“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God intended earth to be a perfect paradise for His beloveds: US. Why? Because He loves us. All God wants in return is our love and obedience. He loves us unconditionally. He created us. He created a big, beautiful world for us. If …
God’s words – God’s truth – begins in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, written by Noah. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1 God created a world for us to live in and enjoy. He created a man (Adam) and a woman (Eve) to start our heritage. “then …
God set aside the Sabbath as a day of unhurried worship and rest. This time gives us the spiritual and physical refreshment we need in our service to God and others. “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.” – Deuteronomy 5:12 The condition of our heart and relationship with …
“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” – Jesus’ words as recorded in Mark 14:38
In the scripture above, Jesus was speaking to his disciples after finding them asleep rather than praying in the garden of Gethsemane. We may not face persecution because of our faith as he told them they would, but we sometimes face other struggles that can wear us down: sickness, jobs, relationships and even in roles of ministry.
Remember all that Jesus endured during his ministry here on earth and on the cross; suffering for God’s will and for our salvation? All of that was for US!
We do not have to live enslaved to sin and the evils of the world. We can be free from the condemnation of sin, overcome struggles and resist temptation (Phillippians 4) through Jesus when we give our lives to Him.
Who has your life: the world or Jesus?
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” – John 3:17-18
Genuine, unconditional love is giving selflessly. The kind of love Jesus extends to us. The kind of love Jesus commands us to give to our family and….our neighbors. Jesus is not just referring to the people living beside us or in our neighborhood. He is referring to everybody! We are commanded to love ALL others …
Last week, we talked about loving one another as Jesus commanded. Remember, love is not merely an intent or feeling. Love is an action. Loving others is an action. When we love others unconditionally, our hearts will lead us to serve them unconditionally. Our service to others begins at home with our family. Think about …
We tend to think love is an emotion. But love is an action. God is the source of love; love in action. He sacrificed his only son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Therefore, Jesus is the greatest example of love. He lived, He died, and He rose for US.
When we accept God’s gift of salvation, we also inherit that same love power; we can love selflessly through the Holy Spirit. We are commanded to use that power to love one and serve one another.
Do we act in love?
It is easy to confess our love for God by going to church once a week or quoting a Bible verse once in a while. But real love in action (or not) is how we treat the people God places in our lives; family members, friends, church family and even strangers. The Bible says we cannot truly love God if we cannot truly love those who are created in His image.
How are you loving today? Are you loving through the true Source of love?
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
– 1 John 4:11 & 14-16
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day; the traditional holiday set aside for honoring our mothers. Many of us will be able to spend time with our mother this weekend, while others will have to settle for phone calls, Skype, or Facetime. What ever time you have with your mother this weekend, I pray it is precious and …
The entire book of James is a guide to Christian living. But it’s not solely intended for new believers. Mature Christians need to be reminded how to live because we can become complacent, discouraged and grumpy. Yes, it is true! We all fall short!
The world is in utter chaos. Governments cannot get along. Families cannot get along. Friends cannot get along. AND, God’s own people struggle to get along sometimes,
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are supposed to be setting the example for the rest of the world to see. We are supposed to be reflecting the love and light of Jesus.
We must obey God. The Bible (God’s word) holds His instructions and promises for us.
While we cannot control how the rest of the world behaves, we can control our behavior and strive to be doers of the word. Let’s stop our petty debates and redirect our focus the things of God, serving Him and others.
God never promised us that His plan for our life would be easy to follow, but He did promise us abundant blessings along the way. Let’s pray to be stronger witnesses of God’s word and the good news.
Let’s be doers of His word.
The Holy Bible, the true word of God, tells us we are not accidents or happen-stances. We were purposely and wonderfully made by God, the creator of the universe. He knew us before we were born and He made us for his divine purpose.
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14
This includes you. God created you. God loves you. He wants you to live in joy and free from the bondage of sin. God’s divine purpose for your life is to have a personal relationship with Him through his son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for your sins. And through that relationship, share the good news of Jesus with others, for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Ready or Not, He is coming back for us!
God’s word tells us Jesus is coming back soon!
My sincerest and deepest prayer is that all of my family, friends and readers are ready for Jesus. Are you ready for Jesus to come back?
What does it mean to be ready for Jesus?
God loves you more than you can comprehend and He wants to give you an immeasurable gift: salvation. All you have to do is profess Jesus as the son of God and King of Kings, confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and then, you will have eternal life! And when you experience the joy of living with Jesus, you will want to tell others the Good News!
If you believe Jesus died for you and you are ready to accept the gift of salvation, just pray:
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for my sins. Please forgive my sins. I proclaim Jesus as my Lord and Savior and invite Him into my heart and life. Please direct my life according to your purpose. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN
If you made a decision for Jesus just now, please reach out to someone at your local church, a Christian family member or myself for prayer and direction as you begin your relationship with Jesus. God bless you!
Life is better with Jesus!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16