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Tidbits from the Book of James – Part 5

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Today’s tidbit is concerning faith and works. Works have absolutely nothing to do with our Salvation, other than as fruit of our Salvation; works will not get us to Heaven. But, once we are saved, we ought to want to work for Christ, and our works are evidence of our faith in Jesus unto Salvation. Our works are our fruits of our Salvation. So faith without works is dead. All born-again saints will stand before Jesus and have our works (after Salvation) tested by the fire. Those works born out of wrong motivation and not glorifying Christ will be burned up. Those works done for the sake of Christ and the Gospel will come out of the fire and we will receive our crowns for them. I look forward to laying those crowns at the feet of Jesus in gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice He paid for me so that I can live eternally with Him as my Lord and King.

James 2:14-26

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (This is a great example of when a brother or sister says to us that they have a need and we respond with, “I will pray for you.” That is all good and well. We are to pray for our brethren. But what about actually using some of the increase that God has blessed us with to put our prayers into action and help them by supplying their need, as the Holy Spirit leads. God blesses us and provides well for us in order for us to help those less fortunate, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ.)

17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Those are wrong who put a mere notional belief of the gospel for the whole of evangelical religion, as many now do. No doubt, true faith alone, whereby men have part in Christ’s righteousness, atonement, and grace, saves their souls; but it produces holy fruits, and is shown to be real by its effect on their works; while mere assent to any form of doctrine, or mere historical belief of any facts, wholly differs from this saving faith.

A bare profession may gain the good opinion of pious people; and it may procure, in some cases, worldly good things; but what profit will it be, for any to gain the whole world, and to lose their souls? Can this faith save him? All things should be accounted profitable or unprofitable to us, as they tend to forward or hinder the salvation of our souls. This place of Scripture plainly shows that an opinion, or assent to the gospel, without works, is not faith. There is no way to show we really believe in Christ, but by being diligent in good works, from gospel motives, and for gospel purposes.

Men may boast to others, and be conceited of that which they really have not. There is not only to be assent in faith, but consent; not only an assent to the truth of the word, but a consent to take Christ. True believing is not an act of the understanding only, but a work of the whole heart.

That a justifying faith cannot be without works, is shown from two examples, Abraham and Rahab. Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. Faith, producing such works, advanced him to peculiar favours. We see then, in verse 24 , how that by works a man is justified, not by a bare opinion or profession, or believing without obeying; but by having such faith as produces good works. And to have to deny his own reason, affections, and interests, is an action fit to try a believer.

Observe here, the wonderful power of faith in changing sinners. Rahab’s conduct proved her faith to be living, or having power; it showed that she believed with her heart, not merely by an assent of the understanding. Let us then take heed, for the best works, without faith, are dead; they want root and principle. By faith any thing we do is really good; as done in obedience to God, and aiming at his acceptance: the root is as though it were dead, when there is no fruit.

Faith is the root, good works are the fruits; and we must see to it that we have both. This is the grace of God wherein we stand, and we should stand to it. There is no middle state. Every one must either live God’s friend, or God’s enemy. Living to God, as it is the consequence of faith, which justifies and will save, obliges us to do nothing against him, but every thing for him and to him.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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Tidbits from the Book of James – Part 2

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James 1:9-18

9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: (Though some are just common and perhaps poor in the eyes of the world, they have much to rejoice about if they are high and lifted up as rich in their faith in Jesus and heirs as adopted children of God.)

10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. (The rich may rejoice because they are under the care and protection God gives if they are saved by the blood of Jesus, which usually leads to a humbling attitude of gratitude. But, we are to understand that the temporal wealth that this world offers is a withering thing. So, let the rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble; and in the trials and exercises that teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from enjoyments of the world that pass and fade away as the grass that withers. Let the rich man not put his faith in his riches, but in God alone.)

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (Now not all who suffer are blessed; but those who persevere through the trials, not blaming God and whining, “why me.” We can get through those times knowing that it is our duty, and be thankful for tough times to bring us closer to our Lord. It is not the afflictions that make us miserable, if they come through no fault of our own choices. Those of us who make it through the testings that come to make us more like Christ, will be crowned with the Crown of Life by Jesus himself. Jesus promises us this crown if we have Him in our hearts and if we nurture our love for Him as we mature. Every saved soul that truly loves God, shall have its trials in this life fully rewarded for eternity in Heaven where love is made perfect. The commands of God, and His dealings with us as He prepares us for our future with Him forever, will try our hearts, but in time they will show us to be strong in character and count as our testimony to bring others to Salvation.)

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (Though we all have those fiery trials throughout our lives, we must never think that the temptations to sin comes from God. He is pure and Holy and cannot sin. We must remember that there is evil in this world that we must battle every day of our lives. Because we are saved, does not mean that we will not sin anymore. Our saved spirits will battle our selfish, evil flesh until we see our Lord. We are just sinners saved by His grace. Jesus gave us the victory over that evil in His death, burial and resurrection. All we need do is go to His Word and speak it against the evil tempter as Jesus did when He was tempted by him.)

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (Temptations come to us in our thoughts that, if we spend time thinking on them, bring about a lust to sin. The temptations themselves are not sin. It is when we spend time thinking on the temptations and then put action to them that they become sin. We must immediately recognize the evil temptations and cast them out through the power of Jesus’ name and the power of His Holy Word, replacing those evil thoughts with God’s pure and powerful/alive Word.)

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (God never changes. He is the same today as He was yesterday and thousands of years ago and will be for eternity. So we know that any good thing comes from Him, but we also know that all thoughts that would lead us to sin come from God’s enemy and our enemy, the devil. God has, has always had, and will always have power over that sinful creature who only wants to destroy anything and anyone belonging to God. It is up to us if we let him have his way in our lives or not.)

18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (In Israel, the first sheaf of harvested grain was always offered to God – Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:9-14. Those firstfruits were a preview of what was yet to be gathered. James explained that he and other Jewish Christians were a kind of firstfruits. They were the first yield of a much greater harvest that was yet to be gathered as a result of the spread of the Good News/Gospel. We are products of those firstfruits.)

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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Saul, Saul, Why persecutest thou me?

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Oh I just love the Book of Acts so much! It stirs my soul to act and to share!

Every time I read Acts Chapter 9 I like to try to place myself in Saul’s shoes. Reading it this time, I was so blessed to be able to discuss Saul’s conversion with my sweet hubby, Ron. The excitement was thick in the air as the Holy Spirit moved and we talked about how Jesus spoke to Saul and what Saul must have experienced and what thoughts must have went through his mind when Jesus spoke to him and chose him to do His work in the early church. We shared how we would think and react if it were us.

SIDE NOTE: Let me tell you ladies, if you and your soul mate are not sharing time together in God’s Word, you are truly missing out on one of God’s greatest blessings! As we grow together in our walk with our Saviour, it not only draws us closer to our Lord, but closer to each other in our marriage relationship as well. After Jesus, my Honey Bunny is my very best friend. There is nothing like it on this earth! But isn’t that what God’s Word says it should be – Genesis 2:22-24 “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, (and dare I say, his family? Are we to abandon our families? Of course not, but the husband and wife are now one, and each will definitely and rightfully take precedence over the rest of the family.) and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” And in Ephesians 5:31 “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” Sometimes we women think we need other women, we like to call our besties, to talk to who ‘understand’ when we need to vent or rant and won’t judge us. I have learned the truth to be that more times than not, that is an excuse for women to meet and gossip and say hurtful things about others behind their backs, and justify it by saying we just need to vent. When we have aught against another, we are to take it to that person or leave it up to the Lord, whichever He leads us to do. If we are blessed to be married to a man who is a truly Godly man, he will call us on our back-biting and offer to pray with us for God’s direction in the matter, and support us in doing the right thing. And, of course, it does go both ways.

Okay, so I must needs get back to the point at hand. 😉 I just had to share what God is teaching me in this matter, and what a blessing God gives us when we place our husbands at the head of our homes as God intends and allow His Holy Spirit to mingle in both our spirits together.

So, in Acts Chapters 6-8, we read how Stephen, filled with the Holy Ghost preached truth to the religious leaders and he became the first disciple to die for the cause of Christ. Saul first shows up in Acts Chapter 8:1 tells us that “And Saul consenting unto his death…” What a truly powerful testimony Saul/Paul had to lead lost souls to Christ! And each one of us who has been saved from hell by the sacrifice Jesus gave on the cross has a testimony to do the same. Telling others what Jesus has done for us is the best way to win souls to the Saviour!

Acts 9:1-31

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.(Saul was highly educated – Acts 22:3 “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.” He became what they called a Zealot who persecuted Jesus’ church/followers. He was deceived by the jealous religious leaders about who Jesus and His followers really were, and he believed that he was doing God’s work and was zealously devoted to it.)

3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: (Can you even imagine!)

4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (WOW! The thoughts that Saul must have had! Here he and his soldiers are marching along on their mission to round up any of Jesus’ followers whom he considered dissenters stirring up trouble. Suddenly, a bright light and the voice of the Lord Jesus confronts him. Was it the power of Jesus’ voice that threw him to the ground or the sense that this was a divine presence from God? Maybe both.)

5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? (Saul called Him Lord. He must have thought, “This is surely the one and only Supreme God of Heaven!”) And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (As soon as Saul realized that what he had been doing was against God’s will, he asked what the Lord wanted him to do.)

7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. (God had literally blinded Saul perhaps as an awakening to how the religious leaders had blinded him to the truth. I am sure by now, Saul is considering how he had been so deceived all of his life.)

9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. (He most probably had so much remorse about having wrongly persecuted and killed so many of God’s children. I would find it unbearable.)

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. (What a merciful God we serve!)

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. (Everyone knew who Saul was and how he was zealous to persecute Jesus’ followers even to death. I am sure any one of us would have been pretty scared too, “But Lord, you know how this man’s goal in life is to persecute and kill your people. If I show myself to him, won’t he take me in too for beating and prison, maybe even death?)

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: (God had sent Jesus to his chosen people, the Jews first, but they rejected and crucified Him. Now He chose one Saul to go to the Gentiles and teach and preach what Jesus came and did for the whole world. God knew that once Saul knew the truth, he would be just as dedicated and devoted to God’s true work as he was to what he wrongly thought was God’s work.)
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. (And maybe there would be times that Saul would think on what he would face for the rest of his life as part of the consequences for how he had wrongly persecuted God’s church. Who knows, just a rambling thought. But we know that God’s enemy is the ruler of this world and all those who live as this world are God’s enemies as well, and will persecute God’s chosen ones.)

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. (I am sure Saul had to have some alone time with God’s Holy Spirit and close disciples to help him in turning his thinking around.)

20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. (He wasted no time in sharing the Good News of Jesus and what He had done in his life. What a testimony Saul had!)

21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: (Oh, but of course they would do that! Jesus’ teachings were a threat to their power.)
24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. (I am sure God revealed their plans to Saul and the disciples.)

25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. (The apostles were the 12 who were closest to Jesus when He was here. There were many disciples who followed Him and taught others who He was.)

28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. (The world hated Saul just as it did Jesus.)

30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. (Praise God! Saul was no longer seeking to lock them up and kill them!)

 

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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A Wrinkle in Time or a Wrinkle in Evil?

I like to see ratings and read reviews before I expose myself to new-agie garbage like this. So I did some research and found, as usual, all kinds of reviews from one end of the spectrum to the other. I suppose if any of us had read the novel by Madeleine L’Engle we might have a better idea of what to expect. So I am sharing who she was and what she was about because I believe it will give us much needed information about this story and whether or not to go and see what Disney and Hollywood have done to it. I must say that I do not believe there is anything Christ-like in either the book nor the movie. Did she use Scripture in the book? Yes, but satan also knows God’s Word and how to twist it to accomplish his purpose against mankind. Another great idea is to research the director and see what her beliefs are.

I strongly suggest that all parents who call themselves Christian, which means to be Christ-like, go to our Lord and ask Him if they should take their children to see it. At the very least, I suppose it could be a teachable time for children who are emotionally and spiritually mature enough to understand. Here is a great question that all of us Christians ought to live our lives by, “Does it glorify God?”

Concerns about the teachings of Madeleine L’Engle, the author of A Wrinkle in Time

Born: 1918 / Died: 2007

Faith: Liberal Episcopalian with New Age and mysticism beliefs—“official writer-in-residence at New York City’s Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is known for its prominent position in the liberal wing of the Episcopal Church”—a church which some have called apostate and very New Age

EVOLUTIONIST—She was a theistic Evolutionist, enamored with science claims about the universe. “I read very widely. I have friends who send me the magazine Discover and scientific articles they think I’ll be interested in. So I’m able to keep up with what’s going in the world of physics and particle physics, which to me is theology. These people are dealing with the nature of being—which to me is theology much more than that of the theologians, who argue about peripheral things.”

UNIVERALIST—She believed in and promoted the unbiblical idea of universal salvation—that is, that EVERYONE who has ever lived is going—or has gone—to be with God, and there is no Hell. Naturally, this made her very popular with many. —Rebuttals: Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer / HELL: Fact or Fiction—Is it an actual place? Answer

She believed that parts of the Bible are “fantasy.”

She falsely claimed that Jesus was not sinless (A Stone for a Pillow, p. 176).

Religions of the world were honored by her as bearers of truth and light, and enemies of darkness. —Rebuttal: RELIGIONS—Many ways to God? Aren’t all religions basically the same? Answer

Given her belief in Universalism, it is not surprising that she was dismissive of the wrath of God, the fear of the Lord and Christ’s death in atonement for our sins. In New Age fashion, she twisted the word “atonement” to mean “at-one-ment” with the universe (p. 203).
She wrote that mankind is not the “pinnacle of creation” and that we are no more important in God’s view than “stars or butterflies or baboons,” because we are all part of “the whole” (pp. 202-203). (To the contrary, God’s Word reveals clearly that Adam was created in the image of God, was given dominion over His creatures (Gen. 1:26-28) and humanity is in God’s prime focus from the beginning of Creation, throughout history and into the future—designed to commune with God and bring glory to Him.)
In summary, Madeleine confused truth with great errors, rejected the true God of the Bible and His inerrant Word—discarding parts of the Bible she disliked. Like so many people in our time, she preferred to believe in an imaginary divinity of human invention—more to her own liking.
Through over 40 books for children and adults, seminars, and personal appearances, her influence was strong and widespread.

I am also sharing some of the reviews of the movie that I am finding out there:

“A WRINKLE IN TIME is based on a beloved book by Madeline L’Engle, but veers from the book’s original Christian allegory and inserts New Age messages and a very confusing plotline. It seems as if the filmmakers spent most of their time focusing on the CGI aspects of the movie, in order to create a great spectacle, rather than working on the story. Overall, Movieguide® advises extreme caution for A WRINKLE IN TIME.”

Disney Tries to Scrub Christianity From Existence in New Blockbuster, Pays a Big Price

“This movie is packed full of new-ageism. Themes such as “inner light”, “centering”, “becoming one with the universe” are a few for example. Although there is a good lesson about the power of love, there is NOTHING in this film that promotes a Christian worldview. In fact, whereas God’s word teaches of humanity’s need for redemption by the blood of Jesus, this film promoted the idea that we can simply choose to live by the light that is already in us. If I had known this prior to buying a ticket, I probably would’ve skipped this one. I actually found myself praying over my eight-year-old daughter in the movie that these things would not enter her heart. Prayerfully consider these things before taking your children & allow Holy Spirit to guide you. Blessings 🙏🏻” Pastor and father, Aaron Wall

This one I found especially interesting as this movie seems to put out there the act of channeling demon spirits:

A Wrinkle In Time: Satan’s best Sermon

If you have seen this movie and got chills, then you are not alone. This movie was filled with some of the best teachings that Satan has to offer. If you were a new ager, a witch, a yogi, or satanist you would have found your home here. This movie will reboot and throughly cleanse the sinus of demonically filled people.

No time was wasted. The trinity Oprah, Mindy Kaling, & Reese Witherspoon covers the basis for all races. The black, brown, and white coalition was in place. Oprah being the Father, Mindy the Holy Spirit, and Reese was Jesus Christ. They each played their role as entities of light. They were guides who taught the main character how to astral project. They used yoga as the entry point for the light (Satan) to enter. At the point of Mindy’s eyes going white, flashes real quick, demons entered the people in the movie theater. Oprah’s demonic power is impressive. Evil spirits of depression, fear, and anxiousness.

A superb way to keep one entangled. The hook that keeps one chained to demonic methods of living that loop over and over again. I heard a young girl express her delight in the movie and tears began to fill my eyes and I felt it difficult to hold them back. Ignorance may be temporarily blissful, but it will not protect you from the truth. Demons entered the children as well. Parents totally unaware of what transpired. Simply heart breaking, but A Wrinkle in Time is brilliant.
There was one statement that stuck out to me. “Light enters through the wound.” I have found speaking to demons that women who birth children out of trauma are the easiest to enter. It is no coincidence that when you see a homosexual, they all have a trauma story. The angel of light (Satan) enters through the trauma. Why do you think entering a fraternity requires a ritual that produces trauma? A gang? A secret society? Hollywood? It is the reason young girls and boys are sexually abused. It produces trauma and demons enter.

The trauma is the hook that keeps one enslaved to sin and in bondage to all kinds of addictions that are harmful, suicidal, genocidal, and homicidal. This movie moves past the understanding of most of the adults who will watch it, but their children will receive the message loud and clear. The universe in this movie is Satan and he will teach you how to enter the spirit world and you can in the spirit move faster then the speed of light.

If you have watched this movie with your children ignorantly, then pray this prayer.

Heavenly Father, I am aware that ignorance does not save me or my family. What I don’t know can kill me. Your word says over and over again to get knowledge and wisdom and understanding. To seek it as for hidden treasure. Forgive me. As the leader of my home, I should have watched over my children. Lord Jesus, send your healing. Touch me and the rest of my family with your cleansing blood. Rescue my children from filthy spirits that seek to destroy and remove from them every disease satan has planned for their life. Bring conviction to me, so that I walk well in this evil world where Satan is the prince of the air (airwaves). In Jesus name.
Lord, I know you don’t dwell in unclean temples. I know offending you will not go well with me. Fill me Lord. Give me a fresh touch. Restore me and my family in Jesus name.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Truth and Common Sense

 

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The Parable of the 10 Virgins and their Lamps

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We will only find this parable in Matthew, chapter 25. A few days before He was crucified, Jesus taught three different parables on the importance of His children’s preparation for the day when He will return: the wise and foolish virgins (verses 1-13), the talents (verses 14-30), and the separation of the sheep from the goats (verses 31-46).

Today we will take a look at the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins. I used to think of the 5 foolish virgins and feel angry at their foolishness. How could they claim to be true believers and wait until the very last minute to have oil in their lamps? Geesh! I have come to understand that they are not truly saved, but they are those who are putting on an act. We true believers must strive continually to let our lights so shine as to bring them to true Salvation.

Anyway, we read in chapter 24 how Jesus pointed out that He will return as a thief in the night. It will be at a time that we least expect, and many will become way too comfortable in the ways of this world, and therefore not be prepared. I sure do not want to be caught in some sinful behaviour when He calls me to meet Him. He taught that His followers will need to persevere in a lifestyle of faithful obedience as we wait for Him.

In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus used the example of the Jewish wedding customs of His day as how to be prepared for His meeting His Bride on that day. It really is very interesting to study how the Jewish wedding ceremony compares to how Jesus will come for us at an unannounced time – The Rapture. If you would like, you may go and take a look at a very good description of this comparison here – The Rapture and the Jewish Wedding.

Jesus described the second phase of the wedding ceremony where the bridegroom and his party come to the bride’s home where the bride is waiting for him, with the ten virgins who are her bridesmaids. The time of his arrival was uncertain, maybe even after dark, so each young woman needed to have both her lamp and an extra flask of oil for it. The five wise virgins were prepared with additional oil, but the foolish ones were not. Therefore, when the bridegroom suddenly arrived at midnight, the foolish virgins’ lack of preparation was exposed, and they were denied entrance to the wedding feast. Those hypocrites who are not truly Saved by the Blood of Jesus will be denied entrance to Heaven.

Jesus’ message is clear: His Coming, like that of the bridegroom in the parable, may be delayed and the women and men who follow Him need to be continually prepared (Matthew 25:13).

The 5 wise virgins are the true believers who stay prepared for Christ’s return by keeping oil in their lamps. The 5 foolish virgins are those hypocrites who claim to be believers but they are not genuine in their hearts. Matthew Henry explains it very well, “Sincere Christians are the wise virgins, and hypocrites the foolish ones. Those are the truly wise or foolish that are so in the affairs of their souls. Many have a lamp of profession in their hands, but have not, in their hearts, sound knowledge and settled resolution, which are needed to carry them through the services and trials of the present state. Their hearts are not stored with holy dispositions, by the new-creating Spirit of God.”

“Our light must shine before men in good works; but this is not likely to be long done, unless there is a fixed, active principle in the heart, of faith in Christ, and love to God and our brethren. They all slumbered and slept. The delay represents the space between the real or apparent conversion of these professors, and the coming of Christ, to take them away by death, or to judge the world. But though Christ tarry past our time, he will not tarry past the due time.”

“The wise virgins kept their lamps burning, but they did not keep themselves awake. Too many real Christians grow remiss, and one degree of carelessness makes way for another. Those that allow themselves to slumber, will scarcely keep from sleeping; therefore dread the beginning of spiritual decays. A startling summons was given. Go ye forth to meet Him, is a call to those prepared. The notice of Christ’s approach, and the call to meet him, will awaken. Even those best prepared for death (2 peter) day of search and inquiry; and it concerns us to think how we shall then be found.”

“Some wanted oil to supply their lamps when going out. Those that take up short of true grace, will certainly find the want of it one time or other. An outward profession may light a man along this world, but the damps of the valley of the shadow of death will put out such a light. Those who care not to live the life, yet would die the death of the righteous. But those that would be saved, must have grace of their own; and those that have most grace, have none to spare. The best need more from Christ.”

“And while the poor alarmed soul addresses itself, upon a sick-bed, to repentance and prayer, in awful confusion, death comes, judgment comes, the work is undone, and the poor sinner is undone for ever. This comes of having oil to buy when we should burn it, grace to get when we should use it. Those, and those only, shall go to heaven hereafter, that are made ready for heaven here.”

“The suddenness of death and of Christ’s coming to us then, will not hinder our happiness, if we have been prepared. The door was shut. Many will seek admission into heaven when it is too late. The vain confidence of hypocrites will carry them far in expectations of happiness. The unexpected summons of death may alarm the Christian; but, proceeding without delay to trim his lamp, his graces often shine more bright; while the mere professor’s conduct shows that his lamp is going out. Watch therefore, attend to the business of your souls. Be in the fear of the Lord all the day long.”

Matthew 25:1-13

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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Beware of False Prophets-Know God’s True Word

Do Not Be Deceived

I am reading in Matthew 24 and 25 the past few days. I love the promise Jesus gives us in Chapter 24:22 “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” We can easily find, because the internet is so full of anything you can imagine and find, false doctrines being pushed that the Rapture will happen after the Great Tribulation. I just have to shake my head and laugh at such foolishness. They are in essence calling Jesus a liar. Then look at what Matthew 24:31 says, “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” The angels shall gather God’s elect/children/saints from one end of heaven to the other! How did they get there? Why, by the Rapture or the catching up together to meet Jesus in the air, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” Yes, we ought to be comforted and comfort others with these true Scriptures of God’s Word, instead of twisting them into deceitful lies.

And immediately after Jesus says that His elect will be spared, he tells them of signs to watch for, verses 23-27 “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

I notice every time there is an eclipse or a super moon, etc. the heretics come out of the woodwork trying to deceive people more, and unfortunately, even some of His elect are falling for it. They like to quote the Scriptures that say “the sun will be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken,” to try and get people to believe that we are now in the Great Tribulation. We are not because God’s Spirit in His children is still here. But take note of the words they leave out that come right before that verse, Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…” These things are to happen AFTER the tribulation.

If you believe that God’s Spirit through His church has already been taken from this earth, you are sadly deceived as well. Believe you me, things are going to be horribly abominable and sinful after God’s Spirit is removed from this earth. This earth will no longer have God’s fervent praying children crying out for mercy for mankind. Those left behind will go through such awful times that this world has never seen because our enemy and God’s enemy will have full control of this world. Just as hell was not created for man but for satan, the tribulation is not meant for God’s saints but for those who chose to reject Christ as God’s Son and the Saviour of this world. The tribulation is meant to try and change those hardened hearts to see that God is God and Jesus is His Son and Jesus came to save man from hell. And some will turn and accept Jesus as Saviour because of those horrible things to come. How sad that they will not do it now.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2018 in God's Truth

 

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How Prayer Helps us Grow Closer to Jesus

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Yes, our alone prayer time with our Lord is a very important part of growing closer to Jesus every day. What a great privilege it is to have this direct access to Jehovah God!

Here are just a few quick references in God’s Word for how praying will help us grow in our relationship with the Lord.

Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Jesus is truly our great high priest. We need no other. It helps us be close to Jesus to know that while He was here on this earth, He was tempted of the enemy, but showed us how to overcome by speaking the Word of God, at which the enemies must flee. His Word is quick/alive.)

Luke 11:1-10 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (God is Holy) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. (Provision) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. (Forgiveness) And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Delivered by God’s power, none of our own) And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. (Inconvenient) I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. (Be persistent and consistent.) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (There is a constant battle going on within the child of God between our flesh and our spirit. We must stay in very close contact with our Saviour to have victory over temptation. I so look forward to eternity in Heaven where there will be no more temptation nor sin!)

And let us not forget the prayer at the time of Salvation! Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve Hell for my sins. I know Christ died and rose again to save me and that you offer me the gift of eternal life. I now accept that gift and ask Christ to come into my heart and save my soul.”

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Godly Women

 

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