Once Wretched

Wretched, oh how wretched I would be if Jesus Christ had not saved me.

Bounded in chains of misery… if Christ had not freed me.

Blind, I was once, but now I see!

Empty and lonely I would be if Christ were not in me.

Ignorant, without knowledge I would be, if God would have not left his basic instructions for me, the Bible.

No other book can compare, no other book is more reliable.

How great Thou Art almighty God for saving someone as wretched as me!

You even left Holy Spirit to comfort and guide me!

You made a wretch like me free from the power of sin…. with Jesus Christ my savior, I always win!

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REMOVING THE HEART OF STONE

If we are honest, all of us have issues and problems. In fact, we’ll continue in bad habits, bad manners, anger, depression, rebellion sexual immorality and all together ugly stuff unless we call upon and believe upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. He left us His Holy Spirit so we can be free from slavery to sin. Without God’s Holy Spirit sin overpowers us. Without a Savior we end up destroying ourselves! God wants to regenerate us, renew us and change our hearts and minds so that we will be in sync with his plans and purposes for our lives. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope says Jeremiah 29:11. You see, God is not trying to cause us misery and pain.  God loves us so dearly! Once we understand the power of God’s love we will desire change. In fact we desire to draw nearer to God. God wants to change us from the inside out so we can be more like Him. Ezekiel 36:26  (ESV) states: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” This is called being born again. Are you truly born again? Is God’s Holy Spirit dwelling inside you?

Faith that Shines

Have you ever claimed you have faith yet nothing you do proves this to be true?

You met a poor homeless fella and told him to go in peace, do whatever it is that you do.

Did you even bother to give him fuel for his journey, did you share the word of God, the Word of Truth?

Did you tell him about the power and authority given to him who believes?

Why haven’t you shared anything to strengthen him so he won’t be so sad and blue?

It could be that he really wants to receive.

Turn back around and love this person, don’t just leave.

Tell him the truth so he can be free!

Silver and gold, you may have none,

But go ahead, show forth the power, be who God made you to be.

Let Gods Kingdom Come and His will be done!

Memorial Day and Instruments of War

America celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th. However, some Americans  do not understand the significance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is about honoring the many brave military people who defended our country.   As an ex-soldier of the United States Army, I was not one of those who actually went to war. However, I stayed behind and did a great deal of guard duty for families left behind enemy lines in Germany.

Some Americans  go about their daily duty without ever thinking about the security of our country. We often run around trying to make ends meet or are partying hardy while men and women fight for our country. Personally, I do not think there is enough recognition for those brave men and women who risk their lives for us.

Nevertheless, military people are not the only people on the battlefield. Christians are on the battlefield every day. A devout soldier of the Lord has the responsibility of pulling God‘s children back from the enemy lines. They do this by telling them the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who released us from the grips of the enemy. As a Christian, we make it known to the lost that “WE WIN” through believing and trusting that the battle is the Lords and we are instruments sharpened by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Christians are required to take this spiritual battle serious and understand that whether we want to or not, we must stay focused on the Commanding officers lead. He automatically knows every move and sees every thing the enemy is trying to do. He is the all-seeing, all knowing God Almighty!

Only through listening and believing in  Him will we have the ability to be steps ahead of the enemy. Our Commanding Officer gives us the ability to NOT get caught off guard. However, we must pay close attention to Him by building a strong line of communication with Him.  He even helps us when it is hard to venture into the unknown as to  accomplish our mission.

God teaches us how to be effective mighty warriors defending the lost and wounded souls of battle. Those who try to be heroes, not listening to the commanding officer will not gain a purple heart or great badge for bravery. The only badge they will receive is a badge of dishonor for refusing to obey.

As mighty warriors, we are invincible through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Live or die, we win! Carry on Soldiers of the Lord!

STONE Y HEARTS

I know that most of you have heard the statement: “God knows my heart”.  Well that is very true…Mark 28 tells us how Jesus knew that the high priest reasoned within themselves. Luke Well, from the beginning of time, even in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 6:5, God say that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil continually.

Not one of us has the ability to cleanse our own heart. Proverbs 20:9 states: “Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure and free from sin?”

Proverbs 21:2 says people may be right in their own heart, but the LORD examines their heart.

God wants wicked hearts to depart from him. In Psalm 101:4 it states: A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

Ezekiel 11:19 says: And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stoney, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, a heart of flesh.

It’s amazing how humanity tries to change God by coming up with man made laws to justify their actions so they will not have to conform to the Word. Romans 10: 3 remind us: For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.