May 22, 2014

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

So those who have been trained by God's discipline have a harvest of righteousness and peace. That's an amazing harvest to have one day. Let God have His way with you through this discipline and know that sanctification isn't without a cost..

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Crucify each thing that you are being disciplined for. Have it be. dead. to you. Working toward a goal of no longer you but Christ in you. Then pray, after you have crucified it, that you would be made into His Son's image..

Being Disciplined by God

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

The moment when a person is disciplined and feel down is the time to pray. Not going to the computer to avoid it. Not turning on the television or grabbing your iphone. Stay before Him and get transformed/sanctified..

 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 

Whatever you do make sure you don't run away, Don't grab your ipad to avoid being disciplined. If you do don't be surprised when it comes around again. Circles tend to be made. If the work doesn't get done don't be surprised when it comes around again.

So stay still and ask God to do a work in you. Making you more into His Son's image...
 2 Corinthians 4:17 

For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 

As big as our problems may seem, we are always bound to find someone whose problems are bigger. In some small way it is comforting to know our troubles won't last long in comparison to eternity. Yet, the glory we gain for our troubles is much greater and lasts forever. Be consoled in knowing your hardships make Christ's suffering for you even more personal, He knows what you are walking through. When your troubles get too big, look beyond this life and remember "all things shall work together for good for those that love God" Romans 8:28 and " He will complete the good work that He began in you" Phil 1:6 

So trust God, have faith, and believe God's word. Giving thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ... 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanking Him for salvation, the hope of a finished work and for being able to have the confidence that all things work together for good when you love God, by obeying His commandments..

(Some of this was copied from an app called daily bible devotion. I changed it after the "and" before remember).

Matthew 10:32

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 

Show Proper Respect

1 Peter 2:17
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

So don't dishonor President Obama. Even when he does make bad choices and has led this country wrong. Two wrongs don't make a right. Don't make any excuse to try and justify it either. If you're being convicted then repent..

Forsake and confess sin and you will receive mercy. Those who try and conceal their sins will not prosper. Proverbs 28:13

So "forsake" the dishonoring of President Obama and confess it to God if you are guilty.

Forsake evil and do good. Seek peace and "work" to maintain it. Psalm 34:14 Peace between God and man. Peace between God and you. Forsake and confess sin and then maintain that peace with God by not doing it again..

James 5:19-20

James 5:19-20

19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Has anyone ever thought that these multitude of sins that would be covered would be for the person that brought them back?.. I used to..

Turns out it's not and the multitude of sins that would be covered would be to the person who came back..

The River of God

So what do rivers do? They cleanse....

Here's one analogy of how this river works.

Some people take off their clothes before going into the water. How a person enters into this river is like that. The person must take off their old garment, which was in sin, and go as you are. So that you can be cleansed and sanctified. Sanctified meaning set apart from the world...

The clothes that are to be taken off are located in Colossians 3:1-11...

May 21, 2014

Different Kinds of Repentance

There are two different types of repentance. There is a version that Judas had and it was being sorry that he took money to betray Jesus. This type of sorry isn't the true repentance that can lead to salvation. Notice that he didn't turn to Jesus but ran away...

Matthew 27:1-5

27 Very early in the morning the leading priests and the elders of the people met again to lay plans for putting Jesus to death. 2 Then they bound him, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.

3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.”

“What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.”

5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.

Notice that Judas didn't go to Jesus in repentance. He went and hanged himself.

So yes being sorry is important but it is more than that. It's going to Jesus. Believing in your heart that Jesus is God's Son and died on the cross for your sins! It's not just saying sorry but it's a going to Jesus to make Him the Lord and Savior of your life and heart. Repenting from your sin meaning going the opposite. Seeking Christ...

The Laws of Sin and Death

So what this post is going to be about is the laws of sin and death. Here is the scripture to get this started...

Colossians 2:14

14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

There isn't a lot of talk at the pulpit with regard to these laws. Some people mix Colossians 2:14 into something that it doesn't say. Some people say that some of Old Testament commandments have been nailed to the cross. But how can the laws that are "holy, righteous, and good" be nailed to the cross? Romans 7:12. All of God's commandments can't be nailed to the cross because it's still bad to lie, it's still bad to steal, murder, and covet. God's commandments are for our best if we were to obey them. Certainly what came from God's own heart, for our best interest, hasn't been nailed to the cross and them alone don't stand against anyone condemning them. So what are the laws that stand condemning an unbeliever?...

The Soul of the Lost and Saved

The soul of the lost and saved is going to be talking about what happens with a person who is unsaved and doesn't have the spirit of God dwelling in them to guide them and give advice. Not only that but also going to mention what influences their choices. If you are saved then don't be discouraged because it talks more about being a saved person than a lost person. So click read more and discover some hidden truth...

May 18, 2014

Coming Back To God

"I need to get my life back on track with God. I know I've been in a mess..."

The Bible says if you confess your sins that He is faithful and just to forgive them and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

The power is found in the blood of Jesus at the cross. Jesus Christ was..pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

A person's peace can be found in Him. The peace that a person's soul longs for without knowing it comes through Jesus Christ. When you have peace between God and your heart, without guilt and shame getting in the way, your soul can begin to enjoy His presence. His mercy, His unfailing love, and His grace..