Prophets of Hope

This first week of Advent we look at the hope of the birth of the Messiah and His triumphant return. To understand this hope we look towards the prophets. The first candle on the Advent Wreath represents not only hope but the prophesies that empowered this desire within the people.  Three of the prophets gave specific clues to the family, place, and actions of the Messiah who would be the Savior. The Messiah that the Israelites were seeking would save them physically but they did not fully understand that it would be their very souls which could be saved.

A Righteous Branch

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.” Jeremiah 33:14-16

The people knew from the time of David that his line would eventually produce one who would keep the tribes together. This ruler would be just and God-fearing by ruling with a loving heart. Here, Jeremiah is speaking of both times that our Savior/Messiah would come because He turned many back to God’s Word, disrupted and corrected man’s distortion of the law, and He will come again to restore Jerusalem as the seat of the eternal kingdom.    

The Place

Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace
. Micah 5:1-5

Knowing that the Messiah would be of the line of David it is only fitting that He be born in the same vicinity. The message here is that He comes from more than just David but His lineage goes back as a direct link to Adam following the Holy line through Abraham. This passage also speaks of a full return of all the tribes. The Messiah will be the Great Shepherd to the people.  

The Child, the Light, the Savior

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder.
For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:1-7 

The most poetic and well known prophesies is this. Isaiah speaks of the truth of the Messiah being the Holy Son of God who will reign over the world bringing a peace that is beyond human comprehension. His armies will defeat all evil and there will be no more bloodshed. We will finally have full communion with God. 

Signs and Wonders of His Return

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.
Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees;
as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.
So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly,
like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.
Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:25-36

Luke was not a prophet but he wrote down the words that were given to him from Paul and the Apostles that Jesus had spoken. Jesus speaks of His triumphant return and brings us hope of a future peace that will be eternal.  It is this hope that carries us through the days and encourages us in our bleakest times. The hope in waiting for His return gives us the joy that keeps us from being hopeless in the godless world we live in today.

How beautiful this season of Hope. Let us remain hopeful that He will return while letting the Holy Spirit guide us through each day. Let us also not dwell on doom and gloom but the glorious kingdom in heaven that awaits us. Keep hope in your heart and let it bring love, joy, and peace.

Blessings,

Rob, Servant of God  

Where Will The Savior Be Born?

Micha was a prophet who warned the Israelites about both the Northern and Southern Kingdom’s destructions. He was a contemporary of Isaiah and Amos giving similar messages of destruction and renewal. Like Isaiah he wrote about a future savior.

Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.
Micha 5:1-5

Micha gives a location but does not say anything about the future king being from the line of David. Instead, he speaks of a more ancient lineage. This passage is probably the one that helped in the confusion of a savior from the oppressors which ruled over them. How great a passage this is with a clearly obvious yet hidden message of the future time where the savior king shall have dominion over all the earth.

The people were looking for the temporary comfort of a king who would make them great again under their own rule and not under the dominion of another. When they had lost everything to the Assyrians and Babylonians they sought a defender king hoping for relief only to become subject to the Roman Empire. After the remnant was returned to Jerusalem they were still lost even though they had found comfort in their situation. Leaders rose up and were thought to be the messiah but their term was only temporary. The people still needed a saving of the spirit.

The peace of the people is the salvation of the soul. So many look for physical peace which is temporary. True peace is found in the Spirit. When inner peace is found then there can be peace among the nations. Jesus is the deliverer of that peace. He will come again to deliver a combination of physical and spiritual peace that will renew all people to the glory of God.

As we enter this time of Advent, think of the hope this gave the people of the day who heard Micha as they anticipated the birth of their savior in Bethlehem. As they hoped for His arrival we await for His return.

Rob, Servant of God     

God Never Fails Us

When times seem real bleak and we wonder if God is even listening to our pleas, He hears us loud and clear.

When we feel like no one cares and are on our last thread of hope, He lifts us up.

When we do not want to face the day, He encourages us through His Word.

When we are depressed, He brings Joy to our suffering.

He shares in our good times and comforts us in sad times.

In our sickness, He is our healer.

He is our freedom, our shelter, our strength against all foes.

He is our rock, our protector, our comforter, our guide, our redeemer, our judge, our Father.

His Word tells us:

 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”   
Hebrews 13:5

Keeping Hopeful in a Dark World

This past week we heard of two famous individuals who lost hope and took their own lives and the coverage in the media is partially about them but more-so about getting help. As this is a good thing that the media is at least talking about getting help, it always takes someone famous to take their lives out of God’s hands and into their own destructive paths for them to make that a focus which is unfortunately short lived. The issue is that many regular innocent people take their own lives daily and even though there is constant reminders of help, many do not seek it. This is an epidemic worse than any disease or addiction known to man.

Suicide affects more lives than just the person who died. Many lives close to them are truly affected and if the person was popular, the effect is like a long line of dominoes. Why did these persons not seek help and if they did, was it Christian based? Or even another mainstream religious practice that they may have put their trust in if that would have helped?

Suicide and other teen issues are being glorified on NETFLIX with the show 13 Reasons Why and has been the blame for a rash of teen suicide attempts which resulted in their deaths and research by teens on how to kill themselves.  This show must be removed.

Thoughts of suicide are a call for help within the mind. When a person does not understand the call and lets the pain and suffering envelope and control them, they usually end up, seriously and sometimes permanently wounded, very sick, or dead. It is better to seek help against the giants and defeat them in life than giving them success in your death.

As Christians, we are told that pain and suffering is not weakness. As James says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

Pain and suffering is a natural part of life. Everybody has it whether they admit it or not but there is no reason for taking one’s own life. As Christians we should find the joy in everything and through prayer and talking out the issues with others we can work through it so the worst does not happen. I can honestly say that I have had moments of weakness that have almost ended my life but by faith and the Grace of God I am still here. I had lost hope and my faith had faltered as I was going through a really difficult time.

Yes I had all the prevention training and was even a trainer for the ASSIT (Suicide Intervention Training) program. All that training still did not stop the devil from trying to convince me my life was not worth living. All I can say is, BUT GOD. God stepped in during that moment of doubt. I was alone and in tears ready to end it all BUT GOD stopped me, He gave me hope again.

There is a book in Scripture that discusses loss and how the hope found in having faith saves a person from all things. This book is about testing a man’s faith and also the faith of the three friends. It shows how weakness can make a person stronger. I wish I had the weakness of Job.

The tested man, Job, had lost everything except his life. Yet he remained faithful and understood that strength comes from adversity. Even though Job was accused of great sin, he knew that he drew strength from his faith and would not give in when his wife taunted him.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:9-10

Without hope in the Savior there is no hope. There is nothing worse than giving up hope when there are people who are readily prepared to help, even strangers. Suffering and pain, being bullied, and many other reasons are not reasons to take your own life. In our weakness, God makes us strong.

The Military used to call getting help a sign of weakness (well, I think the Marines still do), you know sowing that you are defeated. Now they know that getting help is a sign of personal strength and courage. Understanding and admitting that there is a problem that keeps you from doing what God intended you to do.

Seeking help from a counselor, pastor, chaplain, a trusted friend that will listen and help get you the right help, that is strength. That is strength saying that the bullies are nothing, the giants I face are nothing, the sickness, nothing. Having God’s strength over adversity is the Holy Spirit working inside you guiding you even when your ears are shut.

There are many ways to get help but the true healing comes from knowing, having faith and trust, and a full solid belief in Jesus Christ. This is the best hope for a bright future. Knowing that Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Savior who already paid for your sins and the sins of those who sin against you (yes even them) gives you the strength to say, “I forgive you” I may be hard but forgiveness is healing and it may even affect the life of your enemy.

This is not about finding religion, this is about finding hope in a relationship in the loving arms of our savior, Jesus Christ through the Grace of our Father God. The devil cannot defeat you if you have the love of Christ in your heart. No matter what, God will get you through it for His Grace and Mercy are mightier than any giant that comes to defeat you.

Be Blessed
Rob, Servant Of God

Community Communion in the 1st Century Church. Didache 9

CommunionLast post, I wrote about the final table in the Lord’s Banquet. While on this earth we put what God told us to do in recognition, celebration, and supplication of the Final Sacrifice which was made through the death, resurrection, and ascension of His Son, His Living Word, into practice through the Eucharist/ Communion /Last Supper. He gave us this New Covenant in His Blood so that we no longer had to sacrifice an animal. The Blood that was spilt on the ground for our salvation was poured out to cover the earth not just to save us but to remind Satan that his time is short. Through His transformation the direct communication line to God partially reopened to where we know He hears and we can hear Him but we still will not see with our physical eyes until He reveals Himself.

The Early Community of Believers celebrated Communion every time they met to worship. It was a huge but solemn event. Now remember Paul’s instruction on the Communion had not been published yet so we will not see the doctrine here. This is what the writer of the Didache said concerning the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Concerning the Eucharist, give thanks this way. First, concerning the cup: We thank you, our Father, for the holy vine of David your servant, which you made known to us through Jesus your servant. To you be the glory forever.
Next, concerning the broken bread: We thank you, our Father, for the life and knowledge which you made known to us through Jesus your servant. To you be the glory forever. Even as this broken bread was scattered over the hills, and was gathered together and became one, so let your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. To you is the glory and the power through Jesus Christ forever. Allow no one to eat or drink of your Eucharist, unless they have been baptized in the name of the Lord.
For concerning this, the Lord has said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs.”

The “holy vine of David” refers to the promise God made to him that his line will produce the Messiah who will save us from sin made known through the miracle birth of Jesus. The blood of human imperfection was mixed with the holiness of the Word making it sinless and perfect. When given up, this Blood covered the sins of man as did the first Sheep that gave of its life to cover Adam, Eve and their descendants up to that moment.
The life and knowledge is the Word signified by Bread. This nourishment was spread and scattered, manipulated, but brought back together in the body of the Messiah, Word made flesh. All those who gather in the belief of the truth of the Word become one with the Word and thereby strengthen its hold on the earth.

The washing of sin through the outward showing of the inward heart transformation was also the way of showing people that even though we are broken we have a Savior that has glued us back together with His Blood. When we are baptized we show that we are dead to the world then cleansed and raised because Jesus gave us the key to the door which brings us to new life. Doing this outward act cleanses us and is deemed necessary to accept the offering of His Life and the Word which helps us grow in Him.

Dogs have had a bad rap especially during this time where they literally ate whatever they could. The Holy things were not meant for animal consumption even though they are part of God’s Creation. The main difference is that they became a source of food. Certain animals became domesticated and became part of the family, which meant they were no longer used for food. These animals actually symbolize or represent our purpose for which we were originally created (caretakers of the earth). The difference is, they do not know sin so they do not need the covering.

When we come to this table, we come with the knowledge and understanding of what God did for us through His Son. We are to confess that we are sinners, yet believe and follow God’s Word and ask forgiveness. We thank Him for the offering that cleanses us and nourishes us. The human doctrine that explains all this adds so much when all He wants is for us to know Jesus, that we are forgiven, and we must follow His Word in all things.

Next week, we will see how they gave thanks after the celebration. Have a Blessed Week.

What Will You Bring to the Table

TableThere are songs about coming to the table of the banquet in Heaven but the question is, “What do you bring?” Better yet, what can we not bring? When Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees about the Imperial tax, Jesus responded with a great comment. Let’s see this portion of the Gospel:
Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
Matthew 22:14-22
There are two realms, the Spirit and the world. The worldly realm has things that we physically see, touch, use, and sometimes misuse, basically things that we rely on to survive physically. It is our current state of existence. The realm of the Spirit is where God dwells, there is no dust and clay forms, no money, no Xbox, no stressing over what Johnny said on social media, or other material things, there is only what God gave us inside the mortal shell. That is our true selves.
With that said, we know that it will not be anything physical to the table because we cannot take things from this world into the next so that cuts out bringing a main dish, drink, or dessert. We cannot bring a buddy because it is an individual effort. We only bring to God what God gave us in the first place, our very soul.
Children of God have to live in one realm while preparing for the other. That means there are many choices and decisions we have to make in this world in order to find ourselves in the Arms of God for eternal rest. Man has tried to replicate and out do only what God can do which will always backfire no matter what it is.
While in this world we have to do things in order to survive but we should not give in to things that will keep us from attending the banquet. In fact we are required to separate ourselves from the things of the world. This means not to be so involved in the world that we have no time set aside for God. In fact, there should be no time where God is not an integral part of what we are doing in all facets of our life. This means avoiding the temptations that keep us away from following His Word. If an old sin comes back to haunt you, God has already given you the tools to defeat it. You must make the choice to defeat it or not.
Let’s go back to the Gospel portion written above, specifically the entrapment attempt:
“Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
Wow, do they really know what they were asking? Who we are in this world means nothing in the higher scheme of things. They even tell Jesus that they recognize His lack of acknowledging earthly authorities above God’s Word. But then the kicker question is where they thought they could cause Jesus to speak blasphemy. Jesus’ immediate explanatory yet chastising response was perfect in explaining the difference between realms.
“So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Jesus say the physical coin and used the teaching tool here. Physical material things have no variance in Spiritual matters. However, the material things in this world can be manipulated to give God the glory when used for the greater good of the soul. If the material things are used to acquire things that do not have Godly applications but only human, there is no use for it. To Caesar, our soul can be lost and discarded; to God, our soul can be found and redeemed.
What do you bring, or are you even invited? Have you given your life to the service of God? Did you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you washed by the blood and the water or just got dunked because it was a cool thing to do? Do you follow God’s Word or just say you are ok because you “found Jesus”?

Thank You

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We here at Path-Way Worship Ministries just want to give a message of appreciation and blessings to all who read the blogs, the lessons, and listen to the music we present. Sometimes we get so caught up in life, research, study, and doing things for Christ that we forget the simple things like sharing our love and compassion for you with a simple thank you.

We are moving forward with many projects in the next few months that are challenging but rewarding (Spiritually). These projects need much prayer. If you are interested in how the Lord is moving us in these mission projects and desire more information, click here: Path-Way Refuge and Retreat Center

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God Bless and Thank You once again

Revival

In the 18th year of King Josiah, the Temple of God, Adonai, YHWH, needed repairs. The scrolls had been forgotten and the people had only the oral law and traditions that the priests held as sacred. Have you ever played the game where people sit in a circle and one person begins a thought and hopes that the thought comes back correctly after going through the others? It usually comes back with the context completely different. That is what had happened before King Josiah, but it was a real big circle with only the basics written down.
The king had called for Hilkiah, the high priest, to take charge of the restoration project but little did they realize how big that restoration would be. We pick up at the text after Hilkiah was going through some rubble and found something………..
 And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” 2 Kings 22:8-13 (ESV)
What a find and what a celebration. The Torah, or Book of the Law, had been recovered and people began to repent in the first largest revival in history. What a time that must have been. I wonder what scrolls they actually had to read from. Did they have the wisdom books? The Psalms? Samuel’s memoirs that became the rise of King David? Other Histories? Oh to discover the sinfulness of not following God’s Law. That must have been painful.
Just about every Christian home in the world has a Bible in it somewhere. How much dust is on the cover?? An unopened Bible means that the Word is not kept on the heart. We are to meditate on it daily. How often do you look at it (the Word inside not just on the cover)? Nowhere in Scripture does it say to hide the text away not to be seen or heard. I have been a student of Scripture for just over 40 years and I still find solace in seeing what the written Word will reveal while the still, small voice explains it in my head.
What does the Bible do for us today?
It reveals God to us
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

It provides Guidance and Direction
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

It provides our bread to deepen our faith
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.              2 Cor. 5:13

It provides direction on how to be cleansed from sin
I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

So what are we to do?
Read the Word with an open heart that we hear God’s voice and listen as He tells us His story.
Read the Word in the Spirit of Prayer. Pray to prepare yourself in spending time with god.
Be reactive to the Word by following the Will of God and the teachings of Christ.
Sacrifice our lives daily to His Will, not ours.
Brothers and Sisters, live for God and follow Him. Be a part of the next Great Revival and get the Word to the World.
Much Love In Christ,
Rob

What is Your Legacy?

When we leave this earthly realm, what will we be remembered for? Will it be the type of car that we drove, the house we lived in, the money in the bank? Goodness, I hope not. The material things don’t matter. Our legacies are not about them. How you treat people and your general attitude are key components in our lives. Your faith in God and how you follow Jesus’ examples should be expressed in everything that you do, every day.

I was honored to be in the choir for a memorial service yesterday. When I heard that the woman was ill, I did not realize who she was. I am fairly new to the church and I am not extremely involved at this time. When I arrived at the church yesterday and saw the bulletin, I recognized her and everything clicked. Yes, I knew this woman. She was extremely nice and very personable. She always had a smile on her face and was quite friendly. However, I did not know her well.

At the “Celebration/Memorial” Service, the Pastors (yes, more than one) all had wonderful things to say about her. One of the pastors asked for the attendees to raise their hand if she had ever sent them a card, made them something or given them something. Almost every hand in the sanctuary went up. This woman was a nurse, nursing instructor, wife, mother, friend, and more to many. Even in her sickness, she wanted others to be uplifted. She was acknowledged as an encourager.

Last week in choir rehearsal, one of the men stated that when he saw her, she wished him a Happy Anniversary (it was 2 days away). Our lead Pastor said during his message that she wanted to know how his family and others were doing. She knew that her time in this world was ending, but she cared more about other people than herself.

She did not want her service to be about her. She wished that the focus would be on her Savior, Jesus. Well, she mostly got her wish. Every word that was said about her pointed to Jesus. The music was from a list that she had put together, but was about Jesus. The message was about that gifts that Jesus had given her. The invitation at the end (not common for a funeral service) was for encouraging others to know the same God that she knew.

There will be tears, there will be grieving, but the legacy of this wonderful woman of God will live on. Her legacy of encouragement, love and grace. This world may have lost a bright light, but Heaven has gained an angel.I know in my heart that God welcomed her with open arms and said “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

I know in my heart that God welcomed her with open arms and said “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

The Humanity of Christianity

Repent, Repent, Repent. Without telling you the consequences, let’s talk about the advantages of what happens when you repent of your sins and put your hope in Christ. What happens when a person repents of their sins and accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior? First thing is the heaviest weight is lifted off the shoulders of the penitent person. The process is completed with the outward sharing of the inward heart through Baptism where our old selves are put to death and we are reborn with Christ as a new being.
So what happens after? After your heart and mind have been transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit there is a change in how people see you. A deeper and fuller relationship builds as you are welcomed into the Body of Christ, pastoral follow up, discovery of Spiritual Gifts, New Christian and Discipleship Classes and requests to join certain ministry teams. And that is just the organized religion part.
Outside the church your actions and relationships will see a change as well. There are things you can no longer participate in and others that become mission fields. When you become a follower of Christ, people notice a change in behaviors. Because of this, you will suffer persecution, ridicule, shaming, forced separation, and a sense of being unwanted in certain facets of your old life. Those feelings are ok because you are being changed spiritually and physically. It’s really ok, honest.
Now if the last paragraph scared you away from making the decision to follow something that cannot be physically seen, I am sorry for your loss. If you do not accept Jesus, then when your time is up you might just end up in a place where you will suffer because you did not allow yourself to suffer on earth. You can live a good healthy life on earth without the riches, materialisms, technology, and other, worldly things that make you temporarily happy. Accepting Jesus means not worrying about food, clothes, and other things of this world. God provides a way for you to eat, dress, and live.
One of the hardest things to do is unplug from the world. We are a society dependent on technology and money where Satan is at the forefront by using these to control us and change the very DNA Coding that separates Good from Evil, Forgiven from Unforgiven, those in Christ and those who just claim belief. This world is being inundated with violence, immorality, and so many end time scenarios on You Tube and Facebook, that people have become numb. We have become so dependant on currency that we are a slave to it. The change is marked in us to show who are of the world, and who are of the Spirit.
Pastors that concentrate on the Tribulation, Second Coming, and the War for our Souls, usually put the Hope in Jesus as an afterthought. Hope in Jesus should be in the first things not the last things. Even though there are many things we must do and not do, Jesus made it abundantly clear who gets in and who doesn’t. Hoping in Jesus and knowing that He is carrying your burdens is one thing. Doing as you are told to do according to Scripture is something even more amazing. How do we help get people on the right track? Share what is good about being a Christian and the Hope that we are given through Christ.
We should not say that all we have to do is believe because that is definitely not the case. There is a difference in believing in and Being in Christ. The simplest way to state it is having an active faith means you are sharing your faith diligently, or inactive faith with the belief that Jesus has my life and “I’m good” not sharing with anyone. One person does not make a relationship.