Monday, December 22, 2014

TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY

 LET EVERYTHING BE DONE FOR GOD'S GLORY
*   "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shews His handiwork" (Ps. 19:1).
*   "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter" (Pro. 25:2).
*   "When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby" (Jn. 11:4).
*   "Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou would believe, thou should see the glory of God" (Jn. 11:40).
*   "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God" (Acts 7:55).
*   "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).
*   "By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Rom. 5:2).
*   "Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God" (Rom. 15:7).
*   "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor. 10:31).
*   "For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man" (1 Cor. 11:7).
*   "For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us" (2 Cor. 1:20).
*   "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).
*   "For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God" (2 Cor. 4:15).
*   "And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:11).
*   "And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled" (Rev. 15:8).
*   "Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal" (Rev. 21:11).
*   "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof" (Rev. 21:23).

AMEN!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TRUE BELIEVERS LOVE - RACISTS ARE OF THE DEVIL!

WE ALL HAVE ONE MOTHER

"And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living" (Gen. 3:20).


WE ALL HAVE ONE FAMILY

"And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee . . . and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth" (Gen. 8:15-17).

 
WE ALL ARE OF ONE RACE - THE HUMAN RACE

"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth . . ." (Acts 17:24-26).


Racism and prejudice are evidence of hatred and a false sense of superiority.

Racism and prejudice are the opposite of the character of a born again believer.

Racism and prejudice expose those who are Christian in name only.

Born again believers love both God and mankind:

"Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes" (1 Jn. 2:8-11).

"We love Him, because He first loved us.  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also" (1 Jn. 4:19-21)!



Saturday, December 20, 2014

THEY KNEW WHOSE SON HE IS

Matthew 1:18-25 - The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.

[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.  [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.  [20] But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  [21] And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.
[22] Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,  [23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
[24] Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:  [25] And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called His name JESUS.

Luke 1:26-38 - Gabriel was sent to Mary.

[26] And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  [27] To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  [28] And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  [29] And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  [30] And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.  [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name JESUS.  [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:  [33] And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
[34] Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  [35] And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  [36] And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.  [37] For with God nothing shall be impossible.
[38] And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

 
The real question is:  Do you know whose Son He is?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HE BECAME SIN THAT WE MIGHT BECOME RIGHTEOUS

"Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith" (Hab. 2:4).

"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith" (Rom. 1:17).

"But that no man is justified by the Law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith" (Gal. 3:11).

"And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" (Phil. 3:9).

"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul" (Heb. 10:38-39).

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith" (Heb. 11:6-7).

"For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Rom. 4:3-5).

"Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham" (Gal. 3:6-9).

"And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God" (Jam. 2:23).


The Father made the sinless Jesus to be sin for us, 
so that we might be made the righteousness of God by faith in Him!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

PLEASING GOD

There is one thing born again believers and the religious have in common:  both desire to please God.  The main difference between the two, is their motive for wanting to please Him.  Born again believers want to please Him because we know that He loves us (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Jn. 3:2; 4:7, 19; etc.)!  The religious want to please Him out of fear.  Notice the focus:  born again believers see God as our loving Father, while the religious see Him as a harsh, demanding Judge.

So, regardless of the group to which you belong, it is important to know what the Bible says pleases Him.  Here are just twelve of the things that have or will please God:

*   God was pleased with Enoch (Heb. 11:5).

*   God is pleased when He blesses Israel (Num. 24:1).

*   God is pleased that He chose Israel to be His people (1 Sam. 12:22).

*   God was pleased with Solomon's humble prayer (1 Kg. 3:10).

*   God was pleased with David's humility (Ps. 51:1-19).

*   God is pleased when we respect His Law (Isa. 42:21).

*   God is pleased with Jesus (Mt. 3:17; 12:18; 17:5; Col. 1:19; 2 Pet. 1:17; etc.).

*   God was pleased with Christ's obedience (Isa. 53:10).

*   God was pleased to call the Apostle Paul (Gal. 1:15-16).

*   God is pleased with the salvation offered in the Gospel (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:21).

*   God is pleased when we are obedient, merciful, and humble (Mic. 6:7-8).

*   God is pleased with our praise, our good works, and our fellowship with one another (Heb. 13:15-16). 

 
I know you want to please God, but the important question is:  WHY?  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?

We read in Revelation 12:4 that the "dragon" (Satan - Rev. 12:9) causes one third of the heavenly host, the angels, to rebel against God and war against God's angels (Rev. 12:7).  Is it possible that the entire host of heaven were originally divided into three groups?  Is it possible that each group was led by one of the three named angels of heaven (Gabriel, Michael, and Satan)? 

*   Gabriel  means "man of God."  He appears to be one who carries messages.  He is an Archangel who appeared to Daniel as a man and gave him the meaning of a vision.  In the New Testament he appeared to Zechariah who was serving in the temple in order to announce the birth of John the Baptist.  Six months later he appeared to Mary--informing her that she would be the mother of Jesus.
  • Daniel 8:16 - "And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision."
  • Daniel 9:21 - "while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering."
  • Luke 1:19 - "The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news."
  • Luke 1:26 - "Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth."
*   Michael means "who is like God."  He appears to be the one who does battle.  Michael battles against Satan and his angels.
  • Daniel 10:13 - "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia."
  • Daniel 12:1 - "Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued."
  • Jude 1:9 - "But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!"
  • Revelation 12:7-8 - "And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven."
*   Satan is the adversary of God and mankind.  He is the leader of the fallen angels, the devil who rebelled against God.  He's mentioned many times in the New Testament.
  • Matt 4:10 - "Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'"
  • Mark 1:13 - "And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him."
  • Luke 22:3 - "And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve."
  • Rom. 16:20 - "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."
  • 2 Cor. 11:14 - "No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light."
  • Rev. 12:9 - "And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him."
When Jesus judges you, will you hear:  "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Mt. 25:34)!  Or will you hear:  "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt. 25:41)!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

JOHN'S FOCUS ON THE ETERNAL

"That whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus - Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Rom. 3:26) should not perish, but have eternal life" (Jn.3:15).

"And he that reapeth receiveth wages (rewards - 1 Cor. 3:8-15), and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both He that soweth (Jesus - Mt. 13:37) and he that reapeth (His disciples - us - Mt. 9:38-10:5) may rejoice together" (Jn. 4:36).

"Search the Scriptures (Lk. 24:25-27); for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me" (Jn. 5:39).

"Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life (The Lord's Supper - 1 Cor. 11:23-26); and I will raise him up at the last day" (Jn. 6:54).

"Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go?  Thou hast the words (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-4) of eternal life" (Jn. 6:68).

"And I (Jesus - Jn. 10:27) give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish (Rom. 8:35-39), neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand" (Jn. 10:28).

"He that loveth his life shall lose it (Jn. 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:36; Gal. 2:20); and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal" (Jn. 12:25).

"As Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent" (Jn. 17:2-3).


And who is the One sent from Almighty God?
It is Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God!
"You believe in God; believe also in Me" (Jn. 14:1)!