Who Is Jesus?

Did you notice the verb tense I used when I said, “is” Jesus? Using the verb “was” isn’t really correct because Jesus IS alive. You might question this and say, “Jesus is dead, just like everyone else when they die. How can that be?” My friend that’s where you are wrong.

Who do you say that Jesus is? Some might say he was just a man from Nazareth. Others might say he was a prophet. Still others might say he was a teacher and healer of the sick. Some of these would be correct in part but the real answer is Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and is alive and sitting at the right hand of God.

How do I know these things? This information is found in God’s word, the Bible. The importance of you knowing who Jesus is will determine where you spend eternity after you die. For those who have embraced Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they will spend eternity in heaven. For others who have denied Him or called him just a man then their destination is sealed according to the Bible.

Doing good works or being a moral person is not enough according to God’s word. The key is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. By doing this your sins are forgiven for all time and your future home will be in heaven. An important verse to remember from the Bible is what Jesus said about gaining entrance into heaven. It is found in John 14:6 where Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” That statement seals your eternal destination. If you accept it, great. If you deny it, then your choice is the wrong one.

Find out who Jesus is today. Read God’s beautiful word and discover Jesus, His love for you, and His death for the forgiveness of your sins.

He Stays By Our Side

Look up comfort in a dictionary and you’ll find a definition like “something that promotes a state of ease or provides freedom from pain and anxiety.” But according to God’s Word, when consolation is needed, the only true solution is the indwelling Holy Spirit. In Greek, He is called paraklētos, which means “he who stands at one’s side; he who comes to one’s aid.” Believers don’t have to rely on outward remedies or distractions to ease their mind, because help is available from the ultimate Comforter.

Even before the Holy Spirit was sent to indwell believers (John 14:26; Eph. 3:16), Scripture identified God as the one who comforts His people (Isa. 40:1; Isa. 49:13). The Lord personally provides consolation and reassurance because no one knows our hurts the way He does.

Here is an anonymous quotation that applies to the situation: “When we have gone into the furnace of affliction, His hand is on the thermostat and His eye is on the clock.” God allows hardship, and as a result, we become stronger believers, wiser servants, and more humble people. But He stays by our side through the entire experience, sustaining us and limiting the intensity and duration of our distress. The Spirit’s reassuring whisper to our heart gives more comfort than the solace of family or the encouragement of friends.

People who fail to understand the true source of comfort try to escape their pain. They seek out pleasures, material wealth, or drugs and alcohol to soothe them. Only God can offer lasting relief from the crushing pressure of heartache. He even brings joy into periods of mourning.

Reblogged from Charles Stanley’s “In Touch” blog.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.

This psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise!

God alone is worthy of being worshiped. What is your attitude toward worship? Do you willingly and joyfully come into God’s presence, or are you just going through the motions, reluctantly going to church?

Remember, God is worthy of our worship on a daily basis. Why? He gave you life.

Approaching the great physician of our soul

We may be diseased with sin so as to be loathsome in our own eyes and morally infectious to our neighbors and acquaintances; we may be leprous with sin so as to be cut off from the fellowship of the saints and the communion of the holy; we may be under the ban of man and the curse of heaven; yet if we approach this great Physician of our soul as well as our body, confiding in his power and trusting in his mercy, we shall obtain, and that without fail, healing and health for our diseased spirits and sin-sick souls.

Thousands alive this day can testify from actual happy experiences to the healing power of Jesus’ word, the cleansing efficacy of his blood, and the renewing, purifying, and sanctifying influences of his Spirit.

So, consider this – He is still the same – “the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever,” and able as ever to “save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him.” Therefore, by giving your life to Him you become a new creation in Christ through His life-saving blood and merciful grace.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, now and forever more.

 

Pursuing wealth and career at the expense of family.

Have you pursued wealth and a career at the expense of family? Maybe your busy schedule has kept you from spending time with God in His Word each day. Some people become involved in extramarital affairs, trading the well-being of their family for the satisfaction of lustful desires. Others sacrifice their health by consuming harmful or addictive substances, or even by overindulging in food. The list of ways we make foolish, shortsighted choices is endless.

Some of the decisions we make today could rob us of the blessings God wants to give us. When you yield to temptation, you’re actually sacrificing your future for momentary pleasure. We can’t afford to live thoughtlessly, basing our decisions on immediate desires or feelings. Since the principle of sowing and reaping cannot be reversed (Gal. 6:7), we need to carefully consider what we are planting. The harvest will come, at which point we’ll reap what we have sown—and more than we’ve sown.

Are you contemplating anything that could have serious long-term ramifications if you yield to the yearning? A wise person evaluates choices by looking ahead to see what negative consequences could follow a course of action. Don’t let immediate, feel-good actions hinder God’s wonderful plans for you.

Is Jesus the answer to the sin in your life?

Is there sin in your life? If you answered, “no”, then you are not be very truthful with yourself. You might say that you haven’t done anything wrong but by our very nature we are sinful in God’s eyes. No matter how hard we try we will always be sinful by the very fact of Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden of eden.

If that’s true then why do I need Jesus in my life and a need for salvation you might ask? From God’s perspective, even though you were born with a sinful nature, He has provided a way for us to be saved from our sins and spend eternity in heaven after we die. God sent his only son to be crucified on a cross and die for our sins. He took our place so we don’t have to face the punishment he endured.

If you think being a good person and doing good things is enough to get you into heaven then you should rethink your position. God’s word, the bible, is very clear on this. It says the wages of sin is death. Not a natural death but a spiritual one. Since God is spirit and holy we cannot stand before Him clothed in our sinfulness. Jesus took our sins on himself so we didn’t have to and therefore we can stand before God, holy and blameless.

If you want to spend eternity in heaven after you die, then receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior by faith is the necessary and important step you must take. If you are not sure how to go about receiving the Lord into your life, seek out a Christian friend or go to a pastor and ask them to help you.

If you are reluctant to seek out help then if you do the following, you will be saved. Say this prayer, “Lord, I am a sinner and no longer want to live a sinful life. I am asking you, Jesus, to come into my life and save me from my sins. Thank you for hearing my prayer and blessing me with salvation. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

From this point on it is between you and Jesus how you live the rest of your life. If you depend on Him daily to keep you from sin then He will make your path straight and you will spend eternity in heaven with him.

God loves you more than you know

God loves you more than you know. It is hard to grasp just how much love God has for each one of us but he does. His love, mercy and grace abound to everyone. He is reaching out to the unsaved (unbelievers in Christ) in order to have a positive impact on their life.

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, now is the time to make that decision. By having faith and asking Jesus to come into your life, he will take up residence in your heart and have a positive impact on your life forever.

There is one verse in the bible that talks about this very fact. It is John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that those who believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Why not make this life changing decision today? Life on earth is short, but life in heaven is for an eternity. I don’t know about you but I’d rather spend eternity in heaven in the loving arms of Jesus than being tormented in hell forever by Satan and his minions.