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Please Bear with me.

I am sorry about not blogging regularly.  I have been sick for a few days and it is hard to focus, especially on something as important as God’s word. Lord willing, I will back soon.  Thank you for understanding.

Romans 3:22-23

Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (NLT)

So we know we need saved.  We know we need Jesus.  But how do we do it?  Is there some magic thing we have to do?  Will He accept us even if we have really REALLY messed our life up?

No.  There is no magic on our parts.  Yes.  He is willing to accept all of us if we just sincerely ask Him.

So, how do we do it?  First we must admit we have sinned, done bad things, thought bad thoughts, gone the wrong way.

Admit that you have sinned. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23 NIV)

1 Peter 3:15

1 Peter 3:15 Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope. (CEV)

So why even tell people about Jesus?  Isn’t that the pastor or a missionary’s job?  Not according to the scripture above.  We are to be ready to give an answer about our Hope in Christ!  That is NOT a suggestion.

No!  You don’t have to be a Bible scholar.  You don’t have to know “all the answers”.  No one has all the answers anyway.  You just have to be willing to share what you know and trust God to do the rest!

John 3:16

John 3:16 God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. (CEV)

God’s only Son is Jesus.

For those of us who are Christians, we know who Jesus is.  But what about those who don’t know?  What if a friend asks you who Jesus is or how to have eternal life?  What would you say?  We will explore a simple way of sharing next week.

Romans 3:23

Romans 3:23 All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  (CEV)

So where does that leave us?  We are beginning to realize we can’t be “good enough” and keep all the commandments God has. We are not righteous or holy in His site.   Now what?  Should we just give up?  Why try?  It’s impossible!  We are lost!

That is why we need a savior…Someone to save us.  Someone to take away our sins. We need God’s son, Jesus to rescue us.  We need to surrender our lives to God and let Jesus be in control. But we don’t like that. We want to control our lives. We are fooling ourselves!  We may control some parts of our lives but not everything. We make our lives so much harder fighting for control we don’t really have anyway.

We need help.  We need saved!  We need Jesus!

James 4:17

James 4:17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (NLT)

Or v17 If you don’t do what you know is right, you have sinned.  (CEV)

Someone once said, “It is not the things I don’t understand in the Bible that concerns me. It’s the things I do understand and don’t do.”

Many of us do not think of ourselves as sinners. Sin is big stuff like murder!  No so.

Sin means to “miss the mark” of God’s holy standard for righteousness.  1 John 3:4 says sin is breaking God’s laws. It is also bdisobedience or rebellion against God.

So we have all sinned. To God, “sin is sin”. There is no larger small sin.  According to God’s word in  Romans 3:23. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  (CEV)

So now that we know we are ALL sinners, what do we do?

2 Corinthians 10:17-18

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 The Scriptures say, “If you want to brag, then brag about the Lord.”  18 You may brag about yourself, but the only approval that counts is the Lord’s approval. (CEV)

Some folks try to tell everyone how great they are.  How they have done this or that.  How they have made all their money.  How they have made their success.  For some they have “I” trouble.  When the word, “I”, is in their vocabulary more than any other word. “I did this.  I did that.”  That’s “I” trouble.  Do that do that for the approval of others? Do we do desire the approval of others more than the approval of God?

We are not to brag about ourselves and what we have done because, if it were not for God’s blessing, we would be nothing.  Everything, our money, our works, our possessions, all of us, belongs to God.  So we need to brag about all that God has done for us.  He deserves the praise.  And only His approval of us counts!

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 The Scriptures say, “If you want to brag, then brag about the Lord.”  18 You may brag about yourself, but the only approval that counts is the Lord’s approval. (CEV)

Some folks try and tell everyone how great they are.  How they have done this or that.  How they have made all their money.  How they have made their success.  For some they have “I” trouble.  When the word, “I”, is in their vocabulary more than any other word. “I did this.  I did that.”  That’s “I” trouble.  Do that do that for the approval of others? Do we do desire the approval of others more than the approval of God?

We are not to brag about ourselves and what we have done because, if it were not for God’s blessing, we would be nothing.  Everything, our money, our works, our possessions, all of us, belongs to God.  So we need to brag about all that God has done for us.  He deserves the praise.  And only His approval of us counts!

Ephesians 2:8-10

Ephesians 2:8-10 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (NLT)


We cannot work our way into God’s favor.  We cannot work our way into Heaven.  If we could do this, we would not need God’s grace.  We would not need Jesus and what He did for each of us on the cross.  If we could work our way to Heaven we would not have needed Jesus to die for our sins, the bad things we do, think, say, etc.  It is not by our works that we are saved.  It is by God’s loving Grace!  And He does this so we can do the good things He planned for us!

Proverbs 6:16-19 Part 2

Proverbs 6:16-19 Seven Things God Hates

16-19 Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion:

  1. eyes that are arrogant,
  2. a tongue that lies,
  3. hands that murder the innocent,
  4. a heart that hatches evil plots,
  5. feet that race down a wicked track,
  6. a mouth that lies under oath,
  7. a troublemaker in the family. (The Message)

God is the AWE-some God!  He deserves our AWE, our RESPECT!  He is the only God.  There are no other Gods!  He created us.  He wants to bless us.   He wants to be our best friend.

But we have to do our part too. And our part is to follow the rules He gave us in His word, the Bible.  God is patient and understanding, but He knows our heart. We should not assume we can live like we want to and God will let us.  He loves us too much to not correct us.

Proverbs 6:16-19 part 1

Proverbs 6:16-19  These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him:  17 A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  18 A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren. (Amplified Bible)

Some think that our Creator God is such a nice guy He wouldn’t be angry at anyone.  They get the idea He is just hanging around waiting to grant their every wish.   This is a terribly wrong concept!  Here is a list of things that God hates, detests, will not stand for!

  1. Pride–the kind that is selfish, arrogant, hurts others.
  2. Lying–deceiving, meant make you look good or hurt others.
  3. Murder–thinking about and killing an innocent person.
  4. Wickedness–plotting plans to do something bad to hurt others.
  5. Evil–Any action or thought that goes against what God says is wrong.
  6. False Witness–altering the truth to suit your own purposes, even under oath.
  7. Sowing discord–causing problems among people, whether in the body of God or in your biological family.

Psalm 119:14

Psalm 119:14 I delight in following your commands more than in having great wealth. (TEV)

I found this verse interesting.  Some think that if they were just rich, everything in their life would be ok. They think money or success will bring them happiness.  But look at this verse above.

Another way of saying “Following God’s commands” is “Obeying God’s commands”.

So obeying God and what He wants us to do in our life is better than having great wealth.  In fact, King David said he delights in obeying God. And King David is right!

It is not always easy to obey God.  Sometimes we want to do things our way.  And usually “our way” is NOT a good way.  Putting our faith in wealth, position, success, possessions is not a smart idea.  They can all suddenly go away.  Putting our faith in God, obeying and following His commands is the best way to live.

Philippians 4:4-5

Philippians 4:4-5  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord Always! Sometimes, when we are having challenges or trials, rejoicing seems so hard to do.  But that is when we need to rejoice even more.  Remember the Lord is right here with us if we have given our lives to Him.  He sees what we are going through.  He knows our situation and He knows us.  He is guiding us through.  He is with us.  So we can rejoice in Him, Always!

Psalm 18:30

Psalm 18:30 Your way is perfect, LORD, and your word is correct. You are a shield for those who run to you for help. (CEV)

We are not perfect.  Only God is perfect!

Our words are based on our limited experiences, our limited learning, what we think, and is very often wrong.  God’s word is correct, always!

We foolishly think we can handle everything that goes on in our lives. We don’t need help. Or…we run to some other person who we think can help us.  But again, we are so wrong.

Only God can truly help us.  Only God will shield us in our the daily problems, trials, challenges we face and guide us through them.

What a comfort to know we can run to him for everything!

Isaiah 33:22

Isaiah 33:22

For the LORD is our judge,
the LORD is our lawgiver,
the LORD is our king;
it is he who will save us.  (NLT)

Some say, “But wait.  I don’t want to be judged.  I don’t want anyone judging what I do, what I say, what I think!  Judging me may take away my fun and the things I want to do!  No!  No judging me!”

Some say, “I don’t want to be bound by any laws unless I feel like obeying them.  I want to do what I want to do!  Laws get in my road.  Laws are made for other folks, not me!  No.  I sure don’t need laws or a lawgiver!”

Some say, “Wait a minute!  I certainly don’t want any King.  I don’t even know what a King does but it sounds restrictive!  No!  No King for me!”

Some say, “I do want to be saved, but I don’t want to do anything for it.  This Lord is a nice guy.  He will surely not judge me.  He will surely be kind to me.  He will surely just let me into Heaven.  I’m a nice person.  Besides, don’t we all get to go to Heaven anyway?”

Some say these things.  And they are wrong!  I didn’t say that.  God did!

Isaiah 41:10

Isaiah 41:10  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (NLT)

This old world can be a really scary place sometimes.  We can become afraid of all the problems, trials, dangers, challenges and more.  There is so much we can fear. Earthquakes, typhoons, illnesses, accidents, hurricanes, loss of job, fear of being alone without a spouse, loss of salary, loss of home, loss of family, DEATH, and the list goes on and on.   Yes, living in this world can be frightening, even terrifying!  There is much to fear.

BUT…God says to us “Don’t be afraid”.  And why not?  Because God is with us if we are His.  He says even through there all these things we can fear in our lives, He is with us.  He is our God.  He will not take all the fearful things out of our lives, but He will strengthen us and help us through them.  Earthquakes, illness, loosing things and folks we love, loneliness, through it all, God will be there guiding us through it all.  Nothing surprises God.  He is in charge of everything!  What a comfort to know God is with us no matter what happens to us in this old world.

1 Samuel 16:6-7

1 Samuel 16:6-7 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”  7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NLT)

Samuel was a prophet of God.

ELIAB was the oldest brother of King David. He was apparently good looking but God saw past the outward appearance into ELIAB’s heart.

We have a tendency to look on the outside of a person. We trust what we can see with our eyes.   If they are good looking, popular, smile a lot, well dressed, seem nice, successful, we think they are ok.  But looks and actions can be deceiving.  We cannot see into their hearts or know what they are thinking.  But God can.  We need to ask for God’s help when making a friend or choosing a life-long partner.  God can guide us to the friends or spouse He wants us to have.

Colossians 3:12-13

Colossians 3:12-13 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (NLT)

There is a great deal here to think about.  When we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are different now.  We are a Holy people.  God wants us act differently, think differently, be different!  He wants us to be tenderhearted, merciful, kind, humble, gentle and patient.  Sound hard?  Well, by ourselves, and without God’s help, it is IMPOSSIBLE!

Psalm 56:3-4

Psalm 56:3-4 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you  4 I praise God for what he has promised.  I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?  What can mere mortals do to me?  (NLT)

God says to NOT be afraid.  There is no need to be afraid if we trust God.  God is holding us through the good times and the challenging times!

There is a saying, “Don’t tell God how big your problems are.  Tell your problems how big your God is!”

John 1:1

John 1:1  In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (GNT)

What does this mean?  Jesus is the Word.  In Revelation 19:13 He is called “the Word of God”.  So this is saying when the earth was created, Jesus was already there.  He didn’t come after the earth was created or as part of the creation.  He was already here.

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