Tag: eternal life

Resurrection mystery unfolded!

Scripture reading for September 14th: Isaiah 53-55, Psalm 128, 1st Corinthians 15

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 15:50-53 “I tell you this, brothers; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

Paul explained the mystery of the resurrection, using a seed as an illustration. The seed going into the ground may not have any resemblance to the plant that will grow from it. So the fleshly body that is put in the grave will be raised a spiritual body full of life eternal. Jesus Christ is the fore-runner. His body was buried but raised on the third day a glorious immortal body. As believers in Jesus, we may not understand it, but we wait expectantly for the last trumpet! The best is yet to come!

Psalm 128:5 “The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for explaining the mystery of the resurrection body and showing Yours to the disciples. Empower me to share this mystery to bless Your people with heavenly vision and eternal life.

Isaiah 53:10 “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”

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Greatness through serving!

Scripture reading for August 12th: Hosea 14, 2nd Chronicles 26-27, Psalm 61, Matthew 20

Key Scriptures: Matthew 20:25-28 “But Jesus called them to Him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.””

The mother of James and John came to Jesus and requested a special favor. She wanted them to sit on Jesus’ right and left when He came into His kingdom rule. In reply, Jesus asked them if they were able to drink the cup that He would drink? He further told them it was not His prerogative to grant this honor, but His Father. Greatness in God’s sight is being a servant, humble and obedient, even unto death. Jesus, Himself, is our example.

Psalm 61:4 “Let me dwell in Your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of Your wings!” Selah

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the promised reward for those who put their faith in You and seek Your presence and favor. Help me to serve You and others, pleasing to You and honoring You.

2nd Chronicles 26:4-5 “And he (Uzziah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.”

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Reward in the new world!

Scripture reading for August 11th: Hosea 11-13, Matthew 19

Key Scriptures: Matthew 19:27-30 “Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed You. What then will we have? Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

The rich young man who had come to Jesus inquiring about eternal life, left dejectedly after he heard Jesus’ answer. Jesus told His disciples how hard it was for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven, and they asked Him about their own sacrifice to follow Him. Jesus promised them a throne of judgment in the new world and eternal life. Those in this life who are prominent because of wealth will be last, and those who renounce riches in this life and follow Jesus will be blessed with eternal reward.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord, I have chosen to follow You and leave this world and its riches for a greater riches in knowing You. Help me to keep walking with You, waiting on You, and calling on You. I want to hold fast to Your love and justice and never turn back.

Hosea 12:6 “So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”

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Heirs of Eternal Life!

Scripture reading for July 13th:  1st Kings 15, 2nd Chronicles 13-14, Titus 3

Key Scriptures:  Titus 3:3-7  “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” 

We all have a tainted history–sinners enslaved by our flesh and involved in acts of sin and rebellion against God.  Jesus Christ was presented to us through the preaching of the Gospel and by grace we were able to see His goodness and kindness and respond through repentance and faith.  This was all an act of mercy on Christ’s behalf, justifying us who were guilty and making us heirs with Him of eternal life!  Amazing grace brought saving faith.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace, goodness and kindness towards me, a rebellious sinner.  I invite the Holy Spirit to continue Your regeneration of my heart, preparing me for eternal life.  Jesus is Lord!

2nd Chronicles 13:12 “Behold, God is with us at our head, and His priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you, O sons of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of you fathers, for you cannot succeed.”

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The good fight!

Scripture reading for July 2nd: 1st Kings 10-11, 2nd Chronicles 9, 1st Timothy 6

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 6:9-13  “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.  It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things.  Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  

Paul warned Timothy about one of the traps of the devil:  the love of money.  Jesus had taught that a disciple couldn’t serve two masters.  The love of money was idolatry and had taken many away from the faith and caused much ruin and destruction.  The man of God must flee from this trap and pursue God and His righteous character.  He must lay hold of eternal life by living a sold-out and set-apart life .

1st Kings 11:4 “For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I submit to You alone as Lord and will pursue and take hold of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ and His Word.  Keep me safe from snares that will turn my heart away from You. 

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The abounding Grace of God!

Scripture reading for May 28th:  1st Chronicles 22-25, Psalm 78, Romans 5

Key Scriptures:  Romans 5:18-21 “Therefore, as one trespass lead to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.  For as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the One man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.  Now the law came to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  

Paul explained that Adam’s sin of disobedience to God’s simple command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brought death to all men.  But the second ‘Adam’ Jesus Christ’s perfect obedience made eternal life and righteousness available to all men under the sentence of death.  The law was given to reveal and increase man’s awareness of sins and the need for grace.  God’s grace abounds for eternal life to all who confess their sins and ask for grace by faith.

Psalm 78:38 “Yet He, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; He restrained His anger often and did not stir up all His wrath.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your compassion and restraint for us descendants of Adam.  I receive the ‘abounding grace’ provided by Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Fill me with joy and grace to share Your compassionate gift of eternal life!

1st Chronicles 22:9-10  “Behold, a son shall be  born to you who shall be a man of rest.  I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies.  For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.  He shall build a house for My Name.  He shall be my son, and I will be His Father, and I will establish His royal throne in Israel forever.”

 

 

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Jesus is alive!

Dear family and friends,

On this Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020, Mary and I would like to tell you how much we appreciate each one of you.  Each person has had an impact on our lives.  You are each unique and wonderfully made.  God has used each of you to shape us and help us along life’s journey.  No one is insignificant.  Thank you for being who God made you to be and for loving us and our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is my life mission to love God and worship Him and to love those made in His image. (Matthew 22:37-40) My love for God involves obedience to His Word and following the Holy Spirit each day to do the works He has laid out for me.(Ephesians 2:10, John 15:9-10)  My desire follows Jesus’ mission and desire–to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10, Matthew 28:18-20).  Jesus Christ is God’s Son, sent to earth in a human body to show us the love of our Father God in Heaven.  Jesus came to save sinful mankind from the penalty of sin, which is death.(Hebrews 9:26-28)  The first death is the death of our body but the second death follows the Judgment at the Great White Throne for those who rejected Christ’s atonement. (Revelation 20:14-15)  Eternal life with God is far better than the second death–the Lake of fire!  (Seems obvious!)

Because sin leads to death, Jesus was crucified and died on a cross as a substitute for all who will repent–admit their sins–and ask God for mercy and pardon through Jesus.  Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb, sealed and guarded by Roman soldiers.  Scripture says He descended into Hell and announced His victory, taking the keys of death and hell from Satan.  (1st Peter 3:18-20, Revelation 1:18)  Jesus is now alive(Matthew 28:5-7) and reigns at God’s right hand, there making intercession for those who come to Him in faith. He is able to save us to the uttermost,(Hebrews 7:25) because He is alive.  We are granted access through the torn veil, His own body! (Hebrews 10:19-22)

If you have not repented of your sins, today is the day to go to Jesus by faith!  He will not cast you out but will give you pardon and the gift of eternal life.  Receive Him today and join the family of God in thanksgiving and worship!  In His Love,  John and Mary Morse

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Regenerated and renewed!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Titus 3, Psalm 53, Proverbs 18

Key Scriptures:  Titus 3:3-7 “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  

All of us humans have a common history.  We were foolish and in slavery to our fleshly passions before hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   But when the good news of Jesus Christ was preached to us and we repented and believed on Him, He saved us by a gift of His grace.  He washed us with His own blood, and regenerated us through new birth.  He renewed our life when we received the gift of the Holy Spirit, marking us as heirs of the gift of eternal life, the nature of God Himself.

Faith Confession:  I used to walk according to my fleshly passions, but I heard the good news of Jesus Christ.  I repented of my sins and passions and received regeneration and renewal through the Holy Spirit.  I am an heir of eternal life!  Praise the Lord!

Psalm 53:3 “They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”  

Psalm 53:6  “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!  When God restores the fortunes of His people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”

 

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Eternal Satisfaction!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  John 6, Psalm 74, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  John 6:35-40 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent me.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.”

The Father’s will was a key thought in Jesus’ life.  Jesus came to earth do do the Father’s will, not His own.  Those who choose to believe in Jesus come to Him and will be eternally cared for, never to be lost, hungry, or thirsty again.  They come because the Father decreed that anyone who looks on His Son and believes would have eternal life and resurrection to life!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for the Father’s will!  I joyfully look on You and believe, receiving eternal life, satisfaction of my hunger and thirst, and security!

Psalm 74:12 “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”

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The Fields are Ripe!

Scripture reading for April 10th:  John 4, Psalm 72, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures:  John 4:34-38 “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?  Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.  Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.  For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor.  Others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

Jesus had shared with a Samaritan woman that He was the Messiah.  She was so excited that she ran into her village and told others about Jesus, inviting them to come meet Him.  This was the ‘work’ that the Father had sent Jesus to do.  He instructed His disciples as the people of the village were streaming to meet Him,  “See that the fields are white for harvest.”  Some sow, others reap, but rejoice that fruit is being gathered for eternal life!

Faith Confession:  Lord, I see the fields ripe for harvest!  Thank You for allowing me to participate in the sowing and reaping of this ‘fruit’ for eternal life.  (Action Step:  Share the Gospel with someone you know who may be lost but is open to listen.)

Psalm 72:16 “May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field.”

 

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