Eternal Love For Temporal Life? Hardly!

How Jesus; The Resurrection Gives Us Eternal Security

What are we in Christ saved from, ultimately? Of course, we are saved from sin. But honestly, the thing we are most concerned about is sin’s penalty–DEATH, right? There are many wonderful aspects of salvation, but there are not many that are as important to us as the eternality of salvation.

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Why? because we know that all must die; but then what?

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Because we trust in Christ, we are guaranteed eternal life. So the thing that we are saved from ultimately is eternal death. It was the first warning God ever gave humanity when He said, “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17).

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YOUR BEYOND VERY GOOD

Sin Wants To Make You Settle for a World Passing Away

In the beginning, God made everything and everything was “very good” (Gen. 1:31). But the significance of God’s word not using the term “very good” until the sixth day—and after He created mankind—should not be overlooked.

Creation was made for humanity by God, and He said that it was “good”. Yet after He made us—the crown of His creation—He used the term “very good” to signify that humanity, which creation was made for, makes God’s work on earth complete.

Yet nowhere does God say that was His best for you! You were designed by God to transcend “very good”. Very good was your beginning. But it was by no means meant to be your end. When God finished creation, He gave us dominion over it, and He allowed us to choose to either settle for very good being the best we would ever know, or to eat of the Tree of Life and experience the incalculable beyond very good. Unfortunately we made the wrong choice, and became destined to rue the day we lost mere paradise. Adam is proof-positive that sin wants to make you settle for less than your inheritance.

But wait! There is a hope! You see, God had a backup plan. He would send another (uncreated) Adam who would offer us the opportunity of not just “good” or mere “very good”, “but God had planned something better for us”. So that was just the beginning! Why? Because through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—the last Adam (I Cor. 15:45)—you have the opportunity to pick up where the first Adam left off. By choosing Christ, you have willfully made the choice to experience not just what God created, but the limitless beyond. And why did God do this? Here is the answer (Ephesians 2:7):

…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.

And even now, there is infinitely more in Christ that we have to enjoy. C.S. Lewis perfectly explains another aspect of our perceived scarcity in God’s kingdom of abundance…

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

OEM #13: Laboring To Lose? Or Working To Win?

Joining Forces With Jesus To Live Out Your EPIC Life

I remember hearing the testimony of a well-known Bible teacher who gave the account of a conversation he had with his daughter who was pregnant and soon to give birth.

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One day, as he arrived at his home, he saw her standing in his driveway crying. Doctors discovered that the baby in her womb was dead. The tragic news was obcasio made worse when she learned that because of complications, the only way to extract the child would be through induced labor. She would have to give birth to death…

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CHRISTINA GRIMMIE HAS WON… AND SHE’S ONLY JUST BEGUN!

Satanic Cowardice Loses Again!

Rest in peace Christina… The devil thought he had you, but “to be absent from the body…” “No power of hell or scheme of man, can ever pluck you from Christ’s hand!” Hallelujah! ‪#‎RIPChristinaGrimmie‬

And so begins Her EPIC Comeback! God has millions of ways to use us! Christina’s Enduring Purpose In Christ is only just beginning!

No power of hell or scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hand, for I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ!

JESUS IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY GOD QUESTION

3 Simple Reasons For John 14:6

It goes without saying that people all across the globe (and even right across the street from each other) have their own opinions about the existence of God and how God is represented. For example, some believe that there is one God, yet many ways to Him.

Others believe that there are many different gods, so, to each his own. Still others believe that God simply does not exist.

In some ways these opposing views (which are only facets of a few of the most popular world religions) make God nothing short of a galaxy-sized question mark. For this reason, rather than taking any position on God, many choose to remain silent or indifferent about the subject altogether.

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D.I.Y. NOT?

You Can Never Be Good Enough To Come To Jesus

It is amazing how many people live each day with the belief that they have to get themselves right before they can come to the LORD. If such were possible, then why would they even need Him? It is a great satanic deception that has its beginnings as far back as, well, the beginning.

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In the garden of Eden, the serpent convinced Eve that she could somehow take matters into her own hands and actually become like God.

And why in the world would that old serpent want people to become like God through their own efforts? It’s quite simple really; Satan knows that it was for the very same reason that he was cast down from his high position as a former angel in heaven. His is a fall that he can never recover from. So he figures, why not lead humans to do the same thing!

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ONCE SAVED… ALWAYS SAVED

One More Reason Why The Truly Saved Cannot Be Lost

Let’s have a little hypothetical situation-type fun for a moment. Say you had to emergency parachute from a plane at 15,000 feet because it was about to explode due to an engine fire. Now you’re heading hundreds of feet per second toward earth. Tell me, how many options do you have at this point? Most would probably say “one”. Some would say “two”.

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But you’d be pretty hard pressed to find more options than one or two right? But what option is there other than pulling the rip-cord and parachuting safely to the ground? Well, you could just enjoy the free-fall and hope to survive the sudden stop at the bottom. So in this instance you really only have two options don’t you; live or die!

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I VOTE THAT ELIJAH DECREASE…

Remembering Who We Are To Be Both Politically and Otherwise

Pride, even in its sincerest form, can begin to blind us to the reality of the unfailing fact that it is by faith that the just live and walk. Yet, for many of us today, it is no different than when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, and their eyes were opened (Genesis 3:7); they began to look at life with the eyes of a fallen sinful nature rather than the eyes of pure faith in a holy and righteous God.

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Their fallen sight made them see shame and blame in each other, and worse, it caused them to try to avoid the voice of God (Genesis 3:7-8). Each of us have been infected with the same sort of spiritual ocular degeneration. Like Eve’s deception and Adam’s prideful choice, today, we let politics and religion divide us, and worse, we try to navigate the issues of this life apart from God’s clearly revealed word.

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JESUS CHRIST: THE EPITOME OF…

Mercy Most Given And Least Received

Have you ever felt like your back was against the wall with someone who refused to forgive you or show you mercy? No matter how much you do to try to either win their approval or show them that you are sorry, they continue to be as cold and harsh towards you as ever. When it comes to you, they simply have no mercy. So it seems that you have only one of two options. You can either fight back and become as bitter as they are. Or you can helplessly stay there and mentally or emotionally die under the weight of their condemnation.

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Well, my friend, take heart! There is a third option. You can do what Jesus did. He was also up against it with His detractors. Yet He never fought back. He interceded for them to His Father, and then even went on ahead and died for them.

Thankfully, Jesus paid the penalty of death for all of our sins, so we do not have to die like Him. But when we so die to ourselves for Christ’s sake through continually praying for and remaining ready to love and show mercy to our un-forgivers, we are living by the resurrection power of Christ that enables us to press on with zero condemnation. It is one of the awesome benefits of the fact that whoever the Son sets free is truly free! Yes my friend, mercy works both ways. And neither one of us–the offender nor the offended–truly deserves it.

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JESUS CHRIST: THE EPITOME OF…

Mourning A Messed Up World

In his book, Ministering To The Mourning: A Practical Guide for Pastors, Warren Wiersbe wrote, “like guards in a death camp, people can see and hear so much that is horrible and inhuman that they get used to it, to the point where they’re able to tell jokes as they stack up the corpses.” I fear that this is where even many of us as Christians find ourselves.

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Wiersbe further quotes poet Robert Burns who wrote, “Man’s inhumanity to man / Makes countless thousands mourn,” to which Wiersbe adds, “but it also makes countless millions lose the ability to mourn.” And how increasingly evident this truth is becoming in our world today as death and destruction make up the vast majority of our news and entertainment.

Death should cause us grief, but we must remember that it remains merely a symptom of the ultimate sickness called sin, which infects us all.

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JESUS CHRIST: THE EPITOME OF…

Poverty of Spirit (Part 2 of 2)

This post is based on Matthew 5:3 – ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit…’ Which brings to my mind the physical poverty being experienced by the refugees who are fleeing the wicked terrors of ISIS. Along with our prayers, there is still much you and I can do to assist them in their plight for freedom from tyranny and slaughter. Donate now to Gleaning For The World — a Forbe’s voted “Most Efficient Large Charity”.

After fasting in the wilderness for forty days, Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread. Next, he was taken up to a high roof of Herod’s temple and tempted to jump in order to prove that He was the Son of God. I can imagine that when Jesus responded to Satan with, “You must not tempt the Lord your God,” he was essentially saying, “No thank you! I’ll just eat humble-pie and let you make fun of me until God sees fit to prove you wrong about me.”

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I’m thinking that by this time, Jesus’ intense hunger for food is being curbed by meat to eat that Satan and a sinful world simply cannot comprehend (see John 4:32-34). Blessed are the impoverished of spirit whose hunger is such that it can only be truly satisfied in doing the will of God.

Finally, the Devil really sought to exalt Jesus; but not just physically by location. He would go after the spiritual–Christ’s vocation. In other words, Satan knew that God resisted the proud, but gave grace to the humble (e.g., James 4:6). Jesus would have no power to save if he were full of Himself with pride. You see, the Devil remembered that pride is precisely what it was that caused him to lose his high angelic position in heaven to be consigned to eternal damnation without hope of redemption.

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JESUS CHRIST: THE EPITOME OF…

Poverty of Spirit (Part 1 of 2)

This post is based on Matthew 5:3 – ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit…’ Which brings to my mind the physical poverty being experienced by the refugees who are fleeing the wicked terrors of ISIS. Along with our prayers, there is still much you and I can do to assist them in their plight for freedom from tyranny and slaughter. Donate now to Gleaning For The World — a Forbe’s voted “Most Efficient Large Charity”.

I believe that it was Saint Augustine who said that “There is something in humility that strangely exalts the heart.” Perhaps it is because when you’re low enough that there’s nowhere else to go but up, your heart is now able to appreciate all the above… With that, I truly believe that when we as christians humble ourselves on earth, God offers us more glimpses of heaven.

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“Unfamiliarity” Breeds Contempt

It is said that familiarity breeds contempt. Contempt is defined as the feeling that a thing or a person is beneath one’s consideration. However, all things considered, I submit to you that it is increasingly becoming un-familiarity that is breeding the most contempt. When something noble or virtuous seems to go out of style, it is sometimes described as a lost art. But the question becomes, “What is really lost? Is it the art? Is it the artisan? Or, perhaps, is it simply a lack of art enthusiasts in the world?

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