Monday, August 26, 2013

Are you fighting Goliath? (Part 1)

Hello friends! Hope you all are enjoying the last few weeks of the summer season...fall is so quickly approaching!

Today I want to encourage you by referring to a Bible story that many of you may have heard when you were younger!  This will be a two part post, but I think it will be encouraging to us all! David and Goliath, what a story, right?! Now I will give you the short version of the first part of the story, but you can read it for yourself in 1 Samuel 17!  David, a little shepherd boy goes to visit (take food) to his brothers who were at war with the Philistines.  While there, he realizes that there is a giant man who is threatening the Israelites and disrespecting God.  Everyone is afraid of him...but not David.  David goes back to King Saul and tells him he can fight Goliath.  King Saul thinks David is crazy for wanting to fight him since Goliath is much bigger than David.  Goliath was probably at least 10 feet tall (Life Application Bible, KJV).  Goliath wasn't bigger than God and David knew it.  David knew that his God was greater than this giant.  So King Saul allowed David to go fight Goliath, and David took his sling and stones. So David went and Goliath thought David was a going to be a pushover; however, this is David and Goliath's conversation...you need to read this for yourself!
1 Samuel 17:42-47-
42 "And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands."

Wow! Pretty amazing faith that David had! Maybe you don't have faith in God or you have never trusted Him as your Saviour...please read below to find out how to get that settled today!   

1. Realize that God loves you
John 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Can you feed 5000?

Maybe you have seen 5000 people fed before, and maybe you have even catered a meal to that many people, but I doubt you did it with just 5 small loaves of bread and 2 fish.  Jesus did feed 5000 men and then even more women and children with just 5 loaves and 2 fish - Matthew 14:14-21. If you read the miracle in the Bible where Jesus feeds the 5000, you will find that the Life Application Bible (King James version) explains the way God can use something small that we have.  Jesus used a little boy's lunch that consisted of 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed a multitude.  You may feel inadequate for a task, you may feel like you don't measure up to what you need to be for the Lord ( and let me tell you that you do not, none of us do, and that is why God sent Jesus to take our place on the cross.  He is perfect for us, not that we should not try to be like Jesus, but we will never measure up.)  God can use whatever you bring Him.  Bring Him everything that you have, offer your whole life to Him.  Let God choose how you will be used to glorify Him! You can glorify Him in the smallest things in your everyday life.  You can glorify Him with your phone...talk kindly to all whom you speak with ( I'm speaking to myself too!) Honor Him when you eat by thanking Him for your food.  The Life App Bible also expounds on the compassion Jesus had for the people.  He had compassion on these people not only because they were hungry for physical food, but also Jesus was concerned about their spiritual needs and hunger.  Jesus has compassion for you....no matter where you are in life.  You may think there is no compassion left for you, but I can tell you that God does have compassion for you.  He loves you even if you don't love Him.  He loves you so much that He sent His Son to pay for your punishment.  You must accept Him into your life and seek forgiveness in order to be able to live with God in Heaven one day! He loves you---will you allow His love to pay your debt? 
If you are unsure of your eternal destination, please continue reading below.  

1. Realize that God loves youJohn 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

HOPE- having peace eternally

The following verses in Romans chapter 8 go right along with the definition of hope the Lord has given me.  My personal definition of hope is having peace eternally, and many of you know that is what my H.O.P.E. ministry stands for.  Read these verses carefully and think about this definition of hope given in Romans 8...

Romans 8:24-25-
"24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."

When you choose to place your trust (hope) in God and you ask Him to forgive you of your sin, you believe that Jesus is God's Son and He took your place on the cross, and you ask the Lord to save you, you become God's child. Romans 8:24 says what we see is not hope.  If you are able to tangibly look at something or touch it, you are no longer hoping for it...you have it.  However we can hope for something that we do not have or see yet and that is true hope.  When we have true hope in something, we will wait for it to come to pass. Example- We are waiting for Jesus to return in the rapture to take us (His children) with Him to Heaven, or we are trusting that if we die before the rapture, that we as Christians will be with Jesus the moment we pass from this life into eternity.  We have not tangibly seen Jesus with our eyes, (you may have seen things He has done in your life, but not seen Him physically), yet you are still placing your hope in Him because you believe Him! You know that if you are saved, you will be with Jesus one day and that is true hope! No matter what happens in this life you have peace that one day nothing else will matter because you will be with Jesus! You can have peace eternally if you are a child of God, my friend! 

If you do not have peace eternally or if you have a question whether you are a child of God and you wonder if you would go to Heaven or Hell if you died then you should continue reading below:
1. Realize that God loves youJohn 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.