clear of another man’s sin; as a imitator of God and his child, and as one who has come out of the darkness into the marvelous light of the Lord. If our fellowship is with God, we must quit the ways of darkness altogether. Stop living the night life………..