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The Bible warns us often about the dangers of preaching or teaching a gospel other than the biblical gospel as given by Jesus Christ and His disciples. All Scriptural warnings are very strong.

Thus anyone who claims to be a preacher, a teacher, or a minister of the gospel, must be very careful because they are to preach only the truth of God’s Word. There are to be no additions to it, and no subtractions from it. This is a Scriptural warning, which should be headed by many churches in the 21st Century: “I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words in this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words in this prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19).

Sadly additions and deletions are happening at an alarming rate these days. Paul warned us that: “the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” (1 Timothy 4:1). There are new “churches” and cults springing up and flourishing all over the world. There are preachers at large and small churches preaching a gospel which bears no semblance whatsoever to the teachings of Christ and the words of the New Testament. Be aware this is another gospel, and in Paul’s words these false teachers, preachers, priests or whatever they call themselves are under God’s curse.

We need to be aware of Satan’s serious deception since he is the father of lies and the greatest counterfeiter that has ever existed. His minions have been proclaiming a false gospel for a very long time as we see in Paul’s writing to the Galatians. I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed, (Galatians 1:6-9).

In contradiction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works. It inculcates justification before God on the ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is “be good and do good”; but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwells no good thing. The nurturing of the old man is considered more “practical” than the creation of a new man in Christ Jesus. 

Satan’s workers are very evil people like drug dealers, pedophiles, murders; but they can also be ordained and self appointed religious leaders. Thousands of those who occupy our modern pulpits are no longer teaching the fundamentals of the Christian faith, but have turned aside from the Truth and have given heed unto fables and “doctrines of demons” – (2 Timothy 4:4).  

Instead of magnifying the enormity of sin and its eternal consequences, they minimize it by declaring that sin is merely ignorance or the absence of good. Instead of warning their hearers to “flee from the wrath to come,” they make God a liar by declaring that He is too loving and merciful to send any of His own creatures to eternal torment. Instead of declaring that “without shedding of blood is no remission,” Hebrews 9:22, they merely preach Christ as the great prophet and exhort their hearers to “follow in His steps.”  

Of these the Bible states: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3). Their message may sound very plausible and their aim appear very praise worthy, yet we read of them: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) 

In addition to the fact that today hundreds of churches are without a leader who faithfully declares the whole counsel of God and presents His way of salvation, we also have to face the additional fact that the majority of people in these churches are very unlikely to learn the Truth for themselves.  

Currently, a family time of sharing, where a portion of God’s Word is supposed to be read daily and shared; is, even in the homes of so-called Christians, basically a thing of the past. The Bible is not expounded in the pulpit and it is not read at home. The demands of this technological and me-first generation are so numerous, that the multitudes have little time and still less inclination to make time to spend it with our Creator, Lord and Savior. Hence the majority, who are too lazy to search the Scriptures for themselves, are left at the mercy of the devil. 

In Proverbs 14:12 we read, “There is a way which seems right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.” This “way” which ends in “death” is the Devil’s delusion we are hearing preached in churches today; the gospel of Satan—a way of salvation by human attainment. It is a way which “seems right,” that is to say, it is presented in such credible language that it appeals to the natural man. It is presented in such a subtle and attractive manner, that it fools those who are too self-absorbed to question their pastor or teacher and to search the Scriptures for themselves. These people are unlike the bereans in the Bible who examined the Scriptures every day to see if what the Apostle Paul said was true, Acts 17:11. 

There is a saying that the way to hell is paved with good intentions. There will be many in the Lake of Fire who started with good intentions; men who prided themselves in their integrity but who sought to justify themselves before God by their own self- righteousness and works.  

The Devil’s delusion is that we can be saved by our own works, and justified before God by our own deeds; whereas, God tells us in His Word—”By grace are ye saved through faith … not of works lest any man should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9). And again, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…,” (Titus 3:5). 

Where do you stand? Are you in the way which “seems right,” but which ends in death; or, are you in the narrow way which leads unto life? (Matthew 7:14). Have you truly forsaken the broad road which leads to death? Has the love of Christ created in your heart a disgust of all that is displeasing to Him?  

An even more false form of Satan’s gospel is when preachers present the atoning sacrifice of Christ and then tell their hearers that all God requires from them is to “believe” in His Son. Yes, the Bible tells us so in Acts 16:31, but there is a lot more that the Word tells us then just the need to believe. Thereby, thousands of unrepentant souls are deluded into thinking they have been saved. But Christ said, “Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). To “repent” is to hate sin, to be sorry for what you have done and to turn from it. It is the result of the Spirit’s making the heart repentant before God.  

Another point; thousands are deceived into supposing that they have “accepted Christ” as their “personal Savior,” but who have never received Him as the LORD of their life. To be saved from sins, is to be saved from ignoring and despising the authority of God, it is to abandon the course of self-will and self-pleasing, it is to “forsake our way” (Isaiah 55:7). It is to surrender to God’s authority. The person who has never taken Christ’s “yoke” upon him, who is not truly and diligently seeking to please Him in all the details of his life, and yet supposes that he is “resting on the finished work of Christ” is being deluded by the devil. 

The following is a scripture that speaks of Christ’s Gospel and Satan’s counterfeit. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:22-23) 

Yes, it is possible to work “in the name of Christ”, and even to “preach in His name”, and though the world knows them, and the Church knows them, they are unknown to the Lord!  

How necessary it is then to find out where a person really is. People need to examine themselves and see whether they are in the faith; to measure themselves by the Word of God and see if they are being deceived by our subtle enemy the Devil. People need to find out whether they are building a house upon the sand, or whether it is being erected on the Rock which is Christ Jesus.  

May the Holy Spirit search each heart, break our stubborn will, slay our enmity against God, work in us a deep and true repentant heart, and direct our gaze to the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.  

Remember: 

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matthew 7:21) 

 “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments4He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3-4)

Posted by: missionventureministries | February 9, 2017

GOD’S WISDOM REVEALED BY THE SPIRIT – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

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12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 

The objective in teaching and studying the word of God is to make clear what the Bible says to those who are searching for the truth. Everything God deems essential knowledge for His children is found in His Word – the Bible. God has, however, revealed His truth to all humans in the things created (Romans 1:20) called general revelation, and in His written Word called special revelation (1 Corinthians 2:6–10). 

As a historical background we need to understand that one of the problems that existed in the Corinthian church was the failure of the Christians to forego with human philosophy. The Corinthians lived in a very intellectual and immoral society, a world that was pretty well based upon the reason and the lusts of men, and when they became Christians they hauled this kind of immorality and rationalism into the church.  

Paul writes this letter to encourage them to cut the ties of their former worldly life, both philosophically and in terms of moral behavior. 

After exposing the futility of worldly thinking in 1 Corinthians chapter 1, Paul introduces Christians to the higher realm of godly wisdom. This kind of knowledge and understanding isn’t available through human intelligence and reasoning; it comes strictly through divine revelation. Only those indwelt by God’s Spirit have “the mind of Christ” (v. 16) and access to “the things freely given” to them by God (v. 12). Because the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (v14). 

Therefore, without this supernatural insight, no one can accurately know the Lord or His ways. Many people say they believe in God yet may not have a correct understanding of Him because their perceptions are based on their own thoughts and ideas. It’s easier to custom-design a god to fit our preferences than to make the required adjustments that worship of the one true God demands. 

Even believers need to guard against trying to fit God into their preconceived image of Him. The Bible is the only reliable source of divine revelation, but we must be careful to consider the Scriptures in its entirety. It is critical that we don’t just pick and choose the verses we want to believe. For example, by focusing only on passages that emphasize the Lord’s loving-kindness while excluding those that speak of His holiness and justice; identifies and shows that we don’t understand His true nature. 

There is a difference between “earthly wisdom” and the “wisdom that comes from above” (James 3:14–18). To receive God’s wisdom, we must, first of all, desire it and ask God for it. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). The next verse specifies that we must “ask in faith, nothing wavering” (verse 6).

We need to acknowledge that true wisdom comes from God and that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of that wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30). To trust in Christ and yield to His Holy Spirit is to walk in wisdom; therefore, as Christians, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

The love of God, the greatest commandment, is also required. “As it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9–10)

Those who have God’s wisdom will show it in how they live: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13).

To receive God’s wisdom, we must diligently study God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15), meditate on the Word, pray for wisdom, seek it with all our hearts, and walk in the Spirit. God desires to give His wisdom to His children, but we need to seek to know the Lord by considering the entire counsel of Scripture. Divine wisdom is available to every believer, who searches for it in God’s Word and asks for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. May we never try to limit Him to fit our preferences; instead, may He enlarge our minds to give us clear understanding of His Word.

When we know and practice the truth, it will set us free (John 8:32).

 

Posted by: missionventureministries | February 7, 2017

CHRISTIAN TEENS IN ACTION

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High school and college students from a church in Oregon have ministered in Mexico with us for 10 years; they won more people to Christ in 5 days than many large churches do in one year. During one of their four day mission trips they led 32 people to Jesus. 

These thirty teenagers worked with our Mission Venture Ministries team – they had a hunger to lead Mexican children and their parents to a saving experience with the Lord Jesus. 

Some of those kids are now serving as pilots, doctors, pastors and fulltime missionaries on foreign and U.S. mission fields.  

They traveled by bus for two days to get to the city of Escondido in California. Once they arrived at to our church they would sleep on hard floors, and then we drove another 8 hours to our mission church in Mexico. 

These students came from strong Christian homes; where their parents faithfully taught the Bible and prayed together daily. They had a youth pastor that was very devoted to the Lord, who helped reinforce the teaching of the parents.  

These students had a solid Christian foundation, a desire to serve the Lord and reach others for the Savior. 

Even if they had all of their travel fees paid for, they could not go on the trip until they had 7 people who would pray for them every day. These were prayer partners who would faithfully pray for them daily, that God would use them to win the lost. 

They spent 30 minutes reading their Bibles and praying every morning – even before they had breakfast; they learned this from their parents and with the encouragement of their youth pastor. Their parents and their youth pastor were working together and helping them build a strong foundation for their faith.  

One of our church members came to the church site early one morning to pick up something and he was surprised to see 30 kids all across the church campus reading their Bibles and praying.

 In his own words, “it just blew me away, I had never seen students reading the Bible and actually enjoying fellowship with God.”  

It is absolutely vital that parents invest 20 to 30 minutes every day in Bible study and prayer with their children so that they can help their children build a strong spiritual and moral foundation for their lives.  

As a building contractor, I know that it takes a lot of time and hard work to build a strong foundation. 

A FAMILY WHERE THE WORD OF GOD WAS NOT TAUGHT 

We and other teachers in the church taught a family with 3 kids for six years the absolute truth from God’s Word.  

But the parents refused to discipline these kids; they also refused to teach even short Bible studies in their home or emphasize the children’s responsibility to obey God and His commands. 

However; they did provide them with access to the toxic, immoral garbage that was on TV, the Internet, iPhones and other forms of video evil.  

These kids are now teenagers and they have no desire for God or the moral values that are vital for being born again and living a life that honors God and the Savior.  

Their daughter was a sweet girl who had a heart for God, now she is on the iPhone constantly and dresses very immodestly; her two older brothers have filthy minds, use bad language and want nothing to do with God.   

Sin is not static – proud, sinful, lustful behavior demands more and greater experiences of debased sin. 

There are only two types of people in the world; there are children of God through faith in Jesus and there are children of the devil, who support and further his agenda for evil in the world.  

Life is never static for any age group; we are either becoming more like our Heavenly Father or more like Satan. 

It is much easier to build strong Christian children that love and obey God; than to try to repair broken teenagers and adults.

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Posted by: missionventureministries | February 2, 2017

HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR! – Matthew 11:15

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The Lord Jesus Christ must have considered this persuasive and powerful way of communication to be of great importance, because it appears eight times in the four gospels and seven times in Revelation, all spoken by Christ Himself—as well as one more time apparently uttered by the Apostle John in Revelation 13:9.  

It is urgent, therefore, that people not just “hear” God’s Word as the saying goes “in one ear and out the other,” but really hear it, with understanding minds, believing hearts and obedient lives. 

What does hearing mean? 

  • It implies a willingness to listen, to pay attention.
  • It implies a committed sincerity to hear what is being said.

Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). Hearing God’s message with believing minds and hearts means the contrast of either going to heaven or hell. 

Jesus also said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). Our Lord not only promised us everlasting life, but also assures us that the life of the believer is truly everlasting and can never be taken away from us. 

We need to read the Scriptures because to hear the voice of our Savior Jesus Christ we need to be grounded in the Word. We need to become aware of His great love and the price He paid on the cross for us, so that one day we can join Him in heaven and spend eternity with Him. Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (John 5:25-29) Everyone will hear Him at that time and for most people, it will be too late.  

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 we read: “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.” Here we read about the ones that were and those that are true to His Word and listen and obeyed what He says. 

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” is a vital warning that listeners need to take into consideration very carefully, because, seeking God’s truth takes energy and focus; it takes a willingness to be challenged and to changed. 

Hearing God’s words and not putting them into practice is like the foolish man who built his house upon sand 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall (Matthew 7:26-27).  And Romans 10:17 tell us that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” 

If we do not listen we will miss out on what God has for us. Unfortunately, most people who call themselves Christians do not listen to what the Spirit says to them or to the churches. They prefer to follow their own whims, the latest trend, or the traditions of men. 

The only way to really be a Christian is to hear what the Spirit says and to obey Him. Jesus explained that the family of God consists of those who listen to the Father: “My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21). He also said: “He who is of God hears God’s words” (John 8:47); “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27); “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). 

Jesus said: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) 

Are we listening to our Father? Are we willing hearers of the word of God? 

Hearing and obeying carries a great responsibility, which is followed by rewards that are out of this world. Therefore, he who has ears to hear let him hear!

Posted by: missionventureministries | January 26, 2017

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GOD – Romans 10:14

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How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? – Romans 10:14 

The top-priority of a parent is to be an evangelist in their home. You need to teach your children the law of God; teach them the gospel of divine grace; show them their need for a Savior; and point them to Jesus Christ as the only One who can save them. If they grow up without a vital awareness of their need for salvation, you as a parent will have failed in your primary task as their spiritual leader. 

Parents need to be careful though; because parents who force, coerce, or manipulate their kids may pressure them into a false profession, but genuine faith is something that only the Holy Spirit can bring into a person’s mind and heart. The new birth is a work of the Holy Spirit. Only God can work sovereignly in your children’s hearts to draw them to Himself. Their salvation is a matter that must ultimately be settled between them and God. 

Parents are nonetheless responsible to exalt Christ in the home and point their kids to Him as Savior. “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)  

As believing parents and grandparents, we are the first and most important Bible teachers whom God has given them. They will observe our lives up close, to see whether we seriously believe and live by what we are teaching them. They will observe what we teach them about these matters from the earliest time they can understand anything. Therefore, we have a better opportunity than anyone to help them understand about Christ. Every moment of their lives is a teaching opportunity and we should use those opportunities to the best advantage for our kids’ spiritual growth and eternal destiny.   

Teaching the gospel to our kids should be presented in a simple way. Parents have the best years of the child’s life to explain, clarify, stress, and reemphasize gospel truths. The key is to be faithful and consistent in both teaching and demonstrating the gospel. One of the worst things parents can do is be intimidated into thinking someone else would make a better evangelist for their child, thus abdicating their most crucial responsibility, missing the best opportunities for reaching their children, and forfeiting the best blessings of parenthood. 

Parents more than anyone have ample time to be thorough and clear; to explain and illustrate; to listen to feedback; to correct misunderstanding; and to clarify and review the difficult parts. It is the best possible scenario for evangelism. The wise parent will be faithful, patient, persistent, and thorough. In fact that is precisely what Scripture demands of every parent as Deuteronomy 6:6–7 states: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” 

One very important focus is to explain the concepts of man’s sinfulness and the Holiness of God. We need to teach them about obedience and repentance when they fail. If we do not, we will have the church attended by teenagers and adults whose hearts are devoid of real love for Christ, but who think they are genuine Christians because of something they did as children, like say a prayer under pressure. 

Do not assume your child’s first positive response is full-fledged saving faith. If a five year old has repeated a prayer inviting Jesus into their heart this does not automatically guarantee that they are born again by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Thank them for their desire to become a child of God and that you are very pleased that they want your Savior to be their Savior also. Ask them if they have a good understanding of what it means to be a true Christian. 

Keep your gospel instructions simple and use the A, B, C presentation of the gospel. 

A = Admit that we are a sinner and cannot save ourselves; we were all born as sinners.

B = Believe that Jesus was crucified on the cross to pay our sin debt in full.

C = Confess that we want Jesus to be the Lord of our lives and confess that God raised Him from the dead. 

It is true that saving faith is a childlike trust, and in that sense all sinners must become like little children in order to be saved as we read in Matthew 18:3-4 “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  

Real faith however, involves understanding and affirming some important concepts that may be out of reach for small children such as sin and punishment, repentance and faith, God’s holiness and His wrath against sin, Christ as God incarnate, the idea of atonement for sin and the meaning of the resurrection and lordship of Christ.  

The specific age at which the child’s understanding is mature enough to grasp such concepts may differ for each child. So there’s no reliable way to pinpoint a physical “age of accountability.” But until the child demonstrates some degree of real understanding and some measure of spiritual fruit, parents should not be quick to regard the child’s rebirth as a settled matter. 

Parents should encourage every sign of faith in their children and use every opportunity to teach them more about Christ, encouraging their every profession of faith.  

Scripture teaches that children develop in four areas. Luke 2:52 tells us Jesus grew in wisdom (mentally), stature (physically), favor with God (spiritually), and favor with mankind (socially).  

When our children are infants and very young it is necessary that we provide them with parental discipline and control so that we can protect them from dangers; such as don’t play in a busy street and don’t touch red hot stove burners. At these developing stages we are both a controller and a counselor’s job. 

The Bible commands us to still maintain a certain amount of control when they are living in our home.

When they leave our house, get married or establish a home of their own, our role as a controller is diminished and we assume the full time role as their counselor when they ask us for advice and guidance.  

We must not demand their obedience to our wishes after they have established their own home; if we have led them to the Lord and trained them in the path of holy living then they will be equipped to make Bible based decisions and live a life that honors our Creator and Savior. 

It is our responsibility, therefore, to teach them how to yield their lives to God. If we don’t teach our children to honor and obey, they will break our heart. 

The book of Proverbs is a priceless guide on this subject. It says, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)

The father and mother who truly love their children will discipline them. Here’s how: “A rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding”  (Proverbs 10:13). In this situation it’s not that the child doesn’t have the correct information, but that he or she refuses to apply it. When your child is young, gently but firmly spank him or her on the backside so you can nip that rebellious spirit before it is too late. Doing so will make you and your child much happier in the long run. 

Proverbs 19:18 gives this warning: “Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death.” One day it will be too late: Your son or daughter will be too old for the rod to do any good. Do you realize that if you don’t discipline your children, you actually desire their deaths? Why? When children are left to their own devices like watching unsupervised TV filled with pornography, watching horror movies, reading books and magazines that are inappropriate and filled with satanic teachings like Harry Potter, and Dark Crystal. Also playing games like the Ouija board and Dungeons and Dragons and playing violent video games which increase aggressive behavior and desensitize players to real-life violence… anything could happen. Your son might grow up to be a drug addict and die of an overdose. Maybe your daughter will grow up to be an alcoholic and drive her car into a tree and kill herself and other innocent people. Or any of them could grow up to be a criminal and end up shot in an alley by the police. Discipline your children while there’s still hope. The alternative is death. 

Proverbs 23:13-14 provides this encouragement: “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. 14 Punish them with the rod and save them from death.” When you use the rod to discipline your children, you do more than save their lives—you save their souls. 

Proverbs 29:17 says, “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace”. If you discipline your children and lead them to live obedient lives, they will delight your soul.  

It’s not that complex, set the standards, live by those standards, require your children to live by those standards, and in your old age they’ll love you, support you, and bless you.  

Remember the father should lead the headship in the house with the mother’s partnership. Both mother and father need to be involved in the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of their children. 

God wants our families to reach their full potential and not be forced into the mold of the world. God desires that Christian families not fall apart. Wouldn’t it be great if we had children who were happy; homes that were Christ-centered, where all these things were working out as God designed them? It is possible because it is promised by God! And when it really begins to happen, the world will take notice of us and of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted by: missionventureministries | January 19, 2017

PROOF THAT THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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There are numerous evidences that the Bible is inspired by God. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 read that: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  

Therefore, as believers we know that every word of Scripture has proceeded from the mouth of God! 

Theologians speak of inspiration as the mysterious process by which God worked through the authors of Scripture to produce inerrant and divinely authoritative writings. Inspiration is a mystery because Scripture doesn’t explain specifically how it occurred. The only glimpse we have is from 2 Peter 1:19-21: “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”  

Scripture didn’t originate on the human level but with the Holy Spirit, who “moved” upon the authors to write it (v. 21). It is just like the effects of wind upon a ship as it blows against its sails and moves it through the water. Similarly, the Spirit moved on the Biblical writers to produce the Word of God in writing to men. The human authors of Scripture knew they were writing God’s Word, and they did so with confidence and authority.  

On a personal level, inspiration guarantees that what Scripture says is what God wants to convey to His people. It’s His counsel to us; so we can study and obey it with full assurance that it is the absolute truth and will never lead us astray. 

  • God spoke to men telling them of things He would bring about in the future. The Bible is the only book in the world that has accurate prophecy. Some of them have already been fulfilled and others have not. There are over 300 precise prophecies that deal with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in the New Testament.  

There is no doubt that these are prophecies from God because these manuscripts and scrolls are dated before the birth of Christ. These were not written after the fact, they were written beforehand. Scientific dating proves this. To say that these are fulfilled by chance is an astronomical impossibility. 

  • The Bible presents its heroes truthfully with all of their faults and weaknesses. It does not glorify men as other religions do about their heroes. When you read the Bible, you realize that the people it describes have problems and do wrong just as we do. What made them great was that they trusted in God. One example is David. David is described as “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). Yet, David committed adultery (2 Samuel 11:1-5) and murder (2 Samuel 11:14-26). This could have been left out of Scripture to hide these details of David’s life. But God included these things. 
  • Archaeological findings support the history recorded in Scripture. Though many unbelieving people throughout history have tried to find archaeological evidence to disprove what is recorded in the Bible, they have failed. It is easy to say that Scripture is untrue, but proving it to be untrue is a different story and it has never happened. In fact, in the past the Bible contradicted the current “scientific” theories, only to be proven later to be in fact true. A good example is Isaiah 40:22, which declared that God “sits on the circle of the earth”. Isaiah didn’t know the topography of the earth, but Isaiah said, “It is God that sits upon the circle of the earth.” The word for “circle” here means a globe or sphere. How did Isaiah know that God sat upon the circle of the earth? ….By divine inspiration.  

It was not too long ago that scientists claimed the earth was flat and the Bible proves them wrong since Isaiah wrote this between 740 BC and circa to 686 BC. And as we will see next, Job lived at least 1500 years BC. 

The Truth of the Word of God tells us that God “hung the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). How did Job know that the earth hung in space before the age of modern astronomy and space travel? The Holy Spirit told him.  

  • The Bible is affirmed through historical accuracy. Do you remember the story about the handwriting on the wall that is found in the fifth chapter of Daniel? Belshazzar hosted a feast with a thousand of his lords and ladies. Suddenly, an alarming hand of judgment appeared out of nowhere and began to write on a wall. The king became very disturbed and asked for someone to interpret the writing. Daniel was found and gave the interpretation. After the interpretation Belshazzar commanded, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. (Daniel 5:29) 

Basing their opinion on Babylonian records, the historians claim this never happened. According to the records, the last king of Babylon was not Belshazzar, but a man named Nabonidas. And so, they said, the Bible is in error. There wasn’t a record of a king named Belshazzar. Well, the spades of archeologists continued to do their work. In 1853, an inscription was found on a cornerstone of a temple built by Nabonidas, to the god Ur, which read: “May I, Nabonidas, king of Babylon, not sin against thee. And may reverence for thee dwell in the heart of Belshazzar, my first-born favorite son.” From other inscriptions, it was learned that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents. Nabonidas traveled while Belshazzar stayed home to run the kingdom. Now that we know that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents, it makes sense that Belshazzar would say that Daniel would be the third ruler. What a marvelous nugget of truth tucked away in the Word of God! 

  • The Bible was written by approximately 40 human authors over a period of approximately 1,600 years. These men were quite diverse. Moses, a political and civic leader; Joshua, a military leader; David, a shepherd; Solomon, a king; Amos, a herdsman and fruit picker; Daniel, a prime minister; Matthew, a tax collector; Luke, a medical doctor; Paul, a rabbi; and Peter, a fisherman; among others. The Bible was also written under a variety of circumstances. It was written in 13 different countries and on three different continents. It was written in at least three different languages by people in all professions. The Bible does not contradict itself theologically, morally, ethically, doctrinally, scientifically, historically, or in any other way. 
  • There are plenty of references in non-biblical sources to the events described in the Bible. The Jewish historian Josephus, born in 37 AD, provides indispensable background material for the student of…New Testament history. In them, we meet many figures well known to us from the New Testament. Some of his writings provide direct commentary on New Testament references. 
  • The Bible’s claims of being inspired by God come from the testimonies of some very reliable witnesses – particularly of Jesus, but also of others such as Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, and Nehemiah in the Old Testament, and John and Paul in the New Testament – who affirm the authority and verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. Consider the following passages: Exodus 14:1; 20:1; Leviticus 4:1; Numbers 4:1; Deuteronomy 4:2; 32:48; Isaiah 1:10, 24; Jeremiah 1:11; Jeremiah 11:1–3; Ezekiel 1:3; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:16–21; 1 John 4:6. 

Finally, the Bible is not a book of the month, but the Book of the ages. First Peter 1:25 says: “But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” No book has ever had as much opposition as the Bible. Men have laughed at it, scorned it, burned it, ridiculed it, and made laws against it. But the Word of God has survived. And it is applicable today as much as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow. 

The Bible’s power to transform people and nations is greatly documented. Wherever the word of God has spread, it has brought life, health and vitality. Millions of people’s hearts and lives have changed when they heard and read God’s word and when their hearts were open to God.

And always remember that the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. (Psalm 33:4-6)

Posted by: missionventureministries | January 11, 2017

THE PATHWAY OF FAITH – Isaiah 41:8-13

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Introduction: Even in troubling times, followers of Jesus Christ can choose to walk in faith rather than in fear. Our relationship with the Lord gives us the ability to face hardship with confidence in His provision and care. As God’s children, we can rest in the Father’s promise that He will supply all of our needs. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) 

I.  Fear does not fit who we are as children of God. 

  • The Lord says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).  
  • A fearful spirit is not from God as 2 Timothy 1:7 states: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” If anxiety prevents you from resting at night or hinders your obedience, you are not demonstrating trust in the Lord. Genuine faith and overwhelming fear are incompatible.              

II. Fear affects a person in many different ways. It:

  • Causes confusion. A fearful person will have a difficult time thinking clearly. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) 
  • Contributes to indecision. When someone is afraid of making a mistake, he or she often delays making any choice at all.  
  • Hinders us from accomplishing God’s will. A fearful person misses opportunities because they expect failure.  
  • Damages confidence. Frightened people can seem insecure and incompetent because they doubt their ability to succeed.  
  • Affects our relationships. Causes us to make very bad, costly and even disastrous mistakes. 
  • Can lead to intense panic 
  • Sometimes drives people to drug or alcohol abuse 

III. God does not want us to walk in fear. 

  • Jesus reassured His followers that they didn’t have to worry about food, drink, and clothing – “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33)  
  • Fearing God does not mean cowering in terror. Instead, it means that we are to respect, obey, revere God and stand in awe of Him. Only those who have not received Christ or walk in deliberate rebellion against Him have a legitimate reason to be afraid of God.  

IV. What is the pathway of faith? 

  • Focus on the Lord, not the source of your fears. Instead of dwelling on your problems, choose to think about God’s absolute sovereignty over everything (Psalm 103:19). 

 If you and I are living godly lives, the Lord will cause everything to work out for our ultimate good – “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.” (Romans 8:28) 

Disappointments may come, but they don’t have to discourage or defeat us.  

Face moments of doubt and fear by asking the following questions.  

  1. Where did these doubts originate? Because God says He did not give us a spirit of fear, we know they cannot be from Him.  
  2. Has God ever failed me in the past? You may be facing a difficult situation, but remind yourself of the many times when the Lord provided for you.  
  3. Doesn’t Scripture say that the Father will meet all my needs? The Lord promises to provide for His people – “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) 
  4. Why should I ever imagine I’m on my own when trying to do what God requires? You and I can have the power, provision, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, just as the New Testament Christians did – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) 
  5. Didn’t He promise to be with me at all times? If you have trusted Jesus as your personal Savior, you will never be alone again. Christ promised He would neither leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).  
  6. Is anything too hard for God? No. Boldly express your confidence and trust in the Lord.  
  7. Is this a fork in the road where my unbelief could cost me a lifetime of regret? When you face major decisions, be especially careful to act in faith rather than fear.  

Read and memorize God’s Word. Believers are constantly bombarded with worldly lies that distort their perspective and contribute to anxiety. 

That’s why we must constantly renew our minds with the Word of God (Psalms 119:97-105). As Scripture reminds us, we have a relationship with the Lord that can cancel all our fears (Isaiah 41:10); we’ve also been given the promise that the Holy Spirit will be our Helper – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17) 

God loves you; allow the Bible to guide and comfort you in times of uncertainty.  

  • Forge ahead, no matter what people say. Sometimes others will try to discourage you from stepping out in faith, so be careful and reject ungodly advice. And don’t allow adversity to dampen your enthusiasm for pursuing God. Follow the example of the apostle Paul, who, despite difficulties (2 Corinthians 11:24-25), never stopped serving the Lord.  
  • Faithfully and courageously choose to obey God. A believer who is committed to following Jesus has nothing to fear. Obeying the Lord brings blessing, and He promises to use adversity for our good.  

Conclusion: When you and I focus on our circumstances, we can find many reasons to feel afraid. But that is not God’s will for His people. 

Psalm 103:19 says, “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.” As believers, you and I have the assurance that God is always with us.  

We need not fear, because He strengthens and helps us in every situation.

Posted by: missionventureministries | January 4, 2017

GOD PROTECTS HIS CHILDREN – 1 John 4:4

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You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4 

This verse gives comfort to the saints, the true children of God. Therefore we do not have to fear of being drawn or persuaded by false prophets and antichrists, since we belong to God. The Holy Spirit that indwells in us is greater than he who is in the world, which is composed of Satan and all of his fallen angels, demons and allies.  

The true believer is born of God and has God’s power unto salvation as their resource for victory. They are enlightened by the Holy Spirit and therefore have discernment of truth from error. They are like the Bereans of Acts 17:11 that search the Scripture and do not let themselves be lead astray. They have victory over the enemy as they rely on the Holy Spirit who abides in them instead of depending on the world system.  

As a result of being saved, believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit of God in them rather than Satan, who is behind the scenes working through his demons and conveying counterfeit messages thru false prophets. 

This verse is one of the most reassuring promises in the Bible for the believer. Because “we are of God” and because He is in us through the Holy Spirit: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Therefore; if you are in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit is the One who is greater in you. And when we have the greater One living in us we have victory, because He is the One who causes us to triumph in every circumstance of life if we listen and obey Him. 

The word overcome means to conquer, prevail, triumphed, have victory. Just like the Lord had ultimate victory as He assumed the throne in heaven to bring about the end of the age. “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed” – prevailed or overcome (Revelation 5:5). So He gave us power to triumph and overcome also. 

Paul writes to the Romans affirming: “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17) 

When we are of God, we are “born of God and overcome the world” – and the one who overcomes the world is “only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4) 

Just like the Lord Jesus has overcome the world we too will overcome and have victory over the world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) 

With the power that indwells in us, we are victorious over those who sadly are driven to embrace false antichrist doctrines and worldly philosophies, because: Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4). Those are the people who “love the world” (1 John 2:15-17) and seek to take captive the people of God. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

The believers, on the other hand, are not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good, (Romans 12:21) and free them with the mighty “weapons of our warfare,” which are the Word of God and prayer. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

We are also to: Take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)

For those walking in this truth, victory is assured, they do overcome the evil one. This means the Christian has no place for fear. We have many spiritual enemies, but not one of them is greater than God’s Holy Spirit who lives in us; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Posted by: missionventureministries | December 29, 2016

THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH BUILDER – Matthew 7:24-27

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During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told a story about two men; one who built his house upon a rock and another who built his house upon sand. The house built upon a rock weathered the storm, and the builder is called wise; but the house built on the sand collapsed during the storm, and the builder is called foolish. 

The meaning of this parable is quite obvious; a proper foundation is necessary. With a literal house, it is unwise to build on sand, because the foundation will be unsteady and the house will eventually suffer great damage. Building this kind of house is a waste of time and resources because it will eventually collapse. In contrast, it is wise to build one’s house on a sure foundation, because anchoring it to bedrock makes a house withstand the test of the storm. 

Both builders experienced the same storm and the same flood, very likely these houses were built within sight of each other. Possibly the man who built on the sand ridiculed the man who planned, invested in the extra hard work, expense and time that the solid foundation required.   

The foolish man lost his finances, respect and house. Pride and rebellion come with an awful price tag. The foolish man failed to plan for himself and his family; therefore he suffered great loss. It could have been different if he had humbly sought and obeyed God’s council and guidance. 

The builder who built on sand failed to plan for the storm and flood; therefore he planned to fail – because whoever does not plan according to the word of God ends up failing. Refusing to worship God in Spirit and in truth and life becomes a waste and a failure; it is insanity to worship any god but the Living, Creator God.  

As we see in this parable, building a house is simply an analogy for building a life. The point is this: You are building your life, and the foundation you choose is the most important feature of it. In the verses that follow, Jesus provides two options for building it. 

Jesus begins by stating that you must “hear” His words, but He doesn’t stop there. He goes on to say that you must act upon His words. If you are going to build on a solid foundation you must do what Jesus teaches you in His Word. The proper foundation for life is Jesus’ words, and you should not just hear them, but truly listen to them and then put them into action. James writes: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) 

But if we only hear the wonderful words of Jesus and yet still go our own way and don’t do what He says, then we are like a foolish person, who builds his house on the sand. Just think about that, who would want to build a house on sand?  

Perhaps the foolish man thought he was safe? His house was standing in the beginning and everything was going just fine. But when the floods came he had no hope, his house collapsed and great was the fall of it. 

What about our lives? When Satan brings temptations and trials to us it may feel like we are being overcome by a flood! As Isaiah 59:19 states: “… When the enemy comes in like a flood…”  

So when the flood of temptation or trial comes, do you fall like that foolish man who built his house on the sand? Or do you want to be like the wise man that obeyed and listen to what Jesus had to say. “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1Corinthians 3:11) 

The wise builder says: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalms 18:2)   

Jesus is our Rock! He is the firm foundation that we can build our lives upon. And if we obey Jesus, and follow what He teaches us, we have the assurance that no matter what flood beats upon us, no matter how fierce the storms of life may get He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 31:8) 

God wants us to build securely upon the eternal Rock, the word of God. If you have been only a hearer please put this important lesson of Christ into practice. He who is a hearer and not a doer of the word, Christ compares to the man who built his house upon the sand. It needs only the storm of temptation to break upon such life, and the foundation they supposed was so secure is destroyed. How great is the loss of this soul. They could have had eternal life with God, had they only heeded to His word and built upon the firm foundation which is Jesus Christ.  

Unfortunately, very few people build on the foundation of Christ’s words. But if you do construct your life according to Christ’s building codes you will not be disappointed.

Both the wise and foolish hear Jesus’ words. But putting them into practice, like the one who builds a house on a solid foundation, is the only way to demonstrate a secure relationship with Jesus. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Posted by: missionventureministries | December 21, 2016

THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST – Philippians 2:9-11

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God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11) 

Jesus came from heaven to earth, was born in Bethlehem, lived a perfect life and died on a cross, which was an atoning sacrificial death, was buried in a tomb, resurrected victoriously, and ascended into heaven to occupy His throne in glory where God has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name.  

Lordship was at the very heart of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross. Paul makes this clear in Romans 14:8-9 “For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died, and rose and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” 

There is coming a day when every person who has ever lived will bow and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. But for the Christian that great confession should be an everyday reality. A Christian should live moment by moment in faithful submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ remembering that we do not make Jesus Lord – He is Lord!  

The fundamental message of the Bible is that “Jesus Christ is Lord,” and the most important truth in relation to the Christian experience is the lordship of Jesus Christ.  

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, it involves recognition of His lordship. We receive Him as Lord and Savior. We must never fail to communicate the “whole council of God,” because He is both Savior and Lord. 

What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is Lord? 

For Jesus to be Lord of our life means that He is the owner of our whole life. He cannot be Lord of a part; He must be given control of our entire life. 

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  Jesus desires to be Lord of the visible and the invisible, the private aspects of our life and the public aspects of our life. He wants to be Lord of our spiritual life and of our physical life. 

What must a person do in order for Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life? The easy answer is, yield your life to Him. This involves taking your hands off the controls of your life and allowing Him to be in control. 

For Jesus to become Lord of a person’s life involves absolute and total surrender to His lordship. And in addition to absolute surrender, there must also be an acknowledgment of His ownership: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 

A true born again believer belongs to Jesus. We are His purchased possession. When a person yields to the lordship of Jesus Christ, they acknowledge His ownership and gives up their personal rights. The word ‘doulos’ in Greek means slave, therefore when Jesus is our Lord we are His slave we are not our own we were bought with a price. A servant gives service to someone, but a slave belongs to someone. And as true born again believers we belong to our Lord and we gladly want to obey and please our Lord in everything that we think, say and do. 

Yielding to the lordship of Jesus Christ also involves total and unreserved obedience. If He is the Lord of our life, we are going to do what He tells us to do. Lordship involves obedience. 

Jesus raised an important question: “But why do you call Me `Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say” (Luke 6:46)? Are you doing what the Lord has instructed you to do? Are you obeying Him? 

The lordship of Jesus Christ also involves willing service. There must be a time in your life when you, like the prophet Isaiah, are willing to say, “Here am I Lord, send me.” 

The lordship of Jesus Christ involves our willingness to go where He sends us, when He sends us, regardless of the cost. Is Jesus the Lord of this area in your life? Can you honestly say, “Anytime, Anything, Anywhere for Jesus because He is so worthy?” 

The Christian life is a wonderful life. Christ has made every provision for His children to live a full and abundant life, but there is a cost involved, it requires that we die to ourselves. 

Do you believe that Jesus can save you, if you in no way submit to Him as Lord? Perfect obedience is not possible in this life, but if your life in no way reflects the Lordship of Christ then the Bible says you do not have true faith. Confess your trust in Christ alone as your Savior, and submit to Him as Lord of your life.  

Here is a warning, referring to those who are not interested in making Christ Lord of their life. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:25-26)  

Does Jesus know you personally? Or have you been living in such a way that you are denying the Lord? 

It is not enough to have head knowledge of who Jesus is or to just say you believe. If you have claimed that Jesus is important in your life, start showing it by your actions. Being a Christian means becoming transformed into Christ’s image, not molding Him into the image you think is right. 

So what are you going to hear when you finally come face to face with God when you die? Will it be, “Well done my good and faithful servant,” or will Jesus say to you: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23) 

IS JESUS TRULY THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE?

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