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 Wednesday, May 31, 2017

IS THE LAW FOR EVERYONE?

There are certain Jewish groups and “Christian” denominations that would have us believe that the Law (Torah) was meant for the whole world.

Nothing could be farther from the Truth.

Why would the Law be given to the whole world when it doesn’t save, but rather condemns?

Why would it be given to the whole world when it REVIVES sin instead of erasing it?

Why would the Law be given to the whole world, WHEN IT MADE NO ONE JUST?

Why would the Law be given to the whole world when it is IMPERFECT and, therefore, MAKES NOTHING PERFECT?

Why would the Law be given to the whole world, WHEN WE HAVE THE BLOOD OF JESUS?

Now let’s look at BIBLICAL FACTS:

When God gave the Law some 3,500 years ago, there were Egyptians, Libyans, Ethiopians, Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Elamites, Moabites, Edomites, Ammonites, Amalekites, Canaanites, Persians, Sabeans, and Greeks, among others.

Yet God didn’t give the Law TO ANY OF THEM.

God, in fact, waited until the Israelites were IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT, ISOLATED from all the other nations, to give them the Law at Sinai (Exodus 20:2)

If He intended the Law for everyone, He sure missed A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to tell the Egyptians:  “hey, now that I’ve proven to be God, now that I sent you all those plagues and killed all your firstborn, while Israelites went unscathed, now that I FORCED YOU to let them go… this will be your laws, and how I expect you to live.

But He DIDN’T SAY THAT.

In fact, by the first century, when Jesus walked the earth, Israelites had lived under the Law for 1,500 years, and THE ONLY ONES WHO LIVED UNDER IT were Jews. (Acts 10:44-48; 15:1-5, 8-11, 23-29) 

If the Law WERE for everybody, then obviously God would have told the Israelites to SPREAD the LAW to all other nations. 

But you can’t find ONE VERSE -- in the whole Bible -- that says such thing.

Contrast that with the New Testament’s Great Commission: “GO INTO THE ENTIRE WORLD and PREACH THE GOSPEL” (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16: Luke 24:45-49; Acts 1:6-8)

The Law condemns, Jesus saves. (Romans 7:8; Acts 4:12)

The Law REMINDS US of sin, Jesus Blood REMOVES SIN, AND FORGETS SIN (Hebrews 8:12; 10:3)

The Law is IMPERFECT, Jesus is PERFECT (Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 4:16, 18)

The Law makes no one perfect, Jesus does. (Hebrews 7:19; 10:14)

By the works of the Law NO ONE is justified, but by Jesus’ Blood WE ARE. (Galatians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

The law is a TEMPORARY SHADOW, Jesus is Eternal.  (Hebrews 10:1; Psalm 90:2)

Jesus is THE SUPREME, PERFECT, and ETERNAL LAW!  (Psalm 19:7; James 1:25; 1 John 4:18)

Who needs the Law, WHEN THEY HAVE JESUS?

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

 WHEN WAS THE WORLD CREATED?

There are myriad theories that try to pin down the Rapture and Second Coming of Christ based on the year that God created the world.

What all these theories have in common is THEY ARE ALL WRONG.

NO ONE but God knows when He created the world.

The most learned and diligent scholars have only been able to come up with CALCULATIONS, that MAY BE APPROXIMATE, but not totally accurate.

And by no means is there consensus among the scholars as to the calculations themselves, or even on the calculated year when it all started.

So I have to chuckle when someone with minimal knowledge of Scripture, and even less knowledge about Bible prophecy, comes up with a complicated method of charts and equations "ascertaining" THE PRECISE YEAR of either the Rapture, the Second Coming, or both, and basing their absurd conclusions on Anno Mundi, PRETENDING TO KNOW the EXACT YEAR in which the world was created.

The rabbinic calendar is supposed to be based on the "creation of the world".

According to it, this is year 5775 from the Creation.

The rabbinic calendar is wrong in ways too numerous to mention.

It is based on CALCULATIONS, not certainty.

Its errors include, by their own admission, an UNCERTAIN NUMBER OF "missing" years.

And, Truth be told, THE ONLY REASON they revised their calendar in the first century, and made it official in 160 A.D. -- to (supposedly) "coincide with the Creation of the world" -- is because their religious leaders WANTED TO OBSCURE Jesus' awesome fulfillment of Daniel 9-24-27.

The "creation of the world" was merely a convenient excuse for INTENTIONALLY CHANGING THEIR CALENDAR to reflect their religious bias and conceal the true Messiah.

In 1178 A.D. Maimonides gave his blessing to the "new" calendar and new reckoning of years, INVENTED IN 160 A.D, which is widely used and accepted among Jews to this day.

Of course, THAT SAME CALENDAR establishes its "new year" as Tishri 1, instead of the Torah-given day of Aviv 1 (Exodus 12:2).

THAT SAME CALENDAR also erroneously calls Tishri 1 "Rosh Hashanah", instead of its proper Torah-given name of Yom Teruah.

When people ADMIT THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF "MISSING YEARS" from their calendar, DON'T KNOW THEIR OWN NEW YEAR - which has been specified in the Torah for 3,500 years - and CALL THE WRONG NEW YEAR BY THE WRONG NAME to boot... THEY'RE IN NO POSITION to tell anyone THE TRUE DATE WHEN God created the world.

And if JEWS don't know, NO ONE else knows, including you and me.

So much for the spreaders of prophetic fantasies who try to impress others with their super-complex and fallacious calculations.

If your starting point is SUSPECT at best, and FALSE at worst, there's NO WAY your calculations are correct, and THERE'S NO WAY you can have the right date... FOR ANYTHING.

 

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

 AGE OF THE UNIVERSE

NO ONE can PROVE that the universe is 14 billion years old or that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, as posited by most scientists today.

Those are GUESSTIMATES.

These are BIASED guesstimates from people who are ADAMANT about even CONSIDERING the possibility of a Creator.

As remote as that idea may seem TO THEIR LIMITED, FINITE HUMAN MINDS, they CAN'T BE SURE OF ANYTHING if they haven't seriously considered every possible alternative to their theory, INCLUDING the idea of a Supreme Creator.

Since NO ONE has ever seen a zebra turn into a horse, let alone a monkey turn into a human, secular scientists need "BILLIONS AND BILLIONS" of years to make their pet theory of evolution seem plausible.

NO ONE really knows how old the universe or this planet are.

Having said that, the earth is OLDER than the approximate 6,000 years since ITS RECREATION in Genesis chapter 1.

If you read the Genesis 1 text closely:

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"... (Genesis 1:1)

We are not told WHEN that "beginning" was.

Some unknown period of time must have lapsed, and MAJOR events must have taken place, between the point of earth's creation in Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

In verse 2 we find the earth was "formless and EMPTY" in a chaotic state (tohu wabohu), COVERED WITH WATER and engulfed in DARKNESS.

God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).

He is Light and in Him is NO DARKNESS at all (1 John 1:5).

Therefore, when He created the earth IT MUST HAVE BEEN ORDERLY AND THERE MUST HAVE BEEN LIGHT.

This is reinforced by the fact that, in verse 3, THE FIRST THING He does is restore light to the earth.

In the verses that follow, He proceeds to re-order and re-create the devastated earth:

1.Collect the water in certain places, and allow the dry land to appear (Genesis 1:6-10).

2. Restore vegetation (Genesis 1:11-13).

3. Establish the ordinances of sun, moon and stars in the sky (Genesis 1:14).

4. Re-supply the waters with fish and other aquatic life (Genesis 1:20-23).

5. Put all kinds of birds in the air, and

6. Replenish livestock (Genesis 1:24).

7. Last, but not least, He created man (Genesis 1:26-28).

This begs the question: WHAT HAPPENED between the time He created the heavens (expansion, universe) and the earth in verse 1, and the chaotic state of the earth in verse 2?

Answer: the satanic rebellion.

It was Lucifer's rebellion that caused God (in INNER space) to create the universe (OUTER space), in a burst of divine anger (Big Bang), by EJECTING satan (evil) from Himself.

There were humanoid beings on this planet prior to Adam and Eve.

So-called Neanderthal skeletal remains have been discovered many times.

Those beings rebelled against God, along with satan.

God sent the first flood (prior to Noah's) and they all perished.

That is why in Genesis 1:2 we find the earth COVERED with water.

Their souls were sent to the abyss, WHERE THEY ARE TODAY (Luke 8:31).

In the Bible the disembodied spirits and souls of those pre-Adamic beings are known as "demons" (Luke 8:30-31).

So WHEN did God create the universe?

DON'T KNOW.

WHEN did He create the earth?

DON'T KNOW.

Some have suggested 10,000-12,000 years ago. That makes a lot of sense, since God DOESN'T NEED "billions and billions" of years to accomplish ANY thing.

Secular scientists need billions of years, God doesn't.

It must have been AT LEAST 7,000-8,000 years ago. Emphasis on "AT LEAST".

But I DON'T REALLY KNOW and NO ONE - apart from God Himself - knows.

Bottom line: the earth is much older than the approximate 6,000 years since man (Adam) was put here.

Whether that "much older" age is 500 billion years, 14 billion, 100,000, or 10,000 years... NO ONE but God presently KNOWS.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017

ACTORS

I thought THE WORST actors and actresses in the world were those on telenovelas. I was wrong.

The WORST actors and actresses are in Church.

If you ever want to catch their act, just attend the local congregation of your choice on Saturday or Sunday.

You'll see hundreds, if not thousands, of "good Christians", with ARTIFICIAL "Christian" grins on their faces, perfect "Christian" demeanor, perfect "Christian" rhetoric and perfect "Christian" APPEARANCE.

They LOOK "Christian", TALK "Christian" and ACT "Christian".

They got THEIR RELIGIOUS ACT down to a "t".

Or, so they THINK.

They perform THEIR ACT during religious services EVERY WEEK, like clockwork.

All they're doing is ACTING.

The pastor may buy it, since he probably ACTS MORE than the rest of the congregation combined, the dumb members of the congregation may buy it, BUT THE WORLD AIN'T buying ANY of it.

The unsaved world can spot a fake A MILE AWAY.

That's why they're NOT the least bit impressed or swayed by their stupid act.

That's why they have NO RESPECT FOR Christians.

That's why they MAKE FUN OF and RIDICULE their act.

It DESERVES to be RIDICULED.

I'll tell you WHO ELSE ISN'T BUYING IT:

GOD.

Do you think, "nice Christians", that God doesn't see and know WHAT YOU'RE LIKE when church services END?

Do you think, even for a split second, that He doesn't know what goes on "behind the scenes"?

Do you think for a moment that your counterfeit ACT covers up your insincerity IN God's EYES, or your true feelings, your behavior the rest of the week (you know, when "no one is looking?") your carnality, your HIDDEN SINS, and your overall phoniness?

Do you think, for an instant, that our Heavenly Father FALLS FOR your pious, POLISHED EXTERIOR?

Do you think He doesn't know WHAT YOU'RE REALLY LIKE?

What's even sadder is that if you really KNEW Jesus, if you HAD Jesus in your heart, YOU WOULDN'T NEED TO ACT.

The reason YOU ACT, the only reason you find it necessary to "FAKE IT", is because you're trying to OVERCOMPENSATE for the NON-MANIFESTATION OF Christ in your life.

I need to say that again: THE ONLY REASON you ACT and “FAKE IT” is because you’re OVERCOMPENSATING for the LACK OF manifestation of Christ in your life.

Mmmm… huh

Somewhere in the deep recesses of your being, you KNOW that as a Christian, you're supposed to MANIFEST Christ (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2).

Jesus who LIVES IN you is supposed to MANIFEST THROUGH YOU.

You are, after all,
His temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Instead of stepping aside and allowing Jesus to BE and MANIFEST through us, religion has taught us that we are to ACT (PRETEND) that He does.

NO ONE but your little "social club" is buying it.

If the REAL Jesus were manifesting through you, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO FAKE IT.

Seek the INNER Jesus with ALL your heart, seek His Face, until He APPEARS to you and IN you.

When He does, the world will see who you REALLY ARE and, MORE IMPORTANTLY, it will see Him for who He IS.

I got 7 words for all "NICE Christians":

Drop the ACT, and BE THE REAL.

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017

QUESTION THEY CANNOT ANSWER

“For WHOEVER KEEPS THE WHOLE LAW, and yet OFFENDS IN ONE POINT, he IS GUILTY OF ALL.

For he that said, ‘do not commit adultery’, also said, ‘do not kill’.

Now if you commit no adultery, yet you kill, YOU ARE BECOME A TRANSGRESSOR OF THE LAW.”   (James 2:10-11)

Legalists, like Seventh Day Adventists, Church of God, and other Sabbatarians, BOAST about “observing the law”.

They BOAST about being “the one true church” and THE ONLY religion that “keeps” God’s Commandments.

Even JEWS, who RECEIVED the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:2), never kept them (John 7:19).

But THESE LIARS CLAIM to “keep them”.

Truth is they BREAK THE LAW and SIN -- just as much as any other mortal.

That makes them both, LIARS and HYPOCRITES.

For all their boasting about “observing the Sabbath”, “observing the Law” and being “faithful to” their spouses, Jesus TOOK IT UP ANOTHER NOTCH.

Jesus said we DON’T EVEN NEED TO COMMIT THE ACT: if we so much as LOOK ON another person and LUST after them, we have ALREADY COMMITTED ADULTERY (BROKEN THE LAW) IN OUR HEARTS.  (Matthew 5:28, 19).

Hence, ALL have sinned and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23) INCLUDING the aforementioned religious hypocrites.

However, for argument’s sake, let’s ASSUME that they in fact “observe” the Sinai Law:

James says ALL WE HAVE TO DO – in the course of our ENTIRE lives – is break ONE of its commandments, and we BECOME GUILTY OF BREAKING THE WHOLE LAW!!!

Again: all it takes is BREAKING ONE of the Sinai commandments, and we become GUILTY of breaking THE ENTIRE Sinai Law.

In view of this INCONTROVERTIBLE FACT, HERE’S THE QUESTION that no Adventist, Church of God heretic, or Sabbatarian can answer:

Since, we HAVE ALL SINNED… and not just once, BUT MULTIPLE TIMES, we are ALL GUILTY of breaking THE ENTIRE Sinai Law:

We have ALL broken AT LEAST ONE commandment during our lives hence, in God’s eyes, WE ARE ALL LAW-BREAKERS:

What good, then, is trying to “observe” the Law, when by breaking ONE COMMANDMENT, we’re ALREADY GUILTY of BREAKING ALL THE LAW?

If NO MATTER HOW MUCH you “observe” the Law, YOU’RE ALREADY GUILTY OF BREAKING ALL THE LAW?  (Because you've sinned AT LEAST ONCE)

Go ahead, Adventists…

Go ahead, Church of God…

Go ahead, legalists…

Go ahead, Sabbatarians…

I’m all eyes and ears…

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

REWARDING EVIL

As I watched President Trump’s historic trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Rome, I found myself praising Jesus repeatedly for giving us such strong, courageous, clear thinking, articulate LEADER.

As President Trump addressed a meeting of Muslim leaders, from OVER 50 different Islamic nations, he boldly pointed the finger at Islamist terrorists and told the Muslim leaders assembled to “drive them out”:

“DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship.

DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities.

DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and

DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.”

He brilliantly isolated Iran and its puppet Syria by unifying virtually the entire rest of the Muslim world against them and their villainous acts.

What refreshing contrast to the weak, apologetic, spineless rhetoric we heard from U.S. officials in the past 8 years!

Sadly, during President Trump’s visit to Israel we heard of STILL ANOTHER horrific act of terror in the UK, this time in Manchester, and targeting mostly children and teens.

When President Trump visited Israel and met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and “Palestinian” President Abbas, the Prime Minister pointed out the need for the “Palestinian” government to STOP incentivizing and REWARDING terrorism by GIVING A MONETARY PRIZE to the families of so-called “martyrs” who are willing to blow themselves up just so they can take Jewish men, women and children out in the process.

I’ve no doubt that President Trump privately raised that very issue with Abbas.

And then it dawned on me…

As good a job as our President is doing, both at home and in foreign relations, little if anything will change in the Islamic world.

Islam is THE ONLY MAJOR RELIGION that actively REWARDS EVIL.

ONLY JESUS is Creator, Salvation and Eternal Life. However, all major religions at least promise good things TO THOSE WHO DO GOOD DEEDS.

No other religion, whether it’s Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism or organized Christianism rewards and glorifies evil by OFFERING RECOMPENSE – both in this life and in the AFTERLIFE – to those who carry out acts of terror.

That dubious distinction is uniquely Islamic.

This PROVES that Islam is UTTERLY SATANIC and INHERENTLY evil.

There are NO “72 black eyed virgins” waiting to satisfy terrorists’ sexual desires in the afterlife.

There isn’t even ONE virgin.

There is ETERNAL DAMNATION unless they repent of their hatred, and receive Jesus Christ into their hearts as ONLY God and ONLY Savior.

Therefore, as much as I support our wonderful President, as much as I appreciate his vision and leadership, I’m under no illusion that things will change substantively in the Muslim world.

With his superior negotiating skills, it may well be that President Trump will broker some FRAGILE and TEMPORARY “peace” between Israel and Palestinian Arabs. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

If he succeeds, it will be short-lived.

Unfortunately, it will take the Antichrist and the horrific 3˝ year tribulation to wipe Islamic terror, Islam, and its satanic lies, off the face of the earth.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

RISE & SHINE

“ARISE, SHINE; FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME, and THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS RISEN UPON YOU.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and HIS GLORY SHALL BE SEEN UPON YOU.

And the Gentiles SHALL COME TO YOUR LIGHT, AND KINGS TO THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR RISING.”  (Isaiah 60:1-3)

“YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A city on a hill CANNOT BE HIDDEN. Neither do people LIGHT A LAMP and hide it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lamp stand, and IT GIVES LIGHT TO EVERYONE”… (Matthew 5:14-15)

The passage from Isaiah refers to New Jerusalem.

And WHO INHABITS New Jerusalem? Christ and His People!

We are ALL CITIZENS OF New Jerusalem. (Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 12:22-24)

We are THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

As such, at a time when the world around us is covered in darkness, we’re supposed to ARISE AND SHINE and BE THE LIGHT OF THIS WORLD that Jesus said WE ARE.

The world should LOOK TO US for answers.

It should LOOK TO US for Wisdom and guidance.

It should RELY ON US for protection that goes beyond conventional weapons, and defense systems.

It should LOOK TO US to overcome challenges.

We should be able to LEAD THE WAY to victory.

They should be able to SEE JESUS’ LOVE and JESUS’ POWER in us.

We’re supposed to get THE DEVIL OFF THEIR BACKS, instead of whining about how much he’s been on ours.

What we’re NOT supposed to do is park our behinds on a pew, listen to boring hymns, insipid sermons that will be forgotten before we hit the door, and head to the nearest Applebee’s.

What we’re NOT supposed to do is HIDE OUR LIGHT under a bushel basket, like those religious fortresses we’ve built FOR OUR GLORY, and whine about how “persecuted” we are.

The end time Church has been afforded conveniences and privileges about which other generations of believers could only DREAM.

This is OUR MOMENT.  It’s our time TO SHINE.

LET’S NOT WASTE IT.

The world should be able TO SEE THE FULLNESS OF Christ, and His glory – IN US!

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

INTROSPECTION

“He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and WHOSOEVER BREAKS THROUGH A WALL, A SERPENT SHALL BITE HIM.” (Ecclesiastes 10:8)

One of parents’ unenviable jobs is to guide children IN THE RIGHT PATH.: To give them the moral guidance and character building conviction TO STAND ON THEIR OWN and MAKE IT in this life.

It’s NO DIFFERENT FOR SPIRITUAL PARENTS.

What I am about to say may SEEM harsh.  But it is GIVEN with LOVE.

… Because I want you TO STAND ON YOUR OWN SPIRITUAL FEET, AND BE VICTORIOUS.

We just did several teachings on how to confront and overcome attacks from the devil.

We also did a series late last year WITH STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS on how to overcome, entitled “STEPS TO VICTORY” that has been permanently posted on this website, above this daily message, and AVAILABLE FOR READING AND DOWNLOAD FREE OF CHARGE.

The result, in both instances, has been getting hit with a flurry of emails requesting prayer because some of you are under attack from satan.

Many of you ARE ENTIRELY MISSING THE POINT!

I’ll pray. I’ll get the devil off your back – temporarily.

But what are you going to do NEXT TIME?

…And the next, and the next?

Even SINLESS Jesus was given respite by the devil ONLY FOR A SEASON.  (Luke 4:13)

The point is not to come crying to me and ask me to get the devil off your back every time you face difficult circumstances.

That will ONLY provide SHORT-TERM relief.

The point of these messages is for you TO EXAMINE yourselves, do some deep soul searching, take stock of your spiritual, emotional and MENTAL life, and CLOSE ALL THE DOORS, and all the breaches in the wall, by which satan may gain access to your life.

And KEEP THEM closed.

It’s no good for you to shut those doors and breaches now, only to re-open them in a couple weeks or months.

I gave some VERY SPECIFIC areas in which, if you delve, and/or dwell, you will GET ATTACKED by the devil.

You need to TAKE SOME TIME to seriously analyze and evaluate those areas.

And TO MAKE SOME CHANGES – PERMANENTLY!

The other point of these messages is to provide you WITH SPIRITUAL FIRE POWER SO YOU CAN GET satan OFF YOUR BACK, AND KIEEP HIM OFF!

Here’s what I DIDN’T GET.

I didn’t hear from ONE person – NOT ONE – that said something along the lines of: 

“Gee, Martel, you’ve made me realize that I’m not a helpless victim that the devil can attack at will.  I bear most of the responsibility in this.  And it’s UP TO ME to make sure that my spiritual, emotional and mental life is in line with God’s Word, and that I DO NOT GIVE PLACE TO THE DEVIL.

IT’S UP TO ME TO KEEP MY HEART and MIND FREE of FEAR, HATRED and RESENTMENT.

It’s UP TO ME to keep my life organized and chaos free.

It’s UP TO ME to focus on Jesus and stay away from false doctrine, the occult, porn, drugs, and sexual immorality”.

It’s UP TO ME to feed and strengthen my spirit with His Word, and use THE INNER CHRIST to OVERCOME.

I did NOT hear from ONE soul -- among THE THOUSANDS WORLDWIDE who read these daily messages -- that EVEN REMOTELY spoke along these lines.

THAT, I gotta tell you, was DEEPLY disappointing.

What am I doing, speaking TO A WALL?

All glory to Jesus -- I WISH I HAD FOUND someone who taught WHAT I’M TEACHING YOU about withstanding and overcoming satanic attacks when I was getting clobbered by satan many years ago.

When he was USING ME FOR DAILY target practice!

When he was beating the crap out me ruthlessly and relentlessly!

And all I got from supposed “ministers” of the Gospel were boring hymns, emotional unproductive shouting, that carried NO MORE SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY than the sons of Sceva (Acts 19:14-15), and of course the ever-present BULLSH*T “give to the lying minister and THAT will make all your troubles MAGICALLY disappear”.

I DID NOT LEARN THESE THINGS from a ministerial manual either. I LEARNED them from PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

And I DID NOT know ANYONE who had the spiritual authority to whom I could go and say “please get the devil off my back” AS YOU ARE DOING.

Believe me, I searched and searched, I could even MENTION WELL KNOWN NAMES, and found NO ONE.

I’ve been there.  And -- praise Jesus eternally! -- By His Grace, by His Holy Spirit of Truth, and by His Authority, I came out VICTORIOUS of what seemed (at the time) like AN ENDLESS TORTURE CHAMBER WITH NO WAY OUT!

Hallelujah to the Lamb!  Praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

I learned these things by communing with Jesus, seeking Truth from the Holy Spirit and His written Word.

I learned these things THE HARD WAY, and it TOOK MANY YEARS, and MANY TEARS, to learn them.

Jesus DID THE HARD PART FOR ALL OF US: I’ve DONE the HARD PART of finding out THE STEPS and putting them into actionable form – ALL YOU GOTTA DO is follow the simple, clear instructions.

I’m sharing them with you FREE OF CHARGE, with NO ULTERIOR MOTIVES, and NOTHING TO GAIN, and ALL that some of you can come up with is: “please pray, the devil’s after me?”

Give me a freakin’ break! 

Look at the horrific terror attack that just took place in Manchester... where CHILDREN and TEENS were targeted...

We THINK that poor little old me is “being persecuted” and “attacked by satan” here in America, where we have nice homes, as much security as one can have in this crazy, fallen, mixed up world, LIVING IN THE RICHEST NATION on earth, where NO ONE goes hungry, where we enjoy ALL THE MODERN CONVENIENCES invented by man: great housing, automobiles, air conditioning and heating, clean water, food galore, any type of clothing we desire, shopping mall to satisfy any material whim, computers, lap tops, smart phones, credit cards, welfare, unemployment compensation, Medicare, food stamps… you name it.

Where there are Bibles in virtually every home (tragically, mostly sitting on a coffee table or shelf collecting dust), where the Gospel is heard on TV, radio, internet, podcasts, where there are “Christian” buildings on almost every corner.

There are THOUSANDS of Christian brothers and sisters across the globe who CANNOT EVEN CONGREGATE  or CARRY A BIBLE without putting their lives in danger.

Who are being BRUTALLY persecuted, TORTURED AND MURDERED FOR THEIR FAITH.

Who HAVE BEEN DRIVEN from their homes, had all their property confiscated, and DON’T KNOW from where the next meal or glass or water MAY (or may NOT) come.

Who’ve had LOVED ONES imprisoned, tortured and KILLED in the most heinous, traumatic ways imaginable!

And YOU think that YOU are “being attacked by the devil’?

And YOU don’t even have the strength TO GET satan OFF YOUR OWN BACK?

Worse, you’re too lazy and self-absorbed TO EVEN TRY?

When Jesus has given us His Nature, His own Spirit, and HIS FULL AUTHORITY to do so?  (Matthew 28:18-19)

WIMPS!!!

Now, go ahead and write your angry emails at me for telling you THE TRUTH: 

I DARE YOU…

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

 WORK IT OUT

 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING:

For IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU, both TO WILL AND TO DO His good pleasure”. (Philippians 2:12-13)

“See that?  See that?  Paul said we have WORK OUT OUR SALVATION.  That means we are saved by grace plus works”!!!

Whoa, whoa, whoa…

Not so fast, Bubba…

Nowhere do these verses say that we work FOR salvation.

Nowhere do they say that salvation DEPENDS, in whole or in part, on works.

And NOWHERE does it say that if we don’t work, we lose our salvation.

The term “lose salvation” IS NOT FOUND IN SCRIPTURE!

Had Paul said that we are saved by works, he’d be a two-faced liar and I’d the first to take my Bible and throw it in the trash can.

If there’s ONE RECURRING THEME in Paul’s Epistles, from Romans to Hebrews is that we ARE NOT saved by works.  That works have NOTHING, repeat, NOTHING to do with our Salvation.

Just a few examples:

“For we conclude that a man is justified BY FAITH, WITHOUT THE WORKS of the law” (Romans 3:28).

“…to the one WHO DOES NOT WORK BUT TRUSTS God who JUSTIFIES THE UNGODLY, THEIR FAITH IS CREDITED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Romans 4:5)

For you are saved by Grace through Faith and that not of yourselves, it (Salvation) is THE GIFT OF GOD, NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE, but ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

“Wherefore HE IS ABLE ALSO TO SAVE THEM TO THE UTTERMOST THAT COME UNTO GOD BY HIM, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

This is a prime example of RELIGIOUS DISHONESTY, of focusing only on the portion of the verse that serves our agenda and IGNORING the remainder of the passage.

The REST of verse 13 says, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, that IT IS GOD WHO DOES THE WORK.

Repeat IT IS GOD (NOT YOU) WHO DOES THE WORK:

“…WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING:

Because IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU -- both TO WILL AND TO DO His good pleasure”.

Which part of “it is God WHO WORKS in you” don’t DISHONEST CHARLATANS understand?

Which part of “IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU -- both TO WILL AND TO DO His good pleasure” don’t’ they get?

God gets ALL THE CREDIT for both, putting His will is our hearts, as well as FOR CARRYING IT OUT THROUGH US!

Our part is TO GET OUT OF THE WAY and ALLOW GOD to WORK OUT (develop) THE SALVATION we ALREADY HAVE.

Our part is TO GET OUT OF THE WAY and ALLOW GOD TO WORK His will and DO His Work in and through us.

That verse says NOTHING, ZERO about living under the Law.  The word “law” is not even MENTIONED!

That verse says NOTHING, ZERO about following “commandments”.  The word “commandments” DOESN’T APPEAR in the text, either.

That verse says NOTHING, ZERO about WORKING FOR OUR SALVATION. 

What is says is TO WORK OUT THE SALVATION (Jesus) WE ALREADY HAVE (that’s why it’s OUR Salvation)…

IT’S GOD HIMSELF (Salvation Himself, Jesus) WHO WORKS IN US

Well, what about the “fear and trembling” part of the verse?

We are saved by faith, NOT by fear.

Faith is trust.  Therefore, THIS DOES NOT MEAN that we are to live in fear of losing salvation.

The “fear and trembling” simply refers to us BEING IN AWE of a God SO GREAT that He is able to WORK OUT His will and DO HIS WORK through these imperfect, ungodly, rebellious earthen vessels.

All these verses say is (paraphrasing):  “Hey guys, NOW THAT YOU’RE SAVED, let the salvation you have PLAY ITSELF OUT through you.” 

Period.  End of story.

Jesus IS Salvation.

LET THE JESUS (Salvation) YOU HAVE INSIDE, WORK ITSELF from THE INSIDE OUT. 

Let the Jesus you have inside MANIFEST through you.

There is NOTHING ANYWHERE in that verse that says we are to work FOR Salvation. 

NOTHING!!!

Religionists who distort these verses are BLATANTLY DISHONEST.

They will move heaven and earth, twist and DEFORM God’s Holy Word ON PURPOSE in order to “justify” THEIR FALSE DOCTRINE.

If you’re one of the CORRUPT hypocrites WHO ENGAGES IN SUCH deliberate deception, I advise you to repent, receive Jesus into your heart, fall on your face, and beg God’s forgiveness:

Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16: Works have NEVER saved, and will never save, a single soul.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

IS SATAN OUR TEACHER?

Does God use satan to teach us?  Is satan God’s instrument of choice whenever our Father wants to “teach us a lesson”?

That seems to be THE OPINION of many Christians.

But I can’t find ONE verse in Scripture that says such absurdity.

God forbid.

God gave us THE GREATEST TEACHER in the universe: His HOLY Spirit. (John 16:13; 1 John 2:27)

He also gave us THE BEST TEACHING TEXT IN THE UNIVERSE:  His written Word. (Psalm 18:30; 2 Timothy 3:16)

Our heavenly Father DOESN’T need satan, or use satan, TO TEACH US ANYTHING.

He teaches us DESPITE our rebellion, disobedience AND IGNORANCE.

He teaches us DESPITE the fact that WE ALLOW satan through LACK OF KNOWLEDGE (IGNORANCE) TO CLOBBER US.

He teaches us DESPITE the fact that WE PAY MORE ATTENTION TO SATAN, by default, THAN WE PAY TO CHRIST.

Pause and meditate…

He teaches us PROVIDED THAT we PAY ATTENTION TO HIM and LISTEN to what He says.

The Holy Spirit is a wonderful, kind and patient teacher.

But HE DOESN’T FORCE SPIRITUAL TRUTH on us.

We must be WILLING to receive Truth.

It’s because MOST OF US DON’T PAY ATTENTION to Him, and DON’T LISTEN, don’t spend 30 seconds meditating the insuperable Wisdom in His Word, that WE ALLOW satan to steal, kill and destroy.

The Church is NOT leaving this world in defeat.

We are leaving IN VICTORY.

For whoever is born of God OVERCOMES THE WORLD: and THIS IS THE VICTORY that overcomes the world, even OUR FAITH” (our TRUST in the INNER Christ). (1 John 5:4)

We better start thinking, acting and speaking LIKE CHRIST.

We ALL better stop whining, wallowing in self-pity, and playing “the victim”, AND START THINKING. ACTING and SPEAKING LIKE WINNERS.

God makes ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL PROMISES to OVERCOMERS.  (Luke 11:22; 1 John 5:5; Revelation 2:11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7)

He promises NOTHING to losers. 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

GLORY OF THE LATTER

When Salomon inaugurated the first Temple in Jerusalem, at Ophel, on top of the Gihon Spring, just south of the so-called Temple Mount, there was much rejoicing. 

The first Temple was a magnificent edifice that gleamed in daylight and could be seen from a distance. It was built using the finest woods and materials, all covered in silver and gold.

It was exquisitely decorated with hand carved palms, bells, and pomegranates, all crafted by the most skilled artisans.

Its curtains were made of the most luxurious dyed skins.

When God’s Presence filled the temple, it was SO STRONG that the priests appointed to carry out the temple service, COULD NOT ENTER THE TEMPLE, OR EVEN STAND because of God’s glory. (2 Chronicles 5:14; 7:2)

That temple became a TEMPORARY dwelling for the Most High on earth.

It stood until the Babylonians destroyed it in 586 B.C.

It was rebuilt in 516 B.C. in a CONSIDERABLY LESS GRANDIOSE fashion.

Those who remembered the first Temple wept when they compared the second temple to the former. (Ezra 3:12)

It seemed rather insignificant compared to the first Temple. (Haggai 2:3)

The Second Temple stood until the Romans destroyed it in 70 A.D.

It was destroyed because of the many abominations that went on in it (Daniel 9:27; John 2:14-15).

…And because the Most High does not dwell in temples MADE BY HUMAN HANDS. (Acts 7:48)

Both the first and second Temples were made by human hands.

By the time the Romans destroyed the second Temple, God had availed Himself of ANOTHER temple:

An ETERNAL temple NOT made by human hands: (Daniel 2:34)

Jesus’ Body!  (John 2:19)

The Body of Christ is God’s true temple.  And He/it is comprised OF MANY TEMPLES:  OUR BODIES.  (1 Corinthians 6:19)

God prophesied that THE GLORY OF THE LATTER TEMPLE would be GREATER THAN the former’s (Haggai 2:9)

We ARE the latter temple.

We are HIS HOLY Temple.

That’s why we’re called “SAINTS” (HOLY, SET APART ONES).

I said all of that to say this:

Religion is full of baloney.

It has sold us the lie that we’re sinners, at the mercy of satan (who has no mercy).

When in fact we are THE TEMPLE OF the Living God:

We are PREDESTINED TO CONFORM TO the Image of THE REAL Temple, who is Jesus. (Romans 8:29)

Like the former temple, we are predestined TO MANIFEST HIS PRESENCE – and NOT ONLY ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS as happened with the first Temple, but ALL THE TIME. 

We are destined to be FILLED WITH HIS GLORY to a much LARGER degree than the first temple.

Just like the priests could NOT even stand to minister for the glory, WE WON’T BE ABLE TO STAND THIS CORRUPTIBLE EARTHLY ENVIRONMENT!

That’s why when this temple is FILLED WITH GLORY we will be transferred INTO THE HEAVENLY REALM, WHERE WE BELONG, before God’s Throne. (Revelation 7:9)

Just like the priests could not even stand before the glory, NO ONE will be able to stand against, resist, or oppose THE SUPERIOR GLORY that will be manifested in us. (Romans 8:18)

We need to SEE OURSELVES as THE BODY OF Christ:  As much His Body as the earthly body in which He manifested 2,000 years ago.

Jesus is TO INHABIT AND FILL our bodies just as He inhabited and filled THAT EARTHLY body, born of a virgin, that He used in the first century.

We need to REALIZE that WE ARE His HOLY Temple.

As His Temple, we are NOT – NOT – NOT helpless sinners, that satan can whip at will.

We have Jesus’ COMPLETE AUTHORITY to speak and act in His Name. (Matthew 28:18-19)

We are destined to be Him, and to manifest His glory. (1 John 3:2; 4:17)

THAT is THE Truth.

STOP believing WHAT RELIGION SAYS we are.

START believing WHAT GOD SAYS WE ARE.

THIS is what Christian congregations and ministers NEED TO BE PREACHING:

Habakkuk 2:20:

The Lord is in His Holy Temple:

LET ALL THE EARTH BE SILENT BEFORE HIM.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017

JESUS THIEVES

"THE THIEF COMES NOT, BUT TO STEAL, and to kill, and to destroy: I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

We're not talking today about the many greedy thieves that infect the Church:

We’re not talking about those who ask for 10% of your income and falsely call it "tithe", when the biblical tithe was not money.

Or about the "give in order to get" crooks who claim that donating money TO THEM - so THEY can live lives of excess and extravagance AT YOUR EXPENSE - is "giving to Gaaaawd".

Or about those who distort the Word of God CLAIMING that it says something it DOES NOT say, only TO SELL IT as "Bible prophecy" to foolish Bible illiterates.

I'm talking about THE WORST kind of thief there is:

The thief that STEALS JESUS from us!

I didn't say they can steal Salvation, I said they STEAL JESUS.

They STEAL JESUS AWARENESS from us by DIVERTING our attention to EXTERNAL SUBSTITUTES.

Just look at the morally bankrupt world around us.

Because most people HAVE NOTHING worthwhile or fulfilling ON THE INSIDE, they have A HUGE VOID that they need to fill.

They're terrified to FACE God therefore they RUN AS FAR AWAY from Him as they possibly can.

How?

By focusing their attention on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING BUT Jesus!

THEIR ATTENTION is fixed on all sorts of distractions ON THE OUTSIDE, to the TOTAL NEGLECT of things INSIDE.

All that you see ON THE OUTSIDE is temporary.

Repeat: ALL that we see ON THE OUTSIDE is TEMPORARY.

OUTSIDE things will soon vanish into forgetfulness and be NO MORE.

What people have ON THE INSIDE - good or bad - is ETERNAL (2 Corinthians 4:18).

ONLY what's INSIDE will remain.

Have you ever seen SO MANY "AWARD SHOWS" for so many people WITH NO TALENT?

ALL THEY'RE "FAMOUS" FOR is who they had sex with, the sex video they made then leaked on the internet, some raunchy relationship in which they are involved, some disgusting antic they performed on stage, how little their attire left to the imagination, the latest crime they committed, ragging on someone they don't like, how hooked they are on crack, heroin or booze, how long they spent on rehab, whom they are cheating on their partner with, or whom they are divorcing.

That's why we live in a sex-obsessed society:

They try to fill that EMPTINESS ON THE INSIDE with SEX, SEX, SEX, and more SEX.

It's displayed in front of us CONSTANTLY.

Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, everywhere you turn: TV, movies, internet, smart phone, billboards...

And since sex can only "satisfy" temporarily...

Since it only "fills" their empty hearts for a short season...

They need to make it more and more depraved:

Gay sex, bestiality, orgies, sex with vampires, and now -- the latest "gift" from spiritually destitute and morally bankrupt Hollywood -- sadomasochistic sex.

Food, booze, drugs and porn are other “fillers” which we use to TRY TO COMPENSATE for being filled with Jesus and His Spirit INSIDE.

Modern gadgetry is another Jesus thief that DIVERTS our attention from Jesus.

I remember when people actually LOOKED AT YOU during a conversation.

Now they talk AT you, while they're eyes are glued to their IPhone, checking to see who texted them and texting them back.

Look, I'm quite a multi-tasker myself. In order to properly function in today's world, we all have to avail ourselves of modern conveniences.

I'm not proposing we revert to the Stone Age.

I like technology. It can do A LOT OF GOOD and save A LOT OF TIME.

But when OUTER THINGS THEMSELVES BECOME THE FOCUS of our lives, when they STEAL our AWARENESS of Jesus, THAT'S when they become thieves.

Carnal lusts are Jesus thieves, technology can be a Jesus thief, and PEOPLE can steal your Jesus.

A lot of selfish, delusional Christians, who think God and the world revolve AROUND THEM and their idiotic OPINION, are Jesus thieves.

They're the ones who make mountains out of proverbial molehills, split theological hairs, and point out inconsequential details.

They "recommend" books written by SINFUL, GREEDY, LYING MORTALS, when THEY don't KNOW THE BOOK WRITTEN BY THE IMMORTAL.

When they DON’T SPEND ONE NANOSECOND on the INNER Christ!

But I would be remiss if I didn't mention THE BIGGEST THIEF OF ALL:

That's the individual who HAS JESUS and doesn't share Him with anyone.

He or she is a Jesus HOARDER.

They have Him, but won't tell anyone else HOW TO get Him.

They prefer, instead, to run away from their responsibility, and hide in the bushes (Genesis 3:8).

I don't care WHO you are: if you hide in the bushes long enough, you're gonna get bitten by THE snake.

"Therefore, to one WHO KNOWS THE RIGHT THING TO DO -- AND DOES NOT DO IT, TO HIM IT IS SIN" (James 4:17).

And those who hide in the bushes do so OUT OF FEAR, and for NO OTHER reason (Genesis 3:10).

He who fears IS NOT PERFECTED in Love.

He who fears HAS TORMENT (1 John 4:18).

For what it's worth, I'm not just preaching to you, but also to myself.

We have all allowed "Jesus thieves" to infiltrate our lives.

What we all must do - regardless of who or what is or isn't in our lives, or what form of technology we're using - is KEEP OUR FOCUS where it belongs:

ON THE INNER Christ.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS.

Not some "far away Jesus", ‘pie in the sky, in the sweet by and by...

But on the Jesus who is ALWAYS with us...

On the Jesus WHO IS "us".

It's NOT an "outside Jesus" that will rapture you but your INNER Jesus.

Is something or someone "stealing" your Jesus?

Then CUT IT OFF!

Or SEVERELY restrict it.

Because NOTHING and NO ONE in this world is worth YOUR JESUS!

NOTHING and NO ONE can COMPARE to Him.

He is the pearl of GREAT PRICE.

He's worth EVERYTHING you got.

He is THE MOST PRECIOUS asset in the universe.

If we allow people or things to "steal" our Jesus we are A BUNCH OF FOOLS.

Don't let ANYTHING - or ANYONE - steal your Jesus.

WHY would we settle FOR ONLY A LITTLE Jesus, when we can have ALL of Him?

 

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

GONE FOR A SEASON

“And when the devil had ended every temptation, HE DEPARTED from Him FOR A SEASON.” (Luke 4:13)

“Be sober, BE VIGILANT (ALERT); because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY devour:

Whom RESIST STEADFAST IN THE FAITH, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

You came under attack from satan, you stood on Jesus’ Authority, and on His written Word, resisted the wicked one IN THE SPIRIT, and you OVERCAME.

He’ll never bother you again, right?

WRONG!!!

He will leave us FOR A SEASON, as he did with Jesus.

And then, when you’ve forgotten all about it, he’ll try to hit you again.

After tempting Jesus in the wilderness, when He was, humanly speaking, at His weakest, having fasted 40 days and 40 nights, the devil left FOR A WHILE.

Sometime later, during Jesus’ 3˝ year public ministry satan tried again, in various ways, to trip Jesus up with tricky questions, inciting the chief priests to have Him arrested, and even trying to kill Him by having Him pushed off a cliff.

As long as we remain in this world in mortal bodies, satan will seize every opportunity to devour us, as we read above.

He did with Jesus, and he’ll try to do it with us.

The key to victory is NOT TO GIVE HIM ANY opportunities.

He CANNOT devour us if we DON’T LET HIM.

Again: the devil CANNOT devour us, UNLESS we let him.

That is why he seeks WHOM HE MAY devour.

That means he CANNOT devour just anyone, but only those WHO ALLOW THEMSELVES to be devoured.

Which begs the question:  WHOM may he devour?

1. Those who GIVE PLACE TO the devil, especially in their minds and emotions.

2. Those who allow satan to plant thoughts in their minds, and then choose to DWELL ON such thoughts.

3. Those who live in fear.

4. Those who KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY OPEN THE DOOR to satan by engaging in various ungodly activities such as the use of hallucinogenic drugs, and other mind-altering substances, illicit sex, or participating in the occult.

5. Those who allow DISORDER of any kind in their lives.

6. Those who through spiritual ignorance allow SPIRITUAL STRONGHOLDS OF DARKNESS to form over their lives.

WHAT KEEPS SATAN AT BAY?

1. Keeping ourselves in the Spirit (within): Living in and from the Divine Love (born again) Nature INSIDE.

2. Keeping our thoughts pure.

3. Obedience to God’s Word.

4.  Humbling ourselves before God.

5. Praising God.  Satan and his evil spirits ARE ALLERGIC to praise.  You want to get rid of them in a hurry, PRAISE JESUS!

Fill the atmosphere around your life (home, work place, etc.) with PRAISE.

6. Doing a regular SPIRITUAL PURGING of the atmosphere over and around your life.  This should be done about once a month, IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

7.  Resisting satan in the Spirit, exercising Authority over him, and reminding him that Jesus has won ETERNAL VICTORY over him.

The main point is this:

As long as we’re on earth in mortal bodies, even if we have gotten victory over some attack, don’t think that you can rest on your laurels indefinitely.

BE ALERT, as Peter tells us above.

For, after some time has passed, satan will try again.

He’s just looking for an opening.

That is why we MUST BE ALERT, and NOT GIVE HIM ANY.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

TEST OR ATTACK?

Every born-again child of God will be tested, more than once, during his or her lifetime.

It's a natural and NECESSARY part of Christian growth.

No one is exempt. Every patriarch, apostle, prophet, or follower of Christ was tested in various ways.

Tests, which either come directly from God and/or are allowed by God, come for the purpose of REFINING US.

However, THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING TESTED, AND BEING UNDER ATTACK BY SATAN and his representatives.

Tests come sporadically, at different phases of our spiritual development.

Attacks come continuously and usually on several fronts at once.

satan being the ruthless dirty liar that he is, doesn’t play clean.

He’ll do his evil best TO OVERWHELM US by hitting us with several problems AT ONCE.

The best example of his dirty tactics is Job.

EVERYTHING in Job’s life crumbled seemingly AT ONCE: 

In ONE DAY he lost all his children all his cattle, his servants, and his wealth.

As if that weren’t painful and stressful enough, a bit later he developed painful, itching sores from head to toe.

And if THAT wasn’t bad enough, he had to put up with a nagging and foolish wife, to boot.

She basically told him to “drop dead”, but not before venting his anger at God, and cursing Him.

God is always the SOLUTION, THE VICTORY, and THE WAY OUT OF both tests and attacks.

The LAST thing we want to do is curse our Divine Deliverer.

Tests are intended to develop our faith, test our endurance, and strengthen our resolve.

Attacks on the other hand are intended to kill, steal and destroy.

If a test is from God, we are to submit to Him, put the matter into His Hands, a TRUST HIM to get us through it.

Attacks are to be RESISTED and VANQUISHED in and by the Spirit, the Word, and by the Blood of Jesus, remembering that Christ has given us FULL AUTHORITY (HIS own authority) over satan and every principality and power.

Remembering THAT FAR GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN US than the enemy:

Therefore, if you are under spiritual assault, if you are facing A BARRAGE of issues at once – that’s AN ATTACK.

If every time you try to take ONE step forward 4 or 5 different things come at you that FORCE YOU to take SEVERAL STEPS BACKWARD – that’s a satanic attack.

Attacks are overcome and won by cleansing the atmosphere in, over and around our lives: by toppling strongholds of darkness, BY ELIMINATING FEAR AND CHAOS FROM OUR LIVES, and by exercising Jesus’ authority over the wicked one.

There’s one more difference:  when we’re tested by God, the test may be very unpleasant, BUT WE ALWAYS, ALWAYS, EMERGE VICTORIOUS IN THE END.

When we’re ATTACKED by satan his purpose is to destroy us. (John 10:10)

ATTACKS MUST BE confronted and OVERCOME, the sooner the better, OR THEY MAY DESTROY US.

We MUSTN’T FEAR attacks.

For, when Christ LIVES IN us, we HAVE FAR GREATER SPIRITUAL FIRE POWER than satan does.

Jesus has ALREADY WON the victory for us.

When we RESIST the devil in the Spirit – standing FIRMLY and CONFIDENTLY on God’s Word (on both Jesus and the written Word) – HE WILL FLEE.

And you will emerge TRIUMPHANT.

James 4:7:

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU.”

 

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

THE SAME JESUS

The religious system has become SO CORRUPT that it is hard to watch the spectacle for more than a few minutes.

Although there’s been religious corruption in every generation, modern corruption began in America and has now spread to ALL NATIONS.

There is SO MUCH deception, so much fakery, so much hypocrisy and so much arrogance…

The blind are leading the blinder, and the dumb sheep keep getting fleeced.

While hypocritical “faith healers” claim to “heal” “by the power of God”, THEY EXHIBIT AND PROMOTE AN ATTITUDE OF SUPERIORITY.

And the dumb sheep keep running after them, and throwing away good money at the unscrupulous charlatans.

They don't say it in so many words, but  the clear implication is "MY JESUS is BIGGER THAN your Jesus"

Even if we give them the benefit of the doubt and ASSUME that all those guys on Kristian TV are born-again, IF THEY ARE, THEY HAVE THE SAME CHRIST THAT YOU AND I HAVE.

Therefore, we must ask:

If IT’S JESUS WHO DOES THE HEALING, WHY must sheep keep running after the guys in the white suits, INSTEAD OF RUNNING AFTER the INNER CHRIST?

Why must sheep attend their “crusades” in order to be healed?

If Jesus is the healer and He lives in EACH OF His sheep, WHY CAN’T SHEEP BE HEALED RIGHT IN THEIR OWN HOMES?

But Jesus was followed by crowds seeking healing…

True.

But Jesus’ HEALINGS WERE REAL.

They weren’t STAGED.

Jesus NEVER TOOK ADVANTAGE of the dumb sheep and NEVER ASKED THEM FOR MONEY in exchange for His services.

And He was followed by crowds BEFORE the born again experience, whereby Jesus Himself COMES TO LIVE IN US.

But some men and women have THE GIFT OF HEALING.

True.  But the ones who do ARE NOT on TV begging for donations.

Besides, THE GIFT GIVER is always GREATER THAN the gift.

Again:  THE GIFT GIVER is always GREATER THAN the gift.

If you have THE GIFT GIVER – LIVING IN – you, and He’s FAR GREATER than the gifts He gives, WHY are you still seeking RELIGIOUS PERFORMERS?

WHY must you seek alleged “gift receivers” WHEN THE GIVER OF THE GIFT, who is FAR GREATER, LIVES IN you?

Wake up, saints!

I love and appreciate all who regularly follow this ministry.

However, if all I create is a bunch of followers who are DEPENDENT ON ME, who can’t pray ON THEIR OWN and use their INNER CHRIST to overcome ON THEIR OWN, I’ve failed.

We all have THE SAME JESUS inside.

SEEK HIM.  USE HIM.  RELY ON Him.

And stop running after those who ONLY SAY they have Him.

 

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

TOO EASY

A poor, lost soul deceived by religion recently wrote me that salvation couldn’t be BY FAITH ONLY.

That IT COULDN’T BE THAT EASY.

That, in addition to faith, we needed to “do good” to others.

That we couldn’t just “cross our arms” and do nothing.

That if salvation was based only on belief in Christ then everyone is saved.

Everyone is NOT saved because not everyone believes in Jesus.

Even among professing Christians, everyone is NOT saved, because salvation takes more than HEAD belief, it takes HEART belief (Romans 10:9; Ephesians 3:17)

And the word for “belief” (pisteos) means TO TRUST COMPLETELY.

But he is right about one thing: It is TOO EASY.

Do you know why?  Because Jesus didn’t come to condemn but TO SAVE! (John 3:17)

Therefore, He made Salvation INTENTIONALLY easy for us.

Salvation IS EASY because Jesus ALREADY DID THE “HARD PART” for us:

Again: Jesus did THE HARD PART SO THAT SALVATION WOULD BE EASY FOR US.

THAT IS WHY He paid for and TOOK AWAY the sin of the world (John 1:29, Hebrews 9:26, 1 John 3:5)

THAT IS WHY He was spit upon, beaten, mocked, and scourged with a whip suffering over 120 stripes,

THAT IS WHY He was crowned with thorns, crucified, and even had a spear thrust into His side.

THAT IS WHY He spent 3 days and 3 nights in hell paying the penalty for the sins that you and I should have paid.

THAT IS WHY He shed His most precious, sinless blood.

THAT IS WHY He ROSE FROM THE DEAD and ASCENDED TO HEAVEN.

THAT IS WHY it’s super easy for anyone to be saved:

ALL it takes is receiving Christ into our hearts as only God and Savior, and FULLY TRUSTING what Jesus did to give us ETERNAL salvation.

THAT IS WHY salvation is ONLY BY FAITH in what He did, not in what we do. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

There is NO RIGHTEOUSNESS in the universe, except Christ’s (Psalm 53:1-3, Isaiah 64:6, Mark 10:18).

"He made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21).

THERE IS NO GREATER RIGHTEOUSNESS than Christ’s.

THAT IS WHY He imputes (credits) HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS to us BY GRACE (it’s a FREE GIFT).

THAT IS WHY salvation IS EASY.

And that is why those who “struggle” and “labor” to be “obedient” and MERIT salvation are LOST.

They DESPISE and REJECT the UNIMAGINABLE PRICE of Jesus’ Supreme Sacrifice, deeming it INSUFFICIENT.

THEY REJECT His easy salvation.

They refuse to TRUST Jesus and REST, confidently KNOWING THAT He took care of our salvation from beginning to end.  (Matthew 11:28)

They want salvation “the hard way” so that THEY CAN TAKE CREDIT FOR BEING SAVED.

They DESPERATELY want to say “I was saved because I EARNED salvation”:  because I did this and this and this, and because I DIDN’T DO THAT”.

And God will have NONE OF IT.

Salvation is NOT by what we do, but by WHAT JESUS DID and DOES.

I am praying for this poor, lost soul and many others like him who feel that Jesus is insufficient and, therefore, that we must HELP HIM save us.

I pray it doesn’t take FINDING THEMSELVES IN HELL for them to realize that THERE IS SALVATION IN NO ONE BUT JESUS.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017

HONOR YOUR MOTHER

For God said, 'Honor your father AND MOTHER' (Matthew 15:4)

What does it mean to "honor" someone?

It means to regard them with great respect and esteem.

Most mothers deserve honor.

If for no other reason: because THEY BROUGHT US INTO THIS WORLD.

If men had to deal with the hormones, bloating, morning sickness, weight gain, discomfort, carrying a baby to full term, and then the pain of childbirth, to boot... the human race would be extinct.

Being a mom not only involves pain and discomfort but carries tremendous responsibility.

After the baby is born, comes the unenviable task of raising him, her, or them.

Any mom will tell you it's a ‘round the clock, 24/7 proposition.

There are some notable mothers in the Bible:

Eve, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Ruth, Esther, Elizabeth and, of course, Mary.

We can all learn something from these mothers.

Eve was created in the image of God, as the ideal companion to Adam.

Although she was deceived, she became the "mother of all living" (Genesis 3:20).

Sarah was loyal to Abraham, even when he passed her off as his "sister". She became the first of Israel's Matriarchs and is the first woman mentioned in Hebrew's 11 "Hall of Faith" (Hebrews 11:11).

Rebecca is the first woman in the Bible to give birth to twins. She was assertive enough to favor Jacob over Esau and deceive the aging Isaac into bestowing the birthright blessing on Jacob.

This, inevitably, caused strife between her two sons:  yet God used her deception to advance His purpose (Romans 9:13).

She became the second of Israel's Matriarchs.

Leah had six boys and a girl, and had to deal with the unpleasantness of not being too attractive and sharing her husband with her beautiful sister.

That, I assure you, was no picnic. She always felt unloved and had to play second fiddle to Rachel since Jacob loved and preferred Rachel, while he slept with Leah mostly out of "duty" (Genesis 29:32,39).

Yet God showed favor toward Leah and she gave birth to HALF of Israel (6 of the 12 tribes), thus becoming the third of Israel's Matriarchs.

Even though Rachel was beautiful, and Jacob was deeply in love with her (can you imagine WORKING 7 YEARS just so he could marry her?), she was barren and became jealous of Leah, her homely yet fertile sister.

Eventually she gave birth to Joseph and died giving birth to Benjamin.

Ruth forsook her country and family in order to worship the true God and became part of Jesus' genealogy (Ruth 1:16; Matthew 1:5).

Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist in her old age, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and was so sensitive to Him that her baby leaped, while still in her womb, at the sound of Mary's greeting (Luke 1:41-45).

And Mary's faith and obedience, upon hearing Gabriel's Announcement about her conception and Virgin Birth of the Messiah, were truly admirable (Luke 1:38).

This is especially true when we consider she was barely a teenager.

What we can learn from these mothers is that God is good, He is faithful, He is MERCIFUL, often chooses the weak to confound the strong, and while NO MOTHER IS PERFECT, He will bless and use every woman that obeys Him to fulfill His purpose.

For all that you are, and all that you do: Thank you, moms!

Happy Mother's Day!  

 

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

RENEWING THE MIND

“For MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NEITHER ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS, says the LORD.

For AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS, AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR THOUGHTS.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“I exhort you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, but be TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

TOTAL renewal of the human mind, which satan invaded and contaminated in Eden, won’t happen this side of the Rapture.

However, we can and MUST renew our minds IN LARGE PART with the Mind of (THE INNER) CHRIST, the Holy Spirit and the written Word of God.

When we come to Christ we receive Jesus into our hearts,  TRUST His finished work of Salvation COMPLETELY, and we REPENT of sin.

To “repent” (metanoia) MEANS TO CHANGE ONE’S MIND.

Therefore, renewal of the mind BEGINS with the born-again experience.

It BEGINS with Salvation, but it shouldn’t END there.

It must CONTINUE UNTIL that TOTAL renewal of the mind takes place.

The Word of God was given to help us RENEW OUR MINDS.

TO HELP US THINK GOD’S THOUGHTS and understand GOD’S WAYS.

When we renew our minds with His Word, we wash most of the filth that satan planted in our subconscious.

We begin to see things the way God sees them.

We begin to THINK as God THINKS.

We cannot be Jesus, or manifest Jesus, when our thinking is CONTRARY TO HIS.

Since we are PREDESTINED TO manifest Christ and to conform to His Image (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2) we need to prepare by THINKING AS HE THINKS.

Even when we’re saved, satan does his dirty work in and through the contaminated human mind. If we fail to renew our minds, we are giving satan LICENSE to kill, steal, destroy and wreak havoc in our lives.

When we renew our minds and think as Christ thinks, WHEN WE KEEP OUR MINDS ON HIS THOUGHTS, the devil HAS NOTHING IN US!  (John 14:30)

We effectively slam the door shut in his ugly face, and the wicked one touches us not.  (1 John 5:18)

If we expect to reign with Jesus on this earth, we NEED TO start renewing our minds.

We need to start THINKING AS HE THINKS.

For AS HE IS, so are we (to be) IN THIS WORLD.  (1 John 1:17)

 

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

ALONE WITH OUR THOUGHTS

Every human of sound mind carries on AN INTERNAL DIALOGUE with himself or herself, from moment to moment.

We “talk to ourselves” in our minds ALL THE TIME. 

We do this without even realizing it. 

Thousands of thoughts cross our minds each day.  And those thoughts PLAY A LARGE ROLE in how our lives play out.

Those thoughts affect our emotions, behavior, lifestyle, attitude, and the overall quality of our lives – or lack thereof.

Here’s the inescapable maxim given in Scripture:

“As a man thinks... so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)

Most people, Christians in particular, act as though they are HELPLESS to control the mental traffic that continuously runs through our minds.

Fact is, we CHOOSE what we think.

Again: we CHOOSE what we think.

While it’s true that satan, either directly or indirectly, will make certain thoughts flash through our minds, WE DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT his thoughts.

We have THE POWER TO REJECT negative thoughts.

We have THE POWER TO CHOOSE WHAT WE THINK.

Again: We have the GOD-GIVEN POWER, as part of our GOD-GIVEN FREE WILL, to DETERMINE which thoughts to accept and which thoughts to reject.

Which thoughts we allow to linger, and which thoughts we DISCARD, the moment they come.

Satan CAN put thoughts in our minds.  He has NO POWER to MAKE those thoughts STAY there.

He has NO POWER TO FORCE US to accept such thoughts.

He has NO POWER to KEEP US FROM REJECTING those thoughts.

He has NO POWER to keep us from CHANGING OUR THINKING TO SOMETHING ELSE.

We are NOT --- NOT --- NOT --- helpless with regards to what we think.

If we were, God wouldn’t have told us WHAT WE MUST CHOOSE TO THINK.

We can all agree that there’s A LOT of evil in this world.

A LOT!

All the evil in the world – ALL OF IT, without exception – STARTED IN THE HUMAN MIND.

All of it, whether it’s war, hunger, poverty, social inequality, disease, racism, bad relationships, terrorism, you name it…

ALL OF IT began with HUMAN THOUGHTS.

And all of it comes from human thoughts that WERE ALLOWED…

Again, all evil comes from human thoughts THAT WERE ALLOWED – BY US – to dwell on our minds, develop, fester and turn into tangible, visible DECAY.

Scripture tells us the human mind is God’s enemy.  (Romans 8:7)

It’s also OUR ENEMY.

It was the human mind (which is part of the human SOUL) that satan approached, then infected in Eden.

And it is the human mind that he’s been using ever since to bring fear, chaos, wickedness, and misfortune.

If we DWELL ON THE PAST “so and so did this to me”, “I didn’t deserve what he or she said or did”, “he or she was unfair”, “life is unfair”, “everything turns out well for others, but not for me”, or “they took away our land from us”, you are RIGHT WHERE SATAN WANTS YOU.

And he will kill, steal and destroy AS LONG AS YOU PLAY HIS GAME, and choose to dwell on HIS TERRITORY.

That is why we MUST, absolute MUST:

1. Choose POSITIVE thoughts, that line up with God’s Word.

Thoughts that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy, and DWELL ON THOSE thoughts.

We must think about Jesus, His love, His faithfulness, His power, His Salvation which is eternal. (Philippians 4:8)

And we must USE THE MIND OF THE INNER CHRIST, the Mind of the Spirit, TO RULE OVER the natural mind. (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5)

When we do, we’re IN JESUS’ TERRITORY.

And the devil can’t touch us.

Stop the pity party, saints!

Stop being SELF-centered AND THINKING ONLY ABOUT POOR. OLD, HELPLESS me: me, me, me, me, me, me, and me.

And start thinking about JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, and JESUS.

NO ONE ELSE can make that choice for you.

Most if not all the trouble that happens in our lives, happens because WE allowed it.

Our thoughts, whether godly or ungodly, SET OFF A CHAIN REACTION of feelings, attitudes, and actions that will ultimately MANIFEST IN OUR LIVES.

It’s time to STOP playing the victim, it’s time to STOP blaming “everyone else”, and face the fact that WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR what we think.

 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

OUR PARENTS, OUR THOUGHTS

 “…for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION of them that hate me” (Exodus 20:5)

“…fathers, DON’T PROVOKE YOUR CHILDREN TO ANGER: but bring them up IN THE NURTURE AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD” (Ephesians 6:4)

“Fathers, DO NOT AGGRAVATE YOUR CHILDREN, so THEY WON'T BECOME DISCOURAGED.” (Colossians 3:21)

Satan uses HUMAN THOUGHTS to carry out his wicked agenda on earth.

The REALLY SAD part is that satan gets LOTS OF HELP from us.

And it usually BEGINS when we’re innocent, helpless children, BEFORE we become aware that we CAN CHOOSE what thoughts to allow and which to dismiss.

From the moment we’re conceived, satan sets out to DESTROY the Image of God in us.

And, by destroying God’s Image, he destroys our lives.

When he fails to destroy our lives through abortion or miscarriage, he does it through our minds.

Saddest of all, the SATANIC ASSAULT on the human mind, which ends up WRECKING OUR ENTIRE lives as children, teens and adults, USUALLY BEGINS IN THE HOME:

It begins WITH THOSE WE LOVE THE MOST, AND WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO LOVE US THE MOST:

OUR OWN PARENTS!!!

PARENTS need to realize that WHAT THEY TELL THEIR KIDS, the WORDS they say to them, are SEEDS planted in their innocent, impressionable minds.

And those seeds WILL SPROUT and PRODUCE what you said, either positive or negative!

Who needs satan to wreck our lives, WHEN OUR OWN FATHER AND MOTHER are doing it FOR HIM?

I realize this is a TOUGH message to read.  But every bit of it is true.

And, before someone sends an “offended” email, NOT ALL PARENTS aid and abet satan.

There are (thank God!) many wonderful parents who reinforce God’s Image in their children and enhance its development.

However, in my many years in ministry, I have learned that those parents tend TO BE THE EXCEPTION, NOT THE RULE.

Most parents DO NOT set out INTENTIONALLY TO WRECK our lives.  They don’t do it because they’re bad people. They do it, mostly, through SHEER IGNORANCE.

Most parents HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED themselves by THEIR parents. Therefore, they DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER.

But parents NEED TO START TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for THIS IMPORTANT and EXTREMELY CONSEQUENTIAL FACT -- and SPEAK and act ACCORDINGLY:

Their words, or LACK THEREOF, will have repercussions throughout our lives, UNTIL THE DAY WE DIE or are raptured.

Their words, or LACK THEREOF, are like ripples in a pond that will affect us, our children, and our children’s children.

Tell a child that “you will never amount to anything”, and you may as well SIGN A DEATH SENTENCE on that young life.

Call your children “stupid”, “lazy”, “ugly”, or “evil” and THAT IS EXACTLY what they will grow up to be.

All children need to KNOW that they are loved – UNCONDITIONALLY REGARDLESS of what they do or don’t do, and they need to FEEL loved.

I repeat: ALL CHILDREN need to KNOW – beyond any doubt – THAT THEY ARE LOVED. 

And they need not only to KNOW IT, but TO FEEL LOVED.

All children need to hear POSITIVE words of appreciation, and encouragement:  words that REINFORCE God’s Image in them and aid its development.

Children need to be COMPLIMENTED.

Girls need to be told that they are beautiful: how pretty they look, how much you love them, how smart and talented they are, how they can be anything they want to be.

Similarly, boys need to be told how much they are loved, how smart they are, how talented they are, how strong they are, what good athletes they are, how well they play baseball, football, basketball, tennis, or whatever.

“But I’m afraid to spoil my kids.”

YOU WON’T SPOIL THEM.  Compliments DON’T SPOIL anyone.

That’s one of satan’s BIGGEST lies.

Even GOD enjoys being COMPLIMENTED (praised).

Why wouldn’t those who BEAR HIS IMAGE enjoy it as well?

You’re confusing complimenting with ALLOWING your children to always do as they please without setting any boundaries or giving them any guidance. 

Those are TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT issues.

Negative words will “spoil” your children for sure.  AND I DON’T MEAN “spoil” in the sense of giving in to their every wish.

I mean SPOIL as in MAKING THEIR LIVES ROTTEN, in every imaginable way.

Worse, when we do this to our kids they will pass THE ROTTENNESS to their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren… and so on.

Jesus LIVES IN our kids.

Please DON’T destroy them and, in the process, DESTROY the Image of Jesus in them.  (Matthew 21:16; Mark 10:14)

Focus on the JESUS IN them, praise Him and, in the process, COMPLIMENT your kids, speaking loving, positive words to them.

THEY WILL TURN OUT WONDERFUL.

Just like Jesus is wonderful.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017


ONLY ONE GOSPEL

Although YOU WOULDN'T KNOW IT from listening to various Christian groups, there aren't two Gospels, three Gospels, and certainly not 230.

There's ONLY ONE (Galatians 1:8).

Just like there's ONLY ONE God, Savior and Lord.

Just like there's ONLY ONE baptism that saves which IS NOT water baptism but baptism by the Holy Spirit INTO the Body of Christ, which is His Church (1 Corinthians 12:13).  This baptism takes place AUTOMATICALLY when we receive Christ.

Just like there's ONLY ONE Church, not two, not three, not 230.

That Church, as you might have guessed, is NOT a denomination: it's THE SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY of BORN-AGAIN, JUSTIFIED HUMANS MADE PERFECT BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND BY HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS (Hebrews 12:23).

That ONE Gospel is GOOD NEWS.

In fact, it's THE BEST NEWS EVER GIVEN:

Despite the fact we've sinned, God IS NOT angry with us (2 Corinthians 5:19).

He LOVES us.

He LOVES US UNCONDITIONALLY.

That means, He LOVES YOU: NO STRINGS attached.

He LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO DIE FOR YOU.

He PAID FOR EVERY SIN committed by humans - from the Garden of Eden to the final day of the Millennium - on that cross and WITH HIS VERY OWN, PURE, SINLESS BLOOD.

Your sins, WHOEVER you are, and WHATEVER you've done, HAVE BEEN PAID FOR!

TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY!

They have been ERASED FOREVER from your record...

They are FORGIVEN.

YOU ARE FORGIVEN.

Salvation is A GIFT from God, totally UNDESERVED BY US. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Salvation is YOURS, RIGHT NOW, for the taking.

Do you WANT Salvation?

If you do, He's YOURS.

Receive Him, Jesus Christ, RIGHT NOW.

Invite Him into your heart, THIS VERY MOMENT.

Don't think about it, don't worry about it, and don't procrastinate.

Take Eternal Life, grab it! It's yours!

THIS is YOUR MOMENT.

You DON'T NEED TO "give up" anything... you DON'T NEED to "clean up".

Receive Jesus JUST AS YOU ARE, this minute.

He's ALREADY RECEIVED YOU.

Welcome into His Everlasting Kingdom.   

 

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

DARWINISM’S FAILURE

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven AGAINST ALL THE GODLESSNESS AND WICKEDNESS OF PEOPLE, WHO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH by their wickedness… For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—HIS ETERNAL POWER AND DIVINE NATURE—HAVE BEEN CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD FROM WHAT HAS BEEN MADE, SO THAT PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened;

Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and EXCHANGED THE GLORY OF THE IMMORTAL GOD FOR IMAGES… of BIRDS AND ANIMALS AND REPTILES.

Therefore God GAVE THEM OVER TO THE SINFUL DESIRES OF THEIR HEARTS, TO SEXUAL IMPURITY FOR THE DEGRADING OF THEIR BODIES WITH ONE ANOTHER.:

They EXCHANGED THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD FOR A LIE, and WORSHIPED AND SERVED CREATED THINGS rather than the Creator—who is forever praised! 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.” (Romans 1:19-27)

In the late 50’s and 60’s Darwin’s THEORY of evolution replaced the doctrine of Creation in our public schools and universities.

The Truth was replaced BY AN IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVE LIE.

(ALL LIES, by definition, ARE IMPOSSIBLE to prove).

But that hasn’t stopped our universities, colleges, public school systems (paid for with our tax dollars) or so-called “scientists” from presenting this IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVE LIE, as ABSOLUTE, UNDISPUTED “FACT”.

And 5 to 6 decades later, our chickens have come home to roost – and that’s a total understatement.

So called “teachers” and “professors” have filled the minds of our youth with crappy lies (and ALL LIES are crappy) and given us a generation of decadent, hedonistic, rebellious and morally bankrupt young adults.

For years and years, they’ve been BRAINWASHED WITH THE LIE that they are simply HIGHLY EVOLVED ANIMALS.

And, sure enough, most of them behave LIKE BEASTS.

The REALLY SCARY part is that now those young beasts are VOTING and, worse, RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

And if you had THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT, all you had to do was watch the Democratic National Convention last summer in order to be convinced.

Angry, out of control mobs shouting obscenities (I’m not “holier than thou” – far from it – but I DIDN’T HAVE THE STOMACH to watch for more than a few minutes):

Cop-hating anarchists, ambushing and killing law enforcement officers, sin-riddled thugs demanding the legalization of marihuana:

ADVOCATING for ACCEPTANCE of homosexuality as a normal “lifestyle”:

I DON’T WANT TO deny ANY CITIZENS, INCLUDING HOMOSEXUALS, their rights, BUT DON’T SHOVE THEIR UNNATURAL behavior down our throats as anything REMOTELY “normal”.

It is NOT!

We love homosexuals, just like we love all sinners.  We DO NOT LOVE THEIR LIFESTYLE.

Rabid protesters wanting to bring down our democratically elected President and his administration, BEFORE he’s been given a chance to govern.

VOCIFEROUSLY CALLING FOR THE MURDER OF INNOCENT, HELPLESS BABIES conceived through reckless debauchery, and who then are regarded as mere “inconveniences”, as DISPOSABLE TRASH to be dismembered, right inside their mother’s womb, slaughtered, DISCARDED AS GARBAGE, and forgotten.

But GOD HASN’T FORGOTTEN.

He WATCHES everything that’s going on.

And THEIR BLOOD CRIES OUT TO HIM for justice. (Genesis 4:10; 9:5)

THE MOMENT His Church is removed from the earth God will JUDGE those godless thugs, those heartless rioters, pimps, whores, whoremongers and ASSASINS -- AND JUDGE THEM SEVERELY.

They are self-absorbed, rebellious Christ-haters, having no love, loyalty or mercy.

(At least ANIMALS have NATURAL love for their offspring, and PROTECT THEM.  They do not MURDER THEIR BABIES – ON PURPOSE!!!)

Oh, America, HOW will you escape God’s judgment?

In fact, Western society is ALREADY BEING JUDGED for turning its back on Jesus, for REJECTING HIS OFFER of free Salvation.

For SEEKING RECKLESS CARNAL PURSUITS ON A WHIM, WITH NO REGARD WHATSOEVER for the consequences.

It is as if God were saying:

“Oh, so you want to be ‘HIGHLY EVOLVED” beasts, INSTEAD OF CREATED IN MY IMAGE?

Then I will allow WILD BEASTS WITH NO CONSCIENCE to savagely slaughter your OLD and young.

Perhaps you’ll have A CHANGE OF MIND, and of HEART.

That is why the false doctrine of evolution has failed.

It has brought out THE WORST in humans.

It has DEBASED them, replacing the Image of God in which we were created WITH THE IMAGE OF DUMB CORRUPTIBLE BEASTS, who act not by the spirit, or even BY REASON, but by base, primitive instinct, and by SHEER HATRED.

They profess to be highly evolved animals and, sure enough, THEY ARE ACTING, and BEING TREATED AS SUCH.

They are being HUNTED, wounded and destroyed by savage human predators with seared consciences.

They are being slaughtered with the same callous disregard they have for the unborn.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

THE DECEPTIVE SOUL

“The heart IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, AND DESPERATELY WICKED: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

“Whosoever is born of God DOES NOT COMMIT SIN; for His (God’s) Nature remains in him: and HE CANNOT SIN, BECAUSE HE IS BORN OF God.(1 John 3:9)

OUR SOULS HAVE BEEN DECEIVING US FOR THE PAST 6,000 YEARS.

Whether you realize it or not YOUR SOUL is a KILLER!

I repeat: YOUR SOUL is a KILLER!

It was Eve’s soul that satan DECEIVED.  It was Adam’s SOUL that satan MANIPULATED to get what he wanted.

It’s the human soul THAT SINS. (Leviticus 6:2; Numbers 15:27; Ezekiel 18:20)

Since the wages of sin IS DEATH, our SOULS have been KILLING US FOR SIX MILLENNIUMS, and 99% of God’s people DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.  (Ezekiel 18:20; Romans 6:23)

God’s people are DESTROYED (THEY DIE) FOR LACK OF knowledge (Hosea 4:6)

It’s bad enough they DON’T KNOW IT.

Worse, 99% of God’s people LIVE FROM THE SOUL: from that same DECEITFUL, MURDEROUS SOUL that’s been satan’s pawn and has been killing them since Eden.

Hence they are EASILY deceived.

Since they live from THE VERY SOUL that satan approached and CONTAMINATED in Eden, the very soul he has used for millennia TO MURDER US, deception for him becomes a cinch.

That is why Christians, yes BORN-AGAIN Christians, are SO VULNERABLE to deception.

That is WHY Jesus warned that in these last days MANY would come, supposedly IN HIS NAME, admitting that Jesus is the Messiah, CLAIMING to be Christians, and WOULD DECEIVE MANY. (Matthew 24:4)

That is why I cringe every time some Christian comes to me ALL CONFUSED because he or she watched something published (supposedly) by another “Christian” on YouTube or some website, and he or she WAS DECEIVED.

He or she IS NOW TROUBLED, FILLED WITH DOUBT, incapable or spreading the Gospel with any conviction, worthless as far as bringing souls into the Kingdom, believing that the unbiblical lunacy they watched might be “true”.

They have allowed satan NOT ONLY TO DECEIVE THEIR SOUL, NOT ONLY TO MAKE THEM “SEE” THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE (like he did with Eve), but have allowed the creep TO ROB THEM OF THEIR PEACE.

We, as believers, are supposed to have DISCERNMENT.

But discernment and truth COME FROM THE SPIRIT, NOT FROM THE SOUL.

Again: discernment and truth, with regards to spiritual matters, COME FROM THE SPIRIT, NOT FROM THE SOUL. (Isaiah 11:2; 1 Corinthians 12:10)

Since most Christians DELIBERATELY IGNORE their born again Spirits and CHOOSE TO live from the soul, 24/7, THEY ARE EASY PREY FOR THAT EVIL, LYING PREDATOR NAMED SATAN.

It’s THE SOUL that sins.

The spirit cannot sin, as we read above, because the born again spirit IS CHRIST (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Unfortunately, Christians PREFER to live from satan’s territory (the human mind and soul) to living from God’s territory (the born-again Spirit).

By doing so they are, unwittingly, CHOOSING SATAN OVER CHRIST.

The INNER CHRIST (the Christ IN US) is our only HOPE of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

But until our minds are renewed and that glory manifests, THE INNER CHRIST doesn’t DO US MUCH GOOD when we NEGLECT HIM, IGNORE HIM, GRIEVE HIM, and choose to focus on satan RATHER THAN focusing on Him.

Deception is NOT about to wane anytime soon, saints.

We better start CHOOSING Christ over satan.

We better start CHOOSING to live FROM THE INNER CHRIST (our born again spirit) instead of living FROM OUR SOULS.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017

MODERN CORINTHIANS

When Solomon said that “there is NOTHING NEW under the sun”, HE KNEW whereof he spoke:

During Jesus’ ministry in the first century A.D., there were Pharisees who thought they were BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE because OF HOW THEY LOOKED and ACTED ON THE OUTSIDE:

BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DID OR DIDN’T DO.

And, sure enough, there are Pharisees today who think and act THE SAME WAY.

They may NO LONGER call themselves Pharisees, but they exhibit all the Pharisaic traits.

They CLAIM to “observe” the Sinai Law, when Jesus said NONE OF THEM kept it.  (John 7:19)

But they KNOW BETTER than Jesus.

There were Sadducees in Jesus’ day and, tragically, there are Sadducees today WHO STILL DENY HIS RESURRECTION.

And I’m NOT talking about atheists, I’m talking about church-attending “Christians”, and “Christian” ministers with various theological degrees.

These “ministers” try to “spiritualize” Jesus’ Resurrection, and falsely teach that His physical body remained on the cross and was devoured by birds of prey, or that it stayed in the tomb and SAW CORRUPTION, when God SPECIFICALLY FORETOLD that it wouldn’t. (Psalm 16:10).

And when the four Gospels, the Book of Acts, all the Epistles, the Book of Revelation and more than 500 EYEWITNESSES who lived in Jesus’ time, and SAW HIM risen from the dead, say otherwise.

But they KNOW BETTER than God.

And they also KNOW better than 500 plus WITNESSES WHO SAW HIM resurrected. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

Only TWO “tiny” problems with their unbelief:

1. It will send them STRAIGHT TO HELL.  (Romans 10:9) And,

2. Had Jesus’ dead body BEEN SEEN 4 DAYS AFTER His Crucifixion, either in the tomb or on the cross, THERE WOULD BE NO CHRISTIANS TODAY.

The Christian faith would have been STOPPED ON ITS TRACKS, and nipped in the bud.

Tch tch tch tch tch tch…

There were believers in Corinth in the first century, and THERE ARE MODERN CORINTHIANS – ALL OVER THE WORLD – today.

They DON’T call themselves “Corinthians”, rightly so since most of them don’t live in Corinth, but they have the same attributes.

Corinthians ABOUNDED in gifts and MANIFESTATIONS of the Spirit.

They had more Holy Spirit manifestations THAN ANY OTHER Christian community.

Yet they were also THE MOST CARNAL bunch of Christians, and the ones most prone to excess. (1 Corinthians 3:3; 5:1)

We see the same thing today among many Pentecostals.

HOLD IT!!!  Before you send that nasty letter or dismiss this message, I AM “Pentecostal”, NOT BY DENOMINATION, but in the sense that I am Spirit-filled, experience various manifestations of the Spirit, and I PRAY IN TONGUES privately.

Not publicly but PRIVATELY, as God’s Word instructs. (1 Corinthians 14:6, 18-19, 27-28)

I also have CARNAL tendencies, as do most of you.

This isn’t a message of condemnation but of EDIFICATION FOR ALL OF US, including me.

I DO NOT belong to ANY particular denomination. I do belong to the ENTIRE Body of Christ and endeavor to SERVE Jesus and His ENTIRE Body, REGARDLESS OF Christian label.

And last time I checked, His Body is comprised OF MANY DIFFERENT PARTS.

Again:  Christ’s Body is COMPRISED OF MANY DIFFERENT PARTS.

Some parts ARE SOOOO DIFFERENT, that it’s very easy to conclude, ERRONEOUSLY, that they are NOT part of His Body.

But Jesus reminded us, through that marvelous teacher named Paul, that if the whole Church were a hand, then He would have NO BODY.

If the whole Church were A LEG, or AN EYE, He still would have NO BODY.

DIFFERENT parts ARE NECESSARY…

Without them He has NO BODY, and WE HAVE NO BODY.

Even when we DON’T LIKE THOSE PARTS, they ARE STILL NECESSARY.

My main points are these:

1. Pharisees and Sadducees WERE LOST in the first century and they are STILL LOST TODAY.

2.  Corinthians were CARNAL in the first century and they are STILL CARNAL today.

That means that they can boast all they want about being Spirit-filled, speaking in tongues, prophesying and having gifts of healing.

They are STILL CARNAL and NOT spiritual as they claim to be.

But at least first century Corinthians DID NOT FAKE the gifts of the spirit as we do today.

At least first century Corinthians DID NOT mimic the gifts TO MANIPULATE dumb sheep to part with their money AND GIVE IT to GREEDY WOLVES in sheep’s clothing.

At least first century Corinthians DID NOT MAKE A MOCKERY of the Gifts of the Spirit.

Judgment always begins IN THE HOUSE OF GOD. (1 Peter 4:17)

We better JUDGE OURSELVES, and act accordingly.

Either we clean up His House, or God will.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017

JUDAIZERS

What's a Judaizer? A SUPPOSED believer in Jesus Christ who insists we MUST keep the Old Testament law (Torah) in order to have right standing with God.

That's not my definition.
It's the Bible's (Galatians 2:14).

Judaizers have been coming out of the woodwork lately at an alarming rate.

This shouldn't surprise us, since
Jesus warned that in the last days MANY would come in His Name (saying that He is the Messiah) and WOULD DECEIVE MANY (Matthew 24:4).

They come to us in sheep's clothing, but inside they're ravenous wolves... or, at the very least, legalistic zombies.

Judaizers are hell-bent on imposing a legalistic burden on those who've truly been born again, and live in the freedom of the Spirit.

They're the ones who insist
we must observe Old Testament dietary laws, the 10 commandments, and "keep the weekly Sabbath".

Don't get me wrong,
I'm ALL for keeping the Sabbath, not just on Saturday, BUT EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Sabbath keeping
has ALWAYS BEEN (THEN AND NOW) ABOUT RESTING FROM OUR OWN WORKS, AND TRUSTING GOD'S.

The purpose of the weekly Sabbath was to remind the children of Israel
that they were to CEASE FROM THEIR OWN DEAD WORKS AND REST (TRUST in) GOD'S SUPERNATURAL WORK on their behalf.

The weekly Sabbath was NEVER the designated day to assemble. It was THE DAY OF REST (Exodus 20:8-10).

RESTING in Jesus and TRUSTING Jesus, and Jesus ALONE: THAT'S WHAT THE REAL SABBATH IS ABOUT. That's what SALVATION IS ABOUT.

Unless you're COMPLETELY trusting Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and ascension, and His Blood, to wash away your sins... and NOTHING ELSE...

You can ATTEND SERVICES ON SATURDAY UNTIL YOUR FACE TURNS BLUE...
you're NOT keeping the Sabbath.

You can TRY to keep the 10 Commandments until you turn into a dried up, shriveled prune.  You won’t make it into the Kingdom of God.

Fact is,
God COULDN’T CARE LESS what day of the week you attend services.

Judaizers can be very persuasive.
Their approach, at least ON THE SURFACE, appears to be quite godly. After all, they're quoting the Bible (mostly Old Testament).

satan, however, also quoted the Old Testament, and there's NOTHING GODLY about him.

One guy in particular, who wears some sort of Old Testament costume, is now telling his CUSTOMERS (eh... followers) that,
unless they call God by His Hebrew Name "Yahweh", or Yeshua, that they are using His Name in vain, thereby breaking the second commandment.

What absolutely ridiculous, legalistic crap!

According to Genesis 11:14, IT WAS GOD WHO CONFUSED AND DIVIDED THE (one) LANGUAGE IN ALL THE EARTH INTO VARIOUS LANGUAGES:

According to Hebrew tradition He divided it into AT LEAST 70 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

So, after God Himself PERPETRATED THIS ON HUMANITY, God's going to BLAME them FOR NOT SPEAKING HEBREW????

Give me a religious break!

So, according to this clown (hey, if you wear a funny-looking costume, what does that make you?) people in France, Spain or Latin America who call on the Name of Jesús are using His Name in vain. Same goes for the the Italians when they call Him Gesů, the Japanese Iesu, etc. Same goes for all English speaking people when we call Him "Jesus".

What complete farce!

There's no LESS IMPORTANT issue as far as God is concerned, than calling God by His Hebrew Name, His Latin Name or His English Name. The Church faces far greater challenges than that. God knows every language and communicates in all of them.

When He talks to me, do you think He usually speaks Hebrew? How about when He talks to you?

No, He has complete mastery of English, I assure you.

When you called out to Him, in your time of need, did you have to say "Oh, Yeshua!” in order for Him to answer?

How about when you first invited Him into your heart? Did you call Him Yeshua?
No, you said "Jesus" and He came anyway, didn't He?

Judaizers can twist and turn their dead religion all they want, BUT THIS IS WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO:

DO YOU TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY?

If you do, you need nothing else. He's MORE THAN sufficient.

If you don't, you'll have to "add" and "add" and "add". .. and KEEP ADDING -- BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEASURE UP.

If you DON'T TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY for salvation, YOU'RE NOT SAVED.

 

 FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

I NEVER HEARD THAT

Every once in a while someone who claims to have been reading these daily messages for years, basically asks me to prove that something I said ISN’T A LIE.

Their “excuse” is that they “never heard that” before.

Well, duh.

There are TONS of teachings on this website that “you never heard before”.

I would think THAT is one of the reasons, if not THE MAIN reason, why you visit this website:

1.  When did you “hear before” that Adam conspired with satan to sabotage Eve?

2.  When did you “hear before” that the “sons of God” were not angels, nor Cain’s offspring, but THE SPIRITUAL OFFSPRING OF Adam and Eve PRIOR TO the fall?

3. When did you “hear before” that the Antichrist is Alexander the Great?

4. When did you “hear before” that the false prophet is Judas Iscariot?

5. When did you “hear before” that there’s NO “7-year peace treaty”?

6. When did you “hear before” that the tribulation lasts 3˝ years, not 7?

7. When did you “hear before” that the 70 weeks in Daniel 9 point to BOTH the First and Second Comings of Messiah?

8. When did you “hear before” that the “Temple Mount” is NOT where the ancient Jerusalem temples stood?

9. When did you “hear before” a FULL biblical explanation of “666”?

10. When did you “hear before” about “the number of his name” being the “number of man”?

11. When did you “hear before” of a timeline for the 3˝ year TRIBULATION THAT gives SPECIFIC DATES for major events during that harrowing period?

12. When did you “hear before” that the Second Coming of Christ MUST take place on Sukkot?

13. When did you “hear before” that the Rapture MUST take place in spring, PRIOR TO PASSOVER?

14.  When did you “hear before” ABSOLUTE, IRREFUTABLE PROOF of the pre-trib Rapture?

15. When did you “hear before” THAT THE SINAI LAW isn’t perfect?

16.  When did you “hear before” that the 10 Commandments are NOT the fulfillment of the Law?

17.  When did you “hear before” that what Christians FALSELY call “tithing” IS NOT BIBLICAL?

18. When did you “hear before” that Gog and Magog takes place AT THE END OF the Millennium?

19. When did you “hear before” that THE ONLY Righteousness in the universe is Jesus?

20. When did you “hear before” that God DOES NOT COUNT ANY sins against those who are in Christ?

21.  When did you “hear before” A SOUND, BIBLICAL explanation of what the “2,300 days” in Daniel 8 mean?

22.  When did you “hear before” what James meant by “faith without works is dead”?

23.  When did you “hear before” that James chapter two does not speak of soul salvation?

24.  When did you “hear before” that the Truth IS ALWAYS – ALWAYS – FREE?

25.  When did you “hear before” that certain passages in our English Bibles were INTENTIONALLY mistranslated, as they DO NOT accurately reflect the original languages?

26.  When did you “hear before” that the “10 horns” in Daniel and Revelation ARE NOT NATIONS, but FUTURE kings?

27.  When did you “hear before” that Jesus fulfilled OVER 350 prophecies in precise detail, and see a LIST OF such prophecies?

28.  When did you “hear before” that the original Church was founded in Jerusalem, and every member was Jewish?

29.  When did you “hear before” that the original church congregated in individual homes, NOT in buildings?

30. When did you “hear before” THE TRUE GOSPEL OF GRACE (glory to Jesus!) presented THE WAY IT’S REGULARLY PRESENTED BY THIS MINISTRY?

I could go on and on, since there are MANY OTHER BIBLICAL teachings here that “you never heard before”, but I think I’ve made my point.

The reason you make those comments and send those insolent emails, therefore, is NOT that you have “never heard it before”, but that YOU THINK you have “caught me” in some error, and you HOPE to rub my nose on it.

You DO NOT FOOL the Holy Spirit for one microsecond, and you DO NOT fool me.

So let me make life easy for anyone who has fed off our unique, FIRST CLASS spiritual table – DAILY – for years and years – FREE OF CHARGE – never receiving solicitations, never being asked to donate, or being asked to buy anything:

If you have THE SLIGHTEST misgivings about my spiritual integrity, do us both a favor and find another spiritual table from which to eat.

A table provided by someone whom you IMPLICITLY TRUST.

Lord knows I’m far from perfect, Lord knows I make mistakes, and Lord also knows that I would never intentionally deceive or mislead anyone.

… Least of all where MY GOD AND SAVIOR, who is also THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, and my very reason for being, is concerned!

If after years and years of BEING SERVED for NOTHING (literally) you cannot see that, it’s time for you to go elsewhere. 

Thank you.

 

 THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017

LETTER VERSUS SPIRIT

There is no more avid reader of the Bible, or promoter of studying the Holy Scriptures, than yours truly!

However, all the Bible study in the world won’t help us perceive the Truth contained in God’s Word, UNLESS it’s accompanied by the Holy Spirit’s invaluable input.

The Holy Spirit inspired that written Word, and ONLY HE can unlock and reveal its most accurate and deepest meaning.

Three quick examples:

1. Someone recently criticized me (in fact called me a “reprobate” and “child of satan”) for saying that “we NEED JESUS, we DON’T NEED religion”.

He quoted James 1:27, which mentions religion, to “prove me” wrong.

Only one “tiny” problem: James was NOT referring to Christian religion, since his Epistle is NOT addressed to Christians but to NATURAL ISRAEL: “to the 12 TRIBES in the Diaspora”. (James 1:1)

Therefore, IN CONTEXT, the “religion” to which James refers in James 1:27 is NOT ANY form of Christian religion, but to Judaism.

This man’s CONDEMNATION was quickly silenced.

Of course, his religious pride PREVENTED him from apologizing.

Hopefully, it did not prevent him from REPENTING.

2.  We have A LOT of (all glory to Jesus!) unique, BIBLICAL teaching on this website.

Among that biblical teaching is that NEITHER Saturday, NOR SUNDAY is the “designated day of worship” in Scripture: that God MUST BE WORSHIPED EVERY SINGLE DAY, INCLUDING Saturday AND Sunday.

A while back some nit picking religionist FELT COMPELLED to “split theological hairs” by pointing out that Acts 20:7, which I cite in the teaching, was really “Saturday evening”.

He based this on SPECULATION that, since Paul preached “until midnight”, the meeting had started before sundown, hence on Saturday.

Four HUGE problems: 

A) Scripture doesn’t tell us PRECISELY WHEN the meeting started.  It could have started at 6:30, 7, 8, 9, 10 or even 11 P.M. and Paul could have still preached until midnight.

All of which would make it SUNDAY.

B) Verse 8 says that there were “many lamps” indicating that IT WAS DARK (after sundown).  Therefore, it couldn’t have been Saturday.

That would make it, UNDISPUTEDLY, Sunday.

C) Verses 10 and 11 tell us that, AFTER midnight, Paul went down, raised the young man who fell off the window from the dead, came back upstairs, ate with the brethren (held a communion service), and then PREACHED SOME MORE UNTIL DAYBREAK. 

All of which would make it, UNDISPUTEDLY, Sunday.

D) And last, but not least, Scripture pointedly says the meeting took place “on the FIRST day of the week” which is Sunday.

I didn’t make that up, THE HOLY SPIRIT inspired it.

Therefore, either the HOLY Spirit LIED (perish the very idea) or this cretin WAS LYING because he’s NOT a real Christ worshiper, but a Saturday worshiper.

Those who feel compelled to nitpick such inconsequential details, DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT of Christ (Romans 8:9).

The letter kills, the Spirit makes alive.

The letter kills, the Spirit REVEALS Truth.

And those who WANT TO LOSE the ability TO COMMUNICATE WITH US, by all means, GO AHEAD AND NITPICK!

That’s ONE SURE WAY of being BLOCKED, PERMANENTLY.

If you want to know “the other ways” of being in that ignoble category, I suggest you read the article “BEFORE YOU WRITE” that’s been POSTED DIRECTLY ABOVE THIS MESSAGE FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS.

3.  Some are incapable of discerning between Jesus THE MAN, who took off His glory, and made Himself IN FASHION LIKE mortal men (Philippians 2:5-8), and Jesus’ Spirit who is Almighty God (John 4:24).

That is WHY Jesus THE MAN said that “the Father is GREATER than I” (John 14:28)

Jesus’ Spirit is every bit as much God as the Father.  In fact, they are One. (John 10:30)

They are CARNALLY MINDED, DEVOID of the Spirit. 

That’s why they read Scripture and come up with ludicrous crap such as “if Jesus is God, then who was running the universe during the three days and nights He was in the center of the earth”?

Last time I checked God is Spirit and God is OMNIPRESENT.

Duh.

Jesus’ Spirit WAS RUNNING THE UNIVERSE then as much as He is ruling it now.

We simply CANNOT separate the Spirit from the Word. 

For BOTH the Spirit and THE WORD are God (John 1:1-3, 4:24)

When we take out the Spirit, we end up NOT with THE WORD (Jesus) but WITH THE LETTER.

And the LETTER ALWAYS KILLS.

Jesus, AND ONLY JESUS, gives life.

And Jesus GIVES THAT LIFE through His Most HOLY Spirit.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

WHAT TO READ

The Bible is a VERY LONG BOOK, consisting of 66 smaller books inspired by the Holy Spirit.

It is precious and REPLETE with Wisdom – from beginning to end.

However, A NEW believer doesn’t need to read endless genealogies, or how to offer animal sacrifices in the tabernacle or temple since, AFTER JESUS’ SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR SIN, he or she (praise Jesus forever!) CANNOT and MUST not offer them.

They also don’t need to read the Book of Revelation right off the bat.

Although Revelation promises a blessing to those who read and heed its content, I don’t advise it for beginners, but for those who are more advanced in scriptural understanding, and more firmly established on Christian doctrine.

Religion has DONE A NUMBER on all our heads.  And I remember the first time I read Revelation, as a new believer, and it scared the heck out of me.

Only by God’s Grace, the passage of time -- and as my understanding of FUNDAMENTAL Christian doctrine grew, and the Holy Spirit directly intervened, did I come to appreciate Revelation AS MUCH AS I DO TODAY.

There’s more than one reason why God made it THE LAST Book in the Bible.

Where would I recommend that NEW BELIEVERS BEGIN studying the Word?

1.  Gospel of John

2.  2nd Epistle to the Corinthians

3. Then the rest of the New Testament.

The Gospel of John lays out the Way of Salvation like no other.  And Second Corinthians sets out the basic principles of the Christian faith (in my humble opinion) clearer than any other.

There are “Bible reading plans” that take us through the entire Bible in a year. 

They’re O.K. It’s NEVER WRONG to read the Bible, NO MATTER where you begin.

However, QUALITY is far better than quantity.

Studying the Bible is NOT a “race against time” to see how quickly we can read the whole thing.

I have spent AN ENTIRE MONTH on just ONE chapter.

The Holy Spirit kept showing me NEW insights, right in that chapter.  Why would I read something else, when this is CLEARLY where He wanted me to study?

Funny thing, some time went by, and when I came across that chapter later… I still got NEW revelation!

God’s Word is ETERNAL and INEXHAUSTIBLE.

God’s Word never returns void, and reading it quickly is FAR BETTER than NOT reading it.

But it’s BETTER to read it SLOWLY, take it in SLOWLY, allowing it TO SINK IN DEEPLY, and MEDITATING what we read.

If we ASSIMILATE what we read, we accomplish A LOT, we GROW a lot, and we INCREASE in wisdom.

If we HAVEN’T ASSIMILATED what we read, we’ve accomplished little.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

RIDING THE BEAST

“…and I saw a woman SITTING ON A SCARLET COLORED BEAST, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns…

And the angel said to me: Why did you marvel? I will tell you THE MYSTERY OF THE WOMAN, AND OF THE BEAST THAT CARRIES HER, which has the seven heads and ten horns. (Revelation 17:3, 7)

Revelation 17:16-18 make one thing crystal clear:  Antichrist and his 10-king coalition WILL HATE THIS HARLOT.

And yet, as we read in the two verses above, DESPITE that hatred, HE WILL CARRY HER FOR MOST of the 3˝ year tribulation.

He will not only TOLERATE HER, but grant her special exemption SPARING the harlot, UNTIL near the end of the tribulation.

That is when he decides that it’s too risky to continue their political arrangement, and suddenly turns against her, vents his anger, and destroys her in ONE HOUR.

And this is done by God’s predetermined purpose (Revelation 17:16-18)

Revelation 17:8 and 17:10-11 tell us that the beast is a former king which had already lived, was no longer living in the first century (when Revelation was written) and who will emerge from the abyss.

Other Scriptures indicate unequivocally that that former king is Alexander the Great, considered the greatest warrior and war strategist that ever lived (Daniel 7:6; 11:28-35; Revelation 13:2, 4, 18).

And Revelation 17:18 clearly refers to Rome as the great harlot city.

In his role as the Antichrist, Alexander will blaspheme the God of heaven, blaspheme Jesus, and won’t tolerate any worship of any deity (real or imagined).  The only worship allowed during his reign will be that of satan and of the Antichrist himself (Daniel 11:37-38; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:4)

And yet it is clear from Revelation 18:3, 7, 9-18 that Rome will be allowed to sell its wares and carry on its religious business as usual during most of Antichrist’s reign.

What, then, might persuade Antichrist to tolerate the harlot during most of his reign and grant her this special exemption?

It may have something to do with Rome being the Empire that conquered the former Greek Empire. 

It may have something to do with Rome adopting and preserving Greek culture, despite its former military superiority.

It may be that Alexander is favorably portrayed in Roman art and literature. 

It may be because of Rome’s enormous wealth.   It may be allowed to remain in exchange for some large financial tribute.

It may be through shrewd, self-serving diplomacy on both sides.

…Or on a combination of these.

I know (at the moment) of no Scripture that specifically states the reason for his decision.

But it doesn’t take a genius to figure out THE MAIN REASON:

Antichrist’s 10 king coalition will arise ENTIRELY from the territory of the former Roman Empire. (Daniel 7:24)

The harlot, who SITS ON many people nations and tongues, has trafficked in religion for so long that it has permeated the populace to the point of becoming not only the dominant religion, but PART OF THEIR CULTURE.

Being a cunning strategist, Antichrist and his 10 monarch allies won’t want to further ruffle the feathers of their subjects by destroying the harlot, and what she may still represent to them, right off the bat. (Daniel 7:23-24)

After all, they only have 42 months to try to accomplish their nefarious goals.

That is probably why Antichrist tackles all other potential adversaries first, leaving the harlot for last. (Daniel 11:40-44)

But towards the end of the tribulation, having vanquished all other potential adversaries including Iran (Daniel 8:5-7; 19-21), and facing Christ’s impending Second Coming, Alexander suddenly turns on the harlot and obliterates her from the face of the earth. (Revelation 18:21)

The harlot, after all, is still influential, will still have a large number of followers, and it does profess in some way, shape or form to “believe in” Jesus the Christ. 

From a military point of view, Alexander CAN’T RISK HAVING ITS MANY FOLLOWERS TURN AGAINST HIM and potentially join forces with the returning Christ.

NOT THAT JESUS NEEDS ANY HELP TO TROUNCE HIM, but that’s the way the carnal, unregenerate mind reasons. (Revelation 19:20)

This special and TEMPORARY concession to the harlot may cause many of God’s people (Jews and gentiles who turn to Christ during the tribulation) to seek refuge in Rome.

They will be warned by God prior to its destruction to “come out of her”. (Revelation 18:4)

All born-again Roman Catholics will have been raptured 3˝ years before this happens. 

Those who remain in Rome and who cut a deal with the beast, will still be on earth because they had more regard for their religious institution than for the risen Christ.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

10 HORNS IN EUROPE

For years, the prophecy establishment has been telling us that the NATIONS that first comprised the European Common Market, which is presently known as the European Union (EU) will be the 10 horns that will support the Antichrist.

Back in the 1970's, when the number of member nations was fewer than 10, the theory seemed somewhat plausible, however, the present European Union is comprised of 28 member nations, with three more whose membership is pending approval, bringing them to 31.

But the problems don't end there. Daniel 7:24 says it’s 10 KINGS, NOT 10 NATIONS that will arise AFTER Antichrist, within the territories of the former Roman Empire.

Daniel 2:40-44 clearly says it's 10 KINGS that will arise, and that 5 must rule over the Western division of the former Roman Empire and 5 over the Eastern division.

EVERY Scripture where these 10 kings are mentioned always refers to them as "horns" or "kings". NOT ONCE are they called "nations".

So, WHY are they still teaching it's the EU?

Because C.I. Scofield taught A CENTURY AGO (before the EU existed) that the Antichrist would come from Rome, and be supported by 10 nations from Europe.

This, despite the fact the Bible has told us for 2,500 years that he comes from Greece, and that the 10 horns are kings, NOT NATIONS.

The prophecy establishment seems to be caught in a prophetic time warp.

Apparently, these guys have never read the 12th chapter of Daniel.

Daniel 12:9 clearly says such things WON'T be understood UNTIL the time of the end.

And Daniel 12:4 says that at the time of the end "knowledge shall increase".

Contrary to what you've heard, the Roman Empire WON'T BE revived. There won't be any Caesars, no Senate, no Pax Romana, nor will the Antichrist government be headquartered in Rome.

These kings are NOT present monarchs.

Revelation 17:12 indicates that the 10 horns ARE KINGS who have NOT YET received their kingdoms, and that they will reign "for one hour" with the Antichrist.

The former Roman Empire was divided into 13 territorial dioceses (administrations): 6 in the Western Part and 7 in the Eastern Part.

The three kings who are "uprooted" are those of: Egypt (Daniel 11:41-43), the East (Israel, Syria, and Lebanon), (Zechariah 14:1-4) and Rome (Revelation 17:15-18).

That leaves 10 kings over the territories of the Roman dioceses formerly named: Spain, Britain, Gaul, Italy, and Africa, in the Western Division of the empire, and Dacia, Macedonia, Asia, Thrace, and Pontus, in the Eastern portion.

The territory comprised by those 10 dioceses includes the modern countries of England, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.

So, while there will be 10 kings over 10 territorial regions or dioceses, they will comprise, in terms of current geography, some 22 nations all surrounding the Mediterranean.

As you can see, SOME nations included in those territories ARE members of the EU, and some AREN'T.

Some may wonder how "Christian" England, France, Spain and Italy will turn against Christ and support the Antichrist.

First of all, the current population of these nations is largely secular. Secondly, they are more “Christian” in CULTURE than in FAITH.  Thirdly, by then EVERY REAL Christian will be in heaven, and only unbelievers will be left on earth.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 says:
"because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved... God shall send them STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness".

Here's "Exhibit A" of why it's so important to study what the Bible ACTUALLY says, instead of gulping down what OTHERS SAY it says.