Forever Preserved

When you hear the word preserved what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The first thing that comes to my mind is food and the process it goes through to be preserved from spoiling.  There is another type of preservation that involves our souls.  We as Christians know once we made the choice to confess and believe in Jesus as stated in Romans 10:9-11 (That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. {10} For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. {11} For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed) we are saved from hell.

One of the definitions for preserved is one that saves or defends from destruction or evil. This is exactly what Jesus has done for us; He preserved our soul from destruction. Psalms 30:3 it states; O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Psalms 145:20 it states; The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. Psalms 97:10 states; Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Be of good courage and hope in the LORD, He is faithful and we are Forever Preserved.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scriptures:

John 3:16-18  “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. {17} For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. {18} He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Revelation 22:17  “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Revelation 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

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Sedimentation

I love turmeric tea for its many health benefits. If you didn’t know turmeric is a spice that has been used for thousands of years for many reasons, one being its anti-inflammatory properties. I can go on further of the many benefits of consuming turmeric but I’m not. This blog is actually about what I call “Lessons from the Mundane”, doing common ordinary things that lend lessons of life, so here comes the lesson. I was drinking turmeric tea and it constantly needed to be stirred because all of the turmeric powder settles at the bottom. This process is called sedimentation, when gravity pulls down the solid particles in a liquid. The heavier the particle the faster it will settle.

I then realized this can be a demonstration of our lives spiritually. Day to day life situations and struggles, let’s call it gravity, can have an effect on us and can cause us to become stagnant or comfortable. We can’t let the things of this world pull us down. We need to stay stirred up by daily praying, reading the Bible, and immersing ourselves in things that build up our Spirit. We are called to work for the Kingdom of God, to be fishers of men and live out the life He planned for us.

Related Scriptures:

Luke 19:13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Hebrews 6:10  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Hebrews 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

James 5:20  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Philippians 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 

New Year, New Me?

It’s a New Year and with that comes a new me, at least that is the many notions of people today. The New Year for many represents a time for a change, a time for a new beginning, out with the old, and in with the new. I’m glad to know that my new me didn’t come from a New Year but from a loving God who sent His only begotten Son to die for my sins. The day I made the decision to put my hope and trust in the LORD I was made new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

I know the hope of a New Year excites us all and it should as we reflect on our lives and see the things we would like changed but the biggest change should start with your soul. If you are reading this and you don’t know that you need salvation for your soul and that salvation can only come from Jesus I invite you to read the Romans Road to salvation. The Romans road to salvation begins with the acknowledgment that we all have sinned stated in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and there are consequences of sin stated in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You don’t have to die spiritually and spend an eternity in hell because God demonstrated His own love toward us stated in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His death paid the price for our sins. Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 8:1 states, because of Jesus we will never be condemned to hell because of our sins, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The final scripture ends with a promise, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

I pray that you decide to put your hope and trust in Jesus and become new.

 

Related Scripture:

Hebrews 10:12   “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

Psalms 86:13   For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Ephesians 4:22-24   “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; {23} And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; {24} And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Colossians 3:10   And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Lazarus the Soul Winner

As a Christian, we should all know the miraculous story about Lazarus found in John chapter 11, if not I will summarize. Lazarus was a friend of Jesus and he was sick. Jesus was told of his sickness but didn’t go right away to see him. He knew that his sickness was not unto death but for the glory of God. When Jesus finally arrived Lazarus had been dead for four days. Martha, Lazarus sister said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.  Jesus responded by saying, “Thy brother shall rise again.” Surely Lazarus did rise again after Jesus prayed to His father this prayer: “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” Jesus then cried with a loud voice Lazarus come forth, and he did. What a great testimony for Lazarus to have which caused many Jews to believe on Jesus (John 12:10-11).

Our testimonies are valuable, not just to us but to others, so share them and make them known and use them to witness and win souls. Psalms 105:1-2 states, O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. {2} Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. It is important that we use the time that we have while the doors are open (Revelation 3:8) to share Jesus with as many as possible. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30).

Related Scriptures:

John 11:24-26  “Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. {25} Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: {26} And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

1 Chronicles 16:8  Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Psalms 18:49  Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Are You Good Ground?

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke Jesus spoke on the parable of the sower which gives an illustration on how the seed (the Word of God) is sown and whether it was fruitful or not. I want to focus on the seed that was sown on good ground. In the book of Mark the sower sowed the word (4:14 KJV) and they heard the word, received it, and brought forth fruit (4:20 KJV). This brings me to my question “Are You Good Ground”?

As we have read having good ground would illustrate someone who has heard, received, and is going out to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to win souls (bringing forth fruit). Soul winning is a very important part of being a Bible believing Christian. Jesus told the disciples this very thing in Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, his whole ministry was about sharing the gospel. It seems as though alot of Christians forget or ignore this command of Jesus. Some make many excuses like ” I don’t know what to say”, “people don’t want to hear it”, “I’m too shy”, “that’s the Pastors job”, and probably the most used one “I’m scared”.

Jeremiah 1:7-9 gives us a great example for those with the excuse of not knowing what to say. (Jeremiah 1:7-9) “¶ But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. {8} Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. {9} Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.” We also know we have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all situations including winning someone to Christ. In regards to being fearful we know that it states in 2 Timothy 1:7; For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. For example, look at Moses when God told him to speak with Pharoah about letting His people go, he didn’t want to do it because he wasn’t an eloquent speaker. God assured him he would be with his mouth and teach him what to say, Moses still didn’t want to comply which made God very angry (Exodus 4:10-14). Every excuse given is not a valid excuse. When we are told to do something by God we ought to trust Him and obey. God told Moses He would help him, but Moses didn’t trust His word. He has already told us what to say in His word when going out to soul win.

I want to share some soul winning tips and scriptures for those that may need them. If you don’t have the books of the Bible memorized already do so. It will help when trying to show someone the scriptures in your Bible. Memorizing soul winning scriptures will be of great benefit when your Bible isn’t handy. Create a soul winning script, which is writing out the dialogue of what you will say and practice it on your family and friends. Below are some example scriptures that can be used for soul winning.

Soul Winning Scriptures:

John 3:16-18, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Rev. 21:8, Hebrews 10:12, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13, 1 John 4:15, Luke 15:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Remember! Proverbs 11:30 says; The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.