How You Can…

 face eternity with confidence

November 24, 2014

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

A World War II chaplain told the story of a young man he encountered on the battlefield after a particularly bloody day of fighting. The soldier was mortally wounded, and his life was ebbing away. With fearful eyes, the young man looked up at the chaplain and said, “Sir, will I live?”

The chaplain knew it was hopeless, but didn’t know what to say. So he said to the soldier, “Son, are you a believer in Jesus Christ?” And that boy said, “Yessir. The greatest day of my life was the day I became a Christian.”

So the chaplain looked at that young man and said, “Then yes, son. You will live.”

Unless Christ returns, each and every single one of us will one day make that journey from this life to the next. And all that will matter on that day won’t be how much you have, the good works you’ve done, or who you family was. What matters is your yes or your no to Jesus.

Your eternal destiny hinges on that decision. And not only yours, but everyone you know and love. Don’t let another day pass without putting your eternity in Jesus’ hands. Give thanks to God today that Jesus died for you, took away your sins, and gives you eternal life by faith. If you do that, you can step into eternity with confidence!

STEP INTO ETERNITY WITH CONFIDENCE BY TRUSTING JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR AND PUTTING YOUR LIFE INTO HIS HANDS!


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Pilate’s Indecision

 

“Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law.” – John 18:31
Pilate wanted to evade the responsibility of trying and sentencing Jesus. But instead of honestly refusing to have anything to do with his condemnation, Pilate sought by evasion simply to get clear of the case. He could not do it, however; for each time Jesus came back and stood before him waiting for his decision.

One of Pilate’s questions a little later than this was, “What shall I do with Jesus?” — a question he was compelled to answer in the end. Jesus stands before every human soul, as he stood before Pilate, demanding reception or rejection, and everyone of us must answer this same question. The question may be postponed, but we cannot get it off our hands. We may send Jesus away, but presently we find him back, standing again at our door. Every soul must sit in judgment on Christ, and give a decision.

Look on a little. Here we see Pilate on the judgment-seat, and Jesus standing before him to be judged. “Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and power to release thee?” Awful power for any man to hold! The scene closed, and Jesus went to his cross. Pilate soon fell into disgrace, and in a few years committed suicide. When he stood before the throne of the divine Judge, into whose eyes did the poor guilty Roman look? Ah, what a reversal there was! Once Pilate was judge, and Jesus stood at the bar; now Jesus is judge, and Pilate is before him.

Jesus stands now before sinners, meek and lowly, asking to be received; but the scene will soon be changed for those who reject him — they will be hurried away into eternity, and the Judge before whose bar they shall find themselves will be the same One who stood so long, patient and loving, waiting to save them.

Where You Can…

 go to have every need met

September 5, 2014

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

Several years ago, our church did an outreach project in our community where we distributed clothes and food to people in need. There was one man who came in and told us, “I’m looking for some work boots. Do you have any?”

“I’m sorry, sir,” one of the workers told him. “I don’t think we have any work boots.” So she walked with the man over to the shoes area, and they searched for a bit. And what do you know, they found one pair of work boots that were just the man’s size.

The man began to weep with joy. And what he said next made everyone there weep too. “My boss said that if I didn’t have any work boots by tomorrow, I was going to be fired. I didn’t have any money to buy them, so I prayed yesterday that God would provide for me, and He has!”

God is a faithful provider. He will never, ever fail to provide for your every need if you cling tightly to Him. So whether you find yourself in need today or in abundance, trust in God to continually meet your every need. He’ll never let you down!

WHETHER YOU’RE IN GREAT NEED OR ABUNDANCE, TRUST IN GOD TO MEET EVERY NEED YOU HAVE!


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The Beauty God Gives To You

 

November 14, 2014

And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

1 Peter 1:17-19

A very vain woman went to get some photos taken one day. She spent hours with the photographer, getting just the right angles with the perfect lighting. By the end of the day, the photographer was exhausted and the woman was irritated because she didn’t think the pictures were going to turn out well.

When she received the proofs, her fears were confirmed. She hated every single one of them. So she called up the photographer and let him have it. “These pictures,” she shouted, “none of them do me justice.” At his wit’s end, the photographer said, “Lady, you don’t need justice; you need mercy!”

We can’t physically see the filthiness and ugliness of sin on our souls. And while many people might think they’d look just fine if they sent their spiritual photo to God, the truth is that no amount of makeup or Photoshop could ever do us “justice” in His eyes. We need mercy!

But the good news is that God’s mercy is available to us. Through Christ, we can have God’s goodness and His pardon from all our sins. Because of that, God sees us as having the righteousness and beauty of Christ, which covers all sin. This season of thanks, spend time thanking God for the remarkable gift of mercy He’s given you!

THANK GOD THAT THROUGH CHRIST’S MERCY, HE COVERS EVERY SPOT AND BLEMISH OF SIN AND SEES YOU AS HAVING THE BEAUTY OF JESUS!


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Thank God for the storms and trials in your life

Pat:

Very good and encouraging! Enjoy!

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

2-Corinthians_2-14: Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place

2-Corinthians_2-14: Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place

Immediately he [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

Matthew 14:22
I want you to think about today’s verse for a moment. Jesus made the disciples get into that boat, knowing that a storm was coming their way.

Yet Jesus didn’t send them into the teeth of a storm to be malicious or mean. He did it to help build the disciples’ faith! And by doing this, Jesus also showed that He was in complete control.

You know, outside of salvation itself, the most liberating, life-producing, joy-producing, peace-giving truth is the fact that Jesus Christ is sovereignly in control of your life. This means no matter what storm you’re…

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The Way To Heaen

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.John 14:6

A way always leads somewhere: Jesus is the way from earth to heaven and also from heaven to earth. Through Him we get to God and through Him God comes to us. He is the true and only ladder whose foot rests on the earth and whose top reaches up to the very glory of God. In His humanity Jesus comes down to the lowest depths of human need and sorrow. Had He been God only and not man, He could not have done this. The incarnation was the lowering of the ladder until it rested in the deepest valleys. There is now no shame or guilt in this world from which there is not a ladder of light with its steps leading upward to God and heaven..

While Christ‘s humanity brings the ladder down to earth’s places of sorest need, His divinity carries the ladder up past the shining stars into the the glory of God. On one page of the New Testament we find Jesus on a cross, dying in darkness and shame between criminals. We open another page and we see that same Jesus in the midst of the heavenly brightness, still bearing the wound marks but crowned in glory. Behold the ladder from earth to heaven!

A ladder is a way for people to climb. Christ is the way then by which sinners can go up out of their sins to the purity and blessing of heaven. One thing that is critical to understand is that there is only one way. Christ is the only Mediator. We can enter the Father’s family only through Him. Grace can come to us only through Him. There is no choice: if we do not go by this one way we can never reach home. We must not forget that a way is meant to be walked in. We must put our feet on this ladder and go up rung by rung until we reach the topmost step which will be heaven.

What It Means…

 to live your new life

October 30, 2014

Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and… put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:22–24

One of my very favorite stories from the Scriptures is the story of Jesus’ good friend Lazarus. Lazarus was sick. Jesus found out, but waited until four days after he died to come. Upon arriving, Jesus ordered that the stone be removed from the tomb and raised Lazarus from the dead.

Something interesting happened next. Lazarus was still bound with the linen strips that were wrapped around a person when he died. And Jesus said, “Unbind him, and let him go” (John 11:44). What I love about that statement is that Jesus isn’t allowing Lazarus to wear the clothes of a dead man. Instead, He intends for Lazarus to shed the garments of death and move forward in life.

Much the same way, when we come to Christ and are raised from the death of our sins, Jesus calls us to shed the garments of death that bind us and put on the clothes of grace and glory.

Many Christians have stepped out of the tomb, but are still bound by their death clothes of sin. But in Christ, you have the ability to shed the clothes of death and put on new clothes of life. Walk in that new life today by God’s power!

BE RENEWED DAILY IN GOD’S POWER BY TAKING OFF YOUR OLD SELF AND PUTTING ON THE NEW!


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HOW CAN IT BE?

Pat:

Very good and Encouraging! Enjoy and keep trusting God *

Originally posted on Stumbling into Grace:

Good Morning!

Every morning during my prayer time I read several daily readings and my Bible. Two of these daily readers are GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT BY ONE MINUTE DEVOTIONS written and compiled by several Christian writers and published in 2011. MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST (365 one minute meditations) by Oswald Chamber and published in 1935.

These daily readings were written 76 years apart; one written by the famous Christian writer and the other written by various Christian writers.

How can it be that two readings on the same day can convey the same message?

There is only one answer to that question. Only the Holy Spirit delivered this message in these two books on this particular day.

The Holy Spirit blessed me by these readings, only the Holy Spirit knew I needed and longed for this message.

My prayer for you today is that these messages will bless…

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God Loves You

Pat:

Great Encouragement! Enjoy!

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

Luke_12-6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Luke_12-6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Luke 15:22
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
If you are a believer, you are probably familiar with the touching story of the prodigal son that Jesus shared. Who do you think the father in the story represents? Of course! Jesus was giving us a picture of Our Heavenly Father.

John_3-17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved

John_3-17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved

In the story, the father was seen running toward his son, who was returning home. (Luke 15:20)Do you realize that God is never described as being in a hurry in the Bible? He is always…

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Do You Feel Like You Have Been Thrown in a Fire? … like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego…

Pat:

Good Encouragement! Hold on !

Originally posted on The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel:

So many of us have been wronged…
secretly abused so others won’t know…
even feeling like we’re thrown in a fire…
like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
And our fiery trials and tribulations…
seemed insurmountable at best…
but how many of us were confident…
even thinking this is only a test?
So just how did we react…
when our world turned upside down?
Were we yelling and screaming…
or did we barely utter a sound?
Were we peaceful and calm…
or were we panicked and unhinged?
Did we come out unscathed…
with not even a single hair singed?
Did we emerge from our “fires”…
without a burn on our hand…
nor even the smell of smoke…
though most don’t understand.
For it was their total faith…
that protected them in the fire…
as they called on their God…
who was their One Desire.
For the fiery trials and tribulations…
that each…

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