Thought For Today - January 31 - This Man Called Jesus !
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This Man Called Jesus!
This man called Jesus, the good shepherd, the divine son of God, our savior, and our Lord!
To him belongs all honor and glory, and majesty, and all men and women, boys and girls, and young people ought to humble themselves in his mighty presence, and acknowledge him as the only way to God the father, and the only way to eternal everlasting life.
All who have gone before him are thieves and robbers, all who may come after him are imposters. Blessed be the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. "Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father." Philippians 2:9-11.
He came into the world to rescue the lost and to bring them safely home to God the father, as a good shepherd goes into the wilderness to search for the lost sheep and finding it, brings it safely back to the fold.
This man called Jesus is Christ the Lord, the good shepherd. the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:5-6.
Obedient to God the father in every aspect of his life, setting the example for us who have been rescued, to follow in his steps that we might grow into his image and someday in heaven, reach the ideal to be as he is. He has given unto us who have received him by faith, eternal life, and we shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck us out of his hand.
Visit us online at www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html Thought For Today - January 30 Greatly Blessed
"Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea: which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people." Psalm 65: 4-7.
No person can be saved unless he is drawn by the Holy Spirit. those of us who have been saved, have been chosen by God; therefore, we are greatly blessed of God and are partakers of all the wealth and power of God, and we are joint heirs with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
How grateful we ought to be that God in his tender mercies would reach down to us and extend his invitation through his word and by the Holy Spirit, for us to come to the banqueting table of the King of Kings, and forever share in his riches and glory.
If you are within the sound or the sight of these words, God's invitation is extended to you. God says: "Whosoever will may come, whosoever will hear my words and believe on him that sent me, hath everlasting life” Jesus said.
Thought For Today - January 29 - Have We Been Spanked ?
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Thought For Today - January 29
Have We Been spanked?
The bible tells us how the prophets of Israel warned God's people, the nation of Israel, that because of their turning away from him and their worship of idols, and committing all kinds of whoredoms, adultery, fornications, even offering their children to be burned as sacrifices in the fires of false gods, and turning their backs on him who had loved them and delivered them out of bondage from Egypt: that unless they turned back to him in repentance and obedience, he would have to bring judgment and destruction upon them which history has shown did actually happen. Just one example is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
I wonder if perhaps, through some of our natural disasters, which has brought so much misery to so many people, and has left so many dead and homeless, that God may be warning us as individuals and as a nation that unless we turn back to him in repentance and ask forgiveness for our sins and idolatry; unless we turn from our killing of our children through abortions; unless we stop our whoredoms and fornications; and stop worshipping the idol of sex, money, and power, and return to a revival of the Christian principles upon which this nation was founded; and instead of glorifying "mother nature" which is a non-entity, and recognize that it is God the father who is sovereign over the elements and the entire universe, that there may be worse things to come.
We may have just received a mild spanking from a loving father to warn us of worse things to come in way of judgment. May we as individuals, and as a nation not wander so far away from God that he has to rebuke us or draw us back to himself through his anger, wrath, and hot displeasure.
"O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure." Psalm38: 1.
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Are You Forgiven?
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: Surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with the songs of deliverance." Selah. Psalm 32: 1-7.
Un confessed sins can cause our health to deteriorate and cause our” bones to wax old". When we confess our sins to God, we are set free like children again and our health improves. When they brought the crippled man to Jesus to be healed, Jesus said to him,"thy sins be forgiven, go in peace."
When the burden of guilt is lifted from off our shoulders, our mind and body is set free to function properly and keep us young and healthy.
Only by the shedding of blood, the bible tells us, can sin be purged. Christ came to accomplish this by shedding his blood for each of us. Have you received this precious gift? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb of God? Are you forgiven?
Thought For Today - January 27 - Righteousness Exalteth a Nation !
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Righteousness exalteth a Nation
"When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." Psalm 29: 2 How do we define "the righteous" and "righteousness"?
The Holy Word of God ( The Holy Bible) says that there is none righteous. "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: there is none that doeth good, no not one." Romans 3: 10
If, according to God's word there be none righteous, who then can be deemed righteous enough to be placed in positions of authority to rule over us in the every day affairs of government?
Perfect righteousness can be found only in the person of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son. Only those who have believed and received him as Lord and savior, and strive to be obedient to him, have had his righteousness imputed to them , and are looked upon by God as being righteous and qualified, according to God's word, to rule. We had better pray diligently for our government leaders, and when it comes time to elect new leaders, if we want to keep our country free, with happy, prosperous people, we had better make sure that when we cast our vote, we ascertain whether they are righteous or wicked, and are standing for righteousness, or if they have no regard for the inspired Word of God.
"Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.” Proverbs 25:4-5
If we do not wake up and take heed to what God tells us in his word, someday it will be too late.
"He , that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." Psalm 29:1
When God tells us over and over again to do something, or not to do something, and we do not take heed, then there comes a time when God cuts us off without hope.
"In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice. The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it." Psalm 29: 6,7
Are we righteous? Do we sing and rejoice? Do we consider the cause of the poor and the downcast and try to something about it?
Thought For Today - January 26 - The Earth Is the Lord's
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The Earth is the Lord's
Sometimes we become boastful of all that we are and of all that we possess, forgetting that our lives, our bodies, and all that we have belong to God, and have been entrusted to us by God to be used for his glory.
Every thing and every living creature belongs to God. He has the sovereign right to do with it as he wills. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart: who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." Psalm 24: 1-5
This disqualifies all of us: for no one can say that he has clean hands and hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, except, of course, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He only is perfectly clean and righteous, and he only is the door, and through him is the only way to enter into the presence of God and enjoy heaven eternally.
Visit us online at www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html Thought For Today - January 25 Rejoice !
"Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright." Psalm33: 1
If we have acknowledged that we are sinners, and have called upon Christ to save us, we can consider ourselves to be righteous in the sight of God our father because Christ's righteousness has been imputed to us, and we have been declared righteous by God; therefore, we should be rejoicing and praising God continually.
"Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song, play skillfully with a loud noise. For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth." Psalm 33: 2-4
Visit us onlin e at www.telehel;ppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html Thought For Today - January 24 Bless the Lord ! "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together." Psalm 34: 1-3 Let his praise be continually in our mouths at all times. At all times, when things are going well with us, as well as when the times are not so good; in the valley, as well as on the mountain top; in times of famine, as in times of feasting. God is ever near us: to save; to protect; to comfort, and to bring us, his children, eventually to our desired safe haven, his heaven. "I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Psalm 34 4-8
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Are You Saved?
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Christ Jesus came into the world to save me, and Christ Jesus came into the world to save you. Are you saved? If you cannot say with absolute assurance that you are saved, and know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die, then it is absolutely true, according to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible, that you are still lost, and if you are still lost when you die, you will spend eternity in hell forever, with all its' misery and torments, separated from all that is pure and lovely, and righteous, apart from the presence of God forever.
The apostle Paul, writing to Timothy said: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners: of whom I am chief." 1 Timothy 1: 15 If the apostle Paul declared himself to be chief of sinners, where does that leave each of us? This should convince each of us that we also are lost sinners and need a savior.
We have a savior provided for us if we will believe him ; accept him and believe his word ,when he through the scriptures, warns us of our fate if we make the wrong choices concerning him.
"As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3: 10-12 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3: 23
God in his love for us has offered us a remedy for this condition by offering us by his mercy and grace, his own righteousness through Christ. "Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:" Romans 3: 20-22
Otherwise: if we refuse God's offer of salvation through Christ - then: "The wages of sin is death. But ,the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23. If we choose to receive wages for our sinful works, then we receive eternal death; but, if we would rather rely on the free gift of God, and denounce our sinful works and our own righteousness as "filthy rags", and acknowledge that Christ paid our sin debt with his blood and sacrifice for us, then we are freely given life eternal.
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, that his deeds should be reproved; but he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3: 14-21
" He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3: 36 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:10 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
How about it? Are you saved? Will you choose life or death? Will you choose light or darkness? Will you choose Christ or the Devil?
Thought For Today - January 22 - Teach The Children !
Visit us online at www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html Thought For Today - January 22 - Teach The Children Those of us who are parents, grandparents, senior citizens, the old and grey headed, ought to be speaking from experience, and constantly showing forth to this present generation, and every one that is to come, the great power and strength, and righteousness of our holy God. We ought to show to our young people what it means to trust in God who is REAL and not just a fantasy, who cares, and who is willing and able to meet all our needs, both physical and spiritual. We know not the number of our days; therefore, every day ought to be precious to us, and we ought to utilize it wisely to honor God, and with great joy and gladness, magnify God before this young generation so that they may seek and long after God. It seems that Satan is out to capture the minds, the souls, and lives of our children through his many diabolical devices. Satan is not as he is pictured in medieval literature as a red suited character with horns and pitch fork whose habitation is hell. No, the bible describes him as an angel of light who goes about seeking whom he may devour. He uses many seemingly innocent schemes and devices to capture his prey. He sometimes uses people who know not the God of eternal life and salvation to promote his programs. The word of God, the Holy Bible warns us not to have any fellowship with the works of darkness: not to seek after the occult, not to seek after familiar spirits. It tells us to: " sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and dread." Isaiah 8:13 "And when they shall say unto you, seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?" Isaiah 8:19 "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consultant with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee." Deuteronomy 18: 10-12 There are many other scripture verses which warn of the same thing, but there is not room enough here to list them. The Holy Bible is full of great adventure stories for young children, adolescents, and even adults. Stories of Moses, Joshua, the children of Israel in the wilderness; the story of Daniel, of Ruth; stories and predictions of the prophets, and stories of great kings and kingdoms, and best of all , the stories of Jesus and his great plan of redemption and salvation. I have to wonder how many children and young people today in our society, even among so called Christian families , can relate to us these great adventures, and how they may apply them to our everyday living. I also sadly wonder how many parents, or grandparents, including Christians, would "camp out" at a bookstore or a public library, to hear the stories of these great bible heroes. Our world is going to be governed by the upcoming generation ,and generations following. Who will be in control, Satan or God?. We all know the final answer, the ultimate victory is God's, but oh! what a price we will pay in the meantime if we do not teach our children right things. "My mouth shall show forth thy righteousness, and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the number thereof. I will go in the strength of the Lord God. I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only, O God, thou hast brought me from my youth; and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also, when I am old and grey headed, O God, forsake me not: until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come." Psalm 71: 15-18. What is most important to you, mom, dad, grammar, grandpa? How do you teach your children?