God Fulfills His Word: BELIEVE IT!

God Fulfills His Word: BELIEVE IT!

It’s essential for every follower of Jesus Christ to know without a doubt that God fulfills His Word.  The Bible states this truth in many different ways, and in many different passages of Scripture.  Let’s just look at a few.Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.  (Josh 21:45 NKJV)Notice that the above Bible verse states, “ALL came to pass.”  This is significant—don’t undervalue it.The Lord then said, “You are right, for I’m watching over my word until it is fulfilled.”  (Jer 1:12 CEB)This Scripture describes God as “watching over His Word” to make sure that it occurs exactly as He said that it would.  It gives us a picture of God not allowing anything to escape His notice or His attention.  He is guaranteeing that His own Word comes to pass.The Lord has done what He determined; He has accomplished His word . . . (Lam 2:17a NASB)I like this Scripture in the New American Standard Bible.  It is very clear and cannot be misunderstood!  God accomplished His Word.  End of story.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  (Lk 2:20 NIV, underscoring added)Note that everything that the shepherds heard and saw happened JUST AS THEY HAD BEEN TOLD!  This fulfills another Bible verse:. . . in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began . . .  (Tit 1:2 NKJV, emphasis added)We are simply called as BELIEVERS, to accept God’s Word as true, reliable, and trustworthy.  The Bible clearly says that God cannot lie.  Meditate upon this and stir up your faith, and your life, by radically believing God’s Word!  God bless you.

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Be Careful of the Words You Speak

Be Careful of the Words You Speak

We may not always realize how important our spoken words are.  The Scriptures have a lot to say about our mouths, tongues and lips.  There are too many passages to share with you here, but if this topic interests you, it is a worthwhile study to pursue.

Let’s just look at a few of these verses.

What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.  (Lk 12:3 NIV)

This verse above from Luke 12, is warning us that those things that we believe that we are speaking in secret will eventually be shouted from the rooftops!  If we keep that in mind, we’ll be much more circumspect with what we say and how much we say when we think that “no one else” is listening.

Words from a wise person’s mouth are beneficial, but fools are devoured by their own lips.  13 Fools start out talking foolishness and end up speaking awful nonsense.  (Eccl 10:12-13 CEB)

This Bible passage in Ecclesiastes reminds us that wise words will benefit the hearers, but foolish remarks and comments can damage and destroy.  Foolish conversation, according to this, can devour the very speaker of those words!  God forbid!

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.  (Mt 10:27 NKJV)

Matthew is admonishing us to share the wise words that he shares.  They are wise because they are about salvation—the gift of God.  Only whatever is things are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and praiseworthy should be shared. (Phil 4:8)  All of these traits are found in Jesus Christ and in God’s incomparable gift of salvation. 

Share the truth of the Good News, and you shall bring blessings upon not only the hearers but upon yourself, as well.  God bless you!

We’re Called to Freedom

We’re Called to Freedom

We, as followers of Jesus Christ, have been called to FREEDOM.  We have not been called to legal bondage!  We’re being reminded that we’re no longer under the law of the Old Testament, and that we should not try to live as the Pharisees did.

Not only are we free from the bondage of the Mosaic ceremonies, but we’re also free of sin and misery.  The gospel of Jesus Christ calls all people into the law of love.

The truth of God’s Word and God’s salvation sets people free in every nation and culture on earth.

. . . and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  (Joh 8:32 ASV)

. . . because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.  (Rom 8:2 CSB)

We live under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus!  Hallelujah!

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  (Gal 5:13 ESV)

We’re called, through love, to serve one another as well as the Kingdom of God.

Now ‘the Lord’ here means the spirit; and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  (2 Cor 3:17 NTE)

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical freedom.  There is health, healing, prosperity and peace wherever the spirit of the Lord reigns.  Allow the Holy Spirit to guide and govern your life.

How to Give Joy to Your Parents

How to Give Joy to Your Parents

Most children would like to give joy to their parents.  Not only small children, but adult children also wish to give enjoyment to their mother and father.

I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth.  (3 Joh 1:4 CEB)

The father of a righteous child will celebrate greatly.  One who fathers a wise son will find joy in him.  (Pro 23:24 EHV)

The proverbs of Solomon:  A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.  (Pro 10:1 NKJV)

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.  (Pro 29:3 NIV)

These various Scriptures all refer to the subject of giving joy or gladness to our parents.  These are the ways, according to the Word, that we can give true gladness to our mom and dad:

  • To live according to the truth (of the Word of God);
  • To live a righteous life with wisdom;
  • To gain wisdom (the best source of wisdom is the Bible); and
  • To love wisdom and embrace it in all of your ways.

Not only will these acts bring joy to your parents, but God will bless you as you obey His Word.  Glory to God!

Stay in the Love of God

Stay in the Love of God

There are practical ways to stay spiritually strong despite the enemy’s efforts to destroy our faith.  We will stay strong if we remain focused on God’s love for us and continue to do His will.  John 15:10 reminds us that we will abide in His love if we keep His commandments.

Let’s read God’s Word on this topic:

. . . keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  (Jude 1:21 NKJV)

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  (Joh 14:21 NKJV)

. . . and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  (Rom 5:5 NIV)

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  (1 Joh 3:16-17 NIV)

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  (1 Joh 4:16 NIV)

Our God is love.  His love is perfect, endless, and unfailing.  When we’re secure in the knowledge of God’s love, we then can trust in His goodness and mercy.  God manifests Himself in various ways to people who trust Him and are sure of His love for them.  He hears and answers their prayers; he surrounds them with favor and protection; and He fights for them.

God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.  Because of the reality of this truth, we are enabled to reach out in love and mercy to help others.  This also motivates us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who are lost and hurting. In whatever way that we are able, we are called and given the gift of grace to show God’s love to all whom we encounter.  In so doing, we share the love of God and shine forth the light of God’s goodness into the world and remain in the love of God.  God bless you.

The Holy Spirit in Us

The Holy Spirit in Us

As the Scriptures tell us, the Lord has placed His Spirit within all believers.  In some places, the Bible even says that God poured out His Spirit upon us!

 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.  (Ezek 36:27 NKJV)

And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.  (Ezek 39:29 NKJV)

Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.  (Ac 2:33 NKJV)

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?  (1 Cor 3:16 NIV)

The person who keeps his commandments abides in God, and God abides in him. This is how we can be sure that he remains in us: he has given us his Spirit.  (1 Joh 3:24 ISV)

We need to listen for the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit daily.  We need to be continuously sensitive to His presence within us.  The Holy Spirit was given to all believers to be a helper and teacher, and to guide us into all truth.  (Joh 14:26; 16:13)

The Holy Spirit within a believer is the source of our revelation, wisdom and power.  (1 Cor 2:10-11; Jas 1:5; Ac 1:8)  The Holy Spirit supplies spiritual gifts to believers.  (1 Cor 12:7-11)  God, the Holy Spirit, has specific roles and obligations in the life of every believer.  Take time as soon as possible to study this key feature of your salvation.  God bless you!

Call Out to God

Call Out to God

God wants us to call out to Him and to ask Him for His help when we are in need.  His word shows us this truth repeatedly.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.  (Jer 33:3 NKJV)

God tells us that when we call out to Him that He will answer us and show us wondrous things which we never imagined.  Hallelujah!

It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.  (Isa 65:24 NKJV)

This Bible passage (above) says that even BEFORE we call to the Lord, He has already answered us. And while we are still telling God what we need, He has already heard our cry!  What a loving, kind and responsive God we have.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  (Ps 145:18 NIV)

The Scriptures say that God is close to those who call out to Him in truth and honesty.

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  (Ac 2:21 ESV) This is a sweeping promise that God gives us that EVERYONE who calls upon Him for help shall be saved—without a doubt.  Glory to God most High!

His Life in Us

His Life in Us

The Holy Spirit teaches each one of us about Jesus, so that we may see Him clearly and accurately.  The goal of our lives should be to know Him as He is, for only then can we represent Him faithfully.

As Jesus has dealt with each one of us in love and mercy, He desires us to reach out in that same manner to those who don’t yet know Him as their Savior.  In fact, Jesus’ very own love and mercy emanates from the Christ who lives within each one of us! 

Here are a few Scripture verses that support this concept:

But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. (Rom 8:10)  This would be more accurately translated: “But since Christ is in you . . .”

I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  (Gal 2:20)

Christ in you, the hope of glory.  (Col 1:27)

We cannot have spiritual life without the One who is Life—Jesus Christ.  Jesus told us that He is the Way, Truth, and Life.  (John 14:6)

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  (1 John 5:12)

Since we are so honored and blessed as to have the Source of Life living within, let’s share Him freely and unashamedly with everyone whom we meet—pouring out His love and mercy upon all.

Note:  This is a copy of our blog article dated 04/17/2017.

Abide in God’s Word & Be Made Free

Abide in God’s Word & Be Made Free

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:31-32)

The word KNOW in verse 32, above, means to perceive; understand; recognize; or realize.  This is a knowledge that has inception, a progress and an attainment, according to Strong’s concordance (#1097).  It is the recognition of truth by personal experience.

This personal experience suggests a close, personal relationship.  And verse 32 states that we need to abide in [accept, stand in, obey] God’s Word and thereby confirm ourselves to be Christ’s disciples.

In that context, as we personally come to experience the truth of and dependability of God’s Word, it is that same truth that shall set us free from various challenging and destructive experiences in our lives.  It also sets us free from the hurts that other people have inflicted upon us.

God’s steadfast and unfailing love for you can give you such strength and stability in your emotions that you can be made emotionally whole and healthy. 

The best kindness that you can do for yourself is to abide in the Scriptures and become more and more stable and secure in their truth—because you know that God does not lie.  (Num 23:19) 

Rest in Jesus, who has given you the grace, freedom, and strength to live your life to His glory daily!

Note:  This is a reprint of our blog article dated 11/21/2016.

Don’t Be Ashamed

Don’t Be Ashamed

The Lord tells us in His word that we should not be ashamed of Him or of His words.  The apostle Paul teaches us the right attitude with his declaration in the book of Romans:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  (Ro 1:16)

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.  (Mk 8:38)

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.  (Lk 9:26)

We should never feel embarrassed or uncomfortable that we are Christians.  Additionally, we should never be ashamed to share testimonies of our answered prayers, or of our salvation experience and the blessings of God. 

For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”  (Rom 10:11 ESV)

The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly the POWER OF GOD to everyone who believes.  Let us rejoice in this truth and praise the name of the Lord!