Are you awake?
nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is
shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.But
everything exposed by the light becomes
visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is
why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
will shine on you.”
Jim Rome, an acquaintance from Facebook wrote: "I like what Jesus
teaches. Hell was not created for man [though some will be there] BUT it was
prepared for the Devil and his angels."
(Matthew 25:41) Then He will say to those at His left hand,
Be gone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and
This verse in the Bible tells us clearly
how much God loves us. He
wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
Do we really know how much God loves us?
We have learned, obviously that
God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our
How many of us stop each day and think about that?
How many of us take each day for granted?
How many of us choose to wallow in our own selfishness and self-pity
because our troubles and our own pain must be bigger and more important than anyone else’s?
God loves us so much that He gave us His words to live by in the
Phillipians 4:8 is one Scripture that helps us to remember how to live
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
When we take the focus off
of ourselves and our pain and troubles and focus on God and His rules for
living, we begin to feel better about our situations and ourselves.
Just look at all that God
has created in this world for us to enjoy.
His creation is nothing short of
awesome…from the tiniest of living creatures to the giant Sequoia trees in
California that stretch towards Heaven and everything in between…God created it
for His enjoyment…for our enjoyment and when we enjoy His creation …He enjoys
And when we look up into the sky at night and see the vastness of His
universe…stars and galaxies, we should stand in awe of who He is and How big He
is and oh, how small we are …yet how much He loves us in that He created such
beauty for us to enjoy with Him.
And even more than all the
beauty He created that we look at with our eyes or feel with our touch, He created each of us for His enjoyment and
to love each of us individually as a unique child of His very own.
Do you know how much God
know… that He knit you in your mother’s womb?
For you created my
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because
I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven
together in the depths of the
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came
He knows the numbers of hair on your head?
the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are
worth more than many sparrows.
He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares
the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and
He has plans to keep you from evil?
Psalm 121 :5-7
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your
shade on your right hand. The sun
will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He
will keep your soul.
Do you know that He loves
you so much that He gives you the choice to choose a relationship with Him or
to choose the ways of this world?
Do you know that when you turn from Him and His ways He waits anxiously
for your return? Luke 15:11 (NIV)
Parable of the Lost Son
continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his
father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his
property between them.
after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant
country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent
everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be
in need. So he
went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his
fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that
the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food
to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back
to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and
against you. I am no
longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired
servants.’ So he got
up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was
filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him
and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned
against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on
him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and
kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost
and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and
dancing. So he
called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he
replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back
safe and sound.’
older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out
and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these
years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never
gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours
who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you
kill the fattened calf for him!’
“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with
me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours
was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
This is how God feels when we have been fallen away from Him and we return feeling unworthy and sinful, confessing these things to our Father.
He celebrates our return home to Him and the Angels in Heaven rejoice!
Do you know He chose us for
greatness in this world?
Our Father in Heaven chose
us, picked us before the foundation of the world that we would be Holy,
consecrated and set apart for Him.
No matter what we go through, what bad choices we have made or
where they have taken us, God has
already said that we are great…you are great! There is no such thing as failure
or I can’t go on. You are hand picked by
God since before birth, destined for greatness and to bring Him glory…to know
Him, be one with Him and feel His great love for you.
chose us in him before the creation of the world to be
holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for
adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and
will— to the
praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Our future is predestined in His love, all we have to do is step
aside (get out of our own way) and walk into it.
When people ask why God
would send people to Hell, the answer truly is that it was never His purpose
and it isn’t His intent.
Hell is meant for the
Devil and his angels just as Scripture tells us in Matthew 25:41.
"Then He will say to those at His left hand, Be
gone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his
It is the devil who creates strife in our lives, who causes
torment and pain. He even lurks about like a wolf in sheep's clothing to deceive
us into making unwise decisions that can affect our God appointed destiny, but only for a time…a season.
will shine on you.”
Our God loves us beyond
what our minds can comprehend.
is awesome, and when we look towards Him, never taking our eyes off of our
Father in Heaven, we have the opportunity to feel Who He is in us, His great
love, His destiny for our lives.
is my prayer that we stop getting caught up in the every day occurrences of life
and just take the time to seek our Father in Heaven as He anxiously awaits our
voice calling to him not only in times of trouble, but in praise and
worship. It is my prayer that we all
figure out that it is His love for us that truly matters, for without Him we are
nothing…we were nothing and with Him we are destined for greatness!
Praise God for He is good! May all who read this message be abundantly blessed by our Father and bring glory to His name.