Sin

If You Met Jesus in the Next Few Minutes

08/26/2020

Do you “clean up” before something important? Maybe we have a job interview or are going to a wedding or meeting friends. Do we shower and put on clean clothes? Of course, we do.  We prepare for the one we’re meeting. One of Jesus’s beloved followers tells believers in 1 John 3:3 that we should prepare for when we meet Jesus. “Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him (Jesus) purifies himself, just as He is PURE.” But hasn’t Jesus already made us pure? Yes. Jesus cleanses us of our sins when we repent and confess Him as Lord.  But John makes an important point. God’s children should guard against daily sin in anticipation of  meeting Christ.  If we knew we would meet Jesus in the next few moments what might we do or not do? Right a relationship? Apologize to someone? Say “no” to a sinful habit?  The fact is, we will soon meet Jesus.  How could we “purify ourselves” in readiness to see our risen Lord?

Lord Jesus, You are PURE and we desire to be pure like You. Forgive our sins. Fill us with Your pure, Holy Spirit.  

How to Prepare to Meet Jesus

09/16/2019

LISTEN

Do you “clean up” before something important? Maybe we have a job interview or are going to a wedding or out with friends. Do we shower and put on clean clothes? Of course we do.  We prepare for the one we’re meeting. One of Jesus’s beloved followers tells believers in 1 John 3:3 that we should prepare for when we meet Jesus in heaven. “Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him (Jesus) purifies himself, just as He is PURE.” But hasn’t Jesus already made us pure? Yes. Jesus washes us and cleanses of our sins when we repent and confess Him as Lord.  But John makes the point that as God’s children, we should anticipate meeting Christ and therefore guard against daily sin. If we knew we would meet Jesus in the next few moments what might we do in preparation? Right a relationship? Apologize to someone? Say “no” to a sinful habit?  The fact is, we will soon meet Jesus.  How might we “purify ourselves” in readiness to see our risen Lord?

Lord Jesus, You are PURE and we desire to be pure. Forgive our sin. Fill us with Your pure, Holy Spirit.  

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Prepare to Meet Jesus

09/12/2018

LISTEN

Do you “clean up” before something important? Maybe we have a job interview, are going to a wedding, or out with friends. Do we bathe and put on clean clothes? Sure! We prepare for who we’re going to meet. One of Jesus’s beloved followers, John, tells believers that we should purify ourselves. But hasn’t Jesus already made us pure? Yes. We’re saved by faith in Christ’s completed work on the cross. But John makes a point. As children of God, we should eagerly anticipate meeting Christ and therefore desire to put off sin. If we knew that we’d meet Jesus in a few hours, what would we do? Right a relationship? Make an apology? Release a resentment? Shuck a bad habit? The fact is, we will soon be meeting Jesus. 1 John 3:3 tells us, “everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He (Christ) is pure.” Now is a good time for us to ask forgiveness for our sins and for the Holy Spirit to fill us.

Lord Jesus, You are PURE and we desire to be pure. Forgive our sin. Fill us with Your pure, Holy Spirit.  

“Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him (Jesus) purifies himself, just as He is PURE.” 1 John 3:3

Move Away from the Fire

01/16/2018

Driving to Kerrville from San Antonio,

I reflected on God’s goodness at the P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference at The Fellowship of San Antonio.


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Praise to the TRIUMPHANT Lord

11/27/2017

“When He (Jesus) had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having TRIUMPHED over them through Him.”

Colossians 2:15

Do you ever feel like things are out of control? Does it seem like politicians and people in authority ignore your voice?  Does it seem like we live in a world where truth is ignored and people are deceived? Christ can relate. He was pronounced “not guilty,” then crucified. But that wasn’t the end of the story. Christ TRIUMPHED over the grave, rulers, and authorities. He disarmed them and made a public display of them. The good news is – Christ is still on the throne. Wrongs will be righted one day. Deceptions will be revealed. Right and truth will prevail. The Triumphant Lord is also able to triumphant over strongholds in our lives, despair in our heart, and sin that entangles us. Psalm 46:10 reminds us, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Christ is the triumphant Lord. Look to Him. Call on Him.

Lord, You are TRIUMPHANT over death, rulers and authorities. You are triumphant over powers and sin. We ask for Your help to stand against evil and to live godly, holy lives.

‘Fess UP

08/14/2017

UPLIFT is a blog that focuses on ways we can please the Lord by living our lives before Him in an UPLIFTing way. We can:

  • Wise UP and benefit by living according to His teachings.
  • Lift UP our eyes to Him when we don't know what to do.
  • Armor UP to be equipped to resist temptation.
  • Stand UP for our convictions.
But, how about the everyday subject of how we're eating? Ouch! I don't like to talk much about this topic, but bear with me. In a day where food is genetically engineered and super-sized, isn't it important that we eat UP healthily as unto the Lord? After all, the Bible does discuss this. Whereas the word "love" occurs 348 times in the Bible, "eat" occurs 527 times.
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