It Is Impossible To Love “The Lost.”

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

You may have clicked on the link because you thought, “that’s not right, what do you mean Kevin that it is impossible to love the lost?” Well, it’s not as it appears of course. I’m very into evangelism and I think all believers are called to share their faith with their family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, school peers, and yes even strangers. We’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation,

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

So you have just read above that you have the ministry of reconciliation. So what do I mean when I titled this blog post, “It is Impossible To Love The Lost.” Read the following,

“Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have a love for the lost? This is a term we use as part of our Christian jargon. Many believers search their hearts in condemnation, looking for the arrival of some feeling of benevolence that will propel them into bold evangelism. It will never happen. It is impossible to love “the lost”. You can’t feel deeply for an abstraction or a concept. You would find it impossible to love deeply an unfamiliar individual portrayed in a photograph, let alone a nation or a race or something as vague as “all lost people”.

Don’t wait for a feeling or love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father, and you know that this stranger is created by Him, but separated from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because you love God. It is not primarily out of compassion for humanity that we share our faith or pray for the lost; it is first of all, love for God.”

― John Piper

Something to think about the next time you have an opportunity to bring up the things of God and share the gospel (good news) with someone at someplace.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Let Your Light Shine

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 ESV

We were made to be prisms refracting the light of God’s glory into all of life.

-John Piper

Let your light so shine- Let your holy life, your pure conversation, and your faithful instructions, be everywhere seen and known. Always, in all societies, in all business, at home and abroad, in prosperity and adversity, let it be seen that you are real Christians.  Let every follower of Christ, and especially every preacher of the Gospel, diffuse the light of heavenly knowledge, and the warmth of Divine love through the whole circle of their acquaintance.

That they may see your good works- The proper motive to influence us is not simply that we may be seen.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 6:1 ESV

But it should be that our heavenly Father may be glorified. The Pharisees acted to be seen of men, true Christians act to glorify God, and care little what people may think of them, except as by their conduct others may he brought to honor God, yet they should so live that people may see from their conduct what is the proper nature of their religion.

Glorify your Father- Praise, or honor God, or be led to worship him. Seeing in your lives the excellency of religion, and the power and purity of the gospel, they may be won to be Christians also, and give praise and glory to God for his mercy to a lost world.

We learn here:

1. That religion, if it exists, cannot be concealed. You can’t hide it!

2. That where it is not manifest in the life, it does not exist. If you don’t have it, you don’t have it!

3. That “professors” of religion, who live like other people, give evidence that they have never been truly converted. There must be a distinction in your life to those who aren’t Christians.

4. That to attempt to conceal or hide our Christian knowledge or experience is to betray our trust, injure the cause of piety, and to render our lives useless. John Piper said it best, Don’t Waste Your Life.

5. And that good actions will be seen, and will lead people to honor God. If we have no other way of doing good – if we are poor, and unlearned, and unknown yet we may do good by our lives. No sincere and humble Christian lives in vain. The feeblest light at midnight is of use.

How far the little candle throws his beams!

So shines a good deed in a naughty world!

Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Put Your Trust in Jesus

 

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one [Jesus] in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.

2 Timothy 1:12 NLT

God guards all that we entrust to Him!

For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything He[God] does.

Psalm 33:4 NLT

Everything God does is worthy of trust!

I know the one in whom I trust- A spiritual knowledge of Christ is necessary to have faith in him (to trust Him): an unknown Christ cannot be the object of faith, though an unseen Christ, as to bodily sight, may be, and is. Knowledge and faith go together: they that truly know Christ, believe in him, and the more they know him, the more strongly do they believe in him. Such who spiritually and savingly know Christ, have seen the glories of his person, and the fulness of his grace. They approve of him, as their Saviour, being every way suitable to them, and disapprove of all others. They love him above all others, and with all their hearts. They put their trust in Him (Jesus), and trust Him (Jesus) with all they have. They know whom they trust, what an able, willing, suitable, and complete Saviour He is. This knowledge which they have of him, is not from themselves, but from the Father, who reveals him to them, and in them; and from himself, who gives them an understanding that they may know him; and from the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: and be it more or less, it is practical, and leads to the discharge of duty, from a principle of love for Christ; and is of a soul humbling nature, and appropriates Christ to a man’s self; and has always some degree of certainty in it; and though it is imperfect, it is progressive; and the least measure of it is saving, and has eternal life connected with it: and that faith which accompanies it, and terminates on the object known, is the grace, by which a man sees Christ in the riches of his grace; goes to him in a sense of need of him; lays hold upon him as a Saviour; receives and embraces him; commits it’s all unto him; trusts him with all; leans and lives upon him, and walks on in him till it receives the end of faith, even eternal salvation.

For the word of the LORD holds true- The command; the law; the promise of God. Whatever he “says” is right; or, is true. It is worthy of universal belief; and should, therefore, be a reason for praise. The fact that God says a thing is the highest proof that it is true.

And we can trust everything he does.- Or rather, “in faithfulness.” That is, All that he does is executed faithfully. He does all that he promises, and all that he does is such as to claim universal confidence. Whatever he does is, from the very fact that He does it, worthy of the confidence of all his creatures. None, however they may be affected by what he does, have any reason to doubt that it is perfectly right. God is the only Being of whom we have any knowledge, concerning whom we can feel this certain assurance.

I pray that you would trust Jesus in whatever situation you find yourself in and that your faith would grow as you believe what God’s word says.

Source:
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Thank God for God! (God is The Gospel!)

Hey everyone! May you have a blessed thanksgiving with your family and friends! I pray we would all keep God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the center of all that we do this day. May we be reminded of the surpassing amount of blessings God has given to us. May we be drawn to praise and worship God for who he is and not for what he does! God is the gospel, and at the end of the day we get God which is the greatest gift we could ever receive.

15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:15–17 (ESV)

So what are you thankful for? Everything that you have is a gift from God so there is nothing that you have that you should not be thankful to God for.

What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?

1 Corinthians 4:7

Whatever mercies and blessings men enjoy, they have in a way of receiving, and from God the Father of all mercies: all natural and temporal mercies are received from him; even such as respect the body, the make, form, and shape of it, perfection of limbs, health, strength, food, raiment, preservation of life, continuance in being, with all the comforts of it: and such as relate to the soul, its formation, which is by the father of spirits, its powers and faculties, natural light, reason, and understanding, all its endowments, abilities, all natural parts, and sharpness of wit; so that no man ought to glory in his wisdom, as if it was owing to himself, when it is all of God. All supernatural and spiritual blessings are received from God; such as a justifying righteousness, sanctifying grace, remission of sin, the new name of adoption, strength to perform good works, to bear and suffer reproach and persecution for Christ, and to persevere to the end, with a right and title to eternal glory.

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

Give thanks to God for every blessing you have!

Last thought but most important,

Thank God For God

“The roar of the world is in my ears.

Thank God for the roar of the world;

Thank God for the mighty tide of fears

Against me always hurled.

“Thank God for the bitter and ceaseless strife,

And the sting of his chastening rod.

Thank God for the stress and pain of life,

And O, thank God for God!

—Selected

May we ultimately treasure the greatest gift we have received which is God himself!

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

John Piper

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

The Son Holds All Creation Together

Hey! How are you doing? I hope all is well! Grace and peace!

He [The Son] existed before anything else, and he [The Son] holds all creation together.

Colossians 1:17 NLT

He [The Son] existed before anything else,…. Not only in dignity, being preferable to angels and men in his nature, names, offices, and works, and worthy of more honor than all creatures; but he is before them in existence, as he must needs be, since they are all made by him; he was not only before John the Baptist, his forerunner, before Abraham who saw his day and was glad, before the first man was made, but before the angels were in being, or the heavens and the earth, or any creature were formed; and therefore must be God, who is from everlasting to everlasting:

and he [The Son] holds all creation together; he upholds all things by the word of his power; the heavens have their stability and continuance from him; the pillars of the earth are bore up by him, otherwise that and the inhabitants of it would be dissolved; the angels in heaven are confirmed in their estate by him, and have their standing and security in him; the elector God are in his hands, and are his peculiar care and charge, and therefore shall never perish; yea, all mankind live and move, and have their being in him; the whole frame of nature would burst asunder and break in pieces, was it not held together by him; every created being has its support from him, and its consistence in him; and all the affairs of Providence relating to all creatures are governed, directed, and managed by him, in conjunction with the Father and the blessed Spirit.

Source: Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

To have faith in Jesus Christ means to believe about Him, trust in Him, and commit oneself to Him.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez