August 2020 Good News

lynndunn

Romans 3:23-25 King

James Version (KJV)

23

For all have sinned,

and come short of the

glory of God;





God has a special reason and place for each of His created beings. Animals, too, have a purpose

in God’s creation. Man, as the highest order of creation, has been given dominion over

the animal kingdom (Genesis 1:26-28).

We believe that animals were intended for man’s enjoyment and use. The Bible itself does

not indicate that there is life after death for animals. It may be that God’s purpose for animals

is fulfilled on this earth. However, if animals would make us happier in heaven, surely

there will be a place for them there.

Some Bible interpreters have called attention to Isaiah’s description of the peace of God’s

future kingdom where he says that “the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion

will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25). Heaven will lack nothing that is good and that will

bring glory to God.



That Happiness Is Unattainable

The Devil wants you to stress about things outside of your control so that you don’t rely on Christ, the One

who strengthens, but that you will rely on the Enemy, the one who will do everything in his power to make

you doubt all forms of joy and happiness. He wants you confused, anxious, even angry about your life circumstances

so that you will and eventually become distant from God, and rely on your own understanding.

That God’s Word Isn’t Real

The Devil wants to trick you into believing the Bible is a collection of myths, in hopes that you will doubt

God’s Word and even His existence. He also wants you to believe that the Bible, written nearly 3500 years

ago is no longer relevant in our modern world because it was written so long ago. But God’s Word is real

and has real significance. Not only was it written by more than 40 different writers over a 2000-year span

with remarkable consistency, it explains life and the human experience in a way no other book has or ever

will.

That You Aren’t Significant

While God wants you to live a life filled with purpose, the Devil wants the opposite for you.

He doesn’t want you to think or care about your thoughts, attitude, words or actions and

will trick you into believing you aren’t significant. If he gets you to believe your life is without

purpose, then you will live a life of sin, out of tune with God. But your life is so significant.

God knew you before you were even born. Remember, He knows the plans He has for

you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

(Jeremiah 29:11)


That Church Isn’t Important

The Devil wants you to believe that you don’t have to go to church because it isn’t important, at least when

it comes to your individual relationship with God. What does church really have to do with your personal relationship

with Him? But the church isn’t just a structure – it is a physical representation of Christ in the

world. Members of this body not only share a common bond as Christians, but are also joined in Christ in Salvation.

The church is the body of Christ and each of us serves a unique, but significant role in it (1 Corinthians

4:12).

That Gossip Does No Harm, And Your Words Can’t Hurt

The Devil wants you to spread gossip and bad news so that you will focus on the negative and not believe in

God’s goodness or His blessings. If he tricks you into thinking gossip does no harm, you will then believe

there’s nothing wrong in spreading harmful or malicious words which can hurt the people you love, and allow

you to develop a negative occurring of the world around you, which has an impact on all that you do.

That The Physical World Outweighs the Spiritual World

If the Devil can get you to believe the physical world is more real than the spiritual world, he can trick you

into pursuing things like money, power and fame and have you believing that materialistic things are more

important than being in a relationship with God. If you think this, then you won’t seek first the kingdom of

God. But there is far more greatness in God’s Heavenly Kingdom than any material possession we acquire

while in physical form on Earth. Remember, Earth is now. Heaven is forever.


Covid- RELATED TO BIBLE PROPHECY?

The great falling away predicted in Scripture continues and escalates. If trends continue, the

next generation of leaders and decision makers will be "nones." "Nones" are those who do

not identify with any religious affiliation or belief system. Like most of Europe, it will be

wholly secular--which IS a belief system in itself.

As more and more people fall away from true, Biblical Christianity--so too will they fall

away from its principles, wisdom, sound-logic, and blessings. There's not doubt that our

country has been blessed so tremendously because it was founded on Biblical principles

(and because we have blessed the nation of Israel [Genesis 12:3]).

I'm not saying our country is perfect by any means, but to the degree that we have followed

God's ways in our culture--we have also experienced God's blessing and protection.


So what does this mean for us? Is this related to end-time events? Will it pass? Should we

store up toilet paper, cleaning supplies, flu medicine, and hunker down in fear? What

voices should we listen to? How seriously should we take the advice given by national

and local leaders? How should the Church respond?

First, to address the elephant in the room as it relates to end-time prophecy. We're not in

the tribulation period. Scripture is clear that the rapture will occur first. That's not to say

things won't get tough prior to the rapture. In fact Jesus taught in the Olivet Discourse

(Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13) that there would be birth pains leading up to (and ultimately

into) the tribulation period.

Also, THE tribulation is different from tribulation in general. Jesus told us in no uncertain

terms that we would have tribulation in this world (John 16:33). But, the judgments

in the tribulation period will be progressively worse than anything the world has

ever experienced.

I believe what we are witnessing with COVID-19 is part of the birth pains Jesus talked

about in the Olivet Discourse (referenced above). In fact, I think it is a major birth pain; as

is the locust plague that is ravaging Africa and the Mideast; as is the large number of social

uprisings in countries around he world; as is the increase in earthquake activity; as were

the record-breaking Australian wild fires; as is...you get the picture. Birth pains increase in

frequency and intensity, and they only increase until the moment of delivery.


This particular birth pain happens to be one that the entire world is feeling. Again, increased

intensity. It's also a birth pain that has shaken all earthly things. Sports, financial

markets, distractions, hobbies, concerts, you name it--have all been shut down.

Those things aren't bad in themselves, but it's as if God is removing any distractions for

a moment in history to plead with the world again,"Look up! Look to me! This world is

temporary. Think about eternal things. I love you. I died for you. Please don't ignore me.

Turn to me now while there is time."

I should also add that this is a pebble in the ocean compared to a yet-future global event

that will rock the world to its core. If one rapidly spreading virus can cause this type of

global disruption, can you imagine what the rapture will do when tens of millions are removed

from the world in an instant? That singular event will set all the end-time events of

John's Revelation into motion.


WHAT SHOULD WE DO NOW?

First, we should not live in fear. God is still in control. He's in control of the world, and in

control of your life. He didn't cause COVID-19, but he allowed it. There is a paradox inherent

in this discussion. God is sovereign, yet mankind still has free will.

God has told history in advance about where this is all headed, yet our freewill and the nature

of the fallen world transpire in chronological fashion. Faith is required. Gods' promises

are true, prophecy is real, world events are not random, this is all headed somewhere. Do

not fear. Look up!

Second, we should look for new ways to leverage this moment to turn people to Christ. It

may look different than 2 weeks ago. The truths of Bible prophecy are beginning to have

meaning to a broader audience as the whole world senses these birth pains.

Third, we should be responsible. Though we should not fear, we should heed wise advice

and take the recommended precautions seriously. It's a chance for us to love our neighbor

as our self. This pandemic forces us to get our eyes off of our own needs and onto the

needs of others.










“Ask Jesus into

Your Heart”: who

me?


“Ask Jesus into Your Heart”: who me?

Sinner's Prayer? That's Not For Me - I'm Not a Sinner!

"Sinner" is a word that gets a bad rap these days - and well it should. Unfortunately, the bad rap it is

getting is for the wrong reasons. Confronted with our shortcomings, we are quick to defend ourselves with

words like, "I'm not a sinner! I don't go around sinning! I've never murdered anyone or anything like that!"

The problem is, we don't really know what the word sin means. We think it only applies to some despicable

act that repulses "church people" who want to hang big scarlet letters around our necks. But sin simply

means to miss the mark; to fall short of the goal. The fact is, we are all sinners, for there is no one, save

Christ alone, who has lived a life that did not in some way fall short of the perfection God requires. We all

deserve to pay the penalty for that sin, which is to spend eternity in hell.

Sinner's Prayer - What the Bible Says About Sin

Sin, according to the Bible, is any action that violates the law given by God in the Ten Commandments. The

law was given by God to show us what it means to live a life deserving of God's love. It was also given to

show us that none of us can live that kind of life. God knew that in advance, and that is why He sent His

Son Jesus to be that perfect life for us. Jesus, God in human flesh, voluntarily laid aside His God-hood to

connect with us, to show us He understands us and to give us a way to be reconciled to the Father, since

none of us can keep the law to its letter. "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans

3:23).

Some say that sin is two letters, "s" and "n", with "I" in the middle. We elevate ourselves, and certainly we

live in a time when that thinking is being promoted. Sin may be something we can't be free of, but the

good news is we can be free of its penalty. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life

in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23)


Sinner's Prayer - Become a Sinner Saved by Grace!

What's the key to the Sinner's Prayer? As long as we are content to live in sin, the Bible says we are separated

from God. That condition may seem fine for a while, but it ultimately leads to misery and then to

eternal separation from God. "There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of

death." (Proverbs 16:25). The good news is that God Himself has made a way for us to be reconciled to

Him, and He has done this through His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:6-15).

What about you? Are you content to live for yourself, get the most toys, and die anyway? Or do you want a

life of purpose and hope? God, the One who created you, has a purpose for your life and wants to give you

a new beginning. If you are ready to admit your need for a clean slate in life, the God of second chances is

waiting to give it to you. All you have to do is start with the Sinner's Prayer


We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by

God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus

Christ. All you have to do is believe you

are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and

ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your

sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ

knows you and loves you. What matters to

Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty.

We suggest praying the following prayer to

accept Christ as your Savior:


"Dear God,

I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for

your forgiveness.

I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I

believe that He died

for my sin and that you raised Him

to life.

I want to trust Him as my Savior

and follow Him as Lord,

from this day forward. Guide my

life and help me to do your will.

I pray this in the name of Jesus.

Amen."


More magazines by this user
Similar magazines