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Receiving God’s Message


   “I have manifested your name to the men whom you have given me out of the world.  They were Yours, you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.  Now they have known that all things which you have given me are from you.  For I have given them the words which you have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from you; and they have believed that that You sent me” (John 17: 6-8.)


  Jesus began speaking directly to God in the presence of his disciples.  He identified his task and acknowledged that it had been accomplished.  His duty was to make God known to all those who were willing to listen.  The true children of God heard Jesus, accepted him as God’s messenger, and received his words as the words of God.  The Lord had given the disciples to Jesus; to teach, to love, to protect, and to nurture.  Today, God is still selecting individuals out of the world, to become His eternal possessions.  Anyone who accepts the message of Jesus Christ is a true child of God.  Those who follow God are saved, but those who choose to ignore His message will perish.

    In 1912 the Titanic slipped beneath the icy waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly 1000 people joined the ship on its journey to the bottom of the ocean.  Although there weren’t enough lifeboats to carry all of the passengers, no one truly needed to die.  Most people are unaware that a large ship named ‘The Californian’ was less than 20 miles away that night (close enough to have saved most of Titanic’s passengers.)  ‘The Californian’ received the distress calls from the Titanic (via radio communication and lamps;) they even observed nearly 8 distress flares, and the crew members later testified that the Titanic appeared to be listing in the water (leaning to one side.)  No one but God knows why, but for some reason the captain of ‘The Californian’ didn’t seem to take these messages seriously; he returned to bed after hearing the reports.  During an official inquiry into the captain’s actions, he remained elusive, continually changing his story; he even made attempts to doctor the log book and change their reported position on the evening of the tragedy.  The real circumstances of his inaction were never clear.  Many however went on to speculate that the Captain simply didn’t take the messages seriously.  He had heard the reports, but didn’t believe them, and for that reason 1000 people lost their lives.

   Jesus Christ, and the words that he spoke are God’s signal flares in a very dark and frigid world.  Some see the signals, and they are drawn to Him.  They see Jesus and know that He is God’s message, and because they believe in that message they are saved from death.  Sadly, no matter how many flares He sends up pointing to His Son, most will never take God’s message seriously. Jesus Christ is God’s message to us all.  Those who respond, will follow Jesus and dedicate their lives to spreading His message.  The initial response is your belief?  Do you believe today that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and that because of your faith in Him you have been granted eternal life?

    “Lord heavenly Father, we come before You and we ask that You increase our faith.  We desire to be Yours, and we believe Your message and accept Your words.  We await the life You have promised us, and we ask that you strengthen us in this world to do Your work.  Give us a desire to spread Your message to others, that we would make more disciples, and bring others out of death and into life.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.”  God bless all of you!

An Eternal Foundation


   “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of  mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall” (Mathew 7: 24-27.)


   In this scripture, Jesus initially identifies one group of people: all those who hear his words.  He further divides this group into two distinct categories.  The division is based solely on the response to what the listeners have heard.  One group puts into practice what they have learned from Jesus, and the other group does not.  Those who take action are wise, but those who do not are foolish.  Both groups are likened to builders, who undertake the construction of a house.  One builds on solid rock (unmovable, sturdy, and permanent), and another group builds on sand (movable, shifting, and impermanent.)  Every human being is a building, and their actions and behaviors are the product of following a blueprint.  Some blueprints are terrible, some are wonderful, but only one blueprint is eternal.  The wind and the rains, and the floods that Jesus is talking about are the forces in life that attempt to break us down; to cause us to fail and give up hope.  Everyone suffers setbacks; everyone suffers trials, and those who don’t practice the teachings of the Lord crumble when those trials arise.

   Along the coast of Southern California, many individuals have constructed lavish mansions on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.  Every so often a mudslide or a sink hole will bring down a huge portion of the cliff upon which one of these houses stands.  If you watch the news, you will occasionally see a picture of a half of a house standing on a cliff; while the opposite half lays on the beach below; buried by the cliff that gave way.  Once in a while, a house built on a solid enough foundation will hang over the cliff, fully intact, with nothing but air flowing beneath it.  The same thing is true for those in this world who build their lives upon the teachings and sayings of Jesus Christ.  This world will eventually perish; it will undergo complete destruction; and yet whatever we have built in this life according to God’s design will not perish; but will instead, last forever.

   Today, much like our Lord, each one of us is a carpenter.  We are builders who have a blueprint to follow.  A life that takes shape because we follow the directions outlined for us by our eternal God, will never end.  The other life, the one that follows instructions given to us by anyone other than Jesus Christ, will be destroyed.  Eternal life is not obtained solely by what we have heard, but by what we have done as a result of what we have heard.  Obedience to God is how we build our lives upon an eternal foundation.  If we read His word and do His word, we will not pass away with this present world; but rather, we will spend an eternity with Him in paradise.        

“Heavenly Father, we come before You and we ask that You give us the strength to do what we have heard from Your Son.  Give us more opportunities to implement your directions for living; may we know deep pleasure and great satisfaction in completing the tasks that You have given us to do.  May we always strive to please you, and to be a blessing to all of those around us.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you!

The Real Jesus


        And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to him, “Are you the coming one, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of me” (Mathew 11: 2-6.)


        After baptizing Jesus, John came to believe that Jesus was the messiah they had been waiting for. He, like so many in Israel believed the Messiah would set them free from their oppressors. Therefore, most were waiting for Jesus to usher in an earthly kingdom that would put an end to Roman Rule. John (who had been imprisoned by Herod) was growing impatient with Jesus; he sent messengers to him to ask if he truly was the messiah. Jesus simply responded by quoting an Old Testament prophecy, stating that the messiah would cleanse lepers, heal the blind, raise the dead and preach to the poor. Jesus wanted John to know he was accomplishing all of these miraculous tasks. The Lord finally addressed John’s impatient heart, saying, “blessed are those who are not offended because of me.” Jesus had not met John’s expectations. John expected a conquering messiah, not a messiah that would conquer sin through crucifixion. The lord was encouraging John to accept him as he was. Many today, like John, have an inaccurate view of Jesus Christ. Knowing the real Jesus is essential to properly following him.
        Early on in my relationship with God I made the decision that I could no longer call myself a Christian unless I actually knew who Jesus Christ was; what he had said and done. I knew I had to read the bible; I also knew it was going to change my life and challenge my beliefs. In my heart, I had an unclear picture of God. I chose to let go of what I thought I knew, in order to grab hold of the truth. As I read, I began to know God personally and accurately. Instead of being disappointed, my heart was lifted up with wonder and amazement. The real God is far greater than any God I could have ever imagined.
        Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you know his words, or are you holding on to your own personal beliefs? Have you invented a Jesus for yourself, or have you come to know the real Jesus? Read his words; get familiar with his deeds, his message and his truth; and I promise, you will never be disappointed; instead, you too will find something more amazing than anything you have ever known, and your life will never be the same.
        “Lord Heavenly Father, we desire to know the real Jesus. We want to know Your Son and His message. Implant his words in our hearts and help us to be his disciples, that we might be pleasing to You Father. Help us to let go of our fear of the truth and give us a hunger and thirst to know our Messiah; your gift to us all. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.” God bless all of you!

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