Persistence in prayer

In the Bible, there is a great example of persistence in prayer that provides a valuable lesson for us to learn.
It is about a blind man who was sitting near the entrance of the city of Jericho and as Jesus was about to enter the city, he began calling the name of Jesus to help him. He kept on calling louder and louder each time and even when he was rebuked by the crowd and was told to “hold his peace”, but he still continued calling until Jesus heard him and stopped. Well, as a result of his persistence, he received his sight.
Now, let’s read in Luke 18:38-42 about this awesome story: “38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace but he cried so much the more, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto Him: and when he was come near, He asked him, 41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42 And Jesus said unto him, receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee”.

Do you see, when we pray with persistence, God answers our prayers because it shows that we have faith!
And so what is the challenge (s) you are facing today? If Jesus is your Lord don’t despair because God is on your side. With persistence, tell Jesus in prayer about the difficulties you are facing and He will answer your prayer because He LOVES YOU! But if Jesus is not your God, you must first make the effort to repent and believe in Him that He is the Son of God.

If you do that, not only He will be right there, next to you in difficult times, but He will provide you with the Way to heaven.

© Copyright 2018 by Gregory M. Doublas, MBA
P.O Box 15552, Fort Wayne, IN 46885

Jesus is ready to help you

Are you going through a difficult challenge in your life right now, perhaps of the kind that seems like it’s impossible to overcome or like a mountain that cannot be crossed over? Don’t let yourself be subject to those around you who have nothing else to offer but negative words.
Have hope in Jesus because He knows all about you and your situation, and He wants to help you because He “cares for you”. That’s what it says in I Peter 5:7.
But He wants to hear from you. He wants you to pray to Him asking Him for His help. Prayer not only allows us to communicate with God, but it also shows that we have faith in Him because without faith, the Bible says, we cannot please God. We read in the epistle to Hebrews where it says: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
And so go ahead, talk to Jesus, you have nothing to lose but a miracle to gain.

© Copyright 2018 by Gregory M. Doublas, MBA
P.O Box 15552, Fort Wayne, IN 46885

Are you grateful to Jesus?

Can you imagine this for a moment? You took a trip oversees and you are taken captive by a lawless, blood thirsty gang whose intent is to torture you and then kill you. And so, after many days of living in indescribable fear and hopelessness in the hands of this murderous gang, there came a man who gave himself a ransom to take your place, and you are allowed to walk free. How awesome would that be? And how grateful will you be to that man who took your place?
Well, this is what Jesus did over two thousand years ago for all of us! He took our place and instead of us being tortured eternally in hell, He went to the cross carrying all our sins and there He suffered excruciatingly and died for us. Without Jesus’ sacrifice, we could have never been able to do enough good in this lifetime and be able to redeem ourselves from the horrendous amount of debt we owed due to our sins, and from the wrath of God which brings the eternal suffering in hell.But thank God, the Lord Jesus has redeemed by paying with His own blood (“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” Ephesians 1:7).

He paid our debt and we were set free. In return, we don’t have to do anything physically to pay Him back. All we have to do is believe in Him and confess Him to other people as it says in Scripture: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Are you grateful for what Jesus did for you?

© Copyright 2018 by Gregory M. Doublas, MBA
P.O Box 15552, Fort Wayne, IN 46885

Don’t reject the call

During a real estate transaction, a realtor felt a strong urging in his heart to tell his client, an elderly lady, about repentance and the remission of sins, and the salvation that comes only through Jesus, but she replied: I am not interested in any of that stuff. A few days later, he learned that she had passed away.
And that’s the problem with all of us, we just don’t know when we may die. The Bible says: “For all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of grass…” (1 Peter 1:24).
And so, if you were to die tonight, which direction do you think you will go? To heaven or hell? These are two different and distinct places one from the other, and there is nothing in between them. Don’t listen to man-made rules and fables that you have another chance after you die. Not true! Scripture does not teach of another chance after we pass on from here.
But here is what we learn from the Bible: “He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18).

Are you ready?

In the parable of the ten virgins we read in the Bible, five virgins were not ready to enter into the marriage feast when the bridegroom came and even though they begged him to let them in saying “Lord, Lord, open to us” (Matthew 25:11), he answered by saying “truly I say unto you, I know you not” (Matthew 25:12).
In this story, five virgins were wise and had made themselves ready because they were waiting for his coming; but the other five somehow did not pay sufficient attention to the importance of that moment, and thus they did not enter into the feast in the Kingdom of heaven.
The lesson is: Though we need to take care of business (jobs, family, etc.) in this life, we should never allow the worries, foolishness and unbelief to take away from us the importance of getting ready spiritually for the life that follows after we pass on from here. Otherwise we gamble with our eternity. We must be ready for the second coming of Jesus Christ.