ARE YOU BUILDING ON YOUR FOUNDATION?

Tree being wateredOnce we were non believers and didn’t know much, if anything, about Christianity. But somehow we were introduced to Jesus Christ by His grace and our lives changed. We now had something that we didn’t have before. FAITH! By faith we began to recognize that there was so much more to learn and do. We began to grow spiritually. But for something to grow, it has to have something to grow from. A tree grows from a seed planted in the soil and begins to grow roots and then a trunk that that becomes its foundation. A seed, the Holy Spirit, is planted in us and we began to develop spiritual roots in the Church and Jesus is our trunk (foundation).

John 15: 1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Now we have a foundation to build on as long as we are in these bodies. As we bear fruit our building is being built and Jesus is the chief cornerstone on which we build.

1 Corinthians 3: 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 28:16  Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ” Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.

Now that your foundation is layed and your temple is being built, your are host to the Holy Spirit. What an awesome responsibility! Now you are totally of God and belong to God.

1 Corinthians 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Sometimes it is good to remember just who and what we are. The world does not know this nor can it understand without the Holy Spirit. However, we do know on what we are building and what we stand.

Proverbs 10:25  But the righteous has an everlasting foundation

Never stop building! Praise the Lord!

 

 

 

 

DO YOU KNOW WHERE GODS TREASURE IS?

 

The treasure of ChristSometimes we tend to think we will not see Gods treasure until we are in heaven where it is stored up. But that is not all the treasure that God has for us. It is astounding news to find out what other treasure He has given us here right on earth and we have access to it 24/7.

2 Corinthians 4: 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed —

10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

The greatest treasure is in our own bodies now! THAT TREASURE IS Christ! What we do with that treasure is of paramount importance.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good.

That “GOOD” is what distinguishes believers from the rest of the world. That “GOOD” fulfils the second great commandment of loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Isaiah 33:6  Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

So believers are filled with the most awesome treasure in all of creation long before they ever get to heaven.

Praise the lord for His love and generosity in sharing Himself with us now. AMEN!

God’s Supreme Revelation

In the book of Hebrews God gives a precise and clear explanation and description of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is the first begotten Son of God and the first born of many.

Hebrews 1: 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: ” Let all the angels of God worship Him.”

God also gives a very graphic and clear description of believers who overcome as Christ did. AWESOME!

All believers are raised up in newness of life (Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.) at baptism and are begotten of God by His Holy Spirit.

We become a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation

 We will be given great power and authority over this world’s nations. WOW!

 Rev. 2: 26  And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations — 27  ‘ He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father

Rev. 3: 9  … indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet,

12  He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

21  To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Rev.21: He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

How much plainer can it be? We have a higher calling than many believers realize. When Jesus says he has a place prepared for us.

Get this: John 14:2 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.

We are going to live in the Fathers house!

1 John 3:2  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Doesn’t knowing all of this put a huge thrill in your life? It does for me. I can hardly wait for Christ to return and redeem us.

Whether I am dead or alive at His coming, this verse expresses my feelings.

Psalms 15: 17 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

Come Lord Jesus! AMEN!

 

HELPING THOSE IN NEED

Feed the hungryIf we, the people of this world (and the Church), would only follow the blueprint that God has made for us, the poor, the orphans and the widows could easily be taken care of. But…

Deuteronomy 24:17     “You shall not pervert justice due the stranger or the fatherless, nor take a widow’s garment as a pledge.

19 “When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

20 When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.

21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.

Psalms 68:5    A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

James 1:27     Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Pray that we will turn back to God!