Acts 2:21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

People have been deceived into thinking that there’s a lot of time left regarding accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. They know it’s an important thing to do, but for whatever reason, they keep putting it off.

If you look at the signs of the times, there’s not a lot of time left. Jesus is returning soon. I know we’ve heard that for hundreds of years, which leads to the deception of a lot of time, but it’s true. For the unsaved, there’s no guarantee you will live to see tomorrow, so why play with your eternity?

Even if Jesus doesn’t return for another hundred years, accepting Jesus as Lord will improve the quality of our lives and the lives of our children.

Don’t wait. Take this time to make Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. Secure your ticket to be with the Father forever. Don’t squander this moment claiming you need to do more research on the subject. The devil will make sure you stay “too busy” to do research. Don’t wait.

*Please also send this message to everyone, you know, who has not made Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. 

1 John 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 

God’s love is the foundation of every promise in His word and for all of His actions. He could have just left us down here with nothing to look forward to but because of His love, He gave us hope.

God’s love compelled Him to send us a Savior. God’s love is what motivated Him to give us the promise of everlasting life. God’s love made the promise of abundance, healing, peace, and joy available to us.

So, thank God for His love because without it, we would be miserable here on Earth.

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Romans 3:21‭-‬22 NLT

The law was given to show we need a Savior. It was meant to show us that we can’t keep all the law in our own strength. No matter how good we are, we’ll fail in one area which makes us guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10).

Jesus came to keep all the law on our behalf. He was perfect and innocent. Although He was perfect and innocent, He gladly took on the punishment for our sins. That punishment He experienced satisfied the punishment for breaking the law.

Praise God for Jesus. Our belief in Him fulfilling the law, taking the punishment for our sins on our behalf makes us righteous. Give Jesus the praise that is due to Him.

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
Romans 3:25 NLT

People are not right with God because they help people, behave correctly, or do good things. People are right because of Jesus. Isaiah 64:6 says, all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags in God’s eyes.

We’re ONLY made righteousness through our BELIEF in the sacrifice of JESUS CHRIST. That’s it!!!! There’s nothing we can do to be made right besides that. That’s why we should thank Jesus daily.

We didn’t have to do anything, but believe. How awesome is that deal? We get the benefits of heaven, healing, and holiness based on our belief in what Jesus has done.

Glory to God for Jesus. He is and forever will be our Savior.

Yes, our protection comes from the Lord, and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.
Psalms 89:18 NLT

You can buy 20 guns, but our protection comes from the Lord. You can pay $300 for a security system, but our protection comes from the Lord. You can learn all the martial arts created, but our protection comes from the Lord.

Emotionally, you can have all your guards up in order to not get hurt again, but our protection comes from the Lord. You can sabotage the relationship, but our protection comes from the Lord. You can never be in a relationship again, but our protection comes from the Lord.

All of this protection God provides is on the table, but it’s up to us to pick it up and rely on it. He’s not going to force His protection on us. If we feel guns and security systems are a better form of protection than He provides, He’ll allow us to put those things over Him. If we feel like our guards are better than His guard, He’ll let us go through life emotionally incarcerated.

Let God do His job. Let Him protect you however He sees fit. He may tell us to buy a gun or be mindful of another person’s actions, but that’s God being our ultimate protector. Don’t be your own protection. Let God protect you.

1 John 3:9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.

If God’s life is truly in us, we won’t continue to deliberately practice sin.

Practicing sin means, we know what God’s word says about the behavior, mindset, or action, but we intentionally do it anyway. We would rather satisfy our flesh than please God. Some of us developed a hardened heart in that area. We don’t care what God says about that subject, we want to satisfy our lustful desires. Some of us tried to justify the bible and say, “the bible doesn’t really mean…”.

Don’t make excuses about why you can’t obey God’s word. It may be a struggle at times and the temptation may be great, but make the effort to please God. If you miss the mark, receive God’s grace and forgiveness, but the next time you’re tempted, make the effort to please God.

But Amos replied, “I’m not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one. I’m just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.’
Amos 7:14‭-‬15 NLT

If we really are living to be a vessel for God, we’ll do what He says. That includes getting out of our comfort zone, taking time away from our normal course of business, and going on a detour.

That detour could include taking off of work for a week and getting spiritually fed at a conference. It could include going on a missions trip to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ instead of going on that vacation. It could be as simple as inviting a friend over to encourage them.

Whatever GOD has for you to do, do it. These detours may not be exciting to our flesh, but they’re beneficial to the Kingdom of God and they’re developing our character.
Happy Thanksgiving!

The Holy Spirit gives us balance. For instance, when parenting our children, we usually revert back to how we were raised. Some of us were spanked all the time so, we either overly spank our children or go to the other extreme and not spank them at all. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we can obtain a balance of discipline that’s best for our children. 

The same goes in business. We may have known others who took a lot of risks. Based on seeing their actions and our education, we’ll either be a risk taker or not risk anything at all. The Holy Spirit will give us balance on what opportunities to advance on to further our business.

This balance can be achieved in our relationships, our purchases, in the medication we take, and so much more. The point is to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you. Don’t rely on your upbringing, education, logic, or emotions to help you navigate through life. The Holy Spirit will give us the balance we need to be successful in every area of our lives.

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever–

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
Proverbs 20:7 NLT

The definition of integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. As believers, our moral principles are found in the word of God.

When we have integrity, it not only makes us a better person, but it invokes a blessing on our children. Integrity is how we behave when no one else is around. It’s not okay to be nice to someone to their face, but talk about them behind their backs.

Integrity is a word not often used in society. It may not be used as much, but let’s follow the word of God and display integrity everywhere we go.

Proverbs 20:24 The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?

We want to know everything. We want to know who we’ll marry, the type of job we’ll have, how many children we’ll have, and when we’ll obtain all thise things.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting knowledge however, when we allow God to direct our steps we’ll remain in good hands. Allowing God to direct our steps requires trusting God and knowing the heart of God. We gain trust through experiences. At some point, we have to give certain issues to God. When He proves Himself faithful in that area, we’ll trust Him in other areas.

Knowing the heart of God comes from reading His word. When we see God’s intent in every situation is love, we’ll be more comfortable to let Him lead us.

We don’t have to know everything. We just have to be affiliated with the One who knows everything and put our lives in His hands. Over time, He’ll reveal what we need to know and when we need to know it. Trust God.

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Scriptures of the Day

December 2021
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