Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Astronaut's Space Suit

How was it possible for men to visit the moon? Temperatures on the moon measure between 253 degrees F and minus 243 degrees—and the moon doesn’t have oxygen. Scientists pooled their knowledge and designed a space suit that made it possible for astronauts to briefly live on the moon. When the astronauts finished their mission and returned to earth, they no longer needed to wear their space suits.

Your body is like a space suit that the astronauts wore when they walked on the moon. God designed your body to enable you to breathe air and eat food to keep you alive for a brief time on earth. But the real you is your eternal spirit living inside your body. One day you’ll die and your mission on earth will end (James 2:26). At death, your spirit will leave your “space suit” and you’ll go to your eternal destination—either heaven or hell. The good news is that you can decide right now where you will go.

It amazes me how so many people never think about the afterlife. They’ll live for 80 years on earth and never truly examine the evidence that the Bible is true and put their trust in Jesus Christ. God’s plan of salvation is so simple that a child can understand it. Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead, and wants you to believe in Him.

As I grow older, I realize that most of my natural life is behind me and it won’t be that long before I leave my “space suit” behind. Death for anyone can happen at any time. But if you place your complete trust in Jesus to save you, you should be looking forward to your eternal home in heaven. The apostle Paul, who had seen heaven (2 Cor. 12:2-4), said the next life is “very much better” than life on earth (Phil. 1:23). Make your reservation now for your home in heaven. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Guarding Your Heart

Steve Irwin was "The Crocodile Hunter" on the TV series by that name. I remember watching one show where he was in a muddy river at night catching crocodiles with his bare hands! On another episode, he caught with his hands the 10 deadliest snakes in the world. I thought for sure he would eventually be killed by a crocodile or deadly snake. The world was shocked by how he actually died.

In 2006, Irwin was snorkeling in shallow water above a stingray, when suddenly it threw up its tail and spiked him in his heart. He died seconds later. Experts said the odds of this happening were one in a million. The only way a stingray can kill you is to stab you directly in your heart with its barbed spine. He let his guard down and was attacked at the one place where he was the most vulnerable—his heart.

The Scripture tell us, "Guard your heart above all else for out of it flows the springs of life" (Prov. 4:23).  Protecting your heart against attacks from Satan is your highest priority. The devil will try to plant evil thoughts in your heart that can destroy you. You can stop these "heart attacks" by stationing guards around your heart.

HOW TO GUARD YOUR HEART
To guard your heart means to stop destructive thoughts as soon as they come. Depression wants to enter your heart to destroy your will to live. Anger wants you to destroy others. 
1. Yield to the Holy Spirit.  “Submit therefore to God…” (James 4:7) The Holy Spirit is the only One who gives you the desire and power to be holy. Without the Holy Spirit, you can’t resist anything evil.
2. Control what you think about. You can choose what you think about. When you go to the wrong places in your mind, it opens your heart for an attack. “Do not give the devil an opportunity” (Eph. 4:27).
3. Resist Satan. If you are under attack, don’t give in but take a stand against the enemy. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). But he won’t flee if you don’t resist.
Only you can protect your heart, so start right now. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Things You Shouldn't Have Said

The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God on His throne in heaven. Immediately Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:1, 5).

Isaiah was one of the greatest Old Testament prophets, so what did he say that was so bad? It probably wasn’t filthy words, but he was ashamed of the words he shouldn’t have said. Perhaps he had lost his temper and called someone an idiot. Maybe he belittled someone in private, but now he was ashamed because He knew that God had heard it.

Have you ever said something that you wish you hadn’t said? We all have. You cannot recall those words, but you can apologize to the person you hurt. You would be amazed at how humbling yourself and asking forgiveness can heal and repair a relationship. If you’ve ever made fun of, or unjustly criticized someone, it helps to realize that person was created by God. John reminds us, “The one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).

An angel touched Isaiah’s mouth with a burning coal and said, “Your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven” (Isaiah 6:6). The Lord will also forgive you for the words you wish you hadn’t said—if you will ask Him. And don’t forgot to apologize to the person you harmed. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Can You Find the Normal Person in the Picture?

The 1960’s TV show The Munsters was a comedy about a family of four monsters and one normal person. Herman Munster was Frankenstein’s monster, his wife Lily and Grandpa were vampires, and the son, Eddie, was a werewolf. Marilyn, the niece, was the only normal person. The four Munsters believed they were normal and that Marilyn was the oddball. Of course, they had it backwards—Marilyn was normal and they were abnormal.

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the world is going view you like the four Munsters see Marilyn. They actually believe that since you aren’t like them, you aren’t normal. You are Marilyn living in a world of Munsters. Jesus said, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as it loves its own. But I have chosen you out of the world, so you don’t belong to it. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19 NCV).

The world is getting weirder every day. Abnormal is now considered normal, and normal is abnormal. Right is wrong and wrong is right. If you choose to remain a virgin until you get married, they think something is terribly wrong with you. Although you want to be accepted by others, keep in mind that you are living to please the Lord. You are not living for this world, but the eternal kingdom to come. “Nonbelievers (the Munsters) think it is strange that you do not do the many wild and wasteful things they do, so they insult you. But they will have to explain this to God, who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Peter 4:4).

Stop trying to change yourself to be accepted by the Munster world. Just live to please Jesus and He'll take care of everything you need in this life. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

If Jesus Wrote a Letter to Your Church

In Revelation 2-3, Jesus wrote letters to seven churches in different cities. These letters (recorded by the apostle John) were to be delivered to those churches so they could make corrections. It made we wonder—what would He write to today’s churches? What would He say in a letter to me? Here are some facts about those letters:

1. Each church had an opinion about itself that was inaccurate. “Groupthink” is conformity of thinking within a group and doesn’t allow differing points of view. Laodicea thought they were wealthy and had no needs. Jesus corrected them, “You don’t know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17).
2. Jesus praised them for what they were doing right. He told the church at Ephesus, “I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil…and have not grown weary” (Rev. 2:2-3).
3. Jesus rebuked them for what they were doing wrong. He also told Ephesus, “But I have this against you, you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Rev. 2:4)
4. Jesus told them how to make corrections. “Remember how far you have fallen, repent, and do the works you did at first” (Rev. 2:5).

IF JESUS WROTE CHURCHES TODAY He might say this (proceed with caution!)
To the Liberal church: “I know your compassion for all broken and rejected people, and will accept them into your church. But I have this against you—you have ignored My Word about the need for repentance and you will not allow Me to change their hearts.”
To the Traditional church: “I know that you do not compromise My Word, that you are teaching it to all age groups in your Sunday School classes, and you support missions. But I have this against you—you hold on to man-made traditions, which prevents Me from making changes that you desperately need.”
To the Contemporary church: “I know that have changed the atmosphere to make your church more inviting to the younger generation. You’ve updated your music, made your sanctuaries more comfortable, and even serve donuts and coffee. But I have this against you—entertaining the congregation has become more important than worshipping Me. Your music production and movie clips have become idols. Your congregation is spiritually shallow and you are not making disciples.”

IF JESUS WROTE A LETTER TO YOU: “I know that you call yourself My follower and attend church every week. But I have this against you—social media is more important to you than reading my Word. You're more interested in being popular than pleasing Me.”

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m just speculating about what He might say. Your church might be perfect. Or it might need a letter written to it. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Two Kinds of Hearing

There are TWO KINDS OF HEARING—hearing with your ears and hearing with your heart. Everyone has TWO KINDS OF EARS—physical ears on your head (“ears”) and spiritual ears on your heart (“ears to hear”). Jesus said, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:23). The people listening to Him teach could hear His words with their ears, but not everyone could hear with their spiritual ears. Jesus explained, “While hearing (with their ears), they do not hear (with their hearts)” (Matt. 13:13). They heard God’s Word but they never changed because it never went deeper and pierced their hearts.

Some people say, “I’ve never heard God speaking to me.” You assumed He would speak in an audible voice to your ears, but He usually speaks with thoughts and impressions on your heart. “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Heb. 3:7).

WHY CAN’T PEOPLE HEAR WITH THEIR HEARTS?
1. Your heart is closed. Jeremiah said, “Their ears are closed, and they cannot listen” (6:10). You can turn off your phone if you don’t want to be bothered. Someone may be trying to contact you to give you an urgent message, but you cannot hear it because you chose to turn it off. God wants to speak to you, but your heart must be open and you’re willing to hear what He has to say.

2. Something is blocking your ability to hear. A man said to his friend, “You’ve got a carrot in your ear.” His friend said, “What?” The man yelled, “You’ve got a carrot in your ear!” The friend said, “I can’t hear you. I’ve got a carrot in my ear!”
Some people cannot hear God because something is blocking their hearing. God says, “You’ve got unforgiveness in your heart.” You say, “What?” He says, “You’ve got unforgiveness in your heart.” You say, “I can’t hear you. I’ve got unforgiveness in my heart.” But if you will forgive, it will remove the blockage that’s keep you from hearing.

If you will open your heart and remove the blockages, you will be amazed at how God will speak to your heart because you now have “ears to hear.”

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Day You Stand Before God

Did you know that you are mentioned in the Bible? Can you find yourself in these Scriptures? “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God…so then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:10,12). “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10). “I also saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne…and the dead were judged according to their works” (Rev. 20:12). You are reading about yourself in the Bible.

After we die, each one of us will stand before God to give an account for our lives. If your sins have been forgiven, it will be the most joyful day you will ever experience (Psalm 16:11). But if your sins haven’t been forgiven, it will be the most terrifying day (Heb. 10:31). The good news is it’s not too late for you to have all your sins forgiven.

THIS WILL BE A JOYFUL DAY if you are saved by God’s grace. When you call out to Jesus to save you from your sins, He will forgive you by His grace (Eph. 2:8-9). Because Jesus is your Lord, you can stand before God with confidence on that day (1 John 4:17).
JUDGED ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS? Our “works” are every thought, word, and deed that we will ever do in this life. Works have nothing to do with salvation. However, God will examine everything that you’ve done AFTER you are saved to determine your heavenly rewards. Your faithfulness in serving the Lord in this life will determine what you will be doing in heaven forever (Matt. 25:22-23). You can read more about how your life on earth will determine your life in heaven in my book Making Today Count for Eternity.

If you reject salvation through Jesus before dying, the Bible teaches you will be judged for each sin, which will determine your punishment forever (Rev. 20:12). This will be a terrifying day to stand before God. But remember, that day hasn’t yet come, and it’s not too late to change your eternal destiny. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com

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