Wonderful, Counselor

Wonder, Counselor

Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Who is this wonderful Man who entered the world 2,000 years ago? Some say a Prophet, some say a good man, others say He simply found enlightenment, and still others say He was an angel; but who do you say that He is? Your answer to that question will propel you into eternity; some to eternal damnation and others to eternal life.

Without a doubt, this Man split history in half, impacting the earth with colossal force. His words and miracles astounded people beyond measure. His coming sent shockwaves through history; tens of millions have died for His name, the wickedest of men have been transformed into saints, and an innumerable amount of people will enter the gates of heaven because of His sacrifice. Will you be one of them?

Truly He is more than wonderful; there are no words to describe His greatness. He is the King of all Kings, the infinitely wise Creator, and the Judge of all the earth; He is coming back to set up an everlasting kingdom, and even now He reigns in the heart of millions. Like a Father He will care for His people forever (Psalms 23:1), but will destroy His enemies with an everlasting fire (2 Thessalonians 1:7- 9). Oh won’t you run to His mercy today? Look to the cross dear reader, for His blood was shed for you! If you will only repent and believe, you will be saved (Acts 20:21; Acts 3:19; John 3:16). Seek Him today; I implore you, for tomorrow may never come!

With love in Jesus, Jonathan Ball

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Home Church: www.goodfight.org

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Arrogance

Arrogance

Isaiah 2:11

“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.”

One of the greatest enemies of God is pride; for the wicked man in his pride will not seek God, and He is in none of his thoughts (Psalms 10:4). Man enters this life through no authority of his own, and becoming aware of himself he lives out his life as if he were god, arrogantly rejecting submission to the LORD of all creation. The little being says, “I don’t need God!” and yet on the day he dies he will have no power at all!

Oh foolish little man! Seek God! For you could not even breath unless God granted you air, and the body you now use to defy Him is not your own. If the God that you reject did not instruct your heart, it would not beat! Unless He had written the 3.1 billion letter code book called your DNA you would not have eyes at this moment to read my words, nor ears to hear the sound of your friends, nor the ten thousand taste buds to enjoy your next meal! On the Day of Judgment, the LORD alone will be exalted, but the prideful man will be brought low.

Let us humble ourselves today and take our rightful place as the creature, not the Creator. Let us submit to the Almighty God of the universe, and He will give us grace through His Son Jesus Christ. Blessed be His name.

With love, Jonathan Ball

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Home Church: www.goodfight.org

Rejoice!!

Rejoice!

1 Thessalonians 5:16

“Rejoice always”

Paul suffered very much for the Lord Jesus and for the gospel. He was imprisoned frequently, beaten with rods, flogged, stoned, went hungry and thirsty, went naked and cold, was in danger from false believers, and on top of that he suffered daily from his deep concern for all the Churches; yet with all that suffering, he instructs others to “rejoice always!”. How can this be? How could Paul possibly rejoice while sitting in a cold prison, chained to Roman guards?

His secret was that his source of joy was not governed by the circumstances of life, which always fluctuate, but was Jesus Christ Himself, who will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). True joy comes from knowing God and being right with Him, something that no trial can ever take from us, but on the contrary, only draws the true believer closer to Him. So rejoice on, beloved brethren, and let the joy of the Lord be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). No matter what terrible hardships this life presents to you, rejoice because your name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20), and your life is hidden with Christ in God! Hallelujah!

In Jesus, Jonathan Ball

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Home Church: www.goodfight.org

Fools for Jesus

Fools for Jesus

In our modern culture, many people believe in Jesus, but to actually obey His words is another thing. If you really walk out verses such as “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15), you are called legalistic and unloving, and if you truly believe and act on Jesus command to sell what you have and give to the poor (Luke 12:33), you will be seen as a fool. But one day the first will be last and the last first, so be one who obeys the Lord’s commands, even if you seem foolish to the world.

Jesus says, “Why do you call Me Lord, Lord and do not the things that I say? (Luke 6:46)” When some said to Jesus that they would follow Him, He told them that the Son of Man had no place to lay His head (Luke 9:57, 58). Should we follow Him at that cost? Yes, we should, even though we will be judged by others. We should follow Him and do His will even at the cost of our health, our resources, our reputation, our pride, our blood, sweat and tears, and even our own lives. He died for us, so that we might live or die for Him. Will you serve Him at that cost? There is no other path that leads to life, although we Americans believe there is. Jesus said that anyone who desires to come after Him must deny himself, pick up his cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). If we desire to save our lives, we will lose them forever; if we lose our life for His sake and the gospels, we will find eternal life. Which do you chose?

In Hebrews 11 we see a list of people praised for their faith. Among them were some who had trials of mocking and scourging, of chains and imprisonment, they were stoned and sawn in two, they were tempted and slain with the sword, they wandered in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth (Hebrews 11:36- 38). Most of us have not suffered such things for our faith, but there are thousands around the world that endure these and worse for the name of Christ. Are they failures? Are they out of God’s will? By no means, but we were called to such things, even as Jesus our Lord was nailed to a cross for doing the Fathers will. So understand, dear reader, that if you chose to follow Jesus, it will not be a bed of roses, but rather a crown of thorns. Even so, chose that path, beloved; chose the narrow and difficult path, for it alone is the one that leads to life everlasting!

With much love for your souls, Jonathan Ball

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Home Church: www.goodfight.org

Abounding More and More

Abounding More and More

1 Thessalonians 4:1

“Finally then, brethren we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;”

The Church of Thessalonica was commended by Paul over and over, as they were known for their love and good works. Yet, although their testimony was known by the surrounding regions, Paul exhorted them twice in chapter 4 to still abound “more and more”. That should be the goal of every believer, to continually advance the kingdom of God.

No matter how well we are doing in Christ, we should always strive to do more. John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can; by all the means you can; In all the ways you can; in all the places you can; at all the times you can; to all the people you can; as long as ever you can.” We should live each day as though it is our last, for one day we will be right. Our life is but a vapor, so we should redeem the time and be filled with good works. Let our lives overflow with fruit.

You have a promise from God, that if you abide in Christ and He abides in you, you will bear much fruit (John 15:5)! Imagine that if the Lord of all creation lives in you, there is no way you won’t produce godly fruit; His life will ooze out of you. The question is, are you full of Christ, or still full of you? John stated that if all the works of Jesus where written down, there would not be enough room on earth for all the books that would be written (John 21:25)! And His ministry was only 3 years long!

Therefore, let Christ and His word dwell in you richly, and live with eternity in mind. Let your branches spread far and wide, distributing nourishing fruit to all who are around you; that they might reach out and be blessed by your love, your hope, your joy, your patience and kindness that flows from your life. Spend and be spent doing God’s work, reaching the lost and loving the brethren, and when you enter eternity you will not regret it.

Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball

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Home Church: www.goodfight.org

 

Despised

Despised

Isaiah 53:3

“He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

Being despised is a horrible thing. It is not to simply be disliked by someone, but absolutely abhorred by them, that person or persons feeling deep repugnance towards you; they hate, detest, loathe and abhor you. This is a position that none of us, I suppose, want another to feel towards us. Yet, when the Creator of this world took on flesh and dwelt among us, we, His creation, despised Him. How much did sinful man hate their Creator? Just look at the cross.

God in His wisdom is so profound! He came into the world and did everything completely backwards from the way the world operates. The world says to have the very best, to pursue riches and fame, so Jesus was literally born in a barn; the world says to be full of pride in our own greatness, but Jesus came in humility, coming from Nazareth and working as a carpenter; the world says you must be successful, but Jesus chose fishermen, tax collectors and prostitutes to be His disciples. Jesus was totally despised by the religious leaders of that day, who constantly tried to trip Him in His words, plotting to kill Him 10 times in the gospels. In the end, they nailed Him to a tree. This depravity is at the core of every human heart, and must be crucified itself so we can be made new.

Jesus willfully endured the very thing that we all fear: rejection. As the world is seeking honor and acceptance from one another, Jesus chose the path that would lead Him to be rejected. While millions around the world strive at any cost to be men pleasers, Jesus chose to be detested by men so He could please the Father. Jesus came to His own, but His own did not receive Him (John 1:10, 11), but on the contrary, we hid our faces from Him and esteemed Him not. In His unfathomable love He endured it all; for our sake, and for the sake of His great name.

The love of God is past description, past words, and without condition. The depths that the Almighty went to so He could redeem sinful humanity are mind blowing; but most of the world doesn’t give it a second thought. We will give hours of devotion to created things, to smart phones and TV screens, to money making and beautiful cars, to chasing girls and admiring our own wonderfulness, but never give an hour’s thought over the blood that was shed on Calvary. What a crime; what a great felony against the Judge of the Universe. Let us fall on our knees today and repent of our vanity, giving God the affection due Him. His love awaits all those who receive Him with a humble heart.

In love, Jonathan Ball

John 1:11, 12 “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”

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Alcoholic

Alcohol

Proverbs 20:1

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler; and whoever is lead astray by it is not wise.”

Alcohol is a poison. When someone is in-toxic-ated, he is “poisoned.” The body protests with confused thinking, slurred speech, and impaired vision, memory, and judgment. The victim vomits. The next day his head throbs with pain, yet he still drinks the poison. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been maimed on the roads by drunk drivers, yet the world cannot bring itself to say, “Don’t drink.” It can only say, “Don’t drink and drive.” This is because alcohol is the only enemy man has succeeded in loving. It destroys his liver, heart, and kidneys. It gives him high blood pressure and causes blood vessels to burst in his skin. It leads him to beat his wife and abuse his kids. It will eventually destroy his ability to enjoy the intimacies of the marriage bed. Yet he still drinks.

He thinks alcohol is a “stimulant.” In truth, it is a suppressant that reduces his inhibitions. It dulls the nagging of his conscience so that he can commit sexual and other sins that he couldn’t indulge in while sober. A man who gives himself to the demon of alcohol becomes a slave to its addictive properties. It mocks him. It steals his dignity. It takes control of his will. Whoever is deceived by it (and there are millions) is not wise.

Ray Comfort