I Believe This Is A Message From The Lord

GreatCommissionMatt28This morning(14th November 2018), I woke up with this message that I believe is from the Lord for your consideration and discernment.   For every believer in Christ Jesus, God’s church (obviously this includes me too).   So please receive this from the Lord as I step out into obedience, out of my comfort zone and share this with you all.  Please have your Bibles ready.  Please take your time and read the whole post, as there’s a bit to say as the Lord has put a lot on my heart to share, and I believe He doesn’t want you to miss any of it, as it’s all very important. As always, The Lord always wants us to make time for Him ❤

Any time where I have highlighted scripture, the emphasis is mine.  All copy and pasted scripture is NASB. (this does not include the pictures as they come from various sources).      Anytime where you see {Please Note:   this is where I add a note from me personally.}

{Please Note:- God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours.  His ways are not the ways of the world. We must ditch our worldly mind and preconceived ideas on how a blog post, or whatever it is, should be like.  Rather being open to how the Lord would have things.  My blog posts are always accordingly to how I believe the Lord wants me to set them out.  He has His reasons and purposes.   As usual, the blog post is a Discipleship post, because this post is for everyone to read, regardless of where whomever is reading this are at with the Lord.  Who knows, maybe an unbeliever will stumble across this and get saved.   All of us are God’s disciples, which also takes discipline on our part.  I encourage you to still read everything, regardless of whether you know it or not, because we don’t want to restrict/quench the Holy Spirit with what He wants to do in our lives.  Plus it’s always good to be reminded and refreshed of the things of the Lord.  I encourage you all to quiet yourselves down, take your time going through this, being humble and open.  Allowing the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do in you during this time.  ❤ }

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Now for the Message

The Lord is coming back soon for a Spotless Bride.  I am sure you can all agree that The Lord is working on our hearts, disciplining us, pruning the bad stuff, preparing us for Eternity.  So please do not despise His discipline and correcting from the Lord.  Our Heavenly Father Loves us because we are His children.  He is the potter, we are the clay.  He is Holy, therefore we need to be Holy.  Keep looking each day with what the Lord is trying to show you, teach you.   Learn and grow from it, allowing the Lord to complete His work in you.  Please don’t forget the Fear of the Lord as it’s the foundation of true knowledge and wisdom in God (reverence, but also of fear because He is a just God, Strongs 3374).

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God is Holy, God is light and in Him there is no darkness.  Light = God’s spender, Glory,  safety, Truth, reality, exposure.  It’s Spiritual.  Everything is seen by God.  Everything is seen for what it really is.  God shows us who and what we are really like. God hates sin, but if we confess our sins, God forgives us, purifies us, cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  God sets us free, because His truth sets us free.   It’s important that people are in God’s Light because darkness is hiding, covering over, separates people from God and are not in the truth, they are on the wide path that leads to destruction.   We look at the way the world is today and we see that this is the way of the world right now, living in darkness.  We as believers in Christ Jesus need to bring as many people to Christ as possible.  We need to show them that small and narrow gate, that leads to the narrow road that leads to life.  Sadly, only a few find this narrow path.  Are you one of the few?

John 8:12  Jesus says “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

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Many have forgotten their first love.  Remember when You first got saved, you wanted to tell everyone about Jesus. You were so in love with Jesus. You were zealous and on fire for the Lord. You wanted to spend every minute with Him.  You wanted to get to know Him, you clung onto His every word in the Holy Bible. You couldn’t get enough of God.    Couples, remember when you first met your spouse, you hung on to every word they said, you wanted to spend as much time with them, you were inseparable (remember this and re-ignite your marriage also).

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We need to remember these things.   Get back to our first Love, which is Christ Jesus. That desire to know God, spend time with Him, praying, worshiping Him, reading and studying His Holy Word, which is the Holy Bible.  To do this daily.  To spend time alone with the Lord.  The more we spend time with God, the more we know Him, the more we start to think and act like Him, be Christ Like, filled with the fullness of Christ.  The less we spend time with Him, the more worldly, fleshly, carnal Christian we become (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

If we say we are too busy, then we need to look at our life and reevaluate it.  Some things need to be let go of.  What are the things you are doing that the Lord didn’t ask you to do?  It’s His will be done in our lives, not our own.  God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ.   Before we were estranged from God, but now we are reconciled with Him to do His ministry which involves the proclamation of the gospel and its assurance that forgiveness of sin is available in Christ.   Jesus is the One who saves, and the Holy Spirit is the One who convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment,  yet we have been given the privilege of being ambassadors for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.    

Matthew 16: 24Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.26“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.

There’s a Blessing for us by doing God’s will.  We live for Christ Jesus and not ourselves. Remember the song “It’s no longer I that liveth, but Christ that Liveth in me.”

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Matthew 61“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

      2“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

      5When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

      7“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.8“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

      9“Pray, then, in this way:
            ‘Our Father who is in heaven,
            Hallowed be Your name.

      10Your kingdom come.
            Your will be done,
            On earth as it is in heaven.

      11‘Give us this day our daily bread.

      12‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

      13‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
14For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Hallowed means Holy and Honored, debts means also sins.  As we can see, God doesn’t like meaningless repetition.  A lot of New Age and Pagan’s do this as a form of chanting.

Jesus emphasizes too, His Kingdom come, His will be done, that it’s Jesus Kingdom, power and glory forever.   It’s All about Jesus.

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God is always after people that sanctify (set apart, honor, dedicate, declare holy) Christ in their hearts.   To love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul, spending time with Him etc (Matt.22:37, Luke 10:27, Psalm 27:4).  God looks at our hearts and is always wanting to correct wrong attitudes, beliefs and thoughts.  Jesus has to always come first in our lives. If He is not first in our lives, than we have to change this.   To be a Mary and not a Martha (Luke 10:41-42).  To do what He wants you to do in life. To be about your Heavenly Fathers plans/business.  God’s Will be done.

What idols do you have in your life?  An idol is anything that we put ahead of God in our lives, anything that takes God’s place in our hearts.  How many times do we put off spending time with Jesus because we prefer to do something else, or don’t feel like doing it?  An Idol could be Facebook, Sport, computer games, smart phones, Netflix, self, addictions(drugs, alcohol, pornography, smoking, swearing), possessions, socialising with friends, greed, work, hobbies, could be a number of things.  We need to pray and seek the Lord on this.  We are not Sanctifying God in our hearts if we have idols.  Jesus has to come first.  Jesus is always Priority number one.   We cannot go by feelings or let our emotions and feeling rule us.  We are supposed to rule over our emotions and feelings.  We are to walk in the Spirit and not the Flesh.  How do we walk in the Spirit?  The fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.

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I believe The Lord wants the church to wake up from it’s slumber and be pro-active.   Every believer in Christ is called to do the great commission in Matthew 28. (see picture above at start of this blog).  It’s the mission He has given each and every believer in Christ Jesus to carry out, while we are still here on this earth.  None of us are exempt from this.  The great commission is very important to God.

How many of us are guilty of not doing the great commission or maybe just doing it sometimes, or even dismissed or minimized the great commission saying it’s not important or not for me?  We get caught up in our busy daily lives.  Some of us let fear of man prevent us from doing this (the truth is, man can’t do anything to us, God is our protector and our security is in Christ Jesus).  Ill health can be another factor (there is the internet though which reaches world wide).   There are many reasons we each could all come up with.  I believe The Lord wants to help us all with this.  Time is running out.  There is an urgency to see people get saved before it’s too late.

God is always about Eternity, salvation. He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  Someone’s eternal welfare is so important to God, and is very serious.  Therefore, it should be important and serious to us. When people leave this world, where they spend Eternity is crucial.  There is only two options, Heaven or Hell.  We should be doing what it takes to stop people from going to Hell.   If you don’t believe there is a hell, or even doubt there is a hell, than with all due respect, you are calling God a liar. You cannot pick and choose from the Bible what you want to believe and disregard the rest.  All scripture, all means all, the whole Bible, both Old(all) and New(all) testament is God breathed/inspired, the word of God. He explains very well about Heaven and Hell.

{Note:Please read my blog post on Heaven or Hell for more information, link posted near the end of this post.  Also, if you don’t believe the Holy Bible is the Word of God, then once again, you are calling God a Liar.  Jesus is also known as the word of God (John 1, and many more scriptures prove that the Bible is the word of God).}

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That’s why He made it our mission to do the Great Commission.  We need to be Eternity minded.  We need to care about everyone’s Eternal welfare.  We need to see people get saved.  That’s Why God has called each and every believer in Christ Jesus to do the great Commission.

Our mission is to make disciples.

Disciples:- Strongs Reference 3100.  Part of speech is Verb(doing word).    Greek word mathéteuó.   Definition:-  train, instruct. 3100 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 lifestyle required, i.e. helping a believer learn to be a disciple of Christ in belief and practice.
For further information click here

https://biblehub.com/greek/3100.htm

{Note:- Why is using the Hebrew and Greek so important?  Because the Bible was originally written the Old Testament in Hebrew and in part Aramaic, and the New Testament in Greek.  When translating words into another language, it’s at times, not always easy to find the correct or exact word in a particular language, so on those occasions, the closest is usually used.  By checking the Hebrew and Greek, it helps us to get greater understanding of scripture, it opens up scripture more and more, it helps us to make sure we have understood it correctly as God had intended it.  Scripture tells us to study God’s word, to rightly divide His Holy word.  That scripture is not open to our own interpretation (2 Peter 1:19-21).  It’s very important}

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Clearly, we can all teach, instruct new believers in the word of God and to teach them to observe everything He has commanded of us.  As God say’s, He is with us Always.  This is also why He gave us the Holy Bible, God’s instruction manual to us so that we know Who God is , and what His word says and how we are to live our lives for Him.  It’s how God speaks to us.   It’s God’s Love letters to us really.

To teach and instruct, we need to be diligently getting into God’s Holy word daily ourselves.  We need to be feeding ourselves daily on the word of God, studying God’s word.  Reading scriptures in it’s full context and cross referencing scriptures and so forth, checking the Hebrew and Greek for greater understanding.   The Bible really opens up when we see scriptures in the Old and New testament connecting with one another giving greater understanding.   Living Bible/ Word for sure.  So, lets get our Bibles out daily and feed and renew our mind in Christ Jesus.  If we really truly Love the Lord, we will want to spend time with Him and in His word.  Once again, we should never be too busy for God. If we are, than our priorities are all wrong and we are guilty of not putting Him first in our lives.

As in the Bible, God makes mention of very important things several times to get through to us.  I believe He is doing this in this blog too.  We need to get everything He is saying to us.

Our Mission is to Baptise them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Baptism: Strongs Reference is 907. Greek word is baptizó.  Definition is a ceremonial dipping, cleansing, sink, submerge, 907 baptízō – properly, “submerge” (Souter); hence, baptize, to immerse (literally, “dip under“). 907 (baptízō) implies submersion (“immersion”), in contrast to 472 /antéxomai(“sprinkle”).

For more information, click here

https://biblehub.com/greek/907.htm

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It also means when someone gets saved/conversion, they get Baptised with the Holy Spirit automatically.  Having the Holy Spirit is a pledge for Salvation.    The Bible also tells us that Jesus is the son, that He is also the Living water.  All this is what born again is. Born of water and the Holy Spirit. It’s All about Jesus.  Hence the baptise them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (scriptures supporting this added below, after Ephesians 2 picture, so keep reading)

{Note: I have included the link to my blog post near the end of this post, on our Triune God for more information if you are confused about this}

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Water Baptism is an obedient step in Christ after salvation. We see it in the Bible, they first got saved, then they got water Baptised.  By which a person makes a public declaration of faith and discipleship and proclamation of repentance (change one’s mind or purpose metanoeó Strongs 3340).     A believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  The action of being immersed in the water illustrates dying and being buried with Christ. The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s resurrection. Once again, it is not a requirement for salvation though (see 1 Cor. 1, also 1 Cor.15:1-8, Eph. 2, Titus 3:3-8).

Requiring anything in addition to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation is a works-based salvation.    It’s not Biblical and it’s a man made doctrine, tradition. Nowhere in the Bible does it say water Baptism is required for Salvation.  What matters is what God says, not what man says.  It’s also important to note, that Jesus didn’t water baptise anyone, His disciples did though.   But John baptised Jesus.  This was before Jesus died on the Cross.  Where Jesus paid in full, it is finished.  The apostle Paul only baptised a few people as we see in 1 Corinthians 1.

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John the Baptist says in Matthew 3:11“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire12“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Romans 8: 9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

John 3: 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 12:13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

2 Corinthians 1:20For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.

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Our Mission is also to Pray and have the right Christian Conduct!

1 Thessalonians 5:

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    12But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another14We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people16Rejoice always; 17pray without ceasing18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19Do not quench the Spirit; 20do not despise prophetic utterances. 21But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.

      23Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

      25Brethren, pray for us.

      26Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.

      28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

{Please Note: Esteem means regard, respect.   Admonish means warn, counsel. Adjure means to appeal to in the most solemn or impressive manner; to entreat earnestly; as to adjure the court for mercy}

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We Must always remember, we are not of this world. We are in the world, but our citizenship is in Heaven.  We are Ambassadors For Christ. Therefore, our thoughts, conduct, speech etc need to represent Christ. They are not to represent that of this world. This world is not God’s ways.  Mans ways are not Gods ways.  We are also to be tenderhearted.  We are to Love and Forgive one another. We are not to hate one another, but to bear with one another.  We are not to grumble and complain, but we are to give thanks in everything.  God always wants our attitudes right. The Joy of the Lord is our Strength. Christ Jesus is our Peace.  We must occupy and be about our heavenly Fathers business until Christ returns.

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Pray for those in leadership all around the world, whether they are a President, Prime Minister, Pastor, boss etc, don’t grumble and attack them personally. We are to show respect to them.  Pray for your enemies and Bless them. Forgive them.  Watch the tongue, it should have no vulgarity (Eph. 4:29, Eph 5:4, James 1:26, James 3:6-13), this is serious to God, that’s why He put many scriptures on it.

We might not like who is in Government, or agree with their policies, but we are still to have good Christian conduct towards them.  Showing respect and watching our words and attitude towards them.

We are also to hold Preachers and Teachers of God’s word to Biblical accountability  to make sure they are Preaching God’s word (2 Tim. 4:2) and rightly dividing God’s word in the Fear of the Lord, because scriptures clearly show us that God is strict on Truth and Sound Biblical doctrine.  That they are not preaching error.   See Prov.27:17,James 5:19-20, Eph.4:25.  Preachers and teachers should be humble and welcome Biblical correction too, because none of us are infallible, we can All get it wrong.  We are here to help each other. This does not mean we go on a “witch hunt”.   If we do discern Biblical error, we are to show respect and show them Biblically where they went wrong or seek clarification.   God’s word trumps mans word.  God’s truth is very important to God.   David challenged Saul, when the King started disobeying God.  Paul named names of leaders leading God’s people astray for personal gain with a false doctrine.

Believers are not to put the Pastor/Elder/Preacher/teacher on a pedestal or idolise them, or expect them to know and do everything.  Remember, they are fellow brothers in the Lord. They are working on fulfilling the call God has in their lives, just like the rest of us. They too have their struggles like everyone else because they are human.   Need to be respectful and considerate. We are all here to help and encourage one another.  Pray for them, encourage them in the Name of the Lord.

Like wise, Pastor/elders/Preachers/teachers are not to take the title with pride and arrogance “look at me, I’m a Pastor”.  But to be a humble servant of God, treating your calling with humility and respect, and in the Fear of the Lord.  After all, to God, it’s just a function.   Pastor/elder is simply put, a shepherd, overseer.   Preaching God’s word, rightly dividing God’s word.

Acts 20:26“Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. 28“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.31“Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. 32And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.33“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. 34“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. 35“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

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Romans 13:Be Subject to Government

1Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God2Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves3For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.5Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

{Please Note: Subjection means to submit, obey}

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We are to be Salt and light, to be Ambassadors for Christ.  An ambassador is a respected official acting as a representative for Christ.   We have been entrusted by God with the Gospel.  We should treat this responsibility with Respect and in the Fear of the Lord.    Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we must take the message of our King to the “ends of the earth”, encouraging everyone to get saved.  To be reconciled to God.

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18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

      20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

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Stop, pray, think before we say and do.  We All need God’s help with this. He is the Potter, we are the Clay, He will shape and mold us the way He wants us to be. Are you open and willing?  For those of us who say Yes, we are all over-comers in Christ Jesus.  Victory we have in Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Strength when we are weak.

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We are to have Unity in the Body of Christ

Ephesians 4: Unity of the Spirit

      1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;5one Lord, one faith, one baptism6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

As you can see, we have one God, one Bible/doctrine, one faith, one Baptism, one body in Christ etc.

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So why is there so much disunity in the body of Christ and dissensions? Simple.  Too many are listening to man, instead of what God says.  Some people are Bible illiterate because they never or seldom pick up the Holy Bible, so they don’t know what the Bible says, therefore they really don’t know God.  Some have formed their own opinions, beliefs and ideas on who they think God is and most of the time, it doesn’t line up with scripture.   Some twist God’s word, take it out of context to fit what they want to say, therefore creating a new man made doctrine contrary to how God intended it to be.  They are not rightly dividing God’s word.

They teach man made worldly and fleshly doctrines and traditions etc, or they listen to man made doctrines.  They trust their souls to man and mans words, rather than to what God says.  In yet, the Bible says we are to test all things to make sure they are of God or not (1 Thess.5:21, 1 John 4:1). To be Bereans (Acts 17:10-11).  We should only trust our souls to God.

{Note:This is Not an attack on them personally, as a person. This is simply and only addressing doctrine preached or listened too or read.  It’s about Sound Biblical doctrine, God’s truth because we don’t want false doctrines, we don’t want to be deceived and lead astray.  We want to stay in God’s Holy and righteous truth}.

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The Bible tells us that mankind’s heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:5-9,Psalm 5:9).  None of us are infallible, we can All get it wrong.  There are so many man made traditions, propaganda, false doctrines out there.  There are lots of scriptures warning us not to be deceived, to watch out for false teachers and preachers, to watch out for man made deceptions, false teachings and false doctrines.  Clearly truth and sound Biblical doctrine is very important to God, therefore, it needs to be important to us.

Sadly, some are getting caught up in all sorts of deceptions.  Being tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, having their ears tickled.  Instead of praying and asking the Lord to expose any error.   By the way, the Holy Spirit and God’s Holy word, the Bible,  go hand in hand when protecting oneself from error, to help us be discerning. That is how the Holy Spirit reveals error and truth to us.   It should be our daily prayer asking the Lord to show us deceptions and to keep us away from all deceptions.  To keep us in His Holy truth.

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The Holy Spirit isn’t about feeling and emotions as some are lead to believe.  So often someone will say ” Well, the Holy Spirit didn’t say anything to me about it” as if the Holy Spirit magically and audibly speaks out to you, for all you know, it could be a deceiving Spirit.  Also, so many times the Holy Spirit warns us, but we are distracted, not paying attention, or missed it because it wasn’t how we thought it would be.   This is why, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible go hand in hand as a safe guard.

The Holy Spirit is a Helper, the Spirit of truth, teachers us all things, bringing God’s words to our remembrance (John 14:16-17, and verse 26).  By lining up with scripture, the Holy Spirit shows us and therefore we are being discerning.  Once again, I believe the Lord wants to remind us all, that it’s important to be reading scriptures in full contexts, cross referencing them with other scriptures to make sure the Preacher/teacher didn’t twist the scriptures out of context to fit what they wanted it to fit.  Instead of what the original Author(God) had originally intended it to be.  Therefore they have created a new doctrine, contrary to God’s Doctrine and truth.

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Anyone who preaches that we are god, or exalts us above God or equal to God, or teaches there are many ways to God (Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and nobody can come to the Father, except through Jesus), or preaches anything that causes us to take our focus off Jesus and to focus on ourselves, self, or makes merchandise from the flock is heresy and a dangerous man made doctrine.  It comes straight from Satan as this is what he is like and does.  We also only need to read the book of Proverbs for example to see how much God detests pride and arrogance.  The Truth is not in them.  The Bible tells us we are nothing without Christ Jesus (John 15:5, Romans 2:23,).   It’s not about us, it’s all about Jesus Christ. Our eyes need to be fixed on Jesus. It’s All about Jesus bringing in His Kingdom.  In everything, Give God the Glory.

Ephesians 4:14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

2 Timothy 4:3For 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, 4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Galatians 1:  6I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel7which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

{Please Note: Accursed means properly, place up, referring to something pledged(given up) to destruction , a divine curse/ban}

2 Peter 2:The Rise of False Prophets

1But 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. 2Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

1 John 4:   1Beloved, 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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The Bible warns us that Satan dresses up as an angel of light to deceive, they are walking and ministering among the church.  If you don’t believe there is a devil, that Satan doesn’t exist, then once again,you are calling God a liar because there are many scriptures explaining and warning us about him.  That we are to be alert for the devil prowls around waiting to devour.  So, it really shouldn’t be any surprise to you that this is happening.   God doesn’t want anyone to be deceived and end up following destructive doctrines that can lead them to hell.  What matters is what God says in His Holy word.  So we should always ask ourselves “But what Does God say?”  Go and get your Bible out and pray and seek God.

It’s so very important that everything that you believe, lines up with God’s word and ways.  God’s truth sets us free.

1 Peter 5:8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.11To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

2 Corinthians 11: 1I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. 2For 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. 3But 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. 4For 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. 5For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles. 6But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.

      7Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? 8I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; 9and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so. 10As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. 11Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

      12But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.14No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.15Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

Pastors/Elders/Preachers/teachers are judged more Strictly.

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Acts 20:28“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.31“Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. 32“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.33“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes.

Matthew 18:6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Titus 1:5For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, 6namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.7For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, 8but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 9holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

10For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. 12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith,14not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth15To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

{Please Note: pugnacious means a striker, contentious person, brawler.quarrelsome.    Dissipation means the act of dispersing; separation; dispersion; wasting away; as, dissipation of wealth. A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness, drunkenness}

Matthew 15:7You 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.’”

Hebrews 17:17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

1Peter 5:1Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUDBUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.

John 2115So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.

{Please note: Tend means spiritually nourish by feeding people the word of God. Strongs 1006. Shepherd means to properly shepherd, caring, protecting the flock, guarding, guiding,  Strongs 4165}

As we can see from scripture, a Pastor/Elders/Preacher/teacher needs to protect the flock from false doctrine, wolves in sheeps clothing (Matt.7:15, false teachers etc) which is tending the flock.  They are also to Preach the word of God, which is feeding the flock.   To care for the flock like a Shepherd cares for their Sheep.

So, why is it, that there are some church fellowships that either limit the word of God, or have no word of God preached? Rather they run man made programs and precepts and doctrines of men?  Programs are Ok, but at the right time, such as in a a specific home group or specific session that’s different timing to the actual church service.  Plus the programs need to focus on Jesus and God’s Holy Word, sound doctrine.  Why are some church fellowships letting false teachers into their fellowship with either preaching, and/or books, and/or video’s, and/or programs?  Why are some church fellowships allowing Pagan and worldly practices in??? Why are some church fellowships heavy shepherding the flock and making merchandise of them? Why is it some church fellowships have stopped allowing the Holy Spirit to run the church service???  Why is some church fellowships more like the world and seeker friendly etc???? Why are some church fellowships allowing their flock to idolise them????

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It’s called Apostasy!   Abandonment of Biblical truth, a defiance of an established Biblical system and God’s authority; a rebellion; and breach of faith.   It’s a falling away from key and true doctrines of the Bible into heretical teachings that proclaim to be “the real” Christian doctrine.  It can also be a complete renunciation of the Christian faith, which results in a full abandonment of Christ. The truth is not in them. The Pastors of these church fellowships have clearly forgotten the fear of the Lord. The consequences etc. they will be judged strictly.

Jude 1:3Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.4For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

The church service is supposed to be run by the Holy Spirit, not man made programs and being controlled by schedules. The church service is supposed to feed God’s Holy Word.   His truth that sets us All free.  Not doctrines, traditions, programs and ideas/opinions of man.   If the Holy Spirit wants the whole of Psalm 119(for example) read out in the service, then let it happen. We need to pray and ask God to help us with our attention span and attitudes.  We need to stop being in a rush.   The Pastor is supposed to rightly divide the word of God in fear and in truth.

There are also some church fellowships that are so busy doing things for the Lord, but I believe that God is saying He never asked you to do it. He is wanting you to do something else. So seek the Lord and correct the direction.

The Bible tells us that every Believer is to judge doctrine, the things of God (in no way does this mean we are attacking the person, we are only addressing wrong doctrine).   It doesn’t matter who is teaching/preaching to us.  Once again, I believe that God wants to remind us, that we are to hold teachers/preachers/pastors to accountability if they preach in error, by showing them Biblically where they went wrong or ask for clarity.  None of us are infallible, we can all so easily get deceived. Therefore we should be humble and open to correction.  We’re all in this together.

You know you have a good Pastor when they say “Don’t trust me, I don’t even trust myself! Get your Bible out, test what I am saying to see if it is correct, I could be teaching you something that leads you to hell!”.    Don’t trust a Pastor if they say “Trust me and what I say” ~ run, flee from them!

It’s evident that there is a lot of cleaning up to do in the Church. This is why I believe the Lord wants Believers in Christ, and church fellowships to get back to the basics.  Which is God, you and the Holy Bible. Putting all those man made teaching books aside for now(God will let you know when it’s Ok to pick them back up again, some He may not though), as this will shut out a lot of the worldly noise and mans opinions so that you can hear easily from Jesus.   To also, put away all your preconceived ideas, beliefs, etc, basically wiping the slate clean.  Starting a fresh, just you God and the Holy Bible. Praying and asking God to show you all the deception in your life, all the wrong and destructive beliefs you have etc so that He can correct it all. He will show you, if you are truly open to this. Now is the time to get right with the Lord.

Church fellowships, once again, get back to the basics.  God should have control of your service, so let the Holy Spirit lead. Ditch the man made programs, traditions, schedules, pagan practices etc,  Preach the word of God in Fear, truth and in reverence, rightly dividing God’s Holy word.  Fixing everyone’s eyes on Jesus Christ. Taking up our cross and following Him.  Being empty vessels for the Lord, ready to do His will. No more looking at ourselves.  Get back into Bible studies. Now is the time to get right before the Lord.

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2 Peter 3:

The Coming Day of the Lord

3Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 5For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

      8But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.9The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

 

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      10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

      11Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

      14Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Acts 13: 38Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.40“Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:

      41‘BEHOLDYOU SCOFFERSAND MARVELAND PERISH;
            FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS,
            A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVETHOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.’”

Titus 2:11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus14who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Jude 1:17But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.22And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. 24Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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With more than 95% of Biblical prophesy already fulfilled, Jesus is coming back real soon.  Are you one of those scoffers and mockers?  That say “People have been saying this for years, where is this coming of Jesus?   or, are you eagerly excited and awaiting the the return of Jesus Christ?   Are you scoffing and mocking the being caught up (Greek word Harpazo), also more commonly known in English as the Rapture?   The Rapture and Jesus return are two separate events.  The Rapture takes place first where Jesus comes on the clouds, He doesn’t set foot on the earth.  We believers are caught up to Him.   Then at a separate time after the Rapture, Jesus will return to the earth to judge the world.

{Please Note: I have included the blog post link on The Harpazo/Rapture at the end of this post for more information.  Please read it and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life}.

When we live each day eagerly awaiting the Lord’s return, it strengthens and encourages our faith.  It helps us to stay focused on God’s plans and purposes. We need to be ready and alert, it’s imminent, it can happen anytime, like a thief in the night.  We need to be like the wise Virgins with their oil lamps full of oil (Matthew 25).

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  •  If you are someone who mocks and doesn’t believe in the Rapture and or that Jesus will return.  Once again, you are calling God a liar, plus you are mentioned in 2 Peter 3 and other scriptures. Don’t be a mocker and scoffer. Scripture is very clear on the Harpazo/Rapture and the Lord’s return, judgement day.    I believe that God wants you to choose this day who’s report you will believe, mans(deception), your own(deception), or God’s report(truth).
  • Once the Harpazo/Rapture has taken place, those left behind here on this earth will face a world that scripture said will be like in the times of Lot and Noah (Luke 17:26-30, 1 Peter 3:20, Hebrews 11:7,Matthew 25:31-33,2 Tim. 3:1-4). It will be awful. You don’t want to miss the Rapture.
  • Soon the restrainer, which is the Holy Spirit will be removed from this world, this is another reference to the Harpazo/Rapture.   Once the restrainer is removed, the Antichrist will no longer be held back.  Satan will go crazy causing full on evil, darkness and destruction.  God says in His word, in Matthew 24, it will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will be. If He didn’t shorten those days, there would be No survivors. We only need to read about Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) to see and know where this world is heading. It’s going to be horrific and dreadful. You don’t want to miss the Harpazo/Rapture.  So don’t be left behind.

2 Thessalonians 2:1Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him2that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,4who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

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We are in end times. The time of Tribulation is imminent and very close at hand. (Isaiah 13, Deut.4:30, Daniel 9, Daniel 12, Matthew 24, Matt.25:31-46, 1 Thess.5:3, Revelation 13, Rev.11-2-3, Rev.19:11-20, Rev.20:1-6, Rev.21:22)

The tribulation is a seven-year period of time when God will finish His discipline of Israel and finalize His judgment of the unbelieving world. It’s the wrath of God because He is a just God.  But Believers in Christ will be caught up/Harpazo/Raptured because He has not appointed us to His wrath.   This is another reason why you don’t want to miss the Rapture.

With everything happening in the Middle East, we can see Israel will very soon, be facing the prophesied Time of Jacobs trouble. Please read Jeremiah 30.  Matthew 24:6-8, Revelation 6:1-17.  We can clearly see that Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 will soon take place.   Look out for Damascus, it’s days are numbered and Gaza will be abandoned (Zephaniah 2:1-15, Isaiah 17).  That’s why it’s called a time of tribulation.  It’s going to be awful.   The Tribulation is the 7-year time period in the end times in which humanity’s decadence and depravity will reach its fullness, with God judging accordingly.

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Urgency

As you can see, time is running out. There is an urgency.  Now is the time to seek God while He may be found, Now is the time for Salvation because God’s period of Grace is coming to an end here in this world.  Now is the time to focus on seeing the lost get saved.  As Ephesians 2 says, Salvation is a Free Gift, not by works, so that nobody can boast.  Nothing we can say or do will save us. Truth is, none of us are fit for Heaven.  It’s only because of Jesus Christ, His Blood and work on the Cross, resurrection, His finished work that we are saved.  Jesus Paid it all in Full. Jesus is our redeemer.   We are Saved by God’s Grace.

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Don’t Fear Man.

Share the Gospel with Everyone.

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Blog post on Heaven or Hell

https://gloryaustralia.wordpress.com/heaven-or-hell/

Blog post on The Rapture/Harpazo

https://gloryaustralia.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/what-is-the-rapture-harpazo/

Blog Post on the Holy Trinity(Father, Son and Holy Spirit)

https://gloryaustralia.wordpress.com/our-wonderful-holy-triune-god/

There you go, that’s the message I believe the Lord put on my heart to share with you all. So, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and into obedience to God to share this with you.   Yes, God is speaking to me too.  I am encouraged, Blessed, strengthened, humbled, convicted etc in the Lord with all this.  Praise God, we serve an awesome and living God.   It is now the 12th December.  It’s taken me this long, practically a month to prayerfully do this, plus get my husband to check this, plus get guidance from the Elders in my church fellowship to make sure this is Biblical and correct.   Also, because I have the Fear of the Lord on me.  I have to get this right.  It has to be His word. It has to be from Him and not me.  Once again, this is for your consideration and discernment.  I have used and quoted scripture as a safe guard.  I am only posting this now, because I am now confident and believe that I have it exactly the way the Lord Jesus wants me to have it.  I have Peace and joy.  But of course, Please be the Berean and test it all for yourselves.  Also, any issues, best to take it up with Jesus, I am just the messenger, I have done my best, so don’t shoot the messenger Lol.

Yes, it’s a challenging and convicting message for all of us believers in Christ. Just remember that God convicts, while Satan condemns. So don’t let condemnation in. Only let the Holy Spirit’s conviction in,  because God’s truth sets us all free.  We grow in God’s Grace.   I can totally understand that God wants us to sanctify Him in our hearts.  To ditch worldly ways etc.  We serve an Awesome God.  I encourage you all to keep this blog post handy to refer back to from time to time, I know I will.  To help stay focused etc.  Please also pass this onto other Believers in Christ, as I know and believe the Lord wants His message to go out to All Believers in Christ.  I of course cannot do that on my own.   Thanks.

Keep looking up, for our redemption draws near.  Marantha. ❤FB_IMG_1543464821673

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What is the Rapture/ Harpazo?

 

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The term or word Rapture does not occur in the Holy Bible.  In yet, there are many scriptures that does describe and mention the Rapture of the church.   In this blog post, I will show you the many scriptures.

We must not forget that The Bible was written across a period of several centuries in the languages of Hebrew and in part,Aramaic (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament).  With the changing of nations and cultures across the centuries, these original writings have been translated many times to make the Bible available in different languages.

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As you can see from the above picture, Rapture comes from the Latin word Raptus which is found in the Latin Vulgate and it is the Latin form of the Greek word Harpazo which means “caught up” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 is the doctrine of the Rapture.

Using the Strongs in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  harpazó , Strongs 726. It’s a Verb.  Original word ἁρπάζω

Definition :- I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery.  properly, seize by force; snatch up, suddenly and decisively – like someone seizing bounty (spoil, a prize); to take by an open display of force (i.e. not covertly or secretly).

For further information, please click on on the Strongs link

http://biblehub.com/greek/726.htm

 

Rapture

 

1 Corinthians 1550 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52in 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. 53For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54But 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. 55DEATHWHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Rapture of the church is the event in which God “snatches away” all believers from the earth in order to make way for His righteous judgement to be poured out on the earth during the tribulation period.   God will resurrect all believers who have died, give them glorified bodies, and take them from the earth, along with all living believers, who will also be given glorified bodies at that time.

The rapture will involve an instantaneous transformation of our bodies to fit us for eternity. “We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is.

1 John 3: 1See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1 Thessalonians 4:13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Corinthians 15:42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 49Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

John 14:1“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4“And you know the way where I am going.” 5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 

The Rapture and the Lord’s second Coming are Separate Events

At the Rapture, the Lord comes “in the clouds” to meet us “in the air”{1 Thess. 4:17},

At the second coming, the Lord descends all the way to the earth to stand on the Mount of Olives, resulting in a great earthquake followed by a defeat of God’s enemies

Zechariah 14:3Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!

 

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Colossians 31Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

 

1Thessalonians 5:The Day of the Lord

  1Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Revelation 3:

10‘Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11‘I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12‘He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 13‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Revelation 19:

The Coming of Christ

11And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.12His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

 

Revelation 1:

4John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— 6and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

      8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Luke 17

Second Coming Foretold

      22And He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23“They will say to you, ‘Look there! Look here!’ Do not go away, and do not run after them.24“For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. 25“But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28“It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30“It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31“On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back.32“Remember Lot’s wife. 33“Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34“I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. 35“There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left.36[“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”]37And answering they said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.”

 

As you can see from Luke 17, verses 34-37 are referring to the unbelievers being taken away for judgement, while the believers stay on earth. This is confirmed in Matthew 13:41-50, Matthew 24:37-40.  This is a major difference between the Rapture and the Second coming.  In the Rapture, us Believers will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus in the air. So, we the believers leave earth to go to heaven to be with Jesus.    While the Second coming, Jesus sends forth His angels to gather the unbelievers for judgement. While believers are left here on earth where we will shine forth as the sun in God’s kingdom.

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Matthew 13: 

37And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels40“So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,42and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43“Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Hidden Treasure

      44“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

A Costly Pearl

      45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,46and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

A Dragnet

      47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; 48and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49“So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, 50and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 24:

32“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

      36“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40“Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41“Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

Be Ready for His Coming

      42“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44“For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

 

This is a great video to watch. It’s not the full version, it’s only 43 mins long.  I watched the full version a few years ago(this was done around 2015).

 

When will the Rapture takes place?

As you can see from all the scriptures, nobody knows.  Only our Heavenly Father knows.  But the Bible does give us a lot of clues to roughly when it will take place.  With over 95% of Bible prophesies already taken place,  we are near the end, we are in End times.  There’s so much going on in this world right now, more than ever before. We can see the left to come about prophesies unfolding before our eyes!95%prefesyfullfilled

Jesus is coming back real soon.  The Rapture could happen any time.  It could happen tonight, or tomorrow, or next week,  or in a few months time, or next or so.  When it takes place, it doesn’t really matter because our Heavenly Father knows when it will take place.   We just know, it will happen very soon and we need to be ready and waiting, alert.  Like the wise virgins with their oil lamps full in Mathew 25.

It has made me sad though, that many people and leaders/preachers have been bickering about when the Rapture will be.  Calling those who don’t agree with their stance on when the Rapture will take place a heretic and not saved etc.  Even unfriending people.   This is not only a bad witness, it’s also not Biblical.  People have let the devil get in and cause divisions and dissensions.   This needs to stop.  If the Lord wanted us to know specifically when the Rapture is, then He would have specified in the Bible.  He didn’t, so it’s not important.

When the Rapture takes place is not a salvation issue.  The Good news Gospel is.  It’s believing Jesus Christ and Who He says He is.  Salvation is a free gift of God, not by works, so that nobody can boast.  We are Saved in Christ alone, in Faith Alone, by the Grace of our Loving God.   This bickering needs to stop.   The Bible tells us not to get involved in these silly pointless debates.    The Rapture will happen in God’s timing, when He says so.

Our citizenship is in Heaven, we are not of the world, but we are in the world.  We are to be wise Ambassadors for Christ Jesus.   We are here to do His will.  He has asked us to do the Great commission in Matthew 28.  Why?  Because God is interested in peoples Eternal welfare.  Where they will end up in Eternity.  We too must be eternity minded and seeing people get saved into God’s kingdom too. GreatCommissionMatt28

 

If you don’t know where you will go for Eternity, please check our my Blog post on Heaven or Hell.  Because time is running out, Jesus is coming back real soon.  Now is the time to seek God while He may be found and get saved.

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God Bless ❤

When we go through tough times

2Cor.12:9-10

This Scripture above is one of my favourites when I go through struggles in life.  God’s Grace is sufficient for me and you, no matter what we are going through, because God’s power is perfected in us, in our weaknesses.  We are strong in Christ Jesus ❤

When things go wrong in our lives.
We can either choose to get bitter, angry, blame others, hatred, emotional bondage, depressed, stressed and anxious etc. ( letting our circumstances shape us, letting our emotions rule over us & lead us.  Fighting emotionally with it which All, eats away like a cancer. This harms our health & makes things worse)
Or
We can choose to embrace & accept the things we cannot change. Letting go & choosing love, joy, forgiveness, freedom and peace etc. ( Rising above our circumstances, ruling over our emotions by leading our emotions, learning, growing, becoming stronger, wiser,  & becoming a better person)

I don’t know about you, but I personally chose peace, joy, love, forgiveness, freedom etc. This is what also brings health to our body.

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Recently the Lord showed me, as I was struggling with some things going on in my life, that I was struggling to accept things, feeling helpless, fighting against it emotionally.  This was causing me fatigue, depression and making my symptoms a lot worse.  As Corrie ten Boom rightly says, depression is looking within, which really is selfishness, because it’s looking at self.   By changing my focus, I need to be fixing my eyes & looking at Jesus ❤

{ With my health condition, depression is one of the symptoms, so I need to to keep praying and allowing the Lord to work in my heart daily so that I can rise above this symptom, if I don’t, I feel worse, the symptoms are worse.}

The Lord encouraged me to stop fighting things, to accept the way things are, to let go and embrace the things that I cannot change, that are out of my control.  To rise above the circumstances, leading my emotions to Christ Jesus.  As a result, I am feeling a lot better, having peace, joy and Hope in Christ Jesus.  No matter what,  everything is going to be Okay, because my wonderful Loving Heavenly Father is looking after me.  He has never let me down, and never will. ❤

Add su“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 RES

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all. 
Psalm 34:18-19

1Cor1:3

Another thing the Lord has shown me recently is.  I have been guilty of saying to the Lord “I trust you Lord in this situation, but I don’t trust {insert name} to do the right thing, because you give them freedom of will. “.    The Lord convicted me of this recently, reminding me of Saul on the road to Damascus in Acts 9. Acts 22 and Acts 26.

Acts 9:The Conversion of Saul

      1Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;4and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”5And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” 7The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. 9And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19and he took food and was strengthened.

Saul Begins to Preach Christ

       Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, 20and immediately he beganto proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” 22But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

23When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

26When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. 28And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 29And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. 30But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

31So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

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Acts 22 Paul’s Defense before the Jews

      1“Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you.”

2And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said,

3“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as you all are today. 4“I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, 5as also the high priest and all the Council of the elders can testify. From them I also received letters to the brethren, and started off for Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem as prisoners to be punished.

6“But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, 7and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ 8“And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 9“And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me. 10“And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’ 11“But since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus.

12“A certain Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very time I looked up at him. 14“And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. 15‘For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

17“It happened when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I fell into a trance,18and I saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste, and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.’ 19“And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves understand that in one synagogue after another I used to imprison and beat those who believed in You. 20‘And when the blood of Your witness Stephen was being shed, I also was standing by approving, and watching out for the coats of those who were slaying him.’ 21“And He said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

22They listened to him up to this statement, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he should not be allowed to live!” 23And as they were crying out and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air, 24the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, stating that he should be examined by scourging so that he might find out the reason why they were shouting against him that way. 25But when they stretched him out with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?” 26When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and told him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman.” 27The commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” And he said, “Yes.” 28The commander answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” And Paul said, “But I was actually born a citizen.” 29Therefore those who were about to examine him immediately let go of him; and the commander also was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had put him in chains.

30But on the next day, wishing to know for certain why he had been accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the Council to assemble, and brought Paul down and set him before them.

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Acts 26: Paul’s Defense before Agrippa

      1Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:

2“In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today; 3especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

4“So then, all Jews know my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation and at Jerusalem; 5since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion. 6“And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers; 7the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews. 8“Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?

9“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.10“And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I cast my vote against them. 11“And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.

12“While so engaged as I was journeying to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, 13at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me. 14“And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15“And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16‘But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

19“So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.21“For this reason some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death. 22“So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; 23that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

24While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.” 25But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth. 26“For the king knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a corner. 27“King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you do.” 28Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.” 29And Paul said, “I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.”

30The king stood up and the governor and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them, 31and when they had gone aside, they began talking to one another, saying, “This man is not doing anything worthy of death or imprisonment.” 32And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Psalm28:7

I know that was a lot of reading about Saul with those 3 different chapters in Acts, but each one describes Saul in great detail.  People were scared/afraid of Saul,and rightly so.  After Saul’s conversion, even the disciples were still afraid of him, until Barnabas assured them!.

I know this is to do with Saul getting saved, his conversion. The fact remains though, if God can change someone like Saul, just like that on the road to Damascus, God can change anyone.  Saul became a changed man and God changed his name to Paul. Nothing is impossible for God.  God is Sovereign and His will, will be done.  We can trust God in All situations.  ❤

Psalm55:22

The other thing I got out of Saul’s account, was once he got saved, he went about doing his Heavenly Father’s will, going around Preaching the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even amongst the huge persecution that he endured.  He was also open and willing to go where ever the Lord asked him to go.

This got me thinking.  I have been slack the last year, while adjusting to a new place, job, living arrangement’s etc.  I got complacent.  Now, I am challenged, am I daily going about doing my Heavenly Fathers will?  or, am I living selfishly and doing my own will? Am I fulfilling the Great Commission? Today, we have the Internet, which means we can so easily share the Gospel and make disciples of people world wide, even if we can’t physically travel around the world.  Am I praying daily like I should?  I don’t know about you, but the Lord sure has convicted me.  I need to get my act together and stop being so complacent.  I need to be about doing the will of my Heavenly Father, instead of getting caught up in my day.

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I should say is “Good Morning Lord” pray and commit my day to the Lord.  Pray, praise and thank the Lord through out the day.  Spend some time reading the Bible, Say good night and pray before I go to sleep.

These steps are how we fix our eyes on the Lord and not the world or the circumstances of ourselves.

Also, I am sure all of us, or most of us, struggle to be open and willing to do whatever the Lord asks of us.  We put up restrictions and limit God by saying No, I am not doing that or going there or whatever the restriction is.  Most of us want to do what we want to do. Or, we maybe fearful etc.

Fighting against God and His wonderful plans for our lives also brings stress and struggles etc.    It’s not good to fight against God.  Jacob did that and had his hip injured and limped for the rest of his life. (Genesis 32)

Yes, this is all very convicting and challenging.  I sure am feeling this lately.  I do sense that the Lord is wanting to re-focus me, as well as His church, get us out of our slumber.  Time is running out.  There is still people out there who need saving and making disciples.

When we fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ and are doing the Will of God in our lives, we have so much peace and joy. ❤

 

 

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I want to share a testimony that I heard about 23 years a go when I was still single.  We can apply this testimony to every area of our lives.  It’s something that I have never forgotten and have tried to apply it in my life over the years.

I was at the conference, and I remember this woman sharing this amazing testimony.  She shared how she was having marriage problems, her husband’s faults were driving her crazy and even though she kept praying and asking the Lord to change her husband, nothing was changing.  She was at the point of ending her marriage, where she couldn’t take it anymore. When the Lord gave her this revelation.  Stop focusing on her husbands faults, stop asking god to fix her husband.  The she needs to change her focus and to fix her eyes on the Lord, while looking at her own faults and allowing God to work in her life. Allowing God to change her.

So, realising that all these years, she had things wrong and backward thinking, she did just that.  She changed her focus to the Lord, and fixing her faults, to become the woman of God He had called her to be.  She really enjoyed focusing on the Lord and fixing her faults.  She was so happier too.  Before long, she suddenly noticed that her marriage was going really well.  They had fallen in love with each other all over again and their marriage was rock solid in the Lord.   Praise the Lord ❤

This woman’s testimony spoke volumes to me all those years a go and still does today.  After all, none of us perfect and we all have faults that we need to deal with.  As we fix ourselves and our relationship with the Lord, it’s amazing how much better life is because we’re being pro-active in becoming a better person in Christ Jesus.  There’s freedom when we have the right focus.

It’s not up to us to change people, it’s up to God and that person.   We are only responsible for changing ourselves and allowing the Lord to work in our heart and life.  Only we ourselves are responsible for how we behave and respond to situations.

As you can see, this testimony can be applied to any area of our life.  I hope this Blesses you as much as it Blessed me.

 

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Please have a look at another Blog post I did in 2016 on a bunch of Encouraging Scriptures.   I hope and pray that both blog posts Bless you and encourage you, strengthening you in Christ Jesus.  God Bless ❤

https://gloryaustralia.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/encouraging-scriptures-3/

Is41:10

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.  His mission is to see as many of mankind 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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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.

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      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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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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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 ❤