Archive for Salvation

“Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Mark 2: 17 NIV says,  On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

These precious words of Jesus were spoken as a revelation of His love and mission, but also as a rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees.  Matthew, also called Levi, was a Jew, but also was a tax collector for the Romans.  Not being a man of good character with traditional religious values, he was viewed as a “publican” along with the worst of sinners.  However, Christ had just summoned Matthew to  ”Follow Him.”

Later that same evening, as Jesus was dinning at Matthew’s house, the scribes and Pharisees asked His Disciples, “Why is He eating, drinking and keeping company with such wicked and notorious sinners?”

When Jesus heard their words, He responded by declaring the primary reason of His Father’s mission and His coming.  He declared, I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Jesus made it known that redemption, deliverance, forgiveness, healing, prosperity and victory was through, and still is today, by Him.  Therefore, the  first mission or primary goal of the church is to preach Christ to a lost and dying world.

Have the churches forgotten that He is still trying to conduct this mission through us on today?   Many of our programs, methods, platforms and activities have moved away from touching lives and winning souls through Christ Jesus and have the worldly appearance of theatrical events filled with philosophical jargon, political persuasion and even circus antics.

The gospel is not for the all-stars, the piteous or the illustrious,  nor the legendary traditionalists.  While some mocking have declared that it’s for losers, it’s for “learners.”

It’s for the broken, sick, wounded, hungry and the defeated, not the proud and the dominant.    It’s for those who realize they are unable to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, that there’s a void in their souls and that without God, their lives are completely bankrupted.

It’s for those that have realized that they are not gods, that they recognize that while they are incomplete and lacking, that God is more than sufficient.

If the world were righteous, there would be no need for His coming, either to purchase our redemption,  preach repentance or to offer forgiveness.  But with God, through Christ, there is mercy to pardon the greatest of sins, and grace to change the greatest sinners into holy and righteousness believers in Christ.

He came as the Great Physician, not infected by the disease of the patient, but to die for the sins of the world and to overcome him who had the power over sin, the devil.

The second mission of His Church, through the power of The Holy Spirit, is to teach, disciple, train, educate and edify the saints of God through His Word.

For Ephesians 4: 12-14 NTL says, “Their responsibility (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers) are to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”

Therefore, let us forever be about our Lord’s work in impacting lives through Him.

 

“Are You As Close To The Lord As You Should Be?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You As Close To The Lord As You Should Be?”

 

What is it that’s keeping you distant from Him or from drawing closer and doing His will?  Past disappointments?  Unanswered prayers?  Things not turning out the way you’d hoped or planned?   Confusion, hurt, anger, or grief?  Sin?

What you don’t realize is that Christ knows more about you and your circumstance than even you do.  And your cure, inner healing, answers, comfort, forgiveness, deliverance and strength will all come as you draw closer to Him?

Luke 15:20 NIV says, “So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

In this familiar illustration, the son had “messed-up” just like so many of us have time and time again.  No doubt, just like so many of us, rather than drawing closer to God and allowing Him to make “sense out of our non-sense” we struggle to “save face” by continuing to handle matters ourselves.  But, the pit grows deeper and our misery escalates even more out of control.

Then like the prodigal son, suffering, sadness and despair have brought many to the place of realization that this is not the father’s will for their lives.  

So even though he was ashamed and was being driven by his needs, he arose, shook off the effects from being with the swine and started his journey home.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re a great distance away and it’s been years since you’ve thought about God or if you’re just not as close to Him as you need to be as you’re struggling to press onward.

The beauty in the parable, which Jesus Himself told, of the prodigal son was of the father’s wonderful reaction and exciting love as he saw his son coming to him.   The father had been hoping and watching for his son’s return and once he caught a brief glimpse of him, he ran towards him to love on him. 

The father didn’t concern himself with what had happened in his son’s life or the misery that had overtaken him, HE LOVED HIM and only showed His compassion towards his returning son. Then the father unexpectedly but wonderfully threw a large reception to celebrate the occasion.

Though wretched, improvised, beat-down, emaciated and hungry when the father saw his son, he ran towards him and met him in love. 

Now, the hunger that’s in your heart for God and the need for His divine intervention in your life are enough to bring you to Him. 

Be like the prodigal son and set you eyes towards Your Father.  Don’t confer with flesh and blood, don’t listen to discouragement from others.  COME HOME!!!   

Know that you’re out of place not being with Him, close to Him, filled with His Spirit or being led by Him.

Forget about your circumstances or what you’ve gotten yourself into,  TURN TO CHRIST!!!  You will not have a cold reception, because He’s looking and awaiting and even has made provisions for your return.

He’s ready to shower you with His love, forgiveness and amazing grace.  And that’s just the very beginning.

 

“There’s A Man In Glory, But Have You Lost Sight Of Him”?

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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There’s A Man In Glory, But Have You Lost Sight Of Him”?

 

In Acts 17:32 the Word of God says, When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.”

The Apostle Paul, in his sermon on Mars’ Hill in Athens, hadn’t finished his message when upon hearing about the resurrection, the assembly instantly broke up.  The doctrine of the resurrection from the dead was not believed by the Greeks because it seemed too incredible and absurd to their minds.  Others mocked it’s preaching even with sneers, despising his words

The Lord Jesus Christ having arisen after being put to death and buried was a clear demonstration of the miraculous love, faithfulness, power, grace, truth and authority of God over all things that exist or were created.  

Jesus died for your sins, he rose again for your justification, gives eternal life to those that believe in Him.  And through His Word and Holy Spirit, though invisible, He’s mightily at work in and throughout our constant affairs.

While many church-goers today don’t verbally deny the resurrection, their lives don’t exemplify a solid, healthy or living relationship with The Risen Savior.  

Some live as though they’ve wandered away from the faith or are out of His view.  Others believe and are teaching things that are false and only follow certain principles for material or personal gain.

Many seminaries, motion pictures about Christ, church pastors and TV evangelists no longer even emphasize His Resurrection or its importance.

While the crucifixion of Jesus is the world’s most historic event, you must realize that the resurrection of Christ from the dead is the world’s most encouraging and thrilling event that has ever happened in the history of all mankind.

Because He Lives, We Also Shall Live Again….  

Do You Believe This And Are You Looking Forward To His Coming?

 

Daily Devotional – “What Is The Greatest Proof Of The Reality Of God?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What Is The Greatest Proof Of The Reality Of God?”

Was it the discovery of Noah’s Ark or the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls?  Is it the continual rising of the sun over the horizon every beautiful morning, the synchronized orbiting of all the planets and stars throughout our universe or the majestic display of the waterfalls in some of our beautiful forests or parks?

No, it’s all of the lives that have “TRANSFORMED”  by The Love, Power and The Grace of God. 

When we were dead in our sins, doing our own thing, unworthy of divine notice, He made the provision for our salvation.    We who had no time for Him or no love to return to Him were TRANSFORMED,” infused with the life of His Son, made a partaker of His Divine Nature and now have insight and favor with God.  We now live and reign with Christ and are joint-heirs with Him.

Christ’s resurrection from the grave is our resurrection from our sins unto spiritual life in God.

This TRANSFORMATION is the work of God in the human heart of man and cannot be obtain no other way, except through Christ.  We were “quickened or made alive” when our spirit was brought to life.  Now our inner nature and character has been changed from death unto life.

Ephesians 2: 4-5 NIV says, “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.  It is by grace you have been saved.”

Through the love of the unchangeable and sovereign God, and the transforming living power of Jesus Christ, trouble makers have become peace makers, abusers have been made responsible people, racists are now building bridges wonderfully to touch lives in other cultures and drug addicts that have been delivered are teaching others to beware of these demonic forces. 

More people are picking up the Word of God to study and hear God’s Holy Spirit that used to be involved in all other types of sinful activities, with some even being the promoters of such.   

Criminals have surrendered their lives of crime and are now preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, men are becoming more responsible in the parenting responsibilities and many are seeking God’s face for welfare and lifestyle.

Wherever there have been a natural catastrophe, The Church and many other Christian led organizations or agencies are some of the first on the scene to come to the aid of the hurting and suffering.

Please listen very carefully….  When a person is dead in their sins, there is no life in their soul.  It’s like looking upon a corpse from which life has departed.  There’s nothing left but the ruins of that deceased person.

But as a sinner becomes “TRANSFORMED” become a living soul as their spirit is born or made alive.  We are delivered from sin, pardoned, reconciled and justified by God’s Grace through Jesus Christ. 

While we believers never are “perfect” people, those that have been “TRANSFORMED”  do not go out and practice or live in habitual sin because your desire is to live to please God.

These things are not bought to pass by any thing that is done by you, it is the “free gift of God” as we are quickened by His Power.

The saving, forgiving, delivering, healing and transforming power of God is greatest and the most awesome power that you can ever know.  And remember, while salvation is free, IT CERTAINLY DIDN’T COME CHEAP!   

JESUS PAID IT ALL, WITH HIS BLOOD!

 

Daily Devotional – “Do You Really Believe In The Power Behind The Cross Of Jesus?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Really Believe In The Power Behind The Cross Of Jesus?”

On July 1, 1824, Charles Finney, an ordained Presbyterian minister, appeared in a number of churches and other buildings to lead revivals over the next few decades throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

Preaching three times on Sundays and three more times during the week throughout the “red light district”areas in these states, great revivals broke out as Finney taught that the atoning blood of Jesus Christ was all that was needed to open up the way for God to pardon people of their sin and only by repentance and the acceptance of Christ in one’s soul could one be saved from damnation and Hell’s fires and be assured of a place in Heaven.

A great decrease of the criminal activity in these areas was solely attributed to his gospel preaching and leading of thousands of sinners to Christ.

On one particular occasion, as Finney was about to enter the church he was to preach at, a man approached him and asked if he could privately speak with him after the service.  Finney said yes and after entering the building, a deacon pulled him quickly to the side and said, “Do you know who that man is?”  Finney said no.  The deacon said, “Don’t have anything to do with him.  It’s rumored that he’s the one responsible for all the gambling, drugs, prostitution and murders in this city.  He’s a really bad man!  Don’t have anything to do with him!”

Finney said that he had given his word to meet him after the service and must keep his word to see what he wanted, and entered the church.

After the service, that man was waiting for Finney on the doorsteps of the building.  Finney greeted him and the man said, “I would like to speak privately with you.  Can you come to my office?”  Finney said yes and began following him.

They walked a couple of blocks, then suddenly turned down a dark alley, before coming to a door that led downwards into a small room in the cellar.  In the room were just an old desk and one chair. 

As the man sat down, looking up at Finney he said, “Do you know who I am?” And Finney responded, “Yes.”   Then, the man slowly reached into his desk drawer and pulled out a gun and laid it on top of the desk and said, “I’d like to ask you a question.”

He proceeded, “It has been said that I’m the one responsible for all the gambling, drugs, prostitution and crime in this city.  Can God forgive a man for having done all of these things?”  Finney replied, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

The man just nodded, then said, “There are several families that have been ruined because I’ve had their husbands or fathers murdered.  Can God forgive a man for having done all of these things?”  Finney again responded, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Again, the man just slightly nodded his head.

Then the man said, “I’m married and have a little daughter that I rarely see because I’ve been with several other women.  Can God forgive a man for all of this?”  Once again Finney declared, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

Finally the man just looking up from his desk at Finney in the dimly lite room said, “You can now go.”  And without another spoken word from either, Finney departed.

After sunrise the next morning, the man went home.  Upon hearing the front door unlock, the man’s wife quickly told her daughter that “Your daddy’s home but whatever you do, stay out of his way.”  The man entered his home, upon smelling the scent of the breakfast, he entered into the kitchen where they were nervously standing.  He walked over to his little daughter and picked her up and held her for the first time in his arms and kissed her cheek and told her how much he loved her.  Then he proceeded to embrace his wife and after kissing her, he asked her forgiveness for all that he’d ever done to her and announced that their lives would never be the same again because of Christ.

You don’t get to Heaven by being “good” or go to Hell for being “bad.”  The Bible says we’re ALL born in sin or all bad, and we’ve ALL fallen short of the Glory of God and in need of a savior.  God therefore saves those who believe in His Son, that He died on the cross for them and washed their sins away.  Then God not only forgives our sin, but also purifies our heart. 

The Eternal Son put on flesh and blood and died to wash us from our sins in his own atoning blood that we may have a new relationship and intimate fellowship with Christ and be destined for Heaven.

God Himself has provided the sufficient and effectual Sacrifice for sin that is needed throughout all the generations of mankind, without which a person is lost forever.

 

Daily Devotional – “Why Did Jesus Call Himself The Bread Of Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Why Did Jesus Call Himself “The Bread Of Life?”

In speaking to the crowd regarding the manna which came down from Heaven during the time of Moses, it’s now very interesting that our Lord would refer to Himself as Bread.” 

In John 6:35 NIV, Jesus declared, “I Am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Bread has always been one of the main ingredients of any meal.  It sustains us, it comforts us, it gives us refreshment and support, it brings nourishment, and as a main grocery or provision it offers nutriment. Whether used as a delicacy, or as an appetizer, or as a treat, in any culture throughout the world, it’s a rare dish that comes without any of the main ingredients of bread.

White bread, dark bread, French bread, garlic bread, unleavened bread, muffins, biscuits, corn bread, hot dog or hamburger buns, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, rolls, Italian pasta, dumplings, sourdough bread, cake, crackers, tortillas, oatmeal, grits, dry cereals, pastries, cookies, pretzels, corn meal, toast, bagels, doughnuts and much more, are all different example forms of this highly needed nutritional item.

Yet, as vital as bread is as a substance, Jesus now likens or refers to Himself as The Bread Of Life,” revealing to us why He’s More Vital than any meal you could ever consume.

As Christ reveals Himself as “The True Bread of Life,” He’s declaring that HE IS to the soul what bread is to the body.  As the protein from natural bread gives nourishment and strength to our physical bodies, only Christ can give LIFE to dead sinners.  Then through His Word and The Holy Spirit, Christ maintains that NEW LIFE that He’s given.   There’s absolutely NO WAY for you to sustain and support this NEW LIFE within you on your very own.

Your NEW MAN can only be quickened, nourished, renewed, strengthened and anointed through the power of Christ, THE LIVING BREAD, as you consistently feed on His Word and are filled with His Spirit.   We are thereby instructed and encouraged to feast upon Him.”

In Matthew 5:6, Jesus said “Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.”  Once you come to Christ Jesus and regularly “feast upon Him” then you shall never desire any other food but Christ, “The True and Living Bread.”   You will be satisfied with Him and never be in a starving or famishing condition as you discover that “He’s all you need.”

This revelation reveals His Divinity, Love, Authority, and Grace, along with His Intimate Desire to live and flow through us, as we’re energized or empowered by His Word and Holy Spirit.

HE IS our creator, our provider, our sustainer, our true comforter, and savior.   HE IS the giver of hope, the lover of our souls, and the true source of our joy.

It’s by Him that “we move, live, and have our being.”   And HE IS The Only One That Gives Us Eternal Life.

Therefore, it’s no wonder that He encourages us to daily pray to Our Heavenly Father: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Daily Devotional – “Does God Save Good People Or Bad People?”

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Ordained a Presbyterian minister on July 1, 1824, Charles Finney appeared in a number of churches and other buildings to lead revivals over the next few decades throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

Preaching three times on Sundays and three more times during the week throughout the “red light district” areas in these states, great revivals broke out as Finney taught that the atoning blood of Jesus Christ was all that was needed to open up the way for God to pardon people of their sin and only by repentance and the acceptance of Christ in one’s soul could one be saved from damnation and Hell’s fires and be assured of a place in Heaven.

A great decrease of the criminal activity in these areas was solely attributed to his gospel preaching and leading of thousands of sinners to Christ.

On one particular occasion, as Finney was about to enter the church he was to preach at, a man approached him and asked if he could privately speak with him after the service. Finney said yes and after entering the building, a deacon pulled him quickly to the side and said, “Do you know who that man is?” Finney said no. The deacon said, “Don’t have anything to do with him. It’s rumored that he’s the one responsible for all the gambling, drugs, prostitution and murders in this city. He’s a really bad man! Don’t have anything to do with him!”

Finney said that he had given his word to meet him after the service and must keep his word to see what he wanted, and entered the church.

After the service, that man was waiting for Finney on the doorsteps of the building. Finney greeted him and the man said, “I would like to speak privately with you. Can you come to my office?” Finney said yes and began following him.

They walked a couple of blocks, then suddenly turned down a dark alley, before coming to a door that led downwards into a small room in the cellar. In the room were just an old desk and one chair.

As the man sat down, looking up at Finney he said, “Do you know who I am?” And Finney responded, “Yes.”   Then, the man slowly reached into his desk drawer and pulled out a gun and laid it on top of the desk and said, “I’d like to ask you a question.”

He proceeded, “It has been said that I’m the one responsible for all the gambling, drugs, prostitution and crime in this city. Can God forgive a man for having done all of these things?” Finney replied, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The man just nodded, then said, “There are several families that have been ruined because I’ve had their husbands or fathers murdered. Can God forgive a man for having done all of these things?” Finney again responded, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Again, the man just slightly nodded his head.

Then the man said, “I’m married and have a little daughter that I rarely see because I’ve been with several other women. Can God forgive a man for all of this?” Once again Finney declared, “In First John 1:9 it says, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Finally the man just looking up from his desk at Finney in the dimly lite room said, “You can now go.” And without another spoken word from either, Finney departed.

After sunrise the next morning, the man went home. Upon hearing the front door unlock, the man’s wife quickly told her daughter that “Your daddy’s home but whatever you do, stay out of his way.” The man entered his home, upon smelling the scent of the breakfast, he entered into the kitchen where they were nervously standing. He walked over to his little daughter and picked her up and held her for the first time in his arms and kissed her cheek and told her how much he loved her. Then he proceeded to embrace his wife and after kissing her, he asked her forgiveness for all that he’d ever done to her and announced that their lives would never be the same again because of Christ.

You don’t get to Heaven by being “good” or go to Hell for being “bad.” The Bible says we’re ALL born in sin or all bad, and we’ve ALL fallen short of the Glory of God and in need of a savior. God therefore saves those who believe in His Son, that He died on the cross for them and washed their sins away. Then God not only forgives our sin, but also purifies our heart.

The Eternal Son put on flesh and blood and died to wash us from our sins in his own atoning blood that we may have a new relationship and intimate fellowship with Christ and be destined for Heaven.

God Himself has provided the sufficient and effectual Sacrifice for sin that is needed throughout all the generations of mankind, without which a person is lost forever.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

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Do you have a Bible question that you would like to have answered or a personal concern, thought or issue that you would like addressed?

Then please simply send me an email and I’ll feature your questions or topic anonymously along with my answer on one of my daily teaching session.

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