Where is Your War Room?

Last Sunday evening, my wife and myself saw the new movie, War Room, which I easily give a 10/10 for it’s adherence to solid biblical teaching and doctrine. Time and time again in scripture, we see the results of dedicated, persistent prayer. Friends, prayer is our best, and only effective weapon against this world, who is being overrun by the Prince of Darkness, Satan. As Bible-believing Christians, we need to be on our knees in fervent prayer each and every day, crying out to God for intercession and healing.

The real ENEMY
Are you angry with your spouse? The real enemy is Satan.
Are you jealous of your neighbour? The real enemy is Satan.
Are you impatient? The real enemy is Satan.
Are you selfish? The real enemy is Satan.
Are you struggling with an addiction? The real enemy is Satan.
Are you full of pride? The real enemy is Satan.
Are you apt to hurt others by speaking sharp words? The real enemy is Satan.

Turning worries into prayer – “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  Philippians 4:6

Prayer brings answers – “I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain. O lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.” Psalm 3:4-6

Jesus prayed to His Father – “One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.” Luke 6:12

Do not cease praying – “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Colossians 1:9

Pray for all people – “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by goodness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Pray for endurance – “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.” Colossians 1:11

Pray without ceasing – “See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

Pray early.
Pray always.
Pray for all things.
Pray with conviction.
Pray with confidence.
Pray with assurance.
Pray having faith.
Pray with your whole heart.
Pray, pray, pray. Pray with urgency – do it now!

Blessings,

*Scripture quotations from the New Living Translation.

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The time for delay is over

I have a question for you. Are you a Christian? If the answer is yes, then are you living a full life for Jesus Christ as best you are able? When we come to Jesus in repentance and faith, Jesus says He wants all of us, not just part, but our entire being. The time for sitting on the sidelines is long past, what are you doing to share the Gospel in your community?

Jesus Christ Himself commands us to GO!!

Make disciples of all nations 
“Jesus came and told his disciples, I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20, NLT

Go and preach 
“As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, I will follow you wherever you go. But Jesus replied, Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head. He said to another person, Come, follow me. The man agreed, but he said, Lord, first let me return home and bury my father. But Jesus told him, Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”  Luke 9:57-20, NLT

Preach the good news
“So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.”  Acts 16:10, NLT

Preach Jesus is the Messiah 
“And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: Jesus is the Messiah.”  Acts 5:42, NLT

The Holy Spirit speaks! 
“For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness – timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.”  Acts 2:2-5, NLT

God does not expect you to “do it all” yourself, there are millions of Christians alive today who are called to spread the Gospel. However it is true how God gives each person certain spiritual gift(s) upon receiving the Holy Spirit, we are to use for His glory, to share the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ with others. See 1 Corinthians 12.

A sober warning
“Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.”  Galatians 1:8-9, NLT

Everyone going out to preach the Gospel Message, needs to know clearly in their heart and mind precisely what the Gospel is, and equally important, what is it not. Carefully read the warnings from Paul again, letting it sink down into your soul. If you intentionally preach a distorted Gospel, God says you will be cursed – take Paul’s admonition seriously!

The Gospel Message is NOT,

  • a promise of wealth and prosperity.
  • a guarantee of an easy, worry-free life.
  • dependent upon the opinions of sinful man.
  • negotiable, debatable, or changeable.
  • to make us feel good about ourselves.
  • for our glory.
  • to be altered to fit your personal opinion.
  • a works-based message of salvation.
  • an “all religions are equal” message.

Do NOT,

  • change the Gospel message in any way!!!
  • think you are big and important.
  • shift the focus and glory away from Jesus.
  • water down, dilute, alter, massage, twist, or do anything to change the Message – There is only ONE GOSPEL!
  • back down or shy away from preaching the truth, pray diligently for strength and guidance.
  • say, infer, imply, or lead people to anything other than the cross, and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel Message IS,

  • permanent, eternal, and everlasting.
  • all about Jesus Christ.
  • good news for everyone who hears, believes, and obeys.
  • salvation through faith alone.
  • about the virgin birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • finding forgiveness, redemption, and a new life through Jesus.
  • perfect, absolute, unchanging, non-negotiable, everlasting, eternal, holy, wonderful, and free!
  • the message of salvation through Christ alone.
  • our free “ticket” to heaven.
  • the only way to avoid eternal damnation in hell.

Now go! Be the hands of feet of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Using the abilities, gifts, and talents, God has given you, go unto all the world and share the Good News! Pray for guidance. Pray for instruction. Pray for strength. Pray for protection. Pray for the words to speak. Pray for humility. Above all else, pray. May God bless you!

 

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Abortion vs Cecil the Lion

With all of the recent media coverage and public outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion I have a very simple question ask. Where are the public protests and media outcry over the millions of babies murdered at the hands of abortionists every year??? Nothing, zilch, zero. A society who devalues human life is totally and absolutely morally bankrupt. How much longer will God endure these wicked, daily abominations to His Holy Name? Woe to those who were perpetrated these heinous crimes against Almighty God, they will not escape the judgment of our LORD, JESUS CHRIST.

I did a quick internet search earlier today using the phrases, “killing Cecil the lion is wrong” (29,800,00 results) and “abortion is evil” (18,500,000 results). Unsurprisingly, there was a lot more traffic looking for information on the lion, Cecil. I guess innocent human lives are not as concerning.. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-4XjlUm31CNH8QprDAFUYmUUhTMwj_ABZvt6bFoqtqs/edit?usp=sharing

Although the bible does not use the word, “abortion”, directly, it is abundantly clear that God places a very high value on human life. Every human being is formed inside the womb in His image, so there is absolutely no difference between a newly-formed fetus, and a baby just delivered. God is involved directly and personally in the conception, development, and growth of every human being.

Behold, I formed thee
“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 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 to the nations.”  Jeremiah 1:4-5, KJV

Covered in the womb
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139:13, KJV

Knowest not the works of God
“As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.”  Ecclesiastes 11:5, KJV

Formed thee in the womb
“Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb,which will help thee…”  Isaiah 44:2, KJV, and also, “And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him…”  Isaiah 49:5, KJV

Folks, ABORTION = MURDER – those are the true facts, and says volumes about the moral state of our country and society. Do not be deluded into believing an unborn baby is not fully human, this is a lie of the devil. If God notices when a single sparrow dies, how much more does He notice when a helpless, innocent baby is killed? The eternal consequences to those who participate in, and support this “industry”, is not going to be very pretty.

 

Blessings,

 

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Original Sin

Contained within the pages of Genesis, is the true account of how our world became cursed by sin. It is here we are told Adam and Eve first sinned against Almighty God, and how the fate of all humanity was decided on that day, 6000 years ago. Although the story has a tragic beginning, the ending is simply amazing and wonderful!! God in His unending mercy, sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be sacrificed on the cross for our sin, so we may once again have true and everlasting fellowship with Father and Son.

In The Garden Of Eden

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Indeed, has God said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden? The woman said to the serpent, From the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die. The serpent said to the woman, You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, Where are you? He said, I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.

And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat? The man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate. Then the LORD God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate. The LORD God said to the serpent.

Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more then every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.

To the woman He said,
I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.

Then to Adam He said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat from it;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust shall you return.

Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever – therefore the LORD God sent him out from the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”  Genesis 3:1-24, NASB
God’s original plan was for Adam, Eve, and their descendants to live forever together with Him in the Garden of Eden, in a perfect, pristine, sin-free world for eternity. God exists outside of time and space, and knew in advance they would disobey Him when He said, “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  Genesis 2:15-17,  NASB.

Did you get that? God said they would die if they ate from the forbidden tree, clearly implying they would live for ever if they obeyed! Well, the “serpent”, who represents Satan the Devil, a fallen angel who rebelled against God, knew God’s plan and decided to get Adam and Eve to disobey, thereby denying them the blessings of fellowship and eternal life God had promised.

BIG IMPORTANT WARNING – The devil, while very smart and crafty, really has a limited bag of tricks to ensare mankind, and uses the same old lies to tempt each of us – BEWARE! By planting doubt in their minds that God had not really meant what He said (GOD SAYS EXACTLY WHAT HE MEANS!), both Adam and Eve (please don’t get me started on who sinned first, it is irrelevant), disobeyed God’s commandment not to eat fruit from the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is at this precise moment in history when sin first entered into the world, caused by the disobedience of Adam and Eve against God. The consequences of their mistake continues to manifest itself today, such as,

Death
Disease
Sickness
Mental disorders
Broken families
Drug and alcohol addictions
Abortion
Murder
And on it goes…

You may not realize there are environmental effects as well,

Extreme cold and heat
Weeds – thistles, thorns, etc..
Poor soils, lack of nutrients
Etc..

Today, we have no concept of what a perfect sin-free world upheld by God’s power is like, as only Adam and Eve, before they sinned, experienced. Ever since that critical moment in time, the earth and it’s systems have been running down and decaying.  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pain of childbirth together until now.”  Romans 8:18-22, NASB

All creation is decaying and suffering the effects of original sin. The root cause of every hurricane, earthquake, volcano, garden weed, and so forth, is caused by SIN.  Our world is NOT what God intended to create, and is being destroyed by the lasting and corrosive effects of sin. In actual fact, this earth, our world, is terminally ill and cannot be saved. During the soon-coming future judgment of mankind, our “beautiful world” will be utterly, completely, and absolutely destroyed by fire, and it is our fault. As in the days of Noah we have done wickedly in the eyes of God, and judgment upon us will not be restrained forever.

“They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They re being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God, and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.”  2 Peter 3,5-13, NLT  – (Emphasis added)

No amount of recycling efforts can truly clean up our world, it is beyond saving and ultimately temporal and worthless. While the Earth cannot be saved from judgment, YOU can be! You have one and only ONE choice, to repent of your sins and confess the name of Jesus Christ, asking for His forgiveness. Unless you willingly and freely do this with your whole heart, you will end up being tormented in hell for eternity.

The sin of one man allowed death through the door

“So you see, just as death came into the world through a man…”  1 Corinthians 15:21, NLT

“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”  Romans 5:12, NLT

“For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one;…”  Romans 5:17, KJV


Showing death the door

~ Sin came through Adam ~ Romans 5:18, NLT
“Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new lives for everyone.”

~ The reign of sin is over! ~ Romans 8:3, NLT
“God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.”

~ Sting of death is no more! ~ 1 Corinthians 15:53-57, NLT
“For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory. O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 ~ Jesus takes away sin ~ John 1:29, KJV
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

~ Jesus bore our sins ~ 1 Peter 2:21-24, KJV
“For  even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.”

There you have it, the sad story of how sin gained entrance into our world, and what is in store for us. My hands are clean and my conscience is clear, I have told you the truth. What you do with this knowledge is up to you, please make the right choice; come to the feet of JESUS CHRIST today!! May God bless you.

 

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Don’t worry

Consider this..

No matter if our worries are over finances, the health of a loved one, job security, and so on, worry, it is ultimately self-consuming and destructive. We can worry all we want, but nothing of substance will change, except to boost our anxiety and street levels. I have always struggled with worry and continue to do so, but am learning to let go of it more often. Matthew records basic instructions Jesus has for us on how to handle worry God’s way. Think upon this; if God is able to literally bring everything into existence with a thought, is he then unable to care for you? Think about. The Lord God Almighty Himself, wants to take our concerns and worry upon His shoulders, leaving Him free to bless and care for us. Worry has always been part of the fallen human condition, but increasingly, I believe is becoming a major problem in our society.

Here is a list of the (20) things we worry about most, as reported by https://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/anxiety-stress-worry-why-anxious-feel-better-symptoms-125454499.html

Weight
Getting old
Financial savings
Overall fitness
Other financial debts
Low Energy Levels
Credit card debt
Job security
My diet
Keeping the house clean
Finding  a new job
Worried about my sex life
I seem to be generally unhappy
Wrinkles or aging appearance
Whether or not I am attractive
Worried about my physique
Meeting work targets or goals
Whether my partner still loves me
Whether I’ll find the right partner

This is quite a list! For certain I could add quite a few others worries, and I suspect you could as well. Satan thrives on our worries, he just loves them! Why? Because it takes the focus of our eyes off Jesus Christ, and we easily become wrapped up with our daily concerns, instead of trusting in, and relying upon the strength and promises of God. It is at this point where we slip of the rails, when we fail to make Jesus our #1 priority and love. For the redeemed of this world, none of these concerns and worries will matter at all in eternity, nobody will worry or lack for anything in heaven. So, if these distractions, which is what they are, will count for nothing in eternity, why should we dwell upon them now? I am serious, why do we waste time being stressed out by things which do not matter a bit?

Too heavy a load
“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”  Proverbs 12:25, NLT

Why worry?
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in the barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than we are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”  Matthew 6:25-34, NLT

 Jesus is asking for our burdens
“Then Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you,  because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.  Matthew 11:28-30, NLT

So how about it, will you try to worry a bit less, trusting rather in Jesus who wants to ease your burdens?

 

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There is no need to be afraid

Psalm 23 – Trust the LORD to be your shepherd
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Verses 1-4, NLT

Isaiah 41 – Don’t be afraid
“I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, You are my servant. For I have chosen you, and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you us with my victorious right hand.” Verses 9-10, NLT

John 14 Don’t be troubled
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Verses 27-28, NLT

No matter your circumstances, you can absolutely trust the name of Jesus Christ; there is no reason to be afraid. The God who created the universe stands ready to receive you into His family, will you accept the invitation?

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Get the answers you need – now!

God’s word alone holds the key to answering BIG questions such as,

Why is my life so hard?

What is the purpose to it all?

Why is there so much suffering?

Can I know for sure if God is real?

Does anybody really love me?

What happens to me after I die?

These are questions all of us have considered at one time or another, and speak directly to our fallen human condition. Don’t worry or feel embarrassed, it is perfectly healthy and normal for you to be asking these questions. My prayer is that you would find answers to the questions you are seeking through His word, and step into a new life in Jesus Christ. Now go ahead, jump in…

 

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Hold fast to Him

The currents of life are flowing so quickly you hardly have time to stop and catch your breath. Change is in the air, and most of it is not good. The very fabric of society is under relentless attack by demonic spiritual forces, which are trying the souls of men. What was once considered evil is now embraced, even worshipped. Absolute morality is considered a relic of the past, and has no anchor. If I am right, and you are right, and your neighbour is right, somebody then must be wrong, right…? After all, if 1+2=3, and 1+2=4, and 1+2=5, how can you be sure of anything?

Thankfully, our God is always right, a light of hope in the darkness, a comforting companion on a long journey. God has never changed, it is not in His nature, otherwise, all of creation would collapse. God has faithfully recorded His word for us in the Bible and is the only and true source of truth, morality, and strength. Don’t be overly alarmed by the happenings of this world, for all things old are passing away, and yea, are nearly gone. Hold fast to our Lord Jesus Christ, our true anchor, sustainer, and author of our salvation, foe He changes not.

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Dear Friend…

God loves YOU so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die upon the cross at Calvary for YOUR sins. The bible plainly states  all men have sinned, and without a Saviour, we are condemned to destruction and death. What will YOU do? Will respond the call of Jesus for YOU?
 
All have sinned
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24

Consequences of sin
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Fate of the wicked
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, 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

Reward of the blessed
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 22:1-5

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Divinity of Jesus Christ

This is quite an important article regarding  a central pillar of our faith, answering the question as to who Jesus is, and making His divinity clear and manifest. During a bible study last week some folks from a local messianic came by, claiming Jesus did not pre-exist before being born of Mary, and now exists as an immortal human in heaven. This is a very a dangerous doctrine not supported whatsoever in scripture, and will ultimately lead to their downfall and destruction. The bible is absolutely clear that Jesus Christ is God, one with the Father, and has always existed from eternity past. If you are struggling with this question, I pray the Word of God will touch your heart and bring you into knowledge of the truth.

Genesis 1:26-27  ~ Man in our image ~
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

John 1:1-15  ~The Word was with God in the beginning ~
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Who is Word? Jesus Christ. Who was He with? God the Father. Is Jesus also God? Yes, this verse says so – not very complicated is it? At what point in time did Jesus exist? In the beginning – period. Jesus do not come into existence as a human baby!

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man  sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” Jesus is the True Light, sent from His Father to illuminate the darkness in the world.  John the Baptist came in advance of Jesus to proclaim His coming kingdom. Who made the world? Jesus. When did He exist? Jesus as always existed, just accept it.

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory  as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me:  for he was before me.”  Jesus descended from heaven and was born of the virgin Mary into the world. Again, from what point in time did Jesus exist in heaven? Always, from eternity past as we have already established. Notice carefully the words, ‘He that cometh after me is preferred before me.’ How is this possible? Easy. The pre-incarnate Jesus has always existed  and resided in heaven with the Father. Was this before John the Baptist or anyone else was born? Yes, of course! Therefore, we have firmly established Jesus has always existed from the farthest distance point back in time. Back in the human world, who was born first, Jesus or John? John was born by his mother Elisabeth about (6) months before Mary gave birth to Jesus – See Luke 1:24-31. As a human baby, Jesus was born after John, but as God, He has always existed – clear?

Luke 10:17-19  ~I beheld Satan fall ~
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 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.”  If Jesus did not exist before His birth as a baby, how could He have been present when Satan was evicted  from heaven? No, Jesus has always existed and will forever more.

Isaiah 9:6-7  ~The everlasting Father ~
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and  to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Here, we see Jesus referred to as the ‘everlasting Father’. What does this mean? John 14:11 “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” and also in Verse 20, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.” This is the essence of the Godhead, Jesus the Son and God the Father are spiritually one and the same. Jesus is both the Son and the Father at the same time. While this may be difficult for us to comprehend with our finite human minds, but never the less, this is what scripture says.

Isaiah 53:4-7  ~He bore our sins~
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised  for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” As the perfect sacrifice, Jesus paid the penalty for the sin of all mankind – death. His blood upon the cross at Calvary, He experience the full excruciating painful reality of the crucifixion, the full weight of all human sin, and for the first time, separation from His Father. No mere human, no matter how good or perfect could have endured all this. Jesus willingly laid down His life for us, and rose from the dead in ultimate victory over death.

Isaiah 42:1-6  ~Office of Christ~
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall be not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.  Thus saith the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein; I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles.”

Luke 22:67-71  ~Jesus accused of blasphemy~
“Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.”

John 17:3-5  ~The glory which I had before~
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

Hebrews 1:xx  ~Thy throne O God is forever~
“God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Jesus is the Son of God and heir of all things. The Father made all things through Jesus, who upholds the universe by His word. Jesus alone is able to cleanse our sins, and is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father.

“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”  We see here that Jesus is greater than the angels, and has a greater inheritance than they.

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thine hands:” The Father is here referring to the Son as ‘O God’, making it abundantly clear Jesus is in fact, God. Why is this unclear to some folks? Who laid the earth’s foundation? Jesus Christ, it says so right here and supports the statement made in John 1:1, whereby Jesus existed in the beginning and made all things.

“They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

Philippians 2:5-11 ~Every knee shall bow~
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heavens, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Jesus is of the same form as the Father, and equal to Him. Obviously, in order to ‘take upon him the form of a servant’, Jesus must have had an earlier, first form, because the second must have come from the first. Coming to earth in human form, be humbled Himself and became a servant for our sakes. The Father has exalted the name of Jesus, with a name greater than any other. At his second coming, Jesus will return to planet earth in His full glory, illumination and power. So awesome will this event be, that the knee of every man will bow before Almighty God in humility and reverence.

God bless,

 

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