Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Isaiah 6:1-13.

Isaiah 6:1-13
A Vision of the Lord in the Temple

"In the year that King Uzziah died, I had a vision of the Lord. He was
on his throne high above, and his robe filled the temple. Flaming
creatures with six wings each were flying over him. They covered their
faces with two of their wings and their bodies with two more. They
used the other two wings for flying, as they shouted, "Holy, holy,
holy, Lord All-Powerful! The earth is filled with your glory." As they
shouted, the doorposts of the temple shook, and the temple was filled
with smoke. Then I cried out, "I'm doomed! Everything I say is
sinful, and so are the words of everyone around me. Yet I have seen
the King, the Lord All-Powerful."
One of the flaming creatures flew over to me with a burning coal that
it had taken from the altar with a pair of metal tongs. It touched my
lips with the hot coal and said, "This has touched your lips. Your
sins are forgiven, and you are no longer guilty." After this, I heard
the Lord ask, "Is there anyone I can send? Will someone go for us?"
"I'll go," I answered. "Send me!" Then the Lord told me to go and
speak this message to the people: "You will listen and listen, but
never understand. You will look and look, but never see." The Lord
also said, "Make these people stubborn! Make them stop up their ears,
cover their eyes, and fail to understand. Don't let them turn to me
and be healed." Then I asked the Lord, "How long will this last?"

The Lord answered:

Until their towns are destroyed and their houses are deserted, until
their fields are empty, and I have sent them far away, leaving their
land in ruins. If only a tenth of the people are left, even they will
be destroyed. But just as stumps remain after trees have been cut
down, some of my chosen ones will be left."

God bless you.

Romans 8:1-17.

Romans 8:1-17
Living by the Power of God's Spirit

If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished. The Holy Spirit
will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free
from sin and death. The Law of Moses cannot do this, because our
selfish desires make the Law weak. But God set you free when he sent
his own Son to be like us sinners and to be a sacrifice for our sin.
God used Christ's body to condemn sin. He did this, so that we would
do what the Law commands by obeying the Spirit instead of our own
desires. People who are ruled by their desires think only of
themselves. Everyone who is ruled by the Holy Spirit thinks about
spiritual things. If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die.
But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace.
Our desires fight against God, because they do not and cannot obey
God's laws. If we follow our desires, we cannot please God. You are
no longer ruled by your desires, but by God's Spirit, who lives in
you. People who don't have the Spirit of Christ in them don't belong
to him. But Christ lives in you. So you are alive because God has
accepted you, even though your bodies must die because of your sins.
Yet God raised Jesus to life! God's Spirit now lives in you, and he
will raise you to life by his Spirit. My dear friends, we must not
live to satisfy our desires. If you do, you will die. But you will
live, if by the help of God's Spirit you say "No" to your desires.
Only those people who are led by God's Spirit are his children. God's
Spirit doesn't make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we
become his children and call him our Father. God's Spirit makes us
sure that we are his children. His Spirit lets us know that together
with Christ we will be given what God has promised. We will also share
in the glory of Christ, because we have suffered with him."

Jesus is the way. Invite Him into your heart.

Nothing Is Too Difficult For Him!

Nothing Is Too Difficult For Him!

Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy
great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for
thee.

Jeremiah 32:17 KJV

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where
and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,
both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:11-14 KJV

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.
When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who
then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men
this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:24-26 KJV

Jesus is way. Invite Him into your heart.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Acts 2:1-21.

Acts 2:1-21
The Coming of the Holy Spirit

On the day of Pentecost all the Lord's followers were together in one
place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a
mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they
saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a
tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took
control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the
Spirit let them speak. Many religious Jews from every country in the
world were living in Jerusalem. And when they heard this noise, a
crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing
everything in their own languages. They were excited and amazed, and
said: Don't all these who are speaking come from Galilee? Then why do
we hear them speaking our very own languages? Some of us are from
Parthia, Media, and Elam. Others are from Mesopotamia, Judea,
Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya
near Cyrene, Rome, Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and
others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our
own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done. Everyone was
excited and confused. Some of them even kept asking each other, "What
does all this mean?" Others made fun of the Lord's followers and said,
"They are drunk."

Peter Speaks to the Crowd

Peter stood with the eleven apostles and spoke in a loud and clear
voice to the crowd: Friends and everyone else living in Jerusalem,
listen carefully to what I have to say! You are wrong to think that
these people are drunk. After all, it is only nine o'clock in the
morning. But this is what God had the prophet Joel say,
"When the last days come, I will give my Spirit to everyone. Your sons
and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your
old men will have dreams. In those days I will give my Spirit to my
servants, both men and women, and they will prophesy. I will work
miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below. There will
be blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will turn dark, and the
moon will be as red as blood before the great and wonderful day of the
Lord appears. Then the Lord will save everyone who asks for his help."

Jesus is the way. Invite Him into your heart.

Acts 2:22-47.

Acts 2:22-47

Now, listen to what I have to say about Jesus from Nazareth. God
proved that he sent Jesus to you by having him work miracles, wonders,
and signs. All of you know this. God had already planned and decided
that Jesus would be handed over to you. So you took him and had evil
men put him to death on a cross. But God set him free from death and
raised him to life. Death could not hold him in its power. What David
said are really the words of Jesus, "I always see the Lord near me,
and I will not be afraid with him at my right side. Because of this,
my heart will be glad, my words will be joyful, and I will live in
hope. The Lord won't leave me in the grave. I am his holy one, and he
won't let my body decay. He has shown me the path to life, and he
makes me glad by being near me." My friends, it is right for me to
speak to you about our ancestor David. He died and was buried, and his
tomb is still here. But David was a prophet, and he knew that God had
made a promise he would not break. He had told David that someone from
his own family would someday be king. David knew this would happen,
and so he told us that Christ would be raised to life. He said that
God would not leave him in the grave or let his body decay. All of us
can tell you that God has raised Jesus to life! Jesus was taken up to
sit at the right side of God, and he was given the Holy Spirit, just
as the Father had promised. Jesus is also the one who has given the
Spirit to us, and that is what you are now seeing and hearing. David
didn't go up to heaven. So he wasn't talking about himself when he
said, "The Lord told my Lord to sit at his right side, until he made
my Lord's enemies into a footstool for him." Everyone in Israel
should then know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and
Christ, even though you put him to death on a cross. When the people
heard this, they were very upset. They asked Peter and the other
apostles, "Friends, what shall we do?" Peter said, "Turn back to God!
Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be
forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit. This promise is for
you and your children. It is for everyone our Lord God will choose, no
matter where they live." Peter told them many other things as well.
Then he said, "I beg you to save yourselves from what will happen to
all these evil people." On that day about three thousand believed his
message and were baptized. They spent their time learning from the
apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke
bread and prayed together.

Life among the Lord's Followers

Everyone was amazed by the many miracles and wonders that the apostles
worked. All the Lord's followers often met together, and they shared
everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions
and give the money to whoever needed it. Day after day they met
together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes
and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God.
Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others
who were being saved."

Jesus is the way. Invite Him into your heart.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Romans 8:18-30.

Romans 8:18-30
A Wonderful Future for God's People

"I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the
glory that will be shown to us. In fact, all creation is eagerly
waiting for God to show who his children are. Meanwhile, creation is
confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this
way in the hope that creation would be set free from decay and would
share in the glorious freedom of his children. We know that all
creation is still groaning and is in pain, like a woman about to give
birth. The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future.
But now we groan silently, while we wait for God to show that we are
his children. This means that our bodies will also be set free. And
this hope is what saves us. But if we already have what we hope for,
there is no need to keep on hoping. However, we hope for something we
have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it. In certain ways we
are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we
don't know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that
cannot be put into words. All of our thoughts are known to God. He
can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays
for God's people. We know that God is always at work for the good of
everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his
purpose, and he has always known who his chosen ones would be. He had
decided to let them become like his own Son, so that his Son would be
the first of many children. God then accepted the people he had
already decided to choose, and he has shared his glory with them."

God bless you.

I can do all things in Him, Who Am I...in Christ?

I can do all things in Him
Who Am I... in Christ?

In The Lord Jesus Christ - I am special...
able to do all things in Him

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where
and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,
both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:12,13 KJV

... a minister of reconciliation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to
himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting
men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of
reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NIV

... God chose me to bear fruit for Him!

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you
would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that
whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. This I
command you, that you love one another.

John 15:16,17 NASB

"Forbidden fruits create many jams"

Be ye holy!

Jesus is the way. Invite Him into your heart.