Teaching and Faith Messages
from your Pastor Glenn
June 7, 2021
The book of Proverbs is mostly of Solomon’s teaching of wisdom that will keep you safe from harm, from death, it gives insight to ways to have a prosperous and good quality of life. He teaches what is right and wrong, what is just and unjust, what is good and evil in God’s eyes.
In Proverbs 3:27, Solomon wrote:
Proverbs 3: 27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Solomon said wisdom recognizes when someone deserves something good for their good actions or character and those who recognizes it should not withhold giving them what is good.
Recognizing what the Lord sees as someone deserving good, we need to look for examples in the Bible.
You will find those who God saw as deserving were those who have a servant’s heart and the willingness to sacrifice themselves for what was good.
There are 4 women of the OT that we can learn from who God saw as deserving.
The first is Sarah who gave herself in obedience to follow her husband Abraham, trusting his faith in God. She is the one that Peter speaks of her Godly character as an example to follow.
1 Peter 3: Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
Sarah’s inner beauty pleased God because she put her hope in him and submitted herself to be do his will for her husband. For this Sarah received God’s goodness and became the mother of the Jewish nation.
The 2nd is Ruth. Ruth the widow gave up her own Moabite family to follow her widowed Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi back to Jerusalem to care for her in a foreign country. We find Ruth’s good heart in her words to Naomi.
Ruth 1: 16 But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."
Ruth’s good character was seen by others.
Ruth 2: 6 The foreman replied, "She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, 'Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.' She went into the field and has worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter."
Ruth 2: 11 Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband-how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."
Ruth’s good character and actions was rewarded by the Lord. She became the wife of Boaz, the mother of Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The next person is Abigail the wife of Nabal who showed contempt towards David after David had protected Nabal’s flock and his shepherds from harm while in the field. Nabel’s contempt made David angry, and he promised to destroy every male in his household.
After Abigail, Nabal’s wife learned of this she quickly responded to save her family.
1 Samuel 25: 18 Abigail lost no time. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 19Then she told her servants, "Go on ahead; I'll follow you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.
1 Samuel 25: 23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said: "My lord, let the blame be on me alone. Please let your servant speak to you; hear what your servant has to say. 25 May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name-his name is Fool, and folly goes with him. But as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my master sent.
Abigail put the salvation of her household more important than the foolishness of her husband. After Abigail appealed to David he relented and accepted her offer of forgiveness.
1 Samuel 25: 35 Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, "Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request."
After Nabal died suddenly, Abigail the widow received God’s goodness when she was asked by David to become his wife, which she did and had a son by him name Kileab.
The next woman is Esther. Esther willing risked her life to save the Jewish nation from destruction by presenting herself before the King, which meant death if he did not accept her presences. We see Esther’s character from the words she spoke.
Esther 4: 16 "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."
The Lord showed his goodness to Esther for her willingness to sacrifice herself to save God’s chosen people. Esther was accepted by the King, and he showed much favor to Esther, and she was able to reveal to him Haman’s evil plot to destroy the Jews and she was able to stop his plan and saved the Jews from annihilation.
These Godly character and acts, God sees as deserving of his goodness and what he wants to see in us. To be obedient, virtuous, loving, and sacrificial, not doing it for a reward, but totally out of a sincere heart.
Jesus wants us to have the wisdom to recognize these deserving qualities in other believers and to give them what is good the way God did.
God’s goodness was more than earthly riches, fame, or accolades. He gave these women hope for their family’s future.
This same goodness we can give to those we see as deserving because of their love for God by acknowledging their faithfulness in loving God and your steadfastness to be united with them in that same love and hope we have in Jesus and his eternal future he has for us.
Be safe in Jesus,
Jesus Taught Paul Personally
May 18, 2021
This past Sunday I shared that Jesus taught Paul personally and it could not have been at his conversion on the road to Damascus when he first met Jesus.
Acts 9, it tells of Paul first encounter with Jesus who appeared as bright light and spoke to him in that brief moment. Paul never saw or heard Jesus before this.
Now, in Galatians you will learn more about what happen to Paul after that brief encounter with Jesus in Acts 9.
In Galatians 1: 11-12, Paul tells how he received the gospel of Jesus.
11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
Paul said he learned the gospel personally from Jesus and this could not have been in the brief moment he heard Jesus on the road to Damascus.
So, when did Jesus teach him?
Galatians 1: 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days.
Paul said through God’s grace he was pleased to reveal his Son. This is on the road to Damascus and later learn it was for him to preach to the Gentiles who would form Christ church.
After this encounter with Jesus, Paul said he did not consult any man or go to Jerusalem to see the apostles. He immediately went to Arabia for 3 years and then went to Damascus and then to Jerusalem to meet with Peter.
So, what was Paul doing for 3 years in Arabia? I think this is where Paul learned from Jesus personally for 3 years.
Remember Jesus ministry on earth was for 3 years teaching his chosen apostles, who recalled his teaching after receiving the Holy Spirit.
Everything we read in Paul’s letter is what Jesus has revealed to him which he recalled through the Holy Spirit.
What the Holy Spirit wants us to learn from this is that it will take a personal commitment to be a Christ disciple learning Scripture to know Jesus. He does not teach you by osmosis, visions, dreams, its walking with Jesus and listening to his words.
Be safe in Jesus,
Jesus is Lord
May 11, 2021
It is very important to read the Bible always from the Holy Spirit’s perspective. For he is the author of the Bible. We do this to discern spiritually what he wants us to understand from his point of view and not the world’s.
Having the Spirit’s point of view, we can examine ourselves when reading about those he wrote about as example to follow or not. We also will learn how Jesus responds to those who believe in him and those who do not.
A good example to learn from is the story of Martha and Mary in Luke and John. It teaches about their character and attitude towards Jesus and how they responded to him and how Jesus responded to them.
Luke 10: 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
In this story Martha invites Jesus and his disciples to her home for a banquet and there is no mention of her parents or a husband or being a widow only that she has a sister Mary that lives with her. It was their home.
Martha must have been the eldest who took her responsibility to care for her guest seriously especially since she invited Jesus her Lord to her home for a banquet. Mary being younger was not as responsible as her sister not caring to help her, which upset Martha. We all can relate to both this kind of character and attitude in own lives.
Jesus points out to Martha because you have invited me into your home, you should not worry and become upset about peripheral thing to please me or your quest. All Jesus desires is when you invite him in it is to sit and listen to him because that is what will count in heaven and if Mary takes to heart what she hears and accepts his words as God’s truth it will never be taken from her.
We learn that Jesus desires each time you invite him in as you read his word or gather in his name it to listen to him and not be concerned about the outside appearance of things. It is only to sit and listen to him.
We listen by eating the same food that Jesus eats.
John 4: 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
If you are listening to Jesus, he reveals his Father’s will and like him it is do it until it is finished.
In John 11 we learned which sister sat at Jesus feet and listened to him.
John 11: 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
We learn that Martha and Mary’s have a brother and Lazarus may have been their younger brother as he never says anything in this story. Being deeply concern of his sickness they reached out to Jesus to come quickly because they knew he could heal him before he dies because He loved them. But that is not what Jesus did.
John 11: 6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. 7 Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
Jesus wanted Lazarus to die.
John 11: 14 So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
We learn just because Jesus loves us does not mean he will heal us of all our illness he may allow us to die so we can go home to him. Jesus will protect us from the schemes of the devil, but he will allow us to be subject to diseases and the evil that exist in this world. That is why Paul teaches to obey those who enforce the laws because they will protect you and to take medicine to heal you or protect you from diseases as he told Timothy to drink some wine for his upset stomach. God those provide the means to help us in this world.
When Jesus was near to Martha’s home Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
John 11: 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 21 "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
Here Martha goes out to meet Jesus and proclaims her faith in him as her Lord, as her healer and God’s anointed. Hearing her faith, Jesus responds to her with words of life because of her faith in him.
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" 27 "Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Martha did the only thing necessary, she sat and listened to Jesus’ teaching as truth. Seeing her faith, Jesus was able to reveal to her the key to eternal life and that is having faith in him. Martha received this truth by acknowledging to Jesus that he was her Savior, that he is the Son of God who has come in flesh.
Now Mary reacted differently when she heard that Jesus was near, she did go out to meet him like Martha but stayed at home mourning the death of her brother. Martha returned home and told Mary, Jesus was asking for her.
John 11: 28 … "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you." 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
Mary responds to Jesus only when it seems he wanted her and not her wanting Jesus. This is how the world responds to being loved by someone that the person who loves me will do or give me what I want. Is this how you see Jesus loving you? That He will do what you want? If you think this way about Jesus, he is no longer the Lord of your life. You have made yourself lord over him.
Those who do this will blame God when things go wrong and not their way. They will blame him for allowing someone they love to die. They do not believe that Jesus is the one who will resurrect and give eternal life to all who believe in him that they will never die.
John 11: 32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
Mary did not express the same faith Martha had in Jesus, but blamed Jesus for allowing her brother to die. We see that Mary did not hold on to Jesus’s teaching during the times she sat at his feet. This is what Paul teaches that there will those who will always be learning God’s word but never acknowledging its truth.
John 11: 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
Jesus was disturbed by their weeping over someone’s death when before them was the source of everlasting life who they did not believe in.
John 11: 34"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. 35 Jesus wept.
Jesus tears was not of empathy for those grieving over the death of Lazarus. Jesus wept because they did not believe he is the giver of eternal life.
Jesus said in John 2:24 that he does not put his trust in people because people but their trust in what concerns people and not what concerns God.
Jesus never saw Lazarus as dead and never to be loved again. Jesus loves those who love him, and he never wants them to suffer spiritual death, but will give them eternal life so that they can be loved by his Father forever.
John 11: 39 "Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." 40 Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" 41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me." 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go." 45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.
Upon seeing her brother being resurrected back to life, Mary repented and believed in Jesus as her savior and Lord of life, that all who believe in him will never die which we see Mary’s repentant heart in chapter 12.
John 12: 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages. " 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."
Believing in Jesus, Mary recalled Jesus’ teaching about his own death and resurrection as being true, so she prepared his body for his burial and believing in his resurrection to follow.
I hope you are growing in your faith in Jesus by eating the spiritual food he eats doing his Father’s will and not being the lord over Jesus. Thinking because he loves you, he will do what you want him to.
If Jesus is your Lord, you serve him and not vice versa. You die for Jesus because he already died for you, so you can be with your Father forever.
Do not test God’s love for you.
Be safe in Jesus,
Armor of God
May 3, 2021
I remember in the 60’s when I was in elementary school we would have drills to respond to a nuclear bomb attack.
Teachers told students huddle under their classroom table. Like that would have done anything to protect us.
But during that time there was a fear of a possible nuclear war with Russia. I know some people were even building underground bomb shelters to prepare for a nuclear war.
On January 13, 2018 we experienced an island wide alert of an imminent inbound missile that N. Korea fired toward us. Mostly everyone panicked because they did not know what to do. People were driving crazily to get to their family, and some were hiding in storm drains.
Do you remember what your thoughts were at that time? Were you prepared for a nuclear attack? Or were you always prepared to be with Jesus?
Did you know going to church is to learn how to be ready to be with Jesus?
That is what Jesus said in:
Matthew 24: 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
When we gather in his name it is to learn how to prepare ourselves to be with Jesus. Jesus also said who is responsible for preparing his servants for him.
Matthew 24: 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
Jesus said that he has put faithful and wise servant in charge of his household, this being his church. These servants are pastors and teachers who oversee his church responsible to get his servants ready to be with him.
Do you feel you are ready to be with Jesus?
Being ready for Jesus is one of the most important teachings Jesus wants his church to be doing, so that we will be ready if he calls us home today or when he returns.
Jesus said we need to watch for signs to let us know he is coming is soon.
Matthew 24: 32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
In Ephesians 6:10 Paul tells of a sign that the church must be aware of before Jesus returns.
Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Paul said that there will be a day of evil coming, meaning an evil event before Jesus returns. Paul explains what that day of evil will be in:
2 Thessalonians 2: 1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
This day of evil Paul says will happen before Jesus returns to take his faithful follower’s home. Paul said there are 2 signs that must occur before Jesus returns, the rebellion of the church and the revealing of the lawless one the anti-Christ.
This rebellion is when churches rebel against Jesus as its head but follow their own teachings and design for church, following their own doctrine that is not true to Jesus and his apostles teaching.
When the anti-Christ comes, Paul said he will display counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders and ever sort evil deception to God’s truth and God will also send a powerful delusion so that those who do not know His truth but choose to delight in wickedness of the devil’s lies he will condemn.
Revelations 13 gives more insight of what will happen when this day evil arrives.
Revelations 13: 1 And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. 2 And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. … The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 …. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?" 5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. (This verse tells us that Jesus has not raptured his church yet.) And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
9 He who has an ear, let him hear. 10 If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (vrs 9-10 tells us that we need to be ready to go to prison or be killed for our faith in Jesus at this time.) 11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. (This is 2Thess2:9 and Job 1:16) 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. (Vrs 15, is the powerful delusion God will do because only God can give this breath of life to the image.) 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
So, how do we prepare for this this day of evil, Paul said you need to put on the full armor of God in Ephesians 6. This armor of wisdom will protect you from the devil’s schemes of lawlessness at work right now and from the day of evil to come.
Jesus wants his disciples to wear God’s armor every moment of their lives while on earth by denying themselves, picking up their cross and faithfully follow his teaching and commandments.
This is God’s armor.
Ephesians 6: 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
God’s armor is to know and understand his truth, his righteousness, his gospel, his faith, his salvation, and his word that comes from Jesus and his apostle’s teachings.
Without God’s armor you will fall for schemes of the devil’s lies and his secret power of lawlessness that is already here and you will also be able to recognize God’s powerful delusion that he will send to those who do not know his truth,
Church is where we gather to be ready to be with God by learning from His word his armor. Jesus will hold all his followers responsible to keep each other ready to be with Him when he returns or if he should call you home today.
Be safe in Jesus,
April 26, 2021
Being called by God is determined by him and those who respond to his call by seeking him with all their heart are his chosen, those he has elected to be with him.
We know this because Jesus teaches that his brothers and sisters and those he calls his friend are his disciples. Christ disciples are those who have responded to God’s calling, who seeks God with all their heart by following Jesus as his students obeying his Father’s will from his teachings and commandments.
To be a disciple of Jesus the only means to learn his teaching is from the Bible and being taught by the Holy Spirit.
When reading the OT and the NT you need to seek what God is revealing about himself and his will for you and what he teaches about the heart of those who believe in him and those who do not.
There is a big difference between what we read in the OT and the NT in how we apply it to ourselves as a follower of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit wants us to know about the faith of those who loved and obeyed God in the OT and how they listened and obeyed him.
Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
Hebrews goes on to tell of Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many other OT heroes of how they lived a life of faith in God and why.
Hebrews 11: 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Those who believed in God in the OT were those whose faith was in an eternal life with God and were commended for their faith.
Hebrews 11: 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Paul teaches that we can also learn from the OT examples of those who did not obey God and the consequence of their sinfulness as a warning for us.
1 Corinthians 10: For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test the Lord, as some of them did--and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did--and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
In the OT, we learn what people of faith did which God commended because their faith was driven in having an eternal relationship with Him. It also teaches of those who disobeyed God and the consequences for sinning as examples and a warning.
Just like people of faith in the OT our faith is proven by our actions in what God will test us in, which will be unique to each person as it was for the OT saints.
Hebrews 12: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
The stories of faith by the OT saints are examples of their perseverance that becomes our witness of our faith perseverance like theirs in the race God has given each one of us to run, which God commends when it is out of love for his Son as his disciple.
The acts of faith by OT saints were their obedience to God out of love for Him because of the old covenant they had with him.
Our act of faith is our obedience to a new covenant we have in Christ, not for the old covenant. Jesus does not teach his disciples to copy what the OT saints did in obedience to the old covenant. He wants his disciple to follow his teachings and commandments that promises a greater and new covenant with God of eternal life by faith and not works.
In the OT to love God was to destroy his enemies, but in the NT our love for God is to love our enemies.
Our faith is still motivated by the same love the OT saints had for God but now to obey the law of his Son under a new covenant which is to obey his teachings and commandment out of love for him that God will test to see if it is true to Jesus.
That is why our faith must be built on the author of our faith.
Hebrews 12: 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
So, fix your eyes on Jesus’ teachings because he is the author and perfector of our faith. Jesus does not want us to copy OT saints, but he wants us to have the same faith as them because of their love for God.
Paul tells us to follow his example because it examples Christ.
1 Corinthians 11: 1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
To example Jesus is to know him and this is how we know and him.
1 John 2: 3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
To walk like Jesus is to know him from the NT and not the OT because there has been a change in the priesthood to a new covenant with God.
Jesus teaches that following the OT does not give eternal life, it was given to testify of him.
John 5: 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You diligently study the Scriptures (OT) because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
Do not test yourselves by what OT saints did you need to test yourselves to see if Christ Jesus is in you.
2 Corinthians 13: 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?
Are you in Christ? Then as his disciple you should know how to walk like him.
Be safe in Jesus,
April 19, 2021
Last week I shared a message on the importance of church doctrine and how the truth of your doctrine will save you. So, our doctrine must be defined clearly from Scripture.
It is important when reading Scripture, you are seeking to know the mind and will of God by only reading out the meaning of Scripture. Never read into Scripture to manipulate God’s word out of context to benefit what you want God’s will to be or what you want church to be. Never add or take away from God’s word.
Paul teaches what the doctrine of church should be.
1 Corinthians 14: 26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
Paul said the purpose of church is to strengthen the body of Christ through hymns, word of instructions, revelations, and interpretations of tongue. So, each time we gather in Jesus the purpose is to grow stronger in our unity of faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
Paul goes on to teach to do this in church.
1 Corinthians 14: 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
We need to remember the early church did not have what we have the spoken word of God written for us in the Bible. They relied on the Holy Spirit speaking to them directly through prophecy and tongues of what the Holy Spirit recalls to them from the apostles and Jesus’ teachings.
Every time we gather it is to hear instructions and encouragement through the teaching of Scripture which focus on building the church up in their faith, knowledge and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. To have a single mind of Christ with a common purpose and good for His name sake.
That is why Paul said to eagerly desire the gift of prophecy.
1 Corinthians 14, 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church..
Paul said prophesy and interpreted tongues is speaking God’s word to edify the church to strengthen and encourage everyone and not self.
So, prophecy benefits the church. I do not know of anyone who said they eagerly sought the gift of prophecy, but I know many who eagerly sought the gift of tongues and sought churches that speak tongues, but not its interpretation. Where there are people who say they can give this gift of tongues to anyone who wants it, which Scripture says only the Holy Spirit can give as He determines.
Being caught up with supernatural spiritual gifts and not the word of God does not unite the church in their faith and knowledge of Jesus.
Church doctrine is to gather to edify the church with God’s word to give instructions with the purpose to build up the church in its unity of faith and to mature in their knowledge of Jesus and to be obedient to his Father’s will and acknowledging the interpretation of tongues as with any spiritual gifts for the common good of the whole church.
Paul teaches what we should be doing when we gather.
1 Corinthians 14: 6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?
1 Corinthians 14: 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
1 Corinthians 14: 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
1 Corinthians 14: 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.
1 Corinthians 14: 24 But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, 25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"
Prophecy is the spoken word of God that is led along by the Holy Spirit only found in the Bible. To eagerly seek the gift of prophecy is to eagerly seek wisdom and understanding from the Bible.
You will recognize the gift of prophecy in you when the Holy Spirit recalls to you the heart and mind of Jesus from God’s word.
John 14: 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Another doctrine we need to remember when we gather as the body of Christ taught by James.
James 2: 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
Favoritism in church forms cliques with those who having the same spiritual gift or same ministry. Because they favor those who have the same interest, but the only interest that counts is what interest Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
April 12, 2021
I know we all would like to believe that the Lord hears all our prayers and blessed to know that he will answer our every request.
Jesus did say this is possible in:
Matthew 18: 19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Jesus said his Father will answer prayers when believers gather and ask in agreement what is true to his name. Meaning what is true to his teaching.
Even Paul tells us that this power of Jesus is present when believers assemble in the name of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5: 4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
This power of Jesus exists when believers assemble as the body of Christ with Jesus as its head. They all have the same mind of Christ.
We all need to examine ourselves and ask why I gather with other believers is it for the same purpose to be one in the power of Christ to glorifying our Father by obeying his will.
This is only possible when a church is doing what Paul said it must be doing.
Ephesians 4: 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Every believer who gathers with other believer must know that they all agree in their faith and knowledge of Jesus and not assume they do.
They all have a common faith in Jesus as their Lord obeying his teaching and commandments.
This common faith in Jesus’ teaching becomes the church doctrine. Most people who go to church do not even know the full doctrine of its church. So, how can the power of Jesus be present.
This is interesting when people gather with others from another church, they assume that they all have the same doctrine, but if they do not the power of Jesus will not be present.
True? Think about it. For me, I want the power of Jesus to always be present when I gather with other believers because we have the same mind of Christ by capturing our every thought and make it obedient to his teaching.
We need to understand that whatever we accept as our doctrine is what will save you.
1 Timothy 4: 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
This is where your doctrine must always be true to Scripture because false doctrine will always be present.
2 Timothy 4: 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Paul tells Titus that pastors are the ones responsible to lead the church in what is trustworthy sound doctrine, and they must be able to refute what opposes it.
Titus 1: 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
As the pastor of East Shore, I understand what I teach is for the sake of our salvation. I do not teach to make a living or have an ulterior motive but only want for all of us to be with our Father in heaven. So, I fearfully teach what I pray is sound to Jesus’ teaching to save us.
I have no desire to gather people by doing church or teach to make them feel good or to pet their emotions or to teach what their itching ear want to hear.
I want to be among Jesus’ brothers and sisters who know and obey their heavenly Father’s will because they want the power of Jesus present when they gather so that our Father will answer our every prayer.
I hope you have the same desire for East Shore.
This is only possible when our doctrine is one of the same and not cookie cut with just foundational truth but clear and sound to everything that makes us Jesus’ body by being united in the same faith in the whole knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
When you gather with others remember Jesus is only present when you all agree to everything he teaches in Scripture that he will recognize as being his body.
Be safe in Jesus,
Worshipping God from the Heart - Not Appearance
April 3, 2021
Knowing God is knowing what God looks at when it comes to loving him.
He said this to Samuel.
1 Samuel 16: 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Only God knows what the intention of people’s heart when they serve him, he knows if it is out of love for him.
He even looks at the heart when they pray to him as Jesus pointed out to his disciples when the Pharisee and the tax collector prayed to God.
Luke 18: 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' 13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
God exalts those who seek him with a humble and contrite heart. God does not consider the appearance of things we do he looks at the heart of why we do it.
Jesus said true worshipers of God will worship him in spirit and in truth and not by appearance or posture because that is what man looks at.
Jesus said his Father rewards those who pray and give to him in secret, it is not for others to see.
Paul said true spiritual worship is being a living sacrifice. So, worshipping God is obeying what Jesus tells us to do with a humble and thankful heart which God sees.
Be true to Jesus always.
Power of Christ in Church
March 29, 2021
Have you ever heard of the power of our Lord Jesus being in church?
What would that look like and how can you tell if his power was in church?
Is it even possible for his power to be in church?
How important would it be to have the power of Jesus in church?
Paul said this to the Corinthians church.
1 Corinthians 5: 4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
He tells us that 2 things are needed to have the power of our Lord Jesus present in church. He said the church needs to assemble in the name of our Lord Jesus and the spirit of the apostles must be with them when this is present in church the power of Jesus will also be present.
Being in the name of Jesus is to be completely soaked in him, its being baptized in Christ and that is knowing completely everything that is true to the name of Jesus from Scripture.
Having the spirit of the apostle with us is to hold on to their teaching just as Paul said in:
1 Corinthians 11: 2 “I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”
So, when the church assembles as one in the name of Jesus and holds on to the teaching of his apostles the power of Jesus is present.
What is the power of Jesus?
Jesus tells us in:
Matthew 18: 19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Jesus said when 2 or 3 believers agree in what is true to his name, He will be there because they have the Holy Spirit in them revealing his Father’s will to them and when they persevere in obeying his will, they will receive whatever they ask.
Hebrews 10: 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Paul teaches what church must be doing to have the power of Jesus.
Ephesians 4: 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
When church strives together to reach unity in having the same faith and knowledge of Jesus by maturing in his word with the purpose of having the same mind of Christ the presence of Jesus power is present.
Paul tells us what happens to a church that is united with Christ.
Philippians 2: 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
It brought joy to Paul when the church was like-minded in Christ, having the same love for him, being one in spirit with the Holy Spirt and serving Jesus with the same purpose. A church that is like that will find encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness and compassion and the power of Jesus will be present to answer their prayers.
Be safe in Jesus.
March 24, 2021
Are you daily aware and prepared for an ongoing battle we have with the devil while on this earth?
In Revelations 12, John saw a wonderous sign and in it he saw from the moment Jesus was born the devil tried to destroy him, but he could not, but after Jesus was taken home to heaven, the devil waged war on God’s children who remained on earth.
Revelations 12: 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
At this very moment we are in a battle with Satan who is waging war on us trying to destroy our love for God.
Paul tells us that this struggle is a spiritual battle against the devil’s power of darkness and his forces of evil, his demon’s influence.
Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
It is the darkness of the devil’s lies that he uses in this world to mislead people away from God and he uses his demons as his spiritual forces to instigate his evil influence.
John tells us that this spiritual war with the devil will distinguish those who are born of God from those who are born of the devil.
1 John 3: 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
John did not say God’s children will never sin, he said they will choose not to continue in sin. Just like Jesus told the adulteress woman to leave her life of sin. Those who resist sinning out of love for God are God’s children. Remember even Paul confess his struggle with the sin of coveting but was so thankful for the blood of Christ that redeems him.
But those who choose to live in sin are children of the devil. They are those who do not love God and have rejected his Son and have no desire to obey his teachings and commandments. Instead they love the way of world which the devil’s rules.
Paul tells us not to be yoked to those who do not believe in God.
2 Corinthians 6: 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Paul is not telling believers to condemn or disassociate with people of this world he said not to be yoked together with their worldly beliefs. This is agreeing, standing with and or accepting their belief that conflict with God’s.
When someone in church does this they become an enemy of God.
James 4: 4 You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
A believer becomes adulterous when they condone, tolerate, and accept the world’s sin as being no longer offensive to loving God. They love the world more than God.
James said those who do this become an enemy of God they no longer love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Their interest is accepting people’s sinfulness in church and not their love for God.
Paul confronted this adulteress attitude in 1 Corinthians 5 regarding the church’s no action to correct the sexual immorality of a man in church. Paul told them that they should have expelled him from church, and he admonished the church because they were being proud of their tolerance of the man’s sinfulness, they were committing adultery towards God and refused to judge sin in church. Paul tells us not to associate with those in church who refuse to repent of the sins.
1 Corinthians 5: 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
The devil’s weapons is his ability to tempt us to sin because of the weakness of our flesh to give in to sin and rebel against our Lord Jesus. He already has victory over people in the world he wants to destroy the body of Christ.
Before Jesus went home to his Father, he gave us his name to protect us from the devil.
John 17: 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one.
John 17: 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world anymore than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
The power of Jesus name that protects us from the devil is to truly know and believe in Jesus and his gospel teachings from Scripture. The name Jesus is not a magical word that wards off the devil and his demons. The power of Jesus name rest in those whose faith is true to Jesus from Scripture and not in those who do not know him. You see this in:
Acts 19: 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
The power of Jesus name comes by putting on the full armor of God.
Ephesians 6: 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
Ephesians 6: 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The full armor of God is knowing what is true about Jesus, knowing his righteousness, his gospel of peace, having faith in what he has done and has promised, his salvation and being a disciple of God’s word. We need to put on the full armor of God when we battle against the schemes of the devil.
Paul said we do not wage war with devil with weapons of the world we defeat him with the knowledge of God and being obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The devil knows he lost, and he will do all that he can to deceive God children, so be on guard and always wear the full armor of God.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
Hearing With Your Ears
March 17, 2021
In the gospel of Mark chapter 4, Jesus told the parable of the 4 soils, later his disciples who did not understand asked Jesus to explain it meaning. After teaching its meaning he told them this.
Mark 4: 23 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more."
Jesus said we need to listen to his teachings carefully with the right heart, seeking to understand his Father’s will and he will measure the sincerity of our heart as we listen to his teachings out of love for him.
Knowing and obeying our Father's will Jesus said in Matthew 12:50 are those he will recognize as his brothers and sisters which makes them his Father’s children. So, it is very important to know our Father’s will and not guess or assume what it is. We need to listen carefully to hear our Father’s will when reading his word with the mind of Christ so our heart becomes like his.
In John 3:16, there is no denying of God’s love for the world when he gave his one and only Son to die for its sins, but this love God has for us does not mean he will know you or that you will find him, or that he will come close you. We need to understand God gave his love to the whole world and the world rejects his Son and does not want to know or find him or care about being close to him.
But for believers, Jesus said it is the measure you use to know his Father’s will and love him will determine if God knows you, if you will find him or that he will come close to you.
We find this in:
1 Corinthians 8: 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
Jeremiah 29: 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
James 4: 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.
If you want God to know you, you must love him. If you want to find God you need to seek him with all you heart and if you want him to come close to you, you need to come close to him. God showed us how great his love is for us by giving his Son, so God wants to know how much we love him.
We all can proclaim God’s love for us, his great and awesome love, but Jesus is measuring our sincere devotion to love God and by that measure we use He will give to you.
Our salvation is believing in God’s loving grace that saved us through our faith in his Son and Lord by loving his Father by obeying his will and then they will make their home in you.
John 14: 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."
The Holy Spirit makes his home in those who love Jesus by obeying his teachings and commandments and not the way the world loves, it is the way Jesus loves his Father.
Those who love Jesus know why he is their Lord and Shepherd like David did in:
Psalms 23: 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
When Jesus is our Lord and Shepherd, we no longer want worldly things and its interest.
We find peace with God which restores our weary soul by finding rest when we take upon Jesus’ light burden and easy yoke in Matthew 11:28. Jesus’ name gives us comfort through the Holy Spirit’s teaching, counsel, and guidance by showing us how to stay upon the narrow path to enter the narrow door.
Jesus is our hope and assurance of our eternal life, so we no longer walk in the fear of death (Hebrews 2: 14-15).
God is love and anyone who wants to be in his love forever must love Jesus by seeking him with all their heart from God’s word and obey it so God will make their home in them and by the measure you use to want to be with Jesus, he will use that same measure to be with you.
The body of Christ must be one in its faith, love, and baptism in his name for the purpose of preparing each other to be with God forever in his kingdom. It does not seek God for their survival or what concerns the world, they die to it and live for the interest of God.
A church is a Christ driven one when it seeks Jesus to be its head by obeying his teaching as their Lord and profess in the same hope of eternal life for those who love the name of Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus
March 7, 2021
One of the most influential evangelists I remember was Billy Graham. I watched him on TV as he spoke to thousands of people in stadiums preaching God’s grace of salvation through his Son, Jesus. I cannot think of anyone as popular as Billy Graham preaching to save the lost to find a Savior.
Billy’s heart was to bring people to Jesus to be saved. He had no ulterior motives wanting people to join his church or to make money from his outreach. He just wanted people to be saved so that they could receive the Holy Spirit and be led to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
The spiritual gift of an evangelist is to show the path to someone who is seeking God by sharing the good news of Jesus, so that they can find him and convince them that Jesus came to save them from their sins so that they could be with God forever.
In the gospel the first evangelist was John the Baptist who preached to the Jews who believed in the coming of their prophesied messiah, that they should repent from their sins because their Messiah was coming soon and he will forgive their sins so that they can be with God in his kingdom.
John was called by God to make a straight path to his Son, which John’s father being filled with the Holy Spirit prophesied about him at his birth.
Luke 1: 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
The Holy Spirit tells us the work of an evangelist is to give those called by God the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins out of tender mercy and grace of God who sent his Son and the Holy Spirit from heaven to give light to those living in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide them so that they can find peace with God.
One of the 1st church evangelists was Philip who went to the Samaritans to preach the gospel.
Acts 8: 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
Philip was one of the 7 chosen to care for the needs of the church because they saw him full of wisdom and the Spirit and he was also known as an evangelist.
Acts 21: 8 Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.
No one knows who God is calling to his Son, but sometime the Holy Spirit may lead you to someone being called. Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to someone seeking God.
Acts 8: 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. 31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth." 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?"
The Holy Spirit told Philip to go near the eunuch and just listen. Philip heard him reading from Isaiah seeking to know who the prophet was talking about and Philip knowing Scripture, the Holy Spirit enabled him to explain who the lamb that was slaughtered was Jesus.
The Holy Spirit may lead us close to someone seeking God by just listening to their heart’s desire to know God. So, we must all be ready by being a disciple of God’s word so that the Holy Spirit will enable us to share who God is and then lead them to Jesus.
The work of evangelizing also must be done in the church, which Paul tells Timothy that he needed to do in the church.
2 Timothy 4: 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Paul tells us that evangelizing those in church is a work of service, so that the church will know the whole meaning of Jesus Christ salvation and have the same hope in him. Only then will the church become the body of Christ having one faith in the complete knowledge Jesus.
Jesus through the Holy Spirit is the only one who determines and gives spiritual gifts, and one is an evangelist.
Ephesians 4: 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Ephesians 4: 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
The words of an evangelist are an important part of a church and must be spoken often and not assumed that everyone in the church knows and understands God’s will and their salvation. Without understanding and knowledge of our salvation and the promise of eternal life how can a church be one in Christ.
The church must stand on one true salvation, believing that Jesus is the Son God, sent by his Father’s grace to die for the sins of the world and rose from the grave to save all who believe in him from eternal death and must confess that Jesus is Lord of their life by obeying his Father’s will and those who do shall receive eternal life with God in his kingdom.
When evangelism is clearly sounded in church those who believe will produce good works of service to build each other up to be obedient to the teachings and commandments of Jesus because they love him.
Let us all be true disciples of God’s word so that we can have a heart of an evangelist and be ready for the leading of the Holy Spirit by listening for those who are seeking God and then be an ambassador for Christ.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
Elders, Pastors and Overseers
February 22, 2021
As new churches that Paul started through his ministry, he needed to select leaders to overseer these churches when he could not be there.
They were called Elders, Pastors or Overseers chosen to care for the spiritual wellbeing and to protect Christ flock.
In the book of Timothy, Paul gives Timothy the responsibility to choose overseers to be pastors in the church in Ephesus.
Being a pastor is a gift that the Holy Spirit gives as described in Ephesians 4 with a specific purpose. You cannot earn a degree to be a pastor, it must be given by the Holy Spirit, which is having a heart of a shepherd.
A pastor can be chosen by leaders of a church or they can ask to be one which Paul says would be desiring a noble task.
1 Timothy 3: Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
Being noble is to hold a high moral standard of God as a pastor and for the flock they shepherd.
Paul tells Timothy the godly characteristics that a pastor must have to shepherd the body of Christ.
1 Timothy 3: 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
Peter tells why pastors need to have these Godly characteristics.
1 Peter 5: 2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Peter said the pastor must have these characteristic to be an example to the flock under their care because those who do will be rewarded by Jesus when he appears.
Read Acts 20: 17-32, in that passage Paul describes what a pastor’s heart would be like.
Pastors serve the Lord with great humility and with sincerity.
They do not hesitate to preach anything that would be helpful to know God’s will and always remind the flock to repent and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
They see their life effort is to care for the church given to them by Jesus by testifying to the gospel of God’s grace by their teaching and exampled in their life.
They understand they have the responsibility to keep the flock the Holy Spirit has given them from perishing, so they must not hesitate to teach the whole will of God.
They must always be on guard of those who distort the truth of God’s word to sway disciples to follow them and not Jesus.
Jesus said in John 10 there is a gate keeper who will only allow him into his flock. These are the Pastors, Elders and Overseers watching over Jesus’ flock who are responsible to lead and teach the flock to only recognize the voice of Jesus and only follow him when he calls them by name.
Jesus also said they are his servant that he has put in charge of caring for his fellow servants to keep them ready for his return.
Matthew 24: 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
Godly characteristic and the heart of a pastor is clearly revealed to us from Scripture and it will be the responsibility of Jesus disciples not to assume they are in me or any pastor, but bear witness to them as I will bear them to my Lord Jesus who will hold me accountable and as I will hold all who proclaim Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
As your pastor I do have a calling to only allow Jesus into the flock by encouraging us to be disciples daily feeding on the word of God and to teach the whole will of God found in God’s word. I do this because my heart desire is for all of us to recognize the voice of Jesus and be ready to go with him when he calls us home before or when he returns.
So, let everything we say is true to Jesus is because it is found in the Bible and not because a pastor said so or wrote. There is only one name under heaven that can save us.
Be safe in Jesus,
February 17, 2021
After Paul’s conversion, he made it a custom to go to synagogues to preach to the God-fearing Jews and Gentiles from Scripture telling them that Jesus was the Messiah they have been waiting for and shared the good news of God’s grace of forgiveness and His kingdom to come to all who believed in Jesus as their Lord.
Ever since the Jews returned from Babylon, they put their hope in the prophesied Messiah return to save them from foreign rulers and once again be free in the promised land.
Today you do not hear of someone like Paul going into Synagogues and preaching about Jesus being their Messiah and now Israel is a free and independent governing state in their promised land which they once believed that their Messiah to come would give them. Today Israel lives with constant unrest, finding no peace from their enemies.
But Revelations those tell us that one day 144,000 Jews will be chosen to be holy to Jesus and will follow and serve him before God’s kingdom comes.
Like Paul, disciples of Jesus must always be prepared to share the gospel, which Peter tells us to be.
1 Peter 3: 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Peter said we must always be prepared to share the hope we have in Jesus if someone sincerely asks you why you believe in God. When we know the God of the Bible we can be like Paul as he addressed Greek philosophers in Acts17, who asked him to share his belief in God. These Greek men only believed in their many mythical gods like Zeus and Hermes, which they said Barnabas and Paul were in Lystra.
Read Acts 17: 22-32 and see how Paul shared who his God was.
Like these Greeks we were once like them believing in all kinds of different religious beliefs, superstitions, myths, and mythical gods. Like many in Hawaii we were raised believing in the mythical Pele, goddess of fire. You hear her name spoken on tv news when Kilauea erupts. We hear that it was bad luck to take a lava rock around Kilauea or a heiau and good luck when waving a green tea leaf. When I was young my mom told me, it was bad luck to whistle or cut my toenails at night and when we came home visiting the graveyard or from a funeral service we needed to throw salt over our back to ward off bad spirits from coming in.
Many in Christ church still believe in these kinds of myths and superstitions which would not please Jesus when church leaders are not correcting them to give them up and know their true God.
Paul being understanding of these Greeks never condemns them for their belief. So, in the same way we need to be understanding of people’s beliefs and be like Paul in the way he revealed his God.
Paul knew his audience were religious, so if someone ask you about your faith in God first find out if they are religious. If an atheist asks you to prove your God to them, you know in Romans, Paul said that God’s existence and divine nature is evident in his creation, so you do not need prove to someone God exist he has done that for you.
Jesus and his apostles always shared with God fearing people, so best to share your hope to someone who believes in a divine being.
To share like Paul, you need to know God intimately from the Bible and do not expect those you share to knows the Bible or believe it is the very words of God. Be like Paul and share what you know is true about God from Scripture with conviction and never share what is not true.
Like Paul we believe God created everything and he is the Lord of heaven and earth. God’s home is in heaven and not in buildings made by man. God does not need anything from us for everything belongs to him, even our life and breath he gives to us. We believe through the 1st man he created everyone on earth was made through him. We believe that God has made everyone to be born at a certain time and place specifically to seek him and maybe reach out to him and find him because God is never far from anyone. God being our creator makes everyone his children. God is Spirit and there is no manmade image that can reveal him. God sent his Son to save us by dying for our sins that kept us from Him and he proved it by raising his Son from the grave so that one day his Son will judge this world with justice wanting everyone to repent and be saved before that day comes.
After Paul shared his hope in God some believed and others did not and that will be the same for all Christ ambassadors who share the hope they have in Jesus, trusting that only God knows who he has called to be saved.
Acts 2: 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."
Be safe in Jesus,
Listening to the Holy Spirit
February 11, 2021
In Acts 7, the disciple Stephen was one of the 7 deacons chosen to care for the needs of church widows. He was chosen because he was seen to be full of faith in God’s grace and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit’s wisdom of God’s word and Jesus’ gospel.
Stephen’s faith and wisdom made him unafraid to debate with Jews who opposed the gospel of Jesus which they could not stand up to, which led them to falsely accuse Stephen of saying that Jesus said he would destroy the temple and change the customs of Moses. So, they seized him and brought him to face the court of the Sanhedrin which met in the temple.
The Sanhedrin were made up of Pharisees and Sadducees. These were learned men who studied the Books of Moses and the prophets and justified themselves to be the authority of knowing God’s will from Scripture far greater than anyone else. There they told Stephen to justify himself from his blasphemous claims.
Stephen addressed them from Scripture telling them of Abraham and Moses’ life with God. He reminded them that Moses told them there would come another prophet like him and that their forefather was sent to Babylon for not listening to his prophets and that God’s throne was in heaven and not something man made on earth. The Sanhedrin could not disagree with Stephen because they knew what he said was true. Then Stephen rebuked them.
Acts 7: 51"You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
Stephen’s anger with the Sanhedrin was not personal it was the Holy Spirit of God who rebuked these men who said they knew Scripture but resisted what he clearly spoke to them from Scripture. They resisted to acknowledge and obey the Holy Spirit’s truth but instead listen to Scripture to please themselves. They would not repent to the leading of the Holy Spirit and be saved.
Stephen always heard the Holy Spirit teaching when studying Scripture and had complete faith in God’s grace through the gospel of Jesus giving him the Holy Spirit’s wisdom in the gospel power that saves, which Paul said in:
Romans 1: 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Stephen final word reveals the heart of someone whose faith full of God’s grace in the good news of Jesus.
Acts 7: 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Stephen faith was built on wanting to be home with Jesus, just as Jesus wanted to go home to his Father while on earth. Stephen’s heart was like Jesus when he asked Jesus to receive his spirit the same way Jesus asked his Father to receive his spirit before dying on the cross. Stephen also asked Jesus not to hold the sin against those stoning him in the same way Jesus asked his Father to forgive those who were crucifying him.
Having the same faith as Stephen makes us want what he wanted and that is to be with God. The Holy Spirit will make every lover of Jesus have a heart that is convinced that nothing can separate them from the love of God because they have a heart like Jesus and assured, they will see heaven open for them and see Jesus standing next to his Father welcoming them home.
To be like Stephen is to be a disciple of God’s word seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit’s guidance to know the complete knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ who waits for us in heaven.
Be safe in Jesus,
The Body of Christ
February 5, 2021
In Exodus 19 we find the Israelite being led to the foot of Mt. Sinai, also called Mt. Horeb. This is the mountain where God spoke to Moses from a burning bush known as the mountain of God.
Here God gave his laws to the Israelites to keep their covenant with Him.
Exodus 19: 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." 7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, "We will do everything the Lord has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord .
Out of all the nations in the world God’s covenant was with the Israelites because they were the offspring of Abraham. God saw them as his treasured people and made holy by only serving him. Then God shows himself to the Israelites.
Exodus 20: 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die." 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."
God showed himself this way to test the Israelites to see if they would fear him as their God and keep their covenant with him.
God warned the Israelites not to set a foot on the mountain which was holy because of his presence on it or they would die because of their sins that made them impure. They could not come near to God. God wanted the Israelites to fear him because they were corrupted by the Egyptians in their 400 years stent there.
When God chose Abraham, he made a covenant with him because he was faithful and God kept his covenant with Abraham by being a faithful, ever present, protective, and loving God, which he kept with Isaac and Jacob because of their faithfulness. God was always quick to forgive to those who heartfully repented from their sins as he was when David repented for his adultery and murder and with the evil King Manasseh when he repented in 2 Chronicles 33:12-13.
The books of Kings tell how the Israelites continued to be unfaithful and not fearing God which made God finally bring on his curse in Deuteronomy 29 and sent the Israelite as captives to Babylon. After 70 years they returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple but remained under foreign rulers.
After the passing of 460 years, God sent his Son, and the Jews were still under foreign rule. They dogmatically followed God’s laws and feared him as an unapproachable holy God hoping that God would save them from the Romans and give them back their promise land and they did this not because they wanted God to be their God and they his people. They believed God was their God and they were his people because they were children of Abraham. Jesus told them that was not true, only those who had faith like Abraham were God’s children.
Jesus was sent to save them from their inability to save themselves from their sins and to show his Father not as the God of Exodus 19, but a gracious, loving and forgiving Father who has come to make a new far better covenant with all who put their faith in his Son promising them eternal life.
This is the gospel the apostles proclaimed at Pentecost, 53 days after Jesus was crucified to God fearing Jews in Acts 2. Peter filled with the Holy Spirit told the Jews:
Acts 2: 36 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call." 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." 41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Peter told them to repent from their old ways of seeing a fearful unapproachable God but turn to an approachable forgiving God by believing in his Son. That day 3000 were saved because they believed their sins were forgiven forever and their conscience was finally set free to be with God forever.
This promise is for all who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, whose blood covers their sins once and for all, making it possible to be with God forever by making Jesus their Lord and Savior and receiving the Holy Spirit.
The gospel in not telling others to fear God as depicted in Exodus 19. It is proven by God it will not make them want him and be saved. Those who fear God this way demands God’s laws must be imposed on people of this world; it only pushes God away from them.
Acts 17 tells that those who repent are those who want to know God, so they will seek for him and find him through his Son who reveals a loving and forgiving Father who promises them eternal life with him.
The fear Paul tells believers they must have, is to work out their salvation with fear and trembling that their faith is true to Jesus of the Bible.
Jesus did the impossible to save us, so our part is to listen to him as our Father has commanded us to do and to love him by serving and obeying him as our Lord and Savior.
Let us be his church by being his faithful servants to the end. Be safe in Jesus.
January 26, 2021
The thought of resurrection comes mostly during Easter Sunday, which commemorates when Jesus resurrected from the tomb, that he was buried in for 3 days after being crucified.
Jesus and his apostles professed that anyone who believes in his resurrection after 3 days and being crucified for our sins will be saved and not perish and be resurrected like Jesus and have an eternal life with God.
Last Sunday, I shared how important it is to know what eternal life will be with God. In heaven God will live with us and we will be his children. There will be no more tears, death, sorrow, or pain. We will always look upon the face of God and he will give us his name and serve him forever in his light.
It will also be important to understand what we become when we are resurrected. Our faith rest in the hope we have in God’s promise of a new resurrected eternal life given to all whose faith is found worthy by our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Luke, we find what is and is not someone who is resurrected.
Luke 20: 27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?
During the time of Jesus, the Sadducees were a political group that believe only in the written laws of God, found in the five books of Moses, called the Torah. The Sadducees denied the resurrection of the dead and an afterlife, saying the soul ceased to exist after someone dies and the body forever remain in the grave. They also do not believe in angels or demons.
Their opponent the Pharisee were a religious group that believed in the Torah and the writings of God’s prophets. They believed in the resurrection of the dead and an afterlife, believing they would be resurrected to reward or punishment in a future world based upon their behavior in this world. Believing at the resurrection God will raise the dead back to life in human form and reunited with their souls. Similar to what you can read in Ezekiel 37.
The Sadducees knew Jesus believed in the resurrection because he preached that he was the resurrection and the life that anyone who believes in him even though they die will live.
They tried to trap Jesus asking him who of the 7 husbands will be the woman’s husband at the resurrection. They knew that God would only allow the woman to have one husband.
So, Jesus tells them what will really happen at the resurrection.
Luke 20: 34 Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.
Jesus said the marriage union between a man and a woman only exist while they live on earth, but those who are found worthy by him will be resurrected with a new body that no longer have the need for marital union. They will be like the angels who do not have that need.
Paul also explains what kind of body we will have at the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15: 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a lifegiving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
At the resurrection, our bodies will be transformed into a new imperishable glorified spiritual body and not one of perishable and sinful flesh that the Pharisees believed in. Our new spiritual body will be like that of Jesus with his mind, seeing everything from his perspective.
The Sadducees and the Pharisees could not understand the resurrected spiritual body that Jesus said will be given to those he found worthy at the resurrection because they did not know the truth of God’s word or his power.
Matthew 22: 29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
The faith that our Lord Jesus finds worthy is one that hope in what eternal life and the resurrection will truly be.
Colossians 3: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Set your heart on your eternal life and your resurrection.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
Repent and Be Saved
January 20, 2021
In 2 Peter 3:9, Peter said God is being patient in bringing his final judgment because he wants everyone to repent and be saved and not perish.
Repenting is turning from evil and turn to what is good to God and we do this by actively renewing our mind to be like Christ.
Jesus also said to repent so not to perish.
Luke 13: 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
I do not know how often church goers think about repenting, but to God it is vital for our salvation not to perish.
I think most church goers assumes that everyone who attends church has a clear understanding of the good news of Jesus which they must repent to and be saved.
When God first became real to me at a Campus Crusades meeting no one clearly explained the gospel of Jesus to me but often hear them quote:
John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
These words of John are spiritual, given to him by the Holy Spirit. Being spiritual you would not understand it meaning by defining its words from world’s view. Like the words perish, eternal life, save, and condemn.
As a new believer, those who said it must have assumed or did not care that I understood its spiritual meaning. So, when I tried to understand it, it was from a worldly point of view and if I continued to use the world’s view I would have perished.
God’s word teaches that new believer’s spiritual understanding are like a child and they needed to be fed spiritual milk and that is God’s words that are digestible at first. And as they grow in their understanding of God’s word it increases their faith to want more. Then they become disciples of God’s word understanding solid spiritual food and become spiritually mature to understand the truth of Jesus’ gospel and distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5: 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
My initial thought of what eternal life meant was I would never die as the person I was on earth, its seeing heaven as a place to satisfy what I enjoyed in the world or wanted in the world that was not sinful.
I have heard heaven described as a place where all our love ones will be. A place to enjoy every earthly activity, like golfing, surfing, it will be like Disney World or an exotic tropical beach with crystal clear water. Everything that satisfies our worldly flesh.
But Paul and John tell us what eternal life will be.
1 Corinthians 15: 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
In heaven our flesh and blood cannot enter heaven, meaning what our fleshly desires will not follow us, we will be like Jesus. God’s word teaches when Jesus returns our body will transform into a new spiritual body. John tells what it will be like in:
Revelation 21: 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Revelations 22: 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
In heaven God will live with us and we will be his people. There will be no more tears, death, sorrow, or pain because we will have spiritual bodies with the mind of Christ. We will always look upon the face of God and he will give us his name and serve him forever in his light.
Eternal life in God’s kingdom will not have any of our earthly desires. We will have the eternal love Jesus has for his Father.
Which eternal life would you choose to repent to? One to satisfy your flesh or one being in God’s love forever.
To understand the spiritual meaning of eternal life will require the Holy Spirit to tell you if it is true to God.
1 Corinthians 2: 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
The truth of eternal life must speak to your spirit and not your flesh.
When your spirit grows to understand God’s word through the Holy Spirit, God will increase your faith and understanding of his truth.
Matthew 13: 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
But to those who do not seek to know the whole knowledge of Jesus, Jesus will remove any understanding of him.
When sharing the gospel message, we need to clearly explain what eternal life is, so those who hear it do not define it with a worldly perspective. Only then they can choose to repent to what is truly God’s eternal life and not one they want in heaven.
Those who want God’s eternal life will repent to what Jesus taught in Luke 14:26-33. To love God more than family first and to die to sin. And to seriously weigh one’s willingness to repent, just like when someone builds a house or goes to battle they must weigh the cost to do it, so we must also weigh the cost to repent by our willingly give up this world to receive eternal life with God.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
The Strength of God
December 14, 2020
In these days of Covid-19 testing of our faith, I know many believers have asked God for his strength.
So, how do we find God’s strength? How do we know when we have God’s strength?
In Nehemiah 8: 10, Nehemiah proclaimed “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. Nehemiah said this as he and the Jews celebrated after completing the rebuilding of the broken walls around Jerusalem in miraculous time knowing that it was God that made it possible for them to do it.
Knowing it was through God that they were able to rebuilding the wall they knew pleased him and brought him joy which gave them strength knowing the Lord was with them.
Whenever we do the will of God it gives him joy and pleases him seeing us as his children because we obey his will, which Jesus said in:
Matthew 12: 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
As God’s children we find strength knowing that he will always be for us and not against us.
It is important to know our Father’s will and that is to listen to his Son. Jesus is not asking his disciples to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus wants his disciples to build up his body, his church where the Holy Spirit will dwell in the body of believers.
After Jesus left to be with his Father, he sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in his apostles instructing them to share the gospel and to gather believers to teach them to be united by having one mind and spirit in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, thus making them his body.
Every believer, who is a disciple of God’s word, need to discern if their church has been true in being united having the one mind and spirit in Jesus.
Jesus said he will hold church leaders responsible to keep his church sincerely devoted to him, to always be a pleasing sacrifice and remain united in him which he said in Matthew 23: 45. There Jesus spoke of the servant who he has put in charge of his servant. These are the overseers, pastors and teachers who will be held responsible to prepare his servant for his return.
I pray I have been keeping you all focused on Jesus as your Lord and head of our church.
Jesus will also judge his servants.
2 Corinthians 5: 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Jesus would judge his servants if they obediently denied themselves, died to their sins and followed his teachings. Those who obey Jesus teaching to please him he sees as his good and faithful servants, and they are strengthen knowing Jesus promise to never leave nor forsake them.
When servant leaders and servants remain united in mind and spirit obeying Jesus teaching his Spirit gives you strength to know he has made his home in you.
John 14: 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Paul describes the strength of God that manifest in those who know and love Jesus as their Lord
Philippians 2: 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
God strength comes to those who find courage being united with Christ, comforted by his love because they are in Christ, they are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and have God’s tenderness and compassion being his children.
If you have found God’s strength then make his joy complete by being like-minded having the same love for Jesus, being one in spirit and purpose as you serve Jesus as your Lord in his church at East Shore.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
December 7, 2020
Prophecies is the way God communicates with people and they are clearly revealed to us in the Bible to know who God is, his nature and his will so that believers will know and understand him and how to receive his promises and one being ready when his Son returns.
Matthew 24: 29 "Immediately after the distress of those days " 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' 30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Jesus will reappear in the clouds the way his disciples watched him leave in Acts 1 and 2 men in white told them that Jesus will reappear in the same way.
When Jesus reappear, he will send his angels to gather his elect from all over the earth and take them home. Paul also said this in:
1 Thessalonians 4: 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.
Paul said believers should always encourage each other of Jesus return for it is the hope that gives us the spiritual strength to overcome this world.
When Jesus said all nations of the earth will mourn, he is not talking about the world he is talking about Christendom, the church. Nations means a large body of people united by common descent, history, or culture. So, Jesus is saying there will be a distinction made between people in the church, one who are his elect and those who will mourn for not making him their Lord.
Jesus tells of another gathering by his angels to weed out those who are not his elect in his kingdom.
Matthew 13: 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
These are those who call Jesus their Lord but never do what he tells them to do.
Luke 4: 6 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
Jesus describes in his parables in Matthew 25, who are his elect and who were wicked by what they did and did not do.
The foolish virgins did not bring extra oil and the wicked and lazy servant buried the Lord’s one talent. The oil and talent are metaphors of spiritual things the Lord Jesus wants us to do.
In the last parable, Jesus divides his sheep from the goats because one did what he wanted, and the other did not.
Matthew 25: 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
In this parable it is natural to believe that Jesus is speaking about the physical needs of those in need in the church.
But we should remember that Jesus speaks in spiritual words in his parables. So, Jesus wants us to help those who have spiritual needs. Those who are spiritually hungry and thirsty for God’s righteousness and needs to be fed and drink God’s word, those who feel like a stranger in church and need to be spiritually invited to be one in church, those who feel spiritually naked and need to be clothed with the Holy Spirit and those who feel spiritually sick or imprisoned by their sins and needs someone spiritually wise to spend time to teach them God’s grace and love through faith in Jesus.
Helping with physical needs believers are quick to help, even unbelievers do that, but only believers can help those with their spiritual needs, so that they can repent and be saved.
Jesus said when he comes no one will expect it.
Matthew 24: 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Paul also taught that in:
1 Thessalonians 5: 1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Even Jesus does not know when he will return to gather his elect, only his Father knows.
Matthew 24: 36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
So, the Father will tell his Son when to go and gather his elect and the wicked but there will be signs that will indicate his return.
Jesus said at that time when he returns there will be a time of distress and a signs in heaven. (Matthew 24:29)
So, will both signs be seen by believers before we are gathered to Jesus. One is and the other which you will find in:
Revelations 6: 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
The time of distress is when believers will be martyred by the anti-Christ for remaining true to the gospel of Jesus.
Revelations 13: 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
This is what Paul said we should be watching for to know that Jesus coming is near.
2 Thessalonians 2: Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
The rebellion in church and the coming of the anti-Christ in Revelations 13.
Revelations tells of Jesus gathering of the elect after martyrdom of the saints in:
Revelations 14: 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." 14 I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of man" with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
And a 2nd harvesting of the wicked who were part of God’s vine on earth, the church.
Revelations 14: 17 Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe." 19 The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath.
After the number of Martyrs are completed in Revelations 6 in the 5th seal then the 6th seal is open.
Revelations 6: 12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
So, the sign of the sixth seal is after the harvesting of his elect by Jesus. The sign of the 6th seal is for the world to witness.
I pray my understanding of Scripture is from the Holy Spirit and is true to Jesus and as disciples you need to discern what is true to God’s word by the teaching of his Spirit, so that we are united in our faith in Jesus.
Let me know if you have questions or discern something else from Scripture.
Be Safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
November 30, 2020
This past Thursday families may have celebrated Thanksgiving following the City’s restricted guidelines and some may not have been thankful that they were restricted to be with other family members and friends.
But the origin of Thanksgiving was remembering the Pilgrims thankfulness to God for providing a plentiful harvest which they depended on to survive.
Being thankful to God comes from being content in whatever he provides for you, like Paul.
Philippians 4: 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Paul said there is a secret to being content and that is through finding strength in God in all situations by having a godly attitude that he told Timothy to have
1 Timothy 6: 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Thankfulness does begin by being content, being satisfied in what God has given you.
We can look at Job, God saw him as godly and he did not get offended when he lost his children, his animals and his servants, even when he lost his health, but he was not content being separated from God and God corrected him.
An example of being content with just the little thing that comes from God is found in:
Matthew 15: 22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession." 23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us." 24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." 25The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. 26He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." 27"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
The woman understood Jesus’s words that he came only to God’s chosen the Jews and that as a Gentile she was considered unclean and undeserving of anything from Jesus, but she humbled herself and acknowledge that Jesus was her Lord and would accept even the crumbs that fall off the Lord’s table. Jesus recognized her faith in him and her humble attitude and healed her daughter.
Jesus looks for humble thankful heart that sees him as their Lord and accepts anything his Father provides them according to his Son’s riches.
Philippians 4: 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
The riches of Jesus wait for believers in heaven, it’s not the riches of this world. So, the secret of godly contentment is believing in what you already have in heaven, being in God’s love forever, which make a believer’s heart thankful to God in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5: 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
May Jesus find a thankful heart in us. Be safe in Jesus, Ps Glenn
Do Not Worry
June 30, 2020
At times we all have feelings of worry, nervousness, or being uneased.
These arise when we are concerned about an upcoming event or something with an uncertain outcome like public speaking, an illness, or dealing with people you do not know.
It may arise when you have desire to do something that makes you feel unease like telling someone you love them for the first time or correcting someone.
These feelings make you anxious, causes anxiety.
Constant anxiety is a nervous disorder of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, causing compulsive behavior or panic attacks, which will require professional help.
Does Jesus want us to have anxiety? No.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells his followers do not worry about your life, your physical needs and about tomorrow.
So how do we overcome our anxieties? Peter said this:
1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Peter said to humbly trust in God’s mighty hand to deal with your anxiety because you know he cares for his children that obey his will.
So, if you believe that God loves you and you obey his will you do not need to be anxious but trust that it is in his mighty hand.
So, what should we do when anxiety arise? Paul said this:
Philippians 4: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul said the moment you begin to feel anxious you immediately start conversing with God with a thankful heart because you know he loves you and will do what is best for you.
Then share your concerns with him and seek the Holy Spirit to recall what Jesus wants you to do from his teaching and then obey because you know it will guard your heart from responding like the world.
Then you will be overwhelmed by the peace of God.
The world cannot give this kind of peace from anxiety it takes spiritual rebirth by becoming a new creation in Christ, having faith in Jesus and his promise of eternal life with his Father which will give you God’s peace.
Be safe in Jesus
Love Is To Protect
March 13, 2020
Deuteronomy 22: 8 When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.
To love God is to be responsible for the safety of others. When we know that there is a possible danger for someone and can do something to help prevent it and
don’t build that parapet, God will hold that person responsible for not acting to protect them.
James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Let us be lovers of Jesus by loving other as he has loved us, so that they can see Jesus in us.
Who is in Control
February 2, 2019
The Bible says that God is sovereign, which means God has supreme authority over everything. He created everything. He is the only one who can allow or not allow anything to happen. He is in full control. God allowed his children to take control of their choice to love him or not.
He will never take control of us to make us love him.
That is why in Galatians 5:22, one of the Spiritual fruit is self-control if you love God. You must choose to love God by obeying his Son’s teaching and commandment. God even gave up his control of this world temporarily to the devil.
1 John 5:19, We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world in under the control of the evil one. So, if the devil is in control of the world now, you who love God need to take control of your life and live it by God’s will if you want to be with him forever. Because the day is coming when Jesus will return and take control of this world from the devil.
Philippians 3:20, But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Be disciples of God’s word and know the will of our Father, because only those who obey his will become his children.