Archive | December 2017

The Lord’s Prayer?

Down through the centuries The Lord’s Prayer, so called, has been said or prayed more times than man can number. It has been prayed from honest, God-loving hearts, and it has been prayed by mindless repetition as well.

I have heard it said that this is really not the Lord’s prayer at all, but rather the prayer He taught His disciples to pray.  That is true in the context in which it is written.  But, I believe that it is also the prayer that Jesus prayed as a man.

Jesus taught His disciples that God is our Father in Heaven.  Up to that time God was not seen as a Father.  He was seen by the masses as a distant being that was only mildly interested in the lives of His people.  The priests and Rabbis were the only ones with access to God as far as the common man was concerned and the religious leaders wanted to keep it that way.

When Jesus came along, He introduced the people to a God who cared deeply about them, who loved them like an earthly father loves his children.  The people flocked to hear Him tell about the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven.  He used parables to teach them, examples that they could relate to.

When Jesus had completed what He had come to earth to do, spiritually speaking.  Not long before His crucifixion, He prayed what some call the true Lord’s prayer.  It is found in John chapter 17.  Jesus prays for His disciples and for those who will come to believe in Him through their words that they would all be one so the world would know that He came.

“Hallowed be thy name”, Holy is your name.

The Bible teaches that God gave Jesus a name that is above every other name. His Hebrew name is Yeshua. The name means “Savior”.  He was known as Yeshua ben Yosef, or Jesus the son of Joseph, the carpenter’s son.  Joseph was a carpenter.  His mother’s name was Miriam, Mary in English.

Christ is not His last name, it is His title, it means “sent one”.  Keep His name and His title holy, don’t use it to curse and swear, please.  Those of us who love Him find it painful to hear.  It grieves us and it grieves God because you are bringing curses on yourself by doing this.

Have you noticed that no one swears or curses using the name of any false god?  Ever wonder why?  Jesus is God, He lives.  The others are all dead men. No power, no authority.  He said, “All authority has been given to me in Heaven and on Earth.” He said His Father gave Him authority.  The people said that He spoke “as one having authority, not as the scribes and pharisees.”

Words matter.  You will have what you say.  Cursing brings a curse upon you because what you sow you will reap, furthermore, the Bible tells us not to swear at all.

“May your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”  That is a prayer that will be answered before the end comes.

There are two kingdoms in this world.  One kingdom is filled with selfishness, darkness and moral bankruptcy, it is ruled over by the god of this world system, the one the world calls satan and the devil.

When Lucifer focused upon himself, he contemplated the beauty, the splendor, the wonderful creation that he was.

He ignored the fact that He was a creature, created by God.  In that look, that focusing on himself, pride arose and he decided that he wanted to be God; in this he sinned and it wasn’t long before he decided he would overthrow God and take over the throne and Heaven.  He was so wrong.  He got thrown out of Heaven.  You don’t fight God and win.

If you are a member of the kingdom of darkness, you are in agreement that  “self” is the center of your world.  Your soul rules you.  The power behind the sinful soul is the fallen angel, Lucifer and his minions.  Without repentance, your destination is eternal separation from God, from light, from loved ones  and all that is good.  Eternity in torment.

The other Kingdom is the Kingdom of Light.  The God of the Kingdom of Light is Love.  He loves unconditionally.  Laughter, Peace, Joy and God’s way of doing and being right are part of that Kingdom.

Belonging to the Kingdom of light is to love God above all, He is priority number one and the member is “all in”.  The power behind the spirit of the believer is the Holy Spirit. The destination is Heaven and eternity with God our Father, with Jesus, and our loved ones.

God’s will is going to be done “on earth as it is in Heaven”.  There is no darkness, no evil in Heaven.  God will give the world one last chance to choose Him.  His people will be like a bride prepared to receive her bridegroom.  The Bible speaks of the “Wedding supper of the Lamb” and it says, “His wife has made herself ready.”

Every person ever born will make a choice where they will spend eternity.  It is God’s will that all come to know the truth, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No man comes to the Father except by Him, through Him.

“It is given unto men once to die and after that the judgment.”  Choose this day whom you will serve.  Will it be God or Lucifer aka satan and the devil?   You will serve one of them.

Two Kingdoms, two destinations.  You will choose.  No choice is a choice.

Choose wisely.  Choose Life.  Choose God!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Because He Lives

God sent His son they called Him Jesus

He came to love, heal and forgive

He lived and He died to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

 

Then one day I’ll cross that river

I’ll fight life’s final war with pain 

And then as death gives way to victory

I’ll see the lights of Glory and 

I’ll know He lives

 

Because He lives I can face tomorrow

Because He lives all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

and life is worth the living just because He lives.

 

Copyright:  Music and lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

 

This is the hope of everyone who believes and receives Jesus as their Savior and Lord:   Because God gave His best gift, the gift of Jesus,  we have forgiveness through the blood of Jesus; we have Heaven as our eternal destination. Not only that, but in our everyday walking around on earth lives, His Holy Spirit is with us to comfort, lead, teach and guide.  We are not alone.

Let us remember that the reason we celebrate this time of year is because He lives.  I pray you will have a Blessed Christmas!