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 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 " 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.