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Sin Revealed! Positive or Negative?

As a believer/follower of Christ, what do you think follows after the Holy Spirit reveals sin in your life? Do you think it is a positive thing that He revealed it to you or do you think it is a negative thing?Today I listened to a great message by the late J. Vernon Mcgee. He spoke on Isaiah 6:5 which states "Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts [1]" (Isaiah speaking).
Mcgee triggered a thought within me that opened up my heart (again) to the Lord's awesome goodness toward us. It has to do with His light shining on us so great that the more we give ourselves up to God, the more He reveals to us whether good or bad.
Isaiah said he had seen "the King, the Lord of hosts" and realized he and everyone else were people "of unclean lips".
When one comes into relationship with God many things are revealed to us which …

Sin Revealed! Positive or Negative?

As a believer/follower of Christ, what do you think follows after the Holy Spirit reveals sin in your life? Do you think it is a positive thing that He revealed it to you or do you think it is a negative thing? Today I listened to a great message by the late J. Vernon Mcgee. He spoke on Isaiah 6:5 which states "Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts [1]" (Isaiah speaking).
Mcgee triggered a thought within me that opened up my heart (again) to the Lord's awesome goodness toward us. It has to do with His light shining on us so great that the more we give ourselves up to God, the more He reveals to us whether good or bad.
Isaiah said he had seen "the King, the Lord of hosts" and realized he and everyone else were people "of unclean lips".
When one comes into relationship with God many things are revealed to us w…

Even The Demons Believe...

The title of this post, I know, sounds a little bit out of the ordinary (even for me). But, it has to do with reality and so it must be brought up so that we can be aware of who our enemy is and what he is all about.The subject of satan and demons is not taken seriously by non-christians and sometimes christians. As christians, though, we need to be aware that there is such a thing as satan and demons and this dude and his minions are out to deceive and destroy those who follow the ways of Christ.
One way that satan and his demons work is by causing complacency in the body of believers. Complacency happens when the believer becomes so enamored with himself that he simply goes through the motions of the christian life.
There is no action except for what has to do with 'me, myself and I'. 
Some signs of a complacent believer are: No prayer life because 'I'm saved now and there is no need''I don't need to read the Bible because I'm saved and there is no need&#…

Even The Demons Believe...

The title of this post, I know, sounds a little bit out of the ordinary (even for me). But, it has to do with reality and so it must be brought up so that we can be aware of who our enemy is and what he is all about. The subject of satan and demons is not taken seriously by non-christians and sometimes christians. As christians, though, we need to be aware that there is such a thing as satan and demons and this dude and his minions are out to deceive and destroy those who follow the ways of Christ.
One way that satan and his demons work is by causing complacency in the body of believers. Complacency happens when the believer becomes so enamored with himself that he simply goes through the motions of the christian life.
There is no action except for what has to do with 'me, myself and I'. 
Some signs of a complacent believer are: No prayer life because 'I'm saved now and there is no need''I don't need to read the Bible because I'm saved and there is no n…

HS Message for Sunday, September 21, 2014

HS Message for Sunday, September 21, 2014

Forgiveness After Having Gone Astray

Jerusalem had gone completely astray. Way far away did they venture from the Lord, and Jeremiah was very distraught and discouraged, but deep inside he had hope.Even though he wept and pondered the outcome of Jerusalem, Jeremiah knew that God would ultimately bring them back to recovery. 
All he had experienced with the Lord, he couldn't deny Him because he knew that "Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your [His] faithfulness -Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV.
Yes, Jerusalem brought this trouble unto themselves. They were the cause of it and boy did they pay. They strayed from the Lord and that is not good.
Believer, have you ever gone astray and placed yourself in a mess? If you haven't that's great, keep your eyes focused on Jesus that you never go astray.
I have gone astray in the past and its not fun at all. It's terrible actually. Connection was lost with the Lord and in His great me…

Forgiveness After Having Gone Astray

Jerusalem had gone completely astray. Way far away did they venture from the Lord, and Jeremiah was very distraught and discouraged, but deep inside he had hope. Even though he wept and pondered the outcome of Jerusalem, Jeremiah knew that God would ultimately bring them back to recovery. 
All he had experienced with the Lord, he couldn't deny Him because he knew that "Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your [His] faithfulness -Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV.
Yes, Jerusalem brought this trouble unto themselves. They were the cause of it and boy did they pay. They strayed from the Lord and that is not good.
Believer, have you ever gone astray and placed yourself in a mess? If you haven't that's great, keep your eyes focused on Jesus that you never go astray.
I have gone astray in the past and its not fun at all. It's terrible actually. Connection was lost with the Lord and in His gr…

Are You Going to Sleep Well Tonight?

I read a Bible verse last week which spoke to me so powerfully that I knew I had to write it on the tablet of my heart. I even sent it out to my family that morning and asked them to memorize it with me.That morning the Lord was already speaking to me about what was going to happen that evening and the evening after that if I simply abide in Him.
The passage He showed me is Psalms 4:8 which reads "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
The Lord spoke to me as He does many times that if I simply abide in Him and seek Him first above anything else, He will provide me with peace and comfort within.
You can tie the Psalms 4:8 passage with Matthew 6:33. Guess what that one says? You're right. It says to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
Do you ever experience nights where you just can't sleep because you are worried about something? Or, you're stre…

Are You Going to Sleep Well Tonight?

I read a Bible verse last week which spoke to me so powerfully that I knew I had to write it on the tablet of my heart. I even sent it out to my family that morning and asked them to memorize it with me. That morning the Lord was already speaking to me about what was going to happen that evening and the evening after that if I simply abide in Him.
The passage He showed me is Psalms 4:8 which reads "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
The Lord spoke to me as He does many times that if I simply abide in Him and seek Him first above anything else, He will provide me with peace and comfort within.
You can tie the Psalms 4:8 passage with Matthew 6:33. Guess what that one says? You're right. It says to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
Do you ever experience nights where you just can't sleep because you are worried about something? Or, you'…

HS Message for Sunday, September 14, 2014

HS Message for Sunday, September 14, 2014

HS Message for Sunday, August 31, 2014

HS Message for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Have You Ever Been Dried Up (Spiritually)?

When you get a chance, read Ezekiel 37:1-14. The passage provides and excellent example of dry bones, being apart from God and finally reviving after being all dried up.What a great description we have here in verses 1-14. 
This reminds me of times when I'm not in my Word nor praying/fellowshipping with the Lord regularly.
I get all dried up (spiritually) because I lack the living water which makes me alive and refreshed. My physical body even feels dried up and shriveled down to the bone when I choose to be apart from the Lord (even for a little while).
Have you ever felt that way? Whether we admit it or not, I'm sure we've all experienced this dry spell.
So how can we avoid these dry spells? Well, from experience, I simply say to stop everything and get into God's Word. First, ask for forgiveness for being away from Him then begin reading His promises to us like the Psalms. 
When I begin reading, even though I'm all dried up inside, He eventually brings an overwhelmin…

Have You Ever Been Dried Up (Spiritually)?

When you get a chance, read Ezekiel 37:1-14. The passage provides and excellent example of dry bones, being apart from God and finally reviving after being all dried up. What a great description we have here in verses 1-14. 
This reminds me of times when I'm not in my Word nor praying/fellowshipping with the Lord regularly.
I get all dried up (spiritually) because I lack the living water which makes me alive and refreshed. My physical body even feels dried up and shriveled down to the bone when I choose to be apart from the Lord (even for a little while).
Have you ever felt that way? Whether we admit it or not, I'm sure we've all experienced this dry spell.
So how can we avoid these dry spells? Well, from experience, I simply say to stop everything and get into God's Word. First, ask for forgiveness for being away from Him then begin reading His promises to us like the Psalms. 
When I begin reading, even though I'm all dried up inside, He eventually brings an over…

The Good & The Good: God's Desire for All

"But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases."
-Psalm 115:3 NKJVPlain and simple, He just does. For those who have a personal relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, all that happens to us is so that we can get closer to Him, to get stronger & to build us up.

Check out the following passages and tell me if its not so:

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose"
-Romans 8:28 NKJV

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope"
-Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

For those who do not have a personal relationship with God, He desires that you do. He loves you so much that He sent His only begotten son to die for you and I that we may live. Check out the following passages from the Bible:

"For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore …

The Good & The Good: God's Desire for All

"But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases."
-Psalm 115:3 NKJV Plain and simple, He just does. For those who have a personal relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, all that happens to us is so that we can get closer to Him, to get stronger & to build us up.

Check out the following passages and tell me if its not so:

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose"
-Romans 8:28 NKJV

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope"
-Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

For those who do not have a personal relationship with God, He desires that you do. He loves you so much that He sent His only begotten son to die for you and I that we may live. Check out the following passages from the Bible:

"For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefor…

Why Is Good Friday So Good?

Have you ever really thought about why we Christians declare Good Friday as Good? Funny thing, I never really thought about it either so I did a little research to confirm what, way in the back of my mind, I've always thought it meant.My research confirmed my thoughts about Good Friday, but it seems strange that we would declare Jesus' death on the cross as Good. Would that be an oxymoron?
Anyway, as strange as it seems, Death and Good in regards to Good Friday is very, very Good in regards to the human race. Because of Jesus' death on the cross, we (the entire world) now has opportunity to repent and come to a personal relationship with Jesus.
You know that awesome, very popular, verse "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 [1]"?  It applies to Good Friday.
Yes, Jesus died for you and I. That is why we celebrate Good Friday. It is Good that Jesus died as His death prov…

Why Is Good Friday So Good?

Have you ever really thought about why we Christians declare Good Friday as Good? Funny thing, I never really thought about it either so I did a little research to confirm what, way in the back of my mind, I've always thought it meant. My research confirmed my thoughts about Good Friday, but it seems strange that we would declare Jesus' death on the cross as Good. Would that be an oxymoron?
Anyway, as strange as it seems, Death and Good in regards to Good Friday is very, very Good in regards to the human race. Because of Jesus' death on the cross, we (the entire world) now has opportunity to repent and come to a personal relationship with Jesus.
You know that awesome, very popular, verse "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 [1]"?  It applies to Good Friday.
Yes, Jesus died for you and I. That is why we celebrate Good Friday. It is Good that Jesus died as His death…

Are You Ready To Share or Defend The Good News?

Fellow brethren and sisters, are you always "ready [or prepared] to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear"? [1]Yes, upon giving our lives over to God, we are immediately called to action. 
Of course, there is a time of studying and learning before we begin sharing the good news of Jesus. But, once we become familiar with God's good news to us, we must then become ready to share His good news with others for the purpose of winning them over to God unto salvation.
There are many examples in the Bible that point us to this. For example, 1 Peter 3:15, which is the passage shared above. It says to be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks.... Another passage says that we are ambassadors of Christ called to share His word with all [2]. And many more. (Challenge: see if you can find more passages that tell us to share His good news and post them below.)
So how do we prepare for this? We prepare just like we prepa…

Are You Ready To Share or Defend The Good News?

Fellow brethren and sisters, are you always "ready [or prepared] to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear"? [1] Yes, upon giving our lives over to God, we are immediately called to action. 
Of course, there is a time of studying and learning before we begin sharing the good news of Jesus. But, once we become familiar with God's good news to us, we must then become ready to share His good news with others for the purpose of winning them over to God unto salvation.
There are many examples in the Bible that point us to this. For example, 1 Peter 3:15, which is the passage shared above. It says to be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks.... Another passage says that we are ambassadors of Christ called to share His word with all [2]. And many more. (Challenge: see if you can find more passages that tell us to share His good news and post them below.)
So how do we prepare for this? We prepare just like we …

Wife Submit, But What About The Husband?

"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." [1] Now a days, I'm sure this statement is considered extremely radical by those who don't believe and even by some who believe in Jesus.Although I love the non-believer and hope and pray that all would come to know Jesus, I am not to concerned about what they think in regards to this Biblical statement. 
The non-believer wouldn't spiritually understand as the Bible says "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing" [2].
My concern is for the brethren; my fellow brothers who have come to know the Lord and have professed to follow Him.
Believe it or not, many brothers-in-Christ take the "Wives, submit to your own husbands" passage and twist it around to take advantage of the wife. Abuse, both physical and mental can come from twisting this passage around.
I believe this happens because the believer is not praying, reading and studying his Bible. He may have acknowledged Je…

Wife Submit, But What About The Husband?

"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." [1] Now a days, I'm sure this statement is considered extremely radical by those who don't believe and even by some who believe in Jesus. Although I love the non-believer and hope and pray that all would come to know Jesus, I am not to concerned about what they think in regards to this Biblical statement. 
The non-believer wouldn't spiritually understand as the Bible says "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing" [2].
My concern is for the brethren; my fellow brothers who have come to know the Lord and have professed to follow Him.
Believe it or not, many brothers-in-Christ take the "Wives, submit to your own husbands" passage and twist it around to take advantage of the wife. Abuse, both physical and mental can come from twisting this passage around.
I believe this happens because the believer is not praying, reading and studying his Bible. He may have acknowled…

Experience Pleasure

The Bible says that "The works of the LORD are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them." [1]Go outside and you will notice the works of the Lord. Look up into the sky, stare at the ocean, play in the snow, view the mountains from afar and you will see that the works of the Lord are great.

Enjoy the view a little longer and you will be even more amazed as you begin to think about our great and awesome God who created all these things.

The word pleasure (as seen above) can also be defined as a desire or longing or that in which one takes delight [2]. This delight can only be experienced by one who has experienced salvation through Jesus Christ and is applying the Word of God into his or her life.

What are you waiting for? Leave all your cares to Him and be experience the great pleasures only God brings.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever." [3]

-Rubén

[1] Psalm 111…

Experience Pleasure

The Bible says that "The works of the LORD are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them." [1] Go outside and you will notice the works of the Lord. Look up into the sky, stare at the ocean, play in the snow, view the mountains from afar and you will see that the works of the Lord are great.

Enjoy the view a little longer and you will be even more amazed as you begin to think about our great and awesome God who created all these things.

The word pleasure (as seen above) can also be defined as a desire or longing or that in which one takes delight [2]. This delight can only be experienced by one who has experienced salvation through Jesus Christ and is applying the Word of God into his or her life.

What are you waiting for? Leave all your cares to Him and be experience the great pleasures only God brings.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever." [3]

-Rubén

[1] P…

Prayer Examples

So you say that you don't know exactly what to pray for or when to pray. Not a problem. The Bible provides for us many examples of what to pray for and when to pray.Although there are many books in regards to prayer, the Bible itself is your best source on learning how to pray. As you read through the Bible, you will read about times when people prayed, where they prayed, how they prayed, and so on. This is great information to know as many believers don't know much about prayer.
If you have not read through the entire Bible yet and noticed the examples of prayer like the ones mentioned above, I'll provide for you a nutshell version of prayer.
Prayer is fellowship or conversation with God and can be held while kneeling, sitting, dosing off to sleep, walking, while speaking with someone, laying on your stomach and the list goes on.
What are the effects of prayer? 
Prayer or fellowship or conversation with God brings you into a closer relationship with Him. Think of the person y…

Prayer Examples

So you say that you don't know exactly what to pray for or when to pray. Not a problem. The Bible provides for us many examples of what to pray for and when to pray. Although there are many books in regards to prayer, the Bible itself is your best source on learning how to pray. As you read through the Bible, you will read about times when people prayed, where they prayed, how they prayed, and so on. This is great information to know as many believers don't know much about prayer.
If you have not read through the entire Bible yet and noticed the examples of prayer like the ones mentioned above, I'll provide for you a nutshell version of prayer.
Prayer is fellowship or conversation with God and can be held while kneeling, sitting, dosing off to sleep, walking, while speaking with someone, laying on your stomach and the list goes on.
What are the effects of prayer? 
Prayer or fellowship or conversation with God brings you into a closer relationship with Him. Think of the pers…