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The Bible is the only “self-help” book man needs for life’s journey.

The Bible is the only “self-help” book man needs for life’s journey.

“Man without God will only continually seek to increase in wickedness and in the intent to do evil in the thoughts of his heart,” Genesis 5:6.

The Bible is the only “self-help” book man needs for life’s journey.  Within the pages of the Bible, from Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” to Revelation, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all,” can be found the Truth and Words of Life.

The casual or unbelieving reader cannot understand the inspired revelations presented in the Bible.  Why? Man’s unbelieving heart is dead to the spiritual realm of God.  Only with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will God’s plan be revealed to those who have become His Sons and Daughters.  Man was created in the image of God—body, soul and spirit—and given self-will in determination to believe or disbelieve.

Man without God will only continually seek to increase in wickedness and in the intent to do evil in the thoughts of his heart, Genesis:5-6.  Thousands of years ago, man became so wicked that God grieved in His heart that He had given man self-determination. Today, as in the past, man has once again decided upon self-determination and to take it upon themselves to do “what is right in man’s eyes” rather than obey the Creator God.

God in His mercy provided a way for man to live in righteousness—in the light—rather than in unrighteousness—in the dark.  By placing his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, man’s human nature can be controlled. Man can be born again with a righteous spiritual nature by the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Man’s old nature does not simply go away, but it is buried under his new nature.  Man’s new spiritual nature becomes man’s dominate nature by replacing man’s old nature.  Man’s physical health resulting from bad habits, however, will remain unchanged.

Think about it this way.  Man’s years of smoking, drinking, gluttony, lust of the flesh and other acts of the humanistic nature (the natural, unregenerate man’s human desires), will not change with his new birth unless and until man’s human nature is replaced by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  What will change are the old “habits.”  If you smoke you can quit, if you are an alcoholic or drug addict, you can quit.  However, years of self-abuse cannot be changed and your diseases—cancers, cirrhosis, sexual transmitted diseases, cannot be undone.  STOP!  I do believe God is a miracle worker and any condition of the body can be reversed through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

If you want to experience the New Birth you are going to have to cry out to God for help.  Your mental state will be such that you no longer have the desire to live as you are.  I call it crawling in the gutter of life.  At this point God will make His presence known.  If you will ask God for forgiveness and repent of your old ways and ask God to live in your heart, He will. Physical life will not become easier in itself, but your New Birth will give you a change in attitude and your new spiritual life will be made fruitful.

Man’s salvation cannot be found in keeping the law and doing good deeds and works.  Man’s salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone, God’s Son, who was the sacrificial lamb for all mankind who would believe. It, salvation, is a free gift to man obtained only by the mercy shown by God to those who have accepted the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ.  In Jesus Christ there is newness of life—a spiritual rebirth—that truly gives life.  Few have found this newness of life because of unbelief.

The true followers of Jesus—His Church—cannot be taken by the forces of darkness.  Their testimony gives light and hope to those lost in the darkness.

America has drifted into the darkness.  Although many cry out to God for another “Great Awakening,” I do not believe the people of America are ready to repent of their evil ways and thus a great awaking will not come. They will not repent because there is no thought that any wrong is being committed.

Cohabitation, abortion and deviant sexual immorality have become man’s new gods.  They are not new.  The lifestyle in which man seeks to find freedom are the old ways that were practice over 3000 years ago. Death will come to America and her people because the Creator God and His Words (the Bible) have been neglected and discarded.

The way of Caesar—let the reader understand—is a proven way of death to all nations that violate the “morality laws” of the Creator so beautifully summarize in His Big Ten. Again, let the reader understand.

Let me close with this warning: The time has come for the persecutions to begin for those living in America who claim—profess and possess—Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  But, be at peace for it is written, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me,” Matthew 5:11 NIV.

Last year’s Supreme Court ruling by the “five Justices” against traditional marriage—one man and one woman—inspired President Obama to light up the White House with the “rainbow colors of the gay movement.” But, as Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s, Matthew 22:21.  God ordained covenant marriage as one man and one woman, but man has chosen Caesar’s way. It is in the Book, look it up if you are doubtful.

Man, however, has chosen to deny God in their humanistic belief that “There is no God” and thus the Bible, the only self-help book required for righteous living is rejected. Caesar reigns in America, and the American Christians remain silent!

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

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Biblical Christian: Will you testify or will you deny the Faith?

Biblical Christian, will you testify or will you deny the Faith?

Consider if you will, my pondering thoughts on the current generation of people who call themselves Christians.  I would like, from my perspective, to make a distinction between “Cultural Christians” and Biblical Christians as follows:

  •  A Cultural Christian is someone who claims to believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures of the Holy Bible but does not possess Jesus Christ in his / her heart, does not totally believe in the Truth of the Scriptures, and does not possess the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. They, like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ time, have the outward appearance of a religious people but inwardly still live in their natural flesh of worldliness. Cultural Christians represent upwards of 70-90% of today’s Christian Church membership.
  • Biblical Christians have truly accepted the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ and have allowed the Holy Spirit of God to indwell then. They believe in the inerrant and infallibility of the Bible—both the Old Testament and the New Testament (Man lived under Law in the Old Testament.  Man lives under Grace in the New Testament). They truly have found the salvation and forgiveness of sin Jesus provide them through His shed blood on the cross. They found God’s mercy and by faith live for God.

Where do you stand?  My recent blogs have been harsh and critical of the Biblical Christians who are sitting on the sidelines and who will not step outside their comfortable religious lives to speak out and stand up for what they truly believe.  I also have been critical of those who call themselves Christians but have compromised with the ungodly and have denied the faith.  Today I will once again try to gather my thoughts and write about the need and time to share the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ by those who claim Him.  Here we go.

How long will Biblical Christians remain quiet and allow a godless society to continue their campaigns of belittlement, intimidation and marginalizing assaults on them and their religion, beliefs and moral values?  Tell me Biblical Christian, what will it take for you to stand up and speak out? Do you want your children and grandchildren to grow up in a godless and immoral society? Are you one of those who are concerned about themselves more than they are concerned for others, including their family members?

Yes, Biblical Christians have a moral code from their Bible—a Bible they believe was divinely inspired.  Biblical Christians do not hate those who have beliefs different from theirs; however, they do not sanction sins that were declared by God to be abominations. All people are sinners and all sinners are loved.  Sin can be forgiven, but the forgiven sinner cannot remain in their sin once they have been forgiven.

The God of the Bible, the Bible in its totality, not a Bible of “truth and half-truth” that changes with the whims and traditions of man and his concepts of truth, is unchangeable and unalterable in its God ordained commandments and covenants. For a religious denomination to allow and sanction abominations declared sin in Biblical Scriptures and to call them noble and to adopt them as new “traditions” of its church’s doctrinal theology is Satanically inspired heresy.  Do you attend one of these apostate churches defined in the Biblical Scriptures, see the book of Revelation?  If so, just walk.  Find a fellowship of believers who believe as you do.

What more can or needs to be said.  You either believe in the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit—or you do not. Biblical Christians must testify of the Grace found in Jesus Christ. If Biblical Christians will not testify, they may be found “lacking,” in my opinion, at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  Are you willing to testify?

If you are truly a Biblical Christian or have just become one, please register and make a comment.  Your name will never be compromised nor will I forward or send you any correspondence unless you specifically ask. Also, please find a way to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a world of satanic immorality, and we need to tell those who have never heard the Good News the Truth.  Will you join me?

Those are my thoughts for today, what are yours?

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Walking in the Spirit of Brotherly Love

Walking in the Spirit of Brotherly Love

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Jesus Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave His life for me,” Galatians 2:20.

To become a son of the living God through Jesus Christ and to walk in the Spirit is unfathomable to the human nature of worldly men (men and women) —those who refuse to believe in the Trinity of God (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) —revealed in the Bible, the Word of God.

If there is no belief in the Word of God, mankind could consider creation and all the “visible and invisible qualities” of life itself. Only a fool would believe that life as we know it began in a cesspool of muck eons ago. For a more rational and scientific explanation of God’s creative acts versus the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin, visit www.creation.com.

Those who have tasted the living water, “…whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst,” John 4:13, truly will never thirst.  They will gladly lay down their life as witness to their newness of life (born again life) and as partakers of the fruits of the Spirit—the Spirit instilled in them with their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and with their crucifixion of their self-will.

Those who walk in the Spirit become Temples of God: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God,” 1 Corinthians 7:19.  Also consider these words, “…You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in US, so that the world may believe that you sent me,” John17:21. On earth Holy Spirit filled believers are the body of Christ, the Church.  At the Rapture they become the Bride of Christ in His heavenly glory and will return with Him at His Second Coming. As the Body of Christ they are to administer to one another in brotherly love, and they are to do His will as the Spirit calls.

We all share the scares of life in the inner most parts of our souls.  The loneliness, hurts, regrets of life lived in the human nature are many and varied. Thus, In the flesh we have natural physical attractions and emotional human attachments: love, grief, pain, happiness and etc.  But, they are never satisfying.

When you walk in the Spirit of the born again life you will meet others who, like your, are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. You will meet them on “higher ground” in the new spiritual nature and not in the human nature that is prone to sin. To live in the Spirit within the body of Christ—His Church—with brothers and sisters in Christ is indescribable and addictive.  When you experience His Joy you are able to share your testimony of life, be nourished by likeminded believers and truly be equipped to minister to the elect and to unashamedly share the life changing Gospel Message of Jesus to those who come into your pathway.

There are many, so many, that remain lost in the “Cathedrals” of man-made buildings excluded from true worship by the blindness and bindings of cultural Christianity. If they could only accept the Truths, repent, and by faith believe in the Son of God, who is Jesus, life would be different and earth could become a more peaceful place as we wait upon the Lord’s Second Return.

May you in this Christmas Holiday Season give thanks to the Creator and sustainer of life.  Jesus gave His life for you.  Accept His Mercy and Grace and chose to live in the newness of life in the born again Spirit. Answer His call. You will never regret your decision.

Those are my thoughts for the day, what are yours?

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