Friday, May 24, 2024

Do Not Be Conformed

Do Not Be Conformed 
by David Brenneman 

"In our divisive and vindictive age, we have the opportunity to shine the light of love, grace, and forgiveness, showing to those who betray us that the love of Jesus is real and it makes a real difference. Let it always be said that followers of Jesus are faithful and true—even in a world of betrayal such as the World of the End. Don’t let such a world trip you up or drag you down. Instead, be faithful." - Dr. David Jeremiah. 

‭"Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men." Romans 12:17-18.
Romans 12 has in its opening words about being transformed. To transform is to go from one state to another. One form into another.  

This doesn't mean to cover over to appear as something else. A transformed life in Christ is one that is new, different and good. 

Without any doubt we are truly living in the days of Noah. Go shopping, go to work, try to live peaceably in some places and you find yourself face-to-face with in-your-face people. Forcing their point of view at you.  

Romans 12:17 speaks to respecting what is right in the sight of all men. All men are NOT going to accept your doing this because they want what's right to be subjective. 

What's right can only be defined by one who's perfect. Perfection is only found in Jesus Christ. It's not found in my definition of it or your definition of it. 

Christians are exhorted to be holy as He is holy. That is the definition of the level of perfection. God's holiness is the standard. Our world wants what it wants when it wants it with no regard to the consequences.  

Look at the two passages where one place was obliterated because of sins so heinous that the Lord Jesus couldn't permit them to continue, the other almost erased a tribe from Israel. The city where Lot lived. Obliterated, incinerated. Wiped from existence. Jerusalem almost suffered the same way. Judges 19-20.

Proverbs says that evil will not win the day. Jesus says that He is going to return to deal with the sins of this world once and for all.  

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2. 

The renewing of your mind ought only be in the teaching of the Spirit of God. Not worldly supposition or through psychoanalysis. 

The truth of God is what stands the test of time. Not ideologies or anything like that derived from the mind of man. 

We are at war, regardless of your point of view, on that matter. 

You face daily challenges that vie for your heart and mind. 

You are facing coercion. You are facing deceptions. You are facing the weaponry of the god of this world.  

Only in Christ are we suited up in the whole armor of God. A suit that protects all vital organs. The mind, the heart.  

Our world is trying to silence Christians. Christianity is the greatest threat that the Satanic forces in our world faces when those Christians are living in obedience to God's Word. 

How do you prepare for battle?  
This is the right perspective of looking at the day facing you. 

No you're not just visiting this person or that place. 

No you're not just shopping for this or that.

No you're not just reading. 

No you're not just going to work to do a job.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that people see your good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. 

We are taking the light of Jesus Christ out into the darkness of the world. The world hates the Light according to the book of John. In the 21st century this hasn't changed. 

If you're conformed to this world then you're exhibiting the traits of darkness...not the light.  

Chameleons are the closest to absolute conformists.  

Are you living for Jesus or for what's right in your own eyes? In the days of Noah person after person lived for what was right in their own eyes. When the rains came and the deeps burst forth with the waters, only then did humanity realize that Noah had spoken the truth. 

Is any of your day today devoted to Christ? Are you going to spend any of it in giving your undivided attention to Him? That account you will give Jesus is what you did in your life for Jesus. Those times you spent in the Word of God. Those moments spent on your knees in prayer. Those times you were the hands and feet of Jesus. Doing for others as He’s done for you. 

Maybe it's your time to rethink how you approach your day.  

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Thursday, May 23, 2024

No, You Don't and No, You Won't

No, You Don't and No, You Won't 
by David Brenneman 

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit." Galatians 6:7-8.

So many people actually get through the day by unwittingly deceiving themselves or others. Probably nearly as many if not more, try to convince themselves of what's ok with God and what is not. 

My Dear Reader, the Bible isn't something we can pick and choose in what we're accepting of or rejecting of.  

We certainly should have eyes that see and ears that hear all that the Spirit is trying to teach us. Not just about us, but about the world around us.  

Our feelings will deceive us. 
Our thoughts will betray us. 

We are to be lead by Jesus through this life. A disciple of Christ follows wherever He leads. Engaging in, participating in, whatever He sees fit for us. Upon coming to Christ for salvation, we are choosing His ways, not ours, in living life. 

Read the four Gospels. The written accounts of the life of Jesus Christ were of Him directing, leading, teaching the Disciples what to do and how to live life. They, on their part, relinquished their authority in living life to Jesus.  

So many people are fist shakers too. They're as stubborn as the day is long towards the plan and purpose of God for them and they aren't realizing they are doing that towards Him.  

We cannot conceive in our mortal flesh how distraught and how bitterly angry people in Hell are and have been for the centuries of being there. Weeping and gnashing of teeth is our only description. We live in a society that mocks the very thought of following Christ with a whole heart. We live in a society that wants a god on their terms. Just as in the days of Noah. People marrying and being given in marriage. People buying and selling. People disregarding the warning signs. People persecuting those who are trying to show them the truth, just as Noah did for a hundred years. 

Oh we can try to deceive ourselves, but God's own truth will be revealed in time.

No doubt people think that what comes next after dying is irrelevant. It's a guaranteed perspective as shown by Jesus that it's far from irrelevant to those experiencing Hell. Whether they are the ones who are weeping or those bitterly angry at God for placing them there against their will, none there want to be there. The painful torment is never ending. It's the cost for choosing to reject Jesus's free gift of salvation. It's what's to come for all who choose to reject the authority of Jesus Christ in their lives. 

There is no magical powers to use to escape Hell. There's no incantation to speak to bring anyone back from the dead. There's no ultra high tech path to immorality that's yet to be discovered. Likewise, there's no quantum realm path to entering Heaven. There's no method of meditation to lifting oneself to enter Heaven's Throne room.

Jesus is the only way to Heaven. 
Rejecting Jesus is the absolutely truthful way to Hell. All who have ever lived, by their own choice, are choosing one destination or the other.  

We also cannot fathom the distress that will be at the Final Judgment when Jesus separates people. Those who are His by faith from those who are not because they rejected Him. 

You can fool yourself but the price is higher than you want to pay. 

A song that I heard a long time ago has the person crying out to God to open the eyes of their heart.  

My prayer for all who find this blog or post, is to have their eyes opened. To really realize the truth of God's word concerning them and their choices. Rewriting legal documents, canceling people, redefining identities, choosing genders, will do absolutely nothing to the effective powers of the truth of God's word. 

Our world will never know what a completely different life can be for them until they acknowledge the truth of the Gospel message and how it relates to them personally. 

You cannot figure out what a life in Christ is like without coming to Christ first. 

Prime example. You cannot know what it's like to perform in a philharmonic orchestra without becoming a professional musician. You cannot understand the true ins and outs of repairing a vehicle properly without becoming a mechanic. You cannot know the full extent of a position of Leadership without learning how to be a leader. 

The nuances of what makes a person a Christian cannot be known, felt, understood, lived, apart from a right relationship with Jesus Christ.  

If all who observe from the outside were to admit it...Christianity is foolishness. It makes no sense and it's not going to. It's written in the Bible that the unsaved cannot understand the things of God because they are spiritually discerned...it's foreign to them. 

My Dear Reader please read this again. Look at your life and desires. Are you deceiving yourself in what you call living life? Are you seeking a relationship with Jesus or are you doing your level best to avoid that?

There are eternal consequences to which you choose. All who are in Hell do not want you to make the same choice they did. 

God will not be mocked...God will indeed have a day where the whole of humanity will stand before Jesus. Those who have chosen the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ alone will be the only ones spending eternity with Jesus. All others will spend eternity suffering a worse fate than even the horrors of Hell in a place referred to as the Lake of Fire. 

Ask God to open your eyes to His truth about you and living life. Time is not endless. The offer of salvation in Christ Jesus is for a limited time. That limited time is the number of days you have to live.

My prayer for you is that you would indeed experience the full life that God desires for you that you will only find in a right relationship with Jesus. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Turning Point...Such Small Faith Such Big Results

Turning Point...Such Small Faith Such Big Results
by David Brenneman 

Turning point...What was it for the thief on the cross beside Jesus?

Pastor Alistair Begg has a sermon that he explored this. "All I know is the man on the middle cross said I can come."   

"No one comes to the Father but through Me" is what Jesus said. 

Jesus promised this man that he would be with Him in Paradise that very day.  

Scripture records that at first, when the 3 were being crucified, that both criminals weren't respectful or mindful of Jesus and who He was.  
What changed for the one? What was the turning point? Was it when the sign was put up? Was it in seeing how He was on His own cross?

For our part we may never know. Alistair made up his own dialog of the conversations but the final thing said was probably the most important. "All I know is that the man on the middle cross said that I can come."

So many people trip over what isn't there. They trip over what they see as a complicated path to Heaven. 

The way isn't complex at all. Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life...no one comes to the Father but through Him. 

Jesus had told His Disciples about having faith as small as a mustard seed. Could this be what the thief had? I think so.  

This thief had not been baptized. 
This thief hadn't been versed in the Bible as it was known. 
This thief hadn't been to the Synagogue or a Temple for teaching in the doctrines of Scripture. 
This thief was a thief. He admitted they were on crosses to pay for what they did. 
This thief hadn't any spiritual education at all save knowing who it was being crucified with them. 

It's quite possible that the turning point was when Pilate had the sign put up and he saw how people were weeping for Jesus. It's possible that before getting caught he had heard Jesus speak. 

What will it take to find your turning point?  

What are you stumbling over that's keeping you from coming to Christ for salvation? 

"But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:8-13.

Jesus said that those who come should come as a child. How do children's beliefs work? Do they overthink anything? Not for long nor very often. 

‭"And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:35-43
What went through the mind of the other thief? We don't see anything written in the Bible. We don't know the impact of the rebuke from the other thief. Did it change him as well?

My Dear Reader, time is growing short. It's running out. Jesus said that if He left that there would be a day He would return and take all who have called upon His Name for salvation. Those who do not will be left behind to deal with all the coming judgments of God as written in the Bible. Death and destruction on a scale never seen before by mankind. Forced obedience to a new world Leader. Forced worship of that same man. 
Evil on a scale never before experienced since the Great Flood written about in the book of Genesis.  

Jesus is coming back just as He said, says the Angel to the Apostles. 

Are you stumbling over what you've done in life and are letting that keep you from a new life in Christ?
Are you consumed by your past and are letting that keep you from a new life in Christ?
Are you one who's given up hope because life just hasn't been the way you had hoped?  

Jesus is at the door of your heart, gently knocking, waiting for you to open it up and beg Him to enter. 

It...is...as...simple...as...that. No hooks, no strings. 

Jesus said that any who comes to Him to be saved that by no means He would cast away. 

Consider what you've read today. 
Today could be your turning point. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Truth is: The World has Lied

Truth is: The World has Lied
by David Brenneman 

From a Devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah "Do you trust that the news stories you see on television or shared on social media are accurate reflections of objective reality? Do you trust that the people in elected office will fulfill their promises? Do you trust your boss, your employees, your friends, and your family to tell you the truth at all times?

Why is it that we feel we can’t trust anyone anymore? Because our culture has decided that truth doesn’t matter. That it is subjective, even arbitrary. That as long as you’re not hurting anyone, it’s okay to tell a white lie here, stretch the truth there, and outright deceive others when deemed necessary."

‭"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes." Proverbs 26:4-5.
‭"Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool." Proverbs 26:8.
‭"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." Proverbs 26:12.
‭"Though his hatred covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him." Proverbs 26:26-27.
Our culture has created and is creating laws to protect the fool more than they do to protect those who aren't.

Scripture also states that the fool says in their heart that there is no God.

In going shopping, driving here and there, in the workplace, it's in your face. The foolish of the world telling you that you must join them in their self deception. That legally you have to. 

Personally, I have to deal with this daily, way more than I ever expected to. Indeed it's increasingly exactly as Jesus said. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.  

Satan, as Jesus said very clearly, is a liar and the father of lies. He's also referred to as the god of this world. 

You can indeed go through life with your head in the sand, but sooner or later, you will come face to face with the lies of this world.

Lies to entice you towards sensual desires that will not honor you or God. 

Lies to entice you towards furthering your career by stepping on someone else to get to what you only think will be better. 

Lies to entice you in any way possible to lead you away from the righteous life that God desires for you. 

Our lives in Christ are meant to be different. Not camouflaged to the point that people don't see us. Not hidden in plain sight to the point we blend in. The Lord Jesus Christ wrote much, said much, about the foolish of this world.  

Satan does indeed, as does his minions, go around seeking someone to devour. Seeking to convince or coerce Christians to be silent and submit to his ways. 

Jesus said that those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus are going to be persecuted. Simply put when and where His light shines, the darkness will have great hatred for it.

Legally, I get ordered to lie to the face of some people. Legally my rights end where theirs begin because they are on the side of the god of this world.  

Truth is a person. Truth is Jesus. 

Truth is coming again and there's nothing that the god of this world will do about it.  

Truth is Jesus left this world as written in the book of Acts and it was stated by the angel that in the way they saw Him leave will be in how He will return.

Truth is we are to expect His return. We are supposed to be prepared for His return. In the moment in the twinkling of an eye He is coming back to receive to Himself all who have called upon His Name. 

Truth is the foolish of this world will be called out. Regardless of what worldly legality its God's Word that stands.  

Let your light shine before men in such a way that people see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. Consider how great the deceptions are that Satan uses! 
"in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." 2 Corinthians 4:4.

Pray for spiritual eyes that see. 
Pray for those who persecute you. 
Pray for those in your life that are among those blinded.
Pray for those in authority over you. 
Pray for your enemies. 

Prepare to meet Jesus. To meet your King. To meet your Savior. 

We do nobody any favors by being ignorant or by doing nothing. 

Outside of others in Christ, be prepared to not be understood. The world will not accept your stance in standing in Christ. 

Jesus said to stand firm. Set your mind on the things that are of above and not on the things that are of this world. What's above? The Throne of Jesus Christ. Who's above? Our Savior, who is Christ the Lord. The One who's promised to never leave us or forsake us. The One who promised to receive us to Himself.

Seek God's truth today. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Monday, May 20, 2024

Our Own Eyes or Our Own Cross

Our Own Eyes or Our Own Cross 
by David Brenneman 

We choose who we worship. I heard someone say this yesterday and it's entirely accurate. Human beings were indeed created to worship the One True God, and Jesus Christ His Son. Yet, through Adam, sin entered the world and with it came spiritual death. With it also came spiritual blindness because of the deep darkness of evil.  

"In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." John 1:4-5.

What came out of Adam and Eve's selfish decision has cursed all mankind since, save our Savior who is Christ the Lord. No sin was ever found in Him. 

He was and is the Light that came into the world. As written the people enjoyed His light while they had it. The Jewish leaders hated it. So stuck on what was right in their own eyes they couldn't see the work of God that was right before their eyes.

Even one who had been healed, who was inevitably kicked out of the Temple because of what he said, hit the nail on the head. "If this man weren't from God He could do nothing".

Before us, each and every day, are two distinct spiritual paths. God's way and the way of the world.

We must choose to follow Jesus each day we've been given.  

In reading in Jeremiah 43-44, the blindness of the spiritual forces of this world is extensive. People who ought to have known better attributed the Lord's judgment as their disobedience to their gods. That because they weren't worshipping their gods that all the persecutions they had endured was why they were scattered as they were, in spite of all that Jeremiah had told them that the Lord Jesus had said to them.

We can be the same way. We can misread the signs of the times in our lives. We can mislead ourselves by believing that which isn't right Biblically. We might go through rough times but this is not Jesus punishing us. It's also not things like karma coming after us. 

We can indeed go through life with great difficulties and it not be anything but our Savior leading us through the dark valley's of life. 

David was running from Saul for years. David easily could have taken the wrong path and given up. Several times it says that he strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

We choose...the cross of Jesus Christ brought choice. We choose to pick up our own cross and follow Him or we put it down. Satan's going to do whatever he is permitted in order to get us to put it down. To take the world's way through this life. 

Jesus said that this world would increasingly be people full of doing what was right in their own eyes. Just as it was in the days of Noah. 

Talk about loneliness. He was the only one among probably billions of people living life as Jesus intended. Noah probably knew hundreds if not thousands of people. They certainly made themselves known to him by their mocking him and ridicule of his beliefs in the Lord his God. The Bible says that it only was Noah who was found worthy. Not his family, but, his family was necessary for the plan of God to proceed with the global Flood. 

You stepping out into today you have two choices.  

To carry your cross or to leave it behind. As Christians we are to be lights in this world. If your cross is left at home so is your light. Won't mean that the world will leave you alone. Satan's schemes are hoping you feel this or feel that and try to go it alone.  

When you choose to worship Jesus regardless of what is happening in your life it ruins Satan's plans.  

Much has been attributed to Satan's schemes in many people's lives, yet, in truth it's simply people not taking Jesus with them into the world. 

David could not strengthen himself in the Lord with him leaving the Lord back at his camp.  

We choose to live life in our own eyes or we choose to take up our own cross.

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what good will it do a person if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a person give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every person according to his deeds." Matthew 16:25-27.

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:1-5.

Will you head out into life today with Jesus or without Him? Think you got this on your own, that it won't be that bad? If you only call on Jesus when you are in trouble then you're always in trouble.  

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6.

When you look back over your life it's only going to show that either you lived life on your terms or Jesus's.

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Preparedness

Preparedness 
by David Brenneman 

‭"And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray," Luke 22:39-41.

The dictionary defines preparedness: a state of readiness, especially for war.

Jesus was telling them to get ready. The real battle was coming.  

That battle continues to this day.  
We need to pray that same prayer ourselves. We're ill prepared for what awaits us in any given day on out own merits of understanding. 

The whole armor of God isn't casual wear. The purpose for each part isn't designed by guesswork like the armaments of modern warfare.  

The whole armor of God was designed to perfection the first time. 

There's no day that we face that's not fraught with perils as yet unimagined. The possibilities are endless if truth be told.

While here the Disciples had the protections of the Father. While He was preparing to endure the cross, He urged them to get ready, because the battle was about to get real. Even going so far as to tell them to get physical weapons. 

The Scriptures were fulfilled...the Shepherd was struck and the sheep were scattered. In time, after the resurrection, they came back together. They indeed received the Holy Spirit at that time.  

We live in that future time that Jesus said was coming. A world of wars and rumors of wars. A world of earthquakes and famines in various places. We live in that world were increasingly people are doing whatever is right in their own eyes. The days of Noah are upon us. 

While going through this life, my mind is in many places. The here and now, the past and looking for what Jesus said is to come. 

In my opinion the return of Jesus will happen in my lifetime. This isn't date setting, it's something that I believe that God has told me. 

If I don't prepare, then I won't be ready. There's things that I believe are coming that most in the world are not really ready for. Again preparedness is essential.  

Accepting what the Bible says that is coming is preparedness. God said it, I believe it, that settles it for me.

Jesus taught several written parables, and who knows how many unwritten (John the Apostle said that should everything that Jesus taught and did were written that he imagined the whole world couldn't contain the books) on being prepared.

The King who went on a journey...that his servants would be prepared for his return. 
The bridesmaids. Those with enough oil for lamps and those who hadn't enough. 
There are others.

Are you prepared for the return of Jesus? There will be no fanfare. No photos possible of Jesus coming in the skies. Nothing to be observed other than the millions of people vanishing. All children under a certain age...gone. All who have died in Christ, their graves bursting open. Those alive and remain vanishing, only their clothes, implants, etc. left behind. All in an instant.

There will be no time for anything to be said to anyone.  

So...are you THAT ready? Are you THAT prepared?

We have a life to live that's to be lived to the fullest only in Christ because of all He did to save us. 

In 1874 Frances Ridley Havergal wrote "Take My Life and Let it Be"

Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.

2 Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.

How often are your thoughts towards preparing for your day versus just stepping into it?

How often are you considering what Jesus wants of you in your today?

Are you trusting in the Lord with all your heart And are not leaning on your own understanding? Are you acknowledging Him so that He can make your paths straight?

Acknowledging Him isn't just a knod to Him in the morning as you rush out the door. Prepare for the day by meeting with your Savior before anything happens. 

The world, the whole world, is in a state of war. Spiritual war. There are no non-combatants. There are no neutral parties. When Jesus separates people at the Final Judgment, there are only 2 groups. 

Are you prayed up for the battles you could face? It begins with praying that we not fall into temptation. The temptation to do it our way. The temptation to give in to peer pressure. The temptation to give in to sin. 

Putting on the whole armor of God is necessary to step onto the battlefield of life...otherwise you are blind, deaf, and naked in a world that is determined to bring you down. Satan's minions are out for blood...your blood. They would rather remove Christianity from the face of the Earth than leave it be. The Spirit of God stands in their way. 

Try going out in the world prepared this time by being in prayer first and see how different your battles will be.

The King is coming. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Your History is Important

Your History is Important 
by David Brenneman 

Your history is important, more important than you realize.  There's a saying "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat their mistakes in the future". In more ways than we know our past defines our present and will color our future. 

Was looking at my memories on Facebook, which prompted me to look at my Journal.  A year ago we ran into some issues.  A result of which created a new friendship with one of our neighbors.  God provided  and its a positive memory to overshadow a negative memory. 

We should Journal if for nothing less than to remember the great things that God has done for us, to us, and through us.

You aren't going it alone in this world if indeed you're saved in Christ Jesus.  He said so.  You looking at the evidence laid out in your history proves it if you would but look. 

History, the remembering of it, is extremely important to the Jewish people.  To remember that they serve the God of Jacob, the God of Isaac, the God of Abraham.  Let's add the God of Samuel, the God of Daniel, the God of David, the God of Joseph. Not the God of the dead but of the living. 

Our worries, are they more than the Creator of the Universe can handle?  Look at your history.  Don't look at them with your physical eyes, look at them with your Spiritual eyes opened. 

The things we get worked up about are they really just a path to deeper trust in your Savior?  Or are you being lead to let go of something that you either knowingly or unknowingly traded your relationship with Jesus for?

If you are embracing something that has taken His place in your heart, it WILL be removed.  Jesus wrote, and the Scriptures cannot be broken, He is a jealous God.  He wants His relationship with you to be vibrant and pure.

Certifications, Degrees, Diplomas, are only of some possibly Earthly good...they are useless in Heaven.  We have the potential to lord our supposed intelligence over others just as much as any unbelieving person can. Our review of our lives can show us if these things have brought us closer to Christ or lead us astray if we're honest with ourselves. 

Our history SHOULD help us to be honest with ourselves.  If we're not living in denial. 

There's so much that the Spirit has in mind for us to learn.  School is only out in the Classroom of God when we die.  Then, as the Bible says, we will know Him and be fully known. Entering into His rest means it is finished. The race is run, it is over.  Until then...keep at it with learning whatever the Spirit wants to teach you.

My mind doesn't remember history very well.  Honestly, without my journal, most of it I wouldn't remember.  I can't tell you most of what I ate this week. I can tell you of some of the distressing things from work but that's about it.  I have to review my Journal to see God's guidance in my life. 

To be a child of God...to know your life is in His hands...should evoke something more than a reminder of Church on Sunday.  

He wrote a loveletter to you called the Bible.

He calls you by name. 

He gave His life that you might live.

Look at Psalms 23.  David wrote what he did because that was the truth of his life.  The Spirit had him write it not because it was true only for David, but to get you to realize it's true of every single person who comes to Christ for salvation.

Life might be complicated. 
A year ago, for us, it seriously was. 

Satan's schemes are all about getting you to forget your past as you remember it, and to get you to believe his narrative of it.

Satan's schemes are to get you to pursue self and not to consider what the Spirit is trying to teach you. 

Your history will show you if you're being selfish or not. 

Your history will show you if you ran away from God's will for you. 

"but just as it is written:

“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the human heart,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 
1 Corinthians 2:9.

Your history will open your eyes to the possibility that Jesus is taking you over, through or around the supposed mountains in your life. 

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.  If your history isn't showing a life walking with Jesus, then you'll know you need to change your ways. 

Your history will show His great love for you.  

Take the time to sit at the table of your life and have a deep, real, personal talk with Jesus about your past, present and future. 

Indeed you are going places in life...just be sure it's not a place you'll regret.  Be sure that it's the direction that your Savior wishes you to be going. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Friday, May 17, 2024

Not for a Long Time to Come!

Not for a Long Time to Come!
by David Brenneman 

‭"Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees;  as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away." Luke 21:29-33.

The early Church had thought enough to consider that Jesus would return in their lifetime.  Some who had infiltrated the Church tried to say that He had but they had missed it.  

Date setting concerning the return of Jesus Christ is never a good thing to do.  The Father set that date and Jesus was made aware of it when He returned to Heaven.  Of course the Spirit already knew.  

The important thing to remember is what Jesus had said. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away."  Biblical prophecy is His words coming to pass.  Ignoring them, lowering them on your list of priorities, dismissing them, is NOT going to make a single one go away. 

Scripture says that at the right time, Jesus came, born of a virgin.  At the right time.  That right time included the development of the technology of the world at that time.  The Romans had invented highways that were paved.  They were working on other innovations as well.  His coming was predicted hundreds of years earlier and came about exactly as the Word of God had said.  His words did not pass away.

Living your life as if Bible study and Bible prophecy doesn't matter is blatantly saying the precious Word of God means that little to you. 

Elevating the words of anyone above the Word of God will shipwreck your faith.  God's Word doesn't just stand the test of time, it stands the test of eternity. 

What do you personally do with the Word of God?  Does your Bible sit n gather dust or does your Bible show wear from use?  Reading in Jeremiah today that particular King wanted Jeremiah to tell him the word from the Lord.  He told him. He then instructed Jeremiah to lie n tell the inevitable officials something else.  To keep the word of God from being known.  

As Jesus said...you don't keep the light under a basket in a room.  It's on the basket that it might shed its light for all to see and benefit from. 

Do others benefit from the light of Jesus Christ in you?  Or are you one who hides it?  

Not telling others is not going to keep the Word of God from coming true. 

To the student of the Scriptures...we can clearly see that even in our time...Biblical prophecy is coming true.  Things written centuries ago are coming to bear on mankind.  Don't get me started on Biblically incorrect statements saying that the "powers of Hell" are fighting against these from coming to pass.  There are no powers of Hell according to the Bible.  Hell is a judgment place that had been reserved for Satan and his minions. There's no throne there for Satan.  Satan's never had horns on his head or a red body with a tail that looks like an arrowhead.  Biblically the description of Satan was absolutely not that.  

Are you at all watching for those signs in the heavens?  They are happening at an accelerated rate. Signs on the earth?  Same.  Wars and rumors of wars?  Perhaps you've heard of a few?  Earthquakes and famines in various places? 

You cannot worship God, cannot serve God, with your head in the sand about how the Spirit is in our world. 

The world wants to push Israel into the sea.  Erase the memory of the God of Jacob, the God of Isaac, the God of Abraham.  Coincidence? Absolutely not!  Satan is at war with the Lord and goes after the children of Israel.  Satan's at war with the Church of Jesus Christ...and goes after those who call upon Him. 

These are the facts of life.  

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away."

Are you at all one of those who will be royally embarrassed to confess that you've never ever read your Bible even once?  How would you ever be prepared for what's to come upon mankind if you don't know what Jesus wrote about it?

The book of Revelation.  Many fear reading that book.  Yet the Bible itself says that you are blessed if you have read that book. 

Being successful in the eyes of the world is not what you are alive today for.  Having a personal paradise here on Earth is not what you're to spend your time working towards.  

Growing in Christ, with respect to your salvation, is what you are here for.  Sharing that light of Jesus Christ for all the world to see is what you are to be doing.  Being in the Word of God daily to see if what's happening is written there is a privilege to you.  You have the whole word of God to read to see if those things are so!

Besides prophecy, the whole Word of God is the love letter from Jesus written to you.  Would you be one who decided that it's not important enough to read all of?

Realize the seriousness of life. 
Realize that prayer isn't optional. 
Realize that growing in Christ Jesus is your true purpose. 
Realize that success in Christ isn't necessarily success as the world sees it. 
Realize that your light is SUPPOSED to shine before men in such a way that people see your good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. 

I was convicted many years ago about much of what you are reading here today.  Today I cannot tell you how many times I have read through my Bible.  

When, 5 years ago, I certainly heard from Jesus that He would give me things to say and that it was on me to say them...I never could unless I had been in His Word. 

My prayers include praying for those who find this blog.  That someone might come to Christ because of it or that someone might come back to Jesus because of it.  In any and all cases I want God to be glorified because of it. 

In your life you too have something special to be doing in Christ.  The Spirit set you too in the body of Christ as He saw fit.  You too have something to do to let your light shine. 

Is your light under a basket or on top of it?

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  
 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Doing Your Calling

Doing Your Calling 
by David Brenneman 

This post might be an odd one or it might not be. In Christ, you're in the body of Christ. Set wherever the Spirit saw fit to place you. We read of that in the New Testament. 

The question begs...are you doing your calling or are you living for Jesus, only fitting in your calling to appease your conscience, and living for self the rest of the week?

For me, now over 5 years ago...this is one of a few passages that set me on the path that I am on. 

‭“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life." Ezekiel 33:7-9. That I would be given things to say and that it would be upon me to write them. The results are beyond anything that I could have asked for or thought. 225,000 views, over 81 places on this planet and possibly the International Space Station. My own personal efforts of passing out a business card with the address on it and daily posts to that website and Facebook being it. God's not let me down at all in providing at least a message per day. Sometimes more than one.  
   I know not what's coming nor do I remember why I write what I do. The pen knows not what's coming anymore than the paper in the hands of the creator. 

I am in awe of what the Spirit has accomplished and my prayers often are that through this that either someone comes to Christ for salvation or returns to Him. But it takes obedience. It takes sacrifice as well. It means getting up earlier than most to spend time with Jesus. 

Do you sacrifice anything to be with Jesus? If not, why not? Our days aren't about our desires being met. We live in a dying world. We have a mission in life that's bigger than ourselves. To be brutally honest...who cares about worldly recognition. It's futility in itself. Each day our recognition should come from Jesus alone. Our goal should be to hear Him say "Well done!". Is that your goal? Again, if not, why not?

You are to be His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that you might walk in them. What happens when the creation keeps trying to do their own thing rather than be the new creation in Christ? Not a whole lot of growth. Not a whole lot of anything.  

I certainly wouldn't be where I am today if I kept going or I should say kept insisting on my way. 

Contentment will elude you my Dear Reader if you're looking for it in anything other than your walk with Jesus. Oh you'll have episodes of what amounts to fake contentment. It's those short-term things that don't last and yet we keep pursuing them. 

How guilty do you feel about never once having read through your whole Bible? The Bible isn't just historical, nor is it entirely prophetic. It's also the Love Letter from Jesus to you. He wrote you His Letter, essentially written in His blood, have you read it? You can't grow in Christ if you have no idea what growth in Christ looks like. It's found in the pages of this Letter from Jesus. 

Our world wants our attention to be anywhere on anything other than in the Bible and in prayer. The more we avoid those the more we are oblivious to the work of God in the world. The less we do for Jesus and each other.   

You DO have a purpose under the stars that our Creator has set in order just for you to be doing. The only retirement plan in the Bible is leaving this world to step into Heaven. Our work is not done, it's not finished, until God says to come home. We give Jesus 100% while we can. At least we're supposed to. We point people to Jesus and He takes it from there. Doesn't matter how old or how young you are. There's no age that we reach and say that we're done serving Jesus. 

How does your walk with Jesus look these days? Are you a committed Christian or a wishy-washy Christian? Are you one that's read your Bible so often that you have no idea how many times you've read it, or one who's never finished reading it at all?

You are the one who will stand before Jesus someday to give an account of your life before Him. 

Are the excuses you give today in not living wholeheartedly for Him now going to sound as good when that day comes for you?

Nobody retires in Christ Jesus. We only enter into His marvelous rest when we leave this world.   

Is it time for you to get serious? 
Is it time to start reading your whole Bible?  
Is it time to really be serious in your prayer life?

Are what's important to Jesus important to you? Are you doing that which the Spirit has set you in the body of Christ to be doing?

If you're an ear, be the best at it that you can be. Don't try to be an arm, a leg, or any other part. Paul wrote about this. 

Give of your best to the Master. 
Now and always. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Growing in Christ

Growing in Christ 
by David Brenneman 

‭“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full." John 15:1-11.

It's interesting that this passage came to me when I was considering what I read last night from Dr. Charles Stanley in Life Principle #7 "The Dark Moments of our life will last only as long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us."

"But why?" you might ask. "Why the painful times in life?"  

Ever see a wonderfully kept flower garden? Ever wonder what work goes into such a beautiful place? Pruning. Trimming. Weeding. Fertilizing. Watering. Tending. 

In all...not all of what's necessary and needed in order to bring about such a wonderful sight...is a pleasant experience for the plants in question. 

There's the stress of removing weeds that try to entangle the plants. There's the intentional disturbing of the ground to add nutrients. There's the use of tools to cut out what isn't bearing fruits that are good.  

We who are in Christ are going to have a rough road at times. Really considering the path from childhood to adulthood...it's a painful process. It's fraught with many dangers and snares. Peer pressure. Should you turn left instead of to the right. Should you move on or stay put. Are you listening when you should or did you miss something important. 

We are also placed in the body of Christ as the Spirit directs, as He sees fit. We don't choose the ground in which He's set us to grow in. He knows what we need in order to bring about our sanctification. 

Regardless of world opinion, you're not here to strictly flourish and have a paradise for your own personal enjoyment. Quite the contrary, Jesus said that all who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus are going to suffer. It's a part of growing in Christ.  

Dr. Stanley was teaching that there's a purpose for what we are going through when adversity comes. God's not playing games with our lives. The Spirit has but one purpose...to let the light of Jesus Christ shine in our lives in such a way that people see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that we might walk in them. This is the will of God for you, your sanctification. 
Our lives are not our own, we were bought with a price, the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Our lives in Christ are spiritually discerned. Read that again. Spiritually discerned. Those in this world apart from Christ cannot understand the things of God because of why? They are spiritually discerned. They are foreign to them. They can't "get it".

While adversity is guaranteed, so is the work of the Spirit of God in you. 

In the passage that Dr. Stanley pointed to in LP#7, 1 Samuel 30...it reads that while the people where not looking favorably on David, he strengthened himself in the Lord his God. God, on His part, didn't let David down for doing this. 

The Spirit has His reasons for the unpleasant moments of life for each of us. We may know the reason, we may not. The onus is on us to obey regardless.  

‭"And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
‭"but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
So our times of pruning are for our own good. There will be, as it's written in Ecclesiastes, a time to take up, a time to put down. 

Going out into your day, remember that Jesus is always already there. 

He is so prepared for what awaits you...even though your eyes, ears, and heart will say otherwise. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6.

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Are You Offended or Excited?

Are You Offended or Excited?
by David Brenneman 

‭"And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time. At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed. And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out. The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!” But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief corner stone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” Luke 20:9-18.
The response: "‭The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them." Luke 20:19.

There's two kinds of responses to the return of Jesus that's coming. Those who believe it's coming and those who reject the idea. People range from excited to those who could care less. Some, when it's talked about, get irate and anger mounts. Some are so convinced that their lives show it.

Question is: which are you?

Are you living your today's like this could be your day to step into eternity? Are you among those offended by the truth of God's word?  

In a world beset with an unhealthy slant on identity...there's only two that matter...all the rest are worthless. You are either saved in Christ Jesus or you are not. Your destination after death is determined by your choice in the here and now physical world. 

If you are a Believer, are you living for Jesus or you? Are you more convinced of your need for self preservation or are you trusting in your Savior for your present and your future?

Jesus points out the path that the Jewish leaders took and it wasn't towards the Holy God of the Old Testament. He informed them, and they fully understood, that what He just said was about them and there was no denying their understanding. Many things that Jesus taught, the understanding was withheld from the audience at hand, other times, the understanding was immediate and fully grasped. 

When we read of the Disciples questioning Jesus on His words of prophesy concerning the Temple they were walking in. Those words came true not long after the crucifixion. Jesus said that not one stone would be left upon another. History records it was utterly destroyed.  

Many Pharisees and Sadducees had no choice but to begin to believe and many did...when very much noteworthy miracles took place. The extremely sad points are when when the Spirit showed up for healing and they were so cold hearted that they didn't recognize God. 

When you look at your life, does it reflect a life that recognizes the work of the Spirit of God in it?

Does your life reflect a relationship with Jesus?  

Are you believing everything that the Word of God says or do you pick and choose what you want to believe?

The point in being a disciple of Jesus Christ was to set aside personal beliefs and practices and take up the beliefs and practices of the Master that was being followed. 

On at least one occasion Jesus outright told the Jewish leaders they were of their father the Devil. 

No doubt there were those who were such as Nicodemus who sought true understanding from Jesus regardless of the consequences. Nicodemus could easily have been ostracized, cast out, even had a death sentence for publicly acknowledging the truth about Jesus.  

People who are saved in Christ Jesus are not to hide their affiliation under a basket. Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. This is a directive. Not a "if it feels good then give it a whirl" idea.

When Saul was silent after his meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus, he wasn't brooding. He was getting his Spiritual eyes opened to the reality of all that he had been taught. All the learning he had received only then became alive. All that he thought he knew was rubbish compared to what it all now meant in knowing Jesus.  

Are you awaiting the return of Jesus with eager anticipation? Are you afraid?  

Yes, it's been over 2,000 years, but with good reason. Jesus isn't willing that any should perish but that all would come to Him for salvation. Add to this, there were and are prophesies that were and are coming true to the letter.  

As Jesus said His return will not be with signs to be observed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, that fast. Zero time to get ready. None. Zilch. 

You have been blinking your eyes many hundreds of times in reading this post. His return will be faster than a single blink of your eyes!

There will be many millions of people crying out for Jesus to come back all because they doubted and would not come to Christ for salvation. There will be many more people who will die in that twinkling of an eye because of where they were when people vanished. No time to ask anyone anything. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth across the world. For many others the Rapture of the Church will be the final tipping point where they finally do come to Christ for salvation. These Tribulation saints as the Bible calls them will be brutally hunted down.  

All the evidence that anyone needs concerning the truth of the Gospel message can be easily found. 

I am so ready for Jesus to come back. Much of what I do as a hobby is more for those left behind than it is for me now. 

There's so many people wanting a better life that they forget to live. They're so convinced that recreating their identity will cure their lives. They go as far as to accuse God of making a mistake concerning who they were born to be. There are those who are so concerned about offending others that they neglect to see they are offending the God whom they claim to be their Savior and Lord. 

Are you more offended than you realize? Does it bother you at all that which bothers Jesus?  

Are you looking for the return of Jesus or are you living like it's way off in the future?  

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. A fraction of a fraction of a second...you could either be ruptured or could simply breathe your last.  

I have had days where my life was irrevocably altered in a second. One such morning all was good, had plans for the day, the week. In a split second a driver ran a red light and changed the course of my life for many months to come. 

A friend's husband merely stood up to get more coffee and fell to the ground dead before he hit the floor. 

Jesus IS returning and as He pondered...would He find the faith when He does?  

Our only identity is either found in Jesus Christ or its not. The only Spiritually legally protected states are to be sealed in the Spirit or not.

To die without salvation sends the individual to Hell. No purgatory. No waiting area. Painful endless days in torment in Hell separated from God. 

To die with salvation in Christ Jesus sends the individual immediately into the presence of Jesus. To forever be with Him. Never again to suffer anything anymore. 

One path leads to destruction one to life. The choice of being excited or offended is yours to make. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

Monday, May 13, 2024

A Life that's Got Real Purpose

A Life that's Got Real Purpose 
by David Brenneman 

"Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep."
‭Psalms 127:1-2.

"What a waste!"
"They could have had a good life!"
"Time was heavy on their hands and they didn't do anything worthwhile."

Sayings like this are often said after a tragedy. After a life cut down in the prime of life. 

We compare our life with the lives of those who pass on all the time. We may not speak it out loud but we think it. 

A great lie of Satan and our sin nature is what our future could look like...if we go for whatever we see as right in our own eyes. 

We likewise get told of what a waste it is to live Godly in Christ Jesus. Of what we miss out on in living life to the fullest. 

“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the human heart, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9.

We cannot know what fruits come from a tree planted by God just by examining the seed He uses.

A common phrase that you might have heard is "You can see how many seeds are in an apple but only God can see how many apples are in a seed.".

A very old and very true hymn is "Trust and Obey". There's no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.  

Had Noah gone with the flow, you wouldn't be reading this. 

Had Moses gone with the flow, Israel wouldn't have left Egypt. 

Had Daniel gone with the edict, prophesy wouldn't have been revealed. 

Had...the list goes on. Read of those greats who died in the faith. Had they put themselves first, most of the Bible wouldn't have been the same. 

Look at the celebrations around known Believers at funerals. People knowing full well that their loved ones are standing where they wish to be...standing with Jesus. 

This account of our lives that Believers give before Jesus...these deeds done with the right heart attitude go into making a crown of righteousness to give back to Jesus.  

Obedience to God's Word goes into making that crown. Living the life that He intended goes into making that crown. 

When you start your day...consider the proper use of the materials you've been given. Consider how to live the obedient life that is going to go towards a crown to give to your King!

I can only imagine was by far a hit song for MercyMe. Honestly, my Dear Reader, take the message to heart. 

In light of your own future experience of standing before Jesus, don't you want to live life differently now to prepare for that moment?

Yes, it's going to mean going against the flow. It's going to mean being misunderstood. Noah was totally misunderstood. Building a massive boat over 100 years on dry land. Probable billions of people mocking him. Odds are those in his own family as well considering the Bible says that only Noah was found to be righteous. The whole world seems to be against you? You're in good company.  

Jesus had the world against Him as well as all the powers of darkness. 

We're in good company indeed.

I don't expect people to get me or my why's behind what I do in my life. I answer to Jesus some day, not the person in front of me today. 

I write what I write at the guidance of the Spirit of God and am being obedient in writing what I believe that I have been told.  

Regardless of what obedience to the Spirit looks like in your world...just do it. If indeed you are saved, you have a responsibility towards obedience in Christ. 

Saying no now means much more later. Regardless of how many voices tell you otherwise. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6.

A straight life in Christ is an abomination to the wicked...to paraphrase another Proverb.

No doubt Noah lived with death threats. Probably dealt with sabotage. Probably dealt with endless discouraging words and actions. Noah, his Wife, his sons and their wives prevailed...and a huge surge of people entered Hell.

Pray before you step out into your world. Look to obedient life more than a compromised life. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

Sunday, May 12, 2024

There IS GOING to be a Day

There IS GOING to be a Day
by David Brenneman 

‭"and I am He who knows and am a witness,” declares the Lord.’ ” 
Jeremiah 29:23d.

‭"While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’  But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done. The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’  And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’  The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.’  He said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?’ Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already.’ ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.  But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.’ ” Luke 19:11-27.

There are those who erroneously believe that God, not Jesus, will look at all the good people have done and weigh it against the bad of their lives.  That one will outweigh the other and they'll get into Heaven.  Doesn't work like that. 

Jesus said that all authority in Heaven and on Earth are His as given to Him by the Father. 

The Bible says explicitly that by no other name under Heaven, given among men, must we be saved. The name of Jesus Christ.  

There's no scales involved.  

There are those who are saved in Christ Jesus and those who rejected Him for salvation.  No middle ground.  Once a person reaches the age of accountability that's it.  They must choose whom they will follow and be master of their lives. Either Jesus or themselves. 

The Bible isn't a fictional work. 
It's many things but it's never that.

It's a love letter to mankind from Jesus. 
It's an instruction manual for living life.
It's full of science fact about this universe. 
It's pages contain true prophetic messages to mankind that have never been wrong. 

Decades ago schoolhouses of the United States used to only use a hymnal and the Bible as their textbooks.  Wandering away from this has panged this nation with many a grief.  The notion of a separation between the Church and State is a fabricated lie.  Our Constitution was modeled after elements from the Bible. 

A day is quickly approaching.  There are fewer and fewer prophecies left before the Rapture of the Church.  So many claiming to be Christians aren't preparing for the instantaneous moment they will be face-to-face with Jesus. Likewise so many people are intentionally living life with no interest in the things of God.  Wanting nothing to do with the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. 

The last chapters of the book of Revelation speak of a Final Judgment.  Jesus will separate all mankind from those who trusted in Him for salvation and those who did not.  There's no court system.  The opening passage we read is true of every single person who has ever lived. ‭"and I am He who knows and am a witness,” declares the Lord.’ ”

Salvation is free.  The lies the world speaks of concerning what will happen after people do come to Him to be saved are endless.  You'll lose this, won't be able to do that. Must give up this, quit that. Start doing this.  

My Dear Reader, until you trust Jesus to be the leader of your life and the forgiver of your sins, there is no way you will understand your life.  Will there be things you give up? Sure, probably, but you'll willingly do so out of gratitude. Will there be new things that you'll be doing? Sure, only because of your new understanding that you'll want to do those things.  

The Bible says clearly that the natural man, that is the unsaved man or woman, cannot understand the things of God because they are spiritually discerned.  You have to have the Spirit of God in you in order to learn what those things are and what they mean to you and those in your world. 

Time is running out.  Both for the Believer to be living life as the Spirit directs for him or her as well as for the unbeliever who keeps pushing Jesus away.

A period of 7 years is coming that's so horrible and horrific that Jesus said if it weren't shortened nobody would survive it.  It's a time of judgment to the inhabitants of the Earth.  Biblically it's referred to as the 70th week of Daniel the prophet.  People are up in arms over thousands, hundreds of thousands or millions of people dying due to wars or famines disease or so-called natural disasters.  Within those 7 years, billions of people will die.  Do the math.  We read that at one point 1/3rd of mankind dies. 8 billion in the world today. 2.6 billion die.
That's not taking into account the millions dying due to the aftereffects of the Rapture of the Church.  The countless millions of vehicle accidents, airline accidents, military accidents, construction accidents, millions of children vanishing.  These things are going to come upon this world. Every single prophesy of the Bible has come to pass. You'll do well to believe that all that remain will as well. 

The Scriptures tell us all to be sure of our salvation in Christ Jesus. 

The gift of salvation isn't like the sin that caused the need for a perfect sacrifice in Christ Jesus to atone for it.  Everyone is born in sin. We all are in need of a Savior who is Christ Jesus the Lord. 

In Romans chapter 10 we read of how easy it is to obtain this free gift of salvation "But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;  for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

My Dear Reader, you have absolutely no guarantee you will survive this day.  You can, however, have an absolute ironclad guarantee from Jesus that your life is saved in Him.  Then whether you make it through this day or not you will find yourself in His Heaven. No doubts whatsoever.  

Let today be that day that all Heaven celebrates your coming to Christ for salvation. The Bible says that its announced in Heaven when any do make that choice. 

The Word of God also says to you that your eye has not seen nor has your ear ever heard all that He has prepared for you if you love Him. 

An eternity of joy and peace with Jesus or an otherworldly pain that nobody this side of death has ever experienced in full separation from God.  That's what's really at stake. 

Consider it today, please, while there is still time. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.