Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Hebrews 6:7-8 GW
God blesses the earth. So rain often falls on it, and it produces useful crops for farmers. However, if the earth produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
In the coming days, there will be a fire from the Lord which will burn throughout the earth. Those areas of unrighteousness which have refused to submit to the glory of God will indeed face the fire of God. The bible says judgement comes first to the house of God. Will the church be in right standing with our God? More importantly will I be found in right standing for the Lord? The fire of the Lord will come whether we are ready or not. We will be judged by our actions through or through not by our faithfulness in the Lord. What will the Lord find in us? What will be the outcome? Paul, the Apostle, gives us an indication of the fire we shall endure.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 GW
As a skilled and experienced builder, I used the gift that God gave me to lay the foundation ⌊for that building⌋. However, someone else is building on it. Each person must be careful how he builds on it. After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ. People may build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw. The day will make what each one does clearly visible because fire will reveal it. That fire will determine what kind of work each person has done. If what a person has built survives, he will receive a reward. If his work is burned up, he will suffer ⌊the loss⌋. However, he will be saved, though it will be like going through a fire.
The fire is the judgement and through judgement our ranking in God will be determined. If we have built our own ministry without the Lord then that will be burned up in the fire. Denominations, man-made orginzations, will be placed through the fire and will be burnt to a crisp. The things they did, which were through Christ, will remain and become precious stones. Everthing else will be like wood, hey, and stuble and burn like a wig on fire.
The good thing about the fire of God is that it is eternal and on going. This means His fire is working today. If embraced can work through us in the here and now. His fire can develop and correct our humanistic ambitions. It can teach us to resist the worldly trinkets and allow us to run deeper to Him. Oh that we may run deeper to Him in these last days! May the fire of God burn inside of us and consume us like the burning bush. The judgement fire of Christ can't consume something that is already consumed by the holy fire of God. It can only add to it. The key is to live through the fire of God now. We must embrace his fire in the now and all will be in His will on the day of judgement. Embrace the fire of the Lord today!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
The world started the disposition of being in the last days on the day of Pentecost some 1,900 years ago. We have been under the umbrella of the last days for quit some time now, and we are patiently waiting for the final day of the last days. ( Last Day of the Last Days.) The Apostle Peter declared this truth in the book of Acts. He referred to the prophecy from the book of Joel and declared this prophecy's starting point.
Since we are undeniably in the Last Days, then what is the mission for the believers? What is the message we should be preaching and teaching? What should believers do until the Lord's return? We have heard it several times that we should preach the gospel to all around the world. This part is true but what else is there? What did the Apostles speak about? What was their main focus? What are we doing today that is superficial and what has taken the back seat?
One of my favorite passages is found in Acts 2:42-47. It simply declares what the church was doing after Jesus Ascension.
What were the teachings that all the disciples of Christ were devoted too? Some of the apostles wrote letters to the churches of the time and these letters were used to have a documented account of Jesus' teachings and the teachings of Holy Spirit. The Apostles listened to Holy Spirit to ensure the message was straight from the Lord and not man-made jargon. They had a Last Days message which was consistent across the first century church. Below is a list.
The Last Days Message:
1. The Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, and Return of Christ
2. The baptism of water and from Holy Spirit
3. The purpose of the church.
4. Helping each other and pouring into each other's lives.
5. Preached against sin and unrighteousness
6. Preached about eternal judgement
7. Preached about the resurrection of the church.
8. Eternity with God.
There are more you can add to this list and break down into sub-categories. I tried to give an overview of the main doctrines. Regardless, the body of Christ should be about preaching and teaching these doctrines in these last Days. We should understand them in order to articulate the teachings to others.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
What if I told you that Jesus was returning sometime this year? What if I gave you 2014 reasons why Jesus will return this year? The Truth of the matter is that I can't. Many people have tried to predict our Savior's imminent return but have overwhelmingly failed. Scripture is very clear that no man will know the hour or day of Christ's return. Read the scripture below spoken by Jesus himself.