Oct 312017
 

What would you think-

– if I tell you that you could live without fear?

Fear isn’t just a reaction to external circumstances.

It’s a spiritual force.
It begins inside a person.
And it is totally destructive.

Fear is Satan’s primary weapon.
He moves in response to fear.
He challenges the promises of God with it.

Jesus invited Peter to come to Him on the water.

“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” Matt.14: 30.

What enabled Peter to walk on the water?

His faith in the Word of Jesus.
 
What caused Peter to sink?
He saw the wind boisterous and he was afraid.

It wasn’t the wind that defeated him; it was his fear of it!
He looked at his circumstances, gave into the fear, and the result was defeat.
 
If Peter had kept his focus on Jesus-
– his faith would never have wavered.

All the blustering and blowing in the world couldn’t have drawn him off course.

Faith is developed by meditating on God’s Word.
Fear is developed by meditating on Satan’s lies.


Such fearful meditation is called worrying.
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Don’t do it!

The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit.

Use it to fight Satan every time he comes against you.

Hold up your shield of faith.
And quench all of his fiery darts.  

Speak words of faith and fear will depart.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7.

Oct 302017
 

Jesus_on_cross

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering” (Romans 8:1–3).

Today is Good Friday-

– the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ who died on an excruciatingly painful Roman cross two thousand years ago.

Because God is a God of infinite justice-

– he cannot forgive sin without justice being served.

Otherwise he wouldn’t be God.

This means that all sin must be judged according to the moral law of God and the universe.

We can no more defy this law and live than we can defy the law of gravity by jumping out of an airplane without a parachute.

The end result will be death unless—unless we apply another law, the law of aerodynamics.

This law makes it possible for an airplane to fly and a parachute to lower us to the earth gradually and thereby save us.

There is another universal law that we cannot defy and live.

It is “the law of sin and death,” which means that the judgment and penalty of all sin is death and eternal separation from God.

That is, unless we apply a higher law which is “the law of the Spirit of Life,” which is a God-given “spiritual parachute” to save us from eternal death.

God provided this law through the death of Jesus who died in our place to pay the penalty for our sin.

Furthermore, because God is also a God of absolute holiness, no sin or unforgiven sinners can survive in his presence.

As some bacteria are not able to survive in the light and die if they are exposed to it, so it is with us.

In our sinful state if we were exposed to God and his incredible light, we would be destroyed instantaneously.

And herein lies our dilemma.

However, God’s answer to our dilemma lies in the fact that God is not only a God of infinite justice and absolute holiness, but also a God of eternal love.

Because of his love, God gave his very own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins to meet the automatic demands of his (God’s) justice and holiness.

Christ’s death made possible God’s “law of the Spirit of Life”—our God-given “spiritual parachute”—to save us from eternal death.

Not to accept and use God’s “parachute” means certain death from which there is no other escape.

In other words, anyone who doesn’t accept God’s pardon will automatically die for him/herself—which means eternal separation from God, the author of all love and life, in the place or condition the Bible calls hell.

All we need to do is-

– confess our sinfulness,

– believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died in our place for our sins, and

– ask God for, and accept, his forgiveness and pardon.

If you have never done this, you can do so right now by praying the following prayer.

“Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner and am sorry for all the wrongs that I have done. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me. I invite you, Jesus, to come into my heart and life as Lord and Saviour. I commit and trust my life to you. Please give me the desire to be what you want me to be and to do what you want me to do. Thank you for dying for my sins, for your free pardon, for your gift of eternal life, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(PA)

Oct 292017
 

wash

“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded” (John 13:5).

Your boss has assigned you a task!

Come up with a creative solution to a problem that has been costing the company money.

You tackle work at night and on weekends doing the needed research.

Your boss is enthusiastic about your proposal.

Later, in a company-wide meeting, the president gives your boss credit for the solution.

You find it increasingly difficult to continue serving your boss faithfully.

Serving people who have wounded us is a challenge.

Jesus overcame that challenge on the night-

He was arrested, accused, and sentenced to die.

He had gathered with His disciples to celebrate the Passover when He took a towel and a basin of water and began to wash their feet.

In that group of 12 was Judas!

– a thief and generally disagreeable sort, whom Jesus knew was about to betray him (John 13:1-6).

Judas left the meeting early to arrange the betrayal of Jesus-

– but not before Jesus washed his feet,

– along with those of the faithful eleven who remained.

The next time God asks you to serve someone you would rather not-

– remember how Jesus washed the feet of an unlovely man on the road to Calvary.

It is a contradiction to be a true Christian and not humble!

(PA)

Oct 282017
 

Bible 2

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth” (Job 40:4).

This is a special message!

And it’s one that I didn’t particularly enjoy writing.

However-

– it needs to be said again and again.

This message is to all church-going pretenders out there-

– the ones who look heavenly on Sunday,

– but live like hell Monday through Saturday.

You look good on the outside but when God looks at your inside your heart- it’s a dirty mess!

I’ve got bad news for you!

Jesus hates religious pretense.

But I’ve also got good news also.

He loves the pretenders!

He gave His life for hypocrites like you and me.

The end of being a religious pretenders is-

– to admit our sin that separates us from God;

– then ask Christ’s forgiveness;

– and then believe to be right with God

– is your only hope for change.

And here’s the irony:

When we begin to be more real with God and with others-

– we begin to be more like Jesus!

He’s the only person who has ever lived without any trace of pretense.

(PA)

Oct 272017
 

cross 9

A group of botanists went on an expedition into a remote area in the Alps.

They were searching for new species of flowers.

As one of the scientists looked through his binoculars-

– he saw a rare, beautiful species growing at the bottom of a deep ravine.

To reach it, someone small would have to be lowered into the gorge.

The scientist noticed a local young boy standing nearby and asked him if he would help them retrieve the flower.

He told the boy a rope would be tied around his waist and the men would then lower him to the floor of the canyon.

The boy was excited about the new adventure and quickly agreed.

But as he peered into the chasm while the rope was being tied to his waist, he shouted, “Wait! I’ll be right back.”

He ran off and returned shortly with another man.

The boy said to the head botanist:

“I’ll go over the cliff now and get the flower for you. But this man must hold on to the rope that will lower me down. He’s my dad!”

The Bible says:

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” (Psalm 118:8).

You are never to put your complete faith in mankind-

– including your parents, friends, pastor, or closest loved ones.

Put your trust only in the Lord for He’ll never fail you!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

When you face scary situations in life-

– remember that your Father in Heaven is there to hold on to you.

Put your faith in Him to protect you from harm.

Trust that your Father above will keep you safe no matter what.

(PA)