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Return to God and He will return to you

In Zechariah chapter one the Lord admonishes Zechariah to tell his people to return to Him. “ Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. Do not be like your fathers to whom the prophets proclaimed saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts,”Return now from your evil deeds,” but they did not listen or give heed to Me,” declares the Lord.”

Today in 2018, the same call goes out to all people including you and me. The Father in heaven loves us with an unending love, an everlasting love which is hard for the human mind and heart to comprehend. His compassion and mercy is New Every Morning and He does not want to see anyone lost and spend eternity in the lake of fire, which will happen, If they reject His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. The Father loves us so much that according to Chapter 13 of Zechariah and verse 7, He called for the sword against his own Son and planned Jesus death upon the cross. He willingly bruised His Son and He did it so you and I could be reconciled to God and live with Him forever. Jesus blood was poured out as a cleansing to wash away all of our sins. And we receive it by Gods grace through faith.

In today’s world with so many distractions and temptations and worries of the world, it’s easy to fall back into sin if we don’t follow Him daily and pray and read the Bible or have fellowship with other brothers and sisters who know the Lord. Satan never lets up on you because he hates you and wants to destroy you and your family and your wealth and your health and steal from you and kill you if he can. Satan wants you to throw in the towel and give up and go to hell. He wants to give you so much mental anguish and depression and self pity and shame for your sins and lack of control that you will never pray again, that you will never read a bible again, that you will never darken the door of a church building again, and keep you so bitter and angry and unforgiving that your soul will rot in hell. Don’t let him win and don’t be deceived, you can absolutely, positively, without a doubt according to the word of God return to Jesus and he will return to you and forgive you and receive you back into the fold and be in right standing once again with God and have peace once again in your heart. Satan is the father of lies and every negative thought comes from him, not God in heaven.

The good news is “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” and what God said way way back to the people long ago is still true today. “ Return to Me and I will return to you.” You can start over, there is a second chance and a third and so on IF we repent and do our best to live right as He intended. We all sin, we all fall short, but “Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world.” And we overcome by our testimony and the blood of the lamb! Remember God did not even spare the angels and will cast them into the lake of fire. If He didn’t spare them, He won’t spare us unless we repent and live for him and keep our faith until the end. And who knows when that end will come for you or for me? Today is the day to call on the name of the Lord, repent and confess your sins and get baptized if you haven’t already. Jesus said whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. God Bless…

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The real tragedy of compromising on same sex marriage

Jesus was discussing the sin of adultery with the Apostles and made the statement: “ You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. “ But I say to you that everyone looking upon a woman in order to lust after her already has committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28) So the real sin is in the heart, it doesn’t have to be following through with the physical act.

The same is true of the sin of homosexuality. If you agree with same sex marriage and homosexuality, you have sinned in your heart and you will be judged on that basis even though you may not have been involved in the physical act yourself. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If you agree homosexuality is ok, you become a homosexual in your heart, just the same as an adulterer, the thought in you heart makes you an adulterer and you will be judged as one.

All sin is judged and written about in the Bible but the sin of homosexuality is especially called out because it is sinning against your own body and evil spirits of perversion come and take up residence in your soul. That’s why there is such a mental and emotional battle in a homosexual’s mind causing sickness depression or other issues because at one time they knew deep inside their soul it’s a major sin and they will not make it to heaven, so all they have is this life and they know it, but love their sin to much to change, they choose eternal damnation for the few years of a homosexual relationship, how sad.

Many places in the Bible there is great warning against homosexuality, so if people are warned they are able to stop it and repent just like an adulterer can stop it, repent and be forgiven. Romans says God gives them over to a reprobate mind to do what dishonors them because they reject truth and God. Romans 1:25 “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.” “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”

1st Corinthians 6:9-11 goes even further and states: “ Or do you not know that the unrighteous ones will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor coveters, not drunkards, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Clearly homosexuals will not go to heaven including the deceived “supposedly Christian homosexuals” (which is impossible). But wait, look: “And some of you were such. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” So there you go, some WERE in the same boat, but repented and now are on their way to heaven. No sin is beyond the blood of Jesus!

Lastly, in the final book of the Bible, Revelation 22:15 the warning of hell is given, “Outside are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone loving and practicing lying.” It’s plain as the nose on your face; homosexuality is sexual immorality and a mortal sin because you are sinning against your own body that God gave you which is suppose to be His temple for the Holy Spirit to reside, not evil spirits and demons invited in by homosexual sin. There is hope in Jesus and salvation in his name. And don’t be deceived, if you compromise on this issue you will be judged just the same…

Did Jesus say ask me into your heart?

I’ve heard many Christians from several different denominations say on several occasions that no where in the Bible does it say we need to ask Jesus in our hearts, even going so far as to call this a heresy and false salvation to those who do it. Really? It appears they don’t know the Bible or what Jesus actually said in Revelation 3:20. Why? Because they don’t spend any time reading Revelation. They neither understand it or write off the the entire book as some sort of symbolism.

And what does Revelation 3:20 say? “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me”. What is the door? It can only be your heart. So if someone hears the gospel and opens the door of their heart to Jesus, then by His Holy Spirit He comes in through the doorway, which is your heart, to your spirit and you become born again by believing with your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. For through Him by the Holy Spirit is grace and faith and the only way to have fellowship with the Father in heaven.

When you ask Jesus into your heart He comes in and dines with you meaning he takes up residence in your spirit and seals it for the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30 and II Corinthians 1:22) and through the Holy Spirit that He sends you He teaches you to observe all things He commands. If I were you I would open your heart and ask Jesus to come in and save you. You can’t clean yourself up, only Jesus can clean your house and clean you up as you surrender to Him all the areas of your heart.

When the people ask what must I do to be saved in Acts what was the response from Peter? Repent and be baptized and you will receive the GIFT of the Holy Spirit. So am I saying baptism alone saves you? No I’m not and neither does the verse; however when you read all the conversions in the book of Acts what did those who believed do right away? They got baptized in water and so should we do the same because Jesus commanded it. You’ll also notice that they all believed FIRST and Confessed Jesus and were pricked in their hearts when they heard the Gospel. That’s why Paul said in Romans 10:8-11 “

“ what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 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 your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.

It is just as the Scripture says: “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”For there is no difference between Jew and Greek: The same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on Him, for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The gospel of salvation is fairly easy to understand if you hear with your heart and not some man made doctrine. Paul says the gospel is simple and it is the gospel of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. So you hear with your heart (not your mind only), you believe with your heart ( not just your mind), you obey from your heart, (not just agree intellectually)you confess Jesus is Lord from your heart, (not just words from the mind spoken), you obey Jesus commandment to be baptized ( not to join a church) and you ask Jesus into your heart which is by the Holy Spirit.

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (1st Corinthians 12:13)

15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”(Mark 16:15-18)

Jesus wants us to ask Him into our heart. He wants us to ask Him to baptize us in the Holy Spirit. For our heart is the door and He is knocking. Will you open the door? Ask Him in right now…

God has warned us Evil will take place

The recent mass murders has a lot of people on edge and after Sunday’s mass murder of 26 Christians and the wounding of 25 others in a small town Baptist Church by yet another convert of Islam many are wondering how can this happen and how can a loving God allow this to happen?

All throughout the Bible we are warned that lawlessness and evil will take place and God is not behind any of it. Jesus warns “in this world you will have tribulation but take heart I have overcome the world.” You know the Bible speaks of wars and rumors of wars and famines and pestilence and earthquakes and men hearts failing them at the roaring of the seas and the things coming upon the earth.

If every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above then every bad and evil thing comes from that devil Satan himself. God is not the author of death, Satan is. God is not the author of killing and pain and suffering and starvation, Satan is. God is not the author of sin and sickness and disease, Satan is. So what does the Bible say about it all? “ The thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy.” (John 10:10) In another verse it says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”(1Peter 5:8) Being on the alert means you stay prayed up daily and walk close to God. We all have bad days at times but Jesus has overcome the world and we will too. And how do we overcome the world? By the word of out testimony and our faith even to the point of death.

The old saying “everybody wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die applies here. Every single person who was saved and born again and had put their faith in Jesus who were killed in all these horrible massacres, are in heaven with Him right now, this very hour. My previous blog explains how not to fear death because Gods love overcomes our fears.

Americans and American Christians don’t really want to know whats coming because they won’t spend the time studying the word of God and are afraid to even read the Revelation or other books of the Bible. Well, the perilous times are coming and have really already begun. I honestly believe we have now entered the beginning of sorrows time period and we have not seen anything yet. Does that mean we just throw up our hands and say oh well there’s nothing we can do about it? No, not at all. What it means that is we are educated in the word of God and know the things that are coming upon the earth and we make ourselves and our families and friends aware of it all and then above all we make sure we have repented and stay humble and close to God in these times and lead others to the freedom of knowing whether we live or die we are the Lords and belong to Him. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, no one! No one knows when they will die! Gun shot, car accident, heart attack or a thousand other ways we could be gone tomorrow so let’s just get a grip and live life to its fullest walking in the knowledge we are saved (Romans 10:9,10) by His grace through the faith He gives us and that we stay ready any day or any time to go home to heaven to meet our maker.

And when you have discussions about terrorism and murder and killings and all the horrible things going on in the world do not let anyone think or say that these things are from God. Tell them “read your Bible for Pete’s sake” There it will tell you who is responsible, the enemy of your soul, Satan. God is love and because He loves us He gave His only Son to die in our place and wash away our sins. (John 3:16) Again Jesus warned us what’s coming and warned us to stay ready at all times. Someday soon He will return and rule and reign. All evil along with Satan and all his demons and wicked people will be thrown into the lake of fire that burns forever and ever. Until then, keep the faith in season and out of season and know you are loved and have a home waiting for you. Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world” and neither are we, we’re just passing through.,,,,pray for those in pain and sorrow and for this country and our leaders…

Losing the Fear of Death

As a Christian we should not have a fear of death. Of course it is human nature to protect ones life and we absolutely should do so because we are the temple of God and His Spirit dwells within us. We are told not to destroy our temple as we are born again to do good works. There are so many things that we do that destroy our temple which you are well aware of as your flesh fights against your spirit waging war. Jesus said ” the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” We actually do the things we don’t want to do the Apostle Paul wrote because of one reason, “sin dwells within us.” And who can rescue us from this body of death, only Jesus Christ and Him alone.

Now concerning the fear of death it is written that “Perfect love cast out fear” Because fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love. How is someone perfected in love? For starters we must love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and minds. Then we must love our neighbors as ourselves. The Bible says how can we say we love God who we have not seen and hate our brothers who we have seen? So learning to love is paramount in our Christian life and it is a Decision, Not an Emotion! We can decide to love God, we decide to love our neighbors no matter what the circumstances and relationships are because we say to ourselves; God loves them and they were created in His image and He is not willing that anyone should perish, but wants them to have eternal life. There is none righteous, no not one, we were born into sin in this life because of the fall in the beginning.

If you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when you die your going straight up to heaven and have that assurance in your heart, then why would you fear death or what man can do to you? The answer is your either not perfected in love yet or you are unsure of your salvation. You can be sure you know by faith in what Jesus did in the cross. “For we are saved by His grace through faith, not of works lest anyone should boast.” Let’s take a quick look at eternal, everlasting life guarantees written to us in the Bible. Jesus speaking said:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24) Really is there any need to go on? You pass from death to life when you believe that God sent Jesus to offer Himself up for us.

Maybe you need more so how about this verse: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you HAVE eternal life.(1 John 5:13) So that you may Know not hope but know! And here’s another: Whoever believes in the Son HAS eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.(John 3:36) HAS eternal life means you possess it right now and it’s granted now while your alive and when you die there is no doubt your going to heaven.

And another one:

“In him we HAVE redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7) and here is a list of other verses not that you need them.

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were SEALED in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge (guarantee) of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

And this one: “But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning FAITH that we proclaim: 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 it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and ARE SAVED.(Romans 10:8-10)

“Who through faith are PROTECTED BY GODS POWER for the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.(1Peter 3:5)

” For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of IMPERISHABLE , through the living and enduring word of God.”(1 Peter 1:23)

” For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2Tim 2:7)

I could go on and on with tons of verses, but you have seen with your own eyes that you have a home in heaven and you have eternal, everlasting security by faith in Jesus and nothing will rob you of your place in heaven. Don’t fear death even if you have to lay your life down for your faith because those times are coming and for many already have come. Jesus will never let you go and loves you so.

No matter what happens on this earth; wars or floods or famine or earthquakes or tornado’s or hurricanes or plagues or death or lawlessness or any other thing can separate us from the Love of God and our gift of salvation through Jesus Christ

Let me end this blog with a quote from Jesus: ” And this

is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose NONE of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day.

For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have ETERNAL LIFE, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:39-49)

Jesus is all in All

Jesus Christ was with the Father in Genesis, He is the one who walked in the cool of the evening and spoke with Adam and Eve. He is the one who talked to Noah and gave him directions on how to build the Ark. He is the one who allowed Job to be tested and carried on all the conversation with him. Jesus is the one who appeared with the angels and broke bread with Abraham before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. He is the God of the burning bush that Moses saw and the one who gave him the Ten Commandments. Jesus is the God, the Word who became flesh and laid down His life for humanity and took the keys away from Satan of death and Hell and rose again from the dead. Jesus is the creator who created everything that has ever been created and nothing that has been created was created without Him. All authority has been given to Him by the Father both in heaven and in earth now and in the age to come. Jesus is coming back soon to gather all that are His and destroy the wicked. He will reign for a thousand years out of Jerusalem and destroy Satan with the breath of His mouth and cast him along with the false prophet and the Antichrist in the lake of fire to be tormented for all eternity. Jesus has prepared a place for us and created a new Jerusalem,1500 miles in width and length and height that will come down and sit on a new earth for this earth will be burned up at the end of days.

Jesus is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End who Was and Is and is to Come. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. He is the rose of Sharon, the bright and morning star, the good shepherd. He is the healer, He is baptizer of the Holy Spirit. He is the lamb of God, the Lion of Judah, the bread of life, the river of life, the soon coming King, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and no one can come to the Father except through Him. He is the door, He is the gate, He is eternal life for all those who believe. All of heaven adores Him. All of earth will see Him when He returns and in judgment every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord, but don’t wait, believe in your heart today that He is Lord and the Son of God and that He died for you and God raised Him from the dead and confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and be saved today. Surrender your life to Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to live in you, then get baptized as He commanded. For whether you live or die you are the Lords so live for Him now and receive His mercy and grace and be saved today. Jesus is waiting and watching, come home, come home, for He loves you so..

Pulling no punches – Get born again or go to hell when you die 

Jesus said to Nicodemus (John 3) " truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven. When Nicodemus ask how is this possible, Jesus answered, " Truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven" " That which is born of flesh is flesh (water) and that which is born of Spirit is Spirit." The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it but do not know where it comes from or where it is going, so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." Just like the wind the Spirit moves on us and seals our spirit for the day of redemption. " ( Ephesians 4:30) Jesus told Him don't marvel that He said you must be born again. Does a person know if they have been born again? Absolutely! You know a change has taken place inside you and your eyes are opened to things of the Spirit. You find yourself not liking sin anymore or doing the sinful things you did before you believed and were born again. Little by little your life changes and the growing in grace process takes a lifetime. You will still slip and fall, you will still sin, but now your sins are washed away and sin no longer has control over you. 

How does one become born again and know for sure they are born again and saved? One word "BELIEVE" Believe what? Believe that the Father sent His only Son because He loves you and if you believe on Him you will not perish, but have eternal life. The Apostle Peter says it this way, that we are chosen by His foreknowledge and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood. 
"Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy, He has given us NEW BIRTH into a living hope through the RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD, and into an inheritance that is IMPERISHABLE, undefiled,and unfading, RESERVED IN HEAVEN FOR YOU, who through FAITH are protected by God's power for the SALVATION that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3) For a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the authenticity of your faith – more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 
It is so very possible to love Him though you have never seen him who gave Himself as ransom for our sins upon the cross over 2000 years ago. In this present world and this present worlds condition you can stand firm in your faith regardless of the cost because you know that JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER! We are truly pilgrims on this earth for this is not our home for our home is in heaven with God on the new earth and new Jerusalem that revelation speaks about. Today is the day of salvation. Believe, repent of your sins and ask Jesus to save you. Confess to others your belief and watch as God moves mountains for you when you become born again. If you refuse this gift of God through His Son Jesus only hell and a lake of fire awaits you because the wrath of God rest on those who don't believe…..

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