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I am teaching a survey of the Old Testament and as I read the Scriptures and do research I am seeing a pattern how God gives provision and how we should respond to His provision.

God promised Israel He would give them the land known as Canaan. In Genesis 12, God called Abram to go west to a land He would give to Abram and his descendants.

God instructs Moses to lead Israel out of captivity in Egypt to Canaan. Then after forty years of wandering in the wilderness because the Israelites rejected God’s provision. They did not want to take possession of the promised land. They believed the 10 of the 12 spies, who lied and misled the Israelites. Because they rejected God’s provision, those people would not see the promised land, but their children would one day.

Once again, Joshua and a new generation Israelites find themselves at the edge of the Promised Land. Before instructing Joshua, God promised Joshua that every place he set his foot, God would give it to Israel (Joshua 1:1-5).  The caveat is they would have to act, take steps and take possession. They had to go out in faith and take possession of land (Joshua 3).

In our present time, God has instructed us that He has established the government (Romans 13). The purpose of government to protect the innocent and convict the guilty. Our response to government is to support it. We support it by exercising our right as a temporary citizen of this world, and country by voting. I say temporary because, for a Christian, our eternal citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20; John 14:2).

So, what if you choose not to vote? Then you are going against God’s plan for government. And like the nation of Israel, who repeatedly went against God’s instructions, His word, leadership, and rejected His word. Rejecting God’s word is a sin, and it always leads to suffering and consequences. The Israelites faced the consequences of their decisions for a generation to come.

So, obey God’s word, get involved in your community by engaging through evangelism, prayer, and exercising your rights as a citizen vote.

Luke 12:13-15

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

The man in this passage wanted what he thought was rightfully his. From a legal perspective, he may have had a portion of his father’s estate coming to him. The man was anxious at heart, waiting to receive his desired portion of his father’s possessions.

When the man made an appeal to Jesus for him to instruct his brother, who was probably the administrator of their father’s estate to give him his portion Jesus responded with a caution. “Watch out!” In other words, “examine yourself that your greed has not consumed you!” Greed is like cancer that will eat away at your inner being.

This individual probably had a world view that life without “things” or “without an abundance of possessions” is not a quality of life. “Watch Out!” That your worldview is not crowded with thoughts of wanting what someone else has. The Bible refers to this a covetousness.

Jesus responded with “Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (V 15) Material things, possessions, will eventually deteriorate, wear out, break down. Or materials thing can be stolen or lost. Jesus taught where our focus and treasure should be in Matthew 6:19-21:

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We can acquire many possessions and wealth. We can store up great wealth. But in the end, at death’s doorway, someone else will eventually get all your possessions. When you die it will not be how much you held in your hands. What will matter is “Who has you in His hands?” Your soul must be in God’s hands. Jesus taught,

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

If you have never given your heart and life to Jesus Christ by repenting of your sins. You can do it right now. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins. Confess He is Lord and Savior. Thank Jesus for dying for your sins and taking your eternal punishment in hell. Thank Him for making a way for you to get into heaven, by His resurrection.

If you want God to have your soul and life in His hands, pray a simple like this.

Dear God, I believe that Jesus is Your Son. That He died for my sin, was buried and rose again from the dead. God, I have sinned against You and I ask You to forgive me. Jesus, I ask you to be my Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus Name.

If you prayed the prayer, and invited Jesus into your heart, Congratulations! I want you to grow in Christ Jesus.

Things to grow in Christ:

  1. You will want to begin reading your Bible every day.
  2. Begin with the Gospel of John. Read one chapter every day.
  3. Pray every day to God in Jesus Name.
  4. Read a daily devotion. To get a free daily devotion go to https://billygraham.org/devotions/
  5. Get the Living in Christ booklet – https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/product/living-in-christ-booklet/
  6. Watch how God has changed other people’s lives. Watch free videos at https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/programs/
  7. Find a Bible teaching preaching church. Go to http://www.sbc.net/churchsearch/

 

 

 

 

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”

The Greek New Testament word translated ‘love’ is agapate. This is kind of love is God’s unconditional love. This is God loving you without you meeting any type of requirements. Jesus is saying, “As I have loved you unconditionally, you should love each other unconditionally. Through unconditional love for each other, people will know you are Jesus disciples. In other words, you follow in Jesus footsteps.

I am trying to process all the unrest that our country is experiencing the last few years. One thing we must agree on is that any individual or group that spews hatred and the cold-blooded murder of anyone is morally wrong. What America needs now, is peace.

Recently, I was in Macon, Georgia equipping, training, and strategizing to build a network of churches and to resource churches with a simple church evangelism outreach strategy. We had stopped for dinner at a restaurant before heading back to Atlanta.

As we engage our server in conversation, I could tell there was something heavy on her heart and mind. So when she brought our meal, I said, “We are getting ready to ask God to bless our food, is there anything we can pray for you?” Jessica, without hesitation, said, “Pray that I would have peace in my life.”

I responded with, “Do you know the Prince of Peace?” Jessica said, “No, who is he?” I said Jesus is the Prince of Peace and He gives us a peace that surpasses all understanding. Then I asked Jessica if she knew Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? She said, “Yes I do, Jesus lives in my heart.” So, we prayed for Jessica, that God would pour out His Spirit on her and fill her with His peace.

Needless to say, immediately after we prayed for her, a big smile appeared on her face. And we were treated like kings. Of course, we left a nice tip and a gospel tract as well.

So, the question we must ask ourselves is how can the church be a positive influence during these uncertain times? I am not saying to take sides. We are already on a team, the Jesus Christ team. He is supreme over all. He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Lord of lords, and King of kings. He calms the troubled waters. and quiets the storms.

So, we must ask ourselves is “If Jesus were here how would He respond, not react, to the unrest in America? What is it that Jesus would instruct His disciple’s to go and do?

Here are some actions, the church and a Christ follower can do.

The church needs to have regular prayer meetings asking God to send peace and rest to our nation,

Christians should start prayer groups where they live, work, play, to pray for peace and rest for our nation.

It is high time Christians are obedient to Jesus’ Mandate. So we must:

  1. Go and evangelize.
  2. Evangelize on a daily basis.
  3. Evangelize with a purpose to see lost people saved.
  4. Go in confidence trusting and taking God at His Word that “His Word never returns void,”
  5. Realize God sends us in His Holy Spirit Power.”
  6. Go!  because Jesus has told us to “Go and make disciples.”

All of us, starting with myself, must be Jesus with skin on to others. It is too easy to get caught up in the news media regurgitation of stories.

It is better for the church to be a light in a dark situation than to let the news media and government tell us how we should live.

Pray and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to empower you, send you, and use to make the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ known.

 

I recently heard a statistic how the suicide rate and attempts among high school age and college age students is on the rise. We not are hearing about it on the news but the news by word of mouth and social media travels. Our campuses are under a dark, dark cloud. Some if not most have a toxic environment. Most of my missionary and pastor associates would say that the devil has a strangle hold on our campuses and kids.
We must ask, “Why is the suicide rate on the increase among students?” Could it be that Old Testament principle is ever so true, “Confession is good for the soul,” Psalms 119:26. What are some of the benefits of confessing our sins to God? God made us with a spiritual, soul and body. He made us to have a loving relationship with Him, but our sin separates us from God and from having the proper relationship with Him. Jesus death on the cross, burial and resurrection is a blessing from God so that we can have our sins forgiven, Acts 3:26.
According to Romans 3:23, “We are all sinners.” Sin eats at your mind, your body, and your emotions. The effects of sin tears away and at the self-worth and self-esteem that God intends for you to have a child of God. He made you to be a child of the Most High God, Creator of all creation.
Instead, your children have been taught that their origin of life is by chance. They are taught they evolved out of the pool of slimy, soupy, pool of muck from a one cell organism that went through transformations of animal life and eventually became what we are today. What value does life have if your origin is based nothing more than a slimy one cell organism? This lie robs us of the Divine Truth that a loving heavenly God created us with a special plan and design in mind.
Who would conjure such a degrading lie? Well, only someone with such venomous hatred for all humankind. This individual is worse than Adolph Hitler and his regime of hate filled soldiers who brought horrific inhumane atrocities against people. The author of this dehumanizing theory must not only hate all human life but the Creator of life, God. He is known as the devil, Lucifer.
And he continues to steal, kill and destroy life John 10:10, and pervert life. Your children are told if they think it, it must be correct. If you consider a particular lifestyle then you must have been born to live it. If that is true, then we would all be rich, famous, a successful athlete, the best singer in the world, cure cancer, aids, stop world hunger an instant, bring world peace and stop ISIL in their tracks and they would stop beheading innocent Christian men, women and children.
Confession is good for the soul. Without confession of sin, you store up evil and bad thoughts, you store up hatred and bad actions that break God’s laws. You can only take so much pressure and the weight of your sin. God didn’t make you to carry all the weight and guilt of your sin. God provided a way for you to be released from the guilt and weight of your sin. He sent Jesus, His One and Only Son to die on the cross for your sin, so you can have His forgiveness.
Some intellectual individuals, like Voltaire, deny God and his existence. Voltaire eventually went crazy and was cared for by the very people he hated, Christians. Sin will make you feel guilty and tear you to pieces, emotionally, physically and hinder your mental capacity to make the right decisions.
Everyone needs to confess his and her sins to God, on a daily basis. When you pray asking God to forgive your sins, He pours on you His cleansing Spirit. But you must begin first by acknowledging Jesus Christ as God’s Son. Admit to God you have sinned against Him. Believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, because only He has died in your place for your sin. Confess your sin to God, and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Ask God to cleanse you from all your sin.
Next you need to find a Bible teaching and preaching church and tell the pastor of your decision to surrender your life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and be baptized as a believer in Jesus.
We Christians need to begin praying our campuses. The Church needs to begin praying for and prayerwalking the college campuses. Students need to know that there is a holy, loving God who wants His best for them and to bring forgiveness, and comfort.
The apostle Paul, the New Testament writer, who penned the majority of the 39 New Testament books, wrote, ““If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Our campuses and our nation God to send His Spirit to awaken lost people and save them. Pray for our churches to become alive again and passionate for God, taking the Gospel to the people once again.

Romans 7:14 states, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome that they were to call upon the name of the Lord, Romans 10:13. We know we are to call not only for His salvation, but throughout our Christian life for empowerment and leadership.

Paul wrote that the Holy Spirit has put to death the sin nature. John 3:3, 5 tells us that we are born of God’s Spirit, i.e. born again/a second time. The new believer is now faced with the choice of following God or following the old nature of sin. Apart for Christ Jesus, people are controlled by their human desires. Those who belong to Christ by faith, are controlled by a new nature, which we get at the salvation moment. They are led by the Spirit of God according Romans 8:14.

The apostle Paul tells the church in Rome that both nature still compete with each other for control, but they are not equally powerful. The old nature is deceptive and focuses on self. It is tries to sneak into your life by creeping back in by elusive ways. That is why we must guard our hearts, minds, ears, and eyes.

Our walk with Christ energizes the new nature. We allow the Holy Spirit to have total control of and in our lives when we spend time in God’s Word, in prayer, worship and in missions evangelizing. Sin was defeated once and for all at the cross. The victory was won at Calvary. Our responsibility is not to wrestle against sin, writes Paul, instead we are to call upon the Holy Spirit to provide victory. According to Romans 8:13 we are putting to death the deeds, the desire of sin, when we call upon God’s Spirit to help us overcome!

The only question is whether or not we will choose to allow God’s Spirit the freedom to have total control of our lives and to rid our lives of sin. The question is, “have you been truly saved by God’s grace? In other words, was there a time when you

  • Admitted to God you were a sinner and had sinned against Him.
  • Believed that Jesus is God’s Son. That He is the Savior, who redeems lost people.
  • Confessed your sins to God asking Him to forgive you
  • Asked Jesus to become Lord and Savior of your soul and life. Then and only then are you a child of God and His Spirit is in you.

In the Gospel of John, Chapter three, Jesus told a religious teacher of Israel, “You cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven unless you are born again.  He also said, “You cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless you are born again.” Vv3 and 5.

If you have never confessed you are a sinner to God, and you have not trusted in Jesus to be your Lord, (Supreme Authoritative Leader) and Savior, (He has died for your sins on the cross), then you need to pray to God in Jesus name. Remember, to become a child of God is a one time event, just like when you born the physically. Pray to God, say,

Dear God, I have sinned against You. I need Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus is Your Son that He died for my sin on the cross, was buried and rose again on the third day. Jesus please save me, I need Your forgiveness. I give my life to You. Help me to live for You and be Your witness. Thanks You for giving Your forgiveness and eternal life. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, find a Bible teaching, preaching church. Go to Pastor and tell him that you have prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. You can go to SBC.net and look for a church home by doing a church search by zip code and find a churches near you.

You can call 1 888 Jesus20 and speak to trained spiritual counselor. Or you can contact M28evangelism@gmail.com and we will help you. May you find God, through Jesus Christ and find real purpose and meaning for your life.

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