“Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.”

Hebrews 2:1-4 says: So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.

Brothers and sisters, these scriptures were warning to the Hebrew people of the dangers of drifting away from the Word of God…from God. Drifting is very dangerous in that often times we don’t even notice that we are actually drifting away. Some of us are in the fast lane moving faster every day and yes I’m sure that some days we all could use a few more hours to accomplish our affairs. However, drifting starts out very subtle… one stops studying the Bible, praying or going to church…actually it can start in various ways. People start to drift when there are rumors going on about someone in the church or someone whom offended him or her.  The subtle drifting takes one into extreme trouble waters……When we are way out in in the deep waters it takes great effort to swim back. We need help getting back to shore.

Stop for a minute, then ask yourself, “Am I drifting?” If the answer is yes…then start swimming back now…Come back! Some of you may be asking how? How do I come back? Well, Peter, when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Shout unto the Lord and ask Him to save you from drifting farther away from Him. Say what David said in Psalm 69:1(NLT) …He said, “Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.”

 

Following Jesus is Most Profitible

Back in the Biblical days, the Pharisees and Sadducee’ s (or holier than thou high priest) boasted of all their fasting and how much they prayed and let everyone know how self-righteous they were. They thought they kept the law, therefore, they felt as though they did not need a savior. Many of us are exactly like that for we boast of how we go to church on Sundays and how we are not a bad person and do not do this or that. Little did they know that Truth was standing in their midst.

Well, there is a story in Mark 10:17-22 about a man who came running to Jesus, and kneeled to Him and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life. The man referred to Jesus as Good Master and Jesus responded by saying Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God. (In other words, Jesus was telling the man that you must know that I am God) Jesus really had a way with word and made people account for every word that came out of their mouths.

Anyway, Jesus went on to explain that the law states do not kill, steal, bear false witness, defraud not and honor thy father and mother. Well the man told Jesus that he had observed all those things from his youth. Jesus then replied with love and said, there is one thing thou lackest, go thy way, sell whatsoever thou has, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and  come take up the cross and follow me. You see, this man did not understand that following Jesus was more profitable.

Well, that man went away sad, because he had much riches. Brothers and sisters, there was one law that this man could not fulfill and that is the law that states: thou shalt have no other god before thee. God was less important than his possessions. This man’s possessions were his god.

When we become true followers, we are justified because Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior fulfilled all of the requirements of the law. It is finished, only believe, repent and receive the precious gift of SALVATION!  AMEN AND AMEN!

Run… from Your Old Sinful Nature!

 

When we are born again, our spirit is born again, not our minds and body. Remember we are spirit beings that never die. The body dies and the spirit goes one of two places. A born again Christian has a new sinless spirit within that the old sinful nature hates. That nature hates that it resides right alongside the sinless spirit. The ultimate goal of the new spirit is to bring that old sinful nature into subjection and into alignment with what God says. However, the old sinful nature is not trying to hear all that nonsense.  Romans 8:5 tells us: “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

You see brothers and sisters; our flesh (worldly way of thinking that is not in alignment with spiritual the spiritual realm) is our true enemy. It does not matter where we go, the flesh tags along trying to persuade us to go against the spirit within. Indeed the war inside hurts so bad to the point that many of us cry out in agony for relief from all the pulling and tugging that is going on. Galatians 5:17 states: “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” We have a choice people to either agree with the Holy Spirit within or disagree. The consequence we receive is typically based on the choice we made.

Truly, I believe that it is better to run, resist, hold back and do like 1Peter 2:11 (NLT)…Peter states: Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) reminds us: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our sinful nature is up to no good. Listen to what Paul says in Romans 7:18: “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.”

Some of us think that we can take fire in your bosom and not get burned. Well, if you recently vowed to be celibate, be careful not to find yourself in the midst of a situation where your flesh will decide what it wants to do. You see, if we trust our flesh to be strong we fall prey to the trickery of the enemy. Many of us have not yet realized that our nature is to sin. We have SINNED much longer and we are a lot more prone to do what the flesh WANT US TO DO. Brothers and sisters, for this reason, God came and offered us the perfect solution.

Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, The Holy Ghost moves in and manifests His endless love for us. He guides us and enables us to do things better than we ever did before, He gives us massive self control, wisdom, discretion, insight and so much more! Nevertheless, we have to listen. When we give in to the prompts of the Holy Spirit, we are transformed in to new creations, fashioned just the way God wants us. That old sinful nature is bought into subjection and literally crucified.

We begin to do everything for the sake of Christ because we love him, not because we think it is just what we are suppose to do. We become the salt that adds flavor to all situations and the light that overcomes darkness. We soar like eagles and become fearless as lions. I do not know about you, but I believe “SALVATION” is the best gift anyone could ever receive…Only believe in Gods way and not my way and I receive power to become more than I thought I could ever be! However, most of all, I get to see my Maker…GOD, when I leave this wretched flesh. Wow! This is truly awesome!