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What does love got to do with it?…

The love of God, His love in us has every thing to do with it… We best know that.

If all God’s created beings would just take Him at His word like they take the word of “man”, o what faith! The faith of Jesus is the faith we must have… But if we are not exercising the faith already given us of God; He will not increase it. If we do not desire, want to love God, He will not force us to.

If we LOVED God, there would be no sin for us to confess and repent , and forsake. Let that sink in.

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

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

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

O if we but understood the character of God! If we are in God’s word, His holy word; we will know Him, love Him; we will repent and be converted.

I know the hurt I experience when I hear of one killing themselves, or of someone being killed/murdered; of someone dying and they did not have to if they but had submitted unto God, desired to know and love Him… A soul would never take a life of another nor their own life if they knew God. The tears Christ shed… the blood Christ sweated… The agony, the pain, suffering Christ went through before, and on that cross, and being separated from His holy Father… Sin did that! We put Christ on that cross and we crucify Him afresh every time we choose to hate Him and not love Him.

Sin separates us from God. Let that sink in. God hates sin. God has no part with sin. If the sinner chooses to stay in sin, turn back/go back to sinful ways; God loves us so much that He allows us our choice. Period. God loves us unconditionally- He gave His only begotten son! Do we not get that? God loves all His created beings; BUT He hates sin. If we choose sin; He lets us go our own chosen way. Period.

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

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

We say we love God… The sad truth… the sad reality is that so many profess God yet they do NOT know God; they do NOT love God. Period.

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

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By faith…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Death by Lying

A lie does not promote healing or health or life.

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

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

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

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Love Heals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hunters Weepers, Finders Keepers

Who hasn’t heard Let the man chase you! Men are hunters, let them hunt. So men are groomed.

The Bible says, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, . . . Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?“ (Galatians 3:1, 3).

In every case in the Bible where God is shown to have put together a husband and a wife, the wife was brought to the woman. God brought Eve to Adam (Genesis 2:22). Rebekah was taken to Isaac (Genesis 24). Ruth was divinely sent to Boaz (Ruth 2 and 3). The hunter man is shown to simply acknowledge and receive the wife God has chosen for him. Like Abraham, he was to believe God, and it would be accounted to him as having found her.

According to Genesis 15:6, Abraham believed in God, and because he believed, it was counted unto him as righteousness. The Apostle Paul expounds on this a bit further in Romans 4. Beginning with verse 3, he says, ”For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:3-5).

In Galatians 3, Paul teaches how this principle may be applied to other believers, even today’s believers. He says, ”Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham” (Galatians 3:6-9).

Surely by now you’re thinking that I am forgetting to address the one verse foundational for the argument that God put in man this insatiable hunter spirit. For this reason alone, man must hunt for his wife. The verse “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22). There it is! You say, “It is the chase that must be satisfied!”

Okay. Let’s see how that went in Scripture. What man is shown in Scripture to have found his woman, his wife? Hmmm. Correct me if I am missing anyone. But I can only think of the notorious Samson. And we all know how that went. Regardless, let’s have a look.

Obviously Samson was aware that the visual was to have the woman presented to the man. Notice: “Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well” (Judges 14:1-3).

“How many are pursuing the same course as did Samson! How often marriages are formed between the godly and ungodly, because inclination [italics supplied] governs in the selection of husband or wife! The parties do not ask the counsel of God, nor have His glory in view.” So says one prophet of the LORD, Ellen G. White, in Patriarchs and Prophets, page 563.

Scripturally and realistically, it seems we all would do well to subdue natural inclination and submit to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And No. I have not forgotten. Neither am I avoiding Judges 14:4, which is better understood and in keeping with the hardened heart of Pharaoh in Exodus 7, 8, 10, and 14, and as stated about the enemies of GOD’s people in Joshua 11:20. There Joshua states that “it was of the LORD to harden their hearts.” But that’s for another discussion.

Now let’s please look back at Proverbs 18:1, for context and to also understand what or who really drove Samson to wed one of Timnath, since he had apparently rejected God’s choice for him from among God’s people. “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.” Verse 2: ”A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” Now recall Samson’s response to his parents pleadings and consider verse 6 (also in Proverbs 18): ”A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.” And Samson’s fall and fatal honor are capsulated in verse 12: “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honour is humility.”

This term humility or meekness is a fruit of the Spirit and is key to having the mind of Christ, “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that 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” (Philippians 2:6-11).

The fact that GOD places within the heart of man that very nature, which he must subdue to wed GOD’s choice for him is likely similar to the experience of JESUS, who had to resist all of His divine power and depend only upon GOD His Father through the Holy Spirit, as any human. When man does that, he is then qualified to be a husband. That is the man a woman can submit herself to, as unto the LORD. This is that man the Apostle Paul describes in the extremely popular verse men enjoy quoting: Ephesians 5:22, ”Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”

And it is that kind of husband that is indeed ”head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church” (verse 23). Remember, Christ loved the church, gave Himself for it, nourished it, sanctified and cleansed it with the washing of water by the Word [daily leading in Bible study and prayer and praise in the home—not just at church]. And He cherished it. ”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. So ought men to love their wives” (verse 27 and first part of 28).

This is the man who has found a good thing and has obtained the favor of GOD. He has found it a good thing to subdue the spirit of hunting before marriage and can be found faithful throughout his marriage. Such a marriage is an act of worship!

So then men, it is not until you believe GOD and that belief is manifested by your obedience to His choice of a wife for you that you may be accounted as having found a wife. Those finders are keepers. And the losers are weepers.

If any man defile the Temple…

It matters to God what we put in or on His Temple.

It is a salvation issue!

The Spirit of God will have no part with willful idolatry or fornication. Idolatry is sin. So is fornication. And it is not just “worshiping” jewels or images: bowing down to them.

It is also the wearing of ornaments: jewelry, colorful cosmetics, and extravagant or revealing adornment. This kind of idolatry is not of God, but is of Satan’s character. Throughout the Holy Scriptures it is noted that God is not pleased, and the people were told to take them off.

Defiling the Temple of God, which includes fornication, is about the state of mind in all our choices. It is in what we do, what we eat, and what we drink: our living the gospel. In all we live, we are worshipping God or Satan. Period. Defiling the Temple of God is that which is the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh; the pride of life: these characteristics are of the world and not of the Father in heaven.

The meat of the book reveals the true meaning of the cover of the book, revealing the heart (mind) of the writer. Our outward adorning reveals the meat we eat, the state of heart, the condition of the mind. It is not “judging” to expose sin. God calls His to call out sin, and that we be not deceived. Period. If we behold God daily in His word, things start changing if we are becoming changed by the Word through the Holy Ghost. We see things start coming off, more put on; and we, by faith, stop eating and drinking to please self; we start to eat and drink to the glory of God. We start dressing, and in all our living, to the glory of God. By faith we please God. Self is dead.

1 John 2:15-16 KJV
[15] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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.

1 Corinthians 3:16-19 KJV
[16] Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? [17] If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. [18] Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. [19] For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Let that sink in.

Do you want understanding?

Listen to what Wisdom says:

Proverbs 9:1-12 KJV

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Let that sink in.

A Foolish Woman, The Simple

Proverbs 9:13-18 KJV

A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Let that sink in

Did you know? Have you heard?

Malachi 2:11-16 KJV
[11] Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. [12] The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts.

[13] And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. [14] Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

[15] And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. [16] For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Did you know? Have you ever heard this before? Come on! God has left nothing out! Nothing! Okay. Let us break this down.

First, let us know this:

Genesis 2:21-24 KJV
[21] And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; [22] And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. [23] 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. [24] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Matthew 19:4-6 KJV
[4] And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, [5] And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? [6] Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (See also Mark 10:6-9; and Ephesians 5:31.)

We know that the true marriage—that which is blessed, sanctified, made holy by God—is this: one male and one female that God has joined together. God said He is holy and that we are to be holy. Only one male and one female, which God has made holy, can be united in a covenant with God and one another in the holy bond of marriage. However, Satan has many counterfeit marriages.

That union between Christ and His church, God equates with marriage between His chosen male and female. The male and female that God has joined and ordained as one, no one is to put asunder. No one. Period.

God is in the Saving Souls business. And because marriage is self-sacrificing, God uses marriage in His plan of salvation.

The male and female are to please one another, not self, as God’s children by faith please God. As such, God uses marriage in perfecting our characters as He restores us unto His image. As God is increasingly reflected in the holy male and female, letting Light shine through them, they minister to others. In this way, they help build the kingdom of God.

However, when mankind chooses to take things into their own hands, live their own ways, deny God, disregard God, do as they please, yet label their marriage blessed of God, these are deceived. These are deluded and confused. God has no part in such “marriages,” no matter what mankind accounts to Him.

When God joins the male and female, they have not been perfected, yet. But they have been joined by God for that perfecting process. He puts two opposites (male and female) together to make the sacred pair of one flesh. Being two separate persons, yet they are one mind in the Lord. God knows the one will be strong where the other is weak. This is how we are each other’s keeper.

The female (wife) is the male’s (husband’s) helpmate. She is the virtuous woman. She is God’s gift to the male (husband). God says he has found a good thing and has favor with God.

Those who are not surrendered to God are unconverted. They are not seeing eye to eye. Instead, they are listening to others. They are allowing outsiders inside the sacred union or circle, where only the Godhead, husband, and wife belong. When they choose to separate (whether only one or both agree), this is putting asunder what God has joined together.

But see, God ain’t playin’! Yes I said ain’t and playin’! Marriage is to be a reflection of the Godhead, and is a powerful tool God uses in saving souls. We are messing around with holy things of God. We best be very careful and avoid dealing treacherously. You who do are on dangerous ground. You hinder your own prayers. Your prayers are even an abomination to God. You think He hears you? He does not. He does not even accept your sacrifice.

”The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8).

Remember the fingers that wrote on the wall when Belshazzar profaned the holy vessels of God? The holy pair in marriage are God’s holy vessels.

If by God a male and female were joined in holy marriage and one turned away, that one is not being the spouse God called him or her to be. Warning! Do not be weighed in the balance and be found wanting.

Repent and be converted that your sins be blotted out. Be born again.

And do not become discouraged about past mistakes. God will work all things together for good to them that love Him, to the called according to His purpose. Be not deceived. Cry out to God. Fight the good fight of faith.

Pray for your spouse. Pray for yourself. Know who you are. And know who you belong to. Know God. Know His voice. Hearken unto His voice and follow Him, that is, if God in Heaven is truly the God you serve.

Let that all sink in.

Temperance: Key Fruit of the Spirit

Temperance is a fruit of the Spirit. If one has no self-control or does not surrender self-will to the will of God, one is working against the Holy Spirit. This is sin. This is not having Christ’s righteousness. It is self-indulgence, self-righteousness.

God calls those who are His faithful ones to be temperate in all things. That means being temperate in appetite, in eating and drinking, in work, play, entertainment, dress, exercise, sleep, rest—in everything. Overcoming intemperance will be like overcoming most of the battle; for self is our worst enemy. If we have the love of God, we will be temperate, overcome by faith.

No one can compel or force us to sin. We choose to sin. We choose to not sin. Even Satan can only tempt us. The temptation itself, overwhelming as it may seem, is not sin. Sin is when we give in. It is sin when we yield to the temptation.

Why must we overcome intemperance and be temperate in all things?

Intemperance is all about pleasing self, which is the spirit of Satan. Intemperance is his character. When we choose to be intemperate in all we eat, drink, do, or think, we worship Satan—not Jesus. Satan becomes our choice.

Temperance in all things is a fruit of the Spirit of God. It is departing from evil, turning to God, loving the truth. Temperance is when self-will is completely surrendered to the will of God. Temperance is when our very existence is all about God. That is the key!

When self is dead, our eyes will stay fixed on Jesus Christ. He becomes the prize. We will focus on running the race for the incorruptible crown.

When we give up self to live solely in harmony with the Spirit of God, which He puts in us—causing us to live by His every word, keeping and doing His statutes and His judgments—then we have the mind of Christ. Then Christ is in us and is our hope of glory. It is only then that we are truly born of God and choose never to sin. More importantly, we cannot sin! (Read 1 John 3:9.)

The sinner, the wicked, the evil, the heathen, children of darkness, children of the night, the self-righteous: these commit to sin. These do not slip up and fall. They deliberately choose to do what they want to do; for pleasing self is their goal.

The people of God purpose to do only that which is pleasing in the sight of God—not by our might, but by the power of God. Period.

We choose to worship God in spirit and in truth. We choose to love the truth. We choose to confess and repent. We choose to be converted. We choose to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

We do not fight against the Holy Spirit. We humble ourselves before God.

Listen Up!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6 KJV).

God is very clear that if we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He absolutely will direct our paths. He will lead us in the way we should go. He will guide us with His eye.

In order for God’s promise to manifest, we must meet the condition. It is erroneous to live recklessly, as though all you have to do is believe, all you have to do is love, all you have to do is just “ask and believe you will receive it.” That is not so. It is a satanic influence that leads to such reckless living. It is presumption, not faith.

Visualize a plate of food placed before you. Would you expect the food to somehow jump off the plate into your mouth and be digested? Of course not. There is something you must literally do. You have a responsibility, a role. You must lift the food from the plate and guide the food into your mouth. You must chew the food. You must swallow it. Only then can digestion begin.

So it is with God’s Word.

And just as it is a good thing asking God to bless the food prior to chewing it, we do well to ask God to bless the reading of His Word prior to beginning the study. It is important, however, to note this. He will not bless that which He has already cursed.

There are conditions to receive God’s promised blessings. These involve choices in how we live daily. We are either daily choosing by faith to trust God with all our heart (mind) and not leaning on our own wisdom, or we are not. When we don’t, by default we give Satan ownership of our hearts (minds).

We either acknowledge God in all our ways and allow Him to direct our paths, or we by default acknowledge Satan in all our ways; and then Satan, through his angels (demons), direct our paths. Period. It is either one way or the other.

Daily trusting in God is lovingly and obediently living by faith in God. Such living engages God’s grace (His power) through His Spirit to do what He commands. In fact, His Spirit gives us both the will and the power to do His good pleasure. (Note Philippians 2:13.) Such are the good works of God. Such is the faith—the love walk—of those whose ways (steps) are ordered by God.

He lets no iniquity have dominion over His called, His chosen. These souls are fully surrendered to the will of God, not to self-will, nor any other’s will. These are the saved of God. The saved of God live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, by the very Power of God. It is their lifestyle. Let that sink in.

Do not be deceived. His Word is the voice of God. Listen to the voice of God.

Listen up.