Archive for August, 2010

The only unforgivable sin

JESUS SPEAKING

Scripture One:

             “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Mathew 12: 31-32.)

 Scripture Two:

            “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”  (Mark 3: 28-29.)

Scripture Three:  (Who is the Holy Spirit?)

            “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper that He may abide with you forever—the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor know Him; but you know Him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14: 16-18.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

            Although from different gospels, these three scriptures deal with the Holy Spirit.  In the first two scriptures, Jesus had just finished defending his miracles from the Pharisees and religious leaders who said that he was casting out demons by the power of the Devil.  They were calling God’s Holy Spirit evil, for it was God’s Spirit that had worked the miracles.  God’s Spirit, His essence, His authority, His power, was being condemned by those who were threatened by Jesus.  What is the Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit is the third form of God.  The ‘Trinity’ is a term given to describe the three forms of God; there is God in heaven, God in the form of Jesus Christ, and God in the form of a Spirit that dwells in the human heart (the Holy Spirit.)  Before ascending in to heaven, Jesus promised that he would send a replacement to his disciples; that replacement was the Holy Spirit.  God never wanted to dwell in fancy temples, but rather, deep down inside of every human being.  The Holy Spirit is this indwelling of God that testifies about the truthfulness of God’s word and His existence and plan.  To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to call God’s Holy Spirit, evil; this condemnation carries with it eternal consequences.  In the broader sense, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is also to reject God’s sacrifice, and to deny the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ.  When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior, the Holy Spirit comes in to their hearts and in to their lives.  Sadly, many turn their back on the Holy Spirit; they commit the only sin that is unforgivable, because without the sacrifice of Jesus, God does not bestow forgiveness. 

            Interestingly enough, I have discussed and shared the Gospel message with many people, and I have yet to come across anyone who has said that the work of Jesus Christ was the result of the Devil; not one single person has said that the healings were done by demonic forces.  I have heard people call Jesus a liar; and many have said that God doesn’t exist and that the entire thing was made up, but very few have called Him or His Spirit evil.  So blaspheming of the Holy Spirit in word is very rare.  In a broader sense, many people refuse to accept God in to their hearts, and lives, and this kind of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is quite common.  The majority of people will never submit their lives to God, and will never ask God to send his Spirit in to their lives and into their hearts; for these individuals the consequences are severe, and eternal.

            Many of you have already accepted Jesus Christ as you Lord and savior, and in turn you have received the Holy Spirit in to your heart.  Many of you have not!  If you desire to become one of God’s children, simply go somewhere quiet, and ask God to give you His Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ, and He will.  A God who is full of mercy and goodness will make His home in you, and your life will never again be the same.

            “Lord Heavenly Father, we lift You up as an awesome and mighty God.  We thank You for all that You have done, and we ask now that You send in to our hearts Your beautiful Holy Spirit, to fill us up, and to overflow out of our hearts and lives.  Give us more of Your Spirit; we open ourselves up to You now.  We love You Lord, we thank You, and we praise You, and we ask and pray all of these things, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

Sowing and Reaping

JESUS SPEAKING

            In the meantime his disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 

But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 

Therefore the disciples said to each other, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”

            Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’?  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows, and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors” (John 4: 31-38.)

 INSPIRED THOUGHTS

The disciples had just gone in to the city to buy food and they had left Jesus sitting by a well.  He opened up a dialogue with a woman who came to draw water, and she became a believer.  The disciples returned with the food, but Jesus wasn’t hungry because converting the woman had nourished him.  Jesus made it known that converting others was more urgent than the need for food.  Between the planting and harvesting seasons there was a period of patient waiting, a time to relax; the Lord revealed that the time to relax and be patient was over; the time for harvesting souls had begun.  The heads of wheat would turn a white color when it was time for them to be harvested; in this way, Jesus compares men and wheat, saying, “look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest.”  From the beginning of creation, God’s words were the seeds, and every human heart was the ground in which these words were sown.  The sowers were the prophets, who labored to get His words to the people.  The reapers were the disciples, who had not labored in the sowing of the word, but were commissioned by Jesus to gather the fruit that came from the labors of the prophets.  So, both the prophets and the disciples would celebrate together in the Kingdom.  The work of God continues today; the eternal sowing and reaping proceeds with just as much urgency as when Jesus spoke these words.  And today, if we reap, or if we sow, in the coming kingdom, all who have labored for God will rejoice together.

Recently I took a gentleman to the emergency room; there happened to be quite a large number of people who needed care.  We sat there for most of the day, waiting.  The order in which the people were ushered in to the back was based upon the severity of their condition.  Shortness of breath, severe abnormal headache, hemorrhaging, were all considered life threatening.  The likelihood of death was what set the priority in that emergency room; not order of arrival.  In life, the entire world is an emergency room, filled with dying people.  Many don’t know they are dying, and others do, but everyone is sick, and everyone needs to see the Doctor.  Those who are the Lord’s have been healed, and they have the cure.  The cure is an experience with Jesus Christ.  The fruit is made up of people who give their lives over to God, and make the teachings of the Lord their foundation for living.  Those who are healed look forward to an eternal life with God in His Kingdom.

              The person sitting next to you on the bus is dying; the person beside you in the coffee shop is headed for a cliff; the cashier at the bank is sick and needs help.  Can you help them today?  Will you help them today?  Can you plant a seed, can you harvest a crop?  How difficult is it to lean over and tell another person about what Jesus Christ has done in your life, and tell them what he can do in their life?  How much discomfort does it cause you to let a nonbeliever know that you will be praying for them; or to quote a scripture when another person is down and in need of hope?  The planting and the harvesting began a long time ago, but they continue today in all those who choose to do God’s work.

            “Lord Heavenly Father, we ask and pray that You would please give us divine appointments; bring us people that are sick and need to hear the gospel; speak through us, to them, and to their hearts.  Help us to serve You with a fervency, and diligence, and may we bear much fruit for You, and for Your kingdom.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

Earthly or Eternal

JESUS SPEAKING

             “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mathew 6: 19-21.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

             There are two kinds of riches and two places where they can be stored.  Earthly riches are physical and material; they are subject to theft and decay and do not last; they can be stored anywhere; in banks, in safes, or in hidden locations.  The second kinds of riches are those that are spiritual; they are eternal and not subject to decay or destruction; nor can they be stolen; they are things such as, giving, feeding the hungry, loving others, or doing anything else that is pleasing to God (The Lord rewards a person with eternal wealth whenever they do one of these tasks.)  There is a place inside of every human being where their’ God dwells.  This place is what is known as the heart.  Some people have made money their God, some people sex, some people power, some people clothing; whatever they seek after, whatever they attempt to obtain, this is the God that they serve.  Many have replaced a heavenly God with an earthly treasure; an eternal God has been exchanged for something that is ‘here today, and gone tomorrow.’  Heavenly wealth and earthly wealth are in opposition, because one displaces the other, and vice versa.

             Health is something that can be valuable.  When we look at the life of Mother Theresa we see a woman going in to places to care for people stricken with leprosy and other manner of illnesses.  Had she been concerned with her own health more than caring for others, she would have never gone to India; she would have never done the things that God was calling her to do.  Missionaries also give up ‘the house,’ ‘the career,’ ‘the car,’ and move to third world countries to show the love of Christ to those in need.  If ‘the house,’ ‘the career,’ or ‘the car,’ were more important to them than loving others, there would be no missionaries.  This world also elevates youth and beauty up as things to be possessed and valued; a person who is concerned about surrounding themselves with others who are beautiful will find no value whatsoever in the following scripture:  “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.  And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”  An eternal payment is coming for those who have made the things of God more valuable than the things of this world.

            Today, what is important to you?  Are you being led by the things that are valuable in this world, or the things that are valuable to God?  God calls all of us to be more concerned with kindness, compassion, love, mercy, faith, hope, and peace, rather than cars, career, 401 K, sex, pleasure, fitness, wealth, vacations, or personal time.  Where is your heart?  If you desire to do God’s work, focus yourself on the things that are truly important, and don’t be blinded by the things in this world.  When you feed a person who is hungry God is watching; when you take time out of the day to care for someone who is sick, God credits that time to your eternal account; when you reach out to others who are in darkness with the Gospel message, God is pleased and you will be rewarded when this world is no more.  Deny yourself, take up your cross, and serve others, love others, and give your life up to the service of the eternal God.

            “Lord Heavenly Father, we want to store up our treasure in heaven; we want to grow closer to You and to be more pleasing to You.  Give us opportunities to love others, to give to others, and to deny ourselves to serve our fellows.  Help us to see what is truly important; open our eyes to the truth, and help us to do whatever it is You are asking from each of us.  We love You Lord, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.


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