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Are You Born Again?

Romans 8 : 15 – 16, For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God… – NKJV There seems to be plenty of discussion over which religion in the world is correct and true. Jesus tells us in Revelation 1 : 8 that He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. In Isaiah 44 : 6, the Lord declares, “I am the First, and I am the Last; beside Me there is no God.” On the basis of these two verses, do you know of any religion that predates the God of the Bible? If you’re not certain that the Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible word and you’re just not buying into what I’ve written thus far, hang in there a little longer. The Bible doesn’t suggest that God is the only living God without evidence, nor does it suggest that God is the Creator and Lord of all living things without evidence. Take into considera

A Special Blessing

John 20 : 27 – 29, Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." –NKJV Can you imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to see and know Jesus, personally? These men were with Jesus constantly and witness first-hand all of the marvelous miracles that He did for the people. They had the privilege to be with Jesus as He preached the Sermon on the Mount. They watched as Jesus raised Lazarus’ from the dead. They all knew that Jesus had power over death, but nothing could prepare them for the day that He was nailed to a Roman cross. These same men walked and talked with the Lord for three and a half years, but there came a day when He would be ta

I Will Praise the Lord

Revelation 1 : 18, I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. - NKJV Psalm 34 : 1, I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth . - NKJV In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus foretold of the very days that we are living. So many people are being hit with heavy trials. It seems that we are faced with something new that challenges our faith almost daily. If you have been going through spiritual fires and feel as though you have little strength to stand, I have great news for you. Peter tells us in his letter to the church that Satan walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Peter goes on to instruct us to resist him by remaining steadfast in our faith walk with Christ. As humans, we don’t always “feel like” rejoicing in our situations, especially when they seem to drain the life from us. Today, I want you to see Satan as the thief that he is. Jesus said in Jo

Give the Battle to the Lord

Acts 22 : 4 – 8, I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished. "Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?' So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.' -NKJV Soon after Jesus’ ascension into heaven great persecution broke out in Jerusalem. In that day, the Jews who followed the teachings of Jesus were considered a part of “The Way”. In John 14 : 6, Jesus told His disciples, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Perhaps you’ve read or heard that the batt

The Spirit of Truth

Matthew 23 : 1 - 4, Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. - NKJV John 16 : 13, However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. - NKJV Jesus tells us in John 6 : 63 that His Words are spirit and life. Since the Bible is a spiritual book, it’s not always easy to understand. Even though we may not understand certain scriptures when we read them, we shouldn’t allow this to dissuade us from studying God’s Word. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit had not been given to m

Remember Lot's Wife

Luke 17 : 32, Remember Lot's wife. - NKJV 2 Corinthians 6 : 17 – 18, Therefore, "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you." 'I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." - NKJV 2 Chronicles 7 : 13 – 14, When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - NKJV Recently, I was invited to minister on a Christian television program. As I sought the Lord’s direction for the subject that He wanted me to share, He reminded me of the passages from 2 Chronicles and 2 Corinthians. Before that moment, it had never occurred to me to connect these two passages together.   In bo

Be Strong in the Lord

Psalm 27 : 13 – 14, I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! - NKJV Galatians 6 : 9, And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. - NKJV As we witness the signs of the last days coming to pass, it is vital that we guard our hearts against weariness. As a pastor, I come in contact with a lot of Christians who tell me how difficult life is for them and their families. It isn’t surprising that believers from all walks of life are feeling the pressures of spiritual attacks against them.   The Lord teaches us in Ephesians 6 that we aren’t warring against other people. The warfare that we are standing against is spiritual. We also know from Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24 that conflicts and betrayal will intensify in the days preceding His return to Earth.