What about God? Don’t know? There are probably very few people on earth who has no knowledge of any God, any religion or higher power. Like Charlie, who lived in a small mountain community in the U.S. He was rough around the edges and God was a byword to him like God is to many others. He knew about church, the Bible and religion but not enough to get involved. Yet there was something missing in his life. And he didn’t know what. Still, when he got in trouble or in need, he would talk to the “man upstairs” and ask for help. He would pray to the unknown God. Eventually someone shared the gospel with him, he went to church, repented and later in life became a pastor!
Our loving God sees this and desires us to share our faith with people like Charlie. In the Bible we read how the Apostle Paul dealt with people who worshiped many Gods including an unknown God.
Paul said, “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
This man is Jesus, and He is coming soon so help them, show them, teach them about our loving Lord Jesus and our Father who art in heaven. It’s urgent. They don’t know.
Happy Birthday Jesus is what we celebrate for weeks at the end of every year the world over but……you ain’t seen nothing yet. The coming of the Lord is upon us and on that day there will be a celebration in heaven never seen, never imagined, nor conceived in the mind of man!
When the Savior of all humanity appears billions of saints, billions of angels will worship Him from their souls and this celebration will be overseen by Father God Himself! This is the destiny of the real Christmas. Who He is and the eternal life He has given us.
So let’s celebrate the season, yes. But keep your eye on the eastern sky for soon the real celebration will begin in heaven. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior then you have a reservation awaiting you to be part of it all! Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!
Sometimes we err in well doing because we jump the gun. If we follow the Spirit of the Lord in our daily walk, we see so many opportunities that we want to persue as many as possible. But the timing might not be right. Just because the thing seem right to do, it could be wrong for us at that time, and by jumping ahead we may mess up and fail. Better to move under the direction the the Spirit and know it will work out, rather than move under the direction of our own spirit and desire, just because it seems right. The Lord would say, “Be patient my child. All in good time. All in good time.”Paul and Silas experienced having their zeal put in check by the Holy Spirit as recorded in the Bible;“Next, Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time.” (Acts 16:6)All in good time. All in good time.
How do we enter the Kingdom of God? The Bible teaches us that when we repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as our savior, we enter the Kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom encompasses Heaven, Earth, the entire universe, and ie. all creation. There’s only one way to enter…through Jesus Christ. When we ask Him into our hearts and believe, we become one with Him, born again into His Spirit, into His Kingdom. The Bible says that Paul and Barnabas…
“they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
They lived in a place and time where there many more hardships to enter the Kingdom through faith, than most places now. If you now live in a land where you are not persecuted for you faith then you are blessed. Accept Christ and enter now while it’s easy, for soon there will be a time of great hardship to have and express your faith. The tribulation of the earth is at hand. Prepare yourself.
There are two things that really get to me, someone hanging up the phone on me, and being mocked. I’ll guess that you don’t like it either. It happens to all of us at one time or another, but being mocked for sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus? That stings, especially when you know that the mocker is hurting themself. The Bible tells of a time when the Apostle Paul was ridiculed and mocked by his Jewish brothers for sharing the Gospel. Here was Pauls response;
“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight— Be careful! Don’t let the prophets’ words apply to you. For they said, Look you mockers, be amazed and die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” (Acts 13:38-41)
So pity the mockers in your life for they are just hurting themselves. Boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world. – gene
Christians around the world are watching and waiting for the return of Jesus in an event we called the rapture of the church. Jesus spoke of the signs of the last days and they are all around us. But there are deceiving voices that are saying things, specific things that aren’t true. And these voices are saying these things to deceive, mislead, and discourage believers. Remember, Jesus said that perilous times would come and the people would say “I am Christ” and would say “Jesus is in the desert.” Don’t believe it! Or, “Jesus is here!” Don’t believe it! When Jesus comes everyone will know it. Also, no one knows when he’s coming. He told about the signs of the times, and he compared it to watching the weather. When it looks like it’s gonna rain or storm you see the clouds and you know partly, but even the greatest prophetic voices in the land today does not know when Jesus is coming. We believe we are in the last days and we have to be prepared that he could come at any time but watch it…when other voices are giving specific dates and times. Watch it…when people are saying he’s here he’s there. Watch it…beware of false voices. Study the scriptures yourself and you’ll know the truth.
Jesus said my sheep know my voice pray, seek Him, and get close enough to Him where you’ll know his voice. The Bible says the very elect would be deceived if possible and there is a great deception across the land and across the world. So my brothers and sisters, watch it!
When an Angel says follow me, you follow. This happened in the Bible, (Acts 12:6-9).
“The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered. So Peter left the cell, following the angel.”
Are you hopelessly imprisoned in your mind? Suffering a horrible loss, not knowing if life will ever get better? Pray to Jesus. See if He won’t send an Angel to you, to unshackle you and lead you out of the hopelessness and into the hope? You might not see the Angel or God’s hand but you’ll see the results when you trust and follow the Lord Jesus.
Has religion got you down? Trying to do what’s right but always coming up short? Ok. So you’re not perfect, but neither am I. There was only one person who ever lived who was perfect. That is the Lord Jesus Christ. How did He explain it? “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He died as a sacrifice…for you, then rose from the dead…for you. The question is, do you believe Him? And do you believe in Him? If so, then your sins are forgiven and you receive eternal life through Him. Hallelujah! Period! End of story.
The Bible says, “He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” (Acts 10:43)
All we have to Do now is just live for Him. Live! Rejoice! You’re His! Hallelujah!
In the Bible, in the book of Acts 9:40, it tells the story of a kind woman named Tabatha who had recently died. The Apostle Peter was led to her room and he prayed for her. He said “get up Tabitha! Though dead, she opened her eyes and sat up. Then she went about her business and lived. In Jesus’ name she was raised from the dead.
Not only do we die, but more often than not our dreams die. Maybe we are inspired by the Lord to do something, either for the kingdom of God or for our families. But then something happens… Nothing. So like Peter told Tabatha we might just say to ourselves get up! Get up and do what we know to do and at least begin the process. Dreams can be had at the moment but dreams are not usually built in a day. With God’s help, however, your dreams can come true if you get up and don’t give up.