Tag: believe in Jesus

The Fountain of Life!

Scripture reading for April 15th:  John 7, Psalm 75, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: John 7:37-39 “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'”  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles where on the last day the tradition was to get two jars of water from the pool of Siloam and pour them out before the Lord as a remembrance of God supplying water from the rock during the Israelites’ wilderness experience.  Jesus called Israel to look to Him and believe in Him to quench their spiritual thirst.  He promised ‘rivers of living water’ as those who believed in Him were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit.  The infilling of the Spirit satisfies my thirst and empowers me to proclaim the good news of Jesus, Son of God and Savior.

Proverbs 13:14  “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”  vs. 25 “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.”

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Household salvation!

Scripture reading for May 26th:  Acts 16

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 16:31-35  “He (the Philippian jailer) then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and all the others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds;  then immediately he and all his family were baptized.  The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them;  he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family.

Acts 16 describes two instances of household salvation.  Earlier, Paul and Silas had gone to a place of prayer and a woman named Lydia gave her heart to the Lord and her household was baptized.  (Acts 16:15)  Here the Philippian jailer is saved from taking his own life and finds salvation by believing in Jesus along with his whole household!  God loves to save individuals and also whole families!  He wants His family to enjoy heaven with others from the same family!  What a great promise for each of us as we pray for our families to be saved!

Observations for over-comers:  Be diligent to ask God for the salvation of households!  Start with your own household and then be sure to include this promise when ministering to others who have families!  “. . .what our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.  . . . so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.  Then they would put their trust in God. . .”  (Psalm 78:3-4, 6-7)

 

 

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Faith–antidote for a troubled heart!

Scripture reading for April 24th:  John 14

After Jesus revealed Judas as His betrayer and Peter’s future denial, the disciples were troubled in their souls about the things that Jesus was telling them.  Jesus sought to comfort them and prepare them for what was coming!

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”  (John 14:1-3)  Jesus knew that troubling times were just ahead where these men would have their faith shaken and broken.  He knew that all would deny Him in their weakness of flesh.  But He encouraged them to trust in God and in Him and His word.  Jesus was preparing a place for them in Father’s house through the events of the next few hours.  They must trust that Jesus would prepare that place by going away and then return to take them there to be with Him.

Thomas told Jesus that he did not know where He was going or the way there.  Jesus answered, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)  Knowing Jesus was also knowing the way to Father’s house.  It was the truth that would make them free! (John 8:32) It was the life that would never end!  (John 3:16)  Jesus told them, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  (John 14:9)  Jesus wanted these followers and us to know the way to Father’s house!  Have you put your trust in God and His Son Jesus Christ?

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Does God save families?

Scripture reading for November 12th: Acts 16-18

I have prayed that all my family would all be saved and walk with the Lord during their time on earth.  God has been faithful and I am very thankful.   All my children are serving the Lord and have a personal walk with Him.   Many have asked if the Bible promises salvation to each person’s entire family.  Can we apply this story about the jailer and his house responding to the Gospel to claim our family?

“But Paul shouted,”Don’t harm yourself!  We are all here!”. . . . “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  . . “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:28-33

I believe that this record inspires faith for us to believe God for our entire family to be saved.  With faith in God, nothing is impossible.  We should ask for the salvation of our families and households and stand in faith in God’s word and mercy.  However, when looking at the rest of Scripture, I feel that it doesn’t promise that all will be saved.  Each person must choose to repent and believe on the Lord for himself.  God doesn’t make anyone believe!  Our prayers keep the door open and continue to draw the person to saving grace.

God doesn’t want anyone to be lost!  (1st Timothy 2:4-5)  He has done everything necessary to provide salvation for every person.  He draws each person by the Holy Spirit.  Yet, each person has a free will and the ability to choose his own way or God’s way.  If we could be made to be saved, all would be saved!  Jesus taught that the way of salvation was narrow and few were on that narrow path.  The way of destruction was broad and many were on it.  (Matthew 7:13)  Take time to pray that your household will be saved and that the Lord will draw them to Himself!  God honors faith!

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Believe–or die in your sins!

Scripture reading for May 15th: John 8:21-31

Jesus had plainly told the crowd at the temple that He was the light of the world and that anyone who would follow Him would never walk in darkness but would have the light of life.  (John 8:12)  He also told them that He was going away and that where He was going, they could not follow.  He was speaking of returning to His Father and the glory of heaven and they were unable to understand.  Some Jews in the crowd even speculated that Jesus was going to kill himself.  (John 8:22)

Jesus is the Light of this dark world and faith in Him comes from hearing and believing His word.  (Romans 10:17) The greatest darkness does not come from a lack of natural light, but from sin’s darkness in our soul.  The light of life shines in this darkness in the person of Jesus Christ and we must settle the question of who this Man is!

“But He (Jesus) continued, “You are from below; I am from above.  You are of this world; I am not of this world.  I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24)  Jesus plainly stated that He was from above and all other men were from below.  He told them that sin would bring death unless they believed that He was who He claimed to be. In the Greek, Jesus had told them He was “I AM”, claiming to be God!

This brought another questioning of Jesus.  Who was He?  Jesus told them that He was just what He had claimed to be all along.  He was the Son of the Father who had sent Him.  He was their true judge, who was trustworthy and reliable because He was the Son of God.  He was the Light of the world that was available for men in the darkness of sin to follow.

They did not understand or would not understand. “So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be], and that I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” (John 8:28-30)  The crucifixion and resurrection would bring revelation!  Have you received the Light?

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