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No peace, until the Prince of Peace returns.

5 Apr

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Isaiah 9:6,”For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

The Bible states that their will be no world peace, until the Prince of Peace returns! Despite the promise of men and women to make things better under a prescribed leadership, the world will continue to be in disarray. This is due to the world operating under the dictation of people and not God’s Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit of God is the only to live on the “shoulder,” of God as stated in Isaiah 9:6. The Spirit, once we have accepted the sacrifice of Christ at the cross comes to provide the comfort and values the Lord ordained for us to live by 2 Peter 1:3-4. This provides us the insight to bring God’s will into this world.

As we pray for our leaders in this world, lets all pray they turn to God. This will provide them clear insight into what God has planned as we look to the Heavens for the return of the one true Prince of Peace…

Shalom…

The Social Tolerance Agenda…

10 Aug

image“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” -Romans 12:2

Social tolerance is the belief that individuals can live together, while at the same time have different views or lifestyles. This is one of the core fundamental ideas that a free society holds dear. While we may not share common beliefs, we can still function as a society and respect one another, while showing love to all.

Over time the idea of social tolerance had been distorted to push a Anti-Christ agenda. Whereas if you do not accept the unnatural or secular view you are filled with hate or close minded in your thinking. I do believe that everyone has the right to live as they want, and to have love for those who have not accepted Christ. It is important not to inadvertently accept the worlds view point over God.

The world today is very aggressive in promoting one side of social tolerance with same-sex marriage, homosexuality, alternative lifestyles and promiscuity to every man and woman. While if anyone rejects these ideas they are attacked an forced to believe them. Social tolerance works both ways while you can express yourself the way you want, the other side that does not agree has the right to speak their beliefs as well.

The Church has been hit the worst by this agenda. Forcing many denominations to have a more liberal view of the scriptures. Though being called to minister to the world, we cannot compromise the Word of God
to meet the desire of men. The Bible says to stand firm on the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 16:13) knowing that The Holy Spirit will intercede.

Know that God works in mysterious ways, and that souls are won based on our Faith to receive truth, and not a compromise, as read Romans 10:11.

Remember to stand firm on the Word, and to your “old” views that society rejects. Maintain your beliefs and love all like they are on their way to being saved by the Blood of Jesus. Never compromise into agreement and into judgement, remember Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”

Shalom…

Pseudo Christians…

17 Jul

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Matthew 15:8, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.”

The term pseudo is defined as someone or something that is perceived to be real, when in actuality is a fake. In today’s day and age of the modern Christian world, the rise of the Pseudo Christian is ever prevalent. The Holy Bible defines Christina Disciples, as those who follow the life and teachings of the Messiah Jesus Christ. Being a Christian is standing fast on the Word of God, the Holy Bible and being Holy (1 Peter 1:16). Holiness is not being perfect; holiness is being true to where you are in your walk with God (Romans 6:12-14).

Today many non-believers claim to know Christ based on the necessity of social acceptance, in order to sway true believers. Pseudo Christian’s cause dismay in the Church and give false hope to the world, by keeping one foot on both sides. As a believer in the Most High you cannot walk a fine line of being saved and being a sinner. For instance, if you claim to know God you cannot be cursing with your friends one minute and then preaching the Gospel the next. You cannot be sleeping with different women in and out of the Church and say you care about your fellow man the next. The Lord is looking for not only believers but doers of His word, James 1:22-25, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

Pseudo-Christianity is a false religion many celebrities, world known pastors and others believe in. In thinking you know God and knowingly sinning will cause unbelievers to question the Holy Bible. Never forget that you are a direct ambassador of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are the light unto the world, and need to show exactly how Christ can change their life for the better through the righteousness of His sacrifice. Not through being worldly, but like Christ. I pray that we all stand on the Word of the Lord in private and in public, that true Christianity can be shown. Shalom…

Comforting those Dealing with the Suicide of a Loved One.

8 Feb

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Psalm 139:1-2, “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.”

I recently heard the unfortunate news of a friend’s loved one passing due to a suicidal death. The word suicide defines the intentional act of taking one’s own life. While in these times of crises the automatic reaction is to try and console your friend and let them know that their loved one is in a better place. But what about a Christian, one who knows that God does not tolerate sin or disobedience? We all know that intentionally taking a life is a sin and punishable unto death, but what about a redeemed believer who does the same?

The Bible records many suicides in its scriptures as in Judas, Matthew 27:5, Zimri in 1 Kings 16:18, Samson in Judges 16:29-31 to name a few. The case can be argued for Samson who was doing the Lord’s work and sacrificed his life to show his honor. These unfortunate individuals took their lives based on many factors such as guilt and ended their existence. Now while these events (with the exception of Samson) I believe will be judged in accordance to their disobedience. Samson showed favor to God and for that I trust He will be rewarded with entry into Paradise.

Though suicide is a horrible act, I do not believe that born again Christians who commits suicide will be condemned. John 10:28 states, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall NEVER perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” All sin is covered by grace as long as we are in Christ and remain. Romans 8:38-39 also reads, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In being baptized in the Blood of Christ the unlawful becomes lawful. The Apostle Paul spoke of the grace of God through Jesus giving Christians a safety net for and when we do fall into sin. 1 Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” Under the Blood all things are good but not expedite for our Christian lifestyle, which may lead to sin and death in this natural life but not separation from God. The Lord knows our heart, and I believe that all sinful actions made are not good, it will not cost us total separation from God.

A large portion of suicides today have to do with mental illnesses as well. If one is not capable of truly being saved by grace in Jesus Christ, I trust God will not condemn them. As their reasoning is no longer that of their true self. A case of this is recorded in 1 Samuel 31:3-6, “The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.”But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it. And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died with him. So Saul, his three sons, his armorbearer, and all his men died together that same day.”

We can see in the case of the irrational behavior of King Saul ending his life. This can be related to PTSD and other mental disorders that many people deal with in our society. As Christian believers we are not perfect by a long shot. The blood of Jesus will see us through any situation, which in this life may cost us and our loved ones dearly, but will never take away His love from us. Shalom…

Vegetarianism…

7 Feb

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Genesis 1:29, “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”

A little known fact of the Holy Bible is of God’s original mandate for man to eat from the fruits and vegetables of the land. This provided man and woman their daily needed nutrients our human bodies need. This information has led many to believe that Adam and Eve were originally vegetarians. This is very possible giving that sin and death had not yet entered into the world, suggesting no animals were killed for food. A healthy dose of daily vegetables in anyone’s diet can be a very powerful blessing! A vegetarian diet can produce very positive effects in a person’s life.

Vegetarians always have a lower body weight than non vegetarians, have better cholesterol levels, and generally live longer than those who take in meat. Vegetarians also have a lower risk of developing cancer and other diseases. This is all due to vegetables and fruits being lower in fat, and high in fiber. A good rule of thumb to remember is the food we put in our bodies have characteristics of its original form. Today’s foods have chemical additives for processing which we take in when consuming. These additives affect our bodies chemically and produce adverse effects within us.

Going from meat eater to being a vegetarian can be a very tough trial. I have tried many times myself and have failed, as many vegetarians have. A gradual increase of fruits and vegetables over time in place of meat can help to offset many urges that one can get from needing meat in their diet. Even though the original creation of man did not involve a meat diet, I do believe that in the Garden this was not the only food consumed. In the Bible a meat diet is clearly ordained in the scriptures, Lev 6:24, Acts 10:9-16. I urge everyone to consult a health practitioner, and try more green in your diet. Your body will reap the benefits of a healthier life style. Shalom…

Choosing a Winning Team.

21 Oct

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Luke 11:23, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”

The Holy Bible continually encourages us to choose a winning team. This encouragement comes to us by way of the Lord’s grace and mercy. In knowing that even though we are imperfect human beings God is still in control, and guiding us by his spirit. We as believers are given this grace on a daily basis, to do what is right and not to submit ourselves unto the god of this world. In grace we are given a choice, which comes to us by living our lives continuously in the Spirit. By living in the spirit we encourage others in the faith, and also in being a light unto those not saved. This voice of positive discernment will open the gates of heaven and allow the Holy Spirit to do the will of God in the Earth. By doing this you choose a side, a side seeking to redeem all of mankind from the clutches of sin and death.

When we choose to work against this frame of thinking we open ourselves up to the other choice. This choice revolves around Satan and choosing our own way with dealing with daily situations. This choice births sin in the form of gossip, pre-marital sex, murder, blasphemy and a host of other acts not in line with God. As human beings, when we decide on making our own choices on how to deal with daily life without our focus on the Lord. We lend ourselves over to the enemy as stated in the Bible, Romans 6:13, And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. The joy of living in the flesh, presents pleasure that satisfies for the moment but does not last eternal.

Satan constantly seeks to lure us away from seeking the Most High for the pleasures of this Earth Age, where he reigns as god. As Believer’s we need to stick to the winning team which focuses on the future and not the present, when sin and death will be done away with. I pray all will choose to focus all their energy of the Holy Spirit and do his will for the Father. Shalom…

Diligently Seeking God…

20 Sep

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“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. Deuteronomy 28:1.

 
In a time when it is more socially acceptable to be the commander of your own destiny, we forget the God of the Bible. Today’s society is consistently placing the power and ability all in your hands to create when in actuality everything moves by way of the Holy Spirit of God. This is why we need to diligently strive to know the Lord’s will. God’s will is more than just a conscience feeling that we get but divine instruction. The way to receive that instruction is to be constantly in contact with Him. This works the same way as a light bulb. A bulb cannot produce light on its own but must be connected to a lamp for power. The most powerful way to remain in contact with God is through prayer.

Prayer is our own personal time to talk with the Father. This moment we use to ask for guidance, strength and the ability to overcome the enemy. It is through prayer that we gain confidence in our faith and find peace in our trials. Matthew 7:7-11 reads, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Another example of staying connected to the divine power of God is through reading His word, the Holy Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” It is through reading the Bible we know how to pray the will of our Father. A true fact is that we can always tell what the Lord is going to do, based on what He has already done. So simply by reading we know exactly what to ask for in prayer. I urge everyone to take a few minutes a day to read a couple of chapters of the Bible, or if reading cannot be fitted into your daily schedule listen to an audio Bible. It is important to diligently seek the will of God to not only bless ourselves but others, Shalom…