Archive | August 2013

Are You Saved?

WELCOME!

Blessings to you

and 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Truly I am prayerful that the words you find here are encouraging and inspiring 

as you continue on your journey and path seeking our Savior – 

JESUS

 – your Friend and mine.

Friend, the words shared today are even shorter than yesterday’s topic but still very direct.

Are you saved?

Do you know why we need to be saved?

My friend, it started in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.  

Our sin began there and we read about it in the book of Genesis.

It was not God’s perfect plan for us to sin,

but

God gave man a choice

and

man chose to disobey.  

Man then needed a Savior to wipe the slate clean for us.

Our Savior is

JESUS.

He loves us so much that He died on the cross at Calgary to remove our every sin and wrongdoing. 

Also,

here is MORE GREAT NEWS

after we’re saved

and we sin

the Bible says we are to CONFESS it to know the full measure of forgiveness and fellowship with God.

This my friend is a blessing from God!

Halleluiah!!!

Now, knowing all of this –

I am praying that you want to be saved –

AND

you can be saved right now.

First, read the scripture Romans Chapter 10: 9-10 —

“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Then,

pray (talk with God) and say to Him from your heart that you are a sinner and that you believe Jesus died for your sins.

Tell Him that you need Him.

Thank Him for His love and for saving you today.  

Last,

ask Him to please help your unsaved family members and friends all over the world to believe too. 

Praise God!

Thank You God!

Amen. 

 

The Way To God?

Welcome Friend!

Thank you for visiting today. 

It may be your first visit or a return visit – but nonetheless – I am always ever prayerful that the words here will encourage and inspire you as you continue on the journey and path seeking JESUS – your Friend and mine.

My brothers and sisters – this sharing today may be one of the shortest and most direct you’ll find posted here to date and it is because when asked – what is “the way to God?” – my only response is – through JESUS.

My two word response is based on our scripture focus today from the book of John chapter 14:1-6 —

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself;

that where I am, there you may be also.  

And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life.  

No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Thank you JESUS!

Friend, simply put – the way to life – to God – is vigorous and requires our TOTAL attention.

Don’t assume we’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because we’ve been hanging around the ‘neighborhood”(showing up at church on Sundays) all our lives.  

No my friend, God’s Word assures us that it does not work that way.  

Instead, we may find we missed God’s salvation banquet and are now banging futilely on a closed door – wanting to get into God’s salvation banquet hall, but it is locked and the Master is saying, “Sorry you’re not on the guest list.”

Let us ask God to please help us to stay focused on Him so our names will be found on His salvation banquet guest list.

Will you please bow your head and pray with me —

Father God, we need you and love you.  We know the Bible is Your Word – intended to teach and guide us.  Thank You for putting it in our hands.  It is a blessing.  Please put in us the desire to do your will and to study your word with reverence and humility.  Help us to pray, believe and trust in You and seek You diligently each day.

In Jesus’ Name we pray.

Praise God!

Thank God!

Amen.

Praying For Unbelief Of Others…

A Warm Welcome  to you today friend!

Thanks for stopping by.

This may be your first visit or you decided to return – whichever it is – know that I am prayerful as always that the words here are encouraging and inspiring – ones that you will remember as you continue your journey on the path seeking our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – your Friend and mine.

It is on my heart to share/talk about praying for DOUBT and UNBELIEF in ourselves and others closest to us – our friends and family members.  

Our scripture focus/reading on topic of UNBELIEF is first from the book of Mark Chapter 9:21-24—

“Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered.  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Friends, I’ve read that UNBELIEF controls much of the church and it saddens me greatly.  I see it clearly and wonder why we can not seem to permanently shake it off.  Some say it is because we’ve prayed and waited so long that we are no longer convinced God really will do it (ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.)

But if we don’t BELIEVE God will answer our prayers, we may not pray as God asks us –  joyfully, thankfully and without ceasing: 

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

(1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)

Others say pride is involved and causes(blinds) unbelievers to think their(self) knowledge is greater than God’s.  

So how do we deal with this situation – the veil/blindness of pride brought about by the enemy?

We must remember and refresh ourselves continually with God’s Word knowing that we have weapons that are “DIVINELY POWERFUL.”

BELIEVE my friend – that these weapons, empowered by GOD, will work miracles!!!  

And in this instance – as we pray for others and ourselves – we must first read and hold fast to the scripture below – 2 Cor. 10:3-5 —

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

Then, we should pray and ask God to:

  • PREPARE THE PERSON’S HEART – SO IT WILL BE “GOOD SOIL” FOR THE SEED(Mark 4:8)
  • KEEP THE ENEMY FROM STEALING THE SEEDS OF TRUTH(Mark 4:15)
  • ALLOW HIS WORD TO BECOME REVELATION THROUGH THE LIFTING OF THE VEIL/BLINDNESS(2 COR. 4:3-4 AND EPHESIANS 1:17)
  • BREAK THE ROOT OF PRIDE(2 COR. 10:3-5)
  • BRING THE PERSON/US TO TRUE REPENTANCE(2 PETER 3:9)

Lastly, my friend – Repentance(biblical repentance) means to have a new knowledge or understanding – a change of mind given by God.  

(Halleluiah)

It reverses the effects of the fall through Adam and it will produce God-centered Christians, not self centered ones.  

In Acts 26:18 Paul said he was called “to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light.”  

We (each of us) can help our friends and family members have this new knowledge(repentance)

by

INTERCESSION  

(a prayer to God)

Interceding on behalf of another is a good thing to do.

It is a true blessing for all.

Our prayers play a role in the lifting of the veil(revelation), which allows for the heart to be enlightened.

God loves us – ALL of us.  

I too believe He really does want to save those dear to us.  

Therefore, we MUST pray and believe that

GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!!!

Let us bow our heads together and pray:

Father God, we love you  and need you – we know all things are possible if we believe in YOU – please help our unbelief – please take it from us Lord God and we will remember to give you all the glory, honor and praise.”  In the name of your Son – Jesus – we pray and give thanks to You and You alone.”

Amen.