Saturday, December 31, 2016

Victory in Jesus in 2017 for Almighty God's Honor and Glory!

Dearly beloved of the Lord, God has graciously brought us through to a new year and as we have seen 2016 - even with a Trump victory - was an absolute disaster for America with very little human remedies in sight. Hey... that's OK... this nasty world is NOT our home my beloved! Those who reject Almighty God's ETERNAL saving grace and remain in their rebellion against Him can keep it and their delusional doomed world view also (Rom. 1:18-32). As we embark on this New Year, may we be continually focused and redeeming the time for the Savior for the days are evil indeed (Eph. 5:16); for the day and hour of His coming is nearer then ever before. May we have faith in Almighty God, Who works out all things for His honor and glory (Romans 8: 28, Rev. 4:11) and may we possess the ETERNAL perspective that only God and His Word gives while living in this fallen temporal world (Col. 3:1-2, Phil. 3:20). May we be also exercising our Heavenly calling as His ambassadors to a lost and dying world, for the end is drawing near (2 Cor. 5:20, Eph. 5:16). The past is in the past and the ETERNAL future for the child of God is always BRIGHT (Phil. 3:8,12)!

.May we possess the ETERNAL perspective that only God and His Word gives while living in this temporal world.
Beware and be on guard of the subtleties of our adversary “the Devil” and the many voices that seek to derail and distract us from the realities at hand (Matt. 24: 4-5, Luke 22:31, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, Phil. 3:2, James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8).

May our battle cry be “Victory in Jesus” in this 2017 year (1 Cor. 15:57, 2 Cor. 2:14, 1 John 5:4)! My beloved, this may indeed be the very year that we see our Beloved Savior face to face (1 John 3:2-3). What glory that will be!

My friends what ever may transpire this year here in troubled America, remember what must be; for the Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand! Think on and remember this invaluable truth and reality! It will truly set you free from all of the adversity that surrounds us (John 8:32, 36)!

We all at the Ignorant Fishermen Blog wish you all a blessed and Christ centered New Year with much victory  (1 Cor. 15:57, 2 Cor. 2:14, 1 John 5:4)!
Victory in Jesus in 2017 and occupy for Almighty God's glory!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!



Monday, December 26, 2016

The Death and Vanity of George Michael - A Biblical Perspective

George Michael, the mega pop star of the 80's who sold over a 100 million albums and icon was found dead of heart failure over this Christmas holiday. As the majority of pop icons, Michael fully tasted the fruits of success that this fallen world has to offer. The fruit of fame, money, sex, drugs and idol worship left him empty, but in the end all that matters for the poorest pauper to the mega elite star is a saving relationship to their Creator in RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUTH (Matt. 6:33, Rom. 10:2-4).

Michael's life was one that pushed and promoted a secular godless world view and at times he was an out spoken critic against Jesus Christ and Judeo/Christian moral absolutes. Michael had it all, but in the end we take nothing with us when we depart this fallen world except one of two accomplishments; our godless works and its lawless fruit; or our saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ the Savior of the world (John 3:16-17,36, Rom. 6:23). I think it is very clear to all which George Michael chose based on his expression of life. Tragically we will see that ALL is VANITY and dust in the wind when we reject a saving relationship to our Creator in TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Michael's life was one that pushed and promoted a secular godless world view and at times he was an out spoken critic against Judeo/Christian moral absolutes. Michael had it all, but in the end we take nothing with us when we depart this fallen world except one of two accomplishments; our godless works and its lawless fruit; or our saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.

The Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes is the tragic biography of Adam’s fallen race (i.e., humanity) told by the wisest of all men, King Solomon. King Solomon possessed it all: wisdom, brilliance, discernment, authority, prestige, riches/ wealth, property/ possessions, power, fame, women and glory. Amazingly, as he was reflecting on his life in his last days, he made this very sobering and tragic statement: “Vanity of vanities…all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:1-15, 12:7-8).

In possessing all of this stature and achievement, it never satisfied the  ETERNAL void of his heart. All of it did not - and could not - yield peace and contentment. In the end, all of Solomon's great achievements and pomp could never deliver him in the hour of his death. To Solomon, all indeed was truly dust in the wind...

Dust in the Wind, the title of a song released by the group Kansas in the late 1970’s, is a melancholy piece regarding the terrible uncertainties and brevity of earthly existence. There is no certainty, no hope, no expectation, no solution and no deliverance. The song is painted with pessimistic colors and presents a bleak and tragic picture with absolute abandonment and no salvation to be found. All we are is dust in the wind….


"All we are is dust in the wind..."

What the majority of humanity (and the song) greatly misses is that without Almighty God, our Creator and Sustainer and His righteousness, all is indeed an absolute tragedy, vanity and dust in the wind (Psalm 39:5). My friend, that was never God’s plan and purpose for His creation (Rom. 5:12-21). It is Almighty God’s sincerest desire that all would come to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ and have ETERNAL LIFE. The Bible states:

"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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17)

"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die…?" (Ezekiel 33:11)

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost" (Matt 18:11)

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt 11:28-30)

Jesus said, "The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10)

Your existence here in time does not have to end in vanity. Almighty God has a great future plan and purpose for your life.

But as it is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him"(1 Cor. 2:9)

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25)

"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 22:5)

Without Almighty God’s remedy for our sinful condition which is found only in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, indeed all is truly vanity and dust in the wind.
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? " (Matt 16:26)

"Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah" (Psalm 39:5).

"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev 20:11-15)

In the end, Solomon fully comprehended that Almighty God was absolutely essential for the existence of man. To know Him is life  ETERNAL with great expectation and purpose!

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for thisis the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccl. 12:13,14)

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? To know Him is to have  ETERNAL LIFE and possess  ETERNAL HOPE. May it be your sincere desire to know the One that made it all possible for you to have all of God’s highest and best for your life - both here in time and also for ETERNITY.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas From The Ignorant Fishermen!


Beloved, at Christmas we are reminded of the ETERNAL message of “That God so love the world - John 3:16-17 and all that we ever would and could  need - as fallen humanity - is found IN the lovely Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world (Rom. 5:12-19, 10:4, 1 Cor. 1:30).

But what a great many miss at Christmas is the precious promises of the Lord Jesus Christ that are yet to be fulfilled!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7)”

Our future is found in the uncompromising promises of Almighty God and in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor.1:30).

As children of Almighty God (John 1:12, Rom. 8:14,16, Gal. 3:26, 1 John 3:1,2), we can REJOICE not only that our transgressions against Almighty God's  ETERNAL absolutes of RIGHTEOUSNESS have been pardoned and removed (1 John 2:2), but also in the future blessings and promises that are yet to come! The of redemption of our vile bodies (1 Cor. 1:30, 15:42-58), the coming Kingdom of Heaven (Zech. 14:9-21, Matt. 25:34) and ETERNITY future (Rev. 21-22).
My dearly beloved of the Lord, this Christmas as we reflect on the absolute wonderment of the incarnation of God the Son (John 1:14, 1 Tim. 3:16, Heb. 10:1-14), may we also greatly REJOICE knowing that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! My beloved our future has only just begun!!

We here at the Ignorant Fishermen Blog wish each one of you ALL of Almighty God's HIGHEST and BEST (God's perfect will) and a blessed biblical Christmas!

The Kingdom of Heaven truly is at hand!

The Ignorant Fishermen