Standing Firm in Our Faith

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Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armour of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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I have found, so far, 15 different scriptures in the Bible where God encourages us to Stand Firm in the Lord, to Stand Firm in our Faith.   I am sure there is more.  That was quite a Wow factor for me, because I know when the Lord says something more than once in His Holy word, that it’s very, very important, that we need to take it seriously.  🙂

It got me thinking, how often do I Stand Firm?  I have to say, I can always very much improve in this area for sure!

1Cor16:13

The Greek word for Stand is histémi.  Found in Strongs G2476.   Meaning :-I cause to stand, stand. (a) I make to stand, place, set up, establish, appoint; mid: I place myself, stand, (b) I set in balance, weigh; intrans: (c) I stand, stand by, stand still; met: I stand ready, stand firm, am steadfast.

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We see in Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly place.

That we’re All in a Spiritual Battle. It’s not against Flesh and blood.   It is a Spiritual battle.  The devil’s mission is to lie, steal, deceive and kills us.  His mission is to see us not go to heaven, but to go to Hell with him.(clearly I am talking about unbelievers).

{But for those of us who believe in our Beloved Lord Jesus Christ, we are saved of course as scripture says John 10:27“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30“I and the Father are one.”}

Praise the Lord! Jesus Christ came to give us life abundantly. ❤

John10:10

When we Withstand the schemes of the Devil,  we are to Resist, Stand against, oppose.

The Greek word for withstand is anthistémi.  from Strongs G436.   Meaning :- I take a stand against, oppose, resist. I set against; I withstand, resist, oppose.

anthístēmi (from 473 /antí, “opposite/against” and 2476 /hístēmi, “to stand”) – properly, take a complete stand against, i.e. a “180 degree,contrary position”; (figuratively) to establish one’s position publicly byconspicuously “holding one’s ground,” i.e. refusing to be moved(“pushed back”).

436 /anthístēmi (“oppose fully“) means to forcefully declare one’s personal conviction (where they unswervingly stand); to keep one’s possession; ardently withstand, without giving up (letting go).

[436 (anthístēmi) was a military term in classical Greek (used by Thucydides, etc.) meaning “to strongly resist an opponent” (“take a firm stand against“).

2Thess2:15

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When we see 2 Armies going into Battle in the movies. They are facing each other.  They are all lined up, fully armoured and ready for Battle.  They are ready for the “Charge” cry, to go into Battle.  A bit like this picture above.  We are in God’s army, therefore, we must always act like God’s soldiers in God’s army.  Always being alert and ready.  But, we must always remember, the Battle belongs to the Lord. 🙂

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We are to put on the FULL of Armour of God. 

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I have been told that in Biblical times, the Roman soldiers needed the Belt to hold the breast plate on.  If they didn’t have a belt, they couldn’t have the breast plate on.  This left them wide open to being stabbed in the heart or stomach etc.

Therefore, we need the Belt of Truth to be able to hold the Breast Plate of Righteousness on.  This means, if we don’t have truth, we also don’t have righteousness.  Truth holds Righteousness on.  Notice too, that God clearly starts off with the Belt of Truth and incorporates the Breast plate of Righteousness with the Belt of truth. Ephesians 6:14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.       So clearly, these are very important to have and are the start of putting the Full Armour of God on.  We All need to prioritise Truth and Righteousness.

We all know the opposite of Truth is lies, falsehood and deception.  None of us want to be deceived.  Yet, it can be so easy to fall into deception because there is a lot of Truth in deception.  It’s like having a glass of of water which is good and healthy for us, but if someone puts even 1% of say, cyanide into it.   It’s odourless, colourless and has no flavour.  You don’t know it’s there unless you are alert, aware and watchful.  It then makes it lethal for anyone to drink. That’s exactly what deception is like. Even 1% of deception can be lethal and lead us down falsehood.   Truth is so very, very important. It makes being alert, aware and watchful so very important too, to keep us away from deceptions and lies.

Greek Word for Truth is alétheia.  From Strongs G225.  Meaning :- truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.

alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, “true to fact”) – properly, truth (true tofact), reality.

[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

John 3: 19“This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.21 “But he who practices the TRUTH comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

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2 Corinthians 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

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Ephesians 5: 6 Let no one DECEIVE you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even EXPOSE them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

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Romans 1:

Unbelief and Its Consequences

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the TRUTH in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are WITHOUT EXCUSE. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honour Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

      24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonoured among them. 25 For they exchanged the TRUTH of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

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2 Timothy 4: 1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 PREACH the WORD; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure SOUND DOCTRINE(pure, uncorrupted Word of God, instructions); but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,4 and will turn away their ears from the TRUTH and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be SOBER(free from illusion,having presence of mind,clear judgement,, enabling someone to be temperate,self-controlled in all things,to have “one’s wits, not drunk), in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.

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John 8: 31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My WORD, then you are TRULY disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will make you FREE.”

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John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper(Holy Spirit), that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

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Like I already stated, if a soldier didn’t have the breast plate on, then they were open to being stabbed in the heart or even the stomach etc which would easily cause death.   The same way, we need the breast plate of Righteousness to protect our heart and soul from the fiery attacks and schemes  of the devil.

The Greek word for Righteousness is dikaiosuné.  from Strongs G1343.  Meaning :- justice, justness, righteousness.  (usually if not always in a Jewish atmosphere), justice, justness, righteousness, righteousness of which God is the source or author, but practically: a divine righteousness.

dikaiosýnē (from 1349 /díkē, “a judicial verdict”) – properly, judicial approval (the verdict of approval); in the NT, the approval of God (“divine approval”).

1343 /dikaiosýnē (“divine approval“) is the regular NT term used forrighteousness (“God’s judicial approval“). 1343 /dikaiosýnē (“theapproval of God”) refers to what is deemed right by the Lord (after His examination), i.e. what is approved in His eyes.

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So, as we can see, if we don’t have Truth, we then have lies and deception!  We also, therefore, do not have Righteousness which is God’s approval, rightness with God,justice etc.  Truth and Righteousness goes hand in hand.  They are crucial for putting on the Full Armour of God.

Proverbs 4:    23 Watch over your HEART with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

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Romans 10:1    1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

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Psalm 119:142  142 The Lords righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
            And Your law is truth.

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Gospelofpeace

Next is Ephesians 6: 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;

Greek word for Shod is hupodeó.  From Strongs G5265.  definition :- I put on my feet. (lit: I bind under), mid: I put on my feet, pass: I am shod. To wear. To bind under.

The Greek word for Gospel is euaggelion.  from Strongs G2098.   definition :- the good news, the gospel. the good news of the coming of the Messiah, the gospel; the gen. after it expresses sometimes the giver (God), sometimes the subject (the Messiah, etc.), sometimes the human transmitter (an apostle).

euaggélionthe Gospel – literally, “God’s good news.”See 2097 (euangelizō). The Gospel (2098 /euaggélion) includes the entire Bible, i.e. it is not limited to how a person becomes a Christian.

Greek word for Peace is eiréné.  From Strongs G1515.  definition, peace, peace of mind; invocation of peace a common Jewish farewell, in the Hebraistic sense of the health (welfare) of an individual.

eirḗnē (from eirō, “to join, tie together into a whole“) – properly,wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace(God’s gift of wholeness).

As we can see, it’s a readiness to share the Gospel of Peace which is also Truth.  It’s also  Standing Firm in our Faith.  Standing firm in God’s Holy Truth.  It’s that fleeing from things that are Not of God.  Standing for God’s Righteousness. It’s being Joined together with God, who is our Creator, our Heavenly Father, who makes us Whole.

2 Thess. 3:

 14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. 15Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

      16Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

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Isaiah 59: 8They do not know the way of peace,
            And there is no justice in their tracks;
            They have made their paths crooked,
            Whoever treads on them does not know peace.

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James 3: 13Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

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John 14:26“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

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1 Corinthians 9:

11If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 13Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar? 14So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

  15But I have used none of these things. And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to die than have any man make my boast an empty one. 16For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. 17For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. 18What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

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Ephesians 6: 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Notice how verse 16 starts off with “in addition to all”.  This is in addition to the Belt of Truth, Breast plate of Righteousness and the Gospel of Peace.

The Greek word for Shield is thureos.   From Strongs G2375.  definition:- the large, heavy oblong Roman shield.

hyreós – properly, a gate or door (or “door-shaped”); used of the large, oblong ancient Roman shield (which looked like a full door), large enough to provide full protection from attack (used only in Eph 6:16).

2375 /thyreós (“full-body shield”) refers to God’s inworking of faith – i.e. “the shield (2375 /thyreós) of faith” which protects the whole believer, covering their whole person in spiritual warfare. See 4102 (pistis).

The Lord Himself is our shield (Ps 7:10,13; Zech 12:8), providing protection by inbirthing His spoken-word (4487 /rhḗma) of faith in the believer. This always extinguishes (takes the fire out of) the missals of the enemy (cf. Ro 10:17, Gk text).

The Greek word for Faith is pistis. From Strongs G4102.  definition:- faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity(loyalty and support), faithfulness.

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Notice how Shield of Faith protects the Whole believer. That Jesus Christ is our Shield and protector.  That God has provided His Holy Word  as a tool to not only help us with our Faith, but to also extinguish the fiery arrows of the enemy.  We need to keep our Faith, belief, trust, confidence, etc strong in Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:1  1 Now FAITH is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval.

1 Peter 1: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are PROTECTED by the POWER of God through FAITH for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your FAITH, being more PRECIOUS than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but BELIEVE in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your FAITH the salvation of your souls.

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1 Timothy 1:18 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, 19 keeping FAITH and a GOOD CONSCIENCE, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their FAITH. 20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.

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Faith is also one of the Fruit of the Spirit too.  Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 

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 In verse 17, And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION. 

The Greek word for Helmet is perikephalaia.  From Strongs G4030. definition:- Helmet.

Breaking this Greek word up:-

peri means

perí (a preposition) – properly, all-around (on every side); encompassing, used of full (comprehensive) consideration where “all the bases are covered” (inclusively). 4012 (perí) is often translated “concerning” (“all about“).

[4012 /perí is the root of the English term, “perimeter.”]

kephalé means

(a) the head, (b) met: a corner stone, uniting two walls; head, ruler, lord.

Greek word for Salvation is sótérios.  From Strongs G4992.   definition:- saving, bringing salvation, salvation

4992 sōtḗrion (a substantival adjective derived from 4990/sōtḗr, “Savior”) – properly, of salvation (“applied salvation”), emphasizing the direct application of God’s salvation. See 4991(sōtēria).

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As we can see, the Helmet covers the whole of our head.  What’s in our head?  Our Brain where thoughts etc come from. Salvation only comes from our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ who is our Saviour. Jesus is also our Lord, King, God.

Phil.4: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your HEARTS and your MINDS in Christ Jesus.

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2 Corinthians 10:3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

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Acts 4:10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by thisname this man stands here before you in good health. 11“He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, butWHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. 12“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

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2 Timothy 2:

 8Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. 10For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus andwith it eternal glory.

11It is a trustworthy statement:
            For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;

      12If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
            If we deny Him, He also will deny us;

      13If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

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 Verse 17 continues with and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Greek word for Spirit is pneuma.  Found in Strongs G4151. definition:-wind, breath, spirit.

pneúma – properly, spirit (Spirit), wind, or breath. The most frequent meaning (translation) of 4151 (pneúma) in the NT is “spirit” (“Spirit“). Only the context however determines which sense(s) is meant.

[Any of the above renderings (spirit-Spirit, wind, breath) of 4151(pneúma) is always theoretically possible (spirit, Spirit, wind, breath). But when the attributive adjective (“holy”) is used, it always refers to theHoly Spirit. “Spirit” (“spirit”) is by far the most common translation (application) of 4151 (pneúma).

The Hebrew counterpart (rûach) has the same range of meaning as4151 (pneúma), i.e. it likewise can refer to spirit/Spirit, wind, or breath.]

The Greek word for Word is rhéma.  From Strongs G4487. definition:- a thing spoken, (a) a word or saying of any kind, as command, report, promise, (b) a thing, matter, business.

rhḗma (from 4483 /rhéō, “to speak”) – a spoken word, made “by the living voice” (J. Thayer). 4487 /rhḗma (“spoken-word”) is commonly used in the NT (and in LXX) for the Lord speaking His dynamic, living word in a believer to inbirth faith (“His inwrought persuasion“).

Ro 10:17: “So faith proceeds from (spiritual) hearing; moreover this hearing (is consummated) through a rhēma-word (4487 /rhḗma) from Christ” (Gk text).

[See also Gal 3:2,5 which refers to “the hearing of faith” (Gk text) – i.e. a spiritual hearing that goes with the divine inbirthing of faith.]

Logos. From Strongs 3056.  Definition :- a word, speech, divine utterance, analogy.

lógos (from 3004 /légō, “speaking to a conclusion”) – a word, being the expression of a thought; a saying. 3056 /lógos (“word”) is preeminently used of Christ (Jn 1:1), expressing the thoughts of the Father through the Spirit.

[3056 (lógos) is a common term (used 330 times in the NT) with regards to a person sharing a message (discourse, “communication-speech”).3056 (lógos) is a broad term meaning “reasoning expressed by words.

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As we can see, we need the Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us as we study God’s word.  The Holy Bible.  It’s All Part of the Sword of the Spirit.  Jesus while being tempted by the devil in the wilderness for 40 days, always responded with “For it is written….” and He quoted the particular scripture for that temptation.

John 1 The Deity of Jesus Christ

      1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

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1 Thess.2: 13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the WORD of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

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John 17:17 17“Sanctify them in the truth; Your WORD is TRUTH.

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2 Timothy 3:14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the SACRED WRITINGS which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through FAITH which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

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Hebrews 4:12:12 For the WORD of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

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1 John 2: 

The Promise Is Eternal Life

25 This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.

      26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing(Holy Spirit) teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

      28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.

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2 Corinthians 5: 6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by FAITH, not by sight— 8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

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soldiersTraining

Soldiers work very hard in training so that they can learn and also do the best in their work for the Armoured Forces.

Like wise, we all, as Believers in Christ Jesus need to be diligent and train by picking up the Holy Bible daily, reading it, studying it, meditating it.  Spending time in prayer to God.  Everything we need to know and learn about God, is in His Holy Word, His Holy Manual, the Holy Bible.

Sometimes we can All come up with excuses and say I am too busy, I have no time, I am not smart enough to study the Bible for myself, etc etc. Lets be honest, we all make excuses, me included some days.   The devil is very good at keeping us busy, distracted, making us feel defeated etc etc so that we won’t Pray, pick up the Bible and study it.

I am someone who did not do well at school at all.  I am not that smart.  Praise God, He has provided us All with amazing tools on the Internet so that we can study, so that we can check the Hebrew and Greek. (Please note I avoid commentaries for obvious reasons, but the other tools are very useful.

Here is one example for Hebrew.  http://biblehub.com/text/genesis/1-1.htm

Here is another example for  Greek. http://biblehub.com/text/matthew/1-1.htm

There is also a Lexicon http://biblehub.com/lexicon/matthew/1-1.htm

and also Strongs. http://biblehub.com/parallel/matthew/1-1.htm

All, are very useful tools to help us Study God’s word.

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1 John 2 says things very well  1 John 2:26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as HIS ANOINTING(Holy Spirit) TEACHES YOU about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

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As we read in 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

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Also 2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent(eager, zealous) to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling(I cut straight; met: I handle correctly, teach rightly) the word of truth.

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Proverbs 30:

 5 Every word of God is tested;
            He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

      6 Do not add to His words
            Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

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As we can see from scripture and also Internet tools, we have everything we need to Study and meditate on God’s word.  We just need to get serious, act like a soldier and desire, hunger and thirst to spend time with God and in His Holy Word.

As scripture also tells us, we have the Holy Spirit to teach us God’s word.   It’s strange, and I was once guilty of this too, where we would spend(waste) so many dollars of buying books, DVD’s, programs and so forth just to learn what Mankind thinks about God, while the Holy Bible gathers dust!   Although,  we having Everything we need to know about God in the Holy Bible, along with the Holy Spirit.  I am sure I can almost hear Jesus Christ saying “Ye of Little Faith!!”.    Since 2007, I now Trust God whole heartedly to teach me His ways in the Holy Bible. I don’t need to run to man to find out.   Please understand, I am not against listening to sermons or reading books, I am just very careful and mindful.  It has to come from someone who rightly divides the word of Truth, and actually preaching the word, the precepts of God. I am also being mindful of how much money is spent too, being wise.

John 14:26 26“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

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Even people in the Armed forces and Special Units etc have to be alert and aware of everyone, as there could so easily be a spy among them.  We too, therefore, need to be alert and aware.

Let me share a bit of my testimony with you:-

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Back in 2007(I think it was from memory).  The Lord opened my eyes to see ALL the deception I had caught myself up in all those 17 years of walking with Him.   It was a huge shock .  At first I was angry and didn’t want to believe it. My trust had been broken too.  I had to then, question everything I had ever believed, been taught, even done etc. I had to also question everyone I had been listening too, watching,  their preaching and teaching videos etc etc.  I had to do a lot of research.   You need to understand how difficult it was for me.  I never ever want to be caught up in deception again.  That’s why I am so very passionate for God’s Truth and ways.

Also, who wants to realise and admit they were deceived.  Nobody, the shame etc of it all.  But, it’s part of our human nature, that’s why we have to be careful, alert and test everything and everyone when it comes to the things of God.

Jeremiah 17: 9“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?

      10“I, the LORD, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds.

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The Lord had brought to my attention to Acts 17: 10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, EXAMINING the SCRIPTURES daily to see whether these things were so.

I was guilty of not being like the Berean’s and searching the scriptures to see if things were true and so, according to scripture when ever I listened, or read from someone who was preaching and teaching. The Berean’s did this even with Paul preaching.  We therefore should do the same, no matter who is preaching and teaching the things of God.

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 I was guilty of being a lazy Christian, and guilty of simply trusting them with what ever they taught. I was guilty of putting confidence/trust in man.  I was just going with the flow. I knew several of the scriptures and it sounded right, after all, it was in the Bible. Little did I realise, was many were taking scripture out of it’s original context, &/or twisting scriptures to fit what they wanted to say.  In the end, many were preaching a man made sermon, a worldly sermon with propaganda and precepts of man. It just didn’t line up with scriptures at all.

Oh, but what about the Holy Spirit?   Once my eyes were opened to the truth, because Truth Sets us free, I could look back and see there were actually Many times the Holy Spirit was warning me.  I just didn’t see it, or realise it at the time.  That’s the trouble with Deception.  The Holy Spirit tends to warn us in ways we may not even think or realise. Therefore, we must be humble and not proud.  We must be alert, teachable and open to any correction or warning regardless of where it may come from.  To not be stubborn and quickly dismiss it, or get defensive and attacking etc.  But rather take it to the Lord in prayer and research/investigate for ourselves. To ask God to show you if it is right or wrong. Always remember, it is never personal, but rather the Spiritual battle that we all face.  We need to rather think and act like soldiers in God’s army. Always remembering that we have an adversary.   To learn and grow from it.  It’s always about truth, and true doctrine.

The Bible tells us that we are Not to judge peoples character etc, but we are ONLY to judge doctrine.  So, when people teach and preach publicly, (this includes me too as I do this blog publicly), that we are to judge everything preached.  being like the Berean’s, searching the scriptures to see if what’s being preached is True and so, according to scriptures.  We are to line everything up with God’s Holy word which is scripture in it’s full and proper original context. Scripture will also confirm scripture, so Cross referencing is important.  Checking with the Hebrew and Greek for more understanding.  etc  God is very clever to give us the Bible, it’s how He talks to us. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

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Matthew 15:7“You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:

      8‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,
            BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.

      9‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
            TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”

What does it mean by Precepts of man, and as I mentioned, man made worldly propaganda? These are rules, regulations, traditions and precepts of man.  They are not God’s precepts(mandate (of God; plural only, collectively, for the Law) — commandment, precept, statute).

Some examples are Ecumenism, Kingdom Now, Word of Faith name it and claim it, Prosperity,  gnosticism, Calvinism, Catholicism, mysticism, the list goes on, but I am sure you get the idea.

 Let’s face it, there is One God, and One Spirit and One doctrine,one belief system. Sadly though,  what do we see here, are many doctrines,  and many belief systems. All deceptions of the devil.  We must make sure our beliefs line up with God’s beliefs.  2 Corinthians 11:   1 I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. 3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent DECEIVED Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the SIMPLICITY and PURITY of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and PREACHES ANOTHER Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a DIFFERENT SPIRIT which you have not received, or a DIFFERENT GOSPEL which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

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2 Peter 1:

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honour and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”— 18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

      19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of SCRIPTURE is a matter of one’s own INTERPRETATION, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

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  A lot of famous main stream Preachers out there are heavily mixed up in these groups, or some of these groups and therefore preaching worldly precepts of man and making merchandise out of people. They preach things and have people believing lies instead of God’s truth.  They preach a burdensome salvation of works, with rules, regulations and traditions of man.  These are All Ploys of the enemy to get us deceived.  Jesus Christ came to set us Free and to give us life abundantly, lets not bind and chain ourselves up again with Precepts of man.   Ephesians 2 says Salvation is not about works so that no one can boast, that salvation is a free Gift of God.

Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

As you can see, nothing we can say or do can save us. We’re Saved by Grace, a Free Gift of God, because He knows our human Frailty that none of us could ever be perfect, Holy and Righteous, none of us could ever measure up on our own merits.  That’s where God’s Grace abounds even more.  It’s because of the Work Jesus Christ did on the cross, His Blood and rising 3 days later.  It’s the power of Christ Jesus.  Glory to God.  Only God is Perfect, Holy and Righteous.

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I was guilty of forgetting that I was in a spiritual battle, that I/we have an adversary the devil looking to devour.  I was just living my life as a Christian, going to church and going with what ever was happening at the time.

Therefore, I was guilty too of Not Standing Firm in my Faith.  I did not do what  1 Thess.5:21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil.and 1 John 4: 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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 Even the things I had done, I could not find anywhere in the Bible. Looking for where they did come from, it was all very much pagan and New Age practices! I was horrified.  I asked God to forgive me for getting involved in All those things.  Yes, God forgave me and cleansed me.  🙂

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It was a very difficult time. I basically had to re-start my walk with the Lord and go back to basics.  Just me, God and the Holy Bible.  I also had to go through the Bible and see if what I actually believe was true and according to scriptures.  I had to do so much research on many famous preachers/teachers.     By the way, I am not talking about preachers that rightly divide God’s word but occasionally get it wrong.  We can All get it wrong.  Even me, I expect you all to be Berean’s with even me, as you read my blog posts.  I am talking about those preachers who  consistently get it wrong. Their beliefs are different to the Bible, they preach a worldly man made doctrine, it’s about making merchandise out of their followers, the list goes on and on. Basically from the brief list I gave you earlier on this post.    Their doctrine is man made, wordly etc and not God’s doctrine.

2 Timothy 4: 1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 PREACH the WORD; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

We should always question(it doesn’t matter who it is that’s preaching/teaching)

Are they teaching the Precepts of God? or are they teaching the precepts of men?

 Is the Pastor in your church fellowship Preaching the Word of God like the Bible tells us to do? How often is your Pastor preaching from the word of God?  Or is the Pastor’s sermon giving one little bit of scripture, and the rest the Pastor just rambles on in their own tangent?    Or is your Pastor simply running programs?  I have been in and even seen church fellowships where they just run the man made programs.   The programs are so full on,telling people to do this and do that, think like this and think like that. All man made propaganda, always trying to re-invent the wheel, but the truth is, there is nothing New under the sun!.  Sure keeps a person busy. The devil is always keeping people busy.   Man sure knows how to complicate things too.  I am so exhausted already remembering those programs ~sigh.

So much for Preaching the Word too!   What did Jesus Do?  All He ever did was Preach the word, He never ran any programs and so forth.  Jesus kept it simple and simply Preached the word.  That’s what All Church fellowships should be doing.

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2 Peter 2: 1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgement from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

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The Bible, we see God uses words/scriptures like deception(mentioned 16 times),false prophets (21 times), deceiver(5 times), Hypocrites(18 times), doctrine(14 times) etc. The fact God says these these things so many times, is very important to God, so it should be important to us. That’s God warning us! God wants us Not to be deceived, but to stay true to Him & His Holy word, to His true doctrine, true obedience. To stay away from worldly man made doctrines and propaganda etc. The Bible also tells us clearly, that we are to separate from false prophets & their false doctrines.  This is all part of the Spiritual Battle we’re in, this is the deception we need to avoid.

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My Prayer is that I never, ever, want to be caught in deception again. I don’t want to go through that again.  This is why I am so passionate for God and God’s Truth.  It’s why I stand so strongly and contend for the Faith.   My prayer is that God will keep me from deception and keep me in His truth.  That He will keep me off the wide path, but keep me on the narrow path.  Matthew 7: 13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

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Luke 13

. 23And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them,24“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25“Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’

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Isaiah 35: 8A highway will be there, a roadway,
            And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.
            The unclean will not travel on it,
            But it will be for him who walks that way,
            And fools will not wander on it.

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Yes, we are to Stand Firm in our Faith, be like soldiers in God’s Army, having on the Full armour of God.   We are All in the Spiritual Battle whether we like it or not.  We have no choice.   We are All facing attacks directly from the enemy, both individually with fiery darts but also corporately as a Body of Christ.

We also need to remember that the Battle Belongs to the Lord.  We cannot stand and fight in our own strength, we would fail each time. Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.   We can only do it in God’s Strength.   God has also provided us with the weapons(The Armour of God).   We defend with the Word of God.   It’s that full dependence on God.

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When Jesus was Tempted in the wilderness those 40 days, Jesus always replied to the devil “For it is written ……”   and Jesus would quote the particular scripture out needed for that temptation.   Therefore, We are to do the same.   We must not under estimate the Power of God’s word.

As we Stand Firm in our Faith, God will Always Fight for us.  We only need to read about the account of Esther, of Daniel in the Den of the Lions, of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace and many more examples given in the Bible where God protected them as they Stood Firm in their Faith.

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We need to regularly pray and ask the Lord to keep us all away from All deception, and to stay in His Holy truth.  We need to regularly pray and ask the Lord to show us if there are any beliefs that we believe that do not line up with God’s true beliefs.  God will show, God will cleanse us.  God will give us His wisdom, knowledge and Understanding if we simply ask Him.

I know this has ended up being a very long post.  I normally like to keep my posts a lot shorter.  I felt that this was a Word from the Lord that He wanted me to share with you all.  I couldn’t rest until I did this.   But please know, that I have taken many days to do this, and also to pray, just to make sure it was All what the Lord wanted me to share with you, and not my words.

This is a Strong and challenging word from the Lord.  I feel Challenged, but encouraged from it all.   Also, I believe the Lord wants the Church to wake up from it’s slumber, and to stop being like the world, being into anything and everything, seeker friendly.  But rather to become a true Biblical church.   It’s time to get serious. To be a Soldier in the Lord’s army.  We are fast approaching the Time of Tribulation.   The Bible warned us that in the end times, it will be like in the Day’s of Lot and of Noah.  We’re seeing some of that these days.

  We need to focus on fulfilling the great commission too, which God has asked us All to do.

Matthew 28:The Great Commission

      16But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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The Greek word for Disciple is mathéteuó. From Strongs 3100. Definition:- I make a disciple of, train in discipleship; pass: I am trained, discipled, instructed.

mathēteúō (from 3101 /mathētḗs, “disciple”) – to disciple, i.e. helping someone to progressively learn the Word of God to become a matured, growing disciple (literally, “a learner,” a true Christ-follower); to train (develop) in the truths of Scripture and the lifestylerequired, i.e. helping a believer learn to be a disciple of Christ in belief and practice. See 3101 (mathētēs).

We train them up in the Word of God, by Preaching the Word of God.  The Holy Bible is our Manual from God. It is, the Word of God.   Getting together with them and doing Bible studies. Amen ❤

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God’s Grace is Sufficient.

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2 Corinthians 12:   7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.

9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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The Greek Word for Grace is charis.  Found in Strongs 5485.  Definition :- (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

Cognate: 5485 xáris (another feminine noun from xar-, “favor, disposed to, inclined, favorable towards, leaning towards to share benefit”) – properly, grace. 5485 (xáris) is preeminently used of the Lord’s favor – freely extended to give Himself away to people (because He is “always leaning toward them”).

5485 /xáris (“grace”) answers directly to the Hebrew (OT) term 2580/Kaná (“grace, extension-toward“). Both refer to God freely extendingHimself (His favor, grace), reaching (inclining) to people because He isdisposed to bless (be near) them.

[5485 (xáris) is sometimes rendered “thanks” but the core-idea is “favor,grace” (“extension towards“).

When we are weak and struggling, that’s when we need Jesus More and More. When we are weak, then we are Strong in Christ Jesus. Thank you Jesus for weakness. Rest in the Lord ❤

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Encouraging Scriptures

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Jesus said” 28“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

The Greek word for Yoke is zugos. Found in Strongs G2218. Meaning:- a yoke; hence met: (a Jewish idea) of a heavy burden, comparable to the heavy yokes resting on the bullocks’ necks; a balance, pair of scales.
zygós – properly, a yoke; a wooden bar placed over the neck of a pair of animals so they can pull together; (figuratively) what unites (joins) two people to move (work) together as one.
(zygós) unites two elements to work as one unit, like when two pans (weights) operate together on a balance-scale – or a pair of oxen pulling a single plough.

The Greek word for Heavy Burden is phortizó. Found in Strongs G5412. Meaning:- phortízō – overload (pack up), causing someone to be (literally) “weighted-down.

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I don’t know about you, but I personally do Not want to be yoked to my burdens. They are too heavy, they weigh me down and it’s exhausting. We get weary. I would sooner give them to Jesus and be Yoked with Jesus. That’s where Jesus gives us Rest for our Souls.
As you can see from the photo above, the yoke is evenly distributed so the cattle work together and share the load. they are working as one. This is the same process when we give our burdens to Jesus. We work together as one. Giving rest for our souls.<3

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Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” John 14:27

The Greek word of Peace is eiréné. Found in Strongs G1515. Definition of Peace is (from eirō, “to join, tie together into a whole”) – properly, wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace (God’s gift of wholeness). Peace of Mind. In the Hebraistic sense of the health (welfare) of an individual. Undisturbed.

My prayer these days is to ask God to Heal me body, Soul and Spirit. To make me whole. We must do what we can, to have peace. Peace is also one of the Fruit of the Spirit.
Have Peace today ❤

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Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

With everything going on in the world. It can become over whelming. But when we focus on the Lord, He brings us peace and joy. For God is our Strength and Joy. He is our Salvation. Be Encouraged and Blessed ❤

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1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is Love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is Perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is Love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, Love is Perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgement; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in Love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

The Greek word for Love is agapé. Found in Strongs G26. Definition is properly, love which centers in moral preference. So too in secular ancient Greek, 26 (agápē) focuses on preference; likewise the verb form (25 /agapáō) in antiquity meant “to prefer” (TDNT, 7). In the NT, 26 (agápē) typically refers to divine love (= what God prefers). love, benevolence, good will, esteem; plur: love-feasts(feasts expressing and fostering mutual love which used to be held by Christians before the celebration of the Lord’s supper, and at which the poorer Christians mingled with the wealthier and partook in common with the rest of food provided at the expense of the wealthy).

We can see here, that God’s Love is Unconditional Love. God Loves us unconditionally, we also should love others unconditionally.  ❤

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Colossians 3: 12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. ❤

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Galatians 2: 20“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by FAITH in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 21“I do not nullify the GRACE of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

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Colossians 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

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2 Corinthians 12: 7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Forgiveness

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I have been going through a “crash course” on forgiveness this year and how to Love the unloving!  My family and I were put in this situation for several months, and in some ways, it’s still on going.    The Lord has been teaching me to love the unloving.   It’s a process and it’s still a process I am working through.

Yes, we all know the type- control freaks that have to have everything their way and where they want it etc, are highly strung with OCD, rude, which bring such a tense atmosphere with them that you could almost cut the tension with a knife!   I personally have not before come across someone as unloving as this before. It has been quite a shock to me.

Reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have LOVE, I have become a noisy GONG or a clanging cymbal.

If you have ever watched a movie when someone is near a huge bell, or suddenly a huge ear piercing consistent noise is going off.  They cup their ears in agony, if it’s really bad, they collapse to the ground wriggling in pain and agony, or they manage to stagger away in pain and agony, just to get away and find relief.   This is what I envision when I read 1 Corinthians 13:1.      It is really difficult to love the unloving.  We’re having to always forgive them all the time.  It’s stressful  and agonising. Seeing them treat others also appallingly is also hard to take.  All in all,  it can, in time, affect ones health and sanity if in that type of environment the whole time.   It really can be a huge challenge to Love the unloving!

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Anyway, this year, the Lord has really been teaching me, blessing me, encouraging me in the area of Forgiveness, letting go, showing Love.   I had to work through the anger of how they treated everyone, my family as well as the way they treated me.  I had to keep taking it all to Jesus Christ in Prayer and choosing to Forgive them.  Also asking God to heal the pain in my heart caused by it all.   I had to take myself out of the situation and away from the drama to start to think clearly again, to heal and deal with the issues.

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As time went on, and God was dealing with my heart, He then also turned my prayer into Praying for them and Blessing them Lord.   Then, a week ago, I believe the Lord challenged me to the next step, and that was to say “I love this Person”.   This was a huge challenge, I struggled for several minutes.  I knew I had to do this though.  I knew this was where the Break through was really going to come.  I finally blurted it out, not strongly, but I said it.  I said I love this person(I did name the person) and again straight after it.  It was like a huge weight had been lifted off me.   I felt free, I felt stronger.  I say it daily in my prayer time for them, I say “I love them”.

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This has been quite a process.  It hasn’t been instant.  I hope as I continue this journey, that it will become more a way of life.  That learning to let go and forgive quickly.  saying I love them.  After all, the Bible tells us that Love conquers all ❤

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I cannot forgive in my own strength.  I can only forgive in God’s strength.  It’s by God’s grace and guidance that He is helping me to forgive.  I don’t want to walk in the flesh, i want to walk in the Spirit and let Jesus shine through in me.

Walking in the Spirit is the Fruit of the Spirit found in

Galatians 5:

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, 23 Gentleness, Self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

      25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

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It’s also understanding that everyone has their own issues to deal with.  We all do. Therefore, it’s showing grace and understanding to them.  None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes, we All get it wrong.  Jesus Christ took our place on the cross and paid the price for us All.  He rose again 3 days later so that we can be free and have Eternal life in Christ Jesus.  Jesus Came to set us free and we are Free indeed ❤

If Our Heavenly Father forgives us, then we should forgive everyone who wrongs us. Even if it is several times a day.

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Also, during the process, the Lord was able to open my eyes to the wrong I did.  I was guilty of not doing Matthew 18 and going to this person and lovingly confronting them of their wrong so that they could see, learn and grow.

Matthew 18:

15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 “But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. 17 “If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  18 “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.

19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

 

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21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 “But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 “So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 28 “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ 29 “So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30 “But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31 “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.32 “Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’34 “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.35 “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

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I was able to ask God forgiveness for my part.    The freedom and strength I feel now plus the healing that has taken place so far has been amazing.  I give God All the Praise, honour and Glory.  I am so grateful for everything He has done and is doing in my life.   I still am going through the process too, because even when I do hear this person has done something else, I cringe.   I know God will continue to work on me and I will continue to break through on this area of Forgiveness.  I still don’t feel to go back into that situation, because I just don’t want to be in that awful, toxic environment.  Also, from now on, I will stand my ground and confront this person when they do wrong, it will be a constant doing.  I don’t want to deliberately put myself in that situation either where I have to do that all the time.  I don’t believe it’s a good witness.   I believe the best thing to do, is to pray for them.   Pray for myself and others in the siltation and See what God does.  The Battle belongs to the Lord.

 

I hope and pray you have found this blog post helpful and helps you in your areas of forgiveness too.   I may down the track post an update too on more break through’s. 🙂

God Bless ❤

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Is “Turn from sin” to be saved?

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We see it preached so much on pulpits.  But, is it really in the Bible making it scriptural? or, is it a man made doctrine?   If we are born sinners, how can we suddenly stop sinning to get saved?  Doesn’t it then turn into a works salvation?  This is in in depth look on what the Holy Bible says.

Ephesians 2 tells us :-

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.  4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

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As we can see from this scripture alone, It is by Grace, the Grace of God that we are saved.  Salvation is a FREE GIFT of God.   Nothing we can say or do can save us. We cannot earn our salvation. Salvation is not about works.

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Romans 3 tells us

21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.

31 Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.

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Lets have a look at what Acts 3 says

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’a 

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Many preach that the word Repent means “turn from sin”.  Lets look at the Greek and see what it really means.

Repent, Greek word is metanoeó.  μετανοέω.  It’s a verb.  Definition:- I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent.

As we can see, Repent means Change ones mind.  I do not see “turn from sin”.

 

Here’s the link for you to see for yourself

http://biblehub.com/greek/3340.htm

http://biblehub.com/text/acts/3-19.htm

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What does the Bible say we have to do to be saved?

Acts 16:30 says

30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 

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31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.

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John 3 says

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19“This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

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Romans 10 says

9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

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1 Corinthians 15 says

The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,  2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;  7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

 

The Order of Resurrection

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30Why are we also in danger every hour? 31I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE. 33Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” 36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

 

The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. 55 “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

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As we can see from scripture, God requires us, for salvation,  to simply Repent, which means change our mind about who God is, ourselves, unbelief and being faithless.   To confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and Believe in our our hearts what scripture says about Jesus Christ and we will be saved.  That we are to turn to God.

Once saved, we allow God to work in our lives.  It’s through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that He moulds us and makes us like Christ.  It is  God Himself, and only God, that can help us to not sin.  We cannot turn from sins ourselves. It’s impossible.

I have been walking with Jesus Christ (saved) for 26 years.  I still sin, I still get angry, I still get a bad and wrong attitude and so forth.  We live in a fallen world where sin abounds.  We battle our flesh daily because we were born sinners.  Yes, I don’t do half the sins I did before I got saved, but sin is still sin.  The day any of us fully overcome & turn from sin, is the day we go home to glory to be with Jesus Christ.   This does not mean I keep willingly sin.  My point is, that turning from sin is not part of salvation. It makes it a works salvation then.  Making it very much a man made doctrine and not God’s doctrine.  God knows full well that we cannot turn from sin to be saved.  We are not perfect and we are not God, we are born sinners.  We are however, to Turn to God.  This is where God’s grace abound more for us.  None of us would measure up to ever get into Heaven.  That’s why it is by God’s Grace we are saved, it is a FREE Gift. ❤

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1 John  says

5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

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The Bible also talks about Justification and Sanctification

Justification speaks of a legal declaration that gives one a right standing before God. It is a one time event. It involves an imputed righteousness of Christ in which we, although we are sinners, are pronounced “not guilty” of sin as in a court of law. We are cleared of any charges against us. Christ’s sacrifice means He took in our place on the Cross of Calvary, satisfying the demands of the law, and God’s justice upon sin.

Greek word dikaiósis.  δικαίωσις, εως, ἡ   definition:-acquittal, justifying, justification, a process of absolution 

Sanctification begins with justification – it means to separate one unto Christ’s service.We are both sanctified and justified when we exercise faith in the gospel for salvation. Sanctification is a continual work of the Holy Spirit in the believer to conform us to the image of God’s Son. It is the Holy Spirits work to bring practical holiness and the fruit of the Spirit in ones live. This is continual process until one is taken to be with the Lord.

Greek word is hagiasmos.ἁγιασμὸς  Definition :- righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.

Glorification is the ending of the sanctification process and occurs when we get to Heaven, either by means of death, rapture, or resurrection. We are then in an eternal state and have been made righteous in our nature.

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Romans 4 says   1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

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Romans 5 says

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

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1 Corinthians 1 says

26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

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2 Thess. 2 says

13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

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Summing Up :-

We are Saved in Christ alone, through Grace, a free Gift of Salvation.  Faith and Belief.

God Bless ❤

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The Truth About Psychology and what the Bible says about Psychology

Psychology is based on the teachings of psychoanalysts such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Carl Rogers.

Most psychology is humanistic in nature. Secular humanism promotes mankind as the highest standard of truth and morality and rejects faith, the supernatural, and the Bible. Therefore, secular psychology is man’s attempt to understand and repair the spiritual side of man without reference to or recognition of the spiritual.

Secular psychology is based on the ideas that man is basically good and that the answer to his problems lies within himself.
Psychotherapy is needs-based. The needs for self-esteem, love and acceptance, and significance tend to dominate. If these needs are met, it is believed, people will be happy, kind, and moral; if these needs are unmet, people will be miserable, hateful, and immoral.

Biblical Counselling:
Is based squarely on the revealed Word of God. Biblical counselling sees Scripture as sufficient to equip the child of God for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ).

Biblical counsellors teach that man’s basic problem is spiritual in nature; therefore, atheistic psychologists, who are spiritually dead themselves, have no real insight into the human condition.

The Bible tells us that mankind is a unique creation of God, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being).

The Bible expressly deals with man’s spirituality, including his fall into sin, sin’s consequences, and man’s current relationship with God.

The Bible paints a very different picture of man’s condition compared to psychology. Man is not “basically good”; he is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins ), and the unregenerate heart is “deceitful and beyond all cure” (Jeremiah 17: 9“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?

10“I, the LORD, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds. ).

Therefore, the Biblical counsellor takes a drastically different approach: rather than seeking solutions to spiritual problems within one’s own mind, he seeks to confront sin, obtain wisdom from above (James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. ), and apply the Word of God to the situation.

The Bible alone as the source of a comprehensive and detailed approach to counselling (2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.; 2 Peter 1: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.).

Biblical counselling is committed to letting God speak for Himself through His Word. Biblical counselling seeks to minister the love of the true and living God, a love that deals with sin and produces obedience.

The Bible tells us that true satisfaction and happiness can only be found in a relationship with God and a pursuit of godliness. It’s that spending time with God in prayer and reading His Holy word daily. No amount of psychotherapy can make a selfish person unselfish, unhappy or whatever the situation may be.
So, how does psychology work with Biblical counselling? It doesn’t. Secular psychology starts and ends with man and his ideas.
True Biblical counselling points clients to Christ and the Word of God. Biblical counselling is a pastoral activity, a product of the spiritual gift of exhortation, and its goal is not self-esteem but sanctification.

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Bit more reading
http://jdlarsenmn.tripod.com/psyc_church2.htm

Conclusion
Years ago, I got mixed up in psychology counselling. Did it help me and did it make me feel whole again? The answer is a big NO. All it did was make me worse and focus on me, my problems and my self esteem. 😦

What helped me was coming out from psychology and just spending time in prayer with God, reading His Holy word. That’s when God is able to work on our spiritual side. Only Jesus Christ Himself can heal us and make us whole again.
At the end of the day, psychology is nothing more than man made worldly mambo jumbo. It’s very occultism too.

The Bible is very clear, we believers must mark and avoid psychology and anyone who teaches and practices it.
God Bless ❤

Jesus Christ’s Love Cast’s Out Fear.

1 John 4:

God Is Love

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out FEAR, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19We love, because He first loved us. 20If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

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I felt it was time I blogged about Fear.  So often, many of us battle with fear. Fear can be of the unknown, it could be fear of the future, it could be fear of man, it can be fear of failure, it can be a number of things that we can fear. My aim with this Blog is to not only encourage and help myself, but more importantly, help and encourage you all, who read this blog. ❤

What does the Holy Bible say about Fear?

1 Timothy 1:7For God has not given us a spirit of timidity(Fear), but of power and love and discipline(Sound Mind).

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That scripture is quite clear, that God has given us a Spirit of Boldness and a Sound Mind in Christ Jesus.  1 John 4 that I mentioned at the start of this Blog shows that God’s Perfect Love casts out fear.  That Fear has to do with Punishment.  That the One who Fears, has not been Perfected in God’s Love.

So the Question to that is, what walls have we put up to stop and prevent God’s Perfect Love being perfected in us???  My prayer is that I will allow God’s perfect Love to be perfected in me, so that I do not fear.  It’s that trust issue, trusting God with Everything.  Having that Faith and Belief.  That Perfect Peace in Christ Jesus ❤

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We are Not to have Fear of Man but Fear God.

Matthew 10:24“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25“It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!

26“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. 28“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31“So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

32“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

34“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35“For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; 36and A MANS ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.

37“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

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What Does Fear God mean?

Well, it doesn’t mean being frightened and timid of God, that’s for sure.

Proverbs 9: 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Hebrew word for Fear is “yirah”.  Strongs Reference 3374. Meaning:-reverence, awe, awesome, honour, respect.

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I know, when I finally meet Jesus Christ face to face.  All I will be able to do, is fall to me knees, trembling in awe and Reverence to my Holy God and Saviour. Praising Him and Thanking Him ❤

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Isaiah 41: 10‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Psalm 56:

3When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.

4In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?

Psalm 34:1I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.

3O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

4I sought the LORD, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.

5They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.

Isaiah 35: 4Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”

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These Scriptures are so Encouraging and Empowering in Christ Jesus that We have nothing to Fear.  But to Trust God whole heartedly with everything in Life. Because God’s Love Conquers All.  Amen ❤

 

The Truth About Halloween

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Joshua 24:“We Will Serve the LORD

14“Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

1 Thessalonians 5:22abstain from every form of evil.

Deuteronomy 18: Spiritism Forbidden

9“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,11or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12“For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. 13“You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. 14“For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so.

Here’s a Testimony shared on Facebook :-

Carol Kornacki

I see images of Christians being slaughtered for their faith—- blood everywhere, children- young adults -grown men/women- willing to die rather then deny Christ—— it takes my breath away.

What I don’t understand is when Christians celebrate Halloween, decorate with gory bloody images, put up skeletons and images of death and darkness, without a second thought! And they will argue and debate trying to make it okay and refuse to give up celebrating that nite!

I am an ex witch, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, when I was practicing witchcraft, Halloween was the biggest night of the year for those practicing the occult. People try to say it’s about the candy and fun, it goes way deeper then that!

The roots of this highly pagan holiday remain the same, it’s a night of death -darkness- gore—- and no matter how much you dress it up to make it pretty, no matter how many excuses you make, it’s a night to celebrate Samhein——– the god of the dead!
I don’t recall those who practice paganism coming on Christmas morning to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord of life.
Yet Christians will celebrate the pagan ritual of Halloween —–the god of death and darkness. …..

I don’t care to debate….
You can do whatever you choose —-but it won’t change the truth or the facts!!!!

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A Short 7 minute Video from another Ex-witch

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This is a good article on why this Guy doesn’t celebrate Halloween. He gives 18 very good reasons!  I do agree with his points too.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/18-reasons-why-i-dont-celebrate-halloween

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Here is yet, another good article from yet another Ex-witch and well worth reading

http://www.theothersideofdarkness.com/halloween-and-christianity/

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Well, as you can see from all this information.  Halloween celebrates Death, darkness and gore.  It’s one of many favourite times of the year for Witches, pagans, the occult.

Also, from the scriptures provided, and there’s many, many more scriptures in the Holy Bible warning us not to participate or practice any of these detestable things.

So, now that we know we are NOT to participate in Halloween. What are we, as Believers in Jesus Christ to do on Halloween?

This is what me and my family did, I put signs up at the front gate and front door, warning them that we will not be participating in Halloween, so no knocking at our door.  Our Front porch light was off too.    While Halloween was happening.  We were Praying for the lost souls, Glorifying and lifting up the name of Jesus Christ.  Celebrating life.

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Here’s another link

http://www.thebereancall.org/content/halloweens-pagan-themes-fill-wests-faith-vacuum

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http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Halloween.html

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Here is a great testimony, that was posted on Facebook, from yet another ex-pagan.

Pennie Louise Reese

Using Halloween to Share the Gospel

This is a question that has come up numerous times so I’m going to address it publicly. A lot of people want to use Halloween as an opportunity to share the gospel by handing out tracts to trick-or-treaters. While this sounds like a noble undertaking, I can only share with you my experience as a pagan.

When I was a pagan, I hated Halloween tracts and I thought the people who handed them out were lazy, manipulative hypocrites. I felt that if they were real Christians, they would be busy on Halloween doing something Christian, instead of using MY holiday as an opportunity to manipulate me into reading something I would not ordinarily look at.

Why were they suddenly so “Christian?” Why wasn’t their claim to faith more apparent the rest of the year? Why weren’t they at a prayer meeting, praying for me, if my soul was so important to them? I supposed that, rather than taking a real stand and accepting that they might get their windows soaped, it was easier for them to compromise and just drop something in the bag. To me, it was akin to the Pharisees that Jesus condemned for praying loudly on the corner in Matthew 6:5. All show, no substance. I thought, “If you really care so much, shut up and take your soaping. Accept your persecution, if you’re the real thing.” (And yes, I knew my Bible, even as a pagan.)

I laughed at those who gave them out WITH candy. Did they not know that, by supporting my revelry, they were appeasing the spirits right along with me and everyone else? Or did they even, really care? Did they bother to think this through? Did they bother to think about anything at all, or were they just mindlessly following the advice of religious leaders who knew nothing of life outside their own little world?

I despised those who gave them out WITHOUT candy. Why didn’t they just turn their porch light off? Did they really think anyone wanted these things? Really, you’re going to leave your porch light on and make me think I’m getting candy when I’m not?

I felt like both kinds of people were deceiving me, something I hated Christians for. It was hypocrisy to me, because Christians were supposed to be honest.

And I thought the tracts themselves were a joke. Usually, their depictions of witches were sensationalistic and inaccurate, at best. Sometimes they were downright insulting to my intelligence. On the rare occasions when I actually read them, it was always mockingly, and invariably, they went straight to the trash.

Then, there was the rare house that would go a step further, invite people in for cider and snacks, and talk to them about Jesus. I appreciated this for being a little less lazy than tossing a tract in the bag. But I still had to wonder whether it was genuine or just a stepped-up attempt at appearing cool in order to get away with manipulating people. Certainly, I thought they were a little cooler than other Christians, but their “cool” brand of Christianity did not impress me. I still felt manipulated. Like when a panhandler approaches you as you’re entering a store, knowing full well that you must have money if you’re going shopping. Naturally, you’re going to resent being forced into that situation. These people seemed to figure, as long as I was coming to their house, they would shove their beliefs down my throat, and I had to tolerate it for the treats. I never listened to a word they said. I took the treats, nodded my head and smiled politely, and then poked fun at them after I left, just like I did with the tract givers.

I always thought, “Why are these people not volunteering at my school, or bringing food to my family, maybe knocking on MY door to invite me to their churches, or otherwise LIVING their faith, the rest of the year? Ohhh…I get it. They want to be a part of what we’re doing, they want to see and be seen, and they want us to like them. That way, maybe we’ll listen to them. Guess what? No dice. Suckas. Thanks for the treats.”

On the rare occasion that someone actually refused to participate in the holiday at all, I actually had respect for those people. At least they were honest and not trying to pretend to be cool so they could trick me into a belief system that I could not and would not ever be tricked into. And I always had respect for people who lived their beliefs, even if I disagreed with them.

I know that when I was a pagan, my thoughts about these things were pretty harsh. And I know that if you’re a Christian who does these things, and you’re reading this, you probably feel at least a little bit angry right now, if not a lot. “Who is SHE to condemn us for trying to carry out the Great Commission?” I’m only sharing the truth. This is how I felt back then and I can’t deny it.

Did I represent the majority of pagan children? Who’s to say? But I can tell you that in twenty-six years of being in the occult and working in occult professions, I never met a single person who appreciated Halloween outreach efforts.

What do I say now that I’m a Christian? Well, I can’t say that I’ve forgotten how I felt back then or that I’m going to disregard what I know. And one of the things I know is that prayer was more effective in reaching me than Halloween outreaches ever were. I knew the gospel. I think most people in America do. It wasn’t for lack of knowing the gospel that I rejected it. It was for lack of fear of the Lord, which rendered me devoid of the wisdom that would give me the ears to hear it.

The only thing that worked in my life was when God Himself took hold of my life and shook it until I threw my hands in the air and said, “What do you want from me?” No Halloween outreach could ever have done that. But prayer? I know it can and does do that sort of thing. Not only did it reach me, but it also reached my little sister, a month after I met Jesus, when she left her life of porn and prostitution to follow the Lord along with me.

What will I be doing on Halloween? You can bet I’m going to be praying. And yes, I will refuse to hand anything out at my door. I’ll take the window soaping, if that’s what it takes. But I’m going to pray. Because I know it works.

An Open Halloween Letter from an Ex-Pagan
http://pennierenewed.blogspot.com/…/an-open-halloween-lette…

Renewal: Testimony of an Ex-Occultist
http://pennierenewed.blogspot.com/…/renewal-testimony-of-ex…

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This testimony of Pennie’s really spoke to me.   Praying is the best thing to do.   We must always remember that this is a Spiritual Battle, therefore, we must approach it Spiritually through Prayer.  However, if the Lord calls us to go out and do street Evangelism on Halloween, then we need to be extra wise.  The last thing we want to do, is come across hypocritical, manipulative and compromising.  That would be a bad witness. They will be watching our every move.

We cannot get dressed up, we cannot hand out sweets and treats, nor can we accept any either.  We don’t go to a gay parade and dress up like them do we? No!.   We don’t go to an Abortion clinic and dress up like them either do we?  No!

We need to show that in no way, are we participating in Halloween.   We need to treat it like a normal day of Street Evangelism.  Dressing in our normal regular clothes.  Sharing the truth about Halloween and why we don’t celebrate it(I know many celebrate it thinking it’s harmless fun, sweet treats, they don’t realise that they are actually opening themselves up to the demonic realm).  Preaching the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Lets remember, Halloween is sin, because witch craft, paganism, occult is All rebellion to God. It’s just like any other sin.  We need to treat it as such.

Anyway, hope you all have found this information on Halloween helpful.  That you can now make an informed choice about Halloween.    If you already know about the darkness of Halloween, then please feel free to share this Information with your friends.

God Bless.

If Anyone is looking for a No Knocking sign to put on your front door.  I have designed this one.  Feel free to use it. nodoorknockinghalloweensign

The Day I Believed and Got Saved.

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I want to share my testimony of when I met Jesus Christ and got saved.  🙂

I didn’t grow up in Christian home.  All I knew was there was a God who made the world and us.  That’s all I knew though.  I was very much in the world.  I got in to a lot of things that weren’t right for me.  I was very hard hearted, hated life, swore like no tomorrow.

Over 25 years ago. My flatmates (at the time) and I had just finished watching a video and it was getting late. I can’t remember what the video we watched was?? Lol. I remember feeling strange(emotionally) and didn’t know why. I voiced it to my flatmates. We all said good night to each other.

I was tossing and turning in bed and still feeling strange and couldn’t work out why I still felt strange. Suddenly, I sensed this amazing presence in my room. Very Majestic, regal, loving etc. Words really sound dull when I try to explain the presence I was sensing(of course I couldn’t see anything with my natural eyes, more sensing deep with in).

Some how, deep down, I knew, even though I had no knowledge etc of God. That this presence was God, my creator. I was awe struck. I sensed God was calling me to to follow Him. Deep down, I knew this was the right thing to do. I some how knew, that it was the right thing to do. So I told God that I wanted to follow Him. Wow! It was an amazing life changing experience. I finally knew I was home   🙂

For the first time, I felt peace and joy for the first time.  Words cannot describe how I felt, it was amazing. 🙂

As God was ministering to me, I then saw a vision of this small coloured box on my wardrobe wall, it was like an coloured TV screen not tuned in right as there was a rainbow of fuzzy lines. Naturally I had no idea what it it was. But some how I knew, deep down with in me, as I started crying. God was showing me my sins through His eyes. That realisation that I was a sinner, in need of a Saviour, to see how my sins were to God.   It was a real eye opener, very humbling etc.  I asked God’s forgiveness and I cried cleansing tears and tears of joy for well over an hour. It was the most amazing and life changing experience.

Also, when I started to cry, my heart jumped to life. I looked down and touched my heart while saying “Oh my heart!”. I had never felt my heart like that before. I know God turned my heard heart into a heart of flesh. I was so excited several months later while reading Ezekiel where God talks about turning the heart of stone into a heart of flesh as I know that’s what God did for me that night.  I felt so good, I felt so much peace, joy, cleansed, that I was finally home, where I was always meant to be, but wasn’t previously.

{Ezekiel 11:18“When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it. 19“And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.

Ezekiel 36:25“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.}

I did not want to go to sleep as I didn’t want to loose how I felt and I had never felt like this before. I sensed God say to trust Him that I will be the same in the morning.

I woke up early and was so happy and excited to see I felt the same. I had a shower. Went to the kitchen and for the first time, I noticed how beautiful the Weeping Willow Tree was out side the kitchen window. I looked at the tree for quite awhile in amazement. I never realised before how beautiful it was. I was looking at everything through fresh new eyes. I stopped swearing immediately too. Work mates noticed the change in me too. When I show friends photo’s of me a month before I got saved, they’re shocked and can see a huge transformation & what the Lord has done in me ❤

Anyway, found a church, got a Bible. Started reading and learning about Jesus, the work He did on the cross etc. Over the 25+ years, I learn more and more as I read God’s word.

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Ephesians 2: Made Alive in Christ

1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in MERCY, because of His GREAT LOVE with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by GRACE you have been SAVED), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His GRACE in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by GRACE you have been SAVED through FAITH; and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of GOD; 9NOTas a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

We are Saved by Christ Jesus alone, by Grace alone, in Faith Alone.  Free Gift of Salvation to those who Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.   Nothing I can say or do, can make me saved, Salvation is not about works.  We are saved by Grace. ❤

Our Wonderful Loving God

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God is Real ❤

Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Romans 1: 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

God is Good ❤
Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His loving kindness is everlasting. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods,For His loving kindness is everlasting.
Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

God is Faithful ❤
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.
Psalm 33:4 For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one

God is my strength ❤
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
8 The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defence to His anointed.
9 Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Isaiah 41:10‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth. Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who wait for the LORD, Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

God is my Shield ❤
Psalm 28: 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults,And with my song I shall thank Him.
Psalm 3: 3 But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. 4 I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain.
Psalm 18: 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.

God is Love  ❤
1 John 4: 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the LOVE which God has for us. God is LOVE, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgement; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

John 3:16 “For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him(Jesus Christ) shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 “He who believes in Him(Jesus Christ) is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 “This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for LOVE is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is LOVE. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

God is Alive ❤
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man(Jesus Christ) also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made ALIVE. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Revelation 1: 17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

God is Hope ❤
Lamentations 3: 21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have HOPE.
22 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassion’s never fail.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.
26 It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD.
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 2: 19 For who is our HOPE or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

God of Peace ❤
Philippians. 4: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the GOD OF PEACE will be with you.

2 Thessalonians. 3: 16 Now may the LORD OF PEACE Himself continually grant you PEACE in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

Isaiah 26: 3“The steadfast of mind You will keep in PERFECT PEACE, Because he trusts in You. 4 “Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

God is Merciful ❤
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great MERCY has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Titus 3:4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His MERCY, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

God is Compassionate ❤
Psalm 103: 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear(reverence,stand in awe of Him) Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 116: 5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.

God of Grace ❤
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He(Jesus)has said to me, “My GRACE is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Hebrews 4: 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of GRACE, so that we may receive MERCY and find GRACE to help in time of need.
John 1: 14 And the Word became flesh(Jesus), and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of GRACE and TRUTH. 15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and GRACE upon GRACE. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; GRACE and TRUTH were realized through Jesus Christ.

God of Justice ❤
Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

Romans 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Psalm 37: 27 Depart from evil and do good, So you will abide forever.
28 For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
29 The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip.