Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

We’ve seen the movies, we are fascinated with seeing the transformations of Dr. Jekyll into Mr.Hyde. Seeing one with a good nature who is sweet and kind to everyone around him only to turn into a ravenous beast at night. However, it is by his own free will and choice that he does this. You see Dr.Jekyll is a scientist who creates this formula that transforms him into a beast of a man with no reserves toward his lustful nature.
The sad thing about this story is there is a man in the bible who had this sad type of condition by his own free will and choice…..his name is Judas Iscariot. He loved money and often stoled what was in the bag because he was the group treasurer John 12:6. Oh Judas said the right words, by all appearances he was a disciple of Jesus Christ. However, his sinful lust for money eventually got the best of him. The ultimate culmination of His sin is when he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Look in Mark 14:21 (KJV) The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
By the creator of heaven earth said unto him that it would be better if he had never been born….wow….what a tragic end to a promising future.
Interestingly enough is the fact that we see Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde sitting in our pews Sunday after Sunday, listening to the very words of God putting on a good show and by all appearances look and talk like one of Jesus disciples. However, just like Judas the culmination of their sins will be too much for them to bear with what they lost in the process. People do not fully realize what they have until they lost it. Judas realized this when he went out and sought forgiveness…..oops I guess reading what the Bible says it sadly didn’t happen that way did it? Judas went out and hung himself. In sin people do not think rationally because of the distance they put between them and God Isaiah 59:2. You won’t either my friend turn from sin and look unto God who will give you something better, something more lasting, whats the word I’m looking for? Oh yes….something eternal. Think and ponder your actions, renew your mind in Christ as it says in Romans 12:2 (NASB) “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” You by this verse renewing our minds in Christ will help us to think more clearly, so that you may prove what the will of God is. Please my friends as James admonishes us in 1:22 be ye a doers of the word and not hearers only, look also in verse 25 this man will be blessed in his deed. We will be blest following wholly after God with all our hearts with all our minds and with all our strength.

Intimacy with Christ,
Richard

Here I am Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m yours

Here I am signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours these words made famous by Stevie Wonder
In todays world people will sell themselves cheap, for a bottle of whiskey one would give their spouse away, in order to sustain their drug habit they would prostitute their own children just for the next fix and for lust of the flesh people have killed one another. Instead of allowing ourselves to be signed, sealed, delivered and given over to the devil for nothing but hatred, discord and destruction, why not give yourself over to a more worthy more satisfying cause?

Why not give ourselves to one who will satisfy the longing of our souls and give us life in him. Who will freely give His love and grace, to set us free from our bondage, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Who wouldn’t give their all to a person such as this?

Praise the Lord for those who sought forgiveness at the foot of the cross and were washed cleaned by the blood of the lamb you should be honored, for we ARE sign, sealed, delivered and I’m yours Jesus!
Jesus sign the New Testament with his very blood as it says in Hebrews 9:16 (KJV) For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

We were sealed in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV) “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

We are delivered for Luke says, in 1:68 (KJV) “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people.” We have been delivered from sin and hell

A natural recourse for someone who gave His all for you and me would be for those who were redeemed by His very blood to give our all back to him. To totally surrender.

Let come what may for as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

I will be a living sacrifice for Jesus Christ.

I will be a mirror of your love and grace.

I will show others Jesus through my attitudes and my character.

I will do my best to be a living example of one who completely follows the word of God.
There is nothing in this world that even comes close to what Jesus will freely give if we only ask him.

Intimacy in Christ,
Richard

Secret Agent Christian 00nothing!

Christians are never to be secret agents for the Lord. To go undercover and to keep your identity a secret along with your mission should you decide to accept it nor will the message delivered to you will ever self destruct or be destroyed after you hear it.
Our message from the Lord received in the form of a gospel is to be openly share to the masses along with your identity in Christ, and your mission declared on the housetops. It is never to be kept a secret this is a lie from the pits of hell devise by Satan to weaken the Agent for the Lord’s effectiveness and influence.
And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. (Mark 4:21, 22 KJV)
As a Christian it is impossible to hide the goodness of what God has done within our hearts in becoming new creatures in Christ Jesus. We will be compelled to share it. Out of the love and sacrifice Jesus did for you and me, we need to be living sacrifices for him Romans 12:1 in this dark sinful world. God’s word says, Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (Isaiah 5:14 KJV)
We must not allow this to happen!! Share the love of Jesus to others and do not keep it a secret. There’s no such thing as a secret agent of the Lord.

Richard