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Which Christ Do You Believe?

5 May

image“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Today the world paints many different pictures of our Messiah, Jesus. While the world acknowledges His existence, there are many debates as to who Jesus truly was. Though many ideas and teachings are true, the fact of Jesus as the Messiah is not debatable.

Some titles from other religions and groups categorize Jesus as only a Prophet, others a teacher or miracle worker. Though these are all good labels, a missing component of who Jesus truly is needs to be inserted for our salvation.

Let’s examine a few titles given to Jesus and relate them to scripture. Was our Lord a Prophet according to the Quran in Surah 2:136? Yes, Matthew 21:11 states, “So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

A Prophet is defined as a teacher or proclaimer to the will if God. To a extent we as Christians hold this title. In preaching the good news of The Lord to the world, we declare the good news of salvation.

The world says he was a good teacher. Yes, He was! The scripture states in John 3:2, “This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” By way of the Holy Spirit of God, we teach the scriptures to those who have ears to hear. Instructing those of the salvation found in the Cross.

Jesus Christ was all these things, but none compare to the fact of His deity. Their have been many great prophets and teachers but none have paid the price for our sins. The sin nature in man cannot be covered by good deeds or positive words. The wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23. But in Jesus that debt is paid by his perfect sacrifice on the Cross, Romans 3:25.

So which Christ do you believe? I believe Jesus is the Christ as stated in Mark 14:62, “Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Shalom

Are you ready to meet Him?

18 Dec

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1 Peter 1:16, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

A personal question that we as Disciples of Christ should continually ask ourselves is, “Am I ready to meet the Father?” Sometimes in our walk with the Lord we have the tendency to put holiness on everything except our own lives. The sacred purification process no matter where you are in your walk with Christ whether amateur or veteran always rest on holiness. Biblical Holiness is defined as being set apart from the world, consecrated to the Word of God. Upon the Lord’s return He is looking for those without spot or wrinkle, stated in Ephesians 5:27, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Even though while we are in the flesh no perfection can be found, in accepting Jesus Christ we are offered grace and mercy for when we do fall short. Even though we cannot attain this perfection we must still strive for it unless the Cross of Christ is made to no effect in our lives, 1 Corinthians 1:17. Holiness is not acting as if we are perfect but relying on the perfect sacrifice of the Messiah and thus reflecting it in our own personal lives.

A few standards to live by are recorded in Romans 13:11-14, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” I pray that by walking in the light and striving for perfection in the presence of our sinful nature, the true glory of God will be revealed. In return making all who believe worthy to meet the divine Savior, Shalom…

Conducting ourselves as Disciples of Christ…

12 Aug

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Mark 1:17 (KJV) “ And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”

A Biblical Disciple is any man or woman who follows the teachings and beliefs of Jesus Christ. In today’s modern world Disciples are referred to as Christian’s. While I see no difference between the two, the term Disciple is the one originally used by Christ himself to define His follower’s, and gave power unto. As Disciple’s we are representatives of God’s heavenly government, giving guidance to the unsaved and being a representative of the divine power found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible gives 3 distinct characteristics of discipleship in the Bible, which is abiding in God’s Word (John 8:31-32), Bearing Fruit John 15:4-8, 16) loving one another John 13:34-35.

In doing the Word of God not only shines a light on the Gospel, but also keeps the believer free from the sin nature. If you continually do over and over the will of God it will in return become part of your nature and make up. The more that the Father can see in you of Him will create opportunities to pour out blessings in your life and the life of others. This faithful practice gives your will over to the Father to do as He needs in your life and that of others. Jesus called the Disciples from their different walks of life to become his” fisher men,” of souls (Mark 1: 16-17). Repetition in doing right, in return will produce the fruit of holy living.

Bearing fruit is another high calling of every Disciple. Bearing fruit can be found in teaching ministries or helping those in needs. The “fruit,” that you will bear is directly related to the reason why God called you in the first place. Every person has a caring heart towards an immoral or criminal act in society. This can be found in ministering to homeless children, civil rights or abused women. We all personally feel the need to change something wrong in this world and there is no greater force than the Holy Ghost to receive the power to do so.

Loving each brother and sister is a direct mandate from God. John 13: 34-35 (KJV), “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” This is directly related to saved brothers and sisters who fall back into sin and repent. We cannot fail in love because God never failed to love us, even in our worst sinful moments the love of Christ interceded on our behalf. God the Father had every right to destroy the Earth and begin again as in the Pre-Adamic age (Genesis 1:1-2), and in the days of Noah but did not. Hold onto that same love for our fellow Disciples and fast and pray for their same divine re-birth, Shalom…

Letting your light shine…

12 Jun

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“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,” Matthew 5:14-16.

A recent revelation revealed unto me on behalf of the Holy Spirit of God, was that of letting the light of Christ shine in my life. In sharing the Gospel of Christ, the teaching of the word is most of all important but also in setting the example of just how the Gospel can change a person and affect the atmosphere of a society. In many circumstances and opportunity to discuss the Faith many not present itself at times, so displaying the Gospel can be reflected in our actions in daily living. There are five key characteristics that a child of the Most High can exhibit, in order to minister on His behalf. These elements are Praying, Loving, serving people, giving, and remaining faithful unto His word.

Praying is the most powerful resource we have as Brother’s and Sister’s in the Faith. Not only is this tool used to directly communicate with God, but also aligns our will unto His. A powerful prayer life brings revelation, discernment, a sound spirit and divine inspiration to those able to here the will of God. In prayer we are able to thank God for His love and grace and mercy during the trials of this world.

The second is to love everybody. To love everybody is a mandate of the Holy Scriptures, to love the saved and unsaved (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, 1 Corinthians 13:13, 1 Peter 2:17). By loving everyone this creates a mutual respect and does not deter future Christian believers. Always love the person but hate the sin and allow God to convict their Spirit into belief. Take note in the fact that we as human beings were at some point lost, but the love of Christ believer’s intervening in prayer convicted us to believe.

The third is to serve people. There is no greater joy than that of helping people. Serving people can come in the form of any activity, from mentoring young children and teens or helping out at a local soup kitchen. By helping out someone in need not only greatly affects their life but the community as well. In society we have different classes, those of the privileged and those who struggle throughout this life. By displaying good deeds alone will not guarantee your salvation, but it will display the salvation of Christ in you to others to share.

The fourth and fifth are giving and believing in the Word of God. In giving, we are able to return the blessing’s in which God has given us unto others. Giving can be displayed in money, time and goods to those who need it. This return of the fruits of your labor can be to the Church or people in general, as long as the blessing is given back to others. The last and most important, is believing the Word of God. The Holy Scriptures tells us that trials and tribulations will come but always trust in the Most High Yah, to be your deliverer and redeemer. Trials come to perfect the Saints and empower us to overcome this fallen world. Shalom…

The Lord Jesus Christ; the Hope for all Humanity…

20 Feb

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Lamentations 3:24-25, “The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”

One of the most important aspects of the Christian Faith is to always keep Our hope securely placed in the will of God! Through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, as the perfect sin offering on the behalf of all mankind we are granted the Grace and Mercy of God and therefore His will for Our lives. The Bible states in Psalm 84:11, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

This pertains to Health, Perseverance, peace of mind and overall joy that is in Our Lord Jesus. In the above scripture “The Lord is my portion,” states all that one needs is found in Christ Jesus namely the remission of sin in the Believers life. This is due to the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in Our lives, who works only within Faith in the Cross of Jesus Christ (Romans 8).

By way of the Holy Spirit, the will of God is done in Our lives but we must know that God is in control and that His will for Us is perfect. The same way that Jesus prayed the will of the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane in Mark 14:36, “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what THOU WILT.” All Christians must trust in God, who is omnipotent and knows all as opposed to Ourselves and others who do not know just what tomorrow will bring. Being submissive to the will of God, is also stated in the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, THY WILL BE DONE in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

The Cross of Christ produces the hope that all will be made right in Our lives, no matter just what things may look like to Us. The Lord’s will is being manifested in the life of the Believer. As long as we keep Our Faith planted at the Cross, and Our hope in the will of God. Shalom…

Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani…

10 Feb

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Matthew 27:46, And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani was a very prophetic statement uttered by Yeshua/Jesus Christ as He suffered for sins on the Cross. Here Jesus is confirming His death as the final sin offering for all of mankind by quoting a passage from Psalm 22:1-3 which states, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”

This scripture written by King David many years before prior to the Lord’s arrival here on Earth stated that in His time of need David looked to the Cross of Christ, and the Messiah as refuge from suffering and hardship here on Earth. Christ spoke these same words from the Cross which laid claim to Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God and the only one true salvation for all of mankind for the remission of all sin. Every Disciple of Christ should diligently seek the Lord and look to the Cross as our only means of salvation, the same way King David did when He had too much to bare. No help comes from doing good deeds or the sowing of money into a Ministry can replace the fact that the Cross of Christ is truly ones only help in times of need.

By way of Yeshua/Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit can then intercede on our behalf having our Faith placed correctly in the Cross! Then and only then can we be delivered from this world as stated in Psalm 22: 4-5, “Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.” Shalom…

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The Lord Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever!

24 Jan

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Hebrew 13:8 , “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

Every Christian believer will find it very comforting that the Word of God, states that the Lord is still the same yesterday, today and forever. Simply by placing all Faith in the Cross the doorway to all blessings secures our Spirit, and comforts all who believe throughout the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

No matter what manner of sickness, Christ is still a healer throughout much heartache the Lord is still a comforter and in much lack Jesus still provides for our needs. The difficult part comes in believing to receive these precious gifts that God provides through our Faith that Christ died for all sin and has once again placed Us in the goodwill of God. Jesus stated in Mark 11:23-24, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” The lack of belief is what inhibits many Churches today who believe that the days of miracles has passed, which is very untrue and unbiblical.

In the Old Testament Israel had this same disbelief, which the Holy Spirit responded in Psalm 78:41 with, “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” A lack of Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross, displeases God and very much limits the Holy Spirit who works entirely within the comfines of the Cross Romans 8:9 states, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

The Holy Spirit works within our belief that Jesus Christ paid the sin debt that we could not, and therefore provides Us with His Holy Spirit which delivers every believer from all manners of sickness or torment; if We only believe that Christ have freed all from the bondage of sin at the Cross. Disbelief many times comes from waiting upon God to answer prayer in which we begin to not trust in Him. In the Lord eyes the idea is that in Our patience and Prayer truly displays the proper Faith in the Cross! So in beliveing that Christ has truly freed you from the bondage of this world, stay Prayerful! That even though the Lord may not answer Your request right away, always display your Faith in diligent Prayer, Luke 11:9-10 reads, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Shalom…

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Exercising Faith in the Cross of Christ…

21 Jan

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Mark 9:23,”Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Throughout His earthly ministry Jesus many times, expressed that all things are possible to those who truly believe in the finished work of the Cross. The work that Christ proclaimed was finished in (John 19:30), was the freeing of mankind from the sin debt that had crippled everyones ability to function as a true child of God. Jesus took away the dominion of sin in our lives and and return let us be the master over it instead of a slave to it,(Romans 6:14.)

By placing our Faith in the Cross, the true believer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only to receive this revelation from God by believing that “It is finished.” This allows the Holy Spirit to function within the life of all Christians, who only functions in the parameters of the redemption of the Cross, (John 14:26.) Our Faith frees us from the bondage of sin, but we are still to be perfected by it in order to fully grow into the image of Christ.

This means that lifes problems should not worry us so much, because Jesus overcame it allready at Calvary. The debt has been paid, so in return we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and comfort us through this fallen world and to glorify Us in the end. With all things paid the Bible scriptures are our receipts of Christ sacrifice on our behalf. This is why when I become angered I remember (Proverbs 15:18, Psalm 4:4,) or when I face extreme challenges I read (Joshua 1:5,) or if any are depressed read (Psalm 55:22, Philippians 4:6-7, Jonah 2:2), and Psalm 9:9. The scripture reads, if only we believe all things are possible, and I do! Shalom….

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It is Finished…

15 Jan

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John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

The greatest words ever uttered in Human history came from our Lord Jesus Christ, by simply saying “It is Finished.” With only these three words the sin debt brought into Humanity by Adam and Eve was paid in full by way of the Cross of Christ. The imperfect man was granted Grace and Mercy with Forgiveness, which is given to all who would except the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is only excepting that Jesus has taken away the sins that every man or woman commits. Jesus not only with these words paid the high price of our sins but also fulfilled the Law of Moses which is the high standard of perfection that God called for everyone to follow and obey after the fall.

Jesus being God and Man was the only one perfect enough to hold true to every law that was passed down to Moses as stated in the book of Exodus Chp 20:1-17. The Sabbath was kept Holy, the day of rest can now be found in Jesus Christ Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” by placing ones Faith in the finished work at the Cross the Lord can free all from any heartache stated in Galatians 5:1-6, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” We are secured by being placed in the Divine will of God, with His will being nothing less of truly being blessed by Him through Jesus Christ. Sickness cannot remain, depression must bow out, and sin cannot abound in the presence of God! Let those who are suffering in any area of their life that the sin that they are carrying, they do not have to carry it because Christ took it for them on the Cross. By only believing on the Cross, Jesus will tell them “It is Finished.” Shalom…

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Come all unto Christ, and He will give You rest.

12 Jan

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Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

It is always and extreme blessing to know that Jesus Christ is not so distant from Us, that in times of need He can comfort Us in all Our trials and tribulations. The scripture above lays the foundation of the Christian Faith by Our Lord, if We read between the lines of just what Jesus was saying. Christ states “Come unto Me,” which is Jesus revealing that He is the only way to Salvation and to be made right in the eyes of God. “All ye that labour and are heavy laden,” which refers to those unsaved who are trying to find comfort in anything other than Jesus Christ and His perfect sacrifice. Only to be met with heartache and rejection.

“I will give you rest,” is speaking of the access unto Salvation and favor by God, with placing ones Faith in His perfect sacrifice. “Take My yoke upon you,” is denying Yourself of Your own willpower to be all in total submission unto God (Luke 9:23). Then Jesus states, “And learn of Me.” This process is learning of just what the Crucifixion means to the Believer, which can be read in (Romans 6:3-5). “For I am meek and lowly in heart,” is Jesus saying that He is all understanding in each and every of Our situations. “And ye will shall find rest unto your souls,” the rest for anyone can come only by Faith in Christ and His perfect sacrifice for all sin.

“For my yoke is easy, and My burden is light,” is Jesus stating that their is little required of Us except that we believe that by simply placing Our Faith in the Cross of Christ, is sufficient enough. Faith that Our sin debt has been paid and that we no longer are held captive unto it is all that is needed. Truly believe that You are now dead to sin and that the Cross affects Your life in every way for the good, is the true rest that all Mankind needs. Shalom…