Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jesus Teaches About the Holy Spirit



John 16:5-16, (Jesus speaking) "Now I Am going to Him Who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' Because I say these things you are filled with grief. But, I tell you the truth: It is for your good  I Am going away. Unless I go away, the Holy Spirit will not come  to you. If I go I will send Him to you. When He comes He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment in regard to sin. Because I Am going to the Father, where you can see Me no longer, and regard to judgment  because the prince of this world (Satan, the devil) now stands condemned. When the Spirit of Truth comes He will guide you into all truth...He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you. In a little while you will not see Me anymore, and then after a little while you will see Me."

Christ had to leave after His resurrection in order for His Holy Spirit to come and enter each believer and follower of Him.  This first occurred at Pentecost (Acts 2:2-4) "Suddenly a sound like a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit..." Since then each new believer who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD, the Holy Spirit enters. Ephesians 1:13-14, "Having believed you were marked in Him (Jesus) with a seal, the promise of the Holy Spirit Who is a deposit guaranteeing...redemption of those who are GOD's possession - to the praise of His glory." Follow His Holy Spirit's leading, guiding, and direction of your life with your thoughts, words, and deeds to be to His glory, honor, and praise! And, watch His promises to you be fulfilled even into Eternity with Him forever and ever! Amen!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jesus Warns About the World's Hatred


John 15:18-27, "If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. You do not belong to the world, for I have called you out of the world. That is why the world hates you...If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. They will treat you this way because of My Name, for they do not know the One Who sent Me...they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father as well. They have seen these miracles, yet they have hate both for Me and My Father. This is to fulfill what is written in their Law. They hated Me without reason. When the Counselor (Holy Spirit) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, He, the Spirit of truth will testify for you who have been with Me from the beginning."

Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit enters and testifies to you the salvation of Jesus Christ. Those who do not know salvation hate those who testify to this truth because they don't have the truth of the Holy Spirit testifying in them. Come to Christ Jesus in admitting you are a sinner and ask for His salvation and the Holy Spirit's truth will testify to you as well and you will not any longer be a part of the world's hate. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jesus is the True Vine


John 15:1-17, "I Am the true Vine and My Father is the Gardner. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes so that it will be more fruitful...I Am the Vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch thrown away and withers. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. This is to My Father's glory that you bear much fruit...If you obey My commands, you will remain in My Love...Love each other as I have Loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command...You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name. This is My command: Love each other." 

1. Bear fruit. What does that mean? Those who have the salvation of our LORD spread His good news of salvation that is eternal. We share that by our words about Jesus' salvation for mankind. We share that by how we live our lives for Christ. We share that by our joy of what He has promised in His Word; eternal life with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD forevermore!
2. Accepting His "pruning" of our lives to be more like Him. This pruning includes ridding ourselves of sinful habits we had before we came to His salvation; lying, gossiping, drunkenness, sexual immorality, stealing, killing...sin. You may say, I don't do any of these. His Word tells us, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD." (Romans 3:23) As we are "pruned" we become more like Jesus to carry on His Word of salvation.
3. Jesus chooses us. (Verse 16, "You did not choose Me, but I have chosen you.") Ephesians 1:4-5 shares, "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) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will." Have you realized your salvation in Jesus Christ? His gift of eternal life comes by you realizing you are a sinner and can do nothing by yourself to change that. Let Christ change it for you by accepting Him paying your penalty of sin upon the cross. He has already done it and all you need do is come to Him in repentance and His Holy Spirit will verify to you your salvation in Him. Hallelujah!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit



John 14:15-31, "If you love Me (Jesus), you will obey what I command. I will ask My Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever - the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and is in you...On that day you will realize I Am in My Father and you are in Me and I Am in you. Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be Loved by My Father, and I too will Love him and show myself to him.' Then Judas (not Iscariot) said, 'But, LORD, why do You intent to show Yourself to us and not the world?' Jesus replied, 'He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. The Counselor, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My Name will teach you all things and will remind you everything I have said. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I Am going away and I Am coming back to you. I o exactly what My Father has commanded Me to do.' 

The word,Trinity, is not found in the Bible, but the concept is. GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Spirit is Who Christians call the Trinity; GOD in three persons. Just as we have been made in the image of GOD, we each have an individual personality (our individual dispositions and attitudes). We each have a body of flesh. We each have a spiritual nature (which is dead until made alive by salvation in Jesus Christ). GOD the Father's personality is pure and hates sin. Jesus is GOD in the flesh to be the penalty for mankind's sins. He was perfect without sin, yet became sin for us by taking all our sins upon Him while on the Cross. The Holy Spirit is GOD Who enters every believing Christian who has accepted His dying for our sins. Are you three different individuals? NO! We cannot separate ourselves as GOD can. Death will separate the body and spirit.  Praise our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD we will be resurrected with a new Body that will be eternal like Jesus' Body was, is, and forever will be. What a change is coming!!! Those knowing the LORD Jesus GOD will never know sin again! He will wipe every tear from our eyes.

The significance of 3

GOD: 1. Father 2. Son (Jesus) 3. Holy Spirit
Mankind: 1. Personality 2. Body of flesh 3. Spirit (dead until brought alive through salvation in Jesus Christ.)
There is coming: 1. New Heaven 2. New Earth 
3. New Jerusalem 
Final judgments: 1. Fallen Angels - banished to the Lake of Fire forever 2. Judgment Seat of Christ - Christians for rewards 3. The Great White Throne Judgment - the unbelievers to receive eternal judgment and then banished to the Lake of Fire.

Significance of 2
The Son 2. Jesus Christ is the only Way to Heaven 2. Man's body is to be changed to be like Christ's Body at the Rapture 2. The old earth (and heavens) will pass away and the New Earth be the dwelling place of Almighty GOD and His Chosen from all ages 2. Judgment Seat of Christ will reward Christians for eternity in Heaven with Almighty GOD.

Significance of 1
1. GOD the Father has always existed, there is no other! He will abide with His chosen forever.
1. Man will have new personalities that will be nothing like this fallen world's sinful attitudes.
1. Heaven will come to the New Earth and GOD will be our GOD for eternity.
1. GOD's heavenly angels will be our servants.

Do you know Jesus as you Savior? It's very simple. 1. GOD is perfect. Admit you are a sinner. 2. Truthfully ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins. 3. His Holy Spirit will enter and you will begin to change your ways by His leading.
Don't wait for no one is guaranteed their next breath!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jesus is the Only Way



John 14:1-14, Jesus continues, "Do not let your hearts be troubled.Trust in GOD, trust also in Me. In My Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I Am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you I will come back and take you with Me that where I Am you may be also. You know the way to the place I Am going.
Thomas said to Him, 'LORD, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?' Jesus answered, 'I Am the Way and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me. If you know Me, you know the Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him....anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. (verse 11-->) Believe Me when I say I Am in the Father and the Father is in Me. Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do greater things than these, because I Am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may be glorified to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name and I will do it."

Jesus is Almighty GOD in the Flesh. He so Loved the world, He came in human form and without sin to be the sacrifice for our sins. He is the only sacrifice that will satisfy Almighty GOD's wrath against sin. When you accept Him by humbling yourself and ask Him for His forgiveness, He will wash away your sin and His Holy Spirit will enter you. With His leading, guiding, and directing you, you will come to know our only Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD!!! Come to Him today, even right now! The Joy of His Holy Heaven will be made known to you and you will begin your eternity with Him in all His Glory!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial

John 13:31-38, "When (Judas) was gone, Jesus said, 'Now is the Son of Man glorified and GOD is glorified. If GOD is glorified in Him, GOD will glorify the Son in Himself and will glorify Him at once. Children, I will be with you for only a little longer...just as I told the Jews, I tell you now where I Am going you cannot come. A new commandment I give to you to love one another as I have loved you. By this all men will know you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.' Simon Peter asked Him, 'LORD, where are You going?' Jesus replied, 'Where I Am going you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.' Peter asked, 'LORD, why can't I follow You now? I will lay down my life for you.' Then Jesus answered, 'Will you really lay down your life for Me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.' "

Matthew 26:41 and Mark 14:38 tells us, "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Watch and pray that you don't fall into temptation." We must be on guard every moment. I Peter 5:8 tells us, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." Stay in tune to the Holy Spirit's leading, guiding, and directing you in all you think, do, and say so that all the glory, honor, and praise, is given to our LORD GOD. Before creation, GOD already knows every fiber of your being. In Ephesians 1:4-5, He tells us, "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 His adopted sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will." GOD is all-knowing of everything in the eternal past through the continuing future! "The LORD GOD omnipotent reigns." Revelation 19:6 


Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Last Supper


John 13:21-30, "Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, 'I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.' Peter leaning back against Him asked, 'LORD, who is it?' Jesus answered, 'It is the one whom I give this bread when I have dipped it in the dish.' Dipping the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus told Judas, 'What you're about to do, do quickly.' No one at the meal knew why He said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money some thought Jesus was telling him to go and buy bread. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. It was night."

This shows that no matter what happens, even right "under our noses," there are times we may not understand the full realm of what has happened. The very one the disciples considered to be one of them was about to betray not just Jesus, but each one of them. That is why it is so important for us not to take our heart off of Jesus' leading by His Holy Spirit. It is so easy for Satan to turn our life off the path the LORD has us on if we don't stay fully connected to our LORD. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet


John 13:1-20, "It was just before Passover. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. He now showed them the full extent of His Love. The evening meal was being served and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. Knowing He had come from GOD and would be returning to GOD, He got up, took off His outer garment, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured some water in a basin. He began to wash His disciples feet, drying them with the towel. He came to Peter who said to Him, 'LORD, are you going to wash my feet?' Jesus answered, 'You do not now realize what I Am doing, but later you will understand.'  Peter said, 'You shall never wash my feet!'  Jesus answered, 'Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.' Peter replied, 'LORD, then not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!' Jesus answered, 'A person who has had a bath only needs his feet washed. You are clean though not every one of you.' For He knew who was going to betray Him. After washing their feet, He returned to His place (at the table.) Jesus said, 'I have set you an example that you should do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor a messenger greater than the one who sent him. I know those I have chosen. This was to fulfill the prophecy, 'He who shares My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.' I'm telling you now before it happens so that when it does happen you will believe. (He was speaking of the Crucifixion.) I tell you whoever accepts anyone I send accepts Me; and whoever accepts Me accepts the One Who sent Me."

Salvation for the last two millennium has been brought to people's awareness by the spreading of GOD's message, His Word, the Holy Scriptures. Anyone accepting Jesus' penalty on the Cross for his/her sins will be saved. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) Have you come to your salvation which is only found in Jesus Christ? It's so simple a child can understand it.
"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD." (Romans 3:23) You must confess your sin to GOD. Ask for His forgiveness and He will forgive you. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from ALL unrighteousness." (I John 1:9) The Holy Spirit will reconcile you with GOD and you will know His presence in you! Jesus said, 'The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said...' (John 14:26) You want to know Almighty GOD personally? Confess your sin to Him and He will verify Himself through His Holy Spirit to you! Millions of Christians can testify to this! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jesus Summarizes His Message


John 12:44-50, "Jesus spoke saying, 'When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but in the One Who sent Me. When he looks at Me, he sees the One Who sent Me. I have come into the world as a Light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness. As for the person who hears My words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a Judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the Last Day. For I did not speak of My Own accord, but the Father Who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it. I KNOW THAT THIS COMMAND LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.' "

What are some of those things Jesus said? He said, "I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) 

"I Am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved." (John 10:9)

Jesus is the only salvation to eternity with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD! THERE IS NO OTHER WAY! Accept Jesus' free gift of paying your penalty for sin and escape eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire for all who refuse so great a salvation! 

"The Lake of Fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire." (Revelation 20:14-15) Death is not a "going out of existence." Death is a separation from, in this case, an eternity with GOD Almighty! It is an eternal punishment where those there will forever pay the penalty for their sins. Jesus has paid your penalty! Accept His sacrifice for your sins and live forever with our Awesome GOD where we will have new bodies beyond our comprehension that will never again age, have sickness or pain, but be in the Glory of GOD that is beyond our present understanding! Hallelujah to our LORD Jesus and GOD ALMIGHTY! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Most of the People Do Not Believe in Jesus



John 12:37-43, "Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: 'LORD, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?' For this reason they could not believe, because as Isaiah has said elsewhere, 'He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts so they can neither see with their eyes nor understand with their hearts, nor turn and I would heal them.' (Isaiah 53:1, Isaiah 6:10) Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about Him. Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue, for they love praise from men more than praise from GOD."

Today, the same thing is happening! "Pride goes before their fall." (Proverbs 16:18)  A true believer will follow Almighty GOD's leading by His Holy Spirit, but unbelievers will react in one of two ways; 1. In pride they will refuse Christ and it will heap coals of fire upon their heads (Proverbs 25:21-22) or 2. In humbleness they will welcome salvation (John 3:21, Jesus says, 'But whoever lives by the Truth (Jesus is your Savior) comes into the Light so that it may be seen plainly that what He has done (dying on the Cross for your sin) has been through GOD.') If you have Jesus as your Savior, you know this to be true. If you don't know Him as your Savior, come to His Light and no longer be in the darkness of this world's sin. Jesus says in Luke 15:10, "I tell you there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of GOD over one sinner who repents (and accepts the salvation in Jesus)." 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jesus Explains Why He Must Die



John 12:20-36, "Some Greeks who came for the feast asked Philip, 'Sir, we would like to see Jesus.' Jesus was told and replied, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Unless a kernel of corn falls and dies it remains a single seed, but if it dies it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life...My Father will honor the one who serves Me. Shall I say, Father, save Me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour (to die for mankind's sins.) Father, glorify Your Name!' Then a voice came from heaven, 'I have glorified it and will glorify it again." The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to Him. Jesus said, 'The voice was for your benefit not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world (Satan) will be driven out. But when I Am lifted up from the earth I will draw all men to myself...you are going to have the Light with you a little longer. Walk while you have the Light before the darkness overtakes you...Put your trust in the Light while you have it so that you may become sons of light.' When He finished speaking, he left and hid Himself from them."

When Jesus was lifted up on the Cross, it was daytime and the most significant event happened that made His crucifixion different from any other! The world went totally dark for three hours (Luke 23:44) when He took upon Him every single sin of every single human being from Adam and Eve to the last human being He will create! The penalty for sin was laid upon Him. He willing took the Father's wrath for sin upon His body! Then Jesus spoke His infinite words, "It is finished!" (John 19:30) Mankind now could be reconciliated to Almighty GOD. Now it is up to each individual to come to Christ Jesus repenting in his/her heart of the sins he/she has committed, asking for Jesus forgiveness. When you do, the Holy Spirit will come to you confirming your salvation in the only begotten Son of GOD! Come today and learn and begin to enjoy the joy of your salvation!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Jesus Rides into Jerusalem

John 12:12-19, "A great crowd had come for the Feast, they heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem.They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD. Blessed is the King of Israel!' Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, 'Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt.' Only after Jesus was glorified did the disciples realize that these things had been written about Him and they had done these things to Him. The crowd was with Him when He called Lazarus from the grave, raising him from the dead, they continued to spread the word. Many people who had heard He did this miracle, went out to meet Him.  The Pharisees said to one another, 'See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!' "

Jesus' actions were all prerecorded in the Old Testament manuscripts. Christ many times in the temple read of these scriptures to the Pharisees, yet in their pride they refused to accept what Christ read to them as well as the miracles He performed before their very eyes! Many prophecies were filled in Christ Jesus while He was here on earth. There are still prophecies to be filled. One of the most important is the Rapture of His Church! Only those who have accepted His salvation (for taking their sins upon Him while on the Cross) will be called up to meet Him in glory!

Matthew 24:30-31, "...the Son of Man (Jesus) will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man (Jesus) coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory! He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect (believers in His salvation) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other!" This includes those who have already passed away in His salvation as well as those presently alive.) I Thessalonians 4:16-17, "For the LORD Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of GOD. The dead in Christ will rise first and we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. So shall we be with the LORD forever!" Are you apart of the LORD's saved? Do you want to be in this glorious event with our Almighty Creator GOD! Confess your sins to Jesus and ask Him to come into your heart. The Holy Spirit will confirm your confession and you will forevermore belong to our Awesome Savior GOD! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Anointing of Jesus' Feet

John 12:1-11, "Jesus arrived at Bethany where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus raised from the dead. While Jesus reclined at the table with Lazarus, Mary took a pint of pure perfume and poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with its fragrance Judas Iscariot, who would later betray Jesus, objected saying, 'This perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. It was worth a year's labor!' He did not say this because he was concerned for the poor, but because he was a thief. As a keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus replied, 'Leave her alone. It was intended for her to save this perfume for the day of My burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have Me.' A large crowd of Jews found out Jesus was with Lazarus and came to see him and Jesus Who raised him from the dead. The chief priests planned to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were putting their faith in Jesus."

Have you hardened your heart as these unbelievers? They even saw the miracles Jesus did, yet they refused to believe, sharing He did it by the power of the devil. Don't allow Satan to blind you by your own unrepentant heart. When the Holy Spirit convicts you, don't turn away, but turn to Him in repentance. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit enters you and confirms the Truth of salvation in Jesus Christ! Come today and know our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD for yourself!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Caiaphas Plots Against Jesus

John 11:45-57, "The chief priest and Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. One of them, named Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, spoke up, 'You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.' From that day on, they plotted to take His (Jesus) life. Jesus withdrew to the desert with His disciples. Many went up to Jerusalem for ceremonial cleansing before the Jewish Passover was to take place.  They kept looking for Jesus as they stood in the temple area. The chief priests and Pharisees had given orders if anyone knew where Jesus was he should report it so that they might arrest Him."

What the Jewish priests and Pharisees didn't realize was that they were fulfilling the prophecies that their own WORD recorded. Yet, they refused to accept Who Jesus was, the Son of GOD come to bear the sins of the world upon the Cross.  As we approach this time of the year where we celebrate what GOD did for mankind, he died not just for the Jewish people, but all mankind! Don't allow Jesus to "pass you over" because you refuse to accept His saving grace to forgive all of your sins.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

John 11:38-44, :Jesus came to the tomb which was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 'Take away the stone,' He said. Martha, the sister of the dead man said, 'But, LORD, by this time there is a bad odor for he has been there for four days.' Then Jesus said, 'Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of GOD!' So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up (to heaven) and said, 'Father, I thank You that You heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe You sent Me.' When He had said this Jesus called out in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.' " 

They had previously questioned Jesus about why He had not healed Lazarus before death came to him. Jesus' response was "...so that you may believe that the Father sent Me." 

Death is not a "going out of existence," but a changing from one existence to another. The Bible shares in I Corinthians 1:18, "The message of the Cross (of Christ) is foolishness to those who are perishing (unbelievers), but to us who are saved (believers) it is the power of GOD. "For it is written, 'I (GOD) will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I (GOD) will frustrate.' " 

If you don't know the LORD as your Savior, you can by simply realizing you are a sinner and need His saving grace. Simply pray with sincerity to the LORD Jesus to forgive you of your sin and He will! Watch the change that comes to your heart with the entering of the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct you! Read the Bible, His Living WORD and the Holy Spirit will lead you to truly know with all your heart that Christ Jesus is Who He says He is! In doing this dead will bring you into His Holy Presence forevermore. If you do not receive His salvation, you will definitely know Who He is upon death as you wait for your eternal judgment from Him! Accept Christ Jesus today and KNOW that GOD is your Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD! You too (as will all of Christ Jesus' Church) be raised in the Rapture to receive New Bodies that never again will taste of death!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jesus Comforts Mary and Martha


John 11:17-37, "When Jesus arrived, He found Lazarus had been in the tomb four days. Martha went to meet Jesus. 'LORD, if You had been here my brother would not have died. Even now GOD will give You anything You ask' Jesus said to her, 'Your brother will rise again.' Martha said, "I know he will in the resurrection.' Jesus said to her, 'I Am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live ever though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?' She told Him, 'Yes, LORD, I believe You are the Christ, the Son of GOD Who was to come into the world.' After she said that she went back to her sister Mary (and shared what had happened.) She got up and quickly left with the Jews following her. When she reached the tomb she saw Jesus and fell at His feet saying, 'LORD, if You had been here my brother would not have died.' When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews also who came with her, He was deeply moved. Jesus asked, 'Where have you laid him?' 'Come and see, LORD.' they replied. Jesus wept. They asked, 'He who opened the eyes of the blind, could He have kept this man from dying?' "
Next week, Jesus' miracle!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lazarus' Death


John 11:1-16, "A man named Lazarus was sick. Mary and Martha were his sisters. Mary is the same who poured perfume on the LORD and wiped His feet with her hair. They sent word to Jesus, 'LORD, the one You love is sick.' When He heard, Jesus said, 'This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for GOD's glory so that GOD's Son may be glorified through it...' After He had said this, He went on to tell them, 'Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I Am going to wake him up.' His disciples replied, 'LORD, if he sleeps, he will get better.' Jesus had been speaking of his death, but the disciples thought He meant natural sleep. So then He told them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead and for your sake I Am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.' "

Jesus is The Creator in the flesh. Jesus is GOD in the flesh. Jesus told His disciples,  "For the Father and I are One (in the Same)." (John 10:30) Jesus is in total control of everything! Nothing happens but what He allows for His purposes. This is a sinful fallen universe because man chose to sin. Man now has the choice to accept Christ's paying the penalty for his/her sin or the choice to reject His free gift of salvation. Lazarus' death had a special purpose in design for Christ to show His power. Death is but the door to eternity. Make sure your eternity is with GOD Almighty through Christ Jesus and not an eternity of punishment in the Lake of Fire. You are given the choice to make and you can not "blame" GOD! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Sheep Know My Voice



John 10:24-30, "The Jews gathered around Him saying, 'How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.' Jesus answered, 'I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in My Father's name speak for Me, but you do not believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father Who has given them to Me is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and the Father ARE ONE (in the Same!)" 

Jesus IS GOD in the flesh. Those people who accept His death on the Cross for their sin are His "sheep." We know His voice. The Holy Spirit is Jesus GOD in us and we know His voice. He leads us by His WORD the Bible and His Holy Spirit leading us. Jesus is the WORD that became flesh for to take all sin from mankind upon Him. The death in the eternal Lake of Fire has been paid for you if you come to His salvation for you. It is your choice to choose eternal life with Him in glory forevermore or choose to reject Him and witness His glory from the eternal flames of an everlasting Lake of Fire "...where the flames aren't quenched and the worm never dies." (Mark 9:48) Accept Jesus' forgiveness of your sins today and begin being led by His Holy Spirit to realize our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD's Love for you!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jesus Is the Gate



John 10:7-21, "Jesus said again, 'I tell you the truth, I Am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I Am the gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and and have it to the full. (In abundance) I Am the good Shepherd Who lays down His life for His sheep. The hired hand does not own the sheep. So when the wolf comes, he abandons the sheep. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. The man runs away because he does not care about the sheep. I (Jesus) know my sheep and my sheep know Me. Just as the Father knows Me, I know the Father and lay down My life for the sheep. The Father Loves Me because I lay down My life for the sheep. I (Jesus) lay it down of My own accord and I have the authority to to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.' At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, 'He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to Him?' But others said, 'These are not the words of a demon. Demons cannot open the eyes of the blind.' "

In this parable, the saved are portrayed as "sheep" knowing the voice of their Shepherd. They follow Him in and out of the gate. The Holy Spirit is GOD's voice to the saved. Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit enters, leading, guiding, and directing our lives. We have to be willing to accept His leadership. This is why Jesus laid down His life upon the Cross where He bore all of our sins. But He took up His life again when He rose from the dead. Only those who belong to Him will enter the Gate of Heaven. It's not by "good works" but by the forgiveness of our sins by Christ Jesus that we are given eternal life in Him. Jesus said, "I Am the way, the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6)

Have you come to Christ Jesus for salvation? It only takes your prayer of asking Him to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart. He will then be your Shepherd, leading you in this life. He will guide you through the gate of this life into Eternity with Him forever and ever. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jesus is the Good Shepherd



John 10:1-6, " 'I (Jesus) tell you, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and they come out. When he has brought out all his sheep, he goes on ahead of them and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact they will run away from him for they do not recognize a stranger's voice.' Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what He was telling them." Just as the shepherd cares for his sheep, Jesus the Good Shepherd, cares for His flock (those who follow Him.) The prophet Ezekiel, in predicting the coming of the Messiah, called Him a shepherd. (Ezekiel 34:23) 

Matthew 25:32-34 tells of the final judgment: "All the nations will be gathered before Him (Jesus), and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep (believers) on His right hand and the goats (unbelievers) on His left. The the King (Jesus) will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world...' (verse 41 continues the judgment) Then He will say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.' "

The Lake of Fire is not only for the devil and his angels, but also for all of mankind who have rejected Christ Jesus - those who looked forward and rejected His salvation as well as those who now look back and reject His salvation. Do you know Jesus? All you need do is repent of your sins to Him and ask His forgiveness. He will forgive you and His Holy Spirit will enter and confirm your salvation!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jesus Teaches About Spiritual Blindness

John 9:35-41, "When Jesus heard they (the Pharisees) had thrown the man (whom Jesus had healed his physical blindness from birth) out, He found him and said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?' 'Who is he, sir?' the man asked. 'Tell me that I may believe in him.' Jesus said, 'You have seen Him; in fact He is the One speaking with you.' Then the man said, 'LORD, I believe,' and he worshiped Him. Jesus said, 'For judgment I have come into this world so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.' Some Pharisees who were with Him heard Him say this and asked, 'What! Are we blind too!' Jesus said, 'If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.' "

When you turn to Christ, you begin to see Him differently. The longer you walk with Him, the better you will understand Who He is. If you want to know more about Jesus, keep trusting Him in every area of your life.* (*Bible commentary) "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ." (I Peter 3:18) Though the Pharisees had physical sight, they were spiritually blind to the truth of Who Jesus Christ was. As so many multitudes of people are today. Come to Jesus as your Savior and the Holy Spirit will lead you into the righteousness of His salvation and will for your life.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Pharisees Question About the Blind Man


John 9:13-34, "They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind from birth. The day Jesus had healed him was on the Sabbath. They questioned him how he had received his sight. He told them He had placed mud on his eyes and told him to go and wash and he was able to see. Some of the Pharisees said, 'This man is not from GOD for He does not keep the Sabbath.' Others asked, 'How can a sinner do miraculous signs?' The Jews did not believe he was blind until they brought his parents. (The parents confirmed their son's blindness from birth.) Because they were afraid of the Jews, they said they didn't know Who made him to see again. The Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue (excommunicated). A second time they called the man who had been blind from birth, but now sees. They asked him again how his sight had been restored. They told him to give glory to GOD, for this Man was a sinner. The man with restored sight replied, 'I don't know about that. All I know is I was blind but now I see.' They asked him again how he received his sight. He answered, 'I already told you and you did not listen! Do you want to hear it again so you can become His disciples?' The Pharisees hurled insults at him. He replied to them, 'You don't know where He comes from, yet He healed my eyes. If this Man were not from GOD, He could do nothing.' The Pharisees replied, 'You who were steeped in sin being blind from birth dare lecture us! And they threw him out!" 

"There is none so blind than those who refuse to see." (John Heywood, 1546) Restated from Jeremiah 5:21.

Jeremiah 5:21, 24 "Hear this you foolish and sinful people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears and do not hear...they do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear the LORD our GOD.' "

People who refuse to see and hear, it becomes: "It's like talking to a brick wall." Oscar Wilde.

The Bible states that after awhile, he will give these people over to their depraved minds. See Romans 1:28, "Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to know the knowledge of GOD, He gave them over to a depraved mind and to do what ought not to be done."

"GOD (His Spirit) will not always strive with (unbelieving) man (spirit) ." Genesis 6:3. The commentary shares to unbelievers, "GOD shows great patience with 'unbelievers'. He gives time to quit living (in sin) and begin living
for Him. Your time may be running out." No one is guaranteed his next breath of life. 

1 Corinthians 6:2, "I tell you, now is the time of GOD's favor, now is the day of salvation." If you don't know Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, now is the time to come to Him and find out! Repent of you sin and accept His death on the Cross for your sins and His Holy Spirit will enter you and you will KNOW His truths of salvation and everlasting life with Him in all His glory forevermore!

Matthew 11:28, "Jesus said, 'Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you for I Am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jesus Heals the Man Who was Blind From Birth



John 9:1-12, "As (Jesus) went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus said, 'Neither this man nor his parents sin, but this happened so that the work of GOD be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him Who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I Am in the world, I Am the Light of the world.' Having said this He spit on the ground, made some mud with His saliva and put it on the man's eyes and told him, 'Go wash in the Pool of Siloam' (This word means sent.) So the man went and washed coming home seeing. His neighbors who had seen him begging asked, 'Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?' Some said it was, others said he looked to be the same man. But he himself said, 'I am the man.' They inquired how his eyes were opened. He replied, 'The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to the Pool of Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.' They asked him, 'Where is this man?' He replied, 'I don't know.' "

There are four different reactions to Jesus. 1. The neighbor revealed surprise and skepticism 2. The Pharisees showed disbelief and prejudice 3. The parents believed but kept quiet for fear of excommunication 4. The healed man showed consistent, growing faith.

Each reaction to Jesus allowed the man to reach a clearer understanding of the One Who had healed him. A common belief of Jewish culture was that calamity or suffering was the result of some great sin. But GOD in His foreknowledge used the man's suffering from blindness to teach about faith and to glorify GOD. We live in a fallen world where good behavior is not always rewarded and bad behavior is not always punished. Therefore innocent people sometimes suffer. If GOD took suffering away whenever we asked, we would follow Him for comfort and convenience, not out of love and devotion. Regardless of the reasons for our suffering, Jesus has the power to help us deal with it. When suffering from a disease, tragedy, or disability, try not to ask, "Why did this happen to me?" or "What did I do wrong?" Instead, ask GOD to give you strength for the trial and a clearer perspective on what is happening. (Bible commentary)

Those in Christ have the great hope of knowing one day the things of this fallen world will be no more and we in our new bodies will in eternity be rewarded for our faith in Father GOD, our Savior Jesus, and His Holy Spirit in us! There will be no more suffering, sickness, disease, discomfort, sorrow, heartache, or the other emotions that go with living in a fallen body. 

His Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what GOD has prepared for those who love Him."
   

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jesus States He Is Eternal



John 8:48-59, "The Jews answered Him, 'Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon possessed?' Jesus said, 'I Am not possessed by a demon, but I honor My Father and you dishonor Me. I Am not seeking glory for Myself, but there is One Who seeks it and He is the Judge. I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps My Word, he will never see death.' At this the Jews exclaimed, 'Now we know that you are demon possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are!' Jesus replied, 'If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. My Father whom you claim to be your GOD is the One Who glorifies Me. Though you do not know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His Word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day, he saw it and was glad.' The Jews said to Him, 'You are not yet fifty years old and You have seen Abraham!' Jesus answered, 'I tell you the truth, before Abraham was, I Am!' At this they picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus hid Himself, slipping away from the temple grounds."

Jesus is GOD in the flesh. He is the Creator of all things. He rose from the dead. (Matthew 28:6, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6, John 20:13-14)

Those that are in Christ will not see death for to be absent from the body (physical death) we are present with the LORD. (2 Corinthians 5:6-8) If you do not know the LORD you will be absent from your body (physical death), but you will be in Hades awaiting judgment. Death is not a going out of existence, only a temporary separation until judgment; Christians at the Judgment Seat of Christ will be for receiving rewards. Unbelievers will be at the Great White Throne Judgment for eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. "NOW is the time for you to accept the LORD as your Savior." (2 Corinthians 6:2) Let the Almighty Joy of our Creator GOD fill your soul!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jesus Speaks About GOD's True Children



John 8:31-47, "Jesus said to the Jews that believed Him, 'If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.' They answered Him, 'We're Abraham's descendants and (we) have never been slaves to anyone. How can you say we shall be set free?' Jesus replied, 'I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So, if the the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. You are ready to kill Me, because you have no room for My word. I Am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence and you do what you have heard from your father...You are determined to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth that I have heard from GOD. Abraham did not do such things.' They protested, 'The only Father we have is God Himself.' Jesus said to them, 'If GOD were your Father, you would love Me, for I came from GOD, I have not come on My own, but He sent Me. You belong to your father, the devil and want to carry out his desire...he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet I tell you the truth and you do not believe Me...He who belongs to GOD hears what GOD says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to GOD.'" 

A simple statement: You belong to Almighty GOD if you hear (believe in Jesus as His Son) or you do not belong to GOD if you refuse to hear (the truth of Jesus Christ.) You are a child of GOD if you hear and believe or you are a child of the devil if you refuse to hear and believe. What is your choice? Choose eternal life with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD by accepting Jesus paying for your sin upon the cross or choose eternity in punishment with the devil and his demons by rejecting so great a Salvation. Make your choice now, there are no second chances after death.