Do You Really Believe?


“But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Romans 10: 8-10

Let’s imagine you were searching for a way to pay-off your debts and also the debts of those you love. And one day you discovered in your own back yard a gold mine. Would not the prospect of how this discovery would enrich your life bring you much relief and joy? You could hardly contain your excitement and wouldn’t you be overcome to share the awesome news? (Matthew 13:45-46)

This is exactly what occurred with two of Jesus’ disciples on the day of His resurrection. They were leaving Jerusalem walking to a village named Emmaus discussing the crucifixion and how it was said by some women Jesus was no longer dead. But either they did not recall His promise to be raised from the dead, or they doubted His Word. Suddenly Jesus appeared unrecognized and walked with them, asking them the reason for their sadness and the event of their discussion. When they expressed their disappointment concerning His death He began to rebuke them for not believing what the prophets had said in the scriptures concerning why He had to suffer and die and then be raised alive after three days. Along the way, He expounded the scriptures and pointed to the prophets who foretold His coming. When they finally arrived at their destination they were no longer in doubt but “believed”.  (Luke 24)

While they shared a meal, , Jesus broke the bread and suddenly they recognized Him, before He disappeared. And so it was just as Jesus broke the bread and blessed it, He also broke open the Word to their understanding to what was said about Him throughout the scriptures. Their excitement and joy was so great they returned to tell the other disciples what they had heard and seen. (Matthew 26:26)

So it is when someone comes to the place of recognizing God’s Word as the Truth concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of their sins, they also realize the debt of their sin has been paid and they can’t wait to share with someone the good news !

It is not a legalistic work concerning confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior but rather the natural response from someone who has first believed it with their mind and heart. It is the evidence of someone born again (John 3)into the Kingdom of God where there is inexpressible joy! For out of the mouth of babes there is much praise.
(Luke 19: 37-40, Matthew 21:16)

Do you believe Jesus Christ is Lord with the assurance of the forgiveness of your sin which guarantees you eternal life? Or do you doubt this Truth? If you believe, there will be a time you will also confess it, for you won’t be able to contain the good news.

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Hidden Manna


God does His greatest work in times of darkness. DF

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When God began creating the heavens and the earth there was darkness so He brought forth light.
Genesis 1: 1-4    John 1

When Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross He paid the penalty for all sin, forgiving all who believe with the promise of eternal life.
1 Peter 2:24

When a rough and ugly oyster is invaded by a single grain of sand, it forms a pearl.
Matthew 13: 45-46

When a caterpillar gives up its life, it enters the stage of darkness emerging as a creature with wings.
2 Corinthians 5:17

When it looked like all hope was gone and evil had triumphed over goodness,the Son of God emerged from the grave, resurrected with the promise of eternal life
John 3:16     John 11:25-26

In the darkness of the womb a child is formed  emerging in newness of life.
Psalm 139

When a person lays down his life in exchange for the life of Christ, a new person emerges, born again with the promise of an abundant eternal life.
Galatians 2:20

“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.” Romans 8:28

Sharing the Fruit of My Trial

 

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Sing to Him a New Song


“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:3

I am sure many of us have witnessed two distinct ways of singing a song and playing an instrument; and one appears to be more of a gift or an acquired gift than the other. There is the soloist and musician who studies the notes and practices methodically until the vocal and stringed chords are played with perfection. Then there is the other musician who picks up his instrument and senses the sounds and plays beautifully without seeing a single note while fine-tuned, yielding to the maestro’s movements, transitioning; knowing the Song.
(1 John 2:27, Jeremiah 31:34, John 14:16-17)

As believers, in our walk with Christ we desire to synchronize in rhythm to His every step. We read in scripture his actions and what he said, but in trying to imitate His style, we soon discover our futile attempt. As much as we would like to imitate Him, we find it impossible. And if we are so determined to do so, we soon give up in frustration and discouragement. We somehow hit the wrong notes and a screeching sound results.
(Ephesians 2: 8-10, Romans 7: 18-25)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

The answer is hearing the gospel. The message and Word about Christ is how He came to fulfill the law of righteousness as God’s perfect sacrifice for sin. He was the embodiment of God, filled completely with His Holy Spirit, taking all our inadequacies, infirmities, failures and sin upon Himself, paying the penalty of death for us because of His great love. This was the Father’s will, and He was in perfect sync, right up to the moment of death on the cross when he uttered the words of forgiveness; the sweetest sound the world has ever heard.
(Luke 22:42, Philippians 2:8, Luke 23:32-34, John 3:16)

“But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

Jesus Christ was God’s perfect instrument playing out a life of complete obedience; sent from heaven and chosen to listen to God. His divine ear was always tuned towards the voice of His Heavenly Father.  Before the sun’s rising, while it was still dark He would begin His day in prayer listening to His Father’s every Word, going forth in perfect rhythm and in complete harmony to God’s will.
(Mark 1:35, John 5:19)

As believers, our lives can be an instrument in the Lord’s hands; a sweet fragrance and a perfect melody to those who are seeking to hear the music only God can play. It is a restful, peaceful sound that flows from the heart in perfect rhythm with the Word of God; from the sheet of music only the Lord can direct in sync with heaven and its heavenly host. And whenever we are not in sync and off-key and broken, we are assured of His forgiveness and healing for He has determined we will play His Song. (Matthew 6:9-10, Psalm 71:22,
1 John 1:9, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 1:4-6, Matthew 6:9-10)

This music which flows from the life of a believer begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Author and finisher of all Creation and faith. Through acknowledging our sin and accepting Christ’s salvation, we receive His Holy Spirit and become a new and worthy instrument held in the Master’s Hand. It is only through faith we come into a relationship with God through His Son, not by any works of our own, but through the work Jesus Christ accomplished with His own sacrifice on the cross. He has created us anew as His instruments according to His perfect Will
(John 3:3, John 10:28-29, Luke 10: 38-42, John 1:1-18, John 15:4,
Romans 10:8-9, Luke 23:39-43, Matthew 7: 21-27, Hebrews 12:1-2,
2 Corinthians 5:17Acts 4:13)

Have you heard the Lyrics of the Savior? If so, do not be like the unwise but be attentive, believing, listening and dancing in celebration of your new life in Christ. For in that day, a trumpet will sound, and those who hear will recognize His voice, rising up to meet our Savior, being caught up in the air.
(Ezekiel 33:32, Matthew 11:17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54)

“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

 

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