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Daily Devotional – “What’s The Secret Towards Living A Fulfilled Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What’s The Secret Towards Living A Fulfilled Life?”

Have some of your expectations gone unfulfilled or unrealized?  Have you experienced some disappointments that have left you drained?  Instead of having a rich deep fellowship with The Lord, has your joy become faint, weak and almost non-existent?

Then the answer is very simple because God’s remedy or cure towards living a full and complete life can be found in the following insightful and victorious words expressed directly from our Lord.

Jesus said in John 15: 4-7:  “Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

While many have read and even quoted this amazing passage of scripture, especially the beautiful promise of Jesus given in verse 7, many still don’t understand the true meaning and the wonderful blessings of “Abiding In Christ.”

While the dictionary defines the word “Abide” as to: remain, continue, reside, sustain, submit to, to act in accord with, to be faithful to or to steadfast with, it simple means to fully LIVE IN.”

The words of Christ are not to just be occasionally looked upon or merely recalled.  His promise is predicated upon His words being engrafted in your heart and “MADE ALIVE IN  YOU.”  “Abiding In Christ” is a marvelous ongoing experience or life-style which is just a foretaste of God’s Divine Eternal Glory

Christ gives us His assurance that if you want your prayers to be heard and answered then you first must permit or allow His word, His doctrine, His principles and His Spirit to be our wisdom, control our conduct, guide our affections and regulate our lives.

Therefore, “Abiding In Christ” is not quick sprint or a short lived emotional feeling.  It’s not a Sunday morning special emotional charge or fix that you get before you prepare to return to the mundane or routine duties of your other regular weekly activities.  “Abiding In Christ” is even much more than just having a local church membership.

“Abiding in Christ” is an unbroken, highly cherished, awesome communion with our Savior and Lord.   It’s a loving, faithful, compassionate and intimate fellowship in your relationship with Christ.  It’s an exciting LIFE IN THE SPIRIT,” walking in His Grace, standing on His word, a priceless bond between Christ and you, in which you have been given special access unto God.  It’s then you’ll hear, be led by His Holy Spirit and experience “joy unspeakable and the peace that passes all understanding.” 

It’s here you’ll find your needed direction, guidance, strength, and solutions to your problems.  It’s here that you’ll find God’s comfort, encouragement and love.

To “Abide In Christ” is to be made one with Christ, as He Is One With The Father.  (Read John 17:22).   Only “Abiding In Christ” brings peace to the troubled mind, joy to the wounded soul and rest to a troubled or stressed out heart.

“To Abide In Christ” is God’s personal invitation to you to enter into His presence and partake with Christ in all the majesty and glory of His royal life. 

Will you accept His amazing offer and lean on His Everlasting Arms?

 

Daily Devotional – “Aren’t You Glad You Don’t Look Like What You’ve Been Through?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Aren’t You Glad You Don’t Look Like What You’ve Been Through?”

 

As a believer in Christ, I’ve personally discovered that “while we’ve been through hell, we don’t have to look like the hell that we’ve been through.”  God is still in the business of bringing us out of the fire without any outward evidence that you’ve been in the flames.

When I was a young teenager, one of the first things that I noticed about the older saints in my church was how much joy they had despite all the hardships they testified they’ve been through.  Then I noticed they appeared more “radiant” than those that were outside of Christ who were going through very similar circumstances.

Over the many years since, while I’ve learned that no one is exempt from “the school of hard knocks,” those who trust Christ and are led by The Spirit of God are on a journey from “being a victim to having the victory.”

Psalms 30:5b says “….weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”   When trials and afflictions are the most severe, pressing or heavily upon us, we rejoice that we are comforted by His promises in His Word and by His presence that His Light cannot nor will not be overcome with darkness.

Despite what believers are going through, we rejoice because of all the great things that The Lord has done and what we believe by faith that he will do. 

So instead of looking stressed out, beat down, worn out, despondent and talking defeat, believers realize that “though we be cast down we will not be destroyed” and maintain hope eternal as we go through any fiery trial surrounding us. 

We believe that we too shall be brought “Up From The Ashes” just like the 3 Hebrews in Daniel chapter 3.  We place our full confidence in His Promise as quoted in Hebrews 13:5, “That I Will Never Leave Thee and Never Forsake Thee.”   Believers constantly sing songs of encouragement that “this too shall pass.”

Just this past week, I met a wonderful and dynamic man of God who was really praising The Lord.  This anointed minister briefly shared his testimony that he had undergone two kidney transplants and because his body rejected them, he went into a coma for 90 days. 

While others made plans for his funeral, the saints of God kept praying.  He’s now taking daily medication to keep his kidneys properly functioning but he’s rejoicing all over the church.  He has this huge, radiant, glowing and smiling face as he’s walking, talking, preaching and encouraging people everywhere about the love of Christ.   There wasn’t any outward physical evidence showing that he’d ever recently been through that ordeal.

Yes, while we’ve been through hell, we don’t have to look like the hell that we’ve been through.”  Again I say that God is still in the business of bringing us out of the fire without any outward evidence that you’ve been in the flames.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

Daily Devotional – “How Can God Turn A Bad Situation Around?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Can God Turn A Bad Situation Around?”

Left for dead by his brothers, then sold into slavery, then falsely accused of rape by his boss’s wife, imprisoned for something that he didn’t do, Joseph still never gave up on God and his dream.

Why did he refuse to succumb to his circumstances?  How was he able to keep clinging on to the promises of God throughout his various ordeals?   What kept him from becoming possessed with rage, anger and blame?

During our times of corporate down-sizing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, chemical dependency, growing criminal activity, destruction from unforeseen tragedies, and emotional mental anguish, many are asking “Why does life seem more difficult for some while others seem to escape unaffected?”

Many times throughout my earlier personal life and parade of suffering, I remembered the story of Joseph as recorded in Genesis chapters 37-50, and his piercing and inspiring words from Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, you meant evil against me.  But God meant it for good in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

As I remembered his ascent from prisoner to prime minister or his elevation from the pit to the palace, I finally came to the realization that God is NO respecter of persons.  And that The Lord would always move in the life of any individual no matter of his surrounding enemies, persecutors, painful conditions or negative situations, as that person would continually look to Christ in faith.

With relentless tenacity, Joseph chose to believe God under the most horrific circumstances and on a continual or constant basis.  Somehow we too must believe that when things seem hopeless, THERE’S ALWAYS GRACE.  And just like Joseph, I chose to believe God’s Word and stand against the odds of surrender and defeat. 

Just going to church on Sundays, is not the answer.  You’re going to need a daily dosage of God’s Word, intimate time in prayer in fellowship with Him, listening to some inspiration gospel music and good bible teaching lessons, and then STAND and persevere through your wilderness conditions. 

Now, as I look back, I never saw any angelic being appear to me or I never heard any special heavenly musical sound.  Many years ago, as I stood homeless and broke on the street corner, I suddenly looked up into the face of God and asked Him, “Can you still take a man from the pit to the palace just like you did Joseph?”  “If you can, then prove it to me because I’m not going to let go of your word.”

After I cried out to The Lord and expressed my situation, I then set down and wrote out my prayer or confession.  These are the words that I wrote and daily confessed that I believed:  “Heavenly Father, I come to you today in the name of Jesus Christ.  And I fully believe that I am saved, delivered from, healed, protected from and provided for by you throughout every adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, satanic entrapment and demonic activity.  As I stand on your Holy Word, guide me by your Holy Spirit and I thank you for moving mightily in and through my life, in the wonderful precious name of Jesus Christ.”

Over a period of time, God miraculously took me from being homeless and unemployed into being an employee, then a supervisor of a major corporation, then the second manager in charge of another major larger company.  Through trusting God, just like Joseph, The Lord Jesus Christ took me from “the pit to the palace to the right hand of the pharaoh in charge.”  And now, God has even given me a greater calling and wonderful opportunity to preach Christ, teach His Word and encourage people all over the world to look to Jesus.

So, it doesn’t matter how old you are, what you’re going through, how many battles you feel like you’ve lost or even where you are today.  You too can change the outcome of your life if you will refuse to give up and every day keep His Word and promises before your face.  His Word must become more real that the physical hardships or dire circumstances that you see.  There’s no magic pill to swallow or no magic wand to wave.  It’s going to take you giving yourself fully over to the life-changing, invisible yet almighty, powerful, loving and compassionate hand of God.   And He Will Be the difference in your life….

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

Daily Devotional – “Do You Want To See A Change In Your Situation?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Want To See A Change In Your Situation?

Despite what you see on your local news, wonderful things are happening today as the gospel is being preached throughout the world.  Yet while we are on the brink of even greater breakthroughs in world evangelism, too many people are like the crippled man at the side of the pool of Bethesda in the 5th chapter of the book of John. They’re hopelessly lying by the wayside discouraged, bleeding, shipwrecked and immobilized in a sinful state, negative situation or painful condition, not knowing the love, grace and power of God.

In John 5:1-16, we are given the story of this man’s miraculous healing by Jesus Christ as he first laid there in that demoralizing and heart-wrenching condition.  After Jesus came on the scene, he asked the man, Do you want to be made whole?”

Just as the man tried to explain his present circumstances, Jesus immediately took authority over his painful and miserable status and changed his entire situation by speaking His Word.

Today, Christ is asking you the same question.  But this time, He’s not just passing by, He’s seeking people out, trying to gain their attention, moving by His Holy Spirit and letting people everywhere know that God has always had their best interest in His heart. 

Yes, His eyes are now even set on you.   He’s here to heal your brokenness through His same Word that He spoke to that crippled man lying hopelessly by the side of that pool.

Are you ready to hear and listen to His voice?  Are you ready to recover your lost dreams and arise from that negative situation?  Are you ready to see things change in your life?  Are you ready to turn and LIVE?

Whether your hope or longing is for restored usefulness, to have another chance or a new opportunity to have a fresh beginning, or to have a restored home or a new future, The Holy Spirit of God wants you to realize that you can “LIVE AGAIN.” And Christ is now commanding you to “Rise, take up your bed and walk!”   It all begins with you starting right where you are, making a clear and conscious decision to begin taking God at His Word, professing faith in Jesus Christ and walking in obedience as you’re led by The Holy Spirit of God.

It is God’s Will for your life to be governed by His Word and Spirit as you journey through this world.  It’s God’s Will for His Authority to reign in your life

Hear and receive His command, arise in THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!  Believe the words of Christ, then take and use the authority that He’s given, you in His name, over the situation that has brought you discouragement and pain.

Rise above and look beyond the place of misery, discouragement and defeat and now walk forward in faith by His Grace.  He wants to lift you so you can lift and encourage others.  Will you except God’s new plan for your life?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Are You Trusting The Lord Or Taking Matters Into Your On Hands?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Trusting The Lord Or Taking Matters Into Your On Hands?” 

Do you really believe that God can handle your situation? Then why do so many people try to develop and activate a “back up plan?” Why are you always trying to figure things out instead of listening to Him guide and direct you? Why do some try to manipulate, intervene, or help out after declaring that they’ve taken all of their burdens to The Lord? Are they not leaving them there for God?

On the night of His arrest, Jesus told his disciples that he would be betrayed, arrested and killed. But He also told them about His Resurrection, the coming of The Holy Spirit, the new intimacy they would have with God and His Second Coming.

Jesus had just spent a brief time in agonizing prayer, when soldiers led by Judas came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Just as they advanced to seize and apprehend Christ, Peter purposely thought that he had to somehow defend his Lord to prevent His arrest.

In John 18:10 -11 NIV says, “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.). Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

Why did Peter draw his sword in the first place? After hearing The Lord’s words, why was he trying to activate “plan B?” Didn’t Peter realize that by trying to defend or trying to rescue Jesus was to prevent the perfect will of God from occurring and keep salvation from being made available to the world? Had he not heard all of the promises and benefits that Jesus stated would happen through His death and resurrection?

The injured servant’s name was Malchus. His name is not mentioned by any of the other gospel writers, nor did they reveal who was the disciple that delivered the blow by swinging the sword. Only John provided us with the full account.

Now regardless, whether Peter was just not good at handling the sword or whether God turned Peter’s aim aside and only permitted the ear to be taken off in order to present this opportunity of giving them more proof of his Divinity in working an astonishing miracle on the occasion, we just don’t know.

But Jesus rebuked Peter’s rash, foolish, selfish, dangerous and unnecessary action and told him that if He wanted He could have summoned His Father to send more than 12 legions of angels to protect and deliver Him. Peter’s bold imprudent action also had placed all the lives of the remaining disciples at risk, had not Christ immediately intervened by touching and healing the servant’s severed ear.

Yes, even though they came to destroy His life, Jesus Christ came to save the lives of all sinners that would call upon Him. And then make the continual difference by orchestrating in the affairs and lives of all believers.

So, can you name a time that The Lord IS NOT completely worthy of your confidence or trust? You are exhorted and encouraged to trust in or rely on Him AT ALL TIMES and not try to handle matters on you own. Are you standing on God’s Infallible Word or are you busy trying to create your own back plan known as “plan B?”

In times of adversity, he can cause you to prosper. In times of affliction, He’s promised never to leave you or forsake you. In times of temptation, you’ll find that His Grace is sufficient for you. In times of darkness, He will be your Light and guide you through your wilderness season. In times of danger, He’s able to protect us. In times of need, He’s promised to supply us and make ways out of no ways. In times of doubt or uncertainty, He’s able to birth hope in your heart and give you peace of mind and bring you through the most difficult situations.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Has Your Soul Lost Sight Of Jesus?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Has Your Soul Lost Sight Of Jesus?

Has your soul lost sight of Jesus Christ?   Is He with you?  Have you become so busy or gotten so comfortable in living your life that you’ve just assumed that He’s with you when He’s not?  Have you lost the intimate fellowship of His Holy Spirit?   Supposing or thinking that He’s with you is really NOT sufficient enough.

In Luke 2: 42-46 NIV we read, “When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.  Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.  When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”

When Jesus was twelve years old, His parents took Him up to the Passover festival, according to the custom in The Law.  When the seven days of the feast of unleavened bread ended, Mary and Joseph left Jerusalem returning home while believing that Jesus was with them.

They had no inclination that Jesus had remained behind to hear and ask questions about the teaching of the doctors in the Scriptures, The Law, and the traditions of the elders and priests.  And due to the large travelling crowds, they simply believed he was with other members of their travelling friends or family members within that large group.

But, after a full day’s journey, they finally noticed that Jesus was missing and then they frantically began to search for him throughout their party.

As tragic as it might seem, Mary and Joseph had travelled away from worshipping in the temple and from a great spiritual Passover feast, totally unaware that they were lacking the presence of Jesus.

Some has said that Jesus stands outside the doors of many churches, pleading to that congregation to let Him come in.  But, it’s even worse when, after worshipping and celebrating in a church service, to try to keep Him locked inside after you’ve gone home and are going about your daily business, all without Him.

Mary and Joseph had Jesus with them in the temple but they lost Him once they departed home.  Mary was not only close to Jesus, she was His Mother, but she lost Him.  And not only did she lose Him, she didn’t even recognize that He was gone or not in her midst.  So, no matter how close you have been to Jesus, you must be very careful not to lose Him, take him for granted or move away from His presence.

Upon realizing their inexcusable carelessness, negligence with a sense of great loss, they began to earnestly search for Him.  As their diligence increased, Mary and Joseph finally realized that they had lived three days without Him.

When they finally found Him, they found Him where they’d lost Him, in the temple.  At first they blamed Him, but it’s never The Lord’s fault when you go off without Jesus.

He doesn’t just want to be with you in your church services, Jesus wants you to take Him along with you into your home, school, place of business and everywhere else that you may go.

He has promised to “Never leave you or forsake you.”  Will you speak these same words to Him?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Are You Aware That God Does Some Of His Greatest Work In The Midst Of Your Darkest Hour?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills 

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Are You Aware That God Does Some Of His Greatest Work In The Midst Of Your Darkest Hour?

Darkness – To some, it’s their natural way of life and to many others, they thrive by living in it.  But wherever darkness is, LIGHT always has the capacity of overpowering its control and maintaining its influence over it.  Therefore, LIGHT belongs in a special class of its own.

“Light” in the Bible the emblem of knowledge, purity, and truth; as “darkness” is the emblem of ignorance, error, sin, evil and wretchedness.  Light’s illuminating power and potency is only derived from The Word of God and the power of The Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus.

Genesis 1: 2-3 says, “And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.”

Just as you start reading the Bible, you immediately come upon this TRUTH starting in Genesis, where God called into existence Light which had no previous existence in that place.  Additionally it must be further noted that this appearance of light was not due to the mere development of nature.

From this starting scripture we learn that He not only IS, but that He has a commanding presence with undeniable authority and power.  “He speaks, and it is done; He commands, and it stands fast.”  Light was called forth and overpowered the darkness, all from the creative mandate from God.  And this was the beginning of A New Creation and this work of power and grace is exactly what’s done in the heart of a person that turns to Christ today.

This LIGHT, which IS CHRIST, is still so illuminating and powerful that the message preached by the apostles was not derived from man’s human reasoning, science or from any traditions imparted from man. It was received or inspired from the very same Holy Spirit that was in the beginning.

Well, the darkness back then is the very same darkness that wants to hover over you, your family, your finances, your business or careers and your entire lives today.  But, God is the God of your BREAKTHROUGH.  FOR HE STILL CAN WONDERFULLY SAVE, DELIVER, HEAL, PROVIDE FOR, STRENGTHEN, BLESS AND GRANT VICTORY in the very midst of every hard time, adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, satanic entrapment and demonic activity all through the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You can never face, encounter or experience any situation that can be so dark in which Christ cannot shine forth in.  For HE IS our Bright and Morning Star, The King of Glory, The Alpha and The Omega, The First and The Last, The Beginning and The End and HE IS the remedy, cure, and solution to anything that you’re facing.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Did You Know That God Can Use What You’ve Experienced To Bless Others?”

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It has been said that “You don’t drown by falling into the water, you drown by staying there.”   Learning to trust Jesus Christ to bring something good out of a painful situation or an unexpected tragedy means looking beyond what we can see as you surrender to God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is in the business of turning you mess into a wonderful message, your liability somehow into an asset and your painful experience into a insightful blessing to encourage the lives of countless others. For up from the ashes, God always brings forth those soldiers or warriors that cling to His Word as their only hope for survival as they go through an emotional ordeal or anguish during their painful circumstance.

“No matter what you’re going through, Jesus Has Already Worked It Out For You,” are the faithful words we share at the conclusion of our daily broadcasts.   We believe and teach that there’s nothing Greater Than God that you can experience or that God can’t use for good, if you place it into His hands.

Such was the case in 2010 as my wife, Ann Marie was diagnosed with a very rare tumor lodged in her head that paralyzed her left vocal cord, affected the hearing in her left ear, stopped her ability to sing and left her only with a speaking voice at the level of a whisper.

God had blessed her with a beautiful singing voice, one of which many had told her that she even sang like an angel, only now to face this dilemma after having used her beautiful gift for over 36 years.

Throughout this ordeal, Ann Marie experienced great frustration and sadness until she realized that she would not allow her voice to define her. And as she opened her Bible, she received great inspiration from John 1:4 NIV which says “And light shinned in the darkness, but darkness could not overcome it.”

What a simple and yet profound revelation was this to her. That Light could not be overcome by darkness. For that darkness represented the tumor in her head, the sadness of losing her voice, inner anguish and the value of who she was and what she thought she had to share.

She had read that portion of scripture many, many times before but this time it was different as The Holy Spirit of God gave her a new revelation and understanding from God’s Word.

The laser surgery went well but the surgeon told me not to get my hopes up for the restoration of her voice back. I told him, “Doctor, you’re a good physician but I know the Great Physician and we’re standing on His Word for her full recovery.”

It’s now approaching the 3rd anniversary of her surgery. After only being able to talk above a whisper for several months, her full speaking ability has returned. You can faithfully hear Ann Marie speaking and teaching over the internet radio broadcasts, sitting right by my side sharing out of her heart.   Her singing capability, which is about 80 percent restored, is still briefly limited and keeping her from hitting the high beautiful notes but is still a work in progress as we’re looking to Christ.

But her greatest blessing is in what Christ has done inside of her. She’s received a greater revelation of His Love and Grace and that her true calling was to serve Christ through encouraging others in His Word. And through this entire ordeal, she’s now touching more lives for Christ.

My friends, only God can make sense out of nonsense as you trust Him. There’s nothing too hard for Him to do. He specializes in the most difficult and impossible situations.

His only question to you is: “Will you trust Me even if you don’t understand or can’t see what I’m trying to do in your life?”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “What Impact Does Going To Heaven Make In Your Life?”

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A preacher once asked his congregation, “How many of you are ready to go to Heaven?” Everyone raised their hands up with the exception of one young boy. The preacher then asked that young boy, “Son, don’t you want to go to Heaven when you die?” The boy then replied, “Yes, but it sounded as if you were loading up a bus to leave right now!”

So many people are so busy making earthly plans or trying to be productive in this world that they tend to neglect or even deny the real importance of what’s really at stake here in life.

In Matthew 7:21 Jesus said, “”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

No person, by merely acknowledging His authority, believing in His Divinity, professing faith in the perfection of His righteousness, and infinite merit of His atonement, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven or shall have any part with God in glory; but he who doeth the will of my Father shall enter in.

Therefore, you’ll have 3 main surprises when you get to Heaven:

First, you’ll look around for others that you though would be there but find out that they didn’t make it in. They are the ones that put on a good show in the churches, acting and talking like they were saved but their hearts were far from God. While some preached, prophesied or served in the church and even performed some good works, they harbored secret sins, lived in disobedience and walked in darkness, while trying to just remain close enough to keep up a good appearance.

They made a good show when they gave their offerings or prayed their prayers but it was to be seen by man and not from a grateful or pure heart before Christ. And a mere profession, or just by working in the church, or the giving of offerings just won’t allow you admittance into his eternal kingdom.

Others were more interested in “Keeping up with The Joneses instead of setting their affection on things above.” And only the pure in heart in Christ shall see God.

The second surprise will be that you’ll look around and find many others there that you though would never make it in. So often man looks on the outward appearance and casts judgments on others. People judge others that are in a different denominational persuasion or who don’t do things exactly in the same way that they believe things should be done.

Many are judged based upon their differences of opinions, or their cultural, racial or gender background, social beliefs, family values or even voting differences.  But God is always looking at the heart of a person and the content of his or her character and not on any outer appearances.

Many Pentecostals will be amazed to find many Baptists that will be there. Many Presbyterians will be amazed to find many Catholics there. And many of the Faith Movement will be utterly surprised to find many Methodists there. Whosoever has called upon the name of The Lord Jesus Christ and shall believe in their heart shall be saved, so the name on your church sign just won’t matter.

But the third or greatest surprise will be that YOU yourself made it in. Despite all of your struggles against temptation and sin, and sometimes even with mistakes or failures, you realized that it was “By Grace you were saved through faith” in Jesus Christ. Through His mercy, you were forgiven as you truly sought His face and repented.   And though you never reached the point of

“perfection,” you continued to read His Word and please The Lord.

My friends, what will make Heaven so great won’t be that the streets are made of gold or the beautiful gates of peril or even the reunion of all the saints: IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF CHRIST IS THERE AND THAT WE’LL BE FOREVER WITH HIM. In a place where we’ll never grow old, suffer anymore sickness or sorrow, and we’ll experience great joy and real peace for all eternity.

Does this cause excitement in your heart?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Did You Know That Experience Is A teacher But You Don’t Have To Let It Become Your Undertaker?”

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We’ve all made bad decisions or wrongful choices, made mistakes, missed opportunities, or performed sinful activities. We’ve all experienced an unexpected tragedy, unforeseen sickness, or suffered some sort of misfortune in life. We’ve all thought to ourselves or said out publicly at some point in life, “If I had the sense back then, that I have today, things would’ve turned out differently.”

Revelation 2:26 NIV says, “To him that overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.”

Jesus, in speaking to the church in Thyatria, initially began to commend this church, but then they allowed wicked seducers to enter and begin corrupting their fellowship. Christ began to call them to learn from their mistakes and to repent or He would rebuke, correct and punish them. If they would repent, then they would partake in the final triumph and be associated with Him in glory.

THANK GOD FOR HIS LOVE, MERCY, GRACE & FORGIVENESS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! Now our lives should always be looking to Jesus Christ, walking in faith, listening to The Holy Spirit and daily learning how to overcome temptations, adversities, set-backs, oppositions, and hindrances as we stand on His Word.

All Christians should earnestly desire that their last works may be their best works as you are growing in His Grace. So let’s continue to stand against the enemy, that we may continue as overcomers and perform the will and works of Christ to the very end.

Jesus Christ is still able to save, deliver, strengthen, provide for, and help guide us through any darkness that you’re experiencing.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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