A New Life

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (Common English Bible)–16)So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know Him now. 17) So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, new things have arrived.

Colossians 3:9-10(New Living Translation)—9) Do not lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10) In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.

The first thing we do to begin a new life is privately accept Jesus into our heart as Lord of our life. This is when we say our sincere salvation prayer, which confesses how we believe Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and we shall be saved. Nothing can take our salvation away from us. This is when we receive the Holy Spirit and become a child of God.

After we are saved (born-again spiritually), it is important to find a Christian church that preaches and teaches from God’s Word. The Pastor will teach about baptism, which symbolizes a spiritual rebirth. Baptism is not forced on us—it is solely our choice if we want to be baptized or not. It is a very important decision. Jesus was baptized.

Baptism is sharing our testimony with others to show we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It is confessing our love for Him. When someone is baptized by immersion (dunked in water), it symbolizes our dying with Christ; and when we rise out from the water we are spiritually born again with Christ. We have a new life.

A new life brings changes. Other people should start seeing changes in our lives. Our desires will become His desires. There will be less world-like actions from us, and more of Him. Our world-like ways were put to death, such as: sexual sin, impurity, shameful desires, greed, and idolatry—anything that takes our mind off God. We used to act upon our fleshly desires, now we have a spiritual hunger. It is time to get rid of things like: anger, rage, jealousy, malicious behavior, slander, gossip, dirty language, drunkenness and drug use because God chose us to be holy.
(Read Galatians 5:16-6:2).

Instead, we are to put on the characteristics of Christ: tender-hearted mercy, joy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, self-discipline, and brotherly love. The most important spiritual fruit of all is love.

We are a work in progress. The Holy Spirit will work on us from the inside out, and help us mature spiritually. No one is perfect, but we strive to be as close as we can with His help. (Philippians 1:6 [Common English Bible]– I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus).

We are babies in Christ at first. It is our choice on how long it takes to mature. Either we follow the Lord and His ways and obey God’s commandments and stay in the Word, or we don’t. If we don’t follow the righteous path then the process to Christian maturity will be a lot slower.

1 Peter 1:3(New Living Translation)—All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for it is by His boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again…(Read the whole chapter of 1 Peter 1).

Read John 3:1-21—In this scripture you will read what Jesus says about being born-again (spiritually) and being baptized.

Read Mark 1-20—This is about John the Baptist and when he baptized Jesus.

Also, in Matthew 3:1-4:25 speaks of John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism. Plus, the temptation that Jesus went through in the wilderness.

John 1:19-34 also speaks of John the Baptist and baptizing Jesus.—John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin.

Read Romans 7:7-Romans 8:39—These scriptures deal with the Christian struggle that we deal with our flesh and spirit, our life in the Spirit, and the future glory of accepting Christ in our lives.

Philippians 1:9-11 (Common English Bible)–This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.

I hope you enjoy this study as much as I did. God bless you.

Doing Things that Please Him

1 John 3:21-22(New Living Translation)—21) Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22) And we will receive whatever we request because we obey Him and do the things that please Him.
(Read all of “1 John 3” when you have a chance).

Obeying His commandments—loving God and loving others pleases Him. When we see people in need, it is showing kindness and love for them when we help them. We are to love people by actions, not just saying, “Oh yes, I love others.” Doing for others without expecting something in return is love. Go out of your way to love one another.

One day I went to lunch with my Aunt and Uncle. My aunt must have noticed my sandals were old and just about falling off of my feet. (They were so comfortable, I really didn’t think about it). Out of the blue, she handed me some money and told me to buy myself a new pair of sandals. That was kindness in action. I never seemed to have enough money left over after bills to get a pair. The amount of money my Aunt gave me was exactly the price of the shoes I bought. This was an answer to prayer.

One month I needed to buy a dog license, but I didn’t have enough money. My neighbor needed a ride out of town and gave me some gas money. You know, it was just enough money for the dog license! God is so faithful—He does provide for His children. It’s wonderful what a loving Father we have who even takes care of the little things. He does reward His children when we obey His commandments. This pleases God.

Matthew 6:3-4(NLT)—3) But when you give to someone, don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

God loves us so much and is deserving of all our love. I love pleasing Him by telling people of His love for us. I like to share the hope that He gives me. Hopefully, that will bring more people to Christ.

Our actions let us know when we are living in His truth or not. Our integrity means doing right, even when no one is watching because God sees everything we do; even something as simple as walking around the clothing department of a store and seeing a shirt on the floor. Do you walk right by or pick it up and put it back on its hanger? Even the littlest things are important, and that pleases God.

Believing in Jesus Christ is God’s commandment, and when we obey Him we live in fellowship with them and they fellowship with us. We know He does because He lives in us as the Holy Spirit. I love pleasing God.

Do you love Father God; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Spirit? (Do you know them)? Show Him with your actions. Spend time with Him. He will be pleased.

Do You Have Faith Like Abraham?

Romans 5:13-25 (Common English Bible)—13) The promise to Abraham and to his descendants, that he would inherit the world, didn’t come through the Law but through the righteousness that comes from faith. 14) If they inherit because of the Law, then faith has no effect and the promise has been canceled. 15) The Law brings about wrath. But when there isn’t any law, there isn’t any violation of the law. 16) That’s why the inheritance, comes through faith, so that it will be on the basis of God’s grace. In that way, the promise is secure for all of Abraham’s descendants, not just for those who are related by Law but also for those who are related by the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us. 17) As it is written: “I have appointed you to be the father of many nations.” (Gen. 17:5) So Abraham is our father in the eyes of God in whom he had faith, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that don’t exist into existence. 18) When it was beyond hope, he had faith in the hope that he would become the father of many nations, in keeping with the promise God spoke to him: “That’s how many descendants you will have.” (Gen 15:5) 19) Without losing faith, Abraham, who was nearly 100 years old, took into account his own body, which was as good as dead, and Sarah’s womb, which was dead. 20) He didn’t hesitate with a lack of faith in God’s promise, but he grew strong in faith and gave glory to God. 21) He was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised. 22) Therefore, it was credited to him as righteousness.

23) But the scripture that says it was credited to him wasn’t written only for Abraham’s sake. 24) It was written for our sake, because it is going to be credited to us too. It will be credited to those of us who have faith in the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25) He was handed over because of our mistakes, and He was raised to meet the requirements of righteousness for us.

If you read Romans 3:1 through Romans 7:6, you will get the gist of God’s faithfulness and justice (3:1-8); how we are all under the power of sin (3:9-20); God’s righteousness through faithfulness of Christ (3:21-31); Abraham’s faith credited as righteousness (4:1-12); Abraham’s promise received through faith 4:13-25); having peace with God (5:1-11); how grace rules (5:12-21); our new life in Christ (6:1-14); freedom from sin (6:15-23); and freedom from the Law (7:1-6).

Faith is the unquestioned acceptance of the truths of God as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Faith is manifest in our reliance on Him in our loyalty to His Word and way, and our absolute trust in Him. Faith is the ONLY part or action we have in God’s eternal plan for us as part of His Creation. It is by faith alone that we become His people.

I have gathered together some verses on FAITH. Please look them up in your own Bible. If you do not have the Common English Bible version then your Bibles will read a little differently, but the meaning will be the same. This is just a taste of what studying the word FAITH is like. There are a lot more verses on faith. Have fun and search for yourself if you are interested in seeking out more verses on FAITH.

Hebrews 11:1-2 (Common English Bible) —1) Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. 2) The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith.

Read Hebrews 11:3-31: This chapter talks about specific acts of faith by God’s people.

Romans 10:16-17(Common English Bible)—16) But everyone hasn’t obeyed the good news. As Isaiah says (in Isaiah 53:1), “Lord, who has had faith in our message?” 17) So, faith comes from listening, but it’s listening by means of Christ’s message.

Romans 12:3 (Common English Bible)—Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (Common English Bible)—We live by faith and not by sight.

Galatians 2:20 (Common English Bible)—I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 3:14 (Common English Bible)—He redeemed us so that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, and that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:26-29 (Common English Bible)—26) You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27) All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28) There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29) Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.

Ephesians 2:8(Common English Bible)—You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed.

Ephesians 3:17-19 (Common English Bible)—17) I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, 18) I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. 19) I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled with the fullness of God.

Ephesians 4:5-6 (Common English Bible)—5) There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6) and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.

1 Timothy 5:8 (Common English Bible)—But if someone doesn’t provide for their family, and especially for a member of their household, they have denied the faith. They are worse than those who have no faith.

1 Peter 1:3-5 (Common English Bible)—3) May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of His vast mercy, He has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4) You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. 5) Through His faithfulness, you are guided by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation He is ready to reveal in the last time.

We Have a Loving, Awesome God

There is so much to learn about our loving and merciful God in heaven. The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and all of it is true. It is our life manual to follow all the days of our life. Open it up and find your way. When we read His Word, we become a step closer to knowing about God the Father, Jesus—His only begotten Son, and His Holy Spirit. (We call them the Holy Trinity). They are one in the same. God asks for us to seek Him.

1 John 5:7 (New King James Version)—For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word (Son), and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (New Living Translation)—16) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. 17) It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)—But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

God is greater than any disaster or circumstance that could ever happen to us. He has conquered death. He has defeated Satan. When we follow Him we will share in His victory.

1 John 4:4 (NLT)—But you have already won your fight with these false prophets because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Isaiah 25:8 (Amplified Bible)—He will swallow up death (in victory; He will abolish death forever). And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (New International Version)—But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:4(NIV)—for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

We can go to God for everything. He’d like us to rely on Him. Trust in the Lord and believe He will help you. He will take your burdens upon Himself.

1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)—Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares for you watchfully.

Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)—Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

Whatever our circumstance is, God will help us through it if we ask Him. No matter how much faith we have, we will still have to face troubles, pressures and trials in our lifetime. While we are in this world there will be sadness and evil all around us. When the trials come into our lives, we are to ask Christ to strengthen us so we may get through it. As challenges come to us, and as we commit to working on it, we show that we believe that God will give us the power to get us through. God will meet all of our needs to complete the task He called us to do.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)—I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)—And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

God is omnipresent—which means He is always present, everywhere at the same time. He is with me and with you at the same time, listening to each one of us separately at the same time. He is so amazing. He is always with us.

God is omniscient—which means He is all knowing. He knows everything we do and say and think. He knows our motivation, why we do what we do. He is so awesome. He knows everything that ever was and will be. He knows the beginning and the end at the same time. Just think of a time line. He sees the beginning and the ending all at once. He is so extraordinary.

God is omnipotent—which means He is extra powerful. He is so powerful—He created everything and He can destroy this whole world in an instant if he chose to. He knows His own power and won’t use it on us all at once. He is so merciful, loving, and just.

God is sovereign over everything and everyone. His word is final. He is the Master of the universe, world, and the three heavens. He is the King of all kings, the Alpha and the Omega.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

He loved us when He created the heavens and the earth. He loved us when He sent His Son to die for us. He loves us today–even when he disciplines us. He’ll love us tomorrow and forever no matter what. Nothing will take His love from us.

Romans 8:28-39 (NLT)—38) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39) Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When believers say “fear the Lord” or “fear of the Lord” or “fear God,” we don’t mean be afraid of Him. We mean—to have reverence for Him, be in awe of Him, be in wonder of, have high esteem for, have deep respect, or honor humbly.

We, born-again children, fear the Lord. Not everyone is a child of God. His children are the Christian believers in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We have a personal relationship with Jesus. We are confident of knowing where we will go when we die when we fear the Lord. Believers have asked Jesus into their hearts and know Him as our personal savior. We fear God because He sent Jesus to us so He could save us from eternal death. He died on the old rugged cross, in our place, so we would not be separated from God any longer. Being separated from God means we would not be able to live with Him in His kingdom after our death. We are dead in our sins before we accept Christ in our life.

Unbelievers, the unsaved, don’t usually know what “the fear of the Lord” means. I know I did not before I was saved. Fear usually means to be afraid. Unbelievers ought to be fearful because they will not go to heaven—unless they are saved. I’m just saying it so that unbelievers are made aware that accepting Jesus in their lives is the only way God will accept them.

Here are some Scriptures to show that the “fear of the Lord” is good:

Psalm 25:14 (NKJV)—The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.

Psalm 33:8 (NKJV)—Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

Psalm 33:18 (NKJV)—Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy.

Proverbs 2:5 (NKJV)—Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

I mentioned earlier that not everyone is a child of God automatically. We are not His until we are saved. This is when you ask Jesus sincerely into your heart because you believe in Him and what He did for you. This is the spiritual rebirth. We originally are born in this life as a sinner separated from God. When we become an age of accountability—which is when we learn about Him and understand what sin is. The ruler of the world is Satan, the father of lies.

John 8:23-24 (NKJV)—23) And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. I am not of this world. 24) Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He; you will die in your sins.”

1 John 5:19 (NKJV)—We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

Until we are saved, we are not God’s children. We must individually make this decision on our own to trust Jesus Christ for our eternal life. You do this by asking Jesus to come into your heart because you believe in Him and understand why He died for your sins in your place; and you are ready to accept Him as your personal savior and live under God’s grace. Grace is God’s free gift to us when we are born-again spiritually. We cannot achieve grace on our own merit.

John 1:12-13 (NKJV)—12) But as many as received him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13) who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Then God adopts us and makes us part of His family. We become a sister and brother to Jesus and we also become brothers and sisters-in-Christ to each other who are born-again—those saved from eternity with Satan in the lake of fire.

Please read Romans 8:12-17. This explains how we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ.

Salvation comes through believing in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Jesus is God’s beloved gift to us. Jesus is God in the flesh. God could not come to us as He is. That is why He chose to send us Himself through a real person, His Son, Jesus. He had to actually be born in human form to live among the people of this world so we could meet God through Jesus. Jesus only did and said what was spoken to Him by God, His Father. (Read John 6:28-65 to understand this more.)

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)—16) for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17) For God did not send His Son into the world through Him might be saved.

Jesus died for us. He took all the sins of the world upon Himself. Jesus never sinned a day in His life, but became a sinner in our place. We should have been the ones who were crucified because of our sinful nature. But Jesus loved us so much and knew we could not have been forgiven on our own power. He died for us. He had a choice and He went through with it because it was His Father’s will and Jesus always obeyed Him. He suffered for us. He went through persecution and torture in our place. He died and was buried. Thanks be to God—He rose again on the third day. After a short time, He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father. This is where He is alive today.

Mark 16:19 (Amplified)—So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and he sat down at the right hand of God.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (Amplified)—3) For I passed on to you first of all what I also had received, that Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for our sins in accordance with (what) the Scriptures (foretold), 4) that He was buried, that He arose on the third day as the Scriptures foretold.

Without Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for our sins, we would have had a hopeless life. There would be no hope for us because we could not save ourselves. We could never be good enough on our own, or work our way up to please God. Jesus took all our sins upon Him and died in our place, so that we would not be separated from God for eternity. His death reconciled us with His father. If we had not been reunited with God, we never would be allowed into heaven after our inevitable death.

1 John 4:10 (NKJV)—In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be propitiation for our sins.

To die in our sin would have been a death sentence in the lake of fire. We will not go there when we are spiritually born-again (the term means being saved from our sinful life that we were originally born with).

Before Jesus died He said He would be leaving us with a Helper. He was speaking of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes into our heart when we accept Jesus.

John 14:16-17 (NLT)—16) And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. 17) He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He is our comforter, teacher, and wonderful counselor. He is our conscience—letting us know when we sin so that we may confess and repent. Confess our sins, ask for forgiveness and repent by changing our ways.

1 Corinthians 6:19 (Amplified)—Do you know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit who lives within you, whom you have received (as a gift) from God? You are not your own.

Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)—And the Holy Spirit help us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. 27) And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Did you know that being saved is the only way to get to heaven? Unbelievers, people of the world, say there are many ways to get to heaven. They will even mention a few different ways. But Jesus says in John 14:6 –“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The worldly religions and other doctrines say there are other ways. Some religions say that people come back to live many lives. The Bible does not say this so I cannot believe that is true. There is no such thing as reincarnation; also, spirits coming back to live among us is another worldly view. It is so confusing to hear these different versions of worldly religions. Satan is the inventor of confusion. God does not lead us into confusion.

God did give us free will to choose what we want to believe, that is why He allows these other religions to exist. He also gives us the truth that sets us free. We have the choice to choose Him and His Word as that truth or with the worldly views that Satan has introduced by people who are not of God. I know there are going to be a lot of people mad at me; but God wants everyone to know the truth.

Acts 4:12 (Amplified)—And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.

We cannot work our way into heaven—we could never do enough on our own merit or be good enough in the holy and perfect eyes of God without being saved. Only Jesus can intercede for us to ask His Father for us to be forgiven because of His Sacrifice for us.

Ephesians 2:8 (Amplified)—For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through (your) faith. And this (salvation) is not of yourselves (of your own doing, it came not through your own striving) but it is the gift of God.

Romans 8:34 (Amplified)—Who is there to condemn (us)? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather, Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?

Hebrews 7:25 (Amplified)—Therefore He is able also to save to the utmost (completely, perfectly, finally and for all time and eternity) those who came to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

Do you believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and He died on the cross for your sins? Do you believe that He was crucified, buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures?

I do believe all of the above. Having learned how much Jesus did for me made me want to ask him in my heart. I asked Him to be my Personal Savior and become the Lord of my life. I want to live in heaven with Him when I die, and being saved will guarantee me a room in one of His mansions that He is preparing for me.

Knowing that the Holy Spirit would not be in my life unless I was saved also persuaded me to accept Him. I would not have made it this far in life if it had not been for Him. He totally rearranged my life and helped me purge all the old habits of my past. I am a new creature in Christ now and am so thankful every day for His help to create a new heart in me. His desires have become my desires. The fruit of the Spirit is working within me to bring forth joy (gladness), faith, love, patience (even temper, forbearance), peace, self-control (self-restraint, continence), kindness, gentleness (meekness, humility), and mercy (goodness, benevolence, compassion) in my life.

Wanting to be a child of God was the big deal maker toward my decision. I love my heavenly Father. He takes care of me. (He had given me a wonderful earthly Father for my childhood and young adult life that I miss terribly, but I know I will see him again). I love that God is in control of my life today.

When you have a new Christian life you will understand things so much clearer. There will still be hard times, but when you have Father God to help you through anything and everything you will be glad you chose His way. You will also have the Holy Spirit’s soft inner voice leading you, when you are listening. If you pray and meditate on His Word things will be revealed to you that you never knew before. I hope you have the desire to seek the one and only true Almighty God. He would love it.

This is the Great Commission

Matthew 28:19-20(NLT)—19) Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20) Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The Most Important Commandment:

Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT) -36) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?” 37) Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. 38) This is the first and greatest commandment. 39) A second is equally important; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40) All other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

The Covenant Made in Eden

Genesis 3:14-15 (NIV) 14) So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all the livestock
and all the wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15) And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers.
He will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

The Covenant Made to Noah

Genesis 9:11-16 (NIV)—11) “I establish my covenant with you. Never again will all life be cut off by the water of a flood never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12) And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13) I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14) Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds. 15) I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16) Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures every kind on the earth.”

Here are some Gold Nugget Treasures from God’s Word to Meditate on:

Luke 12:34 (NKJV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 6) In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) 16) Be joyful always, 17) Pray continually; 18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 139:14 (NKJV) I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows very well.

Mark 5:36 (NKJV) “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) 6) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV) Do not forget to entertain strangers for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

John 15:13 (NKJV) Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Proverbs 19:21 (New Century Version) People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s plan will happen.

Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) Let us hold firmly to the hope we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what He promised.

There is infinitely so much more to share about our loving and awesome God. I would love to keep going on and on, but I better leave some mystery for you to discover. He will reveal to you more and more every day. God bless you!

Finding Unconditional Love

Do you think it is possible to find unconditional love?

It seems as if it would be impossible

In this world as it exists today.

Do you imagine it as just a dream–

Something unattainable for yourself?

To find unconditional love

Is like searching for a thrown out glove—

It is nowhere to be found.

We need to be loved, cannot anyone see?

God can—His unconditional love is waiting for us.

God is unconditional love.

His love is absolute,

Complete,

And all He asks of us is to believe.

Believe and accept His Son, Jesus.

Only God knows us as we are;

And He still loves us.

He loves us enough to change us from the inside out

So that we may be more like Jesus—

Loving, kind, compassionate, faithful,

Gentle, forgiving, and everything good!

God is the only one we can truly trust

And totally depend on with all our hearts

because we know His love is unconditional.

So you see-we can find unconditional love.

Romans 8:38-39 says: “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor powers, not things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 says: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 4:18-19 (Common English Bible) –There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. We love because God first loved us.

[Read all of 1 John 4:7-4:21—these are just a few of the verses about God’s unconditional love that you will find in His Word—the Holy Bible.]

Enjoy your journey with the love of Christ, Amen!

AVOID TRIBULATION AT ALL COSTS

Revelation 3:20 (New Living Translation)—“Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.

God wants the best for everyone because He created every one of us for His pleasure. He wants us to eventually live eternally with Him. When we become a believer in Christ, we are guaranteed that we will go to heaven. Heaven is our ultimate home, earth is temporal.

Believe me, there is the choice of heaven and hell in everyone’s future. God does not want us to perish in hell. He gave all of us ‘free will’. The choices every individual makes in their lifetime determines where they will go eternally. This is why Christians talk about the hope we have in Christ Jesus and how He saved us. For God’s sake, we do not want you to be left behind.

Take this as a warning–everyone who does not accept Christ as their personal savior will face that ultimate Judgment Day. All Christians who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will receive their rewards.

The disasters and troubles we go through in this day and age are not the worst that will happen on this earth. When God’s wrath is released after the “Rapture”, during a time that will be called “The Great Tribulation” for the people left behind, will be the worst time there had ever been on this earth up to this period. When you read the book of “Revelation” in the Holy Bible, it will explain what will happen during this “Tribulation” period. You need to be a Christian to understand God’s Word because you will have the Holy Spirit teaching you, and you will have a ‘spiritual understanding.’ God blinds the hard-hearted unbelievers. We only receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when we are born-again.

This prophetic time of “Tribulation” will last for seven years during which God seeks, by taking away from man every other hope, to draw him to Himself. Millions will believe in the message of 144,000 Jewish evangelists who will have come to say that Jesus was their Messiah. These seven years in which they seek to turn men’s hearts to God are those seven years that the nation was cut short when they crucified their Messiah. They have the opportunity at that time to more than make up for failing to be God’s witnesses during their history. Psalm 2:11-12 is the solemn advice that David prophetically gives to those who will be living on the earth during the terrifying seven years of “Tribulation” just prior to Messiah’s return to earth to set up His Kingdom. In the rest of Psalm 2, David speaks of this time when God’s Son will come to earth and find that the “nations are in an uproar and trying to cast off all influence of God.”

Matthew 24:21-23 (New Living Translation)—For that will be a time of greater horror than anything the world has ever seen or will ever see again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, the entire human race will be destroyed. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.

The unsaved people of this world who do not believe this prophetic Tribulation Period is true will be sorry they did not listen when they had the chance. We do not know when, but it will happen whenever God chooses to do so. This may be called a doom and gloom theory by the worldly unbelievers’, but it is all true. The “Rapture” is the Christian’s blessed hope because we know that Jesus will come and Rapture His church—all the believers (dead and alive) will be gathered and raised up to meet Him in the air.

A word to the unbelievers of the world, it may sound like nonsense to you now, but when you are left behind, you won’t be laughing. (Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (New Living Translation)—For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the trumpet call of God.

First, all the Christians who have died will raise from their graves. Then, together with them, we, the true and faithful Christians who are still alive, will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. All the believing, true Christians are considered as ‘His church’. Jesus is the head of the Christian church. I am looking forward for this prophetic event to happen!

Second, the anti-christ will sign a 7 year treaty of peace; then the “Seven years of the Tribulation period” will begin. The last three and a half years will be known as the Great Tribulation period.

Third, It will be too late when you are not raptured with the believers of Jesus Christ because the one and only opportunity is gone–you are one of the people left behind. God will have given you plenty of chances, before this wicked time of “Tribulation”, to receive Jesus as your Personal Savior and Lord of your life.

The time is NOW; please do not put it off any longer. If you do not take heed, you are the one who will put yourself in those perilous seven years. You cannot blame God when you end up in this “Tribulation period”on earth. He never wanted you to perish. He will have no choice but to release you when you have denied Him throughout your life. The birth pangs have already started, it is not too far-fetched to think the time is near. No one knows how long it will be before the ‘Rapture’. In the name of our Lord, Christ Jesus, I pray for all the unbelieving and non-trusting souls.

Matthew 24:6-8 (Amplified Bible)–
6) And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place;
8) All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish].

The following Scripture is for the Faithful and Unfaithful Servants of God:
Matthew 24:45-51 (Common English Bible)–
Who then are the faithful and wise servants whom their master puts in charge of giving food at the right time to those who live in his house? Happy are those servants whom the master finds fulfilling their responsibilities when he comes. I assure you that he will put them in charge of all his possessions. But suppose those bad servants should say to themselves, My master won’t come until later. And suppose they began to beat their fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunks? The master of those servants will come on a day when they are not expecting him, at a time they couldn’t predict. He will cut them in pieces and put them in a place with the hypocrites. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.

Please take heed! Amen

Are You in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

Revelation 3:12 (New King James Version)—And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the “Book of Life”. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

Friends, I pray that your name is in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” before your life ends. This Book is God’s registrar where He records all of the believers who have been justified by faith. The eternally redeemed followers will be written in the “Book of Life” so that they may live in eternity with Jesus Christ. Those left out of the “Book of Life” – the unbelievers who have denied Christ all their life on earth – will be destined for the lake of fire. Would you rather see heaven over the alternative? Me too!

Revelation 21:1-2 (NKJV)—1) Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2) Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Word of God talks about heaven in Revelation 21 starting at the end of verse 9 saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Revelation 21: 10–Revelation 22:5 explains what heaven, the “New Jerusalem,” will look like.

If you do not have a Bible, I will give a short version of the new heaven. In verse 11, heaven is described having the glory of God, it is compared to a bride—Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Verse 12 goes on to say that she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel are written on them; the gates consisted of three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.

The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The city is laid out as a square. (The city’s measurements are all multiples of 12, the number for God’s people; there were 12 tribes and 12 apostles who started the church). The walls are 144 (12 x 12) cubits (200 feet thick there are 12 layers in the walls, and 12 gates in the city; and the height, length, and breadth are all the same. 12,000 stadia (furlongs) which is 1,400 miles. The New Jerusalem is a perfect cube, the same shape as the Most Holy Place in the temple (1 Kings 6:20). These measurements illustrates that this new home will be perfect for us. God is so amazing and precise!

In Revelation 21:18 the description continues– the wall is made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, third chalcedony, fourth emerald, fifth sardonyx, sixth carnelian, seventh chrysolite, eighth beryl, ninth topaz, tenth chrysoprase, eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth foundation was amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

Verse 22 tells how the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or moon to shine because the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The gates will never be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

The Scripture in Revelation 22:1-5 talks about the river of the water of life, the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse because Satan and evil do not exist as a threat any longer because he will be in the lake of fire with all the evil from the world. Heaven will be called the New Jerusalem, where all of the Christians who are written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” will live for eternity. Scripture proves that there really is a heaven and a hell. Jesus says that He is coming soon and I believe Him.

Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

CHECK THIS OUT!
I looked up some extra information on Google about the significance of the number 12 to God. I found some interesting details on ‘The Bible Study Site’.—Number twelve can be found in 187 places in God’s Word.

The book of Revelation has 22 occurrences of the number 12. The meaning of the number twelve is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation.

It can symbolize completeness or the nation of Israel as a whole. Jacob had 12 sons, each of which represented a tribe begun by a prince for 12 princes total.

Ishmael, who was born to Abraham through Hagar, also had 12 princes.

The number twelve also shows up in Leviticus 24; Matthew 28:18—God’s divine authority; Revelation 14:1-5; and Revelation 12. These are just some of the examples in the article. It is really interesting—I hope you look it up for yourself because there is a lot more neat information. It also has explanations of other numbers’ significant meanings. It is fun to study facts of the Bible! ENJOY!

“Shine His Light”

John 8:12 (Amplified Bible)–Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.”

Matthew 5:16–“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Hoping to be more like You
Knowing You would like me to
With You it is possible
Because You do the impossible

If only I could
Like I know I should
Show Your light
With all my might

You are my motivation
I’d have no realization
If it wasn’t for You–
I didn’t always know what to do

I learned so much from you–The more I read your Word
I know You are my shepherd who safely leads His herd
You wrote “The truth will set you free”
That is exactly what you did for me!

Would you like to know how
I am able to really show love now
By putting Christ first in my life
Helps me have less stress and strife.

God, You have made me as free as a bird who flies above
By learning and knowing all about your unconditional love
I hope everyone will see
Your light shining through me

It is a pleasure for me to share Your story
And a privilege to always give You the Glory
Because the joy You bring me is always overflowing
Every time I see what You bring to others–their hope and joy is always growing.

Jesus, I love You and Your light.
Help me always to do what is right.
May Your light shine through me
So it is only You that others will see!

Luke 18:27–But He said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

John 15:11 (Amplified Bible)–I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.

Praise God!

“Hope”

Belief in Jesus’ existence
Is when your “Hope” comes alive.

When you learn to fully trust in the Lord,
You will have “Hope.”

You’ll know it’s possible to have a better life
By reading God’s Word–which fills you with “Hope.”

Looking forward to a life with Christ
Gives you “Hope” for a better future.

You’ll be assured how to cope
When you have “Hope” in your life.

Having confidence in the love of God
Is when your “Hope” will overflow.

Whenever you ask for God’s help,
You will have “Hope” by knowing you’ll get an answer.

You will know your salvation is true
When your “Hope” comes from your faith.

Others will be encouraged
When you share where your “Hope” comes from.

Telling the Gospel to unbelievers
Is when they will have “Hope,” too.

Romans 15:4 (New Living Translation)–Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises.

Amen for having “Hope!”