And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Rom 1:28)~ let’s face it, some people just don’t want to hear it, and their ‘mission’ seems to be to tear you and your faith down. You offer them the highest, and they counter with the lowest, content to remain in the muck as swine do. It is strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be concerned or even aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; they are quick to call out a fault of yours but themselves remain faultless in their own sight…the god of this world blinds their minds. They refuse to lift up, and in choosing to continue a conversation, there is no place for you to go but down. Don’t stoop to ignorance! Rather than arguing with them over the most beautiful of truths, it is OK, even preferred, to just leave them alone. In those cases, the faithful Holy Spirit will enact His will on those lost and brutal souls. Your duty is to pray for them and move on! God has spoken His Peace and His Promise has been made – we have to choose – if our souls are lost, it’s no one’s fault but our own!!
A Relevant Repost – The case can’t be made enough times!
Once Upon a Time, I heard someone say “Jesus is NOT God – KNOW This People”. Friends, this is the type of misleading message that we as Christians are called to answer to. I just wonder how many people heard that and agreed (yes, disturbing and I’ll tell you why in a minute). Someone I’m connected to on Social Media recently mentioned a disturbing post that from his viewpoint challenged the authenticity of Jesus being One with God. There are some questions I would have liked to ask these people about why they made their comments – but it’s clear to me that the Bible itself was not factor in the reasoning of that statement unless that person is intent on making the truth of the Word into a lie!
But let’s look at this Question: “Is Jesus God? Did Jesus ever claim to be God?” I’m not even qualified to prove it but because of the Word given that I believe, my proof is spelled out!
The Bible never records Jesus saying the precise words, “I am God.” That does not mean, however, that He did not proclaim that He is God. Take for example Jesus’ words in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” We need only to look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement to know He was claiming to be God. They tried to stone Him for this very reason: “You, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33). The Jews understood exactly what Jesus was claiming—deity. When Jesus declared, “I and the Father are one,” He was saying that He and the Father are of one nature and essence.
John 8:58 is another example. Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I am!” Jews who heard this statement responded by taking up stones to kill Him for blasphemy, as the Mosaic Law commanded (Leviticus 24:14-16). John reiterates the concept of Jesus’ deity: “The Word [Jesus] was God” and “the Word became flesh” (John 1:1, 14). These verses clearly indicate that Jesus is God in the flesh.
Acts 20:28 tells us, “Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Who bought the church with His own blood? Jesus Christ. And this same verse declares that God purchased His church with His own blood. Therefore, Jesus is God!
Thomas the disciple declared concerning Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus does not correct him.
In Hebrews 1:8, the Father declares of Jesus, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” The Father refers to Jesus as “O God,” indicating that Jesus is indeed God.
In Revelation, an angel instructed the apostle John to only worship God (Revelation 19:10). Several times in Scripture Jesus receives worship (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38). He never rebukes people for worshiping Him. If Jesus were not God, He would have told people to not worship Him, just as the angel in Revelation did. There are many other passages of Scripture that argue for Jesus’ deity.
The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that, if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). A finite created being, which Jesus would be if He were not God, could not pay the infinite penalty required for sin against an infinite God. Only God could pay such an infinite penalty. Only God could take on the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21), die, and be resurrected, proving His victory over sin and death.
People – Study to shew thyself approved! There are many who would have you believe differently, turning the truth of God into a lie, justifying their own ways and unbelief with human rationalization and speaking to those with itching ears that would rather hear man’s doctrine than that of God’s truth! Challenge and act like a non-believer if you want to—- Nevertheless, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ IS Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen!
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) ~When people we love seem to turn away from us, we have to remember that God will never leave or forsake us. When the news reports tell of devastating times, we still have peace and joy in Him. When the doctors give us a bleak health report, God is still our healer. When our jobs are threatening layoffs, we must remember that God is still our provider. Times, people and situations change; life is constantly changing – but God and His love for each of us remains the same. That’s a truth that we must all embrace and draw strength from daily. No matter what obstacles we may face, we are always loved, covered and protected. No matter what comes against us, God will always be for us! No matter what life is or isn’t …. God always IS… May He keep you in perfect peace as your mind is stayed on Him….that you would trust in Him!
Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this (Ecc 7:10)~ we’ve all done it, we LONG for the way things were ‘yesterday’! Things were so much better…back then! Consider your trials and troubles that you’ve come through and now have wisdom from. We’re you REALLY better off back then? Would you choose to go back through those times again? Think about the things you USED to complain about….now think about the things you USED to “Do”; who you USED to “Be”! You’ve had a LOT of blessings and experienced a LOT of Grace since then haven’t you? Funny how when we think about today’s trials, we always long for yesterday’s blessings and grace. Rejoice in those trials and ‘keep it movin’! Yesterday’s blessings got you through THOSE trials, but the joy in today’s trials is that you have MORE blessings, grace and peace to come! Be blessed!
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. (Luke 12:15, 23) ~~ Life is not ALL about success. Those are fairly heretical words for most of us men, men trying to ascend, men for whom success in careers, success in raising kids, or success in just looking successful have become so important. Planning for success, working for it, worrying about it; dominates our everyday lives. And I mean, look around… How could life NOT be all about success? Well, it’s not! Our King, Jesus Christ teaches us that it’s not.
“Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot” (Luke 12:15 MSG).
Now, make no mistake, life is partially about success – we’ve got to spend our lives for something, and we should do that something as well as we can. So we must not forget success entirely. We just can’t make it the ultimate thing. “If you are too obsessed with success, you’ll forget to live,” wrote Thomas Merton. When we focus all, or even most of our lives on achieving success and obtaining things as fruits of that success, we fall short of the full life Jesus promises in John 10:10. We miss those parts of life where we’re meant to devote to the success of others.
How many of us sacrifice huge portions of the lives we’re meant to live – loving wives; spending time with the kids; eating meals with families; hanging out with friend; helping people in need – spending too much time on our own success? How many of us are unavailable to those who need us the most, whose lives are enriched by us – and who’ll enrich ours right back? Is it worth those 12 hour work days and long nights at the computer? Are you REALLY doing it for your family or are you doing it for your career so you can have that title, that corner office and those corporate perks? Sure, you can say you have nice houses and cars and a heft bank account and your family has all of the benefits of those things like vacations and the best schools (you get it)… but do they have YOU?
Success Without Living Life is… Failure!
And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth? (Luke 18:7-8)~~ There is no shortage of examples of hard times that people are going through today. The level of ‘struggle’ that we face is enough to make people want to just throw up their hands and walk away. Our own mindsets nowadays is that it’s not even worth the effort! Why even continue on? Why even try in the first place? Not only do we feel this way about our own lives, but we’re passing it on to others around us and even to the generations behind us…yes, our children are being fed a mindset that it’s best to just let ‘whatever’ happen because we have nothing to pursue in life that will be worth the effort anyway. It’s a wonder that there is any level of faith on earth!
Our experiences in life have a way of challenging our faith! Have you ever let go when you’ve had a struggle? Have you ever felt you were taking the right course of action, only to hear someone suggest otherwise, and so you gave up? How often do you pray but you feel like your prayer is going unanswered or even denied? You thought God would hear you and for sure would listen to you but you started feeling like your faith…maybe wasn’t enough. There comes a time when we all need to be confronted with the fact that we don’t know God as well as we may think. God has a way of putting us in our place lest our preconceived ideas and our small way of thinking keep us from seeing Him when He comes. Looking back at history reveals that God turns up in different ways. Looking back at Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Elijah— Not one of them could have the luxury of seeing God as He had appeared in previous times. They believed but life seemed pretty unkind to each of them in their own ways.
But there was one common thread among them all: They each had to accept that which was different to them and be regarded as a fool. That is what made their faith, FAITH. Likewise, we have to come to the place where we see when God is at work for ourselves, and if no one else believes it, we do. That is how real God must become to us. The difficulty is that in knowing Him a little, we assume we know God better than we really do. Perhaps you are seeking God, and someone, perhaps a person whom you greatly respect, has persuaded you to give up. Perhaps you have prayed about something, and because God didn’t answer you within a short time you gave up. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you had held on???
The point Jesus makes in the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8) is to keep praying and not to give up. Wrestling in prayer isn’t all that much fun, and yes, many of us have given up too hastily, feeling God was not going to answer. But God graciously comes again. Friend, don’t let your life’s experiences deter you from chasing after the Lord. Remember, His grace is sufficient for you. This means He’s allowing you to have these experiences so that your faith in Him may be matured, developed and strengthened. Don’t give up on God – But seek God again with all your heart, keep chasing after Him…and you will find Him.
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men (2 Cor 3:2)~ we are the 67th Book of the Bible. The Holy Scriptures consist of sixty-six books. So what’s the 67th you ask? That’s the one you write by the way you live your life everyday! In the flesh, Jesus’ life story was one of love, faithfulness, compassion, patience, goodness and kindness. His presence is on each page from Genesis to Revelation. His influence is written in between each line of world history. Now is our time to influence the world with our story. Psalms 45:1 says: “Your tongue is as the pen as a ready writer.” So write an epistle worth reading. Proclaim the saving grace and power of God through your lifestyle. And as you author your life story, is your tongue (with the power of life and death) uttering words fit to print? Does your attitude provide a chapter of hope for people desperate for love and salvation? Do people read about a true overcomer; who doesn’t claim perfection, but sometimes falters, even faints, yet doesn’t give in? That may stumble but gets back up? Is your book that best-seller that tells of a believer whose words match their walk? That walk that so moves and impresses the curious unbelievers, that they are compelled to run to God in search of salvation? Write a great story my friend, you are the only Bible some people will ever read.
Be Not Weary in Well Doing; For In Due Season, You Shall Reap if You Faint Not (Gal 6:9)
And So After He Patiently Endured; He Obtained the Promise (Heb 6:15)
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.— (Heb 10:36)
We must never give up; never buckle under. Despite mounting criticism, intense opposition, and overwhelming obstacles, we must persevere with determined resolve. We must refuse to throw in the towel.
Often, the easiest thing would be to quit; just give up. Forget about one’s dream and return to the comfort and convenience of mediocrity. Give in to the words of the critics, give up to the opposition, and give way to the obstacles. Simply tuck tail and run away.
Great power is embodied in patience, perseverance and persistence. The race is not always won by the fastest, nor the game by the strongest, but rather by the one who keeps on keeping on, who refuses to give up. Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. Race car driver Rick Mears said, “To finish first you must first finish.”
It is always too soon to quit. One of the most powerful and destructive tools that Satan has in his arsenal is discouragement, the subtle but dangerous compulsion to give up, to quit, saying, “What’s the use?”
When you are tempted to quit: resist. We must endure in the battle until the evil day is over. We must press on in the face of the temptation to quit. Until the war is over, we must fight to the end. Until the race is finished, we must keep running. Until the wall is built, we must keep stacking bricks. Never give up. Never. The promises of God are always at the end!
It is of the Lord ‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)~~ Why did God only give us a limited number of days on the earth when He could have let us live here for eternity? We know the implications of sin meant that we became spiritually dead to God and we would now experience death and our bodies would return to the ground from which they came (Gen 3:19). Now we are limited in our days so that we may realize just how precious each day is that we have. God was gracious to give us THIS day. Today we have another chance. We need to start, go through and finish the day at our best! Be very specific throughout this day in everything you do! Finish what you start and don’t give up on what God gave you! Don’t focus on being better than the next person… focus on being a better YOU than you were yesterday. When you do this, the surprise is this…. You never ever get to the best you can be… Why? Because when you keep working on being a better you, tomorrow you just might achieve that breakthrough to being better than you were today… But you’ll never know if you settle for where you finished the last time you tried. Friend, realize just how blessed you are to be here today and think about what that really means! Until you leave this earth, you have an opportunity today and each day to do better than you did yesterday. Make sure that you make the most of each day because once they’re gone…it’s forever… You can’t repeat them and you can’t hold on to them…but each day you get new mercies for new opportunities, new blessings and new chances to experience a better life than the day before. So I ask you my friend: How will you walk in the grace you have received today? Praise The Lord!
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Eph 1:15-19)~
God has laid up spiritual blessings for us in his Son Jesus; but requires us to draw them out and fetch them in by prayer. No matter who we are or how close to God we may feel, we must pray for ourselves and each other. There is much to be gained in the relationship created in prayer. Along with the gift of grace and the promise of salvation, even true believers greatly want heavenly wisdom and true comfort from worldly worries. The best of us acknowledge and are willing to come under God’s yoke, as there is no other way to find rest for the soul. It is desirable to feel the mighty power of Divine grace, beginning and carrying on the work of faith in our souls.
It is Christ the Savior, who supplies all the necessities of those who trust in Him, and gives them all blessings in the richest abundance. And if we dispute less, and pray more with and for each other, we should daily see more and more what is the hope of our calling, and the riches of the Divine glory in this inheritance. Nothing less than the Almighty power will work this in us. Even the best Christians need to be prayed for: and while we hear of the welfare of Christian friends, we should pray for them. With that my friend, no matter where you are in life, I pray God’s grace, peace and blessings for you and ask if you’d be so kind as to offer the same for me.