Monday, April 15, 2013

It Really Makes You Wonder...

With so much going on in the world, it really makes you wonder. 

In the Old Testament, God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them, and behold, I will destroy them with the earth" (Genesis 6:13)

Jesus said in the New Testament, "But as in the days of Noah were (violent), so shall the coming of the Son be" (Matthew 24:37). 

My prayers go out to those affected by the Boston bombings. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Are You Hot for God?

Sounds strange, doesn’t it?

Here's what I mean: I love hot coffee, especially on a cold day. I also love iced coffee on a hot day. Even the hot drinks when ice-cold taste great, but lukewarm coffee or tea or lemonade are pretty gross. Agree? Here's where things get interesting...or scary: Jesus said, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth" (Revelation 3:15-16). The thing that I find frightening about this verse is that these people were “IN Christ.” (You can’t vomit something out, if it’s not inside first.)

When I read this verse before I gave my life to Christ many years ago, I knew that I was lukewarm. I believed in Jesus, but I was a blasé believer. I went my own way and I did my own thing, not caring what He thought, or what He wanted from me. So when I read this verse it hit me. My indifference to Him would expel me from His Heavenly Kingdom when he vomited me out.

The good news is that if you’re still here on Earth, there's hope. Because a few verses later Jesus said to those very same people, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him,” (Revelation 3:20).

Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Will you let Him in? For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

If you have made this decision and invited Christ into your life, tell a few people what you have done. Telling others solidifies the commitment in your mind and heartRomans 10:9-10, says: "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” The way to become "hot" is to walk wholeheartedly in His ways: Obeying his Word, loving one-another, and making disciples by telling others about Him and then teaching them to walk in His ways. 

Please read these verses in your own Bible, or look them up on this post by touching the scriptures with your cursor.

I am praying for you.