Friday, September 19, 2008

Magnify Christ

Philipians Chapter 1:20-21
20. According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
21. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

I often think I would prefer to die and go on to be with the Lord. But I am not dead. So I have to ask myself…is Christ being magnified in my body? As long as we ARE alive, Christ should be magnified in our bodies.

Preaching Christ

Philipians Chapter 1:15-18
15. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16. The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17. But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.
18. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

It seems like we have talked lately about the sincerity of preachers, about their dedication to prayer and whether or not they were making merchandise of us. Paul reminds us here that whether for profit or for Jesus, either way Christ is preached…Praise God.

Remember also the the Lord said in Isaiah:
Isaiah 55:11
11. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

After Life

Hell is real.

Do not be deceived. Hell is real. After death comes the judgement and we will either go to heaven or hell. It is real.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Judgment

Amos 7:1-8
1 Thus hath the Lord GOD showed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? For he is small.
3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
4 Thus hath the Lord GOD showed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

Amos prayed and God forgave…twice. How many judgments can we avert by prayer? And are we praying? God gave Amos visions, Amos “beseeched” Him and the Lord repented and turned away the punishment. This is powerful.

7 Thus he showed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.
8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumb line. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

This is the part I really want to bring out. The plumb line is still here, in the midst of His people. We will be measured against the plumb line. Look at it hanging beside you. Does it show you to be straight? The plumb line doesn’t lie.

Trinity

1st John Chapter 5
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

In this format the trinity is easy to accept. We all have a self, a word and a spirit. And by His Word the heavens and earth were created. The Father obviously has a Word and He obviously has a Spirit. And it is self evident that these are one and the same person. But who can give flesh to his word? Our words are as nothing. They have no physical presence. However, they can do great and terrible things. They can lift people up and they can destroy people. God was able to give His Word a body of flesh that we could see and touch. And that body of flesh spoke the Word, that we might know God. Praise God!