“That Would Be A Problem”

That Would Be A Problem

Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Today I had the most interesting conversation with an older man. While waiting on the bus we greeted each other. When I asked how he was doing he smiled and said, “I woke up this morning, that’s a good thing.” As we walked on the bus and sat down I asked him, “So is it a bad thing when we go to sleep and never wake up again?” He said with a terrifying look on his face, “That would be a problem.” I said, “No it won’t if you know him,” pointing to the sky. “In fact that will be the best day of your life. You won’t have to deal with this evil world anymore. One of the best tricks Satan has played on people is telling them, ‘You’re blessed because you woke up this morning.’ It’s a lie. Seven and a half billion that’s BILLION people besides you woke up this morning too. Are they all blessed just because they woke up? According to God’s word most of them are cursed because they have rejected Him. Think about how tricky that is: I’m blessed only because I woke up. I don’t have to do anything, I don’t have to change my life, just keep waking up and I’m blessed only for that. That is a lie from the Devil! You and me are gonna be checking out of here soon,” I told him, “The best thing we can do is tell God we’re sorry for our sins, and make some changes in our lives. Get what we need to get (Jesus) before we leave here then dying won’t be a problem for us.” The man listened, so did others who were on the bus, reluctantly though.

We soon came to my stop. As I was getting off the bus I told him, “It’s free, all you have to do is ask.” I hope he accepts the invitation:

Revelation 22:17 NIV “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the FREE GIFT of the water OF LIFE.”

DON’T BE RULED BY THE FEAR OF DEATH

Hebrews 2:14-15 says that Jesus came into this world as a human being, and through his death He destroyed the one who had the power of death, which is the Devil. And He (Jesus) set free those who all their lives were held in bondage by the fear of death. We know that the man I spoke with is still in bondage because of his great fear of death. Hopefully that will change. There are BILLIONS just like him who are in bondage. They are horrified at the thought of dying. Satan bullies them all their lives through this fear. It is a powerful weapon in his hands. May we accept Jesus by obeying His teachings so that we can live a life that’s ANXIETY FREE. “You will know the truth,” Jesus says, “And the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32) Free from all fear. (1 John 4:18) Free from the Devil’s tyranny. Then even death won’t be a problem for us like it is for so many:

John 3:16 KJV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Isaiah 57:1-2 NIV “The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. [2] Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

John 11:25-26 NIV “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; [26] and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

1 Corinthians 15:51-55 ISV “LET ME TELL YOU A SECRET. NOT ALL OF US WILL DIE, but all of us will be changed— 52 in a moment, faster than an eye can blink, at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will be raised never to decay, and we will be changed. 53 For what is decaying must be clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying must be clothed with what cannot die. 54 Now, when what is decaying is clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying is clothed with what cannot die, then the written word will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up by victory!” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

For the many who reject Jesus Christ yes death will be a problem. But for believers who fall asleep it is the answer or solution to all of our problems.

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We Know A Secret

We Know A Secret

Matthew 24:37-39 NIV “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. [38] For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; [39] and THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN until the flood came and took them all away. THAT IS HOW IT WILL BE AT THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN.”

You and I know what the future holds, we know a secret. It’s not the utopian picture painted by the world. God’s judgment is coming on the earth just as it did in the days of Noah. And the world doesn’t have a clue. Clueless then clueless today, but willingly though:

2 Peter 3:5-7 KJV “For this THEY WILLINGLY ARE IGNORANT of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: [6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: [7] But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

“THEY WILLINGLY ARE IGNORANT,” of what happened in the past and what WILL happen in the future God says. And anyone who reminds them of it is an enemy that must be destroyed. If what believers in Christ preach about the future and what happened to the world in the past are just fables why the harsh treatment? Other storytellers aren’t treated so bad. People who tell us stories about Santa Claus and the good tooth ferry aren’t treated that way. Why not? Because it’s not the truth. People love lies instead of the truth. The truth has a way of stinging people. And they will do anything not to have to feel that stinging sensation, including murder. (Revelation 11:7-10)

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Plan as you may but know it is the counsel of the Lord that stands at the end of the day:

Proverbs 19:21 NET “There are many plans in a person’s mind, but it is the counsel of the LORD which will stand.”

Proverbs 16:9 ISV “A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”

Psalm 33:10-11 NET “The LORD frustrates the decisions of the nations; he nullifies the plans of the peoples. 11 The LORD’s decisions stand forever; his plans abide throughout the ages.”

God is in charge, not us. Plan as we may, it is the counsel of the Lord that will have the final say. Don’t believe all the hype this world promotes about the future. Satan’s world is going out with a big bang!!! And that is not a theory.

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Christ The Hidden Pearl

Christ The Hidden Pearl

Matthew 13:44-46 NIV “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. [45] “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. [46] When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

As we go through life all of us are searching for pearls. To some that treasure is having as much fun as we can until we die. And we don’t mind or are too ignorant to know that it will cost us everything we have. To others the treasures of life is winning awards; accolades, affirmations and recognition from men (fame). And this too will cost us everything we have. Having as much sex we can enjoy is the ultimate pleasure and treasure to some. And yes this too will cost us everything we have. People don’t mind spending whatever it cost on their pleasures and treasures. But oh how sad many will be when they find out what they were looking for all along was really Jesus Christ. How miserable they will be (forever) once they learn that He was the only thing; the only person that could give them true happiness and contentment. Their misery will be so overwhelming because it will be too late.

Our world is hostile to Jesus. But He is the hidden Pearl. Those who find Him find life (eternally). The many who reject Him find utter misery (eternally). Jesus is the hidden pearl worth the highest price; including our lives. He alone is worth giving up everything in order to attain Him:

Matthew 19:29-30 KJV “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. [30] But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

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This Is How We Do It

This Is How We Do It

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 MEV “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, the excellency of the power being from God and not from ourselves. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

This is how you and I are able to endure trials. Our power comes from God. Trouble hits us on every side yet we still make it through. Sometimes we get perplexed or confused but we’re never left hopeless. When we are persecuted God is always right there with us:

Acts 9:1-5 KJV “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, [2] And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. [3] And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: [4] And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why PERSECUTEST THOU ME? [5] And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I AM JESUS WHOM THOU PERSECUTEST: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”

See, when we are being persecuted Jesus is also persecuted. He is right there with us. When knocked down we get back up. That kind of tenacity is not human. It comes from God. If not for the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us we would fall apart. We truly do have the greatest treasure dwelling in these weak bodies of clay. We have Almighty God Himself!!!😃

Psalm 91:1-16 KJV “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. [2] I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. [3] Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. [4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. [5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; [6] Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. [7] A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. [8] Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. [9] Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; [10] There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. [11] For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. [12] They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. [13] Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. [14] Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. [15] He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. [16] With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” 😊

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