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God’s Salvation: What does it look like in the life?

God’s salvation means deliverance from sin.

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. It is the power of God to deliver us from the power of sin. Sin is the transgression of the law of God, which ends in death. Sadly, many fail to realize that they are choosing to yield to Satan by practicing idolatry in various commonly accepted ways.

For instance, jewelry wearing is idolatry to God. (Read Genesis 35:1-5; Isaiah 3:16-26; Ezekiel 16 and 23; and 1 Peter 3:3-5.) Frequently, however, you will hear: ”No matter! I am not worshipping it.” “I don’t have to wear it.” “It is not salvational.” The wearing of jewelry (gold, silver, brass, and pearls)—even makeup, tattoos, etc.—is idolatry. And it is associated with godless idolatrous women, like Jezebel (2 Kings 9:30; Revelation 17:4-6). The very act is worshiping Satan, who sees you as belonging to him, because it’s of his character (Ezekiel 28:13-19). In God’s eyes it is idolatry; it is serving another god.

If you are not intending to worship Satan by wearing symbols of idolatry, if you can do without them and you don’t need to wear them, then ask yourself Why am I wearing it? Self is the answer. It draws attention to self. When self is dead and one hundred percent surrendered to the will of God, you will not feel compelled to wear any of it.

You will acknowledge your body as the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17). Our bodies belong to Him. We have no permission from God to do this. No one will deface the temple of God with tattoos—markings as unto the dead—or to put piercings in God’s temple. For ”what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

Earth’s first sin was immediately associated with nakedness (Genesis 3:7-21). In Genesis, we see God completely covering the nakedness of Adam and Eve with coats. The aprons of fig leaves they had sewn and were wearing still left them naked. And to God it was unacceptable. They must be fully clothed. Even Christ’s righteousness indicates the full-length covering of a robe from the shoulders down to the feet, as was Christ in Revelation 1:13. And John the Revelator saw the righteous stand before the throne, ”clothed in white robes” (Revelation 7:9). Thus, the clothes Christians wear must fully cover the body.

Since idolatry is a devotion to anything above our devotion to God, idolatry can also extend your children, relatives, spouse, anyone, job, career, cars, homes, money, animals. In fact, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence [the longing especially for what is forbidden], and covetousness: all are labeled idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Also, “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23).

Self-sacrifice and a complete and total surrender to the will of God, therefore, allows His love to perfect in us obedience to Him.

We will be new creatures.

This is the work of the Holy Ghost in us. But we must relinquish reign of self to God. This is a daily—moment by moment—work. Choosing to obey God becomes a cherished lifestyle. It is actually loving God, because He has given us His Salvation. We live it by His Holy Spirit because we are saved—not to be saved.

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When you do not know…

Ask!

When you do not know God, go to God in prayer. Give your whole self to Him. Exercise your faith when praying to God. Trust that when you ask Him to deliver you from sin in the name of Jesus, He will do it.

When you pray for forgiveness, believe He will forgive you. Call out those sins. Be specific. Ask Him to give you a perfect hatred for sin, to give you His Spirit—His Holy Spirit—to do His work in you, to restore you unto His image. God has promised to cleanse you and to remove all sin from you. (Read 1 John 1:9.)

I’ve been there. I knew nothing! God pulled me out of the dung and cleaned me up. He delivered me! And He is no respecter of persons. God wants healing for everyone. He wants no one to perish.

But He has created us all with the freedom of choice.

He will not override our choices. But what we need to understand is that every choice has its consequence(s). Therefore, it is very important that our choices in every aspect of life be measured by the Word of God.

Whatever (or whoever) you need to stop doing, watching, listening to, eating, drinking, speaking, hanging with, sleeping with, God—through His Holy Spirit—will do that re-creating in you. But His work will require your choice. You must choose to give yourself up to Him every single day.

Choose to die to your sinful desires. Choose to give up your right to govern yourself. Choose to let God govern you. Always pray in the name of Jesus. And believe. Then watch God do the work in you. God will move on your behalf. He will fight for you and deliver you.

I am walking, living proof with many others.

You will face decisions to give up something or someone for God—to walk in the light of truth and no more in error and darkness. You will have to choose. Every day, it is your choice. God will never force you to love Him. But know this: Loving God is obeying God.

Humble yourself before God. Stay in His Word. Learn from the Holy Spirit. God will do the rest. What you sincerely seek to know, and it is pertinent to your salvation, God will reveal to you.

Then trust Him.

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I’m not talking out of the side of my neck!

First off, I am speaking to those who profess to believe in Jesus the Son of God and God the Father.

When God’s Power (via the Holy Spirit) moves on our behalf and delivers us from sin, and then we turn backward and return to that sin, we should expect the worst. The consequence we first experienced from that sin shall be worse than the first time—whether it be disease, some kind of suffering, an unclean spirit or demons taking up residence in our minds. Why so?

We simply let go of God. We let go of that which God empowers us to do. God removed the sin and cleansed us. But we were to continue following His lead. Instead, we failed to fill our minds with God’s Word. Somehow, we began to trust ourselves more than God. We began to think we know more and better than God. We began to justify that which we wanted to do, because we began focusing on the very thing we had stopped doing.

We were drawn back into that same sin. No wonder. By beholding, we all become changed.

Suddenly, we found ourselves stuck—deeper steeped in sin than before!

No one can walk in darkness and be God’s children of light at the same time. No one can be in the Truth (Jesus) and yet walk in error. It is a dangerous thing to choose error after knowing the Truth.

Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t allow Satan’s influence to change you through anything: persons, places or things. None of us is a match against Satan, without God.

I am not speaking out of the side of my neck!

I know firsthand what I’m taking about. I have been delivered and have gone backward three times! No joke!

Thankfully, if one truly wants God’s salvation, He will give it to them. But there is a condition.

God requires your complete surrender. Your will must be totally surrendered to His will. You must be willing to give up your very existence—mind and body and life—to Him.

You think that is too much? Who else paid for you with their life just to give you the hope of salvation? Who else overcame even death for you? Who else was resurrected and is now interceding for you in Heaven? Who else stands before our Father in Heaven for you and cleanses you of your sins? Who else? No one.

Be careful what you allow into your mind through your watching and listening. Be careful who you communicate with on the phone or through texts, emails, and social media. Idolatry is still idolatry. No one can change what idolatry is. But anyone can choose not to become idolatrous.

Measure your beliefs by the Word of God. Measure your walking, your steps, by the Word of God. Measure your choices by the Word of God. Never use your own reasoning to measure anything!

What you behold will change you.

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Synonymous, study and see…

Each our lives depends upon the one we serve. Service and worship are synonymous.

Everything we see, hear, receive in our minds becomes a part of our thinking. It becomes the theme of our thoughts. It influences our every choice. It becomes what we speak and do. Finally, it becomes what we believe. We all do what we actually believe. Let that sink in.

Loving God, keeping God’s Commandments, and obedience to God are all synonymous. Let that marinate.

Please go and study and see and know what all this means.

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I am reminded…

God reminded me what I am. He reminded me whose I am. He reminded me what I am to focus on. I am to give everything to Him in prayer.

He is to be the One taking up residence in my heart. My thoughts are to be such that I can involve Him in them and in all I do. I am not to hash out things done and said against me. I am not to hash them out over and over. That glorifies Satan.

I am to pray for others, intercede for them, supplicate for them—without bringing up the bad and ugly things others choose to do. I am to forgive them, love them, seek that God’s will for them be done. I am to pray that if they can be saved, they will be. I am to simply let go, and let God. Then, I am to keep my eyes, my heart heaven bound.

At one point, the enemy thought he could break me down, cause me to sin, and then enter God’s house (in my mind, my thoughts). He thought he could bring other devils and take control. He thought to put his strongholds upon me.

But I called upon my Father in the name of Y’shua! He heard my cry! Y’shua, through the Holy Spirit, laid me down and kept me through the night. God woke me up this morning! He got me up on my feet! God knew what food I needed to assimilate this morning, before starting the task of this day.

He knows Satan plans to sift me as wheat. But Oh, the One and Only True God, the God of my salvation! His plans, His thoughts for me prevail over the enemy every time. Oh, I thank God that I sat down with Him in devotion and let Him speak to me, to feed me this morning.

Maybe you need this today, too; so I share with you the bread of life:

Philippians 4:7-9 KJV
[7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. [9] Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

God. Oh, my God! Blessings and honor and praise be unto You! These words also speak the fruit of the Spirit. God is!

My heart belongs to God. I belong to God. If God is your everything, if by His grace your desire is to live by His every word, you will be encouraged in Him. You will be strengthened by Him; and no fiery dart of the wicked will destroy you.

Think on God. Put your eyes and thoughts heavenward.

Pray Psalm 91. Pray also Ephesians 6, beginning at verse 10. Put on God’s whole armor. Pray through to verse 20. Let us stop giving Satan glory, repeating the evil, wicked, sinful words or actions of others. Instead, in earnest prayer let us seek God for them: “Father please forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Let us keep praising God. Let us determine to live for Him. Let us live out His wondrous works before the children of men. That glorifies GOD.

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Dogs, a Scorner, the Wicked, the Swine, the Heathen, the Evil-doer

Dogs, a scorner, the wicked, the swine, the heathen, the backslider, the evil-doer: all have one common denominator—sin. They sin willfully. They know what sin is. They understand what disobedience to God is. Some of these have lived according to the truth and were once converted. These now are at enmity with God. They live according to the world’s standards and enjoy what they are doing.

God says never to give that which is holy unto the dogs. We are not to give our pearls to swine. We are not to reprove a scorner. Nor should we rebuke the wicked or sit with the scorner or live by the counsel of the ungodly. Neither are we to stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. Nor should we consent to go with sinners who entice us (ask us, tempt us, pressure us).

They know we stopped living a certain way. They have seen real change. Yet they ask, “Don’t you want some of this?” Or, “Don’t you want to go?” Always, it’s someplace where they know we no longer go.

On God’s holy seventh-day Sabbath, they invite us to do something or to go somewhere that is contrary to God’s commandment to keep the day holy. ”Taste this,” they say. “God does not care.” Then when we stand by our faith and in the power of God refuse, they add, “You are being extreme.” There are many more examples, but you get the bottom line.

Matthew 7:6 KJV Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Psalm 1:1 KJV Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Proverbs 9:7, 8 KJV He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Acts 13:45-46 KJV
[45] But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. [46] Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

These give in to what self wants and desires: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life. But hear this. These are not just those who are Gentiles, choosing to live by the world’s standards. These are not only the many heathen, who are professing God. Many of these persons are one’s own spouse. They were the righteous, but turned away from righteousness to commit iniquity. (Ezekiel 3:20; 18:24-26; 33:18). These have a knowledge of the truth, even lived it, were converted, but chose later to turn away from the truth as it is in Christ. Many of these knew better, but by compromising Truth, yielding to temptation, and giving in to sin, they gave Satan control of their minds. Satan then also stole their faith, blinded them to truth, and they became dumb dogs.

They turned away from righteousness. They know truth, or at least have some knowledge of it. They were even convicted of truth, but chose to turn away from God. They went back to their vomit; but they continue to profess belief in Christ. Because they deny Him daily in their lives and in their thoughts (for what a man thinks, he is), they are taking the name of the Lord God in vain. This is not loving God. It is hating God. Let that sink in.

Hebrews 6:4-6 KJV
[4] For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, [5] And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, [6] If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

2 Peter 2:19-22 KJV
[19] While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. [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.

We love sinners. Yes. we must love sinners. They are people who need to know the love of God. Yet, we ought never to sit down to listen, watch, or to take part in their doings. How do we do this? you might ask. We do this by compromising God’s will, His Word, His love to preserve our relationship for the sinner’s sake or our own sake.

Christ never compromised God’s law. He never compromised sound doctrine, or His Word, instruction in righteousness, His culture, His religion. He never disobeyed His Father (God the Father). He never sinned. He never compromised to befriend sinners. It was never His desire to make sinners (whether backslider, Gentile, hypocrite, heathen, mother, father, sibling, children, kinfolk, etc.) feel comfortable in their sin. Never. But listening to other voices while disregarding God’s voice, we have, and many still do.

As they compromise, God’s professed people claim these:

“But Jesus ate with sinners!”

“But Paul said he became like them!”

“How are they going to get to know God, know about the Lord, His holy Sabbath, if we don’t go to their events, parties, reunions, weddings, etc., on God’s holy Sabbath?”

“How are they going to know we sincerely care about them, if we do not agree with them?”

“We just need to love them.”

These all err in the Scriptures, having no understanding. They know not the power of God.

Yes. It is true. Jesus sat and ate with sinners, but only with those who chose Him or were willing to receive Him.

We who are covered with Christ’s righteousness were once sinners as well. But we chose by faith to answer His call and accept His gift of salvation. He covers us with His righteousness. By His power (His grace) we are saved and hear and do His Word, His will. By it we are delivered from sin; we receive salvation.

Read what Christ told His disciples to do, if they came to those who would not receive them. What was the end of those souls who refused His disciples? The same applies, if people refuse God through His people today:

Matthew 10:11-18 KJV
[11] And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. [12] And when ye come into an house, salute it. [13] And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. [14] And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. [15] Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. [16] Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. [17] But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; [18] And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. We will know by the same discernment Christ knew:

1 Corinthians 2:11-16 KJV
[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.

Let that sink in.

God is clear. If the backslidden, if the hypocrites, the sinners, workers of iniquity do not turn back to God, to righteousness, we are not to keep going to them, responding to their inquiries, debating with them. If we do, they turn and rend us!

They turn our words around. We fall by arguing with them. This brings shame and not glory to God.

We are to love them by praying for them, by feeding and clothing them, if they have the need and are receiving of our help. God gives us the ability to help them both spiritually and physically. And interceding in prayer for them gives God permission to do His will that they might be saved. I say might, because it is conditional. They have to choose to surrender their will, their all to God. God will not override one’s own choice. Remember, God knows our heart. We do not.

The bottom line is, God has warned His children, His people to not fellowship with, associate with, join ourselves to, marry, enter into contract with, eat (dine) with, hang out with those who do not choose to receive Him, the Truth, or the Gospel.

You see, God abides in those who abide in Him. Therefore, if His very presence in His people causes others to reject them, it must be taken seriously that they are rejecting God.

They may say or imply their rejection in these ways: “They think they are holier than thou.” “They act like they’re the only ones gonna be saved.” “What’s wrong with her/him? She/He can’t take a joke?” “They always got an attitude, always asking questions about the food. Why can’t they just order and eat?” “Heaven is not eating nor drinking.” ”They are always bringing God into the conversation; it is so annoying.”

They tend to feel guilty around Christians. They feel watched as they are eating or making their choices from the menu. They feel judged, even when they aren’t being judged.

The truth is they have already condemned themselves as workers of iniquity. They are looking for the opportunity to rend God’s people. The truth is, if you answer their questions, many times they become angry and want to debate back and forth.

In reality, the Christian is often looking to be quietly left to his or her own choices, rather than being made the center of everyone’s attention. Often, they just want to be supported, encouraged in their choices. And yes. Some are just trying to encourage their loved ones to change for a healthier lifestyle. No child of God will encourage wrongdoing or unhealthy living.

Yet, everyone must be left to their own choices. That is God’s will. Everyone must be free to choose.

Avoid debates. Some are only asking questions to set a snare for you. Many want to debate, argue, get angry. The spirit of Satan drives them. Again, spiritual things are spiritually discerned.

2 Peter 2:10-16 KJV
[10] But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. [11] Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. [12] But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; [13] And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; [14] Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: [15] Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; [16] But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

Study this out:

John 6:37-40 KJV
[37] All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. [38] For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. [39] And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. [40] And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:44-51 KJV
[44] No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. [45] It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. [46] Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. [47] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. [48] I am that bread of life. [49] Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. [50] This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. [51] I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 6:53-58 KJV
[53] Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. [54] Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. [55] For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. [56] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. [57] As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. [58] This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

John 6:63-65 KJV
[63] It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. [64] 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. [65] 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 6:70-71 KJV
[70] Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? [71] He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

Let us choose by faith to love God because He first loved us. Let us trust Him to do His will in us: to deliver us from sin, to give us His power, His Spirit to live His righteousness (right doing). Thus we will have His mind in us: the hope of glory. Those who want to know God, to know Truth—they will indeed. Those who choose not to believe in Jesus or do His Word are to be left alone. God gives them their choice. Period.

Let that all sink in.

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One Whose Heart Is Not Self-Willed

The one whose heart is not self-willed is one whose heart is lifted in a song of prayer and praise to God daily. The heart rises in meditation upon the Word of God. In it the heart is encouraged. In it the heart is strengthened. In it the heart knows the promised blessings of God and knows what He does for His children, His people. They are those who wholeheartedly belong to Him.

It is one who knows that it is only God who performs the perfect works of God in the soul. It is one whose heart is after the heart of God. It is one who speaks, believing God. It is one who lives in the light, trusting God; for God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

It is one who can say with the psalmist these words:

Psalm 101:1-8 KJV
[1] I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. [2] I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. [3] I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. [4] A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. [5] Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. [6] Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. [7] He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. [8] I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth, and meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

God is clear. He saves to the uttermost. Yet, the wicked persist to continue outside His will. God does not bless these with His promises. Therefore, they do not know His favor.

He will not force upon them His gift of salvation, nor His love, nor His gift of repentance. His mercy, His judgment, His love allows them to be destroyed by the works of their own hands.

God is a consuming fire. He only destroys sin.

God takes no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked. He cannot and will not move against His own Word, His law of love. Therefore, God does not change. He cannot and will not reverse the words that have gone forth from His mouth.

Only God—who is a consuming fire—can put an end to sin, the devils, and Satan. Once and for all, sin will be destroyed. Sin will never rise its ugly head again. By faith and by God’s grace (His Power), we will be found with the faith of Jesus, and without sin.

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More Than Just a Day

Keeping the Sabbath holy, according to God’s commandment, requires a spiritual heart transplant. That means being born again. Being born again must involve thorough repentance and conversion. That means knowing that you did wrong, making the necessary efforts to rectify the wrong, and living so that you do not repeat the wrong.

Yes. That typically includes joining a group of likeminded people: likely, a church. But the physical act is not enough. Simply going even to church on the right day is not keeping God’s Sabbath holy, according to His commandment or His will.

The Sabbath is not about a day. The holy Sabbath is all about God. It is about who He is.

There has to be a change in surroundings, a change in diet, a change in lifestyle. There has to be a made-up mind by faith to die to the old way. The old man has to die in order for the new creature to live.

Then live! Abide in Christ and vise-versa. Let Him live in you.

That faith-choice activates the process in which we are transformed. Our minds are renewed. We put off the old. All things become new.

We no longer live, walk, talk, think, or do as a child. We put off childish things. It is a justification by faith: a packed gift involving sanctification and righteousness by faith.

Many make visual changes. They put on this and stop eating that. They do this and do that; but they are still the same old man in heart (mind). Only the outward adorning is changed. This is what it means to be a hypocrite, even though they may not be fully aware of it. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

We have to seek God, while He made be found. He is found early. That early is not simply before the rising of the sun; it is also means right now. It means without delay. It means today. “To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7, last part). Tomorrow is not promised. Tomorrow you may seek God, and He won’t be found of you. Early is also when He is knocking at your door and you do not put Him off. Instead, you answer Him and welcome Him in.

Before that can happen, we must have our minds made up. We must let go. We must give up governing ourselves. We must let God govern us. We must be willing to give up our will to the will of God.

There was a time that I was one of those—just going to church on the right day. But there was no change in my heart (mind). I was “trying to do,” instead of completely surrendering my will to the will of God. That is why it was so easy for me to return to my old ways. I backslid over and over.

It took God to allow me to literally be broken before I truly sought Him. It was only then that I let Him teach me His ways. I learned from God in His word through His Holy Spirit. When the Spirit of God teaches you, that is it. No more swaying this way and that.

God brought His word to my remembrance. He showed me myself. I was given understanding of His word, although I had read it before.

God taught me His character, what His love is, what it all entails. God broke down His holy Sabbath to me in a way I never before understood. I knew it was deep. I just did not know how deep I would be diving into God.

Not one commandment of God can be kept (observed, obeyed, loved, cherished, protected), without God giving the soul the gift of repentance.

When there is true repentance, sin is forsaken. It will not be justified, not held on to. All is forsaken for Christ. When there is true conversion, the perfecting work of God begins. He restores us unto His image, in which is only light. For in God there is no darkness to hide the sin that God hates.

God showed me His Sabbath is blessed, sanctified, holy. It is like no other of the six days prior to it. The seventh day is blessed and holy.

Your surroundings, your talk, your walk: all are a reflection of the heart all the other six days. One may cover it for awhile. But everything done in darkness eventually comes to light.

When a choice is made, even under the cover of darkness, it may be your final choice.

When one understands the sanctity of the Sabbath, what the Sabbath is and is who it is about, the love of God permeates throughout the soul and the life. God’s love overflows. It opens up the heart (mind) to what God’s love entails, and the soul is transformed moment by moment throughout each day that they die to self, each day that they take up their cross and follow Jesus.

We overcome sin daily by our faith choice. God’s divine power, His grace is engaged by our choice. So it is that our characters are changed by God. What we once loved, we hate. What we once hated, we now love.

The Sabbath is key to our conversion, salvation, because it is who God is. We become changed by what we behold.

Yes, we do what we know is right to do. We choose to, even if we don’t have full understanding, yet. Still, we must cooperate with God. If we refuse, we build the house in vain. We build on sand, not on the Rock Christ Jesus.

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What Does Love Got to Do With It?

If all God’s created beings would just take Him at His word, like they take the word of man. Oh, what faith!

The faith of Jesus is the faith we must have. But if we are not exercising the faith already given us of God, He will not increase it. If we do not desire or want to love God, He will not force us.

If we truly loved God, we would not sin. And there would be no sin for us to confess, no sin to repent of or forsake. Let that sink in.

Michael will soon stand up and put on His royal garment, for He is King. He will cease making intercession for us. We will be judged by God according to our works. When Christ comes, our reward will be with Him.

God’s character is not known of His professed people, because they desire their own ways.

It is so sad, heartbreaking to hear of a soul killing themselves, let alone of one being killed/murdered. If all would just desire to know, love God—the love of God in the heart (mind), one cannot choose to end the life He has given. People cannot choose to sin against God and kill themselves, nor another.

Oh, if we but understood the character of God! If we understood God’s Word, His Holy Word, we would know Him and love Him. We would repent and be converted.

I know the hurt I experience when I hear of one killing him- or herself, or of someone being killed, murdered, of someone dying needlessly. If only they had submitted unto God, desired to know and love Him, a soul would never take the life of another nor their own.

The tears Christ shed. The blood Christ sweated. The agony. The pain and suffering Christ went through before and while on that cross, being separated from His holy Father: Sin did that! We put Christ on that cross. We crucify Him again every time we choose to hate Him through disobedience. We show that we do not love Him.

Sin separates us from God. Let that sink in. God hates sin. God has no part with sin. If the sinner chooses to stay in sin, turn back, go back to sinful ways, God loves us enough to allow our choices. Period.

God loves us unconditionally. He gave His only begotten Son! Do we not get that? God loves all His created beings; but He hates sin. If we choose to sin, He lets us go our own chosen way. Period.

Yes God forgives us when we confess our sins. And He cleanses us from all unrighteousness. The only way we are unrighteous is if we keep turning back to sin.

We have to submit ourselves to God. We must humble ourselves before God. We must confess, repent, and be converted. Only the converted of God will be translated, for they have already been glorified of God. By faith they died daily and took up their cross and followed Jesus. These have the love of God in them. These keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.

We say we love God. The sad truth, the sad reality is that so many profess God. Yet, they do NOT know God. And they do not love God. Period.

So before you look away, before you roll those eyes, before you speak lies, before you tuck that sin away in your hiding place, before you gaslight another, before you verbally abuse another, before you speak falsely about another, before you gossip, before your tongue rise against God’s servants in judgment, before you buy that gun or pick it up—let alone use it—before you speak, before you drink that drink of spirits (beer, alcohol, etc), before you smoke that blunt, before you eat that abomination, before you think that adultery, before you curse—proving you are not converted—before you put on that outfit (shaming God), before you put on those ornaments or makeup, before you vape, before you think to speak one wicked word, before you look at those naked/half-naked pictures, before you put your hand for self-abuse, or fix your lips to profess that you love God, you best humble yourself before God, acknowledge your sins, confess them one by one to God, repent—forsaking sin—and give yourself completely to God.

Ask God for a perfect hatred for sin that you would rather die than sin against Him.

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By faith…

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

As I go through my past experiences that God has brought me through increasing my faith, I see He has been and is giving me the faith for the next experience that I will by faith surrender my will to His and keep moving forward in Him. Being His witness that He is God and trusting Him to fight for me, I shall hold my peace. This is the faith that I have in my living God: He does what He says; and what He has spoken comes to pass.

My testimony: I experienced God in and even now through the motorcycle accident I was in July 16, 2011. Serious injuries and damage to my body—inside and out—are still with me today. God allowed me to know what it feels like to be burned alive! The pain I have experienced I never before in my life knew even existed or could be!!! By the power of God, I had and still have a made-up mind.

From the accident, God has taught me how to be and what it is to be born again. It is that which takes place on the inside through His Spirit by one’s faith in God, in surrendering one’s self to God, and in surrendering one’s will to the will of God. Self dies daily. He has taught me His love, His forgiveness. He has and is continuing to teach me His mercy and judgment. The faith I needed for every experience I have lived through was given me of God. Every previous experience prepares me with the faith for the next. ONLY GOD! So it is in everything! IN EVERYTHING I GIVE GOD THANKS! BY THE POWER OF GOD, BY MY FAITH, I THANK GOD! IN THE EXPERIENCE AND FOR THE EXPERIENCE! AND I THANK GOD FOR EVERYTHING I ENDURE IN AND THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE! I THANK GOD IN PAIN, WHETHER IN DEATH OR BIRTH; NO MATTER WHAT, GOD HAS TAUGHT ME TO THANK HIM. Period.

Whatever comes did not come but by God permitting it. There is that which God allows upon His called and chosen to work out for their good, to save another soul or other souls. ALL God has written in His word are also an ensample unto us. Remember, after Job prayed for His friends, God restored unto Job double what he lost. They learned from it what needed to be learned so that they would choose to obey God unto love and be faithful to God, as was Job.

If our choice is disobedience to God, God permits His curses upon His children who disobey. He cannot reverse His words that have come forth out of His mouth.

There is a people or class of people who choose not to be God’s children. Instead, they serve and worship Satan, rejecting truth denying God. God has to allow them their choice and the consequences that come with those choices of disobedience to Him.

God is seeking to deliver and bless His created—not to curse and destroy them. Yet, He being God, cannot lie. His word will do what He spoke it to do. If our choice is disobedience, eternal death shall be the result. If our choice is obedience, eternal life shall be the result. God’s love is still shown in permitting that which comes upon the wicked. He allows them the end to their riotous living, an end to the pain and suffering of their choices. In the wicked, the sinner, receiving eternal death, is also proof of God’s love in that He will not force them to live in Heaven obeying His law, living obedience daily, all the life revolving around God. God will not force this love upon them now nor at the end.

Yes, even the consequences of my wrong choice to get on that motorcycle, God allowed. And because He knows the end from the beginning, He knew I would still choose to love Him. He knew that I would choose obedience because of my love. Therefore, He set me apart—holy—for Himself. He works all things together for good to THEM THAT LOVE HIM, and to THE CALLED according to His purpose. He is still working the accident together for my good.

Yes. One can choose to surrender, choose to love Him unto obedience, and later choose to turn away from God and disobey Him—not loving God, but hating God as they live, denying Him with their lives. For “Once saved always saved!” is a lie of the Devil. It is a doctrine of devils.

How will one learn from a wrong choice—not to ever do it again, not to ever go down that path again—if they do not experience the consequence? Confession is not enough! One has to REPENT! REPENT! Have godly sorrow. Turn away from sin. Repent and be converted that your sins be blotted out. Our conversion cannot be and will not come about, unless we have repented and remain in a repented state.

God is seeking to save us, people! God is not seeking to destroy us! God does not destroy. The wicked are destroyed by the works of their own hands. Let that sink in.

God increases faith by allowing the previous experience to be evidence of His saving power. But it takes looking back and seeing His Power in past experiences.

Here’s how my faith is increased. I go to the Word. I go back to the beginning. I see the Power of God to deliver His people and save His children. Then, I look back at my own experience. I see Him delivering me, saving me: His daughter. I ask for my Father, in the name of Jesus, to give me His Holy Spirit. I ask that He put His Spirit in me as He promises me He will do in Ezekiel 36. I declare His word. And I thank Him, knowing it is done! It is done. Period. I do not wonder! I do not think! By the POWER OF GOD, I KNOW! By the Spirit of God, I praise Him for WHO HE IS. AND I RECEIVE HIM, FOR HE INHABITS THE PRAISES OF HIS PEOPLE.

God told me January 28, 2019, after I slipped at work, to remember Job. God already increased my faith and blessed me with the faith I needed for this experience. It was unbeknown to me then; but I see now, as I look back. Even before I asked Him to increase my faith, He did it in and through my previous trials. And therefore, I have experienced and endured. I am currently experiencing and enduring what I am by the very power of God, as did Job! I am seeing more and more why He told me to remember Job. Thus, I am still studying through Job. In so doing, God is leading me through His Word, line upon line, line upon line; precept upon precept, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little.

I CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT GOD! Period. All of my obedience to God, which is seen of me and heard of me in my living is ONLY by God’s Power. He put His Spirit in me, CAUSING me to walk in His ways, to keep His statues, and to do them and His judgments. He does this for His name sake, not mine. And all is given me by my faith! My choice: by faith I completely surrender self to God. Whatever persecution I have endured and am enduring for His name sake, I know I will continue to endure. I thank the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, CREATOR AND REDEEMER, THE FIRST AND THE LAST. I say to God, What else Lord? What else will you cause me to do? I surrender myself to You. I surrender my will to your will (to God’s word). I surrender my very existence to You Lord. Do Your will in me. I commit my spirit into Thine hand.

God is LOVE. We must each learn His love is not the world’s perception, definition, demonstration, standard of love. Period.

We must behold God in His word every single day. God’s children are so heavenly filled that they are of earthly good. Remember the world hates God, so they will hate God’s children. The world does not know God. The ways of God, the word of God, God’s love are all foolishness to the world. They have no understanding of Him, of His will, of His Word. Therefore, you cannot expect to receive godly advice (good counsel) from the wicked, from sinners. They are ungodly. Let that sink in.

Behold God being lead of the Holy Ghost in His word every day, and you will become changed by the word. For the Spirit of God will guide you into all truth. The Holy Spirit will teach you, will give you understanding. If you truly and sincerely want truth, GOD will give it to you and change you and restore you unto His image. Go back to the beginning: Genesis on to Revelation. God is doing it in and for me. He will do it for you as well; for He is no respecter of persons. His will is to save us all: whosoever is willing to be saved.

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Death by Lying

A lie does not promote healing or health or life.

A lie may seem to help for the moment; but in the end it only promotes more grief, more sickness, more disease, and more death (eternal death).

Why? By so doing, the soul’s choice separates the liar from God. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). Lying is not God’s character. It is Satan’s.

The Son of God said that He and His Father are one (John 17:21, 22). His Father is in Him, and He is Truth. (Read John 14:6-11 KJV.)

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Love Heals

Healing begins with putting your faith in God’s love for you. Go ahead. Test it. Try all the treatments you want. But until you add to your regimen that special ingredient—the prayer of faith—healing will not be complete. Instead, disease can stick around or seem to disappear only to resurge just at what may seem to be the worst of times for you and your family.

Here’s my very basic point. I recently treated a dry patch of skin with nightly applications of castor oil. I noticed that the dry patch lingered about a week without even a hint of going away. I wondered why, until I realized that I had not prayed about it. I thanked God for the reminder. Then I humbly asked for forgiveness and asked for healing. Within one day, I began experiencing drastic improvement. I kid you not.

It was amazing and very confirming that nothing should be attempted without prayer to our heavenly Father, who loves us and is tenderly affected by our needs. And then I found this statement that put it all together for me—for you.

“The love which Christ diffuses through the whole being is a vitalizing power. Every vital part—the brain, the heart, the nerves—it touches with healing. By it the highest energies of the being are roused to activity. It frees the soul from the guilt and sorrow, the anxiety and care, that crush the life forces. With it come serenity and composure. It implants in the soul, joy that nothing earthly can destroy,—joy in the Holy Spirit,—health-giving, life-giving joy. {MH 115.3}

“Our Saviour’s words, “Come unto Me, … and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), are a prescription for the healing of physical, mental, and spiritual ills. Though men have brought suffering upon themselves by their own wrongdoing, He regards them with pity. In Him they may find help. He will do great things for those who trust in Him.” {MH 115.4}

Go ahead, begin your healing now with prayer. Dear heavenly Father, thank you for offering me a love that heals. I want it Lord and receive it in the way that you want it for me—be it physical, emotional, and/or spiritual. I trust your wisdom to do what is in my best interest and for my salvation. Thank you for hearing and answering, because I’m asking in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

As you trust in the Savior, the one who created you, you will desire to modify your lifestyle for abundant living. For one, you will eat a healthy plant-based diet. You will drink only fresh water or herbal teas and only between meals, while avoiding all things harmful. You will walk in the fresh air for your daily sun bath. Exposing your face and hands (when possible) to absorb that sunlight, which helps the skin manufacture vitamin D. And vitamin D is essential to the health of the bones, the brain, blood pressure, and the body’s ability to maintain and regain vitality.

Finally, you will be determined to get good whole-body rest.

Obedience vs Fanaticism, Extremism, Cultism

Obedience is choosing to take God at His Word. It is choosing to do what He said. It is not adding to or taking anything away from what God has said.

It is really very simple: Obedience only happens when one is possessed with the Spirit of God. They possess and reveal the fruit of the Spirit. In them is rooted the love of God—the Law of God.

The Ten Commandments are deep and broad and touch every aspect of one’s life. Those who have God’s love in them cannot sin; for the seed of Christ remains in them. If they sin, they do not stay down as fools. They repent and get back up. They have an Advocate: Jesus Christ. They forsake sin. They completely surrender self will to the will of God. And because they have the faith of Jesus, they overcome as Christ overcame, having victory over sin and death.

The fanatic, the extremist, the cultist adds to God’s Word. They mix error with truth, opinion with facts. As presented, it sounds really kosher. In reality, however, they disobey God. They deny God with their lives, while professing Him with their lips. It’s only lip service, while they please self and men, rather than God. This is self-righteousness.

They follow men, obeying the commandments of men. These seek counsel from the ungodly. They sit with the scornful.

It is really very simple. Satan is the father of lies, the author of sin. The true fanatic, the true extremists are those possessed with the spirit of Satan. They disobey God. These mingle truth and error. These have a lot of opinions based on foolishness. They show double-mindedness, resulting in being unstable in all their ways.

Now, will the true fanatic, extremist, cultist stand up? Confess. Then fall down, humble yourselves before God, and die that Christ may live through you.

Where is He in that?

It is very sad that many count a “holiday” so significant to them that they allow its traditions to order their emotions. They are happy or sad or depressed or content, depending upon whether they have company or family over or if they are invited out or not, if they have a turkey and dressing or ham, or many other things or not. But where is God in that?

Really! Where is God in the celebration?

It is often more times than not that around the “holidays” many are so down, because a loved one or friend is no longer alive to share the day with anymore. Where is God in that?

God is alive and on His throne.

Christ died the second death for all that we would not have to die that eternal death in payment for our own sins. He is to forever be the reason to be thankful, happy, joyous, at peace, content at all times. Be thankful to Him that we are still alive to make our call and election sure. Be thankful if our loved ones are still alive that we can by God’s grace be His witness to them of His Power to save us and them.

His salvation He gives to us. It is up to us to accept and receive or reject.

Connected, joined with Christ…

Every man and woman in God, and joined in marriage; every one professing to be God’s need to know and understand this! The first angel’s message is deeper than one sees from the surface.

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Let that marinate.

A worse thing come upon you…

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. John 5:14

Once Christ has healed and made us whole, if we turn back to our old ways—even if just one tiny minute way—we are turning back to that which Christ delivered us from (sin, disease). We have turned back to our vomit. A worse thing will come upon the soul that does this. Because God spoke it, His word comes to pass. Period.

Victory Voided

We pray to God for deliverance. We ask Him to give us victory over sin. Yet, when He does, we turn right back to our vomit and wonder why we cannot overcome.

We accuse God of not giving us the victory. We refuse to see that the real problem is the choices we’ve made. The works of our own hands cause the strongholds upon us.

We ask God to heal us. But then we tend to let our bellies be our gods. Let’s use appetite, for example.

We ask God for victory over eating pork. Yet, we purchase Wham and other meat analogues, wanting them to taste just like ham. We purchase plant- and chemical- based meat analogues and plant-based cheeses that contain other harmful things. We are searching for that taste, which reminds us of the real thing. We shame God. We deny His Power (Grace) to deliver us. We turn back to our vomit!

We turn back to sin. We do not even see ourselves, because we justify it. We shrug our shoulders and say, “It is plant based.”

We show our nakedness by the desire for that taste. It is still in us. That which is in us defiles us. For as a man thinks, so is he.

Jesus healed the sin sick soul and commanded him to go and sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon him (John 5:14).

There are tests that God will allow us to experience, which show us our own spiritual state of heart. He knows our heart. We do not.

Daily, we should examine ourselves by the Word of God, led by the Holy Spirit. We are to acknowledge our sins. We are to confess each sin specifically to God. We are to repent and forsake every sin, so that God through His Holy Spirit can convert us.

If we are trying to hold on to the old in any way, we cannot overcome. Victory is voided.

The First Temptation

Satan lied to the woman (Eve). He tempted her to sin in order to live. He waited until she was weak and vulnerable and alone.

Eons later, he did the same thing to Jesus Christ. The first time he disguised himself as a wise serpent that charmed the woman. The second time he disguised himself as an angel of light, seeking to charm Jesus, the Light of the World. Still, the focus of the temptation was the same. It was diet.

But the consequence was drastically different. Christ did what the woman had not. Before Christ was met with Satan’s temptation, Christ had fasted forty days and forty nights. He was famished.

The woman was tempted with something pleasant to eat, something to satisfy one’s self. She was promised that it was good—even something to make her wise. He promised her a gain. It would not be suicide. He promised. She would live and not die.

Christ was tempted to satisfy Himself with something to eat. He was tempted to sustain Himself, by turning the rock into bread. By bowing down to Satan, he would gain—so He was told. Again, the message to commit suicide was pressed. By jumping from the highest point, He would not die. It was all about believing Satan’s lies—bowing to Satan—rather than the truth of God’s Word.

The key lesson is this: If we gain victory over appetite—victory over the belly being one’s god—we will overcome Satan’s temptations.

Self is one’s own worse enemy. Selfishness must die. When self is dead, the new creature will be in Christ and Christ in him. Then they shall live and not die.

You think it does not matter what you eat, drink, or do? It’s best you stop thinking that, before it be the death of you—literally and spiritually.

Remember, Christ was tempted by Satan on the very same point as was the woman (Eve). Why do we think it cannot be the very same with us? We can be certain that the temptation will be on the same point as when he tempted the woman and Christ. It works. He knows it. He will continue to use it.

Just be prepared.