Have You Taken God’s Name in Vain?

Written by Joseph T Lee

I bet the majority of Americans as well as many throughout the world has taken God’s name in vain. Saying curse words with God’s name is one example of taking His name in vain. But this isn’t the only example.

Another example of taking God’s name in vain is the following. Some people who are excited over a new job might say, “Oh my God! I got the job.” They might say in amazement “Oh My God!” Some people may think this is harmless, but in fact anytime we use our Heavenly Father’s name without reverence, is taking His name in vain. According to the Bible, God’s name should be spoken reverently.

One of the Ten Commandments says in Exodus 20:7, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

Look at some of the other supporting Scriptures as why you should not take God’s name in vain.

Leviticus 19:12, “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”

Matthew 12:36-37, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Are you an enemy of God? Look at what Psalm 139:20 says, “They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain!”

Even using acronyms like OMG is not good. God knows everything and He sees everything. He knows your heart. You might as well have said it because the sin against God was already in your heart.

Christians, if you have a habit of saying “OMG or Oh My God,” please stop and repent immediately and turn from your sin. Do not take the Lord’s name in vain. If you say worse, I am very concerned with your spiritual life, as it appears you may have fallen back into sin.

Pray and ask God to forgive you. Repent and turn from your sins and wicked ways. God wants a pure relationship with you. I pray that you will have a close relationship with Him today.

Copyright August 8, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Spiritual Roadblocks of the Heart

Written by Joseph T Lee

While on your faith walk with Christ, have you ever hit a roadblock where you fell back into sin? If so, you are not alone. 

Sometimes, because of our carnal nature, we may fall into sin. It’s not because we are not committed, but because we have a sinful nature. We often think that we can save ourself, but the fact is, we do not have that power, only Jesus has that power to save us. 

As a Christian, to avoid these roadblocks, these instances when we fall into sin, we must stay focused on Christ Jesus. Because we were born into sin, we have a sinful nature, but we must fully surrender ourselves to Christ Jesus, ask forgiveness when we do sin, and stay focused on Christ. 

How does one stay focused? To stay focused is to read your Bible daily, pray often to Jesus and our Heavenly Father, confess often the sins we commit, and ask for strength in not committing them. 

The Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Yes, we all fall short of His glory, but that is not a pass to willfully sin. To willfully sin is a direct disobedience to God. People who sin willfully must stop and repent immediately to avoid a separation between them and the Lord. 

Sin whether it is accidental or on purpose can cause a problem in our faith walk. There is nothing that delights Satan more that to see God’s children sinning. He relishes in it as he knows that those who are sinning do it right in front of God. Don’t think your “secret sin” is truly secret. What you do in private, you are doing it in the face of God. He sees everything and He knows everything. These secret sins can cause you to have major spiritual problems with God and Christ Jesus. “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

How can you be forgiven from these sins? Just pray and ask the Heavenly Father to forgive you. Repent from your wickedness and Christ Jesus will forgive you. 

 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

I pray that if you have fallen into sin, that you will pray and ask for forgiveness, so that you will be right with our Heavenly Father. 

Copyright August 5, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Is Profanity Part of Your Vocabulary?

Written by Joseph T. Lee

Do you profess to be a Christian? If so, do you use profanity in public? What about writing acronyms that represent curse words? Does your walk match your talk?

The world is a stage and we live in it. People are watching us when we speak and the way we live out our lives. Unbelievers are watching how we talk and every action we take. 

The Bible says that we should try to live holy lives, pleasing to the Lord. Romans 12:1, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Now look at Ephesians 5:8-10, “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and trueand try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” 

The Bible also says specifically that we are not to use profanity and rough talk. Look at the following Scriptures. 

Colossians 3:8, “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

Matthew 12:36-37, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Ephesians 5:4, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

Matthew 15:10-11, “And he called the people to him and said to them, ‘Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.’”

James 3:6-8, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

The fact is, the tongue can destroy a person by the hateful and profane words that spew from one’s lips. Even writing those words on social media can destroy your own testimony for Christ Jesus. 

I once knew a man who proclaimed to be a Christian. He was an Usher at his mega church. He greeted people and played the part of a wonderful Christian brother at church. But you see, he had two sides of him. His public face to face matched what one would think a Christian should look like and act like. The other side of him was his social media side. He was a huge supporter of a famous politician, and he would not stop at anything to make his point or put someone in their place. I saw a response he made on a News Station’s social media Facebook page where I wondered if his account had been hacked. He used terrible profanity and called the other person a “Demoncrat,” because this person was not of his political party. He used vile language in written form to attempt to make his point, all the while destroying his testimony for Christ. Perhaps this man never knew Jesus as he showed no fruits, no real evidence that he loved God with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his mind, and he definitely did not love his neighbor as himself. 

Friends, as “true” Followers of Christ, we must allow the Holy Spirit to change us, mold us into the men and women Christ Jesus has called us to be. We must repent and turn away from our wicked ways. 

If you are struggling in your sinful nature, pray and ask God to forgive you and help you with your Christian walk. Get involved with reading the Bible. The Lord will teach you as you read. This is the best way to learn how to live a life of Christ, holy and pleasing to God. Also, pray often. Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. 

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Rejection: Heartache and Disappointment 

Have you ever been rejected or hurt by a loved one? The feeling is like a scab that has been torn off old wounds and that old familiar heartache is felt all over again. If you have felt this, you are not alone.

Jesus said that we are to forgive not seven times but seventy-seven times, meaning indefinitely (cf. Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is hard at times when people continue to hurt us. When we truly love someone and they constantly hurt us through words or actions, the wounds may never heal. But Jesus wants us to lay down “everything” at the foot of the cross. He has already taken our hurt, heartache, and disappointment to the cross with Him. 

When I am emotionally hurt, I take it to the Lord and pray. When that old familiar heartache and disappointment is crippling me, I lay it at Jesus’ feet, and release the person that has hurt me. Although we may love that person, we cannot change them. We must forgive them and release them entirely to the Father and allow Him to work on them! When I am so hurt and I do not know what to pray, I pray the Lord’s Prayer taken from Matthew 6:9-13.

Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,

12 and forgive us our debts,
 as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Praying this prayer, forgiving, and releasing the person to our Heavenly Father will help to heal your heart and remove the sting of heartache and disappointment. At least it does for me. 

I pray that you will find peace only that Christ Jesus can give you. I pray that the Lord will remove your heartache and disappointment and replace it with joy and happiness. Others may let you down, but the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you. I pray that you will come to Jesus today and lay all your troubles and pain at His feet. He is waiting for you to give Him your all. Won’t you come to Him today?

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Controversy Over the Sinner’s Prayer

Just recently, my family and I were discussing salvation and what makes you saved. My brother brought up a video in which the Reverend Paul Washer states that those who once prayed the sinners prayer may not be saved if they were living like devils. This spurred a conversation through texting back and forth which has been going on for two days. It inspired me to write about it in this forum and discuss what the Bible says about salvation. 

Paul Washer’s video is called “The Sinners Prayer Does Not Save.”  Listening to his explanation, one would start to believe that this is true. He goes on to say that there is no place in the Bible that says we are to ask Jesus into our hearts. I have searched the Scriptures and have found this statement to be true.

My response to Washer’s proclamation is that although it doesn’t say that, in man’s way to communicate the Good News of Jesus, when we share the Gospel, and lead others to Christ, my take on the person praying and asking forgiveness is one of the first prayers a convert will make. 

Jesus taught His Disciples to pray. He taught them the Lord’s Prayer (cf. Matthew 6:9-13). I find nothing wrong with a new convert who prays and asks Jesus into his heart and into his life. But the prayer in itself does not save. That part, I agree with Washer. 

So what saves you? The Bible says that we must believe and repent. See Romans 10:9-10, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Therefore, if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth, you will be saved. This means you have to really mean it. True conversion only comes from having a genuine heart. See Acts 3:19, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” One must repent from their evil ways. 

These two things alone will save you. You must have a repentant heart and you must believe that Jesus is the Son of God. When you pray that prayer, you must mean it. 

Many times, people will pray “The Sinner’s Prayer,” but then they slide back into their old ways. A true conversion means that one will turn from their old ways and follow Jesus and His teachings. To just pray a prayer but there is no true change in one’s life, I would question if they were truly saved.

Were you aware that Satan believes that Jesus is the Son of God? He knows He is, but Satan does not follow Christ Jesus. Belief in itself does not make one saved unless there is repentance. To continue in an adulterous affair does not show repentance. Continuing to have sex out of marriage, rob, steal, curse, willfully sin, does not show repentance. True repentance means that one stops doing what they were doing prior to salvation, turning away from wickedness, and following Jesus and His teachings.

Look in Matthew 16:24-26, “24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” This shows “true” repentance.

What saves you is the work of God on your heart, who calls you to Him. It is only by God first regenerating us that we will repent and believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and that we will repent and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ, which is the Gospel. Praying a prayer without “true” repentance and “true” faith in Christ Jesus will not save you! I pray that if you truly do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, that you will come to Him today by believing in Him and repenting from your sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

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Are You Singing Lies?

Were you aware that singing worship songs is making promises to God and His Holy Spirit? Are you singing lies in worship?

A couple of Sundays ago, we sang the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United. I will admit, it’s a great worship song that makes a commitment to follow Christ Jesus to wherever He leads. There is another song that isn’t as popular anymore called “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go” written by B.B. McKinney. This used to be a Baptist favorite.

These two songs are very similar in that they encourage Christians to follow Christ to wherever He leads us, even if it is across oceans to third world countries to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we were singing Oceans, I wondered if those who were singing actually understood their proclamation to God?

In the Bridge of Oceans, the lyrics are:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour.”

The fact is that when we sing worship songs like this, and you are talking to the Holy Spirit, you are making a promise to God that you will open yourself up to whatever and wherever God will lead you and take you. Are you willing to go wherever the Lord sends you? God will use you and He will open up divine appointments and opportunities for you to serve Him. Are you willing to purely trust God to take you to places in our world that you have never thought you would go?

Christians, God wants you and needs you to carry the gospel to others, even to the utmost parts of the world. Will you take a stand for Christ Jesus? Will you go to wherever He calls you? Will your trust be without borders? If we are to make a difference for the gospel of Christ, we must get off the pew and take the gospel out into our communities and into the world in which we live. We must open our mouths and testify to what Jesus has done for us and will do for others, through His love, grace, and mercy. The harvest is ripe. Won’t you trust without borders? Wherever He leads, will you go? He needs you!

Here are the lyrics for Oceans and Wherever He Leads. 

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail): Words and Music by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston & Salomon Lightelm

Verse 1
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand

Chorus
I will call upon Your Name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Verse 2
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Bridge
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour

Last Chorus
I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Wherever He Leads I’ll Go

Written by B.B.McKinney

Verse 1

Take up thy cross and follow Me
I heard my Master say
I gave My life to ransom thee
Surrender your all today

Chorus

Wherever He leads I’ll go
Wherever He leads I’ll go
I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so
Wherever He leads I’ll go

Verse 2

He drew me closer to His side
I sought His will to know
And in that will I now abide
Wherever He leads I’ll go

Verse 3

It may be through the shadows dim
Or o’er the stormy sea
I take my cross and follow Him
Wherever He leadeth me

Verse 4

My heart my life my all I bring
To Christ who loves me so
He is my Master Lord and King
Wherever He leads I’ll go

Will you truly go? Is your faith truly without borders? The harvest is ripe and people’s hearts are searching for the “Truth” which is only found in Jesus, the begotten Son of God. You have sung these words for probably years and yet you have not made any attempt to go and serve the Lord. What is stopping you? When will you go? Will you truly follow Christ to wherever He leads? I pray that you will and that you get off the pew and get engaged in the telling others about the Good News of Jesus Christ!

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I See Spiritually Dead People Everywhere!

As I am walking around town, I see dead people everywhere. They are in the
stores and on the streets. They are everywhere! Many times, other people do not
realize they are seeing them as well, but they are there. The people themselves
may not realize that they are dead, but they are. They are like the walking
dead. This scene sounds like the script of the movie “The Sixth
Sense,” or “The Walking Dead,” but there are people that truly are dead men walking in their sin.

We discussed last week in the post, “But God.” Let us look at this even closer. If you have your Bible, turn to Ephesians 2:1-10,
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in
which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the
prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons
of disobedience— among whom we all once lived
in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the
body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like
the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in
mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when
we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by
grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him
and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so
that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by
grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own
doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so
that no one may boast. 10 For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

As a Christian, before we came to Christ Jesus, we were dead in our sins and
trespasses. What this means is that when we were not following Christ Jesus, we
were headed to Hell. We were living in a world that is controlled by the prince
of this world, Satan himself. This old world is Satan’s domain and we were
previously part of it, but those who have rejected Christ Jesus, they are
currently a “Dead Man Walking” headed for an eternal hell. These
people are everywhere, and they are lost without Jesus.

The people who are dead in their sin and trespasses means that they are
spiritually dead and lost. According to the concordance of the New King James
Study Bible, “Paul refers to a believers old walk. Whether it was a path
of moral carelessness or the dark alley of evil, believers should no longer
walk according to their past evil ways. Believers are saved so that they can
now have a lifestyle characterized by good works. They are to walk worthy of
their calling, which means to walk in love, in light, and in wisdom. Paul
pointed out to the Ephesians that they formally walked according to the world’s
ways and after the prince of the power of the air, namely, the adversarial
spirit Satan. Sons of is a Hebrew way of saying ‘those characterized by.’ Thus
the sons of disobedience are people who disobey, whether Christians or
non-Christians.”

“Walking is a Biblical expression that pictures a believer’s steady,
normal progress with God (Cf. Psalm 1:1).” Walking with Christ Jesus means
that one has been born again into a new creation. If one has asked Jesus into
their heart and life, then they are born again in Christ Jesus. They were once
dead in their sins and trespasses, but now they are alive in Christ Jesus. The
promise of salvation through Christ Jesus is eternal life.

The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23). For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Unless someone is born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Jesus said, I am the way, the truth,
and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). If you
confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes,
resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in
salvation (Romans 10:9-10). And He died for all so that those who live should
no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised
(2 Corinthians 5:15). Listen, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My
voice and opens the door, I will come into him and have dinner with him and he
with Me (Revelation 3:20).

To be made alive in Christ, please pray this prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father, I have sinned against You. I want forgiveness for my
sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I
give you my life to do with as you wish. I want Jesus Christ to come into my
life and into my heart. This I ask in Jesus Name. Amen.

I pray that you will come to Christ Jesus today! I pray that you will be
made alive in Christ Jesus today!

References:

New King James Version Study Bible, 3rd Edition, Earl D. Radmacher, Th.D.
General Editor, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1982) 1767-1768.

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Are You Putting God First? Do You Have Confidence When You Pray?

By Joseph T Lee & Pastor John Baldwin

Over the last two years, we have been dealing with a global pandemic. Our ministry started a prayer group mainly among my sisters and wife. Then we expanded it to others. We have seen prayers answered over the last two years. Many of these answered prayers were truly miracles of people coming to Christ, financial blessings, and healings. Living a Christian walk is not easy, but to have a close and meaningful walk with Christ Jesus, you need to learn to put God first and pray.

The glue that holds our relationship together with our Heavenly Father is His Son Jesus. Jesus taught us how to pray when He taught us the Lord’s Prayer.

Are you praying in your walk with Christ Jesus? If you are not, then something is wrong with your relationship with the Father. You must learn to pray and take all of your petitions to our Heavenly Father.

Pastor John Baldwin preached on this today. I will be giving you a recap on this important topic. The following is an outline of how to pray with confidence.

1. You must pray to your Heavenly Father. Let’s look at Matthew 7:11, “If you then who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him.”

2. Pray in the Name of Jesus. Look at John 14:13-14, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” Also, Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

3. Pray with a forgiving spirit. Look at Mark 11:25, “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

4. Do you believe God will do it? Look at James 1:5-8, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

5. Pray according to God’s will.  When we pray, we should be praying for others or our needs and not our wants. Sometimes our wants are not to God’s will. See 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

If you want to see answers to prayer, you need to get serious and stay serious. We have many important decisions to make in our nation as well in our communities. Praying ALL Petitions to God, our Heavenly Father, is what we should be doing daily. And praying takes dedication. It takes a time commitment. Don’t allow your business, activities, or anything else to come before praying together and taking our petitions to our Heavenly Father.

Reference:Pastor John Baldwin, Message “Confident Prayer,” Berea Baptist Church; July 3, 2022.

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But God …

As we were praying the other night and the Lord brought this Scripture to my mind. It is taken from Ephesians 2:1-10, “2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Prior to Christ Jesus, we were dead in our trespasses and sin. We followed the prince of this world and were headed for a devil’s hell.But God….  You found it in your mercy to save us through your Son Christ Jesus because of your love. Although we were dead in our trespasses and sin, you saved us through your great love through your Son Jesus. You made us alive through Christ Jesus. You saved us through grace through faith. This was not of our own doing but was by a gift of God, not a result of our works, so that no one can boast. We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared before hand, so that we can walk with You!

What about you? Are you walking with Him daily? Are you in a relationship with Christ Jesus? If not, I pray that you will come to Him quickly. Time is short and there may not be a tomorrow for some people. I just read that a local woman was killed while sitting in her disabled car on the shoulder of the interstate. Another vehicle ran off the road and hit her from behind. She died instantly. There are no more tomorrows for her, but if you are reading this post, you have another chance to come to Jesus. I pray that you will choose wisely. I pray that you will ask Him into your heart and into your life today!

For those who have already chosen the way of our Lord and Savior, Praise the Lord! You are a brother and sister in Christ. I am thankful for your decision to follow Jesus! May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace (Cf. Numbers 6:24-26)!

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Who Do You Say That I AM?

This morning, we are going to discuss who Jesus is. Look in Matthew 16 starting in verse 13, “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus went on to tell Peter how He was going to build His Church. Look at verse 17, “And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock  I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.”

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. So here is my question to you. Who is Jesus to you? Is He your Lord and Savior? Is He your everything? Is He in charge of your life? Do you pray to Him and talk with Him? Do you pray to Him about everything that is happening in you life? Do you truly have a “real” relationship with Him? If you proclaim that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, why are you not shouting it from the housetops? Why keep it secret?

I once knew of a young couple who said that their faith was a private matter. Jesus does not want us to keep our Salvation private. The Bible clearly states in Romans 10:9-10, “If you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in Salvation.” These two verses says that you have to open your mouth and confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. You must verbally acknowledge that Jesus is Lord. Why not share your faith with others so they will come to Christ Jesus?

I will tell you, without a shadow of any doubt, Jesus is Lord of my life. He is everything to me. I cannot imagine living life without Him in my life. I speak to Him daily in prayer and He speaks to me through His Scriptures. His Holy Spirit dwells in me and teaches me and guides me through life. I love the laws of our Heavenly Father. I love His ways. For me, I no longer desire the worldly life that I used to live. I desire all that Christ Jesus has to offer me. He is my Lord and Savior. When I go to sleep, I am thinking about Him. When I wake in the morning, I am thinking about Him. It’s a relationship that I do not want to live without. How about you?

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