Saturday, February 13, 2016

Doing Good To All

Continue your well doing!
Galatians 6 (NKJV)

6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Not Circumcision but the New Creation
11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to[b] the Israel of God.

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Lord is My Supply

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”  ‭Luke‬ ‭12:29-31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Saturday, January 09, 2016

You Who Are Given to Pleasures

One thing that I do in my daily scripture study is look for key words and phrases that repeat themselves, i.e., one of the phrases I noticed repeated often in the Bible is "in his heart" 144 times and "his heart" 237 times.  I felt impressed in my spirit that the Lord has key words and phrases strategically placed for me to find.  I enjoy reading the word everyday because I find that the Lord speaks to me though His word.  He shows me what He wants me to learn everyday.

As I was reading Isaiah 47 yesterday I noticed some other key phrases that just seem to jump off the page, i.e., Isaiah 47:8 " . . . you who are given to pleasures . . ."  This prophecy was written to Babylon, it is also a statement to those who seek to please themselves through over indulgence through worldly pleasures, i.e., sex, drugs, and rock and roll, as the saying goes.  Obsession with pleasures is a form of idolatry, which is an abomination to the Lord.

This verse also includes the words, " . . . I Am . . . " which is saying I Am a god.  The Lord God is the only one that has the right and authority to say this phrase.  When man uses it he is saying that I Am a little god.  These men do not believe they need the true God because they think they are a god or better than God.  This is what Satan, alias Lucifer, thought to himself as he sinned against God.  Satan enjoys tricking man into taking his thoughts and causing man to sin against the Lord just as he did.

" . . . you have trusted in your wickedness . . . " Isaiah 47:10.  The wicked, those who have rejected God, have deceived themselves because of their own " . . . wisdom, knowledge . . ." and craftiness.  They think so much of themselves they believe they must be a god.  The think to themselves, " . . . no one sees me . . .", because they deny the existence of an all knowing God.  They have said, " . . . in their hearts, I am, and there is no one else besides me."

Evil will come upon those who practice "sorceries . . . and enchantments" (witchcraft) , and you will not know where it comes". Isaiah 47:11,12 

Most people think idolatry is the worship of carved or moulded images.  Anything that man bows to and worships, other than the Lord, is idolatry.  Here are a few examples of idolatry:
  • Anyone or anything that is more important to you than the Lord
  • Trust in technology and little or no regard for the one that provides for all your needs.
  • Trust the government to provided for all your needs.  
  • Trust in human ingenuity
  • Trust in medical doctors more than the creator.  
  • Trust in the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet).  Almost ten years ago I lost 20 lbs. by eating mostly tomatoes.  My doctor, at the time, thought it would be a good idea for me to go to a dietitian to make sure I was on a healthy diet.  I was so proud as I brought in my food counter by "Spark People" with me to my dietitian appointment.  I thought she would be impressed because my Spark People program listed the calories, fat, and carbohydrates I had eaten for the past thirty days.  I was proud of the fact that I was losing weight by keeping my carbs at 120 or less.  She hit the roof and stated I was killing myself by not eating enough carbs per day.  I made the mistake of listening to her and increased my carb intake and guess what?  I gained the weight back!  I fired my doctor and my dietitian. 
  • Trust in medications rather than the help of the creator. 
  • Appetite: " . . . And put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite." Proverbs 23:2  We most often think of food in relationship to appetite and food is pleasure that can become an obsession.  I think one can have an appetite or cravings for other things, i.e., sex, porn etc.  These appetites or obsessive cravings are caused by demonic influences through oppression.
  • Occult Practices: Ouija boards, tarot cards, crystal balls, astrology, horoscopes, sorceries, enchantments, witchcraft, astrology (stargazers) and prognosticators
  • Drugs - this term is usually thought of  anything that can cause one to be addicted, i.e., pain killers prescribed by medical doctors, recreational drugs, and illicit drugs. 
In Galatians 5:19-21 we find the word interpreted as "sorcery" in some translations and "witchcraft" in others.   These verses list seventeen things that would cause a person not to inherit the kingdom of God except the word "sorcery" should have been interpreted "drugs".

These interpretations are from the Greek word Pharmakia.  Proper interpretation of this word today would be drugs.

A relationship with our Lord Jesus is the only one that give us peace and happiness.  If you need prayer please let me know and I will be happy to pray with you In Jesus Name.  Jesus is our healer, He is our source of all things.  Amen

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Who was Jesus taking to when He said, " . . . you who practice lawlessness!"

Matthew 7:22-24New King James Version (NKJV)

"22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’"
Who do you think Jesus was talking to?  I think He was talking to a group of religious people that were using His name to prophesy, cast out demons and to do wonders for their own benefit.  They were not follower's of Jesus, but rather people that Satan was able to use to counterfeit what Jesus was doing.  They were preachers of a different gospel than what Jesus preached.  There are preachers, pastors, teachers, priests, and any other clergy that preach a false gospel.  These are the people that Jesus will one day declare to them, "Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
Lawless or lawlessness has to do with the practice of willful and habitual sin.  To better understand the explanation of the terms Lawless or Lawlessness I recommend that you read all the verses on this topic as well as the full chapters on each verse: 

Everybody Thinks I'm Crazy - This is from my post on FaceBook today

I am very concerned for the people I know that have not taken Jesus serious. I've said this before and I will say it again; the worst thing that could happen to us is to stand before Jesus and here Him say, "Depart from me I never knew you!" Some people believe there is more than on way to heaven. I am here to tell you that Jesus is the only way. If you do not have an intimate relationship with Him He does not know you and you will never see heaven.

If you do not know Him now it is time for you to take Him serious because we do not know when we will be called to give an account for the way we lived our lives. Today is the day for you to call on Him and ask Him to save you.

The following is an edited version of my post dated November 18, 2015 on FaceBook

Almost everyone I talk to, these days, believe some big event is about to happen. Many of those that are Christians believe we are living in the last days, that Jesus spoke of, because of the signs of the time. Non-believers believe something horrible is about to happen like earthquakes or war. Some are looking forward to the future as the signs point to Jesus' coming to get His Bride and others are afraid of what is going to happen.

I asked one lady, that I used to work with, if she were going to heaven and she said, "I hope I'm good enough!" She went away sad as she was unsure of whether she was qualified to make it into heaven. She was trying to be good enough through her own efforts. Our efforts are never good enough and it's only Jesus finished work on the cross to saves us. We cannot save ourselves. Jesus is the only way.

Another lady, a fellow-coworker, overheard my conversation with different co-worker as we were talking about God being a jealous God and we were also talking about hell. She angrily jumped in our conversation shouting to us that God does not does not have human emotions and there is not such thing as hell. She went on to say that God would never send a person to hell. (This person follows the ideology that there are many ways one can get to heaven.) She was so angry she complained to our manager in an effort to stop us from sharing the scriptures with one another.

Why did I tell you this story? This lady took a stand for what she believed even though she was wrong. How can we as believers continue to be silent while fools (those that have been tricked into believing a lie) are going to hell?

Tip of the Day - The Following is from an article I posted this on FaceBook November 24, 2015

Tip of the day - spend more time in God's Word and you will hear Him speak to your heart. Our minds need to be renewed daily by feeding on HIs Words and not on the cares of the world.
Turn off CNN and Fox News as these news channels feed the unsuspecting viewer fear and terror or "Care of this World." This is the "Cares of the World" Jesus tells about in Matthew 21…
Sow the word in your heart and bear fruit for the kingdom.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I Never Knew You

Not Everyone Who Says "Lord, Lord" Will Enter the Kingdom

As you probably know the theme of this BLOG is from the words of Jesus "Well Done . . . " found in Matthew 25:21, 23.  The reason this is so important to me is because these two words are the most important words I desire to hear Jesus say to me when I stand before Him.  It would break my heart to know that He is not pleased with me.  I pray that your greatest hearts desire is also to hear Him say to you, "Well Done . . . !"  Please read all of Matthew 25 as I do not want to take any scriptures out of context.

Here are the words I absolutely do not want to here Him say, " . . . I Never Knew You . . . ".

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV) Please read all of Matthew 7.

Who is Jesus talking to in Matthew 7?  He's peaching to the crowds of people that followed after Him, which were Jews.   What does He mean by practicing lawlessness?  It means to continually and willfully practice sin.  Who are these people that He is referring to?  Unfortunately He is talking about people that are appear to be, on the surface, followers of Jesus because they can cast out demons in His name and they have done many wonders in His Name, but He did not know them.  These people were practicing a false copy of Jesus' ministry in order to deceive and confuse the people.  Satan uses deception to copy what Jesus is doing.  Satan does not want you to know the real Messiah as Satan uses counterfeit and trickery to deceive the masses.

How do I know this?  The answer is found in the previous verses 15-21:  15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them."    

Who are these false prophets? These people are all over the spectrum of humanity.  They are found as authors of best selling books, TV programs,  and unfortunately they are teachers, ministers, pastors, and priests in some of our denominations.  These are people that prey on the people that they are supposed to be shepherds of.  They have lead believers astray with false teachings and false doctrines.

Is there another resource that would substantiate this theology?  Yes, "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1 (NKJV) In order to not take scripture out of context please read all of Chapter 13.  Notice Paul mentions the term "disqualified".  What could cause a church person to be disqualified or to be in the same category as one that practice lawlessness.  The person that is disqualified is a person that has been fooled into believing a lie.  To be fooled means to be tricked.  Read some passages uses of the words; fool, foolish, and fooled.

Jesus gives us an example of people that are disqualified because they are foolish.  The Parable of the Ten Virgins is found in Matthew 25:1-13, but again I do not want to take things out of context so please read all of Matthew 25 as Jesus gives more examples of the kinds of people that are qualified and unqualified.

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming. 
Who are these foolish people and why were they disqualified?  Jesus gives us the key to these people  in Luke 17.  Jesus says that in the last days it will the same as in the days of Noah and of Lot.  Please click on the link to read the entire chapter as Jesus gives other examples of those that are ready and waiting for Him to return and those that are to busy to prepare for his coming.  I think the key of the mystery of the foolish virgins and the disqualified mentioned as in the days of Noah and Lot is they were unfaithful.  They thought that they had plenty of time to play around and have some fun.  They thought they had plenty of time to enjoy themselves.  Their main priority was to eat, drink and party as if there were no tomorrow.  Tomorrow did finally come and they did not have any time left to get ready.

Work Out Your Own Salvation

While we cannot save ourselves, only Jesus can save us, but those that will enjoy salvation are those that seek Jesus through His teachings found in the Bible today and not somewhere down the road.  The believer's job is to study and renew our hearts daily through a personal relationship with Him and His Words.  The Holy Spirit resides in the true believer and he, or she, will not be deceived by false prophets, teachers, pastors and priests.

Some church goers only hear the WORD at church or what someone else says.  The true believer will study to show himself approved and will not be ashamed when he/she stands before Jesus.  2 Timothy 2:15.  Don't take someone else word for what the WORD says.  Study for yourself, be wise instead of foolish, be qualified instead of disqualified, and be sinless instead of lawless.  Be In Christ Jesus and you are saved.  If you don't know Him at this time then take the time go get to know Him.  You will find out just how much He loves you and wants you to be qualified to be with Him forever.  To allow yourself to be disqualified when Jesus comes can only because of your own laziness or foolishness.  God is not the one that sends people to hell.  Foolish people send themselves to hell.

I pray that this training has ministered to your heart.  In Jesus Name, AMEN
I pray that when you come before Jesus He will say to you, "Well Done good and faithful servant . . . "

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Marriage—Christ and the Church

In my last post I talked about my experience as a Sunday School teacher of a group of unruly teenagers.  One thing that I did not mention last time is our class did finally come back to the study of an important study from the book of Ephesians.  The topic was marriage found in Ephesians 5:22-33 NKJV

22 "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body,[d] of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[e] 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."

Today's post is a continuation on the subject "Teach me how to live life".  If there is any one thing I hope you get out of this lesson today is you must the read the entire Book of Proverbs. And, let the Lord reveal His heart to you and for you.   Relax and let Him provide the desires of your heart by trusting in Him as He has done for me.

A man that finds a virtuous wife is  worth far more than all the wealth, riches or fame the world has to offer - as you will see from Proverbs 31:10-31 below:

The Virtuous Wife

I was studying Proverbs 31 today and when I read verses 10-31 I realized that these verses are a description of my wife.  The LORD is the one that gets the credit for sending her to me, or me to her.  If you really know her I am sure you will see her in these verses too:

10 "Who can find a virtuous wife? 
For her worth is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.

20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates."

The following is a wonderful explanation of what a virtuous woman is all about:

"10 Virtues of a Proverbs 31 Woman"

The following "10 Virtues of a Proverbs 31 Woman" is from Melissa Ringstaff's BLOG - A Virtuous Woman - Living Life with a Purpose - 

1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows
His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15)

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)

3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)

6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)

7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)

9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Prov- erbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)