Sunday, December 10, 2017

Born Among GOD's Creatures

Luke 2:7, "Mary gave birth and placed her first born, a Son, in cloths and put Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

Jesus Christ, GOD in the flesh, was born among the animals He created. The lowing of cattle, the baaing of sheep and goats, the braying of donkeys, the quacking of ducks and honking of geese, the cackling of chickens, the naying of horses, the grunting of camels. What a welcome Baby Jesus had from His animal creation! The Inns were all filled and the animals those guests came to Bethlehem on were stabled where Jesus was born.  He was laid in a manger the animals normally feed from. Besides Mary and Joseph, the animals were privileged to witness the most important event to occur for all mankind, the birth of mankind's Savior! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Joseph and Mary Travel to Bethlehem

Luke 2:1-5, "Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census to be taken of the entire Roman world. Everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph went from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register with Mary who was great with child." 

Some months before, an angel appeared to Mary:

Luke 1:30-35, "An angel said to Mary, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with GOD. You will be with child and give birth to a Child, a Son. Name Him Jesus. He will be Great and called the Son of the Most High. The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. The Holy One to be born will be the Son of GOD.'"

Matthew 1:18-23, "Mary was pledged to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. The angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream telling him to take Mary as his wife for Who is conceived  in her is from the Holy Spirit. He is to be called Jesus because He will save His people from there sins."

This is the fulfilled prophesy of Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a Son and will call Him Immanuel  (which means GOD with us.)" Jesus Is GOD in the flesh, come to redeem mankind who will accept Him as LORD and Savior. Almighty GOD has made it possible for you to know Him! All you need do is ask Him for the forgiveness of you sins. His Holy Spirit will then confirm in you His salvation! Then His glorious promises will begin to fill your life with His Love, grace, and mercy! Hallelujah! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Animals Worship GOD In Spirit

Revelation 4:6-11, "Around the Throne of GOD were four living creatures...The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had the face of man, the fourth was like a flying and night they never stopped saying, 'Holy holy, holy is the LORD GOD Almighty, Who was, and Is, and Is to come.' Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and praise to Him Who sits on the throne Who lives for ever and ever, the twenty- four elders fall down before Him worshiping Him. They lay their crowns before the throne saying, 'You are worthy, our LORD and GOD, to receive glory, honor, and power for you created all things and by Your will they were created and have their being." (Have, not had.)

Psalm 148:10-13, "Beasts and all cattle; creeping things, and fowl...Let them praise the Name of the LORD: for His Name alone is excellent; His glory is above earth and heaven."

Fowl of every kind will praise the LORD!

Psalm 145:10, "All Thy works shall praise Thee, O LORD and Thy saints shall bless Thee."

Psalm 103:22, "Bless the LORD, all His works in all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD O my soul!"

These last two verses speak of GOD's works praising Him, which the animal kingdom is apart of His works. By these verses we read that the animals possess the ability to praise the LORD GOD Almighty.

GOD's New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem not only offered to the saints of Jesus' salvation (in their new immortal bodies) the glory of being eternally in His glory; the animals will also be in His presence giving Him glory, honor, and praise in their immortal bodies. For GOD's WORD says, "No thing that defiles will ever enter it (Heaven), nor will anyone who does shame or deceit." (Revelation 21:27) So the animals will receive new perfect bodies too!

Revelation 21:4-5, "I heard a voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of GOD is with men and He will live with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning, crying or pain for the order of former things has passed away.' He Who is seated on the throne said, 'I Am making everything new!' "  If you have not done so, accept Jesus today as your Savior and be overjoyed by His Holy Spirit to know in your heart without a doubt, His promises are true both for saved man and His animal kingdom.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spiritual Blessings In Christ Jesus

Ephesians 1:3-5, "Praise be to the GOD and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ Who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In Love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons (and daughters), in accordance with His pleasure and will." 

GOD is All-Knowing. He has always been, He is, and He always will be! Therefore He has always known who will accept His salvation in Jesus Christ and who will reject His salvation in Jesus Christ. There are many Scriptures in the Bible where He proclaims this:

Mark 13:20, "...for the sake of the elect who He has chosen..."

John 13:18, "Jesus says, 'I know those I have chosen"

John 15:16, Jesus again says, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you."

John 15:19, Jesus declares, "I have chosen you out of the world."

II Thessalonians 2:13, "From the beginning GOD chose you."

Colossians 1:12, "The Father qualified you."

I Peter 1:2, "(Those) who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of GOD the Father."

Romans 8:30, "Those He (GOD) predestined, He also called; those He called He also justified; those He justified, He also sanctified."

Do you want to know if you are predestined of GOD? If you have already accepted Jesus' death on the Cross for your sins, you already know this. If you haven't accepted the only sacrifice for your sins, you can accept Him now and you will then realize your predestination to be forevermore with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD! GOD already knows, do you?

Isaiah 53:5 foretells Jesus, "He (Jesus) was pierced for our transgressions, He (Jesus) was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought our peace (of salvation) was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed (saved)." Romans 4:25 and I Peter 2:24-25 verifies Isaiah

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Animals Do Have Souls and Spirits

"The Hebrew word for 'creature' and 'life' is 'nephesh' and means 'soul.' Man is referred to as a 'soul' (nephesh) more than 130 times!" (From: There is Eternal Life for Animals) The Word, therefore, shares not only man has a soul, but all his animal creation does too. I've often thought of soul as being the individual attitude, personality, and disposition. Animals also have these same characteristics.

Genesis 9:9-10 GOD says, "Behold, I (GOD) establish My covenant with you and your seed after you; and with EVERY LIVING CREATURE (soul-nephesh) that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, of every beast of the earth with you."

Revelation 4:11, is scripture above in picture.
"You are worthy, our LORD and GOD, to receive glory and honor, and power, for You created all things and by Your will they were created and have their being."

Animals are also spoken of as having spirits. In Ecclesiastes 3:21 it refers to animals as having a spirit, "Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"

The Hebrew word for spirit is "ruwach." The same word for spirit (ruwach) is used for man and animal in this Scripture above. 

"In death, the body of man returns to the dust, but his spirit returns to GOD." (Ecclesiastes 12:7) Again, this word for spirit (ruwach) is the same word used for man as it is for animal.

Animals and people have flesh. However, "All flesh is not the same: one kind of flesh for men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, another of birds."   (I Corinthians 15:39). In the book of Numbers states all flesh has spirits. "Let the LORD, the GOD of the spirits of all flesh, set man over the congregation." (Numbers 27:16)

Psalm 145:21, "Let all creatures praise His Holy Name forever and ever!"

Psalm 36:6, "He (GOD) preserves both man and beast!"

Romans 8:21, " The creatures will be liberated from bondage and decay (death) and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of GOD!"

Colossians 1:23, "This is the gospel you have heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven!"

Man answers to GOD for the sin man has committed. Romans 3:23 shares "All (men) have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD." Romans 10:13 shares, "All who call upon the Name of the LORD will be saved." Come to the LORD today and forever be in His glory and all of His creatures of creation! 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

With A Thankful Heart

Psalm 69:30, "I will praise GOD's Name in song and glorify Him with Thanksgiving."

Matthew 26:26, Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19, I Corinthians 11:24, "Jesus took bread and giving thanks He broke it and said, 

'This is My Body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.'

I Thessalonians 5:18, "Give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is GOD's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Psalm 100:4, "Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His Holy Name."

My prayer to you is that your Thanksgiving is to our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD. His promises are true! 

Philippians 4:19, "My GOD will supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus." This is why we truly offer to our merciful and gracious GOD, Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Animals Know GOD is Their Creator and Provider

"The animals know that GOD is their Creator and Provider! They know Who to ask for help!" (From book, "There is Eternal Life for Animals")

Job 1:20 says, "Even the wild animals call out to You because they have no water to drink. The streams have dried up...

"...and the fire has consumed the pastures."

I believe GOD has given to animals an awareness of Him that is different from mankind's.  This can be seen in a previous post made (such as Balaam's Donkey). You can also see this in your pets who are leery of strangers. They also sense impending danger and alert their owners that were totally unaware. 

In a personal testimony of this, I had a Boxer breed dog named Reggie that alerted my parents to a seizure I was having.  He was in the living room and went running past the kitchen (where my parents were) and into my room. They quickly followed him and found him in a protective mode on the bed next to me while I was in a seizure (which I had not had before nor since.) 

(My Sweet Reggie)
What a wonderful thing that our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD has for all of His Creation. Even the animals outcry to Him has Him answering their needs.

Not only does our GOD supply their needs, His WORD says to us in Philippians 4:19, "My GOD will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Those who believe in Jesus as their Savior know this. If you don't know His salvation, you can. Simply humble yourself confessing you are a sinner ("All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD." Romans 3:23) Ask for Christ's forgiveness and He will forgive you. ("Everyone who calls upon the Name of the LORD will be saved." Acts 2:21) Join all of GOD's people for an eternity that will include His created animal kingdom as well! Psalm 145:21 says, "Let all His creatures praise His Holy Name forever and ever!" Psalm 36:6 says, "He (GOD) preserves both man and beast." Romans 8:21 says, "For the creatures themselves will be liberated from bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of GOD." Colossians 1:23 says, "This gospel that you heard has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven!" Hallelujah to what Almighty GOD has in store for those who come to His salvation in Jesus!