Posted by: missionventureministries | January 4, 2018

LOVE – 1 John 3:1

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1) 

Six year old Lisa was setting on the couch next to Mary, her mother, while she was reading a Bible story. 

Lisa noticed that her mother’s hands were scarred and did not look normal. So, Lisa asked her mother, “Why are your hands so scarred and ugly? 

Mary very lovingly explained that five years ago there was a mother who placed her daughter in her crib for a nap after she had finished feeding her baby. 

This mother went across the street to help an elderly lady who was recovering from an operation. The mother happened to look out the window across the street and noticed that smoke was coming from her house; she rushed across the street and into the house.  

When she arrived she saw her daughter’s bedroom engulfed with smoke and flames.  The mother quickly reached through the flames and pulled her daughter to safety and during the process her hands were burned and scarred. The burns were extremely painful, but it was happy because her daughter did not perish in the fire. 

Lisa realized that she was the baby girl who had been rescued from being burned to death. With tears in her eyes she looked up at her mother and said, “I am sorry mother; your hands are not ugly, your hands are the most beautiful hands that I have ever seen.”  

There is Someone whose hands and feet were scarred when He was nailed to a cruel Roman cross and tortured to death to pay the sin debt of all mankind, to save a lost world from sin and hell. 

One day, when we will see the Savior in heaven, we will bow before Him and His pierced hands and feet and be eternally thankful for the tremendous sacrifice that He made to give us eternal life and escape an eternity in the Lake of Fire. 

If one of our neighbors sacrificed their safety and endangered their life to rescue us from a burning building, we would probably live in deep appreciation of their unselfish sacrifice and think about it every day. 

Are we daily expressing our appreciation and thankfulness to God and Jesus for rescuing us from the horrific reality of sin and hell? 

Are we honoring the great sacrifice that Jesus provided by striving to live a life of holiness, humility and love to the Savior? As this New Year begins will you share the wonderful message of freedom and salvation with others and express your appreciation for the precious gift of restored fellowship with God and eternal life.  

Is it any wonder that wise men, women and children still seek Him, love, obey and worship Him?

Posted by: missionventureministries | December 28, 2017


Anyone who wants to learn worthwhile ways to involve people with the Gospel will find no better teacher than the Savior. In the Gospels we see He used a variety of different strategies when He encountered lost people, and He never used the same way twice. He personalized His approach to the circumstances of each individual.

He was focused“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

He was instructive: To Nicodemus, He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). He also taught that, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21).

He was compassionate: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:35-36).

He warned of danger and false teachers: He said, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15). False teachers do not care about the lost because they are greedy and lost themselves.

He was merciful: Jesus said to the man who was demon-possessed, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19).

He was loving: And encouraged people to: “love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35).

He was sensitive: After the death of Lazarus, when Jesus saw the people weeping, “He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled…and Jesus wept” (John 11:33, 35).

He moved conversations from the physical to the spiritual: To the sinful woman at the well He said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

He was confrontational: To stubborn people who were blinded by religious pride, He said, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him” (John 8:44).

He taught salvation is the greatest gift to pursue: His teachings on the parables of the pearl and the hidden treasure instruct man of his greatest need.  In the Parable of the Hidden Treasure He teaches: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 

And Jesus continues to the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price stating: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).  

He taught that holiness is our calling: Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48). And Peter writes what he learned from the Lord: “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

When our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven He gave His Church the great responsibility to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Therefore, every Christian has been given the ministry of reconciliation to call lost people to be reconciled to God. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). 

As ambassadors of the King of kings, let us seize the real privilege that He has given us to interact with the lost He places in our way. 

May you be witness to what Jesus has commanded us to do: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:19-20). 


Posted by: missionventureministries | December 21, 2017


What kind of music is appropriate for the worship service in the church? Here are some thoughts before we go to some questions and answers below.  

Can churches honor God in the music they use? In order to answer this question correctly, we must begin by observing the principles of the Word of God. No personal preference or cultural tendency can be our guide. Even in the area of ​​music, Scripture must be our authority. 

Below are questions that pastors and church leaders, along with the entire congregation, should ask about the worship music that is used in their church. Taken directly from biblical principles, these questions may not answer each specific case, but they provide a theological checklist to examine the music of the church. 

  • Is the music in your church focused on God? Without question, true worship should be centered on God (Exodus 20:3-6), because He is the only One worthy of praise (Psalm 148:13). He is our exalted King and He must be the center of our devotion.

Since the purpose of church music is to provide a vehicle for worship, it must be focused on God instead of being centered on man.

Because biblical worship demands a God-centered approach, the music of the church must begin and end with Him. 

  • Does the music in your church promote a high perspective of God? Music that is worthy must promote a correct and exalted perspective of who He is (see Isaiah 40:12-26). Through Scripture, all who have met the living God were radically changed. There is nothing ordinary about the God they saw or the trembling response of complete worship they gave. Our music then must clearly convey the majesty, the glory, and the honor of God (Romans 11:33-36, Revelation 14:7). 
  • Is the music in your Church done in orderly fashion? The God we serve is a God of order. This is seen most clearly in His creation of the world, when He gave it shape and function (Genesis 1). It is not surprising, then, that the apostle Paul would send the Corinthians the directive that in the church “all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). 

Senseless emotionalism more accelerated by repetition becomes ritualistic paganism, just as Matthew 6:7 warns us not to use vain repetitions as the heathen do.  

  • Does the content of the music in your church sound biblical? A song that is biblically inaccurate, out of context will only hinder the spiritual growth of those who sing it. 

While instrumental music is certainly appropriate during the worship service (2 Chronicles 5:13), let them not overpower the voices and become the center of attention and a show. We need to bear in mind that worship music has the purpose to deepen the biblical and theological understanding of the congregation. 

  • Does the music in your church promote unity? The main goal of music in the church is to worship God. If we have unity with God we will have unity with each other (Philippians 2:1-2). 
  • Is the music of your church performed with excellence? The music of the church, along with everything we do, must be done for the glory and honor of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). As our perfect Teacher and loving Father, He certainly deserves the best we can offer Him.  

Music that is not sincere and is a self seeking performance, is not worship, and God sees it as pure noise (Amos 5:23).  

  • Do you prepare the music of your church for the preaching of the Word of God? It is only through the Word of God that we can learn about Him; it is only through the Bible that God reveals himself to us. The Scripture, then, must be the centerpiece of our bodily worship, providing His message to us in the lyrics of the song.  
  • Does the music of your church include the gospel of Jesus Christ? The church, as an assembly of Christians, must give a good testimony to be seen by the world. Peter exhorts us to “proclaim the excellencies” of God (1 Peter 2:9). The music of the church, then, must be a wonderful witness of the greatness of our Lord and Savior; and it must not tarnish its reputation or confuse the unconverted as the gospel teaches. 
  • Does the music of your church promote a Holy Spirit filled worship? As already mentioned before, church music should be focused on God, reverently presenting Him in all His majesty. At the same time, it should never be dull, since as we read in Revelation 4 and 5, heaven, is the most exiting place of all where the primary occupation is worshipping the Lord.  

As long as we maintain proper respect for God, biblical worship is always overflowing with personal enthusiasm of Christ’s adoration. However, we need to keep in mind that our enthusiasm must always be expressed in an orderly manner and with a controlled Spirit.  

We need to be aware that even though numerous opinions and preferences exist in today’s churches, that the true church of Christ will have its music based on biblical principles. Church leaders should not simply stick to certain standards because this has always been done that way. They must not blindly allow some kind of music to be played in their church services. They should be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and determine the biblical principles that adhere to correct music in worship at their church.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord:

Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,

And make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, And a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the deep places of the earth:

The strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his, and he made it:

And his hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down:

Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

Psalm 95:1-6

Posted by: missionventureministries | December 13, 2017



 The Bible talks a lot of about our thoughts. In fact, most of Jesus’ and Paul’s instructions didn’t center around the outward appearances or things people did, but on the thoughts of their mind, and the attitudes of their hearts. 

Jesus said: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). 

The thoughts of men’s heart give evidence to what their spiritual state is. What you think about in your mind, so you are. In other words, our mind is powerful and we become what we think. A person is known by their actions, and we need to realize that actions begin with our thoughts. 

The character of a person’s thoughts determines the character of his life. His actions are inspired from within. Every product of the soul, whether it is an action or a purpose, is first a thought.  

Because we were born with a sinful nature, sin lies in the soul first in thoughts and then, if we let it take root it will reveal itself in actions.  

The moral success of life consists in being Christ focused and not letting evil thoughts germinate in our mind. In our verse we learn that the heart determines our everlasting destiny, because a heart without holiness will never see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). 

Paul instructs us to focus on: whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report…to think on these thing (Philippians 4:8), and to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  

The heart as the Bible describes, literally functions like a conscience; it gives us a gentle nudge, or a sense of warning. And as we read in the following verses, the Word of God often refers to the “thoughts of the heart”. 

Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it. (Proverbs 4:23) 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) 

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders… (Matthew 15:19) 

The Lord knows us very well and tells us that: “It will come about on that day that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan” (Ezekiel 38:10) 

And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? (Matthew 9:4) 

We should never forget that: “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  

We have to keep in mind that our behavior follows our thoughts, not the other way around. The thoughts we entertain are processed by our hearts and come out of our mouth and in our actions.  Analyzing and addressing our thoughts are key components of conquering the habits and behaviors that seem to hold us hostage, and it is up to us to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  

The best way to do this is to acknowledge the need for change and to draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8). Because without Christ, we were incapable of thinking right because Jesus is the only purifier of the heart; and we are not (to) be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). 

Remember that: Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:5-6). 

Some people loudly proclaim with their mouth that Jesus is their savior, but their lives are deceitful and sinful because they have not permitted him to be the Lord of their lives. The Bible calls these people hypocrites; they say one thing but live in rebellion to the commands of God and the Bible. That is way, the Bible informs us that the fool says in his heart,“There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

We like the Psalmist should be asking God to: Create in me a clean heart . . . and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).

Posted by: missionventureministries | December 7, 2017


“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)

During this time of the year when we celebrate our Savior’s birth; even though no one knows the exact date of our Lord’s birth, we should exalt and honor Him for what He has done; because in His incarnation, in the descent from His majestic position since eternity past, He was made in the likeness of men through a miraculous conception and a virgin birth. Jesus was born of a woman so that He could die for His people, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as son” (Galatians 4:4-5). 

The Son of God gave up His glory in heaven and the worship of angels to come to earth and be rejected by His own (John 1:11). “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3). His coming to earth was a voluntary descent from His position as the majestic King of the universe to become a slave, because of His love for us. His purpose was for fallen man to be reconciled to the Father, therefore, He came as a suffering servant to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).  

In this greatest act of humility and love for us, the Son of Man was dishonored, shamed, mocked, beaten and flogged and yet remained silent, “He humbled Himself by being obedient to the point of death even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). His divine descent reached its lowest point when the perfect and sinless Son of Man became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). As He hung on the cross taking on the sins of humanity and paying for them, the sinless Son of God cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46).  

We need to understand that Jesus was not questioning God; He was quoting the first line of Psalm 22, a deep expression of the anguish He felt when He took on the sins of the world, which caused Him to be separated from His Father. The physical agony was horrible, but even worse was the period of spiritual separation from God. This was what Jesus dreaded as He prayed to God in the garden of Gethsemane to if possible, let this cup pass from Him (Matthew 26:39). 

After the Son of Man experienced the depth of pain, humiliation and death, God gloriously raised Him from the dead (Matthew 28:6). His perfect work of redemption was finished, divine justice was fulfilled and the power of sin and death was defeated. Forty days later Jesus ascended into the glory of heaven (Acts 1:9). The suffering servant was lifted up to be the sovereign Shepherd of His sheep and an advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).  

As the Lord of lords, His Name deserves all dignity, honor, power and position; and God “seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:20-21).  

Our Creator and Savior was crucified to be crowned King of kings. Having “endured the cross,” He “has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Our perfect High Priest, offered Himself as the only acceptable sacrifice, to a perfect God who demands perfection and then declared in victory, “It is finished” (John 19:30).  

As our High Priest He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25). After His perfect obedience to His Father’s will, the Lord Jesus returned to the glory He had with the Father before the world begun (John 17:5).  

May God grant us greater comprehension of the unfathomable love Jesus has for us, so that our hearts may be filled with greater love and devotion for Him. And whatever the season let us always proclaim the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).  

Jesus, the Son of God, our Redeemer is the only One that deserves all the glory: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).  

At Mission Venture Ministries we will serve Him anytime, anywhere and will do anything for Him, because Jesus alone is worthy of all our praise and honor! 

Wise men and women still seek, obey and adore Him!

Posted by: missionventureministries | November 30, 2017


Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. (Galatians 1:1) 

Paul explains in his epistle to the Galatians the dramatic change that he received by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:12) and that the cause of such a drastic change was God’s revelation of his Son to him.  

Paul reviews the record of his pre-Christian life in order to show the wonder of God’s grace. Although he never ceased to identify himself as a Jew “I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin” (Romans 11:1), he only used Judaism as a way of describing his life before he became a new creation “in Christ.”  

Like the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah wrote, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:4-5, Isaiah 49:1), Paul sees himself as set apart by God from his birth for his prophetic role (Galatians 1:15). 

Although he recognizes that his former life was lived in opposition to God’s will, he still claims that his entire life is part of the sovereign plan of God. What a wonderful hope this gives each one of us.  

God’s decision to set Paul apart from before birth led to his life-transforming event by God’s call. Before Paul was born, God chose him. While Paul was trying to destroy the people of God, He called him. That is the meaning of grace and undeserved love. That same grace abounds today and is available to all that will accept it, because it is a free gift of our loving Creator God. Paul writes that God “made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). 

As we look at the new Galatian believers we see their lack of understanding of what Paul had taught them, since in all probability they thought that by simply adding a few Jewish customs to the gospel they were enhancing the value of their faith in Christ. But this addition to the gospel actually negated the essence of the gospel. First Paul rebukes the Galatians for their desertion; next he blames the confusion on those who perverted the gospel; and then he pronounces a solemn condemnation on all who tamper with the truth of the gospel: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ…If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (1:6-7, 9). 

Paul’s expression of astonishment is actually a strong rebuke as we read in (v.6). He is stunned that people, who had just recently experienced so much of God’s miraculous power by His Spirit in their lives, would now turn away from him. They were turning their backs on God in order to follow a different gospel.  

Paul is upset and tells them: “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:1-5). 

Their preoccupation with racial identity, religious observance and ceremonial rituals was robbing them of their experience of God’s grace expressed in Christ; and was drawing people away from God to focus on themselves.  

The Galatian tragedy is a warning for us, that not every quest for spirituality is in reality a pursuit for God. When we are enticed by provocative books on New Age spirituality, we must remember that the Galatian Christians were captivated by a message that promised spiritual perfection but turned them away from God. “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:7).   

The captivating, even mesmerizing teaching of some people in the Galatian churches had turned their believers away from the true gospel. Paul boldly asserts that the different gospel which is so attractive to the Galatian Christians is really no gospel at all. It is a perversion of the gospel of Christ, perpetrated by some people who are trying to cause confusion in the Galatian churches. We must head Paul’s warnings and be very watchful since this is a trend that is very dominant in our churches today. 

Probably these people claimed that their message supplemented and completed Paul’s message. They did not view their version of the gospel as heretical. After all, they did not deny the deity of Christ, the cross of Christ or the resurrection of Christ. They subtracted nothing from Paul’s message, they only added to it. Had they been well versed in the Torah, they should have been aware that it was forbidden to do this, by the words of the Old Testament as found in (Deuteronomy 4:2). 

Paul places all supporters of a gospel that differs from the true gospel to be under condemnation, “but even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! (Galatians 1:8). Adherence to the true gospel is the final test of true authority. Even the authority of a messenger from heaven or the authority of Paul himself must be tested by loyalty to the gospel. It is important to note that Paul holds himself accountable to this ultimate measure of authority, as we see his statement in verse 10:“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” 

Sadly, in the history of the church we can observe where a number of persons in leadership roles attempt to exercise absolute control over the church and place themselves above any criticism. Enslaved churches lack freedom to grow in faith and love, just as was the condition of the Galatian churches. And the intruders campaigned for the exclusive devotion of the Galatian Christians, “Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them” (Galatians 4:17). 

Paul gave a similar warning in Acts 20:28-30, “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”  

Leaders in the church must lead with authority, because God is the ultimate source for their position; but they should also lead with humility, because God has set the final standard in the truth of the gospel, by which all are judged. Leaders must be held accountable. 

We need to remember that true servants of Christ will not win popularity contests with people who “gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3). But even when they are unpopular, true servants of Christ are marked by unswerving loyalty to Him.  

“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving-kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9)


Posted by: missionventureministries | November 23, 2017


Peter starts off his letter with: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).  

Many believers want an abundance of God’s grace and peace, but they are unwilling to put forth the effort to get to know God better through Bible study and prayer. To enjoy the privileges God freely offers us, we have the Bible available to us which instructs us in “the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 

As Peter continues, we read that: His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires (2 Peter 1:3-4). 

The power to live a godly life doesn’t come from within us, but from God. Because we don’t have the resources to be truly godly, God allows us to “participate in the divine nature” in order to keep us from sin and help us to live for Him. 

When we are truly born again, God by His Spirit empowers us with His own moral goodness. When we are “born again,” we actually become a new person in Christ Jesus. The Bible states that we have been transformed from the evil kingdom of darkness into God’s glorious kingdom of brilliant light and purity. That means that we no longer eat our of the devil’s garbage can. 

God commands us to live a holy life, but how can we do that? – Through the transforming power that comes from the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary and obedience to the Word of God. “Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy” (Leviticus 20:8).

The word of God has a powerful transforming and purifying effect on our life when we surrender to His Lordship.

Next Peter lists several of faith’s actions: For this very reason make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love (2 Peter 1:5-7).  

He is teaching that we need to learn to know God better, developing perseverance, doing God’s will, loving others. These actions do not come automatically, they require hard work. They are not optional; all of them must be a continual part of the Christian life. God empowers and enables us, but He also gives us the responsibility to learn and to grow. We need to remember that knowledge means having correct understanding when studying and pursuing truth, which can only be found in God’s Word. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure; they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8).  

As the Christian pursues the qualities enumerated by Peter (v. 5-7) and sees that his life is useful and fruitful (v. 8), he will not stumble into doubt, despair, fear, or questioning, but will enjoy assurance that he is saved. 

Faith must be more than belief in certain facts; it must result in action, growth in Christian character, and the practice of moral discipline or it will die. This is a subject that is also addressed in (James 2:14-17). 

It is true that deeds cannot save us, but it is absolutely false to think they are unimportant. False teachers were saying that self-control was not needed because deeds do not help the believer anyway (2 Peter 2:18-19).  

We are saved so that we can grow to reflect the holiness of Christ and so that we can serve others. God wants to produce His character in us. But to do this, He demands our discipline and effort. As we obey Christ who guides us by His Spirit, we will develop self-control, not only with respect to actions, but also with respect to our emotions and our morals, “But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins” (2 Peter 1:9).  

Our faith must go beyond what we believe; it must become a dynamic part of all we do, resulting in good fruit and spiritual maturity. Salvation does not depend on claims that we are saved, because, the person that remains unchanged does not understand faith or what God has done for them.  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10-11).  

Peter wanted to rouse the complacent believers who had listened to the false teachers and believed that because salvation is not based on good deeds they could live any way they wanted.  

If you truly belong to the Lord, Peter wrote, your hard work will prove it. If you are not working to develop the qualities listed in verses 5-7, you may not belong to Him. If you are the Lord’s and your attitude and behavior back up your claim to be a child of God, you will be able to resist the ensnarement of false teaching and the alluring of sin.

God really wants us to understand the fact that we need to: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Posted by: missionventureministries | November 16, 2017

BE ON GUARD – 2 Peter 3:17-18

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18) 

Peter clearly is writing with two purposes in mind. First his strong desire is to remind the believers who they belong to and what they have in Christ. And second, he knows that his departure is at hand and he wonders what will happen to the church after he is gone. He writes to state again some essentials of the faith hoping that the church will hear and heed his words. 

In chapter 2 Peter talked about false teachers and his words indicate that he was angry with righteous indignation. Undoubtedly, he was also disappointed with some believers with whom he had worked and shared fellowship who had now become enemies of the cross. 

Now in chapter 3, he states a fact that: “The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (v. 10). 

And he addresses the church with this key thought, “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (v. 11)?  

Peter warns that knowing beforehand that we are going to face opposition; we need to put up our guard. If we do not, we will be carried away by the error of unprincipled men. (v. 17) 

A difficult problem in this area is addressed by Peter in verse 16, because, there is such an effort on the part of the “untaught and unstable” to distort the truth of God’s Word. For sure these people will be destroyed, but both Paul and Peter knew the problems caused by such distortions and the work that it took to correct the erroneous teaching promulgated by those people. 

We need to be aware that unstable hypocrites instinctively want to avoid the light so that their evil deeds will not be exposed (John 3:19-20).  

These false teachers will always have many people follow their evil, deceitful teachings and lies. Paul told Timothy: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables (2 Timothy 4:3-4).  

It is tragic to see how many churches in this day and age are led by men mixing truth and error in clever and destructive ways. They should pay attention to what Scripture says: “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1-2). These verses tell us that if a preacher never confronts sin, or exposes hypocrites, he is not preaching the Word of God. 

In this day of deceit and hypocrisy it is not popular to teach that we must repent of our sins and submit to Christ as absolute Lord and Master of our life. It’s not popular to teach people that it is sin to engage in any sexual activity outside of marriage. That men and women have their God ordained responsibilities in the home and in the church. That Christians should honor their Lord and Savior by the way they dress. That those who lie will not go to heaven. And the list could goes on!  

Many people, however, say that it is unloving to expose sin, evil and hypocrisy in the church. They say that we ought to be positive and not negative. But in these verses Peter addresses his readers as “dear friends” or “beloved.” He cares deeply for these believers and therefore he warns them about these destructive teachers.  

Many Christians are very unstable in their faith. They know very little Scripture and refuse to be lead by the Holy Spirit; therefore, they are subject to spiritual seduction and are easily led astray by charlatans. 

If you love your children, you warn them sternly about running out into the street. As they get older, you to warn them about the dangers of drinking, drugs, and sexual immorality. You know that these sins can leave them with permanent scars. Peter says, “Since you have been forewarned, be on guard.”  

Being on guard will keep you from being tossed around by every wind of doctrine and by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting (Ephesians 4:14) and will enable you to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (v 18). 

We need to realize that a person must be born before they can grow. The Bible teaches that we all enter the world spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3). Being religious or good is not enough. Jesus told Nicodemus, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  

Growth is normal when there is life; therefore, we must keep growing and bearing fruit in our new birth, until the day when we meet Jesus Christ. We need to understand that growth is gradual, it is a process. The important thing is to be involved in the process so that there is progress. God’s way to godliness is through discipline and 1 Timothy 4:7 tells to exercise yourself toward godliness.  

Grace is the key to a relationship with God, because He both saves us by His grace, for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8) and He sustains us by grace, because, my grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9). Growing in grace involves coming to a greater understanding of God’s holiness, justice, and sovereignty.  

And finally we are to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

We cannot separate Jesus as Savior from Jesus Christ as Lord. When you trust in Christ as Savior, you yield all of yourself to Him. As the Christian progressively grows in submission to Christ through the study of His word he grows in obedience to Him. Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who love Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him” (John 14:21).  

Peter tells us that to persevere as a Christian; we must guard ourselves from spiritual error and grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. And he ends: “To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  

The theme of the Christian life is to glorify the triune God in everything. This means that our lives should exalt Christ, so that through us others may see how great He truly is. “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

Jesus should always be the center of our attention now and for all eternity; because, He alone is worthy!

Posted by: missionventureministries | November 9, 2017


And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.(1 John 2:28-29) 

The Bible tells us that to become a child of God we must be born again – born of Him. When we are born, is our first birth, but there is a second birth that God offers; which is our choice of starting a new life in Him. 

This happens when a person willingly repents, turns away from sin, asks Jesus for forgiveness and for Him to become the Lord of their life. The Spirit of God then enters the person to give them the power to start this new life. The person becomes a new creation in Christ and is spiritually born into the family of God and so becomes a child of God.  

God sends His Holy Spirit to live within believers to give them power over their sinful nature so that they are able to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Through the Holy Spirit, believers are freed from the power of sin and its penalty of hell and they are no longer slaves to their sinful nature. 1 John 3:9 tells us that “no one who is born of God will continue to sin” so that we know that anyone who is born again will not live a sinful lifestyle. 

Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to the Father. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).  

Religion will not get you to heaven nor can you work your way there by doing good things, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). If you refuse to accept God’s free offer of salvation then, by choice, you will face eternity apart from Him. God has paid the price to save you; it’s now up to you to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus paid for you on the cross. Jesus said to His disciples before being crucified, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). 

If you want to be saved you need to pray to God with a repentant heart, willing to turn away from all sin and wanting to be changed. Confess your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you and ask Him into your life as your Lord and Savior. The Bible says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10 & 13).  

God looks at your heart and, if you have a willing heart to turn from sin, you will be saved the moment you ask and Jesus will become part of your life through the Holy Spirit, to strengthen, guide and enable you to live the life He wants for you. 

Now you might ask, how do I know that I am really saved? 

The Bible makes it very clear that we can know if we are saved. 1 John 5:13 states, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  

In Ephesians 1:13-14 we read that: “you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory. 

And 1 John 4:13 it says, “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” From this verse we can see that the proof of our salvation is the presence of God’s Spirit in our life. 

So how then does the Spirit make His presence know to us, and how do we really know that the Spirit is in our life? In Romans 8:14 it says that “those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” so we know because He leads us and prompts us to live a holy life. When we follow this inner witness of the Spirit we are changed, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This happens as the Spirit leads us to leave our old sinful way of life and to become born again into a new life that pleases God. 

When a person becomes truly born again Christian they still have the choice to sin against God and His commands; however, as they choose to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, they will obey and honor God and His Word in everything that they say, think and do. All of us have the choice to obey the Spirit and resist sin so that we can live a holy life that will bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ our sacrificing Savior. 

John 16:8 tells us that, “When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” The Spirit’s conviction of sin brings guilt and a lack of peace in our life leading us to confess that sin, receiving forgiveness and being cleansed of it because as stated in the Word, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).  

Through this process a person is not just forgiven but also cleansed of sin and has new life. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 says that we are saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit. 

We must remember though that we have a responsibility to follow the Spirit’s leading because “if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” Romans 8:13. 

The little book of 1 John makes it very clear that a person who is “born of God” will not continue in sin. “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning … He who does what is sinful is of the devil … No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him … This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother” 1 John 3:6-10. 

We must, through the power of the Holy Spirit, live a life that is pleasing to God because Hebrews 12:14 says, “That without holiness no one will see the Lord.”  

So how do you know if you are saved? If you have repented of your sins and asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life, then you have been born again. You will sense the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life when He convicts you of guilt in regard to sin (John 16:8) and when you confess your sins you will be forgiven and cleansed and the peace of God will return to your life. The Holy Spirit’s presence empowers you to walk in holiness and that is your absolute assurance of salvation. 

1 John 5:3; 3:23 say, “This is love for God: to obey His commands … and this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” As the Spirit cleanses you from sin, God’s greatest command to love Him and your neighbor becomes a reality in your life. 

We need to make sure that we understand that true rebirth is a permanent, life-transforming miracle accomplished by God Himself in a believer’s life. Holy conduct is the evidence of a born again child of God whose life has been transformed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. There is no such thing as proud holiness; true holiness always begins with conviction of sin and a humble approach to God for cleansing and restoration.

Posted by: missionventureministries | November 2, 2017


Ezekiel was chosen to be God’s prophet to the Israeli’s who, as a result of God’s judgment, had been carried away to Babylon. It was not an easy task. He was born and raised in the land of Judah and was preparing to become a priest in God’s temple when the Babylonians attacked in 597 BC and carried him away along with 10,000 other captives (2 Kings 24:10-14).  

Five years later, living as a captive in Babylon, Ezekiel would see one of the most glorious and awesome revelation of God’s presence and power (Ezekiel 1:4). Through this vision, God called Ezekiel to be His prophet.  

The Israelites in exile had lost their perspective on God’s purpose and presence in their lifes. They continued to ignore God’s loving attempts to call them to repentance and chose instead to listen to “false prophets” who spoke comforting lies. Though Ezekiel knew he faced a rebellious people and that he was sure to suffer hardship because of his message, he was faithful; choosing to respond to God’s calling and preached to a rebellious people for 22 years.  

The Lord addresses Ezekiel by calling him “son of man” and chooses him to be His messenger. 

God encouraged Ezekiel not to be afraid, as he would have to carry out a very difficult ministry, declaring God’s Word to a stubborn and rebellious people against God.  

Rather than acknowledging and repenting of the sins that had brought God’s judgment upon them, the Jewish exiles chose to live their time in Babylon as a temporary setback that would soon end, and Ezekiel, standing up to the truth of God’s Word, would not be welcome. The people’s response would be hateful and Ezekiel’s love for God would truly be tested.  

Ezekiel 2:1, And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.

God speaks to mankind through the mouth of prophets many times. Jesus called Himself, Son of man on several occasions and represented God the Father to mankind and God calls Ezekiel, son of man, here, because He will speak to mankind through Ezekiel. 

Ezekiel 2:2, “Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.”

Here we see where the Spirit empowers Ezekiel to perform His ministry, as He speaks to him. We find several other occasions in the Old Testament where the Spirit came upon faithful servants of the Lord as in: Numbers 24:2; Judges 3:10; 1 Samuel 10:10, 16:13-14, 19:20; 2 Chronicles 15:1. Before Christ’s first coming, the Spirit did not indwell all believers as now, but He “moved” and “came upon them” as we read in 2 Peter 1:20-21. 

God does not expect us to understand everything about Him, but to be obedient servants and faithful to what we know is true and right. God gave, and continues giving His servants the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill His commands.  

Ezekiel 2:3, And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.

Here God is speaking to Ezekiel about Israel, but this message is not just for Judah, this message is to all those who rebel against God. 

Ezekiel 2:4, For they are impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’

“Impudent”, in this case means contemptuous, insolent and we see that their hearts were hardened. Consequently, because of their stubborn hearts God tells Ezekiel to say, “Thus says the Lord GOD”. God wanted Ezekiel and the people to know that He is the one warning them. 

God is speaking to the religious leaders of captive Israel; they had the temple, the fancy robes, money and the religious rituals and services. Their hearts were evil and God rejected their rituals and sacrifices. And they lost everything because of their rebellion and hypocrisy. 

God will not judge us for how well others respond to our witness, but for how faithful we have been; and He always gives us the strength to accomplish what He asks us to do. 

Ezekiel 2:5, As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse—for they are a rebellious house—yet they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

These people are so hard of heart; that they will perhaps listen and perhaps not. When the words spoken however, become reality, they will know, beyond a doubt, that they had been warned by a prophet of God. In any case the people could not plead ignorance just like they cannot do it today. 

Just like Ezekiel was sent with a message to the children of Israel, there are many godly messengers today that are treated in like manner as Ezekiel was. 

Ezekiel 2:6, And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”

Be not afraid is spoken three times to Ezekiel to encourage him to fulfill God’s mission. Briars, thorns, scorpions are figures of speech God used to describe the people of Judah whose obstinate rejection of His Word were like briers and thorns, and stings of scorpions to Ezekiel.  

The Lord was preparing Ezekiel for his mission, giving him assurance that He would be with him. God’s servants must not fear men; therefore we must not fear either and be a truthful example to unkind people. 

Ezekiel 2:7, You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel was to be faithful to God. Even though these were rebellious people would either hear or refuse to hear, he was not to stop from bringing them the prophecy that God has given him for them. Ezekiel had to be faithful to try to redeem the souls of those to whom he was sent.  

This is applicable to all those who try to teach the Word of God to others. We must obey His voice which the Spirit who dwells in is gives us, just like He gave to Ezekiel. God’s strength is powerful enough to help us live for Him even under the heaviest criticism.    

Rebellion in the Bible is equated to witchcraft in God’s sight. Ministers and missionaries today may bring the truth to people, and still have it rejected. However, just because people do not listen, does not take the burden of teaching away. Just like it was told to Ezekiel, it is our obligation to bring God’s message to people and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. Paul instructed Timothy by saying: “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2). 

Ezekiel 2:8, But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.

God is telling Ezekiel to receive this message into his innermost being. He must not be like these rebellious children of Israel, who will not accept God’s message. We should also read the Word of God every day and keep it in our hearts and minds and do what God has commanded us.

Ezekiel was to obey the command, not literally eating a scroll, but in a spiritual sense by receiving God’s message so that it became an inward passion for him.  

Today His servants just like Ezekiel are to be strong in the Word of God in a world where people have turned against the truth. However, even though people are rebellious, they are not without hope. God holds out hope that people will hear, respond and will have a changed heart, because, hope is ever present until we take our last breath and then our fate, by our own choice, is sealed forever.  

Please ask yourself: Is God revealing some sin in your life? Don’t be stubborn, confess your sin and begin to live for God. By obeying Him now you will enjoy life much more and will be ready to one day stand before Him unashamed. When that day comes, you will be face to face before the One whose eyes are like blazing fire and Who sees deep inside our heart.  

Therefore, remember that: Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him (Psalm 128:1). And, pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

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