The devil is Real, Resist him!

So, I have just returned from a mission trip to Haiti.  God is doing wonderful things there and I am so honored and blesses to be able to experience some of that in the little time I was able to.  Praise God for all He has done!

The devil is very active in Haiti with more than half the people here practicing voodoo of one form or another. In preparing for this trip, I have encountered obstacles and distractions, opposition and even doubt.  But I needed to stay strong in the Lord and pray often.  I also noticed that during this week, I was often distracted while praying or skipped my morning prayers.  I did make sure to read my Bible every day which encouraged me to pray.  I had to keep my mind on God and pray as often as I can for the mission, for the kids, and for what I am doing while I am here.  James said to resist the devil and I did just that as much as I could.  Seeking God’s word and asking him for protection and guidance always works, even when things get tough.  God wasn’t necessarily visible this trip, but I know He was there and I can see the work He is doing at the mission.

Anyways, we all go through struggles in life and wonder if we are doing the right thing or does God really hear us and things like that at one time or another.  The devil likes to put lies in your head, but remember that his desire is to destroy your faith and keep you from sharing God’s love and grace and prevent others from a saving relationship in Jesus Christ. Continue reading “The devil is Real, Resist him!”

Revelation: Who is God?

“Holy, holy, holy,

Lord God Almighty,

Who was and is and is to come!”…

“You are worthy, O Lord,

To receive glory and honor and power;

For You created all things,

And by Your will they exist and were created.”  Revelation 4:8, 11

Who is God?  What is His character and attributes?  There are scriptures throughout the Bible that describe Him and who He is.  For this post, I will use the Book of Revelation to try to share who God is.  He is the great, almighty God who is worthy to receive all of our blessings and worship.  He has given us everything.  He created us and He loves us.

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What is Palm Sunday About?

Many celebrate Palm Sunday, the week before Easter.  For Jews, it is the start of the Passover.  Jesus and His disciples comes to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread.  It was a time to commemorate God’s deliverance of the nation.  Jesus came to deliver the world.  A week later, He would be betrayed, arrested, mocked, beaten, stripped and crucified, and resurrected on the third day after His death.  Jesus came to this earth for that purpose.

So what is the significance of Palm Sunday?  What was it about?  It was described in all four gospels.  It was prophesied in the Old Testament.  I think it was significant for a few reasons.  First, it was proclaimed to all of Israel that He was the Messiah.  Many Jews flocked to Jerusalem.  When they saw Jesus, they worshipped Him.  Many worshipped Him because it was shortly after He raised Lazarus from the dead and they either witnessed this firsthand, or heard of the news of what Christ had done.  Second, He was fulfilling prophesy and it was time to reveal who He was and why He had come. Continue reading “What is Palm Sunday About?”

What is our Assurance? Part 2

clouds and fire

This is the second part of scriptures on eternal security.  Are we forever saved once we accept Christ as Lord and Savior?  Or can we lose our salvation?  What do you think?  More on that in the future.  Before reading, please be sure to read through my previous post in Part 1.  When you finish and think about it. please comment.  I hope to get a good discussion.  I have friends who believe one of each of the arguments, some who may not believe in either.  I hope as you search the scriptures and pary to God, that you will have clarity.  Whatever the case may be, may you be blessed and may the Holy Spirit speak to your heart. Continue reading “What is our Assurance? Part 2”

What is our Assurance? Part 1

gates to heaven or hell

A question that often comes up and there is much debate is “do we have assurance of eternal life?” Or “can we lose our salvation once we have obtained it?”  Or is it ‘once saved always saved?’ I have my opinion, but I am going to withhold it for now and just give you some scriptures that talk about this very subject.  I will let you read these and let you decide for yourself.  As you read, I suggest that you pray and ask God to reveal the truth and speak to you through these scripture before reading.  Ask Him to remove any bias or preconceptions and read as though this is the first time you have read or heard of this subject.  Then, read the context of each of these (read part 1 and part 2 before making any conclusions).  Read the chapter before and after.  Ask yourself, who is the author speaking to?  What is his intent?  Is he speaking about a certain group of people?  Is he speaking literally or hypothetically?  After doing all that, pray again.  Then, make a conclusion.  Please write a comment.  I would like to see what you think. Continue reading “What is our Assurance? Part 1”