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)
7 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)
4 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!!!!!!!!!!!!
Galatians 5:18-25 New International Version (NIV)
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Those who have crucified the flesh do not live in the flesh but live in the Spirit. We have crucified our flesh in Christ.
Galatians 5:24 New International Version (NIV)
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
We are to do this daily. We belong to Christ and our body belong to Christ. We honor Christ in our body by doing those things that are pleasing to Him.
Romans 8:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
God’s children live by the Spirit that God has given to us freely. We are His and live a life that is His. Our life is no longer ours. We no longer do what we want to do. We are no longer carnal and doing what the flesh wants to do. We are Spiritual and doing those things that the Spirit of God would have us to to. To live carnally is live a life that leads to death; eternal death, separation from the Father. This kind of living includes sexual immorality and fornication (sex outside of marriage) which is not pleasing to God; debauchery which is habitual and unrestrained lust and sensuality. God is not pleased with this kind of living; having idols (things that take the place of God) are not pleasing to God. Having hatred in our heart, discord (conflict, hostility, and ill will) against people, being jealous against our brothers and sisters and other people and fits of rage against people; God is not pleased with this. God does not like selfish ambition (always looking out for one’s self interests); dissensions (speech inciting people to rebel against God), factions (a small organized dissenting group within politics) and envy (desire to have a quality or possession that someone has), drunkenness (drinking until you have loss self control) orgies and the like (unrestrained sexual activity). These things lead to eternal punishment. If we are caught up in these things then we need to turn which is repent and come back to the Father.
There may be people saying you can live your life any kind of way and still make it into the kingdom of heaven. This is not true. We have to live as we have been told by the bible. The bible leads us to heaven if we follow and keep God’s word.
Revelation 21:27 New International Version (NIV)
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
God is giving people opportunity now to come to Him for repentance before it is too late. The Lord is coming back for His church.
2 Peter 3:9-10 New International Version (NIV)
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
He’s coming back for His church. Those who have heard His words, listened, and prepared themselves for His return will make it to Heaven.
Matthew 25:1-13 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Don’t be like the ones who cannot enter but be like the ones who were expecting the Lord to come back just like He promised and was ready when He arrived.
Revelation 22:14-16 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
God does force his truth on anyone. We are given the choice to receive Him, to receive His salvation. If they wish not to receive the truth God will give them over to their wicked passions.
Romans 1:27-29 King James Version (KJV)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
If we do not desire the truth God will give us exactly what we desire and we will suffer the consequences of our choice.
Receive God’s salvation today. Receive his forgiveness of sins and live a life in eternity with God instead of living a life tormened in Hell.
18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
Who is like our GOD! Creator and Sustainer of the Universe! Yes HE is! God forgives us when we confess our faults. He does not hold any unforgiveness towards us. He does not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. There is no God like God. HE is God and besides HE there is no other. No one can do what HE can do. Speak this world into existence.
Genesis 1:3 New International Version (NIV)
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Who else can do this? No one else can. I know we are in the times of scientific thinking and things being proven with scientific evidence but there are just some things beyond our comprehension. There are still some things that the only answer is God. According to scientific evidence, intellect, or people this can’t happen. It is not possible. Well, I’m here to tell you with God, all things are possible. God came to the earth to give us life and life more abundantly.
John 14:1 King James Version (KJV)
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Believe people today. Believe in your God. He makes the impossible possible. Quit looking at your circumstances. God is able to walk into your circumstance and change everything around for you if only you will let Him. He doesn’t force himself into your life. You have to allow Him in. What do you have to loose? Nothing!!!!!!! What do you have to gain? Everything!!!!!!!!!!
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
If you have to take a chance in something, it may as well be God. The benefits are beyond this world. God will help us in this world and in the world to come.
1 John 2:28-29 New International Version (NIV)
28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
If you know God is faithful and that He helps us currently during these times right now continue with Him. Don’t get distracted on some other teaching that takes you away from Jesus being Lord and Savior. He is both and so much more. He promised to never leave or forsake us. Even in our darkest hour He is there with us. We just have to know this.
Acts 16:25-26 King James Version (KJV)
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
When you are in your darkest hour, this is not the time to give up. This is the time when we know what we know and who we know. This is the time when we are suppose to know God is with us and if He is with us, then He will bring us out. What happened in the scripture? There was an earthquake, the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened. Paul and Silas were together praying and singing praises to God. When God’s church ever comes together as one it is mighty and powerful. Things begin to happen that don’t normally happen. God intercedes or intervenes the circumstance or the situation. God makes a way out of no way. How many of us today need God to intervene in their circumstances? Continue with God and watch Him do just that, intervene in your circumstances, and makes sure you receive what you need.
Isaiah 65:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
He already knows what we need before we ask. He just wants us to put it into words and give it to Him. He so eagerly wants to work on your behalf. He so desires to be apart of your life. He waits for you to invite Him into your life. God has the answer. Your way may seem simpler but God’s way is best. God has already taken all the hard work out of it for you. He has made it simple. He says my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:30). We make things hard when we leave God out of everything. Trust Him today to give you the answers you need to life’s problems. I promise you there is not too much you can surprise God with. His knowledge and wisdom is unlimited. Trust Him today with your life and begin experiencing an anointed life with God. Amen!!!!!!!!!!
Acts 5:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
The apostles of the new testament were doing the work of God as Jesus commanded before He ascended. People brought their sick unto them, those tormented by impure spirits, and all were healed. The high priest and his associates, who were members of the party the Sadducees were very jealous of the apostles. More and more men and women believed on the Lord and were added on to their number. The high priest and his associates had the Lord, Jesus, crucified, with a sign over his head the read Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews. The sign is suppose to represent or say the crime they committed. This is the reason they are being crucified. This did not make the high priest and his associates look good at all, crucifying their King. The apostles were not worried about how it made them look. Before Jesus ascended Peter and Jesus had a talk.
John 21:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Peter was feeding the sheep just like Jesus had asked him. Jesus asked him did he love Him three times. This was to remind Him of the three times he denied Jesus before His crucifixion. Peter was not going to mess up again. Peter had made a commitment to Jesus and he planned on keeping it.
The apostles spoke the all of the gospel. They did not leave certain parts out because it may offend a certain group. If people are truly preaching the gospel, it will offend some people because it will convict you of sin. The high priest and his associates were convicted by the truth of the apostles. They had an innocent man murdered because he went around preaching and teaching the gospel and doing good to all people. The high priest and their associates said Caesar was their King not God. Peter powerful sermon on the day of Pentecost cut the Jews to the heart about their shameful dealings with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:22-23 King James Version (KJV)
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
The Jews, the high priest and his associates had been wicked. Wicked because they did not receive the truth and wicked because they tried to block others from receiving the truth. They were wicked to the apostles now during their time for having them thrown in jail for preaching the gospel. Nothing was going to stop these apostles from speaking the gospel. How many of us know that if God tells us to do something, He will make sure to move any obstacle or hindrance that gets in the way. We just have to persevere no matter how hard it gets. The apostles had been thrown in jail for doing what the Lord told them to do. This means that the Lord was going to have to get them out and that is exactly what He did.
Acts 5:19-20 New International Version (NIV)
19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”
God brought them out of jail and told them to go back to exactly what they were doing before, preaching the gospel.
Acts 5:25-32 New International Version (NIV)
25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” 26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.
27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Don’t worry about what to say when you are brought up before councils, governors, or kings for Jesus sake. God will give you what to say.
Matthew 10:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Peter by the aid of the Holy Spirit spoke boldly to the Sanhedrin. Peter was determined to obey God. God is not teaching us to be unruly and not to disrespect the authorities of the earth but when it gets in the way of the gospel going forth, it is better to “obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).
God has asked his church to preach this gospel in season and out of season.
2 Timothy 4:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Preach all, all of it, not part and not half, old testament and new testament.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 New International Version (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
All scripture is good for teaching. Not one part of it is bad. If people think this about the scripture than their must be a sin that people are holding on to and not willing to let go. As Christians we may find ourselves in sin sometimes and will quickly seek repentance from God but we do not live a lifestyle of continual unrepentant sin.
1 John 3:7-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
If the scripture convicts us of sin, we need to seek repentance of God and make it right with Him.
There is a penalty for unrepentant sin.
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
John 3:15-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Speak the Word and let the Word of God draw those who will come to Him.
Prayer: Father in your Son Jesus name I ask Lord that those who do not know you reading this letter would receive what you so graciously give; eternal life. Father let them realize that the gospel is the truth and God is telling them the Word because He loves them. Father let them know that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). There is a penalty for unrepentant sin. Jesus paid this penalty when he died on the cross for our sins. Just receive Jesus payment for sin and begin a new life in Christ today. Just receive and accept Jesus today as Lord and be made a part of his wonderful glorious family.
Have you ever had your mind made up that no matter what someone said you planned on doing what you were thinking. This is the way God wants His people to be. No matter how much the world, society, or the culture tries to make sin appealing and okay, you have your mind made up to follow this bible to the end. We can not be side tracked with the evil pleasures of the world.
James 4:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
No true child of God wants to be His enemy. There is no winning or victory going against God.
Psalm 68:21 New International Version (NIV)
21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
Isaiah 63:1 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
63 1 God shall destroy his enemies for his Church’s sake. 7 God’s benefits toward his Church.
Micah 5:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies,
and all your foes will be destroyed.
There is no in between, either you are for God or you are against Him. It is best to be with Him.
There are three things we need to stay away from living in this world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
1 John 2:15-17 New International Version (NIV)
On Not Loving the World
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
The desires of this world bring death; separation from God. People may enjoy worldly pleasures for a short time but that will end and all it will have brought you is heartache, pain, grief, and misery. Do not get caught in the trappings of the world. Stay free from the bondage of sin. Ask God to remove you from those places that may cause you to sin. You may need to change the friends you are associating with. Are they Christians? Are you all headed in the same direction? Are they trying to pull you in a different direction or separate you from God? Good strong Christian fellowship in the life of a Christian is priceless.
Matthew 18:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
You don’t have to have a crowd. If you have two or three people when things get rough for you spiritually you can call and get encouragement or prayer. This is what Christians brothers and sisters do for one another; we encourage and motivate each other to go a little further with Christ. They say, “Hey, don’t give up!!!!!!! God has this and He’s working it out for you!” Believe it!!!!!!!! Are you believing this today? I just want to encourage someone who is reading this. God has this, whatever you are facing or whatever you are going through. Quit wrestling with this situation by yourself and give it over to God. Pray about it and leave it in his hands. God does not want his children anxious or worrying over anything.
1 Peter 5:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Believe this!!!!!!! Know this!!!!!!! Don’t let anyone change your mind!!!!!! Amen
Psalm 90:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.