…It was very good.

Our text is from Genesis chapter 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

a moment of sunrise (2015_06_19 22_54_23 UTC)When God makes something it is always very good.  What happens is, the devil, sin, or man, messes God’s creation up and spoils it.

In our text you will see after each day of the creation with the exception of the 2nd day, he says that it was good.

 

Well, what about the second day?  The firmament was created and now it is called “Heaven.”  Where the stars are located.  When the devil rebelled God cast the devil out the place where God’s aboad is and into the firmament and for this reason the firmament is messed up and out there in the firmament the devil resides and will be there until God brings him down.  I don’t have time here to go into the subject matter but for now let this be a lesson for us.  God does all things well and as you walk the road of life remember that when God does something it is done well and it is very good until we mess it up.

This applies to Salvation.  God set up the plan, Jesus executed it, and the Holy Spirt bears witness to it.  It is fine and there is no fault found in it.  It is only when men start changing it around that they make a mess of it.  It is compete without man’s help.  He only messes it up.  It is simple and easy.  So don’t let the devil decieve you about it.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans 10:13.  That’s God simple plan of Salvation …and, behold,

it was very good.

 

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The Last Enemy to Fall

Our text today is from 1st Corinthians 15:26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

the last enemy to fallHe’s going down!

This verse is one of those verses that’s hard to imagine. Praise God for verses like this one.

Death. We all have to experience it. We all have to see it and we all have to endure it. It is as some would say a part of life. It is hard to imagine a society without it, and yet there is coming a day where death will be no more.  He’s going down!

Our text gives comfort and hope for a better future. For those who have suffered a loss of a loved one it gives courage to us. Keep on going, for one day if we and our loved ones are saved, we will see our loved ones again and we will never say good-by to them again because death is going down.

Death will finally be a thing of the past. What a wonderful thought. No more funerals or funeral homes. No more cemeteries. No more standing bedside helplessly only to watch our loved ones pass away.  No more good-byes and no more dying from disease or old age. I can’t wait.  He’s going down!

Our Lord Jesus Christ defeated death when he died on an old rugged cross and was buried. Three days later (Praise the Lord!) he came up form the dead on his own power. Death couldn’t keep him down.

Those that get saved are placed in Jesus and because he lives we can live too. He died and we will die but we won’t stay dead and we won’t stay down. One day we will come up from the dead just like he did. Death will never happen to us again for the scripture says that death will be swallowed up in victory thru Jesus Christ our Lord.  He’s going down!

Our text is one promise alone which should be enough for those who are not saved to get saved. Who doesn’t want death to pass away?

May God hasten the day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back to destroy our enemies including the last enemy to fall—death.

He’s going down!

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Gone Forever

Our text is from Revelation 14:11.  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

fire In the Bible there are several things mentioned that will be gone forever and this depends on which side of the fence you are on.

If you are saved death, pain, heartbreak, sorrow, sickness, famine, and sin will one day be gone forever. (Refer to the entry entitled “Obsolete.”)

On the other hand for those that are unsaved there will be some things that will be gone forever.

  1. Words of kindness.
  2. Good deeds and acts of kindness.
  3. Chances to make things right with your friends, family, coworkers, and kin folks.
  4.  Service for the Lord.
  5. Chances to repent of sins.
  6. Chances to get saved.
  7. Chances to do something that will have eternal consequences and rewards.
  8. Life as you know it now.
  9. And as our text indicates, the chance for rest will be gone forever.  By that I mean that when the unsaved die and pass on they do not ‘rest in peace.’  Where they are going, there is no rest.  So if you like to take vacations, and have time off from work, then at all cost don’t bypass getting saved.  What could be more miserable then living somewhere with no time off… ever?

It is a no-brainer to get saved and begin serving the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

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Has God Got Your Attention Yet?

Our text is from Luke 15 verses 17-18.                                                                                         15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!                                                                  15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

frostad-prodigal-son-turning-pointOur text is a famous one.  The story of the Prodical Son.  The son wanted what belonged to him and wanted to go and take on the world.  After he spent all that he had on ungodly living he then started to get hungry.  He finally came to himself.  Hunger will do that and so will pain and suffering.  He “came to himself” and realized he would be better off at home as a servant.  So he goes home and you know the rest of the story.  The father welcomes him and forgives him and all is well.

It is interesting to note that God had to get the son’s attention through hunger and humility.

The Lord gets our attention through various means including debt, sickness and disease, sorrow, depression, heartbreak, and even tragedy.  He knows what it will take to get your attention.

Five years ago I had a heart attack and let me tell you, the Lord got my attention.  He often does that with a knock on the door by Mr. Death.  He has to send little things like that along once in a while to keep us close to him and to keep us communicating with him.  God is a jealous God and he wants our attention.  He doesn’t want to share you with another god so he does what he has to.  He wants to get you focused on him again.

So if you are going through some tough times it might be time to do a little soul searching to see what God wants of you.  Nothing ever happens by coincidence or accident.  There is a reason for everything that happens to us.

 HAS GOD GOT YOUR ATTENTION YET?

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Depression (Conclusion)

4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

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This series on depression is not an attempt to give medical advice on depression but perhaps some helps for those that don’t have chronic bouts of depression.  I am one who believes that there are some that have depression due to hereditary or genetic causes.

So for the causes of depression here are a few.

1. As previously stated.  Genetics or hereditary origins.  Many fall under this category and they have a hard time just getting up out of bed.  Little things are big things to them and it is a battle all their life.  Perhaps meds help and for some meds may not help. See your doctor not someone who thinks he or she knows all about it but doesn’t know as much as they think they know.  It’s aggravating to hear some that think they are professionals just because they don’t have a depression issue.  And they will tell you it is all in your mind meaning they don’t believe it is a legit disease.  And yet it’s ok if members of their own family have it, then they over look them, but not you.

2. Traumatic events cause depression.  In my case, once I had my heart attack I felt I was not the man I used to be and believed I will never be.   This will work on your mind so watch out!  I watched others keep going and this was an encouragement to me to keep going.

3. Medications and drugs will cause depression.  Some meds that is used to prevent depression perhaps may cause depression.  Watch out for this.  I was on a med for anxiety and as time passed it started causing anxiety because I was getting addicted to it and didn’t even know it.

4. Finances, relationships, and money can cause depression.  You may think your life is over if you loose your job, partner, or a large sum of money.  Never live around something that may be here today and gone tomorrow.

5.  Finally,  health issues and death of loved ones.  These things cause deep depression and for some they think they can’t go on.  My dad goes to the nursing home to see mom everyday but I know he probably doesn’t’ feel there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  This will cause depression.

The devil wants you to give up and don’t serve the Lord.

Remember, Jesus didn’t quit when he was headed to the cross and let him be your inspiration to keep going on.  God has something for  you to do, if he didn’t he would call  you home now.  I know some of you that will read this have heavy trials and burdens but listen what the Lord has to say to you.

 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  1st Corinthians 10:13.

May God give you grace to get the victory over depression.

 

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Depression (Part 2)

4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

depression 3In our last segment on depression I gave more or less an intro on depression.

This segment I am going to give you some suggestions on how to overcome depression.  Again, I want to say that this may not work with everyone but it was a big help to me.

  1. Start the day with Jesus.  Read a few verses and spent a moment in prayer.  Not a long time, because the devil will use this as a means to get you to stop.  You are too tired or you don’t have time etc.
  2. Make your mind up that today you are going to do one thing for Jesus.  This will get your mind off you and on Jesus.
  3. Try to do something for someone else.  They need help too!
  4. Think on heavenly things.  This will keep your mind off carnal things.
  5. Give thanks that you are saved and on your way to Heaven.  There are many that are not.
  6. Sing songs about Jesus in your heart.  This has a tendency to keep your mind in the right place.
  7. End the day with Jesus.  This will help you sleep better.  It also will give you satisfaction that you pleased God and you will then have a clear conscience.

If you notice all this has to do with switching bad thoughts with good thoughts.  Along this thought you might want to read Matthew 6, 1st Thessalonians 5, and the whole book of Job.  It will give you many insights.

In many suicides the victims leave notes indicating they are thinking about me, me, me, me, and how he can’t take it any more.  If you think about Jesus more and less about self you may find it will help your depression.

Next time we shall conclude with reasons why we get depressed.

 

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