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A covenant by faith

Genesis 15:xx
After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abraham in a vision saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and exceeding great reward. Verse 1

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Verses 5-6

The LORD made a truly incredible promise to Abram (Abraham), which was not to be fulfilled during his lifetime. The descendants of Abram would go on to father new nations and peoples over the earth, commencing with his sons Ishmael and Issac. Notice how the LORD counted Abram’s belief in him (i.e. actions) as righteousness. This is not the same kind of “belief” that most christians claim to have today. No, the type of belief Abram had was much, much more. I do not have the space here today to delve into all his stories, but would encourage you to read these for yourself in the book of Genesis . Abram’s belief, the true belief in God, always involved some action on his part. Unlike far too many christians today, he did not say in his heart, “Yes, LORD, I know you are God , and in you I trust” – although this is very, very important. True belief in God must be much more. Notice the words of the Apostle John “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:2-3. Also in James 1:22-23 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding is natural face in a glass.” And finally the words of Jesus, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. Scripture is filled with examples of and reference to the true belief in God. What kind of “belief” do you have?

Obey my commandments
Are we all now being called?

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Keep My words

My Son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

Proverbs 7:1-3


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Vanity of human constructions

HTML clipboard“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass as they journeyed from the East, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. And they said one to another; Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone and slime they had for mortar. And they said; Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said; Behold, the people is one, and they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and their confound their language, that they may not understand one anothers speech.”

Verse Reference: Genesis 11:1-7

Memory Lesson: The works of man’s hands are nothing compared to the graces and wonder of God.

Memory Lesson: The works of man’s hands are nothing compared to the graces and wonder of God.

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Godly communications

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

Verse Reference: Proverbs 15:1-4

Memory Lesson: A soft answer turneth away wrath.

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Days of Noah are coming

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Verse Reference: Matthew 24:38-39

Memory Lesson: Be sure ye are aboard the Ark of Jesus Christ.

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Hated by all nations

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall hate one another. And many false prophests shall arise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

Verse Reference: Matthew 24:9-12

Memory Lesson: Ye shall be hated by all nations because of Me.

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I am God, and there is none else

Isaiah 46:9-13
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.”


Destiny of the saved

” And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring glory and honour into it.” Revelation 21:23-24


Fate of the lost

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:7

“For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” Malachi 4:1

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15

Dear friends,

The time has come for you to make a very important decision; will you spend eternity in the kingdom of heaven with the Father and Jesus Christ, or will you choose to be destroyed in the lake of fire? The choice is yours, but please decide quickly for there is little time remaining. God bless!

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Many shall call Me Lord, Lord!

*Emphasis added

Luke 6:46 – Jesus intends for us to obey His words.
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

Matthew 20:16 – Not everyone will qualify for the kingdom
“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”

Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter ye into the straight gate
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Matthew 18:3 – Be ye spiritually converted
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 16:24-25 – Seek after the LORD with all your heart
“The said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 10:37-39 – Love the LORD first and foremost
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 7:21-23 – A description of the church today (sorry)
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Can the people of this world call Jesus Christ their LORD? No. Therefore, Jesus could only have been referring to the those Christians who are following both Himself and the world, but not belonging to either. It is impossible for man to serve both God and mankind (Matthew 6:24). God has permitted us free choice; we can either follow Him and live, or reject His laws and commandments and die. Do you seek after riches and wealth? Then you are placing your trust in them, as opposed to the true riches of God through Jesus Christ. Are you actively thanking God for His kindness and blessings? Do you value what the world says is important, more than the Word of God? Are you praying and reading your Bible on a daily basis? Think about it folks, for your salvation is at stake. Whether or not you will receive eternal life in the kingdom of heaven is hanging in the balance. May I suggest that you turn off the television, shut down the computer, and pray. KMay the LORD bless you always, and God bless!


Matthew 7:24-26 – Obedience to His words (commandments) are not optional

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand.”

Mark 12:30 – Love God first, foremost, and above all
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

John 14:15 – Commandment keeping required
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

John 14:21 – Those who love Him will keep His commandments
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14:23 – We cannot receive the Holy Spirit without commandment keeping
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

1 Corinthians 7:19 – Commandment keeping is important and shows our love for Him
“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.”

1 John 2:3-4 – Definition of a liar
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Revelation 14:12 – Faith and commandment keeping are one and the same
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

Mark 13:21-22 – False Christs shall arise and deceive the elect (Be forewarned!)
“And then if any man shall say to youm Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”

Revelation 22:14-15 – Right to the Tree of Life through commandment keeping
“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. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

All persons who intentionally break His commandments, will not be in the kingdom of heaven. Please consider carefully, because as I said earlier, the issue of salvation is at stake.

“Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou mne in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.” Psalm 119:33-40

Amen.

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Blessed be the person who trusts and obeys

Blessed be the LORD, who is worthy to be exalted above all. Great and wide is thy mercy, glorious is thy name: infinite and wise is your knowledge and understanding of all things. Longsuffering is thy patience, showing mercy to sinners and patience to all. Glorious is thy name which is worthy of all our praises. Blessed is the person who trusts your word and obeys your voice. Blessed is the man who fears thy name and practices thy commandments. Blessed is the woman who exalts the LORD, and loves her husband. Blessed is the child that is chastised for their sins, thanking the LORD for their correction. Woe unto the person who trusteth in their riches. Woe unto the child that respects not their parents and despises the LORD. Woe unto them that gives ye not glory, praise and love. Woe unto them that rejoice in their sins and repents not.

Woe unto the person who exalts themselves above God. Woe unto ye that turns not from their sins, disobedience and wickedness, Thy future is dark and thy fate sealed; death and destruction are thy bedfellows, pain and suffering are thy friends. Will ye not turn from the evil in thy heart? The LORD calls all men and women upon the face of the earth to repent; but are thou who is lost and broken, wise enough to hear and understand?Thank you LORD for the provision of our family, our food and for all things. May thy name be exalted above all others, and thy mercy and love be known in the hearts of all. Blessed be the mercies of the LORD unto all.

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Blessings to the Creator

Blessed be he who created the heavens and the earth, and who holds the universe in the palm of his hands. Blessed be the one who calls every star by name and has created all things. Thank you LORD for your mercy towards us sinners upon the earth. Strike the evilfrom our hearts, and help us to love each other as Jesus taught. Help us to not have wickedness upon our hearts. Thank you LORD for our blessings of today and tomorrw. Amen.

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