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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….

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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……

So You Think You’re Going To Heaven ?

So You Think You’re Going To Heaven ?

I wonder how many people when they die will be in total shock the moment they realize they did not make it to heaven at all, but instead find themselves in torment where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth with no way out, no escape, ever!

What is the last thing Jesus said as He was going up into Heaven? ” Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Are you a true disciple or just a pretender? Do you observe all that He commanded or just some of it? If you claim you love Jesus then why have some of you not obeyed His teachings? He said if you say you love me and do not keep His commandants then you are a liar and the truth is not in you. Which brings me to another point.

I am speaking to the Church here, those that call themselves Christians. The gospel is very clear on the way to salvation. True salvation is very straight forward and spoken plainly by Jesus. He said “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He (Messiah) you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24) so the first thing is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and came from the Father to offer himself up for you and all your sins. But wait, you said you believe this? Does this alone save you? Not really, there are other factors involved here.

First you must repent of your sins and sinful life and decide to stop sinning which IS true repentance; to turn around and go in the other direction, to stop living a life of sin IS repentance! Repenting is not just saying a few words, it is acting on your prayer and confession. It is using your faith to believe with God all things are possible and repenting of your past while believing is the necessary releasing of your faith to make that change. The entire gospel begins with repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. If faith without works is dead, then salvation without repentance is not salvation at all.

What else does the word say to do? Confess Jesus is Lord. If you believe Jesus is the Son of God in your heart truly, then you will confess Him before men. Confess with your mouth to others, your family, your friends to strangers and to anyone who will listen.. Jesus said He will confess Your Name before the Father if you confess Him before men. The same applies if you don’t, He won’t either. So here we have it as in Romans 10:9-10: “that if you CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH, Jesus is 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”. But wait there’s more…

Read AGAIN WHAT JESUS SAID and He said Baptism. I don’t want to hear all the fussing and debating about doctrinal differences on baptism. Jesus said GET BAPTIZED! that should be enough for anyone. Baptism is rarely even mentioned now days in 50% of the churches, why? Because it takes effort on the believers part and is an inconvenience for some churches. Every single believer who gets saved (remember Romans 10:9-10?) should be running to the water to obey the gospel that JESUS and the apostles said to do and that’s get baptized. Any Christian can baptize a new believer. Do it in a swimming pool, do it in the river, do it in the lake, fill up a tub and do it. No one has ANY EXCUSE NOT TO BE BAPTIZED! But what about the thief on the cross? Good for him, but JESUS STILL SAID FOR YOU TO GET BAPTIZED AND BECOME A DISCIPLE, I wonder how many thousands of born again believers never got baptized because it’s importance is not taught in their churches? Doesn’t the bible say “We are buried with Christ in Baptism and raised to walk a new life? The act alone of baptism doesn’t save you, but isn’t it an appeal to God for a clean conscience ? Debate doctrines all you want, but Jesus was baptized and tells us to be baptized. A disciple is a FOLLOWER (hello are you listening?) you are no disciple if you are not a follower of All Jesus commanded. But wait there’s more….

” You men (and women) who are stiff necked and uncircumcised in HEART and EARS are always RESISTING THE HOLY SPIRIT; you are doing just LIKE YOUR FATHERS DID. (Acts 7:51) Many people NEVER EVEN ASK for the Holy Spirit, but yet Jesus says ” how much more will He give the Holy Spirit for those who ASK HIM. (Luke 11:13) All you stiff necked Christians; what do you think Pentecost was for? Or The book of Acts? Or First and Second Corinthians? Do You believe the demons lies that Pentecost is no more even though the Apostle Paul perfectly explains it all and said to “EARNESTLY SEEK THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT BUT ESPECIALLY THAT YOU PROPHESY”? Unbelief is the killer of faith. The Holy Spirit baptism and gifts of the Spirit are for Today just as it was for the early church. Usually the same people who don’t believe this are the same people who don’t believe in healing or miracles so it stands to reason, Devils have convinced millions those things passed away. It’s escapes their mind that Jesus said I will never leave you and teaching them to observe ALL things I have commanded you. And “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” So many people listen to doctrines of Devils in their own churches, from their own pastors. You might be totally shocked if you would actually fast and pray and seek God with all your heart and ask Jesus and say “gimme all you got Lord, I’m open and willing to receive” But most of you will just stay in your comfort zone and not go deeper into the things of God because your lukewarm and fear and refuse to believe the word of God, you would rather listen to the teaching of your denomination because it’s easier that way. So sad how so many are missing out on all God has for them.

So lets see here Acts 2:37, 38 and 2:39, 40,41 pretty much sum it all up: “Now when they heard this they were pierced in their heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, REPENT (stop sinning) and each of you BE BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (It’s not the water but faith in Jesus blood) and you shall receive the GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT( no gift equals no Holy Spirit) For the PROMISE (what promise? The Holy Spirit) is for you and your children and for ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF (that would be us) as Many as the Lord God will call to Himself (that would be us also)” So then those Who had received his WORD were Baptized…”

Several places in the New Testament, Ephesians 4:30 being just one place, says we are SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD FOR THE DAY OF REDEMPTION. Anyone who thinks they will make heaven without the Holy Spirit is sadly mistaken. You must be born again by the Spirit of God to ever see the kingdom Jesus said. Why would Jesus say to those on judgment day “Depart from me I never know you?” Because they were playing Christian not real born again Christians.

1) They never repented from their hearts and never turned away from their sin.
2) They did not truly believe Jesus and his teaching (thus they never repented)
3) They did not take up their cross daily and confess Jesus before men. When persecution came they denied him.
4) They were baptized, but without true repentance and faith in Jesus Blood, it meant nothing, it was just getting wet.
5) They never sought the Lord with all their hearts and ask for the Holy Spirit in faith and got sealed, so therefore; they were never born again.
6) They never forgave others from their hearts so God could not forgive them.
7) They never loved God with all their heart and their neighbor as themselves. (That’s why they lived a sinful life)

Many will say on judgment day, didn’t we do many mighty things in your name? God’s word spoken will heal and deliver with faith of the receiver, not the sender (preacher) it’s the word (Jesus is the word) He sent His word and healed them, the person never heals, it’s faith in the word. That’s how Jesus can say on judgment day, depart from me I never knew you to those fake Christians. DO YOU KNOW HIM? Follow Him and be a real disciple. You must be willing to lay down your life for the gospel and Jesus sake. You must be real………God loves you so much, He’s waiting for your prayers right now…..

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