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Jesus Said What??

We love to read or hear that Jesus loves us. We love to read or hear that Jesus forgives us. Forgiveness by others, including God, can be music to our soul. But Jesus and others like Peter, James, and Paul also told us stuff we may not be so eager to receive. However, heeding them is a matter of life and death. Here are but a few of the lifesaving tips:

  • Honor God and be charitable to others (Matthew 22:36-40). We are to honor God with our bodies and by good works born of faith (Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 2:10; 1Timothy 6:18) … period.
  • Introduce God’s Kingdom everywhere by word and deed (Matthew 5:13-16). If the Spirit of God is within us, we will have no choice but behave that way (produce fruit). Godly behavior presents God’s Kingdom to people; arrogant, ungodly, self-centered, or self-righteous behavior makes the Kingdom unattractive and often unattainable.
  • Be and make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 5:11-14; 2Timothy 3:14-17). As with honoring God and loving people, this is non-negotiable!
  • Count the cost of being a disciple, which anticipates appropriate responses to God and provides consequences, both good and bad, like any other relationship (Luke 14:25-33).
  • Forgive to be forgiven (Matthew 6:12-15; Colossians 3:12-13). We must give back what we’ve been freely given.
  • There will be trouble in life (John 16:33; 1Peter 4:12-19; Psalm 34:19; James 1:2-4 & 12; Romans 5:3-5 and 12:9-21).
  • But stand firm through that trouble to grow stronger and wiser and be saved from coming judgment (Matthew 10:22 and 24:13; Romans 5:3-4; Hebrews 3:14; 2Timothy 2:12).
  • Be productive in the Kingdom of God . . . or else. (Matthew 25:41-46; John 15:1-8).
  • Choose to stay (abide) in the relationship with God (John chapter 15). He seeks active, fruitful partners in a reciprocal relationship. Persevere and live!

So, according to Jesus and others, we’re to enter a relationship with God through Jesus and stay. And as we remain, we are disciples who make them as well. Finally, we must be productive by honoring God with all we have and are and love other people. Otherwise, we’re of no use to God. The good news is that He gives His Spirit to help us do all the things I just mentioned and be successful in our spiritual growth and obedience. What do we have to look forward to if we remain in a fruitful relationship with God? His peace and rest now, and rescue from judgment at the end of this world.

What’s next? Let’s understand better why we’re to challenge what we see or hear—especially where God is concerned—in next week’s article, “Ask Away!!”

Blessings and peace,

Dr. Ron Braley

Persevere and Live!

Make no mistake – God’s people will suffer incredible tribulation during the future Antichrist’s reign. Those who persevere and remain faithful will be brought out of that Great Tribulation and saved from God’s subsequent wrath.

A popular belief these days is that there’ll be a secret pre-second-coming gathering of the Church before this happens. But the relatively recent concept isn’t scriptural. The Bible tells a different version of the end, reminding us that tribulation is often necessary and that followers of our Christ will indeed go through the greatest tribulation in the last days. Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about our current tribulations along with a glimpse of the last, great tribulation – and the benefits of making it through them.

  • Going through trouble grows perseverance, character, and hope:

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope. —Romans 5:3-4.

  • Refining comes through testing:

If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. —1 Corinthians 3:15.

I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself . . . —Revelation 3:18.

. . . so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ . . . —1 Peter 1:7.

  • Christ’s followers may suffer tribulation but will escape the last-days wrath of God:

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. —Romans 5:9.

THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED. —Acts 2:20-21.

You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. —Mark 13:13.

Just as exercising your muscles promotes physical strength and health, staying the course during trouble can make us emotionally and spiritually stronger.  So, don’t bemoan those trials – tackle them head-on knowing that we have strength through our Christ to overcome. Persevere, grow, and live!