Listen to Jesus!!!!!

People living in today’s society are not interested in what the bible has to say. They live their life according to their standards and what makes them feel good. The bible is the corrector of man kind. We can not just believe anything and everything and expect to make into heaven. There is one way and that is through Jesus. If we try to make it any other kind of way, we are a thief and a robber.

John 10:1 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

10 “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

There are people who  want to always be in charge, always be in control when truly they shouldn’t because they are serving their own self interests and not thinking of the welfare of others. During Jesus time these people were Scribes and Pharisees. They did not acknowledge Jesus nor listen to His teachings. Jesus was bothersome to them because He did things they way God wanted things done. Jesus had compassion for people that the Scribes and Pharisees cared nothing about. There was only a certain sect or clique of people they were concerned with and that was the wealthy. They were not concerned with people who were outside their social status or income bracket. The Scribes and the Pharisees made sure they wealthy were taken care of while others had to fend for themselves.

Today, really this what the world does. There is a saying that if you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. All this means is that that if they help you, you will help them. 

This is worldly thinking. God wants us to help if we have the ability to help someone. We should never look to get help back from the person we helped. God will reward us for what we do.

Colossians 3:23-24 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men,

24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Externally the Scribes and Pharisees were extremely holy but inwardly they were carnal sinful people.  True Christians are not concerned with getting approval from people. There are those who are always concerned about how they are perceived by other people. People may say they are good when actually they are terrible and rotten to the core. God sees what man can not. There are those who know all the pretense of acting holy without actually being holy. Then there are those who obey and do what the Lord says. The bible has top priority in their lives and it is seen in their lives. In today’s world people will be ostracized, talked about, and laughed at for listening to Jesus but God tells great is our reward in heaven.

Matthew 5:11-12 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

11 Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake.

12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.

Really we should smile when this happens because that means we are doing something right. They would not be talking about us so badly if our life was not having an real impact on the world and on those who are living around us. Continue to listen to Jesus. Continue to listen to His words. There is life with Jesus; without Him there is only death.

 

Prayer:  Father thank you for your Son Jesus who came to this earth doing what you asked Him; destroying the works of the devil. Father help your church to not be intimidated or afraid to listen your Son Jesus words and to act upon His Words. When we move when you tell us to move and say what you tell us to say a difference is seen and known. There are people Lord who are hurting and have no way out but Jesus. It’s Jesus or nothing. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  He is the same Lord that made a path through the Red Sea and the children of Israel walked on dry ground. He is the same Lord that made the manna fall from the sky so the children of Israel would have food to eat. He is the same Lord that made the walls of Jericho fall down. Nothing is too hard for God and nothing is impossible with God. Father God (Yahweh) help people to turn to Jesus. Help them turn from doing things there way to your way. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Amen!!!!!!

 

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Craving God’s Word

Hello people, I want to talk to you today about craving God’s Word. When we think about the word craving, probably more than likely we are craving something unhealthy for us; something we do not need. People rarely crave apples, oranges, grapes, and grapefruit. These kind of foods are healthy and nutritious for us and help our bodies to function like they should.

The Word of God is healthy and nutritious for our mind, body, soul, and spirit.

The Word of God helps us to build healthy relationships with people and to be a better person. It helps us to progress and move forward in life.

 

Philippians 3:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

The Word of God heals wounds we receive from others who speak carelessly.

 

Jeremiah 30:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 But I will restore you to health
    and heal your wounds,’
declares the Lord,
‘because you are called an outcast,
    Zion for whom no one cares.’

 

The Word of God teaches us to forgive.

 

Colossians 3:13 New International Version (NIV)

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

The Word of God gives us purpose.

Exodus 9:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

Life is not empty and meaningless anymore. We have a reason to get up every morning. Our life is about honoring God with our thoughts and actions and obeying what He has asked us to do. 

 

The Word of God causes us to grow spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2 New International Version (NIV)

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

 

We do not look at the life the same anymore. Life is better. The more we understand; the more of God we desire.

 

The Word of God causes anxiety and fears to disappear.

 

Psalm 34:4 New International Version (NIV)

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.

 

The Word of God causes us to overcome.

 

1 John 5:4 New International Version (NIV)

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

 

Revelation 12:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

The Word of God brings us comfort.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 King James Version (KJV)

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

The Word of God gives us divine direction.

 

Proverbs 3:6 King James Version (KJV)

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

The Word of God gives us life.

 

James 1:18 New International Version (NIV)

18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.

 

The Word of God gives us wisdom.

 

Proverbs 2:6 New International Version (NIV)

For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 

The Word of God gives us all this. Let us learn to crave this instead of something hasty and quick. Good things come to those who wait. Oh one more thing.

 

The Word of God gives us patience. 

 

Romans 15:4-5 King James Version (KJV)

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

 

Amen!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Lord Jesus, Keep Our Mind

Hello everyone and welcome to my website. Today I want to talk on our mind. Our mind plays a very major role in our lives. The mind permeates every cell of the human body. The mind is a set of  cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgment, and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity’s thoughts and consciousness. It holds the power of imagination, recognition, and appreciation, and is responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions. The mind is different from our brain. The brain is an organ in the body that controls all vital human function. Physiologically, the function of the brain is to exert centralized control over the other organs of the body. The mind ultimately has dominion over the brain. The way we think has control over our brain and body. The mind is powerful. If the devil can get our mind, then he has us. This is why it is important to keep our minds meditating on scriptures so our brain and body will be submission to Jesus.

The bible tells us not to fear. Whatever we may encounter in life we are not to be afraid of it. The bible teaches us to face things that fear us and have faith that God will be with us through the storms of life.

Matthew 7:25 King James Version (KJV)

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

We do not have to fear. Anything that comes our way while living here on earth God has given us the ability, knowledge, and understanding to handle it. People of God keep your minds wrapped around the word of God. Let not the devil plant seeds of doubt in your mind. GOD needs people who know HIM and know what HE can do.

James 1:5-8 King James Version (KJV)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

GOD need people who know that GOD can do all things. As a person thinks so he does. Our thoughts lead to action. God’s words lead us to Godly action.

Mark 5:1-8 New  International Version (NIV)

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Jesus did not fear the man or the impure spirits but faced the man and the spirits and cast them out. The GOD who is with us is mightier than anything you may face. We have got to believe this.

No one knows how this man got like this. In today’s society, someone may suspect he was on drugs or bipolar. People pay all this money going to psychiatrists or psychologists. Jesus is the best psychiatrist there is. Not meaning to put down this profession but sometimes going to the psychiatrist is not the best thing. Psychotropic drugs are not the answer or solution for everyone. Instead of prescription medication helping people, all it does is create another problem. Now the people may form an addiction to this medication.

Jesus cast the spirits out of the demoniac and that was the end of that.

Mark 5:9-13 New International Version (NIV)

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Another person in the bible I would like to mention who had some mental synapse problems (what I call it) was Nebuchadnezzar. Talk about someone flipping out. This man people was a king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and could not determine what it meant. Daniel with God’s help gave the correct interpretation.

Daniel 4:25 King James Version (KJV)

25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

GOD let Nebuchadnezzar know that the most High (God; Yahweh) ruled, not Him and HE can give the kingdom to whomsoever HE desired. This must have been a humbling experience for Nebuchadnezzar. A king made to eat grass like an animal for seven years.

Sometimes GOD has to humble his people when we forget to seek HIM for what HE desires. A lot of the time it is what the people want. Church leaders give in to the people. GOD is separate from the world and separate from the culture. God (Yahweh) is a holy God. Nothing profanes His Holy name. HE is holy and separate from the wickedness of this world.

2 Corinthians 6:17 King James Version (KJV)

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

Nebuchadnezzar learned from his experience. After seven years of acting like an animal, he got his mind and understanding back.

Daniel 4:34 King James Version (KJV)

34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

When he got his sense back, he started praising GOD. God will teach us. HE is GOD and besides HIM there is no other. We need to learn this lesson today. HE rules the heaven, the earth, the seas, and everything in them. Nebuchadnezzar learned that GOD ruled him.

Daniel 4:37 King James Version (KJV)

37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

Proverbs 11:2 King James Version (KJV)

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 29:23 King James Version (KJV)

23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

The humble depend on GOD and do not boast on their abilities or talents. Everything belongs to GOD and He has allowed us to care for what is His.

The last person I want to talk about today is  Daniel. Daniel was a praying man. He prayed three times a day. His enemies found out about this and tried to use it against him. They asked the king to issue an edict and enforce the decree.

Daniel 6:6-9 New International Version (NIV)

So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing.

This did not stop Daniel from praying. Daniel did not fear the people or anything. He kept his mind focused on God (Yahweh) and did those things that were pleasing to His Father in heaven.  He did not fear the king and his decree. His mind stayed firmly fixed on continuing to pray.

Daniel 6:10-12 New International Version (NIV)

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towardJerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”

The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”

Daniel’s enemies were setting up things against Him now. His enemies knew that Daniel would not stop praying.

Daniel 6:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

The king had become distressed, because he really cared for Daniel and was trying to figure out a way to save him. Daniel put his faith, his trust, and his life in the hands of God. There are times in our lives when we do not back down. Daniel prayed because God asks us to pray without ceasing. It is important to have contact with God (Yahweh) so that we will continue to live a life that is pleasing in His sight and not live in our flesh. God desires to have fellowship with his creation and does so through prayer. Daniel was not backing down.

Daniel 6:13-18 New International Version (NIV)

13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

So the edict was fulfilled. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den for praying continually to His God. I wonder what was going through His mind in the lion’s den. Perhaps different scriptures that he had hidden in his heart. Perhaps even he was praying in the lion’s den. We do not really know what he did. All we know is that he went in alive and came out alive. Praise be God (Yahweh) in heaven!!!!!!!!! God will bring us out!!!!!!!!

Daniel 6:19-23 New International Version (NIV)

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

Now those who set Daniel up and tried to get him killed for praying were not as fortunate.

Daniel 6:24 New International Version (NIV)

24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Prayers will make you feel so secure that your enemies can not defeat or harm you.

Lord Jesus Keep Our Mind

Prayer: Lord let us keep our mind around God and the things of God. Let not the devil plant seeds of doubt, lust, pride, and manipulation in our minds but Lord let our meditation be sweet and pleasing unto you. Whatever thoughts come to us Lord, this is what we desire to do. Thoughts lead to action. Lord, keep our mind on scripture so that our actions will be godly actions. Help us to reveal Jesus everyday in our words and actions. Amen!!!!!! 

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOD’s Great Forgiveness

Hebrews 4:16 New International Version (NIV)

 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Let us not fear or be afraid to come to GOD. Yes, He knows what we are doing in all places and and at all times but He is a GOD of compassion an forgiveness. HE is ready to forgive every sin we have ever committed. This is why HE asked HIS Son to die on the cross so that HE could have fellowship again with his people. Sin had separated people from God. The sin of Adam eating from the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden messed up everything for everybody. This was the beginning of sin and it progressed and worsened.

Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden and had a family. They had two boys Cain and Abel. The two boys brought offerings to the Lord. Abel’s offering was better than Cain’s.

Genesis 4:4-5 New International Version (NIV)

And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Abel brought the best that He had to the Lord while Cain did not.

Genesis 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

God corrected Cain but he did not listen. He and Abel went into the field together and Cain killed his brother. The Lord asked Cain where was his brother? Truly God already knew. God sees everything and knows everything. HE knows man is finite and made from the dust of the ground so in his infinite compassion HE always gives us a chance to make it right with Him. God is long suffering, patient, and slow to wrath. Instead of Cain humbling himself and answering God’s question, he asked God a question.

 “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)

This shows a lack of respect and fear of God. Who would dare talk to GOD like this? But there are many today who talk about GOD, talk about His church, and the people of GOD like it is nothing. The bible says only a fool says there is no God.

Psalm 14:1 New Life Version (NLV)

14 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are sinful and their actions are sinful. There is no one who does good.

Cain’s actions were sinful. He was not sorry nor repent for what he has done. So Cain must be punished.

Genesis 4:10-12 New Life Version (NLV)

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 Now you are cursed because of the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer give its strength to you. You will always travel from place to place on the earth.”

Cain thought this was a little harsh.

Genesis 4:13-14 New Life Version (NLV)

13 Then Cain said to the Lord, “I am being punished more than I can take! 14 See, this day You have made me go away from the land. And I will be hidden from Your face. I will run away and move from place to place. And whoever finds me will kill me.”

Even when GOD is punishing us there is still compassion.

Genesis 4:15 New Life Version (NLV)

15 So the Lord said to him, “Whoever kills Cain will be punished by Me seven times worse.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain so that any one who found him would not kill him.

Instead of Cain’s descendants learning a valuable lesson from him about not fearing God, they did even worst than Cain.

Genesis 4:23-24 King James Version (KJV)

23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

He was not sorry for doing this and he did not repent. God was merciful to Cain for killing Adam. Lamech was wrong for assuming mercy would be given to him.  The hearts of people grow vile during these times. Quite frankly just like the times we are living in now. The hearts of people are depraved and debased. God is looking for us to come to Him and repent of our sins. Just as He gave Cain the opportunity to repent of his sins.

God is a God of love, compassion, and forgiveness. If He is offering us a chance to correct ourselves and make everything right with Him, let us receive it. Let us receive GOD’s forgiveness and receive GOD back into our lives.

Things were not easy for Cain away from the Lord.  His life became very hard. He learned a life lesson to always honor, respect, and esteem the Most High God (Yahweh); too bad he didn’t teach his family this.

 

Prayer: Lord, May the hearts of people soften and turn back to GOD and may the Lord be feared and respected again. Amen

And the Wall came Tumbling Down

Joshua 6:15-20 New International Version (NIV)

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

 

How many of us now that God Yahweh makes things happen? How many of us know that HE can make hindrances, stumbling blocks, difficulties, barriers, snags, impediments, and restrictions be removed. If we ask God HE will help us get through the barriers and the roadblocks the devil puts in our way to stop us.

 

Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

GOD will give us instruction on how to defeat the devil in his plot to stop you. Just look at our opening scripture. Specific instructions were given to the children of Israel on how to take the city of Jericho. Joshua, the leader of the children of Israel, did not deter from the Lord’s instructions. He believed the LORD and did what he was told. If we are to be successful working for the Lord, we have to learn to listen to HIS instructions and do things HIS way, not ours. It may look like were doing it all wrong but we have to be convinced this is the way the Lord said to do this. Satan will come and try to put doubt in our mind. But we don’t listen to the devil, only to the Lord. HE is the Commander in Chief.

It took a little time to do this. Many times we want something instantly and immediately but it doesn’t always work out that way. We must have confidence in our God and the instructions He give us. GOD will never lead us astray or off course. GOD wants us to succeed. GOD wants us to make it. Don’t be so concerned about how it looks in front of other people. It may look strange to them but God’s people are peculiar people.

1 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV)

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

The world and the church are separate. The world is concerned with the here and now, carnal things, lust of the flesh, pride of life, and lust of the eyes.

1 John 2:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

God is concerned about your life here but He is more concerned about when you leave this world. The church doesn’t put it’s confidence in the plans of a man but believes and has faith in the Word of God.

 

This is the way we need to be church. The children of Israel were listening to Joshua but they knew that Joshua was receiving instruction from the Lord. People how many of these kind of leaders do we have today. These are the kind of Pastoral Leaders we need today. People who hear from GOD and complete His instruction willingly and obediently. Where Lord are these people? We need them so much today.

Finally, the children of Israel through the leadership of Joshua, did what they were told and the wall came tumbling down. May the wall come tumbling down in your life today. Amen.

Prayer:  Father God, thank you for your Son Jesus that you have made our Commander in Chief, the Chief Shepherd and the Chief Cornerstone of the church. Father as Jesus gives the instruction today to your church let us listen and obey. When the children of Israel obeyed mighty things happened.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That what happened years ago can and will happen today if we learn to obey Christ. Father let the people have faith in You and Your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Let what happened in the early church happen today. Help us Lord to believe again. Amen. 

We Are Christ’s Ambassadors

2 Corinthians 5:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

God has made reconciliation through Christ.

Colossians 1:20 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

20 and through him to reconcile
everything to himself,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace
through his blood, shed on the cross.

God brought everything and everybody back to Him by the blood Jesus shed on the cross. The whole was alienated from Him. God desired fellowship with His creation and everything that he made but because of sin there was separation. Now fellowship can take place again if people receive the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. The word of reconciliation has been committed to the ambassadors.  The word (the scripture) has been entrusted to faithful and committed people who make every effort to make known God’s love and forgiveness of sins.

God the offended party is seeking reconciliation not the ones who did the offending. It was the love for his enemies that God sought them. God’s love is tremendous. HE wants everyone who will to receive this gospel. The gospel is a life jacket to a drowning person. This world with all its corruption and filth has nothing to offer. The world may try to make sin appealing but in the end it all leads to death. Death for an unbeliever is eternal separation from GOD which is what GOD does not want.

 

Romans 8:7 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so.

James 4:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God.

1 John 2:15 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

A Warning about the World

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Jesus in his High Priest role is praying and interceding for people who have not received Him as Lord and Savior.  We are all under God’s control and care even if we do not want admit it. The world and the entire universe belongs to God.  We are small, weak and frail compared to our GOD. Yet HE is still patient with us. He is giving us chance after chance to receive Him.

Luke 23:34 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”

He is still praying for us even when people lied on Him and had Him crucified for doing what pleased GOD. God’s will was important Jesus and He made sure to do it. He wasn’t worried so much about it fitting in with what the Pharisees and Sadducees did.  They were more concerned with position, looking good in front of others, greed and lusting for money. These things were far from Jesus mind. God’s will for Jesus was Him dying on the cross for the sins of people. Jesus paid for sin with His blood. If people receive this, they can have fellowship and be reconciled to the Father which is what Father God wants.

2 Corinthians 5:21 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

21 He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Now GOD desires for the world to come to Him. He desires for them to release, turn loose, and repent of sin. He desires his people to made new creatures in Christ Jesus, old things are passed away ( 2 Corinthians 5:17). We are now created in Christ Jesus for good works. Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life are not things that we pursue anymore. We are looking for that new heaven and that new earth God promised us.

Revelation 21:1 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The New Creation

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

God makes all things new. This is why God is coming after the people that he created because he knows that this world is going to one day pass away and will not be here anymore.

I urge you today if you have not received the Lord Jesus today, change your mind before it is too late. Receive His salvation today. He will help us in this life and in the life to come. There is life after death with Jesus. There is eternal life which is the best life to have. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!