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IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

Jesus, who is God in the flesh, already came to earth from heaven the first time. He promised to come back a second time to take His followers home to heaven. Of that time and hour no one knows, but it will happen suddenly. People will not have time to repent nor to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

MATTHEW 25:1-3

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
The bridegroom represents Jesus. The five wise virgins with oil represent the people who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The five foolish virgins without any oil represent the people who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and therefore will spend eternity burning in the lake of fire. When Jesus comes unexpectedly in the twinkling of an eye, people will not have time to repent.

MATTHEW 40:40-44

“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man (Jesus) will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Since we don’t really know when Jesus will come, we have to be ready at all times. That means that with Him we have to have constant communication and a personal relationship. The men and the women in Matthew 40:40 represent the ones who will spend eternity with God, and the ones who will spend it with the devil in the lake of fire.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:59-53

“ Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
This will happen in the twinkling of an eyes, and people who are not ready will not have the opportunity to do so. They will suffer in the lake of fire with the devil. That is not God’s will. Every person has free will, and he or she has the opportunity to accept or reject Jesus Christ as his or her Savior.

1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-17

“ But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep (died), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
If we are still alive when Jesus comes back for us (called the rapture), He will snatch our souls and spirits as we will meet him in the sky to be with Him to forever. Our physical bodies will stay here because our carnal sinful bodies cannot enter heaven. We will be given a new spiritual body. The Christians who have died prior to the rapture will also be given spiritual bodies, and they will meet Jesus in the sky just a little bit ahead of us.

MATTHEW 24:34-36

“ Assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
Nobody knows the exact day, but if we read the Bible we know the season, and that season is now.

1THESSALONIANS 5:1-4

“ But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”
The Lord Jesus will come as a thief in the night to the unbelievers because they do not know the Bible, but to the people who know the Bible it will be quite clear. The Bible tells us what the signs will be, and all those signs have already happened. Jesus could come for His followers at any time. Are you ready?
If you do not want to be left behind when Jesus comes to take us to heaven, then ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. In case you don’t know how to do it, read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you, forgive all your sins, and will make you His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me! I believe, declare and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day, not only to pay for my sins, but also to reconcile me back to You. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I accept the Holy Spirit as my companion, counselor, guide and protector. Thank You, father! Amen.”

 

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOUR WILL

There is much violence, hatred, trouble, selfishness and chaos in the world because each person thinks life in about him or her. The world does not revolve around each person, but it does revolve around God.

GENESIS 1:27-28

“ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that ]moves on the earth.”
God created the human race to do His will, and immediately He told Adam and Eve what His will for them was.

GENESIS 2:16-17

“And the LORD God commanded the man (Adam), saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
God let them know what His will was, but they disobeyed, and that is how sin entered the human race through their disobedience.

GENESIS 6:13-14

“ And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”
Through the flood, God destroyed all the people of the earth with the exception of Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. They were the only godly people on earth who were doing God’s will.

GENESIS 12:1-4

“Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.”
Because Abraham was a righteous person, who was willing to do God’s will and not his, God chose him to be the father of the Jewish nation and the father of our faith.

EXODUS 3:9-12

“Now therefore, (Moses) behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me (God), and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Moses was very reluctant to do God’s will, but nevertheless he did it, and God will reward him eternally.

JOHN 6:38-40

“ For I (Jesus) have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (God the Father). This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Jesus came from heaven not to do His own will, but to do the will of Father God, and that is that He should make salvation available to all of us. We can either accept it, or reject it.

ACTS 9:1-6

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. ”So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Although the apostle Paul had been persecuting the Christian believers as soon as he had that personal experience with Jesus Christ he started serving Him. He quit doing his own will, and started doing God’s will.
God created us for His pleasure and glory (Isaiah 43:7), so we would do His will and not ours. His will is perfect for us, and ours is flawed. You may ask, how does this message apply to me? Instead of making decisions according to your will, desires, or wishes, make them according to God’s will. You will find His will in the Bible. Before you decide to do something, ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?’ Then do what He would do.
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THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

Jesus Christ, God incarnate, tells us that if we know the truth it will set us free (John 8:32). That being the case, and since there are many truths, we have to find out what He really meant, and what is that truth He is talking about.

JOHN 1:1-3

“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Truth number one is that God has always existed and will always exist. He had no beginning and He will have no end. Truth number two is that He Jesus created this world and everything that exists in it and everywhere else (Genesis 1:1-26).

HEBREWS 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Truth number three is that God does not change. We can depend on Him because His principles, His will, His love for us, and His grace will always be the same.

GENESIS 2:7

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Truth number four is that we were created by God, and did not evolve from cells or animals. If we had evolved, we and the animals would still be evolving, which, of course, is not happening.

GENESIS 3:6-7

 So when the woman (Eve) saw that the tree (the tree of knowledge of good and evil) was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave 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 coverings.”

God had given Adam and Eve specific orders not to eat of that tree (Genesis 2:17), but because they disobeyed sin came into the world. Their disobedience separated us from God. That is truth number five.

ROMANS 3:23

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Truth number six is that due to Adam and Eve’s sin all of us are born into sin, and are in need of a Savior. We do not have the means to pay for our own sins.

ROMANS 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Truth number seven is that without a Savior we would spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire.

HEBREWS 9:22

“And according to the law almost all things are purged with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sin). “

Truth number eight is that Jesus had to shed His blood to pay for our sins. He did exactly that at the cross.

MARK 10:45

“For even the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Truth number nine is that Jesus came to show us the love of God, suffer, shed His blood, die to pay for our sins, to resurrect on the third day, and to go back to heaven to intercede for us at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:34).

JOHN 14:6

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

In Jesus’ own words the only way to heaven is through Him. No matter how you slice it, how you look at it, what you may think, or what people may say, there is only one way, and one way only to heaven – Jesus Christ. That is truth number ten, and the most important one.

2 PETER 3:9

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Truth number eleven is that you have to repent of your wrong doings, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior.

EPHESIANS 2:8

 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

The grace of God is unmerited favor. In other words, no matter how much we may have sinned, if we repent, and come to God, He will forgive us. He does that because He loves. He is love (1 John 4:8). That is truth number twelve. Those are some of the truths of God, not of the world.

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GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING YOU DO

God sees, hears and knows everything we do. This, of course, is good and bad. It is good because He is happy with the good things we do, but it is bad because He knows everything bad that we do.   There are books in heaven and everything that we do is written on them.

PSALM 33:13-14

“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth.”

That means He is seeing us every minute of our lives. Nothing is hidden from His eyes.

JOB 28:24-25

“For He (GOD) looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heavens, to establish a weight for the wind, and apportion the waters by measure.”

Not only does God see everything, but He is in complete charge over everything.

JOB 34:21-22

“For His (God) eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.”

God sees everything we do. We cannot hide anything from Him. During Judgment Day we are going to see our life flash before our eyes.

JEREMIAH 23:23-24

“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.”

Nothing, but nothing is hidden from God’s eyes. He hears, sees and knows everything about us.

He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

HEBREWS 4:13

“And there is no creature hidden from His (God) sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

During Judgment Day we will not be able to deny anything we did that was a sin. Everything will be completely exposed before our God and before us.

PSALM 139:1-4

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”

God knows my dreams, thoughts, actions, and experiences even before I have them.

2 CHRONICLES 16:9

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

Because Asa King of Judah asked Syria for help instead of trusting in God, God through the seer Hanani sent that message to King Asa.

PSALM 33:18-19

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,
to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.”

God is watching over His children (the born-again Christians) to protect and bless them. Are you one of His children?

PSALM 14:2

“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.”

God is looking for people He can bless. He will bless those who are seeking Him.

1 KINGS 8:39

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, a when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. “

Our God is not a god that is just waiting to punish us, but one that is looking for ways to bless us if we are obedient to Him. The key is being obedient. He desires obedience, not necessarily sacrifice.

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THE LION OF JUDAH

Although Jesus Christ is the Almighty, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent God, Father God sent Him to a violent and sinful earth to be meek as a lamb for the purpose of shedding His blood and giving up His life to pay for our sins. However all power has been given to Jesus by the Father, and His name is the name above any other name because He is worthy of that and much more. Not only is Jesus the Creator of heavens and earth, but He is sovereign. Because as a human being He came from the tribe of Judah and because of all the power He has, He is known as “The Lion of Judah.”

ISAIAH 9:6-7

“ 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, Counselor, 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 forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
God gave this prophecy about the birth of Jesus Christ to the prophet Isaiah about 700 years before the virgin Mary gave birth to Him.

ISAIAH 42:1-3

“Behold! My Servant whom I (Father God) uphold, my Elect One (Jesus Christ) in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.”
Again through the prophet Isaiah, Father God was telling us that Jesus Christ would come as a humble and meek servant, and not as the powerful God that He is. He did come as the lamb of God to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

ISAIAH 53:7

“He (Jesus Christ) was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”
This refers to when Jesus was on the cross. He could have commanded many legions of angels to come to rescue Him (Matthew 26:53), and slaughter the Romans, but He just kept quiet.

MATTHEW 28:18

“And Jesus came and spoke unto them (the disciples), saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
All power, and it means all power, has been given to Jesus over everything and everyone, with the exception of Father God, of course.

REVELATION 5:1-5

“And I (the apostle John) saw in the right hand of Him (Father God) who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David (Jesus Christ), has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
The scrolls have written on them what is happening on the earth, and what will happen in the future. They are sacred, and nobody can open them, except the Lam of God, the Lion of Judah, which is of course Jesus Christ.

REVELATION 11:15-19

“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.” Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightning, noises, thundering, an earthquake, and great hail.”
This, of course, is referring to when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ destroys the antichrist, His enemies on earth and rules over everything. The Lion of Judah will rule forever and ever with a scepter of iron. The first time, around two thousand years ago, Jesus came as an innocent baby, as a defenseless lamb, and as a meek and humble person, but the second time He is coming as the Lion of Judah, the all-powerful God, and as the ruler of everything that has existed, everything in existence now, and over everything that will ever exist. Don’t be caught short! Accept Him as your Lord and Savior now before it is too late.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t know how to receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, I am showing you how to do it. Simply read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all honesty and sincerity. He will hear you, and receive you as His child. That means your soul will spend eternity rejoicing with Him, and not with the devil and his demons suffering in the lake of fire.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He shed His blood and died to pay for my sins. I also believe that He resurrected on the third day and that He is at Your right hand interceding for me even now. I accept His sacrifice, as I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Father God, I ask all this in Your Son’s name – Jesus Christ. Amen.”
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THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE BY FAITH

God wants us to live not by what we hear, not by what we see, not by what we feel, not by what we know and not by what we understand. He wants us to live by faith in His word and by faith in Him alone.

ROMANS 1:16-17

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Salvation comes from believing in pure faith that Jesus Christ is God, that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6), and by living our daily lives in that faith.

HABAKKUK 2:4

“Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.”

The just are not too proud, and know that they need God, so they live by the faith they have in Him.

GALATIANS 3:10-11

 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law. ”Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

We are not justified by our righteousness or our works. We can only be justified by faith in Jesus Christ who suffered, died, and resurrected on the third day to pay for our sins.

ROMANS 3:27-28

 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”

There is only one way to receive eternal life with God, and that is by receiving Jesus by faith and by living by faith from day to day.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-7

 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  For we live by faith, not by sight.”

The apostle Paul is telling us that as long as we are alive on this earth we are not physically present with God, but that the time will come when we will be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8), and that while we are here we should live by faith and not by what we see.

JOHN 20:24-29

 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

GLATIANS 2:20

 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

The apostle Paul is telling us that he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), that he is not the same person he used to be before knowing Jesus Christ, and that he now lives by faith in God. That applies to us, as well. If we want to please God we have to live by faith. In Hebrews 11:6, God tells us through the apostle Paul: “And without faith it is impossible to please him (God), for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

If we want to please God, and spend eternity with Him, we have to accept the plan of salvation and Jesus Christ by faith. If you do not have that faith, you can acquire it. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:17 – “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” If you want your faith to grow, get into the word of God. You can do that by reading the Bible, going to a born-again Christian church, watching evangelists on television and talking to born-again Christian people. It will help you tremendously if you keep coming back to my blog. Read all of it. It will bless you!

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I CHOSE YOU

God, through His word, tells us very clearly that we did not choose Him, but that He chose us. Even before some of us knew that God existed, and before we acknowledged His presence He had already chosen us. He chose us because it was His will, and even though we did not deserve it, He chose us through His grace.

JEREMIAH 1:4-5

“Then the word of the Lord came to me (the prophet Jeremiah), saying: “Before I (God) formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Before Jeremiah was born, God already knew Him, and had chosen him to be a prophet to the nations. God had a purpose for him just as He has a purpose for you. If you do not know what it is, pray to God to reveal it to you.

PSALM 139:15-16

“My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

Even before we were born, God had already chosen us, and had made a plan for our lives. Our task is to find out what that plan is, and to fulfill it.

2 THESSALONIANS 2:13-15

 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”

The apostle Paul was telling the Thessalonians, as well as us, that from the very beginning God chose us to live in the truth of His Son (John 8:32), which includes living in His will, experiencing His love, light, righteousness, salvation and sanctification and much more.

JOHN 15:16

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

Five points Jesus tells His disciples, but they also apply to us: 1. We did not choose Jesus. 2. Jesus chose us for salvation. 3. He chose us to bear fruit. 4. He chose us to bear everlasting fruit. 5. He chose us, so that whatever we asked Father God in Jesus’ name, the Father would provide for us. This is, of course, if it is in God’s will.

EPHESIANS 1:3-5

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

God knew us before there was a universe. Before the foundation of the world, and before we ever existed physically He had already chosen us to be His children.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-29

 For you see your calling, brothers, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many ]noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

Although God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent He is meek and humble, and for that reason He has chosen the meek, the humble, the poor, the weak, the innocent and the broken ones to be His children. Regardless of your social status, education, physical appearance, health, and abilities, God has chosen you, and is calling you into repentance, so you can become one of His children. The tennis ball is in your court. What are you going to do with it?

1 PETER 2:9-10

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

You are chosen by God if you come out of your sinful nature, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. God is calling you out of that darkness into His light. If you become part of His family, you will spend eternity with Him. If you do not, for whatever reason, you will spend eternity with the devil and his demons suffering in the lake of fire. It is your choice!

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GOD IS THE LIGHT AND IN HIM THERE IS NO DARKNESS

God created the light because He is light, and in Him there is no darkness. He is holy, righteous, loving, compassionate, understanding, all-knowing, all-seeing, faithful, merciful, meek, humble, creative, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient and much, much more.

1 JOHN 1:5

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

The apostle John, who was Jesus’ best friend, is declaring here that Jesus Himself told him that God is light and in Him there is no darkness whatsoever.

GENESIS 1:1-3

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

God created light because He is light, and because it was necessary for life to exist. There are many life forms that cannot and would not exist without light.

JAMES 1:16-17

 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

Since Father God is light, His children are the sons and daughters of light. Anybody who has received Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior is a child of light. Are you a child of light or one of darkness?

JOHN 8:12

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Jesus told that to the Pharisees, who were the Jewish religious leaders at that time. They had religion, as many people do today, but they did not have Jesus or salvation as many people do not have today. No religion will take anyone to heaven, but believing in Jesus will. If you are not following Jesus, you are walking in the dark, and that darkness leads to eternal damnation.

JOHN 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him (Jesus), and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

Jesus is the Creator, the light, the way to heaven, and the only one who can give us eternal life. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father – to salvation – except through Him (John 14:6). Have you made Him your Lord and Savior?

JOHN 1:9-11

“That (Jesus) was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own (the Jewish people), and His own did not receive Him.”

The Jewish religious leaders actually had Jesus killed on a cross around two thousand years ago. Neither the darkness, the devil, the grave nor death could contain Him because He is God, the Creator, holy, divine, life, light and righteousness. He resurrected on the third day to reconcile us back to God the Father, and to make salvation available to each and every one of us. All we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior. Have you done that already? If not, you can do it now to make sure that you will spend eternity rejoicing with God, and not suffering eternally in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

If the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire does not appeal to you, then simply repent, and become a born-again Christian. It does not mean you have to change completely. It does mean, however, that instead of living a meaningless, worthless, and unfulfilling life you now establish an intimate relationship with God which will help you achieve your real destiny. If you have no idea how to begin, read the following prayer, and when you, more or less understand it, pray it to God aloud in faith and in all honesty and sincerity. He will hear you, accept you as His child, and your life will change for the better.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins, and I ask You to forgive me. I believe, declare and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected on the third day. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and ask the Holy Spirit to live inside of me, so He can guide me and protect me. Help me be a good child to you, and bless me in the areas where I need blessings. Thank You, Father! Amen.”

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THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES

No one knows for sure when Jesus will come back for the Christians to take them to heaven in what is known as “the rapture.” However all the signs that are mentioned in the Bible have already happened. “The rapture” could happen at any given moment. The most important thing is for us to be in good standing with God.

THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

Israel had been under English control, but on November 2, 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour writes an important letter to Britain’s most illustrious Jewish citizen, Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The letter would eventually become known as the Balfour Declaration.
As the Jewish people had been exiled for two thousand years, that was a true sign of the times.

ISAIAH 66:8

“Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”
After two thousand years of not being a nation, Israel fulfilled that prophecy by becoming a nation in one day – May 14,1948. That is one of the signs that Jesus’ return is near.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
What are some of the signs of the end times? There will be perilous times. They are here. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, proud, blasphemers, disobedient, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of good, traitors, lovers of pleasures, being false Christians, deniers of God’s power, and much more. Those times are here.

MATTHEW 24:7-14

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
The signs that Jesus said would happen before His return are: 1. Nation will rise against nation. It is happening. 2. There will be famines and pestilences. That is happening. 3. Earthquakes in various places. It is happening. 4. Christians will be hated. It is happening. 5. People will be offended easily and will betray one another. It is happening. 6. Many false prophets will arise. It is happening. 7. The word of God will be preached all over the world. It is happening. Lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold. It is happening.

1 TIMOTHY 4:1-3

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
People are leaving the faith in God and are believing in many other things. The vegans do not eat meat or any other type of animal products. The priests in the Catholic church are not allowed to marry. Do you need more proof?

2 PETER 3:2-4

“That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
There are many scoffers, who are just doing whatever pleases them, because they do not believe that Jesus is coming for us.

DANIEL 12:4

“But, you Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
People are running to and fro as never before (as the angel told the prophet Daniel), and right now knowledge is doubling itself about every 12 months, and very soon it will be even faster than that.

LUKE 21:25-28

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken and then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.”
Jesus Himself is telling us what some of the signs will be just before He comes back for us. We have already seen most of those signs.

1 THESSALONIANS 4:16-18

“ For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
This describes the rapture. The Christians, who are still alive, will meet Jesus in the air and go with Him to heaven (John 14:1-3). The unbelievers will stay behind to suffer the wrath of God here on earth and when they die they will spend eternity in the lake of fire. Whether people believe it or not is irrelevant. Jesus will come. The only question is…Are you ready?
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                                                                  BEYOND THIS LIFE
Many people live as they please because they think this life is all there is. They do not believe in the hereafter. Therefore they do not think they will have to be accountable to God when they die. However regardless whether we belong to a religion or not, whether we believe God exists or not, we will have to come before Him on Judgment Day.
Every single human being has eternal life. The only difference is where he or she will spend it. There are only two places; heaven and the lake of fire.
ROMANS 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We get to choose where we spend eternity by either choosing sin, or choosing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
1 PETER 4:3-5
“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 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. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”
People who are not Christ followers will be judged on Judgment Day by Him severely, and they will be sent to spend eternity in the lake of fire. Don’t let it happen to you!
JOHN 5:24
“ Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
There is life after this one, and it is eternal. It is a free gift, but we can only receive it if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 14:6).
1 CORINTHIANS 15:53-54
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
We put on incorruption and immortality when we repent, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and when we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
2 TIMOTHY 4:1-3
“ I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.”
God will judge everyone of us in one way or another. We will spend eternity according to how that judgment goes. The judgment will go according to how we have lived the word of God. The time has come when people are not enduring sound teaching because they just want to hear what pleases them, and there are plenty of evangelists who are giving them exactly that.

                                                                  ROMANS 10:9-13
“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
The apostle Paul clearly tells us that if we believe and confess verbally that Jesus Christ suffered, died, and was raised from the dead to pay for our sins that we will spend eternity with God.
MATTHEW 25:31-34
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 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. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King (God) 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.”
This scripture is referring to Jesus’ second coming, which will probably happen within our lifetime. He gave us some of the signs that would happen just before His coming, and all of them have happened already. The sheep are the people who will spend eternity with God – the true Christians – and the goats are the ones who will spend eternity in the lake of fire. Are you a sheep or a goat? If you are a goat, you can change that by repenting, and receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
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YOU HAVE TO BE HUNGRY

The best Christians are the ones who are hungry for God and hungry for His Word. They are not happy just going to church. They develop an intimate relationship with God by praying, reading the Bible, meditating on God’s word and by putting it into practice immediately or almost immediately by serving God in whichever way is possible for them at the time.

MATTHEW 6:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” God, you and everybody else knows you are hungry for God when you seek first the kingdom of God. There are no such a thing as “secret Christians.”

MATTHEW 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

The ones who are thirsting and hungering for righteousness are thirsting and hungering for God, and God will bless them. Are you thirsting and hungering for God?

1 PETER 2:1-2

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” One of the first steps we should take in loving God is to learn who He is by learning His word.

PSALM 27:4-8

One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the
 time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.More than anything we should seek to be with the Lord.

ISAIAH 55:1-3

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.  Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you— the sure mercies of David.”

God wants us to thirst, to be hungry for Him, and to come to Him, so He can bless us.

PSALM 81:8-10

“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me! There shall be no foreign god among you; nor shall you worship any foreign god. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” We can only worship one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He will fulfill all our needs.

PSALM 63:1

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” Psalm 42:1-2 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You. O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When Shall I come and appear before God?” The job of every good Christian is to seek God with all that is in him.

MATTHEW 7:7-8

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

God wants us to seek, to knock, and to ask Him. He wants us to depend on Him, not on men.

If you want to feel God’s presence, to hear His voice or for Him to answer your prayers, you have to develop a hunger and a thirst for Him and for the things that He represents.

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IT’S NOT BY WORKS

Many people from different religions think that we get to heaven by our good works. While it is true that God wants us to do good works, no matter how many we do we cannot earn our way to heaven. Salvation comes by the grace of God, and by His grace only. What must we do? We must repent of our sins, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and try to live according to godly principles.
EPHESIANS 2:8-10
“ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
If we believe by faith in Jesus Christ, believe Him, believe the scriptures, and if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, then we have salvation. Good works will follow automatically.
ROMANS 11:6
“And if by grace, then (salvation) it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”
God’s salvation does not come to us because of the good works we may have done, are doing, or will do. It comes to us freely through God’s grace because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ did on the cross. He suffered, died and resurrected to pay for our sins.
ROMANS 4:4-5
“Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.”
God does not count our good works for salvation because that would negate the sacrifice Jesus did on the cross, but He counts our faith in Jesus Christ as righteousness.
GALATIANS 2:15-16
“We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”
The apostle Paul was confronting the apostle Peter because the latter was trying to please the Jews by conforming to their regulations of doing works rather than receiving salvation purely by grace and by grace alone.
TITUS 3:4-7
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
The apostle Paul is telling us that we are justified and saved by God’s mercy and His grace. All we have to do is believe in our hearts that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and confess it with our mouths (Romans 10:9).

2 TIMOTHY 1:8-9
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me (the apostle Paul) in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
Our salvation – eternal life with God – does not come to us because we deserve it, done good works or because we are better than other people. It comes to us as a gift from God – His grace – but only if we receive His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Regardless of what you may have done, of how you may have lived, of how much you have sinned, and of how far you have been from God, if you repent, ask God to forgive you, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and try to turn a new leaf, God will forgive you and give you eternal life with Him. That gift to you is called “God’s grace.”
If you do not know what to do now, just read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you, forgive you, and receive you as part of His family.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I receive Your Son Jesus Christ in my life as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me, protect me and be my companion. Thank You Father. Amen.” If you prayed that prayer and meant it, all your sins have been forgiven. Find yourself a good Bible, a good born-again Christian church, and some good Christian friends who are willing to help you live a godly life.
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                                                   DO NOT COMPROMISE THE WORD OF GOD

God left us clear instructions in the Bible, so that we would not disobey Him by compromising His word or His will. If we choose to disobey Him by compromising His word or His will, we can only blame ourselves when we are paying the consequences here on this earth, or in the afterlife.
GENESIS 2:16-17, 3:6-7 AND 3:23-24
Genesis 2:16-17 – “The LORD God commanded the man (Adam), saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 3:6-7 – “So when the woman (Eve) saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave 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 coverings.” Genesis 3:23-24 – “ Therefore the LORD God sent him (Adam) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim (angels) at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Adam and Eve compromised the verbal word of God, so He drove them out of there forever.
GENESIS 6:5-8
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
The only people on earth who had not compromised the word of God and His will were Noah and his family. They were the only ones who survived the flood.
GENESIS 19:17 AND VERSE 26
“So it came to pass, when they (the angels) had brought them (Lot, his wife and their two daughters) outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” Genesis 19:26 – “But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Lot’s wife disobeyed and compromised the word that the angels had given them, and she instantly became a pillar of salt. Needless to say she is not in heaven.
NUMBERS 20:7-12
“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”
God told Moses that He (God) would yield water from the rock, but Moses told the people that he and Aaron would bring water out of the rock. Because of that disobedience and compromise Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land.
MATTHEW 6:24
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [mammon.”
God is telling us that we cannot do His will if we are disobeying and compromising His word. What is compromising the word of God? It is manipulating or changing God’s word to fit our circumstances, desires or wishes. Many of the evangelists on television do that extremely well.
PSALM 119:1-4
“Blessed are the ]undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways. You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently.”
In other words, God considers blessed the people who do not compromise His word or His will. Are you compromising the word of God?
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I AM WHO I AM

When there was nothing, God was. He had no beginning and He will have no end. Everything had its beginning in Him and through Him. Without Him nothing that exists would exist. He created everything that has life, that gives life, and even objects that may seem to be lifeless, such as rocks, metals, carbon and so on.

EXODUS 3:13-14

“Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

God had assigned Moses the job of freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Moses knew that God existed, but He did not know His name. God told him, “I am who I am” because He is everything to us. Not only is He our Savior, but He is our intercessor, forgiver, healer, protector, benefactor, source, provider, refuge, hope, companion, counselor, helper, strength, and so much more.

GENESIS 1:1-5

 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

God created the heavens and the earth and everything that existed, exists and will ever exist.

God is the Creator. He is creation. Nobody else can create.

GENESIS 2:7-8

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

God created human, animal and plant life as we know it today. He is life.

EXODUS 14:22-27

So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.  And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.”  And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew[ the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.”

God was the hope, protector, and defender of the Jewish people. He can be the same thing for us if we make Him our Lord and Redeemer.

LUKE 22:31-32

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.

Jesus is our intercessor in heaven (Romans 8:34). When we pray He intercedes on our behalf.

JOHN 14:26

“But the ]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

Jesus was telling His disciples that He was not leaving them alone; the Holy Spirit would come to live in them and to live in us. The Holy Spirit is our helper, friend, advisor and companion.

PSALM 46:1-2

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” Then in Proverbs 18:10, God tells us through King Solomon, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

God is our refuge and strength. He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

If you feel defeated, all the doors are closed, the world seems to be totally against you, and the walls are caving in on you, turn to Jesus. He is THE GREAT I AM. He can be your friend, helper, companion, counselor, protector, refuge, safety net, strength, provider, healer, benefactor, and whatever else you need Him to be. Your first step is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Pray the following prayer to Him. He will hear you, and will become your God, friend, and much, much more.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me. I believe, confess, and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day that I may become Your child. I receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I invite the Holy Spirit to live in me, to be my counselor and friend. Thank You Father. Amen.”

I update this page once a week. Keep coming back to learn more and to get closer to God.

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS

If we are born-again Christians – Christ followers – we can pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who created everything that existed in the past, that exists now and that will exist in the future. He hears us, and if it is His will He will answer our prayers. Our prayers when they are in line with God’s will have the power to change the outcome of certain experiences.

GENESIS 4:26

“And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.”

After Cain had killed his brother Abel, Adam and Eve had another son, which was Seth. After Seth’s son Enosh was born men began to pray to God for the first time in history. People have been praying ever since then.

GENESIS 8:20

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal, and of every clean bird, and offered burn offerings on the altar.”

Noah and his family had been on the ark about 374 days, from the time they entered it until the day they got off. Noah then made an altar to praise God, worship Him and to pray. Just as he was thankful for being saved from the flood and to have a new beginning, we should be thankful for our salvation – spending eternity with God, instead of spending it in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

1 SAMUEL 1:11

 Then she (Hannah) made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

Hannah was barren and could not have any children. She prayed to God and Samuel, one of Israel’s greatest prophets, was born as a response of that prayer.

JUDGES 16:27-30

 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there—about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed. Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”  And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.  Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.”

Although Samson had sinned and walked away from God, God still heard him and honored his last prayer. God wants us to pray at all times for everything, and to give thanks to Him for everything that we receive from Him. No prayer is too small and no prayer is too big that He cannot handle it. God is waiting for you to pray to Him.

MARK 5:22-24 AND MARK 5:35-36

 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, (Jesus) he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”  So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.”Mark 5: 35-36 – “While He (Jairus) was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said: “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Jairus asked Jesus to heal his daughter and Jesus not only healed her, but revived her from being dead. Jesus is telling us the same thing He told Jairus: “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

ACTS 12:5

 Peter (the apostle) was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.  And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.”

As the apostle Peter was in prison the people were praying for God to intervene on his behalf, and He did by sending an angel to get him out of there. There is power in prayers prayed in faith to God in the name of Jesus.

MATTHEW 6:9-15

Jesus tells us: “ In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.“ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

The Lord’s prayer encompasses everything that we should pray for. I will not explain it here, as it would take a couple of pages to do so. Pray it to God every single day, and you will see Him working in you. God bless you!

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I AM JUST PASSING THROUGH

The Bible makes it extremely clear that although we live on this earth our citizenship is really in heaven. Currently, we are living in a temporary place in temporary human bodies, which came from dust and will return to it. However if we are Christ followers we will spend our eternity with God in eternal glorified bodies, which will never age, will know no pain, and will not experience death.

HEBREWS 11:13-14

 These (these not only refers to Abraham and his family, but also to other prophets of the Old Testament) all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.”

Many of the prophets in the Old Testament had direct communication with God, and they knew that this life is temporary, but that the second one is eternal. They did not get to see the fulfillment of many prophecies nor did they get to see Jesus our Redeemer, but they knew they were just passing through this world and that their homeland was being with God eternally.

1 PETER 2:11-12

 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

The apostle Peter was calling Jesus’ followers sojourners and pilgrims. He was indicating that they were just passing through this lifetime, and that their real home was being with God.

1PETER 1:17-18

 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning here in fear;  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.”

If we are sinning we should conduct ourselves while we are on this earth in fear because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). If we are not sinning and have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior there is nothing to fear.

PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

Our citizenship is in heaven and when we leave this earth God will transform our bodies to be glorious and eternal.

JOHN 14:1-3

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus Christ). In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

We are not to spend our eternity here, but with Jesus. We don’t belong here, we belong with our Father. We are His children. We are just passing through this world. Our Lord Jesus has already prepared a place for us in heaven. He is waiting for us.

PSALM 39:12

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, a Sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

Just as King David prayed to God, you and I can do exactly the same thing. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are God’s children, and He hears us when we pray. Not only that but He answers our prayers according to His will and for our benefit.

Let us make this more personal to you. We know you are just passing through this life, but what is your final destination? There are only two; heaven and hell. Guess what? You get to choose. If you do nothing, you have automatically chosen hell. If you ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, you are choosing heaven. It’s up to you! If you have not made that choice yet, you may do so now. Read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud with all humility and sincerity. Your name will be written in “The Book of Life” in heaven, meaning when you leave this world Jesus will welcome you to heaven.

“Father God, please forgive me of all my sins, as I repent, believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I not only receive Him as my Lord and Savior, but I also receive the Holy Spirit within me to guide me and protect me. Thank You Father. Amen.”

Keep coming back to my page, so you can learn more about the kingdom of God. God bless you!

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THOUGH NO ONE WILL FOLLOW
Both becoming a born-again Christian and serving God are individual decisions. Each person has to make those two decisions. If we are Christians serving God, some people will love us for it, but some will stay away from us. Regardless of how people react to us, we should stay focus on serving God. Pleasing Him is what really matters. We cannot please the world, but we can please God.
GENESIS 7:11-13
“ In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—“
Noah and his family did not worry to see if some people would follow them or not. As a matter of fact the others ridiculed and laughed at them for building the ark. Noah and his family followed God and not men. That is exactly what we should do.
GENESIS 12:1-4
“Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country from your kindred and from your father’s house, to a land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Later on God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. Abraham left everything behind, not worrying as to who would follow him, and not questioning God as to how He would provide. God always provides if we trust in Him.
EXODUS 4:18-20
“ So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” Now the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.” Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.”
Prior to this God had appeared to Moses on the burning bush, and had asked him to return to Egypt, where he had lived his first forty years and was wanted for murder, so he could deliver the Jewish people from bondage. Although Moses was hesitant he obeyed God and went without having any followers, other than his family. It’s not about who will follow us, it’s about if we will follow God. Each one of us will have to give account to God.
ACTS 9:1-6
“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way (people who believed in Jesus Christ), whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Although Paul had been persecuting Christians relentlessly when Jesus appeared to Him He decided to follow Jesus, in spite of the consequences that he knew would come up. He parted company with the other Christian persecutors who were with him. Paul was alone, and yet he was not alone because God was with him.
MATTHEW 9:9
“Then as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me,” and he (Matthew) arose and followed Him (Jesus).
Matthew did not worry about losing his lucrative job, if the Romans would take repercussions against him, about the welfare of his family, or if nobody would follow him. He just followed Jesus, and that is what Jesus wants us to do.
MATTHEW 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
We are not to worry about anything. Our mission is this world is to seek first and foremost the kingdom of God, and God will do the rest. We are to be the light of God everywhere we go. Whether people receive it or not is not up to us. It is up to them and the Holy Spirit. Though no one will follow, it is still our job to go wherever God sends us.
If you are not sure as to where you will spend eternity, read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you and will receive you as His son or daughter. It has nothing to do with how you have lived your life up to now, but it has everything to do as to how Jesus Christ lived His on this earth. He suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected to pay for your sins. When you receive Him you will be as clean as if you had never sinned.
“Father God, In the name of Jesus, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me and to help me live within Your will. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected on the third day from the grave. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer you are now a child of God. Start attending a good born-again Christian church, read the Bible and pray to God for everything and in everything. Come back to my page as I update it once a week – normally on Wednesdays. God bless you!!!
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