Monday, December 31, 2018

Did You Know You Are At War?




When we pray to our Heavenly Father we release His powerful Angel Warriors to fight the demonic forces in the unseen world.  I know some of you disagree with my theology, but I have a saying that I believe is true, "Nothing happen until somebody prays!"

"What war are we in?", you may asking yourself.  We not in a war with flesh and blood, but rather a war against the demonic forces that attach us everyday all day long.  Many of you are not even aware of the war that's going on and do not see any battles to fight.  Many do not realize the enemy attacks us in our thoughts and when we accept the enemy's thoughts and we speak the enemy's words they become our words.  Our words are very powerful and can reveal what is truely in our hearts.

My post today was intended to go a different direction than were I'm going today.  The Spirit has been tugging at my heart regarding prayer.  Are you awakened every morning between 2 and 3 a.m. like I am?  I believe the Spirit wakes me at this time because He desires for me to pray and not just pray for myself, but for all the saints that are in the battle against the enemy.  He also impressed on me to start a prayer journal again.  I still have my prayer journal from October 21, 1994 through September 23, 2001 and I regret that I did not continue writing my daily prayers.  I have read though some of my prayers from back then and I realize just how powerful prayer is and especially those prayers I wrote in my journal because I can go back and see those prayers that were answered.

I pray that you will put your powerful battle armor and begin your prayer journal writing tomorrow January 1, 2019.  Pray for your personal needs using the Lord's Prayer as your guide.  Pray for your family, friends and everyone you can think of.  Leave room at the bottom to write down when your prayers were answered.  Write the date and how the Lord ansered the prayer.

How can we obey Jesus and the two great commandments He gave to live by?
  • To Love God with all your heart, mind and soul is to show His kind of love towards others by  praying for them.  Seek His will first and He will show you His will for your life.  We as believers of Christ Jesus we are called to do His will while we live on this earth.  What is your calling?  If you do not feel called for any one thing in particular you are called to pay.
  • To Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself is to not only pray for your personal needs but also to pray for your neighbors.  Who are your neighbors?  Every person around you everywhere you go.
Here are some examples of ways I like to pray for my neighbors:
  • Get out in the morning and walk your neighborhood and pray for the families the live in each house you pass.  Pray out loud if possible.  You may never know if your prayers made a difference in any of those you pray for until you enter heaven.  I believe one we enter heaven we will be greated by all of those that we blessed because you cared enough to pray for them.  Prayer in the Name of Jesus is a might weapon against the enemy that is trying to take as many people to hell with him.
  • After your walk or workout at the gym go to McDonald's and order coffee.  Sit at a table and if you have your prayer journal write your prayers for everyone you see.  If you don't have your joural just pray for everyone for every person from the McDonal employees to every customer that walks in and out the door.
  • To cold to walk outside?  Go to the mall and as you walk the halls pray for everyone your eyes come in contact with.
  • This is one that my recent ex-wife did in restaruants:  She would ask the waitperson if it would be okay for her to pray for them.  None of them ever turned her down.  I was so proud of her for doing that.
Here is the perfect example of how to you too can wage war against the evil demonic forces against us.
  • War Room - I love this video and the way this saint uses the power of prayer against the unseen enemy
Why do we need to get involved in this war?  Because of we live in a sinful world and the enemy has a plan to bring all humans to hell with him when he goes.
Why do we need to take prayer seriously?  Because if we let our guard down we can easily let ourselves get entangled in sin again.  I confess I have done this and I deeply regret it, but I have confessed my sins and have been made righteous again.
  • 2 Peter 2:20 King James Version (KJV) "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning".
  • Galatians 5:1 King James Version (KJV) "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
I leave you will one final thought today:  It's up to you to make a decision today as to whether you will pick up your weapon and get involved in the war or sit back and do nothing.  I don't recommend the later because you cannot stand against the enemy by your own strength.  You may feel his doesn't bother you so you don't want to get involved.  If you are not a treat to the enemy right now he will eventually get around to you.  And, when he does you will not have any power against him.

Pick up your weapons while you can:
  • Corinthians 10:1-6 King James Version (KJV) "Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."
  • Ephesians 6:10-18 King James Version (KJV) 10 Finally, my brethren, (you) be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. 11 (you)Put on the whole armour of God, that (you) ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places13 Wherefore (you) take unto you the whole armour of God, that (you) ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand14 (You) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace16 Above all, (you) taking the shield of faith, wherewith (you) ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked17 And (you) take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
May I point out the keywords of today?  Ephesians 6:18 "Praying always".  Don't Give Up!  This your calling so if you wondering what the Father has called you do, now you know.

Don't Give Up

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Have You Forgiven Those That Have Hurt or Wronged You?

Young couple back to back after an argument.
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Most days I wake up with a sense of something that is on my heart and I feel impressed that the Father wants me to write about it.  I must tell you that what I write about is because the Father is showing me issues in my own heart that need to be addressed.  Some of my readers may have thought  I was perhaps judging others.  But, the truth of the matter is what I write is the Father's way of showing me things He wants me to know and understand.

If you see anything in my messages that relate to you personally I assure you that I am not trying to expose anyone but myself.  I pray that my messages will speak to your heart and let the Father show you areas in your life that need to be examined too.

As you know from my previous post I search for keywords and phrases in the scriptures.  Why do this?  I have discovered that it is good to read the Bible from cover to cover at least once.  Buy, many people read the scriptures as you would read a book of stories.   It is true the Bible is made up of many true stories and other stories that are not true.  An example of those that are not necessarily true was written to prove a point or to change the listener's thinking about specific issues.  An example of this is the way Jesus taught the people with Parables which, to me, are like allegories.   I suspect some of the Parable may be true stories of things Jesus has seen.  That just my feeling and you do not have to believe it if don't care to.  For example, the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus found in Luke 16:19-31 - I really believe Jesus is telling this story because He was there and spoke about what He saw.  Don't take my word for it, you decide for yourself.

On December 14, 2018, I wrote an article titled: Do You Know Which Way You Will Go When You Die?.  The next day I felt as if I had left something out of the article and that was "unforgiveness".  Because I have not addressed the subject before today I feel impressed that I must talk about it now.  Why?  Because unforgiveness is a major sin that will keep one out of heaven.

Let's look at what the Bible Says about the state of unforgiveness: (click the links and read the scripture for yourself and decide how the scripture relates to you)
  • The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
    22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.")  
    NOTE: I think Jesus is telling that there should be any limit as to how many times we forgive one another.
  • Romans 1:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV) (30 " . . . backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 [a]undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, [b]unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them."
  • 2 Timothy 3:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV) (2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [a]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, . . . )
Please also notice all the "un" words I highlighted above.

Earlier this year my wife and I were having problems in our marriage.  I decided to find some videos that would help me find things I could do to save my marriage.  I found a video by Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of "5-Love Languages" - the YouTube video if titled Essentials of a Healthy Marriage (11/13/2013) (please click the link to watch the video)

The following is a list of notes I took while watching the video.


5-Love Languages
  1. Words of affirmation - "You look nice in that outfit!",  "I really appreciate what you did!"- You can focus on the way they look, the way they talk, but focus on something positive they've done for you or focus on their personality.  1 Corinthians 8:1 " . . . but love edifies".  Love builds up - give words of encouragement.  Proverbs 28:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit."
  2. Gifts - Ephesians 5:25 "25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, . . . "
  3. Acts of Service - 1 John 3:18 "18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."
  4. Spending quality time with your spouse and them your undivided attention.  Turn off the TV and your cell phones.  Spend time alone without any distractions.
  5. Physical Touch - a gentle touch, a kiss on the cheek, a hug, and intimate sex.
Dr. Chapman stated,  "Most of us have a primary love language, a secondary love language and the other three fall in line after that.  In a marriage seldom does a husband an wife have the same love language.

The second essential to having a healthy long-term marriage is you deal effectively with your failures because if you don't you will build a wall between the two of you."

Apologizing and Forgiving:
  1. Expressing regret - "I'm sorry I should not have done that.", "I deeply regret what I've done." , "Sorry I lost my temper and yelled at you." (note: do not ever put a "but" in there.
  2. Accepting Responsibility - "I was wrong!", "I should not have done that!"
  3. Offering to make restitution - "What can I do to make this up to you?", "How can I make things right between us?", "I know I hurt you deeply, but I value our relationship and I want to make things right.  What can I do?"
  4. Genuinely repenting or expressing a desire to change. - "I don't like the fact that I did this again.", "I know I did this same thing last week and I don't like this." , "Can we talk?", "I want to find a way to break this habit because I don't like this.",  "I don't want to keep doing this."
  5. Requesting forgiveness - "Will you please forgive me.", I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.", I value our relationship and I hope you can forgive me."  Ephesians 4:32 "32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."
What forgiveness does not do:
  1. Forgiveness does not destroy our memory
  2. If the memory and pain comes back - "Pray Lord, You know what I'm remembering tonight and You know what I'm feeling again, but I thank You that's forgiven now.  Help me to do something that is worthwhile today.  Don't allow the memories of the past to mess up a new day."
  3. Forgiveness does not remove all the consequences of sin.
  4. Forgiveness does not rebuild trust - Tell your spouse, "My cell phone is yours anytime you want to look at it.  My computer is yours anytime you want to look at it.  I am through with deceit.  My life is an open book.
  5. Forgiveness does not always result in reconciliation
What if the offender does not apologize?
  1. You can go to them and rebuke them - Luke 17:3-4 3 "Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins [a]against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns [b]to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” 
  2. Use the word release rather than forgive.  Release them because God has not forgiven them.  Release them to God if he confesses or repents to God then forgive them.
  3. Pray for them and be ready to forgive them.
  4. Return good for evil - you will need the help of God to do this.
The reason I felt compelled to share my notes from Dr. Chapman's video is that unforgiveness is a sin that can keep a person from going to heaven should we die before repenting and confession this sin:
  • Matthew 6:15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."  Our heavenly Father will not and cannot forgive our sins if we cannot forgive others.  This is a serious subject that is not dismissed.
  • Forgive
  • I say these things that you may be saved - our salvation has conditions: 1) repent, 2) confess, 3) hear what He says, 4) do (obey) - Jesus demands that we obey every one of his commands.  He mentions two commands: 1) Love God first and 2) Love our neighbor as ourselves.  If we hold onto unforgiveness then there is therefore not any love in us.  If there is not any love in us we will be cast into outer darkness as an unrighteous soul.
  • This is serious - I pray that this has been a blessing for you today.
Don't let your pride ruin your relationships?

    Friday, December 28, 2018

    What Two Things Must We Do To Make Sure We Are Going To Heaven


    Unfortunately, the answer to this question is so simple but yet we try to make it complicated (religion ).  Remember when the Rich Young Ruler asked Jesus the question in Matthew 19 (Click here to read all of Matthew 19:

    " . . . 16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good[d] Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”


    Jesus answered the Rich Young Ruler with what the man already knew, but he was not satisfied with what he currently knew.  The Young Man knew there was something about himself that was missing because he said, “All these things I have kept [g]from my youth. What do I still lack?


    Jesus summed it up by saying, "21  “ . . . If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  Jesus told the young man to go and sell his possessions.  Will selling all your possessions save the young man?  No, but it will create great wealth in heaven provided he can give up his wealth.  You see, the man not only had wealth, but the wealth had him.  He walked away sad because he could not give his wealth.  Well then, what two things are Jesus telling us that we can do to in order to know for sure we are going to heaven?  1) Come to Jesus, 2) follow Him.  What does it mean to follow Him?  Jesus gives us the answer:


    Build on the Rock (Matthew 7:25-27)

    24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.


    In my opinion, I could be wrong but to me, this verse sums up everything.  Notice the key phrases here: hears these sayings of His, and does what He says.  We are to be 1) hearers (listen and understand His words) and 2) be doers of what He says.  Here's another scripture that drives this point home:





    James 1:21-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Doers—Not Hearers Only
    21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and [a]overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

    22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

    26 If anyone [b]among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.


    Notice some key phrases James says about doing: 1) receive with meekness the implanted word 2) which is able to save your souls. Being a receiver and a doer of the Word is able our souls.


    I've highlighted some other key phrases that say it all for me.  As you read these verse you may find other key phrases that catch your attention.  Meditate on these verses and let your heart absorb what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.


    (Note: Verse 26 above is an example of a doer of the word - Here is another scripture to along the same lines - Matthew 25 - please read the whole chapter and highlight those keywords and phrases that stand out to you.


    Notice how Jesus separate the sheep from the goats in Luke 6:46


    But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  In my opinion, people can go to church every time the doors are open, pay tithes, give offerings, and reading our Bibles, but if we do not do what He says we are lost.  Going to church and being a member of The First Self-Righteous church doesn't save us.


    This verse reminds me of another verse: 



    Matthew 7:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

    I Never Knew You

    21 “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.

    Sheep vs. Goats


    Matthew 25:31-46 New King James Version (NKJV)

    The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
    31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the [a]holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

    41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

    44 “Then they also will answer [b]Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”



    Jesus tells us that we will be known by our fruits (the things we do and say) and out of the abundance of our hearts our mouth speaks.  What's in your heart?



    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    The Most Powerful Secret on Earth - The Power of Responsibility


    Galatians 6:5 King James Version (KJV)

    5 For every man shall bear his own burden.


    Yesterday I wrote to you about freedom in Christ.  Today I want to talk to you about being responsible and our responsibility to one another.  I believe that from birth I was wired to be honest and responsibile in everything I do.  I have always thought of myself as a man that takes responsibility for all my actions, that is until I watched a video this morning, The Most Powerful Secret on Earth - The Power of Responsibility.


    This Will Change Your Life Forever. The principle of responsibility is 
    one of the most powerful secret on earth! So powerful both Jesus and Satan used it!

    After watching the video I realized how easy it is to blame others for the cause and effect of certain situations that have happened in my life.  I must confess that I had blamed both my ex-spouses for the failure of both marriages, but after watching the video I now realize, like Adam, I should have manned up and accepted responsibility.  I was supposed to be the head of the house so I am the one that is responsible.  I regret failure on my part and how I hurt and disappointed my ex-spouses, family and friends.  If you me personally you may disagree with me by taking full responsibility because as they say, "It's takes two to tango!"  Although this may be true, but as it was in Adam's responsibility to do the right thing in his relationship with Eve, it was also my responsibility to be responsible in marriage.

    As I said earlier, it is so easy to blame our former partner and tell others what the former partner said or did to in an attempt to justify ourselves.  Adam had the authority and should have taken control of the situation.  But, instead he was weak and let his wife take the lead.  He should have been man enough to put his foot down, so the speak, but he let her take the lead over him because he didn't want to have a controntation with her.  He assumed it would be okay to appease her in order to avoid conflict.

    This is very difficult for me to write this because my flesh does not like to admit that I was a failure in both marriages.  And, it was entirely my fault because I was, like Adam, weak in my flesh.  "For every man shall endure his own burden." Galatian 6:5 KJV  This is failure is a burden I must bear, but Jesus said:

    Matthew 11:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV)

    28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


    Jesus is telling me to come to Him and give Him my burden as He will give me rest in Him.  I have learned from Him and now I am at peace.  I am free from the burden my of failure because His burden is light.  The truth has set me free and I am free indeed.

    This is how we are wired


    Wednesday, December 26, 2018

    Freedom In Christ Jesus


    As you may know by now I enjoy studying scriptures through keyword searches.  Today I have been thinking about the word "free" - click on the link to see what I found.  One of my favorite verses says, " . . . the truth shall set you free. . ."  I find it exciting to read and understand, like the photo above, how Christ has made of free from the curse of sin and death.
    • Freedom from sinning is to be "in Christ" and dead to sin

    I've only listed a few scriptures that relate to the believer's relationship and freedom in Christ.  Try doing keyword searches like what I've done above for yourself.  I would love to hear from you if a keyword search is helpful for you.   Please feel free to share any keyword searches that have been a blessing to you.

    Tuesday, December 25, 2018

    Did You Know The True Living God Hates Idolatry

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    Why Does Our Heavenly Father Hate Idolatry?


    Deuteronomy 12:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV)

    30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every [a]abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

    32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.


    Deuteronomy 16:21-22 New King James Version (NKJV)

    21 “You shall not plant for yourself any tree, as a [a]wooden image, near the altar which you build for yourself to the Lord your God. 22 You shall not set up a sacred pillar, which the Lord your God hates.


    What is idolatry really?

    I must confess that I have never understood the practice of idolatry until I looked up the word idolatry on my BibleGateway - keyword search: idolatry.  Don't take my word for it - click the link and read the verses for yourself.
    • Notice the word tells us to flee idolatry:  1 Corinthians 10:13-15
    • People that habitually practice these sins will not go to heaven: Galatians 5:19-20
    • These habitual practices are idolatry and those that practice these sins will go to hell unless they repent and turn away from these evil practices: Colossians 3:4-6 
    Now that you have read these scriptures take the time to meditate on them and search your heart.  Are there any habitual things that you do that is idolatry?  After thinking about these verses myself I have come to this conclusion: Anything we put before our Heavenly Father is idolatry.  Our first priority commandment by Jesus is found in Matthew :

    Matthew 22:36-38 New King James Version (NKJV)

    36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
    37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.
    So what does this mean?  It is anything that we place priority above God.  It's anything that we give more of our time to than God.
    What are some things that we do that God may consider idolatry:
    • Loving another person, place or thing we pay more attention to than God
    • Giving more time in your career making money than for God
    • The love of sports
    • Pornography
    • Sex - (see fornication definition below)
    • Watching movies or TV
    • fornication: illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, sexual intercourse with close relatives (Lev. 18), sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman (Mk. 10:11,12)
    • metaph. the worship of idols of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols
    • uncleanness: uncleanness in a moral sense: the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living of impure motives
    • passion: The King James Version calls it inordinate affection; lust - which means: whatever befalls one, whether it be sad or joyous - specifically a calamity, mishap, evil, affliction a feeling which the mind suffers an affliction of the mind, emotion, passion - passionate deed used by the Greeks in either a good or bad sense - in the NT in a bad sense, depraved passion, vile passions
    • evil desire - of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be of a mode of thinking, feeling, acting base, wrong, wicked
      troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, baneful - in addition, it means to have: desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust
    • Covetousness - a greedy desire to have more
    I am certain we all have experienced at least one of the above sins, which according to the above scriptures will cause any one of us to go to hell even it is only one.

    What can we do to undo this mess we've gotten ourselves into?

    The key lies in the word REPENT - As a believer that is saved by the grace of Jesus Christ and bound for heaven, we are saved from the penalty of judgment and hell.  However, we still live in a body of flesh and subject to the evil fleshly cravings and desires the enemy uses against us.  He uses these fleshly cravings in an attempt to cause us to commit those sins that can easily ensnare us.

    In case you didn't know it, we are in spiritual warfare and the enemy wants to drag us all to hell with him.  What can we do then?  As I said earlier, repent (change your mind and change the direction you are going) confess to the Father in heaven that you have sinned.  Ask Him to forgive you of all your sins (those you remember, those you do remember, and those you are not even aware you have committed) the moment the Holy Spirit convicts your heart.  Ask the Father to protect you from the evil one (deliver us from all evil) as Jesus taught of in the Lord Prayer.

    Is there anything else should do?  Yes!  Resist the enemy, Rebuke the enemy, Speak to the enemy the way Jesus did - tell the enemy what the word says, and cast the enemy out of your presence with your words in the powerful Name of Jesus.  Get to know the Father in His word and in order to recognize the tricks of the enemy and you will not fall into the enemy traps.

    Sunday, December 23, 2018

    Neither Do I Condemn You - Go and Sin No More


    I have been reading and studying the Bible for fifty years and you will think by now I should know everything there is to know.  But, the more I read and research the more I realize I have not even scratched the surface of what God has been patiently waiting for me to understand.

    The other day I noticed that Jesus often warns about hell and I also noticed He talks a lot about the importance of repentance.  The word repent, repentance and repented is mentioned throughout the Old Testament and Testament. It's mentioned 80-times in the Bible, 23-times in the Old Testament, and 57-times in the New Testament.

    If you think about it repentance must be important since the scriptures and Jesus tells us to do it.  You will notice that the preaching of repentance was John the Baptist ministry.   When John the Baptist was executed you also will notice in the scriptures that Jesus picked up where John left off and began to preach repentance.  If Jesus says for us to hear what He says and do what He says then I think it must be very important for us pay attention to our words, thoughts and deeds.   When we have sinned  we must confess that sin or sins before we forget.

    But what about willfully continuing in sin?  To repent means to turn and go in the opposite direction. It means for us to repent, confess our sin(s) and then stop willful sinning.  An example of the in John 8:1-11.  The self-righteous Jews brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus in an effort to trap Him in order to bring legitimate charges against Him.   After He shamed the unrighteous Jews the woman was left standing alone.  I love what He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers [j]of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

    11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

    And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go [k]and sin no more.”

    After reading this verse you can see that Jesus is pointing out that sin is a choice.  We have the choice willfully sin or refuse to sin.  I am certain the woman did not sin any more after this incident.

    Jesus did not condemn her for her sins, but I think He knew she had repented in her heart.  I think because He knew of her repentance He stressed the importance of "sin no more".  Why is that important do you think?  I have come to the conclusion that what I once believed was a lie.  The doctrinal phrase "Once saved always saved" is misleading.  I have heard people say it this way, "Once saved always saved or you weren't saved in the first place."  I suspect this phrase has sent more professing Christians to hell than any other doctrine.  Why?  Because this phrase gives people the idea that they have a free license to sin and not worry about any consequences.  This phrase can make us comfortable in our sin so much we don't see or feel that the things we do is sin.  The worldly system has made us desensitied and we have lost our consciousness of sin.

    Romans 6 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Dead to Sin, Alive to God
    6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

    5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be [a]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been [b]freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, [c]reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as [d]instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.


    From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God
    15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were [e]delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness [f]for holiness.

    20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit [g]to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the [h]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


    If we are dead to sin we do not willfully sin.  If we are willfully sinning then we are not truly alive to God.  We are not truly saved.  We have been deceived by this false doctrine.

    I like what James says:

    James 5:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

    16 [a]Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, [b]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.


    Why do I like this verse?  It is because I have come to realize that I was wrong because of the above doctrine.  I was willfully sinning and thought I was getting away with it because I really didn't believe there was anything wrong with what I was doing.  I am so thankful that I can confess to you that I have sinned and I have repented of that sin.  I am also thankful that you can pray for me and I can pray for you.  I am thankful that we can both receive healing in our spirit, mind, and body because we have confessed our sins, repented of our sins and because we are praying for one another.



    Jesus often used the word overcome.  Please click on the link and read each one of the scriptures.  I think you will see what happens to us if we have been overcome by the enemy and also see the importance of our being an overcomer of any sin that has beset us.

    Revelation 12:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

    11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

    The things I've mentioned above were things I had known all these years, but I'm afraid I didn't take Jesus' words serious enough.  I have had the "hell" scared out of me.  I pray that you too will have the  "hell scared out of you too and than you will repent and confess your sins to Jesus.  If you do He is faithful and just to forgive your sins.  Now go and sin no more.


    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    Serving For God's Glory

    Did you know how we treat one another is our testimony of who we really are?  What we do in this life displays our fruits.  Jesus' teaching was all about love, the love of the Father and the love of our fellow man.  How can we tell if we have the Jesus kind of love for the Father and our neighbor?  By the fruit we bear.

    1 Peter 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Christ’s Example to Be Followed

    4 Therefore, since Christ suffered [a]for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past [b]lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

    Serving for God’s Glory

    7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the [c]oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the [d]dominion forever and ever. Amen.

    Suffering for God’s Glory

    12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are [e]reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. [f]On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a [g]busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this [h]matter.

    17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

    “If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
    Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

    19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

    Jesus cares for the homeless, the widows and orphans. Notice James said: "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.".

    Jesus is our example of how to truly love our neighbor.  If we love our neighbor do we walk past them and ignore them as if they didn't exist?  Do we look down on them as if they are not worthy to be loved? Let me ask you;

    What Would Jesus Do!



    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Positive Poor Man Needing Money







    In my last post I mentioned that on my next post I was going to talk about three different things:

    • People that were translated from earth to heaven that didn't die
    • People that died and Jesus raised them back to life into their natural bodies
    • Jesus, the first to be resurrected from death to life and in a glorified heavenly body
    I look forward to the day when we, the true Church - the Bride if Christ, will be raised from the dead. Our old bodies, which have turned back to dust, will be resurrected and joined with our spirits, but in a new and gloried body like Jesus' body was when He was resurrected.  Those of us that are alive on the earth at the first resurrections will be caught up the meet Him in the air.  Our existing bodies will be changed in the twinkling of an eye from corruption to a glorified body that can never die.

    As I was writing the post my planned post yesterday I entered my scripture references but for some strange reason, I could not save the post because links were distorted.  This is the time this has ever happened in the many years I been posting on this blog.  I remember thinking to myself that for some reason the enemy does not want me to write this post.  I closed out of it thinking I will try again tomorrow, which is not today.

    In most all of the posts I write, I sense an inspiration regarding what I should write about that day.  Today I felt impressed to focus on Jesus' teaching in Mattew 25 (whole chapter) especially Mattew 25:31-46.

    Matthew 25:31-46 New King James Version (NKJV)

    The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
    31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the [a]holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

    41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

    44 “Then they also will answer [b]Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal lif
    e.”

    Positive Poor Man Needing Money

    Years ago I was eating at a Taco Bell in Cool Springs (Franklin), Tennessee.  While I was eating a strange looking man approached my table.  The reason I say he looked strange is that he wore very colorful clothing and he reminded me of a clown.  I was totally caught off guard when the man approached my table and asked for money to buy some food.  I was so surprised by the man's request I didn't know how to answer.  I would normally have given him some money but I froze because of the negative thoughts that mind.  These thoughts were from negative comments from a person that was close to me at the time.  They said,  "Never give money to strangers because they may attack you".  "Never give money to those people as they are scamming you".  "Never give money to those people because they only want your money to feed their drug or alcohol habits".  "Never give these homeless people money because they collect more money per years begging than you make at your job in a year".

    I mistakenly turned the man away but I felt so guilty after he left because I believe the man was in sincere need of help.  I remember thinking of the man often and hoped that I would someday see him again.  Well, that strangest thing happened again on another occasion at Taco Bell.  The same man came in again asking me for money for food.  I am so ashamed because I failed the test again as I didn't give him any money.  After he left is sensed in my spirit the man was my second test and I failed both times.  Why?  I remember also remember my reaction was out of fear instead of love.  I have felt so guilty every since I met the poor man needing money.  I think the root fear was he wanted to money for drugs or alcohol.   What I should have done was walked with the man to the counter and paid for the man to have a meal.  I was stupid back then and I hope I have learned my lesson.

    As I am typing this message the words of Jesus are ringing in my ears: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’  

    Please read the above-mentioned scripture and see if Jesus's words do not tug at your heartstrings like they have me.  Jesus said that if we have done these things for others we have done it to Him.

    Oh, before I forget - I now recognize who these negative words were coming from: "Never give money to strangers because they may attack you".  "Never give money to those people as they are scamming you".  "Never give money to those people because they only want your money to feed their drug or alcohol habits".  "Never give these homeless people money because they collect more money per years begging than you make at your job in a year".  These words sound reasonable, don't they?  Some people do not believe in demons nor do they believe that Satan comes against us in our thoughts, but this is Satan's biggest weapon he uses against us.  I believe these words spoken to me from a person was actually words straight out of hell.

    I have some homework for you again - I have two videos I want you to watch between now and Christmas.  Watch them with your family, if you can.