TRUTH VS POWER

What is truth? Well there is only one source. What is power? Again the same answer, that is, if you want to believe truth. There are many definitions of power. Many I’m sure believe it has to do with money and position. Well that is half the truth. Position is the right answer if it’s placed with the real source of truth.

There is only one place where truth begins and the only source that keeps real truth alive. “He who knows God, hears God. He who is not of God does not hear. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6.

People over the centuries have lied but this has grown worse over time until today where lying is just a very common way of life, especially those with what we look at as power. There has been many an empire and political system built on lies. Yet they will eventually crumble and truth will still be standing. The only way to address deceptions, misquotes, half- truths or whatever word you want to use which means lying, you can.

But it is only truth that is going to stand in the end. Today there are some, but few it seems, that will speak truth against the powers of the day that lie when and wherever they feel like it. Truth in a person is becoming more rare but it possesses great power against all others. And those that choose to make telling lies a habit will have no place in heaven and that is not my opinion. That is the truth from God’s Word. And the Christian has the greatest of all power when they live their life in the truths of God’s Word.

WHAT TRAIL ARE YOU LEAVING

There is only one of two places that a person will end up at when life is over. One road will take people to Heaven while others will come to the end of their road and find they are at the gates of hell. There will be no way to turn around and you won’t be able to just stand outside. For this road is a moving road and it will take you just like an escalator does going up or going down. It will keep moving and you will have to get off.

But let’s go back right now. You are on a path. This road will eventually lead to somewhere. But it is not just you. It is everyone else, too. People are watching your life if you say, “I am a Christian”. Then does the path you are showing people lead them to Heaven?

We take for granted many times and don’t take enough thought into what we say and do and how it affects others. People develop their opinions many times by what other people are doing.

Does your faith in God show enough of a trail for people to follow Christ Jesus? Are the things you are doing or will do tomorrow, the words you say, giving a clear view of a path that will lead people the way of Heaven?

You can’t make people go your way but you sure can influence them with your conduct, your speech, and your character as a Christian or not. It does matter in the direction people in your family, at work, your neighbors and even your enemies will consider about taking toward one of those two places.

Hell in Overtime

The race is on, I believe. Oh you may not be able to see it but you can feel it. Things are not like they used to be. The changes are coming faster than just a few months ago. Unless you are a robot, you can sense things are beginning to change.

There is more uncertainty and nature even seems to be out of sync, at times. Oh yes, there is something stirring. And some morning or night it will begin to have a greater effect on you. People have to be put on more and more medicines for all kinds of disorders. Why? Because they have trouble coping. Why? Because of the pressure, things that they can’t really explain.

You see there is a great battle that’s picking up momentum in the heavenlies, a place that we can’t see into but we can feel. Time is running out for Satan and his gang of troublemakers and they are out to destroy everyone they can in one form or another before they are crushed by Jesus.

Hell is releasing its fury on anyone it can to take them as far down and deceive as many as possible. Satan and his demons are working overtime to draw as many of God’s people away and down with his bunch as possible.

But coming one day real soon the battle will shift and Satan is sensing his days are being numbered quickly now.

Folks, this isn’t playtime. It is time to get serious about where you stand with God and whose side you are on. Jesus is coming soon. Don’t gamble with your soul. Times up.

THE OUTCOME OF THE BATTLE

Today has challenges of its own. As Christians we may not know the outcome of the battle that we may face and there will be many conflicts that we will have to become a part of for the cause of Christianity. Our mission as followers of Christ never changes. We are to represent His kingdom in accordance to His word and for God’s glory to be revealed. The results, whatever they may be, must be left in the hands of our God who has brought us here for such a time as this. The duty is ours; the consequences are up to our Creator.

What matters is are you going to step up? We may lose a battle here or there, we may feel like we are losing many battles. But let us remember that our place as Christians is already a sure thing because Christ has already gained the victory.

Jeremiah, chapter 1, verse 8 says: “Do not be afraid for I am with you to deliver you says the Lord.” God’s word must have its prominence in our lives above all other things, not as a weapon against people but a tool to lead the people.

The church today is not without such people if they will only shut themselves in with God and listen and gather His heavenly orders. The past has not used up all the great things that God wants to do through men and women today. There still is great power today if only those called by the name of Christ will step forward in obedience.

TIME DOES NOT CHANGE

It is not the times that change for time stays the same. The amount of seconds and, the number of minutes still create the same hour in the day. The four seasons still come and go then return again. It is not time that changes anything. But it what people do in the time of each day that really affects the changes that through time come upon society and only what is done or not done according to God’s will and purpose then sets the course of where men and women will spend their time in eternity.

The scriptures say in Daniel chapter 2, verse 21; “That it is God who changes the times and seasons.” As it always has been, He sets up kings and removes them, gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who know understanding. It is God who knows His intentions in time but it is mankind who makes changes that gets the world in a mess.

As His word says, He moves time along. He causes it to change and keeps the seasons in rotation. But God says in the book of Malachi, chapter 3 verse 6; “For I am the Lord and I do not change.” God always keeps His plans in order. People get theirs constantly out of order, which affects the time in which we live.

God didn’t make any of these messes we have in the world today. People’s sinful actions did and there is only one answer to fix them all. And it is by turning our lives over to the one and only hope mankind has. JESUS.

A Trip to the Mountain

How many of us have had to take a trip in our lives where God has challenged our faith? If we haven’t then we probably haven’t really walked with God. For faith that has not been tested and tried and come through the fire…cannot really be trusted.

Are you one willing to give up whatever God may ask of you to walk closer to Him? To find out what your next step should be. Are you willing to try God and let Him use you to prove to this world what God can do through a man or woman who calls themselves a Christian?

Faith in God applies the blessings and power of God in one’s life, for real faith never goes unnoticed by God. Our biggest faith killer always comes in the form of disappointments this life gives us or our pride that keeps us from fully trusting God. When you have to go up that mountain, one’s faith is put in check about what do you really believe? Faith has to be tried.

Hell hates faith because faith holds the power to destroy the works of the devil. If you’ll live by faith and trust God, you’ll shake the foundations of hell itself.

No one ever has to face any mountain before them alone, for Jesus has promised – I will never leave you nor will ever forsake you. He’s always by your side as you fight, for sometimes days or weeks, and see little progress but look behind you and you’ll see how far you’ve really come.

The source of any Christian’s power and authority to overcome life’s struggles can only show up by their faith in Jesus. For with Jesus there’s nothing that is ever impossible to overcome.  There is no limit with God unless you set them.

THE REAL COST OF CHRISTMAS

Each day millions of people on December 25th and all around that time of the year only think of a baby in a manger instead of the Great I Am. Many don’t stop and think of what that baby who grew into a man had to endure for our sins to be forgiven. The price was high, no one else could pay such a high cost except heaven, as God was sent for you and the entire world to earth for us.

Jesus paid the price no one else could ever pay. You owed a debt you couldn’t pay, and then Jesus was born. The baby in the manger paid your debt of sin, everything you have ever done against God has been paid by Jesus. You’re forgiven because of the price the Son of God paid for your sins. Even though some of us have taken His name in vain, we’re forgiven when we confess our sin and ask for forgiveness. Jesus paid the full amount for every vile sin you’ve ever committed. That baby in a manger paid the price so you could be forgiven completely. And that offer is good for all of mankind, the same equally red, yellow, black or white, no matter one’s nationally or social status.

Jesus paid it all in full. None of us could have paid what God’s Son only could pay Himself. God had only one plan. There was no other way except to send His Son into an earthly situation. So by the way of a virgin girl, a manger, a cross, a tomb, a resurrection, Jesus became the gift for mankind, the example and the savior for all. Jesus is God in the flesh and He has paid for you to live a secure life with hope above what this world offers. Every person has a chance at eternal life if they choose to come to Christ, no longer a baby in the manger, but now the Savior of the world.

A DIVIDED NATION

We have over the years seen some difficult times in our nation and it still remains so today. But what’s happening today is not the same level as before. Now many will think of radical situations but if you are a committed Christian this question is easily solved because people are created equal by God. It is mankind who chooses the differences. For God has from the beginning set all things in order, everything just as it should be.

God didn’t accidentally make someone to be somebody else. God created every person according to His wisdom of the future and no one is made to be someone else of another kind. It is people that make their choices to be different because God also gives us each a free will.

Now there are some that want to blame God or other people for objecting to their choices. That is where division starts. This nation’s divisions today are the result of the same reason we’ve had divisions before. But what’s different today is that sinfulness has become much more preferable in society because Satan has been given more of a free hand to work and when his sinful work is encroached upon he is going to fight back with a vengeance, when efforts are made to stop his advocates from pushing their immoral actions on a more moral society.

So these divisions today are nothing but a result of sins that have been allowed and even legalized. And the fight is on and the division is going to surely widen because sin will not relent until Christianity re-establishes itself through revival in the Christians and the restoration of the true Church of Jesus Christ being what it is supposed to be in society or society is surely doomed.

HE IS GOD ALONE

There is no way to gauge God’s ability because it has no barriers. Nothing can, nor ever will, hinder the ability for God’s plans to be completed successfully. For when you’ve placed your life securely in God’s powerful hands, your faults are remembered no more and your possibilities have no limitations because God is for you.

You may struggle with the ways of the world, but your Father in heaven doesn’t because He is always at the controls. He has overcome all the evil the world can throw at you.

You want a more peaceful life? Let your hopes and dreams be fixed on His greatness. Don’t waste His time or yours with what you might think should be but go with the God who knows. You must look at the matters of life before you with eyes of faith. Trust God no matter what else surrounds you and bring all your unbelief, your struggles, and your weaknesses. Lay them on the altar of heaven.

Whatever you stand in need of today, God understands. He knows your faults yet always chooses to help you regardless. And every day you need guidance. Look for it and you will discover the signs to lead you along life’s pathways.

In heaven, your Father knows your intentions. Do your best so that they can connect directly to His. For the God of the universe is righteous. He can be trusted. Bring all your problems, cares and thoughts to Him. And He knows how to bind up the broken heart and how to heal wounds and guide you through all that you have concern for.

THE EVIDENCE OF GODS PEOPLE

When a person takes on the name of being called Christian, there should be the evidence of such a life. To be a born again follower of Christ means God has touched your heart. You’ve felt the need to repent of your sin, you become under conviction that you’re separated from God because of your sinfulness.

Then you seek out God by calling upon the name of His Son. He is the only way to be saved. And when you call out to Jesus, He will come, and as you confess your sin and waywardness, seeking His forgiveness, pledging your total allegiance from that time on. Jesus will be faithful to forgive and forget your sins and give you a new start in life.

You’re born again by the Holy Spirit of God now working in your heart to change your life and reform how you live. You are to be now a new person in Christ. You may look mostly the same on the outside, but there should be visible changes soon to take place on the inside.

In Matthew 9:37 & 38, Jesus said this: “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’”

When a person claims they belong to Jesus, that they are a Christian, they must do so not only in words, but also in deeds. You don’t work to gain position with God, but you go into the harvest fields to do the work for His kingdom that He is counting on you to do.

The shifts are not all the same, the plans may be very different than ours. The conditions as well because God understands where you’ll be able to serve Him best and He will be involved in your entire process if you‘ll seek His help.

THE WISEST THING YOU CAN EVER DO

A person always moves forward with God when they know how to repent often and stay obedient and continue to do God’s will in their conduct. People can have hidden pockets of iniquity and a daily check of one’s actions can help them be emptied out and open up clearer channels to be led by the Spirit of God.

If you’ll sow God’s seeds today for God’s kingdom and let yours die out, you’ll soon see some great results to be manifested in your future and even in others that are affected by your life and we all effect people in some way. God never allows Satan to attack you without a counter attack led by His hand that can do more severe damage to Satan. Nothing can happen to a child of God that God doesn’t use for His higher purposes. When you find yourselves encountering spiritual warfare, when you feel more pressure from Satan’s hand, this is the time more than ever to draw near to God.

God is your refuge. To Him you must flee. There is protection and peace from these times drawing yourself away with God and hiding your soul in His divine care, a place of needed rest and renewal. God wants to guide you and the wisest thing you can ever do in this life is to stay close to God by serving and living your life daily with Christ Jesus as your guide.

Jesus is God with us, the God of all mankind that took on the sins of the world and will soon reign here on earth forevermore. With Jesus, just the mention of that name, there is power to live a victorious life over a sin-cursed world. In darkness, disappointment, all sin must flee. Mankind is plagued by sin. Satan spends his entire time continually tempting and attacking God’s people. Yet he knows soon now his day is up, that the days of his tormenting lives is numbered and then Jesus will put a final end to his destructive ways.