WHO’S GOT THE ANSWER?

There are many people in this world who are, or are going to be, looking for answers. This world is bringing itself into line with an altercation with God, which many questions are going to be asked.

Now who has got the answer? There is no doubt it is God.

Now people do have and will have more and more needs you cannot meet. All the problems, great or small, this world is or is getting ready to experience you cannot meet. But you don’t have to because you really can’t. The real way the need must be handled is by God who didn’t make mankind to be able to solve most of the problems of the world. God made Jesus as the answer to mankind’s problems.

In chapter 3, verse 6 of the Book of Acts Peter and John had nothing to give to a man in real need. But they knew who did and they walked with God’s authority. Here is what it says, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

Peter knew he could do little good for the man, but Peter also knew who could. And look at what happened when Peter and John gave the man the real answer to his need, not the need for a donation but for deliverance. Then it says in verses 7 & 8, “And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking, leaping and praising God.”

God still does and wants to and is going to use the people that are committed to Him and willing to put self aside, to be a part of the bigger plan the world really is in need of and is going to experience.

Notice they didn’t take the credit nor make a big speech to the people, they just explained that this wasn’t them. It was Jesus, the power of Christ, working through them, so the need would be met. The scripture goes on to talk of how they gave the credit to the working of Jesus Christ.

They made sure Jesus got the spot light, not them. They pointed out that there was no other way that this could have happened and while they had the people’s attention they went on to give the people more insight to Christ. Jesus Christ can do great things through His followers when we give Him the credit.

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The Story of the Flowers

Once, a woman went to a funeral of a dear friend. This lady’s friend was encircled in a sea of flowers, placed there by her children. There never was such a sight of such beauty of the array of colors and sweet smells placed there by each of the woman’s children.

Yet this friend well knew this woman and how for the last several years her children had little time for their mother. They were all so busy. But that day as she lay among the flowers placed there by each child, this friend began to think of how these really now had no real value to their mother. She could not enjoy them in any way.

Later that night the woman talked to her own children asking them that if they would please just bring her the flowers that someday soon would be put alongside her casket now so she could enjoy their fragrance and beauty. But most of all, just talking with them and being in their presence now before it was too late to try and make up for days that were too busy that would cause them to not have time for her now.

This is actually a true story, one that each of us should remember and do our best to honor those who God has placed in our life purposely.

GOD WORKS ONLY THROUGH THOSE THAT CHOOSE TO LET HIM

God does not bypass His word to prove anything to anybody.  God stands on His word and keeps His word.  The accounts of the Bible are not make-believe stories, and those who will believe the truth that Jesus is the Savior are the most blessed people of all.

Why did God decide to bypass the town’s people and first speak to the very people the town people looked down on, the shepherds?    God only chose to work through the people who really truly wanted to know God, those who were willing to draw close to Him and believe Jesus is the Son of God.

God always will bypass pride and religious attitudes for righteousness and meekness, for God loves to use the less likely people in life to work through.  Was Jesus Himself not considered a shepherd?  Was the Son of God known as the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world? Only Jesus could remove sin for good, once and for all completely, not religious people or their laws.  Jesus came to earth as a pauper, but left as King of all.

The Scriptures say an angel appeared to Mary to tell her that the baby she was to have was the Son of God.  The scripture says an angel appeared to Joseph and told him to take Mary as his wife for the child was the Son of the Most High.  The scriptures say that angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of the Savior of the world while they were in the fields.

It seems that angels appear to the Godly, those that had faith and believe the truth of God no matter what others thought.  They believed and were obedient.  Would it be safe to say then that maybe angels would appear more if only we, the people of God, would be more obedient and holy in trusting God?  You don’t need an angel to follow Christ but it does take commitment.

WHEN JESUS WAS BORN

There was neither decorated tree nor flashing lights, just a dimly lit stable, a starry sky and a quiet night.

After Jesus was born and grew into a man, things began to change quickly, things that turned this world upside down.

There was hope for mankind but also a real decision to make.  Would people believe?  Would they follow this Jesus who was the Son of the Living God and trust Him?

Men in caravans travel over great distances to bring gifts to the Son of God, yet many pass by the door of a church each week and never come in to pay reverence or give a gift of any form whether money or their abilities or resources or time.

Do you do the same?  We all get this same option to follow Him by fully submitting our lives to Him.  Or do we, like many, keep our own control of the relationship we think we have?

There is no other way to God and eternal life than to surrender one’s life completely to Christ and follow Him.

John 10:27-30 – “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”

YOUR LIFE SPEAKS VOLUMES

Everyone’s life speaks volumes to others in some way and only what was done concerning your relationship with Christ will hold up as far as God is concerned in the end.

What He knows about our life is what matters. That’s why we should live not to serve man, but to serve God, to live above the desires of too much of what this world offers and be busy serving it for what Christ offers. Every person here or who has ever been sent here has been for a purpose. And yet, I believe, the percentage is low of those that have actually served that purpose. How about you? Do you believe you have or currently are serving your purpose here on earth? Only you know as well as the One who sent you here.

How does our life look before those that look at it today? What is being recorded about us in the books of heaven? Make no mistake. There are words written about our lives there, about what we are doing here.

It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that will help you live the life you should for Christ. Let not men speak of your life after you are gone any louder than Christ. Let Christ speak the loudest by your life lived as a Christian in His service. Following Christ reaches far beyond coming to church. It is living the life before others who need to be seen as a true follower of heaven’s kingdom among this earthly place we now live.

If you want to make for yourself a good name, then let it be done for Christ. Let people remember you as one who showed others the way of Christ by the way you lived your life before them.

God Loves To Use The Little Things

In the Bible in John 6:1-14 you’ll find the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 plus with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do. Philip answered Him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish in a basket, but how far will they go among so many?”

When Jesus comes on the scene, He comes to make all things new and to do the things you never could in your own abilities but when He’s given the opportunity to work with any life, including yours, nothing is impossible for Him. Jesus isn’t so much concerned with what you have or who you are. He’s more interested in your willingness to share what you have so He can show you who you can be and what you can do through Him.

Where you are at right now at your age, your position in life, all your plans for tomorrow or next month, Jesus says “why don’t you give these things to me?” Are you willing to give God your future, all of your life, all of what you think is so important? Do you think you’ve ever really reached the full potential of your life with Christ?

What holds you back from letting God have what you’ve been carrying around in your basket? Have you ever opened it up all the way and given Jesus a real chance to have control of your basket of dreams, problems, and thoughts?

NOT UNDER THE TREE

God deals with His people in ways that are good for them, to help them, to direct them.  He will send them to us to help us as well.  When someone receives Jesus as their Savior the scripture says that the angels sing praises to God.  What God does – He does for His glory.  What God’s will is – He will accomplish.  For God’s purposes are going to be carried out.

When we make Jesus Lord, do we go and tell others of His miraculous ways?  Do we praise God each day for what we know?  Do we speak the things of God to others – the very words of life that people need?

Jesus came and died.  Jesus was on this earth as a boy and grew into a man until He was 33 years old and the Bible basically tells us of only about 3 or 4 years of His life. That’s all.  Just look what Jesus did and what He is still doing today through those who will choose to follow after Him.

Jesus was God in the form of flesh.  As like mankind, He came.  He walked among the people.  He was mistreated and persecuted.  Jesus did more miracles that the Bible says it cannot contain them all.  He was beaten for it and then crucified because of His holiness to obey God, not man. Jesus came from the manger to the cross, to the grave, rose from the dead to life and is the only true hope today for any of us.

You will not find happiness under a Christmas tree.  You will never have peace because of nice cards sent to you and presents for you to open. You will only find peace and eternal life, a place prepared for those who believe and accept and serve Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

NO LONGER A CHILD

What child was this?  He was the son of God who came out of the tomb, the risen Christ, God in the flesh the only Savior for all mankind.  Some people will be the handyman for the devil to work against this truth. Their flesh will blind them to who Jesus is.  The Christ story is going to fully be played out, much of it has whether people want to give it recognition or not.

Some people are being set up by Satan to miss its entire meaning while others are catching on and believe it is the eternal message.  Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the ordinariness of Christmas or Easter.  Jesus is not where many try to place Him.  Jesus is here.  The Spirit of the Lord is as near as ever.  He is here to help us.  Jesus made a way for us and it is before us to help us make it through life all the way to eternity.

Never allow yourself to buy into the commercial side of Christmas or Easter.  Buy in to the reality and speak up for its truth.  Let people see that truth in you during the whole year, but especially at this time of the year.

Mark chapter 16:19-20; “So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.  And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them confirming the Word through the accompanying signs.  Amen.”  Jesus told us, gave us instructions for what we are to be doing with our lives.

Matthew 28:19-20; “And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’.”  Amen.

THE MAN WHO COULD NOT READ

There was once a man that grew up in poverty. His family was extremely poor. He had little to no education. Therefore, he never learned to read. Despite this fact, with determination, this man made something of his life. He rose above his poverty to become somewhat successful in life.

At age 62, he retired from his business and still couldn’t read. The man had become a devout Christian and desired to read the Bible, which he had but had never done so clearly. He went to a place that helped teach people to read, but for some reason it didn’t do him much good.

One night the man looked at his Bible and took it to bed with him. He lay there and pleaded with God to help him. Finally, he laid his Bible on his chest and made this statement in prayer to the Lord, “You’ve helped me to do something with my life, yet I have not been able to read Your word with little understanding. I must know it or I ask that you let me die and leave this earth for I no longer wish to remain here unless I can, for myself, read Your words to me so I can understand them for myself.

The next morning, he awoke. The Bible was still open on his chest. He got up and went into another room, sat down in a chair, re-opened his Bible and read the words perfectly.

This story is true and that same God does impossible things like this, big or small. Every day to those who trust Him. He is the only God and you can trust Him.

HAVE YOU GONE WITH LOT OR STAYED WITH ABRAHAM

Some of you may have heard the story of Abraham or maybe heard of Sodom and Gomorrah, you see Lot got just as close to sin as he could.  Remember Lot went with Abraham.  Abraham didn’t ask Lot to go.  Lot causes Abraham a bunch of trouble because of his decisions and his desires.  And yet when Lot and his family got captured by their enemies, Abraham came and rescued Lot.

Abraham knew what he needed and what God had to offer was real.  Lot still struggled with self too much and it’s evident in how Lot still tried to live just as close to Sodom as he could.

Abraham is later visited by 3 men or probably angels sent by God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  They were sent to deliver the message of God’s promise to Abraham.  Abraham pleads for the city if there were fifty righteous people all the way down to ten and yet there was not even ten in the city and even other cities around them were destroyed.

Genesis 19:15-16: “When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, ‘Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city’.

When you look back, it looked like Abraham had given away the choice land, the best he could have had.  But in the end, Abraham had discovered the key to insight of the real blessings of God. Lot had all kinds of problems of his own making, because he chose to live so near sinfulness too much.

Does this not also happen to Christians who try to live too close to sin today, as well?