Baby Boomers Religion

Through the trials and tribulations of life we faultier and fail sometimes and forget God’s promises and even struggle to grasp His great love for us through times of trouble. When the storm winds blow in our lives, Jesus is there with us in the mist of those storms, but we have a hard time seeing Him because we’re so self absorbed in our problem at the time sometimes we fail to open our eyes and see Him working. Some storms are violent and we lose someone dear to us and find no expression to relieve the pain of it all. It’s been almost thirty years now since I lost my sixteen year old son and still the pain of that loss raises its ugly head on occasion and I find myself wondering “what if” I had done this or that differently, how would it have turned out? Losing a relationship in marriage has cut deep as the pain of another failure in life smacked me square in the face. Happily remarried for almost nineteen years now, the restoration of love now dwells within my heart. In Vietnam getting wounded twice, once in the head and another in the hip and coming home to recover and live life, I wonder why was I spared when so many of my buddies died and didn’t fly back home alive but in a body bag. I know their loved ones mourned their loss greatly and asked why. 
As I ponder the ups and downs of my life I know God had a plan for me just like He does for you. The bible says that the testing of our faith is more precious than gold, for afterward we will reap a crown of life if we don’t shrink back and keep the faith. God gave me more children and now even grandchildren so His plan for me is the plan for my kids and grandkids, to come to know Him and love Him and trust Him through it all. The bible states that “He knows the plans He has for us, not for harm, but to give us a future and a hope.” Our job is simple, but hard, let go of our lives and give our lives to God and no matter what life throws at us we must simply trust Him because He promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. How is that possible? Because when you believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is God’s Son and God raised Him from the dead, His Spirit is sent forth into our hearts and we are sealed for the day of redemption so we carry Jesus with us at all times, through the good times and the bad times. Even when we sin God still loves us and His Spirit does not leave us. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we sin, but He is merciful and forgives us our sins when we repent and ask forgiveness. 
Gods heart is always for restoration not punishment and His grace through our faith in Him and His word saves us. A righteous man falls seven times but yet gets up and moves on and never quits. This is done by Gods spirit not by our flesh and determination, for we must always surrender daily and let God be God in our lives. Like I said its simple, but hard. Why is it so hard at times? Because the bible says our hearts are desperately wicked and who can know it but God. The solution is to trust Him daily, pray daily and we must renew our mind by reading or hearing Gods word daily to strengthen our faith and to walk before Him humbly doing our best with His help. As my years pass by I am more and more grateful to God for His wonderful love toward me through His Son Jesus. The Spirit of God is the comforter that Jesus sent us and gives us hope and even whispers to us words of wisdom and comfort. Though the storms of life are tough at times Jesus said “take heart, I have overcome the world.” So whether we live or die we are the Lords, his kids whom He loves. When you look around the world and see with eyes wide open the battle between good and evil taking place all over the planet, rest assured none of it has taken God by surprise because “He knows the end from the beginning” and the very hairs of your head are numbered. Trust Him and love Him with all your heart because He cares for you and loves you and is waiting right now for you to give your life to Him…..

Every New Year people have hope that things will be better in the coming year than they were in the previous year, but very few do a single thing about it, that is; mentally and spiritually make an honest assessment reviewing ther lives and determine to make changes that will reap benefits for them in the coming year. Usually it’s a flickering moment of fleshy worldly like behavior wishing and hoping without any real substance for life changing goals or contribution to ones own well being. Eating less and exercising more to lose weight is number one on most list. Quitting smoking or drinking less usually ranks at the top also in the pool of fleeting desires. But what about making a change that will have lasting consequences not just for a few weeks or a year but for an eternity? 
The best way to do this is so simple but yet takes ones deep courage and determination to make it come to pass that it’s almost impossible, in fact it is impossible to do it alone. What is this one single thing that will make 2017 a better year than 2016? Finally realistically falling on your face before God, humbly asking God to forgive you of your sins and failures of the past and giving up completely totally releasing your life into the hands of The Master, Jesus Christ. Giving up and giving in to God is the only answer. He alone has the compassion and gives the grace and faith to you to be able to start fresh, become new, and walk into a new realm of peace you never knew existed. You will actually feel His presence and begin to hear His voice in your spirit that you never ever comprehended before. Jesus said if you lose your life you will find it. In other words if you are willing to give all of yourself to Him and follow Him, you will find real life for eternity. There is no magic formula, no works that you must perform first, no sequence of Hail Mary’s, no washings and no money that must be given. All sinners in the Bible came Just as They Were. “While we were yet sinners He died for us.” 

 Now here’s the catch if you can call it a catch, it will cost you something. Giving your full life to Jesus may cost you problems in your family or with friendships (It’s weird but as long as you sinning everything is ok, but the minute you are born again and change your lifestyle, suddenly it’s a real problem) your family and your friends may think your nuts or gone off the deep end but I promise you persecutions will come in one form or another but it’s so worth it all, believe it. Now instead of just falling back into the same old same old ruts and sins and bondages you had, you will now be free. You will understand what real love is from God, agape love and even passing through the storms of life whether you have little or much, you will be content knowing your heading to a place much greater than this world but a new heaven and a new earth where God will live with you for eternity 2017 for you will be directly related to how your relationship with God is. Mark it down. The closer you are, the better your year will be. If not, you could be in for a rough ride. 

In many places like America, there’s is renewed hope that things will turn around for the better, but let’s be clear; no man or government on earth can save your soul or give you the peace that passes all understanding especially when hard times hit. Look for great progress and great disappointment in 2017. It’s not just America that is split down the middle, it’s most nations around the world and riots and killings and disasters will still go on. Let’s hope no wars do but that is possible. Why? Because God is shaking planet earth, shaking the nations and shaking the people to see who will stand up for righteousness and truth and God. Many evil forces are at work and many evil people are controlled by the devil and his demons, so the war of the ages roars in the Spirit realm for the souls of mankind. There is a much better way ” repent and be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and live your life fresh and new in the Lords grace. Peace to you all in this Christmas season remembering Jesus came into the world to save us all..remember, surrender all and cry out to God, He will hear you and come to you….

For many people, there are so many things going wrong in their lives, they just can’t seem to break out of it and find some peace. One thing after another seems to go wrong. I have met several people in this world from time to time who actually seem to be a magnet for trouble. Without really even trying, trouble seems to follow them wherever they go and whatever they do. Have you known someone like this? Most likely you have at some time or another or know people now that fit this pattern of behavior or locked into this situation frequently. So what causes this to happen in people’s lives? Examining scripture reveals several things as causes, but really it all boils down to just one or two issues in their thinking and lifestyle of living. Looking at believers and non-believers, there is striking similarities to the causes, but the believers definitely have an inside tract to overcoming this tragedy in life with some minor adjustment of their faith standards. 

First of all for the believer who has repented and confessed Jesus as Lord and has been born again by the Spirit, there is victory just ahead when the realization of veering of track away from that first born again experience is realized. Galatians chapter 3 is one to study and make that change in your thinking. In that chapter beginning with verse one we read: ” You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, ( false teaching through evil spirits) before who eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you; did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? So then does He (Jesus) who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the law, or by hearing by faith?” 
” For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a CURSE; for as it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not abide by ALL THINGS written in the book of the Law, to perform them” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for “The righteous man shall live by faith.” However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, ” He who PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Christ redeemed us From the Curse of the Law, having become a curse FOR US– for it is written, ” Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” In order that IN Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT (see Acts 2:39) through faith.” 
So we see those who try to live by the Law of works are actually under a curse. They can show their faith by doing good works, but living under the Law brings on a curse in your life. Why? Because it is absolutely positively impossible to live by the Law. No human can live by the law because to break just one law or commandment means they have broken the entire law and under the law there is no grace, no salvation, no peace, only coming judgments in one’s life. Their lives are full of trouble. 
Everyone that lives has had trials and tribulations but living by faith in Jesus Christ overcomes them all. For a Christian, many come to test your faith, to prove you’re really trusting in God alone and not trusting in anything in yourself or the world. Our very best is just filthy rags to God. We deserve nothing but hell for our sins, but Jesus took our place because He alone is worthy.! Now here’s the remarkable mystery: we are justified by faith in Jesus. Do you realize we are justified? We are justified! We are just-as-if-we-never sinned, justified in Jesus! Jesus FULFILLED THE LAW FOR US, so we don’t have too.
So this sums it up in Galatians 2:16 ” nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law, since by works of the Law, no flesh will be justified.” Confess your freedom in Christ, confess out loud you are free from the Law and will live by faith in Jesus Christ. Live righteous and holy, show your faith by your good works, but know you are saved by Gods grace through faith in the Master, Jesus Christ who laid down His life for you and is coming back a second time.
I’ve heard many say when they cross over to the other side that they will get into heaven because of something they did for good while living, or saying, I’m a good person, I haven’t killed anyone. Deceived to say the least. The Bible says that the wrath of God rest upon those unbelievers who didn’t love the truth, and so does the curse if you’re living by the law of good works and not faith. Put your faith in Jesus alone and not in your works or the law…..

Jesus has always lived

Many people have heard that Jesus is the Son of God and was born of the virgin Mary. But how many stop and realize that He was with the Father before He took on the form of human flesh?Many references in the old testament speak of the coming Messiah. I’d like to show a couple that prove He was with the Father from The days of eternity. In the Old Testament (or the first covenant) in the book of Micah chapter 5 it reads; “But I asked for you Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth from Me to be the ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” Therefore He will give them up until the time when she who is in labor has born a child. Here we see that Messiah Jesus Christ came from the days of eternity and was with the father all the time. When the prophesied time came, God the father put Him in the belly of Mary as human flesh and He gave up his dwelling place in heaven with the father to become a man and become our propitiation (our sacrifice ) the one who takes our place to save us from our sins. Jesus obeyed the father and did this willingly out of pure agape love, love that man cannot comprehend or understand until he is born again. 
 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will rest upon His shoulders and His name will be called wonderful Counselor, mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace; there will be no end to the increase of his government or of peace, On the throne of David and over His kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forever more.” Here we see in the statement He is Eternal Father, Prince of peace. Jesus is eternal and one with the Father, has always been and always will be. The kingdom in this passage refers to the kingdom of God that Jesus set up when He came and lived among us died and was resurrected. The kingdom of God is forever and ever and ever.
 In Exodus 3:2 Messiah Jesus is called the angel of the Lord and it is He who appeared in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush that Moses saw, the bush that did not burn up or was consumed. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 
Turning to the new testament or new covenant in John chapter 8 verse 57,58 Jesus speaking to the Jews said “your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him you are not yet 50 years old and you have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them “truly truly I say to you before Abraham was born I am.” So here Jesus himself says that he was around way before Abraham was even born in the heavens with the father and the angels. Notice he said before Abraham was Born “I Am.” The very same phrase that Moses heard from the burning bush when he asked God who shall I say that sent me and God says I am that I am, tell them I am sent you. 
Looking further in John chapter 1 we read “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God He was in the beginning with God, all things came into being through Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life and the life was the light of men. Here we see the messiah Jesus Christ is the living word of God and that every thing that has ever been created or come into existence was created through him. Messiah Jesus Christ the Only begotten Son of the living God is the voice of the Father. It goes on to say that He is the light of the world and as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name who are born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man but of God. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. They saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. For the law was given through Moses grace and truth we realized through Jesus Christ. Now if Jesus is the only begotten Son of God then there can be no other, no other God at all, no other name under heaven in which we must be saved! No one has seen God at any time the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father He has explained Him. God is spirit, no man has ever seen God in his existence, his spirit being. Yet He assumed visible form which men saw in Old Testament times and in Jesus, man could see God. Christ gives life He gives grace and truth. John the Baptist stated “behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” and in him messiah Jesus Christ we live and move and have our being (exist)for we are his offspring (children), born again by the Spirit of God.
This my friends is why Jesus says I am the way the truth and the life and no man can come to the father except by me. This my friends is also why Christianity is the right way because only Christianity has the Son of God Jesus Christ as the cornerstone for salvation. Without him Jesus you cannot know the Father, you cannot come to the Father, you cannot be saved and born of the spirit and you’ll be lost. If you put your trust in other gods like Allah or Buddha or Hinduism or any other false god, you cannot be born again and go to heaven and know the only true God, the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Jesus said you must be born again. For the wind blows and you hear the sound of it but do not know where it comes from or where it is going, so is everyone born of the Spirit of God. This my friends is why there so much hatred against Christians and Christianity and in the name of Jesus and the cross; because it is the only way to heaven period. The demons of hell blind those souls so they won’t be saved. But to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you shall be saved and the scales will fall off of your eyes. That’s God’s promise. Allah doesn’t love you, Buddha doesn’t love you nor any other false gods of hundreds of other religions. Those religions want domination by rules and works, but Jesus really does love you. God the Father really does love you. The One true God doesn’t want sacrifice of yourself or your life. He says don’t you know “I require mercy and not sacrifice?” Jesus said the Father and I are One and if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Jesus is the perfect representation of the father. You must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven. Are you born again? You have the witness within yourself. If your not then repent of your sins, believe that Jesus is Gods Son and died in your place, give your life to Him and get baptized as He commanded. He will not leave you as orphans but will come to you when you call upon his name. Do it today do it now, come into His kingdom and we’ll meet in heaven…..

I have not walked alone (and neither have you)
With my recent 69th birthday I began reflecting on my life. looking back as far as I could until now and realizing I have not nor have I ever been walking alone in this life and neither have you. The proof and examples are all through the Bible and in our lives. 
Starting in Genesis we read where God would come to the garden of eden in the cool of the evening and walk and talk with Adam and Eve. It was Jesus, God’s Son before He was ever born as a man. Since nothing has been created that has ever been created apart from Jesus the Bible says; He was the hand and mouth piece to mankind. Jesus said ” the Father and I are One and if you have seen me you have seen the father” No man can see God the Father and live so all the examples of God interacting with humans was Jesus Christ himself, acting on behalf of the Father throughout the Old testament covenant. It was Jesus who wrestled with Jacob and touched his thighbone and it was Jesus who came to Abraham and told him he was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus has always been with us and has never left us throughout our lives. After he died on the cross to purchase our salvation and went back up and to heaven he sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of man saying; ” and I will send you the comforter, the spirit of truth” I am the same yesterday today and forever and I will never leave you nor forsake you.” For every believer who has repented of their sins and believed in Jesus , the Holy Spirit comes in and dwells in that person. And if the Holy Spirit dwells in us and has sealed our spirit for for the day of redemption as it is written in Ephesians, then the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us. And if the Spirit dwells in us then God will give life to our mortal bodies and walk with us because the Spirit is always with us. Are you following this? 
So now if the very Spirit is always in you then now you understand how God hears your every prayer and knows your every thought and sees your every trial and knows your every sin and helps in every accomplishment you have in life. Jesus is always there in you, with you and knows everything about you through the Spirit that dwells in you. Think about that for a few minutes. 
The conclusion should be to always be honest with God because He knows you anyway so who or what are you trying to fool or hide from? Now you see why you pray daily and confess your sins daily so you can be healed! Healed meaning forgiven, set free, made well etc. etc. I got news for you, it’s not a one time thing, but a daily thing constantly in communication with God. When you speak, your message instantaineously goes to the Father because the Spirit of Him in you is actually Him, His Spirit simultaneously communicating from you to Him and Him to you! So now you must surly understand why Jesus said “my sheep hear my voice and know the sound of it.” God talks to you everyday several times a day to you through His Spirit that dwells in you, are you listening? Are you getting this? Now if He knows how many hairs are on your head as the Bible says, don’t you think He knows how to communicate with you? If we really got all this we wouldn’t live like we do sinning and giving Him little of our time and love on a daily basis. Instead we would try hard to walk in the Spirit and not carry out the sins of our flesh. 
It is a battle, make no mistake about it and that battle rages until we come to the full knowledge of how much He loves us and what He did for us to save us. We must believe and accept Jesus into our lives and then despite all our failures and shortcomings know we belong to Him and only Him. To begin to understand the mind of God just a tiny bit will open rivers of living water that you never dreamed existed that will quench the thirst of your mind and soul. When I think back on all the trials I’ve been through and all the times my life I could have been taken and all the people that have passed by my life to help me and all the times I have found hope when it was lost and all the times I have been restored in so many ways including family and health and finances; I know I have never been alone because Jesus has been there all the time even when I didn’t acknowledge Him. He’s waiting for you, He’s always been there, follow Him because He will bring you home in the end and finish what He started in you. I’m not alone and neither are you…..

God gives us a 3-4 year reprieve with Trumps shocking win..
The ole saying “it’s never over till it’s over” certainly applies to this 2016 election. Media, pundits, and even his own party going rogue on him could not stop the the deep seeded bitterness towards Obama’s and Hillary’s corrupt and evil government actions and plans to destroy this Republic! Shocking corrupt CNN, MSMBC, CBS, ABC and PBS commentators who undoubtedly wet their pants and crushing the plans of the Elite Globalist to rule the world. It appears their money trains will stop running, at least for the next four years. God has given us a little time, a reprieve of 3-4 years to to call this nation into repentance and a return to God. 
If Trump can complete his agenda as stated, the nation will be on its way back to recovery of all things lost including our world wide dignity and strength. Closing our borders is paramount for our security and peace of mind and the appointment of Supreme Court Judges will turn the evil tide of corruption and allowing sin laws from the highest court in the land. Tax relief will stimulate business and manufacturing and reworking health care will actually provide care that people can actually afford. Building up our military is a must and repeal of the LBJ 501 C3 law restricting pastors and priest from making political statements will catapult Christians and Jews back into the main stream conversation. And one of the biggest changes is repealing all of Obama’s regulations and corrupt executive orders put in place to control the masses. 
The Globalist will not go easy and will fight Trump every step of the way and chaos could eventually ensue by paid off demonstrators and thugs raising hell to try to turn the minds of the public. The evil global economy and ruler called the Antichrist will eventually take over because the bible says so, but for now God is giving his people time to repent and bring in the harvest before the tribulation years begin. If America does not repent and turn this nation back to God, then it will be all down hill from there and the evil will be far greater than at first. ” As in the days of Noah” where the whole world is corrupt and lawless is what it will be like when Jesus returns. 
If backers of Trump just high five each other and then go back to their sins instead of repenting, then there will be no hope but only sudden destruction of America and this land will be ruled by others. Let’s hope Americans who have woke up to the massive corruption in our government won’t forget and get involved so our children and grand children will have a future. Let’s hope all of those who have repented walk in repentance and stay close to God… 

The Stain of Sin

Every sin in our lives leaves a stain. Some stains are very big and some not so big, but none the less the stains are there. Those stains remind us of our failures and things we wish we had never done or didn’t do. The enemy of our souls reminds us continually through out our lives about the stains and try’s to convince us they will never go away, that they are permanent and there is no hope. That of course is a lie from the very pit of hell. 

Everyone at one time or another has spilled something on a carpet, maybe food, a drink or something else. We get soap or cleaner and try to clean it up. Perhaps we steam clean it several times, but somehow the outline of the stain is still there or has changed the texture or color of the carpet. At gatherings at our house maybe a guest spills a drink and we say it’s ok, we’ll clean it up. And many times we use a miracle cleaner and “poof” just like that the stain is gone with no lingering after effects or lines or outline that a stain ever existed. What a relief that is to us ! 

But how many realize that the stain of sin is completely removed by Jesus? He not only forgives us our sins when we confess them from our hearts but he removes the stain of those sins and remembers them no more! How wonderful is the verses in the bible that state “as far as the east is from the west” He will remove our sins. And how about “though your sins are like crimson they shall be as white as snow” Crimson is the deepest darkest red on the planet, yet Jesus says if you will pray and believe Him, He will wipe them all away, changing Crimson to White as snow and there’s nothing whiter than white snow. He also mentions “I will remember them no more”, wow what a blessing and what kind of loving God do we serve? A God that loves us so intently, so mercifully, His grace saves us through faith in His only begotten Son who laid down His life willingly for us. The bible says “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” in God’s merciful plan of the ages, Jeaus shed His blood which washes away all of our sin and removes the stains those sins caused. Therefore  we are born again by His Spirit and become brand new. Imagine “all things are passed away and all things become new, how awesome is that? 

Even so we sometimes fail and sin but because the old sins have been removed and the old stains are gone we can we can “come boldly to Gods throne of grace in times of need.” If God ask us to forgive others seventy times seven or four hundred and ninety times for the same thing, don’t you know He will forgive you the same amount of times if you get up and don’t give up and keep trying? Those old sins are gone and so are the stains so keep looking up to Jesus and know how much He loves you…..

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