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Are you Ready?

Life after Death

1 Chronicles 22:5b, “So David made abundant preparations before his death.”
 
I know it sounds a bit morbid, but the truth is, we must always be ready to die. Over 151,000 people die every day, and unless we experience the rapture – – one of these days we too will be part of that 151,000!
 
We must always be ready and guard ourselves from the thought that it won’t happen to me, because it can happen to any of us, anytime (James 4:14).
 
I was reading a chart on the odds of a person dying based on age and gender – I found it fascinating. If you’d like to check out the odds, I’ve provided a link below, but keep in mind that odds are not gods, and the one living God has already circled the day of our departure on His calendar ‘cuz we all have an appointment with death (Hebrews 9:27). 
 
Question: What will we leave behind and what are we looking forward to?
 
David is a great example for us in the way he made “abundant preparations before his death” (let’s take some time to ponder that concept). 
 
You probably know the story, how David had it in his heart to build a temple for God – but he wasn’t allowed to because he’d been a man of war. God chose David’s son Solomon instead – but David didn’t get bitter, he got better and did all that he could to help his son and the nation of Israel to have a place where they could honor the Lord, David invested into their spiritual lives. What about us, what are we leaving behind for both family and flock?
 
And what are we looking forward to – Heaven or Hell? With or without God? (see Revelation 20:11-15). Not everyone goes to heaven, only those who are prepared by placing their faith in Jesus Christ. David was a true believer, he was ready to die, he knew he was going to heaven (Psalm 23:6)…how about us?
 
So…beloved, buy life insurance, settle those differences with loved ones, say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done. Leave godly things behind and look forward to God ahead – ‘cuz at the end of the day, it’s not until we’re ready to die, that we’re actually ready to live.
 
Your brother in Christ,
– Manny 
 
Odds of Dying – Link

Why the Jews?

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Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

By the time we reach Genesis 12 in the Old Testament God has covered the first 2,000 years of human history. He’s covered the fundamental topics such as creation, marriage and family, the fall, the flood, the Tower of Babel which was man’s attempt to reach God on His own (Babylon is symbolic of man’s religion), and therefore God used different languages to scatter the human race throughout the face of the earth.

We now come to the lineage of Abraham – the Jews. Abram (his original name) is first mentioned in Genesis 11:26 and interestingly enough the rest of the Old Testament will virtually focus on this man and his descendants. You might wonder why? Is it because He loves them more than He does the rest of the world? No, that’s not the reason. Although they ARE a chosen people to be a sign and sent to the rest of the world, the truth is God loves everyone equally. We read in Galatians 3:28,“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” That passage teaches us that although there are distinctions, there are no spiritual advantages, it doesn’t matter if you’re Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female.

So…why is the Bible (especially the Old Testament) all about the rise and fall of Israel? And the simple answer is because it was through the Jews that Jesus would come. Our passage for today is Genesis 12:3,“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God chose and preserved the Jews because it was through them that Jesus would come who would be a blessing to all the families of the earth.

I pray you would enjoy your journey through the OT, that you would have a special place in your heart for the Jews and Israel, and most of all, that you would know, love, and be blessed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Love you! Your brother in Christ,
– Manny

Blessed

Blessed

November 30, 2018

Psalms 32:1-2 “A Psalm of David. A Contemplation. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

Sometimes I sense that we as Christians don’t really realize how blessed we are.

I’ve been reading through the book of Romans and I came across this passage from Psalm 32 quoted by Paul in Romans 4:7-8 as one of Paul’s Old Testament examples of someone who was saved by simple faith. The salvation of David meant that his transgressions of murder, adultery, and so much more – were forgiven, his sin was covered, his iniquities were cancelled and not counted against him. That’s amazing! but not only were David’s sins forgiven, David had all the beautiful, wonderful, perfect and absolute righteousness of Christ imputed (transferred) to his own personal account.

In God’s sight, David was no longer in the hole, he was flawlessly holy.

Wow!

You would figure that Paul would stick with people like Job, or Joseph, Jeremiah, or Daniel – but David? David had a good heart (most of the time) but what he did to Uriah and Bathsheba – murder and adultery (see 2 Samuel 11) – how could he do that after all God had given him? David was so accountable as the king of Israel, a Bible writer to the world, the spiritual leader of the land, but then that fall – he fell so hard, so far!

How could he be a poster child for the church?

Here’s how…we’ve all sinned – and not just against Uriah or Bathsheba, but against God, and I know this is a hard one to swallow (get ready) – – – but we’re all guilty of murder and adultery (please see Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28; James 2:10-11).

We were all just as guilty as David, but now we’re just as innocent and righteous as the Son of David, the Lord Jesus Himself. Christians are blessed because we’re forgiven and given the righteousness of Christ. I hope you know that my beloved friend, just keep believing in Jesus – keep the faith, bask in the blessings and may His amazing grace and everlasting love help you walk in the newness of life.

Your brother in Christ,
– Manny

 

Grace

Grace

WHEN WE TRULY BELIEVE IN THE LIFE, DEATH, AND RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WE GET SPECIAL GRACE! God graciously forgives and saves us from all our sin; He opens the windows of heaven and lavishes us with His goodness, even though we’re ALL always 100% unworthy!

Some people struggle with the message of grace. They think we’re violating the holiness of God, that we’re making it too easy for people to get saved, or that we’re giving people a license to sin…but we’re not. Simply put, this is God’s Word to mankind, this is how we’re saved and sanctified – from start to finish. Not a single day will ever go by when we don’t use it, I just pray we’d never abuse it (Romans 6:1-2).

It’s God’s unmerited favor, it’s G-R-A-C-E = God’s Reward At Christ’s Expense

Do you need grace today? Whoever you are, I pray you’d know, the Lord sees you, knows you, and loves you, just look to Jesus. He’s ready and willing to forgive those who come to Him with a broken and contrite heart. He’s ready to give you a new start in life. (John 8:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Timothy 2:1)