Archive for May, 2014
“Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.” (Joshua 1:16)
That’s the right answer. We don’t follow Joshua, but we follow Jesus, wherever he goes, whatever he commands.
Your children are a gift and a blessing from God. Be thankful and treasure them.
“Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”” (Genesis 4:9)
Am I my brother’s keeper? YES! Not just for my siblings but for my brothers and sisters in the faith. We are responsible for looking out for one another.
But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. (Hosea 12:6)
If you have been far from God, then come back. Start by practicing love and justice. Always wait for your God. He will be there.
“Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Matthew 4:10)
There is only One who is worthy of our worship, our loyalty, our allegiance. Worship God and serve him only.
You made a commitment to follow Jesus. Do not quit. Do not give up. Continue to live in him.
God wants all of His people to be with Him forever. He’s planned on that from the beginning and even prepared a place far more beautiful than any imaginative conjuring we could create. We have called that place Heaven “and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Rev. 21:4. It will be a glorious place for God and Jesus will both be there.
If you believe in Heaven, then you must believe in Hell. Scripture talks about both and you have to acknowledge the bad as well as the good. Hell is described as a place that “burns with fire and brimstone.” Rev 21:8 And a place where God and Jesus are not.
And if you believe that God wants all of his people to go to Heaven, then you have to know that, by their choices and actions, some will not be in heaven but will go to Hell. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Rev. 21:8.
If you believe in life on this earth, then you must believe in life after death because scripture talks about both. In 1 John 5:13, the writer says he’s written the things he did “that you may know that you have eternal life.”
The question becomes, where will you spend your eternal life?
And the next question is, is that where you want to be?
God’s good news isn’t just for us, our families, or our neighbors. It’s for all nations! Tell the world the great things that God has done.
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
What do you look forward to? Where is your hope? Call on God your Savior. He hears.
“Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey.” (Deuteronomy 5:27)
There’s a danger in saying, “You get God’s message then share it with me.” We should desire to hear God’s Word directly, not indirectly.