Living For Christ in the Devil’s World

One of the hardest things to this day and age is to be a Christian. People in the past 80 years have perverted the Word so much. They created ungodly doctrines, changing Jesus and Scripture to fit their needs and desires so that their sins are ok to continue living in. Some pastors have fallen victim to the idol of money and are in the constant state of asking for it to the point that their assets are worth more than the church building they preach in. One pastor took the Commandments and said that they are suggestions on how to live and no longer relevant, he even changed them.

There are Bibles that take gender out of the equation and theologies to fit the needs of the people. What God abhors has become a common way of life making right wrong and wrong right. What was once morally correct has been questioned and immoral behavior has become a norm.  

We were warned about this in Scripture but no one really paid attention. We have become numb and have let the Prince of Darkness completely rule the land. Christians and Jews are being persecuted on a daily basis by suffering financial/personal ruin and even killed for their beliefs. Even families are fighting against each other resulting in death. 

What can we do as Christians in this hateful world? The only thing we can do is to keep strong in the faith and continue the Kingdom Commission Work that we were instructed to do. Follow the Commandments, moral codes, and laws that were given to our Hebrew anscestors as they are the right and proper way of living. We cannot give in to the love of materialism nor fall into the trappings of the transgrssions and sins of our fellow man. 

We also need to correct those who reinterpret Scripture to meet their needs. God warns us through John not to change Scripture period. We need to help people understand that the Old Testament is just as important as the New because without the Old Testament histories and teachings we would not know the reason Jesus came to us.

This is our time to fix the immoral misguidance that has occured. No bandages this time we need to fight the infection at the heart. Keep fighting the good fight and do what is right in God’s eyes not our own. The more of us there are the stronger our voice so that the wilderness is set fire because the heat from our light shines and burns through the hearts of man. Be safe let go and LET GOD.   

 

Beware Those Who Scoff God

​First, understand this: during the Last Days, scoffers will come, following their own desires and asking, “Where is this promised ‘coming’ of his? For our fathers have died, and everything goes on just as it has since the beginning of creation.” But, wanting so much to be right about this, they overlook the fact that it was by God’s Word that long ago there were heavens, and there was land which arose out of water and existed between the waters, and that by means of these things the world of that time was flooded with water and destroyed. It is by that same Word that the present heavens and earth, having been preserved, are being kept for fire until the Day of Judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. 2 Peter 3:3-7 CJB

So why put this on 1 December? There are so many scoffers in this world today. The Christmas celebration has become a market for things of the world that bring a false sense of happiness and condition our children to desire things over desiring the true reason for the season. We are in the Jewish year 5778 which has been called the year of the Messiah. This means they are in total preparation for His coming. How do we recognize the times? God Himself said look to the stars for signs and know that the Words in Scripture are not just a good read but instructions and preparatory warnings for getting right with God before the time of judgement  (the destruction of the old and creation of the Kingdom). 

This is the world we currently live in.  Where a criminal who has been deported from a country he has entered illegally numerous times gets away with murder because his defense said it was an accident. What is this person doing back in the country in the fist place? So the guilty are set free and the innocent suffer? Is good evil and evil good? The family lost a daughter who had a lot of promise. A good family is lost because man judged the guilty as innocent. God help us.

Our time is short. The evils of this world are running rampant. Ways opposite of God’s teachings have become the law of the land because man has perverted God’s moral statutes in the name of progress and unity. This is written of throughout the prophets, Apostles, and Teachers of the Way. WAKE UP.

How we prepare ourselves is up to us. Be ready for He will come like a thief in the night. The earth shall tremble in His Name and the Word, Breath, Truth, of the Lord God Almighty will come to rule over us. Be ready, give no heed to the scoffers but stay focused in the Word not the world. Be prepared always for the holy reckoning where we will be transformed in order to survive the coming holocaust.  Live for God, Love like God, but do not laugh at those who laugh at us. God does care for all creation and I am sure it saddens Him knowing these scoffers will die permanently and never truly see the life and light. Be ready brothers and sisters the time is coming soon.   

Are You of the Spirit or of the World?

MATERIAL SPIRITUALHow often do we hear of people getting rich, living mostly happy lives then dying or becoming destitute all of sudden? This seems to happen to some lottery winners especially in the last 10 years. How about those folks who amassed great wealth and lived long lives, sometimes too long, and thought they could control people by conditionally sharing their wealth to meet their personal desire for mass control? When they go they are either heralded as good or evil men. How many of the wealthy follow God’s Word? How many manipulate it for their own conscious to be satisfied? Throughout Scripture we are constantly reminded how material wealth is deadly while spiritual wealth leads to life eternal.

That being said, why have so many popular pastors fallen into a false material prosperity gospel that does not lead to Spiritual happiness? I mean think about it. Books titled, Your Best Life Now, God’s Formula for Success and Prosperity, God’s Master Key to Prosperity and others have convinced many that God wants you to have materialistic (mostly monetary) wealth. Money won’t buy your place at the banquet table of Christ. This prosperity gospel is irresponsible, promotes idolatry, and is contrary to scripture. Most of the progenitors of this heresy are televangelists who live lavish non humble lives. This ideology goes back to the mid-1960s and needs to stop.

Jesus tells us,  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6: 19-21

If God based a person’s faithfulness on their amassing of material goods then the poor would never even see the inside of a church. If this was true then Jesus would have welcomed the money traders and sellers of all goods (even sinful ones) in the temple instead of going on a rampage. He would have been more friendly to the members of the Sanhedrin than the poor and destitute. Get the picture yet????

How did the Catholic Church raise extra funds? Before we answer part of that let us look at Psalm 49:5-12.

Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me, those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,that he should live on forever and never see the pit. 10 For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names. 12 Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.  

 

The Catholic Church charged people money for saving a soul while in purgatory. They called it an “Indulgence” which was above and beyond the tithe paid weekly if they had a recently deceased relative. It was not covering burial costs but went into the Bishop’s and Pope’s pockets. Look at verses 7 through 10 again. We cannot ransom a soul.

 

Jesus spoke to us in parables that were clearly understood back in the time of His Ministry. Take for instance the story of the Rich man and Lazarus:

“Once there was a rich man who used to dress in the most expensive clothing and spent his days in magnificent luxury. 20 At his gate had been laid a beggar named El‘azar who was covered with sores. 21 He would have been glad to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table; but instead, even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 In time the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Avraham’s side; the rich man also died and was buried.

23 “In Sh’ol, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw Avraham far away with El‘azar at his side. 24 He called out, ‘Father Avraham, take pity on me, and send El‘azar just to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, because I’m in agony in this fire!’ 25 However, Avraham said, ‘Son, remember that when you were alive, you got the good things while he got the bad; but now he gets his consolation here, while you are the one in agony. 26 Yet that isn’t all: between you and us a deep rift has been established, so that those who would like to pass from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, 28 where I have five brothers, to warn them; so that they may be spared having to come to this place of torment too.’ 29 But Avraham said, ‘They have Moshe and the Prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 However, he said, ‘No, father Avraham, they need more. If someone from the dead goes to them, they’ll repent!’ 31 But he replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moshe and the Prophets, they won’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead!’”  Matthew 16:19-31 CJV

What does this tell us? Has the point been driven home yet? It does not matter what you have physically, God wants you to be humble. In the Beatitudes Jesus says that the poor in spirit are blessed. He is speaking of those who are humble in their ways, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

When we come to God in prayer, we need to understand our own sin, our spiritual emptiness and poverty. We cannot be self-satisfied or have proud hearts, thinking we don’t really need God for successful living. Staying humble and being dependent on the Spirit for our success is more pleasing to God than how much money or stuff we have.

When Will This Terror End

Once again the world has experienced an act of a coward. This time on a bike path in Manhattan that took 8 innocent lives and injured 11. The man used a rented truck had a paintball gun and a pellet gun. The person wrecked the truck then took off on foot yelling Allahu Akbar. He was stopped by a bullet but not killed and will pay for the crime.

Brothers and sisters this must stop. The Adversary has taken full control and distorted the thinking of many. Not only do we have the ISIL threat but the leftist terrorist group ANTIFA has threatened to take action on the fourth of November against small businesses. Scripture warned us that we would be persecuted and would have to be watchful and the danger is increasing daily.

Matthew 24: 9-14  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 

So what does this mean for us? We must be strong in adversity. We cannot let those who are against us win. Trust that God will carry us through. Our Faith must be stronger than the resolve of those against us so that we can defeat the adversary through the strength of the Holy Spirit. Yes we will lose people and yes we will be deceived. Put on your spiritual armor every day and prepare for the battle ahead.

Our heart goes out to the families of those senselessly murdered by this spiritually confused person. Our prayers are with those hospitalized for a quick recovery. Please join us in praying for all involved to include the individual whose idealisms have been distorted by the adversary. Jesus told us to pray for our enemies and those who are suffering so let us pray that the adversary loses ground and Jesus gains the world through the Holy Spirit and the sharing of the hope of salvation in Jesus.

Amen

How Do We Measure Success

How Do You Measure Up

It is said of the measure of a man, If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” Robert South

Even more true is what Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Thing is, are these ways that God measures us? Does God even measure us at all? Is measuring more important than remembering? Success is not truly measured by what we did, it is by how it was accomplished. Accomplishing success through fame and fortune gets us nowhere but being successful as a parent, friend, and a person who lives in his/her faith, that is the measurement of success in God’s eyes.

Today I want to speak about how we want our kids to remember us and be remembered ourselves. When we are remembered do we want to be remembered for our fame and fortune, our accomplishments, or our person as a whole. In a list of 20 Bible Verses about success this one was missing:

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 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 1:7-9

Sure the other verses (some of which will come up in this and later discussions) are great but why was this one not on the list? Of the twenty verses mentioned only two were even close to mentioning staying in the Word and obedience to the Laws and statutes given by God to His people. To me, staying in the Word, meditating on it daily and teaching the children to stay in the Word and finding comfort there are only part of being a success. Joshua that section above to, ”be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” God is telling Joshua not only to read/meditate and stay in His Word but also to “be” in His Word by acting upon it. That, Brothers and Sisters, is how God measures success.

Teaching children in the way they should go (paraphrased Proverbs 22:6) is our way of showing our youth how God desires of us to live. Scripture tells us these basics, study hard and use what you have learned to become better servants. In this day and age; wealth, power, and fame are a measure of success. Show me that in Scripture and you can have my job. Nowhere in Scripture does it say to make tons of money so you can live a life of luxury and be comfortable in the world.

Having a source of income is necessary for living but too much of it leads to greed and a distortion of the reason for being here. Jesus tells us:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25-27.

And:

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:28-34

So we are not to worry because God will provide us as long as we stay in His Word. For:

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

And observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.” 1Kings 2:3

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 8:18

If we so desire to stay in the world and forget what God has placed in our hearts, Scripture gives us these warnings from Jesus:

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.” Matthew 16:26-27

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”

Luke 16:10-11

Paul reiterates Jesus Teachings by saying:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Look at all the wealthy people in the world and see how few actually claim to know God. Some had a relationship with God and lost it when popularity and fame took over their lives (Katy Perry for instance). Some misinterpreted Scripture and have made money from others desire for God (certain televangelists and mega church pastors). We cannot be judgmental, we must carefully consider them as lost Christians who desire money instead of pleasing God.

Worldly wealth truly leads you nowhere especially if that is what you depend on. So many people have gone back to the basics of life while holding on to certain technologies out of necessity for staying in the world. They are building houses on their own using the land and some man made materials to avoid mortgages and staying in debt. Planting their own gardens so that they only have to buy certain meats. Some even make their own clothing. God desires great things for us but in His way not ours of the world.

So where does this all lead. Get back into the Scripture and really see how God is telling us we will be successful. If we open our hearts and mind to His Word (OT Scripture and most of all, Jesus) we can be the people God desires in His creation. Remember the difference between believing in and being in then you will have Spiritual and mortal success which will lead to a better, happier life as will your descendants. Be the caretakers (or better put care givers) of this current home and we will have a seat at the table in the Kingdom. Be blessed this week and bless others with God’s Word as you go about your day living for God.

God Bless you and may your light shine brightly on the earth.

PRAYER:

Father God, Creator Parent, bringer of joy, we thank You for giving us the guidance needed to live on this place and not in it. Thank you Father for giving us guidance so we have the opportunity to shine for You as we do our best to live for You. Teach us, oh Lord, and chide us as needed to stay on the right path that leads to Your loving and compassionate arms. We lift up our arms in Your praise as You have taught us to give to others what You have given us. Continue to guide us, oh Lord, that we may light the world through the darkness and direct those onto Your path. Thank You God for the things You have done, are doing, and will do in our lives and continue to bless us with Your ways. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, AMEN.

Strange Times

We are truly living in strange times. California is really going off the deep end when it comes to apparent biological ignorance. Apparently some are beginning to believe lies that our biological make up does not matter but how we think we are does. I read an article today that spoke of a specific feminist group calling breast feeding an unnatural process……Really, that is what she said.

How much longer are we going to let these delusions continue. We are made to be male and female. God created us to procreate and subdue the earth. He created us as caretakers of the earth. He created the two sexes in order to accomplish this. It is written that man shall leave his mother and cleave to his wife and they shall become ONE FLESH. That is not describing the sexual act. It is a completion of the spirit where the culmination of one flesh means having a child. Anything else is unnatural.

Popular people with money think they can control the world through their words and actions. As we know from the past, those who are in the world do not end up living happy lives. They worship the idol of money which distorts the mind. These people are slaves to the sins of the world. Satan is definitely at work here because if people continue in these unnatural ways, the population will decrease and God’s creation will fall . But of course we know that this will not last long as God will prevail. What we must do is stay in the Word, living for God. Worshiping and Praising Him in everything we do. Worship together, study daily, in every opportune moment, pray.

God Bless You All Brothers and Sisters