No matter what someone might give you at the end of their life or promise to provide you with, nothing is as sure as a relationship with God. People may or may not receive some form of an inheritance in this life. But it can never compare to what God has for you or anyone else that wants to be one of His heirs.
Today across this world, in fact every day, people sell out their chance to receive an eternal inheritance that only God can provide. Millions have gone into eternity void of eternal freedom all because they chose to sell out their inheritance to this world for what they can get now yet could have had later.
There are also many who plan for this inheritance but will find there is nothing for them in the end because they lived a life of misunderstandings of God and only thought they had an inheritance.
The only way to eternal life in heaven comes from a life surrendered to God’s Son, Jesus. Unless one is willing to accept Jesus and live as His and not just say they are then don’t live according to God’s Word, then what this world offers is as good as it gets. Don’t miss out on what really is in store for your life. There is a place of eternal life and one of eternal punishment, worse than death.
What we live for here determines, in the end, what our eternal destination will be. Without Jesus, there is no hope of something better but only something worse.
In the 14th chapter of Matthew, you’ll find the account of Jesus walking on the water of the sea in a storm to help those who would follow Him. Storms are often confronted in obedience to Christ. (Sometimes you encounter storms because you are doing God’s will. Storms can be God’s will. Storms should remind us of God’s promises. If He, the one who creates it all, says go into the storm to get to the other side, you’ll get to the other side.
Even when we can’t see Jesus, He can always see us. (All things can be seen by Jesus. Do you follow your own path and go the way you think is right OR do you still trust God to help you?
Jesus will always come to us at the right time. (He knows exactly when it’s time. Sometimes our fears may be Jesus in disguise. (When His followers were in a storm, they thought Jesus was a ghost on the water.) He can come in many ways to get our attention…and through storms, sickness, financial or whatever touches our lives Jesus can work in that area for His greater benefit.
The water that threatens to be over your head is always under Christ’s feet. You were built for the storms that you would face because God knew you would face these storms in mind or sometimes in body as well.
Our ability to walk with God is dependent on the focus of our spiritual eyes. We must stay focused on Jesus and not look the other way. When we don’t make it is when we forget Jesus can where we cannot.
During a time of a great revival move of God in the years of 1858 and 1859 many churches began to experience a move of God that brought the convicting work of the Holy Spirit all across New Brunswick, Canada. As some preachers began to preach the words of the Bible with great boldness, people would fall under deep conviction of sinfulness and begin to pray God’s convicting power would touch others.
One night a large gathering of young people were attending a dance. One young man noticed a piece of paper on the floor. Not knowing where it came from or who it belonged to, he opened the paper to these words and he realized they were connected to the Bible. The words simply said, “These shall go away into everlasting punishment.”
Suddenly a great distress came over the young man and he fell to his knees crying out to God under a deep conviction of sin. Not long after, more became under a convicting urge of sinfulness in their own lives. So, two pastors were summoned to help those young people. From that point, revival broke out all over town and the surrounding communities as hundreds were saved and filled the churches.
Lives and families changed as the power of the Spirit of God swept across the countryside. If ever that needs to happen once again, it is today, right here and now. For the days are growing short to work in the harvest field of humanity for the rapture of the saints is soon to happen.
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 if a husband and wife would fully decide that they, before bringing a child into this world, would give them to God for His own purposes? Not trying to make them into anything other than what God wanted them to be. Not a ball player or to offer them the best education. But rather to donate them as an offering unto the Lord God for His greater plans and purposes.
What could have multitudes of children become today for the work of God’s kingdom if their parents actually prayed before they were conceived to bring them into this world to build His kingdom instead of maybe their own empire or family legacy or just to have a child of their own?
God is always looking for willing people to be used who are willing to put their own self aside to serve Him. There is great potential for the one who is fully surrendered to God. Every child to be born has a purpose according to Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” (Not the parents plans, not someone else’s, but rather God says, “I know the plans concerning each child ever born – life plans that no parent knows.”)
You do not choose your children. God does. You are given the privilege to be a part of raising that boy or girl for God’s kingdom, not yours. Yet many take the reins out of God’s hands many times and interfere, altering God’s real intended purpose.
If only in anything we do, we would just first bring our thoughts, plans, requests and everything and lay it before God’s will. We would be amazed at what can happen.
Every day each one of us has to make decisions. Some are easy and some can be very difficult. But one way or another, we will have to make decisions by what we know or think we know. God, every day, looks for men and women who call themselves Christian that are willing to be used by Him.
God asks of those who are more willing to serve His purposes than just those who talk about it. God is looking for men and women who are willing to believe they can do all things through Christ who has the ability to strengthen them to do anything.
You can always bet that when you’re given opportunity by God, you’ll also meet up with a challenge. We need the kind of men and women today who are willing to take a stand in the kingdom of God and tell the church we can take the inheritance that God has given us.
This world is a challenging enemy but we must always remember that God is greater than anything we face. He can overcome. Even in the place of adversity, even among those of the kingdom, we must reason with the Scriptures. Far too many have missed out on their opportunity with God at points in life. If only they would listen to the voice of God. Numbers 14:9-10; “Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
Some people won’t listen no matter what they’ve seen God do in the past or have been taught in church. But when God steps in, then things will change one way or another. We will move forward or pay the price for not doing so. God is always going to do what He intended to always do. The shame is that so many people miss out on such blessings that God has for them.
The year was 1913 and a young man was playing music for a dance one evening. But as he continued to play, as the evening passed on, he began, for some reason, to be moved by thoughts of Jesus and what Jesus had done by giving His life to be crucified for his sins. He could no longer take these thoughts so he hastily left the dance.
But as he walked toward home he passed by the church where there was an all night prayer meeting and he knew that his father was there with others praying. The young man stepped inside and heard the reading of God’s word and again conviction fell upon his heart and he left again to head home.
Yet on the way, he would stop and plead with God to help him understand and have mercy on his life. Finally about 2:00 A.M. he had made it to his home and there as he went in he found his mother on her knees crying out, praying for her wayward son.
That night he cried out to God for forgiveness and salvation came into the heart of a young man that would later set the towns around the countryside and the world on fire with revival.
As the man, Duncan Campbell, became used greatly of God in Scotland and Great Britain, in many a village or city because of those who would pray in concern for his eternal soul.
God took notice and answered greatly and He will still do the same today for others if you will pay the price of prayer.
All of us at one time or another has believed that life is not fair. Every one of us has experienced situations where we have believed that God has seemed to be unfair. Where is God most of us wondered when a little child has died or someone has senselessly been killed. How many times I have heard someone say, and you have as well, when there has been some type of tragedy and the innocent have lost their lives, that people remark if there really was a God He wouldn’t have let this happen.
Or they say, “I don’t want anything to do with a God who allows death and destruction to take those who have done nothing, He’s not fair.” But according to whose standard? And that is where the majority of the problem lies. Most people judge who they believe God is or can do by their own standards.
The Bible specifically speaks of this in Isaiah chapter 55 verses 6-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We in our human understanding cannot even come close to seeing things from God’s true perspective. The reason we can’t understand is because we are not God.
God’s ways are not ours, because they can’t be. God’s grace, God’s mercy, God’s love and knowledge of our life and every other person is exclusive only to Him and that is where He chose to make His decisions.
But remember this: “Blessed are the ones if they are not offended by God, no matter what happens in their lives.” The ways God has chosen to work through the centuries and will continue to work will still not make sense to men and women but we too must decide how we will respond to what we think is fair or not fair.
This trade-off happens each day with people everywhere. They live for the moment, not considering the consequences for the future. It is much like the story of the two brothers found in the Bible. In the first book of Genesis you’ll find the story around chapter 25. This story of how one brother sells out his birthright to another brother just for a bowl of soup.
Today some people sell out for even less and to do this with one’s soul which is the most eternally dangerous thing anyone can do. But yet there are others who do go higher, many much higher. But in the end, they still have sold out for the things of this world which are only temporal for the very best they could have had in the eternal.
When Jesus, God’s Son, was sent here to lead us and show us the right way, we all were given this birthright to live forever in heaven, if we would only choose His ways and follow Him. But most won’t. They gamble with their eternal souls daily, wanting parts of this world they could never have but are willing to try to obtain, risking their birthright with Jesus throwing it away leaving them on the road to hell and eternal damnation.
Life styles against God’s word, sexual pleasures, money, fame, a pill, a bottle, or just simply doing what they want instead of what Jesus asks of them. Outside or inside the church, it does‘t matter who you are. But God knows you and sees the future of your decisions.
Open up to Jesus and let Him help you realign your life with His eternal plan.
One morning of September 11th 2001 this country got a message that things were not going to be like they have been. There is coming a change to how Americans live. No one would have thought much about this then, but now look back. Look at all the new rules and regulations agencies and look at how it has affected Christianity in the realm of religion.
From elections to wars, executive orders to new agendas, the enemy of all mankind saw his big chance and took it and the cesspool of immorality got its chance to express its sin in the face of America. Many Christians and churches have allowed culture to set the way they do life. We accept things as they are or we just simply turn our head. But God hasn’t. God has been watching everything and everybody. He has basically given to society just what they have been asking for. We cannot change people with force or a situation and do any real good, unless God is placed into the equation. Without God nothing will really change and the situation will remain hopeless.
President Gerald Ford repeated in a speech he gave on December 5th, 1974, a quote from President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1955. And it simply says this: “Without God there would be no American form of government nor any American way of life.” Benjamin Rush, one of America’s founding fathers said: “When people of faith fail to vote, is it any wonder that policies are enacted that are contrary to believer’s core values?”
All we have is prayer and all we need is God. One plus God is always the majority in solving any problem. God will help you. He will never fail you nor let you stand alone. But He expects for you to stand with Him. God is calling the church to arise for the hour. God have mercy on America if it doesn’t.