Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 11:7 When the wicked die, their hopes all perish, for they rely on their own feeble strength.

Wicked people die just like everyone else does. In this life they may seem to be getting away with whatever they want. They thrive on the righteous, often making life very treacherous and difficult for them. They take great pride in their achievements as if they were the ones who make it all happen. They are self-serving and live for the pleasures of the world. They live for the moment with no regard for the future. They scarcely give thought to the consequences of their actions and have little or no real compassion for human life. It is not pleasant to live amongst the wicked.

But, the wicked are not any different than anyone else. They too, will die. They too will stand before God and give an account for their living. Justice will be meted out according to the deeds of their hearts and the works of their flesh. All their hopes die with them. Everything they lived for will do them no good. They will stand before God with nothing but their own righteousness and that will send them to hell.

For the redeemed, Christ’s righteousness is our hope. We know that because He lives and stands before God as our righteousness, we too shall live in the presence of God, both now and forever. We understand that it is not by our strength that we stand. We draw from Christ everything need to stay in Him and defeat Satan. In Him alone are we able to please God and be found to be acceptable to Him.

So, do not fret yourself because of the evil deeds of others. There may be nothing you can do about it while here on earth, but the Lord can and will. He has it under control and will even the score in His perfect time. It is not pleasant to be victimized by the wicked, but God rewards the faithful. Hang in there, it will be worth it all. The righteous will see Jesus in all His glory and the wicked will see Him in all His wrath.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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