Sunday, March 12, 2017

Stairway to Heaven – Part 2

Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” 

Willie Nolte points out that the Lord God stands above the stairway to Heaven and tells us all how He never gives up on us; He will never leave us or forsake us. It may make sense that by justice we are getting what we deserve for the sins that we commit, but God’s mercy is “not getting what we deserve” and God’s grace is “getting what we do not deserve” in salvation and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Willie gave us three truths that we can trust in God’s promises. (1) God is with us. It’s not conditional; not waiting to see if we clean up our act. The chickens always come home to roost, meaning “our sins will always find us. This side of eternity, we are in the fallen flesh. Jesus died for our sins, the Holy Spirit guides us in paths of righteousness and we need to walk in the Spirit and follow Jesus the Blessed Redeemer. (2) God loves to intervene. God shows up to our rescue. (3) God is actively involved. Those Angels were ascending the stairway to Heaven to report to God and Angels are descending to take care of God’s business here on earth.    

Willie points out further that God always fulfills His plan both generally and specifically. Our heavenly Father God is and has been working out his original design throughout history. We need to be involved in God’s greater plan. God’s blessing cannot be fathomed; have a Bible relationship with God. Jacob’s decision is our decision. As Led Zeppelin’s song says: ‘Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on.” It is time that we do not hear about God, but to know God. We cannot live on someone else’s faith. God offer is always on the table, inviting us to join His family. It is our decision and commitment. That decision is (1) The Lord will be my God. People that encounter God do not make deals with God. We need to reorient our life around God’s holy Word, Will and Way. (2) I will love and worship God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. (3) I will commit everything to God. Everything ultimately belongs to God 

John 1:51 He [Jesus] then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open,and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

Jesus Christ is the Stairway to Heaven. The Son of man is our connection to the kingdom of Heaven. John 1:12-13 “To all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. Our restored relationship with God is established by Christ. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Understand: Sins forgiven, fully adopted into God’s family, given the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide us, citizenship in the Kingdom of God and eternal life with Jesus. “And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last. When all are one and one is all, yeah, to be a rock and not to roll.” Listen to God, read and know His Word, and stand firm on the foundation of Jesus Christ, because nobody is buying a stairway to heaven.

1 Timothy 2:5For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”

In Christ, Brian

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