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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.
I update this page every Wednesday. Come back to it, so you can be blessed.
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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.”

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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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                                                                                         HOW TO COME TO GOD
God wants every single human being to come to Him for guidance, protection, provision and, of course, salvation. Unfortunately many people do not believe that He exists, that Jesus is the only way to heaven, that God can help them, and that He can give them eternal life. In His word, God gives us instructions as to how to come to Him.
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.”
It hurts God when a person refuses to believe Him and in Him. He wants everyone to come into repentance of his or her sins.
ACTS 3:19
“ Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
Our first step is to repent of our sins, the second one is to become a Christ follower (a born-again Christian), and then God blots out our sins up to that point.
ACTS 2:38
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
After we have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit resides in us to guide us, to protect us, and to provide a direct relationship with God.
1 PETER 5:6 AND JAMES 4:10
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
Both of these men and scriptures tell us exactly the same thing, and that is to humble ourselves before men and before God. We cannot humble ourselves without repenting. That is why before coming to God we have to repent and then in humility we do whatever it is we have to do. We may have to apologize to others, make restitution of the harm we have caused, get down on our knees, ask God to forgive us, and ask Him to help us.
1 JOHN 1:9
“ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Once we have repented and humbled ourselves then we can confess our mistakes, wrongdoings, and our sins not only to God, but also to men. We cannot be free unless we confess. When we do that load is lifted from us completely.
ROMANS 10:9
“That 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.”
It is not just about confessing our sins, but also confessing aloud that we believe that Jesus Christ suffered, died and resurrected from the dead on the third day thus paying for our sins.
HEBREWS 11:6
“ But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
God rewards us in many ways, but the biggest reward is our salvation – spending eternity with Him. All the other steps I have given you to come to God are very important, but they are meaningless if you do them without faith. That is because without faith, it is impossible to please God.
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
God is talking to the people who are called by His name – “Christians.” He wants us to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. If you are not a Christian yet, but want to spend eternity with God, and not with the devil suffering in the lake of fire, then follow the same steps as the Christians.
If you are not sure if you will spend eternity in heaven or in the lake of fire, and you want to make sure, read the following prayer several times and when you understand it, with your eyes closed pray it to God aloud humbly in faith and in all sincerity. He will be there with you and will make you His son or daughter.
“Father God, I come to you repented, and I ask You to forgive me. I 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 receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask You to activate the Holy Spirit in me, so He can guide me and help me do Your will. Thank You Father God. Amen.”
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                                                                                     GOD IS IMPARTIAL
While it is true that God chose the Jews to be His chosen people, He is impartial. He will not turn anybody away, regardless of religion, sex, age, color or anything else, who comes to Him repented and who receives Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He is not willing that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:9); He wants them to have eternal life with Him.
ROMANS 10:12
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.”
God does not distinguish between the Jews and the Gentiles. He gives salvation freely to anyone who calls on the name of the Lord – Jesus Christ.
ROMANS 2:11
“For there is no partiality with God.” God is totally impartial. None of us can earn salvation by who we are or by our works, but we can receive it freely by the grace of God if we repent and ask Jesus, the Son of God, to be our Lord and Savior.
JOB 34:19
“Yet He (God) is not partial to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.”
God does not regard one person more important than another. To Him all of us are the same. He makes no distinction between Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, male or female, intelligent or not intelligent, black or white, young or old or between anything else. The major difference is if we have accepted Jesus Christ or not. The ones who do will go to heaven, and the ones who do not will spend eternity in the lake of fire.
DEUTERONOMY 10:17
“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.”
God shows no partiality. He has no favorites. He judges according to what we do. If we do wrong and truly repent, He forgives us, and does not count that against us. If we don’t repent, we either pay the price on this life or in the next one. It’s really up to us.
ACTS 10:34-35
“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”
What Peter found out was that God would bless, fill with the Holy Spirit, and give salvation to anyone who would come to Him in faith.
2 CHRONICLES 19:6-7
“ and (Jehoshaphat, the king) said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.”
God is righteous and just. He is not partial nor does He take bribes. He judges according to His own righteousness and standards.
EPHESIANS 6:9
“Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.”
If we are Christ followers – Christians – God will judge our works, but not us. We will spend eternity with Him. If we have never received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God will judge us and will find us guilty of our sins, and will send us to the lake of fire to spend eternity there. The decisions is now up to you. Where do you want to spend eternity?
1 PETER 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 stay 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.”
Father God will judge us according to our works if we are not saved. We have been redeemed by the blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross, but only if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, otherwise that blood does not apply to us.
Regardless of who you are, of where you are in life, of what you may have or have not done, God will forgive you if you repent and ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. If you want to make sure that you will spend eternity with God, not suffering and burning in the lake of fire, repent, ask God to forgive you, and ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. Read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all honesty and sincerity. He will hear you, forgive you, and give you eternal life with Him.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me and give me eternal life with You. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day. He paid for my sins, and I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, as well as asking the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me. Thank You Father. Amen.”
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THE FATHER’S WILL
God calls the Israelites “a stiff-necked people.” He probably calls us “a hard-headed people,” and if He does, He is not mistaken. Most of us make mistakes because we try to do things our way. The reason is because we live in the world, and we conform to its ways. Yet the Bible tells us that we live in this world, but we are not of this world (John 15:19, 17:14, 17:16). Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). We are supposed to live according to godly principles, not by the world’s ever-changing values.
JOHN 6:37-39
“Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me (Jesus Christ), and the one who comes to Me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day.”
Jesus was sent from Heaven by Father God to bring salvation to us. Salvation, however, is not automatic. We have to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our task is to imitate Jesus as much as possible. If He came to do the Father’s will, we should also do His will.
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.”
God’s will is for every single person to have salvation. Because God gave us free will, some of us purposely choose to go the other way.
JOHN 3:16
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Father God loves us so much that He allowed His Son to be tortured and killed in order for us to be reconciled to Him and have salvation. All we have to do is receive it.
1 TIMOTHY 2:4
“(Father God) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
It is God’s will for us to come to salvation through the truth, which is Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
MATTHEW 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”Our main task is to seek first the will of God and to do it. God will do the rest.
ROMANS 12:2
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
God wants us to change our way of thinking, so we can do His will. We cannot think as the world thinks, but rather as God thinks.
EZEKIEL 18:32
“ For I (God) have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!” God is not referring to a physical death, but rather to a spiritual one – meaning complete separation from God, and spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire. He wants us to repent, to come to Him, so He can forgive us, and give us eternal life with Him. That is His will
PROVERBS 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
God wants us to believe Him and to trust Him. The mistakes we make are when we trust ourselves or trust other people.
MATTHEW 22:37-40
“ Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus is telling us to love Him, love other people, and to love ourselves. If we do not do that, we are not doing His will because He is love (1 John 4:8).
JOHN 10:10
“The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus Christ) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
God’s will is for us to have an abundant life. That does not necessarily mean financial wealth, but rather joy, happiness, peace, harmony, good health, an intimate relationship with Him, and of course salvation.
God is love and as such, He wants the very best for us. Some of us are rebels without a cause, and refuse to come to Him. In essence we become our own god, and that completely separates us from the true God.
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TRUST GOD AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

During our lifetime we make many, many mistakes. That happens because most of the time we lean on our own understanding and do not consult God. We do not pray before making decisions because we think we have the answers. We do not have all the answers because we do not know what is going to happen in the future, and we do not know how the decisions other people make will affect us.

ISAIAH 55:8-9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

We cannot even begin to compare our knowledge, wisdom, skills, power, love, humility and righteousness to the ones God has. He is eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. He is the Creator, we are just a small part of His creation.

PROVERB 28:26

“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.”

Do not trust in yourself or in your own ideas. Get counsel from experts in any given field, and of course from the word of God in the Bible. Mark 7:21-22 – “ For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,  thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” Because we were born in sin and into a sinful world because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we are imperfect broken people who need a Savior and that Savior is Jesus Christ. In some cases we cannot trust ourselves or others, but we can trust God who is perfect, righteous and holy.

ROMANS 3:23-25

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.”

Every single human being sins and therefore should spend eternity in the lake of fire. However, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to suffer, shed His blood, die and resurrect on the third day, so that anyone who believes in Him should have eternal life (Salvation) – John 3:15-17.

Do not trust in your good works for salvation. It is good that you are doing them, but they will not give you salvation. Salvation is by the grace of God and by grace alone through our Lord Jesus Christ – (Ephesians 2:8-10).

HEBREWS 11:6

 But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

In order to trust God, we must believe that He exists, that He is the Creator of everything that exists, that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to reconcile us back to Him, and that He will reward us with eternal life with Him if we repent of our sins, ask Him to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

PROVERB 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

We have to trust God, not men, and in some cases not even ourselves. In Romans 3:4, the apostle Paul tells us: “Let God be true and every man be a liar.” Men sooner or later will let us down, but God never will. When it comes to our eternity we should not lean on our own understanding or that of others, but on that of God.

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WE ARE NOW ONE

God chose Abraham to be the father of His chosen people, which of course are the Israelites, also known as the Jews. When Jesus came as their Messiah His people rejected Him, so then He sent His disciples to the Gentile to extend salvation to them as well. Therefore Abraham is not only the father of the Jewish race, but he is the father of all believers – that includes the Gentiles – you and me.

GENESIS 12:7-8

 And I (GOD) will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

God chose the Jewish nation to be His chosen people. He also gave them their land, which is much more than they possess now. They are not squatters. The Palestinians are the ones who do not belong there. They are the squatters.

DEUTERONOMY 14:2

“For you (the Jewish people) are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

Yes, the Jewish people were initially God’s chosen people. Later on we – the Gentiles/anybody who is not a Jew – were grafted in or adopted. That means now we can be a part of God’s family, but only if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

EPHESIANS 2:12

“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—  that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”

In other words before Jesus died to pay for people’s sins, the Gentiles had no way of getting saved. That is because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through Him (John 14:6).

GALATIANS 3:13-14

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Jesus Christ paid for all the sins of every human being that has ever existed and that will exist in the future. All we have to do is receive His sacrifice by faith.

EPHESIANS 2:17-20

 And He (Jesus Christ) came and preached peace to you who were afar off (the Gentiles) and to those who were near (the Jewish people). For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.”

If we, (the Gentiles) receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we have the same standing as the Jewish people with God. He does not have any favorites (Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34).

GALATIONS 3:27-29

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

God makes no distinction between people. Your age, sex, race, nationality, culture, educational level, social status, religion, political affiliation, the period in history you are living in or anything else does not matter to Him. What matters to Him is that you repent, that you ask Him to forgive you, that you receive Jesus Christ His Son as your Lord and Savior, and that you start living for Him.

Some preachers teach“Replacement Theology,”meaning that God is no longer with the Jewish nation and that we, the Christians, have replaced them.   That is not true. God still loves the Jewish people, and He also loves any person who receives His Son as his Lord and Savior. If you have not done that yet, you should do it now. That will assure you that you will enjoy eternity with God and not suffer in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons. Look in some of my messages, and you will find a prayer you can pray to God. He will hear you, and accept you as His child.

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FORTY YEARS IN THE DESERT

The Israelites spent forty years in the desert because they disobeyed God by making a golden calf as an idol and by worshiping it as if it were their god. God says He is a jealous God and does not want us to worship anybody or anything else other than Him. God taught the Israelites a lesson by taking away all their comforts, and making them rely on Him to meet their needs every single day for forty years.

EXODUS 32:3-4

So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron.  And he received the gold from their hand, and he (Aaron) fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”

Since Moses delayed coming down from God’s mountain – Mount Sinai – the people asked Aaron – Moses’ brother – to make them an idol they could worship. From their gold they made an idol in the form of a calf, and this enraged God.

NUMBERS 32:13

“So the Lord’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was gone.”

As punishment for their disobedience God made them wander in the desert for forty years until all the men who were 20 years old or older when they made the golden calf had died.

NUMBERS 21:4-9

“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way.  And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”  So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”

God sent the snakes to bite and kill the people because of their sin. However if they would look up at the bronze snake on a pole they would live. The real snakes represented the deadly sin (separation from God) that came to the world through Adam and Eve, and the bronze snake represented Jesus Christ who paid for our sins to reconcile us back to God. We are dead to God because of our sin, but if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that sin is forgiven and forgotten by God and that allows us to enter heaven as if we had never sinned.

JOSHUA 1:1-2

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:  “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.”

Moses was not allowed to enter the “promised land” because he had disobeyed God (Numbers 20:11). God chose Joshua to be the leader of His people and to bring them into “the promised land” because he had been faithful to Moses, and more importantly had been faithful to God.

Maybe you have been in the desert for years, or it could be that you have just entered it, and have no idea how to get out of it. If you feel lonely, empty, depressed, defeated and have to purpose in life, come to Jesus and He will not only give you life, but life in abundance as He promises us in John 10:10. Not only that, but you will spend eternity with God, and not with the devil and his demons suffering in the lake of fire.

If you want to receive Jesus Christ in your life on this same blog, go to the article titled, “People Do What Is Right In Their Own Eyes.”

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GOD DOES NOT WANT YOU TO BE LUKEWARM (August 9, 2018)

God does not want people to be lukewarm toward Him. A lukewarm person is not really a Christian. He or she is just playing at being a Christian. He or she acts as one when it is convenient and not when it is inconvenient. One cannot be both a Christian and be involved with the sins of the world. A Christ follower lives in the world, but he is not of the world.

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.”

Mammon simply means money or possessions. Either we follow God or the things of this world. It’s one or the other. Which one is more important to you?

1 John 2:15-16

 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

The things of the world are money, possessions, comforts, pleasures, fame and so on. If we love those things more than God, then we do not really love God, and we may not even have salvation.

Isaiah 29:13-14

“Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

Many people say they believe in God, but they do not live a godly life. Some of them even live lives worse than the ones who say they are atheists.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

We are living in the last days and people have a form of godliness, but deny God’s power.

Titus 1:15-16

“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.  They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.”

You will find many people who say they believe in God, but they deny His power to heal or to do miracles. Do you fit in that category?

Matthew 5:13-14

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

If we lose our faith in God, zeal for serving Him or relationship with Him, we are no good to Him. We may even lose our salvation.

Revelation 3:15-16

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

If God says He will vomit you that means He is throwing you in the lake of fire to suffer eternally.

Matthew 7:21

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 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.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Some of those so-called Christians who are lukewarm will be judged and found guilty on Judgment Day. They will be thrown into the lake of fire. Don’t be one of them!

Supposing you do not want to spend eternity burning in the lake of fire, then repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and try to live a godly life. No, you will not be perfect – nobody is. Just do the best you can. God will understand. Read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God orally in all humility, sincerity in faith. He will receive it.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day, so that I could be reconciled to You. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me. Amen.”

Start attending a good born-again Christian church. Read the Bible, pray to God, and find some Christian friends to fellowship with them whenever possible. God bless you!

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WE GIVE LIFE TO WHATEVER WE RECEIVE

Many things, such as lies, propaganda, philosophy, doctrine, ideas and religion, do not have a life of their own. They only become real when we give them life. If we do not accept them they do not have life, and therefore cannot affect us in any way, shape or form. For our purpose I am only going to concentrate more on negative feelings, but realizing full well that we can also give life to the positive ones. Some of those negative feelings are being: worried, anxious, fearful, frustrated, mad, racially prejudiced, anguished, ashamed, bitter, feeling defeated, discouraged, distressed, downcast, frightened, humiliated, perplexed and many more.

PROVERB 18:21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Positive words have the power to encourage, uplift, and edify, but negative ones can also destroy a person if they are accepted. Words have life, but only if we accept them. The best thing for us to do is not to receive harmful comments from anyone and not to give them out, either.

JOB 3:25-26

“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.  I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”

Whatever it was he feared, he gave it life by confessing and by fearing it. In many cases whatever we confess that comes to pass. Instead of confessing the negative, we should confess the positive. We should be eternal optimists.

EPHESIANS 4:29-32

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Two points: Do not receive anything negative from other people, and do not speak negatively to others. Be very careful as to how you speak to children. You could cause life-long damage to them by using the wrong words.

GENESIS 3:5-7

The devil is talking to Eve in the garden of Eden. “ For God knows that in the day you (Eve) eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman 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 (Adam) 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.”

The garden of Eden was perfect. Sin was unknown here on earth. Through Adam and Eve’s disobedience sin entered the world. They gave life to it by listening to the devil and by obeying him instead of God.

ROMANS 3:1-4

“What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God.  For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.”

We can give life to God’s word and to the Holy Spirit in us if we read His word, pray it, live it, and teach it to others. We can use His word to rebuke the attacks of the devil and those of people who attack us for any given reason. In other words, we do not receive the attacks and we cast them away from us using the word of God.

MATTHEW 18:18-19

“Assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

This scripture gives us the power not to give life to anything that is negative, anything that comes from the devil, or anything that may cause us harm. Instead of giving life to that, we can give life to God’s will in our lives. We can do that by receiving God’s word and not the word of the devil or the world.

Keep in mind that you give life to whatever you receive. Quit receiving negative doctrines, ideas, advice, philosophies, lies, propaganda, or anything that goes against the will of God. Just receive whatever is helpful, healthy, positive, and godly. Speaking of receiving, the best thing you can receive is salvation – eternal life. You may do that by receiving Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior. If you do not know how to do that, simply read the following prayer, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity. He will hear you, forgive all your sins, and receive you as His child – you will spend eternity with Him and not suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected on the third day from the dead. I also receive the Holy Spirit in my life, and I ask You to bless me with good health and that I may find favor with You and with people wherever I may go. Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you. Come back to this blog every week. Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible. You’ve got hell to lose and heaven to gain!

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COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GOD

Some people say they don’t know how to pray, others say they don’t know how to pray aloud, and still others say they don’t know how to pray in a group and so on. Yet the word of God tells us to pray without ceasing, to bring everything up to God, and to come boldly to the throne of grace.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God does not want us to be worried, frustrated, anxious or fearful. He wants us to bring all our problems up to Him, and He will help us with them.

EPHESIANS 6:18

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—“

God wants us to be praying to Him in tongues or, at least, in the presence of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to persevere in prayer – not just to pray it once and forget about it.

PSALM 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

If we are righteous, and we give our problems to God, He will help us with them. He will either remove the problem, or He will be with us in the middle of the storm, whatever it may be.

PROVERBS 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

The key word is trust. The Bible tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We should acknowledge God every day, and in everything we do. That is what pleases Him.

HEBREWS 4:14-16

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Jesus is our High Priest and He is at the right hand of the Father in His throne in heaven (Acts 5:31 and Mark 16:19) interceding for us, but only if we are praying in His name (John 14:14 and John 15:16). It is called The Throne of Grace because it is only by God’s love and His forgiveness for us that we have salvation, and that we can come to His throne and ask Him to bless us in one way or another. We do not deserve it, it is a love offering from God to us. Grace actually means unmerited favor.

Nevertheless in prayer we can come up boldly to the throne of God, and make our requests known to Him. Of course, it would be very fit and proper if we were to praise Him, adore Him and exalt Him before petitioning Him to do something for us. We need to worship Him for who He is, and not just for what He can do for us.

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