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Characteristics of a Good person!

December 3, 2007

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Mat. 19:16 A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?17 Jesus said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good? Only God is good. If you want to have eternal life, you must obey His commandments (Contemporary English Version).”

It is significant that we understand that THE standard for good is God Himself, and this criterion entails belief in “the King, eternal, immortal, invisible (I Tim 1:17)!” Jesus said, “God is a Spirit (Jhn. 4:24), to which the Apostle Paul adds in Gal. 5:22,”God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.” Therefore, by concentrating on these nine attributes of the Good Spirit we are emulating the Standard for good.

Why don’t we readily jump at the chance to be a god-like person? There are some impediments which trip us up including: Anger, Lust, Greed, Attachments, and Ego (other obstacles include envy and laziness). Again, Paul says in Gal. 5:19people’s desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20 They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21 envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God’s kingdom.”

What the Apostle is saying is that our desires for attributes that are contrary to God’s Spirit is what get us in trouble! When tempted we have strength through Christ (Php. 4:13) to enforce godliness (Mat. 4:10) “go away Satan!” This  Scripture says: “worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.” The Standard for good says to us, “I am the LORD your God, and you must dedicate yourselves to Me and be holy, just as I am holy (Lev. 11:44).” Why should we try to be a god-like person? Well, in Act. 17:28 we are informed that “He gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. We are His children,’ just as some of your poets have said.” By being god-like we are given the power to live and move eternally because we follow God’s Spirit (Rom. 8:14)!

What about all the people who are rebellious, cantankerous, and/or animalistic? “The LORD protects everyone who lives right, but He destroys anyone who does wrong (Prv. 10:29).” Peter, a disciple, states, “God is patient, because He wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost (II Pet. 3:9).” Obviously sin is not god-like and can not make one a good person. Rom. 6:16 asks, “don’t you know that you are slaves of anyone you obey? You can be slaves of sin and die, or you can be obedient slaves of God and be acceptable to Him.”

What does it mean to be an obedient slave? It means to be righteous, which denotes that one follows the commands of God. “Obey Me, and you will live! Let My instructions be your greatest treasure (Prv. 7:2).” To be a good person involves righteously following God’s commandments – particularly The Great Commandments. Mat. 22:36Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. 38 This is the first and most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, ‘Love others as much as you love yourself.’ 40 All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Why is love so important to be a good person, or god-like? Once again referring to the Bible we learn that “…God is love(I Jhn. 4:8, 16),” and “that no one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the Law demands (Rom. 13:10).” Furthermore, we find in I Cor. 13:4 that “love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 8 Love never fails!

The question we’re now faced with is should we believe in God? Some people believe that they can be a good person without being godly, however that’s metaphysically erroneous (Psa. 14:1, 53:1). To be a good person we automatically project God’s Spirit (see above), and as Christians we are to follow His commandments with our whole heart (Psa. 119:10). Ultimately, it is our heart that determines whether we are, or are not, a good person or morally defiled (Mat. 15:11)! Are we living to just enjoy the pleasures of this materialistic world, or are we interested in becoming a truly “Good Person” in order to receive the gift of eternal life?

Jesus said “you can not serve God and mammon (Mat. 6:24).” To be a good person the focal point of our lives can not be greed, ambition, and/or money. We should be more apt to think qualitatively than quantitatively; more concerned with living righteously than being rich. We should think in terms of the infinite and not just the finite! Mat. 6:19 reads, “don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. 20 Instead, store up your treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. 21 Your heart will always be where your treasure is.”

Being a good person requires us to value the treasures of our God more than earthly “booty”. Why? Because Heavenly treasures are endless! However, why should we believe in God? Why not be a materialist who only believe in what we see? If you understand that the universe is only about 14 billion years old, than you’re faced with the question of what Entity existed during the period prior to the beginning of time and space? How do you explain the concept of how “something” came from “nothing”? “Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God’s command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen (Heb. 11:3).”

Those who consider themselves to be a “Good Person” as in being god-like may easily accept this verse; however, non-believers may still have a huge problem with it, so let’s take a scientific approach. The belief in atoms, though commonplace now, was initially met with a gargantuan amount of skepticism until Albert Einstein made his discovery in the early 1900’s. Of course since then smaller and smaller particles have been discovered, leading some in the scientific community to surmise the possibility of “something” resulting from nothing! This is significant because there are some who are entertaining the notion of the infinitude of the material plane.

By overcoming our rebellious nature we can admit that there is an existence beyond that of the physical world, and it is where the Spirit of God dwells for all eternity. Just as sure as He is able to create this plane of existence, He is able to convey to us what we must do to be a good person since He is The Standard. The following Five Steps will give us an idea of His expectations.

1. “But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what He wants. Then the other things will be yours as well (Mat. 6:33).”

2. “So you will be saved, if you honestly say, Jesus is Lord,’ and if you believe with all your heart that God raised Him from death (Rom. 10:9).”

3. “Do your best to win God’s approval as a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed and who teaches only the true message (II Tim. 2:15).”

4. Mrk. 16:15 “Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world.” 16 “Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe Me will be condemned.”

5. “God will bless all who have washed their robes. They will each have the right to eat fruit from the tree that gives life, and they can enter the gates of the city (Rev. 22:14).”

So, what are the characteristics of a good person? According to the Bible, we must be Christ-like! Php. 2:5 instructs us to “think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.” We must be ready to put the needs of others – even before ours sometimes. More importantly, to be a good person we must do the things which pleases the Father.” The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a Slave who will give His life to rescue many people (Mat.20:28).” “Father, if You will, please don’t make Me suffer by having Me drink from this cup. But do what You want, and not what I want (Luk. 22:42).” To truly be a good person we must submit to our Heavenly Father, who is the Standard, and be willing to serve people! I challenge you to take those Five Steps so that you can reap the everlasting rewards for being a Good Person!

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

December 3, 2007

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Don’t question a gift’s value. When given a present, be grateful for your good fortune and don’t look for more by examining it to assess its value. Additionally, this proverb refers to the practice of figuring the age of a horse by looking at its teeth, and is also origin of the expression “long in the tooth” (meaning old).

 http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings.117000.html

Let’s examine the first example.

Who ordains ministers?

First off, let us define a minister as a member of the clergy; one who helps. Whether you’re clergy or not, you are capable of giving help, caring for strangers, and enduring more stress! I’m sure you can recall doing a service with no thought of reward though some sacrifice by you was required. Even in the beginning Man was expected to be his brother’s keeper (Gen. 4:9).

Beyond that, God intended for Man’s relationship with Him to be maintained for eternity. Even though we, as the progeny (offspring) of Adam, are born into sin – God has made a way for us to be redeemed! Since the LORD is eternal, His offspring is therefore eternal. Rom. 8:14 states, “for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” It would be unfortunate for anyone to think that without a title they can’t be a minister as that would hamper them from performing their most sacred duty. What duty? To be led by the Spirit of God (or Word of God – Eph. 6:17), and to help others to do the same!

Our duty is to learn the Word so that we can follow His holy commandments and enjoy life for ever, and then to help our fellow Man follow suit! Who ordained this? God did! “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jer. 1:5).” The only real question is will you, like Isaiah, accept His call? “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, Here am I; send me (Isa. 6:8).” Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Mat. 9:37). Have no fear, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7).”

What about qualifications?

Dr. Fitzpatrick, a pastor from Chicago, says, “favor ain’t fair, but it looks good on you.” Even though two workers may look quite similar, one is favored more because of his productivity! Mat. 25:29 states, “for unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” Ministers who do God’s work are kings.“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter (Prv. 25:2 – my favorite verse!).” It stands to reason that to be favored you must be led by the Spirit, be free of fear, and be a student of the Bible in order to get the concealed truths (revelations) in which to minister to God’s people. Then by studying, ministers become approved by God (II Tim. 2:15)!

So, is being a good minister about numbers? Well, while we want God’s Word to reach as many people as possible, we don’t want to subscribe to a win-at-any-cost attitude. Children of God, particularly those who use their talents for people (ministry), must realize the importance of “…how you play the game.” Prv. 31:4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. 6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” Clearly this passage indicates the level of favor for kings, princes, and the miserable and invokes temperance (read Gal. 5:22-23) that leads to life. Temperance is one of the nine “fruits of the Spirit”, and the Spirit gives us life! “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (Jhn. 6:63)”.

Ministers’ do’s and don’t’s! (I Tim. 3)

1. Bishops (overseers) DO desire to do God’s will.2. DO be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, kind, apt to teach.

3. DON’T be given to wine, be a striker, be greedy of dirty cash; be impatient, be a brawler, nor covetous.

4. DO rule your own house, having children in subjection with all gravity.

5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6. DON’T be a novice, lest being lifted up with pride you fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7. DO have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8. Deacons must also be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

9. Deacons must hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10. Deacons must be proven, found blameless.

11. Deacons’ wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12. Deacons must be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13. Deacons that use their office well purchase great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

NOTE: Bishop/deacon relates to king/prince in Prv. 31:4-5.

Reward for serving God.

Deu. 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Stop scoffing, complaining.

Psa. 1:22How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh…” This passage illustrates God’s dislike of scornfulness, however, to see how He views “cry babies” please read what happened to the dissenting Israelites in the wilderness (Num. 14). By attempting to obfuscate the mission of the minister the LORD gifted them with (Moses), they didn’t get the chance to experience God’s blessings in (The Promise Land) Jsh. 1:2! If you don’t won’t to miss out – DON’T LOOK YOUR GIFTHORSE IN THE MOUTH!

Becoming A Servant/Leader!

December 1, 2007

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Jhn. 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon “Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” He saith unto Him, “yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love Thee.” He saith unto him, “feed My lambs.” 16 He saith to him again the second time, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?” He saith unto him, “yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love Thee.” He saith unto him, “feed My sheep.” 17 He saith unto him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?” Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, ‘Lovest thou me?’ And he said unto Him, “Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.” Jesus saith unto him, “feed My sheep.”

In this passage the tenderness of Christ should be recognized as He seeks leadership for His lambs and sheep. The first step to making a servant/leader is determining if the candidate will respect authority, and even more to the point – it is gauging the commitment of the prospect’s love. Few people realize that before love becomes mature it starts out as a mustard seed of faith! No matter what fine attributes your partner may have, it is doubtless that love will be mutually fulfilling without faith.

II Pet. 1:5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” Charity is another name for agape love!

I Cor. 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

This type of love is different from eros (sexual) and phileo (non-sexual) love because as seen in the passage it is self-less, which describes God (I Jhn. 4:8, 16). Obviously to become a servant/leader for Christ we must have the love of God!

The second step to making a servant/leader involves outlining the hierarchy by designating positions and duties. Note how Peter was asked if he love Jesus more than “these”; who are “these”? They’re the disciples including Peter, who is being asked by Jesus to become more self-less and prepared than “these” to “feed My lambs”.

This was the same apostle who denied the soon-to-be crucified Jesus three times “before the cock crowed (Mat. 26:33-34, 75)”. However, having been challenged to love the Master with a much more mature love, “the shadow of Peter” played an integral role in healing a multitude of people (Act. 5:15-16). This disciple was given a promotion after a hard lesson in love which all of us should learn, and that’s the need for humility.

Though initially he boasted of his love for Jesus, he was shown the truth of a self-promoting love which is like that of a lover who says “I love you” in the morning – but sleeps around at night. However, now Peter is to introduce Christ to seekers (“feed My lambs”), teach the congregation (“feed My sheep”), and train the core for leadership (“feed My sheep”). Even in the Beatitudes (Mat. 5:3-11) Jesus mentioned “the world”, “they”, and “ye” as representations of these three groups.

Before his love matured Peter was like a wayward apprentice trained by a well-respected owner of a business. When the owner sought to expand, he left the apprentice in charge of his operation. After receiving a lot of angry complaints he realized that the intern was not only ill-prepared, but very rebellious! Prv. 16:18Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Where’s this spirit from? The Devil of course! Let’s take a look at this “historical” figure.

Isa. 14:12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

Rev. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

“And He said unto them, ‘I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven’ (Luk. 10:18).

Back to the apprentice, though the novice didn’t realize it, an on-going battle is being fought for the control of his soul. In this corner is – 9 Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (Mat. 6:9).

Jhn. 6:40 And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” We know that God is love (see above), and also that according to Rom. 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

In the next corner is – “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (Jhn. 10:10).” The thief won’t let you have fulfillment, or even enjoy a joke!

A preacher was baptizing people in a small stream when this drunkard came near. The preacher grabbed him and submerged the drunk for a few seconds before pulling him up asking, “did you find Jesus?” The drunk said, “no.” So the preacher put his head back underwater for a longer period before asking again, “did you find Jesus?” Once more the drunk said “no!” This third time the preacher held his head down much longer before asking yet again, “did you find Jesus?” After a considerable effort to regain his composure, the agitated drunk asked, “are you sure He’s down there?”

This joke was told to me by a friend. I actually don’t know if he ever thought that he would be a positive part of a sermon, however, the Bible says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Prv. 17:22)”, and this young man certainly gives us a daily dosage! That’s his talent which, when used properly, can aid and comfort the people in his surroundings – hallelujah! I Cor. 12:12 reads “for as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” So, how do we, the many members, attain “the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13)?

(1) Mat. 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” To be in “right standing with God” we must be:

(A) Obedient,

(B) Responsible,

(C) Autonomous,

(D) Faithful,

(E) Law-abiding,

(F) Productive, and

(G) Kingdom-minded,

which propels us to reach the pinnacle in the Physical realm (health, wealth, etc.), Emotional realm (stability), Intellectual realm (discernment), and the Spiritual realm (the Fruits Gal. 5:22-23).

The fullness of Christ brings about prosperity, peace, precisianism (concerned about correct behavior), and perpetuation (learning to fish versus eating fish for a day).

(2) Rom. 10:9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

(3) II Tim. 2:15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

(4) Mrk. 16:15 “…go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

(5) Rev. 2:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

We all face a life and death decision daily (Rom. 6:16), and I urge you not to “die in your sins” (Jhn. 8:24). “If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” “This is My commandment, That ye love one another…(Jhn. 15:6, 12).” In light of this commandment, and the one to “love your enemies (Mat. 5:44)”, and also realizing that your life depends on obeying them, again I hear Jesus asking the question, “do you love me?”

ACKNOWLEDGE/APPRECIATE GOD’S PROCESS

November 30, 2007

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Christian studies, activities 

“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn”- Mat.13:30.

To get an idea of God’s Process we should have some understanding of who He is. Those of the Judeo-Christian faith know God by many names. Here are some examples:

a. El, Elohim (plural) – (Creator – Gen. 1);

b. Jehovah-jireh (The LORD will provideGen. 22:13-14);

c. Jehovah-rapha (The LORD healsExo. 15:26);

d. Jehovah-nissi (The LORD is our BannerExo. 17:8-16);

e. Jehovah-shalom (The LORD is peaceJud. 6:24);

f. Jehovah-tsidkenu (The LORD our RighteousnessJer. 23:6);

g. Jehovah-shammah (The LORD is thereEze. 48:35).

While these and other names give us an idea of His capabilities, we should understand that His nature is Love (I Jhn. 4:8, 16), and that these names describe Acts of Love! Remember Jhn. 3:16? Moreover, Moses called Him I AM THAT I AM in Exo. 3:14 to let us know that He is all we’ll ever need.

The Will of God (from which we were created – Rev. 4:11) is threefold: Sovereign, Permissive, and Pleasure. Although His Sovereign Will determines how we are made and His Pleasure Will defines our duty, it is His Permissive Will that allows us to make the decision to obey Him. The Bible says Adam decided not to obey Him and thus relinquished his immortality (Gen. 3:24), along with the idyllic life he was afforded in the Garden of Eden (it was so serenely beautiful and happy, or blessed). However, Jehovah has a Plan of Salvation to redeem Man back to Himself, and it involves an Act of Love!

PASSAGE #1: GOD IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

Rev. 21:6And He said unto me, ‘It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son‘.”

                 PASSAGE #2: JESUS IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

Rev. 1:7Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.” 8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,” saith the Lord, “which is and which was , and which is to come, the Almighty.”

The name of Jesus also denotes a capability of God, and it is also a name we should indeed cherish because of Rom. 5:8 – “but God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” It’s stated in I Cor. 15:45And so it is written, ‘the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (life-giving) spirit.”

Due to the disobedience of the first Man sin was introduced into the world, and now a life (“which is the blood” – Gen. 9:4) is required for our iniquities. God certainly didn’t want to kill off the only Man (Adam), so animal sacrifice became necessary; however, the glory of animals is not rated the same as the glory of Man (Gen. 3:21: I Cor. 15:39).

And yet, it’s said in Heb. 3:9but we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” In other words, and it must be stated unequivocally, it took the glory of God to redeem Man through the sacrifice of Jesus (Jehovah savesMat. 1:21)! Now Man only has to “take up his cross and follow Me” to attain God’s salvation (Mrk. 8:34-35)! What does this entail? For starters…

Heb. 11:6 says, “but without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Additionally, our glorious Redeemer tells us to, “…. seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” – Mat. 6:33. Also, Psa. 100: 3 reads “know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” To complete this point, add also I Cor. 3:16 which reads, “know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit dwelleth in you?

So, to get into God’s kingdom we need faith (to please God), the highest standards of morality (God’s righteousness), and be willing to give Him thanks and praise (to worship God)! Moreover, we must look within ourselves to find His Spirit of  love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23) – NOT in the world with its various temptations. Realize, though, kingdom-mindedness aspires to reach the pinnacle in its endeavors, be it in the Physical, Mental, of Spiritual Realm! To reach that plateau spiritually, you also need to know…  

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Rom. 10:9).”

Did you notice that even before our personal salvation, we must seek God’s kingdom first! As important as salvation is, God expects us to emulate His Spirit before we are concerned with ANYTHING else! A God “who is not willing that any should perish (II Pet. 3:9)” will surely take care of ALL of our needs (Php. 4:19). Don’t act like the rebellious Children of Israel who, after God used signs and wonders to free them from Pharaoh, complained when they thought Pharaoh would recapture them. Know that our God is able to deliver us from any affliction, any addiction, and any circumstance that causes us undue stress (II Pet. 2:9)! The grace that gives salvation (Eph. 2:8) is the grace which keeps us until we realize that “…no Man cometh to the Father but by Me (Jhn. 14:6)!” Thirdly…

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Tim. 2:15)”.

We must learn His commandments (Prv. 7:2), the First and Second being 37 thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Mat. 22:26-40).”

Find a Bible-teaching church to get a strong spiritual foundation, and stick with it so that God can take you through His process in the most efficient manner. Many times people are either too busy church-hopping, or too inconsistent in their attendance for the Word to develop properly. They get a ”seed ” and before it can be “watered” (let alone grow), they’re gone! We need to “be still, and know that I am God(Prv. 46:10)” Read Mat. 11:28.

Wouldn’t you like to be with your loved ones for all eternity? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them grow into the type of people that live according to the Fruits of the Spirit?! You may be the only person who can reach them. That’s probably why you are together with them. So, after you have been able to lead them to Christ, you will develop the skill to help other people who are lost and without a clue. Then, you will be able to…

“GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE (Mrk. 16:15).

Understand, if we:

(1) seek God’s kingdom first;

(2) if we believe that God raised Jesus from the grave;

(3) if we study His Word;

(4) if we testify of His Good News; then

(5) we will be blessed because…

blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city (Rev. 22:14).”

The ultimate blessing is that our name is written in the “Book of Life(Luk. 10:20). It is truly unfortunate that too many of us seek so many things, and not the gift of eternal life. So I, a lowly pastor, asked that you remember to put God first; that your thoughts, words, and actions are holy (Lev. 11:44), so that on the last day He will see fit to breathe His Holy Spirit into your soul (Gen. 2:7).

Proverbs 3:5-6 says to, “5 trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Please understand that the LORD is leading us to salvation, deliverance, and His eternal providence because of His great unfathomable love for us. If you haven’t ask God to forgive your sins, why not do it now. My prayers are with you all!  Amen, Amen, Amen.

The 7-Fold Divine Plan!

November 29, 2007

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Praise the Lord, God bless you! It is good to be alive, and doing the works of God. We all could do the works of God by believing on Him who He has sent (Jhn. 6:29), verbally confessing that Jesus is Lord, and then by believing that God raised Him from the dead thereby granting us salvation (Rom. 10:9). Simple isn’t it?

However, SANCTIFICATION IS THE PROCESS whereby we become holy (I Pet. 1:13-25), and requires that we take on the righteous mind and personality of the Lord Christ Jesus (Php. 2:5, Luk. 22:42). As we journey through this life we get connected, and closer, to the Source of life by patterning our lives to the life of Christ, whose resurrection gives us hope for eternal life (Col. 1:27)!

Isn’t it amazing how some people, who one day just sort of happened to realize that they were alive – think they know all the mysteries of life! Wisdom says, “I was set up from everlasting, from the begining, or ever the earth was (Prv. 8:23).” There are “teachers” among us however, who promulgate or proclaim, that there is no afterlife, and that reality only consist of two realms – the physical and the intellectual. Yet, any intelligent person can’t help but notice that:

(1) eternity is a reality, therefore the Cause for eternity exists, and must be the Source of the physical and mental planes of reality also (no Cause, no existence);

(2) that matter has three states (gas, liquids, solids – represents planes);

(3) and that basically every creation generally includes three stages (conception, planning/development, production). 

The Bible tells the story of our earthly existence from the beginning to the end, despite what dissenters may say! In this life some of us are going to want “the best” it has to offer, some will settle for “just enough”, and the rest will have varying “degrees of apathy”. Similarly, spiritually speaking, the Bible teaches that some people aspire for the idyllic life of The Kingdom, some settle for a “good” earthly existence, and the rest have little or no knowledge about their origin, purpose, or direction (Mat. 13:1-23).

If, however, you are interested in understanding the path to personal fulfillment, this synopsis of the Dispensations (ages, or time periods which God used to sequentially “test” Man’s righteousness with respect to His will) may be of service to you as it is an attempt to reveal the order of God’s will for the inhabitants on earth and in Heaven (Mat. 6:10).

NOTE: I would be happy to discuss any discrepancy with this outline upon notice.

I.    DISPENSATION: Innocence (Gen. 1:28).

            A. Test: Obedience.

            B. Covenant: Edenic (grants conditional life – Gen. 2:15-17).

            C. Controversy: Unanimity (Gen. 2:19)/Duality (Gen. 3:9).

II.   DISPENSATION: Conscience – (Gen. 3:7).

            A. Test: Moral Responsibility.

            B. Covenant: Adamic (humility through work, labor pains – Gen. 3:14-19).

            C. Controversy: Rights (Gen. 4:1-24)/Righteousness (Gen. 4:25-26).

III.  DISPENSATION: Human Government (Gen. 8:15).

            A. Test: Autonomy.             

            B. Covenant: Noahic (No more floods – Gen. 9:1-19).

            C. Controversy: Homogeny/Diversity (Gen. 11:1-9)

IV. DISPENSATION: Promise (Gen. 12:1-4).

            A. Test: Faithfulness.

            B. Covenant: Abrahamic – Conditions for blessings.

            C. Controversy: Task-orientation (Gen. 16)/Purpose-driven (Gen. 21:1-21; Gal. 4).

V. DISPENSATION: Law (or “The Pedagogue” Exo. 19:1; Gal. 3:19-24).

            A. Test: Discipline for following Law.

            B. Covenant: Mosaic – 10 Commandments (Exo. 19:5).

            C. Controversy: Compliance (Prv. 7:2)/Complaints (Num. 14:26-45).

VI. DISPENSATION: Church (Act. 2:1).

            A. Test: Evangelize.

            B. Covenant: PalestinianDeu. 30:3-10.

            C. Controversy: Law (Act. 10:9-15; Gal. 2)/Liberality (Gal. 3:21).

VII. DISPENSATION: Kingdom (Rev. 20:4).

            A. Test: Apostasy.

            B. Covenant: Davidic (II Sam. 7:16; Psa. 89:3-4).

            C. Controversy: LAMB/Beast (Rev. 16:16)

The Eighth Covenant (or New CovenantHeb. 8:8-13) secures the eternal blessedness of the Fourth/Sixth Covenants to all Believers. It began with the Crucifixion and is the final irreversible agreement to Man. God will put His law in our minds and write them in our hearts to forgive us of sin (making it disappear into oblivion).

Overcoming disobedience, irresponsibility, anarchy, idolatry, irreverence, traditionalism, and materialism are some of the lessons we are to learn from studying these Dispensations. We should get an idea of how God is “walking” Mankind to higher levels of spiritual maturity to enrich life on earth. May God strengthen your resolve to have dominion over these evil traits by overcoming “triggers” such as: (1) Anger, (2) Lust, (3) Greed, (4) Attachments (emotional bonds), (5) and Ego, (6) along with Laziness (7) and Envy.

“Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.”Mat. 18:3. If you want the opportunity to walk into the Kingdom, you must learn how to attain a Closer Walk in this life! Let each one teach one in the ways of Peace, Understanding, Servitude, and Humility ‘til all of God’s Children are reached!

Which is the Best Religion, yours or MINE?

November 27, 2007

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Since the dawn of civilization Man has tried to establish the best religion, or way to worship a god(s), in an effort to gain an understanding, and even dominion, over creation – including other men.

In Genesis chapter 4, we find that a demonic Cain (possession), the older brother of the world’s first two sons, killed Abel (vanity) who, unlike Cain, worshipped in the manner revealed by God to his father Adam (Gen. 3:21). Note that Jesus called Abel “righteous(Mat. 23:35), so naturally the Devil would want him dead as this bodes well with his desire to derail God’s plan for Mankind. Conversely, a disobedient and obstinate Cain offered a bloodless sacrifice, and thus is known as the father of false religion (Scofield Bible, Gen. 4) typifying those who seek to worship God in their own way!

Even though Cain was banished from the Lord he erected a city, naming it Enoch after his firstborn son. The Cainitic civilization (according to the Bible) possessed both city and agricultural life, and included the development of music and metallurgy (study of metals). Yet, they excluded God from their lives; of this type of people the Apostle Paul would say in Rom. 1:22 that by, “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools (Psa. 14:1, 53:1).”

In fact, it was only after the world’s third brother Seth (appointed) begot a son named Enos (mortal) that men began to call on the name of the Lord (Gen. 4:25). So now even with the death of Abel, it’s clear that Satan couldn’t prevent the judgment of eventual defeat with the Advent (coming) of Jesus as inferred in Gen. 3:15 (“it [Mary’s seed, or Jesus] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”).

 So, purportedly in Gen. 6:4 he attempted to prevent Christ from coming to redeem Man by corrupting the line of Seth (sons of God) with the line of Cain (daughters of men). This move obviously produced an admixture which consisted of  two distinctly different ideologies. God made known at that point His intent to cleanse the earth of Man, except for Noah and family who restarted the world’s population (Gen. 6:7-8, 7:11, 9:1, 10).

IDEOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IS THE RESULT OF AN ACTION ON THE PART OF THE LORD HIMSELF!

Man, ever the disobedient child who NEVER wants to submit to the Creator/Sustainer of his life, has aspired to replace God since Gen. 11:4, and (for the most part) is the unwitting dupe of The Enemy, who is trying to “exalt (my) throne above the stars of God (Isa. 14:12).” Remember, the devil is attempting to circumvent God’s judgment, AND is gathering his troops for (Rev. 16:16) – Armageddon! Paul warns us in Rom. 6:16, “know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Incidentally, “…righteousness tends to life (Psa. 11:19).”

Now we see in Gen. 11:6-9 that God scattered a self-willed Man, which would ensure the preservation of those who would learn to follow Him (righteousness) – and live! How? By freeing the world of an ungodly initiative thereby creating the opportunity for the righteous to choose God. The people then left to build a city and named it Babel (confusion), and it is near here where God called Abram to come out from in order to bless him and future generations (Gen. 12:1-3). It is because of the faith of this great man that we have the monotheistic Abrahamic Religions! Which one is the best?

Jam. 1:26 reads “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflliciton, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

The best “religion” is when we display temperance and lovingkindness, and if yours is best – PRAISE GOD!

Why Are Good Pastors Necessary?

November 27, 2007

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Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” – Prv. 29:18.

Theologians indicate that chapters 12-17 of the book of John symbolizes a progression of approach through the tabernacle of God (Scofield Bible, John – chapter 12). Chapter 12 corresponds to the brazen altar of burnt offering, and foretells the crucifixion; 13 the laver – is where Christ washes the disciples’ feet; 14-16 – enters holy place with the newly purified believer-priests; 17 – as the High Priest, Jesus intercedes for those redeemed after His sacrificial death. How many people do you think would have notice these correlations, or path, except perhaps those that had the type of diligence necessary to serve the Lord as a servant/leader of His flock?

In fact Prv. 27:23 advises pastors tobe (thou) diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” The remaining four verses allude that worldly wealth may be short-lived, but God will provide for the pastor’s entire household. Now, why is this passage significant?

Well, let’s examine Isa. 56:10-11 which state, “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are SHEPHERDS (pastors) that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, EVERY ONE FOR HIS OWN GAIN, from his quarter.” Get it? Without trusting in God to fulfill their needs, some pastors seek to use the Word of God, and any gift He bestows on them, to become rich and famous as the prophet Balaam (Num. 22:5-35).

Unscrupulous pastors forget the main thing which is to look after our spiritual well-being! God informs the Watchman that if he sees the “sword” (troubles) coming his way and doesn’t warn the people, that the blood of the sinners lost will be required of the Watchman by God (Eze. 33:6). Apostle Paul eloquently concludes that the preacher must spread the gospel so that the world may come to know, believe, and call on the name of Jesus to be saved (Rom. 10:13-15). Also, Jesus points out that He told the disciples ALL that God told Him (Jhn. 15:15).

Imagine if this act had been performed by Adam – there possibly would not have been a Fall (just thinking out loud). As an act of righteousness (to follow God’s example), Adam was to reveal to Eve what God had revealed to him in terms of the Tree of Good and evil; his disobedience (eating forbidden fruit) led to his blood being required (Heb. 9:22). But the Good News is that the requirement of blood from the “Last Adam” freed us from death inbred from the First Adam (Rom. 5:17; I Cor. 15:45)! Hallelujah!

Some people are willing to sell their soul for perishable “forbidden fruit”, even as Esau did by selling his birthright for “perishable” rewards (Gen. 25:27-34; Jhn. 6:27); however, God is not willing that ANY should perish (II Pet. 3:9, Jhn. 6:39-40). We have the chance to accept His plan of salvation BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Do we want to end up apart from Him and the idyllic life He wants us to enjoy – only to burn eternally in hell (Mat. 13: 24-30)? Pastors must be able to communicate how enduring the momentary hardships of this life, prepares us for the Kingdom!

By the grace of God we have some examples of the restoration of life as they appear in II Kgs. 4:32, and Job 19:25; however two future vital resurrections are in Jhn. 5:25-29. The first resurrection, (of life), takes place with the return of Jesus, the rapture, along with the tribulation coming to a close. Then Christ the King of Kings begins His rule for a thousand years. And now after this period, the second resurrection for judging the wicked will now begin; these souls will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:4-15). Things that seem SO necessary, SO beneficial, SO pleasing, will turn out to be SO useless for salvation (Rom. 10:9) or our spiritual growth (II Tim 2:15) SO, when people try to impress or intimidate you with worldly rewards, “let the redeemed of the Lord say SO…” (Psa. 107:1)!

If you haven’t done so already

WHY NOT ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT!

(see Isa. 55:6).

THE NUMBER ONE KILLER?

November 27, 2007

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 Abram (exalted) was called by the Almighty God (El Shaddai) (Gen. 12:1-3) to come out of his hometown of Ur (light), which is near Babel (confusion), the capitol of Babylonia. Now, because Babylonia was paganistic, Abram was undoubtedly vexed by his nihilistic (lawless) neighbors. Their commerce was based in part on idolatry, astrology, high interest loan resulting in slavery if unpaid, etc. (see Php. 3:19). So, it’s proclaim in some traditions that Abram, and his father Terah (who died in Haran before God called Abram), was asked to leave because of his nonconforming ways. Either way, Abram displayed a tremendous commitment by obeying God’s piteous command to uproot, so God accounts his faith as righteousness (please read – Gen. 15:6-21).

Moreover:

(1) he believes God will give him an heir;

(2) God tells him that his “scions” (or his descendants) will become slaves for 400 years in a strange land; 

(3) however, they will come out with great possessions after the fourth generation (Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses) when the iniquity of the Amorites is complete (to be addressed by an exhaustive Law);

(4) and God informs him of the new land his progeny (offspring) will get from the incumbent civilizations (contemporary societies).

A list of the civilizations in the region he vacated, and how they evolved, includes the:

(1) Summerians,

(2) Akkadians,

(3) Empire of Ur III,

(4) Old Babylon Empire,

(5) Assyrian Empire,

(6) Neo-Babylon Empire,

(7) Mesopotamia under the Persians & Greeks,

(8) Mesopotamia under the Arabs,

(9) Iraq under the Turkmen tribes,

(10) Iraq under the Safavids of Iran,

(11) Iraq under the Ottoman Empire,

(12) Iraq under the British control, and

(13) Modern State of Iraq.

While this locale underwent intensive and extensive assimilation with the advent (arrival) of each empire, these descendants of Abram (“Exalted father” a.k.a. “Big Poppa“) are still recognized by their  faith (confirming God’s promise to make Abram a great name, as he was later called Abraham, or “father of a multitude” – Gen. 17:3-8).

The recognition of his offsprings is still viable even with Hellenization (Greek influence) which, at a point in world history, was the most dominant ideology; faith is also the influential factor in the Movements of Christianity, including the purportive Gnostic (secret knowledge), Pauline (Catholic or Universal Church), and Protestant (addresses theological rifts) Movements.

His grandson Jacob’s name was changed to Israel (Gen. 35:9-12), so nationally/culturally his descendants are known as the Children of Israel. Let the reader note however, that “he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter (Law); whose praise is not from men but from God (Rom. 2:29).” So God’s promises are due to those with Abrahamic faith, not the Law (Rom. 4:13-25). Incidentally, while “faith without works is dead (Jam. 2:17)“, “without faith it is impossible to please Him…(Heb. 11:6).”

The tiny country of Israel was indomitable – when they were obedient! What brought their nation down? The same thing that makes one an unbeliever; the same thing that makes one stray from the Fruit of the Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-ControlGal. 5:19-22); it’s the same thing that introduced sin, making it the #1 killerDISOBEDIENCE, which leads to death! – Rom. 5:17-21.

This is My Son in whom I am well pleased!

November 26, 2007

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This title, which is part of the verse found in Mat. 17:5, finishes with “hear ye Him,”  and testifies of God’s feeling for His only begotten Son. In Jhn. 8:29 Jesus says that He (Jesus) “…always do those things that please Him (God).” Also in the chapter (:37-47) Jesus explains the roles of the different “fathers”:

(1) Abraham (father of the Jews);

(2) Satan (father of liars, murderers, fornicators, disbelievers, etc.), and

(3) God (the Father of our Beloved Lord Jesus the Son, whose life is to be an example for His followers).

Verses 48-59 show how JESUS ALWAYS GIVES GOD GLORY, WHO ALWAYS GIVES LIFE TO BELIEVERS IN JESUS! The problem is that non-believers want to put a limit on God’s Gift of Life; however, Christ revealed the infinitudinal (boundless) nature of the Father. Peruse the short list of verses below to see that very point:

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth from the mouth of God,” – Mat. 4:4;

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away,” Mat. 24:35; and along with

Thy Word is truePsa. 119:160,

they indubitably connote (imply) the Word’s property (quality) of eternality, and as such are descriptive of God, who is also Good and Love (Mat. 19:16- 22, I Jhn. 4:8, 16). The Will of God wants us to live (Jhn. 6:40) by the Word of God.

It was NEVER the Lord’s plan that Man should be a finite creature; Man made that decision on his own (Gen. 3:6). So what is this Word God seeks to restore Man with? It’s God’s essence beyond time and space which we were born to connect with – a state of unlimited consciousness! More to the point – it’s God Himself (Jhn. 1:1)! Sadly, Man has consistently rejected God’s Word only to be imprisoned by the limited scope of human frailty.

Example: God sent His prophets; many didn’t acknowledge their prophecy saying it’s irrelevant because it’s only for future generations (can one prognosticate the past?). Yet, dissenters use this seeming ambiguity in an attempt to corrupt our faith even though, in a strange twist, some of these same dissenters promote some variation of a ‘Save The World’ campaign for the benefit of – future generations! Why? Indeed, for fame and fortune like the prophet Balaam (Num. 22-31:8). Mat. 16:26 asks, “for what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

It would be better for us to get “the Word turned flesh(Jhn. 1:14), who was “sanctified and sent into the world” (Jhn. 10:36), to give us “eternal life” (Jhn. 17:1-5); He “is alive forevermore” (Rev. 1:18), and is “faithful and true(Rev. 19:11).

How important is it to know Jesus the Christ? Well He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No man cometh to the Father but by Me (Jhn. 14:6).” Furthermore, He was “made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they (Heb. 1:4).”  He isthe stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must saved (Act. 4:11-12).”

For the FREE gift of salvation read Rom. 10:9, and accept Christ today!

POLITICALLY CORRECT, AND FOOLISH!

November 26, 2007

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“Why do ye also transgress the commandments of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘honor thy father and mother; and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.’ But ye say, ‘whosoever shall say to his father or his mother ‘it is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;’ and honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free.’ Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” – Mat. 15:9.

Political Correctness can be viewed as conforming with the ideology of those in power. In the Jewish tradition, people were required to financially support their aged parents. However, Jesus pointed out it was politically correct for the Pharisees and scribes to accept this support as a gift to God. How did political correctness evolve? At the core of this process is disobedience, and it involves the need of the spiritual destitutes (i.e. those lacking spirituality) to rid society of God. This truly is the goal of any secularist worth his salt. If you’re blessed without following God, why regard His commandments?

Many people have arrived at the pinnacle (or highest degree) of success without giving God glory. Although Godly principles were used to acquire their wealth, a true seculaist will refuse to admit that (Gen. 4). Just as the Pharisees and scribes circumvented (counteracted) God’s commandment at the top of this paragraph, certain people want to create and maintain traditions that tolerate laxity in obeying God’s law.

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” – Isa. 14:13-14. The Evil One wants to be “like the Most High”, and so does his children, thinking that such an achievement is possible without divinity!

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of itJhn. 8:44. The devil’s big lie involves faith in sense perception rather than faith in God (Jam. 3:15). This of course lead the spiritually blind to believe that they don’t have to really follow the directives of a Spirit, thus these souls won’t ever seek salvation! 

Possibly, being a secularist, you think being a “good” person is our only requirement, or that it’s “cool” or “fair” to be godlike – to a point. However, Heb. 12:14 reads, “follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” To be holy is to be sacred, saintly, pure, consecrated, and awe-inspiring. When you’re holy you don’t want to just be godly to a point – you want to be pure. You don’t want to be just a “good” person – you want to be saintly. You don’t want to be just “trying to make it” – you want to be inspiring!  

You don’t put profits over prophets (Prv. 8:11). You make it a habit to thank and praise God so that you can be blessed in His presence (Psa. 100:4). You don’t seek loopholes in God’s authority because you’re a soldier ready for “the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Rev. 16:14)!” So, why then is our Father so patient with “tolerant” people’s disrespect of His righteous commandments?

“Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn” – Mat. 13:30.

ARE YOU SAVED? Then you are more than just a secularist who only politically correctness, which only makes you “good” for a particular region on earth. In fact you are part of “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a pecular people; that you  should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Pet. 2:9).”