Three Truths

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There are three TRUTHS that all people need to know:

  1. God is real and in control of all things;
  2. God loves every person and desires a personal, ongoing relationship with us;
  3. We can have a loving and intimate relationship with Him through Jesus.

What is it that keeps us from knowing God, from being aware of His presence, and from hearing His voice? The quick answer is that we are physical beings living in a physical, three-dimensional world and God is not limited to our three dimensions. He is beyond our capacity to perceive Him unless He reveals Himself to us. So, don’t worry if you’ve never noticed God before. Hopefully, you will soon.

In case you’re in a hurry, here’s the skinny of the problem:  We have two enemies. One is our sin nature, which when followed leads to self-destruction; the second one is Satan, and he has deceived all mankind into believing that we don’t have a sin nature and that this physical world is all there is because “if there was a God, He wouldn’t let bad things happen to good people.” That’s the lie; the truth is that there are NO good people; we all have chosen to follow our sin nature, and the “bad things” that happen to us are the result of the consequences of our own bad choices. We live our lives without any regard to our Creator and His plans for us. It’s called REBELLION, which is the very definition of sin. We choose to do what we want to do, and that attitude has led us to the dark side of self-destruction and separation from God. The good news is that we all begin in the same boat; the bad news is that eventually that boat will sink with us in it! All who are bent on refusing to obey God and living according to their sin nature are on the road to self-destruction. It’s not God’s doing; it’s OUR doing! But, we can’t help ourselves. We need Someone to save us. Enter Jesus Christ. God loved the world–that’s us–so much that He came to earth in Jesus to save us. How? Well, if you’ve ever watched an epic movie, there is always someone who gives his life so that others can live. That’s what Jesus did. We had a sin debt that was destroying us, so He came and died for us so that we could live free of that debt. The difference in Jesus is that since He is God, He had the power to take up His life again. In other words, He rose from the dead! 

So, if we believe that Jesus is God in human form, that He paid our sin debt, dying in our place and then rose again, we know what we need to know to be saved. But, head knowledge isn’t enough. We must trust in Him. For example, we believe that a chair will hold our weight, but we only trust in the chair when we actually sit in it. Do you believe that Jesus has a plan for your life? Do you believe that He wants to enter your heart (that part of you that is your essence, your consciousness) and lead you, love you, and transform you into the person He has always wanted you to be? That’s what we are saved TO. But, what are we saved from? We are saved from self-destruction in hell, which is where people go who have chosen to remain separated from God and are not prepared spiritually to stand in His presence. When a person trusts Jesus Christ, he is made ready spiritually to be in the presence of God forever! In fact, Jesus comes to live in us until we die, and then we get to see God face to face. We are already either living with God or living separated from God. It’s our choice.

There is a passage that describes our relationship with Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:6-10 says,

 [6] For he raises us from the dead along with Christ…God saves you by his special favor when you trust in Him. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. [9] Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. [10] For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things and become the people he planned for us to be long ago. 

So far, all you have is information, but it’s much more than that! God wants a personal, thriving relationship with you, so let’s wait for Him to call you to Himself. What does that look like? First, you will believe that what you now know about Jesus and His offer of salvation is true. Next, you will see yourself from His perspective as He reveals it to you. That perspective is that He loves and does not want you to be destroyed by your sin and be unprepared to be with Him and enjoy His presence. You will want to cry out to Him for His salvation. Once you do, wait. When your heart is fully ready and sincere, He will come in and do all the work. He will give you a new nature, one that is like His, when He comes to live in your heart! You will recognize Him by His peace, His joy, and His overwhelming love. 

The Bible says that God adopts us as His children! Wow! I will ask God my Father to reveal Himself to you and that you will respond to His invitation to be His child. When you do, please let me know. I will rejoice with you!

Created to Reflect God’s Glory

Standing beside the grave and looking at the urn, reflected upon death. The body dies, but the soul continues to live. Has this separation of body and soul always been this way? The answer is no. Death was NOT God’s original design.

What was the purpose of our creation? What did God design us to do?

God’s word, the Bible, tells us that we were created in God’s image to reflect His glory. Let’s consider a prism. Each prism is unique. Each one reflects light differently. It is what makes us individuals.

Originally, we were designed to live forever in perfect bodies. We walked in sweet fellowship with our Creator. Our predecessors’ love and trust were complete in His presence. What changed that? Mankind’s failure to trust God. Our original parents, Adam and Eve, chose to believe that God was holding something back from them, so they chose to believe a lie rather than His truth—and it killed them. It killed us, too. We all believe the lie that God is hiding something from us, something fun and exciting. So, we go looking for whatever that something is, trying all kinds of things that aren’t good for us. Consequently, we can live our entire lives without consulting God for anything. This attitude of arrogance and rebellion is called sin because it leads us to live contrary to how God wants us to live. And here’s the hard part: sin destroys. Living without God leads to the destruction of our lives and ultimately our souls, and it breaks God’s heart!

If we are created to reflect God’s glory, how can we get back to that? We talked about living life without God, so let’s talk about how we can get that relationship back.

God is a perfect gentleman and he would never force on us a relationship with himself. He comes to each of us sometime in our lives and invites us to know him on a personal basis. In fact, he has done everything necessary for us to be reunited in a right relationship with him. That said, our choices of rebellion and refusal to trust him are like taking this prism and dipping it in mud. I mentioned that God had done everything necessary. Here is what he did: he came to earth as Jesus to pay the penalty for our rebellion. He did that on the cross for us. Now, anyone who turns to Jesus for forgiveness and guidance is like this prism (wash prism in water). Now we can reflect the light of God once again!

But it’s better than that. He now puts his light, his person, in us to shine from within us. We can now have a personal, ongoing relationship with the God of the universe through Jesus Christ.

I’ll leave you with these three things:

  1. God loves you and wants to be in your life—in you.
  2. Jesus Christ is the person through whom God works to connect with us. He offers us His peace.
  3. I will be praying that Jesus comes to you sometime over these next few days and asks you to allow Him to wash away your sin; make Him the Lord and light of your life so that you can reflect his glory.

The price has already been paid; the work has already been done. Trust Jesus. He is trustworthy.

I’m Not So Bad…Am I?

Our first thought about ourselves is that we aren’t so “bad.” The problem is that we are comparing ourselves to…what? Concerning God, we must compare ourselves to His righteousness and His standards. We find those standards in a Person: Jesus Christ. He lived the perfect life so that we don’t have to in order to be pleasing to God. Notice I didn’t say “to please God.” We can NEVER please God because it takes God in us to even know what He wants, to say nothing of having the power to do it! In order for us to be pleasing to God, we need “God” in us. That’s where Jesus comes in (pun intended). Let’s look at the process.

We begin with who we naturally are according to the Bible, God’s written words to us.
Eph 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
Eph 2:2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air [Satan], the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Eph 2:3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

  • Dead spiritually, slain by our trespasses (sins) upon God’s even most basic laws, which includes our willful disobedience.
  • Our habit is to walk in rebellion—our way over God’s way
  • We follow the fashion of this world, which is controlled by the devil, the prince of this world (Jn. 12:31).
  • We are under the devil’s control and Jesus calls us the devil’s children, sons of disobedience (Jn. 8:41, 44)
  • Our behavior is controlled by the passions of our flesh, our corrupt and sensual nature, governed by our base cravings and dark imaginings.
  • We are naturally enemies of God and we deserve His wrath, we and all mankind.

Ouch! Who knew that our rebellion, our desire to do things our way regardless of what anyone says, was so intrinsically part of us!

Can we help ourselves? Let’s see:
Rom 7:8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous [sinful] desire.
When we hear a command of God (something that He wants us to do for our own good and His glory), sin uses the opportunity to arouse all kinds of wrong desires in us, particularly rebellion.

Rom 7:11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
Or, “for sin, seizing the opportunity of my moral weakness and getting a hold on me through my rebellion and disobedience, beguiled and entrapped me and, acting as a weapon, killed me spiritually. (AMP)

Rom 7:24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
We cannot release ourselves from our shackles of sin. They are wrapped up in our flesh.

Axiom: Dead people can’t do anything. We, being spiritually dead, need to have the breath of life breathed into us. Who will do this for us?

Rom. 7:25 O thank God! He will through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Eph. 2:4-5 But God, so rich in His mercy! Because of His great and intense love for us, even when we were dead in our trespasses and sin, makes us alive in Christ Jesus! He will give us the very life of Christ, the same new life with which He raised Jesus from the dead.

Do you understand where you stand? Does being an enemy of God bother you? Does being dead spiritually alarm you? Does being controlled by your base (corrupt) nature disgust you?
If not, then please, continue as you are. Maybe His Spirit will one day bring you to your senses.
If so, then know that it is the Spirit of God who has revealed to you your spiritual condition and is now calling you to Himself. (John 6:44, Mt. 16:17)

What now?

As King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus deserves complete devotion, respect, honor, and loyalty. Phil. 2 tells us that Jesus gave up His place in heaven, came to earth as a servant, became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Three days later, according to Jewish law (for someone to be declared officially dead), Jesus rose from the dead! “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should (will) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

What does Jesus expect of us?

He expects us to give Him our all—everything! We forfeit all rights, even our lives, for the sake of His will. In exchange for our willingness to bow our knee and trust Christ in this regard, Jesus Himself, His presence (the Holy Spirit), takes up residence within us—forever: Heaven (God’s residence) begins in us right now!!!

The question is, “What will you do with Jesus’ invitation?”

Will you reject Him and choose to go your own way and follow your own will? Proverbs 14:12 tells us, “There is a way that seems right, but leads to death.” Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate (the size of one Man) and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Or, will you accept Him as your Lord, trusting Him to save you from your sin by forgiving you, to quicken your dead spirit with His own Spirit, and to take up residence within you? Will you receive His message (of salvation) and His mission (His will for your life)?
Jesus declares, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

He also offers this invitation, “Behold [here I am], I stand at the door and know. If anyone hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come in and eat (live) with him, and he with Me. (Rev. 3:20)

Moses put it this way, “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the LORD your God is life…” (Deut. 30:19).

If you would like to talk more about receiving Christ into your life, please send me a message on this page. I would LOVE to answer your questions and point you to Jesus!