Friday, August 11, 2017

" Entrusted with the Gospel "

1st.Thessalonians 2:1-8  " For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our GOD to speak unto you the Gospel of GOD with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of GOD to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but GOD, which trieth our hearts.
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; GOD is witness: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of CHRIST. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the Gospel of GOD only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. "
     Is the Gospel an essential in your life ? To what lengths do you go to see that the message of the Gospel is clearly and sincerely expressed ? The Apostle Paul and his companions were willing to see to it that the message of the Gospel was made known despite the obstacles and hindrances they faced. He not only endured being "shamefully entreated" when he ministered in Philippi, but he further described the reception in Thessalonica as being "with much contention" (v.2). One can see the resolute determination that drove Paul and company to present the Gospel throughout the world, wherever they found themselves and had the divinely given open door. A few responded in both Philippi and Thessalonica, but when we read of those ministries in the book of Acts, we realize that the numbers were relatively small. Yet even the low amount of converts did not dissuade the Apostle because he considered it a great privilege to be "put in trust with the Gospel" (v.4). Paul Knew that it was an honor to proclaim the Gospel of GOD's great Salvation from sin to the Gentile world.
     Furthermore, the Apostle did not use terms, phrases, or ideas to manipulate the Thessalonian Saints (vv.3,5). He made no attempt to deceive them into hearing his proclamation of the Gospel. He was not simply seeking results so that he could "pad his resume" to impress others. Paul's desire was exclusively to please the LORD through the ministry that GOD allowed him to have. To what end are you serving the LORD ? Are you merely looking at the results - the end product - or are you seeking to be honest and faithful in your service for GOD ? We are but stewards entrusted with the Gospel. GDF
Your servant in CHRIST,
Julie
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Friday, July 14, 2017

" Israel at the Center "

Deuteronomy 32:7-14  " Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. When the MOST HIGH divided to the nations their inheritance, when HE separated the sons of Adam, HE set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the LORD's portion is HIS people; Jacob is the lot of HIS inheritance. HE found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; HE led him about, HE instructed him, HE kept him as the apple of HIS eye.
As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. HE made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and HE made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou did drink the pure blood of the grape. "
   " When the MOST HIGH divided to the nations their inheritance, when HE separated the sons of Adam, HE set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel " (vs.8). Without claiming to uncover all the mysteries of this fascinating passage, at the very least this can be said: When GOD set the boundaries for all the nations, HE had Israel in mind, and HE wonderfully provided for HIS chosen nation. Let us realize GOD's sovereignty even in geography !
" Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. " Genesis 11:9

   After the Babel dispersion (Genesis Chapter 11), the sons of Adam spread out over the earth, doing their own thing and acting independently of GOD. However, the nations that formed from this migration and the boundaries that resulted were all predetermined by GOD (Acts 17:26). In GOD's sovereign planning, Israel was central. The LORD knew exactly what territory to give them based upon their population and all other factors.
The land of Israel is in the exact center of the world, based upon its proximity to the world's major land masses. It is nestled in the middle of three large continents. This land of Canaan is not a sizable strip of land, but consider all of the vital historical events that have taken place there, including, most importantly, JESUS CHRIST's death, burial and resurrection. Consider also the great prophetic events that are yet to occur in this specific geographical location. Indeed, in the kingdom age, Jerusalem will be the very capital of the world, with CHRIST sitting on David's throne. How foolish it is for people to believe or teach that Israel has no place in the future plan of GOD ! Israel has been the preeminent focus of the LORD's sovereign planning from the very beginning ! GWZ
Your servant in CHRIST,
Julie
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Friday, July 7, 2017

" Do You Have Eternal Life ? "

John 3:14-21  " And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the SON of MAN be lifted up: that whosoever believes in HIM should not perish, but have eternal life. For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only begotten SON, that whosoever believes in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life. For GOD sent not HIS SON into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through HIM might be saved.
He that believes on HIM is not condemned: BUT he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten SON of GOD. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (exposed). But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest (clearly seen), that they are wrought (done) in GOD. "
   Do you know CHRIST as your SAVIOR ? Do you know for sure you are a Christian ? These questions and others relating to the Gospel and our spiritual condition should never offend a " True " Christian. We should be grateful that someone cares enough to ask. When posed with such questions, however, what kind of answers are we able to give ? When you ask these questions to others, what sort of answers have you been given ? Every Christian should be able to clearly articulate his or her knowledge of personal sin (Romans 3:23). Because of sin, no one is able to save him or herself (Romans 6:23); everyone needs the SAVIOR, GOD's REDEEMER, WHO died in our place, paying the penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8). It is by faith alone in the person and in the finished work of JESUS on the cross as our substitute that we have eternal life (John 1:12; 3:16-17).
   The purpose of CHRIST's first coming was to save sinners (Matthew 20:28; Luke 19:10). HE came to pay the price for our sins so that sinners would have the opportunity, by faith, to receive eternal life. Bible-believing Christians have faith (knowledge, assent, trust) that the LORD JESUS CHRIST's death on Calvary's cross was the only payment for sin that was acceptable to GOD the FATHER. Furthermore, we also believe that GOD demonstrated HIS acceptance of the price that HIS SON paid when HE raised JESUS from the dead. In a nutshell, the death, burial, and resurrection of JESUS CHRIST for our sins IS THE GOSPEL (1st.Corinthians 15:3-4). Back to the initial question: Do you know CHRIST as your personal SAVIOR ? Do you believe that HE died to pay the penalty for your sin and that HE is risen from the dead ? Have you trusted in JESUS as your personal SAVIOR from the wages of sin ? GDF
Your servant in CHRIST,
Julie
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

" Peace with GOD "

Romans 5:1-5  " Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST: by WHOM also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of GOD. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the HOLY GHOST which is given unto us. "
     We hear so much today about peace. Many people claim that one can experience personal peace by following one's own ideas or someones else's ideas, but this will not give anyone genuine peace. Others are striving for world peace which, they think, can become a reality if all the nations of the world would disarm.
     Nothing, however, is more important than having peace with GOD, and Scripture tells us that it is indeed possible to have peace with GOD. But in order to obtain this peace, man must accept it on GOD's terms. Every person born into this world can only enjoy peace through the person and work of JESUS CHRIST. " There is no peace, saith my GOD, to the wicked " (Isaiah 57:21). Man is separated from the LORD by their sin, and yet anyone can have peace with the Holy GOD by placing their faith in the work of CHRIST, WHO died for all sinners and will cleanse them from their sin by HIS shed blood (Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14). We can only be justified ("declared righteous") by faith in JESUS' finished work on the cross. Have you received HIM as your SAVIOR (John 1:12) ?
     Verse five of the text spells out many blessings enjoyed by the believer. First of all, those who have peace with GOD have access into HIS grace and enjoy the hope of being in CHRIST (Romans 5:2). We can always glory in all our trials and tribulations and know that the LORD is seeking to teach us patience (Romans 5:3). We possess incomparable hope in CHRIST (Romans 5:4), and the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts as we yield to the LORD (Romans 5:5). How thankful we should be to have peace with the LORD by HIS marvelous grace. Peace with GOD is the most important peace that any person could ever possess. DLF
Your servant in CHRIST,
Julie
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Friday, April 28, 2017

" None Other Name "

Acts 4:12  " Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be save. "
   What do you think of the SAVIOR - JESUS the CHRIST ? Take a few moments to consider the amazing truth that is bound up in the person of CHRIST. HE is GOD manifested in the flesh (1st.Timothy 3:16) - the second person of the TRINITY. HIS death provided the wrath-removing sacrifice for the sin of the entire world (1st.John 2:2). HIS resurrection demonstrated that the sacrifice HE paid on Calvary was accepted by GOD the FATHER. After forty days of post resurrection ministry, JESUS was taken up to Heaven (Acts 1:9) and will again return to this planet - first, "in the air" to catch away HIS Bride, the church (1st.Thessalonians 4:13-18), and then later, upon the earth to personally judge the nations and establish HIS 1,000-year earthly kingdom (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:1-20:6). In Revelation 19:16, CHRIST is designated as "KING of kings, and LORD of lords." In other words, the meek and lowly SAVIOR WHO willingly offered HIS life is returning in power and great glory, showing all creation, finally and definitively, WHO and WHAT HE really is !
   The Apostle Paul stated what happens when that moment occurs: " That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow . . . and that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of GOD the FATHER " (Philippians 2:10-11). It is not merely the word JESUS that will cause people to so respond; rather, it is the recognition of WHO HE really is. HIS character - HIS virtuous person - will be obvious to them. They will recognize and acknowledge HIM for WHO HE is. HE is the ONE WHO died and rose again for us and is coming back for us. Today, take some time to contemplate WHO CHRIST really is. HE is worthy of our adoration and worship ! GDF
Your servant in CHRIST,
Julie
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Propitiation ~ Sacrificial Payment

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

" New Life Through Sanctification "

Psalm 51:9-10   " Hide THY face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; and renew a right spirit within me. "
     Daily cleansing from sin is necessary if we are to "walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4) once we have obtained new life through faith in JESUS CHRIST. While it is true that once we are saved we are positionally sanctified in CHRIST and completely accepted in the sight of GOD, we need to be progressively sanctified because we often find ourselves wandering from HIM and becoming entangled with the affairs of our old life. It becomes necessary to confess the known sins in our life in order to experience proper fellowship with HIM (1st.John 1:9). David certainly found it essential to ask GOD to cleanse and sanctify his heart after he had committed adultery and murder: "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; and renew a right spirit within me" (v.10; 2nd.Samuel 11-12).
     We can experience the new life that is ours through the LORD JESUS CHRIST in all its fullness if we remember to renew our inward man day by day (2nd.Corinthians 4:16) and strive to "walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4). Even though we are saved and are "new [creatures]" (2nd.Corinthians 5:17), we still possess the GOD-given responsibility to regularly "put off" the flesh - the old nature - and to "put on" the character of CHRIST (Colossians 3:5-14). An active walk with GOD and close, personal fellowship with HIM are necessary if we are to "be renewed in the spirit of [our] mind" (Ephesians 4:22-24). The world, the flesh, and the devil seek to draw us away from the LORD and back to our old ways; when we fall, the resulting wayward walk is a dreary one indeed. But if we, like David, seek to draw near to GOD and ask HIM for cleansing and renewal when we sin, then we will experience the new life of peace and joy that GOD desires for each of HIS OWN. MDC
Your servant in CHRIST,
Julie
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

" LORD, I Care Not for Riches "

Luke 12:16-21  "And HE spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits ? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But GOD said unto him, THOU FOOL, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided ? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward GOD. "
     Very few people desire to die young, so length of days is, indeed, important to them. However, many are also desirous of amassing wealth and accumulating possessions in this lifetime. If they were asked to articulate a motto for their lives, it might be something like this common quotation - " He who dies with the most  "toys" (wealth & possessions) wins ! " Examples of this typical outlook on life abound both in the Scriptures and in everyday life around us, but is the accumulation of wealth and /or possessions a true measure of a person's life ? Many people of wealth have come to the end of a miserable, lonely life with the realization that their riches never genuinely satisfied them and did nothing to bring them close to their CREATOR.
. . . . . . . But is still DEAD !
     JESUS addressed this very matter. Responding to a request from a man who wanted HIM to intervene in the division of an inheritance, JESUS warned, " Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:15). HE then spoke the parable of a man who trusted in his riches, laying up treasure for himself but not being rich toward GOD. To him GOD said, " THOU FOOL, this night thy soul shall be required of thee "(v.20). His riches would not follow him at death. The value of a life is not found in longevity, in the accumulation of this world's goods, in any earthly object, or in philosophy. GOD sent HIS SON to save from sin, death, and hell " whosoever " (John 3:16). Riches cannot save you. The only destiny apart from GOD's Salvation is eternal separation from HIM  - in Hell, a place of torment. Believe on JESUS and be saved. Trust in CHRIST without delay ! JED
Your servant in CHRIST,
Julie
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