From my daily reading today…
“16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 17 and let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.” – Zechariah 8:16-17
Hmmmm…. the Lord hates when we think evil of and mentally plan evil on our neighbors. Do you have unruly neighbors? Find a way to communicate truth to them, do good to them even if they do you wrong. Romans 12: 20 teaches, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” Maybe instead of dishing back what bad things your neighbor does to you cut his grass, rake his leaves, send him a gift. You never know it just might open a door of communication for you to speak truth to him.
Hoping everyone has a great Christmas with family and friends. I greatly encourage all to Spend some time with the Lord in prayer and in the reading of his Word. After all it is His birth we celebrate on this day, so it only normal we do said.
Love this quote: “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” —Benjamin Franklin. Determine this day to be in the few, those who read and heed the Word of God.
“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” – Psalm 143:8
As David cried out to the Lord we too should seek to hear the Lord each morning. Start your day out with the Word of God. You will find the loving kindness of God and know the right path to walk in life.
From my daily reading today…
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them”. – Revelation 14-13
We must labour today for our Lord, the day will come when we can rest! That day for the saved born again Bible believer is the day we die. Notice our works can follow us to heaven, works we do for the Lord with the right motives (1 Corinthians 3:12-13) and (Romans 14:10-12).
The “Romans Road” is a simple way of presenting the gospel using verses from the book of Romans. It was written by the Apostle Paul during his 3rd missionary journey about 23 years after the events of the gospels to Christians he had heard about but never met. Paul wanted to give them a complete description of the fundamentals and foundations of Christianity: sinful nature of all men in the eyes of God, justification by faith in Jesus Christ, freedom from sin, and victory in Christ, judgment, spiritual growth, and godly living.
“As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, no, not one.’” (Romans 3:10, KJV)
Quoting from the Psalms, the apostle Paul declares that no single human being is “righteous” (the meaning of which is best understood as “right with God”).
1. I am a “good person” do I really need salvation? In many years of talking to people, I think 9 out of 10 people categorize themselves as “good” people and do not understand their need for salvation.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23, KJV)
Lest someone protest that they are a good person, especially when compared to people they know or observe in the news or in their workplace (or wherever), Paul points out that the standard is not your neighbor, but rather God Himself.
It is not enough that you compare yourself to another human being and think “Well, I’m not as bad as him.”
The standard is God’s holiness. And all of us fall short of that standard.
2. I am not a really bad person, is my sin really that bad? Almost everyone considers themselves to be “relatively” better (less bad, less sinful, and less depraved) than others and so forgive themselves for their “relatively” minor sins.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, KJV)
Having established that we are all sinners who fall short of God’s glory, Paul explains that the “wages” (or earnings) of our sin is “death.” This includes both physical death and spiritual death.
Physical death is when your soul separates from your body. Spiritual death is when your soul is separated from God. And this separation from God extends into eternity for those who die in their lost and sinful state.
Because of our sin, we face the reality and inevitability of both physical death and eternal separation from God.
Paul, however, does not leave us with just bad news. He mentions that the “gift of God” is “eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And to further explain this, we step back a chapter in Romans to go to the next milestone marker in the Romans Road.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, KJV)
God does not leave us in our sinful state. He does not leave us with the prospect of facing both physical and spiritual death. There is, as they say, “more to the story.”
3. I am too bad to be saved, how can there be any hope for me? Those, who do not consider themselves better than others, often consider themselves to have missed the mark, with so many sins stacked up on their side of the scale, that there is no hope for them.
Paul says that God demonstrated or commended (gave) love to us even when we did not deserve it. Even when we were deep in sin, “Christ died for us.”
4. What do we do this information? Well, for that, we come to the final passage of the Romans Road.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13, KJV)
The bad news is we all fall short of God’s glory and we all face both physical and spiritual death because of it. The good news is that God loved us, sent Jesus to die for us, and anyone who calls upon “the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
For a deeper explanation of what it means to call on the name of the Lord, Romans 10:13 should be read and understood in the context of the verses which precede it, Romans 10:9-10. Verses 9 through 13 of chapter 10 all beautifully speak to the plan and promise of God’s love and salvation.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Paul the Apostle, Romans 10:9-13, KJV
If you want to understand what it takes to have your sins forgiven, to be saved by God, and thus have your place with God in eternity firmly established, Romans 10:9-13 is perhaps the clearest explanation in all the Bible — with the exception of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in the third chapter of the Gospel of John.
We must communicate to God our clear declaration that Jesus is Lord and we must believe that Jesus rose from the dead. This must be a sincere, intentional decision we make before God. And those who are genuine and authentic in their confession of Christ and profession of faith “shall not be ashamed.”
This passage also makes clear that all of humanity (both “the Jew and the Greek” — referring to Jew and Gentile, which in biblical terms, comprises the whole of humanity) is loved by God and is eligible for this offer of salvation. God will hear anyone who calls on the name of His Son as Lord.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” – 1 John 5:14.
Pray, believing, “Lord I admit that I am a sinner and deserve Your punishment in hell. Forgive me for my sins – I repent. I trust Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and call upon Him to save me from my sins. I believe that He died for me on the Cross and only His blood can wash away my sins. I ask for Your gift of Eternal Life, in Jesus Name, Amen!”
Ezekiel:13 “1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; 3 thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. 6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. 7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. 9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.”
The same holds true today, many so called men of God speak their own thoughts and intents of their hearts. Beware! Colossians, 2:8. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.:”
If someone says or believes something contrary to the Word of God, the King James Bible – RUN! We have clergy out their who are called Father, RUN from them, for the Bible says: Matthew 23:9, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” We have clergy that tell us to pay through saints as a mediator RUN from them as the Word of God says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”.
Do not be deceived, many are today. Do not be among the deceived, study the Word of God to know the truth!
Ezekiel 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Our heart cannot be trusted, we must go to the Word of God to discern it.
So many times, we feel a certain way and that alone makes many of our determinations for us. You cannot fully trust your feelings. They tend to be deceptive! “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9.
* “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” – Proverbs 28:26.
We must go to the Word of God for our life’s choices, not our feelings, the Bible can guide us as Ezekiel 4:12 declares.
A child of God MUST be in the Word of God daily! If you are not in it daily START TODAY.
Psalm 103: 15-18, “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,and his righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”
Sunday is the Lord’s day, go to a good Bible believing Church and serve Him who is worthy to be served! Life is too short to waste it on the things of this world. Only what is done for Christ will last for eternity!
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