Archive for March, 2011

Draw Close

March 19, 2011

Do you ever have days or even weeks where you don’t feel very close to the Lord? He seems so distant. He has showed me this week some important truth to shed light on this situation.

Call it boredom or whatever, I have been listening to the radio quite alot recently (as I drive around in my work). Since I have become a true Christian I have definitely cut down the listening quite a bit. But still the Lord told me this week “Hey Rob, how can you hear me with the radio playing?” Is this almost becoming an idol again? ”  It made me stop and wonder. YES, it had started to become a problem again, I was “tuning out” my Lord! But I was delighted in one sense. I have often prayed “Lord guide my way, and  warn me if I go astray and against your holy Laws”. He was faithful in answering!

When we feel close to the Lord there is NOTHING like it. A sense of love,a sense of power ,a secure feeling, fills your being. This is the way our walk is suppose to be. But sadly, many times it is far from that. But if we look to God’s word we find many hidden treasures, more valuable than the purest gold.

 In (James 4:8) we read ” Draw close to God and He will draw close to you…”. This simple word of God is so true IF WE’LL ONLY FOLLOW IT! Therein lies your answer! If you want to feel close to our Lord, make an effort. With this truth known, let us look at ways we can put this into effect in our daily lives.

In our hussle and bussle world we get into so many routines. We almost mindlessly program our life to watch TV or be on the computer at set times everyday. We spend WAY too much time doing things that come before our praying or reading the word. The first thing is to look at your routine. Instead of watching that favorite TV show of yours, ignore it!  Go instead into your quiet room or such and pray or read His word. Or have a bible study with your family. You’ll be putting His word into reality!

How about setting the alarm at 5 or 6 am, and foregoing that beloved sleep and get up and pray? It is said that the pious St. Patrick, while he was a young man living out in the open, as a sheep herder, would awake rain, snow, or whatever EVERY MORNING at 5 am to pray to God. No wonder he is remembered as being close to God! He also obeyed  the Commandments including the Sabbath.

One of the ultimate ways to draw close is to fast and pray. Jesus said there would be a time when the “bridegroom” would be gone and that His people would fast.

In another of my own examples, I was mindlessly walking right into my office and sitting down at the computer after work and upon arising. Recently the Lord pointed this out, how I was doing this “first” before Him. We must look carefully at our life and be sure not to have idols or worldy things, time and again come first routinely.

So please review your life if you are wanting to experience His closeness, and if you  “DO”   His word (James 4:8)  you’ll know His word is so true!    Amen my brothers and sisters.

What is Salvation?

March 12, 2011

In these last days many are preaching a very complicated message on how to be “saved”. Some are saying you must know the correct “name” of God. Some are saying you must understand the Trinity completely. Others are saying “Grace” alone is all you need to be saved. Your life of sin can continue, it is God’s grace alone that get’s you to heaven.

But to truly know “how to be saved” and to get eternal life, let us look at what our Lord’s word says clearly about “how”. In (Matt 19:16) we see a certain man ask just this very important question, he asked ” … Good Master, what good must I do that I may have eternal life?”   This young man wanted to hear Jesus tell the plain simple truth to eternal life. He got it STRAIGHT AND TO THE POINT from our Lord. (Matt 19:17) “…If you wish to enter eternal life, KEEP  THE  COMMANDMENTS”.

On this last verse, it is extremely important to know it has implications for your salvation. We must study it deeply and understand it’s powerful message.  Some mis- guided souls think Jesus is talking about His “general” commands and not the Holy 10 Commandments. But is that really true?

The word Commandments in this verse is “Entole” in the original Greek language . Jesus said we must keep  “Entole”. Further, just so we (and that young man)would know “what” Commandments He was talking about, in verse 18  Jesus quotes directly from  some of the HIS 10 Commandments ( no murder, no stealing, no  false witness, etc.) Here Jesus equated “Entole” to the 10 Commandments.

After I learned that “Entole” means the Holy 10 Commandments I was curious to know if the Sabbath Commandment was ever addressed –Entole (?) Seek and you shall find!  YES IT IS. In (Luke 23:56) we read “… They returned, and prepared spices and ointments, and rested the Sabbath , according to the Commandment ( Entole). So it is clear when Jesus said that in order to enter eternal life  WE MUST KEEP THE ENTOLE ( Commandments). It can’t get any clearer than this.

But I want to make something very clear. I am SAVED by Jesus’ blood first and FOREMOST! Try as hard as I might I could never  keep the holy 10 Commandments(In this life) good enough to please God. Jesus’ sacrifice covers me in my failures BUT I must keep trying daily to obey them . I CANNOT quit trying and say ” Oh my Lord did it all, I can live sinfully (trespass His Commandments regularly) and claim eternal life”. NO WAY!

Let’s understand this right. Jesus will save us FROM our sins not IN OUR SINS. Jesus wants  me to progress, be a better Christian one month from now than what I am today. His Holy Spirit guides me and I am ABLE to walk righteously and obey His Commandments.

It is so sad to know many are claiming Jesus’ sacrifice and not making an effort to “keep” His Entole.If you trample His holy Sabbath each week, you deny His words and to deny His words is to DENY HIM and His ENTOLE!   We don’t even “know” Him if we don’t keep His Entole. ( 1 John2:3-4) ” This how we know we know Him, if we KEEP HIS ENTOLE.  He that says ‘ I know Him ‘ and does not keep His Entole, is a liar and the truth is not in him”.

He has given us salvation unto eternal life should we love Him as he said to? (John 14:15) ” If you love Me keep my Commandments ( Entole)”. Again, it is SO CLEAR what Jesus wants.

So to summarize , our salvation is simple –Love our Lord and fellow man and KEEP His Entole. (Rev 22:14) confirms this salvation plan “Blessed are they that DO HIS ENTOLE, that they may have the right to the tree of life”  Amen my Lord!

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