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Justification by Faith…

12 Jan

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Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

The Greek word for Justification according to the New Testament of The Holy Bible, is “dikaioo.” This word means “to acquit,” or “to vindicate,” according to the Word of God. The Faith that Christians place in the Lord Jesus as and atonement for the “sin nature,” that was inherited by all Mankind from Adam and Eve. This makes all who accept Christ right in the eyes of the one true God. This is made possible only through the Divine Nature of Jesus, being both God and Man who knew no sin, 2 Corinthians 5:21, but took the burden of sin, for all of Us to the Cross to be sacrificied on Our behalfs.

The New Testament states that by Faith we are placed inside His death Spiritually in Romans 6:3-5 stating, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”

The Bible says being Baptized into Christ, (not by water, but Faith in Him) totally defeats the sin nature, and washes us and makes all Believers pure in the eyes of God. Who looks upon all with Faith in Jesus as His true Sons and Daughters in Christ. The price that had to be paid to defeat sin and death, could not be attained through works of Religion or by being a truly good person. It is alot deeper that, seeing as how every man and woman are born into sin already automatically puts all of mankind in the direct opposition of God. It took a perfect sacrifice, a truly sinless individual to unlock the shackles and free Us from eternal separation from God. Jesus was that Person!

Who came into this world and died so that We all could be free. Our Faith places Us in the Lord’s death, so that we could do away with the sinful desires of Our hearts, and be with Him. How do we know that we will be with Him? The same way that we died with Him, God has also resurrected all Christian Believers as such. Shalom…

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His Sacrifice, was Our gain…

12 Jan

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Isaiah 53:5, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The above scripture found in the book of Isaiah, is perhaps One of the most important scriptures that every Disciple of Christ should know. The Prophet Isaiah is speaking about the coming Messiah Jesus Christ and just what He would do for all of Mankind through His death. Describing just what the wages Our Sin would do to His mortal body. “He was wounded for Our transgressions,” relates to the Cross and just how The Lord would die by Crucifixion.

“He was bruised for Our iniquities,” states what He suffered was not for Himself but for all of Us, The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) which had to be paid for the remission of Sin. “The chastisement of Our peace was upon Him,” refers to being made right in the eyes of God. Before the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, all of Mankind was in eternal debt to God who could not dwell with man due to the sin nature that inhabited His body. As was in the Old Testament of The Holy Bible, the blood shed on altars from animals could not atone for just how deep sin had infected Our being. God in His Grace and Mercy sent The Christ to die instead, to cover Us so that His Holy Spirit could dwell in all who believe by simply placing Their Faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.

“And with His stripes We are healed,” pertains to physical healing but more so Spiritual Healing. By allowing the will of God to operate totally in Our Spirit, Mind and Bodies. The over coming of sin is by no means and easy task. No man can on His own, no matter how wealthy or knowledgeable that He is can make Himself right by any means, other than the Cross of Jesus Christ. Sin had to be overcome by God Himself, due to the fact that the price was Spiritual and to big for anyone to pay. I take joy in Isaiah 53:5, knowing that God cared enough for Me to send His Son Jesus to die, so that We all can be healed. Shalom…

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Slaying Giants, in the defense of our Faith in the Cross of Christ…

5 Jan

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Jude 1:3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

As we draw closer and closer to the soon end times, as prophesied in the Holy Bible is that we persevere unto the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Moving into this new decade many False Teachings, False Prophets and unsaved men and women will come against Our God of the Bible either by new New Age Spiritual beliefs, or advancements in science that will try to sway Our Faith from the finished work of Jesus at the Cross. As stated by Jesus in Matthew 24, when the Disciples asked when will be the sign of the Christ second coming and Jesus reponded , “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

The end times will be of great sorrow Jesus later went on to say. These times call for warriors in Christ to rise up against the Spiritual wickedness that is coming, to be discerning of the events on the news, in magazines and also the music we are listening to. So, that we are not deceived into any false doctrine that will sway our Faith in the Cross. This is the time to Preach the Gospel with authority to the world, proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord and Salvation is needed for all of mankind by means of the Cross.

I urge every Christian to study and stand totally on the Word of God, so that we are kept from the same judgement that will soon be coming upon this world. Believing on the Cross of Christ and placing all total Faith in it, will allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. John 16:13 states, When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

This will allow all who have Faith in the finished work of Christ the power to, have authority over all devils, and to cure diseases, and to heal the sick stated in Luke 9:1-2. Ephesians 6:12, reads “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we will slay these giants and persever to the end. Stay Blessed!

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Their is only one Humanity in Christ!

4 Jan

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Galatians 3:28-29, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

It is many times really hard to view the news and see the world that we live in today. So many cities here in America and countries overseas, poverty stricken and in the grip of violence an oppression. With little or no hope, alot of societies turn on themselves and cause chaos and mayhem, while the governments of the world scramble to unify everyone under a common law and belief. I see the world looking for and answer that the Body of Christ has already found the solution to, The Lord Jesus Christ!

Galatians 3:28-29, is a scripture for all Humanity to take note of. Here the Apostle Paul is addressing the Church on just who we are in Christ Jesus in the eyes of God.”There is neither Jew nor Greek,” destroys the wall that has separated many Jews and Christians. Though we never were born into the Abrahamic bloodline our belief in Christ places us right in their without prejudice of origin. We are all one Brotherhood in The Lord Jesus Christ, for the Glory of God.”Bond or free,” would have been the answer to slavery so many years ago and in Sudan today.

God does not recognize a free man any more one who is enslaved only that the son Jesus is glorified in that individual. Jesus came to set all men and women free, by breaking the back of the sin of racism by nationality and social status! “Neither male nor female,” is the answer to can women Preach the Gospel, and the answer is a resounding yes! As long as the Gospel is preached, is all that matters to the Father so that souls can be saved and grace granted. The Lord recognizes a man no more than a woman, we are all created by God with the right to glorify the Savior Jesus Christ whether in public or private. “And if ye be Christ’s, then ye Abraham seed, and heirs to the promise,” places us in the promise to the Hebrew people.

Though we spent so many days and nights wandering the desert we finally made it home in Christ. I urge all who have read this to invite everyone into the promise of Jesus Christ our Lord. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” and the only answer for all humanity! Shalom…

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Chosen, Blessed, Broken and Redeemed through Christ.

2 Jan

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Luke 9:14-17, “For there were about 5,000 men there. Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!”

Many Christians should always keep in mind the redemption process that God has set in motion for those He has chosen for His glory, John 15:16. Once we are saved by the blood that Jesus shed for our sins, then begins the purification process, the shifting of our souls to see what is pleasing to God and what is not. Luke 9:14-17, is a very good example of just what the Lord does He receives us, blesses us and then breaks us of the way we think, act, and what we say. Only then can we truly testify on His behalf for all that He has done for us. We have a tendency to look past this part though only wishing to get the blessings that God has but the Lord needs us to be rebuilt first before we can we positioned to do His work in whatever compacity that is fit for you to walk in. This means that some places that you used to enjoy going to will now be off limits because it doesn’t line up with Him, some friendships may end because old friends can give birth to old sins, remember Amos 3:3. So from time to time we are going to bump heads with the old man, after being born again but just know that something better is waiting for you on the other side once we are glorified in Christ! The breaking and mending back together is all for the glory of God the Father who in grace and mercy chose you to receive the gift of Jesus Christ. Stay Blessed…

God’s Elect…

2 Jan

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Mark 13:27, “And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”

One of the most comforting facts about the Bible is knowing that we are God’s elect, chosen by God to know the truth of His Word in Jesus Christ. This is what makes Christian’s unique from the rest of the world, in having ears to hear the truth and testify on the behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ. While the world rejected Him we were enlighten by the Holy Spirit of God to receive the truth about Yeshua/Jesus Christ, knowing that is the sin offering for the imperfect man and woman. The ONLY way to be made right in the eyes of Jehovah God (John 14:6)! This election was determined even before our birth 2 Thessalonian 2:13 states, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” The question now is what are we as believer’s to do with our election? Are we to just attend Church on Sunday’s and wait on the Lord’s return, or do we as elected officials have a job of service to our Lord? We must help spread the word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as we can so the Holy Spirit of God can draw as many into the truth of Jesus Christ. Letting others know that Jesus Christ is the only way to God Almighty. Shalom…

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Bearing fruit for the Lord Jesus Christ…

1 Jan

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Luke 13:1-9, There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

One of the main focal points of being a true Disciple of Christ, is always remembering to be a positive example of what true salvation means in the Lord Jesus. The parable of the fig tree is symbolic of the House of Israel, who rejected the Gospel of Yeshua/Jesus Christ as the Messiah but instead chose religion over the Lamb of God. Jehovah God in return rejected the Hebrew people scattering them across the nations for their failure to receive God’s only means of salvation for mankind.

This same parable can also represent the modern day Christian Believer who holds no true knowledge of the Word of God. Being a true testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will always bring forth righteous fruit that can in return be used to feed those who are hungry for the Lord. These “fruits,” manifest in the Christians natural life and testify of the love and grace that God has for all who will except His only way for salvation. These fruits are stated in 2 Peter 1:5-9, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith(belief in the Cross) virtue(moral excellence); and to virtue knowledge(of the scriptures); And to knowledge temperance(self control); and to temperance patience(waiting on the Lord); and to patience godliness(conscious of God’s will); And to godliness brotherly kindness(treating all as you would want to be treated); and to brotherly kindness charity(Love). For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”

These characteristics will follow the Believer and show of the saving Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is only made possible by placing our Faith only and solely in the Cross of Jesus Christ, who will in return grant us His Holy Spirit who will nourish the seed of Faith we have sown in Jesus Christ as read in Roman chp 8. I pray all will take the time to water their “tree,”(spiritual man) with the Living Waters of God, Jesus Christ and bring forth much fruit for the Kingdom of God. Shalom…

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Jesus calms the storm…

1 Jan

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Mark 4: 35-41, “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:35-41, is a remarkable account of being servant unto the will of God. The Gospel of Mark gives believers a description of Jesus Christ as God’s servant continually doing the Father’s will while here on Earth. The above scriptures describe and event after a day of teaching many in the ways of the Kingdom of God, Jesus gives His Disciples the instruction for them, to “Cross over unto the other side of the waters,” in which a storm arose while Jesus was asleep. This storm is symbolic of the trials many Christians face, while we endure in these flesh bodies awaiting the second return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is always important to remember that as long as we stay consecrated to the Word of God that we have no fear as to what this life may bring us. The Disciples lost Faith that the Lord instructed them to “cross over the water,” in which then the storm arose. We know that as long as we follow the Lord we will never be in danger due to the fact that in Christ we are secure as stated in Hebrews 13:6, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Jesus Christ is never wrong when He gives instructions unto His followers! If we are met with opposition, (which is always a plan of the enemy 1 Peter5:8) trust in the Word of God to always see you through. Psalm 40:1-3 reads “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, And shall trust in the Lord.” Shalom…

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To Live as Christ, is to die and gain…

31 Dec

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Philippians 1:21,”For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

In the scripture above the Apostle Paul was speaking on the concept of truly living for the Lord Jesus Christ. The total act of denying everything that He was to become what God truly wants for all of us, to be like Him! Living as Christ, is having a total dependency on the total will of God. Jesus Christ exhibited this especially during His earthly ministry, which was spent spreading the good news of the Gospel that was unfolding right in front of them at that time to witness. That God so loved the world that He gave His only son Jesus, to die for the sins of the world John 3:16. There is no greater duty for all Christians while we are here on earth, which is to tell everyone all that Jesus Christ has done for us through His death, burial and resurrection. The term “die,” in Philippians 1:21 is not that of a physical death but that of our own will. It calls for us to deny our personel beliefs and actions and wants to be more like Him, the same way that Jesus bent His will to that of God in MAtthew 26:39,”he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” And the same why God is calling for all that He has chosen to believe in Him, God knows the greater good for our lives and the impact that we will make for His Kingdom on Earth. The “gain,” is eternal life with Him Revelation 21:4 states “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Amen the “gain,” is eternal peace and security with the Love of God abounding forever with us. Help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to someone who doesn’t know that Christ has already died so that we don’t have to. Be Blessed…

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Love the Lord, and keep His Commandments…

31 Dec

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John 14:15-16, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

One of the most important messages given by the Lord Jesus Christ is that of keeping the original Law of Moses as told in Exodus 20:1-17. Many Christians believe today that all we have to do is believe in Christ and prosperity, miracles and blessings will overflow in one’s life. This may occur or may not occur, but one of the most overlooked aspects is the original Law given to man many years before the Savior came to Earth. God commanded man to 1. Have no other gods before me. This is the number one law that so many people do not keep, instead many will pay homage to celebrities, athletes or Pastors before God the Father not even knowing what they are doing. Christians must first seek God FIRST everyday before sports news celebrity gossip or our own desires. We must always keep a godly mindset before all things. 2. Worship of Graven Images plays a major part in the world today namely with items like cellphones, Ipads, Game Systems and other items in popular culture. I know many people feel totally lost without their cell phone and never feel that way when they forget to pray to the Father!

The only one we need to be in constant communication with to follow His Law. 3. Not taking the Lord’s name in vain, has become second nature to many, due to a acceptance of loose morals in today’s society. The name of the Lord is still to be reverend as YHVH Jehovah Father God, the great “I am.” 4. The Sabbath, has become misconstrued in American Society of changing the day to Sunday instead of Saturday as God originally intended. Man does not have the right to change the mind of God but to adhere to His Word. 5. Honoring our Parents. We as a society no longer follow this commandment because many parents do not hold their parental rights in high regard as in the past, instead choosing to be “Yes,” men and women to children’s desires.

Disciplining children is still the right tool for today’s youth and teaches them to follow the Law of our Lord as well. Broken homes also add to this lack of respect today’s youth have for parents. When a Father or Mother are not guiding a child in the right path together as One, the Enemy has successfully destroyed the original image of man that God crated. 6. Murder is still a crime against God unless in self defense of oneself, Exodus 22:2. 7. Thou shall not commit adultery, in the sex filled world of entertainment the sinful man or woman will find it very hard to resist temptation as it relates to the flesh. 8.Thou shall not steal pertains to even the smallest of items that many Believer’s do from human nature that our conscious does not even record, i.e “sampling” fruit at the grocery store or lifting items from a office is all stealing inadvertently. 9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thou neighbor. This is lying or slandering someone we know in order to discredit them. This can always be seen in legal court rooms in which many good people argue wrong doing on the part of someone they know. 10. Covetousness of neighbors goods. Many Believer’s desire what is not theirs, but belong to their neighbors which can include money, cars, house and even a wife or husband.

All are grave sins in the eyes of YHVH. The above infractions are shown that many still today transgress the Law of God. We must still keep the Commandments in order to be made right in the eyes of God, even once being Born Again through Christ jesus, who is the only only who never broke any of the above Laws of God even in the smallest detail. Once we accept Jesus, God’s Holy Spirit will keep Us within the Commandment and in His perfect will Romans 8. Adding also the Law of Love given by Jesus in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one another. Shalom…

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