Wednesday, September 14, 2022

HOPE in JESUS alone

 

Romans 15:13

King James Version

13 Now the God of hope fill you 

with all joy and peace in believing, 

that ye may abound in hope, 

through the power of the Holy Ghost.


Born agains are taught by the HOLY SPIRIT.

SPIRIT taught me much, early on.

I've been born again three years now.

The lessons have been intense.

And here's what I found:

ALL hope must be focused in JESUS alone.


Only JESUS can give us REAL hope.

Why can't we have hope in man?

Scripture answers that, with great certainty:

Genesis 6:5-6

King James Version

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man 

was great in the earth, 

and that every imagination 

of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the Lord 

that he had made man on the earth, 

and it grieved him at his heart.


Psalm 146:3-5

King James Version

3 Put not your trust in princes, 

nor in the son of man, 

in whom there is no help.

4 His breath goeth forth, 

he returneth to his earth; 

in that very day his thoughts perish.

5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, 

whose hope is in the Lord his God:


Jeremiah 17:9

King James Version

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, 

and desperately wicked: 

who can know it?


Romans 3:23

King James Version

23 For all have sinned, 

and come short of the glory of God;


Romans 8:1-8

King James Version

8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them 

which are in Christ Jesus, 

who walk not after the flesh, 

but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus 

hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law could not do, 

in that it was weak through the flesh, 

God sending his own Son 

in the likeness of sinful flesh, 

and for sin, 

condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law 

might be fulfilled in us, 

who walk not after the flesh, 

but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh 

do mind the things of the flesh; 

but they that are after the Spirit 

the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; 

but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: 

for it is not subject to the law of God, 

neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh 

cannot please God.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

IDENTITY crisis?

 


Romans 8:5

King James Version

5 For they that are after the flesh 

do mind the things of the flesh; 

but they that are after the Spirit 

the things of the Spirit.


Which one are you?

Male, or female?

What work do you do?

What faith do you believe in?

Can you really identify who you are?

Do you have definite ideas about yourself?

Will you stick with them till the day you die?

You know, like what people say often:

"I was born Catholic; I will die a Catholic."

"I was born here, I will die here."


That image above caught my eye at a plastic modeler's exhibit I visited yesterday.

So very incongruous.

Very witty.

And humorous.

The hobbyist surely knew what he was doing.

The model was a "Hulk", and yet he donned a "Superman" shirt.

Sez who the two can't mix?

And yet, the character also has a third secret person.

The original person, in fact.

Bruce Banner's a scientist, unwittingly exposed to gamma radation, was transformed into what they called a "green monster".

Virtually indestructible.

He can leap great heights, clobber enemies with his huge fists, and all because they made him angry.

Where others turned green with envy, Hulk was green to begin with.

And he's not envious.

Just don't get him angry.

Among all the superhero characters I've watched, seems he's the one enemies find hard to beat.

He's green, so I guess kryptonite won't work.

So, how many people live in you?

How many characters are you living?

How many roles are you playing?

Which one predominates?

It's true, we live many roles in society.

There's the son, husband, father, CEO.

There's the daughter, wife, mother, housekeeper.

And just in case feminists would balk at that, well, some wives actually prefer staying home.

Happily supporting her husband, kids, and serving GOD.

We all play many roles in society.

Blessed are we, if we have many talents to speak of.

We can multi-task.

Blessed are we, if we have only one talent to speak of.

We can focus.

The world's so engrossed in titles, wealth, and prestige.

Most aspire to be famous.

Most desire to be wealthy.

No one wants to be a nobody.

In my case, I don't mind at all.

Nobody, nowhere, is just fine with me.

I just love being a child of GOD.

I love being born again.

I love following JESUS.

It doesn't matter what the world perceives me to be.

All I care is I get GOD's WORD right.

And that I share with you, accurately.

I like the new self GOD gave me:

Ephesians 4:24

King James Version

24 And that ye put on the new man, 

which after God 

is created in righteousness 

and true holiness.


I like the fact JESUS wants us to be childlike:

Matthew 18:3

King James Version

3 And said, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Except ye be converted, 

and become as little children, 

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.


I was many things.

I could have been more things.

But all that pale in comparison to being a child.

After CHRIST's heart.

Holding His hand each day.

As we skip, and hop.

Rather, as I skip, and hop.

And how the LORD finds me crazy.

Amused at my fertile imagination.

Pleased at my obedience.

GOD made us male, and female.

GOD created us for His purpose.

As born again, I have no identity crisis.

SPIRIT tells me all I need to think, say, and do.

I'm at peace with the LORD.

I serve Him alone.


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Saturday, February 19, 2022

GOD's sheep

 

The LORD JESUS said:

John 10:27

King James Version

27 My sheep hear my voice, 

and I know them, 

and they follow me:


I don't mind being sheep.

I'm not sheepish about it.

If anything, I'm proud to be a follower, and believer of JESUS.

He was the leader I longed to follow.

The GREATEST, chose to be the humblest.

That He may save us, from our sins.

Isaiah 53:1-7

King James Version

53 Who hath believed our report? 

and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, 

and as a root out of a dry ground: 

he hath no form nor comeliness; 

and when we shall see him, 

there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; 

a man of sorrows, 

and acquainted with grief: 

and we hid as it were our faces from him;

 he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, 

and carried our sorrows: 

yet we did esteem him stricken, 

smitten of God, 

and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, 

he was bruised for our iniquities: 

the chastisement of our peace was upon him; 

and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; 

we have turned every one to his own way; 

and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, 

and he was afflicted, 

yet he opened not his mouth: 

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, 

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, 

so he openeth not his mouth.


JESUS was the epitome of TRUE LEADERSHIP.

He is the GOOD SHEPHERD.

John 10:11

King James Version

11 I am the good shepherd: 

the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.


I don't mind being sheep at all.

For the one who herds me, is the LORD.

Who better to follow, than JESUS?


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