Through Him, we are given everything we need to live a life for Him and His praise. He died so that we could live with Him forever if we just believe that He is God and the Saviour for all. Let us give thanks to Him this day, for He has died and now risen!
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There are times in life where this question comes up, and for me it seems like it has been coming up more frequently than ever before. A big reason might be the fact that I don’t really have a straight forward view on what Career I would like or in what field of work I would like to be in. Where do you start? Other things are coming at me like a race car driver on the Daytona track, making me flinch and not allowing me to take a step forward, only sideways or backwards. I could go into details, but don’t want to in this fashion, so I will talk more about what I stumbled upon that caught my eye instead of what keeps flying over my head. On Desiring God‘s Blog, I found one entitled Can You Bear Uncertainty? My interest peaked, I wanted to see what this blog had to offer.
We all go through uncertainty at times and for all different kinds of reasons, but knowing God is in control of everything should put us in a state of calmness. I need and want to get to that point, I just need God’s help in doing that because I sure can’t do it on my own.
This continues the Heaven talk with the actual video of when Osteen and Larry King talk. This quote is from the guy that put this video up on youtube. I don’t really like the tone that he uses in these first few sentences or even some of the words that he uses, but there is a way that we can be sure that someone is not going to heaven and that is because they don’t have Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and pronounce Him to be that for them to anyone that they meet. So I do agree with him on some parts, the main and basic ones!
ATTENTION NON-JUDGMENTALISTS! PLEASE READ THIS:
For Osteen not to say that the unbeliever is on his/her way to burn in hell for eternity, when the vast majority of Larry King’s viewers are unsaved, atheists, heathens, etc., is one of the most egregious sins a so called ‘man of God’ can commit.
For those that don’t have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and are not living for Him, but living for themselves, they will be sent to Hell for all eternity, alone and lonely. Jesus will be the final Judge and we are suppose to love and continue to share to good news with everyone, but some will not hear and will not be with Him forever if they try and go “their own way.” And in those kinds of situations, you can sometimes tell from the actions where someone’s heart is at and who is in control.
To say that Jesus told us not to judge another person’s heart is an out right lie. Jesus said that “every tree is known by his own fruit.” Luke 6:44; “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Mat. 12:34. Jesus told us to “judge righteous judgment.” John 7:24. “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” 1 Tim. 5:20.
If you look at the Context of John 7:24, Jesus is talking about work on the Sabbath and how the Jews are following rules that will hopefully make God happy with them, while Jesus healed a sick man on the Sabbath because of the work that God was doing. Jesus did that miracle on the Sabbath because it was glorifying to God and as Jesus said in verse 17 of Chapter 5 “My Father is working until know, and I am working.” So for us to use this and seeking our own righteous judgment, we can look to see if the actions of others are not just about appearances, but that they are focused towards the glory of God.
Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:” Rev. 3:19. John said, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God,” 1 John 3:2. (read the whole verse, this is just a part)
In Revelation 3:19 and the whole context of 3:14-21, is a letter to the Church in Laodicea stating that they were lukewarm and in need of some reproof and discipline for what they were not doing for God. They had money and everything else and decided that they didn’t need anything else, as Jesus “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Rev.3:17 Pretty harsh statement to make, but with the condition of all of us, it is good to hear and understand.
Paul said, “But if ye be without chastisement… then are ye bastards, and not sons.” Heb. 12:8.
Hebrews 12:8, in the ESV Bible, says this “If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” (I am not sure where he got that translation.) This verse as well as the context or verses 3-17, talks about how God disciplines us, not becuase He hates us or likes to see us hurting and weak, but to bring us back to Himself where we can find all the strength we need to live on and fight for Him. Please read all of Hebrews 12, but especially verses 3-17 becuase it explans so well the things that we will go through and why they come to be in the first place.
Jesus said to “repent.” Rev. 3:19 This is not ‘condemning’ a person (Heb. 4:12).
Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Bible doesn’t condemn a person, it shows the way to eternal life! It doesn’t condemn a person, it help in their growth towards the Creator! It doesn’t condemn a person, it brings new life to those that believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the only way to get to heaven. If people, those that don’t believe in Jesus and Him being the only way, try and go their own way or do their own thing, then they have condemned themselves and no body else is to blame.
When Jesus said, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matt. 23:33;
The whole chapter of Matthew 23 talks about the Scribes and Pharisees, and how they were not allowing people into the kingdom because of the wrong things that they were saying. “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practive and observe whatever they tell you–but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.” Matthew 23:2-3 Jesus called the Hypocrites because they said one thing and did something totally different. It was not a way of showing others how to live for God, instead they were showing others how to live for themselves, that is why Jesus called them what He called them.
And when Paul said, “thou child of the devil,” Acts 13:10;
Paul,who in that time was still named Saul in Acts 13:4-12, meets a magician, a Jewish false prophet that was lying and pushing people away from God with the incorrect things he was saying. This magician was trying to turn another man that Saul and Barnabas came to talk to away from the faith. This man was very intelligent and probably in a high position, so that if he did believe, which it says in verse 12, he could be able to spread the gospel further.
And when John said, “all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire” Rev. 21:8;
John, in Revelations 21:1-8, saw a vision of the New Heaven and the New Earth, the time when Jesus would return to place judgment on all. As you read that passage, you see that those who are believes will rejoice when Jesus comes back, because He will make everything new, but for those that don’t believe, the end is a dreaded place. “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexual immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, there portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Rev. 21:8 For those that are Christians and are a little freaked out about this, don’t worry; if you have repented of your sins and continued to live your life for Christ, He will and did take all of our sins on the Cross and has forgiven us of everyone that we committed and repented of. Really He has forgive us, children of God, of all our sins, because He loves us so much and wants us to be close to Him so we can be able to glorify Him more and more.
they were not condemning anyone! They were warning us!
I saw a title exactly like this for a book, at a Christian book store. (How to bring them to Christ, R. A. Torrey) It sort of puzzled me because there was already a book out on the market that has told everything that you could think about to bring people to Christ, and that is the Bible. No another thing that puzzled me was thinking that we, ourselves, could be able to bring people to Christ and what we can learn to help in bring more people to Christ.
I would hope that everyone would know that they can’t bring people to Christ in their own strength, in their own way of doing things, or even in their own timing. But sometimes I even fall into one of those categories and start thinking of how I can do this, or I can do that well. In 1 Corinthians 3:4-9 it says “4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”
Paul explains to everyone that what Apollos and himself did was exactly what God wanted and used those things to help bring some one to Himself. Paul planted, sharing the gospel and Christ crucified, which was necessary in getting someone to the point of accepting Christ, but he didn’t change their hearts to accept Christ, only God did. Apollos watered, shared more knowledge from the word of God, which was necessary to help someone learn more things about who Christ was, but he didn’t change their hearts to accept Christ either, only God did. Paul pretty much told everyone that he did a little, and Apollos came along and did a little bit more, but God was the only one that brought anyone to Christ.
Lets remember that we do play a part in someone coming to Christ, because God uses us for His glory and He is the only one that can be able to change some one’s heart to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.
I found this artist from one of my good friends, Dan, who worked with me on STINT to South Africa until he became sick and had to go back to the states to get the treatment that would help him get better. He is now in the States, but it will take probably a year for him to get healed. Please pray that he would cling to God during this time and know that God does have a plan right now for His life. And pray that he would be healed in a much quicker time than what is thought right now.
This poem is written and sung by Jonah Werner.
Unbenonced to you and me, beyond the place of terany, there lies a love that holds us, in sure and constant watch. I pass a place of future crashing and far beyond the tongs and lashing, there lies a blaze that’s burning, never to be drenched. When people live and love beyond themselves, hearts betray this bitter world, there’s bound to be a breaking. But I can’t sweat for better yet when all I have is manifest in who I am, who I was and what I’m not mistaking. That this is freedom, living and loving hard, when guaranties are lude and shard and I can’t rest on human souls, cause they are impractical and brusing. There’s got to be more, there’s got to be Something deeper out there and I hope that you look and you find. Because the people are being restored where vines and branches sever more and never have it been so crazy. Kick the doors to free me to say that I am alive and I’m thriving still, I’ve lost my feet but I won’t lose my will. You can hurt but you can not kill, the raging fires, of a man who’s been caught by Human lies time after time. Who’s been soaked and choked and rung by compromise, who was once dead but is now ALIVE.
What a wonderful Saviour that we have in Jesus Christ. Let us worship Him today as we thank him for that things that we have been given, the chance to get to spend eternity with Him in heaven, if we are truely followers of Christ.
I do admit that sometimes I don’t remind myself of Jesus’ death on the cross and what he went through on my behalf, so that I could be able to be up in heaven with God after I die. I do stupid things for my self that I don’t need to do at all because of the love that Jesus has for me, but I do it anyways, just going along with my sinful nature. It was so good a couple of days ago, while reading through Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening book, to have my eyes opened to such a beautiful way of putting what Christ did up on that piece of wood.
‘The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself’ Daniel 9:26
“Blessed be His name, there was no cause of death in Him. Neither original nor actual sin had defiled Him, and therefore death had no claim upon Him. No man could have taken His life from Him justly, for He had done no man wrong, and no man could even have slayed Him by force unless He had been pleased to yield Himself to die. But lo, one sins and another suffers. Justice was offended by us, but found its satisfaction in Him. Rivers of tears, mountains of offering, seas of the blood of bullocks, and hills of frankincense, could not have availed for the removal of sin; but Jesus was cut off for us, and the cause of wrath was cut off at once, for sin was put away for ever. Herein is wisdom, whereby substitution, the sure and speedy way of atonement, was devised! Herein is condescension, which brought Messiah, the Prince, to wear a crown of thorns, and die upon the cross! Herein is love, which lead the Redeemer to lay down His life for His enemies!
It is not enough, however, to admire the spectacle of the innocent bleeding for the guilty, we must make sure of our interest therein. The special object of the Messiah’s death was the salvation of His church; have we a part and a lot among those for whom He gave His life a ransom? Did the Lord Jesus stand as our representative? Are we healed by His stripes? It will be a terrible thing indeed if we should come short of a portion in His sacrifice; it were better for us that we had never been born, Solemn as the question is, it is a joyful circumstance that it is one which may be answered clearly and with out mistake. To all who believe on Him the Lord Jesus is a present Saviour, and upon them all the blood of reconciliation has been sprinkled. Let all who trust in the merit of Messiah’s death be joyful at every remembrance of Him, and let their holy gratitude lead them to the fullest consecration to His cause. (January 16, Evening 41, Spurgeon)
I’ve taken what I have gotten for granted so many times and it is so nice to be able to come back to the saving grace that is with Christ Jesus and kneel before the throne, asking for forgiveness and the love that only comes from Him.