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The Other Tree

Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
Joh 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Joh 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Lesson #9

The tree must be watered in order to last through the season.

Lesson #10

The tree is decorated by it’s owner and has no choice in what is put on it.

Lesson #11

The Decorator knows what ornament or decorations to use to cover up the “gaps, imperfections, and blemishes” on the tree to make the tree look as if there was nothing wrong with the tree at all!

Lesson #12

The Christmas tree is decorated with lights for others to see when it is dark.

Lesson #13

Gifts are customarily at the foot of the Tree.

Lesson #14

The Most Important Decoration goes on top of the tree for all to see.

Lesson#15

There is one more Tree that I would like to talk about, and that is the tree that was used for our Saviour to die on.  This Tree:

-Took a tremendous amount of work to get ready for its purpose

-It was a different type of tree

-Had a much different purpose

-Was the most important tree of all time

It is the Cross that my Saviour was crucified on.  You see, you and I were the reasons why Jesus died on the cross.  He didn’t want to die, but did it because He and the Father loved us so much!  For a person to reject Christ as the only way to Heaven, is to make the cross void in their life.  God is a Jealous God and He does not like His only Begotten Son being taken for granted, voided out of our life, and made of no effect.  If you are not saved through the ONLY WAY to Heaven, then today can be that day for you.  You must simply:

1. Realize that you are a sinner:

 Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 

Because we sin, we come short of going to Heaven on our own, something supernatural has to happen.

2. There is a punishment for our sin:

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Because we sin, there is a punishment…death.  We all are going to die eventually.  It could be in the car today or tomorrow, or it can be when we are 80 years old and gray headed.  We WILL die someday!

Now, put step one and step two together and we find out that a sinner is going to die and they cannot go to Heaven!  I do not like this part, but it is still true.  Hard truth is still true, just because truth can be hard, the truth does not become void because it is hard.  Everyone must deal with this issue or this issue will deal you to Hell.

3. God made a supernatural way to Heaven for you and me….guess what, it is a gift!  This is the Good Part!

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

God has a gift for you and me and it is eternal life in Heaven, All you have to do to receive that Gift is to accept it.  That is it, just take it!

4. You must ask in Faith to receive the Gift!

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

In order to receive that Gift you must:

1. Ask Jesus to Save you

2. Ask in Faith.  With out faith it is impossible to please God.  You cannot earn it, you will never become perfect from doing good.  God never will ask you to do something that you can not do!  And you cannot earn your way to Heaven!  You must do what the Bible says and that is putting all of your faith in going to Heaven in Jesus Christ only !  Jesus really is the way!  He is the only way!

Salvation does not cost me or you anything, it’s cost can only be paid by Jesus Christ!  Will you make today the day of salvation?  I hope you do!  If you do, please reply to me and let me know!

January 6, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Lights

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Lesson #8

The tree must be placed in a good, solid tree stand.

Lesson #9

The tree must be watered in order to last through the season.

Lesson #10

The tree is decorated by it’s owner and has no choice in what is put on it.

Lesson #11

The Decorator knows what ornament or decorations to use to cover up the “gaps, imperfections, and blemishes” on the tree to make the tree look as if there was nothing wrong with the tree at all!

Lesson #12

The Christmas tree is decorated with lights for others to see when it is dark.

This is part of the decorations.  The lights illuminate the tree and the decorations when it is dark out.

Application

We are supposed to be a light to a very spiritually dark world.  We are not commanded to “fit in”, but rather to stand 0ut like a light.  We are supposed to be totally different than those that are around us!  We should not be antagonistic about our differences, but rather our differences should illuminate what God has done in our lives.  Let me ask you a question, are you a light to the lost and dying world that we live in?  Can others get light from your testimony of what God has done in your life?  God wants everyone to see what He has done in your life!  Others can not see what He has done if we are constantly trying to fit in with the unsaved crowd.  We are supposed to be different in everything that we do, the music we listen to should be different, the places we go should be different, the habits or hobbies should be different, how we handle stress should be different, and Who we run to in time of need should be different.  One word that should summarize our life is “light”.  Our light should be helpful for others to find the way to Jesus!  How about your light?  Is it bright?  Is it there?  Can others see it?  The only one that can stop your light from shining is you!

 

 

 

January 3, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mikey Likes It!!

Mat 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Lesson #6

Now that the Tree is cut down, it must be put on a shaker to get the dead needles off of it.

Lesson #7

Once the Tree is home, it has to be put in a tree stand and stood up!

Lesson #8

The tree must be placed in a good, solid tree stand.

Lesson #9

The tree must be watered in order to last through the season.

Lesson #10

The tree is decorated by it’s owner and has no choice in what is put on it. The owner decorates the tree the way he or she wants to.

Application

The owner already has an idea of what is going on the tree.  The already have a theme picked out for the decorating.  They know which lights will go on it and where.  They know where the tree will be placed, probably in front of a window.  Likewise God knows where He will put you, how you will get there, what will be placed on you, how much will be placed on you, and will decorate you according to the “theme” that your life will take.  It is not for the tree to accept or reject what it’s Owner has for it; the tree just simply needs to bear the weight of whatever is put on it.  What about you christian?  Are you trying to “shake off” what God has put on you?  What He does in your life is not for you to accept or reject; it is for you to be decorated with.  Will you accept what God puts in your life?  Remember, if He put it in your life, you will not be able to get rid of it.  Just accept it and move on…you just might like it.  Remember the “Life Cereal” commercial…”Mikey likes it!!”

December 27, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Me Home

Mat 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Lesson #1

You have to go where the trees are and search all of the trees.

Lesson #2

The Pine Christmas Tree is an Evergreen Tree…it is always in bloom.

Lesson #3

The Christmas Trees are planted and grown for a specific purpose

Lesson #4

Everyone that goes to the tree lot or tree farm is looking for the tree that:

A. Has no Big Blemishes

B. Has Green Needles

C. The Right Height

D. Mature

Lesson #5

To be used, the tree must be cut down.  Imagine this:  You and your family pack up all of your:

1. Presents

2. Decorations and lights (if you have lights, then you will need a generator to give power to those lights)

3. Food

and then you go to the tree farm and decorate a tree, put presents at the foot of the tree, and sing some Christmas Carols, Eat, open up presents, and have fun…all while you are at the tree in the tree farm.  This sounds silly doesn’t it?  Why would anyone go to all of that trouble to save the $30-$60 for cost of the tree.  You would probably have to explain to the police why your family is trespassing on someone’s property.  The best thing to do in this situation is to have cut the tree down and taken it in your home…this is why the tree was grown, to be cut down and taken home.

Application

The above story is a little strange and I don’t know anyone who would do that.  Spiritually, people do that constantly; they want to do what God wants for them, but they want to do it their own way.  They don’t accept or will not accept 4 things:

1. They (like the tree) will have to leave the old life.  This is a must even if you have had a good life in the past.  God’s will will cause you to leave the old life whether or not it was good.

2. They have to leave the old way of thinking.  What worked in the past is not necessarily going to work in the future.  God brings us through stages in our life and if we try to handle things, reason things out, solve problems the same way like we did in the past, then we will “mess-up” a lot of things in the future.

3. They have to leave (like the tree) the ones whom they grew up with.  This includes family and loved ones.  If you are not willing to leave father and mother, you are not worthy of Christ or His will for your life.  You MUST DECIDE Who is most important to you in your life…Jesus or family.

4. They must leave (like the tree) their comfort zone.  Just as the tree will have go to a drastically new place to fulfill it’s will, you will also go to new places and do new things that are drastically different.  They will not be comfortable…at first.  But once you get acclimated to the new environment, you will grow to love it!

-It will be a little painful as you are “cut away” from your old life.

-You won’t be able to get your nourishment from the old life; it won’t satisfy you anymore.

-You won’t fit in anymore once you are cut away from the old life.  God has a new place for you.

-You will be exposed to new elements:  for the tree it is children, pets, etc…

-You will be in a warmer and cleaner environment.  God’s will is exciting and fulfilling, but when He starts to change things around in your life, things will get a little scary…that is ok, because that is living by faith…allowing God to bring things in your life and trusting solely on Him to bring you through them as you “press on the upward way” for Christ!

-What will you do?

 

 

December 20, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment