The Love Walk

The “love walk” is a journey on the path “the strait gate, narrow way.” This love walk is a lonely life’s journey.

Still, we are not alone. Y’shua traveled this walk long before we began experiencing it. He paved the way, giving us the map that shows us there are turns, curves, dead ends. There are obstacles, road blocks, many broken and closed bridges, dirt roads, paved roads, and many tolls.

Oh, but His map gives us something no other has: The key to overcome it all, to discern which way to go, when to stand still, how to know “thus saith the Lord.” The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth and gives us understanding, telling us what God has said, and of things to come. There is no GPS like the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 7:13-14 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.

The journey is lonely, because many do not bear each other’s burdens. Many are not their brother’s/sister’s keeper. The masses get off the road when the going gets tough. All the fiery darts of the wicked are hurled at them. Many are left high and dry by their spouse and are cut off by their parents, grown children, siblings, other kinfolk. They are avoided, mocked, cursed out, lied on, and called every name in the book. What is the book called? I do not know. I think it is the world’s book of foolishness.

Y’shua traveled this journey by the power of the Holy Spirit. He made way that we have access to this same power: The Holy Spirit.

Hold on. It won’t be long. Soon we will be going home. Hold on.

Matthew 5:3-12 KJV
[3] Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [4] Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. [5] Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. [6] Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. [7] Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. [8] Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. [9] Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [10] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Hard Sayings

There are hard sayings in God’s Word. That is, to the unlearned they seem hard—not having sought God to know Him, to love Him. So it is that we misunderstand Him and accuse Him falsely. This is why people label God a tyrant, unkind, too strict, extreme. But if we love Him, if we have His Spirit in us (having asked God for His Spirit), we will know and understand what He is telling us. And we will see that it really is not hard. It is love.

Let that sink in.

The Righteous, Saints: Who are they?

During one church service, the speaker asked the righteous to identify themselves with a show of hands. Fewer than five in a congregation of at least 1500 dared to raise their hands. In an “Aha! I tricked you!” tone, the speaker followed up with words that actually congratulated those whose hand remained down and undoubtedly shocked the couple or so with a raised hand.

Every Bible-believing repentant sinner’s hand should have been raised. First John 1:9, is clear: “If we confess our sins, he [GOD] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The simple math is this: All Unrighteousness minus All Unrighteousness leaves No Unrighteousness—or Only Righteousness.

”Little children,” John continues to reassure the Bible-believing repentant sinner, “let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he [Jesus Christ] is righteous” 1 John 3:7.

Your righteousness is by Christ alone. For God made Jesus Christ “to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” 2 Corinthians 5:21. For the righteousness of God is by the faith of Christ unto all and upon all who believe (Romans 3:22). It is Christ, who by the power of the Holy Spirit of GOD, works within Bible-believing repentant sinners, both to will and also to do of GOD’s good pleasure. [Read Philippians 2:13.]

Of course, all have sinned. Of course, all have come short of God’s glory. But all can be freely justified by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. [Read Romans 3:23-26.] Those who are in a covenant relationship with GOD and glorify Him through praise have been freely justified in this way and are called saints. They are the faithful. They obey the Law of GOD and reflect the image of JESUS. [Read Psalm 50:5, 6, 23; Ephesians 1:1; Revelation 14:12.]

Saints are simply those who wear the breastplate of Christ’s righteousness (Ephesians 6:14), conferred upon believers. Through the power of God, they are steadfast in faith. They walk in Christ. They are rooted in Christ. They are built up in Him and are established in the faith of Christ (Colossians 2:5-7).

Don’t allow yourselves to be fooled by the vain philosophies of mankind. Don’t be cheated out of your faith in Christ by vain deceivers. (Read Colossians 2:8.) And by all means, let no man steal your crown! [Read Revelation 3:11.]

Christ is our righteousness. And when you have Christ, you have eternal life, because you know Him and His Father. Jesus said so Himself. [See John 17:3.] For in Christ dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete, not in some human who says, “You complete me.” But you are complete in Him, Christ Jesus. [Read Colossians 2:9, 10.]

Why Fight?

Let the LORD lift you up.

JAMES 4 KJV
1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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.)

Satan’s Counterfeit

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you (Matthew 24:4).
For by thy sorceries [G5331, medication, pharmacy, witchcraft] were all nations deceived (Revelation 18:23).

Satan can present a counterfeit so closely resembling the truth that it deceives those who are willing to be deceived, who desire to shun the self-denial and sacrifice demanded by the truth; but it is impossible for him to hold under his power one soul who honestly desires, at whatever cost, to know the truth. Christ is the truth and the “Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9. The Spirit of truth has been sent to guide men into all truth. And upon the authority of the Son of God it is declared: “Seek, and ye shall find.” “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.” Matthew 7:7; John 7:17. {GC 528.2}
The followers of Christ know little of the plots which Satan and his hosts are forming against them. But He who sitteth in the heavens will overrule all these devices for the accomplishment of His deep designs. The Lord permits His people to be subjected to the fiery ordeal of temptation, not because He takes pleasure in their distress and affliction, but because this process is essential to their final victory. He could not, consistently with His own glory, shield them from temptation; for the very object of the trial is to prepare them to resist all the allurements of evil. {GC 528.3}
Neither wicked men nor devils can hinder the work of God, or shut out His presence from His people, if they will, with subdued, contrite hearts, confess and put away their sins, and in faith claim His promises. Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be successfully resisted, “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6. {GC 529.1}

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Remember Lot’s Wife, Count the Cost

Genesis 19:15-17 KJV
[15] And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. [16] And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. [17] And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

Genesis 19:24-26 KJV
[24] Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; [25] And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. [26] But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Likewise—but centuries later—an invitation to be saved that included a lifestyle change was effectively rejected at the heart level:

Luke 9:59-62 KJV
[59] And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

[60] Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

[61] And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

[62] And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

To backslide is to turn back to your old ways of living, to your old self (even in the least), to the old man. It is the same as looking back, as did Lot’s wife. It is the same as giving priority to anything over God. That could mean doing something seemingly as harmless as visiting or bidding farewell to loved ones, or even attending to the dead first, before following Christ, when He has directed you to do something else first.

To look back is loving the world, loving what you were or loving what you have or others more than God. It means putting others, things, and self pleasure, and being a men pleaser over, before, and above pleasing God. It means doing anything, rather than obeying God. Not walking in God’s ways in the least in order to do your own thing instead is disobedience. Let that sink in.

Here’s how Jesus described it:

Luke 14:26-33 KJV
[26] If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

[Remember, sit down first and count the cost of accepting God’s gift of salvation and your surrender to God. Consider what all it is and what it all entails.]

[28] For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

[33] So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Let that sink in.

He’s for keeps. Are you?

The plan of salvation is in place. It was put into action that we might (because we have a choice) be saved. (Read John 3:16.)

God is for keeps. (Read Psalm 94:14; Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 13:5.) The sad fact of the matter is that the masses think they are in for keeps and are saved. But because they are deceived, they do not know they are lost.

We do not know our own hearts. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Please join me in praying God’s Word back to Him. It not return unto Him void.

Psalm 139:23-24 KJV
[23] Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: [24] And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Let that sink in.

Marriage 100

For now, let’s just stay on the surface. This is just the surface.

Let’s have a look at marriage. Let’s see it as God and His Church. It is represented in the marriage of God with man and woman.

Adultery against God—in both the spiritual and physical—begins in the mind. What mankind does against his spouse is primarily done against God. Man and woman are to cleave unto God. In this way they cleave to one another. Otherwise, both are detrimental to one’s salvation.

Violation in the least is sin against God. The same God says, “If ye love me keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loves His Church. He lay His life down for her. Anything less, is hating God, one’s spouse, and one’s self, let alone others.

The vows made between husband and wife are first made by each to God in the presence of the three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and The Holy Spirit): the Godhead. The vows made unto God, surrendering one’s self, is the commitment made both to God and one another.

One who says they love their husband or wife, yet consistently chooses to disobey God by speaking falsely against their spouse, letting others curse and yell in anger at the spouse, speaking hatred toward him or her, practicing name calling, putting another in the spouse’s place or role, preferring others above the spouse, providing for others rather than the spouse, or seeking to degrade his or her spouse in the least: these do not love God. Neither do they love others, let alone themselves.

James 2:10-12 KJV
[10] For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. [11] For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. [12] So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

1 Timothy 5:8 KJV
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV
[14] Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And 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. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Genesis 2:21-25 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. [25] And they were both naked.

Deuteronomy 4:4 KJV
But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

Deuteronomy 10:20 KJV
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

Matthew 4:10-11 KJV
[10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. [11] Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Deuteronomy 11:22-23 KJV
[22] For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; [23] Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

Deuteronomy 13:4 KJV
[4] Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

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.

Romans 12:9 KJV
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Exodus 34:14-16 KJV
[14] For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: [15] Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; [16] And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

John 14:15-21 KJV
[15] If ye love me, keep my commandments. [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. [19] Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. [20] At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. [21] He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14:23-24 KJV
[23] Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. [24] He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

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.

Mark 10:7-9 KJV
[7] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; [8] And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. [9] What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Exodus 20:5-6 KJV
[5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; [6] And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Now go. Study these out and show thyself approved of God, rightly dividing the word of truth. Let that all sink in.

Let us not be the builder

Let us not be the builder of our house. Let us surrender the building of our house to God the Creator, Redeemer, The Master Builder.

Our houses being built by God involves our complete surrender of self-will to the will of God, by faith. We must choose daily to die to self, that Christ may live and reign in us through the Holy Spirit. This involves our choice to practice temperance. God will empower us to carry out our faith choice.

Hebrews 3:3-4 KJV
[3] For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. [4] For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Psalm 127:1-5 KJV
[1] Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. [2] It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Psalm 121:1-8 KJV
[1] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. [2] My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. [3] He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. [4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. [5] The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. [6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. [7] The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. [8] The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

2 Chronicles 6:5-6 KJV
[5] Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: [6] But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.