Friday, January 31, 2014

Life or knowledge?

Life or knowledge?

"And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."

Genesis 2:9,17

After an enticing conversation man was persuaded and chose knowledge over life; causing spiritual death. 

Think about that... Life IS to know God, personally! This IS the reason for our existence. Man was made for communion with God; fellowship. Yet by choosing knowledge by the forbidden fruit produced on that tree, sin entered and divided this beautiful union. We were created with a deep seeded hunger and thirst for Him, He IS Truth; His presence!

This separation has created a gap unquenchable by any other person, place or thing. Today, information & technology has increase more than ever yet the distance between man & God is just as outstanding! Man continues to know more, learn more and still just as the Word of God says, "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." 2 Timothy 3:7 

So why can't we come to this desired knowledge by ever learning? No college, seminary, university nor vast amount of endless researching can fix a spiritual problem by human means! 

Only One perfect man can quench a thirst far beyond anything within worldly reach or understanding. Jesus said, "I am the way, the TRUTH and the life..." He IS God in the flesh! Those who find Him, find life & truth! He also said "

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14 "...he that believeth on me shall never thirst." John 6:35

Still to this day every person has the opportunity to accept Christ who died upon a tree, so we can be set free. How long will you thirst? Will you come to His well and thirst no more? 

Will you choose life?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Confronted by Grace

Jesus loves the homosexual, BUT hates the sin... Laying with the same sex goes against His divine order of 1 man & 1 woman. 

Jesus loves the murderer but hates the sin... This violent act robs life He has given. 

Jesus loves the liar but hates the sin... Lies are opposite of His Truth which is Who He is. 

Jesus loves the envious person but hates the sin... Jealousy and envy reveal discontent with His provision in our lives. 

Jesus loves the robber but hates the sin... Taking that which belongs to another without permission brings pain to the victim. 

The list goes on and on. Jesus LOVES the sinner BUT He hates the sin. Why? It separates us from God. Each sin bears it's own consequences. Jesus paid the price for all who believe & call on Him. Truth is "ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 

When Jesus met the woman at the well, He knew her lifestyle. Many men, living in adultery. He didn't condemn her, but did rebuke her choice. What did He say to her? "Go and sin no more." He didn't give her a hug and depart saying, "as you were", He commanded her to CHANGE! 

How do you react when your sin is confronted? No sin is greater than another in Jehovah's eyes. Each is the same regardless of man's degrees. 

Jesus loves you! However His Love is for those who choose to let go of their lives and trade it for His cross. Has He confronted you with His grace?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mean spirited people prosper not

Mean spirited people prosper not...

"He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief." Proverbs 17:19-20 

Froward means: false, crooked and perverse. Is it any wonder the froward heart finds no good? I always thought of a foul mouth when I heard "perverse", but it actually means: marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict, resistant to guidance or discipline and marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good. A perverse tongue indeed is destructive! 

"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" James 5:5

We've all felt the effects of a mean spirited person; the one who regards none but self. Think how destructive a hurricane is. Similar cataclysmic results the victims endure. Yet God is much greater! "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:3 Nothing escapes His watchful eye. 

Instead of dwelling on the ruinous aftermath, trust God both with the clean up and His just dealings with the wicked. Pray for them and He will not only reward you but bless the mess! Will you fix your eyes on Jesus? 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tainted Waters

Do you understand "wolves in sheep's clothing don't appear poisoned, dangerous or deadly. They take on a "form of godliness" yet in their ever so subtle suggestions deny God's power thus elevating man & man's ways! Jesus warned of these saying, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:15

Anyone who thinks they have a better idea to do the Lord's work other than God's directions written within the pages of His Word works contrary to His ways! 

"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:" Isaiah 30:1 

Do you understand most wolves in sheep's clothing don't even RECOGNIZE themselves as wolves but rather see themselves as godly men and women DOING God's work?

How else do you think deception has crept into the church? It's presence has SATURATED most church walls in America and through "American missions" has spread a false gospel and another Jesus" contrary to God's word. Praise GOD for the few untainted that remain and the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ that is still taught and spread worldwide. 

No doubt we are in the days long foretold... There IS a famine in the land! 

Do you truly understand a PINT of lies in a lake of truth is still TAINTED waters?