Running the race of life

Hebrews 12:1. . .”THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.”
Since the christian life is like hills and valleys with all the tribulation, the only real way to grow in the christian life is to run the race that the blood of Jesus has opened for those that claim Christ as their personal Lord & Saviour.

As life progresses, you’re either getting closer to God or further away from Him. If you’re riding the fence then you’re probably highly unstable because you don’t know what you want to do.

Like Joshua said, ‘choose today whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.’ (Joshua 24:15). The only way to know what God’s will for your life is is to surrender your life completely to the Lord Jesus. ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Psalm 37:4).

So in closing, make the wise decision and GO AFTER GOD. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Prov. 1:7).

The wealthy place

Psalm 66:12. . .”You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, yet you brought us out into a place of abundance.
Every christian has a God-given dream to pursue in their life. God will only reveal it to you when you surrender your life completely to Him. Because of our human nature God has to take us through many trials before we arrive at the place where we’re totally surrendered to His Will for our lives, but once you get there you receive the vision of what you’re being called to do with your life.

I hear people ask why it seems God’s people seem to have a harder time in life. Because you only come to know God when you diligently seek Him , then He reveals Himself to you through our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, and when you seek God you become a threat to Satan so the evil one does everything he can to take you down before you give your heart to God.

The christian life isn’t easy, but the only way to have true peace in it is to surrender your life to the Lord and let Him live through you. So, one final thought in closing-sometimes you have to be totally bankrupt in life to realize how rich you are. This is especially true if you have true riches-a personal relationship with God through Christ.

Just the right time

Esther 4:13, 14. . .”Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?”
Now here’s a section of the Word of God I hardly ever read. Esther was a young Jewish girl who was given a high position as Queen during a time when a high ranking official in the King’s court made a petition to the king to wipe out the Jewish people because they obeyed God over the king.

When the king had the former Queen removed for her disobedience to him, he appointed officers to gather all the young maidens so he could select the next Queen. And of course, by the grace of Almighty God, Esther was selected for the position.

Mordecai, the man who raised her, told her not to tell the king that she was Jewish though. So, to sum the story up (since I haven’t finished it yet), Esther was put in a high place by God to free the Jewish people from the order sent out by Haman to wipe them out. Just like Joseph was put in a high position under pharoah to save Egypt from a famine in the land.

Like these people, you’re calling (if you. know God through the Lord Jesus) is to witness to people in your sphere of influence to set them free from their sins by faith in the blood of Jesus.

Also it wasn’t just a coincidence that people like Esther and Joseph were put in powerful positions when there was trouble in the land. Just like it wasn’t a coincidence that the promised Messiah came 2000 years ago to give His life as a ransom for many. The Bible says He came in the fulness of time-at just the right time.

Gathering or scattering?

Matt. 12:30. . .”Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
This should motivate all followers of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20); Not the Great Suggestion. If you’re not out gathering a harvest by planting seeds (the Word) then you’re scattering. Each person that comes to God through Christ has people that the Lord places in their lives that only they can reach.

We should be willing to invest our lives into the people the Lord has placed on our hearts by knowing what this person’s needs are then finding ways to meet them. All done in love of course. Then they’ll be humbled by realizing that God is real, that He’s bigger than they are, and that He loves them and is the only one who can fill the void in their lives completely and fully.

Mystery of the third temple

One of today’s modern prophecies is the rebuilding of the third temple. A little history though, the first temple was built around 1000-2000 years before Christ (or the Common Era). The temple was rebuilt within a few centuries before the coming of the Christ in the first century. Each of the three main Abrahamic religions believes in a future kingdom with a temple rebuilt for the third time. They use the book of Ezekiel which talks about the rebuilding of a future temple. Maybe we need to stop reading the Bible with contemporary lenses, since this book was written around the time of the Babylonian exile, before the second temple was rebuilt.

The abomination of desolation mentioned in the book of Daniel was about the rebuilding of the second temple. Jesus’s reference to the abomination of desolation was to the destruction of the same temple which took place in AD 70. It didn’t take much research to show that there was a seven year war between the Romans and the Jews, in which the temple was destroyed at the midpoint. It looks like people who are still waiting for the rapture today have the right events, but they haven’t realized it’s all ancient history now.

The Dome of the Rock is practically onsite of Solomon’s temple today. This was built by the Muslims in the 6th or 7th century. It’s not likely they are going to tear this down in the future since it has been standing for so long. People that are still looking for the temple to be rebuilt don’t know this interesting tidbit because they don’t study the history of geographic locations.

Jesus said “destroy this temple and I will rebuild it within three days.” The Christ’s temple is His Body, otherwise known as the Church (not divided by walls and borders). The Lord already reigns through His people. It is a spiritual reign. Waiting for Jesus to return and set up His Kingdom on earth is waiting for a political kingdom. It is the same mistake that Jesus’s first century followers made as well.

So if Jesus established the third temple in the first century, where does that leave salvation today? Some people who reject Preterism say this means our salvation is in the past. Time is man-made so there is no past, present, or future. It is all one time. Salvation is an ongoing journey that flows out of one’s relationship with their Creator.