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WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW MIGHT DESTROY YOU

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW MIGHT DESTROY YOU

Several years ago I recall seeing a little cartoon that left quite an impact on me. It was a picture of a man cruising in his convertible sports car with the top down and a big smile on his face. It was obvious that he was enjoying a pleasure ride in his favorite car. He was so caught up in the moment that he didn’t notice the road sign that warned “road closed ahead.” The picture showed just around the curve construction workers had destroyed an old bridge to replace it with a new one. The driver couldn’t see around the curve and had overlooked the warning signs of impending danger he sped on to his own demise. The caption under the little cartoon simply stated “what you don’t know might kill you.”

Americans today are much like this man we are just traveling along thinking nothing could ever go wrong. In our height of earthly pleasures and carnal pursuits it is so far beyond our imaginations to suggest or think that something catastrophic is about to happen. Oh yes the signs and warnings are everywhere we look yet we can’t see them. We are having too good of a time for anything bad to happen. However, what we don’t know could very well lead to our destruction.

Matt 24:37-39 (37: But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

The preaching of Noah was mocked and ignored by his generation very much like it is in our generation. Noah’s message was purity and not prosperity, he preached righteousness and not earthly riches, he preached mass destruction of the earth and the population and lastly he preached that the Arc was the only way of escape from the judgments to come. Noah preached endlessly for 120 years yet when judgment came they “knew not until the flood came.”

2 Peter 2:5: And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

Actually none of us know how long it will be before God says he has had enough with this generation just like he did in Noah’s day. We don’t know what awaits us just around the next curve of life. Our only hope is to hear the voice of God through the lips of righteous preachers and obey the salvation plan he has for us today.

Rom 10:14: How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

God doesn’t want people to be lost and perish without him. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people and hell is a prepared place for those unprepared. God is doing all he can to save sinners and make new creatures out of them.

2 Cor 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Don’t close your eyes nor turn a deaf ear to the voice of him who loves you most. This is our opportunity to makes things right with our creator.

Isa 55:6-7(6: Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

There is no justification in ignorance. We can never stand before him and defend ourselves by declaring “I didn’t know”.

Acts 17:30: And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.

Study the Holy Bible and more importantly obey its simple instructions for salvation as commanded in John 3:3-8 and Acts 2:38. If you don’t obey his word then “what you don’t know will ultimately destroy you.”

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IMPERFECT YET FORGIVEN

IMPERFECT YET FORGIVEN

I want to say at the outset of this blog that nothing can stop you from living for God except YOU, because our salvation is a divine work of God. The contest of good versus evil started in the Garden of Eden and continues even today. Perfection on earth ended when disobedience and sin entered the human race. There will come a time when sin and death are conquered then God will establish His domain on earth & in heaven.

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

However, until then Satan’s temptations and man’s weaknesses will battle against every effort we make towards righteousness. We are all helpless and could never accomplish our eternal goal except the grace of Jesus Christ be with us. He has empowered His children with unlimited power through His name Jesus.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

So we can’t use the excuse that we are just too weak and can’t life for God. We simply do our best and He takes care of the rest. Don’t allow your imperfections to hinder you from living for God.

2 Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Through Christ we are assured throughout the scriptures that Satan, the flesh, and this present world can be defeated by those who walk in faith. So let’s forsake the copout used so often today the “nobody is perfect” philosophy and get back to trusting God to meet the promises His word has made.

 Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.   We have Christ in us so we can make it. He is an understanding and forgiving Heavenly Father.

Rom 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?                                                                                                                                                                     So Get back up if you have fallen and try it again, this time with God’s anointing and I assure you that you can make heaven your home. Don’t let anything or anyone hinder you from your reward.

Titus 2:12-13 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

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NATIONAL GRANDPARENT’S DAY

HAPPY GRANDPARENT’S DAY

In celebration of the National Grandparent’s Day I want to recognize and salute the millions of grandparents. The NGD was made official in 1978 by then President Jimmy Carter. In presidential proclamations both present and past acknowledges the priceless family and national contributions our grandparents make. Apostle Paul acknowledges this influence in Timothy’s life.

2 Tim 1:5  When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

It has been suggested that grandparents are the foundation of the family. I would be remiss not to mention the spiritual influence that grandparents have, especially in today’s society. In a generation where marriage seems to be devaluated, it has become incumbent upon the grandparents to virtually raise the grandchildren. According to the 2012 census report some 657,000 grandparents with disabilities are solely responsible for raising their grandchildren. I do not agree that this arrangement is the perfect will of God, yet I honor those who spend their twilight years raising their grandchildren. Their lifelong plans of leisurely retirement are gladly sacrificed  because they love their grandchildren and place their wellbeing more important than their personal plans.

So to the parents of our society the message I lend to you is to man-up and raise your children that God has given you. Pray and work harder with your spouse to keep your marriage together so your children can be raised in the home God designed for them with both Father& Mother. Break loose from the “it’s all about me” attitude that possesses this society and face your responsibilities to raise your own children. I have lived long enough to know that there aren’t many things in life that truly have lasting value, but our kids and grandkids are certainly  earth’s greatest treasures.

Due to the large number of ugly divorces and out of wedlock births many grandparents are denied the right to visit their grandchildren. This is not only sad but is inhumanly cruel. For this cause many states have adopted the Grandparent’s Rights Act. This grants a legal protection for grandparents to have and maintain a meaningful relationship with their grandchildren. The rules differ from one state to another so you would need to acquaint yourself with these regulations. Children need the positive influence of the grandparents and the grandparents deserve access to their own flesh and bones. It will add so much to the children and bring one of life’s greatest joys to the grandparents.

So on this National Grandparent’s Day and every other day of the year I say thank God for grandparents. Some of my fondest memories growing up are woven around my grandparents. Both my parents and grandparents are deceased now but I plainly see how much each of them helped to mold my life to become the person I am today.

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