I have made a conscious decision to be content in whatever I am going through, in whatever state that I am in. I consciously take a look at my situation and I realize that I am with God and that He has placed where I am for a reason. I used to strive to gain wealth and then after coming to know Christ I found myself to be a happier person, praying in every situation, do good for others and then finding God's handiwork in everything that surrounds me.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6
I used to work two to three jobs just to be able to supply for my family and it was never enough. No matter how hard I worked, no matter how long I worked each day it was like I was stuck in a rut. Get up, go to work, go home do more work, go to bed to get up to start the whole process all over again. I wasn't getting any further ahead, I was just getting by. I struggled to find happiness, I struggled to pay my bills and I struggled to keep my family happy.
Now, I no longer worry about bills, there is no conscious decision to be happy because I am happy. I left a $90,000 a year job to make $40,000 a year, people thought that I was crazy. I have never required food stamps, welfare or any form of public assistance. My bills get paid on time, I am able to travel with my wife; I am enjoying life to the fullest. I work at a job that I love to do in emergency medical services; I get to help people in perhaps what is the worst time of their life and that enables me to share my faith. I impact people's lives in a positive way, not me but Jesus Christ; He has me where I am doing what I am doing.
I am alive today because of Jesus Christ; when I look back on my life I wonder how I survived this long and there can only be one answer; Jesus, Jesus has kept me alive along this long. I may never know the reason but I am pretty sure part of that reason is so that I can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, weather by mouth preaching and teaching or by action helping the poor and needy. I have finally found out how to be happy and how to be content.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Have you found the secret to being happy? It's Jesus!
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The Only Way to Heaven!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
It has to be this way because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for the sins of the world. In a selfless act, Jesus was a propitiation for us taking the punishment meant for us upon Himself; and in doing so He alone bridged the gap between us and God. A man you didn’t even know died on the Cross for us so that we might be saved.
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.
You can’t wish your way into heaven, you can’t buy your way into heaven, you can’t even work your way into heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
That grace comes through believing in Jesus Christ; who He is and what He has done. I can’t save you, your pastor can’t save you; you most assuredly can’t save yourself, only Jesus Christ can save you.
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Only Jesus Christ can save you because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for us. The Bible also teaches us that we have to confess it!
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
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
Let’s not stop there, you also have to repent of your sins; in other words you have to stop sinning and turn to Jesus Christ!
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Only a just and loving God could come up with a plan so simple; all praise honor and glory are His.
Have you excepted Jesus as your Lord?
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Believing in Jesus Christ is a key to our salvation but it is also a key to our personal intimate relationship to our Lord and Savior. We have to believe in who He was, what He has done and what He continues to do to this very day; what He continues to do for you and for me.
Over 2000 years ago a man we didn't even know came down from heaven to earth to pay a fine for a sin that He didn't commit; Jesus Christ was sinless. What He did is pay our fine for us, He took the penalty meant for us on Himself; Jesus Christ became a propitiation for us and died on the cross for the sins of the world. After being taken down from the cross He was placed in a tomb for three days but the tomb could not hold Him, the apostles found the tomb empty. In such Jesus defeated the works of the devil so that all that call upon His name and believe in Him shall be saved.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus Christ now sits on the right hand side of the throne of God and mediates for us, making a way for us to approach God's throne of grace. That is why when we pray we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
Let me take it a little further; as many of you know I don't just believe in the power of prayer; I believe in the power of Jesus Christ to hear and answer my prayers. Sometimes I don't get the answer that I want but I get an answer. I don't just believe, I know that Jesus hears and answers my prayers; I know that He mediates on my behalf. I know that no matter what I do, even if it's wrong; not that I intentionally go out and sin but when I have committed a sin, I have a Lord and Savior that I can turn to to forgive me of my sin. I have had way to many things happen through answered prayer that just cannot be explained any other way; nothing troubles me because I have a Lord and Savior that is bigger than this world.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
I believe, do you?
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2 Corinthians 2:14-15
A Fragrant Aroma!
God is always with us and God will never leave us! When you add to this...
No weapon formed against you shall
We start to lose our fear of man, and begin to rely upon, depend upon our Lord and little by little the confidence builds.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When we become totally submissive to the Lord, totally dependent upon Him, we become conquerors...
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Nothing can stop us, because nothing can stop the Lord...
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
We overcome the world and then the Lord disperses us as a fragrance. We become the light in a darkened world. As we spread the gospel message more hear the word and more accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior, we become a fragrance that continues to spread.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
How do you smell?
An Independent Ministry
We need to pray that Christians rise up and stand for our Lord Jesus Christ!
We need to take our country back from the darkness!
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Let us turn from sin and towards GOD!
We need to Pray for The USA and God's intervention!
We need to keep Israel in prayer!