1 John 4:7-10
"Society of the God-loved" is what the breathing-Church should be called,
because He first loved us, that is our witness, after all.
Faith, being a relation rather than position,
works intertwined, recoiling from religion.
Whether High Church or Low, the Mighty One dwarfs our presentations,
a giant relief and release from pretension.
Believe in the Son-come as man, mesh like He
did with the worshipers and unbelieving.
Called-out-ones shall be recognized as having been called
by the attention they give to the shout making whole.
February 23rd, 2014. Thats my real birthday. Not June 3rd, 1973. You see, that was the day that marked the death of the life I had known and every moment I had ever lived before. Everything I would ever know about myself and God and His Son and Holy Spirit would change so drastically and instantly that to even call to mind that day and the decades of before; it all just wouldn't matter anymore. My knowledge of scripture was bound in religion and therefore; inconsequential. My knowledge of myself and my reflection was ugly and hidden. Several days before I had someone who had faithfully been ministering Jesus to me. She called herself a messanger. I thought that was odd...a messanger? Growing up a devout Jehovah's Witness, the whole idea that Jesus was divine and every other religion was false eluded my soul and my heart. Jesus didn't have messengers; only Jehovah did. She was in tears over the phone telling me that I was being chose to be a vessel for the Lord, and I would probably think she was crazy for making this call. She told me she was being obedient and had to. She was right...I thought she was a little crazy. But she spoke of things about me and my life that I knew only God knew, and this fact alone not only made me listen, it made me still, silent and very afraid. I feared that if what was happening to me was real, I was not good enough and the vessel she spoke of me being was well to shattered to ever really be made whole again and I was pretty sure the God I knew just didn't work this way. Here I am smoking a cigarette, having a drink and toking on some weed and pretending that my life wasn't a complete and utter lie. I'm living in my brother's girlfriends basement without a job, a car, direction or purpose. I had nothing and was nothing, contemplating killing myself, and here on the phone is some stranger who lived 1000 miles away telling me things that made me shut up and listen hard, like a secret being whispered deep into my wanting, desperate and hungry ears. I needed God so bad and I knew it, but had believed in the vehicle of religion as being the ticket to get to God's Kingdom. My life would soon turn from being a witness of Jehovah to a slave of Christ. Hearing the truth right side up would turn my world upside down. Religion would turn to relationship, and the deeply personal and intimate Sovereign God who always felt so far far away would present Himself so closely that my life would not just become another chapter...It would become another book entirely. God was writing a story that day, and my character would not reckon himself to be so deeply flawed. I was such a wreck, so broken beyond repair. I would learn that day that He loves and purposes some of the greatest sinners among us. Friends, I am nothing. A nobody. However, the testimony of Jesus in my life would change how and who I saw in my tattered and torn reflection To those who are forgiven much, they love much in return. My testimony echoes with divine clarity the complete failure of religion, and the restoration found in relationship. I would go from a Kingdom Hall to a church without walls. I would go from a life of sin and death to a love without borders. Church would soon be not where I would go, but who I would become.
"You are going to be a vessel..." She had my attention because I had just started a blog called "Becoming His Vessel". She didn't know that, but I knew who did. God was calling, and soon, very soon, I would answer. This is the story of my life. A simple, poor, ex Jehovah Witness; an addicted two time prison inmate thief and liar and such an immoral unlikey man who cared about nobody and nothing, such a real loser so far and on my way to a life of death who in one day, in one inspired moment would be changed by the very hand of the only Sovereign true God alive. In one day, just like that, I found a relationship and still know I don't deserve it. Faith is a gift. Grace is a gift. My life is a gift, and God is good. Why do I not go to church today? I'll tell you why. Its in my testimony, and finally I feel it is time to tell my story. I can hardly wait...
. . . thinking about:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also ~ Matthew 6:21 (KJV)
And the "Parable of the Talents" - Matthew 25:14-30
Where is your treasure,
where is your hope,
the currency of faith
the Lord Jesus bestowed?
Is it tied to ultimate things?
Did you fall for the
"Heavenly-minded is hardly living"?
See, fruit of the Spirit
is the swagger of Heaven
reaching down, enriching
all that we own.
Once the momentum
is felt from forgiveness,
what have we?
How can we
treasure, our Home?
Just browse the headlines today for a while. Just look at the percieved plight of the direction of this world. The economies of nations now teetering on collapse and anguish are manifest in HD for all to see. War is coming, the government is coming after your rights, your guns and your babies. The weather is getting hotter, colder, wetter and dryer. Fire and rain, smoke and ashes- murder rates up, stock markets down. Trade wars on, lights going off, and uncle sam is just another fake friend who is leading the world to its end. Babylon rising, Islam growing, abortion is a right so pushed by the left. Hashtag this and hashtag that, what about me and what about them. Mass migration and lets build a wall, to keep us safe and keep them out. Nuclear options, nuclear arms, hands raised to heaven in a world going to hell.
Take comfort my friends, for these are the days when tribulation and trial set the stage and mold mens hearts for a harvest of souls of sinners needing saved amd they know it. The enslavement of your mind is well under way, but the freedom in our Lord Jesus Christ has set us free from the generation of fear being propagated by mass media. They want you afraid because they need your attention. Keep your eyes fixed upon our Father, Lord and savior and redeemer, and turn your tv off a while. Our Kingdom is not part of this world. We do not belong here anyway. Our citizens has already been spoken for, forever. Our government will never collapse. His rule remains eternally so.
Gods perfect love casts away the fear that envelopes and distracts us from our mission. Our mission is to speak truth, to announce real hope and change. To bring sight to the blind and steps to the lost, and to boldly proclaim in one loud voice that we are not headed for destruction, but deliverance. Jesus has risen and He is the only voice and King that matters and this world is set on shutting that down. Its an antichrist system no matter who you voted for.
We are not headed for a cliff, but up to His Holy mountain. We are not swayed but excited, for all of this chaos simply means that His Kingdom reign is ever closer being realized as the solution, the antidote and the way in which this world is truly headed. This world was conquered at Calvary, and we have nothing to fear.
Born and brought into this world for such a time, to proclaim Gods love and peace and truth in Jesus to lost and scattered sheep. That all that counts. Thats all that remains.
Summer is here!
Hot, sunny days, rising humidity, daily thunderstorms, in our southern region anyway, and garden produce awaiting harvesting: fresh corn, butter beans, peas, cucumbers, okra, squash, and of course, tomatoes!
No vegetable gardening for us unfortunately. We’re too busy with our little guy, but there are plenty of farmer’s markets about this time of year, and there are always those beloved family and friends, who do garden and pass along some home grown treats from time to time, none more welcome than tomatoes.
Have you ever grown tomatoes? It’s not hard, but having the proper support with a tomato cage, or trellis is essential. There is absolutely nothing like a vine ripened tomato, warm from the sun, and ever so fragrant, and the taste! It’s the very essence of summer.
Seriously, have you ever purchased a tomato in December? We’ve all done it, and we’ve all been disappointed in the ever so beautiful, yet ever so flavorless hard rock. Truly there is a time and season for everything!
Did you know the ripening process for tomatoes is built in? No matter if picked or left on the vine, a green tomato will ripen. However, there is a vast difference, and I do mean vast difference, between a tomato that has been picked before its time, and a tomato that is allowed to be vine ripened. Isn’t that right, December tomato?
Do you doubt? Just go to any farmer’s market and check the $$$ price of ‘vine-ripened’ tomatoes. It’s not just the taste, but the texture of vine ripen tomatoes is superior. Only to allow a tomato to ripen upon the vine takes patience.
In our world of instant-everything patience is not a sought after virtue. But one must muster that virtue if they want a vine ripened tomato. These fruits, and tomatoes are botanically classified as fruits, start out so tiny and green have to grow sheltered on the vine until they reach their final size, and that’s also built in. Can’t get a huge beef-steak tomato from a cherry tomato vine. It’s futile to try.
Only thing is that big and green doesn’t equate a mature tomato. You see chemical processes must take place to exchange the chlorophyll, which makes a tomato green, to carotenoids and lycopene, which makes a mature tomato red, if it’s a red tomato variety, that is. This chemical process for ripening is begun by the ethylene gas produced by the tomatoes themselves.
Really? Now isn’t that interesting to think tomatoes should emit the exact hydrocarbon gas needed for their maturing process. No hand wringing over ripening, no hunting down the next and best lycopene making potion, or staring at the ceiling, or stars in the case of tomatoes, fretting, “Will I ripen? Will I ripen? Will I ripen?”
For foodies, the entire point of vine ripen tomatoes is the exquisite taste, sweet, yet with an acidity high note, and that unmistakable flavor! Fresh salsa, anyone? Or how about some freshly made Marinara sauce? Or just a BLT,…toasted bread or no, as you so desire
However for the tomato the entire maturing process is about the reproduction cycle. That’s what the bright red color is for, the juicy flesh, the succulent taste, the gel-filled seed sacs – it’s all about getting those seeds redistributed, with the single-minded goal: producing more fruit.
Have you ever had a single-minded goal? Are you maturing in any area of your life?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15: 5
As it’s no accident tomatoes should produce the very hydrocarbon gas needed for the maturing process. So are we gifted with gifts that help with our own spiritual maturity “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Staying plugged into the vine of the LORD is the only way for us to mature and produce fruit to benefit not only our own lives, but the lives of others. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Maturing on the vine take time and patience, but the fruits are worth waiting for!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Until I post again,…may God bless and keep you!
Sometimes, Lord Jesus, when it is quiet,
I ask, "When lately have You called out to me?"
But then I hear You when beholding the Cross,
and scold myself, "What was I ever musing?"
It's so easy to forget, though You shook history
by dying for sins, everyone a foe
of your good grace until grand mercy
stares us in the face and our knees begin to buckle.
If I think of your mercy without what You suffered,
what do the nail prints in your hands mean now?
How patiently You endured every affliction,
this means that You love me, within my own!
Now that You are Risen,
suffering has a sane dimension.
Beyond your agony,
my light trials seem ecstasy.
Besides, your joy smiles at us, deeply in the Spirit,
and tells us, "Peace!", so we more than bear it.
Now that's a BIG flag!
Can you tell the flag is at least two stories high?
It's ginormous, but no matter how large or small, we always try to point out American flags to our little guy so he can learn the truths of our country's history.
One of the greatest truths is that freedom is NOT free.
Since 1776 countless men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms, and that sacrifice deserves to be respected, and honored.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - Preamble Declaration of Independence
Just this past weekend our little guy had a chance to witness our country's freedoms in action during a firework celebration.
Freedom of Religion: Without fear, speakers freely prayed, preached the word of God, and worshiped in the name of Christ Jesus. Freedom of Speech: Applies to the above, as we freely prayed for one another and our country. Freedom of Free Press: The way we found out about this community event was through the free press. Freedom To Peaceably Assemble: No protests, here. Just friends and neighbors gathered together in peaceful assembly to celebrate our country's 242nd birthday. Freedom To Petition The Government For Redress Of Grievances: No need for this measure. This was a community event, and everyone had a great time, but it's nice to know that we are afforded this liberty should the need ever arise.
Our country is not perfect, no country is, but we are so grateful to live in the United States of America where we have the freedom to peacefully assemble on a hot July evening, to eat shaved ice and BBQ, to jump in bounce houses, play Frisbee, toss a football, visit with friends, family and neighbors, to worship together, pray together, and sing, without fear, without dread, without oppression, "God Bless America,...land that I love,...stand beside her,...and guide her,...through the night with the light from above,...from the mountains, to the prairies, to the ocean,...white with foam,...GOD BLESS AMERICA,...my home sweet home,...God bless America,...my home sweet home," - to sit in lawn chairs and listen to the laughter of children, to catch fireflies as the twilight deepens,...and when it's finally dark enough,...enjoy the spectacle of fireworks bursting overhead,...knowing: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Of course it would be impossible for me to close out this blog post without mentioning THE most important freedom of all,...and one that is available to everyone,...no matter what nationality or creed. The freedom of Salvation - won on the cross of Calvary!
"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus
from the law of sin and death."
"Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free" Psalm 118:5
Have a blessed and safe Fourth of July!
When I recently read the verse that I bold below, I immediately took stock of a primary motivation in my life,
which is to find, exhort to and commune within mutual devotion to our Lord and God, Messiah Jesus. There is nothing
so freeing as living "in Spirit and in Truth" (John 4:24)
It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord - 1 Thessalonians 3:8 (NLT)
I thrilled at the pride of my mamma and papa,
when they said without words, "He is growing up".
How they gave me space in my heart for their boundaries,
it felt like a universe though I stayed under their wing.
Now, my dear brother, now sister, you
all, I hope you go further as you grow in truth.
For I really live when I see the Church
knitted together to form a Spirit-filled purse
emptied out, filled-up as fast as her love,
inspired by devotion to the Risen One.
The Word of God is likened to a seed that is planted in the individual. The germination of that seed depends on the recipient. If the hearer does not water the seed with his obedience, it will have a hard time fulfilling its potential. The “incorruptible” seed will never flourish without personal involvement. One can read the Word of God every day and still fail to experience its power. One can listen to the preached Word and still lack spiritual growth. One can carry his Bible but until the Bible carries the individual, he will fail to reap the benefits of the Kingdom. The Word left by itself will be ineffective without affirmative behavior. There must be an action based on Faith for the Word to accomplish its purpose. Faithless reading produces faithless action.
Satan is also into gardening. What He plants is “corruptible” seed. This seed will grow by allowing fleshly desires to occupy the mind of the natural man. Before long it grows into a self-centered tree of “forbidden fruit.” This fruit feeds the carnal nature of man. If it feels good, it must be good, and as a result it becomes the driving force in human nature. The problem with the corruptible seed is it is “seasonal,” (Hebrews 11:25) and as a result there will always be a questing for more of the corruptible seeds (decayed and perishable). God’s seed will abide forever, incorruptible, undecaying, and eternal. The Believer must never ignore the Word. Absence from the Word causes the mind to wander. Every day that our Bible stays closed the greater the danger of Satan spreading his corruptible seed. (Matthew 13: 24, 25)
Sadly, there is a harvesting of both seeds in many Christians. (I Peter 1:23) Corruptible seeds produce the works of the flesh, while Incorruptible seeds produce the Fruits of the Spirit. The Apostle Paul lists a minimum of seventeen results of the fruit of a corruptible seed, while also listing nine fruits harvested as a result of the incorruptible seed. (Galatians 6:19- 23) The two seeded Christian cannot be a true witness of the Kingdom of God. When a Believer displays conflicting actions, it is obvious he is not tending to his garden. (James 3:10- 13)
It is through the incorruptible seed of God that we have been brought to the knowledge of the Triune God. Through the Holy Spirit’s opening of the Word to our understanding, we have been brought to the saving knowledge of God’s love and Grace. Through Jesus our Savior and Lord, we have become reconciled to our Heavenly Father. We need to rototill our gardens before the corruptible seed can grow; if it has already germinated we need to uproot it.
Incorruptible seeds are being planted every day in our lives. Don’t let a day go by without watering those seeds with obedience.
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light."
Thats Luke 11:33. I read this and I think instantly, the majority of American Christians. So career driven, distracted and flesh oriented. They go to church every Sunday morning and start the week off by hiding what light they have under a roof. With fancy walls and busy parking lots. So devoid of real faith and Holy Spirit it makes real believers want to go in there and turn those places upside down with only the truth. They call it worship. Singing some trendy Christian hit with other middle uppers not realizing how far down this train will go. Lets buy 5 dollar coffee and give Jesus and God and all that some face time. Giving just enough time and money and resources to make a difference, but it is metrics and cost driven. Hive mentality. The Holy Spirit does not need a branding strategy and catchy slogan on Sunday to render God his due or build His Kingdom. Get the hell out of church already. The harvest is great. Your light's are all together doing little good on the Gospel's reality for the lost and where these people can be found today. They are everywhere and all around in places you avoid and not, in your church. Where is the darkness; where is the light?
It took almost 300 years for the first known church building to be built. We call it that while they did not. They ate there often together and hung out talking life and love and all things Jesus. No bible yet. That would be another 100 years and in a different language anyway. There were equal economies between members, all without want...far cry from that when most the popular Christians today seem to be in Mega-churches that fundraise for Christ somehow. Give your money to someone else to do something for Gods Kingdom? Where is that in the Bible as a church model? There is more happiness in giving...and doing. In the 300 years real believers did not build a church, Americans have built over 400,000. That is more than all the hotels/motels and restaurants and convenience stores combined! It's like worship requires a temple. What it requires is Spirit and Truth.
What did early believers know that these Joel Osteen loving pastor driven, itchy eared Christians do not? Its who they do not know. The Holy Spirit. Without it, it is not church. It's a social event for those seeking to appear faithful, but not having, real faith. Here is why. It's not a relationship with a Savior who they know as if there was not a single building called a church ever to attend. I Wonder where those 5,000 and then 3,000 who believed and got baptised went the following Sunday? I wonder if they all hid their lights under a roof somewhere and gave their 10%? What they did do was minister. Being called out of the world, to be the light and salt and Jesus here when He was not.
What is church? Technically:
1577 ekklēsía(from 1537 /ek, "out from and to" and 2564 /kaléō, "to call") – properly, people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church (the mystical body of Christ) – i.e. the universal (total) body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.
[The English word "church" comes from the Greek word kyriakos, "belonging to the Lord" (kyrios). 1577 /ekklēsía ("church") is the root of the terms "ecclesiology" and "ecclesiastical."]
Who is it? Accurately. Two or more in His name. He said that and built the church with bodies and not bricks, with ministry and not masonry. It is living and breathing and only by The Holy Spirit is empowered and driven.
Where is your personal light shining? When is the last time you approached a stranger, being led by God to do so? When is the last time you went out of your way to go find someone in need? Where is your light shining on Sunday?
Can you see the little neon green worm dangling from a silken strand?
My little guy and I spotted it on our early morning walk, and of course had to stop for a photo-shoot. You can't tell, but the little worm is dangling over the middle of the road with the nearest tree branch 30 feet in the air!!!
30 Feet To Safety!
How did that little worm get into that predicament?
Did it fall from the safety of a leaf? Get pushed off by another worm staking claim? Or did it ignore all safety rules. Can't you just hear a motherly voice chide, "Don't be nibbling too near the edge of the leaf!"
My goodness, but it just isn't safe to be dangling in the middle of the road. One car passes and it's, "Goodbye little green worm!" - or even more likely there were plenty of birds flitting about from tree to tree looking for breakfast. Needless to say the little worm's odds,...weren't good.
However our little green worm seemed to have a lick of common sense. Despite it's predicament it wasn't indulging in a "Oh woe is me," pity party. Instead that little worm was clinging to it's lifeline.
What was required of that little green worm? Cling and climb, nothing else. No freaking out. No thinking up the 'worse-case scenario.' No looking down. The only way for that worm to escape its past mistakes was to climb forward to its future on that nice leafy branch.
Isn't it nice to know the Lord doesn't put helpless little worms on 30 foot trees without a lifeline? Safety for that little worm was built into its DNA. It only had to trust and believe that the silken strand would appear when needed.
Have you ever felt like you were dangling at the end of a rope? Do life's predicaments have you feeling helpless and vulnerable? No matter how you got to where you are by your own accord, or others, there is hope.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
While watching that little green worm inch its way upward, I noticed it wasn't paying any attention to anything, but its present task.
Hello, giant creatures were standing there talking about it, taking pictures of it, speculating on its odds of survive against that climb and all the hungry birds, but that little green worm didn't stop and say, "Excuse me, I am climbing here, do you mind moving along?" - instead, it never wavered from its task,...from the one thing,...that would lead it to safety.
How easy is it for us to get distracted by our past mistakes, or present difficulties? How many pity parties do we throw? Or all those sleepless nights,...tossing and turning over desperate scenarios that will never come to pass. Instead we can cling to the lifeline of our salvation and unwaveringly press heavenward in Christ Jesus!
From a worm? Seriously?
1. No matter what your predicament trust in the Lord's provision! The Lord is gracious to build our faith. David didn't tackle Goliath until he had conquered a bear and a lion, and I am sure that little green worm had had a test trial or two to assure its spinnerets were working for that safety line before it got knocked out of that tree. "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
2. Don't freak out! Cling to your lifeline: prayer, worship, scriptures. Find a scripture for your need. Cling to God's promises! "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
3. During your climb don't look down! We've all made mistakes. Move forward, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
4. Keep your eyes heavenward. The world is going to try to distract you, to even frighten you, but never waver from your task. "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3: 13-14
No matter where you are in life. Don't give up. Keep clinging. Keep climbing!
Mark 4: 20 "And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred."
Do you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? After hearing this being said time and time again by modern evangelists, I sought its biblical foundation in justification for these life altering words, and found them not in scripture. Friends, Jesus is not a truth we simply accept. We accept the rain falling or the wind blowing as a fact and carry on with our day. I accept the things I cannot change. However, Jesus is not somebody we just accept or acknowledge- Jesus is somebody we spiritually receive. God's Word comes from above in Spirit. It is of Almighty God; an eternally sovereign Truth cast upon our newly opened eyes and received for what it is, The Way in which we ought to now walk. I accept Jesus as my Lord after it has been received of Him by Holy Spirit. Let's stop sugar coating like wormwood how men are saved by God's perfect will, for it establishes another way and another door outside of how God's Word speaks about His inheritance in men and how we are bound to His will and purpose. It's not just misleading, it's a lie that must be exposed and resolved scripturally. Faith is a gift.
"Friends, I believe if you said this prayer you've been saved..." Joel Osteen closes every sermon with these words, and then urges those who recite this phrase to find a bible based church. Ironically, a bible based church will not teach this as the foundation of Christ's Body; as the way we enter into His rest. Listen carefully to what Jesus said about how His Church was to be built:
Matthew 16: 17. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The rock His church was built upon was not Peter himself, but the fact that flesh and blood did not reveal to Peter who Jesus was; His Father revealed it to Him from heaven. Here we see again, Jesus was not just accepted by Peter, the truth was received by him from above. It was not some immutable fact he had to accept. It was divinely revealed and Peter received it from The Father in heaven. Truth came down, not up.
The false church led by false Christ's will teach another way that is not the voice of the Shepherd being received spiritually. They teach a doctrine unto themselves that says 'just say this prayer' or 'accept Jesus as your Lord and you are saved. However, God's Kingdom is built like the winds that blow, unseen like the air but it's presence manifest spiritually to those with eyes and ears opened by Truth. It will remain hidden to those who seek it for personal gain, who gather riches in God's name or who say some magic little prayer and boom, you got saved. It is a choosing or calling that began long before your existence; foreknown by God and ordained into the hearts of those chosen from before the founding of the world.
If the church you attend is teaching grace over repentance, accepting Jesus over receiving Him, or prosperity over piety, you are in a lifeless building led by someone who is still as blind as the men they lead into a pit. Come out of her my people. The plagues and promises are real.
We receive Christ Jesus and our Father accepts us because of His Son, not because of our acknowledgement of the facts, but as a calling to himself to those foreknown individuals He calls out of this world by divinely inspired spiritual revelation. This truth will remove the false churches from their sandy foundations, leaving behind those who have built their house upon The Rock that remains after the storm.
Do we accept Jesus as Lord? We receive His Lordship, and this faith and these truths and God's amazing grace are gifts from above. To be saved is more than words. It's and act of God and is not initiated by reciting words or prayers that incite a response from heaven. It's initiated in heaven and incites a response from men. Brick by brick His church is built with souls who by God's will and grace alone who have been called out and saved from this world passing away. God's purpose in salvation is made perfect through the humble hearts of those chosen from the sea of mankind to represent His Kingdom here and now. To God our Father may all glory honor and praise be in Jesus name. May it be so.
If you get on the internet and start asking algorithm based search engines about Bible doctrine, Jesus and the end times, look out for the rabbit hole up ahead, filled with men in darkness seeking knowledge of the light. We live in the days now of men roving about in search of what is truth, and in the final analysis, the truth is not a destination or viewpoint one arrives at. It is a person and not a place. It is a who, and not a what.
My journey began when I was introduced to reading the book of Enoch; this lost book of the Bible disregarded and hidden since the Nicean Councel. Reading about the watchers and fallen angels coming to earth and introducing mankind to divination and the desires of our flesh was a very interesting read. I knew there had to be another book in the Bible because 67 sounded so much more godlike than 66. That soon segued into learning that many of these demons are walking amongst us today and these hybrid reptilians are now leading the world to her destruction. I saw a photo of David Rockefeller and was immediately convinced. That man is not human folks. Neither is George Soros. I was really onto something here.
Next thing I know, I find out there are these shape-shifting Nephilim serpent hybrids alive and well down here on earth, and in hd video on Youtube. Most of them make a living in Hollywood and DC. Why arent people talking about this? It was basically Biblical and on the internet? I saw a video of Nancy Pelosi morphing into some other being, which didnt suprise me, and one of Obama's bodyguards doing the same. Unbelievable. I had my proof and this was all starting to make some sense, because I always knew Hilary Clinton was a demon straight from the pit of hell. Turns out about half this world isnt human at all, and that half made sense to me. I then started reading about Albert Pike and Luciferianism and the Rothchilds and Rockefellers and I'm telling you friends there was no turning back. We are all under the complete contol of the Illuminati, the Cabal, the Jews, The NWO, Freemasonry and Mark Zuckerberg. I deleted my Facebook account that day. True Story.
I had reached the point of finding out who this antichrist dude really was. I was banking on Obama because I knew he was Muslim and just had that antichrist feel about him, and the timing was right; but whoever the pope is at the time also fit the bill. Turns out it's this Maitreya "World Teacher" who first appeared literally out of thin air in front of thousands of people in Kenya in the 80's. He is the very one the Illuminati and NWO folks believe is coming. Thank you Google for finding that so fast for me. I knew people devoting thier lives to knowing who the antichrist is and it took me only 5 minutes. Armed with this accurate knowledge I proceded along so much closer to the light of day. Really though, I was a thousand miles from nowhere and could'nt have been more lost.
Moving forward, I began reading about Agenda 21, an alien invasion coming soon, and the ever so elusive mark of the beast. Did you know that UFO's are coming along with Project Bluebeam and Planet X, and the rapture is being faked by our government? This all made sense because Ive seen ufos before, and Lucifer and the fallen ones needed a ride to get to DC. The truth was setting me free! And friends, Ill make your search for the mark of the beast very simple: Its a tattoo or rfid chip or stamp on your hand or in your hand and on your forehead- im not yet sure where, or it is a brain wave implant wifi based technology running on the upcoming 5g networks and generated by CERN. Its gotta be one of the two. Then again, it could be an international ID Card, gentically modified foods, DNA activation, AI, or your social security number, or quite possibly something coming along with all these FEMA camps I keep reading about. Either way, dont take the mark, and start storing food.
I was now armed with more knowledge than most men could fathom, but was still in the closet about banking on Obama being the Antichrist. I could just tell by looking at him. I was sure about chemtrails, HAARP, GMO's and UFO's, but still on the fence about the mark of the beast, who Mystery Babylon is and the role of the Vatican in the last days. I saw videos that disproved the whole reptilian shape shifters thing, and then found out we faked landed on the moon - NASA is one big lie because the earth is flat and they know it! At this point I am actually angry and ready for a revolution. I then find out that I needed to learn more Hebrew, buy a shofar, study the Torah and be more Jewish - but did'nt have the time because Nibiru was inbound, the Revelation 12 sign was being fulfilled on September 23rd, and Donald Trump got elected, beating the demon Hilary by a landslide. There goes the whole Obama is the devil theory I was secretly rooting for. I remember wondering somewhere around that time about the validity of the Book of Enoch because I read about the Nephilim coming back soon and realized: I had gone full circle to distant places going nowhere, far down an uphill road. I had not learned one more fact or acquired one ounce of useful knowlege in all my time searching, because I had been seeking what the truth was rather than Who, the truth is.
Be rooted in Christ people. May our depths be the knowledge of His grace of His loyal loyal love. Have faith in Jesus. Seek first His Kingdom. Be Holy. Be Holy. Be Holy.
Do not forget my dear friends, Jesus rocked the world with 12 ordinary men, no Bible and no church and no internet. What they did have was supernatural divinely ordained Holy Spirit power, and it was awesome. It brought down temples and Kings and changed the planet. Ministry... It was boots on the ground out in the darkness being light and salt to a world in desperate need of a savior. The Savior. He came and saw and conquored and is right now, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He reigns. God Almighty can use your little light to help save souls, bring down strongholds and overcome the gates of hell.
Thats what I believe. Thats who I believe in. Truth is not a complex thing requiring algorithms and a wifi connection. It is divinely revealed gift of the knowledge of Christ Jesus to the humble lost sheep He seeks. It transforms us inside out, root to fruit. Be rooted in Christ. Be rooted in Christ. Be rooted in Christ.
As Jesus was approaching the area of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His Apostles an unusual question: “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They claimed they had heard people say that He was “John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, and even one of the prophets.” (Matthew 16:13, 14) Notice that the names were of deceased people. It was basically an elevation of reincarnation. Instead of looking at the possibility of a uniquely living individual, people focused on the past and its possible effect on the present. There had been some speculation that Jesus might be the long awaited Christ, the Messiah, but it was more of a possibility than a statement of fact. To whom were the Apostles listening? It was almost like a poll taken by the liberal faction of the Jewish religionist. (Even today, polls tend to reflect the pollster and his pre-determined political leaning, rather than the actual consensus of the people.) I wonder if Jesus was a little surprised by the result of His inquiry. Jesus then hones in on what really matters: “But who do you say that I am?” Peter quickly responds, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15, 16) I wonder how many of His Apostles had publicly declared who Jesus really was. They assisted Jesus in His ministry, and even went out by twos healing and casting out demons, but is there any recording that they divulged who Jesus really was? As Jesus’ ministry gained momentum, He seemed to shield His identity due to the direction the crowds were taking. People were more concerned with miracles, signs, and wonders. Jesus realized that if the multitudes believed He was the Messiah, they would revert to their preconceived notion that the Christ would deliver them from Roman rule.
When is the last time we simply meditated on who Jesus is? When is the last time we focused on His personage, rather than the miracles? When is the last time we dwelt on His attributes, rather than on the benefits we received from Him? Let us spend a day just pondering on who Jesus is, and when we do, let us display to others the Jesus we have grown to know.
When Peter made his proclamation, Jesus told him that the only way he could know that was by a revelation from God Himself. (Matthew 16:17) The Apostle Paul stated that the Gospel he proclaimed was not a result of someone teaching him or of hearing it from some individual, but through revelation from God Himself. (Galatians 1:11-15) TRUTH IS REVEALED FROM THE HEART UPWARD, NOT FROM THE HEAD DOWNWARD. It is not horizontal, but vertical revelation that solidifies the Believer. When we reverse the procedure, we open the door to potentially misinterpreting God’s Word. When we start from the head, our feelings and emotions will have a strong influence. When Paul received revelation, he did not “confer with flesh and blood,” but obediently acted without hesitation. (Galatians 1:16) How many of us have questioned our own actions? One moment we are convinced of the validity of our actions, and within a short time we question if we are doing the right thing. When we act as a result of head knowledge, we will more than likely question some of our actions. May the Holy Spirit reveal God’s Word and, when He does, let us pursue life without a rear view mirror!
Ever had a desire?
The definition for desire - is a strong wish, a craving. That's where the donuts come in. Who hasn't ever seen that blinking Krispy Kreme: HOT NOW neon sign, and had a craving for a donut? Okay, theoretically there are not Krispy Kreme donut franchises around the world, but just about every culinary culture there is has some type of sweet fried bread: churros, beignets, crullers, sonhos, lokma, zeppole, to name a few. Plus go into any Chinese buffet in the USA, and what do you find? Donuts, these crispy treats are universally loved!
But what do you desire?
What are you wishing for in your life? Love, friendship, success, MONEY, or maybe just a vacation, or a new pair of shoes.
Do you feel like your wishes are on hold? That craving unsatisfied? Is the assembly-line empty? Everything is ready,...the oil is hot,...the batter risen,...but there are no donuts coming forth in your life.
Believe it or not, but God wants what is best for you. Often the 'no' in our life is the best 'yes' we could receive. We just can't see the big picture. Like children, we often crave was is not best for us. Hello, would any parent let their child eat dozens of donuts in a sitting? That's a one-way ticket to a belly-ache. Perhaps often what we desire is a one way ticket to a heart-ache.
"Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4
"A happy heart makes the face cheerful,..." - Proverbs 15:13
Life's not all happiness, there is plenty of struggles and trials, but "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trust in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." - Psalm 28:7
This one is a little more apt for this blog title: "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10
Choice food? Like donuts, perhaps?
Do you get the theme here? The LORD is our strength, our shield, as in our protection, like the way we protect our children from unwise desires. Oh how we love them! Oh how we want to give the little darlings the desires of their little hearts to see those happy little faces, but oh how we have to be wise in our decisions for them. We are their shield, to keep them safe.
The LORD isn't against our desires, "May He give you the desire of your heart, and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4
Donuts are good! So are desires, the right desires. "Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust the LORD with the desires of your heart. If the conveyer belt of your strongest wishes is empty,...perhaps it's safety issues,...your safety. We've all been there,...and as children grow up and understand our reasoning why a dozen or so donuts in a sitting isn't a good idea,...so can we mature in Christ,...and in retrospect praise the LORD for all the unfulfilled wishes in our life. God wants only the best for us,...only the best.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
By Victor Remes
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11-13
Many of us have reached a point in our lives where we are pretty much comfortable. Having a roof over our heads, those that are making a decent income, a nice warm bed to sleep in; I would say that is pretty much comfortable. A person that is in this position would think to themselves “Why would I do anything to change this?”.
Well I have come to know that this is very common among many; this is other wise known as the comfort zone; just stringing along is our lives. Don’t get me wrong I understand, we all have worked hard to reach this point in our lives and it may seem like a very good place to be. But there is also a problem with this when we stop reaching, stretching, seeking and risking we actually stop growing; Let me put it this way.
In one of my pervious posts (Faith can move mountains) I mentioned about growing our faith system in comparison with going to the gym to train our bodies to get healthy and stronger. This obviously means making necessary sacrifices in order to reach that goal. But sitting around thinking about it or saying that you can’t isn’t going to make it happen; This is the comfort zone frame of mind it means that you are settling for what you are today; and without growth the person who you are today is all your ever going to be. (It’s the truth)
Matthew 14:22-32 is basically speaking about Peter one of the 12 disciples and the only one that stepped out of the boat when Jesus called him in the middle of the sea. As Jesus’s boat got tossed by the storm and waves that night, He decided to walk on the sea to catch up with His fellow disciples because He can, He’s the Son of God. But of course the disciple were afraid of this and didn’t believe that it was Jesus. Peter opened his mouth and said to Jesus “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” – Matthew 14:28 NKJV.
For most of you that have read your bibles will know what happened next. Jesus said “Come” – Matthew 14:29 NKJV; I bet Peter was thinking “Damm why did I have to open my big mouth”. Now bear in mind that Peter and the other 11 disciples were totally comfortable and safe on the boat but here Peter has to prove to himself and the others that the man walking on the sea is truly Jesus. So what did he do? Peter stepped out of the boat and walked towards Jesus on WATER! That is big; Peter the first disciple to walk on water and the first to step out of his comfort zone.
But Peter didn’t really last long; He began to be afraid of the storm and started to sink into the sea crying out “Lord, save me!” - Matthew 14:30. Now bear in mind when Peter first stepped out of the boat his main focus was fixed on Jesus Peter was able to walk a few steps on water but when he changed his focus towards the storm he started to sink. But Jesus quickly stretched out His hand and caught Peter but said this “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” - Matthew 14:31.
Just like Peter; Jesus is calling us to step out the boats of comforts because He wants us to grow and while you step out He asking you to focus and fix your eyes on Him don’t worry or be afraid of how the world can be but as long as your main focus is Jesus! but when you do lose focus Jesus will stretch out His arm to catch you but only when you call out to Him. The reason why I say only when you call out to Him; It's because when He responds to your cry, Your focus is switched back onto Jesus.
You see a Warrior’s path is never easy as there are going to be times where you are going through something in your life where you are going to have to make decisions that are uncomfortable. You never know that those uncomfortable decisions could change a lot of things for the good maybe even better involving Jesus.
I pray this will bless you all fellow warriors and that you have taken something from this. I had to learn this the hard way but Jesus never fails to amaze me through my life; and I pray that He will do the same for you all.
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In an area north of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus turned a “revival meeting” into a family picnic. Multitudes filled the hillside as He ministered to the people. At the conclusion of the “crusade,” He fed the masses a meal of fish and bread. (Matthew 15:32-38) Dismissing the throng, He boarded a boat and set off for an eight and half mile trip to the sea port of Magdala. There Jesus was confronted with the “religious police.” (Pharisees) They wanted Him to show some sign from Heaven that would verify He was whom He claimed to be. Jesus “sighed deeply in His spirit,” disturbed that His generation was always seeking signs, (Mark 8:12) and offered them a crumb by saying the only sign they would get was, “the prophet Jonah.” (Matthew 16:4) He then left Magdala and headed back to Bethsaida.
It was on that boat ride back that Jesus warned His Apostles about the dangers of the Pharisees and Sadducees doctrines. Their teachings would be like leaven that would continue to rise and dilute the rightful intent of the Word. His men misinterpreted what Jesus was saying and thought they were being called out due to forgetting to bring bread for the trip. Jesus gently rebuked them by calling out their lack of faith. He reminded them of the two buffets they had attended. How soon they had forgotten. Jesus then repeated about the leaven of the religious leadership. This time, they realized He was talking about the doctrines of the Pharisees. (Matthew 16:5-12)
For generations, there has been a “rising” (leaven) of false doctrines and teachings that has defiled the purity of the Gospel. More and more Christians are following the “pied pipers” of extra Biblical interpretations. Some “Pipers” urge the label wearing Christians to follow the “greenback” road to prosperity and materialistic growth. Selected Scriptures are ripped from the Holy Book showing that accumulated financial gain is tied to the evidence of one’s Faith. The “Pipers” lifestyles evidence the result of what they claim their Faith brought. It is interesting to note that their Faith is tied into the financial giving of their followers. Recently, a prosperity personality took to the airwaves to announce that he was exercising his faith to receive a fifty million dollar jet to help him spread the Gospel around the world. Justifying his quest, he said that if Jesus were alive today He would have a jet. Jesus’ lifestyle was anything but opulent. I guess He could have believed for a “Rolls Chariot,” or a “Purebred” Roman raised horse, or even a pedigree donkey so He could reach any place in Israel in the shortest amount of time. But He chose to walk. He could have had a house worth two hundred talents of gold ($5,256,600), or a summer home on the Sea of Galilee, or wore tailored clothes from “Robes by Armodi.” But he became a “nomad” who traveled about sharing God’s love. Whenever a “Piper” lives a lifestyle beyond the reaches of those he is serving, there is an ever present danger he is producing a self-serving kingdom void of the Truth.
As Jesus warned His Apostles about the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees, so the warning should be loud and clear for our generation. The age of blind acceptance of what we are being taught through hearing and seeing must be challenged. Let us receive the promoted Word through whatever venue, but let us also verify its validity. Whenever teachings promote self over others, there should be yellow lights flashing. May the dollar sign never overshadow the Cross!
At the age of thirty, Jesus entered the religious arena with a message of hope and assurance. To the populist, it was an awakening of spiritual truth. For generations, their religious leaders had bound them with traditions based on misinterpretations of the Holy Scrolls. The teachings that Jesus brought were like a breath of fresh air. People proclaimed with excitement that they had never heard teaching like that before. They would use words like “astonished,” “marveled,” and “amazed.” Soon the crowds grew into multitudes that caused gridlocks in the communities where He appeared. People began to label Jesus as a Teacher, then a Prophet, and soon speculation abounded that He might be the long-awaited Messiah. At first, the Pharisees put up with His teachings, but when He exposed their hypocrisy they had to do something about it. The Pharisees had experienced other false prophets and had dealt with them accordingly, so Jesus should be no different! Quickly, they realized He was no ordinary disillusioned individual. There was no denying the validity of the miracles and wonders that He was performing. They knew that if they seized Him there could be a physical conflict with the people and this could not be tolerated, especially with Rome overseeing their occupied land. The religious leaders tried sending a small group of soldiers to take Him quietly, probably after a teaching seminar, but the soldiers were taken back with His teachings and disobeyed the order. (John 7:46) The leaders needed another approach. If they could get Jesus to ignore, and even contradict the Scriptures, they would be able to expose Him as a heretic.
To set Jesus up, the Pharisees needed a situation where there was no possibility of misinterpretation of the Law. Someone suggested using adultery as a point of reference. The penalty for such an act was death by stoning. (Leviticus 20:10) The gamble the Pharisees were taking was that Jesus would reject the Law in favor of His previous compassionate displays. Finding an adulterous situation took some effort and time. Finally, they discovered a couple in a flagrant display of extra-marital activity. Immediately, they took the woman to the Temple where Jesus was teaching. They interrupted the class by shoving the woman in front of Jesus. They claimed that Moses commanded “that such should be stoned,” so what was His feeling on the subject? Jesus, completely ignoring them, simply stooped down and wrote on the ground. They continued to demand an answer, and finally He rose up and said that anyone without sin should cast the first stone. He then stooped down and continued to write. The Bible states that the accusers started leaving from the oldest to the youngest. Jesus asked the woman where her accusers were. She told Him they were gone. Jesus then told the adulteress that He did not condemn her and that she should not sin again. (John 8:1-11)
Today, being a true representative of the Gospel is a very difficult road to travel. Whenever the Truth is proclaimed, people will try and trip up the shepherd so that their flocks will be scattered. Many good leaders, in both the world and the church, have fallen due to consistent efforts of others to destroy their mandates. Politicians and Spiritual leaders will always be the target of the enemy. Jesus knew that according to the Law, both the adulterer and the adulteress were to be stoned, but the Pharisees were selective in their interpretation. Never enter into debate with Biblically illiterate people. Learn to forgive instead of condemn. Never condone sin, but always warn of continual sin.
One of the most challenging aspects of my ministry has been to get Believers to evaluate what they believe; to see if what they confess as truth stands up to the challenges to their Faith. Too many Christians operate only in their “comfort zones” and are diametrically opposed to any Biblical excursions that might cause their basic beliefs to come under scrutiny. Lukewarmness becomes a reality when we become content with the basic tenets of our Faith, and are unwilling to grow in the Faith. A lukewarm Christian becomes a spectator rather than a participant in the Kingdom of God. It is so tragic to see Believers walking with limited Biblical knowledge. I thank God for the foundational truth of Jesus, for without the Cross, His Resurrection, and Ascension there would be no Church. The question is what have we done to build upon that foundation? Scriptural ignorance has caused many Christians to simply accept what they have been taught without personal Biblical confirmation. Why are we so afraid of revisiting our “comfort zones” to see if what we have believed truly lines up with the Word of God?
For many years, I studied at some great theological schools. I attended Methodist, Lutheran and Catholic seminaries in quest of understanding God’s Word. I pursued pastorates with churches affiliated with three major denominations as well as independent fellowships. I taught against things that conflicted with my “adopted “beliefs. For years, I preached to peoples’ wants instead of their needs. Finally, one day the Holy Spirit took me to the Scriptures for the first time and my eyesight went from 20/20 to 39/27 and I saw things as they really are. From that moment on, I began to preach under God’s direction. No longer was I going to teach to appease the “itching ear syndrome” of my fleshly “employers.” (I Timothy 4:3) It has not been an easy road, for people that are entrenched in unbiblical traditions are almost impossible to budge; Satan sees to that!
My prayer is that Biblical ignorance can be eradicated. I pray that people will get back to personal Bible study under the tutorage of the Holy Spirit. We need to make sure that Scriptures compliment each other. In other words, follow the continuity thread throughout the Word. If a verse says something, find co-existing verses which will compliment and elaborate on its significance. The Word will never conflict itself. Don’t be quick to read; use a soaking action. Read a verse and then meditate on it until you are released to move on.
I challenge every reader of this article to join me in opening your Bible and making sure that what you have defended for so long lines up with the Word. If it doesn’t, make the corrections; if it does, press on to even greater truths. Whatever you do, do not remain complacent.
By Henry Korsah
Before I start this blog, I will like to apologise for the long hiatus.
The Holy Spirit, is our inner being, it lives inside of us. Doctors cannot even identify, the Holy Spirit with their medical instruments. 1 Corinthians 6:19. ‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
Jesus even have confirmed that the Holy Spirit lives in us. John 14: 16-17 ‘And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.’
The feeling of the Holy Spirit is simply allowing it takeover, and you having no control of your mind/body. It is even compared to feeling drunk in Ephesians 5:18. ‘Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,’
Anyone can ask for the Holy Spirit because it is available to us all. Luke 11:13 ‘If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’
You can ask for anything, The Spirit of love, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding.
I do remember mentioning in one of the previous blogs. King Solomon asking for the Spirit of wisdom (1st Kings 3:9-12).
The Holy Spirit will cause you to have spiritual gifts such as dreams, visions, speak in tongues, and interpret tongues (Acts 2).
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This reminds me of Matthew 16:26. What does a man profit if he gains the whole world, but looses his own soul? To me it says keep your focus on God and not worldly things. God will guide you, just trust in him is right.