THE LORD’S PRAYER SERIES (Matthew 6:5-14; Luke 11:1-13)

Introduction (Matthew 6:5-7; Luke 11:1)

Prayer was essential and beneficial for Jesus Christ. Likewise, since we are representatives or ambassadors of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, prayer is vital, advantageous, and healthy for our bodies, spirit and soul. What is prayer? It has to do with communication and communion between an individual and God. Christians do affirm the premise that prayer is two-way street and not one directional communication.

What is two-way prayer communication? It is clear from scripture that our prayers should be directed toward the throne of the heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. For example, when Jesus Christ prayed, he looked up and directed his prayers to our heavenly Father. So, as we express our thoughts, emotions, feelings, concepts, and requests to God, we are fulfilling one-way communication toward God. In my Christian walk, I have heard how people adamantly convey that after I pray, I must and should stay silent and wait to hear from God. The idea behind waiting before God, according to them, means that I have to wait to hear audible voice of God. As we share and finish our responsibility of communicating with God, how does God fulfill “responsibility” in communicating with us? The answer to this question consists of two elements. First, God has already spoken to us via the Old Testament. In addition, God ultimately has communicated with us by way of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

Interestingly, from Genesis to Malachi, we have varieties of God’s voice demonstrated in the past. Matter of fact, after the death of Malachi, God stopped communicating with human beings for 400 hundred years. People prayed and prayed, but God did not communicate with his people in extraordinary ways. I think it is because people expected God to continuously communicate, through signs and wonders, with them every day. For 400 hundred years, people were asking God to speak to them. God is infinitely genius; God had already spoken to people through the writings from Genesis to Malachi. There were so many wisdoms, teachings, laws, answers, and communicating responses to prayers.

In the New Testament, God began to lay the ultimate way of communicating with us, which is through Jesus Christ. It is important to indicate that people whom God spoke to were imperfect men and women possessing human sinful nature. But, God the Father speaks to us today through Jesus (the human being) Christ (divine being) possessing no sinful nature and demonstrating the character and nature of the triune God. Jesus Christ embodies God-Man. He lived, walked, spoke and gave us the New Testament by giving His words and voices to apostles of Christianity. Everybody who came after Jesus Christ and His apostles with contrary voices or words were liars and deceivers. These examinations are footnotes to what follows next.

The Bible is inspired by God, specifically, by the Holy Spirit. As we grow in our relationship with our heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit, we grow in our understanding of the inspired words of God. Becoming stronger Christians mean that we are learning as much about the quality and biblical teachings of Jesus Christ from the Old and New Testaments. As we communicate with God and are silent, the inspired words of Bible answer, direct, comfort, rebuke, instruct, encourage, build, strengthen, transform, conform, etc. God’s words from the Bible can become audible voices in our minds and souls. Therefore, we can say that God speak to us audibly through His words in the Bible and we gain understanding by right interpretation of scriptures.

A son belongs to it forever

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8: 31-32) Jesus is speaking to the Jews who believe Him that if you hold to my teachings you are my true disciples. The Lord says that if we obey His words we will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Every word is God’s word in the Bible if you read, reflect and obey these words then this truth will set you free. My time in the word has changed me through the scriptures the Spirit of Jesus Christ has convicted, revealed, and loves me. The truth has set me free to live each day at a time for others and not for myself.

They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:33-36) A son holds to the teaching of Jesus Christ and obeys the truth and is set free and a son forever. But, the man who does not hold the truth and does what he wants is a slave of sin and he has no place in the family. The Son speaks of Jesus Christ and anyone who obeys the truth in the word and repents and believes on Jesus Christ will be free indeed. (Acts 11:21; 17:30)

“I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.” (John 8:37-38)  The Jews through the years took on more than was given to them by Moses. We like to add instructions or policies into our church doctrines that are not written in the Bible. So, when someone starts sharing the gospel we are on the offensive because we are no longer following you’re made up rules. You have no room for the true word that was given from the Father; you have only room for your father’s word.

“Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did. As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the things your own father does.” (John 8:39-41) These Jews could not see or hear because they didn’t recognize that Jesus Christ was the Messiah for they had no eyes to see or ears to hear. For their love of power and the things that power in detail blinded them to the truth. The word says but their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. (Psalm 115:4-8) We will be like these men when we worship rules and regulation within our churches instead of the truth within the pages of our Bibles.

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but He sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!” (John 8:42-45) Again, they could not hear if they wanted to because they lived and breathe the law and their own desires. Because their hearts were far from God they were listening to the father of lies. The voice of Jesus Christ couldn’t get through and unrepentant heart that thirst for law. There are people in our congregations who want to go by the book and normally this book is outside the truth. They will not back down because their way is right and your way is wrong. These people do not know or love Jesus Christ their Father but their love is in justice and their father is Satan.

“Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:46-47) No one could prove that Jesus Christ was in sin. True believers were hearing but the ones who belong to Satan could not hear because their heart was not right. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

Do you belong to God? Or do you belong to Satan?

Do you hear the Father, he calls for you. Do not harden your heart? God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave (to sin), but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)

The word says if you believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, (you) shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Thank you, Jesus that I am no longer a slave to sin but a son in the family of God. Thank you, Father for your love for me that you sent your Son to redeem me. I pray for the family of God that we read the truth and obey the truth so that we can be counted as your disciples. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want for anything but you dear Lord. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He makes me read His word and obey His precepts so that you can lead me beside the still waters, he restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-2) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:10-12) Guide me in paths of righteousness for His name sake. Guide me to the paths that lead me to your truths and great mercy so that even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Even though my day is full with struggles and though the people you surround me are your enemies you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house forever. (Psalm 23:3-6) In Jesus Christ name I pray; Amen.

 

Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 2

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Satan’s Doomed Agenda – Part 2
The Pharisees had many old transcripts saying “A Virgin shall bear a child”. The arrival of Jesus should have surprised no one. They prided themselves about knowing of the future Messiah. Problem here is PRIDE.
If they had carefully studied the writings of Daniel, he told of the actual day the Messiah would enter Jerusalem. (9th. chapter)
Gentile kings from the east (area of Iran) knew more than the Jewish priests, and came to Jerusalem looking for the Promised One.
The Pharisees were taken off guard because they expected the messiah to come in on a great white horse with much pomp and circumstance, and defeat all their enemies and take His place in the temple. They believed they would be given special privileges by Him because of their titles, and when Jesus didn’t do this He became their enemy.
He didn’t come up to their expectations, but they came down to His. He knew He would be rejected as was written in Old Testament prophecies. He orchestrated everything that would happen over about a 3-year period leading right up to Calvary.
Satan continued to be a force to deal with, but Jesus was always one step ahead every time. He controlled the entire crucifixion! Jesus was offered something to dull the pain, however He refused. He wanted the full effect of OUR SINS to be felt. He was beaten mercilessly and would have been barely recognizable when finally put on the cross.
Jesus made seven statements from the cross:
1. Father Forgive them for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34) He demonstrated how we are to love our enemies.
2. Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise. (Luke 23:43) Not only did Jesus pardon the criminal on His right, He let us know that when we die we will be immediately with Him if we have accepted Him.
3. Woman, behold your son. (John 19:26) Jesus blessed Mary by making sure she was taken care of after He would be gone.
4. My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22). Jesus knew He would have to be separated from the Father to become the perfect sacrifice, and this terrified Him.
5. I Thirst! (John 19:28) This showed Jesus, even though fully God, was fully man and had normal human reactions to the physical torment.
6. It Is Finished! (John 19:30) The work He had come to do was finished – The Sacrifice Was Complete.
7. Father, into your hands I commit My Spirit. (Luke 23:46) Jesus died immediately after these words. He died voluntarily. The human side was dead, but His Spirit was immediately with the Father, and He was there to welcome the pardoned thief.
These were not the final words spoken by Jesus on this earth. Three days later He arose and before ascending to Heaven, had many witnesses to His resurrection.
About the resurrection, Jesus’ Spirit was not in the grave – only His earthly body. On that 3rd. day, the stone was “rolled away” and the seal broken. He could’ve walked through the stone, but this was done to show He was just who He said He was.
Up to the resurrection, satan was confident he would win. He’s so vain he still believes he will overcome the Trinity, however, with the redeeming blood that was shed, there is a “RED STAIN” left behind that satan will never be able to “get rid of”!
Once and for all, sin/death was conquered.
All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved! (Acts 2:21)
He Is Risen – He Is Risen Indeed!

Jesus/Yeshua – Prophecies Fulfilled Part 1

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Jesus/Yeshua – Prophecies Fulfilled Part 1
Although this message is for EVERYONE, it is especially for the “Children of Israel” that have not accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah. This will definitely be more than one blog post (actually 5) in order to give it the special attention needed. Yeshua fulfilled over 300 prophecies by the time He left this earth. I cannot list them all, but will give 15 prophecies from the Old Testament and then I will give the New Testament fulfillments. I made reference to this in a previous blog, but as a refresher:
The Old Testament in the Bible was written before Jesus was born. Its writings were completed in 450 BC. Written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, it contains over 300 prophecies Jesus fulfilled through His life, death and resurrection.
Mathematically, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are staggering.
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000; 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies 1 in 10 to the 157th power; and 1 person fulfilling all 300+ only could be Jesus!
I do not know the odds of 15, but it’s definitely greater than 8. Only God knew beforehand all that would be accomplished and all that was written about the Christ. This makes the Bible more reliable than any other book or record.
The New Testament was written after the death of Jesus Christ. Archeologists have found thousands of manuscripts of this, and some are dated less than 100 years after the original letters were written. The Bible is superior by far than any other of the ancient writings.
God gave us these prophecies to build our faith and lead the way to His Son. Jesus the Christ is the Lamb of God, slain before the creation of the world. (Revelation 13:8) My hope is you will know without doubt that His death and resurrection are the sacrifice for our sins; and with His death He takes away not only our sins, but the sins of all the world. (1John 2:2) He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless spotless Lamb of God. God chose Him for this purpose long before the world began, but now these final days, He was sent to the earth for ALL to see. And He did this for you. (1 Peter 1:19-20)
Please note, all Bible passages in this message are abbreviated due to space, however, I encourage you to go the text to read the entire passages.
#1 – THE MESSIAH WILL BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM
Micah 5:2 (8th century BC) – But you o Bethlehem Ephrathah are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1-6 – Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod…..Herod called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked “Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?” In Bethlehem, they said.
Luke 2:4-5,7,15 – And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home……he took with him Mary who was obviously pregnant. She gave birth to her first child a son.
John 7:42 – For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.
So far, we have only covered one prophecy and its fulfillment. Please continue to the next part for further proofs.

Victory In Jesus

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Victory In Jesus
Victory in Jesus – My Savior Forever! He sought me and He bought me with His Redeeming Blood!
Bible Verses:
Galatians 1:8-10
Galatians 2:20-21
John 3:16-18
1 John 4:10-12
2 Timothy 3:16
John 1:1-5, 14
Acts 2:21
Romans 10:13
Getting started: Get into His word (Bible) daily. Just a chapter or two, and sometimes even a verse or two will inspire you for the whole day. It you do this for 21 days, you will form a habit; 3 months will become a lifestyle.
Most important – get a version of the Bible that you can be comfortable with. King James; New American Standard; New International Version; English Standard Version or whatever you can read and understand. Make sure it’s a “Study Bible”.
Remember, holding a stick of dynamite is ineffective until lit. A Bible is ineffective until READ.
To some, hearing the name Jesus is totally unnatural unless it’s used as a cuss word. It’s difficult to grasp that the Creator of the Universe wants a personal relationship with us. There’s resistance, but still some room to learn and accept Him.
To some, they refuse to look past this life and believe it’s only a speck of time compared to eternity, and won’t deal with it. They will have an eternity, but a miserable one.
To the Saved, We know God is Real; Jesus is Real; Heaven and Hell are real; and we have made the choice to accept Jesus.
It doesn’t matter how old a person is, and it’s not too late to get your reservation for a Heavenly Home. It does take some effort, but nothing that’s too difficult for anyone. The hardest part is believing and trusting that Jesus is God’s Son, and a part of the Holy Trinity – Father; Son; Holy Spirit.
Today, there’s too much “Prosperity” preaching; too much “All Religions are the same”, We all worship the same God; and too much “entertainment” religion. These are false and misleading teachings.
Jesus knew this would happen. Apostles Peter, Paul and John wrote about False Prophets and antichrists, and that in the last days there would be scoffers about His coming. That’s happening right now. He is not late or behind schedule! We’re told He is patient in having you come to Him, but He won’t wait forever.
God and Jesus and Holy Spirit are:
Omnipresent – everywhere at once.
Omniscient – all knowing.
Omnipotent – all powerful.
He is our Savior, Redeemer, Lord of Lords, King of Kings. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, the mute talk and the dead to rise.
Finally, He’s your Best Friend! He didn’t have to leave His home in Heaven for us, but He did. Didn’t have to suffer and die for us, but He did. This is Pure Love!
I want to share Him with ANYONE who will accept Him.
“Through it all, through it all, I’ve come to trust in Jesus, I’ve come to trust in God! Through it all, through it all, I’ve come to depend on His word.”
Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13 – ALL who call on the Name of the Lord WILL be saved. To die without accepting Him is to choose eternity without Him in the Lake of Fire.
Won’t you accept Him today? He’s waiting for you, but won’t force you to accept Him. This is the most important decision you will ever make!

Jesus – A Beginners Guide (Part 1)

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Jesus – A Beginners Guide (Part 1)
First, you may have seen the “Books for Dummies” and might think this is a guide like that. Let me just say that anyone who seeks Jesus is no dummy, and never will be. There are some who have never been introduced to Jesus, the Bible, Church and anything involved with them.
Starting at the beginning, when a person travels somewhere they’ve never been, it’s always a good idea to have a “guide”. A Christian’s guide is called the Bible. It has been around for over 2000 years, and is the same today as it was then. A good way to remember this is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. This is God’s love letter to us and it has a total of 66 books within it; written by about 40 men inspired by the Holy Spirit who is part of the Trinity. (Father, Son and Holy Spirit.) The Bible has two sections; the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 books, and provides history from earth’s creation to the birth of Jesus the Christ, and prophesies that show future events all the way to the end of this earth’s existence. The New Testament starts at the Birth of Jesus, and covers His life through His ministry (about 33 years), death, burial and resurrection. From there, the subjects covered are Christian living, history of the early Church, and events that are to come all the way to eternity.
There are people today who claim not to believe in Jesus, however there is an overwhelming amount of evidence He is real. Even Satan and his demons know Jesus exists – they just have a pride thing and don’t accept Him. They would like you to spend eternity with them in torment.
Before we get into the “how to be a part of Jesus”, some simple definitions need to be given.
a.) Church – this is not a building, but the PEOPLE who have accepted Jesus. When He talks about His Church, He doesn’t refer to any particular religion (see #c.) In Matthew 16:16-18, Jesus is talking to his disciples and Peter makes the statement that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus replied that on this “Rock” (Peter’s confession) He would build His Church – all who accept Him as their Savior. Remember the word ALL. When Jesus comes to take His Church home (Rapture) He will be taking people not buildings. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.)
b.) Christ – Not Jesus’ last name. Means “Anointed One” or “Messiah”. His coming was prophesied throughout the Old Testament. He was to be the Savior of everyone – Jew and Gentile. He did not appear majestically as they expected, and therefore was rejected by most of them.
c.) Religion – Surprise! Jesus does not really care for organized religion. His biggest conflicts were with the religious leaders of that time. He gave guidelines that His followers were to follow to be accepted by Him, yet the religious leaders fell back on tradition and ceremony that were man-made, not God-inspired. Titles such as Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox and so on do not impress Jesus. (see #d) It’s what’s in the heart that counts.
d.) Christian – Follower of Jesus. Acts 11:26 says His followers were known as Christians first at Antioch. ANYONE can become a Christian: Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Protestant, Catholic – EVERYONE can be accepted if they will accept the free gift God gives us through His Son. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13).
There is more to know about Jesus. Please continue to part 2 for concluding information that will change your life and eternal destiny. Thank You!

Jesus – A Beginners Guide (part 2)

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Jesus – a Beginners Guide (Part 2)
Continuing with some definitions:
e.) Bible – the true and inspired word of God. There are many versions which follow the original texts and are great for use. The best one for you is one you can understand. The King James Version is written in 16th century English, and sometimes difficult to understand. The New King James is better, but still somewhat complicated. Modern versions are English Standard Version (ESV); New American Standard (NASB) and New International Version (NIV). For ease of reading in today’s language I would recommend for a beginner the ESV. Also, it should be a “study Bible” which has scripture on the top with explanation on the bottom. This is best if used daily.
f.) Hell – Also known as Sheol, hades and Lake of Fire. This is a place prepared for Satan and his demons, and unbelievers who do not accept Jesus. Anyone who goes there CHOOSES to do so.
g.) Heaven – dwelling place for God, Jesus and Holy Spirit (Trinity), Righteous Angels and ALL Saints that accept Jesus Gift Of Salvation.
h.) Salvation – Jesus died for EVERYONE’s sin. Through His grace, we get something we do not deserve and through God’s Mercy we don’t get what we do deserve. You cannot “earn” or “buy” this – it is given Freely to those who put their Faith and Trust in Jesus.
Some Basic Questions:
1.) Who Can Accept Jesus: Romans 3:23 says ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. However Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13 says ALL who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
2.) How do I accept Him: First, admit to yourself and God you are a sinner, and know you can’t save yourself. God Loves You! If you will ask Jesus to forgive your sins, He will do it. Tell Him you want Him to come into your life and rescue you from Hell. Again I refer you to Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13. You do not have to do this in a Church or confess to any person. Jesus is the only one who can save you. (John 14:6)
3.) What if I have committed the unforgivable sin: The only unforgivable sin is to die without accepting Jesus. No other sin you have done will disqualify you. You might say, “You don’t know what I’ve done!” Nope, but God does and will forgive you according to 1 John 1:8-10. If you say you can’t be forgiven, you’ll be the first person in ALL of history that this applies to. Romans 8:1 says there is No Condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
NOTE? Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18 Assures us God does not lie!
4.) What if I accept God but not Jesus: Best Bible passage is 1 John 5:10-12. (paraphrased) All who accept the Son have the Father – All who do not accept the Son do not have the Father. This is the Unforgivable Sin!
5.) How about all the good things I’ve done: Ephesians 2:8-10 – We are saved by the Grace of God through faith, not by works.
You now have something to think about. Do you want to continue without Jesus and spend ALL eternity in torment? Or do you want to start your eternity RIGHT NOW by accepting Him. Your Choice!
Go back to question 2 and follow the steps. You might want to find a Bible Teaching Church for reinforcing fellowship. Main thing, get a BIBLE and read from it every day. A good starting place is the Gospel Of JOHN, and then Romans.
My Prayer for you is you will accept Him today. Tomorrow may be too late!

Blood Moons / 9th. of Av Part 2

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Blood Moons / 9th. of Av – Part 2
We continue with the significance of a Jewish special day called 9th. of Av orTish B’Av. This is known as a “day of judgments by Yahweh” (God). Many Israelites say 9th of Av is a day cursed by God.
Adding the 9th. Of Av into the current Blood Moon mix: August 4-5, 2014, and you’ve got a real combination. By the way, this year, the 9th. of Av falls on the birthday of Barak Obama. Don’t know the significance, but God does. He knows who honors Israel, and who doesn’t.
The 9th of AV started 1313 BC when the Israelites were in the middle of their Exodus from Egypt. They were about to enter the Promised Land, but did not trust God to help them against the people of that land, and God punished them by making them wander for 40 years until that generation had died out. Only two people from that group were allowed in the Promised Land – Joshua and Caleb. From this time forward, the 9th. Of AV has been a date of mourning for the Jewish people.
Next event: First temple (Solomon’s) was destroyed 423 BC, and the second Temple was destroyed 70 AD on the 9th. Of AV.
In 133 AD, Jewish rebels were brutally butchered in the final battle at Betar by the Romans.
Jews were expelled from England 1290, and From Spain 1492.
All these dates were on the 9th. of AV.
World War I, Germany declared war on Russia in 1914 – 9th. Of AV. Even though WWI ended, the events continued from that day through the Holocaust and Hitler’s final solution was issued on a 9th. of Av.
The Blood Moon Tetrads with total Solar Eclipses and 9th. of Av’s in the past have been some disturbing times for the Jews. As we are at the time of all prophesy being fulfilled except for two events (Rapture and Tribulation), the question is what is God planning for this period of time?
No one knows for sure, but what if this is the Time of the Rapture? God has used these times through the ages as a statement mainly to the Jews that He is in control. When they disobey Him, He disciplines them. The major discipline left is the Tribulation period just before the 2nd. Coming of Jesus where He will actually set foot on this earth.
This should also give warning signals for Gentiles – anyone not Jewish. First, Gentiles have always been in God’s plan to be saved, however this by no means says He has rejected His chosen people – the Jews. They are just in a holding pattern for now. Romans 11:25 says He will take care of them after the “fullness of the Gentiles comes to pass.” That could be any moment.
As a Gentile, I have been given the “gift” of eternal life because of the “gift” of our Lord and Savior on the cross at Calvary. His death, burial and Resurrection guaranteed that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord SHALL be saved. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13) I am not ashamed that I have accepted Jesus as my Savior as I believe the Bible is God’s inspired word, and is true in every way. He promises if we accept His Son Jesus that He will accept us. If not, He will reject us. 1 John 5:10-12 is about the best and most direct reference to this.
He leaves the choice totally up to you. Please consider having Jesus send the Holy Spirit to dwell within you today.

In my Father’s house

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. ²In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. ³And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ⁴You know the way to the place where I am going. (John 14:1-4)

Do you ever wonder what heaven looks like? Could it be more wonderful then the place we already live on earth? The Lord says this place isn’t our home (John 14:2-3) and some authors say we are on a journey through this time until we meet Jesus in heaven. In places in the Bible heaven is describe as a spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12) and Paul talks about a man who was caught up to a third heaven and he describes this heaven as paradise. (2Corinthians 12:2-4) When I think of paradise I think of a tropical island in the Pacific where I can soak in the sun and swim in sparkling blue waters. Heaven is one of peace with no struggle. That’s what I think of  when heaven is compared to paradise.

The Lord says “do not let your hearts be troubled” even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4) “trust in God; trust also in me (Jesus Christ). Let us not look at our circumstance but look to God and trust Him through the hard times of life because He is thinking of us and preparing a place for us in His home. He is the father who is waiting patiently for His Son or Daughter to come home so that He can put a ring on your finger, a robe on, place a kiss on your cheek and celebrate for “my son was lost and now he is found” (Luke 15:11-32). The Lord says in His word “I will come back and take you to be with me” this Father is planning a future with us; we should be ecstatic that we are so loved. We do not need to be discouraged but to look forward to the time that Jesus will come for us.

⁵Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” ⁶Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ⁷If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him. (John 14:5-7)

“I am the way” you can only go to the Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the truth and the life which gives us hope.

All we know of Jesus is not by sight as Thomas has but through the living words that testifies that He lived and died for us in the Bible. But, also because He formed us still in our mother’s womb (Psalm 22:9, 71:6; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 8:28-30) giving us the DNA that shouts to our every cell that Jesus Christ is our Lord… we our drawn to Him with our every fiber of our being…and as much as we want to run away from God He brings us back as He woos us to His side… we can’t get away because He is our home. The Lord says in His word if two or three are gather in my name the Lord is in our midst (Matthew 18:20)…We have seen the Father in each of our brothers and sisters in the Lord because we reflect God’s glory.

⁸Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” ⁹Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? ᶦ⁰Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work. ᶦᶦBelieve me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” (John 14:8-11)

Philip didn’t know that Jesus Christ resembled His Father and now we should resembled our Father Jesus Christ. So when you are out in the world, the world should see us as different as resembling our Father Jesus Christ. When they see you they should see Jesus Christ.

“The words I say to you are not my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work.” Jesus words were not His own because God was speaking through Him. Just as I now write to you the Spirit is speaking through my writing out to you. The Lord is teaching me through the word and the Holy Spirit is giving me the words to write to you. It astounds me that my talent was never writing but storytelling and here I am and the Spirit is flowing through me out to you. Wow! It blows my mind. If we can do this we can do anything that the Lord calls us to do. So what is stopping us?

The Lord couldn’t do the miracles on His own He needed His Father. The Lord says in His word that His Father was doing His work through Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus Christ. Therefore, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. ᶦ³And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. ᶦ⁴You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

The word says “anyone who has faith in me”. I was talking to someone about sickness and I told them that whatever my eyes itches I give it to the Lord “by your stripes I am healed”. I believe that He will heal me. This person said “but He doesn’t heal you all the time.” I said “yes, I believe all the time because ever instances in the Bible when someone asked for healing the Lord healed them. The Lord didn’t say come back tomorrow or I will think about it. No, the Lord healed ever sickness throughout scripture and “anyone who has faith in me” will be healed, too. Be persistent and give it to the Lord. Be like the woman before the judge who was persistent in getting what she wanted. The unjust judge says “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:6-8) “Ask me in my name” the Lord says and “I will do it” but we have such little faith to believe that we can. Jesus Christ healed everyone who came to Him and during the Apostles’ times they also did awesome miracles in Jesus Christ name. But we think ‘that was then’ and ‘this is now’ but the word says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever ⎯  ᶦ⁷the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. (John 14:15-17)

‘If’ you love me, you ‘will’ obey. The word is ‘if’ you love me. In your sinful nature (Romans 8:5-8) you cannot desire the things of God for your minds are set on what that nature desires but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

Jesus says in His word that He will ask the Father for another Counselor the Spirit of truth for us ‘if’ you love me, you will obey what I command. ‘If’ we love Him and obey His commands we will get ‘another’ Counselor which means the Holy Spirit and He will come and live in us. So, now I have Jesus Christ living in me and also the Holy Spirit. Wait, the Father is in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ lives in me since I ask Him into my life after I repented and believe on Jesus Christ…so if Jesus Christ is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is in me that means the Father is in me too. Right…now we also have the Holy Spirit in me too. WOW! So that means if Jesus did these awesome miracles with His Father and the Apostles also did amazing miracles shouldn’t we be doing awesome-amazing miracles, too? We have some unbelievable power living inside us to do mighty things for Christ. But, why aren’t we?

The problem is that the world can’t except the Holy Spirit and each and every one of us have a bit of the world in us ‘if’ we haven’t let go of the old sinful nature. (Colossians 3) So, miracles to some will never happen because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. ᶦ⁹Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. ²⁰On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. ²ᶦWhoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by the Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:18-21)

Our Father prepares a place for us in paradise and we need to trust in His judgments for us. We need to believe He will be back soon for us because He says in His word “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14: 18) Jesus will come to us and guide us to this place He prepared for us. We are to look for that moment and keep our light burning (Matthew 25:1-13) and not be caught without oil and the door closes.

“On that day you will (we will) realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” The Holy Spirit is like a fire, river and a breath; we will know He is in us. Thank you Lord for sending the Holy Spirit.

Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not the world?” ²³Jesus replied, “If, anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. ²⁴He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. (John 14:22-24)

The Lord doesn’t come to the world because the world does not understand or know the Father. Only the ones who truly love the Father can come to the Father and the Father will make a home inside them. “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” Again the Lord says these words are not my words but my Father who sent me.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. ²⁶But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:25-26)

As you read the word the Holy Spirit will remind you of God’s truths and will convict, help, comfort, strengthen, interceder, teacher, and guide us through the struggles of this life so that we will continue to love and obey the teachings of the word. The word will witness to your Spirit and you will get one revelation after another through the Lord. We in our self are nothing but with Christ we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) It is part of the world to be troubled and afraid but ‘if’ you belong to Christ you are at peace and trusting in the Lord.

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. ²⁹I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. ³⁰I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, ³ᶦbut the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:28-31)

“Be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” I do not know about you but when my Father was alive you heeded his advice because when I was little my mother would say “waits, till your father comes home.” Did that send fear into you? It worked every time with me. My father was like John Wayne meets a farmer and he was my idol and I can see why Jesus says “be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” Jesus’s Father is like the Mafia meets Mother Teresa and  that should say “my Father is greater than I.”

The Prince of darkness is in the world now and the Lord says “He has no hold on me.” If Jesus lives in me and I am in Him then Satan has no hold on me. If the Lord says “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” Then, we the believers who are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) to the world should step up and show the world that we love the Father and we will do exactly what the Father commands us to do.

But, ‘if’ you are trap in a sin that keeps you from loving and obeying God’s word the Father welcomes you to come in and repent and believe. For the Father turns no one away from the truth that He sent His one and only Son to become a sacrifice to us all. The word says “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) So, ‘if’ you believe that Jesus Christ was born a human, died on a cross made of human hands for the sins of all the world and then was raised after the third day from the dead to live at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us…come now and surrender your will because the Father is wooing you…repent and believe…ask Jesus Christ into your life…now, trust that Jesus Christ is preparing a place for you…in my Father’s house are many rooms…patiently wait with us for the coming King.

Thank you Jesus, for thinking of me and speaking to me in your word. Thank you, for your calm assurance that you will not make me an orphan but that I am a daughter of a King. Thank you, Father for sending your Son to be my hero through nothing that I had done but everything that He has done. Thank you.

Dear Lord Jesus I pray for my readers so that they may know you more. Make them lie down in green pastures so that you can lead them along the quiet waters, restore their souls. Make them read their Bibles and may they thirst and hunger for the word…lead them to fellowship with others and create in them a clean heart and renew a right spirit in them…guide them in the path of righteousness for your name’s sake…guide them into all truth in letting go of the old nature of sin and put on the new nature of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, faithfulness, and self-control. So that, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we will not fear any evil for you O Lord are with us. Your rod and staff shall comfort us…Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit shall be our comforter and even though there is a table prepare before our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil; our cup overflows with your goodness and mercy and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23) Thank you Lord that you do battle for us so that we can stand our ground before the evil one. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17) In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

 

Nineveh and The United States

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Nineveh and the United States
Jonah was a reluctant prophet who God chose to go to the city of Nineveh (793-753BC) which was the capital of Assyria known for its cruelty and a historical nemesis of Israel and Judah. Jonah was to tell the people that God’s judgment was coming upon them, and they were about to be destroyed. The people believed Jonah, and they went into mourning. Nineveh’s king (name unknown) issued a proclamation to the entire city to repent. It was a very large city. God saw their repentance, and didn’t bring the disaster upon them. Jonah became angry with God and told Him that’s why he had run away. God is merciful and gracious and Jonah believed he had wasted his time. God however gave Jonah a lesson in humility and as a result, there were about 120,000 souls spared destruction.
In the book of Nahum, there was a different outcome for Nineveh. (612 BC) There was no repentance, no mourning their sins. They continued in their wicked ways. They had grown in area and power, and they believed they were invincible with their high walls and wide moat. They didn’t know the power of the Almighty God. Nahum 1:8 tells of a flood that happened and the Tigris River overflowed and destroyed part of the wall allowing the Babylonians to get in. In 3:11, he predicted the city would be hidden. After the 612BC destruction, the ruins site was not found until 1842 AD.
What has this to do with what’s happening in our country today? The Bible said there would be a turning away in the last days, and are we not seeing that happen?
Evangelicals are saying there are many ways to heaven besides Jesus (more than 60% at last count)
Chris-lam is becoming popular.
Churches are avoiding preaching there is a Hell. Tickle their ears to get attendance up and don’t tell members they are sinning.
The moral decay is obvious with the increased violence and decrease in morality.
How long will God put up with this? First, He is not surprised about any of this. He saw it even before He created this planet. The Bible tells us of its coming, and how to avoid the fires of Hell. In spite of the world, we need to believe in His word and follow what He says.
ARE WE IN A JONAH MOMENT OR A NAHUM MOMENT?
Just look at the TV programs, the video content, our very elected officials’ actions. The Bible tells us man’s knowledge will abound at the end. Technology is progressing at an ever increasing rate. Man is even trying to alter DNA and trying to “clone” humans. The world is becoming closer to the One World Currency and One World Government. The United States is not the same world power it was just a few years ago.
God will not let this go on very much longer. The question is where will you be if God takes you before you accept Jesus? If you haven’t accepted Him already, why not now? He has given all the signs. All prophesy has been completed except for the Rapture and the 7-year tribulation. The timing is His.
The unforgivable sin is to not accept what He has done and accept Jesus as your Savior. Do you know for sure you have even another day, or are guaranteed you will be here much longer?
Ask Jesus to forgive you and to send the Holy Spirit to live with-in you until He comes. Today’s the time – Tomorrow may be too late!!

Hell – Reality or Fiction

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Hell – Reality or Fiction

There is a movement today that says there is no Hell. Some say there is a place of punishment, but it isn’t forever, because God would never do that. I could tell you my personal thoughts, but what authority would that be? Therefore, I will give you what the Bible – Absolute Word Of God – says.
Starting with Luke 16:19-31, is the “parable” of the rich man and Lazarus. A parable is a story to illustrate Jesus’ teachings. I believe this parable is an actual story because it’s the only one where Jesus uses a name. Jesus was very specific with this illustration.
Lazarus, a poor beggar, had found favor with the Lord in this life, and when he died, he was taken to “Abraham’s Side” by angels. This refers to a peaceful place of rest before Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. After Jesus’ sacrifice, the righteous souls who have died go directly to be with Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:21-24, Revelation 6:9-11.)
The rich man died and went to “Hades”, a holding place for the unbelieving and unfaithful to be there until the “White Throne Judgment”. (Revelation 20:11-15) He didn’t go because he was rich, but because he relied on his riches rather than God. The world and money were his gods.
Hell is a place of ETERNAL TORMENT (Luke 16:23-28, Psalm 116:3, Isaiah 14:9-11, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-9 and Revelation 20:10.)
A place without mercy (Luke 16:24, Revelation 20:10-15)
A place without escape (Luke 16:26).
Souls are immortal in Heaven and Hell. (Luke 16:22-32, Luke 20:38). We will have bodies designed to last all through eternity. For believers of all ages, this immortal body will experience all the joy and Holy pleasures and being with Jesus and the saints forever.
The unbelievers and unrighteous souls will have a body designed to suffer punishment forever. By the way, when God says FOREVER, that’s just what it means. A time without end.
In today’s terms, “Hell”, “Hades” and “Sheol” are all the same referring to the holding place until the appearance at the White Throne Judgment, Just before being thrown into the “Lake of Fire” or the final Hell. (Revelation 19:20, 20:10,14 -15).
The final Hell/Lake of Fire was made by God for Satan and his demons/fallen angels. The first occupants will be the antichrist and the false prophet of the tribulation (Revelation 19:20.) Satan will be next 1000 years later, and then all from the White Throne Judgment after that.
The main point to all this is: Each of Us Chooses which path we will take. You will decide to accept Jesus for an Eternal Heavenly Home, or you will choose to reject Him and forever be in darkness, pain, suffering, and be shown constantly through all eternity the opportunities you had on earth not to be there.
Joshua 24:15 says, “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
The “gods” mentioned in this passage refer to anyone or anything that takes the place of Jesus in your life. It’s OK to enjoy nice things and we are to love each other, but our dedicated Worship is reserved for Jesus, period. James 4:4 says “Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Reading His words in the Bible is a great way to get to know Him better.

Planned from the Beginning – Jesus to Soon Come

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Planned from the Beginning – Jesus Soon to Come

This world is going through some major changes, and most not for the better. All around we see violence increasing and just the mention of the name JESUS brings extreme negative feelings. Even the simplest references are met with lawsuits and accusations that the person is a “Hater”. Good news, God knew this would happen from the very beginning, and He’s coming for us soon.
In Genesis 3:15, God tells the serpent that “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” God already knew He would send His Son so we would have the perfect sacrifice.
In Isaiah 53:4-5, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities and upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace and with His stripes we are healed. (This is Jesus being refered to over 500 years before His birth.) Isaiah was given the insight of what our Messiah would go through.
Make no mistake, the Jews were and Are His chosen people. Even though the majority of them today (about 97%) do not accept Him as Messiah, the day is coming soon when All His chosen will realize just who He is.
The good news, ALL who have chosen God through His Son Jesus will not have to be here to suffer the wrath. The most revealing verses are in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. These verses are not the Second Coming, but an event known as the Rapture.
Who is this person called Jesus? Many people today say He was just a prophet and didn’t really die on the cross and be raised again. Some say He never claimed to be God. How about John 14:6 – I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except by Me. Sounds like a claim to me.
There are many verses that tell us of the Love of the Father for us, and what our precious Savior has done for us. The Bible is a 66 book Love Letter from God! We are offered a gift that cannot be purchased or earned because Jesus did it all at the Cross. He purchased our pardon with His blood and earned the right to accept those who accept Him.
Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you will open the door, I will come in and dine with you and you with me. He promised that if we accept Him, the Holy Spirit will live within us, and He will prepare a place in Heaven for us.
The world is rapidly turning away from Jesus, and satan doesn’t care if you believe in God, but not His Son. He gives you the biggest lie by trying to convince you to delay your decision. He wants you to be with him in the Hell Fires – and yes, Hell is a real place.
Jesus is the only way to the Father, yet almost 70% of Evangelicals today are being taught there are other ways. Big Mistake! What is most important is you tell Jesus you want Him in your life and ask Him for forgiveness for your sins. That’s it. If you ask, He will accept. Please do it today – He won’t wait much longer.

Let it Go

Here’s a fact that goes beyond just the scope of Christianity: we will never be able to do anything perfectly.

Yes, unfortunately, from the time in Genesis when sin entered the world, perfection has become an impossibility for humans. This means perfection in remaining sinless as well as perfection in…well…anything else.

The hardest thing for me to learn lately is that I set massive expectations for myself that I’ll never meet. Don’t get me wrong, we should expect a lot out of ourselves, but I was trying to be the perfect worship leader, the perfect boyfriend and the perfect Christian.

And that was terrible. I’d beat myself every time I screwed up a set list, every time I had a not-so-fun date with my girlfriend, every time I sinned. And that’s no way to live, and that’s not how God has called us to live.

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 3:10-14)

There. I know that’s a lot to take in. But I can break it down for you. We all are going to fail. We will never be perfect. But we have to live a life “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” We can’t beat ourselves over our lack of perfection in the past. All that does is prevents us from becoming more and more like Christ in the future. And this doesn’t just apply to mirroring the image of Christ, but to any particular skill in life. We’re going to fail sometimes. The point is to try more and more to become more and more perfect. We may never get there, but we’ll certainly be in a better place than we are now.

Abide in me

When we ask Jesus Christ into our lives we are signing over our life to Him. Jesus Christ comes to live within each of us. Jesus says in his word: Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me. John 15:4

For our forgiveness we receive eternal life and the power to abide in Christ. We need to accept that responsibility and remain in Jesus Christ.

How do we remain in the Lord?
• reading God’s word continually
• having communion with Jesus Christ drawing on his strength
• obedience to God’s commands
• keeping ourselves pure from sins
• love each other

On this walk with the Holy Spirit my reading of the word has become a daily commitment. Reading the Bible was a way for me to get to know God when God told me He didn’t know me (Thirsty). Since then, I have widened my Bible reading to include many chapters and a devotional book that brings a fresh new insight to my Bible readings.

Man does not live on bread alone

The Lord says in his word (Scriptures) “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3) The word also says that “All Scriptures is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2Timothy 3:16-17) While you are in the Bible reading and reflecting God’s word you are being challenge by God to change. The Holy Spirit will prompt you with conviction to where you ask forgiveness and you can pray for a behavior to change. We have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:10) There is healing in God’s word and that keeps me reading the good book because I need help. When I am not spending time in communion with God in reading the word and praying; I get lost. My time goes to other interests and eventually I fall into sin because I walk away from the light and enter into darkness. My heart feels guilty and I repent. I need to be hooked up to a source that breathes life into me daily. Holy Spirit abides in us and when we step away He will nudge you with songs of grace and words of encouragement until you surrender.

Why do we think we can do this life on our own? Why do we have to control everything?
When we laid down our life to Christ and He came to live in us. He said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily to follow me. (Luke 9:23) You need to deny yourself the pleasures of this world and pick up the cause of the Gospel and follow Jesus. The only way the Holy Spirit can work in you is for you to let go of your control. “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provided us with everything for our enjoyment…” (1 Timothy 6:17-18)

Obedience to God’s commands leads to purity but disobedience leads to sin. We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ (John 2:3-4)

A.W. Tozer said, “And to expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie (standstill) the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.”

Truths that will set you free

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16, 25)

He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. (Proverbs 28:26)

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Love one another for Love comes from God

God commands: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.

The promises of abiding

If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. (John 15:7)

No one who lives in Him keeps sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him…No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. (1John 3:6, 9) Apostle John is saying here if you are born of God you will not make sin your life because God life can’t exist in you. Time and time you might lapse into sin but the Holy Spirit will convict you and you will repent.

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1John 4:12)

There are many more promises throughout the scriptures but my hope is that you will search the word on your own.

 —I desperately need you God

If you decide that you are struggling too much to continue. Maybe you need to come to the throne of grace and give your life to Jesus Christ. Come now, do not hesitate the door is always open for you.

“Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.

I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgives me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgives me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend.

I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Amen.

Thank you, Lord that you were born into this world to die on the cross and be raised from the dead; to save sinners like me and others. I come to you now and pray for the people who read our blog that they will remain in you until you come in your glory. I pray that we will know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. (1 Chronicles 28:9) So that we will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth before are living God. In Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.

 

Asking The Right Questions- Does God Care

Does God Care About Our Problems?

Watching the 2011-2012 NFL season, there was one player who spiked major debate. People everywhere were focused on Tim Tebow. If you don’t know who he is by now, he’s the Denver Quarterback famous for praying and praising God on and off the field. For a Christian like myself, I was so inspired to watch someone “famous” live out their faith without compromise. I loved that he was a player who my nephews looked up to. But not everyone felt the same way. The better Tebow did, the more questions, and frankly outrage, arose. People wanted to know if God really cared about football. Didn’t He have better things to do? Did God play favorites? I can’t tell you how many articles I came across with authors posing these questions and putting in their two cents. Now that the season is over, America has settled down a little on the Tebow-mania, but these questions still remain, and not just about Tim Tebow. People want to know if God really cares about them, personally, and why bad things are happening and no one is fixing them.

Does God Care About Me?

I read a great book once by Sonia E. Isaacs called “Angry Conversations with God.” In the book she offers up some really raw insights about her relationship with God. Something that has stuck with me, even a year after reading the book, was a line where she also wondered if God cared about her, despite there being other, bigger, important things to worry about.  I think the way she put it was that she had “middle-class white girl problems”…but she was a middle-class white girl. Her problems were relevant to her life. God has formed each one of us individually and He knows everything about us. It says in Psalm 139:13 that God knit us together. If there are any knitters out there, you know how much attention you have to pay to each stitch. That’s how much God pays attention to us, how invested He is in us. So to say that you are just a middle-class white girl, or that you are just a guy who throws a ball for a living, is not saying enough about yourself. You are God’s creation, His beloved. He cares about you and your problems, even the “silly” ones. So the question is not “Does God care about me?” because that is a resounding “YES!” The question is “Do I care about God?”

Do I Care About God?

Sometimes we can look at our problems and think “God, how could You let this happen?” But God isn’t to blame. He is holy and blameless. We are to blame. If you stop and think about it, when was the last time you did something, anything, for someone else? Sometimes, we get so caught up in what God “isn’t” doing, that we don’t realize that we are the ones who are doing nothing. We forget that we are all called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) to bring light into the darkness. Maybe you can’t cure AIDS, but you can donate to organizations that are helping educate people on how to stop the epidemic from spreading. Maybe you aren’t in the financial position to donate to a cause, but you can start a fundraising page to raise awareness in your community. When we think of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we often think of it as formulaic, but if that were true, God would have just used a “cookie-cutter” to form each of us. We all have a specific purpose in fulfilling God’s purpose. He loved you enough to do His part, do you love Him enough to do yours?