Jesus Christ is the fulfillment and culmination of God's revelation throughout the centuries. When we know him, we have all we need to be saved from our sin to have a perfect relationship with God. Jesus was God's agent in creating the world, and "through him, God Created everything. "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." (Colossians 1:16) Because of false teachers, some people believe that if there's the sin in the world, God Himself could not have created it. In Genesis, when God made everything, He said that it was good. God does not make any mistake, and Jesus was there in the beginning when God made everything. The world was created by and is under the authority of Christ. God's creation includes the government and also the spiritual world.
Christ has no equal and no rival; He is the Lord of all. No sin is too big for the Ruler of the universe to handle. He can and will forgive us when we come to him through his Son. We know that Jesus is essential because we have the Holy Spirit living inside of believers. Jesus' teaching turned the world upside down and continue to do so. The world sees power as a way to gain control over others. But Jesus, with all His authority and power in heaven and earth, chooses to serve others. Jesus' followers today receive this same power to help.
As believers, we are called to be servants of Christ. As Christ served, so we are to help. "He also says to the Son, in the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heaven with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing." (Hebrews 1:10-11) When we are going through a hard time and experiencing rejection from the world, we feel isolated. When Christians look and see what is going on in the world, we are tempted to exchange eternal heaven with this earthly world and forsake the changeless Christ. Christ is our only security in our ever-changing world. Whatever may happen in this world, Christ remains forever changeless. If you trust Christ, you will be secure. Stand on the firmest foundation in the universe-Jesus Christ. Jesus is essential. Those that overcome know this.
Brothers and Sisters trust in the Lord and be encouraged.
Overcomers Know that The Redeemer Lives
While we are amid the Coronavirus-19, the news of people suffering in all kinds of ways hurts us deeply to the core of our souls. All the people that have died and is going to die from this deadly virus is the ultimate kind of human suffering. But like Job, an afflicted man of God, we must fight through despair and doubt. Job answered the Lord and said, "I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted." (Job 42:1-2) You know, Brothers and Sisters, the world is asking, "Why do we see all this suffering?" At the heart of the book of Job comes his ringing affirmation of confidence: In verse 25 of chapter 19 says, "But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last."
You may be having conversations about why people are dying and suffering today. Do you know that your Redeemer, Jesus Christ, lives today? Jesus can and will rescue us from THIS crisis and despair. Amongst despair, Jesus brings life. "I am convinced that neither death nor life neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
Like Job, we know our Redeemer (Jesus) was more than a spiritual concept; He was a living being who could stand at last on earth. "And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh, I will see God;" (Job 19:26). People are dying from Coronavirus-19, yet we have to be confident that Jesus lives now and forever. "I myself will see him with my own eyes--I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:27) Brother and sisters, we must have bold confidence like Job. "How my heart yearns within me!" Christians are proclamation that our Redeemer lives. Christ is not in the grave. He is alive, and we will see Him. Brothers and Sisters have that steadfast hope to know that there is a day coming, in which all our tears shall be wiped away. Today, live a transformed and overcoming life by knowing that Jesus lives.
God Bless Brothers and Sisters. Happy Resurrection Sunday!
It is now the year of 2020. Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, we have an exciting year ahead of us. We serve a good God to lead us through this new year! On New Years' night, I prayed that my wife's cancer would still be under control. January 8, 2020, her CAT Scan came back, and her cancer is STILL VERY MUCH under control. Praise God! Brothers and Sisters, let us start the New Year with a good prayer life. "Watch, therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
This year don't let your mind and spirit stay or turn dull by careless living. Follow the things that God wants you to pursue, such as developing a closer relationship with Him; start a ministry that meets a critical need in your community; or increase praying together with other people. Be ready to move at God's command. When you proceed in God's power, you trust God to go before you. When you are spending time in prayer, you are building your relationship with God. Colossian 4:2 bids us to "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. Keep a careful watch for possible danger and difficulties. Brothers and Sisters, in this year of 2020 we will face trials, Paul says we should "devote" ourselves to prayer.
We must be persistent in our faith and know that God answers our prayer, even when we feel that the stresses of this world complicate praying. Obtain a devotional that you can read. Yield to the Holy Spirit, who helps you communicate with God through reading His Word and praying. God is always present, always listening, and always answering. The answer may not be in ways you would have hoped, but He'll answer. Most of all, we want God's will to be done in our lives, and Jesus knows what best for us. " Cast all your worries and cares on him because He cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (2 Peter 5:7-8)
In 2020 trust God fully; in those stressful times and daily struggles, recognize that God cares. Admit your need and then let others in God's family help you. Brothers and Sisters, allowing God to have your anxieties, is a call for action, not passivity. Don't submit to the circumstance but to the Lord, who controls the condition.
So start today, keep your eyes on Christ, and resist the devil. Then, says James 4:7, "...he (the devil) will flee from you.
God Bless you and have victory in 2020.
When my mother died, I was the age of fifteen. I knew whenever I did wrong, my mother still loved me, no matter what. And when I did the right thing, my mother was proud of me. But when she died, who would tell me that they love me and proud of me? At the age of fifteen, I had no one. From the day my mother died, her love and support only lived in my memory.
But I didn't know that I would meet Jesus. When I surrendered Jesus Christ and asked Him to forgive me of my sin and come into my heart, I was changed. That day I was given a gift that I could not pay for or earn; all I had to do is receive the present of the Holy Spirit. Listen to the words of John.
New International Version (NIV)27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.
In the season of celebration of our Lord's birthday, we can never afford to purchase the gift He gave us. He was born to die. He arose from the grave, but before He left to go back with His Father in Heaven, He left us a comforting gift. He told the disciples, I am leaving so I can give you a gift. And this gift is not of the world. Only those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior can receive the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. We have the Holy Spirit living inside of us; the Holy Spirit fill us with the peace of Christ. Each day as a disciple of Christ, let us choose to surrender our flesh to the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcend all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
As God Son, Jesus willingly submits to God the Father. On earth, Jesus went through all of the physical limitations of his humanity. Listen, Brothers and Sisters, the only power that Satan has is what God allows him to have. The gift of the Holy Spirit will enable us to live in peace. Paul says, let Christ's peace reign in our hearts. Our heart is the center of conflict because in there, our feelings and desire clash. We are feeling such as our fears and hope, distrust and trust, jealousy, and love. How can we deal with these constant conflicts and live as God wants? We must surrender to God. God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to pray one for another, be thankful, build on the relationship you have with Christ let the peace of mind transcend all of our understanding. The precious gift Jesus left us is the Holy Spirit. May God bless you this Holiday season.
Are you holding on to things of this world? If yes, you are forfeiting an abundant and eternal life. When you are an overcomer, you must deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus Christ daily. "Whosoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whosoever loses their life for me will keep it." (Luke 9:24) Do you think of your relationship with God primarily in terms of what's in it for you? Or in terms of what you can do for God?
If you are a disciple, I am challenging you today, let go of this world, let go of the pride, let go of the selfishness, and thinking that you got it all figured out. God knows it all, not you. "Deny yourself," the Bible says in Mark 8. "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul." (verse 36) Forfeit means lose or experience deprivation of a right to eternal life as a penalty of choosing the pride of life over following Christ Jesus daily. Are you willing to make the pursuit of God more important than anything, brothers, and sisters? Let's be honest with our selves. We pray for kids, but we don't teach them how to live for God; we pray for our friends and family members, but we don't talk to them about God.
Are you willing to make the pursuit of God more important than your selfish pursuits? God's will for us is that we accept His son. That's a daily relationship with the Savior for an overcomer. Follow Jesus, and you will know what it means to live abundantly now and to have eternal life as well. My God keeps you bless you.
Are you broken today? Have you put your trust in God? If you have, then surrender to the Holy Spirit to meet you where you are. Brothers and sisters, your past is in the hands of God. He uses the fragments of your past to rebuild your future. The specifics of what you need healing in is possible only with God. Jesus knows what your present problems are. Believing that Jesus came in the flesh to save you gives you access for Him to make you whole again.
We all have good friends and people that we know. When experiencing brokenness, you can only rely on them so much because they are human. Jesus is part of God and part man. Jesus understands you better than you think. Jesus is closer than a friend because He lives inside of us. He will be with us in our midnight hour when we need a friend. "The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8) Humans are feeble, but the beautiful thing is that our God is not.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) Come to Jesus with your burdens. Whatever trial you are going through right now give it to God through prayer. Read God's Word for as you do, you'll find comfort, a balm that soothes your soul, peace, clarity, and more. He will save those wounded parts of you and make you whole again.
You can start today! May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Thank you and may God continue to bless you.
Do you know that you can be an overcomer? We are overcomers because John received a revelation while on the island of Patmos. Revelation 7:14 says, "And I answered, 'Sir, you know.' And He said, These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb". When you are an overcomer, you come out of any situation. How? All you have to do is say to God; I am a sinner and need a savior. And Jesus will come into your heart.
If you are already in the family of God, I want to encourage you today to stay Faithful to God. I know you are suffering, but the blood of Jesus is the great purifier because it removes the stain of sin.
Now that we are suffering in Christ, no matter what we're going through, we must be Holy for our savior is Holy. White symbolizes sinless perfection or holiness, which can be given to us only by the death of the sinless Lamb of God on our behalf.
You may be fearful at times. Roman 8:35 says, "who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?" Then John answers the questions in verse 37, "No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
Brothers and sisters, listen to what Hebrews 3:14 says, "we have come to share in Christ if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the end." Stay faithful.
Thank you for listening, and may God Continually Bless you.
Filled with the Holy Ghost, Minister Douglas W. Pompey, is committed to serving God. Whereas his walk with Christ began in January 1993, he took on leadership roles with vigor in the Christian faith in 2000. While serving as Deacon and Steward, Minister Pompey faithfully taught the Word of God at two historical community churches, one in South Haven, Michigan, and the other in Cassopolis, MI.