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We are in perilous times…

God warned us. He said “perilous times” would come. Take heed, therefore, and listen to God’s voice. By faith, choose to do whatever He says to do. Remember, the just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). It was lack of faith that kept the very people He delivered out of Egypt from entering into Canaan, the promised land.

Will your choice to not live by faith be your destruction, your ruin? I pray not.

Hear the words of God through His servant:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭17‬ ‭KJV‬‬).

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Changed

A question or two for you… But don’t answer me. Just think about it, and keep it to yourself. Thank you.

Why willfully change, if you are not going to visibly live the change? Why willfully surrender to transformation, if you are not going to put it to good use?

If you are mentally going to remain the same, then you will spiritually remain the same. And your freewill change or transformation will be in vain. Ultimately, you will return to your vomit. Ultimately, you are really the same. It is just that your true self is dormant. The real you is still there in the shadows. Waiting.

God has given to every man a measure of faith.

Exercise it. Use it to surrender to Him. Choose by the faith given to you of God to surrender to Him. Receive God’s gift of repentance. Repent. Let Him convert you.

Then with His Spirit in you, having His faith, choose to do His will with the change He has worked in you and for you and through you. God tells us if we love Him, we will do what He says. Think on that.

Meditate on the Word of God. Be led and guided into all truth by the Spirit of God, Who will also give you understanding.

Choose by faith and the Power of God to be that one He put life in you to be. Live to please God. Live to glorify God. Live, being edified in truth, in God. Then edify others in truth by God.

Maranatha

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Lemon: A Natural Deodorant!

Are you having a hard time finding the right deodorant? Let me help. It’s easier than you think. Well, let me first tell you to choose one that will both allow you to sweat and keep you odor free. That may be hard, if you are looking for an antiperspirant. You need to sweat!

Perspiration (sweating) is the major way our body regulates its temperature.

Everybody sweats!

Read about sweat and body odor. You need to understand what causes sweat and body odor. When you do, you will probably agree with me. I do not recommend using antiperspirants.

I have personally tried lemon and lime. Both work great!

I just cut a lime or lemon in half and apply directly on my armpits. Sometimes, my body just likes the lime better, sometimes lemon. I noticed that I could still smell the freshness of the lime after walking and sweating outdoors in 85-degree weather. I have tried numerous DIY deodorants. They did not work for me at all. The lemon/lime are all that I use once a day. Sometimes, I don’t need to apply more on for two days!

Tip: I store my lemons and limes wrapped up, placed in my fridge.

Click on the links below and read why the lemon/lime is a great deodorant.

Lemon juice

Lime: It’s natural and gentle. I love the smell.

Everyone is different. Lifestyle and dietary choices are different. But try the lemon/lime option and see if it will work for you.

I have observed from my own experiences and testimonies from others that a whole-food plant-based diet allows for better results when using lemon/lime or other natural remedies. These persons also tend to exercise daily, drink plenty of water, get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, seven to nine hours of rest and sleep nightly. They also practice temperance, meaning that they don’t drink alcoholic beverages or smoke or consume toxins. And they daily spend quality time with God in prayer and in the study of His word. This lifestyle is a gift from God.

If we sow the best food, water, etc., lifestyle, we shall reap the best health.

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“For His mercy endureth for ever”

Psalm‬ ‭136‬:‭1‬-‭26‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: For his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: For his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of Lords: For his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: For his mercy endureth for ever. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: For his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: For his mercy endureth for ever. To him that made great lights: For his mercy endureth for ever: The sun to rule by day: For his mercy endureth for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: For his mercy endureth for ever. To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: For his mercy endureth for ever: And brought out Israel from among them: For his mercy endureth for ever: With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: For his mercy endureth for ever.

To him which divided the Red sea into parts: For his mercy endureth for ever: And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: For his mercy endureth for ever: But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: For his mercy endureth for ever. To him which led his people through the wilderness: For his mercy endureth for ever. To him which smote great kings: For his mercy endureth for ever: And slew famous kings: For his mercy endureth for ever: Sihon king of the Amorites: For his mercy endureth for ever: And Og the king of Bashan: For his mercy endureth for ever: And gave their land for an heritage: For his mercy endureth for ever: Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: For his mercy endureth for ever.

Who remembered us in our low estate: For his mercy endureth for ever: And hath redeemed us from our enemies: For his mercy endureth for ever. Who giveth food to all flesh: For his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: For his mercy endureth for ever.”

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Remember, Elohim keeps His promises

“O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: Make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: Talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and his strength: Seek his face evermore. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Abraham his servant, Ye children of Jacob his chosen. He is the LORD our God: His judgments are in all the earth.”

“He hath remembered his covenant for ever, The word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, And his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, And to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, The lot of your inheritance: When they were but a few men in number; Yea, very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, From one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: Yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, And do my prophets no harm.”

“Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: He brake the whole staff of bread. He sent a man before them, Even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: He was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: The word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; Even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him Lord of his house, And ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; And teach his senators wisdom. Israel also came into Egypt; And Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And he increased his people greatly; And made them stronger than their enemies.”

“He turned their heart to hate his people, To deal subtilly with his servants. He sent Moses his servant; And Aaron whom he had chosen. They shewed his signs among them, And wonders in the land of Ham. He sent darkness, and made it dark; And they rebelled not against his word. He turned their waters into blood, And slew their fish. Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, In the chambers of their kings. He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, And lice in all their coasts.”

“He gave them hail for rain, And flaming fire in their land. He smote their vines also and their fig trees; And brake the trees of their coasts. He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number, And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. He smote also all the firstborn in their land, The chief of all their strength. He brought them forth also with silver and gold: And there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Egypt was glad when they departed: For the fear of them fell upon them.”

“He spread a cloud for a covering; And fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and he brought quails, And satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; They ran in the dry places like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, And Abraham his servant. And he brought forth his people with joy, And his chosen with gladness: And gave them the lands of the heathen: And they inherited the labour of the people; That they might observe his statutes, And keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 105: 1-45 KJV

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The household… A building built upon Him and is His habitation…

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
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Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬-‭22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Life has not been hidden nor spoken in secret…

God has not hidden, nor spoken His word in secret. We are to hear His command, speak His word, keep His commandments, and His judgements and do them. The knowledge not hidden is the Word, is the gospel, is the commandment, is the law of God, is Life.

“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭30‬:‭11‬-‭20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45‬:‭19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭48‬:‭3‬-‭6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.”
‭‭John‬ ‭18‬:‭20‬-‭21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The conclusion is that nothing is hidden from God’s sheep: They who love God obey God. They receive God’s blessings and not curses. They hear His voice, they speak and do the word written in their heart: They follow Him: They believe and call on His name: They do (believe, obey) what He has said. Therefore, they call Him Lord. These shall live because they chose by faith to live: to have Life and good. The Lord God is our life. Do we believe? Do we know this?

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
‭‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬-‭26‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Secret things are given to who, by Whom?

“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest at any time they should see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And should understand with their heart, And should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭10‬-‭17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭63‬-‭65‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“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. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬-‭13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭26‬-‭28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬-‭21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Grace

The Ground Of Grace

“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) and all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬-‭5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Departure From Grace

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬-‭9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Divine Revelation: The Gospel Of Grace

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: and profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; and was unknown by face unto the churches of Judæa which were in Christ:

but they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me.”

Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭10-24 KJV‬‬

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Promised blessings for obedience

By faith, power of God through His Holy Spirit He puts in us; we choose to be, and are obedient to God because of our love for Him because He first loved us. He promises His obedient children blessings. Read some of His promised blessings below as listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 KJV:

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: and thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”
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Dry bones can be restored

Are you spiritually dead? Are you as these dead bones? Choose Life today. Glean from God’s word. Be blessed, restored, revived. If you are as these dry bones, rejoice for God is the Restorer, and the Life-giver to they who choose Life. Repent and be converted. Turn away from your wicked ways, be born again.

Ezekiel‬ ‭37‬:‭1‬-‭28‬ ‭KJV

“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, and caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: and I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: and join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”

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Faith

The Bible defines faith. Hebrews 11:1-3 (KJV) reads, [1] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [2] For by it the elders obtained a good report. [3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

The Bible describes the power of faith. I John 5:4 (KJV) says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

Faith is the evidence of already having the victory over sin and being justified (cleared and forgiven of all past sins), when we come to Christ fully surrendered unto Him. Then we learn more of Him. We learn of His ways. We learn of His love. We are baptized having victory. You see, as a person is baptized into Christ, it is the same as putting on Christ (Galatians 3:26, 27). It is all by faith that victory is won. Oh, what faith!

Faith is having no doubt. No doubt at all. Faith is knowing Elohim will do what the Word says He will do. Faith is not us saying “We will do it.” Faith is knowing that it is God that does it in and through us. Elohim puts His Spirit in us, and His Spirit causes us to obey Him. According unto our faith, what we ask according to His will is given to us. We must, however, believe and pray in the Spirit.

Yes. Faith is knowing. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

The faith of Y’Shua is complete when exact obedience is rendered unto Elohim. It happens when self-will is daily, wholly, fully, and completely surrendered to the governing will of God.

We live by faith, believing and having victory over sin.

We live by faith. We pray in faith. We give God thanks in faith, knowing we already have the victory.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, informs believers today to be thankful before we see it in action. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57, KJV).

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul adds, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14, KJV).

We must believe this. We already have the victory. Satan is already defeated. Christ is in us. We are no longer children of darkness, walking in darkness. We are no longer children of the night. Our sins were left in the grave. We are resurrected with Christ in us. We have victory over sin. We are resurrected in Christ a new creature. Old things are passed away. All things become new.

We in Christ are to have the faith of Y’Shua. It is sad in this day, however, that it is as it was in old times: that God’s people do not exercise the faith Christ gave. To all His created beings He gave a measure of faith. But He can only increase that faith as we are exercising it, putting into action the measure of faith He already put in us.

The centurion that beseeched Christ to heal his servant was considered a heathen. Yet, he refused to have Christ do any more than speak the word of healing while He was still a distance from the one needing the healing. This showed great faith in Christ. Christ said he had not seen so great a faith in all of Israel (professed believers in God).

Matthew 8:10-13 KJV
[10] When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. [11] And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. [12] But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. [13] And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.

There are many that profess to know God. Their outward appearances may seem so. The words they speak, the sermons they preach, the doctrines they teach: all may seem so. But their living does not show faith. Whatsoever is not done in faith is sin. Truly, if the Spirit of God is in us, we will not sin. If His seed remains in us, we cannot sin (1 John 3:9).

Thank God for His gift of repentance! When we are converted, we will encourage the brethren. We will live by faith. For the just shall live by faith. We are saved by grace through faith. Many focus on the grace and overlook the faith.

“Cast not away therefore your confidence (your faith!), which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35, 36 KJV).

Faith in God and His Word is the power of all true victory! Come on! Hallelujah!

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Don’t seem to come short of it…

Hebrews 4:1-13 KJV

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, If they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.”

“Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

There remains God’s seventh day rest unto His people. The seventh day is now known as Saturday. The first day is when Christ resurrected from the grave. The first day is now known as Sunday.

Read more by clicking on the links below.

Maranatha

More Than Just a Day

The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

So I work…

Many days are honored, except this one


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Christ power to save…

Isaiah 62:1-12 KJV
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord ; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness. Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

Amen

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Get ready…

2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV

[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [16] But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

1 Timothy 4:13 KJV Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

2 Peter 1:10-12 KJV

[10] Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: [11] For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. [12] Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

Jeremiah 31:33 KJV

[33] But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Hebrews 10:15-18 KJV

[15] Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, [16] This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; [17] And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. [18] Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Click on the link below. Study. Get ready. Get ready. Get ready.

https://youtu.be/Cqos1XV5FiY

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Ready? But you’re still naked!

Without a second thought, many get into public pools. They never stop to think that the others could be molesters, murderers, adulterers, perverts, liars, demons, or even positive for STDs or other diseases. Public pools float urine, bodily discharge and gasses in a harsh chemical, chlorine.

Most would disagree with me. Responses would go something like this: But everyone does it! It has always been done. What’s wrong with that? They would probably shake their heads and walk away. Maybe you’re shaking your head now. But hold on.

Have you ever thought about the fact that you are really taking a bath with some or maybe all of those mentioned above? A bath is private. It is intimate. Have you ever thought about the fact that you are absorbing into your bloodstream the toxins of others? It is bad enough that you are reabsorbing that which your own system expelled.

Let me get back to my real theme.

Have you thought about the fact that you are naked out in public? Have you thought about exposing yourself to potentially dangerous people, even besides the ones mentioned above?

In God’s eyes, souls that are not covered are naked.

Think about it like this. Would you invite anyone, especially strangers, into your home, let alone greet them in your underwear? Worse! Would you invite them into your tub?

Really. Swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, tanks or spaghetti strap dresses, miniskirts: all are colorful underwear. They are disguised in colors and patterns, like clothes. If they were not disguised, you would not wear them in public. You would not open the door. If they came inside your home, you would hide or quickly cover yourself.

It is really something that no thought is given to being naked out in public.

Disguised nakedness is one of Satan’s specialties. He disguises a lot of things, because he knows that many would not follow him, if he just put things out there as they really are.

If you profess to love God, go to Him before doing things, before going places, before wearing just anything. Know beforehand whether it is pleasing in God’s sight or not.

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So I work…

Is there any day of the week you would choose not to be healed and made whole? Likewise, is there any day of the week that you would refuse a blessing of health and wholeness to anyone?

“And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:16-17 KJV).

This healing of wholeness Christ did abundantly, especially on His Holy Sabbath—the seventh day of the week. Especially on the Sabbath, Jesus taught the Word. He taught all His Father’s commands. He taught the Old Testament prophecies, which spoke of Himself. He taught of the Holy Spirit. He introduced the Holy Spirit as the One who would comfort us and teach us the Word of God, guiding us into all truth and giving us divine knowledge and understanding.

In His teaching, Christ fed and gave drink to those who hungered and thirsted for Life: The written Word of God, Christ—the Word made flesh, and the power of the Holy Spirit. They ate of Christ and hungered no more; they drank water of Him and thirsted no more. They were healed spiritually and physically by the faith of Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Spirit they left to sin no more.

Christ healed, saying, ”Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14, KJV).

“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:10-12, KJV).

“When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee” (Mark 2:5, KJV).

“And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house” (Mark 2:8-11, KJV).

The good that is lawful to do on God’s holy Sabbath (in His very presence and on holy ground) is that which by faith is for saving souls, saving life, relieving pain and suffering (including applying treatments for the same). It involves feeding them spiritually and physically that God might heal them and make them whole.

“Nature must continue her work, or man would die. And man also has a work to do on this day. The necessities of life must be attended to, the sick must be cared for, the wants of the needy must be supplied. God does not desire His creatures to suffer an hour’s pain that may be relieved on the Sabbath or any other day.” SJ 74.1

Any day there is breath within us, we are privileged to go to God and ask Him—in the name of Jesus—for His Holy Spirit’s guidance as we read and study His Word. Therefore, go; read through the Gospels in the Old and New Testament and see what His good works are. See what is good to do on God’s Holy Sabbath, the seventh day.

“Heaven’s work never ceases, and we should never rest from doing good. Our own work the law forbids us to do on the rest day of the Lord. The toil for a livelihood must cease; no labor for worldly pleasure or profit is lawful upon that day. But the Sabbath is not to be spent in useless inactivity. As God ceased from His labor of creating, and rested upon the Sabbath, so we are to rest. He bids us lay aside our daily occupations, and devote those sacred hours to healthful rest, to worship, and to holy deeds.” SJ 74.2

The Sabbath is not just a day. The seventh day is the Lord’s day. He blessed it. He sanctified it. He set apart His Sabbath day for holy use. The other six days in which He created all things, He created and proclaimed them good, very good. But after He ended His labor, He rested from all the cares and labors of the previous six days. The seventh day of Creation Week, He rested. His work ended, and all was done. The seventh day is God’s memorial of Him as Creator. And it points forth to Him as our Redeemer. The Sabbath (the seventh day) is holy; for in it is filled the very presence of the holy God, the God of our salvation.

Choose God’s work. Choose to be blessed by His work. Of course you want to be healed and made whole today—any day! Run to God today. If you read this and it is not the seventh day (the Sabbath), do not wait for the Sabbath to run to God! Go. Run to Him right now in prayer. In prayer, give up; surrender yourself. Surrender your life to Him. Give up your all to Him.

God will not cast you away any day. He will feed you. He will give you drink. He will clean you up and clothe you. And He will give you His Spirit, that you will have a clear and sound mind. Daily choose by faith to die to yourself that Christ’s mind might be in you. Christ, the hope of glory, will live in you through the work and power of the Holy Spirit of God.

This Sabbath message is threefold: Your sins are forgiven. Go forward and sin no more. And do that which is good.

Will you be healed and made whole? Be healed. Be made whole.

Then, go and sin no more. Do that which is good on God’s holy day: healing other souls by feeding them the breath of life, giving them water from the well that never runs dry. Heal other souls by clothing them with truth that they might have Light, that they might have the Spirit and have a clear and sound mind. Heal them by giving them freedom from the prison of sin and disease and sickness and demon possession. Keep, observe and do the Commandments of God, bearing within you the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (which is self-control). (See Galatians 5:22, 23.)

The work we work throughout the six days is also that which brings us to God’s rest. In our living and working throughout the six days; we also are to incorporate Isaiah 58. Christ labored for souls.

Will you follow Jesus wherever He goes? Will you work as He worked? Will you do that good work He left for us to do?

I pray your answer is “Yes. As Christ worked, so I work.”

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Looking back? Be careful

Do you feel as though you’ve given up everything for God?

When we actually give up all, we learn of God. It is then that we will say We are His and He is ours. That is a marriage. Both hearts are mutually committed. It is then that we will know we are not serving other gods.

Idolatry comes in many forms and shapes and things, even people.

One cannot be married to God and self and others. No matter what one thinks, they are deceived.

Study out how God required His people to destroy, tear down, or burn up all that was in the land of Canaan. He had brought them there to inhabit; but it was already inhabited by the heathen. They were ordered to keep nothing. If they kept anything, curses would come.

Numbers 33:51-53 KJV
[51] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan; [52] Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: [53] And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.

Deuteronomy 7:1-6 KJV
[1] When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; [2] And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: [3] Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. [4] For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. [5] But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. [6] For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

The old man and the old man’s past is just that. They are to be left dead and buried, not dug up and given place in the new life. The new creature in Christ is converted. The new creature does not look back, like Lot’s wife, who died from looking back during Sodom’s destruction. The new creature is converted and lives in the present. This new person is now in Christ, abides in Christ, and Christ in that person. It is a mutual abiding, like marriage.

Be aware and beware: Satan and his demons, his workers of iniquity, will use our past to lay snares for us. If we are looking back, we will be woefully unprepared to deal with the present. We will be overcome because of being on Satan’s ground, digging up the old self, rather than seeing the snare laid to trap us.

In saying all this, I’m not speaking of looking at pictures of our children and loved ones, as we see them growing and progressing. I am speaking of that which takes the mind back to when we were in sin, practicing sin, when we were the old man, looking back as if “those were the good ol’ days.” Beware of looking at self and others as if something is missing now or as if former times and ways were better and are missed. This is what Lot’s wife’s looking back meant. Immediately, she turned into a pillar of salt.

Those who find themselves in the state of looking back, remembering and missing cannot be the salt of the earth. Instead, they become changed by whatever or whoever held their attention. They have become good for nothing.

We have to be mindful of and intentional about seeking God. We cannot afford to be idle in any way. Such times are best for Satan to successfully use distractions in gaining control of our minds. If we give in to his temptations, we yield our will to Satan more and more. That yielding strengthens Satan ‘s controlling power over our minds.

To whom are we yielding ourselves as servants to obey, to show our love: God or Satan?

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Many days are honored, except this one

Many work hard to get a day recognized in honor of someone. They want the world to remember the contributions they made. They want the world to pause and call a day holy and do according to what is indoctrinated in them to do on it.

But when it comes to the seventh day, often these same ones are silent. They fail in remembering to keep the Sabbath of God holy all the day long. The Sabbath of the fourth commandment: It is the only commandment that begins with the warning “Remember.”

Yet, most do not remember. Some even refuse. The many who profess to know God seem to not stop to realize that knowing Him means loving Him; and loving Him means obeying Him, without feeling grieved in their obedience. They simply ignore His warning to “remember.” In doing so, they also reject Him. Otherwise, they would choose to do His will. They would choose to love Him, regardless of the consequences.

Nevertheless, God is rejected on His holy seventh day—the Sabbath. We know it as Saturday. Often, it is the busiest day of the week, even for personal obligations. I see people feeling personally obligated and fighting to keep or fighting to establish a day to honor others. It is always for others, but not for God. Even on God’s holy Sabbath, others are honored and remembered. Amazingly, those being honored are ones they did not personally know. These same ones make the claim that they personally know God.

If that were so, then they would love Him. They would show it by keeping His Commandments. God says if you love Him, you will keep His commandments. God says to keep holy His seventh day (not the first day of the week—Sunday). But without malice or hatred toward your choices, you are free to choose. And God gives you that freedom of choice. He doesn’t even force His will. He never will. Yet, being indoctrinated and deceived, many—likely most—will still choose to reject God. They would rather do what the world says they must do.

Still, many say they have their own mind, make their own choices. Hold up! We all need to ever realize and remember or take note of this one thing: the fact that our mind is forfeited over to Satan, if we are not abiding in Christ. If the mind of Christ is not in us, then Satan has control of our minds. This is why we find ourselves yielding to his temptations.

The more he is yielded to, the more control over the mind Satan has. He or one or more of his demons take possession of the mind and over the body. They wreak havoc. This doesn’t mean the person will foam at the mouth or experience a literal head-spinning phenom. They can appear nice. They can help people. They can sing. Remember, Satan’s very existence incorporated every note and every musical instrument. Yes, he takes over the mind through the music you listen to as well. They may preach or teach. They go to school. They work. They are in grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, mothers, siblings, children, wives, strangers, co-workers. They are in the entertainment and sports and food industries, and more.

Mankind is no match for Satan without God. What are you going to do when the Holy Ghost is gone? What are you going to do when Christ is no longer in the Most Holy Place (Holiest of Holies in God’s Sanctuary in Heaven) interceding for mankind?

There is a remnant whom God possesses by their own freewill, by their faith, the power of the Holy Ghost. The remnant remember God. They glorify God. God keeps them. They show forth that God is God and that it is He who sanctifies them.

We do well to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. We do well to hearken freely by faith to His voice. If anyone or anybody is lost, it is no one’s fault but each their own.

Be not deceived. Repent and be converted. Time is almost finished.

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Did you enter in at the strait gate?

If we enter in at the wrong gate, we will have wrong thinking and will think that the wide gate and broad way living by mans commandments, living according to our own perceptions, interpretations; and living what “feels good “ is the way that leads to life and be deceived and receive eternal death.

We must enter in at the strait gate. This comes by knowing the voice, knowing the ways of God.

Matthew 7:13-28 KJV
[13] Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

[14] Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

[15] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. [16] Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? [17] Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. [19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. [20] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

[21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

[22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

[24] Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: [25] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

[26] And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: [27] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. [28] And it came.

Don’t be foolish. Search the holy scriptures led of the Spirit of God that we know Him, know His voice, His ways, His word. We will be led of the Holy Spirit to the strait and narrow gate.

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Delivered from?…

We are already saved by Christ from the penalty of sin. That is only a part of God’s salvation. We must also be delivered from sin: Salvation is deliverance from sin not yielding to living in, practicing sin.

Christ stands on the outside of our heart (mind) knocking. We must open the doors of the brain in which the mind is housed, and invite Christ 100% into our very minds, our very lives, our very existence. We must surrender to God completely, and seek Him to fully govern us. We must give up our right to govern ourselves completely to God.

He cleans us up, clothes us in our right minds. He takes the old heart out of our flesh; and He puts a new heart of flesh in us. God puts His Spirit in us, and causes us to keep His statues do them and His judgements. We are new creatures.

We are saved from the penalty of sin (wages of sin is death) by Christ death on the cross. He died the second death for us.

By disobedience to God, rebelling against God, rejecting God; we transgress God’s law of love, His law of liberty: God’s Ten Commandments: Summed up in Two Commandments: Originated from One great commandment: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

There is nothing we can do to save ourselves from the penalty of sin. Christ is the only one who could and did save all created beings from the penalty of sin.

We must by faith choose to live the will of God (His Word). We must by faith choose to love God with all our heart, soul, and might. All we live and do, we must live after the Spirit and not after the flesh. All we do must be by faith, otherwise it is sin. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

The life lived daily is Worship. All we eat, drink, do is worship either to God or Satan. What is our/your choice today, every day- moment by moment make your choice by faith known.

Maranatha

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The change must come: Restored

Are we married to Christ? Does the marriage need to be restored?

Restoration in the marriage relationship to God will restore the single soul, as well as the couple—male and female—joined in marriage by God.

Our restoration by the working power, strength, and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a true documentary of the soul changed.

The carnal flesh cannot change. It cannot put off anything. The carnal flesh can only come to the realization that change, even complete restoration is needed. Therefore, just choose to change.

This means choosing to give up, to surrender self to God. It means to let go the controls and let God lead.

You may have loved living you, doing as you willed: partying, drinking, smoking cigars/weed/cigarettes, vaping, dancing, hanging out, talking about others (gossiping), concerning one’s self with what others are doing, including being in others’ business in which you have none. You may have loved eating whatever, whenever, however you wanted, and worshiping when, where, and how you wanted to, and if you wanted to. You may have gotten a thrill from telling lies to get benefits. You may have loved starting mess, spreading lies through not knowing the truth nor seeking the truth. You may even have loved being half-dressed or tattooed up, down, over, and across. You may have been totally ignorant of God’s will in these choices. You may have not even acknowledged God. Maybe you had no clue. Thankfully, God winks at such choices; for you had no knowledge of not being in harmony with God’s will. But once you know, when the knowledge comes, and is even in reach, God then holds you accountable.

But when you come to know God, you will love God. You will abide in Christ and be led, taught and transformed by the Holy Ghost. You will see that you now hate what you once loved. You choose to answer God’s call. The old is put off and put away. All things become new. You no longer live after the flesh. Being a new creature, you live in the Spirit. You walk after the Spirit. The Spirit of God dwells in you and works in you, both to will and to do God’s good pleasure.

We choose to put off the old man “old person” and put on the “new person.” The new person is created with a new mind through the working power and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 4:17-32 KJV

[17] This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, [18] Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: [19] Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

[20] But ye have not so learned Christ; [21] If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

[22] That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; [23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; [24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

[25] Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. [26] Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: [27] Neither give place to the devil. [28] Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

[29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. [30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: [32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 KJV
[9] 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. [10] But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. [11] For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

[12] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. [13] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. [14] But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. [15] But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. [16] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Romans 8:5-14 KJV
[5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. [6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. [7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. [10] And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. [11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. [12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. [13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. [14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Maranatha

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Legalism: Distinctly separate from true love and obedience

Obedience to God is His love in action through us.

By the power of His Spirit, He perfects His character and His love in us. This is His way of restoring us to His image. God’s love is synonymous with His character, as seen in His Ten Commandment law. Obedience, therefore, is the expression of a loving heart and is distinctly separate from legalism.

Legalism has no part in God’s love. It is the work of a different spirit. Legalism is the counterfeit to the work of the Holy Spirit in God’s redeemed, His justified, His righteous, His saved. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit can they live and teach and preach to every nation and tongue, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Rooted in covetousness, legalism does have part in the cunning darkness of deceit. The motives of legalists are not based in genuine love. Therefore, in time, the real selfishness of legalism will be revealed. And, if never truly converted, legalists will hear the telling words of God, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).

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What is the light in your eye?

One of the apostles of Christ said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:22-24 KJV).

God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. God is righteous, and in Him is no unrighteousness. (1 John 1:5; John 7:18)

Luke said it this way: “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light” (Luke 11:35-36 KJV).

Examine yourself. What is the light that is in you? Let it be God, the Word of God, the Gospel. Let it be the power of God unto salvation. Let it be the Holy Ghost, Who causes us to walk in God’s ways, to keep His statues, and do them and His judgements. Let it be the Holy Ghost, Who teaches us and guides us into all truth, Who gives us understanding with the knowledge and wisdom of God. Let it be the Holy Ghost, Who does the transforming work in us of our characters, restoring us to the image of God.

Examine yourself. Is the light that is in you darkness? Do you project the absence of light? Let not your life emit darkness, sin, disobedience to God. Examine yourself. Does your life show that you hate God, rather than evil or wickedness? Is pleasing yourself and others at the expense of God most important?

What sermon does your life preach and teach? What influence is it? Is your influence godly? Do you inspire others to believe on Jesus? Do you influence others to not compromise faith in God by even one iota? Or does your influence move others to compromise God’s love, His Word, His righteousness for unrighteousness, which leads to death?

Do you have power from God through the Holy Ghost? Or do you have a delusion from Satan, thinking you have God’s power?

Do not answer me.

Go to God. Ask for His Spirit. Search His Word. Examine yourself. Give God permission to take from you anything that is contrary to God.

When one believes on Jesus, they are hearers and doers of His Word. His law of love—the Ten Commandments—is His Covenant, which He writes in our hearts. But first, we must be willing. If we permit Him, if we seek Him with our very existence in all we do, if we love Him with our very existence, He will do it.

We can teach or preach truth to no one—especially our children—if we are living compromising lives. This is disobedience. It is transgression of the Law. And transgression of the Law is sin. One must walk the talk and talk the walk. By faith we choose to love God. When we love Him, we will obey Him. God gives us the Holy Spirit, Who causes us to actually obey God. Otherwise, we become the blind leading the blind and fall into the ditch.

If we love God, we keep His commandments—period. We stand firm. We do not bend. To compromise is to set oneself up for spiritual suicide. To compromise is to murder all those whom you have influenced toward eternal death.

What is the light that is in you? Is it God or Satan? You cannot love or hate both. It must be one or the other.

The Apostle Paul had the same choice to make. He described his experience this way: “And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:15-18 KJV).

The Truth is still the truth.

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Be not deceived

1 John 3:7-24 KJV


[7] Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. [8] He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

[9] Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. [10] In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. [11] For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. [12] Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. [13] Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. [14] We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. [15] Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. [16] Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. [17] But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? [18] My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. [19] And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. [20] For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. [21] Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. [22] And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. [23] And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. [24] And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Matthew 22:36-41 KJV
[36] Master, which is the great commandment in the law? [37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Matthew 7:12-14 KJV
[12] Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. [13] Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: [14] Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

John 12:44-48 KJV
[44] Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. [45] And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. [46] I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. [47] And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. [48] He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

John 15:1-5 KJV
[1] I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. [2] Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. [3] Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. [4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. …

Philippians 2:5-8 KJV
[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion f as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

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Trait Talk

To the professed children of God: Instead of posting about entertainers, sports, politics, why are you not warning people?

Why are we wasting God’s time, foolishly living, and promoting foolishness? Why are you bringing shame to God’s name? Are you a child of God? Why are you not doing as He warns us to do? How many lives will be in bloodstains upon your hands, because you did not sound the warning, because you did not tell the truth to a dying world around you?

Instead, you uphold, praise and applaud entertainers and sports figures in their sins. You make them feel good about their sinful lives. You promote the spirit of competition, which is of Satan. You are among those promoting division, instead of unity in God. You know their will. They do not promote God’s peace and unity in this dying world.

These are the last days! You bash, belittle and threaten God’s own. Then you call on God’s name?!

You bring shame to God by sinking to the ungodly level. You call others names. You degrade them. In true Satanic character, you call yourself speaking your rights and telling people a thing or two. You give your two cents. But now, you have proved your true character is Satan’s. You are doing Satan’s work.

Also, people are promoting, reverencing and upholding a man in politics. He is professed as only God should be. Are you serious?

Are you really saying that man and his name ought to be reverenced and upheld, but God’s name should not be so taught? Where is your two cents? Where is your right to speak for God?

God is shamed, not reverenced. He is not obeyed. He is rejected. God is disrespected, disobeyed, dishonored! God’s name is taken in vain not only by using His name in the curse word but also by professing to be God’s witness and taking unto yourselves God’s name, while not living His Word and not obeying Him, which means you are not loving Him!

Still, there is another way you take His name in vain. When you use His name in common sayings, such as “Oh my God,” or “Jesus Christ,” God is not honored. God commands that we do not take the Lord’s name in vain. Did you know this? Did you know it could be done in these ways?

Professed children of God, do you know we are being judged right now? Will your name remain in the book of life? If you are God’s, be about His business. If you are not interested in doing His business, then stop professing. Be who you are going to be. Stop taking on the name of God, while daily living the characteristics of Satan. Stop lying.

Please stop, people! Stop wasting time! Either you want to be saved or you do not. Either you want others to be saved or you do not. If you don’t and don’t care to do God’s work, please recognize there is an identity crisis. Make your identity known. Either you are God’s or you are Satan’s—no middle ground! Your life, your words tell all Heaven and Earth whose child you are. Please know it.

True Children of God: Live by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth. It is by the Holy Spirit that we are given the power and strength to be loving obedient children of God. The wages of sin is death, people. No matter the sin, death is the payment. Death is the result, the consequence.

Please choose life. Choose life eternal. Choose God in Heaven.

God loves us so that He sent His son Jesus to die that we might have life. Then, Jesus rose from the dead, seizing victory over death, that we may have victory over sin. Jesus is in the Most Holy Place right now doing the work of interceding for us and cleansing the sanctuary. His work will soon be done. When Michael stands up, it is finished. The state you are found in at that time—whether mental or all-out character—when He stands up and changes His garments, that is the state you will remain in: righteous, righteous still; unrighteous, unrighteous still. Do you know when this will be?

Well, in any case, you should be in daily preparedness and readiness for Jesus Christ’s return.

Jesus is soon to come. If you want to know the truth, and make a conscious decision to love, serve, worship God, or not. Let’s study and get to it. Please, our Creator, our Redeemer cometh soon. Call out to God like you never have.

Seek. Ask. Knock. If you really truly want God’s Spirit—the Holy Spirit—God will give to you. The Holy Spirit will teach you and give you understanding of the knowledge and wisdom given you.

Please seek TRUTH with all you got. Please! I pray for your eternal salvation. To all who read this: May God’s will be done in your life.

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Seek Wisdom, be not given to the simple, the strange woman

Go not in the way of the simple. Do not listen to error lest false doctrine, the simple, the strange woman lay a snare for you and you fall into her net of destruction, of death.

Hear the Lord God:

Proverbs 7:1-27 KJV
[1] My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. [2] Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. [3] Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

[4] Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: [5] That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

[6] For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, [7] And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, [8] Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, [9] In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: [10] And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

[11] (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: [12] Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) [13] So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

[14] I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. [15] Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. [16] I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. [17] I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. [18] Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. [19] For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: [20] He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.

[21] With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. [22] He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; [23] Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

[24] Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. [25] Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. [26] For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. [27] Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

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Arise, Now!

Arise!

It is the seventh day of the week—the holy Sabbath day of rest. It is the rest ordained of God. It is the sign between God and His people that He is the LORD God and the One who sanctifies them (Ezekiel 20:12, 20). Although now commonly known as Saturday, the prime day of recreation and personal pleasure, it is not common. It is holy. God blessed it. He sanctified it. He made it holy. (Read Genesis 2:1-3.)

He commands all the world to remember to keep His day holy: the seventh day, the Sabbath day. It is the Lord’s day. It is lawful on this day to participate in what brings healing and directs the mind heavenward.

In reverence to Him who created the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, bow down and worship Him in spirit and in truth. According to His pleasure, serve Him in sincerity and in truth. Glorify Him in all we eat, drink, and in all that we do. Amen.

Arise.

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Back to Basics/Cracked Wide Open

The love of God is like no other! Click on the link below, watch/listen. Then study through with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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Prayer and the Word are my weapons

Prayer and the Word are our weapons. Though we do not fight, we choose by faith to be armed. God does the rest, as long as we have on the whole armor of God.

There may be many that rise up against us. For some reason, they think no one repeats what they said, nor tells what they did. To really think no one saw nor heard and that no one would repeat it is ridiculous. No. It’s ludicrous. But see, we do not lift a finger, nor a thought against them, we just pray for them. We ask God to forgive them; for they know not what they do.

We pray for their salvation. We pray that they repent and be converted. If they will not turn away from their error, from their wickedness, from their lies, still we stand true to our faith in God. Our trust is in the Lord God. We know that He is faithful, that He fights for us.

It is done. No one can beat, nor outdo God. He is God. We just live the love of God, no matter what is said or done against us, and no matter who it is. We must remember that what they speak and do against us, they really do against God. God sees and knows their works.

Our weapons are God’s Word. We pray His Word back to Him. God will do the rest through the Holy Ghost.

“The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:14).

Deuteronomy 20:3-4 KJV
[3] And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; [4] For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Deuteronomy 28:7 KJV
The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

Psalm 1:4-6 KJV
[4] The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. [5] Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. [6] For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Isaiah 54:17 KJV
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 47:8-15 KJV
[8] Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: [9] But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. [10] For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. [11] Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. [12] Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. [13] Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. [14] Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. [15] Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.

Isaiah 41:8-14 KJV
[8] But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. [9] Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. [10] Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. [11] Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. [12] Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. [13] For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. [14] Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Matthew 18:6-7 KJV
[6] But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. [7] Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

These promises are not to everyone that quotes His Word; nor are they unto everyone that is professing to be His.

Know this: God’s promises are conditional. Period.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 KJV
[1] And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: [2] And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Deut. 28:15, read through to the end of chapter 28.

Do not yield to Satan in a back and forth. Don’t even allow your face to show you are being bothered. Neither allow your tongue to speak that which shames God, nor allow the hand to touch someone shaming God. We have self-control—if self is dead—if we be sure to die daily and keep our eyes on Christ in His Word and in prayer.

Maranatha

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Abiding in Christ

Are you abiding in Christ? Do you ever wonder how you can be certain?

The soul that abides in Christ is privileged also to experience Christ abiding within the soul. The righteousness of Christ is revealed in the life. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, these souls are the saved. They have repented. They are converted to a life of right doing. This is sainthood.

They experience the joy of no longer living to themselves, but for Christ, for the salvation of others. Their lives fulfill and promote the mystery, which had been hidden from ages and generations. It is the privilege of saints to experience having the mind, which also was in Christ. It is what the Apostle Paul describes as “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26, 27).

With justification and righteousness by faith, comes also sanctification by faith. They are an unbreakable trio. Sanctification is the lifelong spiritual experience of living by faith the Word of God, exhibited in works of righteousness. It does not necessarily take a lifetime to learn obedience or to have the blood of Christ applied to the life.

It is the life lived by the soul’s choice, by faith, through the Spirit of God for the rest of the soul’s life. Yes! The Power of God! The love of God! Praise God; for He is the God of our salvation.

When you abide in Christ and Christ abides in you, you will live godly. It is the evidence of God in you.

God is light. And in Him is no darkness at all. If we truly die daily, refusing to do only what pleases us and instead choosing to please God, He will live in us and through us, until He comes back to take us to our heavenly home.

The soul living in the carnal flesh chooses that which pleases only him- or herself. Self is the priority. Self-righteousness (one’s own ways) is the standard of the day. So they choose to live their own wants, their own desires, by their own perceptions, and by their own opinions. In everything selfishness rules: in eating, drinking, and in all activities. You can hear selfishness in their conversations, in what they choose to listen to, watch, or purchase, how they dress, where or how they work, even in the type of education they choose—everything.

Christ said His yoke is easy. Yet, selfish people do not take upon them Christ’s yoke. To them it is too difficult to think of others before satisfying themselves. They simply choose the freedom of living for self. And our self-sacrificing God allows their choice, even when it glorifies Satan—not Him.

By now, you should have a good idea how to judge whether you are abiding in Christ and He in you. Furthermore, you might have a better idea about others in your life. Consider how they may be influencing you, or you, them—for better or worse.

Waste no time with speculations. Know the character traits of the unconverted. Pray earnestly to God for them. If possible, study with them biblically sound doctrine. Be an example in godliness—not with high-mindedness, but with the compassion of one to whom grace has been granted. If they reject encouragement to live a righteous life, from such turn away and remain in prayer for their salvation.

Lead out in good works. Avoid unprofitable activities. A proper demonstration in one’s life of the law of God reveals His character to others, who will reflect what they see. By beholding we all become changed. One’s behavior shows one’s character. Even the spiritual and physical state of one’s mind can be determined by behavior.

If the soul possesses God’s love, they will choose by faith the power of God to keep ALL His commandments—not as though they are grievous but as a delight. Their behavior will prove the indwelling of God’s love. As they grow closer to God, their desire to love God with all they are and with all they have will likewise increase.

They find that they love their brethren as they love themselves. They do unto others as they would have others do unto them. They overcome sin.

Every day, it is a choice. Every day, a righteous man may choose to turn away from righteousness. God does not force Himself. God does not force His ways upon anyone. God does not force His love or obedience upon us. Those who daily choose God show they have repented. They are converted. God has restored these souls to reflect His image. In them can be seen the character of God. No sin. No darkness. No unrighteousness. No ungodliness. No uncleanliness. No filthiness. No unholiness. No idolatry.

Jesus said that we are to be sanctified by Truth. His Word is Truth (John 17:17). Here are some suggested Bible selections for study. Certainly do not limit yourself to these. Study them line upon line, line upon line; precept upon precept, precept upon precept; here a little, there a little: Psalm 1-3; Proverbs; Isaiah 43:18; Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 18; 28; 36; John 3:3; John 6:63; John 14, John 15; Romans 1, 5, 8:9; 1 Corinthians 13; 2 Corinthians 5; Philippians 2; 2 Thessalonians; 1 Timothy 1, 4; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:13-17; Titus 1:13-17; Titus 2; Titus 3:5-11; 1 Peter 1, 2; 2 Peter 2.

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The Truth in Love

We who belong to God have our part to do in resisting the devil: Our choices, our choices by faith. Our choices either bring God’s blessings, His will; or our choices will bring curses, for the words that have gone forth out of the mouth of God cannot be reversed whether blessings or whether curses from disobedience to Him.

They in the race do not just stand still. They in the race must run. Otherwise, why enter into the race if you are not going to run?

Speak Lord:

James 1:22 KJV But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 1:12-21 KJV
[12] Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. [13] Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: [14] But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. [16] Do not err, my beloved brethren. [17] 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. [18] Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. [19] Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: [20] For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. [21] Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

James 4:5-8 KJV
[5] Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? [6] But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. [7] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [8] Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

James 4:10-17 KJV
[10] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. [11] Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. [12] There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? [13] Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: [14] Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. [15] For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. [16] But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. [17] Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Ephesians 4:20-32 KJV
[20] But ye have not so learned Christ; [21] If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: [22] That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; [23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; [24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. [25] Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. [26] Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: [27] Neither give place to the devil. [28] Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. [29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. [30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: [32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV
[10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1 Peter 5:6-9 KJV
[6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: [7] Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. [8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: [9] Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Job 17:9 KJV The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Psalm 24:3-5 KJV
[3] Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord ? or who shall stand in his holy place? [4] He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. [5] He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Isaiah 1:16-17 KJV
[16] Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; [17] Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

1 Timothy 2:8-10 KJV
[8] I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. [9] In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; [10] But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 KJV
[6] Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? [7] Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: [8] Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Jeremiah 4:14 KJV O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain n thoughts lodge within thee?

James 3:14-18 KJV
[14] But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. [15] This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. [16] For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. [17] But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. [18] And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Galatians 6:4-10 KJV
[4] But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. [5] For every man shall bear his own burden. [6] Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. [7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. [8] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

1 Peter 1:22-23 KJV
[22] Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: [23] Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

2 Peter 2:20-22 KJV
[20] For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. [21] For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. [22] But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

1 John 3:3-24 KJV
[3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. [4] Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. [5] And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. [6] Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. [7] Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. [8] He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. [9] Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. [10] In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. [11] For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. [12] Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. [13] Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. [14] We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. [15] Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. [16] Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. [17] But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? [18] My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. [19] And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. [20] For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. [21] Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. [22] And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. [23] And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. [24] And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Matthew 22:36-40 KJV
[36] Master, which is the great commandment in the law? [37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

1 John 5:2-4 KJV
[2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. [3] For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. [4] For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

James 1:22-27 KJV
[22] But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. [26] If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. [27] Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

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Have you decided to enter into the race?

If you will enter into the race, know this:

They in the race do not just stand still. They in the race must run. Otherwise, why enter into the race if you are not going to run, if you are going to choose to do nothing ?

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 KJV
[24] Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. [25] And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. [26] I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: [27] But I keep ae under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

James 1:21-27 KJV
[21] Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. [22] But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV
[1] Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author e and finisher f of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 10:35-39 KJV
[35] Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. [36] For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. [37] For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. [38] Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. [39] But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

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Intimacy…

Intimacy is not always in a hug or a kiss. Nor is it only sex. It is not always in a touch.

Intimacy can be expressed to those you text, call or think about in the middle of the night or early morning hours. It can be as simple as asking how are they doing, how did they sleep, or just wanting to share with them your thoughts, your dreams, your fears, or how your day went. It can include expressing to them that you desire to hear from them, to see them. Intimacy is giving someone else your attention when your spouse is asking for it, but you refuse. When your spouse desires your attention, you are tired, or you have a headache. At home, you watch TV or play a game. But you leave home when you want intimacy or really want to just be with someone.

The person you share intimacy with tends to always be in the back of your mind, even when other things would normally present a distraction.

Intimacy runs deeper than sex, it can be all of the above and then some. It can be a simple look. It can be defending the one you are mostly thinking about. But when you are questioned, your response implies “It’s nothing.“ Still, you defend that one, while you allow others to speak against your spouse. You even join in the bashing. Using social media platforms to feel close, when physical contact is not possible, can increase intimacy. Video or text messaging also increases intimacy, by keeping them in touch with your day, your life, your emotions. You just gotta have some kind of contact.

This kind of intimacy runs deeper than sex. It monopolizes the mind.

What a person thinks tends to be what they are. It also tends to be what ultimately they do.

Watch out… Idolatry runs deeper than worshiping a statue or a thing on some given day.

Watch out… Fornication runs deeper than porn and sex outside of marriage.

Watch out… Adultery runs deeper than sexually touching one other than your spouse.

Watch out… Covetousness is the root of sin.

Sin runs deep.

Satan is the ultimate artist of disguise. Without the discernment of Christ, you cannot determine it’s true identity. You cannot know it is sin.

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Love and Hate: The Fine Line Between

There is a fine line between Love and hate: between the love of God and the commandments of men. Yet, there is a very distinct difference.

Love and hate are never mingled together. Just as God divided the light (Day) from darkness (Night), so God puts a difference between the holy and unholy, between the godly and ungodly, between obedience and disobedience, between that which is of Him from that which is of the world. Although each of us lives in the world, only those who belong to God—who are children of the Day—choose not to be of the world or children of the Night. Children of God belong to His Son, Jesus Christ, and choose to live by the principles found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Accordingly, they live their beliefs, by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, as revealed to the prophets. It all begins with one’s daily choices.

Choices. Choices. Choices.

Choice in the love of God means choosing by faith to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Period. That choice ignites the power of God through the Holy Ghost to continue to work in the soul. That same choice produces both the will and power to please God. The Holy Ghost does the refining, the purifying within us. It is virtually a spiritual detox and cleanse. But first, we must truly choose to die daily. We must be willing to give up our right to govern self. It is daily submitting to the will of God. It is giving God complete authority to govern us.

While it is God who puts the Holy Ghost in us, it is the Holy Ghost who restores us to the image of God. This image has no sin within. This image has no fellowship with darkness. For there can be no fellowship with those who choose to live in darkness, letting Night rule instead of the Day.

Choose you this day whom you will serve.

In our choices, we are to abstain from even the very appearance of evil. In all we think upon, in all we speak or do, we either do it for the glory of God or for Satan. When we live according to the standard of Satan, we show our hatred of God.

However, let’s be clear. Respecting the choices of others is very different from supporting them. There is a fine line. Yet, there is a line. A division exists between them no matter how fine that line is. It is very clear. God gives the discernment to see where the division is so that it can be adhered to.

Christ says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” This is simply sacrificing self. It means giving up our will to the will of God. It means stepping out on faith, trusting that God will do the work. He does His good works in us that we may live according to His ways.

Yes. We live in the world. But we are not to be of the world. Therefore, render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Render unto God what is God’s. Let there be no blurring the line of demarcation. God has no union with them. How will the ignorant come to the knowledge of God, if those who profess to be in God are not holding up the standard of God? Too many professed Christians instead are mingling with darkness, mixing truth and error. Such choices teach by influence the commandments of men, teaching to call truth lies and lies the truth. It teaches confusion. If we are choosing to practice the ways of the world, how then will we teach transgressors God’s ways and have sinners be converted unto Him?

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up the standard of God against him (Satan, the enemy of God). But we must be under the control of the Holy Spirit.

Yes. There is a fine line between Love and hate. Christ died for all. In fact, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He calls all to come to Him in personal prayer to confess our sins. If we are willing, He will give us repentance. He will lead us to righteousness that our sins may be blotted out. We will not only be forgiven, but we will also be converted and sanctified to live daily for God for the rest of our lives.

The Spirit of God perfects God’s character in us so that the old person we were will be dead. In the newness of life, we are wedded to Christ and are no longer in bondage to sin and death. No longer will the one married to Christ live according to the carnal nature of mankind. He or she lives freely in Love with the law of Love (God): His Ten Commandments. Living in the Spirit, the new person walks not according to the desires of the flesh but according to the Spirit of God.

God allows our choices.

It is our free will to choose life or death. If we choose death, God allows us our choice. While He may allow it, He does not condone, approve, nor support our choice to die. Without forcing us to choose otherwise, He convicts us of truth. He only condones, approves, supports, encourages our decision to choose eternal life. Those who choose by faith to learn of Him will face trials or rather opportunities to obey Him. For these opportunities, special help is required—the power of His Spirit. When we pray for that help, meditate upon His Word and submit to the Holy Spirit, we are buying of Him gold tried in fire. We will find ourselves choosing to obey Him even more as our love for Him increases. Our choices will glorify Him. They will lead others to be edified in Him, to grow from grace unto grace.

There is a fine line between love and hate. Period. That is the truth. Truly knowing God means living His love. Those who believe in Jesus and endure unto the end are those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. These same ones shall be saved. They will be delivered from their sins and from sin itself.

Do not choose to live on the line. We must choose to live on the right hand or on the left. We must choose to serve God or Satan. How we live is determined by to whom we yield ourselves as servants to obey in every aspect, in every life circumstance and situation.

Choose this day whom you will serve. Choose each and every day and throughout the day. All who be on the Lord’s side, stand on the right; all who be on the fine line, stand on the left and be forfeited to Satan.

There is a fine line between love and hate. For God chastens whom He loves. The chastening may hurt, but it won’t kill us. It is a part of the process of being tried in the fire that we may come forth as pure gold—on the right side—having eternal life.

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Self-Love? Hmmm

Self-love? Please. . . No!

Self-love is dangerous without God. Without God, that love is based upon lies and death—the character of Satan. In every way, it puts self first. Without God, that self-love is the world’s love, based on their standards, not God’s Ten Commandments. God has demonstrated His love to us from Genesis to Revelation, and also in each and everyone of our lives.

We need to study the truth so well that we will discern deception whenever we are faced with it. If we have studied God’s Word and are determined, we will stand on God’s side. We will speak His Word, which the Holy Spirit will put into our mouths. We shall not be deceived. We will not fall to the “self-love” or “know your worth” philosophy. With God, we are worth beyond what human understanding and calculations can measure.

We will automatically love self, if we first truly love God.

Therefore, choose to observe and do and keep the first four commandments. They show us how to love God, who has given all Heaven for us. Choose to observe and do and keep the last six commandments. Then and only then will we understand how to love others as ourselves.

If we ask, knock, seek God for the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will teach us and give us the knowledge of God and understanding in all things.

Once we know God, we will love God and obey God. We will abide in Christ. Christ will abide in us, and we shall bring forth the same fruit as did Christ. For without Him, we can do nothing.

There is no greater love than the love of God. It is His love which He gives to us that we might have life.

We will need to die to self. We will need to surrender our own will to the will of God. God’s Word is His will.

He tells us all we need to know for every life circumstance and situation that we may face. He is right there to lead us and to guide us. But first, we must relinquish our rights to govern ourselves. In other words, we must truly let go and let God.

If we are seeking to get right “self-love,” we will not ever love God supremely. The character of Satan will be made manifest in the soul. The soul will die, if we do not change course.

Let us pray to our Heavenly Father. Let us ask for the Holy Spirit in Christ’s name. Let us pray, believing God will give us His Spirit. Let us pray, read, study, pray, and pray some more. We will be guided by God’s Spirit, if we are seeking truth and life, instead of fighting against truth and receiving death. Let us apply the Word of God practically in our daily lives.

God bless us to choose today whom we will serve. By the power of God, we shall overcome self and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live the fruit of the Spirit. Consequently, we will personally show God’s love daily to all those around us.

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Victory: Fruit of Holiness

Many who profess God with their lips deny God in their daily living. Some do this in ignorance. Some do this having been taught lies by the deceived and by the deceivers.

Read the Holy Scriptures below through to verse 14.

Romans 6:1-23 KJV

[1] What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

[2] God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

[3] Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

[4] Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

[5] For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

[6] Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

[7] For he that is dead is freed from sin.

[8] Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

[9] Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

[10] For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

[11] Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

[12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. [13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

[14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Many quote verse 15 without chewing well verses 1-14. Verse 15 is speaking of those who have died to sin. They are no longer under the law, but are under grace. Verse 15 is speaking of those who have become a new creature. They are now alive living in Christ. These are not under the law; for to be under the law is to be living in sin and not living in Christ. To be living under grace means the old man is dead—crucified with Christ. He is a new creature, resurrected with Christ, leaving sin. He has turned away from sin. He is dead to sin and now lives in Christ by grace through faith.

The law of God is just as natural to keep, observe, do as it is to breathe. We delight in God’s law of love: The Ten Commandments. They are not grievous.

In verse 8, death has no more dominion over him. Sin has no dominion over the soul. When one comes to God by faith surrendering, confessing their known sins to God, repenting, they are justified right then. They are baptized going down into the watery grave and resurrected up out of the watery grave representing a new creature in Christ. Then that soul by faith goes on living unto God in Christ righteousness. By faith they go on daily for the remainder of their lives choosing to die daily and be sanctified by God, sanctified by Christ’s Sabbath, and sanctified by the Word of God.

Verse 11 tells us we are to be dead to sin like Christ is dead to sin.

Verse 15 does not apply to those who believe and live in sin—teaching with their lives that they can still be justified, sanctified, and have Christ’s righteousness, while disobeying Christ’s law of love: The Ten Commandments. These are under the law and not under grace.

Now read again verses 1-14 slowly, and continue reading slowly verse 15, then on to the end.

[15] What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. [16] Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? [17] But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. [18] Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

[19] I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

[20] For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

[21] What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

[22] But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

[23] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through ab Jesus Christ our Lord.

That my friends is the truth, and nothing but the truth. The truth is the truth, whether you accept it or not, whether you live it or not. Period.

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Are You Jealous?

Shocking—although it should not be so. I thought I would do a simple study on the word jealous. I should have guessed that I was being set up for something really amazing. My initial mild interest in studying the term for two reasons abruptly changed. I can just imagine the heavenly interest in my immediate response upon reading this text:

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).

His name is Jealous? And, Yes! That is with a capital J.

I am sure I have read that before a number of times. But this time was different. It hit me in a very different way.

It has long been clear to me that we are not to covet for ourselves that which belongs to someone else. We are warned against the sin of coveting. It is the tenth commandment.

Personally, I cannot recall experiencing that emotion. Rather, I have tended to surprise myself at how excited I can get over someone else receiving something similar to what I have long desired for myself. Never can I recall wanting anyone stripped of something and then having it given to me. That would take the joy out of having it for myself.

I recall how, even as a young adult, amazingly I stood back beaming with pride, as about seven ladies completely surrounded my man: hugging and kissing their goodbyes. The statewide competition was over; but they all seemed to have fallen in love with their stage manager. Their display of such emotion was pure satisfaction to me. I felt no jealousy. Actually, I was proud that he’d chosen me. I smiled as I watched. These were beauty queens in their own right. Certainly I did not judge myself superior to them. Still, I saw them as no competition.

Often through the years, I wondered about that. Was I that different? From what I had witnessed, that certainly was not the norm. More often than not, women literally fought fiercely over the affections of a man. It never made sense to me.

I have concluded, now that I am in my senior years, that watching those beauty queens was not much different from watching a crowd of young students rush to be first to my mother’s car to carry her few items into the school library. I never felt jealous of them. Instead, I smiled. I was proud to be her daughter. There was no competition—only parallel relations.

Generally, throughout my adult relations, when another woman was found to be in the equation, I was ready for nothing more than a frank discussion with the man between the two women or with the man and other woman. The issue alone made me ready to peacefully subtract myself out of the equation. Trust was gone. And I would not want to hinder anyone’s relationship. Truth may hurt; but it should always prevail. You certainly can’t change truth by bloodying someone’s nose.

Ohhh, but then it happened. I felt ready to fiercely guard one relationship against any intrusion. It was one I believed God personally designed and orchestrated for me alone. I was chosen to be his in every way. I saw it. It was amazing to me, because it took more than half the year for me to simply allow the initial direct contact. From the very first private conversation and personal encounter, I was home. That was the only way I could describe it.

It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. To proceed further and deeper into this relationship felt like God was bringing me home where I ought to remain, until Jesus comes for me. Any opposition showed itself to be clearly satanic and unChristian and dangerously insidious. What I felt must at least somewhat reflect the jealousy God has over His church—those wholly devoted to Him.

Although I was willing to walk away, painfully so, if necessary, I would not let it go without a fight. This fight, however, could not include fists. Nor could it be fought with gritted teeth as fangs and fingernails as knives. This was a spiritual battle. In stillness, it could only be fought in the closet of fervent prayer and quiet anguish.

Occasionally, God provided optic evidence that He was at work. He frequently reminded me to be mindful of not casting away my confidence in Him. He promises us rich reward when we have patiently done His will. (Read Hebrews 10:35, 36.) Perseveringly, He urged me to focus only on doing His will. Often, He reminded me that the battle was not mine, but His. Nevertheless, the experience was excruciating. And yet, I held a peaceful gratefulness beyond explanation. I knew I was abiding under the shadow of His Almighty Hand. In the stillness, I was learning that He is God.

Visually, it is like the palace guard. Selflessly and quietly—seemingly motionless—he waits. He watches endlessly in peaceful alertness. Always, he is ready to defend to the ultimate against any violation of peace and purity and safety. But mostly, He moves only to serve.

Our Heavenly Father watches over us with a godly jealousy. Not even a sparrow can fall to the ground unnoticed by Him. Yet, each one of us is far more valuable to Him than many sparrows. He numbers every strand of hair on every head. For those who trust in Him, He covers with the righteousness of His own Son’s blood, who willingly gave Himself to purchase freedom for us to live eternally with the heavenly host.

Seemingly motionless, He waits. With enduring patience and bowels of mercies, He serves. As the blood drained from the body of His Son in Gethsemane and on Calvary, God restrained Himself in gross darkness. The ultimate price was paid in selfless silence.

But the time is near. His jealousy will erupt in a devastating and annihilating rage. Isaiah 42:13, says, ”The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.”

“The prosperity of the church depends upon the faithfulness, purity, and zealous action of its individual members. Christ ‘loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.’

“If all. . . could estimate to what a depth of humiliation Christ submitted for their sakes, and learn from the cross of humiliation to be subject one to another, there would exist in the church a simplicity and power which would have a telling influence on the world. Through the cross we may learn the love we should have for our fellowmen, and the value of souls for whom Christ died, and our works, in self-denial to save the perishing souls around us will correspond with our faith..” ST October 23, 1879, par. 11-ST October 23, 1879, par. 12

“Let all who profess to be members of Christ’s body, look at the facts candidly and carefully, and put the question to their souls, ‘Am I living in obedience to the first four commandments? Do I love God supremely?’ We should be jealous of ourselves with a godly jealousy, and be more critical over the condition of our own souls than over the condition of the souls of our neighbors. We should criticise our motives, test our thoughts. Is God the subject of our meditation? Do we love the Bible? Do we love the hour of prayer? Or will we neglect it in order to adorn ourselves to attract attention to self? Do you devote your time to dress instead of to the study of God’s precious word, which would broaden your understanding and make your heart glow with truth that you could communicate to others? Are you reluctant in your attendance at social meeting? Do you feel no zeal, no pleasure, in speaking of the love of Christ? If this is the case, you are cherishing some idol..” RH June 2, 1891, par. 12

We are to cherish none but God. For there is no god but God. We should be jealous about God. But you say, “How can I?” Defend His law: The Ten Commandments. They are the transcript of His character. In keeping them, we are jealously defending His law of love to Him and to our neighbor.

Are you jealous?

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Simple

We are drawn to God by the evidence of His tender love and grace. Once we have accepted God’s offer of free salvation, we come to Him. We come confessing. We come repenting. We receive forgiveness. Through the Spirit of God, we receive the mind of Christ. He converts us.

We begin to love what He loves, to hate what He hates. We are led to do that which pleases Him. We find pleasure and peace in the power given us to live a holy life. And others who are wanting salvation are blessed by our faithful witness.

Now this takes a daily dying to self. Daily, we will need to surrender all of self and life to God. Daily, we must choose to be governed by God. As we do, He promises to guide us with His wisdom. (Read Psalm 25:9; 32:8; 48:14; 73:24.)

The problem is some want to be saved by God, but they don’t want to be governed by God.

God made it simple. Keep it simple.

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Identity Theft

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:26, 27).

“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:23).

“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4).

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6).

God made mankind male and female. He left no question. He made distinction between them and gave them their roles.


“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:12-14 KJV).

Mankind makes difficult that which God made so simple that a child can understand. “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions” (Ecclesiastes 7:29).

When the child is in the womb, it is either a male or female (boy/girl). Period. The child is not made into something else after it comes forth out of their mother’s womb. They already are what they are from when they entered into the womb of the female/woman; for a male or man has no womb to enter into, nor in which a fetus can grow and be born.

A woman/female can be a mother even though she may not ever have given birth to a child. A man/male cannot be a woman/mother even though he can be a single parent that loves the child and raises the child to the best of his knowledge and means.

A male/man cannot ever be a woman. Neither can he truly be a mother to a child. They can be a parent to the child. No matter what a male does to himself (or a female does to herself) he cannot change who he really is, no matter the hormone pills, no matter the surgeries, no matter the clothing worn to take away what clarifies a living being as a male or female.

God created mankind. He made them male and female. Both were made in the image of the Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, The Holy Spirit). After sin, mankind was born of a woman in likeness of Adam.

“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man” (1 Corinthians 11:7-9 KJV).

God equates man and woman in marriage with Christ and His church. We were created by God for God. Woman was created by God for man. Let that marinate.

One can perform/do a role, yet not have been ordained by God to live in that role.

A man cannot be a Proverbs 31 woman, no matter what he does, no matter what he thinks, and says.

The things of God and His ways are foolishness to mankind that know Him not. The world hates God. Stand on God’s side and live.

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Where are we, you?

From the pulpits of many congregations (whether online or not) is a message. And the Word of God may or may not be from where the message is prepared. But the message from the majority is not that which will cause the mind to seek God for His Spirit or that they have the will and power to die to self. Neither will the message lead to anyone seeking the will and power needed to have the faith and love of Christ or to overcome sin and be faithful to God, labor for other souls, or even to stay connected to Christ, no matter what comes.

They receive the message spoken as sounding “good.” Yet, the message is meant to distract from the weightier matters so the people get lax, tired, etc. Many a people do not even realize where we are, even though they talk about it to other brethren and warn others.

We have crossed the Jordan. We are right there. Michael will soon stand up.

The sermons from the majority are entertaining and subtly disguised. The ways and gestures, the voice of the speaker, the music: Each is an abomination. But the mind has already been lulled. Usually one is calmed or soothed by music. But the sermons are so soothing and disguised that deception occupies the mind and sets it upon the less weightier matters, so that when the music is played, the minds of the people are sleep in the bed of death. And the abomination does not even bother them. They are not alarmed. They are not awakened. It is a form of hypnotism.

We have crossed the Jordan. We are right there. Michael will soon stand up.

Many souls are lulled by the soothing calm nice voice and smile of the preacher/pastor. They receive the words spoken. They proclaim it a “good message.” Many do not realize they are being programmed away from the urgency of knowing where we are and from truly being ready for the crisis ahead: Christ’s return.

We have crossed the Jordan. Michael will soon stand up.

Where are you in mind and body? Have you begun to be lax? Comfortable? Are you lulled so much that you really do not see that your fire has been snuffed?

We have crossed the Jordan. We are right there. Where will you be in mind and body when Michael stands up?

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Perilous Perception

What is perceived as good and proclaimed as a blessing from God is not always a blessing from God.

Material wealth is no absolute indication the blessing is of God. No. Not at all. God may have only allowed it. (Read Psalm 37:7, 35.) The devil also is able to reward you for being his or to keep you in bondage to him. Not everyone who calls out the name of God is a true Christian. Unless the heart is contrite, God does not even hear the sinner’s prayer. (Read John 9:31; Isaiah 59:2; 57:15; 66:2; Psalm 34:18; 51:17; and Psalm 73, especially verse 12.)

Unless you are living according to God’s Word, then you are living according to Satan’s will. And accordingly, he will give you stuff to keep you distracted, deceived and derailed. You believe you can continue as you are, just because you got this or that.

Your rent was paid in full. Your utilities were paid in advance. You got great financing for a car, or you paid cash. You got preapproved for a low-interest loan on a new home. You own your own prospering business. You got a new and better job or an incredible bonus with a promotion. Your global travel checked list is growing annually. Your savings and investments are all on point. Everything seems bulletproof. You feel nothing can go wrong.

We seem to fail to remember that God allows the sun and rain to shine and fall upon the just and the unjust. We fail to understand that it is because of God’s great mercy that we do not fall dead immediately when we sin. Yet, we know the wages of sin is death. Still, we fail to realize how very subtle are Satan’s deceptions.

We don’t seem to realize that death travels with sin. It begins or proceeds with the sin. You may feel alive. You may feel well. But do not be deceived. Even those of us who are now saved by grace through faith were once dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1, 8).

But all praise be to God that no one has to remain in sin. The Word of God is clear. Those who hear His voice, follow Him and are blessed of Him and kept unto salvation. Those He keeps, He delivers from the power of sin. He gives them eternal life, and they never perish. Neither is anyone able to pluck them from His hand (John 10:27-29).

Examine yourself. Carefully and honestly check yourself—not by anyone else, but only by the Word of God. Look on the inside and the outside. Think about what you allow before your eyes and what you allow in your hearing. Are your thoughts pure (Philippians 4:8)? Are your words kind and true? Is your attitude and countenance humble and meek (Ephesians 4:25-32)? Is your dress modest, professing godliness (1 Timothy 2:9, 10)? Are you careful about what you eat and drink (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)? What do you do (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)? How and when do you worship God (Isaiah 58:13, 14; Exodus 20:8-11)?

Examine yourself (2 Corinthians 13:5). If you do not measure up in the least, even in one point, you’ve failed in every point (James 2:10). Then seek God (Deuteronomy 4:29; Hebrews 11:6). Ask for repentance (Luke 5:32; 2 Peter 3:9).

If you love God, you will confess your sins, repent, ask forgiveness, and seek God with all your might. God will impart to you the righteousness of Christ. He will bestow on you His divine power and strength to cleanse you and to keep you in Him (1 John 1:9). This is only at your seeking and asking and knocking (2 Chronicles 7:14). For God will not force you in any way (Psalm 10:4). God and His way has to be your choice (Joshua 24:15). Dying to self is a day-by-day, moment-by-moment process. This is not a onetime thing; there is no such thing as once saved always saved.

Deuteronomy 29:18-20 is clear. ”Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; … And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.”

Maranatha

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Moment of Marriage

I wanted to know; so I asked God. In all of the many marriages listed in Scripture, why is there not one instance (or is there?) where a couple is shown exchanging vows?

Interestingly, it was at a marriage that the first miracle of Jesus ever happened, as recorded in the Canon. John 2, describes specific details about that day, including that it was the third day from John the Baptist‘s announcement that Jesus is the Lamb of God. We are told that the marriage was held in Cana of Galilee. We are told that the mother of Jesus was there. All of those details are in the first verse. Verse 2, only states that both Jesus and His disciples were called to the marriage.

But immediately afterward, John says, ”And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.” Excuse me? Where’s the wedding? This is suddenly the description of the wedding reception, as we know it. In fact in chapter 19 of Revelation, John again mentions a marriage, but only in the sense of a supper. There, it is called the marriage of the Lamb and the supper of the great God.

Come to think of it, when another disciple describes marriage details, it too tells of a dinner. Of course, Matthew is quoting Jesus, who is teaching that the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king that “made a marriage for his son.” Those bidden to the marriage were told, ”Behold, I have prepared my dinner.” The menu is briefly described, followed by these words, ”Come unto the marriage.”

Then only two chapters later, in chapter 25, Matthew tells the famous parable of the ten virgins, where Jesus is again describing the kingdom of heaven. When the bridegroom arrives, the door is shut. There is no hint of wedding details beyond the closed door.

We could easily conclude that in these cases the focus of the story was not on the actual exchange of vows. And that is true. But let’s examine others. In fact, let’s back up to the very first wedding.

When God put Adam to sleep and made Eve, afterward He simply presented Eve to Adam. Adam only acknowledged that God designed and desired Eve to be his companion, his wife. Here’s all we have: ”And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. [Moses then declares this principle:] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:22-25).

There is the perfect opportunity for all mankind to be informed throughout the ages about the moment of marriage. What we have, however, is Adam’s acknowledgement that the woman presented to him is God’s choice. Adam agrees to receive her as his wife. (Read my most recent article retitled “Hunters Weepers, Finders Keepers.”) In an act of praise and worship, Adam’s words proclaim the oneness of husband and wife: one flesh. He was enraptured with words of highest praise for what God had wrought for him personally. For that, He worshiped God. What we have is a moment of acceptance and praise and worship. This was their moment of marriage.

From that perspective, I more clearly understood the meeting of Rebekah and Isaac. She didn’t just slide down from the camel and go into the tent with Isaac to consummate the marriage. First, there was a period of testimony and praise for what God had done. It was an act of worship. (Read Genesis 24:62-67.)

There it is: an act of worship! It is a ceremony of praise without crippling expense. It is a wedding with the husband, the wife, the witnessing servant, and likely the observing host of Heaven, to say the least. It is set apart from the public wedding feast or banquet or supper.

When I recently shared my new understanding of marriage with a minister, he said that to accept that view, we would have to throw out the Bible and the spirit of prophecy (SOP). Maybe, I failed in explaining myself scripturally. I had stated that it is not the official marriage certificate a couple receives from the state that certifies one’s marriage. It is God, Himself. If only the document from the state certifies a marriage in God’s sight, then so-called marriages between any two persons or a mix of human and animal or other thing would qualify. We are all aware, and some painfully so, that in today’s world men are marrying men. Women are marrying women. Some are marrying their pet or robot or some thing. Do we really believe God must honor such unions?

You see, the minister told me that God honors our choices. I could not at the time adequately respond. I think I was a bit shocked at his abruptness. The exchange was brief.

But I wondered how it is that any Bible-believer can say that a divorce for anything other than adultery is still a marriage, although the two parties may each carry a copy of the state’s official divorce document. Yet, they cannot understand or accept that God can marry two individuals without the official stamp of civil approval. While there is a place for that official stamp in establishing a family or related household, it does not necessarily come with God’s honor. While God does allow our choices, He certainly does not necessarily honor them.

While we do not have to throw out Scripture or the SOP, we must have the same vantage point. We must understand that not every documented union is a sacred marriage in the sight of a holy God. We only need to read Ezra 10, to see that it does not even matter that children have been born from the union. Those who would truly worship God had to make serious reforms. And they had only three days (to appear in person and be fully decided) to untie themselves from their ungodly unions. They could not remain in sin and still offer worship that was acceptable to God.

It was in Ezra’s era and again is now time for marriage reform.

First, we must have the exact same starting point to exactly follow any directions from point A to point Z on any map. Or you can end up going in circles, like I did once. I received driving directions to an event I was to cover and publish. The problem was that the one who sent the directions never adjusted them from my starting point. He drove in from the Keys. I drove in from Orlando. The event was at a church location in between. It was an experience I would love to forget! Similarly, I believe the same is true for unions God never sanctified.

The point is, we do not have to throw out Scripture nor the Spirit of Prophecy. We only need to reorient ourselves to what marriage truly is. We must agree that marriage is so very sacred an affair that it is not recognized by God and is not recorded in the books of Heaven, unless it is ordained of God, unless God indeed put the two together.

It is only what God has joined together that no man may put asunder.

It is similar to baptism. Baptism, while it is often referred to as the date a person was born again, it is really only the date that the public was officially informed of a very private and sacred event. Privately and very sacredly, a person acknowledges he or she has had it all wrong. Privately, a person in their heart first confesses their sins to God and is willing to be changed and to live according to His plan for their lives. The baptism only allows the church officially to place that person’s name in the book of membership. But in Heaven, that person’s name has already been placed in the Lamb’s Book of Life.