Through faith in Jesus, we move from our lost condition to adoption into God’s family. Unless we trust in Christ, we face permanent alienation from the heavenly Father. On judgment day, each person’s eternal destiny will be determined, based on that individual’s spiritual state. Members of God’s family will live in heaven with Him. But those who remain blind to divine truth, which is found only in Jesus, will be sent away to live in eternal torment (Revelation 20:12-15).
Many people struggle to reconcile this teaching with the concept of a loving God. They reason that love would not condemn anyone to torment. The truth is, the Father desires reconciliation with man—not separation. His love for us motivated Him to provide all we need to receive forgiveness and thereby be reconciled to Him. It is man’s choice to refuse or accept God’s provision of Jesus as the remedy to the sin problem. An unsaved person can’t blame God for his eternal state; his suffering will be due to his own rebellion against the Lord.
A second common objection says, “Love would accept people on the basis of their moral lives and good deeds.” This argument assumes that God ignores sin and bases His decision about heaven on behavior. But since He is holy and just, He won’t allow sin to go unpunished. Because of His great love, however, He provided a way for our sin debt to be paid—through Jesus’ atoning death.
God shows no favoritism. He extends love toward the whole lost world and invites everyone to come to Him through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
How does one catch a cold? Does someone throw it at you and you catch it or do you shake hands with someone who has a cold and then touch your eyes or nose? For me, it was the latter.
I went to a church function and unbeknownst to me one of my bible classmates was sick. I came in contact with them and that’s why I’ve not been posting the past few days. I’ve been down with a bad cold and all its lovely side effects.
I’m starting to feel a wee bit better so hopefully, I’ll be back in the saddle soon and posting. Until then, praise the Lord for all He is, who He is and His love for you and me.
Don’t worry my post today is not an introductory course in Business Management 101. It is about being a productive, loving Christian.
Some of you might say you’re not managers. I respectfully disagree. We are all managers of sorts, either good or not so good. Let me explain. Take a look at Jesus. In my opinion he was an excellent manager. Why? Good managers lead by example, whereas poor managers use tyranny or punishment tactics to get the job done.
Jesus led his disciples for three years showing them how to be loving, leading others to salvation and spreading the good news of His kingdom. Then with His blessings, he sent them out into the world to continue the work he started. Good managers also have a plan of succession. Someone who will take over after they’re gone. Paul and Peter have been the perfect choice.
Good managers also know the importance of continuing education in their field of expertise. Things are always changing, therefore they must make the effort to remain informed. Additionally, good managers are effective in their use of time. We would do well to follow this example of time management as followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus set the example for us to live our lives in a way that not only leads to salvation but also to be productive for His kingdom.
Jesus’ plan would ensure our effectiveness, success and salvation as Christians in His kingdom. The precepts and commandments we live by are outlined in detail in the bible. But, in order for us to be effective managers/Christians we need to familiarize ourselves with God’s word. Daily reading of God’s word and prayer are essential.
For those of us who’ve worked in a job have no doubt at one time or another worked for a manager that was less than desirable. What were their characteristics, actions and temperament that bothered you while under their supervision? Most likely they were living in the world and trying to live their lives according to the world’s standards. As Christians we know those choices don’t work very well.
I would encourage you to take some time today to reflect on whether you’ve been living an effective life for Jesus or whether you like the devil’s management plan better. Where do you stand today?
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:47-50
Jesus tells another parable, the last in this series of parables. This one has some similarity to the Parable of the Weeds, for its conclusion reveals something about the end of the age. Here we have fishermen as the example; they cast their nets and haul in a big catch. They drag their nets to the shore and sort their catch, for there are good fish, ready for market, and there are fish to throw back; Jesus likens this process to what will happen on the last day, when the angels of God will sort out the Kingdom. The “good fish” will enter, and the “bad fish” will be tossed out. To put it another way, the Kingdom of heaven is open to everyone, but not all will choose to enter, and when the day comes, many will find that they waited too long, and that the doors are now closed.
The above portion is a reblog from LifeReference @ wordpress
Don’t wait until it’s too late! Decide now that you want to be caught in God’s net of salvation and not the devil’s net of eternal separation from God. The choice is yours.
Have you noticed it can take thirty minutes (or less!) to get outside the will of God, and thirty years (or more) to get back to the place you were before sin invaded your life? When we lose spiritual ground, when we retreat before the enemy, when we revert to our old ways, it is tough going back. We may confess, make restitution, and start over again with a clean slate, but somehow we don’t feel the presence of God like we did before.
Joshua experienced this. He led Israel to a great victory at Jericho. Then God’s people suffered a crushing defeat at Ai. When the sin at the root of that defeat was exposed, Joshua dealt with it. Then he humbly received instructions on how to win back the city he had just lost. It was nothing like the way he won Jericho. Joshua learned that following a holy, awesome, powerful God is not a cookie-cutter proposition. One day is not just like the next. One victory does not become the prescription for all victories.
Not only did God have a plan for the re-capture of Israel’s lost ground—He had a word of tender encouragement to his defeated leader. “Do not fear or be dismayed,” He told Joshua. Defeat is no cause for fear or depression. We will experience defeat in the Christian life, but it is not a permanent condition. It is only a temporary setback. Even when a Christian loses the battle, his God has won the war.
Praying specifically about a problem creates a lighter load. Many of our anxieties are threatening because they are ill defined and vague. If we can distill the challenge into a phrase, we bring it down to size.
It’s one thing to pray, “Lord, please bless my meeting tomorrow.” It’s another thing to pray, “I have a conference with my supervisor at 2:00 PM tomorrow. She intimidates me. Would you please grant me a spirit of peace so I can sleep well tonight? Grant me wisdom so I can enter the meeting prepared. And would you soften her heart toward me and give her a generous spirit? Help us have a gracious conversation in which both of us benefit and your name is honored.”
There! You have reduced the problem to a prayer-sized challenge! As God’s children we honor him when we tell him exactly what we need.
While Jesus was living on the earth, He couldn’t simultaneously be with everyone who needed Him. Now, however, God’s help is readily available through the Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers and is constantly present with each one.
Thanks to the Spirit, every Christian can become the person God designed him or her to be. Through the Helper’s knowledge and power, we can be devoted Christ-followers, even in a corrupt culture. The Spirit’s work includes opening our minds to God’s truth, providing supernatural energy when we are weary, and comforting us during heartache.
God loves people so much that He provided an ever-present Helper to all who place their faith in Jesus Christ. When we are in trouble or in need, we can call upon the Holy Spirit and instantly connect to the power of our heavenly Father.