Archive for the ‘Living For Jesus’ Category


COPYRIGHT WARNING

The Love that a person has for Jesus, is directly proportional to the view that they have of their life.

Mary Magdalene was a known prostitute in Jerusalem.

In John chapter 8, she is brought by the Pharisees before Jesus to be judged for her adultery, being caught in the very act. John 8:4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.” (NIV)

As a result of her encounter with Jesus, she turns from her sin and begins to follow Him as her Savior. Luke later records an evening when Jesus is having dinner at the home of Simon, one of the Pharisees. Suddenly, Mary burst into the home of Simon and falls at the feet of Jesus—weeping convulsively, anointing His feet with her tears and fragrant oil. Simon is indignant over a known prostitute coming into his home, and immediately begins to wonder to himself why Jesus, if he were a true prophet, would allow such a woman to touch Him.

Jesus, knowing what was in Simon’s heart, begins to tell him a story…

Luke 7:40-43 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.

Jesus establishes an important principle of salvation: those who have a deeper sense of their own sin, will love and appreciate what Jesus has done for them in forgiving their sin, in greater measure, than a person who does not consider themselves much of a sinner.

Luke 7:47 “Therefore I say to you (Simon), her sins (Mary), which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” (more…)


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On a bright and sunny day in April, 1975, I went forward at Calvary Chapel in Southern California to receive Jesus as my Savior. I was just 19, had hair down to the middle of my back and was touring with a Rock band in small venue’s around Arizona. My life was full of activity but my heart was empty. I knew that there had to be more than what I had experienced so far, I just didn’t know where to find it. That all changed the morning that I trusted in Jesus. From that moment, I began to study the Bible intently and learned about the promise of Jesus to return for those who love Him.

During the Jesus People Movement of that day, there was great excitement over the expectation that Jesus could come for us at any moment. We were constantly talking about the Lord’s return and we were trying to live our lives like people who really believed our Lord could come for us before we drew our next breath.

Over the years, I have watched young people as I pass them on the street, who have the same emptiness in their eyes that I once had. I know that there are many teens and young adults today who are not satisfied with their life. They also feel like something is missing, although they cannot figure out what it is. (more…)


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Many people live out their lives without the realization that our entire purpose for being here on the earth, is to be saved. We were not born to achieve financial, material, or public success; we were born so that we might have the opportunity to have our sins removed and gain access to eternal life. Just as Jesus’ entire purpose for coming to the earth as a man, was to die for our sins and make eternal life possible, we also have our own purpose, necessitating Jesus’ arrival to save us.

Most people go through their life without realizing or believing that this is true. We forget that everything that we have accumulated during the time that we are here on the earth, will be left behind. One hundred years after you die, barely a sole with remember who you are. The Bible is very clear in its declaration that the only things that you and I can do, that will last forever; is what we do for and with Jesus. The universe was created for Him, and it is He who holds all things together by His great power.[1] It was by His sacrifice on the cross, and His subsequent resurrection, that He achieved the right rule and reign over the entire universe.

What we do right now, during this life, will have eternal consequences. The Bible is very specific in its declarations that only those things that we do to bring glory to Jesus by the way that we live our life, will matter in eternity.[2] If this statement sounds absurd to you and impossible to believe, then you are amongst the great majority of people in the world. I did not know these things myself until many years after I began to study the ancient Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. The universe was made for the Glory of God and we were given the great honor of glorifying Him by our lives. If we fail to understand this, or are deficient in achieving this, we will have missed the entire purpose of our existence. What is personally important about these facts, is the reality that we will also find our greatest fulfillment, when we live to bring the Lord glory and honor.

for in Him we live and move and have our being… Acts 17:28 (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

It matters what we do

Does the Lord really care about the things that we look at, the places we go, the things we say, and the way that we live our life?

Paul wrote in the New Testament that those who believe in Jesus and who have asked Him to be their Savior and the Lord of their life, should live in the same way that Jesus lived His life.

He who says he abides in Jesus ought himself also to live just as He lived. 1 John 2:6

The question that each one of us must ask ourselves is “Am I living my life in a manner that is a true reflection of Jesus?” In other words, when people see us—as we claim to love the Lord—do they see a person who speaks and does the things that Jesus said and did? Can people tell if we love Jesus by the way that we speak and the way we live? (more…)


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Depression

The world is full of self help books on how to overcome depression, anxiety and despair. According to most publications that are available today, these afflictions are caused by physical and psychological problems that originate in chemical imbalances and physiological abnormalities. According to the One who created us, the reason for these difficulties are not physical, they are spiritual.

Our hearts and minds are the methods by which we are able to think, feel, and express our feelings. When the mind is in conflict due to unresolved issues, the heart responds with sadness and despair. One of the greatest causes of depression in human life is unresolved guilt. When we say or do things that we know are not correct, we build up a debt of remorse in our mind. If we have had terrible things said or done to us by other people, and the feelings that flow out from these traumas, are unresolved, a sense of guilt also ensues. Guilt is not necessarily caused by our own actions, they can also accumulate when unjust actions are committed against us. Over time, this mounting guilt builds until we can no longer cope with the burden. We begin to feel hopeless, helpless, and are filled with sadness and despair.

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

What we eat, determines how well we can see. Our eyes depend upon us to take in the proper nutrients in order to allow our optic nerve, retina, and other parts of the eye, to function properly.

In the same way, our ability to see what is true and wise in life, will depend upon what we eat, spiritually.

Jesus said that He is “The Bread of Life.”

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. —John 6:35

The hunger and thirst that a human being feels, can never be truly satisfied by anything that is in this world. We were made to be loved. We were made to know God, who loves us so intensely that He was willing to die for us, in order to rescue us.

Jesus said that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we do not have eternal life.  (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

As we examine human life, we discover that every culture, every country, all people, and nations, have laws which order and direct human activity. Laws are necessary because the basic nature of the human species is towards evil. We are inherently selfish and often seek to look out for our own interests first. Without laws, evil would run rampant over peaceful people who are doing their best to live good and productive lives.

What is the origin of human laws? Where did the framers of the Constitution of the United States find the laws that allow the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans?

The Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans, as well as, many other great an powerful nations of the ancient world, worshipped many different gods. Not one before, ever possessed the laws that were given to the nation that originated from Abraham. When God gave Moses His law on Mount Sinai, these basic ten commandments changed, forever, the course of all human activity. No other nation in the history of the world had the code of moral laws, like those which governed the people of Israel. Every great nation since that time, has fashioned their own laws, from these basic ten laws that Moses received from God. (more…)


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As we consider the theory of evolution, we must ask the question: has man adapted to his environment, and evolved in regards to his treatment of other human beings?

If we examine the entire history of the human species, we discover that people today are no kinder and gentler towards other human beings than they were at any other time in human history. In fact, the cruelty and evil of human activity has grown markedly worse.

If man in in fact, evolving, should there not be some indication of this evolutionary process in his social behavior. What we observe is a species who is the most cruel, and vicious, amongst all the creatures of earth. (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

Over the course of many years, I have often been asked why Christianity; following Jesus, is different from all other religions of the world. First, we must understand that religion is a creation of man in his attempt to make himself acceptable to God. In reality, the Bible teaches that no person can do anything that would cause God to accept us—except believe what He has said.

The basis for true salvation is in a completed work of God, not in man’s performance or attempts at being religious.

In all of the religions of the world, except Biblical Christianity, a person must keep a a set of rules in order to be acceptable. The Bible teaches that we cannot do anything to cause God to love us; He already does. The distance between us and God is because of our sin. There is nothing that we can do to remove our sins, or make ourselves better. If we will be acceptable to God, He must do something to change our situation. (more…)


COPYRIGHT WARNING

There is perhaps nothing more painful than being marginalized by people. Counted as irrelevant, unimportant, not worthy of time or attention, is extremely hurtful.

When Jesus returns to the earth, He will make it a point of His arrival, to acknowledge those who openly spent their lives acknowledging Him. By the way that they live, the words they say, and the things they do with their life, Jesus will announce to the world that He loves these persons and that they belong to Him.[1] The Lord will then set about to overthrow all the governments of men and take His rightful place as the ruler of earth.[2] This is the promise and prophecy that God made to David–that one of his descendants, speaking of the Messiah, would sit on the throne of government over the whole world.[3] Those who have openly spent their lives seeking to make Jesus known, will be regarded by Him as people whom He will appoint to rule with Him.[4]

In this world, it matters what we do with Jesus. I write books about the Lord, and it is my heartfelt desire to make Him known. Unfortunately, I do not write the kinds of books that the world wants to read. Books about Jesus and the Bible are immensely unpopular in our current generation. I am aware of this fact when I write, but it matters little to me. Everything that I write, I do it out of love for Jesus–to whom I owe everything. If one person finds Jesus and makes it into heaven, as a result of the words that I write about the Lord, I have fulfilled my goal in life. In the end, I write because of my love for Jesus and I know that He has read every word that I have written about Him.

I was reading my Bible tonight and when I came to Jesus words in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 8, verse 38, I was deeply saddened. In this verse Jesus states: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”[5]

I am continually saddened by what I observe in social media, particularly, Facebook. The time and attention that is expended for self and selfies, the latest trend or what someone said—with little or no mention of Jesus and what He values as important, is a stunning sign of this generations disregard of the Lord. The world is ashamed of Jesus and they are not living their lives for Him. There are many who claim to be followers of Jesus, while there is little or no evidence in their lives, that this is actually true.

It is easy to see on Facebook, who genuinely loves Jesus and who does not. According to this evidence, and according to what Jesus said, these individuals who rarely, if ever, think of Him or consider living their lives for Him, will someday hear Him say: “I never knew you, depart from me...”[6]

The Lord will not hear our excuses about how busy we were and how many things we had to do. All He has to do is look at our Facebook account and He can see how much time we spent there, and what we did with our time. Jesus said that our judgment will depend upon “every idle word that we speak.”[7] In other words, all the idle and worthless time we spend on Facebook and other social media, posting about ourselves and other people, with no mention or thought for Jesus, will be all the evidence that is needed to seal our final fate.

Jesus was not kidding when He said: “If you confess me before men, then I will confess you before My Father in heaven. If you deny Me before men, I will deny you before My Father in Heaven.“[8]


Notes:
[1] 1John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
[2] Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
[3] 2Samuel 7:12-14 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.
[4] Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
[5] Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
[6] Matthew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
[7] Matthew 12:36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
[8] Matthew 10:32-33“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.