Living an intentional life.

I listen to Family Life radio and they talk about this all the time. With the Lord we have his intention, purpose for our lives. We pray every day for his will for us. We become who we should be, caring about others and seeing what we can do to help. We pray for all. We have peace in His Word and find joy in our days. We may stumble in his purpose at times but, that is not because of him. It is the sin abundant in this world. We are not of this world. We belong to the Church of Christ, not a building. We are teachers, disciples, cross bearers of his truth. It is trials, that make us stronger and it is our flesh that fights against the Holy Spirit in us. We cannot shed that part of ourselves until He comes again. We do wait and are ready because we see this world falling apart. So many ways this is occurring and people love to explain it away. Earthquakes, severe flooding, storms, fires, morals are deteriorating more and more. Not to mention the whole Middle East is warring. Killing their own and threatening to kill all Israelis, God’s chosen people. Jesus, his lineage is traced back to the tribe of Judah from where the High priest will come to take vengeance and reestablish his people with new hearts.

Hebrews 7:11-28, Psalms 110:1-8, Romans 11

Jesus went willingly to the cross for all that would believe in Him to bring salvation to the world. He knows all our hearts and minds. He will be our High Priest forever.

Are you a person that accepts things, as just the way it is or do you fear God’s coming wrath upon this world? Do you explain away disasters coming upon this world? Remember God destroyed the whole of mankind in the flood in Genesis. He only saved Noah, his wife, his three sons, their wives and two, male and female of every species he had created. Two by two they went into the ark as God had commanded. The flood was on the earth forty days. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred fifty days. Genesis 7:1-24

Why did he do this? He saw all men were evil continuously. Genesis 6:5

He let the whole generation that came from Egyptian captivity die in the desert because they did not believe and were disobedient, and complainers, idolators. Only their descendants came into the promised land, with Joshua and Caleb after wandering forty years in the wilderness. Numbers 14:26-35

God was with them always, giving them manna from heaven, quail to eat, still they did not believe and be obedient. Exodus 16:11-35

One sin not repented can send you to hell if don’t believe, Jesus is the only way to God. Nothing of ourselves can save us. If you don’t give your life to the Lord Jesus, you cannot know the Father, God. Without God’s Grace through faith you will enter by the wide gate to hell. He told his apostles, disciples, beware of the pharisees, the priests, the scribes, the Sadducees. All their man-made righteous acts and rituals are nothing. They are men trying to get to heaven on their own merits. Don’t let yourselves be misled. These God mockers have been spoken of from the beginning. Jude 1-25

They will deceive many because they belong to their father, the devil.  They are the devil’s evil angels, pretenders of light and they are all darkness. John 8:1-59

Living an intentional life is all of the above. You strive to enter the narrow gate. You pray, read your Bible daily, trust in God for answers and guidance through His Word and the (indwelling) Holy Spirit. If you have not you do not know Jesus.

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Isaiah 44:22

Posted on January 26, 2013 by
Isaiah 44:22“I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22.
Another one of God’s great promises in the Bible. There are over 7000 promises in the word of God. To be honest, I don’t know them all, but one thing I know for sure, God keeps His promises.
Our sins are blotted out and God does not remember them anymore. That is something that we as believers need to lay hold off.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12.
There are way too many believers living a life of condemnation, believing that they are not good enough or are failing God everyday. I have good news for those who believe that, we as believers will never be good enough or perfect before God. We will always fall short of His glory, no matter how hard we may try to please Him.
It is not about us or what we do or have done. It is all about Jesus and what He has done on Calvary. He was the only one that lived a perfect life and He was the only one that did the will of His Father.
“And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” John 8:29.
That is impossible for fallen man, believers or non-believers alike. We can never live a perfect life and please God. In the eyes of God no one is righteous.
“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6.
Jesus did it all for us, by laying down His life as a propitiation before God. He was the unblemished passover lamb. His blood cleanses us from all sin. It is not our righteousness, but His righteousness that was imputed onto all of those who believe in Him by faith.
Once we realize, that Jesus has done it all for us by going to the cross, there should be no feeling of condemnation or an inch of doubt that God loves us. He loves us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus is our reconciliation and He is our High Priest. Jesus has torn the curtain to the Holy of Holies and we as believers have direct access through Him and come boldly before the throne of God.
God looks at the believers through the blood of Christ, He has redeemed us by His precious blood. The blood that does not just cover our sins as it was the case with the sacrificial animals, but His blood takes away the sins once and for all.
We will always fall short and those who believe that the are sinless are plain and simply, self-righteous people, condemning others, believing that they are better than others.
The Bible teaches just the opposite, self-righteousness will not justify anybody before God. It is God’s grace and the finished work of Jesus on the cross that justifies the believers.
We are saved by grace through faith and even the faith of the believers was given to them by God. The next time you have any doubts or feel like God does not love you, look at the cross. At the cross, God demonstrated His love for us.
Stop worrying and let God do the good work in you and through you. Surrender to His will. Let His will be done, not yours. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He started it and He will finish it. And that, is also a promise.
“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;…” Philippians 1:6.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
Thank you Jesus, Maranatha.

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Isaiah 44:22“I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22.

Another one of God’s great promises in the Bible. There are over 7000 promises in the word of God. To be honest, I don’t know them all, but one thing I know for sure, God keeps His promises.

Our sins are blotted out and God does not remember them anymore. That is something that we as believers need to lay hold off.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12.

There are way too many believers living a life of condemnation, believing that they are not good enough or are failing God everyday. I have good news for those who believe that, we as believers will never be good enough or perfect…

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God's Truth For Sheboygan

 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7)

In this last verse of the letter to Ephesus, Jesus switches his focus so that he is directly addressing all Christians whom are listening, not just the Christians in this church. He promises that the one who is “victorious” will be given the “right to eat from the tree of life.”

Victorious Christians are ones who remain in the faith and do pure deeds. This power to do this does not come from themselves, it comes from God. He is the only source of true victory. You see, when we repent of our sins and believe in the gospel then the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, giving us victory over sin…

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The rich young ruler.

Matthew 19:16-30 New King James Version

Now behold one came to Him, ” Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said, ” ”You shall not murder, ‘You shall not commit adultery’, ‘You shall not bear false witness’, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

The young man said to Him, “All these things I Have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow Me.”

But when the young ruler heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying “Who then can be saved?”

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”

So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers, or sisters, or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life, But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

See also:  Mark 10:17-27; Luke 17:18-27

Study notes from The MacArthur Study Bible (below)

In telling the ruler to go sell everything,  Jesus was exposing the young man’s true heart. His refusal to obey two things: 1)he was not blameless as far as the law was concerned, because he was guilty of loving himself and his possessions more than his neighbors and 2)he lacked true faith, which involves a willingness to surrender all at Christ’s bidding. Jesus was demanding that this young man give Him first place. The young man failed the test come, follow Me. It was a call to faith. It is likely the young man never heard or contemplated it, though, because his own love of his possessions was such a stumbling block that he had already rejected Jesus’ claim to lordship over his life..Thus he walked away in unbelief.

Camel…eye of a needle. It is impossible. Jesus was underscoring the impossibility of anyone’s being saved by merit. Since wealth was deemed proof of God’s approval, and those who had it could give more alms, it was commonly thought that rich people were the most likely candidates for heaven. Jesus destroyed that notion, and along with it the notion that anyone can merit enough divine favor to gain entrance into heaven.

Who can be saved? Salvation is possible only by divine grace.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Psalm 111-10

To Nicole in case you should read this. I know dad says you are really busy. I just want you to know I pray everyday for all of you. I wish you success in your schooling. I know you are very dedicated and are doing well. I miss you everyday of my life. I am so sorry I had to get sick. I don’t know why it happened. I can only live in the now. The past cannot be changed. I have been busy giving God my all. I really would love to just be full-time in God’s work. We all need a little money though. So I am again searching for that part-time job. Whoa, but it so cold here today about eight degrees and no break in sight. At least my car seems to be okay (Praise the Lord). It had an oil leak after it got a used engine. Anyway I love you for always, I miss you for always and for always my daughter you will be.

P.S.  Yesterday was so beautiful. Our church has Bible classes for kids in elementary schools once a month. Also they go four times monthly to two other schools. Then we have our teens and young children regular members classes.  It was the first time I volunteered. Our members are being more committed to becoming more active in church activities and the lives of our members… let me tell you this was just so joyful. Even today I cannot stop smiling about the experience. These kids love the Lord and are learning the Bible.

Love Mom

Blessed is this day and everyday with the Lord.

I had gotten a car and then the engine went. I trusted the Lord and had a used engine put in.  With a few setbacks, I pray it will be okay now. This week has been spent mostly at home studying the Bible and listening to sermons. I could have used mom’s car and gone out but, I do believe it was very precious time spent with the Lord.

I do work for the Lord in every way I can, every day I can. I believe this trial did work out to His Purpose. I need to get back working part-time also. I do have a couple of options at the moment. He gives us all we need and he promises never more than we can handle.

Here are some Bible verses that tell of the Lord’s ascension into heaven after his resurrection from the dead and appearing to his apostles for forty days. After he ascended they received the Holy Spirit (the helper) which we receive also if we believe the truth. There is no other way to heaven except to truly believe that Jesus died for sinners. We cannot of ourselves do anything to earn our way. We must repent of our sins and believe he is the only way truly in our hearts. You must fear God and his wrath upon this earth when he returns.

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

Now when Jesus had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they stood steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you to heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw him go into heaven”. Acts 1:9-11

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Matthew 24:36

We must be faithful and wise servants, always waiting and watching.

The Second Coming of Jesus

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation (seven years) of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:27-31

Reposted from Why Not Believe?

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21

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