The Good News Everyone Needs To Hear

(Bring your Bibles to Romans 1)

God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.

The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.

This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

Today on this Easter Sunday, I encourage you to serve and praise the Creator Himself. He is worthy for He alone created all things. He alone made it possible for mankind to have a personal relationship with their one and true God. Even though His creation (Adam and Eve) were the ones at fault for their disobedience and distrust from the beginning. Which made sin corrupt this world and into the land we know today. With strife, deception, and lawlessness.

Once again He is inviting you to become His child. To be apart of His unfailing eternal family. He has been patient with all of us to turn away from these destructive paths and instead run into the arms that know best.

The only way this world will see the goodness of God, is by us surrendering to Him once and for all. Surrender who we have been, and become who we are truly meant to be.

It is never comfortable talking about sin. But it must be faced. Unless we are aware of the seriousness of our sin, we cannot comprehend the greatness of God’s grace.

Dr. Barry Chant

It is true, we cannot change the past,  but we can be forgiven for it. Are you ready to be forgiven? To be free at last?

You can only do it through Jesus Christ. For this is the ultimate reason why He came. He fought and barred the sins of all of us. Have a change of heart produced by the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who has led you to this message. (and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 12:3).

So this is the Good news that you all must hear, because this news will save you: that Jesus Christ died for our sins just as the Scriptures said, He was burried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the scriptures said! Thus because He rose from the dead and died on our behalf so we don’t have to, there will now be a resurrection of the dead. All who belong to Christ will be raised with Him at His coming (see 1 Corinthians 15:23).

After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:24, NLT

All thanks to God, we have been given victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21). So this day, please, call out to Him and accept Him as your living Savior, and you will inherit eternal life.

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Eternity

“No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.”
(Revelation 22:3, NLT)

I’ve thought of the Revelation 22:3 verse before and I pondered on the fact there will be no curse. It says there will be no curse on anything. Which goes to show that this curse is not just on mankind but it is intertwined through most things on this earth. Which is why even creation groans for the new to come. Even creation anticipates God’s promises (Romans 8:22). Also thinking about that this sin caused a curse… makes you realise a lot of the things that trouble us or upset us are not only temporal but are they even really a reality or truth? When you think of someone putting a curse on something its a spiritual thing for sure. An invisible action that caused a physical change.  It reminds me when God says in the future He will bring the people a strong delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11) and they will believe a lie. This sounds like a curse no? Curses are more common that we perceive. Yet when we will be present at the throne of God and of the Lamb it will no longer exist. What a breath of fresh air that will be in itself.

“Hope, in the biblical sense, means certainty and assurance. It is the firm, unshakable, indomitable belief that we will be raised from the dead (as Jesus was) and will be welcomed into out eternal home. That’s enough to put joy in our heart and a spring in our step this day!”

David Roper from Our Daily Bread
“And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.”
(Romans 8:23, NLT)

So we have an amazing hope! Hope is defined for us in Romans 8:25. Hope is looking forward to something we don’t have yet, and because we don’t have it yet, we must wait patiently and confidently. Although, do we do this? Do we wait for our hopes in this fashion? I don’t really think we do. We moan, we get tired, and we complain. A few days ago, a friend Hannah and I pondered a thought, “Once we’re in heaven, we’ll wonder why we weren’t even more excited about going there.” I think that’s why God often commands us to be joyful in hope. It often seems hard to celebrate, but when we focus on eternity on high versus temporal down low, it will become a good habit to exhibit.

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
(Colossians 3:2, KJV)

God says it best in His Word,

“For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:3‭-‬6).

I encourage you all to read and pray over this chapter of Colossians. May God bless you and grant you His peace, mercy, and love.

Life

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

There are so many challenges these days. I often feel alone in my faith with God and it truly saddens me. If you have people around you to love God with despite the world’s circumstances be thankful.

Faith is believing the unseen. Faith is standing on God’s word regardless of the right now, because God tells the truth. He cannot nor will not lie (Numbers 23:19). The “right now” is this world and this world is not forever. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35/Mark 13:31).

According to His promise, we are awaiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13/Revelation 21:1). We often forget this very thing … God created all things.

“and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
(Colossians 1:17)

Time, space, gravity, earth, and so on. He created. He is outside of the things that limit us. *Limits us* not Him. For He even created life itself. If it weren’t for Him and Him alone, we would simply not exist.

“How completely satisfying to turn from our own limitations to a God who has none.”

-A.W. Tozer


Knowing this, this Life Bearer, and meditating on this truth, is what uplifts me to continue treading on. It was Him who gave us this life. It was He who chose us from the beginning. Hand picked and hand knitted. He knew where we would be in this very moment. What we have dealt with or are dealing with are of no surprise to the Almighty.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalms 139:13‭-‬16)

“You may not see it yet, but God has all the right pieces to make the puzzle of your life fit together.”

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God knew. He saw our future. He sees our potential. He knows where we will be one day, and it won’t be here. It will be in glory with Him. Reigning for ever and ever in His presence. With that in mind, let us not grow weary. We got this.

Tomorrow’s Worries

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

Each day has enough trouble of its own. Isn’t that the truth. Today’s struggles are very relevant to this verse today. Concentrating on today’s troubles will benefit me more than worrying about today’s plus about the non existent ones still to come down the road (if they even do).

By focusing so much on them both, will put so much more weight on your shoulders, and it will be very difficult to bear.

“Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.”

Today, I was told to quarantine for 10 days, because I am not vaxxnated (purposely spelt incorrectly). Yet if I was vaxxnated, I’m sure I’d be allowed to work (I know this because they told me so, not just my assumption). 10 days without pay will be difficult on us for sure. I already stuggle more than before just because my pay is lower than my previous job.

To think God knew where I would be at this time of my life is boggling. It’s something we often forget. We worry but God already knew about it.

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond.”
  • What problems are you facing today?
  • Are those problems causing you to fear of things in the future?
  • How can you look at these things with a new perspective, now that you know God saw before it would occur?
  • How will you respond?

“casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
(1 Peter 5:7, KJV)

Return

“He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3, KJV)

You want to do good for yourself and for God but one of the most important things that will help you do that is maintaining your relationship with Christ.

Jesus is the only way to the Father. Jesus is the One who speaks on our behalf on the throne. We need to be spending quality time with Him every single day.

Have you ever heard of the circumstance that the more you hangout with a person the more you become like them? Well the same goes with Jesus. The more you hangout with Him the more you become like Him.

Ways to spend time with Him:
1. Reading the Bible
2. Praying
3. Worship music
4. Solitude
5. Including Him in your entire day (Invite Him with you).

Jesus doesn’t just give you what you need; Jesus is what you need. Your heart was created by Him, for Him. You can fight and claw to gain the world, but without Jesus, you will never be completely satisfied.

Feeding on the Word of God:

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

John 6:35, ESV.

The Holy Spirit came to give us power to know and live for Christ.

The Holy Spirit came once Jesus returned to His throne in Heaven. The Holy Spirit was sent to us by Jesus. (John 16:7).

“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me”; John 16:8‭-‬9 KJV. ⬅️ Here I feel God is saying that the Holy Spirit will reprove (Strong’s 1651: (a) I reprove, rebuke, discipline, (b) I expose, show to be guilty. Of uncertain affinity; to confute, admonish.) of sin. Which is neat to see that the Holy Spirit is who will be doing these things.  It also gives us insight of the coming judgment and the reason of it.

“of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” John 16:11 KJV. A devotion I read today mentioned the fact that the Holy Spirit uses the Bible to speak to us since it is the Word of God and it is alive and active. (Which this is confirmed in the Bible as well). It notes, “the Holy Spirit makes the Word of God relevant and meaningful when you need it.” I just wanted to note how true this is. The fact that John 16:11 mentions the devil running the world basically, to an extent,  shows me that God does speak through His word to us, because eariler today during the kids I watch over nap time, I was able to read the Word with the Holy Spirit, and it spoke of the very same thing! In short. It would take me way to long to explain what else was said, but in short what a connection! (Read 1 John through Jude if you’d like!).

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
John 16:13 KJV. The Holy Spirit is God but the Holy Spirit is like a telephone line. A line between the Father and us.
•v.14 it is so interesting again how God connects the dots to give us a better understanding. You see God explained to me in Proverbs 2 that if you ask for insight,  God is more than glad to give it to us. And somewhere today He even said that it gives Him the utmost JOY when we seek His truth from Him Himself! The reason why it gives Him joy is because He wants good for us. So He is the best place to get the knowledge of truth.  Not YouTube,  not word of opinion,  not from the interpretation of random dreams from multiple people, but from HIM directly. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in all that stuff that we forget that we have access to the Most High Himself! And when we do that doubts and insecurities slip in. I believe God is ushering us in again to remind us of this fact and to make it a habit to return to Him with an open heart to seek, find, listen.

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
(John 7:37 KJV). Lastly,  notice here in this verse that Jesus cried when He was stating what He said. This expresses to us how much it means to Him. If we thirst for Him, if we thirst for His knowledge,  truth, wisdom , etc… He is eager and so so so happy that we do and are willing. He wants to hear from us, so exceedingly so, that He teared up when telling His disciples. He says let them come. Anyone willing. I am here. In any moment, any time, that you need me child.

By Faith

Exactly one year ago, on October 27th 2020, we spoke together about how faith is a risk. One year later in the year of 2021 a lot has occurred in just that short amount of time. I cannot
fathom enough how important faith truly is. Faith is SO important to God, and I feel the Spirit of
the Lord leading me today to express that.


As always, the Word of God is the best place to go to explain:
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by
it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the
universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of
things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than
Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by
accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch
was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had
taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.”
(Hebrews 11:1-5, ESV)


Hebrews chapter 11 is an extraordinary example of how many have led their walk with
God in faith. It also shows how walking out in this faith is rewarding, especially with your
relationship with God the Father. I couldn’t recommend enough to thoroughly read
Hebrews 11 in it’s full context for yourself. Whether you haven’t read it yet, or need a
refresher. It will encourage you to keep contending!


And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to
God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
(Hebrews 11:6, ESV)


Are we not a people that want to be pleasing to God? Do you want to be a sweet aroma
(Song of Solomon 4:11) to God? When you approach God, how is it that you want to
present yourself? How will He see you? Did you know faith is a spiritual gift? (1
Corinthians 12:9)


Jesus says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John
14:1, ESV). When Jesus left the earth and ascended to heaven He promised us
something. He exclaimed that the reason He left was to prepare a place for us. A home
with no more crying, no more pain, no more thirst. At this new home we will have
everything we need. We will no longer need to worry about tomorrow.


Sounds like a beautiful promise right? Yet to attain this promise Jesus made it very
clear. We must have faith. Jesus explained to Thomas, “I am the Way, and the Truth,
and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, ESV). You may not understand faith right away and faith may seem a bit risky, but it is your faith
that will save you (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is your faith that will heal you (Mark 5:34; Acts
3:16). Your faith will secure you (Proverbs 20:28), make you righteous (Romans 3:22), it
will strengthen you (Romans 4:20), and most importantly, give peace between you and
God (Romans 5:1)!


The most important thing you could ever have faith in is Jesus.
“Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Phillip? Whoever has seen
me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9, ESV). Do you recognize who Jesus is? If so, He is asking you today to have faith in Him. Without Him, there is no salvation. You will not inherit the promises of the coming kingdom. I promise.

I believe, do you?

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
(Mark 11:24, ESV)

Previously we discussed the fact that faith is a risk. “

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, ESV)

To have faith, is when one believes in something even when they cannot see it in the moment. It is a hope. To have faith can be defined as, complete trust or confidence in someone or something. And the last time we spoke on such a faith, we were touching on the entrusting of God Himself.

“And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
(James 5:15, ESV)

I know it has been a while, so allow me to remind you that this faith we initially spoke on was primarily about salvation and the importance of trusting God with your life, but today we are going to discuss faith in a different way.

Now that we have eternal salvation, which is kept in the safe hands of God (1 Peter 1:3-5), God has given a challenge. He has given us the challenge to believe in His mighty works like never before.

Laugh at me if you must, but I 100% trust God that He will answer my prayers. God has shown me in many ‘little’ ways that He will show me and my family a miracle. There are many things doubt will try to defeat. Although this time I am not allowing the storm to master over me. The only Master I have is my Lord and Savior! (Can I get an amen?)

“pray without ceasing”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV)

If you read through the Word of God you will see many instances where Jesus healed. He healed various kinds of people: the lame, the blind, the possessed, and more! Jesus told His disciples that in His power, they could do the same. Let me be the one to tell you, if no one has already, that we as children of God can do the same! When we do anything in love and in His name, we glorify the Father.

You may be wondering what miracle I am seeking. My family and I are seeking the FULL healing of my father-in-law, Mark, who was diagnosed with ALS. Now, you may be shaking your head and thinking this is an impossible request, & the enemy might be highlighting his decline, but my God said, IF YOU ASK ANYTHING IN MY NAME I WILL DO IT! The key to an answered prayer is firm belief.

So in this belief, will you join me in prayer without wavering?…

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6, ESV).

I believe in the power of prayer. I believe God has given His people authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).

I believe, do you?

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Mark 16:15‭-‬18, ESV

Radical Love

“But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
(Matthew 5:39, ESV)
“And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.”
(Matthew 5:40, ESV)
“And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
(Matthew 5:41, ESV)
“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”
(Matthew 5:42, ESV)
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”..
(Matthew 5:44, ESV)



“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5:46-48, ESV

Jesus has called us to stand out from the world. This includes the way we react.

Before the Holy Spirit taught us new ways from our prior, we thought certain reactions were acceptable.

Yet as you see, we are to be the bigger person. Though hard, we are to reflect the same love that God provides. This reflection shows the world whom we belong. For He explains that when we go against the normal and decide to use our actions supernaturally, we then even sharpen our own iron. Like Father, like son. Like Father, like daughter.

This world will never see what God intends for it to if we as Christians sit on the back burner, be hypocrites, and not apply what we are told in the Word to everyone we encounter.

We won’t become better versions of ourselves either if we continue to give ourselves excuses as well.

Our neighbors, our enemies, may not have the push they need for a heart change, if we aren’t moving in the perfectiveness of our faith.

Radical love teaches us to get out of our natural habits. To love beyond our natural capabilities. They are unnatural responses to unjust circumstances. Every heartache, set back, and discouragement, is an opportunity. Let us be like our Father, and use what the enemy means for harm, for good.

Foundation

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“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:25, ESV)

The foundation is the base starting point to anything you are desiring to build.

This beginning piece will be an essential factor before you go on to the next levels of your project.


How do we make sure the foundation is built the way we need it to be, to withstand every storm? 


It must be founded on the Rock. This Rock is Jesus.


Whatever your plan is, without including Jesus 1͎s͎t͎ , all else will ultimately fail. 

“Do not just live a godly life…build it.” – The Few

To not have Him in mind first is foolish (Matthew 7:26), because without Him, you cannot do anything!

As Christians, we should learn from our past. I don’t know about you all, but before I had Jesus by my side, my mistakes dug me into a deep hole. One that I wasn’t able to get out of my own, in my own strength. If it wasn’t for my Savior, I would have continued into the depths of chaos and fears. Who knows where I would have ended up!

Thankfully, God met me in my mess. He grabbed my hand and insisted this was no longer a battle I had to fight on my own. Where no one else was to be found in my times of need, He revealed to me that He was. I just had to be willing to finally surrender and lean into His hope.

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:17, ESV

He is the Vine, we are the branches (John 15:5).

To be successful in anything that we do, we must make sure God is first in our lives and we remain in Him.

We have been appointed by God, not to do the things of the kingdom on our own (John 15:16).

If we are not grounded and united with the Father we are more than likely going to fall at some point.

Save yourself the trouble and enter His rest.

Our talents, gifts, and light do not come from our own doing, but from the Maker Himself!

“Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:13, NKJV)