To the Lord My God

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.
You Must Be Born Again!

And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.

Daniel 9:4 (NKJV)

Bruce Summers was an ordinary man that tried to do the right thing all the time. One day Bruce bought some property in the city and then he decided to build a house on the property.  When he bought the house, there were some conditions given to him because of where the property was located.

When he went to apply for the permits he needed, there was a problem about the location of the property. Since Bruce was from the country, he did not understand some of the city’s rules and regulations.

Since the land was in the center of the Commercial District, Bruce could not build a single-family home. The building had to be a multi-family dwelling. The best solution would be an apartment building.

Bruce tried to fight the system, but it was no use. In the end he had to sell the property to a company that wanted to build a business complex.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.

John 3:3-8 (NKJV)

There are many people today that try to force their way into Christianity. They find a congregation that will give them a one- or two-week study course and let them join the church. They feel that will make them a Christian. All that makes them is a member of that congregation.

To be born again, you must first get rid of your sinful nature. To do that you must pour out all your sins to God. Remove those sins from your heart and cleanse your heart with prayer. Then you must replace the sin with the truth of God’s word.

Christianity is not some congregation or association you join; those are the things satan wants you to listen to. Christianity is a way of life. This life is attained by following and obeying the life lessons contained in the bible.

Just like Bruce didn’t bother to learn the restrictions of the land he bought, most people don’t study the bible and they never learn the guidelines of being a Christian. We must walk with God and that means walking without sin. We must look like Christ. Christ lived His life without sin.

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.

You Must Be Born Again!!

Let God be Magnified

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”

Psalm 70:4 (NKJV)

One Friday night you were at a bar downtown and you saw one of the church’s deacons and another man sitting with two women that you knew were not their wives, As the night went on the two men got loud and vulgar in their speech.

As the night progressed, you saw the deacon laughing and talking to the young lady he was sitting with. At the end of the night, the deacon escorted the young lady out of the bar. As you followed them, you saw the young lady get into the deacon’s car and they drove away.

It’s 2 a.m. and it’s time to go home. Why was the deacon there and who was that other man? I guess all these answers can be found tomorrow because at this point it’s time to get some sleep.

The next day you just keep thinking over and over why was the deacon there? Were the deacon and his wife having problems and no one knew? What about the other man, he wasn’t a member of the church or you would’ve seen it? Why did the deacon choose to not say hello?

You have a lot of things to think about over the next few days. I guess the main thing was whether to trust your instinct or to trust your feelings of anger and betrayal? Should you tell the pastor what you saw, or should you confront the deacon himself? This Friday night out had proven to be something of a dilemma.

How could you let everyone know what you had seen without putting your own participation in the eyes of the public? Perhaps if you went to the pastor and gave him a hypothetical situation. Perhaps he could use the guise of saying he was asking for a friend. No that wouldn’t work. The pastor would want to know what you was doing at the bar.

That Sunday the pastor preached about deception. The pastor talked about how deception can eat a person from the inside and work on their nerves. What were you to do? If you didn’t do something soon, you felt like you were going to go crazy.

Finally, you decided. You were going to talk to the pastor about the whole incident. When you arrived, there he was, it was the deacon. Now, what were you to do? There had to be a resolution to this dilemma that would glorify God. It was just a matter of finding it.

It wasn’t long until the deacon and that other man left. The deacon didn’t see you and after they left, it was your turn.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1 John 1:9-10 (NKJV)

When you saw the pastor, you suddenly decided it would be better if you confessed of your sin and received forgiveness than to rub someone else’s name in the mud. Perhaps the deacon was there to confess his sins also. You decide to get yourself back in good stead with God and receive God’s forgiveness and love.

 After all the stress and anxiety, you had gone through, you decided to tell no one what you had seen and just move on with your life. By doing so, one of God’s children would receive forgiveness and love and God would be magnified for His grace.

A couple of days later, you picked up his newspaper and there it was. There was a front page spread about the bust of a drug gang and the woman’s face was on the front page. You had not known the deacon was a police officer. God was magnified again.