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Devotionals for Thursday:   12-15-2016      

A Gift that keeps on giving… Place this Gift in the hearts of many…

“In the heart” why the heart? Because the heart and the brain are in sync.  Your emotion sends a message to your heart and the pulse which is generated by your heart, and what seen is inputted into your heart via the brain.

The marvelous sunrise will give you a feeling of tranquility that sends a serene message that calms your pulse as you delight in God’s wonderful creation. So, let us use what God has provided as our moments of peace and knowing Joy abounds in your life because of Jesus.

Commentary:

Can you recall what you gave to your kids, friends of associates a year ago?  Or what you received from any of them? Maybe, but the gift may just about be ready to be replaced as its usefulness will expire.

Legacy is an inheritance, a gift that is from a bequest that would be endowed to the beneficiary such as your children or to a charitable organization.  The vanity of man often leads to an endowment in a foundation that will bear the name of the founder… Sometimes it is more than vanity and may be a ‘giving-back’ to society what the grantor may have gained though the exploitation of a patent, a product or a business enterprise.

Like the grantor of the Nobel Prize ‘Nobel” Alfred Bernhard Nobel was an ­inventor who made a tidy fortune in dynamite and other chemicals. When he died at 63 in 1896, the childless bachelor left behind a hand-scrawled will leaving most of his estate to a new foundation that would reward scientific and cultural achievement.

While the Nobel Fund is an ‘earthly-endowment’ this will be useless in the world to come. Only what’s done by Christ and for Christ will last. And His Priceless-Gift will be the only ‘Everlasting-Gift’.  And this gift is Priceless and cannot be bought with earthly money, nor can we earn it, steal it, take it nor inherit it.  It is only by ‘Grace’ that we can receive it, ‘Grace’ because we could never be good enough to receive it, and therefore, it is not because we deserve it nor we have done enough good to get it, it is offered freely once we Ask…

His Promise / His Faithfulness:

  1. Factually our Lord is not asking for your love because of fear of Him. He said “If we love Him keep His commandments” Just like when He came, He came as a Man and not as a King or as God Incarnate, The angel did make known… Matthew 1: 23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
  2.  1 John 3:22
    and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3:21-23 (in Context) 1 John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  3. 1 John 5:3
    For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
    1 John 5:2-4 (in Context) 1 John 5 (Whole Chapter)

Our Lord needs nothing from us, except our Love and in exchange for this He offered Ever-Lasting Life.  What a ‘Gift’

Our Lord is a loving God, but He is also a God of a Consuming Fire…  We need to know this; and because He loves us, He wants only the best for us… What is the best? His Grace and His Love, so why is the Bible saying that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom?  Because to not fear Him and to continue to sin, we are mocking our Lord.  How would you like to be told by someone that you are a good and reliable person, and behind your back this person slanders you and tells everyone the opposite and say that you are no good and you are not trustworthy?  The person slandering you probably do not fear you nor really loves you, as this ‘friend’ would not be really a friend indeed, rather he is your enemy.

So, to sin and not knowing the retribution of sin promised by the Lord, is the way of a ‘foolish individual.

Our Lord wants a ‘Sincere relationship, and sincerity is achieved only by a true relationship without any infidelity or action that will blemish the relationship, in other word let’s not attempt to Mock God, as He said, He will not be mocked… as Vengeance is His.

Good News: Coming to the Lord:

Lord today as I accept Your Peace, I will not fear what man can do, as You have provided Your Armor…

Prayer: Our Father in Heaven in Jesus we come. Thank You Lord Jesus that through You our Savior we are made Joint-Heirs to Your Kingdom. Today we bring Your Salvation to the global community by Your will and are privileged to serve You Lord Jesus through this Good News network, Lord we pray that our Visitors will be guided by Your Good News and that they will be brought to You Lord; as the angels, will celebrate for every sinner that repents. Lord Jesus we pray in Your Holy name and to You Jesus our Sovereign God in One of our Father and Creator, to You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory, Now and Forevermore… Amen.

Praise:    

English:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXSBMyQ5ppk&list=RDhXSBMyQ5ppk#t=0

Chinese:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zxFKUfuDfs&list=PLv6Pd2KKiF_fujTzVQVS9CWTzgHSlkjPn

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Devotionals for Wednesday: 12-14-2016      

What to give this Christmas? Give a lasting Gift…

The Gift of God is ‘Priceless’ meaning all the wealth in the world cannot buy it and it is not sold in stores or on the Internet, you cannot ‘Order’ it, and you cannot copy it, nor own it under your terms.   There is no testing or qualifying for you to receive God’s Priceless Gift, and above all it is irreplaceable and it is Fully-Insured.

As we continue our Christ-MAS series, the First-Gift declared by the Angels… Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.In Context | Full Chapter | 

Today where is the ‘great-joy’? do not look around, you may not find it.  The Joy of the Lord is within your heart, when you know Jesus.

The Gift of God was to all (the Masses) and Jesus the ‘Christ’ is Emmanuel… Anointed by the Father, and Jesus is the Image of the invisible God, as no one has ever seen God, except Jesus. John 6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Philippians 4:4-9  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God’s Insurance is not on the Gift that He gives, His Assurance is on your life assuring you of an eternal life in the place of splendor as John outlined in Revelation.Revelation 21:18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. In Context | Full Chapter | 

While you will be in the place of Splendor,  the real ‘Reward’ will not be just this place of ‘Pure-Gold’ we will all be rewarded as Jesus is bringing His rewards with Him… Revelation 22:12  [ Jesus Testifies to the Churches ] “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. In Context | Full Chapter | 

God’s Priceless Gift is offered to all, but we must individually ‘accept’ it…You must first know the Giver and acknowledge Him. Would you accept a gift from a thief or a bandit?  Accepting such a gift knowing that the giver is an evil person, how would you enjoy that gift?  But a gift given by a truly sincere-giver given with good intent to you or us that is well-meaning to be of benefit to you or us will be well received, by His gift of Grace we are able to not just know of Jesus but to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him.

Jesus said… John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does  not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Will it be the Third Time or the Second time when Jesus returns?

TEXT: Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. In Context | Full Chapter |

Matthew 1:  23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Chronologically it will be the Third time… Because on the First day of God’s Creation, He said “Let there be Light” and there was Light…  Yesterday we mentioned the Big-Bang theory the term used by man to describe what we cannot explain; but as we say there was a ‘BIG’ Bang and this was the First-Advent of Christ.

So, looking at the beginning there was Christ… and the Virgin ‘Child’ who 2,016 years ago came for His second visit, and soon we may see Him again.  His third-coming is TBD (To be determined) but this day is already determined by God The Father.

Prayer:  Father in Heaven, in Jesus our Redeemer we come in Your Holy presence. We lift You up before all. Thank You Lord for opening the doors to bring hundreds of Visitors to visit these sites; Lord we are privileged to be Your messenger and we thank You for Your blessings. Lord Jesus open our minds and grant us wisdom and let our readers grasp the Good News of Your Salvation. Lord as we bring Your message to many, let the substance of what we present be from You our Lord. We thank You for the many Visitors and Lord open their mind and let Your Holy Spirit be indwelling for Your Glory. We pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus and to You be the Glory and the Power now and forevermore… Amen.

 

Praise: 
English:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xwzItqYmII&list=RDU6I6orjM3NI

Spanish:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osIAzyU5umI&list=PLA3373C585051AD66

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw-dEMIMJJc&list=PL5DA6B3BED7BB96E6  

Things to remember:

To remain calm, always knowing that our Lord is in Charge and nothing happens before He wants it to happen by HIS Providence.

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Devotionals for Tuesday: 12-13-2016             

Who is on your Gift List?

Think of: Brothers, Sisters, Sons, Daughters, Grand-children, Parents, Neighbors, Pastors, Co-workers and others.  To send gifts to all the above it will be a small fortune… But there is a Gift that you can give and when received it will keep on giving, what is this gift?  It is the gift of the Good News.

The Good News is the Gospel, and the Gospel is all about Jesus.  The disciples of Christ did not have the Gospel, they lived the Gospel as they walked with the Lord. They witnessed His Crucifixion and His Divine Resurrection.

Today we are privileged to have the Synoptics of Matthew, Mark, Luke and the Gospel of John.  Jesus spent forty days with them after His Resurrection.  The writing of John in the book of Revelation revealed the glorious future of what God has endowed for each of us.  God’s Reward is declared in Revelation.

So, today make the selection of giving the Good-News to as many as you may.

1 Chronicles 16:23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

Isaiah 61:1 (This is what Jesus read in the Temple) [The Good News of Salvation ] “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; In Context | Full Chapter | 

Jesus, ‘The Christ’… He is Emmanuel (God with Us) as we look to the day of Christ-Mas, because He Jesus the anointed Holy One of the Father was and is declared for the Masses…

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. In Context | Full Chapter | 

The Text above said….”to all people”

The good news of ‘Great-Joy’ is…  ‘Bring forth a Son and shall call His Name Jesus’ Luke 1:30-32New King James Version (NKJV)

30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

The Glory of the New Jerusalem

22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Revelation 22: Jesus Testifies to the Churches

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

What a Privilege given by Jesus who redeemed us out of darkness into Light as He Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star.

This Christ-Mas give the Good News!... Praise our Lord Jesus for His Faithfulness.

Colossians 1:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father in Jesus our Lord and Savior we come… Lord Jesus today as we given this privilege of gifting Your Good-News Lord, we thank You and we give You the Glory as only by Your Grace we are saved.  Lord bless our Visitors as we ask Your guidance upon all during this season of Advent. Lord we look to that day when You our Reward will be with us. To You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:  Lord I lift You up on High –Credit MercyMe

English:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6I6orjM3NI&list=RDU6I6orjM3NI#t=3

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2nKqRQvI_A&list=PL0E4FAAB82D7C9664

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzAi1ITmooQ&list=PLmRtGsDjFMjsVTsgcofhLG3ylXSOuE2q1

Remember:  Our Lord’s will for us today is: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Devotionals for Monday 12-12-2016

Are you wishing for Peace & Joy?...

Focus: Wishing is defined… a desire, longing, or strong inclination for a specific thing.

The dictionary defined ‘Wishing’ without the mention of ‘Hoping’

Wishing for ‘Peace & Joy’ is already fulfilled… but most do not know this.

John 14:27 [Full Chapter] Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

There is a caveat to the above statement as Jesus said…Matthew 10:13

If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Who will determine of your household is worthy? Only the Lord can determine if our household is worthy.  Therefore, we cannot just declare ‘Peace’ as is must be from the heart.

So let us reason together… Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.In Context | Full Chapter | 

Hope is defined as looking forward to something unseen… (Hope is mentioned 151 times in the New King James Bible)

Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Our Hope is found on nothing else but the Blood of Jesus… On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand…All other is sinking sand…

Action/Coming to our Lord:

We can come to our Lord Jesus Boldly, as He give us Victory in Him:

1 John 5:3-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

1 John 4:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Conclusion: 

Today is the most important day in your life, because? Today you can make Reconciliation with the most important person ever.  Look at what He is saying…

 1 John 5:14-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

Prayer: Our Father in Heaven in Jesus we come. Thank You Lord Jesus that through You our Savior we are made Joint-Heirs to Your Kingdom. We are privileged to serve You Lord Jesus through this Good News network, Lord we pray that our Visitors will be guided by Your Good News and that they will be brought to You Lord; Lord bless this day as we go forward in Faith and knowing that all our needs are provided and we give You thanks knowing that Your faithfulness and Your Covenant will never change. We pray in Your Holy name and to You Jesus our Sovereign God in One of our Father and Creator, is the Power and the Glory, Now and Forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkMapZB8qMk

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH3Ew7ozWVI&list=RDuH3Ew7ozWVI#t=11

Chinese:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzAi1ITmooQ&list=PLmRtGsDjFMjsVTsgcofhLG3ylXSOuE2q1

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Devotionals for Sunday:
 12-11-2016
Focus:   Celebrate the greatest events ever to happen on earth, be ready for the next greatest & final event…

Event One: 2,016 Years ago, … The Birth of Jesus…Messiah
Luke 2:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.


Event Two: 1,983 Years Ago – The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, the Lamb of God
John 20:1-3 (NKJV) The Empty Tomb Christ’s Resurrection…
20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”


Event Three: a date TBD - The Coming of the Lord, Jesus Triumphant return…
Matthew 24:30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
 Event Three will be the greatest event of all…

The Coming of the Son of Man
24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.27 And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.
No One Knows the Day or Hour

Coming to the Lord…
Matthew 24:36 [ No One Knows the Day or Hour] “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:22-23 (in Context) Romans 6 (Whole Chapter) 

What a disappointing outcome? To be paid by death…how could one choose to work and be paid by being killed? Would you take this job? Certainly not.  But we enroll for this job everyday.  So, let’s stop and step out of this line and join the line that offers the Free Gift of Eternal Life offered by Christ Jesus.  

Jesus Christ our Redeemer ascended to the Throne of Righteousness and He is our Mediator. Jesus also said “No one come to the Father except through Him” 
John 14:6 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:5-7 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter)

Principle: 2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

His Promise / His Faithfulness:
Ephesians 1:7 (NASB)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

The most important day of your Christian Life is TODAY!

Text: 1 Timothy 2:5-6
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.


Commentary: 
Yesterday is Gone… Tomorrow when it comes it will be ‘Today’ but the moment in time is Now! What are you doing about your Christian life?  Stop and first know that He is God, Each day when we meet a friend or even a stranger we would say, How are You? Have you said Good Morning Lord? What are we thinking? We are thinking about Him, because He is REAL.

Prayer: Heavenly Father in Jesus our Lord and Savior we come… Lord Jesus as You have said, no one comes to the Father unless through You, we acknowledge that you Lord Jesus is One in the Father in His Holy Spirit and we are privileged to be in Your Holy Presence. Lord today we thank You for this day as it is a day to give You our Love and Praises knowing that we shall see You on that day. Lord we thank You for our Visitors and we ask Your Divine blessing for all. We go in faith and to You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:
English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ww6c0wdIM4 
Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c73KbYvsIDc&list=RDc73KbYvsIDc#t=0 
Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqVd66zkQKc 


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Devotionals for Saturday:     12-10-2016

The advent of God… How much more important could it be? The King is coming, and He is God Almighty…

A favorite song, the King is coming sung by Bev Shea the beloved solo singer of the Billy Graham Organization, Bev is now in heaven singing praises to the King.

We acknowledge Jesus our Messiah… who came 2016 years ago, today is the 13th day of Advent as we look to His return.

Messiah means... ’The Anointed Leader’, and Jesus is ‘The Christ’ anointed as the Holiest of Holy by God the Father, as the angels declared Emmanuel…” God among Us”.

Time is a limited period or interval, as between two successive events: God’s time is not governed by our world clock. 

 While the Bible referred to Morning, Evening and the next day in the creation, we assume that this is as the Sunset and Sunrises.  Therefore, God and Yeshua/Jesus did at the beginning created it all, and we are all His ‘Prized-possession’ as all things were ‘spoken’ into existence, but Human He made with His own hands and breathed life into His prized possession.

God said… “Let there be Light’ and thee was Light.  This on the first day, the Sun was not placed into the heavens until the fourth day.  Then God said…” Let US” create, No one has ever seen God, except His Son, therefore, Yeshua/Jesus came on the scene on the first day as Jesus testified…

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

In Context | Full Chapter | 

His Advent is eminent as our Messiah said… Matthew 24:30

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. In Context | Full Chapter | 

The Good News is that those in Christ will be spared.  History and Time in which we are today, the world’s events are very parallel to what is stated in the following Word of Jesus… The Great Tribulation

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 

Verse 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

To clarify the above, referenced to the shortening of the days for His elect’s sake refers to those He called, (before the great tribulation) and the reference to 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. This refers to those who are still alive that will be gathered as stated in…

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

How can all the above be Good News?  Think of this, if you were a passenger on the Titanic enjoying the sumptuous meals, music and entertainments, but somehow you received a warning message to be prepared for the coming disaster, this would be ‘Good News’ as the message also told you how to escape the coming ship-wreck.

The parallel to the above is the warning Jesus gave 1,983 years ago, and in God’s timeline this is like yesterday.  Jesus also said… 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 

So, we have the Good-News today…  Romans 8:1 New King James Version (NKJV) Free from Indwelling Sin

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Let us thank our Lord for His Good News, and the Good News is that Christ our Redeemer Lives! And He is returning…

Prayer: Lord Jesus we come knowing that You are on the Throne of Righteousness and no one comes to the Father unless through You. Lord today as we seek your Divine guidance and thank You for our Visitors and we ask Your Providence and above all Your Redemption on us all.  Lord bless this day as we go with the Peace from you knowing that You our Redeemer Lives and we can boldly come to You. Lord in Faith we go with your Assurance. We pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus to You are the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English/Spanish/Chinese:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_Q-dK1ShA4&list=RDMMo_Q-dK1ShA4

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Devotionals for Friday: 12-09-2016

Topic:     To grow you must eat…To be spiritually strong, we need God’s spiritual nourishment, get it now, it is fully paid for…

What is Spiritual Food? 

TEXT: Matthew 4:4 (Jesus said…)

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ In Context | Full Chapter | 


Spiritually or physically fit? Can you balance the diet to achieve ‘Wellness’…Wellness is defined as: the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.

The ‘Mind’ is a powerful function and is vital to our daily routine in this world. It is more advanced than the algorithm that does some of the thinking as I type.  These are ‘Intuitive’ step by step processes that are coded in computer programming.  Technology has expanded to self-driving trucks and cars, but still these are ‘Mindless’ and as we saw, the Tesla® self-driving car that failed to recognize the tractor-trailer truck and ran into the truck killing the occupant.  (Here we read that the driver was sitting in the backseat enjoying his virtual chauffeured driven car, his reliance of technology went a little too far).

In life while we enjoy the ride, let us listen to what Jesus said… ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

To achieve Spiritual-Fitness, we will define… What is Christianity? Is it a religion? Is it a form of a doctrine? Or is it a customary form of worship?

                  Answer: none of the above. Surprised? Yes and no… Jesus said “You must be born again”.

                  To be a   ‘Christian’ one must Know Christ…

Text: John 3

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The New Birth

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The answer to ‘What is Christianity? It is: Who is a Christian… It is defined as one that is ‘Born-Again’ it does not describe a person that is ‘just’ a ‘Church member’ or a follower of the group, but a ‘Follower of Christ’

Christianity can be considered a form of religion, but in Christendom there is no form of religion. You are either a Christian or you are not. Being born in a Christian family will not make you a Christian by default.  A Christian is one who has a personal relationship with the Lord.

The difference is to ‘Know of’ Jesus versus to ‘KnowJesus’…

Have you ever seen the little plaque that reads…’Jesus is my Co-Pilot’? Is this person following God or is he telling God to follow him?  There are many phases that are actually putting our Lord in ‘Second-Place’

Until we come to the realization that HE IS PRE-EMINENT and then give Him 1st Place in our lives, there is nothing He will do for you…   Why? Because we ask God for so many things, but many times one may ask or even say; I am still waiting Lord, so?  Unless we ask in His name and what is sought is intended for one’s spiritual growth and what we seek will equip us to serve Him, otherwise we are barely existing.  He wants us to have an abundant life ‘IN HIM”

Remember the Bible said… we will never be ashamed in serving Him.   When we focus on our Lord, all things fall into place as He is the Head, the Beginning and the End and His ‘Ending’ is a ‘Beginning’ of great things that he has prepared for us.  Jesus is looking for you just as He was coming to see Zaccheus, and when Zaccheus was converted, this is what Jesus said… “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 19:8

Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”

In Context | Full Chapter 

Conclusion:

Come to Him just as you are, there is no need to prepare to rehearse your speech, just come in total humbleness and ask to be forgiven our sin, tell Him that you repent and with total conviction surrender to Him and ask Him to come into Your Heart and make you a new creation in Him. To find resources of spiritual growth, go to our How to be Saved Page.

  http://goodnewsforever.org/How_to_be_Saved.html

Principle:                Our Lord is always on Time and never behind, He Leads and we follow.

Prayer:   Father we come in Jesus our Redeemer, Lord Jesus our Eternal Sovereign God, Lord we thank You for our Visitors, let each day be a day of Grace, and let Your Blessings flow to us and to each other’s that we interact with. Lord we place You on High, and we stand at the empty Cross knowing that You ascended to the Throne of Righteousness, and we are privileged to come as You intercedes for us. Lord, we pray for our Nation and we ask that Your will be done and bring us to You so that You may heal our land. Lord we pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus to You is the Power and the Glory now and Forevermore… Amen.

Praise:                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ww6c0wdIM4

Chinese:                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIg4jptBArY

Spanish:                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw-dEMIMJJc&list=PL5DA6B3BED7BB96E6

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Devotionals for Thursday:    12-08-2016

S.O.S. the Universal distress message… It is the International Morse-Code In popular usage. This is the universal distress call for: Mayday!  (this is the correct meaning)

For many of us we need to apply this to:

  • Stop Over Spending
  • Save our Ship
  • Save Our Souls

SOS also stands for Same Old Story… Today as we address Who can really Save us, and what do you need to be saved from?

Today’s News... Famine, War, Earthquake(s) Mass-Refugees and more, what’s next? 

This is a ‘Good News site, but we have to mention the above as they affirmed the Good News of God’s Words. How can the ‘bad-news’ be good News?  Because you have been called… Called to be a member of God’s Royal-Priesthood.

Before we quote the Text, we must preface that this is not a ‘doomsday’ message it is just a reminder that the Word of God is a Two-edged sword and it is swift…

Text:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Matthew 24:7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Good News… 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Question of the day… Are we listening and hearing God’s call? His calling may not be in your ‘In-Box’.  His calling is sent by a more advanced method… By the Lord to our sub-conscious mind.

So, being chosen… be relieved that you are not in the middle of the News… but even if you are, He will guard you…

Luke 4:10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; In Context | Full Chapter | 

Rejoice! This is the keyword of the Angel’s message of ‘Great-Joy’ Luke 2:10

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

In Context | Full Chapter | 

Remember, Happiness is only for a while, Joy is eternal (in Him)

His Promise:

Jesus said… “I will never leave you nor forsake you”, but first we HAVE TO KNOW HIM, even though our Lord is omniscient with infinite awareness, He also said, Ask, Seek and Knock, therefore A-S-K must be applied in a relationship with our Lord.

Psalm 103:5
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 
Psalm 103:4-6 (in Context) Psalm 103 (Whole Chapter) 

His Faithfulness:

Romans 8:1
[ Life Through the Spirit ] Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  
Romans 8:1-3 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)

Action / Coming to our Lord:

We can come to our Lord Boldly, as He is waiting to welcome us with open arms.

Conclusion:

Our message today covered:

  1. Our inability to come to God without Jesus,
  2. Death does not cancel our Judgment
  3. We do not ever die
  4. His Redemption
  5. Our Acceptance
  6. A Privilege granted by our Savior…” No Condemnation”
  7. Living a Victorious Life by His invitation.
  8. Going to His Kingdom by His Seal (His Blood of Atonement)

Principles: THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL IS JESUS CHRIST WHO PAID IT ALL

Prayer:

Heavenly Father we come in Jesus our Redeemer. Jesus our Sovereign Eternal God in One of our Father and Creator, we thank You for Your Redemption. Lord today as we stand in Faith knowing that You are on the Throne of Righteousness and Intercedes for us; we are blessed by Your Grace, Lord bless our Visitors. Lord You said we can come boldly to You as the Curtain was torn revealing You as our High Priest and our Eternal Savior, we thank You Lord Jesus, and give You first place in our lives. We pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus and to You is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English/Spanish/Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_Q-dK1ShA4&list=RDMMo_Q-dK1ShA4

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Devotionals for Wednesday: 12-07-2016

What is the center of your life? The apple of your eye?

Insight for today We are to live for the Glory of God not the glory of Self, serving others in His name is laying up treasures in Heaven. as he commanded: “Love one Another

Could the most important thing on your mind today be one of the following?

  1. Families
  2. Health
  3. Finances
  4. Work
  5. The Lord - Church
  6. Neighbor/Friends

If it is Neighbor, then you are on a good pathway, because you may be at peace with items 1 through 5, these being either well taken care of or at least under-control sufficient to the point to be able to consider your neighbor.  Then Thank our Lord for this. On the other hand, if any of the items 1 thru 5 needs tending to, there is a source to get help and not just superficial help, but Divine help.  You may say… I need help and I have been praying and not getting any results. We like to say that God moves in a Divine way and not a mysterious way. Sometimes it appears that God is not hearing us, and we are not seeing any changes. 

Remember Jacob when he encountered problem while staying in Shechem? The first thing he told his family to do was to get rid of the foreign gods. This event is told in Genesis 34 and 35, as Jacob prayed The Lord re-assured him of the plan for him that he would inherit the land of his father and his offspring would be; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you.

In our own lives, the same applies, get rid of the foreign gods, an idol can be anything that we place more emphasis on in front of our Lord.  Could this be any of the items 1 thru 4? Certainly, the Lord will not mind your focus on 5 & 6 as these are what Jesus said we were to have on our mind.

Principle: Whom God chose, regardless of what he does, God will Divinely place him on the right track.

His Promise / His Faithfulness:  Genesis 35: 35 Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem.

EVENING:

Conclusion: Many statements are made saying… ‘Our God is a God of Second Chance’, ‘Chance’ is still a guessing game) We wish to affirm that our Lord is a God of ‘Destiny’ and when we come to Him and know Him, not just knowing of Him; but having a real relationship with Him personally, He will take care of us, as we are now children of the Most High...

Action/Coming to our Lord:

Come to the Lord and surrender because…

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. - Psalm 115:3

You may wonder how can God know you an individual in a world with 7+ Billion people, how can Jesus know who I am and hear me as billions are praying simultaneously? This is probably the most troublesome question for non-believers and Atheist.  The answer is; God the Creator who said “Let us” create, spoke the world into existence, and just as He and His Son Jesus with His Holy Spirit being there from the beginning of it all, this same power of Creation can hear each of us, as the Divinity of God through His Holy Spirit is in each believer; and His Holy Spirit is Omniscient, Omnipresence and Omnipotent.

Prayer: Heavenly Father in Jesus we come. Lord the Scriptures said You will do whatever pleases You, Lord we also know that Your Love abounds in our lives and what You do will be Divinely done for our good.  Lord You said You came that we would have life and have it more abundantly, and we Praise you for Your Redemption of saving us by Your Grace. Lord we thank you and look to serve You as we are privileged to bring Your Good News to many. Lord bless our Visitors today and grants us all Your Favors. Lord we commit into Your Holy hands the undertaking of this day, and Pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus for Yours is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFxjZeNEcfQ

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw97Eu_OFMk

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faexCo8lTqk&list=RDfaexCo8lTqk#t=0

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Devotionals for Tuesday:      12-06-2016

Without Christ, you are building on ‘Sand’ With Him as the Cornerstone. You are on Solid Rock…

Focus:  Why do we need a church?  It is a place to Worship and Praise our Lord… It is a place where God is in the midst

The Church’s one foundation   Is Jesus Christ her Lord;

She is His new creation   By water and the Word:

From heav’n He came and sought her   To be His Holy Bride;

With His own blood, He bought her, And for her life He died.

2

Elect from every nation, Yet one o’er all the earth,

Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth;

One holy Name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,

And to one hope she presses, With every grace endued.

3

’Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war,

She waits the consummation Of peace for evermore;

Till, with the vision glorious, her longing eyes are blest,

And the great Church victorious   Shall be the Church at rest.

4

Yet she on earth hath union With God the Three in One,

And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won:

O happy ones and holy!  Lord, give us grace that we,

Like them, the meek and lowly, In love may dwell with Thee.

TEXT: Matthew 16:18  (Jesus said this)

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

In Context | Full Chapter 

Commentary:

‘Church’ is mentioned in the Bible over 120 times, and Jesus told Peter that “on this ‘Rock’ I will build my church…

Jesus was speaking of His Own Divine Grace, His Holiness and His reference to ‘The Rock’ was not to Peter as the rock.  Jesus laid the foundation as He is the Corner-Stone and Jesus was saying “I am the Rock’ I am sure that as Jesus was telling Peter and uttering the words…’On this Rock’ He was pointing to Himself and not at Peter.

Therefore no one, no church, no earthly ‘Peter’ can claim that he is or was ‘the Rock’.  The Rock is Jesus the ‘Christ’ and God made our Divine Jesus ‘The-Christ’; Christ was not the last name of Jesus it is the elevated Preeminence bestowed upon Jesus the Son of the Most High.

Jesus Messiah or Jesus the ‘Anointed One” = Jesus Christ.  So, to Know Him is to know the Messiah, and God’s anointing of His Son Jesus is our Redeemer.

Our reverence is to Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  No man, nothing can save us, only by the Blood of Jesus our Redeemer.

Therefore, no church or any religion formed by man in the name of Peter can ever constitute the formation on the Rock.  The Rock is Jesus’ Grace… Nothing but the Lord Jesus can lead you, not a church, not the principle of any religion, only the Grace of our Lord Jesus on which the Church is built on.  So, you being a member of a church, must be a Member in Christ, as we are the reminded that ‘Religion’ cannot save you, only by the Blood of Christ we can be saved.

John 15 [Full Chapter] (The Word of Jesus)

[The Vine and the Branches] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. ...

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. In Context | Full Chapter | 

The Love of Christ:

Jesus said apart from Him (Without Him) we can do nothing… NIL, Nada nothing; but in Him all things are possible.

EVENING:

What a privilege our Lord Jesus gave us all… His Grace is extended to each of us.  So, lets us refresh the meaning of Grace… Grace is defined as Grace of Beauty, or Grace of ‘Time’

Grace is mention in the NIV 121 Times and in…

 Isaiah 26: 10

But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; 
even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame;
    let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.

12 Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
13 Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,
    but your name alone do we honor.

Conclusion:

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

In Context | Full Chapter 

Prayer:   Heavenly Father in Jesus our Lord and Savior we come. Lord Jesus it is with humility we acknowledge Your Sacrifice knowing that You art the Great Jehovah-Jireh…  Our Messiah and God in One of our Father in His Holy Trinity.

Lord today we can come to You boldly as You gave us this privilege. Lord we acknowledge that You Ascended to the Throne of Righteousness sitting at the Right Hand of our Father Creator. Lord Jesus thank You for this privilege of coming into Your Holy presence.  Lord we thank You for Your Grace Your Love and Your Divine Redemption.  Lord bless this day as many will be assembled in Your houses of Worship, Lord let the message be clear and let many receive Your Salvation for Your Glory. Lord we thank You for the many Visitors and we ask Your blessings upon each one and we thank You for Your Favors to all. Thank You Lord as we pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus to you is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVC7lRpnWH

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c73KbYvsIDc&list=RDc73KbYvsIDc#t=0

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_o_BIdAy6A&list=PLBABA0CA7858D8800

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Devotionals for Monday: 12-05-2016

Would you like to live in the Garden of Eden? Guess what? ….
Choosing to live in the Garden of Eden is one option we do not have, but many are in their own Garden of Eden. Genesis outlined the event of God’s magnificent place and how Adam and Eve squandered this gift. While the Bible gave us a historical synopsis of this wonderful life, we today may be in a modern-day Eden and what occurred when Adam & Eve disobeyed God they were evicted, will also apply to each of our lives. 
To be living in comfort by God’s providence and looking away from the Lord, the Garden will be dried up and its occupant will be turned away.  There are multiple examples of this, princes have forfeited their heirship to the throne, son(s) have squandered their future, and even those of the clergy lost their way and were led out of their Garden of Eden.
In our personal lives, we are given certain latitudes and we are self-governed to an extent.  But as usual we get comfortable and we get complacent and we are humans.  Even Solomon in his days of glory turned away, numerous leaders strayed away from God and their Garden of Eden dried up.  We are not saying that we are to live by the rules of legality, living to just maintain our status quo, we are to follow Jesus’ saying as He said… Seek Him and His Righteousness first, and all these things will be added unto to you.  
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 
His Faithfulness:
Creation is His painting with the beauty and wonder of it all
What kind of God would God be if he did not communicate with us?
So God speaks through His Word; the Word is Christ
God's enjoyment of what He was doing in creating the heavens & the earth. And us he said it was Good
God really made it all for man because He loved us
His great design was by intelligent design
The Christian doctrine of creation is that God made this all for us, as He gave us dominion over everything
We fail to appreciate his creation as He made it all for us, so thank Him for the majesty of His marvelous creation
We are privileged of being made in His likeness,

Principle: God delights in his creation
God placed us here to enjoy the worship of him and the intimacy of his love for us

EVENING:
Action/Coming to our Lord:
Prayer is the ‘Pillar of Faith’ and coming to our Lord many times each day will strengthen us against the temptation, and He will make a way for us to overcome the wiles of the devil. Praise our Lord Jesus for He said…”Greater is He in you that who is in this world’ meaning by His Spirit in You can do all things through Him, Christ Jesus.

Conclusion:
What is Man that our God is so concerned with our wellbeing? He created us, He numbered our days, and He also made a way for us to be in Eternity with Him.  Because the Eden Restored will be sinless and pure not because we are capable of being good on our own, He died for our sin, and He has prepared a ‘Sanctified’ Place which is Sinless and we humans will be Transformed, and be in a place of Splendor where our Eternal Sovereign God will radiate His Love and His Holy Spirit that will abide in us will in keep us in Harmony with our Lord. 

Prayer:
Father we come today in Jesus our Redeemer and our Sovereign Eternal God in One of Your Holy Trinity, Lord Jesus today we acknowledge that You are the Light of the World, and that on the first day, as our Creator said…”Let there be light” and there was light, Lord we also read that our Creator did not create the Sun until the fourth day, so therefore Lord, it was Your Divine Radiance that illuminated the darkness. Lord we thank you for Your Love and we are privileged to serve You knowing that You are the same yesterday and forever. Lord bless our Visitors to this Website, grant Your Favors to all Lord, as we pray in Your Holy name Lord Jesus, to You is the Power and the Glory, now and forevermore… Amen

His Faithfulness:
Yes, you can have that personal-relationship with Jesus today…

Praise:
English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03T2uLXio28 
Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQhvMdcJmls 
Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dQELbDA7wU 


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Topic for Sunday:  12-04-2016

The ‘Pain’ of life’s challenges? Or the JOY of an abundant Life?

Life’s challenges may come in many forms, some of our challenges are not the business or financial stress, but moral stress.

What could be defined as ‘moral-stress’ Temptation is foremost in dealing with life’s challenges.

As the Apostle Paul said… Romans 7: 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?  25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!  

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.

In life, we have a delicate balance… the ‘Abundance’ of what the Lord has provided makes one comfortable, it also nourishes our bodies, but not our soul; why? Being well taken care of, our instinct is to keep searching, and in our exploration, we need to keep our focus on the Lord and His teaching. 

We saw this in the Garden of Eden, our fore parents were well provided for, and yet they fell for the temptation.  So, the realty of each of our lives, if you are in a virtual ‘Eden’ being well provided for, do not do what Adam and Eve did by falling into temptation.

Our lives are not judged by a system of legality in the eyes of the Lord, we are given the freedom of choice, but choosing the wrong thing that is an abomination to God is where the rubber meets the road.  So, avoid forfeiting the abundance that you are experiencing and conquering the ‘Moral-challenges’ by defying the tempter doing what we mentioned yesterday… when life’s ill-wind blows your way, step back and let it pass you by. The fiery darts of the evil ones are all aimed at us, so don’t just stand there, step aside and let them miss you.

Ephesians 2:8-9New International Version (NIV)

8 For it is by grace you have been SAVED, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9: not by works, so that no one can boast.

Note that it is God who provides the way of escape. Talk to the Lord many times a day, asking for His help. Read your Bible and fill your mind with thoughts from His Word. The Word of God will have a purifying effect on your life; see Psalm 119:11.

The old sinful lifestyle must now be replaced with the new life in Christ. This requires the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to replace the old habits with new ones. Avoid companionship with those that influence you to indulge in sinful activities. Make a list of those activities and habits you want changed. Set some positive goals for your life, and with God's strength go after them. Take the initiative and seek the counsel of a gospel-teaching pastor or other dedicated Christian worker. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father in Jesus we come, Lord Jesus our Sovereign Eternal God in The Holy Trinity of our Father and His Holy Spirit, Jesus Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords, we lift You up on High.  Lord today as we come and pray for our brothers and sisters who are serving You, we ask Your divine protection for Your servants as the evil forces are on the prowl seeking to compromise us and especially Your servants that are engaged in Your Mission. Lord nurture our resolve of Truth in You Jesus our Lord, Lord let there be no doubt of Your Covenant that You will be there to say “well done good and Faithful Servant”, so Lord, let all of Your servants run the race to the finish without looking back, looking to You as the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Lord we ask Your blessing upon our Visitors coming to this Good News Forever site to receive Your inspiration, and Lord we thank You for the privilege of serving You. In Your Precious Holy Name Lord Jesus, we commit all to You. Now to You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjD0lv8hx5o&list=RDUjD0lv8hx5o#t=3

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvhg0H7SR_A

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcEwLmR78jQ

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Topic for Saturday: 12-03-2016

‘Rolling with the punches’ don’t be K’OD by life’s punches…

 based on boxing, from the literal meaning roll with the punches (step back or to one side as you are being hit), so that you do not receive the full force of the attack.

So, when life’s ill-wind blows your way, step back and let it pass you by. The fiery darts of the evil ones are all aimed at us, so don’t just stand there, step aside and let them miss you.

The story of a little robin flying south for the winter, it was snowing and his wings were frozen, that caused him to fall, he fell through the opening in the roof of a barn and landed in a pile of cow mess, he was warm and fuzzy so he started to chirp, while chirping a cat came and got him…  The moral of the story is; if you are warm and fuzzy even in a pile of mess, remain quiet and enjoy the moment.

Stepping back and or stepping aside sometimes can be very beneficial.  And the next thing to be aware of… if you have succeeded; remain quiet and enjoy the moment of triumph in solitude with the Lord.

God sends us all ‘Helpers’ and His helper will be more than what we all deserve.  On the other hand, one of the most dreadful Message to hear…” I am from the government and I am here to help you”.   Not to say that government cannot be helpful.  So look to the Lord first.

Matthew 6:33-34New International Version (NIV)

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus came to teach us how to ‘Fish’ and not to depend on being fed.  We see this when He said… John 6:26

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. In Context | Full Chapter | 

EVENING:

Writer’s notation… while today’s message is more like a Blog and not a message of devotion, we want to say that the focus is on what our Lord Jesus said about the days to come… the day described by our lord is already here, and He said when these days came, then shall we see Him coming in the clouds.

Yes; His Word will never change, He will never compromise, He forgives and he saves.  He came and He provided His Divine Redemption of all including those described in the events above.  He freely gave us His ‘SEAL’ which is His Blood to prepare us for the final ‘Passover’, but we must come and receive it.

It will not be a ‘Flood’ this time, so we do not need a boat, as we said… Professionals built the Titanic and amateurs built the Ark, but the Ark was designed by God.  And God is designing the next ‘ARK” and He is freely giving each of us His Grace that will be His ‘SEAL’.

The Bible said… 1 Thessalonians 4:17

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (in Context) 1 Thessalonians 4 (Whole Chapter)

So today knowing that our Lord Jesus only spoke the truth… His word could be fulfilled any day…

 This is the reason why he said to bring His Good News to the ends of the earth.

The Good News…The Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all gave us full account of Jesus, His life, His ministry and above all His Crucifixion and He Divine Resurrection.

The Good News is… Our redeemer lives, and we can trust Him knowing that His word is forever.  To come to Christ and receive His Redemption, in Faith to receive Him Pray:

Prayer: Lord Jesus I am a Sinner, I come and repent of my sin by receiving Your Priceless Gift through Your Blood of Atonement, I invite You Lord to come into my heart and make me a new creation by your Grace. Lord I commit myself to You Lord and ask Your Holy Spirit to be with me from henceforth, To You Lord is the Power and the Glory forevermore… Amen.

Thank you for coming to the Lord, as we pray…

Father we thank You for the privilege through Jesus our Lord and Savior to bring Your Good News to many. Lord bless our Visitors and let Your blessings flow to each and everyone who seek You Lord.  We pray in Your Holy Name and to You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reHcKkKPPos&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaAaAu19bKe9ERIjUfUSVf31

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2nKqRQvI_A&list=PL0E4FAAB82D7C9664

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxiTGInMbmA&list=PLE93B02C12C397F76

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Topic for Friday: 12-02-2016

 

The ‘Happy-face’ of a circus clown, many are sad on the inside…

Tears of a clown… A phrase used to describe a person who appears joyful and chipper around people but is emotionally distraught. Usually this results from heartbreak or a severely stubbed toe.

The Christmas season should bring Joy to many, but to many it is a season of remembering the good times that are no longer here…  Loneliness is a state of mind, being alone and happy is ‘solitude’ in communication with the Almighty…

Hearing the Good News and rejecting God’s invitation will turn into ‘Bad’ News.  Why? To deny Christ, He said if you do, He will deny you before His Father.  One may say why do I need Christ? God is a merciful God, and He said He loves me… To deny Christ you are making Jesus to be a Liar, because He said no one comes to the Father unless through Him.

TEXT   The Good News for today are:

  “The battle is not yours, but God’s. … Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed.   2 Chronicles 20:15, 17.” 

Text: “Do not be terrified. … The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you” (Deuteronomy 1:29-31). 

“All this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47). 

Devotional:

Philippians 4: 6 (The Amplified New Testament)

Verse 6: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition (a defined request) with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.

Notice the key words are:

  • Do not fret
  • Bring every circumstance to the Lord
  • By Prayer & Petition with Thanksgiving, continue your request to God

Give thanks to our Faithful Lord and Savior as He provides all our needs… as stated in: 

Philippians 4:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Coming to the Lord

Our Lord’s Grace and His Kindness and Graciousness are His gifts to those that serve and place Him first.

Live by the principle of… Spiritual maturity is developed by holding unto a FAITH that is FIRMLY ANCHORED IN CHRIST; and knowing that we are never on our own because Jesus is our High Priest.

His Promise / His Faithfulness:

Things to know that in the realms of reality, right now is what counts; not yesterday, nor tomorrow, for we know… “Jesus is the Great High Priest and HE is the Source of our SECURITY!”

Conclusion:

Is anyone facing the need for His Supplication? Money, Loneliness, Family’s faith, Concerns for our future & seeking a closer walk with the Lord? All the answers lie in Jesus our Redeemer, as He knows what we have need of; all we have to do is ‘ASK’ in HIS Name…

John 16: 24

New International Version (NIV)

24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

His Faithfulness

Jesus said in Faith ASK, and Ask in His Name with Thanksgiving, believing you will be receiving your petition…

Prayer:

Heavenly Father in Jesus we come, Lord Jesus our Sovereign eternal God in One of the Father in Your Holy Trinity, Lord we Praise You and give You our all as we are privileged to serve You.    Lord bless this day as we look to You in Faith and thank You for our visitors coming to this Good News site for Your Glory. Lord bless us all in Your Holy Name, Lord Jesus, we are blessed and privileged to be in Your Holy Presence through as we acknowledge that no one comes to You unless through You our Lord and Savior.  Lord direct our pathway and lead us to Green Pastures and the Water of Life.  Lord You are the Living Water that we shall never thirst as we come to You and Pray these in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus, to You is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen

Praise:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GKhDCsLrUg

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZsl9c1tVk0&list=RDTZsl9c1tVk0#t=3

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJtADqFXNlI&list=RDTJtADqFXNlI#t=42

Think on this today:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

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Topic for Thursday: 12-01-2016

‘Walking the Walk’…. To where? Do you know the way?

Moses the leader of millions, he personally may not have known the way to Canaan.  But we did read that when Moses fled Egypt to a place where he met his wife, he did travel 216 miles to Midian which is about 2 days by car. But Moses walked and this could take maybe up to 5 or 6 days walking during sunlight.

While Moses did not know the way, God ‘Called’ him, and directed his pathway to Median.  Moses’ calling was a very unusual circumstance…

Exodus 3:2

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Exodus 3:3

So, Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” In Context | Full Chapter | 

Exodus 3:4

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” In Context | Full Chapter | 

So, the way is already mapped by God for each of us, but we must listen and do as Moses went over and saw the strange bush on fire but being burnt up…  Today we call this a ‘Hologram’ which is still relatively undeveloped since it was discovered in 1962.

God did say to Moses… remove your sandals, because the ground was Holy, and it was more than holy as God knew that Moses had to be grounded to be close by.

No, we are not writing science-fiction, but our Father in Heaven is the creator of all things and Jesus His Son conducted all the undertaking of the Father.  Our unlearnt skill which is still in the infancy of advance technology cannot comprehend what Jesus said… “if you have faith like a mustard-seed, you can move mountains”

Matthew 17:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

1 Corinthians 13:2

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. In Context | Full Chapter | 

What did Jesus mean when He said if we do not have love we are nothing?  Because with Love, the gift of prophecy even with faith, we will not be empowered, as without love the use of such power would be used against our fellow humans.  Therefore, Love conquerors all, in His Holy Name.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

So, today as Jesus said… we are a chosen people, called to a royal priesthood, and as God’s ‘Special’ possession.  Jesus Word said… you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

TEXT: 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Are you ready to be ‘Glorified’ by the Lord?

Romans 8:30

And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

In Context | Full Chapter | 

What a privilege He gave us…

John 15:15

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. In Context | Full Chapter | 

Celebrate the above today… Praise the Majesty of Jesus Emanuel. “God with Us”!

Giving Thanks to the Lord:  Heavenly Father in Jesus our Redeemer we come… Lord Jesus because You are the Light of our lives, and we are called by You Lord we are privileged to serve You for Your Glory.  Lord as we go in Faith let this mission be a beacon on the hill so that others may come and know You Lord.  Lord we thank You for your Divine providence and we thank You for our Visitors as we ask Your blessing on each and every one and to You Lord Jesus is the Power and the Glory now and forevermore… Amen.

Praise:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jotNbcFelX4&list=RDjotNbcFelX4#t=8

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnpw86N-eqI&list=RDEIoUd41Et4U&index=2

Chinese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed04E1KjYOI&list=RDEd04E1KjYOI#t=18

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