Category Archives: Christian Living

Do Good and Share

“Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.” (Hebrews 16:13 HCSB)

How are we doing with this?  Are we being intentional about looking for members of our churches who are in need in order to help them?  God, through the Apostle Paul, commands us to meet the needs of those who are in the faith, first, then care for those outside the faith:

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith (Galatians 6:10. HCSB).”

We may not know of anyone in our churches who are in need, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anyone in need, especially the elderly.  If we don’t know of anyone in need, it’s because we are not looking for them and encouraging them to let someone know of their need.  Some people will not speak up because of their pride, or for fear that they will be judged.  We must let them know that we love them and that they don’t have to fear us.  We are family and, as part of God’s family, we are to love and care for one another.  Jesus said:

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35 HCSB).”

Do our personal and church budgets have a benevolence category in them, or have we omitted them?  If they do, what percentage of our income is designated for benevolence?  Doing good and sharing what God has given us is not a suggestion, but a command. Part of being a Christians is living our lives for the benefit of others.  Of course our families come first, but we should set aside resources that will help others.

So, then,

  • how will we obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will we share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will we share the story of our salvation and the story of what Jesus has done for us?

 

In Christ’s love,

Phil

Have You Quit?

“So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

If we are Christians, God has given a a moral code to live by.    He never, ever, promised that living by His code of conduct would be easy, but He did promise to send the Holy Spirit into our lives to help us persevere in living by His code of conduct, especially when we are at our weakest:

“In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.” (Romans 8:26)

Doing what is right in God’s eyes is not an option.  Jesus gave us the following commands that we, as Christians, cannot continue to ignore:

“He said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39)””.

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

As Christians, getting tired and quitting doing what is right in God’s sight is not an option, folks.  People are going to know that are true believers by our actions, not just by our words.  Jesus warns us about fake Christians and tells us how we can tell them apart from the real Christians:

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20)”.

True Christians persevere in their faith, and living in immediate, radical, costly obedience to our Lord’s commands because He’s worthy of our all, all the time, not just when we feel like it.  Only those who persevere to the very end of their lives will be saved. Jesus said:

“But the one who endures to the end will be delivered (Matthew 24:13)”.

So, what does your life say about you?  Are you a quitter? Have you quit?  If you have, you need to make sure you are who you say you are, or you will reap what you sow.

So, then

  1. How will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  2. With who will you share today’s Scritptures?
  3. With whom will you share the story of your salvation, and Jesus’ story?

 

In Christ’s love,

Phil

Nothing’s Greater Than Love!

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

My dear friends, we must be able to tell the difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who really are Christians.  Jesus warns us about those who are not Christians and in Matthew 7:15-20, He tells us how we can tell the difference between the imposters and the real Christians:

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.” ~ Jesus

There are many who claim to be Christian leaders, pastors, and activists, yet they create division, they stir up hate and keep it burning, they fight injustice with injustice, they love violence and call for it, they lie, they cheat, they steal, and they applaud those who do it.  Even if they don’t physically engage in these things, when they applaud those who do them, they are actively participating with those who do. Jesus tells us that those who participate in anything other than love are not Christians, and they will spend eternity in hell (V. 19).

Jesus gave all Christians the following commands and those who are not involved in doing them are in in deep, deep, trouble:

37 He said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command.39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands (Matthew 22:37-40).

27 “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).”

Love is the essence of who God is. Love is His personality and His character, and everything He does is motivated by love.  If we are true Christians, the Spirit of God lives in us and because He lives in us, His love is in us, and just as He loves, we can love also. So, if someone calls him, or herself a Christian and are not modeling love for the world, then they are not Christians and they must be ignored. We must not allow ourselves to be influenced by them.

God created every human being in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), and because He created every single human being in His image, every single human being, no matter the color of their skin or where on earth they come from, are valuable to Him; and as valuable as we all are to Him, we should be valuable to one another. He did not make anyone more valuable than the other.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth. So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.”” (Genesis 1:26-27)

But loving others as God has commanded us to do is not possible without God’s love in us. Peace on earth cannot be achieved unless the world knows the Prince of Peace, Jesus.  Racism and bigotry will never end until until real Christians get up out of their comfortable pews, get out of their temples, and get to work taking the love of Christ to the world, beginning where they are.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).”

So then,

  • How will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share the story of your salvation and the story of what Jesus has done for you?

In Christ’s love,

Phil

God is at Work

“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

If you are a Christian, don’t try to hinder God’s continuing work within you, for He is preparing you for an eternity with Him.

From the very moment we surrender our lives to the lordship of Christ, He sends the Holy Spirit to work in us, to begin to transform us into the likeness of Christ.  Our problem is that we tend to hinder the the Holy Spirit’s work because we don’t want to be transformed. We like to be who we’ve always been and continue living as as we’ve always lived.

Jesus said that we must die to our way of life and be reborn into a new life in Him:

Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you[c]must be born again.”

God, through the Apostle Paul, tells us that evidence of a person’s salvation is a change that happens in a person’s life after they surrender their lives to Christ:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things[a] have come (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

This is a regeneration of a believer into a new creature, a new creation, a new person altogether:

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:1-5).”

One cannot call himself a Christian and his heart be filled with hate towards anyone, for any reason.  Jesus commands all Christians to be different from everyone else and do the opposite of what everyone else might do.  He commands us to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who mistreat us (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27-28).

Just because a person calls himself a Christian does not mean that he or she is a Christian.  Jesus tells us that we can know the difference between a true Christian and a fake Christian by their fruit, by their conduct, their speech, and their way of life:

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).”

So know this, those who call themselves Christians and demonstrate hatred towards anyone, for any reason, are not Christians.  They are imposters being used by Satan to discredit and destroy Jesus and those who belong to Him.  People are evil because they want to be, not because Jesus does not exist, or does not care.

Is God’s Holy Spirit working in you?  What does your life and speech say about you?  Wouldn’t you rather have love, peace and joy in your life?  If so, here’s how God says you can have it:

  1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
  2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
    This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you did this, God is so happy with you and wants to start working in your life and through your life. Please send me a message letting me know that you did it so that I can pray for you as you begin a new life in Christ.

Now, wouldn’t it be a great thing for your family, loved ones and friends to have the peace, joy, love and security you now have?! Go tell them, right now, why you chose to follow Jesus. Let me know how it goes. I look forward to hearing from you.

In Christ’s love,

Phil

Be Immovable

“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58‬ HCSB)


The message here is simple, folks. God, through the Apostle Paul, is telling us that we need to get up off our comfortable, temple pews, get out of our temples, and get to work! Jesus gave all Christians a command:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew‬ ‭28:19-20‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

Jesus also said:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

What this means is get up, get out and start making disciples and teaching them to make multiply themselves in others. It’s about rapid multiplication, not occasional addition.  

So, you say you would like to do this, but don’t know how? If you’re serious, check this website out: http://www.zumeproject.com 
So then, 

  • how will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share your story (testimony) and Jesus’ story, today?

If we are disciples of Christ, we must be fruitful (John 15:8) and multiply (2 Timothy 2:2). This is not an option, it’s a command.

In Christ’s love,

Phil

¡Clavados!

“Pero los que son de Cristo han crucificado la carne con sus pasiones y deseos.” (Gálatas 5:25)

Este verso es un gran recordatorio a todos los que nos llamamos Cristianos, de lo que es ser un verdadero Cristiano, y el compromiso que hemos hecho con nuestro Señor Jesus. De esto es lo que nos recuerda este verso:

  1. “Pero los que son de Cristo…” – estos son los que han puesto toda su fe y confianza en el hecho de que Jesus es el Mesías, Dios encarnado, quien vino al mundo a morir en una cruz para el perdón de nuestros pecados y darnos, así, la oportunidad de asegurar la vida eterna con El (Juan 3:16); que Jesus, quien nunca peco, tomo nuestros pecados como si fueran Suyos, y sufrió la medida completa de la ira de Dios por nuestros pecados para darnos la oportunidad de pasar la eternidad en el cielo con El (2 Pedro 2:24).
  2. “han crucificado la carne con sus pasiones y deseos.” – hemos hecho una decision consciente de clavar, de matar, nuestras pasiones y deseos por las cosas de este mundo y elegido vivir para cumplir las pasiones y deseos de Jesucristo, Señor nuestro (2 Corintios 5:15).

Debemos recordar que Jesus quiere seguir viviendo Su vida aquí en ella tierra por medio de nosotros.  Dios, por medio del Apóstol, Pablo, nos lo dice de esta manera:

“Con Cristo estoy juntamente crucificado, y ya no vivo yo, mas vive Cristo en mí; y lo que ahora vivo en la carne, lo vivo en la fe del Hijo de Dios, el cual me amó y se entregó a sí mismo por mí (Gálatas 2:20).”

Queridos, Jesus quiere revelarse al mundo por medio de nosotros para que el mundo que nos rodea, y mas allá, crean en El y también tengan la seguridad de su salvación, así como nosotros la tenemos.  La pasión y deseo de Jesucristo es que ninguno se valla al infierno:

“El Señor no retarda su promesa, según algunos la tienen por tardanza, sino que es paciente para con nosotros, no queriendo que ninguno perezca, sino que todos procedan al arrepentimiento (2 Pedro 3:9).”

Las pasiones y deseos de Jesus deben convertirse en nuestras pasiones y deseos, y debemos hacer la decision consciente de clavar nuestras pasiones y deseo por las cosas de este mundo en la cruz de Jesus, y vivir solo para hacer Su voluntad.  ¿Puede decir, usted, “¡Clavadas!”?

Entonces,

  • ¿ha clavado sus pasiones y deseos a la cruz de Jesus?
  • ¿Como obedecera las Escrituras de hoy?
  • ¿Con quien compartira las Escrituras de hoy?
  • ¿Con quien compartira las historia de su salvación y la historia de lo que Jesus hizo por usted en la cruz?

***Si usted nos es creyente y quiere serlo, mándeme un mensaje privado y hablemos.  Espero que lo haga.***

En el amor de Cristo’

Phil

Nailed Them!

“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24)

This verse is a great reminder for those of us who call ourselves Christians as to what it means to be a Christian and the commitment we made with Jesus.  Here’s what this verse is reminding us of:

  1. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus…” – these are the ones who have put their full faith and confidence in the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, God incarnate, who came to die on a cross for the forgiveness of our sin and give us eternal life (John 3:16-17); that Jesus, who did not sin, took our sins as if there were His very own and suffered the full measure of God’s wrath for them in order to give us the opportunity to spend eternity in heaven (1 Peter 2:24).
  2. “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” – we have made the conscious decision to nail, to kill, our passion and desire for the things of this world and chosen to live for and and accomplish Jesus’ passion and desire.

We must remember that Jesus wants to continue living His life here, on earth, through us.  God, through the Apostle Paul, says it it this way:

“and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).”

Folks, Jesus wants to reveal Himself to the world through us so that the world that surrounds us will believe in Him and have the assurance of eternal life, just like we do.  Jesus passion was for the lost and his ultimate desire was for not one to go to hell:

“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).”

His passions and desires must become ours and to achieve that, we must make a conscious decision to nail our passions and desires for the things of this world to the cross of Christ, and to live only for His will.

So,

  • have you nailed nailed your passions and desires to Jesus’ cross?
  • How will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will your share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share the story of your salvation and the story of Jesus did for you on there cross?

***If you’re not a Christian and want to be assured of your place in heaven for all eternity, private message me and let’s talk about it. I really hope you will.***

In Christ’s love,

phil