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WILL GOOD GET TO HEAVEN?

Ecclesiastes 8:12-13. “Even though a person sins and gets by with it hundreds of times throughout a long life, I’m still convinced that the good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in his presence, and that the evil person will not experience a “good” life. No matter how many days he lives, they’ll all be as flat and colorless as a shadow—because he doesn’t fear God.”

Is Jesus necessary? I’m a good person, won’t I get into Heaven? I’m fairly certain we’ve all come across or even asked these questions ourselves. Read today’s passage as many times as you need to in order to find appropriate answers to those questions. Again notice the unyielding nature of Acts 4:12;

“Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.””

Now you know the answers; what do you want to do?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank You for the gift of salvation. Amen

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I REPEAT; SALVATION

Acts 4:12. “Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.””

That name is Jesus. Only He can save. There is no longer an appointed time to wait for salvation all you need to do is call on His name;

““You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?””

John 11:25-26

Our burden has been lifted and we can go forward in this life with joy, power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit;

“With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”

Romans 8:1-2

Hallelujah!

Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank You for the gift of salvation. Amen

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SALVATION

Jonah 2:9. “But I’m worshiping you, GOD, calling out in thanksgiving! And I’ll do what I promised I’d do! Salvation belongs to GOD!””

It always sounds better when it’s raised by teeming youth in a praise frenzy;

Only Jesus can save

Only Jesus can save

Hallelujah

Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank You for the gift of salvation. Amen

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GET IT STRAIGHT

1 Chronicles 16:29. “Shout Bravo! to his famous Name, lift high an offering and enter his presence! Stand resplendent in his robes of holiness!”

There is just so much God has done for us and continues to do for us that we don’t give Him credit for. Sometimes we ascribe the glory to ourselves or to nature or the universe or time. God’s hand is in everything and He never leaves us unattended. Sometimes He asks us not to mention Him so that the focus can actually be on what He did and not degenerate in a theological argument over His existence. Even His time here on earth was so measured;

“There are so many other things Jesus did. If they were all written down, each of them, one by one, I can’t imagine a world big enough to hold such a library of books.”

John 21:25

When we tell the Good News we must remember to maintain the focus on Who God is and His desire for us. All other things as interesting and as enriching to the discussion as they may be can also distract from God’s simple message;

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 NIV

Think About This

What is the Good News you tell?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Teach me what to say and when. May the Good News I share give glory to You and encourage others to open their hearts up to You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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STAY FOCUSED

Proverbs 4:20-27. “Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.”

These seem like like pretty basic instructions right? Should be easy to follow. Unfortunately humans are easily distracted, so this simple task becomes herculean in nature. Today’s reality TV lifestyles teach us that we need to know every last detail of another person’s life in order to give meaning to ours. As a result we are not focused on living our own lives the way God designed. We’re too busy seeking man’s approval and assessing our progress by how far we’re keeping up with the Jones’s, Kardashian’s or John’s.

Peter was pretty much the same way. In John 21:20-23, Peter had all but put his neck out of joint in an attempt to measure up to John and Jesus had to tell him to butt out and focus on his own assignment. Indeed there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)! Thankfully Peter prevailed and the church thrived, but what if he had remained distracted?

Think About This

Do you know the full impact of your mission? God does and He chose you on purpose. Stay focused.

Prayer

Dear Lord, When I’m tempted by bright lights and pretty things remind me why I’m here. Please remind me of the sacrifice Your Son made that I might live eternally and let me focus on my small contribution to bring You glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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RESTORE ME!

John 21:17. “Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.””

Peter mmom! After you denied Jesus 3 times you thought the slate would be wiped clean just like that? God had to restore him to where he was, before elevating him to be the Rock;

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

Matthew 16:18 NKJV

At lot of the time we’re impatient with God believing our progress to be slow and blaming the whole wide world for our problems. In reality our daily sin count draws us further away from God. As He forgives us, He must also restore us, but like Peter our impatience gets in the way.

The difference between being a building block and being a stumbling block in the body of Christ is pride. Will we learn from Peter’s example and step out of our own way, put pride aside and accept the steps to restoration with God? Our elevation comes next; are we ready?

Think About This

Zacchaeus gave a very detailed practical example of how to go about restitution which is a largely overlooked part of restoration. What lessons can you learn from that?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Help me to set things right when I realize I’ve been astray. Help me not let pride get in the way. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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QUERY, PROBE, BELIEVE

Job 19:25. ““Still, I know that God lives—the One who gives me back my life— and eventually he’ll take his stand on earth.”“

When Nicole C. Mullen belted out her hit song for the 100th time I’m sure it had no less power behind it than the very first time it was heard. That’s because Scripture never goes out of vogue. Oh, we may tire of the truth from time to time but whenever we hear it, it hits home.

Life comes at us in ways we don’t see coming and sometimes would have sworn were impossible. Look at Job; so much suffering, such staunch faith. To stand in the midst of all the calamity and declare;

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.”

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That’s faith! Christ had yet to come at that point but Job knew they would be redemption and vindication for the righteous. Job knew that when the smoke cleared and the dust settled Christ and His own would remain standing.

Job had questions, boy did he have questions! But he didn’t sin(Job 32:14), he didn’t doubt (Luke 24:38), he believed(Job 19:25).

Think About This

It’s alright to query and probe, but what do you know? What is your firm foundation?

Prayer

Dear Lord, I thank You for Your Word that never contradicts but confirms itself verse after verse. I know Your Word to be true. I know my redeemer lives and that He shall stand upon the earth in great victory on the latter day and yea I shall stand with Him! Amen