God’s Mirror

Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. (I Timothy 3:9 NKJV)

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8 NKJV)

Whenever I attend a funeral, someone seems to always say, “At least they are in a better place now!” Most of the time they say this not knowing what they are really saying. It is a wish based upon their assumption that being good in life is good enough. But, Andy Alcorn says this based upon the wisdom of God’s Word: “For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to hell. For unbelievers it is the closest they will come to heaven.”

Without getting into deep theological explanations or disputes, how can we best define what happens to lead one in the ‘salvation process’? That is what I want to simply illustrate in this article.

But first, let’s look at the fact that we don’t understand everything about salvation. The doctrine of salvation is referred to many times in the Bible as a mystery. We have multitudes of terms to describe someone who is ‘saved’, everything from born again, redeemed, believer, righteous, saint, etc, all the way to being a child of God. It is something that takes place in our heart and no one can look into our heart except the LORD. Of course, a person who is saved should outwardly bear fruit that they are saved. As some say, we are called to be fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:17, 20), but even fruit inspectors cannot tell how sweet a melon is on the inside. What we do positively know is that salvation isn’t because someone belongs to any particular church.

Second, let’s look at the fact that people of different theological backgrounds argue about whether or not a person has any part in accepting or rejecting salvation. There are those who say, “Once saved, always saved.” Then there are those who think that, because of free will, someone can walk away from the faith and be no longer saved. You have those who adhere strictly to Calvinism and then you have those who strictly adhere to Arminianism.

All these things complicate the discussion of salvation and causes us to deeply delve into the Bible to find the answers, but none of these things detracts what ‘being saved’ actually is.

Let’s go now to the illustration I want to give on the ‘salvation process’ that I believe we can all agree upon in the evangelical realm.


The Holy Spirit begins to convict us of the sin we have in our life by placing God’s mirror in front of us. This mirror allows us to see ourselves as God truly sees us. We are hideous because of our sin. Romans 3:23 tells every one of us, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Then we realize that we are destined for eternity in Hell because of it. Romans 6:23 warns, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We realize that this sin must be dealt with and the only one who can do that is Jesus Christ because of what He did for each and every one of us on the cross. We ask Jesus to wash our sins away and accept Him as Savior and LORD.

There is no magical prayer or formula. The realization of sin when we look in that mirror drives us to the only solution which is Jesus Christ alone!

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10 NKJV)

Salvation is not an ends. It is the beginning of a new life living as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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Art Of Persecution Avoidance


A pastor from a country that is hostile against Christianity said this at a mission’s conference, “The reason the Christians in the United States have not suffered persecution yet is because they are so good at steering clear of any form of persecution.” To put it bluntly, American Christians have become professionals at the art of persecution avoidance!

“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20 NKJV)

I stand by the following statement I am going to make: “We have become so feeble in our Christianity in the United States, because we base it on our experience when we walk out of a Jesus Culture concert rather than on the knowledge of the Word of God. We have loved having our ears being itched by the heresy that spewed forth from the so called Toronto Blessing and New Apostlic Reformation, rather than the firm foundation of the Word of God. We love motivational speaking rather than convictional preaching from the Word of God. We would much rather listen to Christian radio than spend time on our knees with the Bible opened before us. We do everything in our power to flee from any form of persecution, when we know we should be standing up proclaiming the Word in the face of hostility. We do not want to feel any form of pain, so we go to great lengths to sedate ourselves, thus fleeing any form of anguish for the lost souls around us. Face it, Christians would much rather be entertained than pick up their cross and follow Jesus.”

Because of this, a day is coming very soon to the United States that Christianity will be declared a hate philosophy. Are you ready? What will you do?

Oh, you believe the ‘Rapture’ will take place before then or you believe that  ‘Dominionism’ and ‘Kingdom Now Theology’ will take over our US government. Wake up my friend and open your eyes. America is no longer what she was. There is no guarantee that the ‘Rapture’ will take place before a persecution of American Christians takes place. There is a force that is at work to prepare the way of the Antichrist. It is undermining our values at a sickening pace. There are no longer just disagreeing views in our American culture. There is an all out hatred that has been released and it is spreading like wildfire. Soon Christianity will be pointed at as being the cause.

Yes, we are to be positive and uplifting, but at the same time we must have a balanced and realistic perspective. This is where American Christianity lacks. Francis Schaffer is no longer with us, but here is what he warned:
“When the history is written on this generation, the failure of the men of God who stand at the pulpit will be the failure of preparing their people to suffer.” (Francis Schaeffer)

Listen to the following prophetic song ‘Guilty’ by the Newsboys:


Will you be ‘guilty’ or will you cower?

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Knowledge That Matters Most


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1‭, ‬4‭, ‬14 NKJV)

Over the years whenever fellow Christians have sought my counsel, the first thing I want to get a feel for is where they are at with their reading of the Word, the Bible, and their prayer life. What I have found is that people in trouble have usually disconnected themselves from the ‘power source’ by falling away from reading the Word and praying daily. People may say that they love Jesus, but they forget that Jesus is the Word.

I am paid to troubleshoot very expensive and complicated pieces of equipment. I must approach any kind of problem I am called out to with logical discernment. It is the same way with the Christian realm. I have heard many Bible teachers point out certain subjects such as joy, peace, love, faith, hope, compassion, encouragement, holiness, etc. as being most important. But let’s look at the English word ‘love’ for example. In the Greek it is broken down into 4 separate words, the greatest being ‘agape’, which to us, is Godly love. We are told by Jesus that the two greatest commandments are to love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

Let’s look at love and what Ravi Zacharias explains. In cannibalistic societies loving your neighbor just might mean eating your neighbor. What we learn from this is that we must have a knowledge of what this ‘Godly love’ really is. That knowledge only comes from knowing the Word of God, the Bible.

Now let’s put things into perspective. ‘Godly love’ is the powertrain that propels us, not only in this life, but through eternity. ‘Godly knowledge’ is the gas pedal for that powertrain, while ‘Godly wisdom’ is the steering wheel. If we don’t hit the gas pedal of ‘Godly knowledge’, we don’t go anywhere! Look at Solomon, the wisest man to ever live. We learn from Scripture that he made a mess of things in his personal life. What he lacked was allowing a ‘Godly knowledge’ propel him through his personal life.

“For I bear them (the Jews) witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” (Romans 10:2 NKJV)

“The devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19 KJV)

Satan knows the Bible backwards and forwards, but it is not with a Godly perspective. The Jews had zeal, but their leadership fell far short of the knowledge the Lord wanted them to gain from Scripture. We learn from this that we must hunger and thirst for the pure Word of God. We must make sure that we do not develop itchy ears, wanting to hear only what we want to hear. We must pour over the Word of God with perceptive eyes and ears that are driven by a pure heart.

Feelings are not to be put first, but so many American Christians live their life that way. Many even travel here and there in the hopes they will be able to partake in the music that produces goosebumps and the manifestations that follow. When this occurs, a day of reckoning takes place, catching so many unprepared. A firmly grounded Bible teacher warns us:
“Agape love is a mindset, not a feeling. Feelings are to follow actions, not the other way around.” (David Jeremiah)

People may step out of a dynamic Sunday service from fired up music and encouragement to face the world. But once the hardships of life hit you head-on, it will only be a continuous pouring over the Word of God, seeking ‘Godly knowledge’, and a constant attitude of prayer, seeking ‘Godly wisdom’, that will carry a person through. Remember to listen for that ‘still small voice’.

Here is something to leave you with to think about. Faith will no longer be needed in eternity because we will see face-to-face what we believed, sight unseen, in this world. It is the same for hope. We will no longer have to look forward to our Saviour’s glorious appearing once we step foot into eternity because we will be right there with Him in glory. But love and knowledge and wisdom emanating from the LORD will carry us through eternity.

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12 NKJV)

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” (Revelation 21:23 KJV)

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Jonah Spirit


Two of the Minor Prophets spoke exclusively to and about Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire:

Jonah, in about 785 BC, reluctantly delivered a message of mercy to the great city.

Nahum, about 150 years later in 630 BC, spoke a message of doom.

Zephaniah, a contemporary of Nahum, also predicted Nineveh’s destruction:

And the Lord will strike the lands of the north with his fist, destroying the land of Assyria. He will make its great capital, Nineveh, a desolate wasteland, parched like a desert. The proud city will become a pasture for flocks and herds, and all sorts of wild animals will settle there. The desert owl and screech owl will roost on its ruined columns, their calls echoing through the gaping windows. Rubble will block all the doorways, and the cedar paneling will be exposed to the weather. This is the boisterous city, once so secure. “I am the greatest!” it boasted. “No other city can compare with me!” But now, look how it has become an utter ruin, a haven for wild animals. Everyone passing by will laugh in derision and shake a defiant fist. (Zephaniah 2:13‭-‬15 NLT)

In addition, Isaiah, who ministered midway between Jonah and Nahum, predicted the fall of the Assyrians in Isaiah chapter 10.

Together they illustrate God’s way of dealing with nations: prolonging the day of grace, and in the end sending punishment for sins.

Let’s look deeper at what history tells us about Nineveh and Assyria to see why Jonah was so reluctant to deliver a message of mercy.

Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian Empire. It was by the Assyrian Empire that the Northern Kingdom of Israel was destroyed. The deportation of the Northern Kingdom lasted about 20 years from 734-715 BC. In recent years, annals of Assyrian kings have been found in which they themselves had their own exploits recorded.

Assyrian policy was to deport conquered peoples to other lands, to destroy their sense of nationalism and make them more easily subject. Assyrians were great warriors. Most nations then were robber nations. Assyrians seem to have been about the worst of them all. They built their state on the loot of other peoples. They practiced cruelty. They skinned their prisoners alive, or cut off their hands, feet, noses, ears, or put out their eyes, or pulled out their tongues, and made mounds of human skulls, all to inspire terror.

Nineveh was founded by Nimrod shortly after the flood (Genesis 10:11-12), it had, from the beginning been a rival of Babylon: Babylon in the south part of the Euphrates valley, Nineveh in the north part of the Euphrates Valley; the two cities were about 317 miles apart. Nineveh rose to world power about 900 BC. Soon thereafter it began to “cut off” Israel.

About 785 BC God had sent Jonah to Nineveh in an effort to turn it aside from its path of brutal conquest. Withln the following 60 years (by 721 BC) the Assyrian armies had completed the destruction of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. For still another 100 years Nineveh continued to grow more and more powerful and arrogant.

At the time of Nahum’s prophecy, Nineveh was queen city of the earth, mighty and brutal beyond imagination, head of a warrior state built on the loot of nations. Limitless wealth from the ends of the earth poured into its coffers. Nahum likens it to a den of ravaging lions, feeding on the blood of nations (Nahum 2:11-13).

The term Nineveh refers to the whole complex of associated villages served by one great irrigation system, and protected by the one network of fortifications based on the river defenses. The city proper is also called Nineveh. It is the great palace area in the heart of the greater system.

Greater Nineveh was about 30 miles long and about 10 miles wide. It was protected by 5 walls and 3 moats (canals) built by the forced labor of unnumbered thousands of foreign captives, Jonah’s mention of 120,000 babes (Jonah 4:11), suggests it might have had a population of near a million. The inner city of Nineveh proper, about 3 miles long, and 1.5 miles wide, buillt at the junction of the Tigris and Khoser rivers, was protected by walls 100 feet high, and broad enough at the top to hold 4 chariots driven abreast, 8 miles in circuit.

At the height of Nineveh’s power, on the eve of its sudden overthrow, Nahum appeared with this prophecy, called by some “Nineveh’s Death—Song,” a “Cry of Humanity for Justice.”

The fall of Nineveh took place in 612 BC. This was within 20 years after Nahum’s prediction. An army of Babylonians and Medes closed in on Nineveh. After 2 years of siege a sudden rise of the river washed away part of the walls. Nahum had predicted that the “river gates would be opened” for the destroying army (Nahum 2:6). Through the breach the attacking Babylonians and Medes swept in to their work of destruction. Prancing horses, cracking whips, rattling wheels, bounding, raging chariots, flashing swords, great heaps of dead bodies (Nahum 2:3-4; 3:1-7). It all came to pass exactly as Nahum had pictured it; and the bloody vile city passed into oblivion.

Its destruction was so complete that even its site was forgotten. When Xenophon and his 10,000 passed by 200 years later he thought the mounds were the ruins of some Parthian city. When Alexander the Great fought the famous battle of Arbela (331 BC), near the site of Nineveh, he did not know there had ever been a city there.

So completely had all traces of the glory of the Assyrian Empire disappeared that many scholars had come to think that the references to it in the Bible and other ancient histories were mythical; that in reality such a city and such an empire never existed. In 1820 an Englishman, Claude James Rich, spent 4 months sketching the mounds across the Tigris from Mosul, which he suspected were the ruins of Nineveh. In 1845 Layard definitely identified the site; and he and his successors uncovered the ruins of the magnificent palaces of the Assyrian kings, whose names have now become household words, and hundreds of thousands of inscriptions in which we read the history of Assyria as the Assyrians themselves wrote it, and which to a remarkable degree confirm the Bible.

Now let’s look deeper at what the Bible tells us about Nineveh and Assyria to see further why Jonah was so reluctant to deliver a message of mercy.

Jonah was well aware of the horrific levels of cruelty of the Assyrians (2 Kings 19:17). They were the inhabitants of a country that became a mighty empire dominating the biblical Middle East from the ninth to the seventh century BC. They conquered an area that comprises what is now Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. In the seventh century BC, Assyria occupied and controlled the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Excavations in Mesopotamia have confirmed the Bible’s description that it took three days’ journey to go around the capital city of Nineveh (Jonah 3:3).

The Assyrians were a thorn in the side of Israel. Beginning in 733 BC under King Tilgath-pileser, Assyria took the Northern Kingdom’s land and carried the inhabitants into exile (2 Kings 15:29). Later, beginning in 721 BC, the Assyrian king Shalmaneser besieged Israel’s capital, Samaria, and it fell three years later (2 Kings 18:9-12). This event fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy that God would use Assyria as the “rod of His anger” (Isaiah 10:5-19); that is, the Assyrian Empire was implementing God’s judgment against the idolatrous Israelites. The sovereign God takes full credit as the source of Assyria’s authority (compare Isaiah 7:18; 8:7; 9:11; and Daniel 4:17). Secular history records that in 703 BC Assyria under King Sennacherib suppressed a major Chaldean challenge.

Given the Assyrian threat against Israel, it is understandable that the prophet Jonah did not want to travel to Nineveh (Jonah 1:1-3). When he eventually arrived in the Assyrian capital, Jonah preached God’s impending judgment. After hearing Jonah’s message, the king of Assyria and the entire city of Nineveh repented, and God turned His anger away for a time (Jonah 3:10). The grace of God was extended even to the Assyrians.

In the fourteenth year of Hezekiah’s reign, in 701 BC, the Assyrians under Sennacherib took 46 of Judah’s fortified cities (Isaiah 36:1). Then they laid siege to Jerusalem—the Assyrian king engraved upon his stele that he had the king of Judah caught like a caged bird in his own country.

However, even though Sennacherib’s army occupied Judah up to the very doorstep of Jerusalem, and even though Sennacherib’s emissary Rabshakeh boasted against God and Hezekiah (Isaiah 36:4-21), Assyria was rebuffed. Hezekiah prayed, and God promised that the Assyrians would never set foot inside the city (Isaiah 37:33). God slew 185,000 Assyrian forces in one night (Isaiah 37:36), and Sennacherib returned to Nineveh where he was slain by his own sons as he worshiped his god Nisroch (Isaiah 37:38).

We are now ready to look at the ‘Jonah Spirit’ and make sure we do not fall into the same trap.

Since most of us know the story of Jonah and the great fish, let’s pick up the story at Jonah chapter 3:

“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.” This time Jonah obeyed the Lord ’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.” When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

As we enter chapter 4, we turn back to Jonah:

This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord ? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord ! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?” Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city. And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away. And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed. Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?” “Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!” Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”


In conclusion I would like to say the following:

There was no doubt in Jonah’s mind that the inhabitants of Nineveh were a most cruel society and needed to be stopped. But to jump to the conclusion that they were not deserving to be warned of impending judgment if they did not repent, was where Jonah stepped over the line. I have heard people say that if God does not send judgment down because of our homosexuality, abortions, greed, cruelty, and turning our backs on God, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. I must point out that we serve a sovereign LORD whose ways are much higher than our ways. He alone is responsible for the rise and fall of kings and kingdoms (Daniel 2:21 and 4:35). He is both merciful and just and He is slow to wrath. We must never develop a ‘Jonah Spirit’ and think we know best. Worse off, to become angry if things don’t happen the way we think they should. There are times we must most certainly judge (1 Corinthians 6:2-3) and expose (Ephesians 5:11), but only in accordance with listening to our LORD’S ‘still small voice’. If not, we are guilty ourselves of having a ‘Jonah Spirit’.

Here are some portions of Scripture to cement this:

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord . “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 NKJV)

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. (Romans 13:1 NLT)

For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. (Psalms 73:3‭, ‬6‭-‬6‭, ‬9‭, ‬12‭-‬14‭, ‬16‭-‬19‭, ‬21‭, ‬23 NLT)

But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village. (Luke 9:53‭-‬56 NKJV)

At the opposite end of a ‘Jonah Spirit’ of judgment, we are also not to have a ‘Corinthian Spirit’ of indifference. Many church leaders no longer meet the requirements set forth in the New Testament (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6–7). They have brought shame to the Bride of Christ, but continue in office despite legitimate accusations against them. Yes, we are to forgive and restore to fellowship when they repent, but never to be put back into office. This has been forfeited according to the Word of God, no matter who they are.

Judgment, whether at the national and world level or judgment at the personal and individual church level is tricky business. We must always seek Holy Spirit discernment in complete alignment with Scripture when we try to understand it. People have a really hard time with the fact that the LORD allowed Hitler and the Nazi regime to rise, but yet He did. He allowed the cruel Assyrians to punish Israel for their sins, even though Assyria was a much more wicked kingdom. It will be the same when the Antichrist arises, but remember the LORD is in complete control.

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RESETTING Your Christianity


“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT)

At my job I work with hundreds of pieces of equipment that are run by PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers). They are the minds of these machines. Every once in awhile I have to RESET these PLC’s in order to clear out faults, errors, and unwanted information that is stored. What happens if I don’t clear it out is that the machines begin to operate incorrectly. They are hampered in their operation because of all the clutter.

It is the same in our Christianity. Admit it, when you drive by a place or hear a certain person’s name mentioned, unwanted thoughts enter your head. You begin to dwell on their faults and how you were hurt by them. You begin to conjure up imaginary conversations and how you will get the last word the next time you bump into them.

I can’t tell you what to do, but I will share with you what I have been putting into practice. It’s not easy, but I have to stop my wayward thoughts in their tracks and I start concentrating on Jesus and pray, “Please RESET me Lord!” I then turn the situation around and pray, “Bless them Lord and turn their ship in Your direction!”

What I am suggesting may seem to be in direct conflict with what you feel in every bone in your body, but we have the confidence that it is in direct obedience to what the Word of God commands us. Luke 6:28 tells us, “Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” If we do, Romans 2:6 assures us, “God will repay each person according to what they have done.”

If you begin to practice this RESET process, two things will happen as time goes by. First, you will experience the peace that Jesus has your hurts in His hands rather than you. Second, the more and more you RESET, the easier it gets.

Whether you are a newborn Christian or whether you have been a Christian most of your life, RESETTING your Christianity is the only way to live a victorious life. I believe the reason there are so many miserable Christians around is that they refuse to have their RESET buttons pushed.

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Groaning For Heaven


How is your world going? Do you do everything you can to hold onto this life? Do you dread getting older knowing that as each day goes by you are getting closer and closer to your funeral service? Are you fearful of death? Or do you have a longing, a yearning, a deep groaning inside that you can’t wait for the afterlife? My friend, if you find yourself being able to identify with the first group of questions, I suggest that you re-examine your relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ.

I love the way the Apostle Paul expresses it:

“For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.” (Philippians 1:21-24 NLT)

Paul further puts it into perspective with the following:

“What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved.” (Romans 8:18-24 NLT)

How about you? Do you find yourself being able to fully relate to the following song:

I’m not Home Yet.M4A

The following MP3 is a teaching from Dr. David Jeremiah that is the best I ever heard that describes that groaning that I have deep inside my spirit:

Heaven Won’t Be Boring.MP3

If you do not have that groaning, I beg of you to fully commit your life to the LORD Jesus Christ. I do not need to remind you that while we are here for the short time on this earth, it is full of shortcomings and lack of total fulfillment, no matter who we are. No one, once plunged into it, wants to spend an eternity in misery and loneliness. But you can look forward to an eternity that is exciting beyond your wildest dreams, if only you take that step and let Jesus wash your sins away and be the LORD of your life and eternity!

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Delusion of Being Owed


Satan used delusion in the Garden of Eden to make Adam and Eve believe it was owed to them to eat of the forbidden fruit. Satan used delusion when he tempted Jesus unsuccessfully. Today he continues to use delusion through the misuse of the promises in the Word of God to make Christians think they are owed something while on this earth.

I was having lunch with a friend of mine studying for his doctorate in Theology and we were discussing his chagrin for the Prosperity Gospel when he turned to me and said, “The day we act like God owes us something, is the day we are turning our backs on grace.”

I couldn’t help but think about the simplicity of what God teaches us in His Word. We are saved by His undeserved grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We become the King’s servants, and are not to act like His spoiled brats (2 Corinthians 6:4). We are to live a life of humility regarding others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We are to exude thankfulness in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We are to enter our Lord’s presence without fear, but with confidence blended with awe (Hebrews 4:16). We are to lay our petitions down at His feet with assurance of being heard, but never with a tone of demand (1 John 5:14). We are to accept His will, despite the fact it may defer from ours, and we are to do it with total acceptance and are to praise Him for the strength He supplies (Ephesians 1:9-10). All of this with a total recognition that He is LORD, not us, and that His ways are much higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Does the Lord perform miracles, healings, and bestow unbelievable blessings on us? Yes, He most certainly does, but only in light of what Jesus accomplished for us and for the glory of His name. Our focus is not to be on our needs, nor is it to be on our prosperity, but our focus is to be on our service to the Lord. Proverbs 3:6 reminds us that we owe the Lord acknowledgement in all our ways and in the process He shall direct our paths in serving Him. Our home is in Heaven and that is where our treasures are to be according to Matthew 6:19-20.

The following verses are the cement that holds this article together:

Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” So it is God who decides to show mercy. (Romans 9:14-16 NLT)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT)

These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (Isaiah 66:2)

“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’?  No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’  And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not.  In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’” (Luke 17:7-10 NLT)

And the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. (John 15:20 NLT)

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. (Matthew 16:24-25 NLT)

Job said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord !” (Job 1:21 NLT)

So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? (Hebrews 2:3 NLT)

In summary, it all comes down to attitude. I humbly serve a good good father who loves to bestow lavish gifts upon me and protect me. But once I step over the line and think I am owed this, I am no longer dependent upon his grace and mercy–> I begin to walk in the danger zone!

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