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As I am writing this I am in the car driving 5 hours to Junction, Tx because my brother and his wife are having their baby, Jude. My family and I are very excited that this moment has finally arrived; we have been expecting him for quite some time. But one thing I noticed was that in the past few weeks while the due date was getting closer, we started to live our lives different; we started planning events and activities differently because of our uncertainty of when baby Jude would be born. We started going through the “what if” phase: what if Jude was born on my birthday? (That would be awesome) where would we be when he is being born? What if he is born this weekend? We wouldn’t be able to visit family in Wichita Falls.
Because of the “what if’s” and because of the uncertainty of it all, we started to live every day like it was our last one to do anything. As dramatic as that sounds, that’s what we basically did. We started doing everything we needed/ wanted to do as soon as we could because there was no guarantee where we would be the next day. We knew that we could get the call at any time to leave for the hospital. As I slowly started to make this observation, a few questions crossed my mind: why aren’t we this concerned about Christ’s return? Why are we not expecting Him at any moment? Why are we not living every day like it is our last one to be a witness to others? Why are we taking this time for granted? And why are we not reaching out to more lost people during this un-promised time we have?
Matthew 24:36, 42-44- “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
These verses show us that none of us know when the Lord will return. We shouldn’t put off things to do; we should care so much about His return that we witness to everyone we see so that they could all be saved. And we also need to make sure we be a witness to our family; it will be very sad to know that some of our family went to hell because we didn’t witness to them.
Let’s see what Luke 12:35-40 has to say about this discussion.
“35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
These verses tell us that we need to prepare ourselves for the Lord’s return. But not only do we need to prepare ourselves, we also need to prepare those around us. Now I’m not saying this to sound like a cult or anything; I’m saying this because there is a lost world out there and there are very few Christians that are willing to be a witness. It is our job as Christians to spread the gospel. Also, this verse say to “let your loins be girded” This means to be ready. My brother, John, explained one time that to gird up your loins is like rolling up your sleeves when you are about to do work on something. It’s basically getting yourself ready because you know you are about to get sweaty doing something important.
So one thing we all need to realize is that none of us know when Christ will return so we need to make sure we are all prepared for that time. So one thing I ask of you is that before you go to sleep tonight, please witness to an unsaved friend or relative today. If you can’t do that then at least pray for an unsaved person.

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Posted: May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Say Not, I Am a Child

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

For the past couple of weeks, I have been distracted from this blog and from setting up my ministry. I have also had doubt build up in the back of my mind. I started to fear that I was not smart enough to start a ministry. This afternoon I decided to do a devotion (something I have not done in a long time). As I was turning through my Bible I came across Jeremiah chapter one. In this chapter, God is calling Jeremiah to be a prophet, but Jeremiah doesn’t think he is qualified for that position. Jeremiah refuses God’s calling, saying “I cannot speak: for I am a child.” But then God replies, “Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.” God is telling Jeremiah that it doesn’t matter how young you are or how smart you are, if God wants you do something, you will be able to do it. He wouldn’t choose you to do something He knew you couldn’t do, it is our human nature and our impatient attitude that discourages us and makes us quit at our ministry.

Many people get discouraged easily because they don’t have “enough” people in their church or youth group (I quote that because any number of people following God should be enough to make a difference). They start to feel like they are not good enough for the ministry because they don’t have enough members. They start to feel like they are not being used by God anymore. But really, God is still using that person; God is still using you. So you shouldn’t start thinking that you can’t do anything to glorify God, because with God, you can do anything and go anywhere He wants. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” We also might be afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing. But God says “Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth”(Jeremiah 1:9). It is God who speaks through us, we just have to trust in His presence with us.

So you may think you are not good enough, smart enough, or old enough to be a part of ministry but remember, God says “Say not, I am a child.”

 

              Many times I hear people say, “I love Jesus! More people need to know Him!”  But that person doesn’t do anything to share Jesus with anybody. He just sits there and complains that more people need God. I am not judging anyone, and I am not calling them lazy. I was guilty of doing this also. I have been talking about making this blog and starting this video ministry for a little over a month. And even before that, I have been telling people how much I think more people need God. But I never acted on those feelings. I was a little ashamed and I just expected other people to do it. But we shouldn’t be waiting around for someone else to stand up. Just think about all the lost souls that could be saved by now. All they need is someone that will show the gospel to them. These people need God. And we need to be the ones to show them what God can do. If we don’t, then who will?

 

                In John 21:15-17, Jesus had just finished eating with his disciples and he asks Simon Peter a question.  “15 So when they had dined , Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

 

            Jesus keeps asking Peter if he loves Him and Peter keeps telling Jesus that he does. Jesus is saying that you need to show that you love Him. You need to actually do something about it. You need to feed His sheep. If we really love God then we will go out and tell everyone we see about Him. We wouldn’t be ashamed of Him if we really did love Him.

 

             Acts 20:19-23 says, “19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: 20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold , I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there : 23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.”

 

             These verses remind us that we should serve the Lord through the hardships, temptations, and mockery that comes our way. We shouldn’t let those little hindrances get in our way and stop us from serving God. We need to fully submit to His will and share His truth. Even when the world laughs at us, we need to share. Even when we think the worst has happened, we need to share. Verse twenty-two says, “And now, behold , I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there” We shouldn’t worry about what problems may appear while doing the Lords will. He will protect us from harm. We just need to trust Him and do His will.

 

            Acts 20:24 & 28, continue to say “24 But none of these things move me , neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

            We shouldn’t just share our faith because God commands us to. We need to share our faith because we want to, because we are just so excited about what God has done in our lives that we want to share that joy with everyone else. We need to share God’s word with a joyful heart.  So we can’t just sit around while people are on their way to hell. We need to do something about that. Jesus is calling us to share His gospel. He is calling everyone, not just preachers, not just evangelists. He is calling everyone to be witnesses. Will you listen to His calling? Some one’s life depends on it.

 

The Decision

Posted: February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

There are too many people around us who don’t know where they are going. Many think they will decide when the time comes(that time being death). But that time will actually be too late. Others just have pride and think they can get to heaven because they are a “good person.” But the truth is, no one is a good person; we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” That’s pretty easy to understand, no hidden meaning. We are all sinners, even me. And even if you’re a really good person and do many good things, you’re good works wont get you into heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “(8)For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

     In order for you to be accepted into heaven you have to depend on God and put all your faith in Him. You need to confess that you are a sinner and also repent of those sins. You need to get rid of that sin. Remove it from your life. I know it’s tough, I struggle with it also. But God forgives us when we make mistakes, as long as we call upon His name and ask for His forgiveness. But we need to ask for His forgiveness and conffess to Him because God can’t stand to look at a dirty heart. He is too perfect and holy that He can’t look at us if we are still living in our sin. The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”(Romans 6:23). Death means hell. If we don’t repent of our sin and call upon the Lord, we will go to hell. Hell is a place of torture that isn’t fun at all.

     But notice the second part of that verse. “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Did you see that? “The gift of God.” The price for our sin has already been paid! God sent His son to die on the cross for our mistakes. It was OUR punishment. And Jesus took our place right there on the cross. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”(Isaiah 53:5) God loves us so much! John 3:16 says, “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.” He loves us so much that he would give us the free gift us salvation! All we need to do is accept it, just call upon His name.  “9That 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. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”(Romans 10:9-10)

     Accepting God’s gift of salvation is very easy, just admit you are a sinner, ask for forgiveness, and confess with your mouth and heart that Christ died and rose again. So will you please think about this? This is a very important life decision. God loves you too much to see you go to hell. He already gave you the chance to get out of the punishment. Now it’s up to you to accept that gift.