Posted by: missionventureministries | October 19, 2016



The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We need to understand that He is the way, as in the ONE AND ONLY WAY.  

He said His words are life (John 6:63). He promised that those who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14–15). He is the gate of the sheep (John 10:7); the bread of life (John 6:35); and the resurrection (John 11:25). No one else can truly claim those titles. And He warns, those who teach a false gospel, of their fate in Matthew 7:21-23. 

Jesus is the only way to heaven for several reasons. Jesus was “chosen by God” to be our Savior (1 Peter 2:4). Jesus is the only One to have come down from heaven and returned there (John 3:13). He is the only person to have lived a perfect sinless human life (Hebrews 4:15). He is the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2). He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). He is the only man to have conquered death forever (Revelation 1:18). He is the only man whom God has “exalted . . . to the highest place… that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). 

“There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5). In fact, it is the unified testimony of the New Testament that no one can know God the Father except through the person of Jesus Christ. 

To understand why this is so, we must go back to the beginning. God created the heavens and the earth. . . And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2).  And God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness . . . (Genesis 1:26). In these first verses we see the Trinity revealed in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God was hovering and let Us (plural) make man in Our image. And when He had finished creating, everything was good (Genesis 1:31). 

Man and woman were placed in a perfect environment, with all their needs taken care of. They were given only one prohibition: they were not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lest they die (Genesis 2:17). Yet they did eat of the tree, and the result was a fall, and the relationship was broken between God and man (Genesis 3). 

However, God promised to restore all of these things and gave His word that He would send a Savior, a Messiah, who would deliver the entire creation from the bondage of sin (Genesis 3:15).  

This promise that some day Messiah would come into the world to set mankind free is repeated throughout the Old Testament. 

God’s word came true and God came to earth the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 29). Jesus eventually died in our place so that we could again enjoy an unbroken relationship with God. The Bible says, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19) and “He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) 

If mankind could have reached God any other way, then Jesus would not have had to die. His death illustrates the fact that there is no other way 

But the story doesn’t end at the cross and with Jesus’ death. Jesus came back from the dead, demonstrating that He was and is the one whom He claimed to be (Romans 1:4), the unique Son of God and the only way by which a person can have a personal relationship with God. 

The apostles’ preaching focused on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin, clearly proclaimed Jesus as the only way to heaven: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  

Paul, speaking to the synagogue in Antioch, declared Jesus as the Savior: “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39).  

John, writing to the church at large, specifies the name of Christ as the basis of our forgiveness: “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name” (1 John 2:12). No one but Jesus can forgive sin. 

Eternal life in heaven is made possible only through Christ. Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). To receive God’s free gift of salvation, we must look to Jesus and Jesus alone. We must trust in Jesus’ death on the cross as our payment for sin, and in His resurrection. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22). 

At one point in Jesus’ ministry, many of the crowd were turning their backs on Him and Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” (John 6:67). And Peter replied: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68–69). We should all share Peter’s faith that eternal life resides only in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus is exactly who He says He is. He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14). He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35). He’s the way, the truth, and the very life itself. Therefore, in order for us to have eternal life, we must receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. 

There is only one way to heaven and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. “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.” (Romans 10:9)

Posted by: missionventureministries | October 12, 2016



It is very important that we understand that we need to make spiritual, physical and material preparation for the events prophesied by Jesus before the time of His Second Coming.  

The most likely to be neglected and more difficult for most people to prepare for is the spiritual one, which we need to be ready for because we never know when our time on this earth is up. Therefore, we need to make sure that when we die, that we will be forever with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

As the time approaches for the second coming of Christ, we see more signs of which Jesus spoke of while He was on earth, “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:7) 

Jesus also mentions that the coming of the Son of Man will be as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37). And He tells us that, “of that day and hour no one knows…” (Matthew 24:36). This is consistent with God’s dealings in the past. Specifically, we can see this in relation to the flood. No one, not even Noah, knew the exact day or hour that the flood would come. (Genesis 7:12-17) 

Noah had spent many years building the ark. He knew that the season for divine judgment was near, but he did not know the exact day. Then one day God gave orders to board the ark. It was God who closed the door, and then He sent the flood. The people of Noah’s day had no “early warning” that the flood was coming. When judgment came, it came quickly, and without warning; there was no opportunity for those under judgment to change their minds and to board the ark, and they all perished.  

The same will occur in last days (Matthew 24:39). There will be no dramatic indications that “the day” or “the hour” has come. Two men will be in the field, going about their normal daily routine; one will be taken, the other will be left. Two women will be grinding grain, just as they normally would; one will be taken, the other will be left (Matthew 24:40-41). 

We, too, must be ready, as Jesus tells us. We do not know the hour of His return, and the coming of the Son of Man will be at a time that we don’t expect. (Matthew 24:44) 

Believers need to get serious about their relationship with Jesus Christ. In other words, make Him the number one priority in their life. Obviously, if Jesus is the number one priority, as we communicate with Him daily and read the warnings He gave us in the Bible we will keep our minds sharp and alert as the Holy Spirit guides us. 

We need to pray for wisdom and a spirit of discernment and be separate from the world. We should not be enslaved to the many enticements and distractions that the world offers; because that is the way that Satan wants to distract us. Therefore, be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Before Jesus’ returns, times of trouble, persecution and testing will come to all Christians; some will be very subtle and some will be very obvious. Therefore we need to be prepared as we trust in God.

Many people think that if we prepare materially with provisions for our family it shows lack of faith in God, but that is not so, as we saw Noah’s obedience as he built the ark.

With all that is happening in the world today, it is sad to see Christians who are not making any provision for hard times – not preparing themselves spiritually or physically. Most believers in the world are neither spiritually nor physically prepared for what their Savior foretold in Matthew 24, that it would be like “the days of Noah.”

Let us recall once more about what Noah did to prepare – in direct obedience to God. In Genesis 6, God told him to prepare for the greatest natural disaster in the history of the world by storing food for his family and the animals before entering the ark. God provided all the food and the material to build the ark, but He told Noah to gather the food and actually build the ark. “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household.” (Hebrews 11:7)

Noah was warned by God of things to come and Jesus warned us that times like those are coming again; and He provided us with a detailed forecast in Matthew 24. Among the things He says is to “be ready to be prepared.” Being ready means being prepared both spiritually and physically for the hardships believers will have to endure. If it wasn’t so, we would not have been warned by Jesus Christ himself.

Another great hero of the faith in the Bible is Joseph. In Genesis 41 Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream about fat cows and lean cows and healthy wheat and withered wheat. It was a dream God gave to Pharaoh about an impending drought throughout Egypt and much of the Middle East. The solution was to prepare for the famine ahead by storing food for seven years. Joseph was not only given the wisdom from God to interpret the dream but was also given the job of implementing the plan as Pharaoh’s chief operating officer. His work and obedience not only saved Egypt but Israel, too.

God provides, but men have to be obedient and use their heads to prepare. When God gives us warning about impending disasters, believers are supposed to listen and act responsibly to prepare. No, none of us can be prepared for every unforeseen circumstance, but that’s not an excuse for not taking God’s warnings of escalating judgment seriously.

Proverbs 6:6-11 shows that God does not appreciate laziness of those who do not think ahead. Even the ant prepares in advance for her needs.

As Matthew 24 warns, natural disasters will increase in frequency and intensity in the last days, and this is what we are seeing increasing in frequency and intensity every day. God is providing all the information we need to prepare. However, aren’t we being disobedient by ignoring what He has revealed to us as believers? Jesus clearly tells us in His Word that conditions on the Earth are going to deteriorate before His return. He already issued the warnings, so let us obey and prepare; because not preparing ourselves spiritually and physically is unwise and irresponsible.

We need to trust God. He’s warning us of what’s coming. He’s telling us very clearly. He’s commanding us to be prepared. So, think about this . . . doing nothing is the opposite of trusting God.

Remember, all events taking place in this world are unfolding according to His Sovereign plan.

Physical preparedness and spiritual preparedness must go together, because physical preparations should be an outward sign of obedience to our spiritual preparedness.

We need to realize that things are getting worse in this world that we live in and we are going to be persecuted because the Word of God tells us so. Remember, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). These are however, days of golden opportunity to share the Lord Jesus Christ and to warn others to prepare also.

Please pray and ask the Lord to give you discernment and spiritual strength (Philippians 4:13), to listen, obey and prepare.

Posted by: missionventureministries | October 7, 2016



And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Mark 1:16-18) 

Evangelism was of greatest importance to our Lord Jesus. He began and ended His ministry (Matthew 28:19-20) with a call to spread the Gospel. From the very beginning of His ministry, His plan was to use disciples to make disciples. He called his first disciples, who were fishermen, to become fishers of men (Mark 1:17). Instead of continuing to cast their nets into the sea, He told them to follow Him and become fishers of men.  

He gave them a new purpose for living with an eternal perspective because the difference between fishing for fish and fishing for men is profound. When you reel in fish, they are alive, and then they die. When you catch men, they are dead in sin, and when you begin to share with them, you see the miracle that takes place and they begin to have a new life in Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-6) 

Jesus wants us to be fishers of men also. The techniques for effective fishing are similar whether we are fishing for fish or for men. So let’s focus on how we can do that effectively.  

Have you ever gone fishing? Well even if you have not, Jesus is telling those who believe in Him to come and be His disciples (students) and go fishing with Him. He will help us by giving us knowledge, wisdom, love and the strength that we need to bring many people for Him. 

As we fish for men, we need to understand that they are spiritually dead and that “the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Since they are spiritually dead, they cannot see the light of the Gospel because “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  

Therefore, many ask, just like the disciples asked Jesus “who then can be saved?” And Jesus answered, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:24-26) 

Consequently fishers of men need to be patience, as well as being properly equipped. 

As we fish for spiritually dead men, we must be equipped with the Word of God, which is the seed that is needed to make them alive in Christ (1 Peter 1:23). By teaching people about Jesus we are helping lost people to get to know more about God and His love for all of us. Jesus said: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) 

The next thing we need to do is we have to go where the fish are so we can catch them. Just as fish live in water and won’t come to us, we must seek the lost because many love the darkness and the things the world has to offer. Others are content in living their way and will never seek the truth. This is why we need to take every opportunity God gives us to share with lost people the love of Jesus, who came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10) 

The only proper lure for catching lost people is the Lord Jesus. He said, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32) 

This means that we need to share the Gospel and tell the lost about Jesus as He is revealed in His Word, the Bible. Nothing can be caught until we do, because: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) 

If you have ever gone fishing you know that it takes patience and time. We should never give up because sometimes it is not the right time and fish just aren’t biting. We need however to trust God to draw the lost, because Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” (John 6:44) 

We need to wait on the Holy Spirit to use the Word of God to bring conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11), as Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) 

Are you starting to understand how we can be fishers of men? We can teach those that do not know about Jesus, so they also can believe in Him, accept Him as their Lord and Savior, love Him by obeying Him, and one day live with Him in eternity.  

The only way anyone can get to heaven is through Jesus, there is no other way. 

Remember, a good fisher of men needs to have patience since not everyone we tell about Jesus is going to believe. Some people just won’t be interested, but we can’t give up. We just have to keep teaching people about Jesus and let Jesus take care of the rest.  

If we do what Jesus teaches us, we can really become fishers of men like Jesus wants us to be. If you have ever caught a fish you know how exciting it is. Can you imagine how exciting it must be to have someone understand what Jesus did for all of us and have them be part of His family forever! It is absolutely awesome.  

Let us all be fishers of men for Jesus remembering that: “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)


Posted by: missionventureministries | September 28, 2016



O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. (Psalm 83:1) 

As believers we have received answers to our prayer as well as God’s silence. 

There are times when we earnestly seek God, but in return only sense His silence. When this happens, silence can be difficult, frustrating and tempt us to doubt. 

The Bible tells the story of a man named Job, who was well acquainted with God’s silence. In his pain and suffering, he cried out to God. He asked for answers, and kept asking, but as we learn from the first 37 chapters of the book of Job, his cries for help and relief were met only by God’s silence. 

Just as with Job, Christians are not always going to hear God’s voice, but we can learn a few practical things to do when God seems silent. 


We need to begin by asking ourselves the question, is there any un-confessed sin in my life? We need to make sure nothing is blocking us from being able to hear God’s voice. 

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened.” 

We have to look internally to see if there is any wrong motive. We should ask the Lord to show us if there is anything that needs to be removed or cleansed from our life, and to reveal to us if there is anyone we need to forgive. The question also should be: Is there anything or anyone that I love more than God? 

As God brings things to our mind, we need to quickly ask for His forgiveness, because, repentance pleases God and restores our fellowship with Him. 


Like Job, we also face the choice of acknowledging, or rejecting the sovereignty of God. In response to his suffering and loss Job’s wife suggests he curse God and die. Her ungodly advise was actually the voice of Satan speaking thorough her. 

Instead of following her advice, Job chooses to let God be God. “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” he replied (Job 2:10).  

We need to be very careful from whom we get advice. It might sounds spiritual especially coming from “religious people,” but if that advice is not supported by the Word of God, than it is actually the voice of Satan trying to get us to dishonor God by our thoughts and actions. When this happens our response should be like Jesus said: “Get the behind me Satan.” 

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 states: “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” 

Accepting God’s sovereignty means to actively trust in Him, realizing that He is in control and that we can always hope in Him. “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15). Nothing in Job’s life, or ours, happens apart from God’s knowledge and plan.  

As we learn at the beginning of the Book of Job, God was fully aware of all the things that were about to happen to Job. In fact, He gave Satan permission to do these things in Job’s life; but remember that God was always in control. 


Although God may seem silent regarding a specific request or petition, we need to remember that He is always present in our life. 

When we are so focused on self, it is possible to overlook an answer that God already has for us. Therefore we need to take time to be alone with Him, and study God’s word to find out what He has to say about the problems we are facing or the questions we are asking. 

As we read the Bible, we need to ask God to speak to us through the Holy Spirit, who lives inside of every born again believer. Often known verses can have new significance in light of current problems that we are facing. 

We must be cautions however not to twist the Scriptures to say what we want them to mean, so that we end up doing things our way, and not God’s way. Remember our heavenly Father has His timing for everything.  

Also, do not let friends, family or so called “religious people” influence you, especially those who refuse to obey Scripture and to let Jesus be the Lord of their lives. 


The Gospel of John tells a story about Jesus’ friends Lazarus, Mary and Martha. When Jesus found out that Lazarus was ill, He didn’t rush to his house to heal him. Instead, Jesus stayed where he was for two more days (John 11:6). And before Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus died. 

To Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, Jesus’ silence could have been interpreted as – Jesus didn’t care or didn’t want to help them. This is how we sometimes might feel when God doesn’t immediately answer our cries for help. 

But, as David wrote: “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8) 

Just as with David and Job, God’s silence at times proves the depth of our relationship with our heavenly Father, because when He is silent there is a reason, so we pray, wait and trust in Him.

Posted by: missionventureministries | September 21, 2016

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE GOD? – Deuteronomy 6:5


You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

God wants a complete love from us because He loves us completely. And we “love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) 

And Deuteronomy 7:9 states: “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” 

What God most wants from us is our love and our obedience to His word, which will prove our love for Him “… by loving God and carrying out his commands” (1 John 5:2). And “we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (1 John 2:3-6) 

Faith is necessary to please God because “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), and if our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by Jesus Christ. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. We are enabled to obey because, once we believe in Christ and are saved, we are remade. We are not the same people we once were; as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 

When we obey the Lord, we can live a life of joy, without shame, rooted deeply in the Lord and confident in our eternal hope. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Our obedience is actually part of our assurance that we truly know God, because, “We know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands.” (1 John 2:3) 

When God’s children obey their Heavenly Father, He is glorified. Jesus told us that the plan is for others to “see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Of course, performing “good deeds” requires obedience to the One who calls us to good deeds.  

A Christian’s testimony of holiness is a strong witness that God is at work in the world: “Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him” (Psalm 128:1). The Bible often tells us that God blesses and rewards obedience. James 1:22-25 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”  

And Psalm 119:1-2 says: “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.” 

God is gracious. If we haven’t been living for Him, if we haven’t been following His commandments, if we’ve been living in and for the world, we can be transformed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We can ask God for forgiveness, and He will give it. And He will choose to forget the sin, just as if we had never committed it in the first place. God is glorified when He extends forgiveness, because it is written, “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. . . . Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:16-17) 

Obedience is an attitude we have to learn. It’s not a trait we automatically acquire when we become Christians. Thankfully, the Bible gives us clear instructions on how to obey God, and Jesus provides us with a perfect example of love and submission to the Father.

The most joyful people in the world are those who are constantly seeking to love God by keeping His commandments and obeying Him.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forevermore. Amen.” (Jude 24–25)

Posted by: missionventureministries | September 14, 2016



The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. (Psalms 111:10) 

The Psalmist is telling us that true wisdom begins with fear, meaning reverence for God; respect for His law and commandments and the fear of offending our Creator.  

He who fears (respects) the Lord departs from evil; because, he who lives in sin neither fears God, nor is wise. (Adam Clark) 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge is such an important issue that Solomon mentions it twice once in Proverbs 1:7 and then again in Proverbs 9:10, adding to it that fools despise wisdom and instruction. Thus, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of an understanding that we are in the presence of a holy, just, and almighty God and that He will hold us accountable for our motives, thoughts, words, and actions. To fear God is the desire to live in harmony with His righteous standards and to honor Him in all that we think, say and do. 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom means that until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom. True wisdom comes only from understanding who God is and that He is holy and righteous. The essence of the Law in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 states: And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good? The fear of God is the basis for our walking in His ways, serving and loving Him. 

A biblical fear of God, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment of sin.  

Hebrews 12:5-6 states: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” This describes God’s discipline of the believer. While it is done in love, we should fear His discipline, and seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him. Remember, God wants us to be holy like He is (Hebrews 12:5-6). 

As believers we have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our life. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe. 

The good news is that the fear of God is only the beginning of knowledge. In fact, the great news is that the love of God reflected through Jesus Christ in the New Testament scriptures has the power to cast out this fear and set us free!  

Because: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18) 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) 

How can we comprehend the Good News of Jesus Christ if we don’t first understand the fear of God? Without reverence, and respect for a perfectly holy, righteous, and just Creator, can we truly appreciate what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did for us on Calvary’s cross? 

It ultimately comes down to perspective and position. Who is God and what is my perspective on His nature, power, and justice? Who am I and what is my human position relative to Almighty God?  

Once we understand and accept God’s Word, we can live our lives in a special appreciation of co-existing truths of the “Fear of God” and the “Love of God.”  

Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever” (Psalm 118:4).  

The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).  

In His great love for us God created us to have a parent-child relationship with Him. We become normal only when we permit Him to adopt us as His children through the sacrifice that Jesus provided on the cross for our salvation.  

If we respect and fear God we have nothing else to fear, but if we refuse to respect and fear God we will fear everything, for all of our life. 

Jesus said; I have come to give them abundant life; and He longs to give us life to the fullest. God greatly loves us. That is why Jesus came to this earth; He wants a close relationship with us. That is why He wants each person to grow in wisdom, by searching His Holy Word with all our heart.

Posted by: missionventureministries | September 7, 2016



God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. – Psalms 46:1-3 

We have only one source of security who is God, our heavenly Father. When wars break out, government fails, natural disasters destroy our homes, our health deteriorates, or friends betray us, God is the only One where we can find security.  

Our world, with all its advancements in education, technology and science, is no safer today than it was thousands of years ago. Anything can happen, at any second; and there is no security unless we have placed ourselves in the hand of the One who holds eternity and who is in control of all things. 

We need to turn to God, and only when we seek God, can we find rest for our soul. The psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10) 

The Bible says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:7-8) 

God is waiting to hear us call for help; and if we call, He will respond.  

When we are secure in God, we do not need the security of other things. God is in control and seated firmly on His throne. That is why we can say: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2).  

Our security comes from our faith in God and not from our circumstance: “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalms 46:7, 11). Our faith is in knowing that God is omnipresent, which gives us hope and security because we know that the Lord is always with us. 

God wants us to depend on Him and we need to be aware that our trust should not be in things, but only in Him.  

We need to pray for strong faith, and that in the midst of a world filled with problems and dangers, we will continue to trust that God is with us because His presence will give us peace and joy no matter what happens. 

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) 

There are many who live in great prosperity – they have lots of money and possessions – yet their lives are consumed with worry and fear. And there are those in our world today who live in very difficult and dangerous places, yet have a great sense of security because they have placed their faith and hope in God.  

Job lost everything, but he chose to place His trust in God. He was shaken but he did not fall. The Bible says, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” (Psalm 125:1) 

We need to have this same courage today because Jesus said, “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). Our confidence should not be shaken, because we have a God who is in complete control. We should have courage, not because we are strong, but because we have a God who is strong. He is powerful and He rules over all. God has not changed, and His love will see us through: “For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalms 100:5) 

As Paul wrote, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35, 37) 

We are secure in an unsafe world because the One who loves us is with us. And we need to remember that our security is in eternity and not in the present because this world is not our home.  

If we are looking only at the present circumstances we will be shaken, but if we are grounded in God’s Word and the promise of eternity, we will stand firm and no one can take it away from us. Therefore, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13) 

And remember what Isaiah 26:3 says: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”


Posted by: missionventureministries | August 31, 2016


Psalm 34 vs 14 About the family

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalms 34:14) 

When we read the Bible we realize that family problems are nothing new, as a matter effect they started in the Garden of Eden when Adam first blamed Eve for giving him the forbidden fruit to eat (Genesis 3:12). 

Then we see the sibling rivalry between Cain and Abel and a little later between Jacob and Esau, and then the problems Joseph had with his brothers. 

Eli and Samuel dealt with rebellious children and Jonathan was almost murdered by his father, Saul. David was brokenhearted by his son Absalom’s rebellion and Hosea experienced marital difficulties. In each of these cases, relationships were damaged by sin.  

The Bible has a lot to say about relationships, as the first institution God established for human interaction was a family (Genesis 2:22–24). He created a wife for Adam and joined them forever. Citing this event, Jesus later said, “What God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:6). God’s plan was for one man and one woman to remain married until one of them dies. He desires to bless that union with children who are to be raised “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  

Most family problems emerge when we rebel against God and go against His original plan. This includes adultery, divorce, polygamy which all cause problems because they deviate from God’s original intend. 

The Bible gives clear instructions about how family members are to treat each other. God’s plan is that husbands love their wives in the same way that Christ loves His church (Ephesians 5:25, 33). Wives are to respect their husbands and submit to their leadership (Ephesians 5:22–24, 33; 1 Peter 3:1). Children are to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1–4; Exodus 20:12). How many family problems would be solved if husbands, wives, and children simply followed those basic rules? 

1 Timothy 5:8 says that families are to take care of their own. Jesus had harsh words for those who evaded their financial responsibilities to their aging parents by claiming they gave all their money to the temple (Matthew 15:5–6). 

The key to harmony in families is not one we naturally want to apply. Ephesians 5:21 says to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Submission is in direct opposition to our flesh’s desire to rule and have its way. We defend our rights; defend our opinions, and assert our own agendas whenever possible. God’s way is to crucify our flesh (Galatians 5:24; Romans 6:11) and submit to the needs and wishes of others whenever we can. Jesus is our model for that kind of submission to God’s will. First Peter 2:23 says, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 

We need to listen attentively and with an open mind. A lot of tension can be avoided if we don’t respond to our mate or any family member in a contentious tone. It is important to listen without prejudice and to respect his or her viewpoint even if we do not agree. Most family problems could be lessened if we all followed the instructions found in Philippians 2:3–4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” When we adopt the spirit of humility and treat others as Jesus would treat them, we can resolve many of our family and relationship problems. 

God commands us to seek peace (Psalm 34:14; Matthew 5:9). We should “make every effort to do what leads to peace” (Romans 14:19). Of course, there will be some people who do not desire peace, but we are still to do our utmost to be at peace with them (Romans 12:18).  

Believers have an obligation to “let the peace of God rule” in their hearts (Colossians 3:15). This means we have the choice either to trust God’s promises or to rely on ourselves and reject the peace He offers. Jesus gave His disciples peace based on the truth that He has overcome the world (John 14:27; 16:33). Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, so, if we are allowing the Spirit of God to rule in our lives, we will experience His peace. To be spiritually minded brings life and peace as Romans 8:6 states: “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” 

We need to remind our children and family members “to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” (Titus 3:1-2) 

Patience is also a virtue that we need to cultivate, because there will be conflicts, but the outcome depends on the spirit we show. The Scripture tells us to be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2) 

We are to never stoop to verbal or physical abuse but we must also rid ourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. (Colossians 3:8) 

We will promote peace by being eager to forgive and to settle our differences quickly. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you,” (Colossians 3:13). A good marriage or any relationship is impossible without forgiveness. 

We need to make a practice of unselfish giving and sharing. “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) 

Don’t ever give up promoting peace in the home because “deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.” (Proverbs 12:20) 

Here are some additional thoughts: 

  • Pray frequently. Ask God to bring peace into your home. Lift up the needs of the day and seek Him for wisdom.
  • Speak kindly; it is amazing how a little kindness goes a long way to setting the tone for the home.
  • Gather regularly, for prayer and for meals or to simply hang out with each other. Enjoy your togetherness.
  • Help each other cheerfully. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14)
  • Show your family that you love them. Wrap your arms around your spouse. Give your little ones a hug. Your older kids would probably like one too!

The world will continue to have wars and interpersonal conflicts until Jesus comes to establish true and lasting peace (see Isaiah 11:1-10), but God will give His peace to those who trust Him.  

Once His peace rules in our hearts, we are able to share that peace with others (Isaiah 52:7) and be ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). 

You can live in peace, love, victory and joy. To learn more please click on the Bible study entitled: “LIFE’S MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY.”

Posted by: missionventureministries | August 24, 2016


James 1 vs 19-20

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)

Our words are very powerful, they have the power to build up, and to tear down, the power to inspire and to dishearten, the power to encourage or discourage. Whether you are a parent, a family member, a teacher, a minister, or a friend here are five simple things to consider.

Next time before you say something you might regret, ask yourself these five questions. If the answer is “NO” to any one of them, you are not going to want to say them. Think before you speak!

  1. IS IT TRUE?
  • “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
  • “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.” (Proverbs 12:19)
  • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
  • “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)
  • Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:23-24)
  • “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6)
  • “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment.” (Matthew 12:36)
  1. IS IT KIND?
  • “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” (Ephesians 4:31)
  • “One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. (Proverbs 22:11)
  • “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

Another way to look at think before you speak is to consider how to reword what you have to say so that it follows what the Bible teaches us:

Because, what goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11) 

If we call ourselves Christians, and yet do not keep a tight rein on our tongues we deceive ourselves, and our religion is worthless.” (James 1:26) 

Therefore, “whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” (1 Peter 3:10)    

Remembering that: The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom and their tongues speak what is just. (Psalm 37:30)

Posted by: missionventureministries | August 17, 2016


What is true friendship - John 15 vs 13

The Bible says that the greatest love is the one who gives his life for his friends (John 15:13). Jesus calls us his friends and loves us, even with all our faults. Jesus is the perfect example of friendship revealed in the Bible, because He gave His life to reconcile with God all those who believe in His sacrifice. He died in our place because He is a true friend. 

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can be friends with God. Sin no longer separates the one who is saved, from friendship with God. This means we can have a relationship of true intimacy, unity and love with our Creator. 

Friendship with God affects our friendships with others. The believer who knows the true friendship of the Bible will try to be a true friend because: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18) 

Therefore, true friendship is based on the love of Christ and Jesus is our great example of the most valuable friendship of all. 

We must choose friends who love the Lord and have pure hearts. The Bible says, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22) 

Friends are people who have things in common like studying the Bible, and who enjoy each other’s company. We can have many acquaintances with whom we get along well, but a true friend is a person who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).  

A true friend gives us biblical advice and discourages us from going against God’s word. They encourage us to: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

A Christian friend should respect our decisions even if they do not agree with them; knowing that whatever decisions we make, we are the ones that ultimately will be responsible for them: “For we (all believers) must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Jesus is not only our best Friend but also our one and only Judge.  

A relationship of friendship requires loyalty and fidelity, and therefore God disapproves of any kind of betrayal. Gossip can destroy friendships and the Bible says in Proverbs 16:28: “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

It is worth keeping true friends as the Bible says: “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” (Proverbs 27:9)

A true friend cares about your welfare, and therefore, is open, honest and sincere with you, in a sensitive and gentle way, even if at times it “hurts”. The Bible says: “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:5-6) 

What characteristics do we need to have to be a good friend? The Bible says in Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” 

Here are some additional characteristics of true friendship according to the Bible: 

Love is the key to any genuine relationship; true friendship is a symbol in brotherly love. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17) 

One of the most known cases of genuine friendship in the Bible is between David and Jonathan, as you can see in 1 Samuel 20 and 2 Samuel 9. Their friendship was so strong that Jonathan risked the wrath of the father to save the life of David, and David looked after the son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth when Jonathan died. 

Friends like being together and defend each other. “One man can be defeated, but two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12) 

True friendship respects the value of the person and demands their best. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”  (Romans 12:10) 

A true friend helps his companion when they know that he is experiencing difficulties or problems. “Do not abandon your friend or the friend of his father; when hit by adversity do not go to the house of his brother; best is the close neighbor than a distant brother.” (Proverbs 27:10) 

The Bible tells us that the hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered (Proverbs 11:9). We need to be aware that the mouth can be used either as a weapon or a tool. We either hurt our friends or build them up. Sadly it is often easier to destroy than to build, and most people have received more destructive comments than those that encourage them. Our words make a difference; are they a weapon for destruction or tools for construction? 

What kind of friend do you want to be? And how many people you call friends would you be willing to give your life for?

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