Friday, October 10, 2008
FEAR & INDECISION vs SALVATION & ASSURANCE
As carnal men and woman it is in our nature to be alarmed even panicked at what threatens our lives on the horizon, and even though most everyone spends a lifetime knowing that total loss is inevitable,e all instinctively fight it and seek some sort of salvation. Those that walk with Christ have found that salvation and the aurance of God’shat comforts us every step of the way as we face down these looming catastrophes and even our inevitable death with confidence. When we are wise enough to follow this deep seeded need for God and move beyond being CINO’s (Christian in name only), we draw near to God and in response God will draw near to us. All that iseft is our confession and repentance In the name of Jesus Christ who paid the price for your sins, and a rededication to be changed and walk with God in every aspect of your life as friend, Lord, and savior. The Holy Spirit of God will do the rest, lifting the burden of guilt and sin, opening the eyes of your hart to the truth in God’s word, setting you free from the fear of death, and pruning your life into the image of his son Jesus Christ.
(2 Timothy 3:1-7 ) But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
As the selfish nature of carnal man brings the world and even the entire planet closer to inevitable catastrophe, God has provided this great opportunity for our salvation in every way a person can be saved in this life and the life to come. While salvation is dependent upon our faith and trust like as in any carnal relationship, a spiritual relationship with God provides us much more like the blessed assurance of God The Holy Spirit who literally comes to dwells within us and affect change. This indwelling of the Holy Spirit bares witness with our own spirit giving us peace and assurance that is beyond all explanation and understanding because it is holy spiritual not carnal. This makes all the difference in truly knowing for the first time what it is to be spiritually born again and free from the threat of sin and death and all the material things we are addicted to.
(Romans 8:15-18) So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Holy Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Holy Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
Now we finally realize that while we were born into this world as carnal flesh and blood making up 99% of who we were without Christ, chained to this decaying and dying world. After being "born-again" we we are spiritually 100% covered by his blood and grace if remain in Christ, because without Christ we can do nothing. Being born again of the spirit we now realize we are only clothed in flesh and blood to walk with God as agents in this world, butwe are no longer of this world. We are saved to spread the “Good News” of salvation, looking forward to our home in heaven where death and sorrow no longer exist and where we will know all things and forever be with the Lord as he intended for all those who believe, cling to, and follow him. The alternative is also our choice described by Christ as the great crash and loss of a life and home build on sinking sand, in contrast Christ describes following him is like building a life and home on a great rock so that when the storm hits the house is not moved or damaged.
(John 3:3-8) Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
(Matthew 7:24-27) “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Bottom line. Every experience and opportunity in this life is infinitesimally short, and everyone whether your a believer or non-believer knows that death is an appointed time and the end of your world, a day which is coming to meet everyone like a whistle blowing freight train. So what is at stake here is your eternal living soul which will spend eternity either separated and alone from God and all creation or redeemed by Christ the savior, the author and finisher of all life and creation (I AM). This "Good News" with it's offer of salvation has been made known to you. So you are WITHOUT EXCUSE!
(Romans 1:19) They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
(Hebrews 9:27-28) As it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
(Philippians 2:9-11) Therefore, God elevated Christ to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Finally don't allow Satan to blind you with your own pride and self centered short sightedness. More importantly don't delude yourself as a CINO because God will know you by your fruit, the same way discarded beer bottles cannot grow into beautiful fruit bearing trees, and beautiful fruit bearing trees do not grow beer bottles on their branches, you will be known by your fruit.
(Galatians 6:7-8) Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Holy Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 7:16-19) You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.
So please all of you, draw near to God, and repent in the name of Jesus Christ, and ask God to open the eyes of you hart, In Jesus Name Amen.
(Ephesians 2:4-5) But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)