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Salvation is not about “You”

Salvation is not about “You”

The reason many people have uncertainty about where they will spend eternity is rooted in the very sin of pride in the form of self-righteousness. I’m sure this has come out of left field to almost everyone reading this blog and the majority has never ever thought of pride as the reason for someone doubting their salvation. This is a very dangerous place to be and everyone should judge their hearts in this matter to see where they stand.

Salvation has never been about me or you, it’s always been about God’s love for us sending His only begotten Son to die in our place and shed His blood to wash away our sins (Matthew 26:28). It’s about God’s wonderful mercy and grace and about Jesus giving up His life while we were still sinners to redeem us and bring us to heaven to live with Him for eternity. When people turn inward, they become self-righteous like the Pharisees were in Jesus day. To them it was about what they could do and had to do to gain eternal life, but never totally depending on God’s grace to set them free.

Here’s the deal; God sent His law to show us that we could never be sinless and keep His commandants and that we need a Savior or there is little hope. The self-righteous attitude is this: I got this, I can do this on my own by just following the rules and if you don’t follow the rules you will be lost.Now get you bible out and start banging everyone you see on the head! I got it and you don’t and you better listen to me. Regardless of the denomination or the group involved, everyone thinks they have the truth or correct biblical doctrine. The Baptist believes you can’t lose your salvation which is true unless you totally renounce Jesus and walk away forever knowing what you’re doing, and then there no longer remains grace for you and it is impossible to renew you again to salvation. It doesn’t mean that someone who has fallen away like the prodigal son did can’t come back to God, because once a son always a son. The Assembly of God came up with the term “backslider” and teach that you can be lost if you have any un-confessed sin in your life when you die. This is totally against what the word teaches because Jesus died once for all. He is not going to die again and you can’t be born again every time you sin. What you can do is ask forgiveness and it’s forgiven. However; the blood of Jesus constantly cleanses you from sin or no one would ever make it into heaven. We sin all the time, everyday and most of us don’t even know we are sinning, like not loving our neighbors or turning away from someone in need etc.  Anything not done in faith is sin the bible says, so there you go, no one is immune to that. The Church of Christ says you must be baptized to enter heaven but also put loads of other works you must also do in order to get there. Just like the letter written to the Galatians, they are bewitched, having started in the Spirit, but then walking in the flesh denying God’s power living self-righteous lives and never coming to an understanding of the born again experience that Jesus said must happen, never speaking about grace or faith, but like the  Pharisees of old, they follow the rules and no change ever takes place in the heart for most. The Catholic Church is also very legalistic and full of rituals that mean absolutely nothing but to the Priest. Many masses in those churches don’t even talk in the same language the people understand and they rarely teach anyone how to get saved or born again if ever. Praying to Mary who is not God is so off the charts when never does the bible teach that. Memorized confessions of Hail Mary’s, not from the heart, doesn’t clean anyone’s sin.  Then there are numerous other churches with list too long to name who do nothing but teach good little social messages devoid of the Spirit while accepting any and all comers teaching all religions lead to God which is pure demonic heresy.  Many occult practices are prevalent and the lies of Islam are also accepted to their shame. Houses of political propaganda and denying even the deity of Jesus Christ, these churches are not churches at all, but houses of the enemy, spewing lies and deceiving multitudes of people.

Many, many people are born again and saved in the named churches above and many want to do what’s right in the sight of God. There are lost and saved in most all churches. So what is the difference and what does the bible really say? The ones born again are those who are not trusting in anything or anyone but Jesus Christ as their Savior, those who have called out to God in true repentance and confessed that Jesus is Lord and the Messiah and believe God raised Him from the dead and believe that Jesus blood cleanses us from all sin have salvation. The others are the self-righteous ones depending on themselves and what they did or are doing or can do, instead of Jesus and Him alone. (Just like I used to do) Here are some things for you to consider.

Understanding grace removes the legalistic performance mentality and sets you free. Pure and simple, salvation is a gift period, it has nothing to do with your performance, it’s a gift so no man can boast. In today’s vernacular it’s like take it, its free and shut up your bragging about how much you’ve done, your goodness is filthy rags to God. God is not going to love you any more or do anything more because He’s already done it for you. He is waiting for you to acknowledge that fact. You can’t get God to love you more than He does at this very moment. His love is everlasting which means without conditions forever so stop trying to do things that you think will make God love you more. He did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for you! Grace is unearned, underserved, unmerited favor and you got it directly from God if you will just believe by faith! And what is faith? It is not something you do to get a positive response out of God. Faith is simply your positive response to what God had already done by grace. Faith believes that God is who He said He is and rewards those who believe His word. Oh many say “I believe God can do anything” but they don’t believe God will do anything for them personally. Yes He will! Its unbelief that stops your salvation, your healing, your prosperity, or any answer to your prayers! Why do people even pray if all they do is beg God in unbelief? Hoping and a wishing ain’t gonna get the job done. Praying in faith believing will.

It’s not a lack of faith that causes prayers to go unanswered; everyone has a measure of faith. Its unbelief and being double minded tossed to and fro wavering in your belief system or what you were taught instead of believing what the bible says is the problem. Unbelief comes from your “thought process”. Faith comes from your heart and the knower inside your spirit knows. Three types of unbelief are: (1) Ignorance-due to lack of knowledge(2) disbelief- being taught wrong(3) natural unbelief-using your senses and walking by what you see instead of walking by faith no matter what’s in the natural. Fasting and prayer gets rid of unbelief.

Take the load off and rest in Jesus and you’ll stop fretting about everything and have peace even in the storm. “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL. But this Man (Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins FOREVER, sat down at the right hand of God. For by one offering He has perfected FOREVER those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10) Your sins are forgiven forever, and ever, all sins past present and future! How many of your sins were in the future when Jesus died? All of them! Are you born again? Do you know your spirit has changed at some point in your life? You must be born again of the Spirit of God to see the Kingdom of Heaven!

Who also has SEALED us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a GUARANTEE” (2 Cor 1:22). In Him we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sin, according to the riches of His Grace.”(Eph 1:7) “In Him you also trusted, after heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having BELIEVED, you were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the GUARANTEE of our inheritance …”(Eph1:13,14) “ And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you  were SEALED for the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30)

Do you get it now? When you receive the Holy Spirit after believing with all your heart and confessing Jesus as Lord, God seals you spirit by the Holy Spirit and nothing can penetrate your born again spirit, no sin, nothing! It’s your flesh that sins but your spirit is sealed by God forever. That’s why all true believers go to heaven and there is no sin in your sealed spirit as no sin can enter heaven. Our sealed spirit is our guarantee! Then after the Gentiles received the spirit, they were baptized in water just like the early believing Jews as Christ commanded. And the eunuch got saved and was baptized by confessing believing with all his heart and confessing “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”  And Peter said “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him RECEIVES FORGIVENESS OF SINS.” (Acts 10:43)

If you know you are truly born again, then your spirit bears witness of this fact. If not, are you willing to stake your eternal soul on your current belief? It’s not about you, it’s about what Jesus did for you, it’s a gift, take it by calling out to Jesus and confess Him as the Son of God and ask Him to save you and baptize you in the Holy Spirit. Then get baptized as Jesus commanded……

 

 

 

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Receiving Jesus (Blood Security)

Receiving Jesus (Blood Security)

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born , not of the flesh nor of the will of the flesh, nor or the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12)” I would suggest you read that verse over a few times until it really sinks into your spirit what the true meaning of it is. Jesus said you must be born again of the Spirit.

Taken in the context of the entire first chapter of John, it relates that Jesus is the word and became flesh and lived among us for of His fullness we have received grace upon grace. What exactly is His fullness and how do we actually receive Him? Is there some special act or work or thing we must do?

Jesus is everything and Jesus plus something is heresy. Jesus is the exact representation of God the Father and they are one and so is the Holy Spirit. Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh but never sinned. He verified His work and who He is by the miracles He performed. No one killed Him. He laid down His life willingly for all mankind that they might be saved. Everyone who has ever lived are sinners and there is no hope except through Jesus. Because of His great love for us He became sin on the cross and all the wrath of God was placed upon Him at that moment in time. The blood He shed became the payment, sprinkled in heaven in the Holy of Holies in a place not made with hands. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness, so Jesus bled for us. The bible says He actually became the substitute for mankind. He actually took our place and satisfied the penalty for us that entire sacrifice that God required.

Religious people who love to keep others in bondage to them and their group list several things you must do to be saved, or justified or sanctified or made holy but they are all lies. Because Jesus is the only answer and cried out on the cross it is finished. What is it? It is just what was said above. He came to fulfill the law and now there is grace for those that believe. Can water wash away your sins? No! Only the blood of Jesus can do that and it is done by faith through Gods grace from the heart. Water baptism is commanded and should be done ASAP after your born again to symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and that is what it is, a symbol and agreement of what you already believe in your heart. Jesus plus something is heresy. Jesus alone is the answer. You connect to Jesus blood by your faith not by baptism and it must come from your believing heart. It amazes me that God said without faith it impossible to please Him, so those who have not learned to use their faith and release it to God turn to acts or rules because they just don’t believe it.

Jesus said in Matthew 26:28 “For this is the blood of my covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness (remission) of sins.” Acts 10:43 says “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him RECEIVES forgiveness of sins” Romans 3:24,25 states “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation (payment, substitute) IN HIS BLOOD THROUGH FAITH…” Much more then, having now been justified by HIS BLOOD, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Hebrews 13:20 says “Now the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18,19 “ knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver and gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with THE PRECIOUS BLOOD as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. Ephesians 1:7 says “In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins of our trespasses according to the riches of His grace.” Revelation 1:5 “ …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 finally in Revelation 5:9 “Worthy are you to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain and purchased for God WITH YOUR BLOOD from every tongue and people and nation.

“For it is the Fathers good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS; THROUGH HIM…”Don’t be deceived by religion, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by Him and His Blood by Faith through grace. Everyone is given a measure of Faith equally so don’t say you have no faith, you might not know how to release it, but God will help you if you ask. How do you receive Jesus? Simply by calling out to Him, confessing He is the Messiah and the only Son of God and knowing He was raised from the dead and asking Him to come into your heart and make you born again believing His Blood washes away all your sin past present and future.

A final word to those who are cowards: Jesus mentions Cowards as the first named to be cast into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8) Why would the cowards be mentioned first? Because the cowards want to please their families, their friends, their schoolmates and the world. They are afraid to be ridiculed for being a Christian. They are afraid and don’t want any sort of persecution to come their way because they believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah. They are coward’s period. Jesus said whoever loves Father or Mother or sister or brother more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever is not willing to take up you cross daily and follow Jesus is not worthy to enter into the Kingdom of God. Don’t be a coward and be loss, Jesus loves you so much; call out now to Him to save you and fill you with His Holy Spirit while there is still time. Blessed be the Name of The LORD……..

Dividing Israel Means Judgment

Dividing Israel means Judgment

Many people don’t like to hear negative comments especially when it might affect them, they would rather walk in unbelief and stick their head in the sand, just wishing and a hoping that it will all work out as they can continue to go about their lives as normal and hope their routines will not be interrupted. Then there are others who have good knowledge and study prophesy to see if these things are true and prepare for what might come their way, either good or evil. They trust the word of God and know they must look for all the signs to see when events will take place upon the earth. Lying somewhere in between are those who feel in their hearts things aren’t quite right, but they have no real understanding of what the future holds and walk the fence line on world events and the truth of the bible.

The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy according to Revelation 19:10. Do you understand this? If not meditate on the verse. All through the torah and the entire bible are hundreds of prophesies. The first covenant (Old Testament) reveals them and the second covenant (New Testament) confirms them. Beginning in Genesis 5:18 it reads “ On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.” There are many maps on the net that show the boundaries spoken in this verse. It really doesn’t matter what Jewish and Israeli haters think about it because it happened and is firm and no human can discount what the Lord said about it. And little do most people realize that God said this land is actually His alone. Leviticus 25:23 states “The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.” Imagine that, God owns the land and chose it for Himself. He gives it to the Jewish people for a thousand generations according to Psalms 105:8. God told Joshua to be strong and courageous, for he would give his people possession of the land which He (God) swore to their fathers to give them. This pretty much settles it forever and ever.

Here’s the main problem; God proclaims judgment to anyone dividing up His land, the land of Israel. In Joel 3:1,2 it spells it out. God is going to gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat and enter into judgment with them on behalf of His people and His inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; “AND THEY HAVE DIVIDED UP MY LAND.” Egypt will become a waste, and Edom (Jordan) will become a desolate wilderness, because of the violence done to the sons of Judah (Israel), in whose land they have shed innocent blood. “but Judah (Israel) will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem for all generations. I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged for the Lord dwells in Zion (Israel).” God is not playing when it comes to the land of Israel, because it is His land forever and ever.

President Obama visited Israel this past week and what was the main thrust of the visit? Divide the Land! Touting only a two state solution would work. Great, will judgment come upon America even worst then it already has through natural disasters or will we escape coming judgment from God? I think you know the answer from the above passages. It seems every time a President or Prime Minister vocally tells the world to divide Israel, some natural disaster occurs. The land will be divided eventually according to the bible, but there will be a huge price to pay and probably part of the solution will be to allow the Jewish nation to rebuild the Temple right next to the mosque in Jerusalem. You know what that means; the beginning of the seven years of tribulation and the appearance of the false prophet and the antichrist on the scene. The one new world order is just around the corner even now. Before all of this is there a Mid East war on the horizon? Will the economy of the world collapse creating a new world order? God knows.

The Muslim nations get all worked up and spew hatred at Israel and now even the left in America and Europe are turning against Israel, Why? Because they are the chosen nation by God to prove to the world He is Lord and no one will have an excuse. Satan still enters the hearts of men and women to hate anything connected to God and especially Messiah Jesus Christ. Israel isn’t chosen because they are any better than the rest of the world; they are special and chosen because of one thing: God made a covenant with them and will see it through. The Lord didn’t make a covenant with any other nation ever, no not even America or Europe. We can become part of the blessings of Abraham and the old covenant by accepting and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ in the new covenant. It does not nullify the promises of the old covenant.

“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, not is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh, But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God (Romans 2:28,29).” All born again believers whether Jewish or not Jewish are true Jews by the Spirit of God. A Jew who believes in Messiah Jesus is still Jewish and has no need to throw away his heritage. That is a lie the devil plants in their thinking so they will not come to Christ. It won’t work, as thousands across the world are becoming born again by believing in Messiah Jesus. For the entire Gentile Christians, you are a Spiritual Jew so how stupid is it to have any animosity in your heart toward the Jewish people or Israel? You better repent of any hatred. God says I will bless those that bless Israel.

According to the word of God over two thirds of the Jewish nation will die in war, but the remaining people will all come to know Jesus and the entire nation will come into the Kingdom of God. The land of Israel is owned by God and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. And he will reign from Jerusalem for a thousand years in the near future. The land will be divided, but only for a short time, and the land of Israel will have the exact boundaries God promised in Torah and throughout the Bible. God has fierce anger for those who would divide His land, watch and you will see…..

So You’re Scared to Speak in Tongues?

(This is a re-blog of May 2011 as it has gotten hundreds of hits from all over the world and it still continues to this day. Why? Because some people know there has to be more than just the salvation experience and those seeking more of God will find Him patiently waiting to answer as they open up their hearts by faith in His word.)

How in the world can you possibly live an overcoming life in this wicked world without the fullness of the Holy Spirit? How can you possibly go from day to day with all the troubles in this life without the power to overcome and succeed? Do you really believe you can make it all on your own by whining and crying to God to forgive you every day because you don’t have the willpower in yourself to walk daily with God? Let me ask you a question, why would God give the early church the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and all the nine gifts of the Spirit and not give them to us in the 21st century? Can you honestly say that God loved the first century Christians more than He loves us? The answer of course is NO! If the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and changes not, doesn’t that mean He really is the same today?

Now think about this; why would He give the early church power for individuals to witness and live for Him and leave us in the 21st century to go through life with no power from God and let us just gut it out by our own willpower? (Like we can really do that) He would not and He didn’t! So many churches do not teach the full gospel of Jesus Christ, they just pluck out the verses to meet their doctrine and forget the rest and have zero power in the spiritual realm. Many churches rarely even mention the Holy Spirit and so their members are clueless because they don’t seek the truth out for themselves. If you can pay attention and be serious about this subject for a few minutes (that is if you really want to know why it’s real) Then we can reason together providing you can put your doctrine aside for a few minutes and forget what you have been taught for just a little while. Open up your heart and you’ll see it.

Not only is Jesus Christ the same today, but He actually says signs and wonders will increase as the end of this age draws to a close and God did say “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.(Acts 2:17)” Jesus did not do one miracle, not a single one, until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit  after He was water baptized by John the Baptist! And neither did any other Christian! Didn’t John the Baptist say “I baptize you with water but one who is coming after me will baptize you in the Holy Spirit?” After then and only then did anyone including Jesus perform any miracles. And who did John say would baptize you in the Holy Spirit? Jesus Christ Himself baptizes you in the Holy Spirit! This is a totally separate experience than when you received the Spirit in salvation. How is that you say?

Would you agree all the Apostles were saved as were many believers in the early church, but Jesus told them not to do anything until they receive the Holy Spirit not many days from now. This is the LAST THING Jesus told them so the importance was Significant. He told them this in Acts1:4,5. Then in Acts1:8 Jesus said “But you shall receive POWER after the Holy Spirit is come upon you….” Then it happened, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. NOT just the Apostles, but everyone in attendance. Speaking in tongues happens every time you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now it is possible to receive the baptism and not speak in tongues until a little later (like a few days or so) but that is because your mind is fighting to believe that speaking in tongues is real for today, because you have been taught all your life incorrectly by the doctrine of your church or preacher or priest or someone else. And know this…God does not hit you up on the side of your head and make you speak in tongues. It is an act of faith just like salvation. You have to start speaking and talking not worrying about what your words sound like as you mind is unfruitful the bible says and you won’t have any idea what the strange  sounds or words mean, but God will understand you perfectly. For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit does inside us; with groans and utterances to deep for the mind to understand (1Cori 14:2)

Paul says in 1st Corinthians 14 Desire earnestly spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy…Now I wish you all spoke in tongues…..For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful….I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all…..So then tongues are for a sign to unbelievers…do not forbid to speak in tongues!!! Stop fearing speaking in tongues! Do you want to taste the sweet Spirit of God or not? Relax then, and the sweetness of God will come on you when you ask and believe. It will feel like an electrical charge, but not hurt and will be sweet love of God. Sometimes you won’t feel anything until later. There is nothing to be afraid of, God loves you so much and Jesus wants to give you His power.

If you follow the book of Acts, you will notice three distinct things happening throughout the book. First, they believed in their heart that Jesus is Lord and His blood washed away all their sins, (water can’t do that) Secondly, they were water baptized after they believed as a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Third, they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith by believing or by prayer or by the laying on of hands by some other Christians. These were regular people like you and me not Apostles. The book of Acts is full of examples of this second encounter with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How could anyone from any denomination read the book of Acts and not believe the experience is for all believers? There is only one answer, because they have been taught wrong by their church. Let’s take a look at prime examples of unbelief taught by churches today…..

In Corinthians, it states that love will last and tongues and prophesy and knowledge will pass away when the Perfect comes.”For we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. So, people say see, there it says it will pass away. First of all, we still have knowledge, in fact its increasing so fast everyday that you can hardly keep up with it. Secondly, then face to face (when the Perfect comes) means that when we are face to face with Jesus in heaven. He alone is the perfect one. Its not talking about the bible as there are some mistakes and wrong translations of certain Greek or Hebrew words to English. Jesus is the Word but only He is perfect. You won’t be looking face to face with a bible. So yea, all things will pass away when we are in heaven with Jesus because we won’t need them then, but love will remain forever. In this evil world we need the power of the Holy Spirit and everything that goes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit including the gifts to live victorious in these coming perilous times. The worst things get, the more you will need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Let me ask you another question. Why would chapter 14 of first Corinthians say pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy if it wasn’t for today? Answer is it would not be in the bible. And how are you going to have spiritual gifts unless you have the second encounter with God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Answer is you won’t. And why did Paul say in verse five, “Now I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy? Answer is you are supposed to speak in tongues. If you pray in a tongue, your spirit prays, but your mind is unfruitful it says in verse 14. And again in verse 39 it says “desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. In church, only two or three speak in tongues but someone that has the gift of interpretation must be present to interpret the tongues, but in your private prayer life you can speak in tongues all the time or anytime to edify yourself. And when you don’t know what to pray, you pray in tongues and the Spirit in you will talk directly to God! What a blessing to have in this evil world.

Just a couple more points I would like to make about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:39 it says “ For the promise is for you and your children and all who are far off as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” The promise is what? Look at the verse above. The previous verse says….. and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for you today and last forever until Jesus comes back as many as the Lord shall call to Himself. The Holy Spirit didn’t stop or go away in AD 61 as some unbelieving preachers teach, no, it’s for today just as it was in the first century. And why doesn’t the gifts manifest when people get baptized in water? Because they don’t believe it, have not been taught correctly and/or they are trusting in the water instead of the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins. Many will be shocked when they die, because Jesus will say depart from me I never knew you.  Why? Because they were never born again of the Spirit. They were practicing their religion just like the Pharisees did in Jesus day. The born again experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit can only happen from the heart by faith believing in the full gospel.

“Luke 11:13 says “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit for those who ask Him? Have you ask Him? You see here you don’t have to be sinless or perfect to receive the Holy Spirit that is a lie from Satan to keep you from believing it. The devil is a liar, forget about those negative thoughts when you’re seeking the baptism and just believe God. You were a sinner when you first believed weren’t you? We all are sinners and fall short but Jesus blood constantly cleans us.

So, if you want to have more of God and you believe the word, then it’s time to ask Jesus right now to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, to completely fill you with His Spirit of love. If God says He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit then He will! If you ask for a fish will He give you a stone? No, He will hear your prayer in faith and answer you. Here is a good way to pray. Just get alone and lift up your hands right now and ask Him and surrender yourself to the Creator, our Lord and thank Him for doing what He said He would do. Pray this prayer if you need help…..

Father, I know my need for your power to live in this Christian life and be a bold witness for you. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive it right now. Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life, come and fill me up with power from on high. Thank you Lord for this wonderful gift….Now you can do what Mark 16:17 says “And these signs will follow those who believed; in My name they will speak in new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover …More teaching on this subject in my other blogs….

Jesus said in Matt 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

 

Imagine

Imagine

“Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb. For I proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He! (Deu-32)

Some things about God are so amazing, so glorious, so majestic, our small minds can only get a very tiny glimpse and understanding of how big God really is. He is totally Spirit, supernatural and intelligent, so creative and yet His unconditional and everlasting love for mankind, His creation, comes from in His heart and enters residence in the souls and hearts of His Children; those who are born again by His Spirit and washed in His blood. He has made everything appropriate in its time and set eternity in our hearts, but has hid life’s mysteries only revealed to His children, one part at a time, for hungry hearts who truly want to really know Him and find Him, He will not cast out, but gather them under His wings like a hen gathers her chicks.

God is a good God. If you close your eyes, you see darkness, but if you close your eyes and turn toward a lamp or light, you see the darkness fade and light illuminate and push the darkness away. That’s exactly how God is to our souls. When you begin to know Him, the darkness fades and His light begins to take over and the mind of your understanding comes alive and begins to regenerate into His likeness and love. The more you understand His word, the more light of His love reflects upon you and your soul. The more time you spend with Him, the more you get to know Him. Jesus said now I call you friend. He becomes your best friend, and God the father becomes your Daddy. Your love and security is only in Him and He takes pleasure in giving you love and security back. We deserve nothing, but His favor and grace is beyond measure.

Now just imagine for a moment our solar system, then our galaxy, then our Universe with millions and billions of galaxies with trillions of stars. So massive, so enormous unending, still expanding, millions and billions of light years away. The speed of light is 186,000,000 miles per second. Can you imagine traveling that fast and still taking you millions of years to get somewhere? Now you know why the bible says the heavens declare the Glory of God! And guess what, the bible says he named every single solitary star! And you thought your new computer has a lot of memory….It’s just crazy, almost unimaginable to think of God’s mighty power and glory and knowledge. Realizing there are myriads of Angels and other created beings in heaven that saw it all happen and take notes on every single human who has ever lived, now that makes it easy to understand how judgment can occur. If God can create this universe and us, He can definitely keep a record of our lives and know exactly what happens every second of every moment of every hour in our lives. The good news is the bad moments of sin are wiped away by our faith in Jesus as Lord. When they open the book on believers, it’s all good…..

The book of Job says God rolled out the universe like a carpet, set everything in motion and keeps it all working, all at the same time. Here’s one for you…God declares the end from the beginning! In Isaiah 46:9, 10 He says “I am God and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient time’s things which have not been done, saying My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure.” Guess we better all study God’s prophesies a little more closely don’t you think? Believers all know or at least should know we are coming to the end of the age. Sadly, the world at large is oblivious as to what is taking place because they don’t know the bible. But we as believers are not in darkness that the day of the Lord would take us by surprise. A good study of Revelation gives you a heads up on what’s coming. And studying Revelation is the only book that comes with a specific blessing when you read and study it. What an exciting time to be alive, the final generation upon the earth before the Second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ! And you were born for such a time as this, so you can go tell all people of Jesus and the Father and the plan of salvation.

Check it out….The bible says Earth is His footstool. Wow, so how big is God? He is so big it’s just hard to imagine, but let’s take a short journey in our minds for a second. Imagine a football and the shape. Now, looking at it the left side you know it comes to a point and over on the right side it comes to a point. The ball is between these two ends. Now using your same imagination put the beginning of creation on the left and the end of the age on the right. The ball in between the two ends are time and space. Remember God said before it all started, I Am that I Am, in other words God and Jesus with the Holy Spirit existed before the creation as well as all the angels and myriads of other beings He created. Now as you imagine this universe and time like a football, you can see the beginning of one end, the middle and the end of the other end. That’s exactly what God sees! He is so big; he sees the end from the beginning and everything in between! That’s how he can use the prophets to declare prophesies by the Holy Spirit through man and tell everyone what’s going to take place before it does. God has eleven or more dimensions not three or four we have to see.

So you see that if He can see all of time at once, then He knew who exactly would be saved and can assign them angels while they are on earth. He says He knew us before we were born and knew us in our mother’s womb, he knows every moment of everyday of our lives before we were ever born. This is why abortion is so horrible. He knew Adam and Eve would fall, He knew everything that would and is taking place upon the earth AND still He created us and loves us so much. He had a plan before the foundation of the world to save us and restore us to Him through the blood of a sinless man, His Son, Jesus Christ! When you read the Revelation, you see that we win and God wins in the Spiritual battle with Satan. In reality, it’s not even a contest. God knows it all and has the great advantage. Satan is a created being, a created being, he is NOT a god!  He cannot see the football, he can only read the bible and see what God says will happen, but he has no idea of the timing or methods or people God did and will use to carry out His great plan of the ages. Satan thought he had won when Jesus died, but little did he know Jesus would rise again and he had no clue that the blood Jesus shed on the cross was the blood sacrifice needed by a sinless man to reconcile mankind back to God. Satan knows his time is short, but he has no idea of God’s timing to complete His purposes.

One proof of God is the existence of Israel and every single prophesy in the bible that has taken place exactly as it was written. Hundreds of years before it actually happened, it was written long ago. Israel is God’s land and He owns it the bible says. The Jewish people are His chosen people to prove to the world He is God by what He has and will accomplished through them. They are so stubborn and sinful and rebellious just like some of us were, but God works His work through them anyway and even though they rejected Jesus 2000 years ago, now they are coming back to Christ and during that time know as the church age of grace, millions of non-Jewish gentiles like me and some of you came to know God through Jesus and were saved. They are our brothers and the bible speaks of both Jews and Gentiles becoming ONE in Christ. The bible even goes on to say, we are Spiritual Jews and therefore heirs of the promise of Abraham that God promised.

Soon, war will break out in the Middle East and many will die. The signs of the end of age will increase greatly with massive earthquakes, famines, drought, and other weather related catastrophes. The Islamic Muslim nations will unite and fight against Israel and other countries and lose. The one world government system will be set up with the Anti-christ in charge. Many of us believers will be persecuted and many of us will die, but not loving our lives unto death, we will be alive forever and reign with Christ. He will defeat Satan and we will overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. It is all those who are faithful to the end that will be saved. Whether that’s the end of your normal life or the end of your life in the tribulation. God is faithful and will bring us safely to our heavenly home to live with Him forever and ever. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, just pray and ask God to forgive you, confess Jesus is Lord and rose again and paid the penalty for your sins forever and ask Jesus to come into your heart and live by the Holy Spirit. Then live the rest of your time for Him. God loves you so much, God cares for you so much, let go of yourself and give your life to Him. Yes, while we were still sinners, He died for us…….

You Better Believe Jesus Arose

You Better Believe Jesus Arose

The old song says “Up from the Grave He Arose, With a Mighty Triumph Orr His Foes.” Brother and Sister, you better believe this with all your heart. Unless you’re lying to yourself, you know full well you’re a sinner and have done many things in your body in your life that deserves death. Mankind is without excuse says Romans 1:20, so I guess that doesn’t let you atheist or agnostics off the hook either. Just because you don’t believe, doesn’t make it not true. I suggest you get a grip and real soon because the end of the age is fast approaching and you might be smelling that singe as you standing too close to the fire if you get my meaning and I know you do.

For all of you that need a simple course in Jesus 101, I suggest you pay attention. You wouldn’t be even looking here unless you have some concerns about your soul (other than my faithful readers from all over the world who read my blogs) Ok, so here’s the deal in black and white, pulling no punches dude. The truth is unless you believe in your heart (not your intellectual, philosophical, but what about this and what about that always making excuses brain) that Jesus is the one and only Son of God, that he actually did come to earth in the form of man and live and then shed His blood for your sins, and then God really, really, did raise Him from the dead, (believing with your whole heart mind you) your goose is just as good as cooked and I don’t mean for supper. You better spend some of that money you usually spend for other things and buy a Bible that you can understand and actually look up some passages like Romans 10:9,10 and see what being forgiven and saved really means. Or since you could be more of the lazy type or should I say nerd type or not internet app challenged, Google “Blue Letter Bible” and download it to your puter, iphone, ipad, or android and spend a little time on your soul, instead of watching the next Netflix to keep yourself from being bored. In case you’re wondering, BLB is free.

Now, having said all that, let’s go on a little further. I understand you may have some college or perhaps even degrees for some of the wonderful humanistic self serving shoot the bull college or university and in your mind you think you just all that. The real problem is instead of using that wonderful brain God gave you for studying His word to at least get some sort of knowledge of His nature, you’ve wasted a lot of your time doing who knows what.  The bottom line is this and let this be burned in your memory and heart like a good tattoo, Jesus said this profound statement “the wind blows and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from, or where it is going; so is everyone who is born of Spirit, and you must be born again or you will not enter into the kingdom of God.”

Well, well, that leaves you with a decision of a lifetime. Since you’re so well educated and smart, you know, yep you know, if you’re born of the Spirit of God. You can pretend and play all the worlds games all you want and fool your friends and co-workers and even your roommates or your family, but you can’t fool God and you know what? You know if you’re fooling yourself! Maybe you even sneak into a church once in a while on Easter Sunday but in today’s lingo “it is what it is” or “at the end of the day” you know if you’re still a broken down peace of humanity or if you’re full of love and peace and know where you will spend eternity. I bet the Holy Spirit is convicting some of you reading this right now, you better hope so if you’re not right with God. For someone, this is your last, final and only shot at receiving the Glorious Grace God provided through His Son Jesus, so don’t take it too lightly.

What is salvation and eternal life? Knowing Jesus as Lord and God who sent Him. Having a relationship with Jesus and God the Father. Jesus will tell millions on that judgment day “depart from me, I never knew you” God loves you so much and sent Jesus to pay the price for your sins in full. To be born again and get to know Jesus and God the Father is simple as there is salvation in no one else: for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12) Lots of people who call themselves Christians who are not born again and will be shocked at death. Church attendance or being baptized won’t save anyone. Being good (ha-ha like you really could) won’t earn your way to heaven. Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash your sins away. It does not matter the degree of sins you have committed, or how many, what matters is if you will sincerely from your heart say “Father in heaven, I am a sinner, forgive me and wash me clean with the blood of Jesus Christ, I believe Jesus is Lord and you raised Him from the dead and say it out loud to God” And repent (turn away) from the bad parts of your lifestyle that you have been living.  Do it now while there is still time, forget about what people will think who cares? If you prayed that prayer you’re born again. You see you don’t just escape hell but you gain eternal life. That’s like forever and ever. Everyone knows if they are born again of the Spirit of God. For it’s by Grace that you’re saved through Faith and God gave them both to you, the grace and the faith. Now after your born again you should be baptized in water as Jesus commanded. He doesn’t care if it’s at a church or your backyard swimming pool or a river or lake, just do it. Remember you’re getting baptized because you’re saved Not to be saved. That can only happen from your heart in faith.

If you don’t know much about the bible, I have written over 40 blogs that cover many subjects and I’m sure many will witness to your spirit and help you, so read them. But most importantly, talk to God daily, read the bible and learn of Jesus. He says come learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you will find rest unto your soul. Jesus loves you so much, never forget that, ever, and so do I.

You better believe Jesus rose from the dead, you soul depends on it………Happy Easter….

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