Bucket List

Recognize this type of list? It is a Bucket List, a list where you hope to achieve or accomplish certain things in your lifetime.

Example Bucket List:

1.      Visit the Grand Canyon ✔️
2.      Take a month-long vacation ✔️
3.      Write a book ✔️
4.      Master a new skill ✔️
5.      Road trip from state to state ✔️
6.      Receive a big promotion ✔️
7.      Accept Jesus as LORD and                   Saviour  

 

This list means nothing if you are unsaved. The greatest accomplishment, while you are alive, is accepting Jesus as your LORD and Saviour. Nothing can compare to it. If you are not saved, please add and check off saved on your bucket list before it is too late.

You may think your life is so complete and accomplished with a check mark by all the things you have done, but John 10:10 says:

John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

There is no life without Christ. In Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, Solomon wrote about all the things he had and accomplished, but realized it all was vanity. It meant absolutely nothing.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 “I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. {2} I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? {3} I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. {4} I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: {5} I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: {6} I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: {7} I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: {8} I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. {9} So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. {10} And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. {11} Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”

Mark 8:36 says, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture and Blog Topics are below:

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.”

Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Cup of Salvation

Sinners Prayer

Do you have an Umbrella?

Salvation, we all need it.  Although there is some that don’t realize this fact and this blog is targeted to those who don’t know the truth or the importance of salvation. What is salvation? It is defined as the deliverance from sin and its consequences. Romans 3:23 states, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, and our sin is worthy of death- “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

I can compare or picture salvation to having an umbrella. A covering that provides protection from God’s wrath – He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36). Do you need an umbrella? If so, all you need to do is – 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 (Romans 10:9-10).

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 (John 3:16-17).

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us – Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Please don’t leave this earth without your umbrella.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scriptures below. Additional reading on salvation can be found in the books of Matthew through John.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 – For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ

2 Samuel 22:3  – The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

2 Samuel 22:47 – The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

Psalms 18:2 – The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 25:5 – Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Acts 4:10-12 – “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. {11} This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. {12} Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

 

Fruit of the Righteous

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).

These days it is hard to find a church that still goes out soul winning door to door. For me being in a church that does soul winning is very important. But if you’re not in church that is faithfully going out to add to the kingdom that shouldn’t stop you.

Take the time and go out. Jesus sent the disciples out two by two and didn’t wait for the people to come to Him, we have to go and get them. Please don’t be preoccupied by the things of your life and get occupied with the things God wants for your life. He wants us to go and share the truth with those that are lost. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11).

Maybe you are afraid, shy,  or not confident, Philippians 4:13 states I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. Let the Holy Spirit lead you as you go and become a fisher of men.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

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

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. {18} And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

Matthew 5:13-16 ” Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. {14} Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. {15} Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. {16} Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Soul Winning Tips:

Basic Soul-winning Demonstration Video

Seek the Kingdom

Our life on this Earth is uncertain and the Bible is clear on this fact. It has been stated in the Bible that life is like a vapor (James 4:14), a shadow (Psalms 144:4) or even like grass (Psalms 103:15-16). We are told in Proverbs 27:1, Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Since we know life is uncertain and we don’t know if we will see tomorrow, our time should be used wisely (Proverbs 11:30; The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise).  Life shouldn’t be about seeking the pleasures of this world, it should be about seeking the kingdom of God and doing what is necessary to please Him. We were made for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11). Are you seeking the kingdom?  Or are you seeking the vain and temporal things of this world? I have always said to myself and to God that I don’t what my life to be a waste, if you’re not doing anything for Him that’s exactly what it is. Without Him we have no purpose.

We must do what is right in His eyes. Keep or start laboring for the Kingdom, it is all that matters (Philippians 2:16;  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain). 1 Corinthians 15:58 states, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related scripture:

James 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away

Psalms 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away

Psalms 103:15-16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. {16} For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more

Psalms 4:2  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

2 Corinthians 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Revelation 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

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.

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.