Are You Walking in the Dark?

August 28, 2015

My wife often picks at me because I watch tv in the dark, work on the computer in the dark, sit around contemplating in the dark. She asks if I am a vampire. We chuckle about it, but the point she is making is why are you in the dark. We know our homes. We can walk around in the dark very well, but what we don’t know in the dark is that a child left a shoe in the middle of your path or some other object that is out of place. That’s dangerous because we can trip and/or fall hurting ourselves. Are You Walking in the Dark?

In life, we would all agree that things are often out of place or at least where we expect or anticipate them. We cannot afford to walk the road of life in the dark, so I ask Are You Walking in the Dark? What constitutes walking the path of life in the dark? We can find that answer in 1 John 1  John explains it to us in chapter one. Let’s review a few verses that equips us to answer Are You Walking in the Dark.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Simply, John tells us that God is light and that there is no darkness at all in Him. Are You Walking in the Dark? If you are living your life for yourself instead of for Christ, John says that you are walking in the dark. If God is light, the only way for one to have light is through Christ. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Furthermore, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John 14:6

The truth is plainly stated by Jesus – “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Are you following Jesus? If not, you are walking in the dark. We already know the perils of walking in the dark. It is dangerous because we don’t know all of the harms awaiting us. Beyond that, it is depressing living in the darkness. Light reminds us life. Jesus said that He was the light of life.

Are You Walking in the Dark? You are if you are not following Jesus. If you are not pursuing life as He outlines in the Word of God, the Bible, you are walking in the dark. As the woman called out to the little girl, Carol Ann, in the 1982 Poltergeist, “come into the light.” Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, follow Him and you will be in the light.

God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh

August 26, 2015

In common lexicon, “in the flesh” typically signifies that someone who was unexpected to be present in person is actually there. The physical appearance of the person is somewhat of a surprise to the unsuspecting group. In some sense, this is what we learn about Jesus, who is God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh.

Jesus is a very divisive figure in our human existence. Some accept Jesus as just a good prophet. Others don’t accept him at all as a prophet or as a deity. While there are others, like me, who accept that Jesus was not only a good prophet, but the greatest one as well as God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh. Jesus is the Christ or the Messiah. Jesus is God incarnate.

My aim is not to convince you or anyone else because I can’t. I share the truth and leave it to God to convince those who will believe. Considering that, I want to share a couple of passages that purport that Jesus God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh. It is up to you to decide whether you believe it, but your belief will determine where you spend eternity – with or away from God.

Listen and hear the Word of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5,14

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1:1-4

The Apostle John, through the Spirit of God, is the author of both John and 1 John. He is uniquely qualified to speak about Jesus as one who walked and lived with Him. I accept John’s testimony about who Jesus is. John calls Him The Word. John calls Him God. John says He was in the begging or before time began. John says He made all things – creator. John calls him life and light. John says The Word became flesh. John says He is the Son of God. John says that fellowship with The Father is through The Son, Jesus.

While Jesus came in the flesh, He was not of the flesh. In biblical terms, the flesh refers to the natural. It refers to living life according to human desires which are contrary to the Spirit. Jesus lived a perfect life by the Spirit who Himself is the third person of the Trinity or Godhead. This may be too abstract for you to believe, but we all have the choice to believe that Jesus is who John said He was – God.

Moreover, Jesus Himself proclaimed to be God. Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” John 4:26 “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17  19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5

John the Baptist, John, and Jesus have all given testimony about Jesus being God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh. Now, what do you believe about Jesus?

Desires of the Flesh

August 23, 2015

I don’t know anyone who would deny that pursuing the things that most appeal to your desires is boring. I would go even further and say that desires that appeal to one’s senses are the primary motivation for many. Those appetites drive us to pursue all sorts of pleasure. In the moment, they are fun, pleasing and exciting; however, after the moment at best, we realize that pleasure is only fleeting. We may have been satisfied but were not fulfilled. Whether getting revenge or satisfying a sensual desire, the Desires of the Flesh are corrupt leading to disappointment and ultimately spiritual death.

The are spoken of in many places in the Word of God. In 2 Peter 2, we

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.

In the passage above, Peter reveals the end for those who live to satisfy the Desires of the Flesh. Paul gives us some insight into what are Desires of the Flesh. In Galatians 5, he says, “19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” As a consequence of pursue the Desires of the Flesh and not God, Peter says that they will be punished on The Day of Judgment. Peter equates those who follow the corrupt Desires of the Flesh as wild beast or like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, whose purpose and end is to be destroyed.

Who wants to be destroyed especially as it relates to The Day of Judgment. I dare say no one, so what are we to do. Let’s go back to the Word for that direction.

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Ephesians 2:3-8
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Jude 1
14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. 17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
The only option is to pursue God following Him through Christ by the Holy Spirit. In doing so, our end will be eternal life not death which is the end of those who pursue Desires of the Flesh.

The Day of Judgment

August 20, 2015

In the post The Judged, it was established that there would be people who are judged not by men but by God. It will all happen on what Peter calls The Day of Judgment. We commonly hear it called Judgment Day. Regardless of the order of words, there is an order that will occur on that day. While there is a specific reference to The Day of Judgment, that refers to the final judgment. God is continuously judging those who refused to believe in Christ as Lord.

Hebrews 9:27 tells us “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” Verse 28 gives us a different end for those who have trusted in Christ. For those It says, “28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Philippians 1:23 says, “23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far”. 2 Corinthians 5:6 says, “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.” Conversely, 2 Corinthians 5:8 says, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” From those verses, we can surmise that those who truly believe and follow Christ are present with Christ when they die. This is true for the believer who dies before the return of Christ or Christ’s second coming; therefore, the judgment referred to in Hebrews 9:27 is for the one who does not believe and follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.

When they die, they face judgment. Despite that, there is a final judgment called The Day of Judgment. There is a lot about this day, but from our passage in 2 Peter below, there are some truths that we can see from the passage about The Day of Judgment

Peter declares this in 2 Peter 2 where He says,

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.

On The Day of Judgment,The Judged will be judged. God will judge the wicked or unrighteous but will rescue the righteous from judgment and punishment. Also, there will be punishment for the judged or unrighteous who are the people whose sins are not covered by the blood of Christ. We also see that those celestial beings who failed to glorify God will also receive their consequences from God.

There is much more that will happen on The Day of Judgment, but if you have not surrendered your life to Jesus as Savior and Lord, all you need to know is that your punishment is sure. Confess your sins and repent of them to receive salvation from the wrath of God which is the referenced punishment here in the text.

The Judged

August 18, 2015

In our heart of hearts, we are so full of pride. For those who have not tasted grace and some of those who have, the thought of someone judging them is vile. We often hear people say, “don’t judge me; who are you to judge me; who made you judge and jury.” Regardless of the remark, it is asinine for those who feel judged to say that. We all judge people everyday in menial matters such the type of clothes, car, house and speech one may have.

In eternal matters, our sense of observation and judgement pales in comparison. We tend to act like God will not judge us for our wayward and obstinate behaviors, but The Judged will be judged. God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ. Peter declares this in 2 Peter 2 where He says,

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.

The Bible Panorama explains it like this. “God judged the fallen angels, the wicked in Noah’s day, and Sodom and Gomorrah. He will judge sinners on the day of judgement. But He will deliver from temptations those who seek to be godly, including the temptation to believe error, even though He will punish those who lead others astray through their heresies. God is well experienced in delivering people, such as Noah and Lot, from the worst of situations. He can deliver those who look to Him in the midst of error and sinfulness surrounding them.”

The passage is simply saying that God has evidenced that he judges and delivers. He delivers those who trust in Him through Jesus Christ and judges those who do not. John 3:18 says, “18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Have you trusted in Jesus as Lord and Savior? If not, you are considered to be the ones who are called The Judged.

During my time with my prayer partners this morning, God confirmed this message as Thomas Milloy quoted Psalm 1. Listen to it.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

How Do You Destroy Yourself Swiftly?

August 13, 2015

How Do You Destroy Yourself Swiftly? In our world, there are many ways that one can destroy himself. Some engage in the use of drugs or alcohol which usually leads to poor health over time. Although that is the case, some die instantly with cases of drug overdoses. Others relegate destruction below the loss of life. Actors, musicians, athletes, politicians, educators all who live in the public eye may figuratively destroy themselves by doing something that brings on the scorn, contempt, or disdain of the court of public opinion. Whether literally or figuratively, the answer to the question of How Do You Destroy Yourself Swiftly all rest with a poor choice or decision. Winston Churchill stated “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

Destruction is defined as the act of destroying. Destroy means to render ineffective or useless; to put an end to. Whether life, a career or a relationship, a thoughtless act can destroy in that day. Peter presented a truth that is reflective of the ultimate answer to How Do You Destroy Yourself Swiftly? Listen to what 2 Peter 2:1 says.

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

That verse follows Peter’s declaration about the scripture not having its origin with man. 2 Peter 1:21 says, “21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Now,  Peter is talking about false prophets/teachers who mislead people in contrast to the true prophets of old and those who walked with Jesus and their writings that are considered scripture. It is this very scripture where Peter answers the question of How Do You Destroy Yourself Swiftly?

Please listen. Peter says, “hey will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.How Do You Destroy Yourself Swiftly? The Word of God says by deny the Sovereign Lord. Translation – Jesus is King with supreme power. He is in complete control. When one denies, in their heart and mind, that Jesus is not only Lord but Savior too, their rejection of Him brings upon their swift destruction. Obviously, that statement does not connote instantaneous physical death; however, it does magnify a person’s spiritual state or condition which the verses below confirms.

  • Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
  • Destruction comes; They will seek peace, but there shall be none. Ezekiel 7:25
  • “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Matthew 7:13 
  • 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.Philippians 3:18-19
  • in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

In 2 Peter 2:3, 2:6 and 3:16, Peter confirms the death of those who reject Jesus, but let us go to Jesus Himself on the matter of How Do You Destroy Yourself Swiftly? Jesus said, “17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.John 3:17-18

Psalm 103:4 tells us that God does not desire for man to be destroyed. In fact, it says the opposite – God, “Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,” Whether in John, Psalms or other scriptures, God desires for man not to come to swift destruction, but it is a function of your choice. Have you received or rejected Jesus? It will determine whether you destroy yourself. Choose wisely.

Who is this King of glory?

August 11, 2015

As a child, I was constantly asked rhetorical questions. Most of the time, the implications were negative. For example, my mom would say, “Boy, do you want me to come in that room?; You know what will happen if I come back to that school again, don’t you?; Son, you don’t know what you want to do with your life?” In all those situations, the answer was implied thus understood.

In Psalms, another rhetorical question is asked, but the psalmist does not leave it to the hearer to draw a conclusion. Listen to what

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Who is this King of glory? Christ is. Whether the ark entering the tent, Christ entering heaven after His resurrection or Christ being invited into the heart of a man or woman as Savior and Lord, the connotation and implication is the same. Christ is sovereign and reigns supreme. The sooner one recognizes that the better. In fact, the psalmist conveys that those who trust in Christ rather than any other idol will not be ashamed for trusting in Him. Conversely, those who trust in someone or something other than Christ will be ashamed. Listen to what the prophet Isaiah says about those who trust in God versus those who trust in idols.

16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back,
They shall be greatly ashamed,
Who trust in carved images,
Who say to the molded images,
‘You are our gods.’

18 “Hear, you deaf;
And look, you blind, that you may see.

Who is this King of glory? Jesus is not only the King of Kings, but He is also the King of glory, The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Those verses convey important aspects of attributes of Christ. Christ has a host of angelic forces at His disposal to bring about His will. When He arose from the grave, death was defeated. Christ is not fighting death for Himself but for those who have not called on Him as Lord and Savior.

Who is this King of glory? If you have not surrendered to the King of glory, you will be ashamed. The Word of God is clear. Isaiah tells us appropriately, “Hear, you deaf; And look, you blind, that you may see.”

The Origin of The Word of God

August 10, 2015

Debates have raged for on for centuries about The Origin of The Word of God. Does it originate with God or with man? In the USA Today on October 19, 2009, Robert Crumb, who spent four years translating the book of Genesis, 50 chapters into comic book style, illustrated with pictures, expressed his belief about that question. After his comic translation, Mr. Crumb said, “I don’t believe a word of it. I don’t believe it’s the Word of God. I believe it’s the words of men,” The irony of this comic creator is that he thought the text made sense to him.

Of this matter of the origin of the Word of God, Hank Hanegraaff, of Equip.org, wrote “we believe is that these are the words of God, not because we have blind faith, but rather because we have faith in evidence. In other words, we can demonstrate this to be the case. So the Christian faith is never irrational. It’s based on revelation, but it’s not irrational. We say not that there is a victory of reason in Christianity, but rather a victory of revelation which informs reason.  If all you have is reason, you’re like a man with perfect 20/20 eyesight sitting in a dark room. Your eyesight is laser sharp, but if you’re in a room pervaded by darkness, no matter how good your eyesight is, you can’t see. Revelation informs reason and God has givens us revelation not only through nature but also through sixty-six books of knowledge. In others words the Bible, the first of which is the book of Genesis.”

In the matter of apologetics, Mr. Hanegraaff is renowned; however, God has spoken on the matter. It is His Word that comes with power and conviction. My goal today is to share God’s Word with you – not to convince you of anything. 2 Peter 1:20-21 informs us

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The apostle Peter says that God’s Word does not originate from men but God and is conveyed to the writers of the Word through the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. Peter’s account of origin of the Word of God is consistent with that of the apostle Paul who wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1616 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” Listen to what the Word says about the Spirit of God speaking the Word to man to document.

2 Samuel 23:2 – “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.

Mark 12:36 – 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared:

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.”’

Acts 1:16 – “16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through
David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus.

Acts 3:18 – “But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer.

1 Peter 1:11 – “11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he
predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.

God’s Word is consistent in presenting and affirming that God authored His Word. There is so much evidence in that prophecies that exists. For example, long before the advent of Jesus’ incarnation, there were prophecies that foretold of who He was and why He’d come. When Isaiah 53 was provided, it was long before Jesus’ incarnation; yet, Jesus fulfilled it upon His arrival as the promised Messiah born into the linage foretold long before He arrived.

The Origin of The Word of God started and ended with God. Those who believe it will be blessed. Those who do not will be cursed. It’s that simple. To reiterate, I am not trying to convince you. I would insult your intelligence and cheapen the depth of God by thinking that several verses would capture the deep things of God; however, it captures enough of the truth to verify that God is The Origin of The Word of God.

How Does One See in the Dark?

August 7, 2015

In the Underground Railroad, the slaves who were seeking freedom in the north traveled by night. Everyone knows that it is dark at night. When it is dark, you can’t see well or at all. There is a room in my basement that is entirely surrounded by other rooms. When the only door to a room that is lit with daylight is closed, the room is completely dark. By dark, I mean dark. I can’t see my hand right in front of me. It is a room that I seek refuge when I really want to get some sleep as my senses cannot determine if it is day or night. How Does One See in the Dark? The only way for me to see is to know where the light source is and turn on the light. I must pursue the light to see in the darkness.

Similarly, we cannot see spiritually when we are in the dark. What is spiritual darkness? Darkness is the absences of light; therefore, spiritual darkness has to do with one’s spirit being devoid of light. How Does One See in the Dark? In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” There really is no reason for me to drag this out. Jesus said it all. If you do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord, you do not have the light. You are in the dark. You are spiritually walking and living in the darkness. You are running, bumping, stumbling and falling in the dark. You are hurting yourself because you cannot see where you are going. Your are living in the dominion of darkness ruled by satan. There is hope for you though. Colossians 1:12-14 informs us of the hope you have to be rescued from the dominion of darkness where it says, “12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Surrender to Jesus and follow Him.

Matthew 5:14 tells us that “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. We are to be sure not to hide our light. Don’t act in ways that cast a shadow on Christ being Lord and Savior of your life. When we do, we are not letting our light shine. In fact, disobedience is like living in darkness. Listen to Luke 11:33-35 where we are told  “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.(B) 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
This is what Peter was reminding the believers of in 2 Peter 1:19. He said, “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.How Does One See in the Dark? One sees in the dark by following Jesus because

2 Corinthians 4:6 tells us “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” Consequently, we are told in Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” We can no longer live like we want to live, but we must obey and follow Jesus. Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:5 which tells us that “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”

Eyewitnesses of His Majesty

August 5, 2015

Whether in the court of public opinion or in courts of law, eyewitness testimony is one of the most weighted pieces of evidence as one attempts to draw a conclusion about a matter. The testimony is further strengthened when there are multiple people who have congruent eyewitness accounts.

In everyday life, we don’t always rely on the testimony of a multitude of eyewitnesses. This is even more true at school where two to four witnesses that have congruent accounts is almost the gospel. In regards to the gospel, I want to be specific that I am speaking of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel story is told by Eyewitnesses of His Majesty; yet, we have so many who refute and/or reject the testimony about Jesus. I am not sure why others take less evidence to believe other things while refuting or rejecting testimony about Jesus being the Messiah. Well, yes I do. John 5:44 says, “How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”

Hear the Word of God concerning Jesus. 2 Peter 1:16-18

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

Peter was substantiating and reaffirming to the scattered believers what they had believed about Jesus. Why? They were being persecuted for believing in Jesus. The church, as it is now, was under attack. Peter wanted to encourage the elect because what we believe directly shapes what we think which directly impacts what we say and do. Peter was relying on the fact that he was one of the Eyewitnesses of His Majesty to encourage their hearts.

What about you? Do you need to be an Eyewitnesses of His Majesty to believe that Jesus is God the Messiah? Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, needed to be an eyewitness to believe. From John 20, Listen to what Thomas said after the disciples who had seen Jesus after the resurrection, ““We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”” Now, listen to Jesus’ response to Thomas. He said, “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” …”But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

John was telling us that Jesus had ascended to heaven, so we had no opportunity to see Jesus in the flesh, but that there was still the same blessing for believing in Jesus though not having seen him. In fact, Jesus said “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Furthermore, Paul says in Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” What is your commitment to believing the Word of God. It is our access to the Eyewitnesses of His Majesty.

While I did not hear God pronouncing His blessing, favor and approval of Jesus as some of the disciples did, I have, by the grace of God, believed though I have not seen Him. Jesus is right. I have been supremely blessed because I have believed. Not only that, I have become an Eyewitness of His Majesty from what He has done in my life and in the lives of others that I know or have heard. It takes faith to believe in eyewitnesses. It takes faith to believe in Jesus. I have come to believe that Jesus’ claims are substantiated by more evidence than I could ever ask for. I believe; therefore, I am proclaiming Jesus to you as Lord and Savior. I trust that you too have believed or will believe in me, an Eyewitness of His Majesty.



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