No doubt, you have heard, as I have, messages from prominent preachers promising you health, wealth and happiness through coming to Jesus. There are verses in the 66 books of the Bible that support this premise but there is plenty of evidence in the scriptures and lives of Christians including the Apostles, that present a very different view.
“They were stoned, they were sawn into two, they were killed with the sword…..destitute, afflicted, mistreated” Hebrews 11:37
There is happiness that comes from the abundant life God promises to the believer (John 10:10). Moreover the Gospel has transformed societies and even nations with amazing benefits. Peace and joy does come from the indwelling Holy Spirit that assures us our sins are forgiven, FOREVER and as our relationship with God deepens our lives are transformed into the likeness of Jesus.
In a real sense, the benefits are a side effect of the Gospel. They are an adjunct to the main game, which is all about God and the eternal relationship He desires with us.
We trust God and His Word and look forward to the promised New Heaven and New Earth. In the meantime we get on with accomplishing His plan and purpose for our lives.
Moment of grace … Josiah Duncan says a blessing with the unnamed man. Picture: WSFA Source: Supplied
A BOY of five brought the customers at a fast food restaurant to tears when he said grace with a homeless man he had just got dinner for.
Josiah Duncan’s act of kindness came after his mum, Ava Faulk, had taken him to eat at the Waffle House in Prattville, Alabama.
He saw the homeless man standing outside with his bike and was so troubled by his appearance he began asking his mum about him. When his mum explained the man had no home or food Josiah urged her to buy him dinner. She did just that.
“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Ms Faulk told local network WSFA 12. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”
Proud mum … Eva Faulk with her son Josiah. Picture: WSFA 12 Source: Supplied
The unidentified man was at first shy and ordered only a cheap hamburger but after Ms Faulk told him he could get anything he wanted he got the works.
Before the man began eating Josiah insisted on saying grace with him, bringing the other 11 diners in the restaurant to tears.
“The man cried. I cried. Everybody cried,” Ms Faulk said.
“You never know who the angel on Earth is, and when the opportunity comes you should never walk away from it,” she added. “Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness.
Denzel Washington received a prophesy in his mother’s beauty salon in 1987. In the video below, he relates, it changed his life and has proved to be true. The prophesy said, he would travel the world and be a witness for God and the GOSPEL.
He is still witnessing powerfully for God today. “PUT GOD FIRST IN EVERYTHING YOU DO” is how he starts his speech to graduate students at Dillard University. Take a look, it is a wonderful witness to students about to start work in this increasingly chaotic world.
This is the second post I have put on livingeternal.net showing Denzel Washington witnessing to God’s goodness and faithfulness. The love of God is the reason why Denzel is such a faithful witness but let me tell you he is building up treasure in heaven, which is eternal.
Do you pray and fast? If you don’t, it is unlikely you will accomplish anything that has eternal significance. Listen to Marilyn Hickey tell you how prayer and fasting has transformed her life and thousands if not millions of other lives. Transformation that has eternal significance.
It is amazing the number of verses in the Bible that demonstrate God answers ALL believers prayers that originate in Him and end in Him.
“Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:3
“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14
“You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you.” John 15;16
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive , and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9
“For everyone who asks receives, and who seeks shall find, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:8
“And whatever you ask in prayer , you will receive if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22
“Whatever you ask in prayer , believe you have received it and it shall be yours.” Mark 11:24
“The desire of the righteous shall be granted.” Proverbs 10:24
God wants you to ASK. It demonstrates you have confidence in Him. Asking also portrays humility. Do you ask?
I believe we can boldly assert that no man of all the myriads that have ever lived – let him be as wise as Solomon, the very best as Job, could have possibly invented from his own “thoughts” the GOSPEL.
Paul says as much in Galatians 1:11 “For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.”
It was absolutely impossible for such a plan of salvation ever to be devised by man’s thoughts. It is utterly at variance with those thoughts. It is infinitely to intricate in all its marvelous adaptations to all the involved problems that have to be met , so that no careless, thoughtless one could ever have conceived it. He would cease to be careless. But that eliminates most of us, for indeed aren’t most of us careless? But could a proud man, let him be ever so thoughtful and intelligent, have invented it? I don’t think so, for it humbles him to nothing , telling him that he is ungodly and without strength and only as in heart confessing this can he be saved. He would have to cease being proud in order to have conceived it, to have been its author.
There only remains the poor is spirit, the confessed sinner. Could such have invented the idea that the Creator of all, glorious in holiness, that so high, so Holy a One should give up His dearest Treasure to bear the sins of one like himself, so conscious as he is of his unworthiness? Would it be likely a humble mind to invent such a plan? He would cease to be humble to have invented it. In fact how blasphemously proud would such a person be!
Then I would suggest, it is proved that since no man – careless or thoughtful, proud or humble, bad or good – could have conceived it, it must have been a divine revelation, the result of God’s thoughts and not man’s.
“For My thoughts are not as your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declared the Lord.”
In these last days God has prepared the Chinese Church through their faithfulness and humility under persecution to lead the Church in this part of our end time journey. The Chinese Church has acknowledged God’s call to take the Gospel to the Nations on the three silk roads back to Jerusalem (Back to Jerusalem, Called to Complete the Great Commission by Three Chinese Church Leaders published UK 2003). Their freedom from fear of death, their humility and complete abandonment to the will of God is allowing the Lord to speedily bring them into unity with one another and alignment with His headship.
In His wisdom, God has positioned the Chinese in the natural realm, geographically close to India and the Arab Nations and to have favour among the Arabs as well as respect among the Jews. So the Chinese are able to go where the Western Church cannot. They are able to stretch their arms wide to embrace not only the sons of Ishmael and the sons of Isaac, but also the Western Church, bringing the whole Body together into one family.
Hopefully this video will give you a glimpse of the passion the Chinese have for our Lord.
Extract from article by David Demian “The Road From Asia to Jerusalem”
I have already posted one Christmas video “Mary, Did You Know” by the group Pentatonix but when I saw this I just had to put it up. It even made the Guinness Book of Records. I hope you like it.
Why does God often feel more like a doctrine we know about than a Person we know? Why do so many of us think of Christianity as a lifestyle to which we conform, rather than a God with whom we commune?
Jesus gave his disciples the audacious promise that it was to their advantage he go back to heaven because the Holy Spirit could then come to live inside of them. How many of us consider our connection to the Holy Spirit so strong and so real that we would call his presence in us better than Jesus beside us?
In his book and in this video Pastor Jason Greear explains how any follower of Jesus can have a satisfying, powerful relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.
As we approach Christmas, this beautiful rendition by Pentatonix is a wonderful reminder of who JESUS is and what He has done and is still to do.
Jesus is coming again and when He does it is to rule and reign. Do you know him as your Lord and Saviour? Do you know His Father as your heavenly Father? Do you have the Holy Spirit within you as your comforter, counselor and teacher producing the fruit of the spirit in your life – love, joy, peace, faithfulness, gentleness, kindness, goodness, patience and self control. If you do, you are truly living eternal now.
May you know His love, peace and joy this Christmas.