Christians are not given options to glorify God. Glory and Praise is due our righteous Christ, and every Christian who is saved by God’s Grace is bound to give Jesus glory every day. Now there is no commandment requiring certain times or songs of praise to glorify our Savior, but God has written upon our heart the law that teaches us that it is right to praise His Only Son, and give Jesus glory. It is every Christian’s calling to praise God, and give Him glory. Don’t think that because you are sad or suffering, that you need not honor your calling. You are bound by the bonds of Love to glorify His Name. And His praise should continually be in your mouth. Lift up you voice to praise Jesus, and our Father will hear you from heaven and accept it.
We are living in sinful, human bodies in a sinful, material world, but our battle isn’t in this world. As Christians, our battle is in the spiritual realm, and our weapons are mighty, spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10). Our biggest problem is getting tangled up in battles that are physical or material. When we get into those kinds of battles, we will be defeated. If we go to war in the flesh, Satan has the advantage. “If we go to war in the Spirit, the advantage is ours, and we cannot lose. Christians are indestructible when we put on the whole armor of God.” Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013
If we are giving to the Lord with a willing and cheerful heart; the result will be that we will always have everything we need. God will provide for you if you have entrusted your finances and your possessions to Him. But write out your budget before the Lord, and be certain you are being wise with those things God has given to you. (2 Corinthians 9) You can keep all your possessions and money for yourself if you want; but if you give it to Jesus He will “make all grace abound toward you.” That is wonderful, and it helps make me a cheerful giver”. – Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013
The Apostle Paul commended the Macedonian Christians, who had given so generously to the Christians at Jerusalem, despite the fact that they themselves had very little. Their generosity was one proof of God’s Love in their life. Their generosity started when they first experienced the Love of Jesus. Once we commit ourselves completely to the Lord, and recognize that everything we have comes from Him, and belongs to Him, then giving becomes a natural result of that realization. If you can give yourself, the rest is easy & natural. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013
God’s Word tells us there are two kinds of sorrow; Godly sorrow & worldly sorrow. Both of these will have an emotional impact on us, but only Godly sorrow moves us to action, because it leads to repentance. The New Testament definition of repentance implies that there will be a change for the better. Worldly sorrow means feeling sorry for yourself, and sorry you were caught in your sins. That sorrow will lead to death, and separation from God forever, because there is no real change in actions. (2 Corinthians 7) The Corinthian church revealed a Godly sorrow by their actions after Paul’s 1st letter called them to repent. The principle is the same today. Repent, or feel sorry for yourself, and continue in your sin. It is your choice ! Godly sorrow working in the life of a Christian brings real concern about your lifestyle, and it brings an eagerness to get sin out of your life! Godly sorrow brings forth a zeal for Jesus Christ, and righteousness, peace, and Joy in the Spirit.
Christ has done Gracious, even miraculous things for us; dying on that cruel cross for our sins, rising on the 3rd day, and bringing salvation freely to all of mankind. And still there are people who refuse His offer of eternal life.
“Many people have intentions of getting right with God, but you have to wonder why they put it off. It doesn’t make sense. It’s as if you had a horrible sickness that was killing you and someone told you about, and even brought to you a miraculous new medicine that could save your life immediately. Would you put it on the shelf and think; “Maybe I’ll take it tomorrow”? Maybe just one more night of suffering, and I’ll take it in the morning! Why?
To put off getting right with God makes no sense. Don’t wait! Now is the day of your salvation”. (2 Cor. 6) – Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013
So Sorry about the Static on this weeks recording.
Christians are not afraid of death. In fact we sing: “When I die Hallelujah bye and bye, I’ll Fly Away.” So we look forward to the death of this body of flesh and blood, because we know that as long as we are here on this earth we are not living in heaven with Jesus our Lord. Paul the Apostle said that he would rather be out of this physical body, and alive in his new body with the Lord, Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5) When my spirit leaves my body, I am dead, by definition. But as a Christian, when my spirit leaves my body, I am immediately Alive with the Lord, and in my new body. I hope that you believe this?
What an incredible treasure the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. Yet God chose to place this treasure into Jars of Clay. Christ didn’t put it into a fancy worldly treasure chest, but into you and I, and we are made from the clay of the earth. That way we don’t draw people to ourselves, but to Christ. You wouldn’t give someone a gift in a package that is more valuable than the gift. And it would be pretty strange if you gave a gift to someone and they were so enamored by the wrapping they that they never opened the present. Jesus uses Earthen Vessels like us so that no one will glory in who we are, but they will glory in Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior, and who He is. It is foolish for us to exalt ourselves. He chose us because we are not exalted; and if we try to exalt ourselves, it will make us useless to Christ. (2 Corinthians 4).
Our physical bodies are both temporary & disposable. Our physical bodies are like seeds that must die in order to become a new creation. And all that the new creation needs is contained in the DNA of the seed. But what an amazing difference there is between the rose seed and the rose flower. 1 Corinthians 15 tells us there are “celestial (spiritual) bodies & terrestrial (physical) bodies.” The seed that is our terrestrial body will become our celestial body when we die, and “death is swallowed up in Victory”. The cells that make up my physical body are being destroyed & replaced every 7 years. But my spirit is constant & that’s what makes me who I am. So God will give Christians new spiritual bodies when we get to heaven. We will enjoy eternity in these new celestial bodies forever; they will never grow old or die.
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