Life, and the shortness of it.

I am today thinking about life and how short it is. You were a kid wanting to grow up and be on your own. It seems to drag by and then you are older, then old. I am thinking, I wish I would have known the purpose of life way back then. I know I should not compare myself to others but, many of my church family have been born again Christians very young. We know all things work out to God’s purpose. It was His purpose for me to have the life I have had. I have been thinking that all I ever wanted was a family. A loving family, with a loving husband and children. Of course, I never knew that God wants us to be evenly yoked, meaning the man is the head, honoring God. And the family also with a mother and father are brought up truly knowing the word of God. We are taught from the beginning what place God has in our lives. It’s not in a superficial way. It is taking up your cross and following Him. It is letting Him lead your life, honoring and worshiping Him daily. It is studying His word and praying, deeply from your heart and soul. Only He has transformed you. You had no part in that. He is still sanctifying us according to his will, His perfect will. When you let Him have the lead in your life, you have a joy and happiness that last even through the trials that come.

I have a family in Lebanon. I tried very hard to gain back control of my life. I felt a failure to all who saw me. I could never live down the illness I have nor could I will it away. They could not help me to learn to deal with it all. I felt disgusting being ill. I remember my daughter saying how she felt about me. I think she was just plain ashamed of me. I know my husband and other family were. The doctor did not listen to how I was feeling. I was just another of his mental cases. So I came here to get better help medically and I did. The only thing was it was too late to repair what I had done. The damage was too bad and I was told nothing would change if I went back. So in brokenness, I do remember asking the Lord, “Please, Lord don’t let me have to make a decision to break up my family.” I still love my family very much. I know I will always and forever. I am working for My Lord now and living the rest of my time here doing His will daily.

His promise is, He will never give us more than we can handle. He promises He will always give us a way out of sin. He promises we will have an everlasting life with Him in heaven. He died for His chosen. The elect, the called unto sanctification, until glorification. (Romans 8:28-30) He taught His apostles and disciples, all they needed to know to go forth and preach the word to all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20) Some of the teachings were not understood by them until He was resurrected and taught them for forty more days. He promised He was going to prepare a place for us and that he would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name. (John 14:22-30)

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the
humble.”

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Be sober be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Jesus Christ, after you suffer a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5: 5-11)

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (1 Peter 3:8-9)

For what is your life? It is even as a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (James 4:13-17)

 

Do you know salvation is—forever?

Once the Lord spiritually changes your soul, you know it is forever. The way you will come to know for sure is you will hate sin. You will find yourself loving all others. You will find yourself forgiving all others. Why is that? Because the Lord has forgiven you. He has called you to be transformed to be one of his children. He has adopted you into His everlasting kingdom, forever. You can read the bible, His word of knowledge, and understand. The word is perfectly inspired by God, and enables you to live as a true Christian. A true Christian knows they are chosen. A true Christian does not love this world. A true Christian wants to share the gospel with others. A true Christian has opportunities God gives and does so. A true Christian searches the scriptures for truth in all that is preached to them. A true Christian cannot stay in a church that does not have Jesus Christ as the head of it. A true Christian can discern as they grow in knowledge, truths and untruths of biblical doctrine. A true Christian worships the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness all over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:33-34)

Some of those that stood nearby, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take him down.” (Mark 15:35-36)

And Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed His last. (Mark 15:37)

Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:38-39)

Matthew 27:45-54; Mark 15:24-39; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:17-37, The death of Jesus is also written in these other Gospels.

When Jesus died on the cross and the veil was torn in two. He took our sins away with His blood shed on the cross. Jesus died and was raised on the third day defeating death and sin.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying–a teacher of the gentiles in faith and truth. (1 Timothy 2:5-7)

Have you had a time in your life when you cried out and said, “Lord I can’t do it anymore?” Have you cried until you can cry no more? Have you continued to cry at times for the love, the grace, and faith He has poured into your heart and soul and mind?

Do not love the world or the things in it. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the father but is of the world. And the world is passing  away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

Protection is always there for Christians everywhere..

I know for sure I was protected today. I was on the interstate not following to close to the car ahead of me that missed a big piece of metal in the road but, I did not. I responded well to the emergency. I know I had help. Even though we were out on the interstate, I did not fear. The situation took a pretty hysterical turn. My friends tried to remove the lug nuts from the wheel and bent the jack handle. The state police came to help. They had a bigger better lug wrench (not sure the name, I am a women). They also could not get the bolts off. They were taking turns jumping on the wrench to get the last two off, no luck. They waited while I called in for road service. He arrived in thirty minutes. Same jumping going on, 6’1″ and 300 lbs. I was like I am going to need to be towed. Alas, he had one of those heavy-duty jacks and used the pole to get the last one. I have a bent rim and need a new one and tire and a new jack. I came home and mom says only you, only you this happens to. This story is minute in comparison to all the things happening to other Christians in the world. Our Missionaries, believers being persecuted for their beliefs. This is how we stand fast. It is with the Lord, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, not one without the other.

Well, let me tell you I was not even worried. I gave thanks to my Lord and Savior for protecting me and my friends. Then I thought it was not our time to go. As Christians, we are always ready. We don’t worry about the flesh that will be gone someday. We long for it to be and to be free with our heavenly bodies. We watch as Jesus says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mark 13:32 “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming–in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning–Lest, suddenly, He find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” Mark 13:35-37

Likewise, the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit, Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith unto grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of glory of God. And not only that we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

You must realize that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has chosen His special people from all nations. They will persevere because, he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:13-14.

His protection is all around us. Our souls belong to Jesus, awaiting our inheritance in His Holy kingdom.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to kill both body and soul in Hell.” Matthew 10:28

What would happen if you died today?

No one but God knows our time to leave this earth. He knows the number of every hair on your head. (Matthew 10:30) He knows you all the way into your deepest hidden secrets. What you think you have deeply buried. Those sins of old that you know are there, besides the ones you commit everyday. Nothing is hidden from Our God Almighty. Nothing is hidden from us either. We see the beauty of His creation. The clouds the blue sky, the thunderous shores when hurricanes come. The damage done by tornadoes, earthquakes, natural disasters, etc. Are these things happening more and more as the bible warns us?

Jesus in His own words tells us there will be terrible times that have never been seen on earth ever before. Those times He speaks of are in Matthew 24, 25 before His death plotted by the religious leaders and prophesied in Isaiah 53. These are also written in Mark 13 and Luke 21.

I have a friend who has been estranged from his family for years. He found out June 9th, his nephew was killed. I am not sure of the nephew having a saving knowledge of God, repentance unto salvation. He was ran over because he was lying drunk in the road, as far as I know.

I will be taking his uncle, since he is disabled, to the funeral on Monday. I am not sure what he will be facing but, I will be his support there.

Did you know that if you die without the Lord as your Savior, you go to a place
of  endless suffering? You will remain there until the final judgement. Then with all other unbelievers you will be cast into the fiery pit along with satan and his demons. The final Book of the New Testament, The Revelation of Jesus Christ begins with John, the last surviving apostle, an old man, in exile on a small, barren island of Patmos, located in the Aegean Sea, southwest of Ephesus. The Roman authorities banished him there for his faithful preaching of the gospel. While on Patmos, John received a series of visions that laid out the future history of the world. John addressed Revelation to the seven churches, dear to his heart. To those churches Revelation provided a message, a hope: God is in sovereign control of all the events of human history, and though evil often seems pervasive and wicked men all-powerful, their ultimate doom is certain. Christ will come in glory to judge and rule. John MacArthur study notes background and setting. 

So where will you be going if you died today? You can know for certain you are going to heaven. The Lord will not turn away any of those the Father has given Him. He will raise them up on the last day. Only the Lord can make your heart willing. If you fear His wrath, you may understand before the Great Tribulation. Revelation foretells the destruction of this earth and all unrepentant sinners when all come against Israel following the man of sin, the final Antichrist and his abomination of desolation. Anyone who curses Israel is doomed for eternity.

Many will be saved during this age of the Gentiles and taken up before these horrible times come, by Our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.

 

As Christians, discernment comes from studying God’s Word.

There are and will be more and more twisted doctrines of scripture as we come to the latter days. People taking things out of context, having the scripture mean what they want it to say. That’s why you must read and study yourself. We read true Christian commentaries to compare and inspire us with the Holy Spirit to the truth. We listen to true Christian Pastors and to the spiritually mature believer who is equipped in sound doctrine for guidance. I know in my heart, mind and His Holy Spirit when I hear something not right.

We are to contend for the truth, not be tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by trickery of men, in cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–from whom the whole body is knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:14; for context of this verse read all of Ephesians 4.

All believers are completely submissive to the Lord Jesus Christ and must do their share. Godly church growth results from every member of the body fully using his spiritual gift, in submission to the Holy Spirit and in cooperation with other believers.

1 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 Timothy 1:10; 2 Timothy 4:3; Hebrews 13:9 are other verses telling us to contend for doctrinal truths.

Someone said to me that everyone’s name is written in the Book of Life until they reject God. Does God use an eraser? No, He predestined, chose, called us to be His through Jesus Christ. It is called election. The Book of Life was complete before eternity past. Only God can convert the human soul. We can of ourselves only spread the Word to all He has come through our daily lives. We do not know His chosen, only He does know a man’s heart and mind. His will for us is to learn from His word and do what he wills without adding our own interpretations. That is why staying in the word and studying is of the utmost importance to all who do come to Him. Many people, even evangelicals do not like the doctrine of election. They deem it unfair. How is man superior to God? He is sovereign and we are just vessels for His glory or destruction. All deserving destruction since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden. I do not know the mind of God but, I am still learning what he says in His word and from Godly men thoroughly equipped in sound doctrine.

You can go to many sites to get commentaries from Christian preachers past and present and your own pastor. A good site I found is http://www.gotanswers.org.

It even answered my question on Revelation 22:18-19, being used out of context also. God does not take any names out of the Book of life. These are unbelievers warned not to distort the word. Their names were never written in the The Book of Life because they are fore-known by God as false prophets. Jude warns about these deceivers, wolves in sheep’s clothing. So you must repent your sins and give your life to Jesus Christ, or you will be lead by these deceivers because you do not have a personal relationship to understand His Word, His Will, His Sovereignty. God is the Creator of all you see. Jesus is His only begotten Son, God incarnate, who took our place for all of our sins and died a horrible death and was resurrected and ascended to heaven. Jesus did what the Father willed to bring all that will come to Jesus. You cannot have the Father without the Son, or the Son without the Father. John 6:44-45

Can you deny that? Then go your own way to destruction, because you did not ask for forgiveness and you will have no excuse at the final judgement.

Have faith in times of trouble.

As Christians because of God’s mercy we are justified by faith. I just keep remembering He says trust me, stop trying to make things happen my way. It never works. So now I wake up every day and see what He has in store for me. I do of course, fail at times in trying to do it my way. The end result when He wills your prayer is answered.

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
Matthew 21:22

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5

Who is my neighbor?

A certain lawyer stood up and tested Jesus, saying, “Teacher what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He said to him what is written in the law? “What is your reading of it.”
So he answered and said, “You shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself.”
And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and your shall live.”

Now a man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and was beaten by thieves. They stripped him of everything he had including his clothes and they left him half dead. A certain priest saw him and passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite arrived and came and looked and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, came where he was and had compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and set him on his own animal, and took care of him. The next day he departed, he took two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. “So which of these do you think was a neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
And he said, “He who had mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him,”Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:29-37)

So what do you think? Are you a good neighbor?