Do Good To All!
There is a saying, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer;” an all too familiar saying in the Emergency Medical Services profession. Not so long ago a local Doctor and paramedic reported at a seminar that I attended that he was shocked when he went out to California to lecture. He was shocked because he reported that at this huge state conference there were Doctors, Lawyers, Nurses and Respiratory Therapists lecturing; but there was not one EMT or Paramedic giving a lecture. He asked the question and the response he got back was too honest; it is because the EMT’s and Paramedics were too busy stabbing each other in the back.
If you stop and think about how sad that is for emergency service workers to act this way; the profession is no different than any other or our daily lives for that matter. Manipulative people have no problem making themselves look good by making others look bad. This is the cause of many problems in our workforce today.
We are called to be the light of the world, we are to let our light so shine that others can see a difference in us, and that difference is Jesus Christ. We should make a habit of following our Lord’s teachings. We need to start being good to those who would be called our enemies and let God deal with the situation at hand. We may be the only ones in a workforce of many that can actually give an example of Christianity. If we are only good to those who will be good to us in return what sacrifice do we make for the kingdom of Heaven? In other words, what credit is that to us? We need to start being good to everyone, not just our friends or those that will do good to us in return. Next time you get the chance do something nice to the person that would hurt you the first chance he / she got.
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Be nice just because that’s what Christians are taught to do!
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The Only Way to Heaven!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
It has to be this way because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for the sins of the world. In a selfless act, Jesus was a propitiation for us taking the punishment meant for us upon Himself; and in doing so He alone bridged the gap between us and God. A man you didn’t even know died on the Cross for us so that we might be saved.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
You can’t wish your way into heaven, you can’t buy your way into heaven, you can’t even work your way into heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
That grace comes through believing in Jesus Christ; who He is and what He has done. I can’t save you, your pastor can’t save you; you most assuredly can’t save yourself, only Jesus Christ can save you.
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Only Jesus Christ can save you because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for us. The Bible also teaches us that we have to confess it!
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Let’s not stop there, you also have to repent of your sins; in other words you have to stop sinning and turn to Jesus Christ!
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Only a just and loving God could come up with a plan so simple; all praise honor and glory are His.
Have you excepted Jesus as your Lord?
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Believing in Jesus Christ is a key to our salvation but it is also a key to our personal intimate relationship to our Lord and Savior. We have to believe in who He was, what He has done and what He continues to do to this very day; what He continues to do for you and for me.
Over 2000 years ago a man we didn't even know came down from heaven to earth to pay a fine for a sin that He didn't commit; Jesus Christ was sinless. What He did is pay our fine for us, He took the penalty meant for us on Himself; Jesus Christ became a propitiation for us and died on the cross for the sins of the world. After being taken down from the cross He was placed in a tomb for three days but the tomb could not hold Him, the apostles found the tomb empty. In such Jesus defeated the works of the devil so that all that call upon His name and believe in Him shall be saved.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus Christ now sits on the right hand side of the throne of God and mediates for us, making a way for us to approach God's throne of grace. That is why when we pray we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
Let me take it a little further; as many of you know I don't just believe in the power of prayer; I believe in the power of Jesus Christ to hear and answer my prayers. Sometimes I don't get the answer that I want but I get an answer. I don't just believe, I know that Jesus hears and answers my prayers; I know that He mediates on my behalf. I know that no matter what I do, even if it's wrong; not that I intentionally go out and sin but when I have committed a sin, I have a Lord and Savior that I can turn to to forgive me of my sin. I have had way to many things happen through answered prayer that just cannot be explained any other way; nothing troubles me because I have a Lord and Savior that is bigger than this world.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
I believe, do you?
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2 Corinthians 2:14-15
A Fragrant Aroma!
God is always with us and God will never leave us! When you add to this...
No weapon formed against you shall
We start to lose our fear of man, and begin to rely upon, depend upon our Lord and little by little the confidence builds.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When we become totally submissive to the Lord, totally dependent upon Him, we become conquerors...
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Nothing can stop us, because nothing can stop the Lord...
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
We overcome the world and then the Lord disperses us as a fragrance. We become the light in a darkened world. As we spread the gospel message more hear the word and more accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior, we become a fragrance that continues to spread.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
How do you smell?
An Independent Ministry
We need to pray that Christians rise up and stand for our Lord Jesus Christ!
We need to take our country back from the darkness!
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Let us turn from sin and towards GOD!
We need to Pray for The USA and God's intervention!
We need to keep Israel in prayer!