The Bright Morning Star

(I wish I had a beautiful picture to put as the front for this article. I can just imagine the morning sun as it rises and gives life to the sky. Oh well . . .).

There is a popular song by a group called Linkin Park about the sun. It seems to be about the world but what I want to draw attention to is the lyric “The sun it sets for you.”

Now thinking about how the sun gives us life and helps things grow and is needed every moment of our lives (it even makes the moon glow!) is the sun “setting” a good image concerning God’s love for us?

I think ironically it is a good image of the world’s selfishness and what the world thinks is right. I feel it is symbolic of what the world thinks is good while the one we may know of rings true in light.

As a matter of fact, the sun rising is something that has always moved me. There is something so beautiful about being up in the morning and seeing the day “waking up” for the first time.

As Jesus comes closer, we must realize that the He, son of God is the bright and morning star. . .

In church I and the congregation have been exploring the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ (that is what my bible calls the book of “Revelations.”). We have been going over verses in chapter 19 and the things we learned struck a chord with me.

In this book John has future events revealed to Him through God. He is given the task of telling people the things to come like God’s wrath and the end of days including the great tribulation.

It says in Revelation Chapter 19, verse 11-13:

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him WAS called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes WERE like a flame of fire, and on His head WERE many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

This section of verses is very intriguing. I liked how the pastor made a point about the last section (verse 13) and said the blood in this verse is NOT talking about redemptive blood. It is not in this case about the blood that Christ gave to forgive our sins, rather it is for God’s wrath. It is basically the opposite, in a way.

Jesus has always been the ruler of authority. This though is the case where He will come back to earth and rule earth for a long time. His power and majesty demonstrate His authority (it said in one of my pastor’s notes).

Jesus is right to judge this world. By this time it will be that Jesus will have sovereign judgment on a wicked world.

Now. . . one reason I felt to post these things on here is that I have seen God’s moving in my life. I kind of fear that the reason there is so much out pouring of God in my life with things He has shown me through His Word and by the Holy Spirit is because these really are the last days. I only fear this because there are so many people I want to share Jesus with and I hope they will know Him before this time comes.

If these are the final days (or minutes if He comes before I do anything after this post) I hope you, reader, come to know Him.

I hope that God will rule your life and that He will shine upon your face. It says in part of Revelation 22:16 that Jesus calls Himself the “Bright and Morning Star.”

May you, if you do not know of Him the knowledge of God, hear the word of God. I hope that you will not know too late of what Jesus has done for you.

Did you know that you have sin? I know that we all do. Even if you do not know that you sin I hope you realize what sin is and that you do have it. It says in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

Sin is the things that we do, say, or think that do not please God. Thinking of examples of each action will make it clear for you.

Do you curse or have you ever cursed? Do you ever have thoughts about other people that you are ashamed of? They are examples of sin.

Well sin keeps us from being with God in Heaven and He does not like that we are separated from Him. That means that we are bound to go to hell if we do not know a crucial fact.

Well God, because He loved us and wants us to know Him, sent His Son Jesus who was the perfect sacrifice. He was perfect and that was why He died and bled on the cross so that we would have our sins forgiven. He took the punishment we deserved and died so that we would not have to go to hell. He died and rose again. That means that Jesus lives! He lives and He wants us to know Him so that we would trust in Him and be with His Father one day.

Now if you never did that you should turn your heart to Jesus. You must know that this world can never save you; only Jesus can and that if you confess to God you are a sinner, you believe what Jesus did on the cross, and if you choose to trust in His son Jesus Christ you might become saved. If you meant it with all your heart then you will be saved and the angels are celebrating in Heaven! Welcome to the Godly flock, brother or sister!

Know that this world is not good to depend on or live by its ways but that Christ wants you to live the righteous way. He wants us to live the only good way to live because He is love and He gave us life. Like the sun is to the trees we must nourish the Son’s ways like they are life itself.

We must know what is good because if we don’t . . . the world quickly tries to let us believe it itself is good.

Live like God and shine His light today!

 

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Give more to God. You cannot “outgive” Him.

I have been seeing things in my life lately that I think are evidence of spiritual growth. I am amazed at what God has been doing in my life and it amazes me to know that He is doing this (and I don’t deserve it)!

But one thing has made me challenge my faith in God lately. . . and that is if I give enough of my life to Him.

I have been feeling like I have been unfair to God that when I go out and serve God in this special teaching thing with children (that is NOW over!) before I leave I read His Word. I have made it that it is the only chance that I read the Bible.  I noticed that during the other days of the week I would find it seemingly impossible to read His word or just merely have time set aside to do it!

But there is a twist to that! I CAN afford to make the time. . . it is just that I made myself believe that television shows and other activities get in the way.

I realized that and prayed to the Lord about it. I said that I know that the amount of time I do spend with Him He does appreciate. . . but I feel I haven’t appreciated Him to bring more of Him into my life.

I need to give God more time by reading His Word and praying more. Plus I need to have Him use me more. . . because these chances I got to serve Him were not going to last forever!

I still need to while I had that “territory” to proclaim the word of God to head to my own territory. . . to my own house, to my neighbors, and to others and shine God’s light to show them that He loves them so.

One saying that a church member said about serving God has stuck with me for a few years. She made a point about telling people about the Bible and said how much God uses it. She said how we are free to share as much as we want.

And she said: You can’t “outgive” God.

What did she mean about this?

That God’s faithfulness and love is available today and always! That He loves us so much and that He wants us who know Him to let other people know that.

It says in God’s Word: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

Does that mean some of the world? Does that mean only church members? Yes right!!—–

Well maybe you have been unintentionally feeling that way but that is not true! We live in a world (especially us in America) that when things go well and it is up to us to tell people the Gospel we may think our way out of it. Or we think, “People will think I am silly if I tell them about Jesus.”

Well guess what? If we do not speak about the One to the world it is like we are in the world.

I think we should be thought of as “silly” in a way. Hey. Normal is not a good thing. 😛

But if we get rejected by the world and persecuted maybe it could bring people to see that “light” in your heart because you are not like everyone else. Maybe someone could see you as an example for someone who follows God.

Be an example tonight. Give out for God. Let Him know how much you appreciate Him. Tell your children a bible story before they go to bed. Pray to God and ask Him to be glorified in your life. Love the Lord!

And maybe God will one day thank you that you gave so much for Him. . .

 

God answered a question I hadn’t known for years!

You know, I really learned something in bible class today at church! I was pondering something I wanted to do for the Lord for a long time (count it- about seven years!) but was torn between the good and bad things about it. For a long while I wanted to make a specific movie project. I hoped to make an original film and specifically wanted it to be a PG-13 movie (I did not want it to be the “corny” modern G or PG rated film here in America. . . I wanted it to target a certain audience). I should have noticed the red flag right there that while it would be a movie for the Lord I purposely wanted it to have inappropriate scenes. There is one scene that comes to mind but I do not want to veer this blog away from “pleasant” material which is what I want this blog to have. So let’s just say it was a remark that was crude and made fun of the human body. While funny as it would have been (and it would have been perfect for the idea I was trying to satirize) I realize that, satire or not, it would not be good for God.

When one makes a film for the Lord they have to look out for a lot of factors if they want it to be fit for people who need the Lord. . . and one thing that should not be in it should be visual or gratuitous (meaning pointless) references to sexual immorality.

For years I have fought mentally with whether or not this would be a great film idea and weighed the pros and cons about the project (the cons at one point made me abandon the whole idea at that time back in 2005) and eventually I wanted to make it again. I wanted to get this story together. . . but I felt that I should look closely to what God wants me to do concerning this.

Who knew besides God that I would have gotten the answer today?

In Ephesians chapter 5 of the Holy Bible (especially in verses 3 to 4) Paul was speaking to the church of Ephesus about ways to completely honor God. He spoke to the faithful and people who wanted to follow what God wanted for their lives. The problem was there were people in the church who were preaching the news of Jesus Christ but living immoral lives. There is a word for that and in most cases this is possible to avoid; it is called being a hypocrite.

Paul was encouraged by God to tell ones who wanted to serve God how terrible it was to have sexual impurities while telling people how to live a godly life.

It says in parts of verse 2 (then to verse 3) to “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us. . . (be) an offering for God a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as it fitting for saints; (Verse 4) neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

One version that was read this morning spoke to me. . . it said “Let there not be a hint of sexual immorality in you” and let there not be basically crude talking.

My thoughts that this movie which would have purposely made fun of sinful nature but in a sometimes vulgar way would not be good for a work for the Lord. As funny as that humor may seem it there would be no real reason that it should be there.

This week I feel my eyes are opened to what the Lord has in store for me. I feel that as long as I honor God I will be able to see fruit in my life and see what He wants in my life.

Do you “smell sweet?” Do you have a pleasant aroma that God can easily use for His will so people can enter His kingdom and be saved?

If you do not have a godly lifestyle pray about it and especially if you do not know Christ you must know that you need Jesus. Following Jesus is so awesome! I have never regretted living for Him.

But you must ask Jesus to be your savior if you want a relationship with Him. For example praying that you are a sinner and can do nothing to be saved or to go to Heaven you need Jesus. You must believe what Jesus did on the cross and then choose to follow His ways and trust in Him. If you prayed that prayer (or will tonight) the moment you do the angels in Heaven are rejoicing because now there is a new person who truly is one of God’s children and will be in Heaven one day.

Living for God has been an enlightening experience.

I have seen amazing things happen in my life and I know that so much of it came after I looked to God’s wisdom. He gets credit to all the wonderful things and results that have happened in my life!

Jesus who took the cross and died for my sin and rose again lives in my heart and I see some of the things that He does every day.

And today was no exception. I wanted to be answered this question for years. . . which was: “Is this movie project appropriate for the Lord?” 

And I got burdened by God’s Word to realize the answer is “No.” Though that is the answer I don’t feel sad that I have to say goodbye to this idea. God needs to be heard and when that word of the Lord is nicely “peppered” with big bits of humor, who’s attention does the listener become turned toward in this case? The speaker maybe? Not God.

God should be heard not I. I know that living this life for Jesus He must increase (be more like Jesus) and I must decrease every day. The word of God and the message of His son has shown me the place that is good that I must follow.

Thank you Jesus for showing me where to look.