7 Things We Miss Out If We Reject the Gospel (Part 4)

Before we go to the last point on our list, I would like to thank you for giving your time to read this article for the pass weeks. I hope and pray that you have been edified with the topic. If you haven’t accepted Christ as Lord and personal Savior, prayer goes out with you. If you have questions please free to ask me by posting it on the comment section or just simple sending a personal message. I will try to answer your questions. And now for #7 which is no surprise if we neglect the gospel. Heaven is last on the list because I want to show you that what you gain with salvation is not just heaven.
7. Heaven
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3: 19-20

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. in my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, i would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. and if i go and prepare a place for you, i will come again, And receive you unto myself; that where i am, there ye may be also” John 14: 2-3 (KJV)
Heaven is not a reward. Reward has to be worked out. Jesus already did it for us. The promise of heaven is included with the gift of salvation. It is based upon the grace of God. Rejecting the gospel forfeits us for receiving heaven. The soul has two destinations. Its either Heaven or Hell. And what you do with the gospel will determine where you will spend eternity. Will you accept the gospel today?

5 Confidence Boosters for 2016 (and 4 Ways To Thank God For It) Part 4

 It’s almost a month and have you seen how God is moving in your life this 2016?  Maybe you’re still going in rough times and not sure where is God in all of this. Good or bad it might be, God is still there for us. That’s not just some empty encouragement but that’s stating the reality. And its still worthy of your praise. Here’s the last two ways to thank God for His confidence boosters.

 

  • Acknowledge His limitless power

“Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness”. Isaiah 40: 21-23

 

His power is not just something that is epic in proportions. We might not see a big miracle like a sea parting or raining food everyday but to see God as all powerful. After all He created everything. He saved you from sin. He lets you breath. That enough to consider Him powerful and sovereign. Therefore He can work His power in you.

 

 

  • Keep in mind He doesn’t withhold his promise to strengthen us.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Isaiah 40: 29-30

 

If you’re a child of God never entertain the thought that He will withdraw His promise to us. Thank Him for those promises and depend on Him always. Spiritually He can and He will sustain us. We might not be an apostle or a disciple of Jesus Christ in Bible times, but our God and their God is the same. He strengthen them through trials, crisis and in the brink of death. He will also do that to us.

5 Confidence Boosters for 2016 (and 4 Ways To Thank God For It) Part 3

The best way to thank a gracious God is through our godly actions that will make a difference in our lives and to others. Here are 4 of them that will not only thank God but cultivate a grateful heart towards Him.

  • Flee from idols and false gods

“To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains.” Isaiah 40: 18-19

 

Never lower your view on God. We may not worship carved images but we can put an idol aside from God on the altar of our hearts. Knowing that the God of the Bible is the true God flee to the gods of our own devices.  Follow the God of the Bible that gives true and lasting confidence.

  • Incline to His counsel always

“Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge,and showed him the way of understanding?” Isaiah 40: 13-14

 

Remember that human knowledge is limited and changeable. But God’s wisdom stretch from age to age. Seek His counsel that He is willing to give when we come to Him.

(to be concluded next week…)

5 Confidence Boosters for 2016 (and 4 Ways to Thank God For It) Part 1

For this new year, nothing beats some encouragement that will sky rocket our confidence as we look forward to the things this year have in store to us. Thank God there are confidence boosters that will enable to lift us up and walk for Him that will fuel us till December. This God given confidence will also give us an extra mile as we make a difference in our church, family and community. As we read Isaiah 40, we see that in the midst of being unfaithful of Israel, God extends His loving hands to them. When someone gives you something to hold on to, it gives us confidence in our life. God can only provide such confidence and beyond. Now let us list down 5 of them and see how gracious God is to us.
1.) Salvation
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40: 1-2
Nothing in this world can give us great confidence that salvation. When God mercifully gives you the faith to believe the gospel, it doesn’t just give us the assurance of heaven but also the promises of God to us. It gives us peace (Romans 5: 1), adoption as sons of God (Ephesians 1:5 ) and many other privileges He provides.
2.) Sanctification
A voice cries:”In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40: 3-5
Holiness is not some walk in the park thing. It takes lots of effort to yield to be godly and not to mention temptations abound. Like an ambassador or emissary visiting a country in Bible times, the paths should be clear and clean. We also as Christians should clear and clean our very lives as we intend to make an impact to others. And we can do that because of how God set us for our santification. He started it (Ephesians 2:100 and He gives abundant grace in everything to enable us to do it (2 Corinthians 6:8). So we wont feel that we walk in this world alone in doing His will but an assurance He is their for us.

The Quotable Round-Up #17

A useful hack to give yourself the 20 minutes time to read (which according to studies is essential) is reading while riding a public transport. If you’re not planning to take a nap on a bus, it will be cool if you can pull out a book or Kindle. But be sure you won’t miss your destination! Lets continue our discussion next week but before we wrap up here are our weekly quotes:
“Do you know what the Spirit-filled life is? It is living every moment as though you are standing in the presence of Jesus Christ!”
–John MacArthur Jr.
“The Spirit-filled life is nothing more than living in the conscious presence of the indwelling Christ.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“You say you do not know what God’s will is,but I’ll tell you what it is.Above all it is that you know Christ and then that your neighbors hear about Christ.That is His will.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If I want the words of eternal life, there’s only one place I can go to get them to the One who gave His life, that we might live.”
— R. C. Sproul

“It is at the Word of God that you and I are rescued from spiritual nothingness and made alive to the things of God.”
— R. C. Sproul

“What many people call “psychological problems” are simple issues of idolatry. Perfectionism, workaholism, chronic indecisiveness, the need to control the lives of others—all of these stem from making good things into idols that then drive us into the ground as we try to appease them. Idols dominate our lives.”
— Timothy Keller

“Changing the world can be a way of actually avoiding the opportunities we have every day, right where God has placed us, to glorify and enjoy him and to enrich the lives of others.”
— Michael Horton, Ordinary

The Quotable Round-Up #16

In a recent article, 20 minutes of reading a book everyday makes a big difference in one’s life. If you don’t have the time to read why not include in your quite time. Instead of a devotional book, you can finish it with a book that can meet your spiritual need. A chapter will do. Currently I’m reading “God at Work” by Gene Edward Veith which has been profitable to me. I hope you will try it to and see the impact of it on your life. Lets continue the discussion next week on how to give 20 minutes of your daily time in reading and as promised your weekly dose of quotes:
“Everything, in all its exquisite and intricate details-things that others may consider trivial but are important to us-is governed by the overruling hand of God.”
–Derek W.H. Thomas
“Through highs and lows, better and worse, richer and poorer, sickness and health, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, when Christ becomes your all. A gospel-shaped life fills every space it takes with unconquerable faith and unfailing love.”
–Matt Chandler
“God wants us to offer ourselves to Him, turn from the ways of the world, and be transformed. Then we will have something, better than special revelations and words about the future-we’ll have wisdom.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“God’s Word is living and active. When we read the Bible, we hear from God with a confidence we find in no other book and from no other voice. We ca read the Scriptures knowing that this is what the Holy Spirit says.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“Wisdom is knowing God and doing as He commands. Foolishness, on the other hand, is turning from God and listening to yourself.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“God never assures us of health,success,or ease. But He promise something better: He promise to make us loving,pure,and humble like Christ.In short, God’s will is that you and I get happy and holy in Jesus.”
–Kevin DeYoung
“The most important issues for God are moral purity, theological fidelity, compassion, joy, our witness, faithfulness, hospitality, love, worship, and faith. These are His big concern. The problem is that we tend to focus most of our attention on everything else.”
— Kevin DeYoung

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 1

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Introduction
What kind of life are you living now?
This is the question that we will tackle in this series “Living the Extraordinary Christian Life”. Why extraordinary? Because living the life that God has set out to us is extraordinary. In this study we will compare the life lived apart from God and the life near to God.
As we read our passage on Ecclesiastes, we can see the dim life well painted by the observation of Solomon. A life without God. An earthly perspective on living. Words like redundant, boring, meaningless and hopeless can best describe these writings. All over the book, we can read “under the sun” and “vanity” over and over again. Solomon lays down what is life that is fleeting. Further observation we can see that it doesn’t made mentioned life beyond here on earth. A dead end street and nothing more.
Is this the kind of life we have now? Do we want to have this kind life that most people on this planet have? We are not talking about a life that is free of pain and problems. We will discuss a life that endures all of these and goes way beyond what Solomon has set in Ecclesiastes. Nor we are venturing in a fatalistic life that we shuts reality. We are here to look at the extraordinary life that will count God and men. An extraordinary life that is eternity bound. And this extraordinary life is the Christian life. I hope and pray that through this study we will be encouraged to fix our eyes on Jesus and hold on to the precious promises of God.
To end part one of this series, let us turn to the Scriptures and read Colossians 3: 1-4. These passages are connected in this study and may this penetrate in our hearts to pursue God:
Colossians 3:1-4 ESV If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(To be continued next week…)

The Quotable Round Up #10

Do you have a personal Bible study? Aside from the Bible, what tools do you use to further benefit in studying God’s Word? If you ask me I have a commentary of a specific book of the Bible and a devotional book. For me it has proven to give me a deeper understanding of the Bible and it strengthen my life as a Christian. I hope you’ll consider that too. Anyways, enjoy this week’s quote:
“We cannot think as the world thinks, act as the world acts, talk as the world talks, or set goals the world sets; we must be distinct. The ultimate hope of humanity is that in seeing that distinction, lost people will be drawn to Jesus Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Connecting prayer and Bible reading allows you to build momentum in your spiritual disciplines and ensure that you are consistently engaging in these vital practices the Lord has given us to conform us to his image.”
— Matt Rogers
“Preach to yourself the immeasurable, matchless bounty of God’s love for you.”
— J. A. Medders
“The Bible declares the word of the King of the universe, God himself, to you and me. This message is far from trite. His word is living and active, speaking to us in a personal way. What a glorious privilege to consider that God would humble himself by speaking in words that people like us can understand.”
–Matt Rogers
“To convince a man that God can save, I need to show him a man He saved. To convince a man that God can give hope, I need to show him a man with hope. To convince a man that God can give peace, joy, and love, I need to show him a man with peace, joy, and love. To convince a man that God can give complete, total, and utter satisfaction, I need to show him a satisfied man. When the world sees people who are holy, righteous, peaceful, joyful, and fulfilled, they see the evidence of God’s transforming power.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“God has given His truth to us as a sacred treasure for His own glory and the good of men, and we must guard it as our most precious possession. Churches that abandon the truth destroy their only reason for existing and give unbelievers cause to blaspheme God. That’s ultimately what is at stake in the way we live.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“The credibility of the Christian gospel is inseparably linked to the integrity of the lives of those who proclaim it.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up # 9

I’m checking some sermons from preachers that will greatly benefit me spiritually. As I download their sermons in MP3 format, I’ve noticed that they made an effort to have a transcript of it. It will be beneficial to read and listen to it. If God willing, I’ll give my young people some assignment to listen and read these sermons. Another thing is, it those transcripts will provide me materials to get quotes to be posted on different social media accounts I have most importantly for “The Quotable Round Up”. Let’s pray for it and here’s our weekly serving of quotes:
“True fellowship with God will involve true community with God’s people, a fellowship of light in the gospel.”
–J. A. Medders
“The gospel frees you from living for the approval of others, because you’ve been fully approved by God in Christ.”
–J. A. Medders
“Whenever God is blessing a ministry, you can expect increased opposition as well as increased opportunities.”
— Warren W. Weirsbe
“The doctrine of assurance is not an excuse for sin; it is an encouragement not to sin. The fact that I know I am married and have documents to prove it does not in the least tempt me to investigate other relationships. My wife and I are secure in our love for each other. When I realize the expensive grace that God has poured out on me, I want to draw closer to him and share his love even more.”
— Warren W. Weirsbe
“Every truth from the gospel is like a bunker-busting missile. It crashes through the hard outer shells of discouraged, floundering, and wandering hearts and releases the explosive joy of Christ inside them.”
–J. A. Medders
“Divine love is an act of selfless sacrifice. When you love in that way, you’ll do what is needed without counting the cost or analyzing the need’s merit. And your love will continue to meet the need no matter if it is received or rejected, appreciated or resented.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Loving as Christ loves does not depend on what others are in themselves but entirely on what they are in Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up #8

Some of you might ask where I get these quotes. I’ll let you in a secret. I subscribe to David C Cook free books which dishes out some books from great authors like Warren Weirsbe, John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul etc. Others are from random blogs or websites who gives away e-books. So there you have it. I encourage you to subscribe to these freebies and enjoy reading. Reading should not be expensive. Before you head on to subscribe to those amazing website, here are our quotes of the week:
“True spiritual unity is never at the expense of truth.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“Jesus is Lord over everything, not some things.”
–J. A. Medders
“Truth and assurance are not ends in themselves; they are the means to the end of taking the gospel to the whole world.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“From what does the blood of Christ cleanse us? It cleanses us from sin.”
–Anthony Carter
“It is not enough to win people to Christ. We must also lead them into assurance, for only as they have assurance can they effectively live for God and overcome the world.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe
“Knowing that we have been given to the Son by the Father ought to motivate us to loving obedience. We are the Father’s love gift to Jesus.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe
“On the legal basis of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, believers can be united to Christ, confident that everything that belongs properly to Him is given freely to us. In this marvelous exchange, all our debts become His and all His riches become ours.”
–Michael Horton