Posts Tagged ‘name of jesus’

Rebel Without a Cause

Mar 31

by Victoria Robinson

There are many rebels without a cause shown in the Word of God. One who stands out is of course Satan, who took a stand and now will go down in flames for his rebellion. What a price to pay!

The great classic movie, Rebel Without a Cause, has a very emotional bittersweet ending. Of the three teenage friends, sadly the character played by Sal Mineo, Plato, loses his life. The main character, Jim, played by James Dean, reunites with his father after a lengthy troubled relationship. Natalie Wood, who plays Judy, survives the horrific ordeal. Plato died without a cause—unlike some martyrs who gave their life like Stephen who was stoned for the cause of Jesus Christ. There are also many other rebels with a cause who lived unselfish lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ. None are illustrated more beautifully than the bittersweet story of our Lord and Savior’s willingness to give His life for us.

The only rebelliousness we should ever be found guilty of is defying what goes against the Word of God. The apostles Peter and John defied the authorities when they were commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus. They said, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Still, there are plenty of causes that are not worth dying for. Sin is always at the root of a rebellious heart that defies our heavenly Father. In that light we should always understand the Word of God tells us if we cry out to God with a repentant heart there is forgiveness.

Dearest girlfriends, let us be rebels with a cause—the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy. ~ Psalm 107:17- NIV
 
How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. ~ Isaiah 14:12-15 NIV
 
But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’ Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good. ~ Jeremiah 5:23-25 NIV 
 
“See, O LORD, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death. ~ Lamentations 1:20 NIV
  
For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. ~ Psalm 66:7 NLT
 
When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. … While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. ~ Acts 7:54-60 NIV
 
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” ~ Acts 4:18-20 NIV 
 
Rescue me from my rebellion, for even fools mock me when I rebel. ~ Psalm 39:8 NLT

Cha-ching!

Jan 28

by  Victoria Robinson

When you receive income, does your heart ever sing, “Cha-ching!”? It is always exciting to see money or goods coming into our possession. The bigger the check—the bigger the excitement! Perhaps you work hard and earn a large wage. On the other hand, perhaps you work hard and earn minimum wage. Either way the Word of God gives us the principle that it is honorable to work, regardless of the amount of income. However one must admit it can be frustrating to work just as hard as someone else and see them rake in way more cash. I am not talking about jealousy,  just saying plainly life does not always seem fair. Though there is work we can all do that pays a fair wage for every employee. That would be working in the kingdom of God.  All such labor has an eternal cha-ching! Not meaning we can earn our way into heaven, for that is a gracious gift given freely to all who call on the name of Jesus Christ.

Moses took an eternal viewpoint when he understood his reward was yet to come. Jesus told us storing up eternal rewards was more important than earthly rewards. Girlfriends, our motives should be pure, but there is nothing wrong with our hearts singing cha-ching when we store up treasures in heaven.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would work harder for our heavenly “paychecks” than our earthly paychecks.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. ~ Hebrews 11:24-26 NIV
 
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
 
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. ~ Proverbs 14:23 NIV
 
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. ~ Romans 3:22-24 NIV
 
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
 
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers … ~ 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 NIV
 
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. ~ 1 Timothy 6:18-19 NIV