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GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANYONE SHOULD PERISH

God created man is His own image because He wanted to have fellowship with him. He had it with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but they broke it when they sinned. In the near future after the rapture, the tribulation, the second coming of Jesus Christ and God’s kingdom is restored in Jerusalem that fellowship between God and men will be restored.

GENESIS 1:26-28

 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  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 loves us so much that He created us in His own image. No other form of life or thing was made in the image of God. We are special to Him.

GENESIS 3:8-10

“And they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Apparently the Lord used to have direct communication with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Their sin disrupted it. We can communicate with Him by praying and worshiping Him.

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.”

The apostle John made it quite clear how much Father God loves us. Our task is to receive that love, enjoy it, and pass it on to others.

ROMANS 5:7-8

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God loves us so much that He sent His Son to suffer and die for us while we were still sinners, and had not accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

2 PETER 3:8-9

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  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 does not want anybody to go to hell or to wind up in the lake of fire. He gives people many opportunities to hear His word and to repent. Since we have free will, people can decide whether to believe in God or not.

JOHN 10:27-30

“My sheep hear My voice, and I (Jesus Christ) know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”

The people who become Christ followers – born again Christians – will never perish, which means that they will never see hell or the lake of fire. The apostle Paul states that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). The Christians will go immediately to be with the Lord in heaven. The ones who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will first go to hell, and after the final judgment will spend eternity in the lake of fire – not a comforting thought!

Do not despair! If you have never received Jesus Christ in your heart to be your Lord and Savior, do it now. 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, will forgive all your sins, and will welcome you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died to pay for my sins. I declare that He rose on the third day from the dead, and is now in heaven at Your right hand interceding for me now. I not only ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, but I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, heavenly Father!”

I update this blog every Wednesday. Keep coming back to it, so you can learn more. Start reading the Bible beginning with “The Book of John.” Find yourself a good Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible. If you prayed that prayer, send me an email stating that. God bless you!

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THE BLESSINGS AND CURSES OF GOD

Jesus wants for each and every one of us to follow Him, so He can bless us with salvation, and with blessings here on earth, but many of us refuse to even believe that God exists. That being the case, instead of receiving God’s blessings we receive His curses.

DEUTERONOMY 11:26-28

 ‘Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today;  and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.’”

This is what God told the Jewish people thousands of years ago, but since He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8), and since He is no respecter of person, that also applies to us. Are you obeying or disobeying God?

DEUTERONOMY 27:15-25

Read those scriptures, and you will see that God says cursed is he who: “makes carved/molded images, treats his parents with contempt, moves his neighbor’s landmark, deceives the blind,

perverts justice to cheat the stranger, fatherless or widow, lies with his father’s wife, lies with any kind of animal, lies with his sister or mother-in-law, attacks his neighbor secretly, takes a bribe to slay an innocent person, and cursed is he who does not conform to God’s law.

LEVITICUS 20:11-15

Read this scripture and you will find out that God’s wrath falls on a person who: has sexual relations with his father’s wife, with his daughter-in-law, a person of the same sex, an animal, or with a mother and her daughter. Are you doing any of those things? If you are, repent!

EXODUS 20:1-17

Read the scripture in the Bible, and you will understand that God hates: idolatry – having other so-called gods, bowing down to images (so –called saints or virgins), using His name in vain (swearing/cussing), not keeping the Sabbath holy, dishonoring father/mother, murdering, committing adultery, and coveting anything else somebody else might have. Let’s hope you are not engaged in any of those activities.

HEBREWS 13:5 and DEUTERONOMY 31:6 Respectively

 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” AND “ Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them (the enemy); for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He (GOD) will not leave you nor forsake you.” That is a gigantic promise and an excellent blessing.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 and EPHESIANS 6:18 Respectively

 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.”AND “ praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” What a blessing! We can take up everything to God, He will hear us, and He will helps us.

MATTHEW 18:18-20

Assuredly, I 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.  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

That is a wonderful blessing that Jesus left for us. One, whatever we bind or loose will be bound or loose. Two, Whatever two of us agree on, as we pray here on earth, will be done. Three, when two or more people are together in prayer, Jesus is there.

THE MOST IMPORTANT BLESSING IS SALVATION

2 Timothy 1:9 – “(JESUS) 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.”       “Romans 5:7-8 – “ For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Mark 16:16 – “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”Acts 16:31 – “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 2:21 – “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” We do not have to do any works to deserve or receive salvation. All we have to do is believe in Jesus, repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Salvation is the greatest gift and blessing any human can possibly receive.

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@gmail.com   (6/6/2019)

 

THE LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD

Since God hears, sees, knows everything, and is everywhere at the same time, He knew from the beginning that in the last days the love of many people would grow cold. Unfortunately we are in the last days, and love has grown cold. There is much hatred in the world, and people are being disobedient to God. There are, and there will be negative consequences.

2 TIMOTHY 4:1-4

I (the apostle Paul) 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; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

The apostle Paul was warning his disciple Timothy that the time would come when people would just hear what they want to hear. That is exactly what is happening right now. The most famous preachers are the ones who preach “the prosperity gospel.” You know what? God did not promise us “a rose garden.”

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!”

Right now the world is as Paul told Timothy it would be before the second coming of Jesus Christ. Yes, we are in the last days before the end of this world as we know it. Jesus will come and establish His earthly kingdom in Jerusalem. This world will not end, but it will definitely change.

2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-4

“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition (the Antichrist),  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

Many people thought the second coming of Christ had already happened, and the apostle Paul was telling them that it would only happen after people had fallen away from the church, and the antichrist had been revealed. Some people are falling away from the church, but the man of sin – the antichrist – has not been revealed. The rapture may happen at any time, but the second coming of the Lord is for a later time.

MATTHEW 24:9-14

“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.”

Jesus is telling His disciples about the end times and His second coming. One, Christians will be hated and persecuted, and that is happening around the globe. Two, people will betray one another. Three, there will be much hatred. Four, false prophets will arise – some men are already claiming they are God. Five, love will grow cold. Six, the gospel will be preached throughout the world. All those signs have happened already. That means Jesus can come back at any time for what is known as “the rapture.” Are you ready? Are you right with God? If you are not right with God, this is your opportunity to do so. Repent, ask God to forgive you, ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, start reading the Bible, and start attending a born-again Christian church. Keep coming back to my blog. I update it every Wednesday. God bless you!

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THE LIGHT SHOULD BE MANIFESTED

God’s light is the very essence of our spiritual life. The devil’s darkness and God’s light cannot occupy the same space. When God’s light comes the devil’s darkness has to flee immediately. In the natural many life forms depend on the sun’s light for their very existence. Physical darkness and light cannot coexist side by side. Whenever and wherever light shines darkness disappears.

GENESIS 1:1-4

“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.”

The light we see every single day comes from the sun because that is the way God created it. He created physical light to give life to the planet, and spiritual light to make salvation available to us. Salvation, however, is not an automatic experience. We have to be born again by receiving Jesus Christ (the light) as our Lord and Savior (John 3:3, John 3:15-17 and Romans 10:9).

1 JOHN 1:5-7

This is the message which we have heard from Him (Jesus Christ) and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are God, are light, and in them there is no sin, unrighteousness or darkness whatsoever.

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.”

Satan and sin are darkness, Jesus, Father God, and the Holy Spirit are light (righteousness and holiness), and if we follow Jesus (John 14:6) we have eternal life with Him.

JAMES 1:17-18

“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.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

God is the Father of lights, and He works through us here on earth, because we are His earthly lights. Our task is to represent Him well where we live, and wherever we may be.

JOHN 12:44-46

“Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I (Jesus) have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

Jesus made it very clear. If we call ourselves “Christians,” then we can no longer live in open sin. We cannot abuse “grace,” as some of the evangelists are teaching. Our task is to live an exemplary life as much as possible and to be a light to others.

 

 

MATTHEW 5:13-16

 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. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Jesus was talking to His disciples, but He was also talking to us. Our job is to be a light for God wherever we might be. That means leaving in love, and telling others about the gospel (the good news about God’s plan of salvation).

MATTHEW 28:18-20

“All authority has been given to Me (Jesus Christ) in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Amen.

This is called “The Great Commission” that Jesus told His disciples to do, but, of course, it also applies to us, and to every believer. All of us can be a light in our own sphere of influence. In the “Day of Reckoning” God will hold us accountable for what we did, as well as for what we did not do that we should have done.

No one can walk in God’s light, unless he or she has received Jesus Christ in his/her heart as Lord and Savior or Redeemer. If you want to be a light to others, and more importantly if you want to spend eternity with God, and not with the devil in the lake of fire suffering forever and ever, then in all humility and sincerity pray aloud the following prayer to God. He will hear you, and will make you His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me, as I believe, confess and declare that Your Son Jesus Christ paid for my sins by suffering, dying and resurrecting from the dead on the third day. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, as well as asking the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank, You Father! Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you, received it, and forgave all your sins. Find yourself a good born-again Christian church and start reading the Bible. I update this blog every Wednesday. Come back to it, and if you tell your friends about it, you are already being a light for God. God bless you!

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@gmail.com (5/23/2019)

 

THE WALLS OF JERICHO

The walls of Jericho did not come tumbling down by human force, but rather by the Holy Spirit. By the same token the forces that we cannot defeat on our own can be defeated by the Holy Spirit if we have faith and pray it. With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27), and all things are possible for those who believe (Mark 9:23).

ZECHARIAH 4:6

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.”   Zerubbabel,   one of the leaders who came back from 70 years of exile in Babylonia, was in charge of rebuilding God’s temple in Jerusalem. He was facing much opposition, and an angel of the Lord spoke to him through the prophet Zechariah. Basically the angel told him that the temple would be rebuilt by the Holy Spirit.

 MICAH 3:8

“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.”

The prophet Micah is saying that by the truth of the word of God, and being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit he is able to declare to the Jewish people how they are failing God.

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.”

Apparently the whole earth was covered with water and the Holy Spirit was hovering over it waiting for Father God to give Him the OK to start doing what was necessary to make this place habitable for plants, animals and human beings.

EXODUS 13:20-22

 So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.  He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.”

This is when Moses had taken the Jewish people out of bondage from Egypt. They had been there for four hundred years. There were in the hot desert. The Holy Spirit was in a cloud in the daytime to keep them cool and give them shade, and He became a pillar of fire at night to give them light and warmth.

MATTHEW 12:28

“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” The religious leaders – the Pharisees – were telling Jesus that He had healed a man who was demon-possessed, blind and mute by the power of the devil, but He told them it was through the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus, as a man, needed the Holy Spirit to work through Him. If we and any sick person have enough faith the Holy Spirit can heal him or her. The Holy Spirit can help us with any other miraculous need if we have the faith and pray.

JOSHUA 6:16-20

“And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!  Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

God had told the Israelites to march around Jericho seven times. They did it, and the Holy Spirit knocked down the wall that protected the city. The Israelites were able to go in, and defeat the people who were inside the walled-city. That happened because, “It’s not by power, it’s not by might, but by the power of the Lord.”

If you have a problem that is impossible for you to handle, hand it over to God. Through His Holy Spirit He can help you. You do not have to know how, where or when. All you have to do is believe, have faith, pray to God in the name of Jesus, wait for the miracle, and be thanking God in advance even before it becomes a reality. May our Lord bless you!

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@gmail.com (5/16/2019)

 

GOD HATES IDOLATRY

There is only one Creator God and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Buddha, Krishna, Zeus, Mohammad, Kubera, Vishnu Laxmi, and any other created being or thing is not and can never be a god of any kind. God hates idolatry because He does not want us to worship any created thing or being, but rather to worship the Creator of all things.

ISAIAH 44:6

“Thus says the LORD, the King and Redeemer of Israel, the LORD of Hosts: “I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God but Me.” Isaiah 45:5 -7 “I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.”
There is only one God, and He is the one we should worship. If we worship anything or anybody else other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we are worshiping idols. God hates idolatry, and will send us to spend eternity in the lake of fire for participating in idolatry.

EXODUS 20:1-5

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,”
People are insulting God by making and bowing down to idols of paper, wood, plastic, metal, and of any other material that may be available. They are worshiping something that has no life, no power, and cannot give them salvation. If you are worshiping worthless idols…quit! Turn to the real God, the one who can perform miracles, and give you salvation.

HEBREWS 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Jesus Christ was God, is God, and will always be God. He is the only one who can forgive your sins, and give you salvation. He is deeply grieved and insulted when someone worship something or someone else.

EXODUS 32:7-10

“ And the LORD said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’ ” And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, and I will make of you a great nation.”
God was infuriated because the Israelites had made a golden calf and were worshiping it as if it were their god. He feels the same way when we worship anything other than Him. He is the only one worthy to be worshiped.

1 KINGS 14:22-23

“ Now Judah (two tribes of Israel) did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, more than all that their fathers had done. For they also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and wooden images on every high hill and under every green tree.”
God says that He is a jealous God, and He will not share His glory with anybody or anything. There is a religion that prays to the so-called “saints.” That is an abomination to God. He hates it.

1 KINGS 16:25-26

“Omri (WAS KING OVER THE TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL) did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all who were before him. For he walked in all the ways of (KING) Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin by which he had made Israel sin, provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their idols.”
In biblical days every time a king of Israel or Judah would worship God, God would bless them. Every time they started worshiping idols, God would punish them. Since God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), that principle has not changed. Look around…the countries that are worshiping God are prospering, and the ones that are worshiping idols are some of the poorest nations in the world.
In biblical days the idols were normally people who had died in the past, as well as objects or animals. Now days an idol to you is not only a person, but anything on what or whom you spend your money or time. Examples: playing video games, watching sports consistently, spending most of your money on cars/motorcycles, watching too much TV, and so on. On whatever you spend most of your time and/or money is your idol. What or who is your idol?

http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@gmail.com (5/9/2019