Archive for April, 2016

Signs

Posted: April 29, 2016 in Signs

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Our popular society does not approve of God. The Bible is rubbished and Christians are regarded as unscientific. We are surely in the days of Noah; the days of Ninevah; the state of Sodom and Gomorrah; the time of the Queen of the South; the unbelieving days of Christ, when God walked the earth.

Noah was a sign to the wicked people in his day, to show them they needed a refuge from the judgement of God. They refused to believe and were all drowned in the flood.

Jonah was a sign to the people in Ninevah, and he preached to them to repent and turn and be delivered from certain punishment. They repented and searched for forgiveness and turned away from their wicked lifestyles and trusted in God. They were saved.

Sodom and Gomorrah would not repent, or turn from evil, but persisted in provoking God, so they were all consumed by the raging fire of God’s wrath.

News of the glory of Solomon and his glorious God, reached the ears of the Queen of Sheba. She travelled far across the world, carrying rich treasure for Solomon, so that she could learn about his wisdom and his God. People in our culture will make no effort to even hear God’s message to them- it does not matter how attractive it is. The mighty Queen of Sheba will show them up and they will have no excuses left.

When Jesus walked on our world, he brought hope, forgiveness and mercy to many, many people. Many saw “the sign” and believed and were healed in body and spirit. He is the ultimate sign- the final sign of the message of deliverance and forgiveness to all who believe. Even yet there were those who refused to accept him. They wanted a “sign” A sign of their choosing.

As the crowds grew, Jesus said to them… “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.” Luke 11:29-32

Unbelief is everywhere, in every generation of people, and it is specific to us all. God sends His messengers and “signs” to warn, teach, preach and lead people to righteousness. Either we come to God or we resist. The pattern is clear. If we kick against His mercy and will, we will be ultimately destroyed.

Our culture is no different from any other. We refuse and deliberately go our own way. Gods “signs” remain. The “signs” are seen in scripture, in history and in the lives of every Christian believer today.

Our lives and behaviour and our words, are “signs” to our generation that there is another way, and we all must walk it, so that people see there is a difference. May we listen and look at the signs we have been given, and turn our lives over to God.

 

Sin

Posted: April 22, 2016 in Sin

Satan falling…

Posted: April 19, 2016 in Satan falling...

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JESUS spells out who Satan is…

JESUS tells them that he saw Satan fall from heaven…!

This event happened before the earth was made, or any people… Yet the Lord Jesus Christ was there. This is another instance where we see who he is… He is the eternal God, they judge of humans, demons and Satan himself.

Who is Satan?

Satan was the most glorious being that God ever made. Beautiful, powerful and glorious. This held the problem of his destruction. Satan believed he was above God and could compete with God. He was filled with PRIDE- the first and most dreadful of all sins.

That tendency is within us too….The competitive spirit that leads us to put others down, belittle people, try to be in charge of everything. This was Satan’s heart.

He said to himself…”I am going to be equal with God…” A deadly ambition… Foolish in the extreme.

A desire not from God, therefore sinful, and God will not allow this in his presence. Satan was cast out doomed to roam the earth that was to be made, and lead its inhabitants into the darkness with himself.

Is Satan in charge?

Satan might seem to be victorious, but he is already beaten. He knows his time is limited, and is seeking to take revenge out on God’s people. He wants to keep the unbeliever dead in sin, and therefore doomed. If you are not a Christian, he will try to keep you blind to the truth, and asleep in your spiritual deadness.

Why is Satan like this?

Satan hates Human’s simply because God loves us… that might seem mean and petty but that’s what he is like.

There is no salvation for him or his demons…. He rages…against God and against Christians.

If you are a Christian, he can do nothing to you at all. The best he can do is upset you, blame you, put you down, tell you lies which might sound real, get you to stop looking to JESUS and get worried about what Satan will do to you..! Take your JOY…

JESUS knows all this, he was there, and he walked this earth suffering the effects of Satan’s influence on us.

But he says, you can trample on snakes, and overcome all the power of the enemy…!

 NOTHING WILL HARM YOU…   A huge promise!!

 How wonderful are these encouragements.

But there is more and better encouragements.

JESUS tells us that our number one comfort and source of praise, the FACT that our names are written in heaven.

This is the main point today. Satan is beaten already. He has fallen from his perfect state, and he has lost all his power.

How is Satan beaten?

The cross….Jesus took the punishment and love overcame hatred…

Is he beaten in your life yet? Are you vulnerable?

The love of JESUS is personal…

Is you name written in heaven?

It doesn’t mean that there are literal books and pens, God does not need such things to remember, but is your name as it were in the register in heaven, so that your place there is certain? God knows everyone who belongs to HIM…

Your name can only get on that list because of what JESUS did on the cross. HAVE you have believed in him and confessed and trusted in that sacrifice he made.?

Today’s paintings

Posted: April 14, 2016 in Today's paintings

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