Daily Devotional 11/10/2014- A Time of Falling Away- Sound Doctrine

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Is it just me or are we seeing another fulfillment of the bible prophecy “for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first”

I really believe we are already living in a time where sincere Christians are no longer willing to endure it all for the sake of Christ.

I can’t help but notice many Christians resemble the earnest but spiritually deprived professed Christians of the dark ages.

Why do I say that, you ask? I’m referring to the lack of interest in understanding scripture and prophecy.

Many professed followers of Christ really don’t understand the bible for themselves and to some degree or another think that the bible is only meant to be understood by Pastors and/or church leaders.

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Without the title priest, most think they still have to come to an earthen vessel to hear from Christ, but that simply is not the case beloved.

When Christ took what we deserved and died the awful death of crucifixion on the cross of calvary the veil of the temple was rent in twain(two) from the top to the bottom; declaring we no longer are separated by sin from our God and we can come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We no longer needed an earthly priest to make sacrifices for us with lambs and goats because we now have the spotless Son of God as our sacrifices and our high priest.

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I went there to go here.  Paul made a declaration in the letter to Timothy that in times to come many professed Christians will no longer endure sound doctrine and will have itchy ears to only hear a gospel that pleases their carnal and debased appetites.

Isaiah also describes this time of spiritual apathy towards the truth of God saying the people would say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

But why, why would people who claim to love Jesus Christ reject the council of His Holy words? Why will the people no longer endure sound doctrine from the plain teachings of the bible?

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. Hebrews 4:12 kjv

When you invite the Spirit of God into your life, Jesus, according to your decision begins to pierce the selfish places of your heart and makes you uncomfortable in your sin.

This is an act of pure love on the Lord’s part. Sin separates us from God and ultimately ends in eternal death. God wills that we shall have life and have it more abundantly.

The problem is that ,well, most people even Christians are holding on to some cherished sins and maybe somewhere on the inside still can’t grasp the idea that they are truly forgiven and can walk in newness of life apart from sin.

This is something that we cannot do in and of ourselves, but Christ, working within, helps us and is merciful to our weaknesses. He cares for us as if we were never rebels against the Majesty of heaven.

We truly don’t deserve this free gift, but in it the immeasurable love of God is put on full display.

When we hear Jesus’ still quiet voice calling us away from a life of bond and imprisonment to sin He expects us to obey. He wants to expose the works of Satan before our very eyes and lead us away from his entrapment.

However a sad reality is that so many people, Christ followers included, will remain enslaved. Not because an escape wasn’t made but because they have begin to love the small, insignificant luxuries of sin and are not willing to let it go.

In these times the plain beauty of the gospel as found in the bible falls on many death ears, but are we to give up? Are we to just label them unclean and move on? God forbid!

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And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.   – Matthew 24:14 kjv

Before the Lord returns the true gospel message of love and self-denial must go to every corner of the world to give every soul the opportunity to decide which side of the great conflict between Infinite Purity and malicious evil they will choose to stand on.

A small few(comparatively speaking) will receive the truth with all rejoicing and will shed their filthy rags of unrighteousness and put on the glorious righteous robe of Jesus Christ our Lord, but in contrast, many will continue to drink from the broken cisterns of this world unto the great and dreadful day of the Lord takes them as a thief in the night.

The apostle Paul says of the people carrying God’s message in this time to watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Friend there is nothing in this dying world worth losing heaven and the adoration of the Holy Angels and Jesus Christ over. I hope to see you in the kingdom.

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Daily devotional 11/09/2014- Forgiveness to The Sun

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Did you know there are approximately 92, 960,000 miles(149,600,000 km) between the sun and the earth?

One of the fastest earth based planes is the SR-71 which at maximum speed travels at about 3x the speed of sound. Traveling at 2283.6 MPH it would take the the SR- 71 Blackbird about 1,695 days to reach the sun.

Why am I throwing all these numbers out at you? What’s the purpose and what does it prove? Let’s say that the distance between the sun and earth is what Jesus has forgiven each one of us, yet we are reluctant and hard pressed to forgive each other even 1 foot.

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Why is it that it’s so easy to receive forgiveness and acceptance but so hard to forgive others of even small matters.

Jesus says- “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Jesus was willing to leave the comfort of heaven and come to this world; darkened and decaying under the awful weight of sin to demonstrate His own forgiveness to us.

He came, lived, and died the death that He did not deserve that we by His glorious merit could, at His coming receive the life of the sinless, which we do not deserve.

Yet, often we cannot over-look some of the most insignificant transgressions of our fellow man.

I want to tell you a story about a Jewish man named Simon Wiesenthal. He lived during the time of Hitler and the Nazi organization.  As you can imagine this wasn’t the best period of time to be a Jew.

He and 89 of his relatives were imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. He survived however his relatives weren’t so fortunate.

After enduring many hardships, he finally came face to face with a Nazi soldier on his death bed. He confessed he did inhuman things to Jews and felt horrible about it.

He explained that if Simon could forgive him he could die in peace. This soldier was really pouring out his heart hoping for one big sigh of refreshment from the loving words of Wiesenthal.

After hearing all that the soldier had to say; after hearing the agony in the voice of this heavy laden warrior; after the sobbing and begging, Wiesenthal replied “At last I made up my mind” and exited the room without another word.

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Isn’t it amazing to think, Jesus is willing to forgive all of our direct trespasses against heaven but we can’t even let go of indirect hatred towards our fellow man.

Some of you may be saying I would have forgiving the soldier, yet everyday more and more christians sever ties with their brothers/sisters in Christ over the most petty things.

Small disagreements, mean looks, position, selfishness, tiny offenses, and so many things that we could overlook, forgive, and put to the side and be reconciled to one another in fervent, brotherly, love.

I just want to encourage you today to ask Jesus to make His wonderful character apart of your everyday life and that He would light your path to forgiveness and brotherly love, for this is my earnest prayer.