Hello everyone and God bless you all! This will be my first post to start my second year blogging! Thank you all for celebrating my 1 year anniversary with me on Saturday! I really appreciate all the encouragement and it was a blessed day! I was thinking about time this morning, specifically how much time we have on earth. My Mom would always tell me growing up, “Don’t wish time away.” I turned 41 this summer, and she was right! Life really does go fast! Our time here is so precious and so fleeting that we should live our lives to the fullest and make the most of every opportunity every day! That advice is most serious when it comes to our souls and we should take heed of the amazing speed at which we run out of time.
The Lord spoke to my heart this morning about what day it is today. I was thinking about the days of the week and how Monday can be tough for people. Then my mind cleared and I just saw the word “Today” for every day of the week instead of Monday through Sunday. Folks, that is so true! When we wake up each morning, we only get today! We are not promised a tomorrow. All we have is today!
Today is called Monday, but it is a new today! A fresh start! A chance to start over and move forward! A chance to breath once again and be alive! Never take that for granted, never! I will never forget the day I stopped breathing at the age of 33 on 4-28-12. That is the day I should have died, and I did, but the Lord brought me back in the power of the Holy Spirit, rushing wind and all! He is still the resurrection and the life! Thank You Jesus!!!
Take a big deep breath of that oxygen God has filled the earth with! You are alive! You are a creation of God and He loves you! He created you in His image and He died for you, so you could have eternal life in Heaven with Him forever!
God’s Word urges us to take our short time on this earth seriously, and receive God’s grace before we breathe our last breath and our last today comes to pass. Tomorrow is not the day of salvation, today is! Receive God’s grace in all its fullness and joy and receive eternal life through faith in Jesus today!
“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Use the time you have been given wisely while God’s breath still fills your lungs! God is reaching out to you to save you! Do not treat God’s grace with contempt. He wants to forgive your sins and set you free from sin and death!
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It doesn’t matter what day it is, all we have is today. Will you accept God’s grace through faith in Jesus today or will you reject it? If today was your last day, how sure are you that you would go to Heaven? There is only one way to be 100% sure your soul is saved and that is through faith in Jesus! None of us could ever get to Heaven by our own effort. All of us are sinful and there are no good works we could ever do that would ever be enough to save our souls. Salvation is not about what we could ever do for God. Salvation is all about what God did for us because He loves us!
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
“But 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.”
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Today is the day of salvation! None of us know when we will draw our last breath! My Great Great Grandpa was struck in the head and killed by lighting when he was about my age! None of us know when our time will be up! The salvation of your soul is the most amazing gift that you will ever receive in your entire life and it must be received by faith!
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Would you like to be at peace with God today? Would you like your sins to be forgiven and washed away, so that you are brand new? I hope your answer is yes! We have all tried to be good or tried to be better on our own, and it just doesn’t work that way! This world is imperfect because of sin and we need the power of God’s Holy Spirit to overcome sin and be filled with righteousness. It’s not about doing good works because we could never be good enough! It’s about receiving God’s righteousness by faith and letting Him empower us to live a life that pleases Him!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.”
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”
Do you want the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit living inside of you?! Come to Jesus by faith today and He will fill you with His Holy Spirit and make you brand new!
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
The streams of living water Jesus was talking about is the Holy Spirit! When you believe in Jesus, you are given the Holy Spirit along with the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control of the Holy Spirit and you are made brand new! Your sins are forgiven and you are set free from sin and death through your faith in Jesus! Amen, thank You Jesus!!!
Isn’t that what we all want, to be loved and safe and secure in the arms of God? I know I do! I pray you do too!
Today is all we have folks, so make the most of it and don’t take God’s grace in vain. Please consider the gift of eternal life that God is offering you and be reconciled with God! There will come a time when you will not have a tomorrow. Take hold of His salvation while you still have today!
Grace and peace to you all!
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
Jesus speaking in John 5:24
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16