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One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Most people are blind to Christianity, but they think they know a great deal about it.  They form their opinion about Jesus based on what other people have told them.  They have never even opened the Bible and given God a chance to show them about Himself.  They are blind.

The blind man had been healed.  The Pharisees were skeptical as usual.  They would not accept that he had been blind from birth, so they called in his parents to testify.  “How did he get healed?” they demanded. 

“We don’t know,” said his parents.  “We do know that he was born blind though.  He’s a full grown man.  He is of age. Ask him yourself.”

Turning to the accused blind man the Pharisees said, “How did he do this thing?  He is a sinner.  If you are healed, give God the glory and not this man.”

“I don’t know if he is a sinner or not.  But there is one thing I know for sure; I was blind, but now I see.”

“What did he do to you?”

“I already told you.  Weren’t you listening?  How many times do you want me to tell you?  I was blind but now I see.”

This is what happens to the Bible believing, born again child of God.  It is hard to explain what it is like to be saved to the unsaved.  Where they once walked in the darkness of sin, they now walk in the glorious light of the Lord God.

The unsaved think when a person gets saved, it is because they are weak and need a crutch to get by in life.  Or they think you just went crazy and began looking for anything that will help you with your problems.  They are just like the Pharisees in this story.  They keep demanding an answer of how you got saved or they ask others without talking to you at all.  This is because they simply don’t understand.  And, they never will unless they try it themselves.

Now I don’t like to emphasis this too much because the cults make much ado of getting a feeling that no one can understand:  The Mormons have “a burning of the bosom.”  Charismatic’s have “speaking in tongues” or “the baptism of the holy spirit.  Berean’s have the “knowing in their heart.”  These are all perversions of what this blind man said: “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”  For the cults, this can mean that they are superior because they have something that you don’t, and it is subjective so they can keep you from attaining their Pharisaical level of holiness.

Not this blind man however.  His eyes were physically open.  No one could deny that this wonderful thing had happened for him.  This is where the so called “faith healers” fall short of the holiness of God.  Every thing they “heal” is subjective and there is no way to prove it other than the person telling how he “feels.”  But the physical is something much different. This is why true conversion, true salvation is accompanied by outward physical change.

When I got saved, I started reading my Bible.  I wanted to read my Bible.  I craved reading my Bible.  When I read it, I began finding answers.  As I began applying what I learned in the Bible to what I saw in the world around me, in a subjective sense, my eyes were opened.  But, in the physical sense, I changed as well.  I wanted to hear things about God.  I began the wonderful transformation to a new life in Christ.  I quit drinking; not because I thought I had a drinking problem, but because I had no craving for it anymore.  I quit smoking.  Not because I felt as though I needed to, but because I had no desire to smoke anymore.  My whole personage changed:  my attire, interests, music, appetites and demeanor.  And, I was not the one who noticed it.  It was my friends.  They were the ones who sought me out and said, “What happened to you?”

“I got born again.”

“What’s that?”

“I don’t really know, but I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and accepted His free gift of eternal life.  And you can accept it too.  He has a gift just for you.  All you have to do is take it.”

“Are you serious?”  I was at a pot party and everyone was passing around the booze and drugs, intently listening to me.  I had only been saved about one week.

“Sure.  God has it and it is just for you.  In fact, He has one for each one of you.  All you have to do is just take it.  That’s what I did.  What’s stopping you?”

“My family goes to church.”

“I went to church when I was a kid.”

“I was confirmed.”

I didn’t know much about religion at all.  I had not even been to church by that time.  I replied to them, “I don’t know much about that.  All I know is that I got saved and I am born again and I see things differently.”

“What church do you go to?”

“I don’t go to church, but I’d like to.”

It was confusing to them.  But it wasn’t confusing to me.  The Lord had changed my life.  He had changed me so much so that even my secular friends had seen it.  And, when He changes your life; when you are allowed to see where once you were blind, others will see the change in your life as well.  It is not just that you see things differently; others who know you and observe you will know that something has happened.  They too will be able to see the wonderful work of God in you.

 

Why Don’t You Fly?

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A. J. Gordon was the great Baptist pastor of the Clarendon Church in Boston, Massachusetts. One day he met a young boy in front of the sanctuary carrying a rusty cage in which several birds fluttered nervously. Gordon inquired, “Son, where did you get those birds?”

“I trapped them out in the field.”

“What are you going to do with them?”

“I’m going to play with them, and then I guess I’ll just feed them to an old cat we have at home.”

When Gordon offered to buy them, the lad exclaimed, “Mister, you don’t want them, they’re just little old wild birds and can’t sing very well.”

“I’ll give you $2 for the cage and the birds.”

“Okay, it’s a deal, but you’re making a bad bargain.” The exchange was made and the boy went away whistling, happy with his shiny coins. Gordon walked around to the back of the church property, opened the door of the small wire coop, and let the struggling creatures soar into the blue. The next Sunday he took the empty cage into the pulpit and used it to illustrate his sermon about Christ’s coming to seek and to save the lost — paying for them with His own precious blood. “That boy told me the birds were not songsters,” said Gordon, “but when I released them and they winged their way heavenward, it seemed to me they were singing, ‘Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed!'”

This is what Jesus did for each saved saint of God.  He set us free from the cage of sin in which we are trapped.  It is only by His precious blood that the door of sin is open and freedom is at hand.  Jesus paid for our sin.  He is the only one who could ever pay for it, because His blood is pure and sinless.  Ours is not.  No matter how much we may cry out that we don’t belong in the cage of sin, our blood is still sinful.  What binds us, what holds us is the sinful blood contained within our veins.  As it bleeds out, more is produced in it’s place, and it is just as sinful as that which it replaces.

Our problem is a blood problem.  Let me simply say it like this, “we have bad blood.”  Yes, there is bad blood between us and God, and it can never be purified.  We can only have an advocate who will accept us, and then present us to the Father based on the pure blood coursing His veins—That is what Jesus Christ did.

The door is now open.  The way is made clear.  There is nothing standing in the way that would hinder us from leaving the cage of death.  But, sadly, there are many who will not venture into the open air of the heavens.  With fear or pride they huddle in the back of the cage, making excuse after excuse about why it cannot be real.  At the same time, they witness (over and over again), another one step to the edge and soar with open wings, into the open free air.  How terrible life must be for those who live in fear.  How hopeless life must seem for those who will do anything but stretch their wings and fly.

If you are not saved today, I hope you will come to your senses and get right with God now.  ~Pastor Coale

Beast mode vs. God

Rev. 13:16-18 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.

Many Bible readers over the centuries have been puzzled, wondering just how such a system could ever be established, but it’s no longer a puzzle. Advanced technology has brought the world closer to the Mark of the Beast than any time in history.  We know that the coming Mark of the Beast will somehow be connected with the economy, for the Bible says that no one may buy or sell without it. It may very well be that cash, checks, and credit cards are soon to become a thing of the past, because electronic money is becoming more popular all the time.

One form of electronic money is the use of smart cards. A smart card looks like a credit or debit card, except it contains a small computer chip with all sorts of information about the card holder, including bank account numbers and balances. When a smart card is used, the card holder’s bank account is immediately debited at the point of sale by computer transaction. This means more profits to retailers and banks alike, because bad checks and credit card abuse would be eliminated. Many banks and credit card companies believe that electronic money will eventually usher in a cashless society where everyone will buy and sell electronically. Terry Galanoy, former director of communications for what is now Visa International has made this bold remark: “Protesting too loudly about it isn’t going to help either, because the disturbance you kick up is going to end up in one of your files. And on that come-and-get-it day when we’re all totally and completely dependent upon our card–or whatever security device might replace it–you might be left all alone without one!”

In promotional literature from the Danyl Corporation of Moorestown, New Jersey, Robert J. Merkert, Sr., senior vice president, says: “One day in the near future, we’ll be able to pay for almost everything with just one ‘prepaid stored value’ or ‘smart card.'”

Though many industry leaders are very much in favor of a cashless society where buying and selling is done electronically, there is a problem. How can it be guaranteed that the individual using a Smart Card is the authorized card holder? Some believe that this problem can be solved by combining Smart Card technology with Biometric Technology. After all, a Smart “Card” is only a piece of plastic. It’s the computer chip inside the card that stores the needed information. As unbelievable as it may sound, biometric technology has now made it possible to implant small computer chips under the skin of animals and people. The European Community’s Executive Commission has already passed legislation which REQUIRES farmers in the European Community to have their livestock implanted with microchips! In many cities across the U.S., the Humane Society is selling such implants for pets, as a replacement for dog tags.

You say, “Well, that’s just for animals. No one would ever try this technology on people.” I wouldn’t be too sure about that. According to the Bible, The Mark of the Beast, by Paul and Peter Lalond, a plastic surgeon in Florida has hit upon the idea of implanting microchips in people. This would be helpful in locating missing people, such as run away children, kidnapped children, wandering victims of Alzheimer’s disease, and parolees.

Just for a moment, use your imagination and think about the convenience of implanted microchips. You wouldn’t need any cash or checks for making purchases, for your bank account would be automatically debited every time you went through a check-out stand. You wouldn’t need to keep up with a social security card, a driver’s license, a Medicare card, a credit card, or even a smart card, because all of this information could be stored in the implanted chip. You wouldn’t have to worry about getting mugged on the street, because there would be no demand for cash in a cashless society.  Now doesn’t the mark of the beast sound wonderful?

We are not saying that the government is going to make you receive a microchip implant, and we aren’t sure how the number “666” can be integrated into all this. We are simply pointing out the fact that THE TECHNOLOGY IS HERE. We do not know exactly what the Mark of the Beast will be in it’s final form, but it is obvious that the possibilities are greater today than ever before.

Only by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior can you be saved from the wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9). The Lord Jesus Christ will soon return to call His church out of this world (1 Thess. 4:16-18), and only those who are saved will leave. Everyone else will enter into the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:21), and they will be required to take the Mark of the Beast. Those who do will burn in Hell forever (Rev. 14:11).

When you are ready to accept the fact that you are a lost and dying sinner and that your “good works” are unacceptable to God (Rom. 3:10, 23; 4:5; 10:3), then you can begin to see your need for Jesus Christ. He came into this world to lay down His sinless life for YOU–to pay for your sins, because you couldn’t. Jesus is your only hope for salvation. Only by receiving Him as your Savior can you enter the gates of Heaven. There is no other way.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The Lord Jesus Christ has come and PAID for your sins by shedding His own Blood on Calvary. By receiving Him as your Savior, you can be WASHED from all your sins in His precious Blood (Rev. 1:5; Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 1:18-19). Notice these important words from Romans 5:8-9:

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Jesus PAID your way to Heaven for you! By receiving Him as your Savior, you will be receiving God’s ONLY means of Salvation for you. Are you willing to forsake YOUR righteousness and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, your ONLY HOPE for Salvation? Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Are you willing to forsake your own righteousness, and trust Jesus Christ alone? He will save you just as He promised. Why not receive Him today? Tomorrow could be too late.  Tomorrow you could face being implanted with “the mark of the beast.”