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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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

Speak The Word

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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)

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)

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 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. 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)

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. 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.

Amen

 

 

Can You Pass God’s Love Test?

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What kind of love is God asking of His church today?

Matthew 22:37-40 New International Version (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

This seem simple enough but Jesus was judged terribly by religious leaders of His day when He demonstrated this kind of love.

Mark 2:13-17 New International Version (NIV)

13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,”Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

There is no legalism with this kind of love. It is straightforward and direct not external and pious. Everything the Pharisees do is for the people to see.

Matthew 23:5-13 New International Version (NIV)

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

They watched Jesus to have something to accuse Him. They could only accuse Him of loving His neighbor just as the LORD has asked. Jesus taught the people correctly and demonstrated with action. This infuriated the religious leaders because they did not have the influence that Jesus did. Jesus continued to love. He loved everyone, including His enemies the Romans.

Luke 7:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

Jesus is love not hate. His love spreads to every person and every nation. Trust God today to hear your prayer when you pray according to His Word and to His Way which is Jesus, AMEN!!!!!!!!!!

Love Like Jesus

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GOD is love. Love is GOD. Love is Jesus. Jesus is the fulfillment of GOD’s love toward us.

Who can disagree with this? How else can we love people who hate and mistreat us if it were not for the love of God.

2 John 4 New International Version (NIV)

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

Those who know the truth follow and obey it. What is truth you may ask? The truth is that GOD (Yahweh) has commanded us to love.

John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

His commandment to love leads to eternal life with HIM.

John 12:49-50 New International Version (NIV)

49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

God commands obedience from the family of believers. Love and obedience are rewarded.

Deuteronomy 28:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

People know we are Christians by the willingness we have to obey our GOD and the love we have for others.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Now that the love of GOD (Jesus) has entered the world we can love our neighbors more fully. GOD is commanding us to love. Love like Jesus loved; unconditionally. Just love!!!! Amen!!!!