NEW LIFE IN CHRIST! It is most encouraging hearing stories from people whose lives have been changed eternally through the spilled blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. (Ephesians 1;7 and 1 Peter 1:3 respectively). Here is a lady who approached me after my recent ministry in Northern Minnesota. She said about 15 years ago I sang a song entitled “Hello Mama”. After listening to that song over and over, she was moved by the Holy Spirit to begin fervently asking God to save her two rebellious sons. They had vehemently rejected the gospel all their lives. Delores (the mother) was ecstatic and over joyed that God would graciously honor her prayers. She said: “my two sons have come to know Jesus Christ and His forgiveness of their sins.” She asked if I wanted to meet one of those two sons who attended this concert/service I did recently. Unlike the son was only 5 months ago, he was gentle, kind, gracious, and loving in his spirit as we talked. He truly was changed inside by the blood of the Lamb. He said “Jesus Christ changed me”. Praise God.
I do pray you have come to a saving knowledge of our loving and grace-giving Lord Jesus. IF you have, continue to get to know Him through His Word and continual prayer. It is wonderful and fulfilling to pray with Him all day long. DK
There is joy in serving Christ
Once you are born again by believing all of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for you- death, burial, resurrection- you then begin to serve Him. You can’t help but do so if you truly love Him. Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before-hand, that we should walk in them.”
I have recently met people who say they are believers (perhaps- for I’m not the judge) and they are so thankful for His grace and then say they can live the way they want to and it doesn’t matter. That is ludicrous and living a lie. Once we belong to our Lord Jesus we will want to love Him more each moment and in turn one cannot help but serve Him- what the Bible calls good works. They are good because all we then do is in and through HIS resurrected power (the abiding Holy Spirit). This brings God glory- is why. We are created (Isaiah 42 and 43).
So we get it right- we are saved by grace through faith and not works. Works become extremely important once He has saved us because through His leading we bring Him glory. Praise God for a tremendous Savior we serve.
Jesus Christ was born sinless. He is completely God and completely human. In His sinlessness He became sin for us! “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (ll Corinthians 5:21).
I have been a believer in Jesus Christ since 8 years old. Today this message was more fresh and profound than ever in my walk with Him. Dear people, life and eternal life is all about our Lord Jesus and nothing with what we do. It’s His gift of grace. Grace is not God’s gift to be achieved, but God’s gift of grace is to be received. Will you receive Him this moment. He bled, died, and rose again from the grave and He lives today. Give Him your dead sinful self and take the resurrected living Christ into your life. Today is the day of salvation!
One true principle in life for a believer is obedience to God. This ALWAYS takes precedence over obedience to man. If I was told by a person or authority on earth to not sing and preach, well I’d go on singing and preaching. Daniel was told “Daniel, you cannot pray!” However, Daniel prayed.
Acts 5:29 says: “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men”. Ungodly leadership is trying to silence the truth. Dear fellow believer, you be bold in telling the good news of our Redeemer. He is the Truth.
2023 marks the beginning of my 51st year of ministry. As Chuck Swindoll has said, I won’t quit preaching (singing too) until my forehead hits the pulpit- or microhone stand!!!
I just finished leading and singing at a Hymn Sing for many people. One of the hymns we sang is among my absolute favorites. Here is the story that inspired these words to this hymn- “God Leads His Dear Children Along”
George A. Young was an itinerant preacher and carpenter. He lived with a meager salary. After years of saving for a home, he with the help of his wife, constructed a home for their family.
They decided to go with the entire family on a week of meetings where George Young spoke. They were triumphant meetings, but when they returned home after the meetings, they found their dream home had been burned to ashes by some young men who were angry with the Truth George Young was preaching. The Young family were devastated. After days of dealing with this blow, Mr. And Mrs. Young, with their young boys, found peace. They knew that no matter what happens in life a true believer in Jesus Christ can find victory. George Young then penned these words:
”In shady green pastures, so rich and so sweet
God leads His dear children along
Where the water’s cool flow
Bathes the weary one’s feet
God leads His dear children along
Chorus: Some thro’ the waters
Some thro’ the flood
Some through the fire
But all thro’ the blood
Some thro’ great sorrow
But God gives a song
In the night season and all the day long
O, how kind and gentle our precious Savior is- to know that He will direct our paths.
Dear people, remember “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;”
(Psalm 37:23). Also, Psalm 31:3 “For you are my rock and fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me”.
David Koblish- a friend of Jesus Christ
The importance of the church in a believers life is indispensable to a solid life in Him. Here are some things The Word says about the church:
1. The church is described as an army with Christ as King and we are the members marching under the blood stained emblem of His sacrifice on the cross
2. Church is described as a building- not the physical walls, etc, but spiritually with Christ as the Foundation and we as believers are the living stones. He has made us alive through His resurrection.
3. The church is The Bride of Christ. He is the bridegroom and we are the bride.
4. We are a flock of sheep and we are the people- sheep of His pasture. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who leads His dear children along. One of my favorite hymns is ‘God Leads His Dear Children Along”- written by George A. Young in 1903. He preached from church to church about trusting in Christ. After being away for days on end he returned home to find that some despondent people who did not like the Truth Mr. Young was preaching, had burned his house down to ashes. Through that tragedy George Young and his family found victory in trusting in Christ. They knew that the Good Shepherd would faithfully lead them along this life in victory. He wrote this hymn in response to what God was doing in their lives!
5. The church is The Body of Jesus Christ. He is the head and we are the members.
We know that you as a believer in Jesus Christ are important to the church—- Is the church important to you? If you aren’t already, begin going to a good Bible believing church. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; But encouraging one another; especially as we see the day fast approaching (Hebrews 10:25)
Serve Him with gladness— Remember that God loves you so much He would rather die than live without you.
The more we learn of our Lord the stronger our faith and the more bold we become. Our Lord "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even the death on a cross." (Philippians 2:7-8)
Jesus Christ is our perfect example of what following is. He emptied Himself so we too will empty ALL of our sin on Him. THINK of what we as His children have: We have all of Him. AND "all things I have heard from My Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15b). As Jesus Christ grew so we too can grow in Him; Luke 2:52- "And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men".
NOW is the time to get totally right with God and allow Him to be your everything!
What a joy and honor to be a believer in Jesus Christ! Isaiah 43:7 "...everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made". We are made for His glory (period!). In everything we do should be to His glory. When we yield and surrender to Him (take up the cross) we can then live of HIS glory. Here is our living eternal God who always uses His children to do His will and fulfill His promises. All this is done through prayer. You see, even though we know "...the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15) Yet Jesus taught us to pray "Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done..."
The bible tells us there's going to be peace in Jerusalem, yet Psalm 122:6 tells us to "pray of the peace of Jerusalem."
Our prayer over who He is and what He has already said is what brings Him glory! It's an unusual thing: Even though God has promised so many things for us as believers in Him, He wants us to have a part in bringing about His will here on earth through the power of prayer.
You are so important to God He would rather die than live without you. Keep serving Him through prayer.
In His Care, David Koblish