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Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11:42 AM
Prayer for the church-
The false church prays- Lord, fill me up with the best home, car, and food. Lord, thank You for filling me up with all my earthly, worldly, material rewards.
The true church prays- Lord, thank you for preparing a home for me with You. Lord, give me strength to bear through the tribulations in this world. Lord, deliver me from this wicked, earthly, material world. Lord, help those who taunt me to open their eyes and see that this world is fleeting. Though they boast of all the good things their god has given them, they have traded their Heavenly rewards for this world’s rewards. Lord, we pray that Jesus opens the eyes of those who have been deceived. In Jesus name, amen.
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 9:26 AM
Pray for the church. Sleep is becoming more troubling. The TRUTH is becoming clearer. (Reference Romans 11: 12- 27)
The LORD cut a branch from the Jews to graft in the Gentiles, but the Gentiles had to beware lest they should also be cut away to graft back in the separated Jews. The Jews are in the process of being restored, and the branch that was grafted in is being pruned away.
The tree of the church is being shaken to separate the true Christians from the impostors. But after the tree is shaken, the world will be deceived. Those who call themselves the church will not be the true church, but will become part of the One World Church.
The people do not want to hear the words of Jesus. Jesus said, “Woe to the rich!” But the people who call themselves the church love to listen to ‘the rich’. Why would the church wish to listen to those that Jesus said ‘woe’ unto them? Because people with itchy ears love to listen to people who tell them what they want to hear. As the Scriptures teach, they will find teachers who teach them what they love to hear. This is how rich teachers get rich. People do not want to pay to hear the TRUTH, but they will pay people who teach them what they want to hear.
Satan is a liar and the father of lies. From early in the New Testament it was said that there were those who were in the church, but not of the church. They teach lies so that those who see their lies will turn from the church and see the church as liars. This is how Satan seeks to turn even the elect from the TRUTH. Jesus said ‘woe to the rich’ but now the church wants to listen to the rich because the rich tell them what they want to hear. So the church is being shaken so the true church will be separated from the false. However, the people will see the false church as being the true because it will teach what people want to hear. So the true church will become the outcasts and downtrodden. Faith will be sorely tested as the world heads speedily to its own coming wrath.
Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:18 PM
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)
As God created all and is the Source of all that is, then what could we do to ‘worship’ (serve, benefit) Him. If He were hungry, would He call us for food (Acts 17: 24- 25 above; Psalm 50: 7- 15)? Is there anything we could give Him that He needs or that He hasn’t already made and given to us? How could we serve (worship, serve is one of the meanings of worship) Him with our hands? As our Creator, He is also the Source of our strength. What does He want from us? He wants us to search for Him with all our hearts (Acts 17: 27 above; Jeremiah 29: 13 and many other verses); put our faith in Him; and love Him. In loving Him, we should love one another as each one being a part of His creation. We are not to worship (serve/adore/praise/trust) in our bank accounts or the political agendas of this world or in our own abilities or intelligence. This earthly, fleshly body that we now live in is so pulled by the things and ways of this world; but we are to transform our minds (Romans 12: 1, 2) to move towards the life that He has prepared for us (Ephesians 2: 10). So we are to repent (be sorrowful for and strive to move away from) of our sins (things that pull us into the desires of this world) and prepare for a day of judgment wherein all will answer for each one’s own life that God created and gave to us.
Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (KJV)
Here Paul refers to God’s people as the flock, as the Old Testament prophets referred to God’s people as a flock of sheep and the religious and political leaders as shepherds of the flock, and also as Jesus referred to His children as sheep and Himself as the Great Shepherd. Paul warned that there would be grievous wolves that would enter in among them. Many today talk about finding “lost” ancient Christians writings that teach different things from what we have in our Scriptures. In a number of places, Paul, John, and others warned about false teachings that were being spread. These false teachers knew how to write books and letters as well as the Christians. They were soon to be called Gnostics, from the Greek word for ‘knowledge’. There are claims to be writings from early Christians, even from known apostles. They are only claims. It was not uncommon for people to write and use someone else’s name. Also they could be writings by people who happen to have the same names as some of the early Christian leaders. Do not be led astray by those who teach that they have newly discovered documents and other writings.
What do grievous wolves do to a flock of sheep? They eat them. In Christian terms, they may eat their true faith by introducing ‘new teachings’ and rob them of actually coming to know the full truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ or adding other things to that gospel by teaching new ways. The New Testament also speaks of those who are preaching the gospel for their own gain rather than for the purpose of sharing Jesus calling. I believe that preachers and evangelists should have a comfortable income and have a nice home, car, and be able to eat well. There are many who are taking advantage and amassing much more wealth that is contrary to teaching of Jesus who said, “Woe to those who are rich.” They are not seeking to serve Christ but themselves. Those who say that I am judging ‘rich preachers’ need to understand that telling the truth and judging are two different things. I don’t deny that I am ‘judgmental’ and that is one of my sins as I am so far from perfect as yet, but practically everyone is judgmental to some degree in their feelings and attitudes towards others of different beliefs and backgrounds. Even so, Jesus said, “woe to the rich; they have their rewards,” and “do not store up your rewards in this world, but store rewards for your eternal home,” and the New Testament teaches that there are those who seek to use the gospel for their own gain. I reiterate that the Bible speaks against these rich preachers and those who seek them out to listen to them and that telling the truth and judging are two different things.
If anyone teaches that telling the truth is judging, then are they saying not to tell the truth? If the truth is not told, then would the truth not become covered by untruths? Are not untruths the same as lies? Is not Satan the father of liars? I strive to tell the truth, but that does not mean that I perfectly understand that truth, because I am so far from perfect. If I speak anything that is not perfect truth, then I ask forgiveness from my Creator and from any that I may mislead. This is why some of my posts that I try to stress, do not believe anything that I say because I say it, but each individual is responsible for searching for the truth within themselves. For those who believe they can get the whole truth by listening to rich preachers then that is each individual’s decision. I still contend that preachers do not get rich from preaching the whole truth, because too many people in this world are not so willing to pay for the ‘whole’ truth, because they mainly want to hear what they want to hear. So as the New Testament also teaches that many with itchy ears (those who want to hear what they want to hear) will seek preachers who preach what they want to hear.
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:43 PM
Though there may be many passages that I would copy and paste and think to post on, I have not been able to get around to them. Still I study, and try to select a few.
Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (KJV)
If Jesus is your Master, do you strive to be as He is? But remember, there is a cross to bear. The people of this world accused Jesus of being a chief demon, so if we strive to be like Him, then we may expect this world to treat us the same. Though it be very difficult, we should strive not to be afraid of those who would ridicule us, call us evil (as they called Jesus about Beelzebub), or threaten us. Christians have been fed to lions, hung on crosses, burned at the stake, and endured many other tribulations and sorrows. This thought isn’t to cause Christians to live in fear, because we are to remember that this world is not our home, but that we have an eternal home in Heaven with Jesus. Much easier said than done as we still live in fleshly bodies. When we go to Heaven, we will be given a new body. This body belongs to this world, but Christian spirits and new bodies will have eternal joy.
Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (KJV)
The Greek verb for ‘findeth’ in verse 39 above isn’t used quite the way in the older English as now. Actually, it is used the same way, but can also be used for other implications. It can mean ‘to get’, ‘obtain’, ‘find’, ‘perceive’, or ‘see’. In euphemisms one may say, “Do you see?” and really mean, “Do you understand?” In verse 39, ‘findeth’ refers to ‘getting’ or ‘finding’ in the sense of ‘searching after’ (do you ‘see’ in ‘searching’?). Finding your treasures in this life will cause a loss of treasures in Heaven. By giving up your rewards in this earthly life, you will gain rewards in your Heavenly life. Essentially, this giving up of refers to sharing of your earthly life’s rewards with those who are in need of those benefits. Jesus emptied His life out for us, and He asks that we empty out our lives for Him (for His cause). If you give of yourself for others in Christian charity (reference to the righteous man and disciple), then you are working for the cause of Christ. In serving Christ’s cause you are testifying to your faith in Him, and depending on Him, and to add a note of eternal security- “… he shall IN NO WISE LOSE HIS REWARD”.
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:44 PM
Many people talk about love without really conceptualizing what it truly is. If you truly love someone, do you feel for his feelings? If they hurt, do you hurt to see them hurt? Do you feel a desire to take that hurt away from them? If you truly love someone, and they hurt, then it makes you hurt to see him hurt, and trying to ease their hurt is likewise an effort to ease your own hurt. By hurting because someone you love hurts, then the less they hurt, then naturally the less you will hurt. If you love someone, you want to see him (her) happy. Seeing that one happy makes you feel happier, so you would naturally wish to make that other one happy.
If you truly love someone, and you see them having anxieties, then you feel anxious yourself, and you wish to ease his anxieties. If you truly love someone and you see him carrying a heavy load, then you wish to help him bear that load. So when you examine what you call love for another, does it include you being there for him when he is in need and sharing in his load, burden, hurt, etc.? If you truly love another, then you do not wish to make yourself to be better than the other is, but you wish to make the other a better person.
If you think your love for another is based on what the other person does for you, or how the other makes you feel, or what you can get from the other, then your love is focused on yourself, and you are a lover of your own self. There is another type of lover of his own self- the one who does for others so that he can attract attention for himself, or so he can ‘put on a show’ of being a loving person. If your psychological make-up causes you to do for others, and then you like to walk around being proud of yourself because you are known for doing for others, then you are really doing for yourself. True love wishes to do for others, and make the others feel important, not yourself.
Jesus (Yahshua) wishes us all to live in love. By living in love, we can all carry one another’s hurts, burdens, and needs. We would all live in love doing for one another. We would have no greed, but we would have no need, because as we did for others, others would be doing for us as well. In genuine love, you would never want to force or push your love on others. You would only wish to give that love to those who accept it in a spirit of love that would likewise return that given love. This is why Jesus doesn’t push Himself on us. He wishes us to desire that love and come to Him of our own will, and experience that love that came from Him, to be shared with others.
Jesus created us, and in His love for us, wishes to give us an eternal home with Him. Unfortunately, many will not come to Him, and by that fact, they will be eternally separated from Him. Back to the first paragraph- you should realize that if you love someone, then it hurts you to see him hurt. Do you ever consider for the love that Jesus has how much it hurts Him that so many will not accept to live in His eternal love? Do you ever consider that if you truly believe that Jesus loves you, that it truly hurts Jesus to see you hurt? Does it often seem that we live in a world that is filled with so much hurt? Then could we imagine how happy it would make Jesus to see us all come to live in His world of love that would never know hurt again? But until that world is fully realized, can we see how much it hurts Jesus to see those who will not accept Him and come to live in His eternal home?