Our scripture today is a mighty powerful one.
Read with me Mark 16:16
"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
Now, 'condemned' is a pretty soft word in the English language. I actually like the King James Version, where it says, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Condemned or damned, it means eternally separated from God with no opportunity of rescue or retrieval. Forever lost. Think about it!
Do you recall the story Jesus told of the rich man who died? It ought to send a shudder through the heart of even the most hardened sinner.
Jesus tells us that the rich man died and was in torment, in the flames. Jesus goes on to say that the rich man lifted up his eyes, and begged for mercy. But no mercy came, even as it says in Revelation 14:11, "The smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever."
I know it is not a popular subject in the Church to talk about hell, but Jesus talked more about hell than He did about heaven. It is a very real place. If we would consider just for a moment the end of the man or woman who rejects Christ, it ought to cause our hearts to be stirred with compassion.
When was the last time you and I shed a tear over a lost soul? When was the last time you and I were truly broken with the things that break the heart of God?
Our compassion for the lost ought to move us to do all we can to share Christ with them!
That should give you something to think about today....see you tomorrow
I read an article about James Bond, no not my dad, but the secret agent, and it made me think of a couple of scriptures, so I'll share it with you today.
1 Corinthians 1:26-27
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
The piece I read went like this
"A 1964 Aston Martin sold for $4.6 million. Why so much? This Aston Martin had been driven by the character James Bond in the films Goldfinger and Thunderball. The car has some pretty cool features: guns that poke through the tail lights, a license plate that rotates, and best of all, a passenger seat capable of ejecting its occupant. None of these features actually work, however. But this is a car from the James Bond movies, and more specifically, it was driven by Sean Connery as James Bond." (copied and pasted from the Internet)
Although it is a cool car, the value is not in the car itself. The value is in who drove the car.
As believers, our value in us is God, who takes residence in us. We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 4:7, "We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves."
Sometimes we look at ourselves and undervalue what we see, but we have someone living in us much more important and far more powerful than a fictional character from the movies. We are God's vehicle in the earth and once He is driving our lives, we become priceless.
You are extremely valuable to God.
...see you tomorrow
Ps Tom's Daily Devotions (Samples)
Our scripture for the week is Deuteronomy 8:18.
"And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth"
We must always remember that when we read a promise of God, it is never enough to just quote it over and over to make it come to pass, doing this is entering into a 'Mind over matter' magicians trick.
With every promise comes conditions...meet the condition and the promise is yours. In the case of our promise in the scripture this week, the condition is that we 'Remember the Lord' Now I know that you are thinking "Well I do remember Him", but He means to remember Him in all things.
The Apostle Paul says in 1Thessalonians 5:18
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
In everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not for everything, but in everything, because God uses every situation for your good and turns everything around for your good.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Maybe in your tight financial situation, God could be teaching you to budget more, or prioritize better, (stewardship) at least that is what He did with me, and when I finally got the lesson (bit slow sometimes) I also got the release of the promise.
See you tomorrow
Hi guys, following on from yesterday, from Deuteronomy 8:18,
"And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth."
Wealth or Prosperity, comes in various forms, obviously the first one we think about is money, but I believe that God wants us to be wealthy in every area of our lives, (health, relationships, honesty), and we must attend to all departments of life. Our finances are certainly a big one, as this leads to other opportunities, but our health is the biggest I believe.
Being in good health Spiritually and physically is a must, the Bible says in 3 John verse 2:
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers"
Wealth and prosperity, whether it be in the bank account, or in the doctors report will be paralleled to the state of our soul.
The Soul : your mind, your will and the area of your emotions
The battle between your flesh and your Spirit is for occupation of your soul. 2 Peter 2:11
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
(see also Romans 8:8 & James 4:4)
So, as we work on prospering the soul, we will automatically prosper in all areas, just as Matthew 6:33 says :
"Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these other things will follow."
But we think it is easier to do the other things, like trying to make more wealth.
More tomorrow, see you then.
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