I Peter 1:24,25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
In these two verses, God compares people to the Word of God. People are only going to be here for a short time – and then they will be gone from this planet. Even those with the most glory or fame are still not here longer than others, although their memory or works may be remembered for some time. Certainly this is a good reason why believers ought to make sure that what they do is worthwhile, largely because they will be rewarded accordingly.
The primary point of this text, though, is the durability of God’s Word in comparison to our short lives. God honors His Word and He tells us that it will endure forever. This means its Gospel message cannot change and its message will never need an upgrade! The all-knowing God made it perfect from the start and it is complete in its message, in its perfection, and in its ability to save. Now, it is up to believers everywhere to know it, believe it, and get the message out to those who need it.
As believers, we do not need a new Gospel, and we certainly do not need to dress it up. It still is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). We do, however, need God’s power to proclaim it as we should – and He is more than willing to give it to those who will do His perfect will.
The Gospel is eternal, because as long as there are lost people, there is still a need for the same grand old message that makes sinners into sons of God!
Psalm 37:31 “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”
A lot of things around us are unstable. Besides the unpredictableness of the weather, jobs and economy are certainly two other big areas of instability. Politics… well I don’t even need to talk about that – you already know.
Life is filled with a large degree of uncertainty. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow. The Bible speaks of this unpredictability in Proverbs 27:1: “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
Mistakes in life can be very costly, and you can come to regret wrong decisions for a long time – sometimes for a lifetime. The Christian, however, has a way to alter that uncertainty of life – and the regrets, too.
Instead of rambling about in life and hoping for the best, or trying to be happy, the true child of God has a Guidebook that is infallible. It is an infallible and a reliable Guidebook for life because it has an infallible Author – God Himself.
It is true that God does have a plan for every believer’s life. His plan for your life is perfect and good; but it is not a pain-free, successful beyond imagination kind of life. Also, popularity and riches may not be included in that plan. However, it is a plan that includes peace of heart and mind, real joy, victory over sin, confidence that God does not fail, and a life with no regrets. God’s presence and power will also accompany that life. Riches may not be included in the plan’s half for this world, but there can be unbelievable riches and power in the next.
As the above verse states, the key is to know the Word and have it in your heart. Yes, this means good old-fashioned memorization of important Scriptures. Your steps will be secure because God upholds those who serve Him faithfully according to His Word. It also may not be the most popular position to take in life; but if God is behind you – what does it matter what others say?
If you want a stable life, Christian, it’s time to get in the Word, read, study, memorize, and obey it – with God’s help. Go forward, and don’t look back. Let God prove that “none of his steps shall slide.”
Psalm 30:5 “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
As believers, there are times when we may experience God’s anger, or His silence. We do not feel close at all to Him, and may be aware of some sin that has caused the problem.
The good news is that His seeming absence or anger will not last long – if we turn from that sin. All we need to do is to confess it and seek to forsake it, and He will forgive.
In other situations, we may be going through a trial. It may bring tears to our eyes and hurt. It could be physical or emotional pain. The good news, though, is that it will not endure forever – not for the believer.
God never allows us to suffer any more than will accomplish His Divine goal for us. Yes, it could ultimately mean cancer, or death. For the believer, though, death is just a Door into the eternal presence of God. There is nothing sorrowful about that – because there is no sorrow, sickness, or pain in His presence.
When we please Him, we know it. This enables us to desire to continue to do so. He gives us quality of life, and we know and experience that peace that God alone can give.
When our temporary pain is over, there will be joy, along with a bright new day. God gives us seasons of experiences. There is relief coming, and you will be glad when it does. Praise His Name!
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
In writing about Christ in the Bible verses just before this one, the Apostle Paul tells believers how they can avail themselves of the priesthood of Christ – now that He has ascended. Since Christ become a human like us, but without sin, we know that He cares for us and is prepared to help us when we need it.
Verse 15 tells us that Christ experienced life as we experience it, and all the things that go with it. Because of this, we should not feel strange in coming to Him for help – even in the little things.
Christ’s life on earth was partly so that He could help those believers that need it. He offers help in the form of mercy and grace, and He gives it from the Throne of Grace. Note that it is not a Throne of Judgment, or of wrath – but of mercy and grace towards those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb!
He invites you to come, dear Christian, in faith, when you need His help. The truth is that the more you seek and obtain His help, the stronger you will be spiritually, able to experience greater victory, and capable of even better service for Him. Do not ever fear that you will come too often.
Many people today are finding out that life is tough. There is stress and turmoil at work, in the nation, and often at home. Looking around the world, one quickly discovers more of the same. Money is tight for many people, and health problems can make matters worse. Of course, not everyone is feeling the pain of these things, but I know that many of you are.
When Christ walked on earth about 2,000 years ago, the situation was not much better. Hardship abounded in Israel, largely because the Roman soldiers were oppressive and cruel.
Into this mix of division, hardship, and suppressed dreams, Christ came. No, He did not attempt to overthrow the government and free Israel from the Romans. Still, He told them that He was the Door of the sheep, and in John 10:9 He promised: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
As the Door to Heaven itself, and the only One, Jesus Christ promised those who come to Him, salvation, daily sufficiency, and comfort. Along with it, He promised a better life in the very next verse (John 10:10): “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The abundant life that Christ offers begins with forgiveness. The guilt of our sin against God can be heavy, but God promises forgiveness to those who seek it from Him. Face it, you know very well that guilt can produce stress; but God wants to take it away, if you are serious about turning from sin. God’s Word tells us that we all are sinners: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
If you will but come to the One Who loves you immensely – enough to send His own Son to die for you – He promises to forgive and save you from Hell, too. In that well-known verse, John 3:16, Jesus said: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Notice that the “abundant life” doesn’t begin until Christ gives it. This means you don’t have it yet. In fact, you can’t have it until your life gets in line with God’s plan for your life. Once you seek Christ for forgiveness and salvation, then you can also begin to know what the “peace of God” is in your heart. There won’t be any real peace there until you make peace with God first.
The abundant life Christ offers is not one in which everything is just fantastic every day. It won’t happen. What will happen after you come to Christ is that you will discover a new life, a new power to live the way God wants, and have His guidance through life from the Bible. There will also be so much more.
In order to receive God’s abundant life, you need to be willing to trade in the one you are living now. Why not ask Christ to forgive you of your sin right now, and ask Him for salvation and His abundant life?
Yours, for Salvation,
Evangelist Mike Valles
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When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they endured a lot of hardships. It was not without a reason, however, and God explained His reason for it in this way in Deuteronomy 8:3 “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”
God wanted His children to understand that the things that sustain life here are not the same things that give us real life – God’s kind. By this I mean that biologic life is not at all the same as spiritual life. Neither can having biological life ever bring forth spiritual life.
Being “spiritual” is becoming a more and more popular concept, but it is only pseudo-spirituality. It is just a substitute for the real thing. It is commendable that some people want a greater spiritual depth to their life, but they go about it in the wrong way.
In the above verse, God declared that the purpose of their trials was so that they might learn that the spiritual life that God wants to give us will only come from one Source – the Bible. Getting that life cannot be obtained in a class, with a degree, or even a ceremony. It only comes from God Himself.
Some people look for a better life, or for immortality – as I mentioned in my last post – from science, thinking that it can provide all the answers to life’s problems. Well, it can’t!
God says that if you want true life from God then you need to know what His Word says about it – which I am summarizing in this blog post. Someone once said that there is a vacuum-shaped hole in the heart of every person, and that it can only be satisfied by God Himself. True – and God put it there.
In order to get the true life that God offers, there first must be a hunger for it. You need to recognize, like I did many years ago, that you are a sinner and that that sin keeps God at a distance from you. None of us are good in His eyes: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
Then, the Word of God tells us that our sin is sending us to Hell. We see this in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death.” This refers to the price tag of sin against a holy God, and it refers to both physical and spiritual death. He cannot let sin enter His Heaven, and His justice cannot let sin go unpunished.
This problem leaves us all in a real dilemma: God loves us, but His justice demands the penalty to be paid and He has already condemned us. This is why Christ had to come. He stood on the receiving end of God’s wrath against our sin on the Cross and paid for us what we could never pay.
In reference to the verse above, Jesus boldly declared, in John 6:51: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
He was not referring, of course, to literally eating Him in order to gain the life He offered. Instead, He explained it in an earlier verse: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
The sinner must come to Christ, humbly in prayer, confessing their sin and asking for forgiveness. Then they must ask Christ to give them the life He offers, which is pardon, and eternal life for those who believe it. Notice that He also said if you partake of Him through receiving Him in prayer, that He said you would never hunger or thirst – this means your spiritual life will be satisfying because He moves into your heart and life and will be with you forever! His presence brings salvation.
Do you have this kind of bread – and life – today?
Bringing God’s Great Truths to Light, Evangelist Mike Valles
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Every now and then I see an article online about how some scientists are working toward making it possible to have immortality. Performing a quick search online leads me to several articles.
The first article I saw is about a Russian scientist who injected himself with a bacterium that is believed to be 3.5 million years old. It has apparently already been shown to be able to add some longevity in plants and mice.
Another article revealed how that some tech giants in Silicon Valley are trying to lead the way to extend life. Scientists have been enlisted to work on the project and mega data already collected has been given to them to try and find the solution to longer life – and possibly even immortality. According to the Washington Post article, many millions of dollars has already been donated to the project.
There is no doubt that people want to live forever – at least if their body will stay young. The idea has been around since creation.
What many people do not know is that the Bible shows us that the idea of immortality has always been here. Adam and Eve had the promise of eternal life, and so has every generation ever since. God wants people to believe in it, and to seek it – but not from technology. True immortality worth having will not come from a test tube.
While there is nothing wrong with trying to find ways to be healthier and live longer on earth, it is not the end goal of life. You see, our bodies are under a Divine curse, and death is inevitable. It came after sin entered the world.
God wants mankind to seek to live forever, but there is only One Source. Eventually death comes to all – and then we step into eternity. You see, God made us all eternal beings. We all will live somewhere forever. The most important issue is not how long can you live here – but where will you live forever? Of course, there are only two options – Heaven or Hell!
The key to immortality is plainly written in the Bible. We see that the Apostle Paul talked about it in II Timothy 1:9,10: “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
It is worthy to note that this key to immortality, and how man was to get it, was decided upon before the creation of the world. Even a casual reading of the first few chapters of Genesis reveals that the perfect bodies of Adam and Eve, and their immediate descendants, lived a long time. Sin reduced that blessing to a mere 70 year average.
God knew that man’s sinful and selfish actions would bring death. In the Bible, death is defined basically as being a separation. This occurs in two ways: first, by the spirit being separated from the body; and secondly, as the human spirit being separated from God. All humans are in this second category because of personal sin.
Now, note that in the above verses that immortality comes only through Christ. A church cannot give it, and good works cannot earn it or erase sins already committed. Because He died on the Cross for our sins, He defeated death and made it possible for all people to regain the kind of spiritual life that only He can give.
God wants our thoughts of immortality to be focused on Him. If we sincerely admit our sin to God, and ask for His forgiveness, He will save that person and give them immortality – eternal life with Him. It begins the moment you ask, and life begins to be different because of the renewed life within. No longer is the human life separated from God. Although this present body will die, it will be given a new one – one day.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
Do you have immortality now? If you have turned from sin and trusted Christ to save you, you already have eternal life!
For Salvation and Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles
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