A little food for thought at my … CHRISTMAS BLOG
I was religious but lost. By lost I mean that I was on the road to hell and did not even know it. You see I was not born again, and when a person is not born again they have no idea that they are lost.
Christians are often accused of being unloving or intolerant of the beliefs of others when they preach the true gospel and expose false gospels. But what they are doing is the most loving thing that can ever be done, and that is to share the true Gospel that will bring a soul to heaven. Someone shared the truth with me. I was saved.
Remember, Jesus is the one who said we must be born again. You can read it for yourself in the Gospel of John, chapter 3. That means born of God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, not water baptism as the Catholic Church teaches. I was born again when I was in my late 30’s. My husband too. Both of us are former Roman Catholics.
The Roman Catholic Church does not preach the Gospel that Jesus Christ preached. Don’t take my word for it, read the Bible for yourself. You can make mistakes in this life, and there will be consequences to those mistakes, but dear friend, you don’t want to be wrong about what Gospel you believe. The consequence will be eternal damnation. You may not believe that, but I ask you why? Have you read the Bible for yourself, or do you just believe what you’ve been taught all your life regardless of whether it’s true or not?
Let this night be a new beginning for you. Seek The Lord while He may be found. Seek Him before it’s too late. We may think we have all the time in the world, but the Bible tells us tomorrow is not promised to us. Seek Him today. Read the Bible, the living Word of God. Repent and believe the Gospel.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Learn about the true Gospel … HERE
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ.
Every believer is a minister …
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Neglect Not The Gift
1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Neglect not the gift that is in thee,…. What qualifies men for the work of the ministry is a gift from God:
it is not of nature, nor is it mere natural abilities and capacity;
nor is it any thing acquired, it is not human learning, or the knowledge of languages, arts, and sciences;
nor is it special saving grace;
for a man may have all these, and yet not be apt to teach, or fit for the ministry;
but it is a peculiar and distinct gift, it is a gift of interpreting the Scriptures, and of dispensing the mysteries of grace to the edification of others;
which, when it meets in a man with all the rest before mentioned, makes him very considerable:
and this gift is in a man;
it is a treasure put into earthen vessels, a good treasure in the heart, out of which a good minister of Christ brings forth many good things, things new and old, both for the delight and profit of men:
and this gift is by no means to be neglected;
this talent should not be hid in the earth, or wrapped up in a napkin;
it should not lie dormant and useless, but should be stirred up, cultivated, and improved, as it may by reading, meditation, and prayer.
Neglect not the gift—by letting it lie unused. In 2Ti 1:6 the gift is represented as a spark of the Spirit lying within him, and sure to smoulder by neglect, the stirring up or keeping in lively exercise of which depends on the will of him on whom it is bestowed (Mt 25:18, 25, 27, 28).
Matthew Henry Commentary:
The doctrine of a minister of Christ must be scriptural, clear, evangelical, and practical; well stated, explained, defended, and applied. But these duties leave no leisure for worldly pleasures, trifling visits, or idle conversation, and but little for what is mere amusement, and only ornamental. May every believer be enabled to let his profiting appear unto all men; seeking to experience the power of the gospel in his own soul, and to bring forth its fruits in his life.
He charges him to beware of negligence: Neglect not the gift that is in thee, v. 14. The gifts of God will wither if they be neglected.
Observe, (1.) Ministers are to be much in meditation. They are to consider beforehand how and what they must speak. They are to meditate on the great trust committed to them, on the worth and value of immortal souls, and on the account they must give at the last. (2.) Ministers must be wholly in these things, they must mind these things as their principal work and business.