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! 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Vast Information About Jesus Christ

John 21:20-25, "Peter turned and saw the beloved disciple of Jesus following them. Peter asked, 'LORD, who is going to betray You?' When Peter saw him (John), he asked, 'LORD, what about him?' Jesus answered, 'If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? YOU must follow Me.' Because of this the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die, He only said If I want him to remain alive... This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written!" 

This is a picture of just ONE vast library of books! Can you image the whole world being filled with books that would contain only the beginning of the things Christ Jesus did! How important the words of Jesus are! His Word, the Bible, contains His significant Words of Salvation for all who come to Him in repentance of their sins. For it was Jesus Who took  upon Him the sins of the world. Jesus is, "The Lamb of GOD, Who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29) "All who call upon the Name of the LORD will be saved." (Acts 2:21)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hungry Lions Follow GOD's Command

Daniel 6:22-24, "The king gave the order to throw Daniel into the lion's den (for worshiping the GOD of Israel) and said to him, 'May your GOD, whom you continually serve, rescue you!' At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lion's den and called out, 'Daniel, has the GOD, you continually serve, been able to rescue you from the lions?' Daniel answered, 'My GOD sent His angels and shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in His sight.' The king was overjoyed. Daniel was lifted out of the lions den with not a scratch or wound found on him because he had trusted his GOD. The men falsely accusing Daniel, along with their wives and children, were thrown into the lion's den. The lions overpowered them and crushed their bones." The LORD's command to the hungry lions was not to touch Daniel. He did close their mouths, but nothing was mentioned of them not
crushing his bones or clawing him to death as they did Daniel's false accusers (and family members.)

I Kings 13:21-28, "The LORD says, 'You have defiled the Word of GOD and did not keep the command GOD gave you.' When the man finished eating and drinking the prophet brought him a saddled donkey and the man on the donkey left. As he went on his way a lion met him on the road and killed him. The prophet said, 'This man who defiled the Word of GOD, GOD has given over to the lion which mauled and killed him.' His body was on the road with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. The lion had neither eaten the body nor mauled the donkey." Another case of animals doing the will of GOD and not harming one another. Only the man who defiled the Word of GOD met his punishment. 

No matter how man may try to understand animal psychology, they will not now know the communication Almighty GOD has with His animal kingdom. Psalm 145:21, "Let all His creatures praise His Holy Name forever and ever!" Romans 8:21, "The creatures themselves will be liberated from death and decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of GOD." This speaks of the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem from which all things of this present universe will have passed away. Colossians 1:23, "This gospel (Jesus being the image of GOD and creating everything) has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven."

GOD's animal kingdom is going to be in eternity with mankind who have come to Jesus for salvation. You can know you are His chosen by simply humbling yourself and admitting to Him you are a sinner and asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins. He will, and His Holy Spirit will confirm this in you. Don't delay! Know Him today! Praise His Holy Name forever and ever along with His animal kingdom!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jesus Tells Peter Three Times to Feed His Sheep

After the Resurrection, Jesus was eating with Peter. In John 21:15-18 the Word says, "When they had finished eating Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon, son of John, do you truly love Me more than these?' 'Yes, LORD, You know that I love You.' Jesus said, 'Feed My lambs.' Again Jesus said, Simon, son of John, do you truly love Me?' He answered, 'Yes, LORD, You know that I love you.' Jesus said, 'Take care of My sheep.' The third time He said to him, 'Simon, son of John, do you love Me?' Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time do you love Me. He said (to the LORD), 'LORD, You know all things, You know that I love You.' Jesus said, 'Feed My sheep.' " 

The commentary shares, "Jesus asked Peter three times to remove the cloud of Peter's previous denial of Jesus. Each time Jesus followed through with the phrase, 'Feed My sheep.' Jesus is spoken of as The Shepherd of His flock, the Flock being His Church of believers. Jesus was committing Peter to follow through with spreading His Word. Peter came to realize the significance of Jesus' words about His death and resurrection. 

"How would you respond if Jesus asked you, 'Do you truly love Me?' Do you really love Jesus? Are you even His friend?" If so, share His word of salvation with those who do not know Him and what He did for mankind to be saved. He took all mankind's sins upon Him and paid in full the penalty of eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. Those who accept His free gift of salvation will forever be in eternity with Him. Those refusing His salvation will pay for their own sins forever in the Lake of Fire.  (Revelation 20:11-15) 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

What About GOD's Insect Creation?

Proverbs 6:6-9, "Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise! Even though they have no prince, ruler, or governor to make them work, they labor hard all summer gathering food for the winter. I want you (man) to learn this lesson!"

Individual ants are born for specific purposes. As man, there are many different jobs performed, but different individuals perform different jobs. Not everyone does the very same job or nothing would get done! They ALL work! Many people can be considered lazy bones  as the above scripture mentions!

Proverbs 30:27, "Locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks." Sounds like man's military forces. 

Matthew 3:4 speaks of John the Baptist's food: "(John) His food was locusts and wild honey."

That brings us to bees. Their honey is one of the healthiest foods we can eat!

If it was not for their gathering all the nectar from different sources, we would not have honey!

Now come the spiders. They are not insects because they have eight legs. All insects only have six legs. Did you know not only silk worms spin silk? Spiders do also for their webs!

All of these, plus thousands of other different insects, were in the Garden of Eden as well. Genesis 1:25 GOD created, "...and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds." Which brings me back to my primary scripture of Psalm 145:21 that states, "Let all creatures praise His Holy Name forever and ever." Romans 8:21 also confirms the animal kingdom on the New Earth (that Revelation speaks of in Chapter 21). Romans states all of GOD's creation (animals included as Psalm 145:21 stated) will be liberated, "The creatures themselves will be liberated from death and decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of GOD.

If you don't know Christ Jesus as your Savior, you can know Him! Simply humble yourself to admit you are a sinner ("All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD!" Romans 3:23). Ask Jesus to forgive your sin and He will. ("All who call upon the Name of the LORD Jesus will be saved." Acts 2:21) And His Holy Spirit will enter and testify to your salvation! (Mark 1:7-8, "After me (John the Baptist) will come One more powerful than I...I (John) baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.") Those accepting Christ have the promise of the Holy Spirit in them. 1 Corinthians 6:19, "Do you not know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received from GOD!" Come to the LORD today and realize the amazing things our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD has planned for you; not just now, but also in His Eternal New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem for all who believe in Him and what He did for you on the Cross by taking all your sin upon Him! Hallelujah to our GOD! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Christ Jesus' Third Appearance After His Resurrection

John 21:1-15, "Jesus again appeared to His disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. (Simon Peter and two other disciples.) Peter said, 'I am going fishing.' They replied, 'We'll go with you.' they were out all night and had caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize Him. He called out to them, 'Friends, haven't you any fish?' They answered no. He said, 'Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.' When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish! One of the disciples said, "It is the LORD!'  Immediately Peter jumped into the water! The others followed him in the boat towing the net of fish!

"When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with some fish on it and some bread. Jesus said to them, 'Bring some of the fish you just caught.' The net was so full of large fish, yet it did not break! Jesus said, 'Come, have some breakfast.'

"Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them and did the same with the fish. This was third time Jesus appeared to His disciples after he was raised from the dead."

A verse that blesses my heart comes from John 20:29, Christ says to His disciples, 'Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen (Me) yet have believed." Do you believe in Jesus? He is the Savior of all who come to Him asking forgiveness of their sins! Acts 16:31, "Believe in the LORD Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household."