Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"No man can believe the gospel in and of himself; the power of the Spirit alone can lead anyone to belief; without it we are spiritually dead and lost and ruined, and under the wrath of God." Martyn Lloyd-Jones
If God has called you to be a missionary, your Father would be grieved for you to shrivel down into a king -Spurgeon "today preach Christ!"

Monday, August 30, 2010

The gate of Heaven, though it is so wide that the greatest sinner may enter, but it so low that pride can never pass through it.- Spurgeon
I would not give much for your religion unless it can be seen. Lamps do not talk, but they do shine! - Spurgeon

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Confessions of a junky cell phone user...

I owned a junky cell phone. Yes, I admit it. Every time I charged the phone, no matter how long I charged it, it would die within 15 minutes. I was so frustrated! No matter the weather, the time or the place, 15 minutes was my limit! Can you believe this? Talk about a junky cell phone! The battery couldn't stay charged because it was weak, just like us. The Bible tells us that we are all weak. We have mortal bodies and one day we will all die just like this cheapo cell phone did. What happens after we die? The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27 that each person will die, and then we are judged on our lives. (Heb 9:27 Indeed, just as people are appointed to die once and after that to be judged.)

Most people dont think about dying. Statistics show that 10 out of 10 people die. How and when? Well that varies, but it does happen. When your battery dies what will happen next? I'm glad you asked many people believe that nothing happens. Think about this, every year there are about 500,000 murders. Out of those murders about 250,000 are solved. Wow, CSI is working over time! If 250,000 people get away with murder how fair is that? They DONT! The Bible tells us that God sees everything (Psalms 53:1). The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none that doeth good.

Imagine one day that everything you ever said, you ever did or even thought would be judged! (Revelations 20:15 And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.) Just like the 15 minute limit on my junky cell phone our heart beats have a limit, the wild thing is, we dont know when its gonna be all over. It could be 20 minutes or 20 years from now. No matter when we die, the fact is we will all end up dead. I eventually got a new cell phone and
got to start all over with putting in all my contacts...but that's not what happens in life and death. No reincarnation! Most people believe in the golden rule and are generally good. Most believe being good will get them to heaven. Sadly, that isnt what Jesus said. (Matt 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. ) Now you might be thinking what is Gods will? A lot of times it depends on who you ask, but what does the Bible say? Keep his commandments! Exodus 20 1-14 tell us what his commandments are.

Take a moment to see if youve followed Gods commands.

1. Have no other Gods before me.
(This means you dont worship anything other than THE God of the Bible.)

2. Have no idols or created images.
(No we arent talking about American Idol, Idols are things we worship. Cars, people, TVs movies, video games, cell phones, etc.. you might be thinking how could I worship these things? If you think, "I can't live without ________" that is an idol!!!)

3. Dont take Gods name in vain
(Wow, lately saying Gods name as a cuss word is the newest fad, whether it shows up in the newest songs or plastered throughout our tv shows and movies, its almost cool to say G*D D*MN or Jesus Christ, as a cuss word. Gods name is Holy, and we shouldnt use it as a curse word!)

4. Honor the sabbath and keep it Holy
(God has set aside a day of rest and worship. When we dont rest we are out of Gods will. We are also called to worship God on this day. Do you attend church? Or sleep in?)

5. Honor and respect your parents
(Wow, how many times have we blown this one?)

6. Dont Kill
(Many will say, "that's easy, I haven't killed anyone", but Jesus tells us in Matt 5 that if we hate someone in our heart is the same as killing them. Are we still innocent of this one?)

7. Dont commit adultery
(You might be thinking I havent done this! Then again Jesus tells us in Luke 11 that if you even look on a woman or man and lust in your heart youve committed adultery!!!)

8. Dont steal
(Stealing can mean stealing answers on a test, downloading illegal music on the internet or even not being honest on our time cards for work!)

9. Dont lie
(Anything that bends the truth is a lie. Even little white lies are still lies.)

10. Dont covet
(Ever seen anything you wanted so bad youd do anything to get it? This includes the newest cell phone, the hottest video game, that name brand shirt, that vintage sports car, or that new house!)

These are Gods perfect laws and they are just like his character...perfect. We can never be "good enough" and keep these laws. So what are we supposed to do? If we can't follow these laws and get to heaven, what can we do? We can do nothing without Jesus. He lived a perfect sinless life, and died for all the laws we would be breaking in our lifetime. (For the cost of sin is death. Romans 6:23) Now we must acknowledge our sins, trust in Jesus as our savior, and have faith that God has saved us from our sins. That means we are to hate our sins and hold on tight to Jesus, our only hope to get to Heaven. Begin a daily life of a disciple and study Golds Word and Pray...yes, I said daily! (See how David acknowledged his sins against God in Psalms 51, a great model of how to repent of sins!)

The moment you have a new relationship with God is the moment you get a new relation ship with sin. You begin to grow closer to God and further away with your old lifestyle (2 Corth. 1:15) You're a new person now. Just like I got to start over with my new cell phone, you get to start over with God! Study his words, lay down your selfish ways daily (Romans 12:1-2) and become more like him! Something that will help you is to get into a Bible teaching, Bible believing church. Get involved in major Bible Study, clean up your life asking God to help you! REMEMBER to recharge your battery in Gods word and be sure you have a strong signal so you can communicate with God daily. Some of us don't know what we would do if we had to go one day without our cell phones...we should be the same way about our relationship with God. Have you talked to him today? The cool thing is, you NEVER get God's voice mail when you pray! Hes always there to hear us!

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