He Could Not Change

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He Could Not Change.

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
Hebrews 12:16‭-‬17

These are sobering verses. “He could not change what he had done.” We are taught in Christian circles that there is always redemption for our sin. That we can always return to God and he will accept us. I look at these scriptures and others and find this endless claim of redemption not to be so. I believe there is a point where God will not call or hear you. A time when he will say, I will leave you to your own devices. I will not intercede on your behalf. We do harm to those who have assimilated this belief from us. We need to inform them that the patience of God is not limitless. That there is a time in a person’s life when God will not hear their cry of repentance. We need to instill the reality of the fear of God back into our lives as well as the lives of those around us. I am not referring to the reverence of God I referring to bone shaking fear of God. The ultimate judgment of God is in deed something to be feared.

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Shedding Of Blood

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Shedding Of Blood. 
 
22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22
 
Though we are no longer under the law, our salvation is dependent on the shedding of Christ’s blood. The crucifixion of Christ fulfills the requirements of the law. The law required the blood of a perfect innocent lamb for the forgiveness of sin. Christ became that perfect innocent lamb for us. Without Christ’s sacrifice, you are inextricably intertwined with sin. It is impossible for you to remove it from your life. Since you can not extricate yourself from sin. You are bound to it, and it is the master of your life, you are its slave. Freedom comes from forgiveness not from a statement of independence. The blood of Christ is the only thing that has the power to separate you from your sin. Only through the washing away of sin by the blood of Christ will you ever be forgiven. You can be free from your sin master when you have been cleansed by the blood of Christ.
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“Strangers on Earth”

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“Strangers on Earth”

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” Hebrews 11:13 NIV

Though this verse is speaking of the patriarchs of the Old Testament, it is also talking about us. We are the people who must live by faith. We can only see the promises from a distance. We cannot take hold of eternity of our own volition or in our own power. But we see it, taste it, expect it as a reality waiting to be materialized. By faith we see the New Earth and the New Jerusalem being birth in a place outside our present existence. Our place our eternal home where we will no longer be foreigners in a land not our own. We are citizens of the City of God.

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Love Your Enemies

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Love Your Enemies

44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44 

This is one of those really difficult scriptures.  We usually read this type of scripture gloss over it and move on. This is without a doubt contrary to our nature. What we would have preferred Jesus to say was something like hate your enemies. Because that would have been consistent with our nature. Have you ever considered what would happen if God were to bless our enemies? God will not facilitate or be the provider of evil. In other words, the blessing of God must be consistent with His character. Which means one of two things must happen for your enemy to be blessed. Your enemies must repent and turn to God. Or it is you that are in the wrong, and you must repent to receive the blessing of God. God is not going to condone of facilitate the evil of your enemy. His grace would cause your enemy to turn from His wickedness. Loving your enemy exemplifies the love of Christ. Praying for them invokes the righteousness of God on their lives. Praying for your enemy opens the door for repentance and restoration in their lives. Which if they walk through, will inevitably lead to forgiveness and acceptance into Gods family
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Day of Disaster

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Day of Disaster
 
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
 
even the wicked for a day of disaster. Proverbs 16:4 New International Version (NIV)
 
For those of you who think you are outside the will and plan of God. This is for you. This verse states two realities. The first is that no one is outside the plans of God. He will not waste anything you may not understand how it all comes together, but God does. Secondly, the wicked will be used by God to accomplish His purpose. It does not say He created the wicked it says He will use the wicked. God knows you, He knows everything about you. If you think that you are beyond His reach that you are beyond anything He can do you are wrong.  There is no side line in the journey of life you are in the game you can’t opt out. You are going to be used by God for His purposes. Make no mistake God is going to use you, and it will always be to His glory. The only choice you have is if you are going to be saved and glorified by Him. Or will you be condemned and cursed by Him?
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Once For All

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27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. Hebrews 9:27-28
 
In the history of events past and future, this happened once. It will never happen again.  Christ was offered for all humanity, but not all of humanity will be accepted. It says “many people” not all people. This sacrifice will not apply to those who decide to stand for judgment based on their own merit. It is like going to trial with no attorney, against the most successful prosecutor of all time. And he has the truth of your crime fully exposed. You will not stand a chance. Let Christ’s sacrifice be what takes away your sin so that you may be one of the many. 
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Called

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Called
 
9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9
 
Since before the beginning of time, God had set into motion all that was necessary for you to hear His call.   Before the foundation of the world, God had established a plan of salvation. Whereby we could live with Him. He knew what would happen before you were born. He orchestrated events so you would be in the right place at the most opportune time in your life to hear His call. If that is not amazing enough He did it all without violating your free will.  He calls us to live a holy life the best life a life we can’t find on our own. This holy life is not diminished by the absence of sin it. Is enhanced by the purity of righteousness.  The fulfillment of the plan was completed through grace by His Son Jesus Christ.  
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Shrink Back

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Shrink Back 
 
39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:39
 
To which do you belong? Seems like a silly question. If you’ve shrunk back, you probably wouldn’t be reading this.  And if you belong to those of faith you would not need this.  Why then is it in the bible? Because there are those of us, who are teetering on our faith.  Those who are standing at the door of belief, not fully committed to entering. This is for those who are struggling to completely commit to the truth. I would like you to notice there is not a third option. You shrink back you will be destroyed, you believe you will be saved. This is not a profound theological concept, it is straightforward, believe and be saved doubt and die. Not making a choice is a choice that will lead to death. You cannot straddle the fence on this one. God does not allow it. 
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Realities of Heaven

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 Realities of Heaven
 
1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Colossians 3:1
 
What are the realities of heaven?  It is the dwelling of God, Father Son, and Holy Spirit. No more death, disease, infirmity or pain. Peace, joy, and happiness are its foundation. Completeness, wholeness is the standard of life. Lack will not exist. Love received without impediment.  No enemy that can taunt, assail or kill. No conflict, war or discord. Worship and praise are unhindered or obstructed.  The fullness of God is ever-present. Jesus our Lord rules. Our eyes, ears, and minds opened and unfettered by the veil of sin. We will live in truth, free from the threat of sin. We will be cleansed from the stench of sin. We will be free.  Our minds will be opened, and we will understand the justice, love, and forgiveness of God. 
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Listen to My Voice

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Listen to My Voice
 
6 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:6
 
Not of the sheep pen. Though no one likes to think of themselves as sheep. This is the analogy that Jesus uses in describing humanity. The thing about sheep is they are pretty much defenseless. They don’t have large horns. They do not own superior speed they are not particularly fierce, and they’re  easily lead. When you think about the analogy, it sticks pretty well.  Spiritually speaking that is who we are. We are naked and blind in a spiritual world most don’t even recognize. We are led about by any ideology that suits our fancy. We will follow anyone that appears to have an intelligent idea even if we don’t understand it. 
 
Jesus came to save, protect and defend the sheep. His intent is to provide for those who follow Him. His sheep will listen to His voice. Why? Because it is a voice, we know. It is the voice of God that is within you that has always been with you. It is the breath of God breathed into you that gave you life. It is the essence of who you are, and you already recognize it. It is a voice that you will know because it is part of you. The part that only understands the truth. The part of you that yearns to reconnect with the God that created you. It is the voice of God singular and clear that cuts to your very soul. It is the only voice that can touch the deepest recesses of your heart. It is the only voice that can fill the emptiness of your soul. And He the great Shepherd wants to take you home.
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