Thursday, April 24, 2014

Despite all the hazards, risks, and how a few so called Christians choose to loosely live, is it really time to get all embarrassed about closely associating with Christ? Naw—and that day should never arrive!

"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God." 1 John 4:15

Our pure worship and vertical relationship with God of course comes first, but on the horizontal.. the righteous are bold as a lion (see Proverbs 28:1). 

Wondering. Have you as well.. been doin' face-to-face or cyber ministry more than ever it would seem? Lately, I've been responding to inquirers from Asia and Africa via texts, emails, and facebook. How cool that we can so easily with a click, a call, a letter, or even a visit.. get God's Good News through to people in faraway Lands today. Often there's no need to even buy a plane ticket. Exciting missionary stuff, especially when we get to lead them in a prayer of repentance and faith..to Jesus! I love to see their faces and hear their feed back.  

Cuz of our great unlimited God (He gets the credit..), I just received a good overseas report from some of my limited efforts in this regard. 

"God, knowing of my pain, guided me.. I had hit rock-bottom. I had no hope, trusted no one, and I was going crazy, but my Lord's holy mercy saved me, because through you I would receive emails and they encouraged me to seek God." ~ Ervin

The Bible says, "Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty" (Prov. 25:25). Question for you, believer: Were you personally always open to hearing the Gospel? What happened in your own life? I have found that when someone is ready to receive the Lord, it's normally the case that something significant.... or perhaps a series of things ....have happened in their life to bring them to that point. 

How has it been for you lately?..pretty rough or in flux with change? Are you an almost Christian? You know that the Lord Himself stands ready to help, to deliver, and to save you as well.. if you are ready to know Him in an intimate way.  

I've always heard that many lighthouses have been built by ex-drowning sailors. Sure they have, and today God builds up soul-winners from ex-lost wandering souls (like I was), and even effective witnessing churches from on-fire Bible-loving groups of em—ex-lost people wanting to make a difference in this world where politics and social groups can't make a dent. 

Jesus still saves people (that "s" word is actually a Bible term by the way..) so that you and me can know Him well and join with Him in His Great Commission purpose ..so others can become spiritually well. Yes, ready to one day see Him face to face. 

"I live for souls and for eternity. I want to win some soul to Christ. If you want this and work for it, eternity alone can tell the result." ~ D.L. Moody

"Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire." Psalm 104:4

"Preach Christ.  He's preachable!" ~ E.V. Hill

I encourage you, I implore and urge ya, I want to motivate you today! Block out a time to get away and press in via earnest prayer. I say keep on living the life of love in fellowship with the Lord. Many people waste their years, but what we choose to offer to Christ is never in vain. 

Are there many dangers on and off-line..even for Christians? Yes there still are! Should we quit using every tool that we have in our toolbox..to witness with? No! It's too early for that. (For most people who by God's holy fear and strong grace can keep out of online snares, I say use Social Media and other cyber tools to fish for people with). And I say keep on going with the Gospel, believers. By His grace God can use your life, your attitude, your sound correspondence, your personal visits.. yes you ..to help others clearly see His mercy, kindness, forgiveness, faithfulness, patience, and selfless agape L O V E. Like at facebook.com/shareJesus

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Do you ever look around and wonder where the blessings went? What has happened to our Nation?

Where have all the blessings and joy and peace gone in America?

Sure, we still enjoy more good things than we deserve to enjoy today (don't you think we deserve the cross cuz of our sins), but lots of blessings on this Land are now gone. Perhaps gone forever. Dunno. God still loves us, but our nation is currently adrift spiritually. Let's get back to the Word. Have you ever personally met Jesus? You can right now

The Bible encourages all of us to live as genuine Christians with Jesus as Lord in the now... today. And what beats enjoying fellowship with the Lord in this current day? Nothing does. God says...

"Blessed is the nation whose God is (not was..) the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance." 33.12ps.emph.mine

"Past experiences are only valid as they have been translated into the present experience. I am not interested in what God did in your life twenty five years ago in the Jesus People revival. I am interested in what He is doing in your life today. If the past experiences have not been translated into the present, they are not valid. Many people had a past experience like Paul's where they met Christ and for the joy gave up the past life, to enter into the new life in Him. In the meantime, trying to live on that past experience they have picked up some of the old ways and habits by which they were once bound. Don't tell me what happened then, tell me what is happening now." ~ Chuck Smith Sr.

It's a walk for today. So whatcha been doin' lately with and for the Lord? Does it give you JOY inside? If you've lost His JOY in it ..perhaps you just need to do it with the right motives and not for someone else. Whatever you do, let it be for and in obedience His Word.,

"And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." 3.17col

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." ~ Jesus, 15.16jn

Today is a new day ..to know and seek and serve the Jesus Christ of the Bible. You know that in Christ we've all been given a sacred task to obey and be doing righteous stuff for the glory of our King.

Remember this.. The Apostle Paul's trade-profession to support himself was that of a Tent Maker, but guess what.. Paul was primarily a Witness for Jesus Christ everywhere he went ..yep, ahead of and while doing that (obviously in between jobs per se). What do you do to earn a living, believer? You "are" a witness before you are an American, or a Red-State-Conservative, or a Blue-State-Dem, or a Chemist, a Waiter, a Mechanic, a Doctor, a Lawyer etc. facebook.com/shareJesus

*Made that shirt (above) for all the students in a Plano Elementary School that I used to daily lead. Was great to see the kids wearing the shirts on field trips.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter as they call it. Listen, if Christ’s physical resurrection ain’t cause for off-the-charts celebration something is pretty jacked-up.

"For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified" (Heb. 10:14).

But how?  Here's how…

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth to answer this. Since being "good enough" through personal effort is so futile (Rom. 7), only a transfer of account if ya will..from the righteous Person to a sinner like me could actually remedy the problem. Yep, "He made [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21). How cool is that! The Cross fully appeased. 

Though we've all sinned, God ain't mad at us. No need for wrath on us, and Christ's righteousness was attributed to us..if we'll each take it by faith.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don't know what you might have heard, but the Lord is for you...

so, So, SO for you. Right where you are. He's FOR YOU today! 

That's not some cheap religious clichĂ© I'm givin' ya. It's true. He's for you all the way… every single day!

God is thoroughly committed to you and your highest good.

"...If God is for us, who is against us?" 8.31romans

You know that people will do ya good at times, and some will do ya bad, but not God. Doesn't do bad or evil. He'll only do you good for He is completely good. He's that way every moment. There is zero darkness in him. God is light. He is love. He is a practical caring person you can have a meaningful relationship with. So different is He from sinners like you and me. You know we've all blown it, but not Him.. not even once.
  
Wait, does He allow hard things into your life, Kurt?..you know  like trials, temptations, and tribulations? He could. This is a sin-cursed fallen situation here on earth (cuz of the first Adam) and the Bible says, through much tribulation we enter God Kingdom (cuz of the second Adam - Jesus Christ).

Wait, even through really  hard things like persecutions, scoffing or mocking etc? Yes for some believers ..sometimes. I'm not sure what God will allow into your life, but think of the Apostle Paul and what he experienced...and how God used Him in spite of the religious and other types of oppostion. 

But if God allows it in your life.. it's all for your good, to make you stronger in Christ ..and He will comfort you as well. He can still heal as well, but He won't allow more into your life than you can ..by His anointing and grace.. handle.

And God will also wipe away all tears. He so loves His children and has a good plan. We will one day have His perspective on it all.. even if right now we just don't get it at all.

Justice and the will of God will soon be done in heaven and here on earth—all will be well for all believers. We will soon look at each other and think, Wow, He is so good and all that He's done is too!

No matter what people ..relatives, sons, friends, pastors, co-workers, enemies, or even fairly moral people.. do to you, no matter what happens to you circumstantially, no matter what happens with nature around you, no matter what you feel, see, think, guess or imagine, the Lord is so there for you! Yes, right now and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Not far at all. You can cry out to this King and He will hear you. You can call out to Him for your lost loved ones and He will hear and will do good in response ..cuz He's a prayer-answering kind of God. Won't make em serve Him, but He will intervene because of your expressed faith. Don't quit now, or view God as negligent, indifferent, hurtful and evil.

Do you have friends that you've repeatedly appealed to ..who stubbornly self-medicate and who are now homeless? Do wonder how low they'lll go before they turn to God on His terms (biblically repent and trust)? Do you have a loved one who is not in their right mind. Keep on praying for em. God can bring hope even when things look 100% hopeless—His good grace can go deeper than the deepest ugly pit that people can dig.     

And if God is for you, who can move against you? Who can even attack you without His permission, believer? None. And that doesn't mean act foolish headin' into dangerous areas.

Remember Mr. Job. He endured some severe circumstances, pain, sorrow, grieving, suffering and loss, but the real enemy couldn't kill him. And it all came out good on the other end cuz He believed in the Lord. He might have thought his uber-painful trials went way too long ..like we do at times with different trials. I've been there.

Remember.. "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it" (10:26one.corinthians) even if many people don't agree with that. Remember that God is totally sovereign—without rivals, He rules over everything.

Remember, "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring" (17.28acts).

Whoever has tried to harm you ..could only go as far as God let them go, and not one yard, or foot, or inch further.

No matter what they did to you (God didn't make them or this world evil. It was people who made the wrong choices to disobey Him. Sin makes people and situations stupid)…yeah, no matter how horribly you have been abused by evil people (and I would never call what abusers did as "good" cuz God would never ever do that—abuse deeply hurts His heart. He SO loves you and really weeps when we weep and hurt). But God will turn it around and use it for good and to make you more like Christ.

Going after meaning in life, and primarily after Him who gives this life meaning, is better for your long-and-short-term-well-being.. it better than trying to avoid discomfort. So many do the later first (I can understand that) and become disappointed inside (see 6.33matthew). God will soon make it all make sense.

"Blessed be God the Father of all comfort!" 1.3-4two.corinthians

“And we know that all things work together for GOOD to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His (good) purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His (good) Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” 8.28-29romans.emph.mine

Even if perhaps during this moment ya feel or look kinda down, believer, God says rejoice! You're an overcomer.

"Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world." see 1jn5:4, phil4.4, jn3.3

So are you hurtin' today? I sure hope not.. but when you are, just remember to run to.. instead of away from God. Run to the Bible that is filled with good promises for you. Choose to run to a flawed but healthy Bible teaching church that has a sound pastor who walks his talk (His talk). Too many hurting people run to sick and to dead churches that are led by dead or carnal men ..and women who deny what the Bible teaches.

Run to fellowship with spiritual believers. Do it regularly ..until you are strong and healed…'til God is using you to make others strong and healed in Christ..and then do it some more. We never outgrow our need for Him and for fellowship. Seems like too many run away from God while viewing Him as the evil person who harms people. Yes sadly, they do that and miss out on what a good God can and delights to do. Let Him do you good.  

May I ask.. Do you have peace with God and the peace of God? Have you invited and allowed Jesus in as Savior and as Lord? Are you uptight or troubled today? Does someone you really care about have bad problems that neither you nor well-meaning doctors can't fix? God can and will fix it all. facebook.com/shareJesus