HAVE YOU RECEIVED SALVATION

Many professing Christians believe in Jesus, but they have never received Him, they have never received salvation. They are not born again. They are just believing sinners. We read in John 1:12,13 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Those who have received Jesus, embraced Him, invited Him into their lives, accepted His Lordship and submitted themselves to Him, obey His words, repent and are baptized, they are born again. They receive a new life. They are born again, new creatures in Christ. They are not sinners any more. They long for the words and the revelation of Jesus. They yearn for Him and for His Spirit to fill them and dwell in them. They yearn for holiness and for the approval of Jesus. They walk in holiness and righteousness. They are children of God. They are born of the Spirit of God. They have not just had a change of mind and taken on religion. They have a new heart.

Have you become sick and tired of your life of sin, failure and despair? Are you tired of being a phony false Christian, a dirty religious hypocrite? Then run to Jesus. Accept Him, receive Him, receive His salvation that changes you into an obedient child of God.

If you don’t want holiness and you don’t want to be clean. If you still love your sin and enjoy the pleasures of the world, then don’t waste your time with religion. Only go to Jesus if you truly want Him and if you truly want to be a child of God. All your religion and Bible knowledge will bring you nowhere. You need Jesus. Receive Him and you will have Life. Receive Him and He will give you salvation. He will make you new.

Have you received Jesus? Have you received salvation? Are you a new creature, a born again child of God?

May Jesus bless you.

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DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW

Jesus said:” do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. It is a command, an instruction, of Jesus to those who follow Him, who put their trust in Him.

We cannot be trusting in Him, if we worry. Without faith it is impossible to please God. He works on the behalf of those who trust Him. Jesus said: “I will never leave, nor forsake you.” He is our Helper and He will take care of us. We must just trust in Him and not worry. It is written in Philippians 4:6,7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

May Jesus bless you.

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WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVE?

Christian believers have different motives, but very few have a desire to know Jesus, Himself and to be known by Him. Jesus said some words that should scare believers and wake them up. He said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:21-23.

Jesus alone, will decide who goes into heaven and who not. He was warning that many believers who prophesied in His name and cast out demons, and in His name performed many miracles will not enter heaven because they practiced lawlessness, and He never knew them. How is that possible? How is it possible to be a believer and perform supernatural miracles in the name of Jesus and He does not know you?

Jesus said, that if we love Him, we will obey Him and follow Him. We read in John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

Is it our desire to know Jesus, for Him to speak to us, to disclose Himself to us? Do we want to be pleasing to Him, be known by Him? Do we have a desire for Jesus, or only for the things that He can give us? If we do not obey His commandments, His words as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, then we do not love Him and do not know Him. If we do not have interaction with Jesus then our relationship with Him is not real. We might know the Bible, believe in Jesus, cast out demons, speak in tongues, prophecy in His name, heal the sick in His name and perform many miracles. We might travel the world, preaching, evangelizing, doing missionary work, but if we do not absolutely obey Jesus’ commandments, live holy, be led by Him, His Holy Spirit guiding us, then our works are in vain, our relationship with Him is not real. You cannot be in sin and in Christ.

The apostle Paul was driven by a desire to know Jesus and to be known by Him. He wrote in Philippians 3:10,11 “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” He warned against the false Christians, Philippians 3:2 “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;” and verse 18 “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Such people refuse to pick up their cross and follow Jesus. They refuse to live holy in obedience to Jesus. They are not going after Jesus, but after their lusts.

If we truly love Jesus we will not sin, we will follow and obey Him. We read in 1 John 2:3-6 “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”

There is no place for sin and worldliness in the life of a child of God. Either your life is filled with Jesus and a consuming desire to live holy and please Him, know Him, hear from Him, be led and approved by Him, or you are just religious, deceiving yourself and separated from Jesus, heading for destruction.

What is our motive? Are we seeking Jesus? Have we found Him? Are we getting to know Him better every day? Do we hear from Him and are we staying close to Him. Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them,” John 10:27,28.

Are we one of His sheep who hear His voice, are known by Him, and do we follow Him?

May Jesus bless you.

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WILL YOU INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

The children of God are destined to inherit the kingdom of God. All people are not children of God, only those who accept Jesus and are born again become children of God. John the Baptist testified of Jesus and said: ”He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:10-12

Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” and “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:3,5,6. 

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:16,17 “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” We see that not all children of God will inherit the kingdom of God, they will not all have eternal life. There are certain things that are required of God’s children.

As written in Romans 8:17, if we are children of God we are “heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, IF INDEED WE SUFFER WITH HIM so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Being a child of God will lead to suffering, if we obey Him and do what He requires of us. It will lead to suffering, rejection, persecution and even to death.

Many children of God do not obey the words of Jesus, and therefor they are not subjected to the sufferings that come on those who follow Him. We can only be fruitful for the kingdom of God if we remain in Jesus, in obedience to Him. Jesus warned that every branch in Him that does not bear fruit will get cut off and burned. Every unfruitful born again child of God will get disowned by Jesus and end up in hell if they do not repent and follow Jesus.

Jesus said: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25“For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:23-26.

It is required of the children of God to conduct themselves appropriately, to live for the kingdom of God and to serve God. Jesus personally delivered the rules that we have to follow to become children of God and the commandments by which we have to live in order to inherit the kingdom of God. They are His words and commandments, as also recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Salvation, eternal life comes through faith in Jesus and subsequent obedience to Him. Only those who follow and obey Jesus, endure with Him, suffer with Him until the end, will have eternal life. Those who disobey Jesus, will perish. It is written in John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

How do you become a child of God? Believe in Jesus and accept Him as you Lord and Master. Humble yourself before Him in prayer. Repent of you sins. Ask Him to forgive and pardon your past sins and to accept you as a child of God. Stop sinning. Accept His words and commandments as your future rule and way of living. Be baptized in water. Ask Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit. You will then be a born again child of God as Jesus said in John 3:5,6. “unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

How to live as a child of God? Live in obedience to the words and commandments of Jesus as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Further, be led by the Holy Spirit that He gave in you when you were born again. Follow Jesus, obey Him and stay with Him until the end.

Only those children of God who obey Jesus, follow Him, suffer with Him and endure with Him until the end have the HOPE of eternal life. Take heed of the warning of Jesus that we read in Luke 13:23,24 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Let us strive hard and make every effort to follow and obey Jesus until the end, so that we may maintain the hope of inheriting the kingdom of God in the end.

May Jesus bless you.

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IF I STUMBLE

Jesus requires of us to be perfect. We have to obey His words and commandments and follow Him until the end to have eternal life. He requires utter obedience and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. We are all human, fallible, capable of making mistakes. We all stumble. How do we deal with it?

Do we carry on in sin, or in our mistake, or do we immediately correct it and take every precaution to avoid falling into the same trap again? We must realize that we are the masters of our own destiny. Our actions will determine whether we enter heaven, or end up in hell. The words of Jesus are clear. Those who disobey Him will not enter heaven. We have to decide whether we want to live, have eternal life with Jesus, follow and obey Him, or go our own way and end up in hell.

If we are serious about eternal life, we will immediately correct our error, as soon as it occurs, plead Jesus’ forgiveness and do our utmost not to repeat that mistake. If we don’t we will certainly not enter heaven. Some people say it is impossible. I want to set before you a scenario. I was a pilot. As a pilot, your life and those of the people flying with you are in your hands. If you make an error and do not correct it in time, you can be in serious trouble. You will die. The onus is on you alone to make swift effective correction. I flew for many years and I made many mistakes, but I survived. I was not the best pilot that I knew, I knew many brilliant pilots, some of them, who killed themselves, because they took chances, got reckless or just plain complacent. They paid for it with there lives. I also made many mistakes, but I never became complacent. I was always careful to stay within my limits and that of the aircraft, but nothing is perfect or predictable in air space. You cannot just stop, get out and correct. You will go down, and you seldom are able to choose where you crash. You never know what can happen. You may develop a mechanical problem with the aircraft. You need to check that out and correct it before you take off. Once you are in the air you are on your own and your actions determine whether you survive or not. You might take off and fly into bad whether. You might encounter high headwinds, causing you to consume more fuel, reducing your endurance so that you might not have enough fuel to reach your destination. If you don’t take timely action, divert and take in fuel sooner, at a different location, you will run out of fuel and crash. You have to plan your flight, endurance, fuel management and availability, alternates and deviations. You are not the only person in the air, you have to look out and make sure you do not collide with other aircraft. I am not trying to give you a lesson in flying but I want to stress to you how important it is to do everything right if you want to stay alive as a pilot. It is the very same in our walk with Jesus. As a pilot I made mistakes, got lost in the air, got caught in bad weather, storms, thunder, lightning, high winds, cross winds on landing that can flip your plane and throw you on the side of the runway, kill you, and many more. I survived because I was cautious, avoided taking chances and above all, Jesus kept me alive. I called on Him many times and He saved me from death and destruction.

We have to be careful in our walk with Jesus, not to sin, not to fall into temptation because that mistake that we make can be fatal. If we call on Jesus and take corrective action, we can save ourselves from hell and damnation. Many people do not repent, they do not correct their ways. Many are on the wrong way, they will reach the wrong destination.

Jesus will never leave us. He will never reject us if we come to Him, call on Him. He will always help, forgive and accept us back, if we repent of our error and come to Him. We leave Jesus, He never leaves us. However, He will never force us to obey Him. The wages of sin is death. Even if you are an old pilot, if you make a mistake you can die. Even if you are a seasoned Christian. If you sin you will burn. Jesus requires utter holiness and obedience. We must be extremely careful and make every effort to avoid sin. Remove all things from your life that can make you stumble or fall into temptation. Practice self control. Choose right and do right. If we do stumble we must immediately correct, repent and live holy, follow Jesus. You cannot afford to allow yourself to be distracted from Jesus, from living holy, righteous in obedience to Him. Our conscience and the Holy Spirit immediately warns us, the moment we go wrong. Stay focused on Jesus. He will guide you. Take heed, listen, obey, correct and stay on the straight narrow road, that leads to life.

The righteous may stumble, but they immediately repent and correct. Sinners continue in their wickedness and look for excuses. Some believers knowingly sin and commit adultery and fornication, with the intention of later asking forgiveness. They are not honest in their hearts, they keep their sin in their hearts and never repented. They will perish. God is not mocked. Jesus said that he who looks at a woman with lust is already guilty of adultery. Do not take chances. Many live in sin and hope to have the opportunity to have a death bed repentance before they die. Many die every day, unexpectedly. As you live, so shall you die. If you live in sin, you will perish in your sin.

Jesus saves from sin, but then we have to live holy, follow and obey Him until the end, to have eternal life.

May Jesus bless you.

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HE PROMISED US HIS SPIRIT

The disciples of Jesus were sad to learn the He would be leaving them, and no longer be physically with them, when He told them before He was crucified, but He promised them that He would not leave them as orphans. He promised them the Holy Spirit, His Spirit that would come and dwell with them. Jesus did not promise them a book, or a Bible or anything else. He promised His Spirit.

We read in John 14:16-25, Jesus said: “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;17that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

      18“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19“After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20“In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” 22Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?” 23Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

      25“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

We read in john 16:5-15 Jesus said: “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’6“But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

      12“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14“He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15“All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

After Jesus was crucified and resurrected, before He ascended to heaven He spoke to them. We read in Acts 1:4 “Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me;5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” The disciples did go to Jerusalem and were united in prayer, waiting on the gift that Jesus promised. We read in Acts 2: 1-4 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

The bystanders enquired about what had happened and Peter explained it to them in many words, upon which they asked him what they should do to receive the Holy Spirit. Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39“For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” Acts 2:38-39.

The Holy Spirit baptism with evidence of speaking in tongues is not only about speaking in tongues, but about the indwelling of Jesus, disclosing Himself, revealing Himself in and through those who have received Him, being with them for always, teaching and guiding them in all things. It is the fulfillment of Emmanuel, “God with us”, “Christ dwelling in us” becoming born of the Spirit to be children of God.

Receiving and following the Holy Spirit, obeying Him, being taught and led by Him is integral, essential, vital for every believer in order to be in the right relationship with Jesus. It is not just a token or a symbol but the supernatural unification with Jesus. We cannot follow Jesus if we have not received His Spirit. We cannot be in communion with Him. It is an absolutely essential requirement for everyone who wishes to become one of His sheep, hear His voice, follow Him and have eternal life.

The first Christians did not have Bibles. They were taught the commandments of Jesus by the disciples and they received the Holy Spirit. They were led by the Holy Spirit.

He promised us His Spirit. Have you received His Spirit? Are you in communion with Him. Do you hear His voice and do you follow Him? Are you one of His sheep?

May Jesus bless you.

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STAYING SAVED

Many people are drowning in an ocean of sin. They are on the road that leads to destruction. The only way to escape eternal damnation is to be saved from that sin and to follow the path of righteousness that leads to eternal life. Only Jesus can save us from our sin and forgive our past sins, but then we have to stay out of that ocean of sin, stay with Him, follow Him, be holy and bear fruit of righteousness. Having been workers of wickedness we must become servants of righteousness and builders of the kingdom of God.

Many people hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, they believe and call on Jesus. He saves them from their sins and addictions, but instead of following Him and staying with Him, they go right back into sin. They were lost, drowning. Jesus saved them, and then they jumped right back into sin. They are lost again.

When Jesus saves us, we must change course, we must change direction, turn away from the way we used to live, turn away from sin, turn away from the sinful worldly things that we used to do, or else we will fall right back into sin and addiction. Stop sinning, fornicating, adultery, sex outside of marriage. Stop lying, cheating, lusting, gossiping, hating, envying, hating, cursing, slandering. Get rid of those things, that tempted you into sin. Throw away the cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Stop watching TV, movies, pornography, stop playing video games. Get off social media. Get rid of those wrong friends. Stop associating with and running after celebrities. Stop trying to be like and fit in with worldly sinful people. Stop participating in senseless entertainment, parties, worldly sports and pleasure, always eating out and running after sensuality. Stop celebrating worldly holidays, Easter, Halloween, Valentines day, Christmas and all the other holidays that are designed to make you waste money and participate in fruitless foolery. Stop trying to please people and be accepted by them. Stop buying trash and every new technological toy, cellphone, car, fashion fads, and things that you don’t need, with money that you don’t have, that gets you further into debt and desperation. Pay off your debts. Clean up your wardrobe. Get rid of revealing clothing. Stop defiling your body with tattoos and piercings. Stop wasting money on makeup, hair pieces, augmentations, plastic surgery and other modifications. God made you good, beautiful enough. Thank Him for what He gave you, take care of it and glorify Him with your body. Stop living in a dream world and face reality. Stop being lazy and slothful. Clean up your life. Get a job. Take responsibility for your own life and your own destiny. Obey Jesus and follow Him or you will end up in hell.

Obey Jesus. Call on Him to save you. Accept Him, His words and His commandments, His way of living and doing. Obey His words and commandments as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Be meticulous to obey Jesus. Repent, STOP SINNING. Be baptized in water for the washing off of your sin. SIN NO MORE.

Start living a new life, a life dedicated to Jesus. Don’t join a church, don’t become like church people. Go after Jesus, become like Him. Pray, communicate with Jesus. He will communicate with you in your heart, your spirit, your conscience. Read His words, the red letter words in some Bibles, in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Fill your mind with His words and OBEY them, act on them, live by them. Do everything in your power to do right and not sin. If you in fail, immediately repent, ask Jesus forgiveness and take the utmost care not to sin again. Practice makes perfect. Do not fall back into sin, you will be swept away and be lost again. Always go back to Jesus. Stay with Him. He will never reject you, if you come to Him.

Keep your mind on Jesus, always praying to Him, speaking to Him in your mind, in your Heart, then you will not sin. You will always be tempted in various ways. Do not give in to temptation and fall back into sin and be doomed. Many people fall into sin and never get back out again. They die in their sins and end up in hell. Every time you fall back it gets more difficult to get up again. Many lose their confidence and believe that Jesus will not accept them again, which is not true. Others stay in sin and put off going back to Jesus. They hope to carry on in sin and get a chance to repent on their death bed. They do not always get that chance. Many people die every day, unexpectedly, unprepared and they are for ever lost.

The only safe way is to follow Jesus and stay with Him. All other ways lead to destruction. Are you staying saved? Are you following Jesus and doing His will?

May Jesus bless you.

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