Life Of Christ Brings Eternal Living: We Change From Within

cross-1517171__340The world is full of people like I used to be; walking with the devil and creating better lives for ourselves in the worldly sense.

We seem to think we are smart enough to manifest our desires in life: better cars, bigger houses, fame, glory, all to impress others and ourselves, being smug, or pompous, narcissist or arrogant.  These are all worldly attitudes and judgements we have of ourselves or others.

We walk in sin as we become of knowledgeable age, when we decide there is no Christ Jesus and so we follow Satan, instead.  There are no other choices about who we will abide in; Christ Jesus, or Satan.  We either walk in the life of Christ, or die with the devil, Satan.

When we sin, we are said to die in our sins without having a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Knowing him, we know that he went to the cross and died in place of  all humans for the sins of all mankind.  He saved us from the death that is created by committing sin.

What does dying in this context mean?  To die in our sin means that we are not followers of Christ.  Those who forget Christ, who walk away from their early faith, can be let go to walk in their sinful ways if they keep going down that road.  That is what I believe, although others don’t believe that.  

Dying is both physical and spiritual.  We easily understand what death of our bodies means, but what does spiritual death mean?  Spiritual death is the more important death because it means we spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell.  It is a real place, Hell is, as well as Heaven.  Please see the bible about these places, and I have provided some Scriptures at the end of this post.

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. – Ephesians 4:18

Gotquestions.org explains that; “A man without Christ is spiritually dead. Paul describes it as “being alienated from the life of God”’.  What does that mean? 

To die and become alienated from God is the worst thing that can happen when we grow up and don’t believe in Christ Jesus.  We make the choice to go on in our lives answering to Satan, who rules the world.  He is allowed to at this point.  He was thrown out of Heaven by our Creator in Heaven along with one-third of the angels.  They will follow him to destruction when they are thrown into the lake of fire. 

This evil devil was was first known as Lucifer (“morning star”), but is now referred to as  Satan, (“adversary”).

When Lucifer became sinful, it began with his self-generated pride.  In Ezekiel we read; 

Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. – Ezekiel 28:17

This is what is happening with most people today and is the basis of many of the false leaders out there who tell people that they are answering the need for the self-aggrandizement many people want today.  They are stuck on themselves.  They give themselves the glory, being above people and seeking the status of being better than others, or more beautiful, more popular, more valuable than anyone else.  It is what they have given themselves and the fame and celebrity they seek makes them more arrogant and self-absorbed. 

That is sinfulness – pride, ego, arrogance; these are words that express that same feeling I once walked through, before I became aware of the fact that a being, Jesus Christ, a person in the spiritual realm, became my friend and Savior in Heaven.  I learned it was wrong to want to be filled with vain desires of my heart, to be worldly in my accomplishments and never think a thing of ignoring the One True God that created humankind.  I did not know I was walking with the devil and living in sinful desires.

The world today is ignorant of the fact of the living God, like I was.  Only in finding out who God really is by truly wanting to know Him; speaking to him, reading the bible which commonly is called God’s Word, and talking with others to know and learn more about who Christ is, will one give themself a chance at becoming saved, and getting free from the grips of the demonic.  

When we become reborn, we die to our earthly desires and focus.  From allaboutgod.com we learn this:  “Your old nature, which is dominated by sin, is replaced with a new nature that is under the influence of God’s Spirit (Romans 6-7). Spiritual growth can only occur in a person who knows the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Savior.”

Then we walk in faith in His glory; we won in knowing Christ – He saves us from sin and forgives us, we will be with him throughout time, eternal Heaven.  May peace be with you.  May you find Christ Jesus.  Amen.

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If you want to read more about Heaven, Hell, and Satan (added), here are just a few bible verses to read to get you started:

Heaven:   Matthew 18:10;  John 14:2;  Revelation 5:9-13;  Revelation 21:4;  1 Corinthians 2:7-9;  Philippians 3:20-21.

Hell:   Revelation 21:8;  Matthew 25:46;  Psalm 9:17;  2 Thessalonians 1:9;  Matthew 13:50.

Devil:   Genesis 3:1;  John 8:44;  Isaiah 14:12;  Luke 10:17-19;  Matthew 25:41.

The Plan For Salvation: Jesus Had To Die On The Cross

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. – 2 Corinthians 5:15

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Today’s message from Grace To You was given by a different pastor since John MacArthur was getting rested up from attending so many functions lately, so the substitute was “Pastor Mike”.  I regret not finding his last name but today’s message has not been posted yet so I can’t see the name of the person who gave the message.  The sermon for today, 5/19/19, will be posted here.

The message today came from 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, where Pastor Mike taught us about the Doctrine of Justification and how we are saved by Christ’s death.

Christ’s death meant everything to us; to our lives, and our eternal life.  Because we are born into sin from the time of Adam and Eve, we are no longer able to cleanse ourselves to become the Holy people that God requires to be in His presence.  Christ died to take all the sin of the world onto himself; a sinless, holy and pure man who was God, and die in place of us.  We deserve death, eternal damnation only, and cannot pay the price of our sinfulness.

Sinfulness of our hearts and minds and deeds.  It does not matter if we judge ourselves to be “good people”, we are born into sin and cannot escape it on our own, without Christ Jesus to save us.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

He became the curse of the sin of the world for all time.  It is final.  No other man can do that and no other man walked the earth who also was God in fleshly form.

God is made manifest in Three Persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  We are none of those of ourselves, and we are not man the Holy Spirit, nor are we “little gods”, the way the false teachers preach as if we have some special powers.  We are not Gods, in the proper sense.  There is only One True God and that is Jesus Christ the Son, the Father in Heaven and God’s Holy Spirit.  We have the gift of this Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross for us.  He died for our sins and he obeyed to perfection the Father, Our Father in Heaven, which we cannot do on our own.

Legally He obeyed the law with perfection for us since we cannot of our own selves.  We are sinful in nature and Christ Jesus is the only One who can wash us clean to create a new life inside of us.  Hence, we become the new creatures in Christ the bible talks about.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Today’s sermon outlined these four things to help us understand why Christ Jesus died for us at Calvary, and rose again:

  1. The Saving Father – His plan of salvation for us that Jesus Christ dies on the cross in order to pay the price of eternal damnation for our sin.
  2. Sinless Substitute – A spotless sacrifice had to be killed to pay for our crimes which was Jesus, who knew no sin, was perfect and righteous without any defects to pay for our sins.  The crimes of sinfulness has to be paid for; hence, a “holy lamb” was perfect who could pay the price by being killed as a sacrificial and holy “lamb”.
  3. Sin Imputed – Jesus who knew no sin became sin on our behalf and was killed for it.  A price had to be paid for the sinful crimes that humankind perpetrated; in thoughts, hearts and deeds.  As if the Lord Jesus Christ had committed sin, he took our place on the cross to be killed as the only Atonement from the sacrificial system of the book of Leviticus.  We are forgiven because the price of our sin has been paid, and we now live in righteousness as we are obedient to God.
  4. Saints Righteousness – That we might become righteous in fellowship with God; believing in Him and that he rose again, and is in Heaven seated at the right hand of Father God, we have turned from sin and trust Jesus Christ entirely, and with all our hearts and minds.

References

  1. 2 Cor 5 vv. 14, 20; Rom 8:7; Isa. 53:10; John 3:16
  2. John 7:18; John 8:46; 1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5; Heb 4:15; Lev 22:21; Ex 12:5; Heb 9:26; 1 Cor 5:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Ps. 49:7-8; Rom 11:33-36
  3. Lev 16 vv. 8-10, 21; Isa 53:4; 1 Pet 2:24; Gal 3:13
  4. 2 Cor 5:21; Roman 1:17; Rom 3:22; Phil 3:9; Rom 5:19; Isa: 61:10; 2 Cor 5:21

Our One And Only Savior: Jesus Christ

…for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:11

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To believers, Christ is our Lord and Savior.

We recognize he is the only person we seek to glorify, He is above all else; we make him the compass of our lives, we seek his counsel and wisdom above all mankinds.  Our friends, our families, and our societal leaders don’t have the wisdom He has.  His ways are higher than our ways.  He is our Creator, after all.

As we become converted into his life with his being the head of our lives, leading our lives, and as we begin to understand who he is:  the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins, in our place; we realize it was Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead, who walked the earth again, and who sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven at this time; He is alive and real.  God is in three persons: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

 

The Lord’s Saving Grace: Our Ways Are Not His Ways

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9

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Taking the road to the narrow gate of heaven is not easy.  We must walk this road alone, no one can do this for us.

We are naked and afraid, not knowing exactly how to find heaven nor what to say or do in forgiveness of our sins; knowing that Christ somehow is involved.

I did not know how to get to heaven in my early years; I was a product of a lost home, a wayward house of unbelieving sinful lusts of the desires of flesh; my father was an alcoholic, my mother gave up her Christ of her childhood to find the life of Satan, who raised her young children in such a household.

No wonder I did not believe.  I did not have the words of Christ to sear into my brain, nor did I have a proclaiming person in my family who spoke the words of Jesus nor explain the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This lead to a life of destruction, and despair.

John MacArthur spoke on the way to the narrow gate leading to heaven, abiding by the Lord Jesus Christ, abiding by His Word.

MacArthur said that every man presses into it, the life of Christ, abiding by His Words as written in the bible in order to know Christ, and to find the narrow gate that leads to Him.

That was a profoundly sobering message last week, one I would have given anything to know at a younger age.  I was not given a chance, it was by Jesus’ kindness, love and mercy that He gave me sound doctrine and knowing the way to Christ Jesus.

For He saved me, it was by no works of my own.  And in an atheist family I’m surprised I am a believer today – it was Christ only who was able to save me.  He reached out to my heart and gave me my belief today.

I have a relationship with Jesus Christ that is loving and kind, all knowing and saving me from the devastation of my earthly thoughts.  I do not know how to save myself nor do I have the power.

I can only thank him today for saving me.  I wonder how many of you really have a saving relationship with the only Lord and Savior there is, Jesus Christ?

 

 

Finding The Narrow Gate

Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  – Matthew 7:13

John MacArthur’s sermon today was taken from Matthew 7:13-27; how to enter through the narrow gate.

He said that the narrow gate is narrow because only one person can go through it at a time.  We must go alone as individual persons.  We cannot go as a group being dragged along with others.  

It is a sole journey; we cannot have someone go through it for us, we must go alone.

That is a scary thought to some who ask how do they approach God, alone?  We have to do the following, MacArthur says.  Basically, we have to: mourn over our sin, be meek versus proud, we must hunger for righteousness that we do not possess, we must know we have nothing to offer to Him, we are nothing to him, our works are like filthy rags, we must take seriously our faith in Him, his dying on the cross in place of our dying for our sins, be broken, “begging” Him for His forgiveness, to repent for our sin, knowing we can do nothing to save ourselves from the eternal death of sin.

These are the points MacArthur made during his message today: you have to come alone, meeting Christ for yourself in order to pass through the narrow gate.  

Leaving all else behind; your parents and siblings, your belongings, your pride of life, your human achievements, your superficial beliefs, your self-proclaimed good deeds; realizing you are naked, unable to hide the iniquities of your heart, asking for forgiveness of your unholy morality, and want to come to the Lord, accepting him as your Savior; the only Savior who can save you from eternal hell and punishment.

This is serious business.  You must seek Him with all your heart and in true repentance that you were living in sin.  You must seek his Truth by reading the bible and seeking who He is, seeking to believe, in sincerity – and not trusting and abiding by the worldly ways of man.  Giving up your aspirations, seeking His direction, making him the most valuable person of your life.

“Every man presses into His life”, John MacArthur says, you go against everything that you are with all your heart.  You seek His truth.

This is the way into the narrow gate of heaven.

John MacArthur is a powerful speaker, a true man of God.  I watch his sermons live every Sunday at Grace To You.  They are worth watching.  

May the Lord bless you today and every day!  May you be reminded of His life that flows within you and gives you LIFE! 

Amen.

A Homeless Industrial Society?

my-own-private-studiho-1210324-639x961So I was writing on my other site,  Christianhope.net, where I’ve turned a corner about how I will use the site: treating drug addiction.

As I have watched a youtuber develop a message where he presents interviewing and factual content, giving a real life view in documentary style about the homeless issue, I feel I have the skills to be a voice that addresses the problem.

Homelessness involves the homeless, the mentally ill and the drug addicted.  It addresses the working middle class whose homes have been taken away from them due to the high increases in the cost of housing where they are given notice to move out so that the landlords can increase the rent.

These working families have nowhere to go in the face of high housing costs; the incomes in large cities do not keep up with the rates of inflation and greedy landlords who want to provide housing to the wealthy only.

Silicon Valley and other large, metropolitan cities want to raise the rents and force everyone out who don’t have the money to pay the rent or mortgage so that the cost of housing is at a premium.  Most people can’t live in those cities which are becoming divided between the rich and poor, only.  There is no middle class.

This, in a nutshell, is why I am writing about this issue, homelessness, which is no longer limited to those disabled, mentally ill or drug addicted people.

Our society is headed for living in tent cities, which is affordable for the working class who want to keep their jobs, but have nowhere to live.  It is not a joking matter but a serious crisis growing in our country.  How can a child be raised in a back seat of a car and do their homework?  This is ridiculous and insanity in our country today.

At What Cost Accomplishment?

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Running our races:  I am on my race, you are on your race.  I cannot run your race; you have to run your race making your own efforts to run and finish your race. 

What do we mean by running a race?  To compete with man and finish?  To what is the end point? 

To die in a grave and think we’ve accomplished what we became best known for, by way of gaining acclaim, or stardom, writing best sellers that brought in lots of money or a new invention.

That’s all good, but what happens when you die?  Life lives on but without a fleshly body.

The world is full of achievement and accomplishment; a shining castle atop a mountain.  “Look what I’ve done!” it cries.

Look at how much better than you I’ve become!  Look what I’ve achieved, earned and toiled for, according to the world’s standards. 

But what about life after we die?   Will you take those things with you?  Have you learned the ways of God and not the ways of man?

What are the ways of man?  We find them in “accomplishments” and “achievements”, acclaim to fame, college degrees, professional credentials, and books written to become authorities about things.  We inspire the conceited world-view of bombastic self-aggrandizement, the conceit of world-view modern man that dreams in a way perceived to be big, but only through man’s eyes. 

The tower of babel did not reach very tall nor reach into the heavens, it was the lopsided curvature of a man’s spine; it was not big enough to be the stairway up that it wanted to project itself to be, by man’s own standards.

At what loss do we follow man and where do we lead?

Heaven or hell?  That is the question.

Easter Service Online: Dr. John MacArthur

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OCK9KvSIka8&t=377s

Photo: John MacArthur sermon, snipped from YouTube on 2019-04-21 by sleboeuf

Here’s a great service in case you did not go to church today, for whatever reason.  John MacArthur is one of my pastoral mainstays; I have learned so much from his sermons.  I highly recommend him as someone to learn the bible from since he is so good at providing such in-depth messages.  I hope you will watch him on his Grace To You ministry site where he has all his broadcasts saved.

Click the link for this video:  Profound Implications of the Resurrection

 

Thoughts On Not Working In Mental Health-Lake Hills GreenBelt Park Bellevue WA

Here’s a video I did while walking in a park while I sorted out my thoughts about not working in the mental health field.  I did this video over a year ago while working on my thoughts about God who is managing my life.  I turn to him every day – I live a simple life but I do not know where he is taking me – through hills and dales and training me.

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