Sounding the Trumpet!

We live in a rapidly changing society. We face terrorism, moral decline, and rampant violence. Should we resign ourselves to these societal ills, or should be act in response to these intimidating problems? What should Christianity’s response be? Often we Christians do not want to seem pushy regarding our values and our faith, but the world is pushy toward its values onto the Christian world. Society trumpets values that do not speak for everyone, but we Christians lack boldness when telling others about Jesus. On June 28, 2016, dozens lost their lives because of three suicide bombers. The greatest tragedy, however, is that some of them may not have known Jesus before leaving this earth. We cannot change the hearts of people, but God can! He can use us to sound the trumpet, to let people know that He is coming back for those who know him.

We should be ever more committed to sharing his word. The Bible tells us to remember that “Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins (James 5:20).” We must become fishers of men! We must work fervently to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. Our fervency is about giving people hope in a wicked world. Romans 10:14 says, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?” The Christian mission is to preach the good news – death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Using the theme of Finding Dory, we must rescue, rehabilitate, and release souls so that they are equipped to do the same. I am reminded about a time in which I was in a car accident. When the fire department of the city of Philadelphia rescued me, I was wearing a tee-shirt that had a firemen’s logo in the upper left corner. On the back it had a picture of a fireman running into a burning building saving lives without getting harmed. The fireman asked me, “Is someone in your family a fireman?” I said, “No. I rescue people from the flames of hell.” How ironic it was to have that shirt on at an opportune moment to be a witness for Jesus Christ!image

We often get stuck on teaching only morality, but the Gospel is about knowing Jesus as one’s savior. Morality comes after accepting Christ. Christianity is about saving lives from the second death. For the Bible in Revelations 20:12-15 says,”I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books….And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Let’s be colaborers with Christ, working feverishly for the salvation of others. For the Bible says that the night is coming when no man can work (John 9:4). Lastly, the Bible says, “How beautiful are the feet” of those who preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:15). My goal is not to scare anyone into accepting Christianity, but to help others begin to believe in His name, and to trust in Him.

If you are reading this and you not a Christian, please answer the call of Christ. Ask God to forgive you of your sins. For the Bible says, “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).” Let today be a day of new beginnings.

For further reflection and edification, read 1 Thessalonians 4.

Prayer: God, you are worthy to be praised. Please bless the readers of this post and help us to come into a deeper relationship with you, and unabashedly share the good news of Jesus Christ! In Jesus name we thank you, and praise you for what you will do in our lives. Amen!

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Faith in Action

What is Faith in Jesus Christ?

What is Faith in Jesus Christ?

Often many of us┬áconfess that we believe in Jesus Christ. We even may share our faith with others. But how do we truly know whether we have faith? How do we get faith? Is it something that we have because we believe in Christ? What is faith? According to the Bible, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. The Bible also says that without faith it’s impossible to please God and that we must believe that he exists and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Faith also come by hearing the word of God.

In my early days of being a Christian, I desperately wanted to believe God for some great things, but I did not know how to have faith. I nonetheless knew that I needed to pray to ask the Lord to have a closer walk with Him. I began spending more time in His word. He reminded me often in his word that He is the vine and that we are the branches. He said that if we abide in Him and His word abides in us, anything we shall ask for, we shall receive. Thus, I knew that if I asked God for faith that would move mountains, he would give it to me as long as I was abiding in Him.

Over the years, Jesus has proven himself faithful. Twenty years ago, I started my law practice. I previously had jobs in which I received a steady paycheck for a set amount. Suddenly, I had to totally rely on Jesus Christ daily. For four consecutive years, I learned to trust in Him. During that time period, I seldom had more than I needed, but I had sufficient money to take care of my bills and the basic necessities. Whenever my supply was almost gone, miraculously a paying client would come through the door with just enough money to supply what I was lacking.image

Was it easy living by faith? No, but I learned to trust in Jesus and to take Him at His word. I thank God that He orchestrated my path by teaching me to abide in His word and to live by faith and not by sight. I’m now at a point in my walk with the Lord in which I trust Him for even greater things.

Lord help us all to commune with you, to sup at your table so that we are like trees planted by the rivers of water that bear fruit in its season.

Faith produces action in the believer. God will begin to use us in incredible ways as we reach out to other believers and nonbelievers encouraging them to believe that there is nothing too hard for the Lord. Do you love bragging about God? Do you love telling people of the great things He has done? Let’s encourage one another daily in our walk with Jesus Christ and remember to share our faith with others while we still have time. Let’s remember to be fishers of men! Be encouraged, God is still on the throne.

Scriptures to meditate on: Hebrews 11; John 15: 1-8; Habakkuk 2: 1-4; Psalm 1