Posted by: missionventureministries | January 29, 2016

CONQUERING FEAR – 2 Timothy 1:7

“For God has not given us the Spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

A Christian does not have to have fear, worry or be anxious. Paul said: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Instead of a Spirit of fear, we have been given a Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. We have fear when we have certain negative thoughts about ourselves and about our circumstances. We need to remember that the devil is the master at using our fears. However, when we focus on Jesus, then we will not have fear because we will be confident in Him. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Paul is telling Timothy that we have not been giving a spirit of fear that is afraid of man and what they will say or do to keep us from the work of the Lord and the preaching of the Gospel. That we should not be afraid to oppose the errors of false teachers and stand firm for the truth, and that we have been given the Spirit of power to resist Satan’s temptations, to endure hardship as good soldiers of Christ and to do the will and work of God.

God’s Holy Spirit imparts to us His love, giving us the power to obey His laws in their full spiritual intent. The repentant sinner is then a changed person, his whole outlook and purpose is changed as he is led by the Spirit.

It takes the Spirit of God to produce a truly sound mind. This verse also implies that, as long as the mind is devoid of God’s Spirit, it cannot be considered to be truly healthy. Any mind that lacks the Holy Spirit will be deficient in the ability to cope with life in a godly manner because it cannot see things in a proper, righteous or unrighteous perspective. Instead, it will have a strong tendency to twist situations toward its own self-centered viewpoint.

Once regenerated by the Holy Spirit, we must continually be led by Him, bearing spiritual fruit throughout our lives. If we are producing the fruit of the Spirit, which exhibit a sound mind, we know He is working in us. The Spirit is the mind and essence of the divine nature, and through it God carries out His will. He empowers the mind to comprehend spiritual matters. The Spirit gives us the strength, will and faith to overcome our sins.

Conquering fear is not a matter of self determination; it is a matter of dependence on God our creator, whom we can trust and love. It is a matter of belief in His words, His promises, and His gifts to us. It is a matter of recognizing the devils pitiful attempts at crippling us with fear; and knowing God’s majestic grace in giving us power, love and sound mind.

Posted by: missionventureministries | January 10, 2016

WHERE GOD GUIDES, HE PROVIDES – Proverbs 2:5-6

3 Where God guides He provides

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

If we exercise trust and acknowledge the Lord in every area of our lives, His promise is that He will guide us. 

To know God’s guidance, we must put aside our own will and seek the will of the Lord who has called us for His purpose. The basic principle in determining the will of God in any situation is to empty ourselves of our own will and to commit ourselves to seeking and obeying His will.  

If we claim to want to know God’s will, but we’re not willing to do it unless it agrees with our will, we’re kidding ourselves. In this case, all we really want is God’s approval of our plans. But we’ll never know God’s direction that way, because God reveals His will only to those who are committed to trust and obey Him. 

So often we don’t experience God’s guidance because we get so caught up doing our own thing that we fail to stop and ask God to reveal His will to us. Or we get into our established routine, and it takes a catastrophe for God to get our attention – so that He can reveal to us what He wants to do in our lives. Therefore, if you want God’s guidance, stop and ask Him for it, expect Him to give it, and wait and listen to what He will say. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle.” (Psalm 32:8-9) 

We might ask ourselves what happens if God doesn’t say anything. The answer is that when we seek and expect God’s guidance, and remain submissive to God’s sovereign ways, He providentially orchestrates circumstances in such a way that give us clear confirmation of how we should proceed.

If we get to a door and it doesn’t open, maybe God is asking us to wait because He has some more work to do on us first. Or maybe He is turning us in another direction. We must not gaze so longingly on the door that is closed that we miss the one that is open. God will open the right door for us in His time. Our duty is to trust and obey.

How many times have we made decisions that we wish we had not made. While such experiences are not pleasant, the Lord does have important lessons to teach us if we submit to His sovereign ways. But if we think, “I’m going to take matters into my own hands,” we’ll only bring more pain and disappointments into our life.

To find God’s will we must walk in constant communion with the Lord, taking everything to Him in prayer. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). We need to realize that our steps are ordered by the Lord. When we walk with Him and are committed to His purpose, He will work in our life orchestrating everything for His honor and glory.  

If we trust in Him, the process becomes a beautiful blending of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty and of our obedient trust in Him.

Our heavenly Father wants the best for us. He has a perfect plan for our lives. The key to living out His plan and being in tune with His will, is not only believing in God, but obeying Him as well. We must have faith and obey because, “without faith it is impossible to please God(Hebrews 11:6).

Remember, where God guides, He provides.

Posted by: missionventureministries | January 3, 2016

A NEW BEGINNING – Ephesians 4:22-24

Ephesians 4 vs 22-24

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.(Ephesians 4:22-24) 

As we start the New Year, it is good to remember that we can renew our commitments with resolutions that will glorify our heavenly Father. We can do this with the help of the Holy Spirit as we determine to gain greater heights in our spiritual journey toward Christ-likeness. We need to remember that no matter how much we have backslidden, disobeyed and fallen short of the Lord’s expectation; that with His help and our determination, we can begin again. 

How can this be accomplished? Verses 20-21 basically state that walking with the world, is not the way of life we have learned, when we heard about Christ and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 

Jesus said: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29) 

We must put off your old self and put on the new self,” which is clearly speaking of our new manner of life. It’s like changing clothes, we need to leave the old rags behind and put on garments of righteousness. I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10) 

If as believers we are still hanging on to old rags, let this New Year see us obey this passage as an act of faith through the living Spirit of God and rather, clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (Romans 13:14) 

We “need to be made new in the attitude of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23). The new man is a new creation of God modeled after Him “in righteousness and true holiness.”  

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) 

When we need direction in making decisions, we must turn to God and trust that the Lord will give us strength to obey Him, because God has a plan for us. He cares bout our dilemmas, He hears our heartfelt petitions, and He will answer us in ways that will astonish us, if just stop and listen. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) 

Whatever decisions we need to make this New Year – simple, complex or difficult, they should always be predicated on our decision to follow the Lord, because: “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4) 

May we all have a great desire to follow our King of kings and Lord of lords this New Year and as we do He will give strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29) 

HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!

Posted by: missionventureministries | December 24, 2015

THE PROPHESIES OF CHRIST’S COMING

Prophesies of Christ's coming

During this season of the year we should be reminded of the remarkable prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus and how they substantiate His deity and the faithfulness of God.  

Let’s take a look at some of them.

THE TIMING OF THE BIRTH

The timing of the Messiah’s birth had been indicated in Genesis 49:10 in words spoken by Jacob on his deathbed to his son Judah: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah… until Shiloh comes, and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” The term “Shiloh” was recognized by the Jewish rabbis as a Messianic title.

The “scepter” refers to the judicial power of the nation. Thus, this prophecy states that the Messiah will come at a time when the nation’s judicial power has been removed. What the rabbis did not realize was that Jesus the Messiah had been born around around 6 BC during the last years of Herod the Great (Matthew 2:1). So “Shiloh” had arrived shortly before the scepter departed — just as prophesied!

THE PLACE OF THE BIRTH

The place of the Messiah’s birth had also been precisely prophesied five hundred years earlier by the prophet Micah: “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2). Have you ever wondered what the term, “Ephrathah,” means in this passage? It is a geographical designation to indicate precisely which Bethlehem is being identified. It’s like differentiating between a city with the same name in one state as from another state.

The point is that there was another Bethlehem in the land of Israel in the area to the north near the Sea of Galilee. This one had been allotted to the tribe of Zebulun. By specifying the area of Ephrathah, the prophecy of Micah made it clear that the Bethlehem that would host the birth of the Messiah would be the one in the south of Israel near Jerusalem. In fulfillment of this very precise prophecy, Matthew tells us that “Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea” (Matthew 2:1).

THE NATURE OF THE BIRTH

It had also been prophesied that the special child born in Bethlehem would be both human and divine. Daniel emphasized the Messiah’s humanity when he referred to Him as “the Son of Man” (Daniel 7:13). Isaiah stressed His divinity when He said that the Messiah would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

His divine nature was also indicated in other prophecies about His birth. For example, the first Messianic prophecy in the Bible is one spoken by God Himself in the Garden of Eden when He told Satan that he would one day be defeated by the One who would be born of “the seed of woman” (Genesis 3:15). This seems to be a clear indication that the Messiah would be born miraculously through a virgin.

Thousands of years later Isaiah specifically prophesied that the birth would occur in this manner: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child and bear a son…” (Isaiah 7:14). It was further foretold by Isaiah that the Messiah would be given a name that would signify His divinity. He will be called “Immanuel,” said Isaiah, which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14). Six hundred years later when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that she would be the mother of the Messiah, he specified that she was to name the baby Yeshua (Luke 1:31).

That name in Hebrew means “God’s Salvation” (Matthew 1:21). Other details prophesied about the Messiah’s birth included the presentation of gifts to Him by kings (Psalm 72:10-11 and Matthew 2:1-12), the slaughter of the infants of His birthplace (Jeremiah 31:15 and Matthew 2:16), and His sojourn in Egypt (Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:11-15).

THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH

The conception and birth of the Messiah were celebrated in some remarkable prophetic hymns. Mary prophesied in a song of rejoicing that the child she had conceived was evidence that God’s “mercy is upon generation after generation” (Luke 1:50). She went on to prophesy that He would “scatter the proud,” “bring down rulers,” “exalt the humble,” and “fill the hungry” (Luke 1:52-53).

Her relative, the priest Zacharias, also sang a prophetic song of celebration when his son, John the Baptist, was born. Referring to the baby in Mary’s womb, he proclaimed that God “has raised up a horn of salvation for us” (Luke 1:69). He then declared that his own son would be called “the prophet of the Most High,” and he prophesied that his son would “go before the Lord to prepare His ways” (Luke 1:76).

He concluded his song with one of the most beautiful poetic prophecies concerning the Messiah that can be found anywhere in Scripture: “Because of the tender mercy of our God… the Sunrise from on high shall visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78-79).

The next prophetic song of celebration was sung on the night of the Messiah’s birth when an angel appeared to the shepherds of Bethlehem and proclaimed: “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). That angel was suddenly joined by a multitude of angels who sang a triumphant chorus: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:13-14).

The final prophetic song related to the Messiah’s birth was sung by a “righteous and devout” man of Jerusalem by the name of Simeon. The Holy Spirit had come upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die before he saw the Messiah (Luke 2:25-26). He was given that glorious privilege forty days after the Messiah’s birth when the parents of Jesus came to the temple in Jerusalem to dedicate their baby to God. Simeon took the Christ child in his arms, thanked the Lord, and then sang: “My eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples — a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel” (Luke 2:30-32).

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BIRTH PROPHECIES

The fulfillment of all these prophecies in the life of one person, Jesus of Nazareth, is proof positive that He was who He said He was, namely, the Messiah of God (Mark 14:62 and Luke 22:70).

God’s faithfulness in fulfilling each of these prophecies in detail is also significant because it gives us assurance that He will likewise faithfully fulfill all the prophecies He has given to Christians regarding the soon return of Jesus. Our God knows the future and He proclaim it (Isaiah 46:10). He also has the power to see to it that what He proclaims will come to pass (Isaiah 46:11). Most important, He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9), so we can rest in His promises.

Let’s rejoice that the Bethlehem birth so long ago is proof positive that the One born there will soon return in glory as the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). 

Blessings to you on this Christmas.

 

 

Excerpts taken from Lamb and Lion Ministries – Thank you!

Posted by: missionventureministries | December 19, 2015

THE URGENCY OF SALVATION – 2 Corinthians 6:2

2 Corinthians 6 vs 2 (English)

For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)  

Perhaps the most deadly sin of the unbeliever is that of procrastination. Satisfied with his current life, he neglects his spiritual need. Even if he understands the gospel and realizes his need of salvation, he still puts off a decision. 

Remember that it is dangerous to count on tomorrow. “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14). The sin of procrastination may easily become the sin of negligence, then of indifference, and finally the unforgivable sin of irrevocable rejection and unbelief. “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3). This warning was told in the antediluvian world and it is certainly as true today, when we have far more knowledge and evidence of God’s truth and His will than people had in the days of Noah. 

“Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your heart” (Psalm 95:7-8). This warning of the psalmist was considered so important that the writer of Hebrews quoted it three times (Hebrews 3:7-8, 3:15; 4:7). Such an emphasis suggests there is indeed great danger in resisting God’s call to salvation. There may be another opportunity, but it is presumptuous and dangerous to impose too long on God’s patient mercy. 

Today is the day of salvation. The accepted time is now! How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29) 

Remember: It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31).  

We need to be aware that all our best laid out plans are always subject to the will of God because He is our Creator and He gives life and takes it away. We have been given free will so therefore, we are masters of our own eternal destiny. Because we do not know what will happen, today, tomorrow or next week, it is vital that we yield to the Lord Jesus Christ and accept His free gift of salvation before it is too late. 

To be saved you need to get right with God and depend only on His word the Bible and not in man’s doctrines and traditions because the Word of God is unchanging from eternity to eternity. This is what the Bible tells us we need to do:

  • Admit you are a sinner“There is no one righteous, not even one … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:10, 23)

Ask God’s forgiveness. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

  • Believe in Jesus – Place your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Become a child of God by receiving Christ – “To all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

  • Confess that Jesus is your Lord – “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

Call on Jesus and ask Him to save you before it is too late. Jesus promised: “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)

Jesus also said: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:20-21)

True followers of Christ are transformed by the Spirit and their lives are marked by obedience to the Lord and love for one another.

Posted by: missionventureministries | September 1, 2015

IT IS FINISHED – John 19:30

It is finished - John 19 vs 30

The night before the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross He prayed to His Father that He had “finished the work You have given me to do” (John 17:4). When we consider all that He had to do to save sinners, His victory cry, “It is finished,” speaks volumes. Righteousness had to be perfected, divine justice had to be satisfied, Jesus had to shed His blood, redemption had to be paid, sins had to be forgiven, reconciliation had to be accomplished, death had to be conquered, salvation had to be secured, and heaven had to be opened. All this was perfectly accomplished so that eternal life could be offered as a free gift of God’s grace to those who trust the all-sufficient Savior.  

Only when sinners realize their hopeless and helpless condition can they begin to understand the glorious promises revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything that man could never do was completely accomplished by our Lord Jesus Christ. His mission to seek and to save the lost culminated on the cross. The work of salvation was finished. The eternal sin debt was paid in full. Since it was an eternal debt, it was impossible for man to pay. But God forgave us “all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14) 

Jesus “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Yet many false religions reject the Word of God by teaching that you must do something more, like works, penitence, etc. to make amends for your sins. 

By adding to the perfect and sufficient work of Christ these false religions have nullified God’s grace which is the only means by which God saves sinners. For the Word says: if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6). The very purpose Christ became our kinsman redeemer and suffered an excruciating death was to expiate sin, once and for all, by His perfect sacrifice.  

Many also reject another finished work of Christ – the purification of sins. God’s Word declares “when He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). Those who trust Christ alone are purified from all sin, by His blood (1 John 1:7) that is all that is necessary, nothing else needs to be added, otherwise our Lord and Savior Jesus died in vain. It is important to understand that all these false religions that teach otherwise are robbing Jesus Christ of His glory, which is a doctrine that comes directly from Satan himself.

After finishing His all-sufficient work on the cross, Jesus now offers His righteousness as a gift to all who believe: 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).

The only way to receive the gift is by faith in Christ alone. Those who are blinded by religious deception must do what the Apostle Paul did. He exchanged his religion for a relationship with Christ. He wrote: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” (Philippians 3:8-9)

HERE ARE SOME SCRIPTURES VALIDATING THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST FOR HIS PEOPLE  

  • He testified to the truth; listen to Him! (John 14:6; 18:37; Acts 3:22)
  • He came to give life to people who are spiritually dead. (John 14:6)
  • He gave us access to the Father. (John 14:6; Matthew 27:51)
  • He gave His life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)
  • He bore our sins in His body on a tree. (1 Peter 2:24)
  • He died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
  • He gave Himself up for us as a sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)
  • He died so that we may live together with Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
  • He gave Himself for us to purify His people. (Titus 2:14)
  • He died for our sins, once for all, to bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
  • He exchanged our sin for His righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • He has forgiven all our sins. (Colossians 1:14)
  • He purified us from all sins. (1 John 1:7; Hebrews 1:3)
  • He has reconciled us to God. (Ephesians 2:14-18)
  • He redeemed us from the power of sin. (Galatians 3:10-14)
  • He saved us from condemnation. (John 3:18, 5:24)
  • He delivered us from darkness into His kingdom. (Colossians 1:13)
  • He satisfied divine justice for our sin. (1 John 2:2)
  • He made us into new creations. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • He is the only Name by which man can be saved. (Acts 4:12)

What a glorious and all-sufficient Savior we have in Christ Jesus!

 

Source: Adapted from Proclaiming the Gospel

 

Posted by: missionventureministries | August 4, 2015

ARE YOU STANDING ON THE EDGE OF A CLIFF? – Psalm 46:1

Psalm 46 vs 1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) 

Have you ever stood by a cliff or by a bottomless pit? 

I have and as I looked down and ventured closer my footing seemed to get shaky and I almost lost my balance. It is at that moment when you feel your heart pounding in terror and quickly you step away to safer ground.  

Curiosity can draw us toward darkness, and the danger of sin. How often have men and women gotten too close to the edge, lost their balance, and fallen into the darkness (sin)? In doing so, they have destroyed their families, reputations, and careers through drugs, drinking or adulterous affairs that began with a “mere” flirtation but then progressed to thoughts and actions. Looking back they almost always say, “I never thought it would come to this.” 

We think we can flirt with temptation, get very close to the edge, and then walk away, but that is not the case for most of us. Some of us know that our action is wrong and yet we keep thinking about it, instead of turning away and running from it, asking God for help.  

When we don’t obey God’s directions, we are drawn into deeper and darker perversions. Jesus put it simply: “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” (John 8:34) 

When we see need for God’s help, we need to pray as David did: “Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.” (Psalm 19:13) 

If we turn from our sins and turn to Jesus, He will purify our lives. He will enable us to stop sinning and to live clean, godly lives. So as we seek Jesus and accept His life and death for us, we can receive “the righteousness which is of God” (Philippians 3:9); for we are beholding “the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) 

When we come to Him in repentance for our sinful past, we are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24), and then we are to begin a walk with Christ and a life in Christ. We choose Him in place of our former sinful ways. 

When we do sin however, we pay the consequences of our sins and separation from God. The Bible says: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Galatians 6:7-8) 

Christ died on Calvary to impart enabling grace, so you and I can obey God and live clean godly lives. 

If purity of heart is what we want, then we need to come to Jesus. He alone can forgive our sins, no man or earthly priest can. Christ alone can impart to us grace so we can clean up our life, and become His humble, believing, obedient child. He alone can bring genuine happiness into our life. 

Yes, we will have trials and problems. We all encounter them in this life. But having entered the new life of submission and obedience to Christ as a humble, believing, obedient child, we will have the comfort and guidance from the Lord through His Holy Spirit. As we daily walk with Him and as we pray to God, we will experience His love, guidance and help for all our daily needs. 

Remember: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) 

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

Posted by: missionventureministries | July 27, 2015

JESUS PAID THE PRICE – Matthew 20:28

Matthew 20 vs 28

Jesus paid the price for our sins because of His obedience to His Father and His amazing love for us.  

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) 

Have you given much thought to the reality that Jesus Christ is the Creator of this world? 

The Holy Scriptures tell us that: “In the beginning was the Word; . . . All things were made by Him; . . . and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.” (John 1:1, 3, 10)

Romans 11:36 reiterates that same message: Everything in heaven and Earth was created by Him, and for Him!  

And in the last book of the Bible, Jesus Christ is called “the Beginning of the creation of God.” (Revelation 3:14)  

Jesus Christ is not only the Creator of the world but He is also our Savior, who came to redeem lost sinners from an eternal prison in hell, which occurred when Adam and Eve sinned and were expulsed from the garden of Eden, and separated from the amazing fellowship they had with the Lord. 

We need to understand that God longs for that unbroken relationship with men so He sent His one and only Son to give His life as a ransom for man, so that anyone who accepts that free gift of eternal pardon can have his relationship with God restored. 

The Word tells us that: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ…” (1 Peter 1:18-19). In the Old Testament, ransoms were paid for various reasons, such as freeing slaves and in the New Testament Jesus paid the ransom price of slavery to sin 

Hosea wrote about the ransom that foreshadowed what Jesus was going to do for us. “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.” (Hosea 13:14) 

So to whom did Christ paid the ransom to? Jesus came to this earth as a baby and He was with us for 33 ½ years, where He taught and performed many miracles and finally He went to the cross to give his life as a ransom for many. We need to understand that Jesus Christ was obedient to death and He paid the ransom for our sins to His Father. (John 3:16) 

In the Old Testament, ransoms had been paid in part “by the blood of goats and calves” offered on the altar as a temporary covering for sins. But that was only until the true ransom could be paid: “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) 

When we intentionally sin, which means our mind tells us that we should not do it and we do it anyway, we are deliberately trampling the blood of Christ. So, be aware, because the Bible WARNS us: “How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29)  

If you have a problem with drinking alcohol, drugs, pornography, lying or whatever it might be; get on your knees and ask God to forgive you through the precious shed blood of His Son. Ask Him to give you strength to overcome that sin and He is faithful to do that, but you must be willing to do your part also.  

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)  

True salvations always brings spiritual transformation. 

Remember this, we need to walk closely to the Lord every moment of our life end even more so when we are sinking and the enemy is overpowering us. “Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!” (1 Chronicles 16:11) 

Keep your mind fixed upon Jesus and memorize this beautiful and encouraging verse: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10) 

And remember what Paul told the Philippians I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) 

God’s work in us isn’t over when we receive salvation, it has just begun.

Posted by: missionventureministries | July 20, 2015

WAIT FOR THE LORD – Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

When we wait on the Lord it means that we trust that in God’s time He will answer our prayer. We need to learn to wait for the Lord because as it is written His thoughts are not our thoughts nor are His ways our ways (Isaiah 55:8), and that God will answer us in His timing and for our own good. Therefore, what we pray for can be delayed in coming. We cannot let this cause despair in our lives. Instead, we need to learn to be patient and wait for the Lord.

Daniel had to wait patiently for 21 days before he received an answer to his prayer and there was a reason for the delay:

The angel said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” (Daniel 10:11-14)

Just as Daniel waited patiently three long weeks to receive an answer, so we need to also wait and trust in the Lord.

Waiting is one of the hardest things for many of us to do in this fast-paced society. We do not like to wait. But in our spiritual lives, waiting is important. We must trust God’s timing and expect His intervention when we face life’s trials. It means that we have a spirit of confident expectation, and we know that our heavenly Father will orchestrate all things for His glory.

By not waiting, we are showing lack of trust in God, when He all along has our best interest and purpose in mind.

In Luke 18:1-8, “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” He said: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Trusting and waiting on the Lord is an intense, spiritual activity of a born again believer. It means that we believe that God will fulfill His promises and He will supply us with the patience that we need to wait on Him. Remember what Paul said: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

And the Psalmist said: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.” (Psalm 130:5)

S.T.O.P. = is the foundation for victorious living.

SURRENDER, to the Lordship of Jesus.

TRUST that God loves you and that He wants to give you His best.

OBEY: determine that you will do what ever God tells you to do.

PRAY: really pray, until you are assured that God is going to answer your prayer and meet your need.

Don’t get ahead of God wanting an immediate answer because when you do, you always settle for less then God’s best.

Posted by: missionventureministries | July 13, 2015

HOW TO INSTILL PROPER VALUES IN YOUR CHILDREN – Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 22 vs 6

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Parents must instill within their children the importance of being God’s servants. Nearly all parents plan for the secular future of their children but how much emphasis is placed on preparation for their futures in the kingdom of God? While many encourage their children to be doctors, lawyers, etc., how many encourage them to plan on being God’s servants, by serving as pastors, missionaries, teachers, deacons or elders.  

Do your children see in you a high regard for service to God and the work of the church, or do they see parents who are apathetic and uninvolved in the good works one is to be doing in Christ. The Bible tells us: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10) and that Jesus “gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:14) 

So let us take a look at some of the ways we should instill proper values in children: 

  • Begin regular spiritual training in their first year of life and continue consistently through all their developing years. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Give them their own Bible even before they can read. Have them begin a lifetime habit of regular memorization and review of important Bible verses.
  • Let their earliest memories include daily readings of Bible stories and frequent discussions of the word of God.
  • Demonstrate to them that God is first in all your priorities and that you first pray before making any important decisions.
  • Have regular “devotional” times as a family and speak often to your children of the joys of serving God.
  • Teach them to pray.
  • Help keep their minds pure by controlling their reading, what they are seeing or watching on television and on their computers, and watching who their friends are, remembering that the Bible says: Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
  • Keep their speech pure by not allowing yourself or them to ever use profanity.
  • Teach them that lying is one of the worst things they could ever do. (Revelation 21:8)
  • Teach them the virtue of work by giving them daily responsibilities around the home.
  • Train them to never get too busy with secular pursuits to not have time to help other.
  • Train them early in principles of dressing modestly. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  • Be responsible to bring up the subject of sex and morality with your children. Because, they will either learn about it from you or from the world.
  • Reinforce your moral teaching by setting specific guidelines for dating.
  • Instill in your children a strong desire to keep themselves pure for the one who will someday be their spouse.
  • Train your children to date only those who are morally upright and urge them to plan on marrying a Christian. Let them know what the Bible says: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)
  • Spend the necessary time to be the main spiritual teacher of your children; more so than the preacher or the Sunday School teacher, etc. Remember, you have the primary responsibility of teaching your children the ways of the Lord.

If we want our children to grow into faithful, active Christians, we must begin with our examples, reinforcing them with our teaching and encouragement and then continue, prayerfully, to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. 

As children see their parents and grandparents living a life characterized by loving obedience to Christ, the child will be more likely to do the same. This legacy can continue for generations and can impact others beyond the family. (2 Timothy 3:15)

Dear heavenly Father, guide us to be an example of how to instill correct values in our children and grandchildren. Amen.

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