I am Nothing Without Jesus

I’ve always known that I was never cut out for popularity. I have always been an introvert, and still am, even though God’s Holy Spirit compels me to break free from my idleness and go out and tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ. If my words have any value or depth or power at all, it is not me who is their author, but Him.

It is not that I am good, but God is Goodness personified.

It is not me who speaks the Word of Life, but God is His Word working through me.

It is not that I write for effect, or popularity, or fame, but that God wants to manifest His power in me to others, hence my zeal for the Gospel.

God gives each of His own a certain measure of faith, a talent, a calling, and a goal. I strive to use mine for His Glory.

Have you lifted up the Lord in your life today?

Are you on fire for God enough to lose friends?

I’ve had a good friend at church and on my Facebook for years. She enjoyed my pictures of nature and that we both love Pennypack Park (where I go riding my bike). However, she posted something today that made me sad, even disappointed. She is misled by the world about a certain TV program, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” which is a promoter of the gay agenda. I told her this, and that she shouldn’t be watching that show. She didn’t agree with my stand for Christ, saying the show “promotes love and empathy.” Empathy for what, sodomites raping straights??? So reluctantly, I removed her from my Facebook, because I am not going to force my opinion down anyone’s throat, even though I thought she was a believer like me. Just goes to show we can’t see anyone’s heart, but thankfully God can.

I’m not judging anyone for the TV shows they watch. If you enjoy watching filth from the vomit box, then that’s your issue. As for me, I gave up watching TV years ago. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Thank God He got my head out of that gutter!! And yes, I’m speaking in strong language. All this TV garbage will be completely destroyed by the Lord very soon. What a wonderful day that will be!

When you really desire to follow the Lord and live for Him with all your being, you will lose friends. The world will give you up like a cat with a hairball. Someone once told me that I’m a “hardliner” because I tell it like it is, no whitewashing or sugarcoating. If God can be straightforward, so can I, and He gives me the power to do so. Even so, AMEN!! Show me empathy on that!!

I still love my friend, and I hope she can forgive me for my frankness. When I see her at church I will hug her like I always do. I love my church family, but I dislike certain things they do! Surely they must dislike some things about me as well. Nobody’s perfect, right? But I for one want to be pleasing to the Lord.

My mother used to say, “TV rots your brain!!” She was correct. God help us in these last days to seek the Lord.

The Power of Christ

Many verses come to mind when we speak of the matchless power of our Creator and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. Here are just a few:

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he (Jesus) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 15:19
Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Romans 16:25
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

1 Corinthians 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 5:4
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Peter 1:16
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Revelation 12:10
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

I saw all these verses in the Bible (I use the King James Bible, no other) and thought, what an awesome and powerful God we serve. The one I started off with, 2 Cor. 12:9, is a direct application to me at the moment. I am about to undergo knee surgery in the near future, Lord willing, and I need to lean powerfully on the Lord at this time. I must learn to “glory in my infirmities” so that the power (grace, will) of Christ will rest upon me, not thinking of my flesh but in fact rejoicing in tribulation and affliction, for so we are called and commanded to do. Since the Lord Jesus suffered, so shall we.

Romans 1:16 speaks of the mighty Gospel of Christ, which has power to save a wretched soul from sin and an eternity in Hell fire. The Gospel is the power of God because it is the reason why Jesus came to die on the cross. To save us from the wrath of God, which overshadows every unrepentant sinner, and to bring the new birth to those who believe.

Romans 15:19 speaks of the power of the Spirit of God, Who is our Paraclete and Enabler to show forth the glorious Gospel that saves souls from Hell. He is our Guide and Comforter, always pointing the way to Jesus Christ, and empowering us to live for Him alone.

Romans 16:25 tells of Him that “has power to stablish you according to my (Paul’s) Gospel”; in other words, the Holy Spirit is the very Spirit of Christ, and He gives us strength to overcome temptations and desires of the flesh and grows us in the grace of God. This doctrine was not fabricated by the Apostle Paul, but in fact was the Holy Ghost in him speaking of the very Gospel of Christ, by which all men may be saved, and had been revealed to him by Christ after his conversion on the road to Damascus.

1 Corinthians 1:24 gives the meaning that Jesus Christ is the very Power of God from Whom the Jews sought a sign, and the Power of God from which the Greeks obtained wisdom.

1 Corinthians 5:4 is the power of Jesus Christ is in us who are born again, so that we may fellowship one with another when we come to worship Him. He is in the midst of where two or three are gathered, and He hears their prayers.

2 Peter 1:16 is Peter the Apostle driving home the point to his listeners that he knows and was eyewitness to the Lord Jesus Christ on earth and in His Glory on the Mount. He urges them that Jesus Christ is not a fable or a story, thought of by delusional false prophets, but really is Who He says He is, the very Son of God Who came to die for men’s sins, and that His imminent coming should urge us to redeem the time while we tarry on earth to serve Him and to spread the Gospel to all we meet.

Revelation 12:10 speaks of the Power of Christ as seen from the Father’s point of view, when He sent the Son to earth for His ministry, to be lifted up on the Cross and draw all men to Himself and reconcile them to God. This, again, is the ever-present Gospel message, that you don’t have to go to Hell if you believe that Jesus paid for your sins in full on the cross. It also teaches that through the power of Christ, we have full assurance and final victory over the world, the flesh and the Devil.

In conclusion, I want to be used by God for whatever purpose He has for me. The Power of Christ is the means by which this will be done, in Jesus’ Name.

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior? You need only to admit that you are a sinner bound for Hell, that you believe Jesus took your punishment on the cross for your sins and shed His blood for you, then you receive His gift of eternal life. This is how to be born again and obtain a place in Heaven: Believe that Jesus DIED, was BURIED, and ROSE AGAIN. THIS is the Gospel.

Mark 16:15
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

In Jesus’ Name, amen.