Waiting is a virtue for a reason!

We were about four cars back from the drive-thru menu-board when my daughter’s hungry belly led her to inform us that she didn’t like to wait. In turn we told her that the wait would be worth it. By the time we were finished eating, she had eaten more of what she ordered than she ever had before.

For those who hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6), waiting may not always be the easiest thing to do when we’re hungry for results. Instead of waiting with patience, many seek to fill their appetite in the ways of unrighteousness.

As a matter of fact, waiting has been a major factor for some in the departure from their faith in God (1 Samuel 13:5-14), and it continues to do so to this day (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Waiting is a virtue for a reason, and that reason will be revealed when we get that opportunity to satisfy our righteous appetite in Heaven. EA

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.Revelation 22:14

Are you missing Sunday?

The other day my daughter asked me and my wife, “What day is it?” When we replied, “Tuesday”, she said, “I’ve been missing Sunday.”

What about you?

Do you long for worship?

Do you enjoy coming to encourage your brothers and sisters when we gather?

Does the church cross your mind before Saturday night?

Do you ever miss Sunday, or does Sunday mostly miss you? EA

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

10 Reasons to take our salvation seriously

Ten virgins

Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.” (Matthew 25:1)

Nine lepers

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17)

Eight survivors

and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;” (2 Peter 2:5)

Seven wicked spirits

Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:26)

Sixth seal

I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.” (Revelation 6:12)

Five yoke of oxen

And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’” (Luke 14:19)

Four winds

And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:31)

Three barren years

Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’” (Luke 13:7)

Two masters

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)

One talent man

Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Matthew 25:28-30)

May the Lord help us to count all of the cost. EA

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,” (Hebrews 2:3)

Was Jesus God in the Flesh?

A question of the ages for sure, but what’s the answer?

Consider what God said of himself in Isaiah 41:4:

Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the Lord, am the first; and with the last I am He.’

And now consider what Jesus said of himself in Revelation 22:13:

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.

Sounds like the answer is one for the ages too, and one worth all’s consideration. EA

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)

 

Why don’t you keep the Sabbath commandment of God?

There are many in the religious world who contend for the present day observance of (and by observance I mean the keeping of, or adherence to) the Sabbath day commandment that is particularly found in the Decalogue (or the 10 Commandments) of God’s law. Such contenders, often with great zeal and emphasis, seek to challenge others, with an ultimate goal of revealing the “sin being committed”, concerning their failure to observe the Sabbath day, by asking why God’s commandment is so blatantly ignored and violated. In the face of such of a query, three easy reasons can be given in reply that explain why no sin is being committed due to the fact that such an observance is no longer required by God:

  • The Sabbath commandment is a part of God’s former law that humanity is no longer amendable to, in part or as a whole, due to the new covenant made available through the gospel of Christ (Colossians 2:13-17; Galatians 2:14-19; Hebrews 8:7-9)
  • The Sabbath commandment, which was plainly given and reiterated throughout the law of Moses and many following letters of the prophets, is not repeated a single time for the church as whole, by direct command or influential reference, but rather it is seen that the church had a custom of coming together on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 11:20; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

Therefore, I do not fail to keep the Sabbath because I have ill feeling towards the command or even because of some perceived rebellious spirit; rather, I do not keep the Sabbath day commandment because, as his word shows, it is not something that God requires from us today in order to live in harmony with his will as we look forward to experiencing that moment and eternal Sabbath from the works that are done in his name. EA

For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:8-10)

How necessary is it to be in the church when it comes to salvation?

How necessary is it to be in the church when it comes to salvation today? Well, let’s look at some lessons from the past and find out.

According to God, how necessary was it to be in the ark to survive the universal judgment of the flood?

“And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Genesis 6:17-18)

According to God, how necessary was it to be in the house with the blood-covered door to survive the judgment of Egypt?

“‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt…Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with
the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the 
destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.” (Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23)

According to God, how necessary will it be to be numbered with the saints in the city of God to survive the fiery judgment of the Devil and his soldiers?

“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:6-10)

Now, according to the word of God, where do we find a house with a blood-covered door that offers God’s protection from the fiery universal judgment of humanity and the Devil?

Check these out and you’ll get your answer.:

So is it any wonder then why the Lord adds those who are saved to the number of his people in the church? EA

“praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47

When “Magor-Missabib’s” disguise themselves as “Pashur’s”

In Jeremiah 19, God’s prophet was instructed to warn the people of Judah and Jerusalem that, because of their unrestrained sin and stubbornness, a harsh, but just, judgment was coming. Despite the clarity of the message which spelled doom for the unrepentant people, there were leaders who promised peace, and who also treated Jeremiah horribly; of which included a governor and son of a priest
whose name, Pashur, meant freedom. But in Jeremiah 20:1-6 this same Pashur received a personal message from God that included the new name of Magor-Missabib, which meant a cause of terror on every side.

Beware! There are those in the religious world today who promise peace and freedom without repentance from sin and conviction toward God. Such are modern-day “Magor-Missabib’s” in that they promise what they cannot deliver while delivering those to whom the promise is made into a fiery terror on every side called Hell.

Make no mistake about it, there is freedom from sin to be found, but there is no lasting freedom found in sin. EA

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.” 2 Peter 2:19-21