“The Best Is Yet to Come”

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. — Hebrews 11:39 NLT

Hebrews 11:32-40 NLT

All the people mentioned in Chapter 11’s Faith Hall of Fame were used greatly by God because they remained faithful to God through all of their trials and temptations. They earned a good reputation while they were here on earth, but none of them received all that God has promised them and us. The total fulfillment of the promises is yet to come. More of the promises were fulfilled at Calvary and after the resurrection. But the “better” thing that God had in mind for them and for us will only be given to all of us when Jesus returns to take us home to live with Him for eternity. By faith, we hang onto the hope of the complete fulfillment of all of God’s promises. Now we only get to see glimpses, but one day we will see all of it clearly.

12 Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me. — 1 Cor 13:12 NIV

“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous

Post 12-05-2019

“Search My Heart, O Lord”

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21 You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too. – 1 Cor. 10:21 NLT
 
When we take the Communion, we are all symbolically partaking of the same body and the same blood. This has been true ever since Jesus set the example with the disciples in the Upper Room. No matter what time it is in eternity, we are all bound together by that one body and one blood and it will be culminated in heaven when we all partake of the Communion at the great banquet table. So, we should never defile that practice by partaking of anything that has been sacrificed to idols or to demons of any sort. We cannot serve two masters and our God is a jealous God. We do not want to provoke Him.
13 But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), —Exodus 34:13, 14 NKJV
While we may not bow to wooden or golden images, we can still have things that we treasure more dearly than our relationship with God. These things or people are just as much an idol as any graven image. Each of us needs to ask the Holy Spirit to show us the things in our lives that grieve Him. Those things are our idols.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlastingPsalm 139:23, 24 NKJV

“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous

Post 02-24-2018

Do We Still Worship Idols Today?

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.


4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.–Exodus 20:4-5a (NLT)
4 “Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.–Leviticus 19:4 (NLT)
​Our quick response to this question is probably “No.” But think about it for a little while. The better answer might be that we don’t make any statues or images and bow down before them. But where is your focus most of the time? Do you work the hours you work because it is necessary or to feed the need for material possessions? If it is to feed the need then money and material possessions have become your idol. Is God first in every decision you make? If not, then whatever you choose over Him is your god. What do you focus your thoughts on most of the day? Is it Jesus? How much time do you devote to prayer, meditation and Bible study each day? If there is anything in your life that you would not give up if Jesus ask you to, that is an idol. If you compromise your stand on Christianity to please someone, then that person is your idol and god. If our opinions and likes are more important than treating others with respect, then they have become our god. God doesn’t want to be the #1 god in our lives, He wants to be and has every right to be the ONLY GOD IN OUR LIFE. Anything less is an insult to who He is and shows ingratitude for all He has done for us.
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