Sunday, December 16, 2012

HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS LIVING!

HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS LIVING!

Living a holy and righteous life before our Lord and Savior it is an EVERYDAY commitment, devotion and discipline that we MUST ALL HAVE, if Heaven is the place where we want to spend eternity!

Jesus taught us to stay away from ANYTHING that would cause us to sin ... "If your right eye causes you to stumble (Sin), gouge it out and throw it away. (Watch This... Don't Miss It! -->) IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO LOSE ONE PART OF YOUR BODY THAN FOR YOUR WHOLE BODY TO BE THROWN INTO HELL.  And if your right hand causes you to stumble (Sin), cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."~(Matthew 5:29-30)~Amen!

Friends, No sin is worth losing your place in Heaven!~(Matthew 13:40-42, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-7, Colossians 3:5-10, Hebrews 10:26-27, Revelation 21:27, 22:15)~Amen

The Apostle John Tells Us This:
"WHOEVER claims to live in Him "MUST" walk as Jesus DID."~(1 John 2:6)~Amen! Our daily lives should reflect our Savior Life. We MUST be like Him in everything that we do and say.~(John 14:15, 21, 23-24, John 15:14, Luke 6:46)~Amen

Note: Some people claim to be Christians... But by the way they live their lives it tells us a different story"..."THEY CLAIM" to "KNOW GOD", "BUT BY THEIR ACTIONS THEY DENY HIM." They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good."~(Titus 1:16)~Amen

Remember this:
"FOR WE MUST ALL" appear before the "JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST", that each one "MAY RECEIVE" what is due him FOR the things "DONE WHILE IN THE BODY", whether good OR bad."~(2 Corinthians 5:10)~Amen! God has already warned us that.. "WITHOUT" HOLINESS "NO ONE" WILL SEE JESUS.~(Hebrews 12:14)~Amen! STAY Faithful to Jesus... Because He is coming soon!~(Revelation 22:20)~Amen and Maranatha!



GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA











Sunday, November 18, 2012

YOU'RE NOT ALONE!

                                                     YOU'RE NOT ALONE!


There are times we can feel all alone... Even if we're in a room full of people. We think that NO ONE understands or cares what we're going through. I'm stopping by to tell you that, "YOU'RE NOT ALONE"! We sometimes forget in our moments of our trials and testings, that, the Lord Jesus has given us some wonderful promises to reflect on, to hold on to, when these times appear in our lives .... "In this world you "WILL" have trouble. BUT take heart! (Watch This... Don't Miss It!) "I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD."...."I WILL NOT leave you as orphans; I will come to you."(John 16:33, John 14:18) Jesus is just a prayer away..."For where two or three come together in "MY NAME", there am I with them."(Matthew 18:20)~ANY time WE need Him... He will be there! If Jesus said it, then that's exactly what He'll DO! "Heaven and earth will pass away, BUT my words WILL NEVER pass away."~(Matthew 24:35)~Our Savior is NOT a man that HE should lie! (Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Hebrews 6:18)

Note: We have to completely TRUST and BELIEVE that in "ALL" things GOD works for the good of those "WHO LOVE HIM". WHO have been called according to His PURPOSE."~(Romans 8:28)~GOD has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life! (Jeremiah 29:11)~DON'T give up, DON'T throw in the towel... You WILL be Victorious!!! "And without FAITH it is impossible to please GOD, because "ANYONE" who comes to Him "MUST" believe that HE exists and that He rewards those who earnestly "SEEK HIM." (Hebrews 11:6, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-9, Hebrews 12:4-11)

Remember what the Holy Scriptures say: "IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?.... "WHO" can "SEPARATE US" from the love of Christ? Shall  trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?~ (Romans 8:31, 35)~Never "FORGET" how much GOD loves you.... "No, in "ALL" these things "WE ARE" more than conquerors through HIM who "LOVED US". For "I AM CONVINCED" that neither angels nor demons, neither the "PRESENT" nor "THE FUTURE, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor "ANYTHING" else in "ALL" creation, will be able to separate us from the "LOVE OF GOD", that is in Christ Jesus OUR LORD."~ (Romans 8:37-39)

Note: People can sometimes be cruel, mean and unkind to us but we should "NEVER" let them change who we are... Christ lives in US and we "MUST" be obedient to Him at "ALL" times and in "ALL" situations. Jesus teaches us this; "BUT I tell you who hear me: LOVE your enemies, DO good to those who hate you, BLESS those who curse you, PRAY for those who mistreat you."~(Luke 6:27-28)~This is called being "an overcomer" friends... How are we going to receive rewards in Heaven for being "An overcomer"... If we haven't overcome ANYTHING???  About the rewards in Heaven; Jesus says this: "If you LOVE  those who LOVE you, WHAT REWARD WILL YOU GET? ... "And if you greet "ONLY" your brothers, WHAT are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? "BE PERFECT", therefore, as your heavenly FATHER is perfect." (Matthew 5:46-48) See also Romans 12:9-21

Stay the course, my friends, SOW the good fruits of "OBEDIENCE" to Christ because the reward will be "Eternal Life".... "DO NOT" be deceived: GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED. A man "REAPS" what he sows. The one sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to "PLEASE THE SPIRIT", from the Spirit "WILL REAP ETERNAL LIFE."... "Let us "NOT" become weary "IN DOING GOOD",  for at "THE PROPER TIME" we "WILL REAP A HARVEST" if we "DO NOT" GIVE UP."  Therefore, as we have the opportunity, "LET US DO GOOD TO ALL PEOPLE", ESPECIALLY to those who belong to the family of believers."~ (Galatians 6:7-10)

The Bible says:

"NEVER will I leave you; NEVER will I forsake YOU."  So we say with CONFIDENCE, "The LORD is my HELPER; I will NOT be Afraid. WHAT can man do to me." ~ (Hebrews 13:5-6) ~ 24-7 God is "ALWAYS" with us... DON'T be afraid... "YOU'RE NOT ALONE!! Stay the course; be faithful, trust, believe and obey the LORD in ALL things... And you will be blessed! "DELIGHT" yourself in the LORD and HE will give you the "DESIRES" of your heart. "COMMIT" your way to the LORD; TRUST IN HIM and HE WILL DO THIS..."(Psalm 37:4-5)~ Amen!

JESUS SAYS: "WHY "DO YOU" CALL ME, LORD, LORD, AND "DO NOT DO WHAT I SAY?~ (Luke 6:46)




GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS,
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Monday, November 5, 2012

KEEP THE OIL IN YOUR LAMPS BURNING!

                                     KEEP THE OIL IN YOUR LAMPS BURNING


As we get closer to the return of Christ to the earth, Jesus tells us that fearful events will occur on the earth and in the heavens. When we see these signs that Jesus spoke of in the Gospels happening , we're supposed to be looking up to the skies because according to Jesus, it is then that we will see HIM coming in the clouds... "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:27-28)

Note: "Frankenstorm Sandy", the name the media called the recent storm. The world was shaken and gripped with fear at the sight of this massive storm but all of this goes in line with what Jesus told us would happen in the last days before His return back to the earth..."There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken." (Luke 21:25-26) Jesus is coming soon friends, if you have any loved ones that don't know Jesus as Lord and Savior, then, the time is now to bring them to Christ... While there's still time to do so. (Please keep in your prayers all of those who have been affected by this terrible storm!)

Jesus is coming soon! The signs tell us so and this is what Jesus says about it: "He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees.When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near." (Luke 21:29-31) Jesus has already told us that once these signs are taking place, it is also a sign that "The kingdom of God is "NEAR" (Luke 21:31) And we must be ready, Friends!

The Bible Says: "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise."... "The virgins "WHO WERE READY" went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut."Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you." (Matthew 25:1-12)

Note: "NOT" everyone that "Calls Jesus Lord" will enter the "Kingdom of God." NOT everyone who calls themselves "a Christian" will enter Heaven. The only people who are entering Heaven are those who are ready ("the wise virgins"), who are keeping their oil lamps burning and who obey Jesus Christ teachings. (Watch This... Don't Miss It!!)"Jesus said, "IF" you "HOLD" to my teaching, you are really my disciples." Jesus knows those who truly "LOVE HIM"... Jesus replied, "IF ANYONE" loves me, "HE WILL OBEY" my teaching. My Father will love him, and "WE WILL COME" to him and "MAKE"our home with him. (Watch This... Don't Miss It!) "He "WHO DOES NOT" love me "WILL NOT" obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me." (John 8:31, Matthew 7:21-27, Matthew 25:10, John 14:15, John 14:21, 23-24, John 7:16-17, Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35, Acts 3:23, 1 John 2:6)


"THEREFORE KEEP WATCH, BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW THE DAY OR THE HOUR."~ (Matthew 25:13) STAY READY MY FRIENDS AND "KEEP THE OIL IN YOUR LAMPS BURNING".....

 
 


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS,
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA




Sunday, October 21, 2012

Walking In "LOVE" Daily

"By this "ALL" men will know that "YOU ARE" my disciples, "IF" you "LOVE" one another." ~(John 13:35)....

 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA
 
 

Friday, October 5, 2012

YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE

      YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE


As followers of Jesus Christ, we should strive to have a lifestyle of  "righteousness and holy living" DAILY, as the Bible commands us to have... But there are times in our lives, that we fall short and get off the "track of the righteous and holy living" and we sin against God and people. The good news is that, as long as we are here on earth... "We Still Have A Chance" to get up from where we have fallen short and make it right with those we have hurt/offended and start anew with God and them.

The Bible Says:

"My little children, these things I write to you, "SO THAT YOU MAY NOT SIN".  AND IF ANYONE SINS", we have an "ADVOCATE" with the Father, "JESUS CHRIST" the righteous. And He Himself is the "PROPITIATION (Atoning Sacrifice)"  for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world." (1 John 2:1)-NKJV

Note: There are always consequences for the bad choices we make in life and for the sins that we commit against GOD, this is why Jesus gives us this warning.... "STOP SINNING" or something "WORSE" may happen to you."~(John 5:14)

The Apostle Paul says: "For the wages of sin [is] death..."(Romans 6:23)~"NOTHING" good comes from sinning! It is in our best interest to avoid sin at "ALL" cost...  "FLEE" And "RUN" if you must from it, as Joseph did in Genesis 39:10-12. Joseph chose to flee and run from sin rather than to sin against God or his master (Potiphar). GOD told Cain..."SIN" is "CROUCHING" at your door; it "DESIRES" to have YOU"BUT YOU MUST MASTER IT."~(Genesis 4:7)-NIV

Jesus says: "If your right eye "CAUSES YOU TO SIN", gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body "THAN" for your whole body to be "THROWN INTO HELL". AND if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go "INTO HELL."~(Matthew 5:29-30)

Note: How do we master sin? You may ask... By "WALKING" With The Lord DAILY, by studying and applying God 's word into our lives... This is how we will master sin!  Friends, "SEEK" God daily and "PRAY" in the "Spirit" always, the "Holy Spirit" is "OUR HELPER".

The Bible Says:

"In the same way, "THE SPIRIT HELPS US" in our weakness. We "DO NOT" know what we ought to pray for, BUT the Spirit himself "INTERCEDES" for us with "GROANS" that "WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS". And He (GOD) who "SEARCHES" our hearts "KNOWS" the "MIND" of the "SPIRIT", because the Spirit "INTERCEDES" for the saints "IN ACCORDANCE" with God's "WILL." (Romans 8:26-27, Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20, John 14:26)

The LORD Says: "RETURN", you backsliding children, [And] "I WILL HEAL" your "BACKSLIDINGS." "Indeed we do come to You, For "YOU" are the LORD our GOD."~(Jeremiah 3:22)-NKJV

Note: IF You've Being Backsliding A Little Or A Lot... Come To The GOD Who Says, "I Will "HEAL" Your "Backslidings." The Bible Says: "IF" we "CONFESS OUR SINS", HE (GOD) is "FAITHFUL" and "JUST" and "WILL FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND PURIFY US FROM "ALL" UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."~(1 John 1:9)..."As the "HOLY SPIRIT" says: "Today, "IF" you hear HIS voice, "DO NOT" harden your hearts..."~(Hebrews 3:7)


"YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE"... TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD TO RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY LIVING, THE CHOICE IS YOURS....


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA



 
 
 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

WHO'S WORD ARE YOU GOING TO ACCEPT?

                                       WHO'S WORD ARE YOU GOING TO ACCEPT?
 
The Bible Says:
"If we "DELIBERATELY" keep on "SINNING AFTER" we have "RECEIVED" the knowledge "OF THE TRUTH", "NO SACRIFICE" for "SINS" is LEFT, (Watch This... Don't Miss It!) BUT only a "FEARFUL" expectation of "JUDGMENT" and of "RAGING FIRE" that "WILL" consume the enemies of God."~Hebrews 10:26-27~ (Read Also Verses 28-31)

Note: If You Think To Yourself... Well, I Got Baptized, I Accepted/Believe In Jesus... He (GOD) Will Still Let Me Into His Heaven... Even, If I am Living A Sinful Lifestyle! You Say, "I've Heard Someone Say Once... "That You Can Never Lose Your Salvation” “That Once You're Saved, You're Always Saved". Who's Word Are You Going Accept/Take?? Who Are You Going To Believe?? The "Holy Spirit" Says, in "The Book Of Hebrews" Ch.10, "NO ONE" Who Is "DELIBERATELY (Willfully, Purposefully) SINNING" Is Going To Heaven!! The Only Thing We Can Expect From This Kind Of Daily Living Is A "RAGING FIRE" that "WILL" consume the enemies of God.” The Apostle John Says: Whoever claims to “LIVE” in Him “MUST walk as Jesus DID.”~(1 John 2:6) The Commandment From Jesus Is This....
 
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

THERE IS NO ONE I CAN TALK TO!


                                            THERE’S NO ONE I CAN TALK TO!

 
Thank God for the godly, trustworthy, faithful friends that many people have. What about if you don’t have anybody like that in your life? Do you ever feel like, I wish I had someone I can trust… Someone that can relate to what I’m going through? Let me give you some encouragement from “God’s Holy Word”!

 
The Bible Says:

David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.”~ (1 Samuel 30:6)

 
Note: David needed someone to strength him through this very difficult situation (David and his soldiers homes were burned down to the ground and their wives and children were taken captive)...But everyone around him wanted to stone him.  “NOTICE” to whom David went to, for the help that he needed… But David found “STRENGTH” in the LORD his GOD.”~(1 Samuel 30:1-6)~When “NO ONE” is there to help us or understand what we’re going through…God will “ALWAYS” be there for us and He “DOES” understand the things that we are going through. "But God, who "COMFORTS" the DOWNCAST..."~(2 Corinthians 7:6)

 
The Book Of Hebrews Says:

For we “DO NOT” have a high priest who is “UNABLE” to sympathize with OUR weaknesses, (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!)  BUT we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. “LET US” then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may “RECEIVE” mercy and “FIND” grace to “HELP US” in our time “OF NEED”.”~(Hebrews 4:15-16) Maybe “NO ONE” understands what you’re feeling but we have a wonderful “High Priest” (Jesus Christ) that is able to sympathize with everything that happens to us and Jesus “WILL” help us in our time of need! Remember “ALWAYS” what Jesus says… He “WILL” always DO!!! Heaven and earth will pass away, “BUT MY WORDS” will NEVER” pass away.”~(Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33)

 
Note: If you’re going through a difficult, painful situation… Come to the “One” that can sympathize with “ALL” your problems and help you out of them too!  The “SALVATION” of the righteous “COMES” from the LORD; HE is their “STRONGHOLD” in time of trouble. The LORD “HELPS THEM” and “DELIVERS THEM”; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, “BECAUSE” they take “REFUGE” in HIM.”~(Psalm 37:39-40)

 
“TRUST” in Jesus, my friends… He will “NEVER” let us down! Is “NOT” in HIM to say one thing and do another… Remember, Jesus is “NOT” a man that He should lie. (Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29)

 
"GOD is our “REFUGE” and STRENGTH”, an ever-present help in trouble.”… BE still, and know that I am GOD.”
                    (Psalm 46:1,10)                

 

 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?

                                      WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?


How you see yourself and the thoughts that you daily think/ mediate on... Will always affect your outward attitude towards God and people. Paul tells us to take captive all our thoughts and this how Paul tells us "...And we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."~(2 Corinthians 10:5)

The Bible says, these are the things we're supposed to think/ mediate on....."Finally, brothers, "WHATEVER" is "True", "WHATEVER" is "Noble", "WHATEVER" is "Right", "WHATEVER" is "Pure", "WHATEVER" is "Lovely", "WHATEVER" is "Admirable"--if ANYTHING is "Excellent" or Praiseworthy--"THINK ABOUT SUCH THINGS."~ (Philippians 4:8)

Note: It is very "IMPORTANT" for us to "ALWAYS" stay daily mediatating on the word of God. It is then, when "OUR MINDS" and "OUR WILLS" will change to the will of God "The Father".... ""DO NOT" conform any longer to the pattern of this world, BUT be "TRANSFORMED" by the "RENEWING" of your "MIND". THEN you will be able to test AND approve what God's "WILL IS"--HIS good, pleasing and perfect "WILL."~(Romans 12:2)

People say, "That "PRACTICE" Makes Perfect"... Then the more we train our minds, our wills and our bodies to do the will of God the Father; the better we will get at living "The Christ Like Life".  In this way of daily living, we would be carrying out "Our Lord" Jesus wishes... "Jesus replied, "If "ANYONE" "LOVES ME", he "WILL" obey my teaching. My Father "WILL" love him, and "WE WILL" come to him AND make "OUR HOME" with him. (WATCH THIS... DON'T MISS IT!) He who "DOES NOT" love me "WILL NOT" obey "MY TEACHING". These words you hear are not my own; THEY belong to the Father who sent me."~(John 14:23-24)

If we are thinking negative thoughts all day long... Our attitudes will be negative towards everyone else also! We won't be displaying the love of God thinking this way. By our conduct, our way of living, is how we show people that Christ lives in us. Is "NOT" what we say that makes the most difference... It is our conduct that does! Remember, "ACTIONS" will always speak louder than our words. "But wisdom is "PROVED" right by her "ACTIONS."~(Matthew 11:19)

The Bible says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so [IS] he."~(Proverbs 23:7)~NKJV  According to the Bible, the things that we think about is "WHO WE ARE."... What we "WILL" act out on. So we have to make it a daily practice to be "DOERS" of God's word and in this way of living, everyone will see the "LIVING" Christ in us. "What Are You Thinking About?"

"WHATEVER" happens, "CONDUCT" yourselves in a manner "WORTHY" of the gospel of Christ."~(Philippians 1:27)~NIV


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA





Saturday, August 25, 2012

ARE YOU WATCHING AND PRAYING?

  ARE YOU WATCHING AND PRAYING?


Jesus said:

"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like "Ten Virgins" who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were "Foolish" and five were "Wise". The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' "'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, "I DON'T KNOW YOU".' (WATCH THIS... DON'T MISS IT!) "Therefore "KEEP WATCH", because you "DO NOT" know the "DAY" or "THE HOUR""~(Matthew 25:1-13)~NIV

Note: Friends: If we do not grasp what the Lord is saying here, in the story of the "Ten Virgins" and we do not apply to our lives, what He has taught us in "The Gospels"... We are going to be in for "A Rude Awakening", when Jesus Christ comes back for His bride.~(John 14:15, John 14:23-24, Acts 1:11, John 14:1-3, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 22:20)

Jesus says this.... "NOT EVERYONE" who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' "WILL ENTER" the kingdom of heaven, (WATCH THIS... DON'T MISS IT!)  BUT "ONLY" he who "DOES" the "WILL" of my Father who is in heaven. "MANY" will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' (Here Comes The Sad Part Of Not Following Christ Teachings ...)"Then I "WILL" tell them plainly, 'I "NEVER" knew you. AWAY from me, YOU evildoers!'~(Matthew 7:21-23)

Jesus says, that "EVERYONE" who applies His teachings into their everyday life are consider the "Wise Builders"... "THEREFORE" everyone who "HEARS" these words of mine and puts them "INTO PRACTICE" is like a wise man who "BUILT" his house ON the "ROCK (Which Is Christ Our Lord)."~(Matthew 7:24) And to "EVERYONE" who "DOES NOT" apply the teachings of Christ to their daily lives... The Bible says, this about them: "BUT everyone who hears these words of mine and does not "PUT THEM" into practice is like a "FOOLISH MAN" who built his house on sand."~(Matthew 7:26)


The Apostle John is very clear on this subject matter... "WHOEVER" claims to live in him (Jesus Christ) "MUST" walk as Jesus did."~(1 John 2:6)

The Apostle Paul, tells this to Timothy, on how he lived the Christian life... "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." ~(2 Timothy 4:7)~ Paul "DOES NOT" sound like he had lived the "Lack A Daisy" Christian life... Paul walked, talked and lived "The Christ Like" life and he also encouraged and warned the churches that he was in charge of overseeing, to do the same as he did! "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."~(1 Corinthians 11:1) To the Philippians Church, Paul gives them the same exhortation..."WHATEVER" you HAVE learned or received or heard FROM ME, or SEEN in ME--"PUT IT INTO PRACTICE". And the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:9)

This is Paul warnings to the Ephesians Church (A Warning To Stay Alert And Live As The Lord Jesus Has Commanded For Us To Live Like (Holy).... "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, "BECAUSE THESE ARE IMPROPER FOR GOD'S HOLY PEOPLE." Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (WATCH THIS... DON'T MISS IT!) "FOR of this you can be sure: "NO" immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--"HAS ANY" inheritance in the "KINGDOM" of Christ and of God."~(Ephesians 5:1-7, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11) See also Galatians 5:13-21

Note: We are "NEW CREATIONS" in Christ Jesus our Lord! (2 Corinthians 5:17) We "MUST" Live, Talk and Act like it at all times!... "For you "WERE ONCE" darkness, but "NOW" you "ARE LIGHT" in the Lord. "LIVE" as children of "LIGHT."~(Ephesians 5:8)

Paul also gave many instructions to Titus, in how, the church should conduct themselves while waiting for Jesus Christ return. This one specifically here, being one of them...."For the "GRACE" of God that brings salvation HAS appeared to "ALL" men." IT TEACHES US" to say "NO" to ungodliness and worldly passions, AND to "LIVE" self-controlled, upright and "GODLY LIVES" in this present age, "WHILE WE WAIT" for the "BLESSED HOPE"--the glorious APPEARING of our great GOD and SAVIOR, Jesus Christ."~(Titus 2:11-13) Paul gave this same exhortation to "ALL" the churches and we "MUST" heed "ALL" the warnings and "LIVE" GODLY LIVES in this present age... So that when Jesus comes back for His bride, we are "READY" to go with Him! Watch And Pray, My friends...

"Be ALWAYS" on the "WATCH", and "PRAY" that you may be able "TO ESCAPE" all that is about to happen, and that you "MAY BE ABLE" to "STAND" before the "SON OF MAN."~(Luke 21:36)


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA



 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

THERE IS NOTHING GOD CAN'T DO!

                                            THERE IS NOTHING GOD CAN'T DO!


The Bible says: "For "NOTHING" is "IMPOSSIBLE" with GOD."~(Luke 1:37)~(NIV) Do you believe that GOD can do the "IMPOSSIBLE" for you? Jesus says, that,"According to your "FAITH" will it be done to you."(Matthew 9:29) If we truly believe and trust in who GOD really is, the impossible things in our lives... our health, our homes, our families, our finances, etc. They "WILL" all become possibilities, If we believe! "NEVER" forget that Jesus specializes on the impossible things..... "Jesus looked at them and said, "With MAN this is impossible, BUT NOT WITH GOD; ALL things are "POSSIBLE" with GOD."~(Mark 10:27, Matthew 19:26) Question: Did Jesus say some things are possible with God? Answer: NO! He said that "ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD"!!! Amen and Hallelujah!!

Whenever doubt and unbelieve comes to my mind and heart.... I quickly go to Numbers 23:19! And it always reminds me that GOD "CANNOT" lie and that HE is ALWAYS "TRUE" And "FAITHFUL" to "ALL" of His Promises... "God is "NOT" a man, that HE should LIE, NOR a son of man, that HE should CHANGE HIS mind. DOES He speak and THEN not act? DOES He promise and NOT fulfill?~(Numbers 23:19)~WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE!

Remember what Jesus said, ,"According to your "FAITH" will it be done to you."~(Matthew 9:29) All we have to do is trust and believe in what Jesus says in His word! If your faith is a little low today then ask God to give you an increase of faith and for patience while waiting for your anwers... "You do not have, because you do not ask God."(James 4:2) Whatever you are in need today... Just ask our Heavenly Father, who is "ALWAYS" listening and ready to help us in our time of need. "...How much more will your Father in heaven GIVE good GIFTS to THOSE who ASK HIM!" ~(Matthew 7:11)


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

UNENDING LOVE!

                                                  UNENDING LOVE!


"Who SHALL separate US from the "LOVE" of Christ? Shall Trouble or Hardship or Persecution or Famine or Nakedness or Danger or Sword?"~(Romans 8:35)~Amen!! NOTHING, NO ONE!! Can Separate Us From The "LOVE" Of Jesus Christ! 

"This is "LOVE": not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."(1 John 4:10)

NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD! How Awesome Is That...This Should Keep A Permanent Smile On Our Faces Each And Everyday!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MEDITATE ON GOD'S WORD DAILY!

MEDITATE ON GOD'S WORD DAILY!


God has wonderful promises for all of those who "FOLLOW" and "OBEY" Him faithfully. GOD will always take care of the "Righteous"... "I was young and now I am old, yet I have "NEVER SEEN" the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread."~(Psalms 37:25 , Psalms 37:4-5 ) For us to have happiness and success as children of God we must be "DOERS" of HIS word (James 1:22). "..."BE CAREFUL" to obey so that it may "GO WELL" with you..."~(Deuteronomy 6:3) According to the "Holy Scriptures", It is then when things will "GO" well for us... When we stay in a committed and devoted relationship wth our God!

The Bible Says:

"BLESSED is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. BUT his "DELIGHT" is in the law of the LORD, AND on HIS law he "MEDITATES" day AND night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. "WHATEVER" he does "PROSPERS."~(Psalms 1:1-3)

God tells this to Joshua... "DO NOT" let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; "MEDITATE" on it day AND  night, SO that you may be careful to do everything written in it. THEN you "WILL BE" prosperous and successful."~(Joshua 1:8)~We "MUST" Obey God "FIRST"..." THEN you (Me/We) will be prosperous and successful."


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA











Thursday, July 26, 2012

IS TROUBLE KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR?

                                        IS TROUBLE KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR?


Don't ever let your problems turn you away from God. We should never let our bad circumstances, cause us to forget "ALL" the wonderful promises that the Lord has given to us through His "Holy Word." Jesus tells us this..."In this world you will have trouble." BUT He also tells us to be of "GOOD CHEER". Because He has conquered (Overcome) the world"!~(John 16:33) Amen. Jesus gave us the heads up about this a long time ago. So that when trouble came knocking at our door... We would remember that He told us that these things would happen to us and "NOT" give into "FEAR". Because Jesus has "OVERCOME" the world." Hallelujah! Glory to our KING!

My friends, God is in TOTAL control. So we have NOTHING to worry about. We just need to keep praying, believing, obeying and trusting in Him. God will "NEVER" disappoint anyone who puts his/her trust in HIM, NEVER! "THEY cried to you and were saved; in you THEY trusted and "WERE NOT" disappointed."~(Psalm 22:5)~Amen!

The Bible says:

"So "DO NOT FEAR", for I AM (GOD) with you; "DO NOT" be dismayed, for I AM your GOD. I WILL strengthen you and HELP you; I WILL uphold you with my righteous right hand.~(Isaiah 41:10)

"For I am the LORD, your God, who TAKES hold of your right hand and SAYS to YOU, DO NOT FEAR; I WILL HELP YOU."~(Isaiah 41:13)

Note: Remember "ALWAYS" God is NOT a man, that HE should lie... If He said it in HIS word, HE will DO it! NO question about it! (Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2) But we have to learn to trust and believe in Him, first.

Don't focus on your problems. Don't spend all day dwelling/thinking about them. The Bible tells us to give all our cares/anxiety to Jesus... Cast "ALL" your anxiety on Him because He CARES for you."~(1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6) Don't run away from the only "ONE" that can "HELP" you...GO to Him First! SEEK God's Kingdom and His Righteousness daily... "BUT seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness, and "ALL" these things WILL be GIVEN to you as well."~(Matthew 6:33) PUT God first and watch HIM blow your mind each and every time!

"SO then, "BANISH" anxiety from your heart and "CAST OFF" the troubles of your body..." (Ecclesiastes 11:10)

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA



Sunday, July 22, 2012

LIVING A BLAMELESS LIFE BEFORE OUR GOD

                                 LIVING A BLAMELESS LIFE BEFORE OUR GOD!


This Is The Commandment That The "LORD" Has Given For His Chosen (Holy) People To Live By...

"DO NOT" turn to mediums OR seek out spiritists, for you "WILL" be "DEFILED" by them. "I AM" the LORD your GOD".~(Leviticus 19:31)

"LET "NO ONE" FOUND among you who sacrifices his son OR daughter in the fire, who "PRACTICES" divination OR sorcery, interprets omens, ENGAGES in witchcraft, OR casts spells, OR who is a medium OR spiritist OR who consults the dead." (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

REMEMBER ALWAYS... "You (Me/We) "MUST" be "BLAMELESS" before the LORD your (Our) GOD.~Deuteronomy 18:13 (See Also Galatians 5:20-21) "...
WITHOUT holiness NO ONE will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14)

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO PLEASE?

WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO PLEASE?
We sometimes get caught up trying to please people around us that are not godly. We try to still fit in with them even though we know we shouldn’t be! As Christians we should be winning the unsaved to Christ and not the other way around! We can’t be dragged back from the place God got us out of.  One of the main reasons, we give in and become people pleasers is because we don’t want to feel left out, talked about or become an outcast to everyone around us. So we give in and do what people expect us to act like and live like. We completely ignore what God says about how we should live/act like while living in this world!  We are more fearful and care more about how people are going to view us or say about us, then we are in obeying and fearing God! Jesus says, this is who we should all "FEAR" (Reverence and Respect), But I will show you whom you should “FEAR”: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to THROW you INTO hell. YES, I tell you, “FEAR” him.” (Luke 12:5)

The Bible says: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6)  Friend, If this is the road that you’re traveling on right now (The People Pleasing Road) this road will lead to a separation from God, many disappointments and lots of devastation; it will always be a dead end road. You will soon discover that you’re NEVER going to make everyone happy. Nothing good will come out of this way of living, Nothing! In my own personal experiences I found out that if I obey the Lord FIRST, everything else in my life, people, and circumstances all line up to the will of my heavenly Father (ALL things workout for my own good in the end… BUT I have to put God FIRST! Romans 8:28/Matthew 6:33).

Note: My friends remember what James says, You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” (James 4:4). Not only are we committing adultery against God by trying to fit in with the world but we have also made ourselves an enemy of Gods also! We have to make up our minds and decide whether we are going to follow Jesus and act like Him, as the “Holy Scriptures” commands for us to do or do we live and act like the world! We can’t have it both ways… “…For a man is a "SLAVE" to whatever has mastered him.” (2 Peter 2:19)

 GOD says…

DO NOT be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? OR what fellowship can light have with darkness? WHAT harmony is there between Christ and Belial? WHAT does a believer have IN common with an unbeliever?..."Therefore COME out from them and BE separate, says the Lord. Touch NO unclean thing, and I will receive you." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

Note: We Christians have to live a life that is separated from all wickedness and live a righteous and holy life before our God and our fellow man! In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” And the Apostle Peter tells us,Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:12)) Taking this road (The Pleasing People Road) will only alienate us from our God and Savior! We are redeemed, washed by blood of the Lamb of God, transformed and made new in Christ… We’re supposed to live like it and act like it! (John 1:29, 2 Corinthians 5:17/ Ephesians 4:22-24, Ch. 5:8)

If we are not careful and continue to disobey the Lord we will find ourselves in the same situation as the “unwise virgins” in that they were NOT ready/ prepared when the Master arrived"Later the others (The unwise virgins) also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' "BUT he (Jesus Christ because He is the Master) replied, 'I tell you the truth, I DON’T KNOW YOU.' (Matthew 25:11-12)

Note: GOD needs vessels that are going to do His will, people He can completely depend on. NOT people (Worldly) pleasers! We must follow the examples of Peter and John because they were definitely God pleasers… But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you RATHER than GOD.” (Acts 4:19) Remember always that an obedient lifestyle to God is a happy, successful, prosperous and blessed life…Leading right to Heaven! Jesus says,He who DOES NOT love me will NOT obey MY teaching.” (John 14:24)

The Apostle Paul says this to the Galatians church…

Am I NOW trying to win the approval OF men, OR of GOD? OR am I trying to please men?(Watch This… Don’t Miss It!!) If I were still trying to please men, I would NOT be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)

Note: Here Paul telling the Galatians church that if he was trying to be a people pleaser, he would "NOT" be a servant of Christ!  Paul was more concerned on how God saw him than what people thought of him.  And this should be the same attitude/mind set that all the followers of Christ should have in their daily lives. We all have examples from Jesus and his disciples on how to live godly and righteous lives in this world… So we have no excuses for not obeying the Lord! The ONLY reason the Lord said we wouldn’t obey His teachings is because we “DO NOT” love Him! (John 14:24) James gives us this exhortation…DO NOT merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. “DO” what it says.” (James 1:22)

Jesus says…

I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." (John 12:50)

Note: Jesus is our example as the Apostle John said, Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6) Jesus knew that the Father’s command leads us to “Eternal Life” (Heaven). And so Jesus carried out the plan of salvation for the souls of mankind exactly like He was told by God the Father. Jesus did not deviate from any of the Father’s commands.  In The book of Hebrews it says… Then he (Jesus) said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will (God the Father will)." (Hebrews 10:9)

And so we must also do the same… Live and act like Jesus has commanded us to do and that is to “Love” God and to "Love" People…"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: (Watch This…Don’t Miss It!!) "'LOVE the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the SECOND is like it: 'LOVE your neighbor AS yourself.' (Matthew 22:36-39) In the book Of 1 John it says, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” (1 John 3:23)

Note: I just want to point out something that is very important… Some pastors and some Christian people believe that they “CAN NOT” loose their salvation… But according to “The Holy Scriptures” that teaching is false! If you are not living like the Lord commands and continue to live a sinful lifestyle, Heaven is NOT going to be your home!and, once made perfect, he (Jesus Christ) became the source of eternal salvation (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) For “ALL” who OBEY him…” (Hebrews 5:9)

See my blog teaching on (“Can You Lose Your Salvation?) If it’s between pastors and people teaching that you can’t lose your salvation or what the word of “The Living GOD” says… I personally am going with what GOD says! I’m NOT a people pleaser, but a God pleaser! Loving God, Loving People! And submitting myself daily to God so that I might live a life here on earth that is pleasing to my Father in Heaven!So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44)


The Apostle John warns all of us of this… ANYONE who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that “NO” murderer has “Eternal Life” in Him.” (1 John 3:15)


Paul warns the Galatians Church… Remember friends, these are “SAVED” people!The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!!) I WARN you, as I did before, that those who live like this “WILL NOT” inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)

To the “Corinthian Church” Paul gives them the same warnings…

“Do you not know that the wicked “WILL NOT” inherit the kingdom of God? “DO NOT BE DECEIVED”: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is “WHAT” some of “YOU WERE”. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Note: You can clearly see in “The Holy Scriptures” that if we as “Christ’s Church” do ANY of these things that the apostle Paul warned the Galatians and the Corinthians “NOT” to do and we ignore these warnings and do them anyway… Heaven won’t be our home. (See also Ephesians 5:5-6) Friends, we must stay in daily prayers and Bible studies… Seek God constantly and in this way of daily living is how we stay purified, sanctified, a spotless bride ready/prepared to meet our King in the clouds!  "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Hebrews 11:6, Mark 13:26, Daniel 7:13, Matthew 24:30, Matthew 26:64, and Revelation 1:7-8) Amen and Maranatha!!


In conclusion, I just wanted to stop here for a moment and say this… As I meditated on this teaching the epidemic of “bullying” in this country came to mind. If we as Christ followers remember to always obey GOD, in that we should always; "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 19:19, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:14, Ephesians 5:1-2, James 2:8) we would not give in to approving/cheering the bullies in their bad behavior.  As a people, parents, grandparents, etc, we should teach our children not to follow the crowds in the approval of the bullying and the taunting of others (Because this, my friends falls right into people pleasing!) The bullies always get fueled by the crowd’s reactions.  So if the crowd’s reaction is one that “DOES NOT” approve of his/her bad behavior … The Bully has no other choice but to stop. Eventually he will have to stop the bullying behavior all together because he will no longer be pleasing the crowd.  It will no longer be “COOL” to be a bully. We should all be “Anti-Bully” and love everyone like the Lord commands.



To “OBEY” is better than sacrifice, and to “HEED” is better than the fat of rams”…. “For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23)


GOD BLESS YOU NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DON'T LOSE YOUR CROWN!

                                
                                           DON'T LOSE YOUR CROWN!


Jesus says, "I AM coming SOON. HOLD on to what YOU have, SO that NO ONE will TAKE your CROWN."~(Revelation 3:11)~The Lord tells us, "Hold on to what you have, so that "NO ONE" will TAKE your CROWN".... The formula to, "How to get to the kingdom of GOD" Jesus has given it to us through His Holy Word (In the book of Matthew Chapters 5-7, Mark, Luke and John). BUT how are you going to know this formula... If you don't spend time with the Lord in prayers and Bible studies?? Friends, knowing what the Bible says is NOT enough... We MUST be doers of God's word! (James 1:22) And that my friends, Is how we keep our crowns on our heads!!

Jesus says,"IF you "LOVE" me, you "WILL" obey what I command." (John 14:15)

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Monday, June 4, 2012

LOOK UP!

                                                           LOOK UP!


Just Like The LORD Delivered Israel From Egypt Through Moses... ONE Day There WILL Also Be A MASS Exodus Of Millions Of People From The Earth To The Promised Land (Heaven) That Jesus Promised For All Of Those Who Believe, Obey And Follow His Teachings! (Exodus 12:31-33, 51, Matthew; Chapters 5-7, John 14:1-3, Revelation 3:3)

The Bible says: "WHEN these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28)~When we see the prophecies that the Lord spoke about in Matthew 24:3-44, Luke 21:7-36, taking place... It is then, when we should be..."LOOKING UP" because our redemption is drawing "NEAR".

"FOR the Lord himself WILL come down from heaven, with a LOUD command, with the voice of the archangel and with the TRUMPET call of GOD, and the DEAD in Christ WILL rise FIRST. After that, WE who ARE still ALIVE and are left WILL be "CAUGHT UP" together with them IN the CLOUDS to meet the LORD in the air. And SO we WILL be WITH the LORD "FOREVER."~(Thessalonians 4:16-17)~Amen!


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA


Thursday, April 26, 2012

REDEEMED & FORGIVEN!

"BLESSED are they whose transgressions are FORGIVEN, whose SINS are COVERED. BLESSED is the man whose SIN the LORD will NEVER count against him." (Romans 4:7-8)....

NEVER, NEVER, GIVE UP!!!

~Things Are NOT Always Going To Workout The Way We Think They Should Or The Way We Want Them To Be! BUT If We Remain Steadfast, Trust, And Believe In "The LORD" It Will All Workout For Our GOOD In The End... "AND we know that in ALL things GOD works for the GOOD of those WHO love HIM, WHO have been called according to HIS purpose." (Romans 8:28)~Trust & Believe in GOD, My Friends...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

WHO CAN YOU TRUST?

WHO CAN YOU TRUST?


There is only one Savior that GOD has given to the world. Jesus Christ and ONLY He can save us from our sins. Only Jesus is the way to Heaven! To put our faith, our trust in anyone else will prove to be futile.

The Bible Says:

“Salvation is found in NO ONE ELSE, for there is NO other NAME under heaven given to men by which WE must be SAVED." (Acts 4:12)


If you're betting that you're going to Heaven because you think you have the hook up in Heaven through Mary (Jesus’ mother), Peter, Paul, Etc! Then my friends, you're going to be in for “A Rude Awakening” When Jesus Christ comes back for His church.

The Bible says concerning Mary:

“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” (Luke 1:26-31)

Note: Mary was chosen by GOD to carry in her womb the “Messiah” BUT she also needed a savior just like the rest of us! In Mary’s own words, "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices (Watch this… Don’t Miss It!) “IN GOD MY SAVIOR...” (Luke 1:46-47) Mary calls her unborn son, her GOD and Savior! So Mary can’t get you into Heaven. Mary says she’s a servant of GOD herself… "I am the Lord's SERVANT," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:38)

And to Joseph an angel said to him concerning the baby that his future wife was carrying… “She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) BECAUSE HE (Jesus) WILL save HIS people FROM their SINS." (Matthew 1:21, 24)

The prophet Isaiah said this about Mary… "The virgin" will be with child and WILL give BIRTH to a SON, and THEY will call HIM Immanuel" --WHICH means, "GOD WITH US." (Isaiah 7:14) ALL Scriptures point to ONE Savior and ONE Savior ALONE!

Note: Some have made Mary a co-redeemer along with Jesus Christ and this is a blasphemy against GOD… In the Scriptures Mary calls herself a servant of God, "I am the Lord's SERVANT," Mary answered.” (Luke 1:38) NOWHERE in the Bible does it says she is either! GOD says, "I AM the LORD; that is MY name! (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) I WILL NOT give my glory to ANOTHER…” (Isaiah 42:8) GOD would NEVER give His glory to ANYONE else but HIMSELF! There’s only ONE SAVIOR… Jesus Christ!

Concerning Peter and The Apostles the Bible says this…

“He (Jesus) called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” (Matthew 10:1-3) As Jesus disciples they were given a mandate from Jesus himself to… As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8)

Note: Peter was one of the 12 men that were handpicked by our Lord to be one of HIS disciples. Peter declared without hesitation that Jesus is the Savior of the world and this is how he said it… “Simon Peter answered, "YOU are THE Christ, the Son of the living God." In the book of John Peter declares it boldly again… “Simon Peter answered him (Jesus), "Lord, to whom shall we go? YOU have the WORDS of ETERNAL life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." (Matthew 16:16, John 6:68-69) Peter was also ordained by Jesus to start HIS church… Who’s church? Answer: Christ church and Christ church alone… “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I WILL build MY church…” (Matthew 16:18) Peter was also an instrument that the Lord chose to bring HIS Message to the world.

This what the Bible says concerning Paul…

“Meanwhile, Saul(Paul) was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind…” (Acts 9:1-9)

Note: It took Jesus appearing to Paul(Saul) for Paul to convert and change his evil ways. Paul was a murderer, a persecutor of the church, a lost soul that needed Jesus to save him also! This is Paul’s admission to Timothy… “Here IS a TRUSTWORTHY saying that deserves FULL acceptance: Christ Jesus came INTO the world to SAVE sinners (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!)--OF whom I am THE WORST.” (1Timothy 1:15) Paul in all his Epistles is ALWAYS pointing ALL people to Christ and Christ ALONE… “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: CHRIST JESUS came INTO the world to SAVE SINNERS…” (1Timothy 1:15, Acts 9:1-9, Acts 22:20)

Jesus tells Ananias that Paul was his chosen instrument to spread the message of salvation… “But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) This man (Paul) is MY CHOSEN instrument TO carry MY NAME (Jesus Christ) before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.” (Acts 9:15, 1 Corinthians 15:8-9)

To "The Corinthian Church" Paul told them this… “Is Christ divided? (Watch This... Don't Miss It!) WAS Paul CRUCIFIED for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1Corinthians 1:13) Notice how Paul is always pointing everyone to Christ Jesus!

Note: Mary the mother of Jesus, Peter, Paul and all the disciples were blessed and chosen by GOD to bring all of us the good news that, mankind has redemption through ONE Messiah (Jesus Christ)! John the Baptist testified that there is only “ONE LAMB OF GOD,” that takes away the sins of the World”! (John 1:29) If you have placed your trust in anyone else other than in Jesus Christ then according to “The Bible” Heaven won’t be your home! “SALVATION is found in NO ONE else, for there is NO other NAME (Jesus Christ) under heaven given to men BY which WE MUST BE SAVED." (Acts 4:12)

Jesus says, if we don’t believe in who HE says He Is! Then all our sins still remain on us and we’re still lost… “I told you that you would DIE in your SINS; (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) “IF you DO NOT believe that I am [The ONE I claim to be], You WILL indeed DIE in YOUR sins." (Luke 19:10, John 8:24)

Jesus and Jesus ALONE can save us! "I AM the WAY and the TRUTH and the LIFE. (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) NO ONE comes TO the Father EXPECT through ME!” (John 14:6) – ONLY One WAY to HEAVEN and that’s through Jesus Christ and HIM ALONE!!


“WHO CAN YOU TRUST?” Is the title of this teaching! The only person WE can fully trust to save us, help us in our time of need, to be with here on Earth and then someone day to take us Heaven, is Jesus Christ and Him alone. “Remember Jesus is NOT a man that HE Should LIE”! (Number 23:19) And this is what Jesus says about those that choose to follow, believe and obey HIM… “I GIVE them ETERNAL LIFE, and they SHALL NEVER PERISH; NO ONE can SNATCH them out of my HAND. My Father, WHO has given them to ME, IS greater than ALL; NO ONE can snatch THEM out of my Father's HAND.” (John 10:28-29) NO ONE can ever snatch us out of Jesus or the Father hand once we give our lives completely to Him. Who can make such a promise and really keep it... Jesus WILL never let you GO! In John 10:28-29 GOD Guarantees’ US this amazing promise and HE will never break ANY of His Promises, NEVER!!

Here is your chance to receive forgiveness for all your sins and to receive eternal life. Jesus alone can offer you “Eternal life” NO other figure in the HISTORY OF MANKIND can do this… None of them can help you or save you! Everyone in the Bible (Men & Women) are chosen instruments of GOD to bring us the good news of the gospel… Which is Christ and Christ ONLY! You can completely trust Jesus to do exactly what HE says He can do for you … “God is NOT a man, that HE should lie, NOR a son of man, that HE should change HIS mind. Does HE speak and THEN not ACT? Does HE promise and NOT fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) I pray that you don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Please accept the Holy Spirit’s invitation today…

“Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. Thank you for sacrificing Your life to save me, then rising to life again that I might live forever in Heaven with You. I turn from my sins and invite You into my life. Help me to live in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth”. Amen! (For, "EVERYONE who calls on the NAME of the LORD will BE saved.”!!) Romans 10:13

Jesus says, “…WHOEVER comes to me I will NEVER drive AWAY.” (John 6:37)

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA