Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Fruit of The Spirit, Faith

Faith,


There is no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. We are all here by some kind of happy happenstance. An accident. There is nothing following this time on Earth. When we die, that's it. Game over. There is nothing more.

Now think about this. The Earth has been here for a VERY Long time. Take just a chuck of that time, say a Thousand years. Now take your life. The average life span is say 75 years. That is approximately 13 generations of people being born, living to 75, over and over again. That is just a Thousand years. One life and generations that follow that life. Now image all the other lives, the Hundred of Billions of people that have ever come and gone. What is your life?

Not convinced of this concept yet? OK. Picture this. There are people right now, that are still living that have gone from Horse and Carriage, Candlelight, and Out Houses, to Space Travel and Laser Beams. From Phonographs to Smart Phones. This is just in the last Hundred Years. What is your life?

Even the Word Declares that...
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." {James 4:14}
Where is the Hope? What is it that we are here to do? Are we born into a life of slow decay? Simply born to work a job and make money, pay bills, and die? Where is the Peace in that? Where is the Joy in that? Where is the Love in that? After all, what would be the point?

There was nothing. Out of this nothing came something. {Forget this is Scientifically and Mathematically impossible} Then from this first something floating around in a puddle of ooze, {Where did the Ooze come from? UH, forget that.} EVERYTHING formed. All life from the Hot Blooded, to the Cold Blooded, to the Tree, from Mosquitoes to Fish, to People. {Don't even think about DNA} So we are all here because, well,  just because.

Now yes, I DO truly feel that you need to have MORE Faith to believe in the above theory of Evolution than you do to believe in God, after all...
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." {Hebrews 11:1}
None of us were here at the beginning. But what makes more sense? In the beginning was nothing? Or,
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." {Genesis 1:1}
Then to believe that we came from Monkeys {Where are the ever changing Monk-mans today? As we continue to see Caterpillars to Butterflies, Tadpoles to Frogs, many other evolving Species, Elephants are Evolving to Lose Their Tusks, Hudson River Fish are Becoming Immune to Toxic Waste, Lizards are Rewiring Their Own Guts right now to accommodate whatever their Local diet. Where are the Monkeymen?} or,
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." {Genesis 1:26}
In the original language, the word our and us, signifies three or more. We are make in the Imagine of God. Our Mind, after the Father, our Bodies, our Flesh after the Flesh of God, Jesus, and our Soul, or Spirit, the thing that will live on, after the Holy Spirit. Three yet One.

As a Child of God, we have Faith that there is MUCH more than just living to work and pay bills. That there is MUCH more than being born to die. Much more available to us both now and in the time to come.
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
{1 John 5:4-7}
When you understand, just by accepting the Truth, you now have Faith that not only is there someone in charge of this whole thing, but the one that created it, is now your Daddy...
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" {John 1:12}
Now you can have TRUE Faith. Faith that there is so much more. That no matter what happens here and now, you have the authority and the power to overcome. This is why God gave us His Word.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." {Romans 10:17}
We can claim it for ourselves. We can own it. It is a love letter from our Daddy. See, when you open yourself up to what the greatness that God and Life, truly is. That it is not just mundane, day in and out of what to eat, what to drink, and what to wear, and that there is an Eternity waiting for us ahead. Then, and only then, can you have true Peace and Joy. Faith that all these things will come to pass, give you a freedom that many will never find..
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." {Romans 8:18}
There is no hope without Jesus.
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:" {1 John 5:12-14}
Now that is Love. That is Peace. That is Joy. That is Freedom. You can believe in nothing if you choose to. You can believe that there was nothing, then we are here, and then there is nothing again. But I choose to believe in a Creator. One who is Love. One who is there always. One who wants to be my Daddy. One whom the Word declares has counted the very hairs on my head. One who is also there waiting. Waiting for me.

You know, I get asked this various ways, semi often. What if you are wrong. What if there is not God? My answer is simple. "I would rather believe in God and come to nothing, then believe in nothing and come to God."

See, by believing in God, I serve The God of the Bible. I try my best to follow "His" Moral code. I try to serve others. So if there is nothing when I die. I will come to nothing. I will not even know there is nothing because I have become nothing. So what did I loose?

Now lets say I believe in nothing and just allow the Flesh to drive me. The Flesh, Trends, Peers, whatever. I just live for me, not believing in anything. After all, no God? No God, no Devil. No Devil? No evil. No "bad?" No Bad no Good. Just do as you will. No Heaven, No Hell. Get the point? So now I die and stand before God. What do I loose? EVERYTHING.. And EVERYTHING is for an Eternity. Forever.

You see, it's to late after you leave this Earth. After you "Die." But that's not fair? No, it is perfectly Fair. Listen carefully to me. There is a God. He is Love. He became flesh and came to earth and died for you. He raise Himself from the dead. He PAID the PRICE of Sin and Death for YOU. He made the way simple.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
{John 3:16-18}
Accept it or not. It really is just that simple. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

Now build your Faith. Read your Father's Love Letter to you.
"But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." {Galatians 3:22}
If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

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