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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 Go’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

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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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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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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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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.

Maranatha

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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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Why will you die?

Christ is coming!

He wants us to be ready to receive the crown of eternal life He has for the faithful. If we desire to be judged ”the faithful,” then in the name of His Son Jesus, we must simply ask Him to make us “the faithful.” Then we must trustingly believe that He hears us and will do it. Now because we believe, because of His love for us, and because of our loving gratitude toward Him, we will fervently work to prepare for the greatest event of our lives, knowing that it will be far beyond what we could ever imagine. For it really is the event of a lifetime!

We must be ready in every possible way. We must devote ourselves completely to it as the priority and endure every trial for it until the end of time on Earth. In fact, we must receive a divine seal of readiness far beyond any Olympian. Unless we are sealed of God in our doing, wearing, eating, drinking, watching, listening, thinking, speaking, worshiping, serving, loving, we won’t be ready for the grand event.

If we continue holding onto that which pleases only ourselves, rather than God, we cannot be delivered from the wrath of God before the day of Christ’s return. The average person tends to not know our own heart. But God knows. By His Word—The Holy Bible (preferably the tried and trusted King James Version)—and the moving of His Holy Spirit upon our hearts, He seeks to guide us safely forward and upward. He does not tell us to walk in His ways simply to restrict us and bind us to boredom. He guides us only to deliver us from eternal death, because He loves us. Although He did no sin, He has already paid the penalty for our sins.

Why then do so many choose to die?

Actually, we are so conflicted. We ask God to take from us that which we love, because we know is contrary to His character, to His Word, to His will. And we should! We know that we could never do it without Him, without His almighty power. Yes. We want to be delivered. We want to be saved. We want to love God. We want to hate sin, to hate evil. Again, we know without Him, this would never be. Therefore as we are willing, God takes it and separates it from us. It can be as simple as that. But it must be a daily experience.

However, if we then decide to take it back up again and decide we’d rather have and do whatever we want now, rather than persist in right doing, then we can. That is our free choice. But know that this is returning to one’s vomit. This is turning away from God. This is turning away from Christ’s righteousness. It is turning to rebellion. There is no safety there. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). In reality, it is hating God.

This is the very opposite of repentance. Without repentance, there is no conversion. Without conversion, there is no re-birth, no being born again. In this condition, no sins can be forgiven and blotted out. Instead, the names of these persons will be removed from the Book of Life. The penalty Christ paid for their sins will be voided. They will then be required to pay the penalty for their own sins.

Many of the things the professed people of God do—and wear, eat, drink, watch, listen to, think, speak, love, worship, or serve—show they do not love God. Rather, they show selfishness. It may be manifested in being a man-pleaser. It is one’s worst enemy. Even from this, if they desire deliverance while there is still time, God is able to bring them to repentance.

A soul who has true repentance will be sorry for having committed the sin against God more than for the consequences of the sin. Actually, God does it through His Holy Spirit, according to our choice and according to our faith. That soul is not the same person in any way. Period. A soul surrendered wholly to God is wholly converted and is a new creature. God’s love is in them and controls them. They do the will of the Heavenly Father, because His Spirit is doing the work in them. The work of the Holy Spirit in the life bears the likeness or fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (or self-control). This is the character of God. It is the law of God’s love in action.

Time is hurrying on toward the moment of Christ’s return. This is our time of probation to prepare for it. The door of probation is soon closing. If we die, it has closed for us individually. For those who will still be alive at His coming, probation will quietly close. You will not know the moment it closes.

Any dallying in sin is dangerous. It is playing on Satan’s ground. And we are no match for Satan, without God. While there is still time now, surrender wholly to God. Tomorrow—actually, the next moment—is not promised.

Don’t be deceived. Don’t act as though you have plenty of time. Ask God for repentance now—in this moment. Submit to being converted that your sins be blotted out, that you be born again.

”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” (1 John 3:9).

Why will you want to die, when you can live? Live!

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Hate evil, and love…

When we truly know God, we will love His law: The Ten Commandments, the law of liberty.

In the person of His only Son, Jesus Christ, God’s love was literally nailed to the cross.

God’s love—His character—is His Ten Commandments. Christ speaks the Word of His Father, “If you love me, keep my commandments, and they are not grievous.”

The test of true love for God and others is 1 John 5:2. Read verse 3 also.

The love of God—true charity—is described by His commandments. They deeply touch every aspect of the life. His commandments are deep and broad.

1 John 3:11-12 KJV
[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.

2 John 1:5-6 KJV
[5] And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. [6] And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Matthew 22:37-40 KJV
[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.

Isaiah 8:20 KJV To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

1 John 2:7-10 KJV
[7] Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. [8] Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. [9] He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. [10] He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

2 John 1:9-11 KJV
[9] Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. [10] If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: [11] For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

John 3:19-21 KJV
[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

For anyone to say that the Ten Commandments is done away with is to promote or teach the doctrine of devils. It is an attempt to do away with God and His love. It is rejecting God, Light, Truth, Christ righteousness, God’s Love.

God tells us we are to have no fellowship with evil. We are not to sit down with those who do not want to receive the love of God. Pray. Pray. Pray. Praying for them is loving them.

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Final Call: The door is closing!

Do not let death find you unready. Stop playing around. And stop playing on Satan’s ground, thinking he cannot overpower you. Without God, we are no match for Satan and his angels.

Look into the mirror of God—His Ten Commandments—and examine yourself. Study them. Know that they are deep and broad. In fact, they touch every aspect of our daily lives.

Some say we don’t need to focus on keeping the Commandments. We only need to focus on loving one another with the love of Jesus. To that I say, ”You cannot give what you don’t have.” Neither can you do anything without something. If we don’t keep the Commandments of God, it is because we do not have the love of Christ within. Jesus Himself says, ”If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). The Apostle John stated that keeping the Commandments is the test of true love for others and for God. (Read 1 John 5:2.)

You see, God is love. And the fruit of His Holy Spirit is not only love but joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, which is self-control. Christ cannot and will never dwell in a person who desires to be a vessel of darkness and who wants to remain in darkness.

When we exercise our freedom of choice and by faith say No to those things, places, people, food, drinks, and drugs that Satan uses to keep us bound, God will deliver us and heal us of all our backslidings. Beyond that, He will heal us of all our diseases.

It is not enough to say, “I believe on Jesus.” We say so. But what are we willing to give up for Christ? God requires our complete and total surrender of self (our very existence and all we have) to Him. We must surrender our will to His will. There is no partial giving—no I’ll give Him some and keep some. That is being lukewarm. Being lukewarm creates nausea. He will spew us—vomit us up—out of His mouth. The choice is ours. Everyone is given up to their choice. Period.

There is not much time left for us to let selfishness go. Let go of things and people that distract you from doing God’s will. Be determined to refrain from doing your own thing, rather than God’s. Remember that just because a path seems logical and right does not make it so. In fact, it can lead to death. (Read Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25.)

God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Follow Christ. If you are a follower of Christ, you will be as sheep to a shepherd. Among all the shepherd calls, they hear the voice of their own shepherd and follow him.

Today, if you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.

Recognize and admit your wrongdoing. Confess your sins to God alone. Repent. Be converted. Be determined to change your ways. Forsake all sin. Forsake all for Christ. Embrace God’s will for your life.

Don’t be deceived. Christ is coming soon. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. The coming of Christ is even at the door. He is making last, final calls. Please answer Him today. Tell Him you want to be His chosen. Please. Answer before it is too late and He hear you no more.

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He says, “Come…”

God calls us to come to Him first. We are not to do anything else. Just come.

It is after our complete surrender of self to Him that He re-creates us. Daily, we must choose to surrender self. Again and again—every day—we must be willing to die to self and to selfishness.

God gives us the gift of repentance. His Holy Spirit will move upon our heart and cause us to be sorry for our evil actions, our unhealthy habits, and for our neglect in doing those things that honor God. If we accept it and exercise it by faith, we will not fight it. We will confess our sins to God, who promises (in 1 John 1:9) to forgive us and to cleanse us from all sin.

We will want to change. We will be willing to forsake all sin. In fact, we will be willing to forsake all—anything and anyone that works against this process—for God.

We will live uprightly. It will be our joy to live righteously, because it is God’s righteousness in us. We will experience the freedom that comes with having Christ live out His life within us. We will know that the Word of God is actually sanctifying us. We will find ourselves living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we will walk God’s ways. We will have His thoughts and hearken to His voice, as we prayerfully read His Word: the Bible.

Our entire lives will be affected. Everything we need to stop doing, we will. Everything we need to start doing, we will. Even our manner of dress will change. All that needs to come off, will. All that needs to be covered, will be covered. For “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24).

That’s right. Christ will do it all in us, because He is our Light. He is the Light of life. Since Light has no fellowship with darkness, and is greater than darkness, darkness must leave. Light dissolves the darkness. There is no fellowship between good and evil. Righteousness and unrighteousness cannot coexist.

Without Christ, none of this could happen in us. If we seek to do any change without confession and repentance, we will fail. We will not be converted. Therefore, we will walk in vain, because of ourselves, there is no power to do anything and fully succeed. Without Christ, we can do nothing. But ”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Therefore to you, Reader, let ”the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20, 21).

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The benefits, blessings of the “Saved” living the saved lifestyle

Psalm 103:1-22 KJV
[1] … Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. [2] Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: [3] Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; [4] Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; [5] Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. [6] The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. [7] He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. [8] The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. [9] He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. [10] He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. [11] For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. [12] As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. [13] Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. [14] For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. [15] As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. [16] For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. [17] But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; [18] To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. [19] The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. [20] Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. [21] Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. [22] Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

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Health: Caring for others and ourselves

We reap what we sow whether we are the caretaker or the sick/diseased. We must be very mindful of being connected to God, sharing His love, pointing others to Him.

Beware of physical and spiritual parasites.

M.E.E.T Ministry

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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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Come

Just as you are: Come. Won’t you please come? Christ is waiting. Please do not delay. Time is almost finished.

God calls us to come. He does not ask us to do anything else first. Just come to Him. When we by faith come to Him, as we are surrendering to Him our all, willing to give up self to Him, we come willing to love God; for He first loved us.

God separates us from what (and from whom) will hinder us from eternal life. God cleans us up. God puts His Spirit in us, and we become changed. That which we used to love, we will now hate. That which we hated, we will now love. God creates in us a new creature. Old things are passed away. All things become new. We will not think, nor talk, nor walk the same. We will not dress, nor eat, nor drink the same.

All we have to do is to choose God by faith. Choose to die. God does the work of changing us, the work of conversion in us. God gives us both the will and the persistent power to do His good pleasure. We simply by faith choose. God does the rest.

We go on walking daily in the grace (favor or divine influence upon the heart) of God. We choose Life, walking in the love of God, living by faith His every word, empowered by His Grace.

But if we do not want to change, God will not force us.

We come to God as we are. But we do not stay the in the same state of mind and life that we came to Christ in. Remember, sin separates us from God. Sin cannot live in the presence of God. God is a consuming fire. God only destroys sin. Wherever sin dwells (and in whomever sin dwells), sin and those lodging sin will be destroyed.

God’s love in us is demonstrated by our freewill choice of obedience to His every word.

If we want to stay the same, if we want to continue doing and living our own ways, God will let us go. He does not force us to stay in His love. We cannot be in Light and darkness. It is impossible. Light and darkness have no fellowship one with the other.

Christ died that we might live. It’s our choice. Surrender your will to the will of God, before it is too late. Soon, time will be finished.

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Stop the lies, do the truth

My heart is heavy. Lies of Satan are everywhere. Nevertheless, I intend to use the voice God gave me to speak His truths with boldness.

You say you love. Stop deceiving yourself, your spouse, your children, and others you claim to love. Stop deceiving one another in the church, while you claim to love them. More importantly, let it be seen in your actions. You are known by your fruits!

God teaches that if you love Him, you will keep His commandments. You are obedient to Him, because you love Him. So if you are not obedient to God, you truly don’t love Him.

You say you want to appease. You say you want to be the best friend. Then do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, and with the right attitude.

We are called to be light in this dark world. We are to be parents to our children, to live and teach truth in our homes, on our jobs, before all seen and unseen. We are to be the watchman and sound the cry of warning, while time is present.

Know what it is that you do.

Don’t just do, because you always did it or because your mama or relatives did it. Know what it is. Know where it truly comes from. Then make your own choice, based on measuring it according to God.

You will be surprised the things done and celebrated that gives Satan control in your mind, body and life, even in your home. Be aware of all the ways you just invite him right on in to take control. Because you see, Satan never does take the back seat to your driving, unless you are taking his directions.

Remember The Truth is still The Truth, whether you like it and accept it or not.

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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.

Marriage Reform: It’s Time

Nearly all (if not all) marriages pale in comparison to what they were intended.

In fact, it is said, “There is not one marriage in one hundred that results happily, bearing the sanction of God and placing the parties in a position better to glorify him. The evil consequences of ill-marriages are numberless.”

Ideally, marriage is meant to reflect the most tender relationship that exists between the Savior and the saved—the Messiah and His missionaries. Beyond that, through marriage, we even more fully understand the Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).

Under the divine direction of the Godhead, marriage in action promotes salvation. In this we see that marriage exists solely for the purpose of salvation. Yes. Marriage has only one mission, one sacred purpose. Everything else is dessert or extraordinarily delectable side dishes. But at its core the mission of marriage is salvation. No wonder that since Adam and Eve, it has been the target of opposition to the extent that it is absolutely detested by the many who have narrowly escaped or witnessed so-called marriages corrupted by evil.

“The marriage relation is holy, but in this degenerate age it covers vileness of every description. It is abused, and has become a crime which now constitutes one of the signs of the last days, even as marriages, managed as they were previous to the flood, were then a crime. Satan is constantly busy to hurry inexperienced youth into a marriage alliance. But the less we glory in the marriages which are now taking place, the better. When the sacred nature and claims of marriage are understood, it will even now be approved of Heaven, and the result will be happiness to both parties, and God will be glorified.”—Testimonies for the Church 2:252.

Marriages approved by appointment of Heaven are those that man should never put asunder, except in the instance of adultery or death or for the sake of the Gospel. When Jesus was pressed to discuss grounds for divorce, He took them back to the beginning (to primitive godliness) and defined what marriage is. He clarified that marriage (like it’s twin—the seventh-day Sabbath) is a divine establishment—not a temporal contract. Creation Week and Psalm 33:9 teach us that when God speaks, it is done; and what He commands stands.

If 2015, taught us anything, it is that a civil union is not an automatic marriage on the books of Heaven and in the sight of a holy God. Just as a marriage license is required as evidence of a marital contract validated by the law of the land, God’s appointment of a man and woman as husband and wife is Heaven’s evidence of a divine marriage. That is the marriage on the books of Heaven. Only God can appoint two human beings to be as one flesh and to continue as one mind, with one divine purpose until death.

What Jesus allows does not suggest His endorsement. Nor does His allowances indicate blessings must ensue. Obedience (pleasing God) is the one thing that ensures blessings. The condition met, blessings flow. That is the lesson He sought to impress upon the minds of His hearers in Mark 10. (Study Mark 10:1-12; Romans 7:1-6; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16, 25-40; Ezra 10; Nehemiah 13 [particularly verses 23-31]; Mark 10:28-30.)

”He [Satan] is busily engaged in influencing those who are wholly unsuited in each other, to unite their interests. He exults in this work, for by it he can produce more misery and hopeless woe to human family than by exercising his skill in any other direction.”—Testimonies for the Church 2:248.

The same God who created Eve for Adam is the only one who can unerringly appoint the spouse best suited for one’s salvation. Together they are to inspire those closest to them and even the world to be like Christ, our Lord and Savior. Much more than what can be imagined is tenderly enfolded within the privileges of marriage, when God has our full devotion.

Like Christ’s love for His church, the husband will exhibit a passionate sacrificial devotion to his wife, which will evoke within her the reverence due a king. It is a high calling. Yes! Individually, each must reflect to the other and to the world the love of Jesus Christ, who deserves our eternal worship and devoted friendship. Our Savior, our King of kings, He is also our Best Friend. Likewise to the wife, her husband is her priest, her king, and her best friend.

Such a delicate balance of worshipful reverence and (because of the cross) equal intimate interaction can be achieved only when selfishness has been annihilated within each heart and the fullness of the Godhead has taken resident dominion. Acknowledging that Jesus was crucified, not for any wrongdoing on His part but solely for every sin personally attributable to each spouse is foundational. In this alone He has earned the right to be worshiped. Yet, He calls us friend. As Creator, He did not need to further earn the right to be worshiped. But He did.

As Creator, God’s right to be worshiped was automatically established. But in an amazing twist, He shared dominion with His creation. Interestingly, Lucifer, whose name was changed to Satan, lost residence in Heaven because he wanted worship and sought to gain it by force. Yes. There was war in Heaven (Read Revelation 12:7-9). But wonder of wonders! In creating man and woman, God authorized a kingdom and a priesthood. Like the Godhead, the man and his woman shared dominion over the Earth (Genesis 1:26-28). And like the relationship between God the Son to God the Father, we see the relationship of the wife to the husband. Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, and Eve, the only begotten woman from man in such a manner (bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh), similarly bow to do only those things that please the Father and husband (1 Corinthians 7:34). The pleasing efforts of Eve equaled help that met Adam’s needs (Genesis 2:18-25).

As the husband assumes the Savior’s role to the wife, he will find a brother in Boaz, who wasted no time in stepping up to the plate once he understood his God-appointed role to Ruth. The responsibilities of priest and king of the home were immediately inspired in his heart. And Boaz promptly obeyed God to redeem, protect, employ, nourish, and fully reward Ruth. God’s love for Ruth became the love of Boaz for Ruth.

What amazing love! No wonder. Its origin was divine.

What God did for Boaz and Ruth, what He did for Adam and Eve, and His appointment of Rebekah for Isaac, He desires to do for us today. Everything that God does has the ultimate goal of blessing us that we might have access to worlds and pleasures beyond our greatest imagination. He wants to crown us and to give us the experience of reigning with Him. If we are faithful to His calling, our lives will far surpass that of royalty revered anywhere or ever witnessed in this world. But until then, His desire is that homes established here will be little heavens on Earth and a powerful witness for Him in these final days of Earth’s history.

Is it better to give than receive?

You have heard it said that you cannot beat God’s giving. That must necessarily mean that the Bible text “It is more blessed to give than to receive” must include a divine exception. When you are receiving what can only come from God—eternal life—it is better to receive than to give. In this realm, you have nothing to give but your willingness to receive.

Could Jesus, then, have been referring to Himself in Acts 20:35, as the utmost giver?

The Governor and His Brother’s Wife: What JTB Knew

John the Baptist sometimes is painted as an uncompromising and uncompassionate, fire-spitting preacher who judged and publicized the sins of church and civil leaders. Maybe it comes off that way, because it was rare to hear anyone boldly address the sins of church and state leaders in similar fashion as the masses—and with good reason. It easily could have meant swift and sudden death.

Keep in mind, John was the son of a high priest. He was not unfamiliar with the upper crust of society. He likely knew their personal challenges and saw the fallout from their besetting temptations. But it was John’s calling and passionate love for God that made him fearlessly cry out truth to power and separate himself from the normal path of ministerial status. It is this kind of passion, along with his message, that sets him apart as the prophet who came in the spirit of Elijah.

To the multitudes (more likely to the Pharisees and Sadducees among the multitudes) that came to be baptized of him, John said, ”O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

To the publicans (tax collectors) who also wanted to know how to bring forth good fruit, worthy of repentance, John said, ”Exact no more than that which is appointed to you.” In other words, Stop robbing!

To the soldiers who wanted to know what the fruit of repentance looked like for them, John said that they should stop their violence toward humanity. Stop falsely accusing people. Learn to be content with their wages. Apparently, even then corrupt law enforcers commonly committed extortion. Still, people of this sort repented and were baptized by John.

But things took a deadly turn when it came to Herod Antipas and Herodias, the wife of Herod’s brother Philip. Both brothers (sons of Herod the Great with different mothers) were tetrarchs, or quarter regional rulers. Herod ruled Galilee. Philip ruled Iturea and Trachonitis (Luke 3:1).

What John the Baptist knew, but what many readers may not readily realize, is that Herod was not unfamiliar with the law of Moses. He and Herodias were Edomites, Idumaeans, descendants of Jacob’s older twin brother, Esau. They were not Romans. They were elite rulers who served Rome during the time of the Roman Empire.

Just like the Pharisees, Edomites were Abraham’s seed through Isaac. Once conquered by Judea, they had been forced to convert to Judaism and gradually integrated into the Judean nation. Like Herod, some reached high-ranking positions. Herod knew that John the Baptist was just and holy. Herod also very likely knew his heritage, his status: that John was the son of a high priest operating independent of normal Jewish standards. Of Herod’s response to John the Baptist, it is said, ”When he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.” Gladly?

Herod actually revered John and even sometimes obeyed him. Now that is not an idea commonly associated with Herod. But it is a scriptural fact. It was only because of Herodias that he bound John in prison in the first place. Herodias held a deadly grudge against John, because John had said to Herod that it was morally unlawful to have his brother’s wife, while he still lived. (Study Mark 6:17-20). Herodias carefully noted Herod’s response to John. She committed herself to turn that tide. She must have watched for any and every opportunity to conclusively dissuade the influence John was having on her civil law husband. Nothing was to hinder her.

The word on the street is that power-hungry Herodias switched brothers for upward mobility. It is said that she had been with Philip, until she learned that he was gentler and less power hungry than his brother Herod. So she dumped Philip in preference to the power-hungry Herod, who could be king someday. When instead of being made king he was stripped of his title and exiled from the region, Herodias remained by his side. Some say it proved her love for him. However, it could as well have been her best bet to stay alive. She had been the one to lay the plan for Herod’s kingship. Her ambitious brother, however, overthrew those plans with one of his own. Her life may have been at risk had she stayed in the region.

It is said that at the age of eight, she was given as wife to her uncle Philip when his father, Herod the Great, killed Philip’s brother Aristopoulus, father of Herodias. Let it also be noted here that her grandfather and grandmother were siblings. Some could say that her environment never gave her real chance to see godly love in action—rather, only cruel and deadly ambition.

Based on JTB’s statements, it could be thought that the marriage of Herodias to her uncle Philip was approved by God. Could this really be the case? If so, would that suggest she was once a god-fearing child or woman? Could she have ever been receptive to the influence of the Holy Spirit? Was she always wicked? Even Lucifer wasn’t always wicked. His place was nearest the throne of God in Heaven, before he became Satan. So what’s her real story? I wonder.

Regardless, all things are not readily known or understood. That is certain. Case in point: Although King David committed adultery, impregnated his warrior’s wife, and had him killed in battle to cover it up, God made him and the object of his adulterous lust the progenitors of the world’s Messiah. That suggests that David and Bathsheba (rather than Michal) were ordained to be the ancestors of Jesus, the Christ. David’s first wife, Michal, was rejected from bearing any offspring because she outright and publicly objected to his worshipful public praise of the King of Kings. Of course, David first had to demonstrate a real change of heart. He fully repented to God of his sin. (Read Psalm 51.)

That certainly made a decisive difference for the future. Had Herod and Herodias (even Judas and the Pharaoah of Egypt, from whom the Israelites fled) made true heart changes under the influence of the Holy Spirit, how different might have been the narrative about them. The same goes for each of us.

Handling the Hurt

In Matthew 5:44, Jesus reveals what to do when people hurt you. Pray for them. Release them to God. Entrust your well-being to Him, who rightfully measures vengeance and saves the repentant.

When they accuse you, pray for them. When they insult you, pray for them. When you find they have used you, pray for them. When you find they will even pursue you to cause you to suffer, pray for them.

In this way, you protect your own heart and direct their attention to the God of Heaven. You show holiness. You show that you bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, which is self-control (Galatians 5:22, 23).

You see, true Christians are becoming like Christ. When He was vilified, He did not reply in the same manner or spirit. When He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to God, His Heavenly Father. (Read 1 Peter 2:19-23.) This example He left for us, knowing that those who follow in His footsteps would likewise suffer persecution. Like Job, the disciples of Christ, and the early church, we would be targets of satanic attack.

Peter, once known for sudden and decisive vengeance, when he was truly converted, became like Christ. He said if anyone patiently endures grief, suffering wrongfully, such behavior is acceptable with God. That is to which a Christian is called. There is no glory, he contends, to those who patiently receive punishment for wrongs of their own doing.

You see, God is a righteous judge. In fact, vengeance belongs to Him. He promises to repay those who do wickedly. The Bible is replete with the acts of God against those who wrong those who are His.

Christians are to do that which does not come naturally for mankind. In the moment of attack, like Stephen (Acts 7), maintain focus on Christ. Confidently rest in Him, knowing some day we will delight ourselves in the abundance of peace. But until then, while we exist in a sinful world, we can experience great peace in loving God’s law. When we truly love His law, nothing will cause us to sin (Psalm 119:165). Those truly borne of God will not sin, because they can no longer sin against God (1 John 3:9). They fully belong to God and are filled with His Holy Spirit of love.

When the love of Christ is perfected in His own, they show no fear. For you see, it is fear that fights back. Distrusting God, the fearful one acts out of self-preservation. Given to God, we readily recognize that we war not against flesh. We recognize the perpetrator is not the husband, not the wife, not the sister or brother, parent or child, friend or stranger. Rather, he or she is the victim of satanic influence. So we pray for their release from evil and do good, according to Jesus in Matthew 5. Once released, they will ask for your forgiveness. Don’t withhold it. Actually, have it waiting.

Better yet, offer it, as God’s Spirit leads. Although it took years for me to tell an offender that I held no more anger in my heart about a matter, it was well worth it. I received a deep and ready apology beyond my expectations—and not only to me but also to another loved one. I was encouraged to continue being Christlike in the way that was rarely seen in that person’s experience of more than seventy years. It meant a lot to me to hear the words of appreciation I heard that day. The investment of simply offering mercy returned with immediate interest for my own well-being and that of my family.

I realize not every case can be settled in peace. The Bible says, as far as it is possible, live peaceably with all men. That suggests sometimes it won’t be possible. In such cases, there is comfort in knowing God will handle it masterfully. King David testifies to that in Psalm 37 for our benefit.

With my whole heart, have I sought Thee…

Psalm 119:1-3 KJV
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

Psalm 86:11 KJV
Teach me thy way, O Lord ; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Psalm 119:10-19 KJV
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord : teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Maranatha

Race and Racism

Do you know why there was slavery in the first place? Disobedience to God!

Do you know God sees no difference, knows no difference in a person’s skin color?

When God confounded the language at the Tower of Babel, they all went off. They scattered out all over the earth in different directions. They could not understand one another. They each adapted to the environment in which they inhabited. Cold climates where there is very little to no sun, the people adapted, and their skin whitened. Places with a little more sun and warmth produced light skin, but not as white, and so forth. Brown skin was produced where there was more sun and warmth, and darker skin, where the climate was hot and sunny most of the time. People of color are of various shades: light beige or light skin, light tan, tan, darker tan, light brown, brown, dark brown, black and darker black. Yet, even within these races, there is the same type of competition, sarcasm, hate, jealousy.

This black and white stuff, all the violence of the tongue and hand came, and still comes from the works of Satan through his influence upon mankind. Satan works through those who do not know God. Racism is of Satan. So if you practice it in your life in any kind of way, whether it be in sarcasm, in little things that you classify as being black, or speak about who is classified as white people, even though you are joking, even though you have various shades of people within your own relatives, you are not a true child of God.

God does not smile at, nor is He pleased with jesting, joking, speaking idle words. God is not pleased with jokes at another’s expense. All of this is of Satan. If we study God’s Word, we will all know God’s ways versus Satan’s ways. We would not wrongly accuse God with that which He has nothing to do.

When you surrender to God and accept Christ as your personal Saviour, it is the beginning of dying to self and selfishness. You are a new creature. Old things pass away. All things become new. We don’t live in nor by our own so-called culture. We live in and by God’s culture.

Violence, murder, vandalism, competition, slander, sarcasm, jealousy, hate: all are just a few among many behaviors originated, authored or characterized by Satan.

So while you profess to be God’s, be real with yourself. Examine yourself. Who are you really reflecting? Are you looking at others and at life through a new, clear glass as a new creature in the Lord God? Or are you still looking at life through that same old, cloudy glass? Do you categorize things according to skin color and race?

Yes. We may say White or Black or Hispanic in trying to describe someone we want to locate or learn more about. That is not what I am speaking of.

Yes. You may say someone does not want this person around that person, because they are Black. But that is to simply state a fact. You do not expound on it. You recognize it is not necessary. Rather, it is wrong and not of God. Therefore, you leave it there.

I have different shades of grandchildren. My relatives come in all shades. I have experienced racism from White persons and darker skinned Black persons. I have experienced racism from people who say they love me; but yet, they call out how light I am or that I look white. Whether jokingly or otherwise, God showed me that those who do it really have the character of Satan.

I don’t speak idly. I had things I had to overcome myself. Thanks to God, I am choosing His character. And He is blessing me to overcome.

Regardless of color, all have the same characteristics in differently expressed ways. It does not matter. It can be any color or class of people. There is only one race: the human race. God created the human race.

Every member of the human race simply shows to whom he or she belongs by the choices they make each day. They will either exhibit characteristics of Satan or God. Period.

I am an overcomer! I am looking through a clean, clear, new glass. Only through God’s eyes am I seeing. And through His power am I being His. Let’s do this! Please join me.

If our focus be on God, on His history, oh, what a people of God we will be. Oh, what conquerors over Satan can we all be!

Let us stop choosing to fall right into Satan’s snare and yield to him. The more one yields to Satan, the more one gives him control over them, until he has full control. And the poor soul does not even know it, while they go to church, pray, help the poor, feed the hungry, or profess health and dress reform. They call on God’s name. They profess and proclaim God. They are not God’s. They are lost.

God bless you to see and not become blinded, nor remain blinded by Satan.

Forgiveness Granted, but Reconciliation?

In all relationships, as in marriage, including our marriage to Christ, forgiveness may be granted.

Yet, without true repentance, there can be no reconciliation.

While God is always ready to forgive, God requires true repentance for there to be peace between Him and the guilty: at-one-ment. There must be godly sorrow for sin—not sorrow for having been caught, not sorrow only because of the consequences. Likewise, we who are God’s require true repentance for reconciliation with each other. All the while, however, the forgiver must show he or she is maintaining bowels of mercies.

True. It can only happen by the power of God. And it is only by our faith in God’s power that we can receive God’s grace—that divine influence upon the heart or mind and reflected in the life—to live by His Word. By grace, indeed, are we saved by faith. And even that is the gift of God.

So repentance is a requirement for reconciliation. It is a two-sided transaction. While forgiveness can be extended by only one party, at least two must agree to reconcile. True reconciliation can only be reached following true repentance.

Christ the Word is our Example. As we learn of God through hearing and doing His Word, we experience true repentance. We see and acknowledge the error of our ways. We confess and yearn for complete change—a new beginning. True repentance and forgiveness is granted and generate a deeper experience in the love of God, from which a wellspring of joy and peace erupts in the life. The relationship breathes newness. The whole soul is washed pure and clean and is refreshed by the Word. Such is the life that reveals a sanctified marriage with God.

By it, we receive a growing bond of trust. By it, the life becomes one of loving and faithful service for the benefit of the other party. Forgiveness received, true repentance is the key to lifelong reconciliation. Atonement is achieved. As it is unto God, so it is in marriage and in all relationships. By this we shall know and experience vibrant relationships and the kind of sanctified marriage put together by God, which no man can put asunder.

Maranatha

Love your chicken unto death?

When will man learn, take heed to God’s instructions? What will it take before man will adhere to what God made best for him?

Click on the link below. Read. Choose who you will serve: God or self. Remember, serving self is self-righteousness, not God’s. Don’t be a person given to appetite- it may be the last time you eat.

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Will you choose life?

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV
[19] 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: [20] 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.

Total, complete health is both spiritual and physical; one affects the other.

God, the Creator and Redeemer, created and gave us what is best for us to assimilate, to consume to have health and to prosper, to maintain health: the Word and the whole-food plant based diet.

God gave some provisions, so that we can still get to the point of choosing what He gave best for us. But if we continue in the provisions in our own perceptions, we will damage and destroy our ability to choose to get to what God gave best for us. We destroy our opportunities to assure our names remain written in heaven. We have a choice to live unto God His way or our way. The ways of life in the love of God is His ways. There are many ways of practicing the healing arts. But God has only one way: His way.

Click on the link below and be enlightened. Please study through after you listen through.

To get to the study, forward to time marker 6:45

Do this, don’t forget…

Psalm 103:1-22 KJV
[1] Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. [2] Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: [3] Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; [4] Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; [5] Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. [6] The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. [7] He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. [8] The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. [9] He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. [10] He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. [11] For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. [12] As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. [13] Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. [14] For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. [15] As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. [16] For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. [17] But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; [18] To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. [19] The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. [20] Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. [21] Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. [22] Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Maranatha

Deadly Presumption

As long as King Uzziah (aka Azariah) of Judah sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. No other ruler since the death of King Solomon two hundred years prior was more prosperous than he. His feats, including the cities he built and the inventions during his reign, made him known abroad, even to the border of Egypt. His rise and fall are highlighted in 2 Chronicles 26.

But he became proud of heart and presumptuously did what was plainly forbidden for him, yet ordained for another to do. Even when he was urged to change course and be obedient to God, he refused—choosing to do what he wanted, believing he had earned the right to have his own pleasure. In his rebellion, he was stricken with leprosy.

”Unto the day of his death, some years later, Uzziah remained a leper—a living example of the folly of departing from a plain ’Thus saith the LORD.’ Neither his exalted position nor his long life of service could be pleaded as an excuse for the presumptuous sin by which he marred the closing years of his reign, and brought upon himself the judgment of Heaven.

”God is no respecter of persons.” Prophets and Kings, (PK 303, 304)

The same is true today.

Do you know?

Do you know what the mark of the beast is? Do you know what the seal of God is? Do you know how Jesus Christ will return? Do you know that Jesus is in Heaven in the Sanctuary in the Most Holy Place ? Do you know what true repentance is? Do you know that you are to only confess your sins to God? Do you know that Jesus is returning to receive unto Himself those who love Him- those who are obedient to all the Word of God? Do you know that when a person dies that they do not go to heaven, buy they are asleep in the grave… and not every one that is in the grave died in Christ?

Do you know that there is no secret rapture? Do you know that it matters to God what you eat and drink- that He has health laws that we are to obey; for it affects us spiritually- our minds?

Do you know that the Ten Commandments were not done away with?

Do you know that it does matter what day you worship God on- for He calls His true children to worship Him on the day He sanctified and made Holy, the seventh-day; and if you choose to instead worship on the day man said to (Sunday- the first day of the week)you are rejecting God, you are disobeying God- showing forth that you do not love Him; you are giving glory to Satan not God- did you know that?

If you are wanting to study out the Word of God line upon line, line upon line; precept upon precept, precept upon precept; here a little there a little, please call upon God and He will teach you of Him- if you are sincere. If you would like to study out and reason together, please contact me at baiom7@outlook.com, or inbox me.

Jesus Christ is soon to return, if you are not living the Word, truth- if you are not in love obeying God’s Word, all His commands; you will be forever lost when He returns. Right now, how you live- what you believe, what you accept, what and who you reject; who you worship and how you worship, the character that is being developed- is determining if your name is written and if it will remain written in the book of life.

We have not much time. This is of the utmost urgency! I’m pleading with all- get ready, make your call and election sure…. You have not time- it is almost finished.

Father, I will…

John 17:13-26 KJV

And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Put in remembrance

1 Corinthians 15 KJV

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

The Seventh Day

The Sabbath (the seventh day) was given at creation. There was not one Jew then; so it is not only for the Jews. There was only Adam and Eve—a man and a woman. Together, they represented all of humanity.

Of all the seven days of creation week, God only blessed and sanctified (set aside for holy use) the seventh day. The Sabbath, therefore, is a memorial of creation. Jesus said that He is Lord of the Sabbath. For this reason, it is also called the Lord’s day.

And it bears the signature of God—the seal of the King.

The Sabbath is the seal of God by which we who are His are authenticated. Those who truly honor the Sabbath are identified as His sanctified and sealed ones through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Read Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Ephesians 1:13; and 4:30.) The Sabbath is Who God is—love. The Sabbath is the love of God that bears His character in all the Commandments of God. God wants to perfect His character in us.

Obedience equals God’s Love. For it was God Himself, who said that if you love Him, you would keep His commandments.

Remember, therefore, the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

Maranatha

Love’s Pleasures

Love seeks to please in every possible way. Between lovers, the desire to satisfy and be satisfied is mutual. Frequently, lives are adjusted to some degree to accommodate the other, prayerfully without sacrificing principle, except to adopt the better one.

So it is between God and mankind, the divine and the human. Jesus said that if we loved Him it would be evident in obeying His commandments, without feeling it a grievous burden. He Himself did always those things that pleased His Father. And for us, He suffered the utmost cruelty to ensure that we would not be forced to pay for our own sins. Rather, He positioned us to receive the glory due Him: One without sin.

As you trust in the Savior, the one who created you, you will desire to modify your lifestyle for the abundant living He desires for you. For starters, you will eat the healthy plant-based diet He prescribed in Genesis 1, verse 29. You will drink only pure fresh water or herbal teas and then, only between meals—at least an hour apart from them to enhance digestion.

In all things, you will be temperate: avoiding the things you know to be harmful and doing in moderation those things that prove harmless. You will take a nature walk for your daily exercise and let the sun nourish your skin for at least 20 minutes. Feel free to expose your face and hands (when possible) to better absorb that sunlight, which helps the skin manufacture vitamin D, and which is essential to the health of the bones, the brain, blood pressure, and the body’s ability to maintain and regain vitality.

While out in nature, be sure to breathe in deep drafts of fresh air. In fact, fresh clean air is essential 24/7. Keep your windows cracked and secured, where necessary. Stay safe. But make it happen.

Finally, you will be determined to relax in a warm tub of water or shower to cleanse your skin and settle in for a good whole-body rest. By that, I mean every system of the body needs to be free of the obligation to work. For example, if you eat and soon afterward lie down, the digestive system will waver between trying to rest and needing to work. It becomes a long drawn-out, laborious process. Hence, when you finally wake up, you feel really exhausted and may feel really hungry.

You see, in order for the digestive system to rest (even for the blood to remain clean and to keep off extra pounds), all digestion needs to be completed first. A full meal normally needs about five hours for complete digestion. I’m sure you’ve heard that it is best to make your first meal (breakfast) the heaviest meal. That is usually when you need the greatest amount of sustenance. You should be able to go 5 hours in the strength of that meal. It just stands to reason that your last meal before bedtime should be the lightest and simplest and taken early enough to be fully digested by 8 or 9pm, when the body is ready to recline for its optimal hours of restoration and healing: 10pm to 2am.

Because of the C-19 climate we’re all in right now, with all of its variants, seek natural and safe ways to help boost your immune system and keep your bloodstream clean. It is the will of God that you prosper and be healthy in every possible way.

Love Heals

Healing begins with putting your faith in the power of 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, even when symptoms have seemed to disappear only to resurge just at what may 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 I receive it in the way that you want it for me—be it physical, emotional, mental, 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.

This is a good beginning. But there’s more in store for you from the One who loves you most. Watch for the next note featuring simple ways to stay healthy for those you love: ”Love’s Pleasures.”

Will you choose to be made whole?

God created the best food for our health, maintaining health in mind, body and life, that we prosper and be in health just as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). God made food (nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs) to be medicine for our physical bodies. He made His Word to be our spiritual medicine. (Read Genesis 1:29; Ezekiel 47:12; Psalm 107:20; Matthew 8:16.)

Yet, if one has not asked God to search their heart and has not confessed the transgressions to God that He revealed to them, then there cannot be true repentance. The heart remains diseased, the blood poisoned. This spiritual condition cannot and will not be cured by food or by any prescribed drug. Rather, the drug prescribed will increase the damage and bring death sooner than later.

Some cannot be healed, because of wickedness. The eye is dark. Therefore, the whole body is dark. (See Luke 11:34.) It is decaying. It is dying. It is dying physically and spiritually.

We must not give in to the temptation of fear. Fear will increase disease in the heart. It will bring about total submission of the will to devils. They will control every thought, action, choice. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18).

There is no food (including herbs) and no drug that will reverse and heal the sin of the heart. This disease is only cured by one’s faith, as they choose to be healed and made whole by God. But first, one must surrender self will to God‘s will. God will then make this soul whole. God’s healing is complete. It is seen physically and spiritually. When only the physical appears to be healed, then it is a counterfeit healing. Satan, the father of lies, has performed it.

For complete healing and to prevent disease, we must search out the cause of the disease in mind and body and life. We must go to God to examine our heart (mind). God’s love, God’s Word of Truth is the antidote. In it is a multitude of counseling. It makes us aware of where we have veered off the course of health and healing. Then, we must choose by faith to do as the “multitude of counselors” have advised. Then, we must seek God for the gift of repentance. When we repent, it means that we are willing to faithfully forsake all sin, even forsake all appearance of sin.

Note Proverbs 3:7: Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Christ is the Great Physician. He created man. He created what is for our best. His best is that which is His will for each of us from the beginning, before sin. God’s will for us, His original plan for us is what God wants to do in us, through us, and for us. God’s will is for us to freely choose Him by faith, that God may restore us unto His image.

God bids us “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14).

Maranatha

Here I Stand!

True love is God’s love. True love chastens. True love tells you the truth and does not simply tell you what you want to hear. True love gets a bad rap, because it is misunderstood in a world that has no concept of true love.

Ultimately, God seeks to save. Since Day One, He made man with the freedom of choice. He has to allow your choices, as well as the brokenness that comes with them, especially when they will serve the purpose of saving you. Consequently, God will not override your choices, nor their consequences, if your choices are contrary to His will.

We expose ourselves to music and acting (lying drama) that do not enrich our Christian experience, yet we call on Jesus name. God is not in it. We may sense (even know) that it is not in harmony with God’s Word. Yet, if we keep letting in what we were shown before to have nothing to do with, God will allow it. He will not force us otherwise. He will allow us return to our vomit. That it is our choice.

I have made more than enough wrong turns and many bad choices in the past. I have learned many lessons from them. Now, by faith I choose—no, I refuse—to return to my vomit. God has given me His discernment to see and to hear. And by Him I stand. God holds me up. He keeps me from falling. I choose by faith to hold on to my integrity.

Here I stand!

If I hear drums with music sounding like a mix of gospel and jazz or music, like the world plays (love songs), I start rebuking it in Jesus name—automatically. I will not even go on to the sermon. If a pastor introduces a woman as a minister or pastor, I am not going on to listen. Why? By doing so, I am supporting something God did not ordain.

Sin separates from God. If I listen, I will become changed. The creep comes in with compromise, and before you know it, I am changed. I begin to go back to doing, believing what God showed me is error.

If I watch a documentary or program promoting the lie that the dead go to heaven, I won’t continue listening and watching, excusing that it has a “good” message. That is an oxymoron.

Satan is always going to disguise evil. He will be subtle with most. But with some, he is outright bold. We must remember. Alone, we are no match for Satan. Only with God working in us can we have divine power over Satan and all devils.

Sin has to be called out for what it is; else many more will be deceived. No sugarcoating it. No laughing it off. No being silent. No letting it go on, saying nothing. It will only increase with the deceiving.

This is no time to be lax. No time to be tired. Don’t be weary in well doing. For in due season, we will reap, if we faint not. We have a work to do. We need not to put our hands to work, being concerned about where our food, clothing, necessities will come from.

God provides. When we try to do that which God is to do, we show we have no faith. God will provide, as long as we put all our trust in Him. When we take Him at His Word, He will do what His Word says He will do. Period.

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

Lust between the Teeth

In the beginning…

God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so (Genesis 1:27-30).

But then…

The mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. . . .(Numbers 11:4-7). And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?. . .(Numbers 11:18-20). And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth. And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague. And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted (Numbers 11:31-34).

In the end…

He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book (Revelation 22:1-7).

For further study,

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Take heed before it is too late

Jude 1:1-25 KJV

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Oh, Wisdom!

Wisdom is having divine instruction. It is then living that wisdom with discretion and understanding. It is following that divine instruction by faith and not only finding life but prospering in it abundantly.

Proverbs 3:13-22 KJV
[13] Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. [14] For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. [15] She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. [16] Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. [17] Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. [18] She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. [19] The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. [20] By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. [21] My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: [22] So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace (divine favor) to thy neck.

Proverbs 4:20-23 KJV [20] My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. [21] Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. [22] For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. [23] Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

When we hear the Word of God and we do it, that is wisdom. It shows that God’s love is in us. Wisdom is lived when we not only hear It but do It. When we truly know It, have It, understand It, and believe It, we love It. And we tend to do what we love.

The Wisdom of God is put within those who are redeemed. They are of God. Their names are written and remain in Heaven.

Wisdom is not simply lip service. Wisdom is having the Power, the Word, the love of God, the Spirit of God in us. Thus, having repented, we are created anew. We are born again. We have become a new creature.

Wisdom is not only living wisely. It is living by faith. Those who live by faith are sometimes called the Just. They have been justified and saved of God. They have His grace (unmerited favor) and draw upon His virtue (divine power) in overcoming sin. And they are victorious over sin. Living by faith and by the virtue of God, they live uprightly and godly. They live what they believe. They become holy unto God.

Wisdom is living righteously, because of the righteousness of Christ within. The key to knowing Christ and living His righteousness is in searching for Him with your whole heart and in feasting on His Word. (Read 2 Chronicles 15:15; Jeremiah 24:7; 29:13; and John 6:48-63.) For “with the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding” (Job 12:12-13). (Also read Job 28:14-27). “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28). “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever” (Psalm 111:10).

Proverbs 2:10-17 KJV
[10] When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; [11] Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: [12] To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; [13] Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; [14] Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; [15] Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: [16] To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; [17] Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

Proverbs 4:1-13 KJV
[1] Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. [2] For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. [3] For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. [4] He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. [5] Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. [6] Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. [7] Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. [8] Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. [9] She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. [10] Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. [11] I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. [12] When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. [13] Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Ecclesiastes 7:11-12 KJV
[11] Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. [12] For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Matthew 11:19 (Also Luke 7:34, 35) KJV The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

James 3:13 KJV Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:6-8 KJV
[6] Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: [7] But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Maranatha

Truth in love reaches the heart…

Some say, “Christ is in every thing.” This is so not true. This is one of Satan’s lies to deceive the masses.

God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. God made specific distinctions, separating light from darkness both physically and spiritually: clean from unclean, godly from ungodly, etc. He did not mingle with darkness.

God is righteous, and in Him is no unrighteousness. When He sat with sinners, He uplifted His Father. He led them to Light. Truth never participates in the darkness of lies. He spoke of His Father and gave all glory to Him. Christ never sat with sinners to join in what they were doing. Those sinners truly wanted to know God, to worship Him, and be saved. They fell at His feet to listen to Him, to follow Him, to worship Him, obey Him, love Him.

They did not want to continue on their own ways. They wanted to be delivered from sin.

The ones who truly did not desire to be delivered from sin, ceased from following Christ, except when they were trying to see if they could lay a snare for Him. Religious leaders were the ones who orchestrated it all to kill Christ. The same is still true today. Those who are truly not rooted in Christ are those who truly do not love God; for true love only is of God.

There is a counterfeit love. But God’s called and chosen ones are God’s true sheep. They hear His voice and follow Him. Christ will come back for these. They are not all in one denomination. God’s church is His true people—His true and faithful sons and daughters coming from all walks of life. His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. There is no sin in the final gathered group of people of God. And before Christ comes, His people are sealed.

Study what His seal is.

2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

No one with sin still in them when Christ comes will go to Heaven—not one. Christ comes with His reward. For some, everlasting life; for others, eternal death. After one thousand years of His saints going through the books, the Holy City will come down upon the Earth. Christ will show everyone their lives lived. All will bow down to Him, even Satan. For “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Sin will burn up and all in whom sin is found. They will be ashes in the earth beneath our feet.

God is a consuming fire. Sin cannot remain in His presence; it is burned up.

Sin will not rise its ugly head again. Never.

All God’s chosen—God’s redeemed (they who answered His call and chose to remain)—and all of Heaven continue for an eternity to learn of The One and Only True God, The God of our salvation, our Creator and Redeemer.

Will you and I be found standing, looking at Christ face to face? I pray by God’s Grace we will. Will Christ find any faithful? By God’s Grace, He will.

Have you surrendered to God? Have you given Him the authority in you and over you that you may receive His Power to overcome as Christ overcame? Will you daily surrender your will to the will of God?

Who’s side will you be found standing on when Christ comes with His reward? Answer God in your daily lifestyle, before His eyes and in His hearing.

God will in no wise clear the guilty. Hurry! Please hurry. Time is almost finished. Probation is closing, we are not promised our next breath, let alone tomorrow. Choose today whom you will worship: God or Satan.

Maranatha

The Fruit Truth

Fruit will always show the truth. Identify the fruit and you will always reveal which tree it is rooted in. The same is true spiritually.

Nothing done in darkness stays in the dark. Satan tempts to get one to fall. One person’s decision to do or not to do—to say or not to say—affects more than just that person who decided to listen to the one Satan used to snare them. People think they have their own minds. Smh…and they do. But that goes only as far as the choice God freely gives.

Satan is dirty and hits below the belt. He uses all kinds of people and things to deceive and lie. He disguises people and things. Without God, the soul cannot and will not discern the truth. It’s best that we know what loving God is and know His will.

Don’t be deceived. God says we must repent and be converted. In the end, no one who remains unconverted is going anywhere but into the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Maranatha

Dry Eyes?

First—think water, not a pill!

You must stay hydrated. Every bodily process depends on water to some degree, including a normal blood pressure and tears. Your body from the neck down is 75 percent water; from the neck up, it is 85 percent. (Watch the “Importance of Water and Salt” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPeE3tZ_9RU)

Drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. For example: If you weigh 100 pounds, you should drink a minimum of 50 ounces of water daily. Drink more if your lifestyle demands it and perspiration is increased. Drink more if elimination is a strain or irregular.

The best time to get your water in every day is to drink about 16 ounces of warmed water upon rising in the morning. Get the rest about one hour apart from and between meals. In the morning, add fresh squeezed lemon juice to your water; it helps trigger blood circulation.

The best way to assure that your cells are receiving the water that you are drinking is to put a crystal of Celtic salt on the tongue first. Then drink a glass of water. Celtic salt contains 85 minerals, including sodium in its natural and balanced form, which is safe—even for those on a sodium-free diet. The magnesium in the Celtic salt will pull water into the cell. It is the quickest way to hydrate someone who is dehydrated.

If you are thirsty and feel you must drink during meals, know that you are dehydrated. But until you can make the transition, sip no more than a mouthful of liquids during any meal. Eating a plant-based diet also helps lessen the feeling of thirst during meals. Fruits and vegetables each have a high content of water and are best when not eaten in the same meal. Eaten together, they produce intestinal gas.

One more thing for now: Drink pure soft water. Distilled is best. The body takes the pure soft water and alkalinizes the blood. Soft drinks and caffeinated beverages do not count toward your water intake. Instead, each cup would actually require an additional eight ounces of pure soft water to meet you body’s water needs.

Water or pill? It’s your choice. I would say, ”Be wise. Choose your health, not their wealth.”

Life witness: blessings or curses?

What does your life witness—blessings or curses?

If you proclaim to be blessed of God, why are you living as though you are cursed? Remember, Satan has many followers whom he has bought with material, money, titles. He still has supernatural powers. Without God, no one is a match for Satan.

God says those who are His do the will of His Father. Obedience to God, to ALL His commandments, to ALL His sayings is the fruit of His love in the soul. Those who are saved—those who have God’s salvation, His deliverance from sin—overcome as Christ overcame.

Maranatha

New Year! New Creature?

New year! New start! New creature? Will your life witness the God of salvation or that Satan is your father and master and god?

Be who you choose to be: God’s or Satan’s. There is no neutral, no middle, no common ground, no gray area. You are either hot or cold, obedient to God or disobedient to God. The life shows which love you have: God’s love or the counterfeit love of Satan. One cannot have both. Period.

Choose this day who you will serve (worship): God or Satan.

When the world’s holiday lands on the only Holy Day

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, the seventh-day Sabbath is the holy day. No other day—so-called holiday—can claim its holiness.

I cannot say Christ is the reason for this worldly season; because truly, He is not. Christ was not born the 25th of December. And He never commanded we celebrate His memory on a specific day. Christ specifically told us what to do in remembrance of Him. It is now what most call communion service.

I cannot mingle truth and error.

The seventh-day Sabbath is God’s holy day. I may seek God on your behalf every day, but even more on Sabbath.

Oh how I love Jesus Christ, because He first loved me. I do give God glory and celebrate Him daily, for He is the reason for the season 365 days. Let that marinate.

We need God. Christ is coming soon, very soon. Let us turn away from our wicked worldly ways and hearken unto the voice of God and love Him. Obey Him. Let us seek God, while He may be found.

There are a lot of distractions. Don’t think it is strange. Despite distractions, seek God before it is too late.

Loving God is the lifestyle of His redeemed 365 days. The problem is that many do not love with God’s love. They do not have it. One cannot live nor give what they do not have.

Truth is, God cannot and will not put His love or His Spirit into those who reject His word, His truth, His sanctifying process, His righteousness. God will not override our choices, which are revealed in how we live—no matter what our words are.

God bless us all. May we all be ready for that great and terrible day of the Lord.

Maranatha

We must be overcomers

We must overcome sin, which is the transgression of God’s Law. We must overcome as Christ overcame. How? By faith, God’s grace (Power). We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Our faith in the power of God to deliver us from sin becomes our salvation. It is a gift to anyone who will accept it.

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12 KJV).

Galatians 2:15-16 KJV
[15] We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, [16] Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Christ warned us:

Revelation 3:2-3, 5 KJV
[2] Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. [3] Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. [5] He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 2:7-10 KJV He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. [8] And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; [9] I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. [10] Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Revelation 3:21-22 KJV
[21] To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. [22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Christ overcame by His faith and the Spirit of God (Power of God). Christ obeyed His Father, always. Christ believed His Father and lived the will of His Father by faith and God’s Spirit. We too will overcome as Christ lives in us via the Holy Spirit. God lived by faith and His Father’s Power. We live by faith and God’s Power.

Salvation belongs to God. He gives His gift unto us without charge if we accept it. It means that we agree to live the way of righteousness. When we accept God’s gift of salvation we are opened to the reality that is threefold: justification by faith, sanctification by faith, righteousness by faith. We will then be glorified as Christ was glorified of His Father.

Christ did not do it all for us, as if we need to do nothing but say we “believe” and “love” and go on living in sin, knowingly committing sin, and choosing to not change by not being changed: by not acknowledging our sin, by not repenting, by not forsaking all sin.

The only thing Christ did for us that we do not have to is this: He died the second death. He died for our sins. He paid the penalty for the sins we committed against Him. Period.

All is possible with God, but without God we can do nothing. It is by the grace (Power) of God that we live by faith. We have to choose. He does the work in us.

The Remnant Are Never AWOL

All you who profess to be God’s remnant: What are you doing? Why leave the wall? Where, when, how else can you sound the warning?

Are you preaching and teaching the gospel in your words and deeds? Does your life daily proclaim the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14:6-12? When you do, it is not you but God in you, so that you hear and do His Word. When you do not, you will do well to stop professing. For your life is vain. It is taking God’s name in vain.

Let me tell you this. I speak with compassion and love, praying to awaken you! It does not matter that you have an intellectual knowledge of God, of His truths, the health message, the Sabbath, etcetera! You can walk in “the building” every Sabbath of the year. It matters not, if you are not worshipping God all the other six days. For if you worship according to your own word and the word of others, you are only pleasing yourself. And if you are only pleasing yourself, your worship is not according to the Creator: The Lord God.

In fact, you are not even keeping the Sabbath holy. Maybe you pray that day. You go to the building that day. You give a testimony that day or listen to the pastor that day. Your weekly habit of listening to the man (or woman) speak from the pulpit has eternal consequences. Listeners (hearing truth or error) become changed to the one they behold every week.

Keeping the Sabbath holy is not just shutting off your TV or music for one day. It is not about just going to the building. Satan and his demons do that! They proudly walk right into the building with you, because they know the Spirit of God is not there, regardless of the music you sing and play.

If God is not in you, guiding your lives 24/7, and if God has not made you holy, you are not keeping the Sabbath holy. Do not be deceived. If God is truly your All, then you have been born again. You are converted daily. You remain converted. You grow daily—choosing to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Only the Word of God counts—not your own interpretation or opinion, not that of your parents, siblings, kids, friends, or employers, not even that of preachers, deacons or elders. All mean nothing, if it does not agree with God’s Word.

You say you’re an Adventist. Every denomination is Adventist, if they are awaiting the return of Jesus Christ. However, true Seventh-Day Adventism is a movement of true Christianity. All who choose to surrender to God their will, all who hear and do God’s Word by faith through grace (Power of God) are true Israelites: True Seventh-Day Adventists.

Jesus described the Remnant to the congregation on the Mount of Blessing (Matthew 5):

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
  5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
  8. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  9. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
  10. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The remnant faithfully endure with patience:
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. KJV — Matthew 24:13

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. KJV — John
3:3

If ye love me, keep my commandments. KJV — John 14:15

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. KJV — Romans 12:1, 2

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. KJV — 1 Corinthians 10:31

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. KJV — 1 Peter 1:23

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. KJV — Revelation 1:3

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. KJV — Revelation 3:3

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. KJV — Revelation 3:10

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. KJV — Revelation 14:12

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. KJV — Revelation 22:14

God tells us:

Isaiah 10:20-22 KJV
[20] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. [21] The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. [22] For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

Romans 9:27-28 KJV
[27] Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: [28] For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

Matthew 24:20-22 KJV
[20] But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: [21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Amen.

Our walk, living is worship

Our walk, the way we live, is worship. But the question is this: Who are we worshiping?

We worship the Creator God, our Heavenly Father, when our walk is in obedience to the Word of God: the Holy Bible. When we love God supremely and love one another as we love ourselves, we show our worship to Him. In all that we do, including how we sustain the health of our bodies (His temple), we worship Him.

Sadly, however, many believe this is legalism or trying to be saved by works. This is a deception. The Bible tells us that if we love God, we will obey Him. Any other doctrine is the doctrine of devils. Devils do not and will not obey God. Their suggestions and doctrines only lead to disobedience and ultimately to the wrath of God.

God is so clear that even a simple child can understand His message. My grandson was only four years old when he understood this with no further explanation from me. The same is true for my three-year-old granddaughter, as well. Until we become as a child—to come to Christ in sincerity, humbling ourselves before Him in sweet, innocency, simply taking God at His Word, in total and complete faith—we will not believe Y’shua. In not believing, we cannot obey. Period.

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.

Galatians 5:13-14 KJV
[13] For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Galatians 5:16-18 KJV
[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. [18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:22-26 KJV
[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. [26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Ephesians 5:1-17 KJV
[1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; [2] And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. [3] But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; [4] Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. [5] For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. [6] Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. [7] Be not ye therefore partakers with them. [8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: [9] (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) [10] Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

[11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. [12] For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. [13] But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. [14] Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. [15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, [16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Be not deceived!

May God bless you with repentance that you may repent and be converted.

The Bottom Line

It really comes down to this: We have to truly love God with His love and have the faith of Christ.

I was asked: But what do you do—how do you start over—when all your preparation of dry goods, canned goods, frozen goods are destroyed by fire or flood?

I answered: According unto our faith… God has a thousand ways to bless His people. But not all who profess to be His are His. We have to trust Him. We truly love Him and trust Him when His love is in us. God is the God of our salvation. He will perform His Word. He will fulfill every one of His promised blessings upon His people.

The bridegroom always provides. He takes care of His bride; for He is not an infidel.

All earthly support will be withdrawn; but not heavenly support. We have the forty-year testimony of the Israelites in the wilderness to believe this.

Preparation spiritually is first and foremost. Otherwise, the physical preparation is in vain. It means nothing.

Let that marinate.

Don’t get it twisted!

It is not about being saved by works.

No true Bible-based Christian believes that. There is no such process for salvation. No one can gain Heaven simply by human effort. Salvation is a gift from God that may be accepted or refused.

It is deliverance from sin. It is being saved from the wages of sin: death. Don’t get it twisted. It is not being saved in sin. One cannot be delivered from sin, while choosing to remain in sin. Let that marinate.

The gospel of Christ (“The good news”) is the Power of God (Grace of God) unto salvation.

Those who are children of the Day are children of the Light. They understand. They have accepted God’s gift of salvation. It is a 3-in-1 packaged gift that involves a step-by-step process: justification by faith, righteousness by faith, sanctification by faith unto glorification by God.

It is a lifestyle that does not take a lifetime to settle into. But is a lifestyle that must be lived for the remainder of one’s life by choice. By faith one chooses to die daily, to take up their cross, and follow Christ.

Daily it is being covered with Christ’s righteousness. Daily it is bearing the fruit (all nine parts) of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). The Holy Spirit working in the soul is what causes both the will and the power to do God’s good pleasure.

One’s faith ignites the Spirit of God to work with power (grace) in the soul. Faith produces God’s good works. Faith without works is dead. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Let this mind be in you that is in Christ Jesus, the hope of glory.

Those covered with the righteousness of Christ by their faith daily hear and do the will of God. He lives in us and through us by the Holy Spirit. This power (God’s grace) is that by which we are saved through faith.

That same faith is the faith of Jesus.

Here We Go Again, Until We Get It…

Holidays are not God’s. They belong to this world. Remember, no one can sanctify or bless anything, except God. Period.

The only holy day God requires His people to observe is His holy Sabbath day. The holy Sabbath day is all about God. It is for worshiping God. And Communion is what Jesus Himself said we should partake of in remembrance of Him.

Christmas never has meant anything about Christ. Actually, it is the worship of Tamuz. It is a pagan mass. God says to worship no other god but Him. This includes bowing down. Let that sink in. God calls us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. That means to serve (worship) Him in sincerity and truth.

God in Heaven is the Creator and my Father, my Master, my Maker, the God of my salvation. I choose to worship Him—the Lord God—as He requires and tells me to. Period.

If you want to indulge in the world’s holidays, that’s your choice. By God’s grace (by His power), I made my choice. Period. I am not knocking you. Don’t knock me for telling you the truth as God calls for me to do. It is because of His love. It’s what He gave me to give. It’s how I live.

I am doing what God tells me to do, even if I must do it alone. It is not necessary for anyone else to agree with me. It is not another to accept it or even want to hear it. The truth is still the truth.

I tell you because of the grace (the power) of God. I love you. Period. If this all sounds very personal, that’s because it is. But it is much too common a challenge among God’s people to keep it to myself.

Here’s a question for you. Think about your personal circumstance. Is there anything wrong or against God in providing for the needy, including your spouse, your children, grandchildren, parents, other loved ones? If you provide what they need, why not give it? It could be just a simple call or a note by text, email, letter or card. It may be a gift. Either way, it lets them know in a very personal way that you are thinking of them.

But No. Don’t reverence a holiday. Worship God in spirit and in truth. Serve God in sincerity and truth. For God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. God is righteous, and in Him is no unrighteousness at all. We must be careful how we do things, careful to give only God our praise.

I said this before. I say it again: We need to know the truth and be mindful of what we do. Do not just do something, because its always been done that way your whole life. God will make those who want to know truth know it. But God will not clear the guilty.

Examine your traditions. Know where they came from, how they got started, and what they truly mean. Have you measured your traditions by God’s Word? Or are they measured only by the uniqueness of your house, your family, or your household? They do have priority over all others, but only after God, husband, then children. After that, those relatives outside your household have their place.

If we want to buy and give, better to do it throughout the year. Every day throughout the year, live like Christ. Have His character. That’s being a Christian. And that alone is a gift of encouragement to everyone you speak to or just smile at. That’s a gift that is priceless and continues far beyond a holiday season. Remember, giving is not always buying.

In the giving, God requires us to have no appearance of evil. Know this. And remember, God means what He says.

If my telling you God bless you is not good to you or enough for you, take it up with God. For God’s will or His word prayed for you and on your behalf is someone speaking God’s blessing upon you. It is the ultimate gift, because God knows exactly what is best for you. Only life and health can come from God.

Remember, Christmas has nothing to do with Christ—period—let alone His birth. So be sure you know who are you worshiping.

And be sure that God knows our heart; so be careful when you speak those words. For we know that God tells us:

Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV
[9] The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? [10] I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

You got beef about me obeying God, take it up with God. He fights for me.

I love you. God bless you.

Are you heard?

John 9:31-33 KJV
[31] Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

If one is professing God perceiving that they are saved; yet they are at enmity with God disobeying God’s word, not believing (choosing not to hear and do His will, not keeping God’s commandments); this soul is choosing to sin against God. The wages of sin is death. A sinner is one who chooses to sin. They do as they will, sin has dominion over them. They are men pleasers, and self- pleasers.

The spiritual dead are sinners, they are as the dead in the grave: They know not anything… they are deceived.

They who belong to God hear His voice and they follow Him by faith through the grace of God (Power of God). God hears them. They hear Christ and follow Him. They worship the One and Only True God: Creator, Redeemer, the God of our salvation.

God hears the righteous. The righteous are saved. By faith and God’s grace, these are they justified, sanctified, have Christ righteousness. These are the dwelling place in which the Spirit of God is housed in the mind of their brain. They are heard for the Spirit of God teaches them, guides them into all truth, gives them understanding… that they receive the utterance of the Holy Spirit speaking boldly making known the mystery of the gospel for which they are ambassadors in bonds; the Spirit of God has taught them, told them of things to come, has refined them… They who are heard of God are those who seek Him early, He is found. They do not forsake God, therefore God does not forsake them. They are they who overcome as Christ overcame.

John 9:41 KJV
[41] Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

They who are blind cannot see therefore they do not hear… These have no understanding… These are as dumb dogs… They do not bark!

John 9:31 KJV Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Are you heard?

Maranatha

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.

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.

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.

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.