Enjoying the Heat Wave

Man, it’s hot! I feel like the heat index for the last month has been over 100 degrees here in the south. I hate the heat! I feel that this year, here in Mississippi, we skipped spring. The weather went from really cold to really hot, really fast!

I was thinking the other day about why I should be enjoying this heat instead of complaining about it. My first thought was, no matter how hot it gets here on earth, I never have to experience the heat of Hell. Yes, I believe in Hell. Yes, I believe it is a real place. Yes, I believe that without Christ as your Saviour you will spend eternity in Hell.

I am thankful that I never have to experience that everlasting heat wave that is called Hell. I never have to wonder what it is like to be so hot without the option to cool down or drink some refreshing water. I never have to experience the lake of fire! I will go ahead and enjoy this heat of summer because it is nothing like Hell!

If you are lost without Christ, now is the time of salvation. You can accept Christ today as your Saviour. Just realize you are a sinner, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23. Realize the punishment for your sins is death in Hell and realize that Christ died and rose again to pay for your sins, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 Once you realize you are a sinner and that you need a Saviour, call on the Lord and ask Him to save you, “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. For whosover shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9,13 Salvation is a personal choice, it is between you and the Lord. I can’t make it for you, neither can anyone else. Accept Christ today to miss out on the heat wave of Hell!!

 

Gifts From Above

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he is with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” James 1:17-18

A gift is something given to someone by someone else that doesn’t require any form of payment by the person receiving the gift.

We all like receiving gifts. Most of us like giving gifts. God blesses giving people. We should all try to have a giving heart and just help those around us.

No matter what we give to others, God has still given mankind the greatest gift ever.

“Every good gift…is from above…” We can take a look around us and look at all the things that God has blessed us with. In my own life, I have a wife that God has blessed me with. Our two little girls are gifts from the Father. Our house, our car, our clothes, our food, our needs supplied, those are all good gifts from the Father. Without God, I would have nothing because I truly believed He has given me everything. God is the giver of every good gift. Those good gifts, He gives you and I are those blessings in our daily lives. They are the needs that He fulfills on a daily basis. The good gifts from above are the peace He gives us in the storms of life. They are the comfort He gives in the hard times. Those gifts are the joy and happiness we have from Him. Look around at all the good gifts He has given you and just be thankful!

“Every perfect gift…cometh down from the Father of lights…” I found the phrasing of this verse interesting, there are good gifts and there are perfect gifts. I believe that God has given us two perfect gifts.

  1. The gift of salvation “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 God gave His only Son for our sin. He gave His perfect Son. Jesus Christ was the first perfect gift to mankind. Without the perfection of Jesus Christ, we would be lost, on our way to Hell. Thank God for His perfect Son as He gave us salvation!
  2. The gift of the Word of God “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalms 19:7 God gave us His perfect word in the King James Bible. He gave us His perfect word so that we could live a blessed life. Don’t take for granted the only physical perfect gift that God gave us.

Take a moment today to thank God for all the gifts that He has given us, including salvation and the Word of God.

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