3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
What is the true meaning of the beatitudes? This is the topic or focus of this message today. Jesus began his sermon with the words that seem to contradict each other. But God’s way of living usually contradicts the world’s. If you want to live for God you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse. By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you. What does this mean to us today? We live in a world with so much temptation that sometimes it may be hard to know God’s way and not our way. It is easy to get caught up with your friends when you are at a social gathering and it is so easy to lose ourselves in the moment. For example, let say you are out with your friends at a restaurant and you find some money in the sum of $100.00. What the world says that if no one claims the money it is yours to keep? But you know it really isn’t your money so what should you do? Best case scenario would be to turn that $100.00 to the manager of the restaurant. I use this example because everyone including me would be tempted to keep that money.
There are at least four ways to understand the Beatitudes; 1) They are a code of ethics (meaning moral principles) for the disciples and a standard conduct for all believers, 2) They contrast or compare kingdom values (what is eternal) with worldly values (what is temporary), 3) They contrast or compare the superficial or fake which was the faith of the Pharisees with the with the real faith Christ wants, 4) They show how the old Testament expectations will be fulfilled in the new kingdom. These beatitudes like the Ten Commandments are not multiple choice, pick what you like and leave the rest. They must be taken as a whole. They describe what we should be like as Christ’s followers. Again Christians have a guide to conduct in which to follow do we follow it or not.
Each beatitude tells how to be blessed “Blessed” means more that happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God’s kingdom. The beatitudes don’t promise laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. To Jesus: “blessed” means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, we have to follow Jesus not matter what the cost.
When Jesus announcement that the kingdom was near in Matthew 4:17 people were naturally asking “How do I qualify to be in God’s kingdom?” Jesus said that God’s kingdom is organized differently for worldly kingdoms. In the kingdom of heaven, wealth, power, and authority are unimportant. Kingdoms people seek different blessings, benefits, and they have different attitudes. Are your attitudes a carbon copy of the world’s selfless, pride and lust for power, or are do they reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus your Savior?
Jesus said to rejoice when we’re persecuted. Persecuted can be good because 1) it takes our eyes off of earthly rewards, 2) it strips away superficial beliefs, 3) it strengthens the faith of those who endure, and 4) our attitudes through it serves as an example to others who follow. We can be comforted to know that God’s greatest prophets were persecuted (Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel). The fact that we are being persecuted proves that we have been faithful; faithless people would be unnoticed in the future. God will reward the faithful be receiving them into his eternal kingdom where there is no more persecution.
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, doesn’t mean you have no faith but our faith can sometimes be poor in the world and our God knows this and bless us anyway.
Blessed are Those Who mourns, means that we are never another in our mourning because God is with us.
Blessed are the Meek, means the meek will inherit the earth refers to God’s promise of the land of Canaan but today our inheritance will be placed with sin.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness means we Christian that are constantly in the word of God will be fulfilled with all that God has to promise for us.
Blessed are the merciful means if you are merciful to others God will be merciful to you.
Blessed are the pure in heart means those seeking God will find God or the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the Peacemakers means you are to be like Christ and forgive people no matter what they did to you or your loved ones or friends.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, means if you are willing to suffer in defense of Christ you will receive your eternal reward, the kingdom of heaven?
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, regardless whether you are a Christian or not people are going to revile and persecute you. Why not obtain the Kingdom of heaven when people revile or persecute you because when you a Christian that is what God has promised you! You must submit to God’s understandings and not your own in order to receive what God has promised to us.I submitted a gospel video that is appropriate for everyone who may want to receive what God has promised all of us. Always remember to Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I.
Many people are confused as to what the Holy Spirit is? Clearly stated the Holy Spirit by definition is the spirit of God and the presence of God as part of a person’s religious experience or the Holy Ghost meaning the third person of the Christian Trinity. From this definition, we know that the Holy Spirit is a noun meaning it is a person or a thing. Well, I am here to inform you that the Holy Spirit is a person or thing of being. In this article, we will explore who is this Holt Spirit and why the Holy Spirit is so important in the Christian’s life?
What does the bible say about the Holy Spirit? In Matthew 1:18-20 … 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother, Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Spirit… There were three steps in a Jewish marriage. First, the two families agreed to the union. Second, a public announcement was made. At this point, the couple was ‘betrothed’. This was similar to engagement today, except that their relationship could be broken only by death or divorce (even though sexual relations were not permitted). Third, the couple was married and began living together. Because Mary and Joseph were engaged, Mary’s apparent unfaithfulness carried a severe social stigma. Joseph by law had a right to divorce Mary and the Jewish authorities could have Mary stoned to death. Joseph was faced with a difficult choice after discovering that Mary was pregnant. Although, Joseph knew that taking Mary as his wife could be humiliating, Joseph obeyed the angel’s command to marry Mary.
Another example of what the bible states about the Holy Spirit in Matthew 12:31-32… 31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven, men.32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come … The Pharisees had blasphemed against the Holy Spirit by attributing the power by which Jesus Christ did miracles to Satan instead of the Holy Spirit. The unforgivable sin is the deliberate refusal to acknowledge God’s power in Christ. It indicates a deliberate and irreversible hardness of heart. Sometimes believers worry that they have committed this unforgivable sin. But only those who have turned their backs on God and rejected all faith have needed to worry. Jesus said they can’t be forgiven not because there is worse than any other, but because they will never ask for forgiveness. Whoever rejects the prompting of the Holt Spirit removes him or herself from the only force that can lead him or her to repentance and restoration to God.
Still another example of what the bible states about the Holy Spirit is found in Matthew 28:16-20… 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen… When someone is dying and leaving us his or her last words are very important. Jesus left the disciples with these last words of instruction: they were under Jesus authority, they were to make more disciples, they were to baptize and teach these new disciples to obey Christ. Jesus words affirm the reality of the Trinity. Some people accuse the theologians of making up the concept of the Trinity and reading it into the scripture, as we see here, the concept comes directly from Jesus. He did not say baptize them into the names, but into the name, of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. The word Trinity does not occur in the scripture, but it well describes his three-in-one nature of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can manifest itself in many ways one the Holy Spirit manifest itself is found in Luke 3:21-22… 21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You, I am well pleased.”… The Holy Spirit’s appearance in the form of a dove showed that God’s plan for salvation was centered in Jesus. Jesus was the perfect human who didn’t need baptism for repentance, but he was baptized anyway on our behalf. The scripture of the passage is one of the several places where all the members of the Holy Trinity are mentioned – Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, in the traditional words of the church, the one God exist in three persons, but one substance coeternal and coequal. No amount of explanation can adequately portray the power and intricacy of this unique relationship. There are no perfect analogies in nature because there is no other relationship like the Trinity.
The Holy Spirit can also manifest itself to help spread the word of God in Luke 12:11-12 Jesus tells his disciples … 11 “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”…The disciples knew they could never dominate a religious dispute with the well-educated Jewish leaders. Nevertheless, they would not be left unprepared. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would supply the needed words. The disciple’s testimony might not make them look impressive, but it would still point out God’s works in the world through Jesus life. We need to pray for opportunities to speak for God, and then trust Him to help us with our words. This promise of the Spirit’s help, however, does not compensate for the lack of preparation. Remember that Jesus Christ’s disciples had three years of teaching and application. We too must study God’s word. Then God will bring his truths to mind when we most need them, helping us present them in the most effective way.
My last example of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is that of a teacher in John 14:22-26 Jesus tells how Jesus will manifest Himself to man … 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you… Jesus disciples were still expecting Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom and overthrow Rome. They found it hard to understand why he did not tell the world at large that He was the Messiah. Not everyone, however, could understand Jesus message. Ever since Pentecost, the gospel of the kingdom has been proclaimed to the whole world, and yet not everyone is not receptive to it. Jesus saves his deepest revelations of himself for those who love and obey Him. Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would teach and help them remember what He had been teaching them. This promise ensures the validity of the New Testament. The disciples were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life and teachings, and the Holy Spirit helped them remember without taking away their individual perspectives. We can be confident that the gospels are accurate records of what Jesus taught and did. The Holy Spirit can help us in the same way. As we study the word of God, we can trust Him to plant truth in our mind, convince us of God’s will and remind us when to stray from it.
Back to the question ‘What is the Holy Spirit?’ The Holy Spirit is the personhood of God within us once you commit your life to Jesus Christ. The examples above I have given you states that the Holy Spirit can manifest itself in many ways to guide us through life’s difficulties and trials. Through the gift our salvation in believing that Christ died for the remission of your sins you have the added bonus of the Holy Spirit to comfort, evangelized, teach and protect and or restore from our sinful nature as well as a sinful world.
What do you think? I have summited with this article a gospel video that speaks to the joy of Jesus and his holy spirit in our lives. Enjoy this video and remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”
You have committed your life and probably join a church. This article will be an introduction course of the life and times of Jesus Christ our Savior. In this article, we will explore the foretelling of Jesus Christ. We will explore the birth of Christ and his childhood. The baptism of Jesus Christ and his period of temptation from Satan. We will explore the ministry of Christ. We will explore the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection. This article will give a scriptural base knowledge of Jesus Christ and give a basic breakdown of the four books of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The foretelling of Jesus Christ starts in the Old Testament of the word of God. In Isaiah 7:13-16…13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[b] 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings… the setting that is taken from this scripture above occurred in 734 B.C. (before Christ) Ahaz king of Judah in Jerusalem was to be overtaken by an alliance of northern Israel and Syria. King Ahaz was worried but Isaiah was sent by God to informed King Ahaz not to worry because there will be a sign from God which was the sign of Immanuel as a sign of deliverance. Judah didn’t fall and the alliance forces and Syria were defeated a few years later in 732 B.C. Later from the destruction of Assyria, there was the government of the promised Son, Jesus Christ, in Isaiah 9: 2 and 9:6…The people who walked in darknessHave seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,Upon them a light has shined and… For unto us, a Child is born, Unto us, a Son is given, And the government will be upon His shoulder.And His name will be calledWonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace… in a time of darkness God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone in the shadow of death. This Counselor and Mighty God was the hope of the eternal kingdom by the fulfilled birth of Christ. Christ is foretold that he will deliver all people from their slavery to sin. Why is the virgin birth important to the Christian faith? Jesus Christ, God of Son, had to be free from the sinful nature passed on to all other humans beings by Adam. Because Jesus was born of a woman, he was a human, but as the Son of God. Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.
The birth of Jesus Christ is stated in Matthew 1:18-25… 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother, Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.[d] And he called His name Jesus. Why is the virgin birth important to the Christian faith? Jesus Christ, God of Son, had to be free from the sinful nature passed on to all other humans beings by Adam. Because Jesus was born of a woman, he was a human, but as the Son of God. Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.
Jesus Christ at the age of 12 speaks with the religious teacher in the temple as stated in Luke 2:41-50…41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother[a] did not know it;44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them… at the age of 12, Jesus in the Jewish traditions was considered an adult, and so he didn’t spend a lot of time with his parents during the feast. It was customary for the women and children to travel in the caravan, with the men bringing up the rear to protect them from robbers. A 12-year-old boy conceivably could have been in either group. Jesus stayed behind absorbed in his discussion with the religious leaders. Jesus’s parents were fanatically looking for the boy Jesus. Mary, Jesus’s mother was looking for a boy, not a young man who was in the temple astounding the religious leaders with his questions. When Jesus told his parents he was about His father business was the first mention of His awareness that he was God’s Son.
The baptism of Jesus and his temptations from Satan is found in Matthew 3:13-17…13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[c] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”… Why did Jesus ask to be baptized? It wasn’t for the repentance for sin because Jesus never sinned. Jesus asked to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness which means to accomplish God’s mission. Jesus was baptized for several other reasons (1) he was confessing sin on behalf of the nation, as Nehemiah, Ezra, Moses and Daniel had done, (2) he was showing support for John the Baptism was doing, (3) he was inaugurating his public ministry, (4) he was identifying with the penitent (a sorrow or regretful people) of God, not with the critical Pharisees who were only watching. Jesus, the perfect man, didn’t need baptism in obedient service to the Father and God showed his approval.
The temptation of Jesus by Satan is found in Matthew 4:11… Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”[a]5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘Intheirhands, they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[b] 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”[c] 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him…
From this scripture, we know that Jesus is tested to show that He is the Son Of God. Jesus was tempted by Satan three times in this scripture. First, Satan knew Jesus had been fasting over 40 days and was hungry so he chose to tempt his natural need for food. However, Jesus rebuked Satan’s temptation. But what about us do we ourselves have natural desires for food, sex, as well as other desires. When having sex before marriage, or steal to get food we are satisfying our God-given desires the wrong way. Remember, many of your desires are normal and good, but God wants you to satisfy them in the right way and at the right time. The best way to resist Satan’s temptations toward us is the word of God, your bible. The second attempt of Satan’s temptation was a misrepresentation of God using the word of God. And again Jesus rebuked his temptation. The lesson we all can learn from this is to be careful of false prophets in own lives. Suppose someone is trying to convince you that God is not real in some part or situation in your life. They may even present a scripture in their testimony but unless you know the word of God you will be fooled. The best way to know if this is a false representation of God is to understand this basic principle GOD IS LOVE AND HE LOVES US IF THIS SITUATION OR THING WILL HARM YOU IT IS NOT FROM GOD!!! Also never get into an argument over God’s word because you can’t know or prove everything God is. Let your faith in God be your proof even if you can’t answer the question they want you to answer. The third time Satan tempts Jesus is when he presents the world possessions and glory to tempt Jesus to deny God and worship Satan. Of course, Jesus rebuked Satan’s temptations again. We also can easily be tempted by Satan with the world possessions and fame-worshipping them instead of God. ALWAYS REMEMBER ANYTHING YOU PLACE OR LOVE MORE THAN GOD IS YOUR GOD!!!
Jesus Christ began his ministry in Matthew 4:17…17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As well as Matthew 4:23-25… 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria, and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. Jesus also chooses 12 disciples to join Him in His ministry in Mark 3:13-19…13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve,[a] that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have the power to heal sicknesses and[b] to cast out demons: 16 Simon,[c] to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.
Jesus preached the gospel or the Good News to everyone who wanted to hear it. The gospel is that the Kingdom of heaven has come, that God is with us, and He cares for us. In His ministry, Christ proves that He can heal us, not just of physical sickness, but of spiritual sickness as well. There’s no sin or problem too great or too small for Him to handle. Jesus words were good news because they offered freedom, hope, peace, and eternal life with God. Jesus chose 12 disciples to be with Him and to be sent out to preach. Jesus didn’t choose these 12 disciples to be associates and companions because of their faith, their faith often faltered. He didn’t choose them because of their talents and abilities because none of them stood out with any unusual abilities. Jesus’ disciples represented a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, but apparently, they had no more leadership potential than those who were not chosen. The one characteristic they all shared as their willingness to follow and obey Jesus. What does mean to us simply put being a good disciple of Christ is a matter of following and obeying Jesus with our hearts.
Jesus’ death and resurrection were anything but a normal death in Luke 23:32-34… 32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”[a]And they divided His garments and cast lots and in Luke 23:39-49…39 Then one of the criminals who was hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,[a] save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,[b] remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 44 Now it was[c] about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened,[d] and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”[e] Having said this, He breathed His last… Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciple Judas Iscariot, who later hung himself. The place of Jesus death was called Calvary and was probably a hill outside Jerusalem, along with the main road. Romans executed people publicly as examples to the people. Here, as Jesus was preparing to inaugurate his kingdom through his death, the places on His right and on His left were taken dying men, criminals. As one of the criminals was about to die he turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and Christ accepted him. This dying criminal had more faith than Jesus disciples at this time. Although the disciples continued to love Jesus, their hopes for kingdom were shattered. Most of them had gone into hiding. Peter, had denied Jesus three times during this period. By contrast, the criminal looked at the man who was dying next to him and said ‘Lord remember me when You come into Your kingdom’. This is a clear example of faith in God kingdom or glory with God.
Jesus resurrection was nothing short of a miracle. This was the final battle over sin that was conquered by Jesus over death. Jesus rises from the dead in Luke 24:1-12…Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them,[a] came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly[b] perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but rises! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” 8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying[c] by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened… The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. On it, the church is built, without it, there will be no Christian church today. Jesus resurrection is unique. Other religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about paradise and afterlife, and various Holy Scriptures. Only Christianity has a God who became human, literally died for this people, and was raised again in power and glory to rule His church forever. I submitted a gospel video in praise and thanksgiving for what God has done in sending his Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Enjoy this video. Always Remember to Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!
You now have been saved by the grace through your faith in Jesus Christ. You have confessed publicly that you are a sinner and believe that Christ died on the cross for your sins. You also believe that you repent or turn away from your sins you will be forgiven by God of your sins. In most cases, you may have done this at a church. However, if you didn’t if you confessed your faith in Jesus Christ you are saved. Now what should you do next? In this article, we will explore step by step what you should do next as a new Christian?
John 1:1-2… In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. The first thing a new Christian should do is to get a guide for your Christian journey with Jesus Christ. This guide is the bible or as Christian calls it the Word of God. This Holy Bible is your daily instruction manual you walk with your now Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I would highly recommend a good student bible edition such as the “Life Application Study Bible”. This type if study bible breaks down the bible by bible books history who wrote that book of the bible and why? It doesn’t matter what version as long as you understand what you are reading. If you haven’t ever been in church before you became a Christian I would recommend an easy to read version of the bible such as (ERV) Easy to Read Version, or (GNT) Good News Translation. Most people read the (KJV) King James Version or NIV New International Version of the bible. I personally read the (NKJV) New King James Version of the bible. Also, it would be a bad idea to invest a little money in an audio set of the whole bible. I would highly recommend the audio version of the bible, “The Word of Promise”. You should have the same audio bible version (ERV), (KJV), or (NIV) as your printed version. This way you can read along as you listen to different books of the bible.
Now that you have chosen your bible what should you read first? Most people recommend that you read the four Gospels of the bible first and I would conquer with that recommendation. The reason what you the read the four Gospels is that you want to know learn as must as possible about your Savior Jesus Christ. I recommended earlier the “Life Application Study Bible”. Here is why? This study bible tells you the purpose of each of the four Gospels. For instance, Matthew’s purpose was to prove that Jesus is the Messiah, Mark’s purpose was to present the person, work, and teachings of Jesus, Luke’s purpose was to present an accurate account of the life of Christ and to present Christ as the perfect human and Savior, and John’s purpose was to prove conclusively that Jesus is the Son of God and all that believe in Him will have eternal life. After you have read the four Gospel books I would recommend you read the book of Romans because it is Paul’s account about how Christian should treat one another. Beyond that, you should read the entire bible all 64 books!
Now the bible is divided into two testaments ‘the Old Testament and the New Testament’. Basically, the Old Testament tells of chosen people of God and the coming of Jesus Christ, and the New Testament tells of the ministry of Jesus Christ and his disciples as well as Paul the Apostle who wrote nearly half of the New Testament. For the new Christian at first we recommend you stay in the New Testament but the Old Testament will be very valuable to you in your Christian walk. For example, if you want to know how to deal with a problem you should read the book of Proverbs. In the book of Proverbs, it should teach you how to attain wisdom and discipline and have a prudent life that is to know what is right and fair.
Matthew 16:13-18… 13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The second thing I would recommend to a new Christian would get into a full Gospel church. Now that you have a bible you don’t want to get confused with the different meanings of the word of God, so you need a bible teaching church. Not just a church that has a good Sunday School but a very good Bible class. Why is having a very good bible class so important to the new Christian? Well, for example, let’s say you are reading your bible and you read in Proverbs chapter 1 verse 7 …ThefearoftheLordisthe beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction … the fear in which they are referring to is that of reverence, meaning respect and honor the Lord and obey His word. It doesn’t mean that you should be scared of God like you will be scared of a beast or unknown thing. You should show reverence to God’s power if you don’t obey His word but the great thing about being a Christian is that even if that happens God’s grace and love through Jesus Christ God will forgive you of that sin against the word. In a full Gospel church, you will learn that in your bible class.
To be more accurate of what is a full Gospel church is? In the full Gospel church, the believers believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirits. To name a few teaching, speaking in tongue, healing others. The greatest gift is love and we all have that gift to love one another. But the full Gospel church can help you find and understand your spiritual gift. The full Gospel church will be a praying church. It will be a church that believes that prayer changes things in our lives. The full Gospel church believes in evangelism that is to go out preaching as well as witness Christ love and mercy. The church may do this in a number of ways through outreach ministries like feeding the homeless or visiting their sick and shut in or visiting convicts in prison. The full Gospel church also evangelizes by witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ meaning recruiting others into the church of Christ. If you have read the four books of the Gospel of Jesus Christ you will already know that you are a disciple of Christ and you are supposed to do this as a Christian. Some full Gospel churches witness at the shopping malls or the grocery stores or anywhere that are public social gatherings. It is sad that a lot of churches have gotten away from this one on witnessing.
Romans 15:5-7… 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, [b] to the glory of God …The final basic and ongoing thing a new Christian should do is to strengthen your relationship with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Your true purpose in doing this is to praise God for His love and mercy. To strengthen your relationship with Christ you should do four things; 1) Read your bible daily, 2) Meet together with other believers regularly, 3) Get involved in a ministry group, and 4) You will need to pray daily. Doing these four things will strengthen your walk with Jesus Christ and you will be able to combat any foe Satan or otherwise that will tempt you away from God’s presence. Now you need to know exactly will you accomplish things four things to strengthen your relationship with Christ.
Reading your bible daily. When you read your bible you have to pray for understanding. The word of God can sometimes be very confusing and you may not understand what a scriptural passage means to you. This is where a full Gospel church would be helpful because it will benefit you in your understanding in the word of God. The most important thing is that you have to know and understand the word of the Lord for YOURSELF!!! You may have to read a scriptural passage several times in order to understand its meaning.
Meet together with other believers regularly. This would be important for several reasons. First in the bible it Jesus states in Matthew 18:19-20… 19 “Again I say[a] to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” … Jesus speaking to His disciples looked ahead to a new day when he would be present with His followers not in the body, but through His Holy Spirit. In the body of believers (the church), the sincere agreement of two people is more powerful than the superficial agreement of thousands, filled with the Holy Spirit, will pray according to God’s will, not their own: thus their request will be granted. The other reason is that you may be able to get help on understanding that bible scripture you didn’t understand before. Another reason you will grow as a person and a Christian through the support of the other believers.
Get involved in a ministry group. Here is where your spiritual gift or gifts will come into play. Serving in the church of Christ or the body of Christ can be challenging as well as uplifting. To really serve in the body of Christ you have to decrease so that God can increase in your life. There is a scripture in the bible to speak to this very clearly in John 3:30…30 He must increase, but I must decrease … from this scripture John the Baptist willingness to decrease in importance shows unusual humility. Pastors and the others Christian leaders can be tempted to focus more on the success of their ministries than on Christ. Beware of those who put more emphasis on their own achievements than on God’s kingdom. Always be humble when you serving in the body of Christ regardless of the situation it is never about you but who you serving and that is Christ. This is what I mean when I say you must decrease and let God increase.
You will need to pray daily. This is your chance to communicate with God directly. That is what you are doing when you pray. It is stated again in the bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18… 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you … Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands – be joyful, pray continually, and give thanks – often goes against our natural inclinations. When you make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. I submitted a gospel video that speaks to how we should worship God. Enjoy the video. Always Remember to Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!
Have you ever wonder why Satan exist? To further understand why Satan is allowed to exist we must first go to Revelation 12:7-12…7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a]in heaven any longer.9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
In this passage of scripture Michael was a high angel in heaven, and one of his responsibilities was to guard God’s community of believers. When Michael and his angels or demons as we would call them rebelled against they were thrown out of heaven. One of the reasons God allows Satan to work his evil and bring temptation is so that those who pretend to be Christ followers will be weeded out from Christ’s true believers. I am not going to get into all the signs of the last days you will have to read the book of Revelation for that. Everybody always will get all worked up and fearful about the last day, but really it only God loves his children in warning them about what will take place. Ultimately Satan will be defeated but Satan wants to take as many with him as possible. But hold on for those unbelievers you will always be on God’s layaway plan. You know when to purchase something on layaway you have to purchase something but you can’t get it until you have all your money. Well, salvation for the unbelievers is the same way, your salvation was already purchased on through Jesus blood on the cross at Calvary. To the unbelievers, you are on God’s layaway Amen!
Another reason why Satan is to allow to exist is for our joy and God’s glory. Jesus came to bring liberty to the captives of sin and death when Jesus did on the cross he defeated sin and death because He rose on the third day. What a joyous victory we should be shouting hallelujah. We don’t have worry about our damnation to sin and death the battle is already won. Satan very existence only magnifies the glory of Christ. Let me express what I mean by that one truth is Satan and his demons obey God in Matthew 4:10-11… 10 Then Jesus said to him,“Away with you,[a]Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship theLordyour God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[b]11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40m days in the wilderness and Satan fails to defeat Christ. In Luke 11:20… 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Jesus was talking to the unbelievers when he cast out the demon mute because some believed it was the work of the devil or Satan. The fact that Satan and his demons obey God is the result of God’s glory and our profound joy.
Another truth is the hour that changed everything in Luke 22:53… 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour and the power of darkness. Jesus knew that His hour of darkness was coming but instead asking God to save Him he states in John 12:27-31… 27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.28 Father, glorify Your name.”Then a voice came from heaven,saying,“I have both glorifieditand will glorifyitagain.”29 Therefore the people who stood by and hearditsaid that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”30 Jesus answered and said,“This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. In this hour Jesus receives glory and we receive joy.
We’ll do one more truth and is no Cliffhanger because God’s word reveals the ultimate victory over Satan. In 1 Corinthians 15:24-25… 24 Thencomesthe end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. When we look at our trials and tribulations we have overcome we must glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because in the moment of rejoicing we have defeated Satan as well.
Finally is the spiritual warfare we all have with Satan. All of us whether we believe in Christ or not I believe are spiritual beings. I believe Satan exist so we can have a spiritual warfare. In the word of God from Genesis to Revelations Satan has tempted mankind but ultimately failed. Spiritual warfare is not so much about believers dressed in armor of faith, or about Satan and demons. Instead, spiritual warfare is first and foremost a story about Christ and his all-surpassing glory over and above the kingdom of darkness.
So when you are hurting with pain Look to the Cross!
So when to need a friend and you are lonely, look to the Cross!
So when you lose your job and need money, look to the Cross!
So when everything going wrong in your life, Look to the Cross!
WE Have Already Won Our Ultimate Victory Over Satan Let Us All Glorify Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!
John 1 1-18…In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.[b] 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,[c] and His own[d] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” 16 And[e] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[f] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
How many times have you heard someone say to “Let Go and Let God?” This popular quote usually comes up when we are worrying or being anxious about something. You would think it’s in the Bible, but not only is it not in the word of God, it doesn’t have any origin. Even though this quote is not in the Bible, it is based on biblical principles. I presented this topic in bible class a couple of weeks ago and I decided to expand on the biblical principles of the phrase ‘Let Go and Let God’. Who is this Jesus Christ in which we speak of soo much?
In the passage above John, the Baptist shows Jesus as fully human and fully God. Although Jesus took upon himself full humanity and lived as a man, Jesus never ceased to be the eternal God who has existed. The Creator and Sustainer of all things and the source of eternal life. This is the truth about Jesus and the foundation of all truth. If we cannot or do no believe this basic truth, we will not have enough faith to trust our eternal destiny. In the third verse of this passage, John the Baptist is saying when God created, God made something from nothing. Because we are created beings, we have no basis for pride. Remember that you exist only because God made you, and you have special gifts only because God gave them to you. With God you are something valuable and unique, apart from God you are nothing and if you try to live without Christ, you will be abandoning the purpose for which you were made.
When John the Baptist was talking about the darkness did not comprehend or understand it, he meant that the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome or extinguish God’s light, Jesus Christ is the Creator of life, and his life brings light to mankind. In this light, we see ourselves as we really are (sinners in need of a savior). Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? It seems every time you solve one problem in your life another problem pops up in its place and you just feel overwhelmed. Remember God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for God. God created you he is alive today and his love is bigger than any problem you may face.
Although Christ created the world, the people he created didn’t recognize Him. Even the people chosen by God to prepare the rest of the world for the Messiah rejected Him. Although in the entire Old Testament pointed to Christ coming still He was rejected by the people of Israel. All who welcome Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives are reborn spiritually receiving new life from God. Through faith in Christ, this new birth changes us from the inside out. Rearranging our attitudes, desires, and motives. Being born makes you physically alive and places you in your parents’ family. Being born of God makes you spiritually alive and puts you in God’s family. Have you asked Christ to make you a new person? God this very moment may be creating a new person in you for those who believe in Christ. This fresh start in life is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
In this passage “the word became flesh” means God becoming human. By doing so, Christ became the perfect teacher. In Jesus life, we see how God thinks and therefore how we should think. God presented Himself in the person of Jesus Christ as a model of what we are to come. Jesus shows us how to live and gives us the power to live that way (meaning that we can live as Jesus did on earth performing all miracles by our faith in Christ). Jesus came as a sacrifice for all sins, and His death satisfied God’s requirements for the removal of sin to mankind. When we refer to Jesus as the only begotten of the Father this means Jesus is God’s only and unique Son. Jesus is one of a kind and enjoys a relationship with God (otherwise, Jesus wouldn’t be able to intercede for our sins), we who are called the God’s children and said to be born of God.
When we refer to God’s nature in this passage we are talking about several aspects of God’s nature. The law and grace are both aspects of God’s nature, that He uses in dealing with us. Moses emphasized God’s law and justice, while Jesus Christ came to highlight God’s mercy, l
love, and forgiveness. Moses could only be the giver of the law, while Christ came to fulfill the law. The nature and will of God were revealed in the law, now the nature and will of God are revealed in Jesus Christ. God’s revelation of truth now comes through a person’s life. The truth is that a Christian or a child of God need not worry about anything in the world we live in because Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-26… 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? … Matthew 6:34… 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. John the Baptist’s job in the last part of the passage was to point people to Jesus, their long awaited Messiah. Today people are looking for security in an insecure world. Our job as Christians is to point them to Christ and show that He is the one whom they seek.
Knowing all this about who Jesus Christ is and who God’s place Jesus Christ who live among us. Why can’t we just “Let Go and Let God?
When your bills overcome you and you don’t what to do. Let Go and Let God!!!
When your health overcomes you and the pain you feel is unbearable. Let Go and Let God!!!
When your friends and family say and do things to hurt you. Let Go and Let God!!!
When your personal relationships go south and you feel so alone. Let Go and Let God!!!
When you have lost your job and don’t know how you going to support yourself or your family. Let Go and Let God!!!
When the doctor tells you that you have cancer and only months to live. Let God and Let God!!!
Whenever it seems like you are not going to make it through any situation. Let Go and Let God!!!
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Acts 8:4-8..4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the[a] city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city. How many of you think that you can perform miracles today? In this passage when they referred to Philip think they were referring to the Apostle Philp? If you thought that Philip in this passage was an Apostle you would be wrong. To give a little background about this Philip in this passage of scripture he was a deacon. But more important he was a believer in Christ. Philp was a Greek Jew appointed as one of the deacons in charge of food distribution (just a fancy way of saying a waiter or maybe a cook). Philp like most Christians left Jerusalem to spread the gospel wherever he went, but alike most of them, he didn’t limit his audience to other Jews. He went directly to Samaria, the last place many Jews would go, due to age-old prejudice. The Samaritans responded in large numbers. When the word got back to Jerusalem, Peter and John were sent to evaluate Philp’s ministry. They became quickly involved themselves, seeing firsthand God’s acceptance of those who previously were considered unacceptable (remember Philp was deacon waiting on tables).
If we read further in the 8th chapter of Acts God directed Philp out of the desert for an appointment with an Ethiopian eunuch (meaning man that is celibate) another foreigner, who had been in Jerusalem, Philp went immediately. His effectiveness in sharing the gospel with this man placed a Christian in a significant position in a distant land, and may well have had an effect on an entire nation. Whether or not you are a follower of Christ, Philp’s life presents a challenge. To those still outside the gospel, he is a reminder that the gospel is for you also! To those who have accepted Christ, he is a reminder that we are not free to disqualify anyone from hearing about Jesus.
The topic we need to explore today is “The Miracles We May Performed”. I asked the question to you how many of you feel that you could perform a miracle of miracles. How do we as believers know that we are performing miracles when we pray for healing for others? Actually, we may not know, but if we as a church believe in Jesus Christ and the gospel we also must believe that God can use us to do his will. Just in this example in the passage of scripture Philp was used by God to performed miracles even though he wasn’t an Apostle or leader in the church of Christ. The point here is that if God can use Philp a waiter in the church, God can also use any of us to perform miracles.
Let’s compare Philp’s life to our own. Philp was one the seven organizers of food distribution in the early church. We all here at prepared for as well as served people with food at various events in the church. So we all have been at waiter from time to time. Philp became an evangelist and one of the traveling missionaries in the early church. Regarding us we are all evangelist whether we like it or not as Christians. When we join the church of Christ you become a disciple of Christ, and what do disciples do they spread the good news. We might spread the good news regarding Jesus Christ by praying for someone. We might spread the good news by given someone a scripture from the bible or just a testimony. Whenever we are doing anything with faith in Christ in the church you are evangelizing. Philp obeys the command of God and began his ministry. One of the hardest thing for Christians as well as non-believers is to obey a calling you may have. Some people have certain gifts I believe they are blessed with from God. This gift that you have whether you are believers or not in Christ is given to you by God. I believe with all my heart that God places mankind here for a purpose. We as Christians must pray for understanding of what is God’s purpose in our lives if you don’t know it. And finally, Philp was a careful student of the Word of God and could explain the meaning of the word of God clearly. We as Christians must all study the word Of God to explain it clearly to others who might ask us what it means.
What can we learn from Philp’s example of evangelism? We learn that God finds great and various uses for those willing to obey Him wholeheartedly. The gospel of Jesus Christ is universal. Also that the whole Bible, not just the New Testament, helps us understand more about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both was a response (the Samaritans) and the individual response (the man from Ethiopia) to the gospel of Jesus Christ are valuable.
As just as Philp did what he did in the early church spreading the gospel of Christ to all and performing miracles we too can do the same. Let me give you some modern day examples of what I am talking about. I will express this by giving you some testimonies:
I had lunch near Cincinnati Ohio with an old co-worker named Charlie Keck. September 27, 2002. Charlie was an engineer who lived in Tipp City Ohio. His wife was named Geri, and she’d had lupus. She’d *had* lupus. But she didn’t have it anymore. She and Charlie had treated it for years, prayed for years that it would be healed, and it wouldn’t budge. Then one morning at her Bible study, a woman suddenly stood up and said, “God just told me to pray for you, to be healed, RIGHT NOW.” So they did. And Geri felt this warm sensation flushing through her abdomen and the lupus was healed. Just like that. No more doctor visits, no more treatments. The whole chronic disease, gone.
I got to Rajahmundry, India in June 2007 with the customer service manager at my company, Jeremy Flanagan. Jeremy, as it turns out, has been having experiences like this himself. Healing people. At a church service one Sunday, the pastor, Isaiah Gottimukkala, invites anybody who wants any kind of healing prayer to line up in front of Jeremy. Jeremy calls me over to help him and we start prayin’ for people. One woman, maybe 60 years old, had fallen a year ago and hurt her arm. She could not raise her elbow past the middle of her chest. When she moved her arm up and down she complained that her shoulder would crack and pop and Jeremy and I could feel that too, when we put our hands on her shoulder when she’d move it. He started praying for her. Probably spent 15 minutes. By the time Jeremy was done both shoulders felt identical, there was no cracking and she could raise her arm above her head on her own strength. I asked her to do it for me and I snapped a picture. She said it didn’t hurt anymore and both arms were equally good.
Another lady, Mary, maybe 30 years old, had somewhat recently had brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. She pulled her hair back and I could tell just brushing my hand over her head that there was a big piece of her skull taken out and a large indention on her head. She complained that she’d been having seizures since the operation, and she has had no feeling anywhere in her left arm. Jeremy started praying that God would heal her entire skull and put everything back. We prayed for her and prayed for her. After about a half hour her head hadn’t changed but she started feeling tingling on her skin and by the time we were done, she said she could feel everything with her left arm exactly like her right arm.No success on her skull filling in. Not yet anyway. But she was VERY excited about the feeling come back in her left arm!
These testimonies are modern events of miracles that take place in our period in time. It only proves that God can use anyone He chooses to express His love, grace, and mercy. Who’s to say that we can perform miracles at Community Church of God here at Park Trace. I believe miracles can happen in our lives. I am a living testimony of that myself with my accident I mentioned before. The people who prayed for a miracle in my life were just Christians just like you. I according to the doctors was supposed to die but I am still here. Praise the Lord for his grace and mercy for the miracles we may still do here at Community Church of God . I submitted a gospel video that expresses what God can do in our lives if we only believe in Jesus Christ. Enjoy this video. Always Remember to Keep the Faith and God loves You and So Do I!!!
……even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…..
Whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not God has a layaway plan for your salvation. God has a layaway plan for your salvation. This layaway plan was put in place over two thousand years ago when Christ died on the cross for the remission of our sins. This is stated by Jesus Christ in the bible in Matthew 26:28 (NKJV) …..For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins….. All of us (if we care to admit it) have fallen short of what we know as what is right. The good news is that your sins have already been forgiven because Christ died on the cross for the remission of our sins. You would say then why is there a layaway plan for your salvation? Salvation is a gift from God, but even a gift has to be accepted or purchase. You have salvation when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. God place a layaway plan for those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. This layaway plan was made before we were born. All we have to do is repent of our sins and accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. When you repent of your sins and believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins you are saved. How do we know that Jesus came for the repentance of our sins? It is stated in Mark 2: 15-17….Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and Hid disciples; for they were many and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard it He said to them, “Those who well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance…..
It doesn’t matter what sin or sins you have committed in your life god still has his layaway plan of salvation for you. You might have committed murder or stolen many things. You might have been a drug dealer. There is proof that Jesus forgives us of our sins in the bible where two criminals were hung beside Jesus at Calvary one criminal on the left side and one on the right side of Jesus. In Mark 23: 39 to 46….Then one of the criminals who was hanged blasphemed Him, saying “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this Man has done nothing wrong. Then he said to Jesus “Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last…… We all have sinned and God knows this and we would all perish in hell if God’s Grace, Love and Mercy through Jesus Christ death didn’t save us. The first criminal missed the point entirely when he told Jesus to save Himself and them. The fact is Jesus didn’t need saving at all since he committed no crime or sin. Jesus came and died in place of our condemnation of sin. The other criminal repented of his sins when he said we were justly found guilty of our crimes. He then asked Jesus to save his soul and Jesus did. Now you have no excuse to say that God will never forgive you of your sins because God’s Grace is for Everyone. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to “Keep the Faith and God Loves and So Do I!!!
Many people believe that your talents and spiritual gifts are the same but that is not true. There is a distinct difference between a talent and a spiritual gift. Basically, a talent is something you may have in your genes like something you might have inherited from your parents or you actually developed over time, a spiritual gift is something you receive from God. In this article, we will explore in a biblical sense our talents and spiritual gifts we have and how we can use them to improve our relationship with Jesus Christ and our ministry.
There are different aspects of the spiritual gifts God bestows on us. One aspect is serving God with your spiritual gifts as stated in Romans 12:3-8… 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt with each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness…. when you become a Christian you have been saved by grace from your sins, you also become a member of the body of Christ. You receive these spiritual gifts from God to serve the church of Christ as a member of the body of Christ. According to God’s grace people who use their gift of prophecy in a proportion of your faith, meaning to minister people by telling what will happen to people before it happens. Perhaps some may possess a spiritual gift to interpret dreams or have revelations of the future. A person who has the spiritual gift of exhortation serves to encourage people in the church. These are just a few examples and they all serve Christ as their living Savior.
There is another aspect and that is the unity of diversity of the spiritual gifts. This is explained by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11… Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that[a] you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however, you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same[b] Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills…everyone who comes to Christ has a spiritual gift or two through His grace according to your faith serving in the body of Christ. This how churches are able to work in unity through the Holy Spirit to minister and proclaim Christ one and only savior in their lives. This is how the gospel or the good news about Christ is spread through the world. Everyone has to do their part to be on one accord. When to join the church of Christ there are so many ministries you can get in involved in. You have to pray to God and ask what my spiritual gift is.
The last aspect of our spiritual gift the unity of the body of Christ as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14…12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into[c] one Spirit. 14 For, in fact, the body is not one member but many… as well as Corinthians 12:20-26…20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it… the church can’t exist without with the unity of the body of Christ. God sets us apart to do the His will in the church. The reason the body of Christ is so important is because before we came to believe in Christ we were lost in sin. Christ died on the cross for the remission of our sins. He paid our debt of sins with his life. Christ took on all the world’s sins for mankind. And Christ was the only one who could do it because He was without sin. Now we are one with Christ and in the body of Christ.
Now let’s talk about our talents. What does the bible say about talents? In the word of God the talent or talents has one meaning. That meaning of talent is referred to as a currency equal to gold or silver. The best example of talents in the bible is the parable of the talents by Jesus in Matthew 25 14-28… 14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise, he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time, the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. Some would say that your talents are given to you by God and this may be true. It is hard to say why God makes us to the people we become sometimes. However, what does having talent in baseball, basketball, or football have to do with praising God or the body of Christ. Yes, the bible says that we are wonderfully made but do the talents we may have anything to do with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You can use your talents as a platform to praise God and be a part of the body of Christ. An example of this would be like Tim Tebow collegiate star football player does when he talks about Christ as a motivational speaker. Another example would the late great Reggie White or Merlin Olsen NFL players who also were motivational speakers for Christ. You can also say the same for singers as well, people like Jonathan Butler, Al Green who jazz and R&B singer before in their lives but now are Gospel singers as well. The point is that God may have given all these people their talents but it was not a spiritual gift by itself.
We all have spiritual gifts especially if you proclaim Christ as your Lord and Savior. Some people have a spiritual gift to teach other the word of God, some have the spiritual gift exhortation in encouraging people by using the word of God, other may have the gift of healing in the name of Jesus Christ. No one is left out when it comes to edifying the Kingdom of God. So as Christians we have a responsibility of exploring and nurturing of spiritual gifts from God whatever they are. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!”
Many people have asked this question about our relationship with God. But first, before we explore this issue let get a definition of the word “covenant”. A covenant is an agreement or a contract between two or more parties. There are several covenants God has made with mankind at least according to the Word of God. There is the covenant of Eden where God makes a promise of redemption through the seed of the woman and the eventual destruction and eradication of sin. The covenant to Noah where God promises never again destroy the earth with a flood. The covenant to Abraham where God promises the seed of Abraham and his descendants would be blessed and the land of Israel promised to Abraham. The covenant to Moses where God promises the law which would govern the life of the Israel people. The covenant to David where God promises the seed of the Messiah goes through the seed of the house of David. The new covenant which absorbs all the other covenants through your faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for our sins through his death. In this article, we want to focus on the new covenant with mankind.
However, before we get into God’s new covenant with a man we first must compare the old covenant with the new covenant. To do this we must explore the old covenants with man. Regarding the old covenant with a man we had to make animal sacrifices for our sins an example in the bible is in Exodus 10:25,…But Moses said, “You must also give us sacrificesand burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lordour God.This sacrifice was done to protect the Israel from the nine plague of darkness during the period where Israel were slaves to Egypt. Moses is talking to the Pharoah of Egypt telling him that they needed to make sacrifices to God with their livestock. Today we don’t have to make sacrifices to God with our livestock of animals under the new covenant. In the Old Testament people had to make sacrifices to God because it was stated in the bible in Exodus 22;20,…“He who sacrificesto anygod, except to the Lordonly, he shall be utterly destroyed. This was a moral principle under the laws of the Ten Commandments. We should follow the Ten Commandments but under the new covenant God has made a promise to us that we will not be destroyed if we don’t make animal sacrifices to God. In the Old Testament, people had had a physical place to worship God in Exodus 33:10…. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing atthe tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man inhis tent door. In the new covenant, we do go to church to worship God but we must worship God in our hearts, therefore the church of Christ is in our hearts, not a building. Also in the Old Testament people had to obey rules such as the Ten Commandments set up by Moses but under the New Testament there are no laws by man but by Christ and all we have to do is serve the living God, Jesus Christ. Jesus instructs us on how to serve the living god in Matthew 5:1-11,…And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Jesus also teaches us that we are the salt and the light of the world in Matthew 5:13-14…13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. God wants a man to serve Him from our hearts and not our deeds less we bust that we may be greater than another through our deeds. Our deeds alone will not save us from our sins but serving God through our deeds giving God the glory and not ourselves will grant us salvation. These are a few examples of the covenants with God and man from the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Let’s now explore the new covenant with God and mankind. I stated before that the new covenant between God and man supersedes all the previous covenants. The reason why the new covenant supersedes the other covenants because in this new covenant it states in Hebrews 8:10-12,…. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds[a] I will remember no more.”… This is why Jesus Christ came to us so that we would have an everlasting covenant with God. We do have our bible, God’s word, to guide us but only if we believe in our mind and hearts will our covenant with God be in effect. We don’t have to worry about making any sacrifices or any laws society may make. All we have to do is believe that Christ died for the redemption of our sins and serve our living God. This salvation is a gift from God we can’t earn it!!! This new covenant of grace as I call it is given to us as Christ’s offers to forgive our sins and bring us to God through his sacrificial death. We will still rebel against being told how to live through God’s word but the Holy Spirit will give us new desires to help us obey God ways.
One might ask how does the Holy Spirit gives us desires God’s word when Jesus spoke to his disciples in John 15:15-18…15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray for the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you… as well as John 14:25-26… 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. I believe that God has an everlasting covenant with a man because we have a soul and this is where the Holy Spirit must dwell. As long as we have the capacity to love in our hearts whether you believe in God or not you have a free access to this new covenant with God. When you love something greater than yourself that is when your life or our desires change from worldly desires to Godly desires. The Christian has a new mind and heart through the Holy Spirit. The covenant with God is complete in the new covenant.
The question of this article does we have a covenant with God and the answer is Yes. Mankind has always had a covenant with God since the creation of the world. We are God’s greatest creation and I believe that God always wants to be with his own creation. The covenants with mankind are just God’s way of loving his creation. When you have children you would make a promise with them to love, protect, as well as teach them. So why not our heavenly Father, God, would make the same promise to his children. All you have to do is believe that Jesus Christ died for the remission of your sins and you will be able to join the other Christians in the new covenant. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!”
Jesus as we, Christians, believe died for the remission of our sin. The bible scripture in John 1:1 stating …. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….. If we were to substitute Jesus for the “Word” it would read like this, ‘In the beginning was Jesus and Jesus was with God and Jesus was God’, which proves that God’s word was design to redeem or save us from sin. God’s word was design to bring mankind closer to God and save us from a sinful world. Why did we need to save at all one might ask? Most people are nice and most people generally do the right thing most of the time. So why do we need to be saved from sin? Sin most believes sin separates us from God grace, love and mercy and from the scripture stated in John 1:1, we can only conclude that God or Jesus is the word of God. But what are the sins God is saving us from?
Most people when they are talking about sins they may be talking about the seven deadly sins. The seven deadly sins are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. However, the bible or the word of God makes little reference to the seven deadly sins. The closest thing to the seven sins is found in Proverbs 6: 16-19 which states….These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that desires wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren….. The seven deadly sins were also believed to be unforgivable sins by God, but actually, the only sin God will not forgive is that of continued unbelief. The seven deadly sins were formed by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century to educate and instruct followers concerning fallen man’s tendency to sin. The reason why they call it the 7 deadly sins is because the outcomes could lead us to death whether physical or spiritual. Although these seven deadly has no scriptural basis in the bible, they can function as a good category of the sins that do exist in our world today. So let us explore these seven deadly sins and how God’s word can save us when or if we commit them.
The first deadly sin we will explore is “Lust”, something most people know something about. It is and can be expressed in many ways. Lust meaning an intense emotion or feeling of the desires of the body of a sexual nature. There are several examples in the bible …..Ezekiel 23:5… “Oholah played the harlot even though she was Mine; And she lusted for her lovers, the neighboring Assyrians,… and in Ezekiel 23: 11….. “Now although her sister Oholibah saw this, she became more corrupt in her lust than she, and in her harlotry more corrupt than her sister’s harlotry……as well as in Matthew 5:28 when Jesus states….But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart……. The examples made previously are examples of “Lust” in regards to a sexual nature. Committing these sins of the flesh separates us from God’s love, grace, and mercy because we know what we are doing may hurt others in their relationships and marriages.
Can we be forgiven of this sin of “Lust”? The answer is yes because Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins including “Lust”. The word of God’s plays a vital part in seeking guidance against this sin of “Lust”. God’s word simply states that we must repent or turn away from this sin of “Lust”. Jesus calls people to repent in Luke 13: 1-5… There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered such things?3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Jesus is stating in these passages that it doesn’t matter when you sin or how many times you have sinned the only way to be saved by Jesus is to repent.
The next deadly sin is “Gluttony” or glutton which means the over-consumption of drink and food. Glutton appears several times in the bible such as in Proverbs 23:20-21….Do not mix with winebibbers,Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags…… and in Matthew 11:19…..The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children. We all could be accused of being a little glutton at times in our lives when over-consume food or drink. This is a perfect case of letting a good thing get the better of us. People overeat and think that they are just weak but God knows that our bodies are temples and no one should desiccate God’s temples because when we overeat we are being disobedient to God. God did not create us to be sick from over-consumption of food or drink. Repenting from this sin of “Gluttony” will not only be a healthy choice but also redemption into God’s grace, love, and mercy.
The next deadly sin is “Greed” meaning the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods or objects of abstract value. Greed has been expressed in many different ways through the ages, but most when people think about greed we are taking about as the love of money. It is said in the bible that in 1 Timothy 6:10….. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows…. Paul is advising Timothy here to not be trapped by the world love for money. Money by itself is not evil but when we place money over God’s people as well as God we have committed a sin in which we are worshipping money not God. Greed will often lead us to destruction because we have replaced love which God with money. Repenting from this sin of “Greed” can only lead us back to grace, love, and mercy God has in store for our lives.
The next deadly sin is “Sloth” which means laziness. One might say why is this sin a deadly sin? The answer lies in the bible in Proverbs 13:4….The soul of a lazy man desires and has nothing, But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich…. In Proverbs 15:19….The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway…. In Proverbs 19:24…..A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again…. In Proverbs 20:4…..The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing….. and in Proverbs 21:5…..The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. The bible clearly states that God doesn’t like or want a person to be lazy at heart. What I mean by lazy at heart is when a person very nature is to be lazy. A good example of this is when a person who has the ability but that person refuses to use that ability God gave them. This action of selfishness not only hurts that person but others as well. The cause of their laziness could be for any reason but that matters little when God has prepared you to do something and you refuse God’s command because you just don’t feel like it or you are completely indifferent to the situation. This act is a no win situation because no one benefits you, God or others. To repent of this sin “Sloth” is to fulfill what God intended for all of us to do in God’s kingdom here on earth.
The next deadly sin is “Wrath” which is extreme anger. People associate this sin wrath with God’s wrath. There are many examples of God’s wrath in the bible…in Nahum 1:2…..God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies…. In Romans 1:18 Paul the Apostle states…..For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…and again in Romans 13:4 Paul states…For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to executewrath on him who practices evil. But what about the extreme anger of mankind what does the bible say about this sin? In the bible Psalm 37:4…Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;Do not fret—it only causes harm…and in Proverbs 12:16…A fool’s wrath is known at once,But a prudent man covers shame…and in Proverbs 12:18…..There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,But the tongue of the wise promotes health…in Proverbs 14:17….A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,And a man of wicked intentions is hated…in Proverbs 29:11…A fool vents all his feelings,[a]But a wise man holds them back…and in Proverbs 29:22….An angry man stirs up strife,And a furious man abounds in transgression. God in the previous scriptures is warnings us about our consequences when we engage in extreme anger. The actions of this sin of wrath could lead us to violent acts such as murder, rape or stealing. We all know these actions are wrong but it further separates us from God’s love, grace, and mercy. Repenting wrath will bring us closer to God’s love, grace, and mercy.
The next deadly sin is “Envy” which is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. We are often jealous of others achievements or successes especially when we believe that we should have gotten them. The reason why “Envy” is a deadly sin is because it gives us the righteousness of ourselves we don’t deserve. What does the bible say about “Envy”? In Job 5:2…For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one…in Proverbs 14:30….A sound heart is a life to the body, But envyis rottenness to the bones…in Proverbs 23:17…Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day…in Acts 13:45…But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul…and in 1 Corinthians 13:4… Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. This self-righteousness of us can lead to evil thoughts such as sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, slander, arrogance, and folly. Repenting or turning away from this deadly sin of “Envy” will bring us closer to God’s righteousness and not our own.
The last deadly sin is “Pride” which is ahighorinordinateopinionofone’sowndignity,importance,merit,orsuperiority. I believe “Pride” is the most dangerous of all the deadly sins because we began to place ourselves higher than God. I stated before that the sin that God wouldn’t forgive is our ‘continued unbelief’; well pride comes as close to this as you can get. Pride can bring us out of God’s grace, love and mercy because through arrogance in God we fool ourselves that we are responsible for our achievements or successes in our lives. What does the bible say about pride? In Proverbs 8:13…The fear of the Lordis to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate…in Proverbs 11:2…When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom… in Proverbs 13:10…By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom…in Proverbs 14:3…In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them…and in Proverbs 16:18…Pride goes before destruction And a haughty spirit before a fall. God in these scriptures is warning us about the consequences of pride when we engage in such an act. The point of all this is that the wages of sin are death whether it is physical or spiritual. To repent or turn away from “Pride” is to give God the glory and not ourselves. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”.
Matthew 12: 1-8….At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the guiltless.8 For the Son of Man is Lord even[b] of the Sabbath.” This word of God speaks to working on the Sabbath. The religious leaders of the day challenged Jesus regarding his disciples working in the grain fields on the Sabbath. Jesus response was to remind the Pharisees that it was in the law of the Jews that David ate the showbread which was unlawful for him to eat as well as the priest who profaned the Sabbath and was blameless. Jesus here did establish his authority saying that the Son of Man is Lord even over the Sabbath.
Before we actually get into the question of whether we are justified in Christ, let’s first get a real understanding of what it means to be justified. Justified by definition means to prove to be just or right. The biblical definition is almost the same except Jesus has given us acquittal for our sins as well as any works or deeds we did in His name. In the above scripture, the disciples didn’t respond to the Pharisees. Christ had already responded to them. Jesus told the Pharisees that His disciples had a need and were hungry and it was up to Jesus to fulfill that need. Jesus told the religious leaders of the day that He was all powerful. Jesus made it clear the Pharisees that He trumped the Sabbath, the disciple’s works, the law, as well as all the days. Jesus expressed to the religious leaders of the day that they need to recognize who they were talking to. Jesus justified mankind when he died on the cross for our sins. So we don’t have to make excuses for anything we do that was wrong or anything we may do in His name. We are made righteous through our belief in Christ. We all have been justified through our belief that Christ shed his blood for all our sins regardless of what they were.
Let’s get into how we are justified through Christ. In the above scripture, the disciples started this debate between Jesus and the Pharisees when they started to pluck the heads of grains to eat on the Sabbath. It states in Exodus 16: 23-30…. 23 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.” 27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? 29 See! For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. This is why the Pharisees criticized the disciples for plucking the heads of grains on the Sabbath because it went against the custom of keeping the Sabbath holy. Jesus responded by point out to them that they couldn’t criticize His disciples when the Pharisees themselves performed duties on the Sabbath. The response he made in defense of his disciples justified His disciples because two wrongs don’t make a right. The point Jesus was making was how the Pharisees can accuse the disciples of working on the Sabbath when they also worked on the Sabbath. The custom was meant for all the people of Israel.
There are other examples where Jesus has justified sinners. In John 8:1-12…. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.2 Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him, and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b] in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c] us that such should be stoned.[d] But what do You say?”[e]6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.[f]7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up[g] and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience,[h] went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,[i]“Woman, where are those accusers of yours?[j] Has no one condemned you?”11 She said, “No one, Lord.”And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[k]sin no more.”12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus acquitted this woman of her sin of adultery by the Jewish law this woman should have been stoned but Jesus asserted his authority over the law because in reality the Pharisees, as well as the town folks, were not without sin. Isn’t it wonderful Jesus has the power to justify us regardless of any of our sins?
Another example where Jesus can justify us even after his death in concerning Paul in Acts 26: 9-18… 9 “Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.11 And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. 12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’15 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now[a] send you,18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ Paul was a murderer of the Jewish people yet still, Jesus justified Paul through his crucified blood that was shed for us on the cross.
Now back to the question ‘Are we justified through Christ?’ The answer is, of course, we are justified through Christ. Jesus has authority over all this day, our life, our problems as well as our sins. We are justified through Jesus blood, grace, and mercy. You don’t have to worry about any sin you have committed if you believe that Jesus died for mankind’s sin. To the non-believer, all you have to do is believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and Jesus can justify you in any situation you may encounter. To put in a more practical manner whether you are a Christian or not no one has the right condemn or judge you for anything. The reason is you know that there is not a person on earth who is perfect (meaning not having to do any wrong in their life) so knowing this they have no rights in condemning you for any sin because they are sinners themselves. It’s like having a moral double standard I am going to judge you for your sins when I have probably done the same thing myself.
Why is this important to the Christian or us? We will all face problems and will commit sins in our lives. Whether it is a crime in our society or not anyone I believe deserves to be forgiven for their mistakes in their lives. Everyone deserves to be given a second chance to correct their wrongs and set things right for the things or people they have wrong. I don’t believe in capital punishment (meaning putting a person to death for a crime of murder) because I don’t think a man has the right to take a human life. I don’t have to be a Christian to believe that but as a Christian I as well as all Christian should hate the sin not the sinner (meaning the one who committed the sin). I do believe in justice in our society if you commit a crime you should be punished for that crime. Even the word of God says that man will reap what he sows. So I don’t my belief against capital punishment taken the wrong way. I am only questioning the method we in society punish people who commit murder. Regardless, of what sin we have committed most people believe everyone deserves a second chance. You are justified through Christ of that second chance to make things right in your life. I submitted a gospel video that speaks to this very topic enjoy the video. Always remember to Keep the Faith and God loves you and So Do I!!
Attitude: 1. Manner, deposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing: tendency or orientation esp. of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes. 2. Position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc; a threatening attitude: a relaxed attitude. 3. Aeron, the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground, etc. 4. Ballet, a pose in which the dancer stand on one leg, the other bent behind.
I started with the definition of attitude because I wanted to put this article in the right meaning. A Christian must have an attitude in manner, disposition, feeling, position in their lives. So I am referring to the first definition of the meaning of attitude. This post will explore all aspects of a Christian’s manner, disposition, feel as well as position. We will also explore the negative as well as the position effects of attitude in a Christian life. Most people when they are referring to a people’s attitude they are talking about their outlook on a situation or life in general. Your attitude affects your behavior in such a way that you may create an outcome from the situation be it negative or positive.
The person has to be careful regarding the effects of your behavior. An example of this would be a person has gotten some very bad news about an important situation they may find themselves experiencing. Let’s say they were supposed to get a promotion at their job but it just didn’t happen. Your behavior or your reaction to this news could determine any future advancement of this job. One might be angry or upset that you didn’t get that promotion you believe you were qualified for, but that is when your faith should play a role. The Christian should always be thankful for their situation regardless how bad or terrible the news they would receive. Why, because of there an old saying in the Christian church… `the lord may not come when you need him but is always on time`…. This means that you have to wait on the Lord to bless you sometimes. Let see what the bible says about waiting on the Lord in Isaiah 40:31….”but those who wait on the lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles; They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint….. Waiting on the Lord should make a Christian stronger but there is another important aspect on waiting on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord will strengthen your character. God could be preparing you for something even greater that what you asked for. There are times in our lives when we are not ready for God’s mercy or blessing. Your attitude may not be right with God because of your negative behavior always complaining or being impatience with your situation. The person who is patience and is willing to have faith in God, God will be gracious to you; for it stated in Isaiah 30:18…..Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted that he may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him”…..
There are two examples I would like to give as proof about how patience or impatience will affect you. One example is a person who won a million dollars playing the lotto in their state, but a year later they are broke. They were truly blessed to have that money, but what did they really do with the money they received. Some people think that if they had all that kind of money their lives would be a lot easier. But with money comes responsibility. How will you use that money? Will you invest that money? Will make the right investment with that money? Will you just spend all of that money? The person that has the wrong attitude or behavior will with their money will never profit in the long run. The fact is what will do with that kind of blessing if God granted to you. God knows your heart or intent and through his mercy He blesses you. The other example is a person who wanted a raise at their job. So they prayed for that raise to happen. They truly believe they would get that raise because they were patience and willing to wait on the Lord. They got the raise as well as a promotion on their job. This was all because they had faith in the Lord. They didn’t boast about their promotion. They just gave the Lord all the praise. Even for the non-believer that is what is in store for you once you commit your life to Christ. Jesus talks about having the right attitude with regards to God blessing when he tells the “The Parable of the Talents,” in Matthew 25:14-29….. “For the Kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And one he gave five talents, to another two and another one to each according to his ability: and immediately he went on his journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them and made another five talents. And likewise, he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time, the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. `So her who had received five talents came and brought five other talents; look I have gained five more talents besides them. His lord said to him, `Well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. He also who had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look I have gained two more talents besides them; His lord said to him, `well done good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make ruler over many things. Enter into the joy your Lord’ “than he who received the one talent came and said, `Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look there you have what is yours’ But his lord answered and said to him `You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers and at my coming, I would have received back with interest. Therefore take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.’ For to everyone who has more will be given and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and be gnashing of teeth.”
We often complain about some situations we faced in our lives. But the Christian with the right attitude never complains about their situation. All the Christian with an Attitude does is turn that problem or situation over to God and wait on the Lord to handle it. Why do I proclaim the Christian with an Attitude? The Christian with an Attitude never quits on anything because they believe they will be victorious. The Christian with an Attitude doesn’t have problems just setbacks which will only last for a time. The Christian with an Attitude is patience and has faith in all situations. The Christian with an Attitude will always exalt God because they know God will prevail in loneliness, cancer or sickness, marriage, or relationships, money or their career. This is only God’s love, grace, and mercy because God loves us so much. The Christian with an Attitude has a special relationship with God. What is your attitude in your life? I submitted a Gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”.