Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
looking for fine pearls.
When he had found one of great value,
he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:45-46

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~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

Myth, 13


~ All Religions Lead To God ~

Introduction  ~  In modern “tolerant” society many make significant efforts to not offend anyone.  Some believe that it is “sincerity that counts.  Others think that if their good deeds out number their bad deeds since God will consider the balance of their life on earth.  Others believe God grades on a curve.  But God, His Word, and Truth have not and will not change. 

Key Passages  ~  “Jesus said to Thomas, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6). 

The Reality  ~  Not everyone will believe, and Jesus knew that.  “Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe.  The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.  But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one’” (John 10:25-30).

The Key Difference  ~  There are many religions in the world and they are all based on man doing his part to earn his way to eternal life in heaven.  Christianity is distinct: followers serve a living Master; it is not a religion but a relationship with that living Savior; and most importantly our Savior has done it all and we can add nothing to our salvation.  On the Cross Jesus said, “It [salvation] is finished” (John 19:30).

The Result  ~  “We love Jesus because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).  Our response to His great love is good works—not for salvation but as a result of salvation.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Fear God, 138


~ Those Who Fear God Do Not Fear Other Things ~

God does not want His children living in fear.  “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:2-3).  However, God does want His children to have a proper respect and reverence for Him.  We are told in many places in Scripture to “fear God.”  

This Week’s Passage  ~  “For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying:  ‘Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.  But the Lord of hosts, Him you shall regard as holy.  Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.  And He will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  And many shall stumble on it.  They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken’” (Isaiah 8:11-15). 

Fearing God Results in Salvation  ~  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).  A wise person fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16).  This does not mean the Christian is to live a fearful life—but a life which reverences God and seeks to do His will. 

Fearing God Results in Fearlessness  ~  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).  The answer is: only God.  With the gift of salvation comes responsibility.

Fearing God Results in Witnessing  ~  “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul” (Psalm 66:16). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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