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The Day Your Heart Stops

What will happen the day your heart stops? You know the old saying “your only one heartbeat away from eternity” it won’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican or an independent  when that day comes.  Funny, death never crosses the minds of the majority of humanity which now number over Seven Billion souls. Statistics show an estimated death rate of over 150,000 per day die around the world and that number is growing. That’s a lot of people leaving this life on planet earth. So how about you, have you given it any serious thought? You know once you leave there’s no coming back, there’s no second chance, (it’s appointed for man once to die and then judgment) and everything that you’ve done in this life will be rewarded either good or bad Jesus said. We will all reap what we have sowed except for one very important and situation, and that situation is forgiveness by Gods grace through faith. The slate can be wiped clean no matter how many Sins or horrible things a person has done in their lives by one simple act, that is obeying the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Thousands of people will start their day without the smallest inclination that this is their last day on earth. Thousands will go to bed never realizing that they will never wake up again in this life. Still thousands of others have no idea a bomb or a bullet or a knife or trucks or cars or an accident will kill them today. Thousands of others will get the bad reports from their doctor of cancer or some other killing disease will soon take their life. 
Mankind’s hearts are desperately wicked and unless they’re born again by the Spirit of God they will never see heaven, but only the torment of a real place called hell and the lake of fire for eternity. Why? Because they didn’t love the truth, but loved their sins. Their hearts became darkened as they worshiped the Creation rather than the Creator. Their minds seared like a hot iron with sin and wickedness and perversions of every sort. Like wild animals feasting on their prey, pursuing the love of money and drugs and sexual immorality as their only goals. When you read how messed up people will be in the last days, you realize we are there now as the beginning of sorrows has already started. Read your bible, it only gets worse and worse until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and then a thousand years of peace. Just a few more years and it will be all over. 
Any day or night our time could be up, it may come suddenly or it may be drawn out, but that day is coming and you know it. God does not want anyone to perish He is a God of restoration and that’s why he sent his son Jesus Christ to become flesh and live sinless on this earth and die on the cross shedding His blood as a substitution, as a covering for our sins and he rose again from the dead becoming the first fruits so that we two will rise again in the resurrection. Until then our spirit returns to God in Heaven awaiting that great gettin up morning call the resurrection. 
There is not a single good and perfect person who has lived or is currently living no matter how righteous they may act, and neither are you or me. Our hope is in Christ our redeemer! Don’t let another day another hour go by without repenting of your sins and asking Jesus in your heart to save you. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and get baptized in the name of the father the son and the Holy Ghost in water as soon as you can. 

Jesus Emptied Himself to become a Human 

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7 but Emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, andbeing made in the likeness of men.

8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.(Philippians 2:5-15) 

In the form of God. “Christ is the same nature and essence as God” Jesus emptied Himself, “The Kenosis” (emptying) of Christ during His incarceration does not mean that He surrendered any attributes of deity, but that He took on the limitations of humanity. This involved a veiling of His preincarnate glory (John 17:5) and the voluntary nonuse of some of His divine prerogatives during the time He was in the earth (Matt. 24:36), form is the same word used in verse 6 of Philippians’s 2. That means Jesus was completely God and truly man. To deny either the deity or humanity of Christ requires denying the other. It was through self denial and obedience Christ won sovereignty over all peoples and things. Jesus Christ is Lord, He is God (Yahweh of the Old Testament) 

In the same way we must empty ourselves and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ to the glory of the Father producing good fruit by telling others about the great mystery of salvation and eternal life that comes only through faith in His only begotten Son Jesus. We are justified by faith in Jesus. So we all must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Not Work for it, but work it out in our personal lives, remember it’s by grace we are saved through faith and that faith makes us children of God and we receive the”Promise”, the very same promise Abraham received from God, everlasting life having been justified by faith if we continue in the way until death….

How to get right with God and be at peace

Everyone knows deep in their heart if they are right with God. They may put on a big mask in front of the world especially their immediate family or best friends that they have it all together and are just fine with life, but deep inside they are pricked in their heart daily and know they are headed for the lake that burns with fire and brimstone if they don’t change and get right with God. That pricking of the heart is the Holy Spirit condemning the sin in their lives and trying to draw them to turn to God before it’s too late. Sometimes even those who have been born again at one point have lost their way because the lust of the world or the love of money or the pride of life have corrupted them once again. These are the one’s who really live in fear because they have known the truth and are living in sin. Peace has left them and the joy of their salvation, which they remember, is long gone. 

The wages of sin is death, certainly at the end of a sinful persons life, but also sin has catastrophic effects right now when living on this earth. Major diseases, breakups of families, alcoholism and drug abuse, sexual immorality and diseases, poverty, and just a lack of any love or peace or joy in their lives. Listing the effects of sin would take a book to write, but you get the point. Now the rich have the same problems, but added to their misery is constant fear of losing what they have, family members or thieves or investors clawing at their holdings and money. The super vile and wicked people’s lives are usually cut way short as believing the evil ones lies leads them to a quick path of destruction and short life. 
Even many professing so-called Christians are headed for doom because they think they can just go through life with one foot in the world and do as they please because they have been taught “Once saved always saved” so sinning doesn’t matter. The truth is, once saved always is true, but only in the sense of abiding in Christ. Once you walk away and don’t repent, you are lost and worst than a sinner who has never been saved, hell becomes your new destination. I’ll prove my point in a minute. And now the “Grace” teaching thats been going around is totally false and demonic in its origin. Why? Because that teaching also gives people a false sense of security. It infers no matter what kind of life you lead grace covers you. No it does not! Grace is Gods unmerited favor, nothing we can even attempt to earn, but Gods unmerited favor (grace) does not cover your purposeful and deliberate lifestyle of sinning. “We are saved by grace through faith and that not of ourselves” so grace without faith is useless and does you no good at all. “We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise “when we believe (Ephesians 1:13) but the second part of that is “with a view to the redemption of Gods own possession..” (vs 14) in other words salvation is there and in view but not fully obtained until we finish the fight and finish the race in good standing. Salvation is not a given guarantee unless we continue in the faith until death. 
Jesus will present us holy and blameless and beyond reproach because He reconciled us in His fleshly body through death.(Colossians 1:22) “IF INDEED YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH FIRMLY ESTABLISHED AND STEADFAST AND NOT MOVED AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL THAT YOU HAVE HEARD, WHICH WAS PROCLAIMED IN ALL CREATION UNDER HEAVEN…” (vs 23) I think thats pretty clear. When teaching parables Jesus gave examples of not being ready several times when explaining the kingdom of God. In Matthew He talks about the wicked slaves who are assigned the place with the Hippocrates and thrown into the lake of fire. Slaves are meant Believers in that text as the good slaves are given eternal life. In Revelation 3:5 Jesus says ” He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will NOT ERASE his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before the Angels.” So you see here even though you were once born again and saved it is still possible to have your name erased from the book of life and be thrown into the lake of fire IF you don’t continue in the faith and overcome. Some walk away for weeks or months or years, but God will never give up on you and many prodigal sons and daughters repent and return to God. Many don’t and go to hell. This is Not talking about committing sin when your saved but it’s talking about walking away from God, from a relationship with Him and living a life of sin. We all sin at times and are tempted at times but we go to the Father and ask forgiveness through Jesus and are forgiven at once. Repent quickly when you blow it and sin. 
To get right with God has to include one major thing; repentance from your heart. Believing with all your heart, forgiving others with all your heart, trusting God with all your heart that redemption can only come through Jesus blood, nothing else! ” In Him we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to His grace.” (Ephesians 1:13) We must go in a different direction to repent. We cannot look back again to the sin desires of our flesh. We can overcome and will find peace when we walk in the light as He is in the light. The world says “do your job” but Jesus says humble yourself as a little child, be steadfast unmovable in your faith. “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” There is a rest for the Children of God. You enter that rest when you give up yourself and give your whole heart to Jesus.. When you let go of your life and surrender to God…..He loves you and wants you home with Him…Many believe and receive but never get baptized as the Lord commanded in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost so their full commitment to Christ isn’t there and they fall away. Many don’t make a full commitment to God at all, but only to their church or denomination, sorry that won’t work and get you to heaven. Only a full commitment to God through His Son Jesus Christ will cause you to become born again. Why wait, you could be dead tomorrow, and where would you wind up? Only you know if your ready…… 

The Good and Bad Times of 2017 are here

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….

Are you living under a Curse? 

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…..

Communion is Healing to your Body and Soul

I can tell you there has been a number of times over the years I have been healed of sickness both physically and emotionally by simply taking the sacrament of communion or the Lords’s supper while at home. For some unknown reason people think taking communion at church is the only way to go, but that’s not what the Lord tells us in His word. Let me implore you to take communion at home with your spouse and even with family members or friends releasing your faith in what Jesus did for us on Calvary. 
In today’s world many Christians don’t attend church much for various reasons and most churches don’t serve communion but once a month so unless you happen to hit it on the right day, you wind up missing the sacrament sometimes for weeks and even months unless you take it at home. When you discover the solitude and quietness of home communion, your concentration soars on its purpose without distractions. Don’t let it become a ritual instead of spiritual obedience and covenant, as in some churches because it becomes mundane or something just to do as part of the service.  
There are some guidelines for sure in the word, but turning it into legalism without sincere dedication in the participation of taking the Lord’s Supper can actually cause more harm than good. The guidelines are pretty simple as Jesus told us. ” and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said This is MY BODY which is for you, do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying This cup is the NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD, do this, AS OFTEN AS YOU DRINK IT, in remembrance of Me.” (1Con.11:24,25) So here we see to give thanks for the bread to bless it and understanding the cup is a new covenant in His blood. No longer do we live by the old covenant of laws because Jesus fulfilled the old covenant for us. By faith in His blood our sins are washed away. 
Later on in the same chapter, we are told to EXAMINE OURSELVES, in other words JUDGE YOURSELF so you will not be judged, confessing your sins and weaknesses to God asking for forgiveness as you forgive others. The kicker is; you will eat and drink judgment upon yourself if you don’t and if you take it in an unworthy manner. Then it says in verse 30; “FOR THIS REASON MANY AMONG YOU ARE SICK AND A NUMBER SLEEP (died). The good news is (vs 31,32) But if we judged ourselves rightly, WE WOULD NOT BE JUDGED! 
Please under this, do not put your faith in any church or denomination or any pastor or priest, but only in Jesus who saves your soul. Now that’s not to say don’t listen to sound doctrine and teaching, but it must be from the bible, not someone’s opinion. Study for yourself, and ask the Holy Spirit to help and guide you and He will. The Holy Spirit IS the teacher and not some ghost floating around the planet, but the very Spirit of the living God who resides in every single solitary Believer in Jesus Christ, the Only begotten Son of God. 
Also understand this, Jesus Himself in Matt.26:27 speaking of communion: ” and when He had taken the cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying “Drink from it, all of you; for this is THE BLOOD OF MY COVENANT, which is poured out for many for FORGIVENESS OF SIN.” The King James Version says FOR REMISSION OF SINS. So we understand that only faith in Jesus blood shed for us is forgiveness of sins, nothing else, nothing at all. His grace given to us through our faith is salvation. “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. 
In the Old Testament in Isaiah 53 it is written ..”by his stripes your are healed” and in the New Testament in 1Peter it is written …” By His wounds you Were healed. Healed of what? Healed of sin and sickness. Have faith my friends, Jesus loves and cares for you no matter what your going through, have faith in Him and have faith that when you take the sacrament of the Lord’s supper you are spiritually eating the body and drinking the blood of Jesus who is pure and holy and our soon coming King. 
If you’ve never done so, fall before Him and cry out to Him to forgive you and save you, confessing with your mouth He is Lord and then get baptized quickly to confirm your covenant with Him. Things are winding down on planet earth, are you ready? Stay faithful until the end and you absolutely positivity guaranteed without question receive everlasting eternal life with Him in heaven…….

 

The “Feelings” Demonic Gospel Propagannda 

The satanic plan of the enemy emphasizing “feelings” over truth is almost complete. Deception is the main tool of Satan and his great deception is working throughout the world and especially in the churches of the West; particularly in America. Societal changes have embraced sin to the extent that right is wrong, truth is false and even despised as the hearts of men and women become dark and very wicked. No longer does the general population and much of the mainstream churches abide by the very words spoken by Jesus and Prophets as “Truth.” 
Forgetting the Undeniable fact that God Himself says “I will watch over my word to perform it” and “My word will not return to me void and will accomplish what it was sent to accomplish” God holds His word even above His own name. The apostle John writes ” In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God; clearly stating that every word in the Bible is spoken by Jesus and He alone is “Truth” and eternal life for those who believe. Furthermore; ” All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for repoof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2nd Timothy 3:16) 
Even many Evangelical church pastors along with their flock have succumbed to the social monster of the “feelings message” instead of preaching repentance of your sins and that by grace alone, through faith alone in the only begotten Son of God Jesus Christ is eternal life and baptism is the appeal to God for a clean conscience and obedience to Jesus confirming His covenant with you of His death, burial and resurrection from the dead. Truth is still truth and His word never fails regardless of the “other” voices out there saying something different. 
Tolerance has eventually always lead to acceptance which eventually has always lead to practice, which eventually always leads to hate and even murder of those who refuse to tolerate the original sins of society. Think of any sin and walk it out and you will see this is true. By the deception of tolerance and political correctness 2% of the population has convinced judges and courts and leaders of nations to fully accept immorality and decadent behavior because those leaders are themselves full of immorality and the same sins. Truthfully the Word correctly states “…and they heartily approve of their sin…..men that are lovers of self…arrogant, revilers, unholy, irreconcilable , malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure and having a form of godliness although they have denied its power…” 
The infiltration of churches and society is almost complete and many are falling away from the faith, listening to “doctrines of demons” spewing from the mouths of sinful men and women masquerading as messengers of God and leading millions more into the deception of tolerance and eventually to judgment if there is no repentance from the heart. The underlying cause is cowardice, afraid of men instead of God. Afraid of lost profits, afraid to daily take up their cross, afraid of persecution, afraid of losing their status in society, afraid of family and friends, afraid to live by faith and the Word of God. They dismiss the truth of Revelation 21:8,9 which says ” But for the COWARDLY and the unbelieving and abominable and murderers and IMMORAL PERSONS and sorcerers and idolaters and ALL LIARS, their part will be in the LAKE THAT BURNS WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, which is the Second Death.” 
You’ve heard it before that God is not mocked. What ever a man sows that will he also reap. Are you sowing into the Kingdom of God? Are you walking your talk, living holy and abstaining from sexual sin? Are you witnessing the salvation message when he opportunity open up? I’m not talking works here, I’m talking walking by faith knowing if you died tonight, you would be with Jesus in heaven. Repent daily from your heart, forgive daily from your heart, pray daily especially beginning with the Lord’s Prayer. Remember God loves you and no matter what you have done, you can and will be forgiven if you repent and confess from your heart. You see the state of he world and you know Jesus promised He will return and make all things right and new. Get right if your not right and stay right if you are. For we all will stand before God someday soon and give an account what we have said and done in our bodies. Wipe the slate clean by your prayer from your heart so your sins will not exist anymore and stay faithful unto your death and receive the crown of life from Jesus. Pray pray pray you and your household will not be deceived in these last days leading up to the Messiah’s return and above all don’t live by your feelings but by the truths in the Word of God.

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