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The war between God and man is over

“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, and 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— and 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. BEHOLD 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.”

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

So what can you say now? Jesus who loves us has released us from our sins by His Blood—Easter is not about the bunny rabbit and eggs whom the world brought to the forefront through deception to keep our children’s eyes off of the cross and the blood shed by Jesus for our sins, and retail who’s millions in sales stuff their registers with money from candy, clothes, and plastic buckets and yard ornaments.

No, no, no; it’s about the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit and giving up His life by His Blood to release us from our sins and rising again if we believe through faith that God is who He said He is and will reward those who follow His commandments living faithful until the end. These truths must absolutely Be taught and especially to our children and grand children and especially on Easter weekend. Easter egg hunts are fun for the kids but they must understand first that Easter is about Jesus dying and rising again so we too can rise up in the resurrection and live forever with God in heaven.

You’ll notice all through the old testament (old covenant) God was angry many times at mankind and was a God of wrath in many ways and even destroyed mankind in a great flood because of the severe and great wickedness upon the earth, but that all changed with Jesus. All God’s wrath and anger was placed upon Jesus on the cross and after Jesus died and rose again, Gods great anger ceased because the price was paid and the age of grace came about. Now we don’t have to kill bulls and goats and sacrifice to God because Jesus is our sacrifice, our forgiveness, our righteousness. Romans says sin shall not be master over us any longer because of grace. Thank you King Jesus, you are worthy to be praised!

Jesus is coming back and will destroy the wicked and cast them into the lake of fire. He said “You must be born again” that is your spirit must be new and your mind renewed. “ He who believes and is baptized shall be saved Jesus said, does that include YOU? Repent and call on Him even today, even right now, come just as you are and God will clean you up when you surrender to Jesus Christ. He alone is the door, the gate, so go in and find peace and joy and love and eternal life in midst of this sick and sinful generation..and this Easter remember to teach it’s true meaning….

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Why we are sorrowful, yet always rejoicing inside

Anyone who says the Christian walk is a piece of cake is either walking the fence of lukewarmness or has not been tested on the battlefield of faith. As we look around the world and see the great lawlessness and injustices happening right in front of our eyes we are deeply saddened at the state of the world and the nation knowing great peril lies around the corner. What has happened to society’s moral compass when laws are passed granting killing of innocent babies up to and even after they are born? This makes us sorrowful. But in all things we endure because we have the same spirit living inside of us that raised Jesus from the dead; the Holy Spirit. By this we rejoice at the same time knowing our citizenship is in heaven and we are not of this world and belong to another Kingdom, the one spoken of down through the ages that was coming, for we belong to the Kingdom of God. Jesus said “My Kingdom is not of this world” and so it is.

Wars and rumors of wars have come and earthquakes and famines are here yet Jesus said “do not fear, these are only the beginning of the birth pangs” and these things must take place. Still again this makes us sorrowful and we continue on with a joy inside knowing we are waiting for that great getting up morning when the dead in Christ shall rise and we who are alive will be changed in a twinkling of an eye into immortals and we shall be like him as we shall see Him face to face. What a time of rejoicing that will be.

Here on earth we have troubles just like Jesus said but He also said “Be of good cheer I have overcome the world” and He did and has and we will reap the rewards if we remain faithful and true until the end. Our faith is tested on many fronts, in troubles, hardships, and calamities, in riots, in labor, sleepless nights and sometimes hunger. In slander, and praise, viewed as imposters, yet genuine. As unknown, yet well – known, dying and yet we live on, punished, yet not killed, poor, yet making many rich, having nothing yet possessing everything. Some of us in beatings and imprisonment in great endurance. “Sorrowful yet always rejoicing” says the great Apostle Paul.

It is possible to be sad or sorrowful and rejoice with the joy of salvation at the same time deep inside. You know the testing of our faith is worth more than gold, and we must pass the tests and know and believe inside our hearts Jesus has already won the battle against Satan and Jesus has the keys of the Kingdom, the keys of death and hell and of the grave. We have already won the victory through Jesus Christ. This world is passing away along with all its lusts and the end of this age is near. Don’t quit ever, never ever. Those thoughts are lying spirits coming from the father of lies. If you have failed in some way then get up, dust yourself off, humble yourself and repent and come boldly to the throne of grace in your time of need. God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins when you call upon Him. It is impossible for Him to lie and what is written will be carried out and that includes forgiveness, especially forgiveness when we repent.

We all have fallen short, we have all sinned, we have all turned our back on God in some way but listen; “ His mercy is new every morning” it’s a new day everyday and His loving kindness is everlasting from generation to generation. Who is like our God? No one……

Why Believers today are righteous like Abraham

Many people especially Christians, think righteousness is something gained by working hard at it, something you strive for, but it isn’t at all. Sanctification and holiness is something you strive for, but not righteousness.

True righteousness is not something derived from the law, but righteousness is imputed directly to you from God on the basis of your faith in Jesus Christ. In other words if you believe Jesus Christ is Gods Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world and Lord, God reckons (credits) that faith you have in Jesus as righteousness. And because you are righteous then you are justified. And you are an heir of all the blessings of Abraham. That seems impossible but it is the truth. Let’s take a look…

Abraham was not Jewish at the time when he became the father of faith. He was 99 years old when he was circumcised and God made the old covenant and the nation of Israel began to form. So as God had planned it, Abraham became the father of many nations as a gentile and on the basis of faith God approved him as righteous because he believed God. He didn’t become righteous by sacrificing bulls and lambs, he became righteous by his faith. James 2:23 says “and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God.

Now look at Philippians 3:9 and notice the Apostle Paul said that he didn’t have a righteousness of his own derived from the Law (the old covenant) but we have through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of FAITH! So you and me are both righteous because we have faith in Jesus. It’s not an earned thing we do, it’s by the Grace of God. Are you getting this? I hope so.

Now the Apostles taught this gospel, this word of faith and said in Romans 10:9,10; “

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;

for with the heart a person believes, resulting in RIGHTEOUSNESS, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in SALVATION.

I am righteous and you are righteous if you believe from your heart in Christ. Isn’t that great news? In the new covenant as in the old God reckons our faith, our belief in Jesus as righteousness. The new covenant is the blood of Jesus, which He shed for all mankind. It was paid once and for all.

“ and having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation , being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Heb. 5:9) THEREFORE He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”(Heb. 7:25) Repent and confess Jesus as Lord if you haven’t already done so and you too will be righteous.

“Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

“ And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” (Heb. 9:27-28)

Now your job is to live a sanctified and holy life free of sexual immorality, to love God and your neighbor as yourself.

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:20-25) Do you now understand how we are saved by grace through our Faith in Jesus? And that faith comes from God and is not of ourselves but freely given to those who believe…Stop trying to earn salvation by doing things from yourself to please God. Have faith and Love Him and your neighbor and abstain from sexual immorality and get baptized as Jesus commanded….

God Has had Enough

Isaiah prophesied in the time between 740 B.C. to 681 B.C and the book of Isaiah remains one of the most quoted books of the Bible, but few, however; understand its significance in proclaiming that God takes takes no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats and sacrifices, but one was coming who would be the Ultimate sacrifice for sins of the people.

God was fed up with the hypocrisy of practicing religion and bringing offerings while living very sinful lives. Does that ring a bell? Look at America and Europe, it’s worse today than ever. He said it this way: “ Bring your worthless offerings no longer,

            Incense is an abomination to Me.

            New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies—

            I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.

      14“I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts,

            They have become a burden to Me;

            I am weary of bearing them.

      15“So when you spread out your hands in prayer,

            I will hide My eyes from you;

            Yes, even though you multiply prayers,

            I will not listen.

            Your hands are covered with blood.

It’s the same today worshipers full of iniquity and full of unrepented sin pretending everything is ok as they attend solemn assembly’s on Sunday mornings. So what does the Lord say to them? “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;

            Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.

            Cease to do evil,

      17Learn to do good;

            Seek justice,

            Reprove the ruthless,

            Defend the orphan,

            Plead for the widow.

He’s telling us the same thing today repent repent repent of your hidden sins and do good and stop being evil, then lift up holy hands in worship and prayer and He will hear you.

Come now, and let us reason together,”

            Says the LORD,

            “Though your sins are as scarlet,

            They will be as white as snow;

            Though they are red like crimson,

            They will be like wool.

      19“If you consent and obey,

            You will eat the best of the land;

      20“But if you refuse and rebel,

            You will be devoured by the sword.”

            Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Devoured by the sword? How about war and nukes today? Whether it’s 700 B.C. or 2019 sin is still sin and hypocrisy is still hypocrisy and justice is still justice.

Prophecy about Jesus is so clear in Isaiah 53 it’s mind blowing how Jewish people and others for that matter couldn’t see it, the plain truth right in front of your face:

“ He has no stately form or majesty

            That we should look upon Him,

            Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

      3He was despised and forsaken of men,

            A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

            And like one from whom men hide their face

            He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

      4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,

            And our sorrows He carried;

            Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,

            Smitten of God, and afflicted.

      5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

            He was crushed for our iniquities;

            The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

            And by His scourging we are healed.

      6All of us like sheep have gone astray,

            Each of us has turned to his own way;

            But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all

            To fall on Him.

      7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

            Yet He did not open His mouth;

            Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,

            And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,

            So He did not open His mouth.

      8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;

            And as for His generation, who considered

            That He was cut off out of the land of the living

            For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

      9His grave was assigned with wicked men,

            Yet He was with a rich man in His death,

            Because He had done no violence,

            Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

      10But the LORD was pleased

            To crush Him, putting Him to grief;

            If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,

            He will see His offspring,

            He will prolong His days,

            And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

      11As a result of the anguish of His soul,

            He will see it and be satisfied;

            By His knowledge the Righteous One,

            My Servant, will justify the many,

            As He will bear their iniquities.

      12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,

            And He will divide the spoils with the strong;

            Because He poured out Himself to death,

            And was numbered with the transgressors;

            Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,

            And interceded for the transgressors.”

Jesus is the answer to life….and the afterlife…

The greatest Gift you can receive…

If you believe in The Creator and His Son Jesus then you should be born again of His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, which enters you when you believe from you heart. And if you believe from you heart then you will have also been baptized in water as He commanded. And if you have been baptized in water, then your commitment to live right must follow or it’s all just a sham. Now back in the day as a youth , I believed Jesus was Gods Son and I also was baptized, but nothing really changed in my life. Why not? Because I really didn’t believe all things become new; I didn’t sincerely repent, I was just following what religion was telling me to do. Later on in high school I got baptized again and still nothing changed so I pretty much blew religion off and just lived for myself thinking none of this works.

I was wrong because much later on in life I actually started seeking the truth with all my heart. Forgetting everything I had been taught I bought myself a bible and began reading it and studying it for myself. What I found out was exactly what Jesus said “ you must be born again of the Spirit to see the kingdom of God” and how does that happen? Well it’s not by practicing religion and following their set of rules, it can only happen by Gods Grace through your faith in the truth of the Bible. And that truth is Jesus loves us and died for us and rose again and is coming again. Our part is to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord after believing it from our heart and making a decision to follow Him with water baptism and then to do our best to live for him.

I’ll never forget how clean I felt and how wonderful it was to finally get saved. I finally got it. It didn’t stop there as I continued to study the Bible I saw many things I never saw before and was not taught about that are as true today in 2019 as they were in 33 A.D. those promises of God are for us today as God is no respecter of persons or of generations as His loving kindness is from generation to generation. What promises are still true for us today? All of them. These include being forgiven, being healed of sicknesses, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and all the gifts of the Spirit given to all of His choosing. Nine gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 are: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith,gifts of healing, effecting of miracles, prophecy, distinguishing of spirits, various kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues. All given by the same Spirit distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

For by one Spirit we were ALL baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were made to drink of one Spirit. The Holy Spirit! “ Jesus Christ is the Same yesterday, today and forever. “ So there you go it’s up to you to believe the or not. Now many who do not know God or his Spirit will argue about every detail and try to tear down your beliefs but the thing is they can’t because the Holy Spirit within you knows the truth and you have seen with your spiritual eyes and your physical eyes on occasion. Once your knower inside know ( your spirit ) no one can lie to you anymore. Nor can you lie to yourself because the Holy Spirit tells you the truth and He lives inside you and never leaves you. That’s why Jesus said “ I will never leave you or forsake you” because He is always there through the Holy Spirit.

The great apostle Paul said “my message and my preaching was not with persuasive words of wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of Power” what demonstration of the Spirit and of power do we show people today? Probably not much because we don’t pursue the gifts as we are commanded to do. “But desire earnestly that you prophecy” you don’t desire earnestly because you don’t believe it? God help us in our unbelief.

I have told many people of Gods great grace of healings that have transpired over the years in my life and true believers believe but others look at at me like a deer looking into headlights which is very sad to me. You’ll never understand the working of the Spirit unless you have Him inside. I certainly don’t understand why some are healed and others are not or why I’m healed one time and not another and must see a doctor which is rare. All I know is Gods word is true and I believe it, all of it.

What I do know is Satan or his demons prowl looking for someone to devour. And what did Jesus tell the disciples? “Pray that you may not come into temptation” we must pray daily not sometimes, because this is no game it’s real life.

Some preachers say everything will be perfect when you come to Jesus, wrong! It’s much much better of course but living for God will cost you something maybe even your life! Through the storms of life you have peace because you know Jesus is there with you. The storms and the testing of your faith isn’t easy but they make your stronger and humble you to the point you finally realize it’s all about Jesus and what He did for us nothing is about us. We are just passing through so never give up and if you have then come back home where you belong, Jesus is still there. God told Israel repent and turn back to me and I will receive you. That’s exactly the same for us today. God still loves you..and the greatest gift is receiving Jesus….

Why troubles come your way

Why troubles come your way

King David wrote “ Before I was afflicted, I went astray;

but now I keep Your word.” (Psalms 119:67)

Think about what this means. King David had it all and everything going for him, but then he went astray and all hell broke lose in his life. Just how did he go astray?

On a beautiful day he stood on his rooftop and looking down saw the most beautiful woman naked and bathing. She just happened to be a married woman named Bathsheba, but that didn’t matter, he had to have her. The temptation was great and he yielded at that moment. In stead of changing his mind sin overtook him and he had her brought to him. At his palace he entered into a sexual relationship with her and Bathsheba got pregnant.

Her husband Uriah was a solder and in command of many men and was away fighting so King David had him summoned from the battlefield to go to his wife (to cover up their affair) and lay with his wife, but Uriah would not go into her because his men were fighting on the battlefield and he didn’t think it was right so he slept on the porch instead. David’s plan didn’t work so to make matters worse he had Uriah sent back, but this time to the front lines so he would be killed and sure enough he was killed. Now David had blood on his hands with murder in Gods eyes for what he had done.

David then took her into his household and she became his wife. Nathan the prophet was sent to David and told him a parable and ask what he would do to the man and David said this man must die. Then the profit said to David “you are that man!” This is what the Lord said to David as written in II Samual 12:7-18; “I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8I gave your master’s house to you and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if that was not enough, I would have given you even more.

9Why then have you despised the command of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own, for you have slain him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11This is what the LORD says: ‘I will raise up adversity against you from your own house. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to another, and he will lie with them in broad daylight. 12You have acted in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

David’s Loss and Repentance

13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”

“The LORD has taken away your sin,” Nathan replied. “You will not die. 14Nevertheless, because by this deed you have treated the LORD with utter contempt, the son born to you will surely die.”

15After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16David pleaded with God for the boy. He fasted and went into his house and spent the night lying in sackclothc on the ground. 17The elders of his household stood beside him to help him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat anything with them.

18On the seventh day the child died.

God forgave David’s sin but tragedies followed his household. In Gods Grace he gave David and Bathsheba another son named Solomon who became the wisest and wealthiest King ever in Israel. Once again, what did David write in Psalms 119: 67? “Before I was afflicted, I went astray;but now I keep Your word.” And so it is with all of us. When we stray from the Lord and sin we get afflicted in various ways and means until we wake up and repent from our hearts and live right again like we did when we first met the Lord. Crazy as it might sound, the Lord allows things because of His great love for us. “ do no take lightly the discipline of the Lord.”

In Revelation 2 Jesus said to the church at Ephesus “ 4But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love. 5Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. REPENT AND PERFORM THE DEEDS YOU DID AT FIRST! That could mean getting re-baptized as well if you have fallen far away and are coming back home where you belong into the arms of Jesus. Everyone must examine himself to see what is right according to the scriptures. As the Bible says we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as our God is a consuming fire……

Don’t fear in 2019

To my brothers and sisters in Christ I implore you not to fear what you hear and what you see coming, but fear God who is able to cast souls into hell. Perfect love cast out all fear and the one who fears is not perfected in love, because fear involves punishment and there IS none for those who have made Jesus both Savior and Lord! There awaits only glory for us, free from sin and corruption and sickness and death in an eternal heaven with God, with His Son and myriads of saints and angels abiding forever and ever where love resides and there is no sin.

Now let the things of this world grow dim, forsaking that sin that sometimes entangles you. walk in forgiveness and abundant faith knowing all your brothers and sisters in Christ suffer the very same temptations and trials that you do. But realize Jesus is able to deliver us from evil and deliver our souls to the Father in heaven. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

You know that the Love of money is the root of all evil which causes souls to chase after it for power and wealth and sexual perversion and every sin that can be named. It all stems from the love of money. Steer clear of that wickedness of the love of money and give a portion of your money to do good works and to the poor. Stop coveting things like the world does always wanting bigger and newer and better things when your money could be put to much better use spreading the good news around the world. All of us have fallen into this trap at one time or another and reaped the binding stress of debt that our love of credit provides because we just had to have things immediately. Now is the time to get out of debt before the coming worldwide Financial crash occurs and time is running out.

Are you praying the Lord’s Prayer daily? Are you talking to God throughout the day? Have you asked God for directions to complete His will for you on earth before you leave? What about giving thanks for all He has done for you? If we are living and breathing and have a roof over our heads and clothes to wear and food to eat and transportation isn’t that enough to give our Creator praise and thanks? How

much we forget all the little things He does for us and take things for granted. In 2019 ask God to send someone by your life that you can lead to Christ. Perhaps family or friends or even a total stranger. Can you be a Bold Christian in 2019 and teach someone about the Love of Jesus or will you just lean back and relax? Time is short and it’s time for Christians to be bold and fight the good fight of faith. When you get to heaven how many will you bring with you? You can witness anywhere you go or by any means you can. Use the Internet, start a blog if need be, just do something for Christ in 2019 and if you can’t then give to a ministry you know that is preaching the gospel that you trust. Let people including, your enemies see a change in you that reflects the love of God and boldness they have never seen before. “Let your light so shine that men will see the light and turn and glorify Our God in heaven. Yes it will cost you something, perhaps ridicule or mocking or persecution but know that if it does, Gods blessing rest upon you. You may be the only person that ever witnessed salvation to them in their life. Even if they reject you, the witness will penetrate their soul and they won’t forget it. We must all do better in 2019 because time is short and perilous times are coming very soon. Do your part and I will do mine and together we will help bring in the final harvest of souls into the kingdom……

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