Fitness for Heaven

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How do you get fit for Heaven?
First of all, you need the righteousness of another person which is JESUS CHRIST. You will not stand on That Day when Jesus returns, on your own merits or on your own self proclaimed righteousness. You need to obtain the right standing with God.
You need Jesus, and His washing away of sins with His sacrificial Blood on the Cross. The life is in the blood. That’s why Jesus laid down His life for you, so His Life could redeem you, to pay you back from a certain death and destruction, into a relationship and eternal life.

Don’t look at me – look at who I am in Christ and who Christ is in me.
That is what you should be saying on the Day of Judgement when the Book of Life is opened, revealing your whole life and track record.
In an instance everything is revealed about you, for every one to see. That is the Day described in the book of Daniel, where the ungodly is put to open shame.

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2

Our Lord in Heaven can give you an imputed righteousness.
He will, when you have faith in Jesus, which is the only requirement, put (impute) Jesus sin free and faultless track record (while He was on Earth), into you. That is also called justified by faith – just as if you never sinned!

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Where there is Hope – there is Life

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How is Abraham able to speak to the rich man in hell if there is a chasm between them? (See the chapter of Luke 16 below)
And Abraham is speaking with Lazarus who is in hell/Hades?
Is there really such a place in the underground where God torment ungodly people day and night?
Or is it a man made belief, originated by people who want to put Satan’s evil character upon our Heavenly Father?

How is this conversation in Luke 16 even possible since we have a great chasm between us?
Does God give efficacious grace for us to speak to people in hell? I don’t think so because than we would be sad and miserable.
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The Fruit is a promise

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And the Seed is the Word of God.

Especially the first fruits of the season is a promise that there will be more, there will be an positive outcome.

That’s why there is such a joy and comfort to have a first son, because it means the husband and wife are fruitful.

Or when you get a baby lamb, or when the tree get flowers for the first time, that’s a promise of fruits to come.

The seed is something you plant in the ground, in the soil. Something which looks dead gets alive with water, which brings life.
Wheats coming up from the ground are symbols of growth; maturity.

Where are your sins – J C Ryle

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Where Are Your Sins?
A Question about Absolutionby J. C. Ryle
(1816-1900)

“Make me to know my transgression and my sin.”—Job 13:22

“Cleanse me from my sin.”—Psalm 51:2

“The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.”—1 John 1:7

“Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in His blood.”—Romans 3:25

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First published by Drummond’s Tract Depot, Stirling, Scotland

The question which forms the title of this tract ought to stir up many thoughts in your heart. It concerns every man and woman born into the world. You ought never to rest till you can give it a satisfactory answer.—“WHERE ARE YOUR SINS?”

I ask you this day to look this question in the face. I ask you to give me your attention for a few minutes, while I try to enforce it on your conscience. A time draws nigh when the question must be answered. The hour cometh when all other questions shall seem like a drop of water in comparison with this. We shall not say, “Where is my money?”—or, “Where are my lands?”—or, “Where is my property?” Our only thought will be, “My sins! my sins!—Where are my sins?” Continue reading “Where are your sins – J C Ryle”

God is sufficient – His mercy covers you

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Matthew 17:24-27 (NKJV)
When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the [temple] tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the [temple] tax?”
He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?”
Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.
“Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”

The story from Matthew regarding the temple tax (beca) and the silver coin (stater) has a deeper Hebrew meaning. Continue reading “God is sufficient – His mercy covers you”

Justified – just as if I never sinned!

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Justified in Christ - just as if you never sinned

If you give yourself to Jesus, and except him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for his sake you are accounted righteous.
Christ’s character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned!

Our Lord, our God

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Exodus 34:6-7 (NKJV) And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing [the guilty,] visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

You need a brand new Heart

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We need to see the full depths of our sinfulness, before we seek wholeheartedly a SAVIOR.
If you think sin is only a willful choice to disobey and a transgression of the law – you will only ask for forgiveness of your sins!
Yes Jesus wants to forgive you for your sins – but Jesus also wants to deal with your selfishness and your rebellious heart, and give you a NEW HEART.

Jesus wants to cut off the roots to the bad fruits that you are producing.
That’s why you need to be born again, but that can only happen if you really want it – and know how to ask for it!

What is agenda settings?

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Agenda-setting is the creation of public awareness and concern of certain issues by the news media. Agenda-setting describes the way how media attempts to influence viewers, and to establish a hierarchy of so called ”news” that are ”important”. News stories is not always something that grow on a tree which the mass media picks and serve. Often topics are created as news to serve what you should ”know, think, want, believe, feel and act upon.”

Two basic assumptions underlie most researches on agenda-setting:
– the press and the media do not reflect reality; they filter and shape it;
– media concentration on a few issues and subjects leads the public to perceive those issues as more important than other issues.
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