Does God’s Truth Change?

Psalm 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever.

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Hebrews 3:18 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Where are the Pastors who are compelled to tell us the TRUTH? After all, aren’t they our shepherds on this earth and isn’t it their job to guide the flocks to safety and the TRUTH? JESUS – YESHUA is our GOOD SHEPHERD! He laid down his life for his lost sheep and is overjoyed when just one is saved. Have the Pastors forgotten that the flock they are shepherding doesn’t belong to them..the flock belongs to Jesus? In a world that’s so full of lies, hypocrisies and evil. Shouldn’t a Pastor be willing to stand up for the TRUTH according to God’s Word? Shouldn’t your Pastor tell you the TRUTH no matter what you believe? We live in a world where people have decided that they have the right to their own TRUTH!, There’s only ONE TRUTH and that’s GOD’S TRUTH! Jesus is The WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. Jesus is the LORD over ALL! How can we as the Children of God turn our attention to the world and what the world wants and expects? Shouldn’t we be in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to guide us to what our Heavenly Father wants? Guide us to what is HIS TRUTH?

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.

As Christians, we have been distracted from the TRUTH of GOD by the filthiness of the world! We’ve been entrenched and totally distracted by the world, Satan the “father of lies” has successfully diverted our attention away from God! Our eyes are now focused on all of the matters that have nothing to do with our Salvation or the Will of God. There’s people protesting, arguing and screaming about their rights, people who claim to be Christian and not giving a thought to the TRUTH of God. All around us, there’s hate and dissension about “pro-choice”, “politics”, “political correctness”, “pro-gay and transgender”, “climate change”, the “economy”, “gun control”, “immigration”, civil rights”, “bullying”, “healthcare” and last but not least, the “Covid-19 virus” (which has intensified all of the distractions). I recognize that I’ve only begun the list of distractions that Satan has laid before us. All of the above mentioned are a sad example and a testimony to the state of a nation and a world that has thrown Heavenly Father and the Love of Jesus Messiah to the curb. We’ve become so preoccupied with these distractions that most don’t even think about putting Jesus into the situation. Praying for God to intervene and forgive us as a nation, begging for mercy; because “WE DON’T DESERVE IT!” Asking Heavenly for to show us how would Jesus handle these things? What would Jesus do to make it better? If we’re to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, how would these issues be resolved? We are to reflect Jesus in our very existence…so why do we just say there’s nothing we can do about it? We’re too busy slinging mud and treating one another as if we are less than human…less than made in the IMAGE of GOD!

Exodus 23:7 Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent and the just, because I will not justify the guilty.

Have you ever asked yourself how would Jesus handle “pro choice”? According to the Miriam Webster Dictionary the definition of pro choice: favoring the legalization of abortion. As a Christian, can we really close our eyes to murder of any kind, but even more so can we close our eyes and look the other way at the murder of the most innocent? I’ve lost count of how many Christians have told me that they’re not pro abortion, that they’re pro choice. Obviously, they don’t have a clue what platform they’re standing on. HOW CAN A CHRISTIAN be pro choice if it means shedding the blood of the innocent? How can a Pastor stand before his or her congregation and not say ‘LOUD and CLEAR” so there’s no mistaking it…that abortion is wrong and that we shouldn’t support anyone one who advocates “pro choice”? So if you oppose abortion, then you should also oppose any candidate that says, it’s a woman’s right or pro choice to kill her baby!

Why won’t our Pastors stand up and say that when we vote, we need to vote against “intrinsic evil”? Are they so afraid that half of the flock will get up and leave the church that they won’t speak GOD’S TRUTH? Isn’t the facts that over 60 million babies have been murdered in this country since 1973 and over 1.5 billion around the world be enough to make them speak up? That 60 million is barely less than 1/6th of our current US population of 331 million – did you hear that? Almost 1/6 of our population of our country! Shouldn’t these statistics just torment our Pastors’s and fellow Christian’s hearts and minds with such pain and anguish that they’re willing and want to speak out against this injustice? Isn’t it time for us to talk with love and compassion to the people who wantonly stand on the side of evil? Is seeing the church pews filled and the almighty dollar in the collection plate blinding the Pastor’s from their duty to God and HIS FLOCK? Don’t they believe that when they stand up for God’s TRUTH that he will fill the pews and pay the bills?

Then you hear the supporters of pro choice defend their position by asking…but what about rape and incest victims? However, if statistics are being brought into the conversation: LESS THAN 1% of ALL abortions are a result of rape or incest!!! The rest are elective…in 1973 the United States Supreme Court gave women the choice to murder their child and a huge number of Christians say it’s okay. I don’t believe God’s TRUTH will justify any child being murdered because of how they were conceived. As a matter of fact, Heavenly Father makes it clear that he “HATES” the killing of the innocent.

Proverbs 6:16-18 The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet eager to run to evil,

Now don’t tell me that we aren’t an accomplice to it because we didn’t actually choose the abortion or condone the abortion. OUR HANDS ARE BLOODY because we’re not doing everything possible in our power to end it! So once again I ask the question: WHY WON’T OUR PASTORS SPEAK OUT?

So here’s a critical question for you: Do you really care about the unborn? Is it just rhetoric and lip service on the part of people who claim Christianity? Do our Pastors really care about this question or are they just paying lip service to GOD! If they really cared about the unborn why aren’t they telling GOD’S FLOCKS (congregations) that we HAVE to VOTE against EVIL?

Aren’t we ALL supposed to be good and faithful servants? Especially the Pastors who are helping to shepherd the flock so they can find their way to the LIGHT? To Find their way to the “NARROW GATE”? When we say Jesus is our Savior and that we want to follow HIM and obey HIM, why do we allow the secular world to get in the way of doing what’s right in the EYES of GOD? Have we placed the lives of the unborn in the category of insignificance? Are those precious unborn barely an afterthought? Do we actually give them any thought at all?

Matthew 18:10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.

What kind of testimony is it that the president of a nation has to sign an executive order to protect vulnerable newborn and infant children?

As a nation how do we bring Glory to GOD when we allow this EVIL to continue?

1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

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Are YOU WASHED in the Blood of the Lamb?

Tomorrow isn’t promised, so TODAY is the DAY! It’s my prayer that you choose to put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead on the 3rd day!

JESUS Messiah – Yeshua Hamaschiach (Hebrew) is COMING! Are you covered in the blood of Jesus? Have you repented of your sins so you can stand before Heavenly Father? Have you put your faith and trust in Jesus?

Scriptures are from KJV (King James Translation of the Bible).

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Matthew 26:26-28 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

When Jesus and His disciples shared the Last Supper together, he told them that HIS BLOOD was the new testament (covenant). Our God – Heavenly Father has been making covenants with His people since Genesis! A covenant is a strong and solemn binder between two people or peoples.

Because a covenant is a bond between peoples and this binding is a promise that involves God, the breaking of the covenant has consequences; people break covenants, but Heavenly Father NEVER breaks HIS covenants. When God made a covenant with Abraham in the Old Testament, he swore on his own self: Hebrews 6:13-14 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

One of my favorite examples of a Covenant in the Old Testament is between the son of King Saul and David who later became King of Israel.

1 Samuel 18:3-4 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

So when Jesus shared the Last Supper with His Disciples, He made a “NEW TESTAMENT” or in some translations new “COVENANT”.

To understand covenants more clearly, I suggest that you read and study these 13 books in the Bible. Start with 3 books of the Bible that are found in The Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy. More Old Testament Covenants are also found in Joshua, Ruth, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Isaiah and Hosea. The New Testament books that talk about covenants are Matthew, Romans, Galatians and Hebrews.

The last two people who stood in the presence of God and walked with God in the Garden of Eden were Adam and Eve. Once they’d sinned, they could no longer enjoy this privilege. They had no idea of what exactly death was until God killed some animals and made them clothing from the skins of the animals. They were then banished from the garden and ever since man has been plagued by a sinful nature.

In the Old Testament, the shedding of blood or sacrifice at the alter of God was that of bulls, goats, sheep and doves. This ceremony was a graphic reminder and an atonement or a covering of the sins of the people; what I’d refer to as a wake-up call to the gravity of sin.

When Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, his blood became the New Testament; a covering of the sins of those who believe, repent, follow and have faith in Him. This new covenant put an end to ritual sacrifice found in the Old Testament because He was the ultimate sacrifice. Because of the sinful nature of man, no human can stand in the presence of God! This is why Jesus – Yeshua shed his blood for us…HE loved us that much!

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Colossians 1: 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/09/22/the-gospel-inspires-change/

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/05/24/this-is-amazing-grace/

When we become believers, we are now citizens of the Kingdom of God! Our faith has saved us, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and we are no longer citizens of this world! We lean on the truths found in Scripture and we listen to the Spirit as it works inside of us…read the following Scripture and let it sink in.

Luke 17: 20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Yes! He will be bringing His Kingdom back to earth, it says so in Revelation, that those who are followers and believers of Christ, both dead and alive shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye and we’ll return to earth with Jesus so that the earth and it’s inhabitants can be judged and then the earth will be handed back to Heavenly Father by His Son. When we pray the Lord’s prayer, we express knowledge that we know that our Father’s Kingdom is coming. We the children of God are His Kingdom! Because we are cloaked in the righteousness of His son Jesus, His Will…will be done on this earth as it is in Heaven. The earth will be renewed and we’ll once again have the privilege of walking, talking and communing in harmony with our Father in Heaven.

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

This verse tells us why it’s so important to share the Gospels and the Kingdom of God with our fellowman while there’s still time.

1 Peter 1:8-9 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

It’s just a fact that the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside you when you become a follower of Jesus and His Spirit gives us His Wisdom and His Revelation as we read and study His WORD! We then rejoice in the knowledge that He LOVES us! In the “Old Testament”, before the “New Testament” or covenant was revealed by Jesus to His disciples, the children of God recognized that a Savior would come someday and we would live forever in the Kingdom.

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Verse 6 of Psalm 23 cherishes the knowledge that those who trust in the Lord will dwell in HIS house forever!

The Gospel Inspires Change

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

All Scriptures from the KJV (King James Version of the Bible).

From darkness to light!

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

When we consider and think about the time that Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua Hamaschiach walked this earth, all of His miracles, His teachings about love and forgiveness; according to John 21:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written.

It’s difficult for us as Christians to comprehend that as he died on the cross for us and after all he’d done and said, that there were people on this earth still walking in darkness. Much to my sorrow, there are so many people today who walk in darkness; some of these people actually prefer the darkness. However, there are others who haven’t heard the message proclaimed to them in such a way as to wake them up and make them desire with all of their heart to walk in the “LIGHT”.

John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

Without light, the entire world would quickly die as the bitter cold would encompass us… the planet as we know it would no longer exist. If you don’t have Jesus in your heart and in your mind, you’re walking in darkness and there’s nothing truly good in your life; the new car, the new house, the growing 401K, the evening out of dining, dancing and drinking are but a futile search for what is really good and it can’t be found in things or places of this earth.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Jesus – Yeshua is that GOOD and PERFECT gift who came to this earth to die for our sins and save us because HE LOVES us…and to be honest, I ‘m not 100% certain that I fathom that kind of love. He truly is the Light, His love warms us and protects us from the evil one. The light that Jesus gives us is the light that exposes our sins and wake us up to the fact that we need a Savior. His death on the cross to attain forgiveness from Heavenly Father for our sins lit the path to our salvation. Through faith, love and repentence we walk in His light and HIS LIGHT is eternal life!

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

When you become a follower of Jesus, you walk from the darkness into the “LIGHT”. You are changed forever! Everything you do is for the “Glory of God” and every thought you have is for the “Glory of God.” 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.12 Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

From death to life!

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

When we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He gave us His only begotten Son to die for us, we’re saying that we trust HIS WORD and that we know and accept that HE would never lie to us. This trust is the beginning of faith and faith brings us from death and damnation to eternal life in Jesus.

Jesus makes it perfectly clear throughout the Scriptures that HE is the ONLY WAY to eternal life, that HE is the door (the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE) and that HE is our mediator/counselor between us and our Father in Heaven. Now nothing can separate us from God because Jesus died for us!

Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

Luke 20:38 or he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob physically died thousands of years before Jesus Christ, but Jesus tells us that they are alive…WHY? Because they believed God’s promise of salvation.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

From sin to salvation!

Mark 10:45 (HCSB) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”

When God created us, He created us for fellowship with Him! He walked in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. He created us to not only believe what He tells us, but to LOVE, WORSHIP and PRAISE HIM for His blessing of our life as well as the blessings of all of creation! He didn’t create man last because we were an afterthought, He created everything for us and then He even gave us a day, the Sabbath, so that we can know that it’s okay for us to rest from our labors. Adam and Eve were the first ones to betray that relationship and sin against God. Cain, son of Adam and Eve and the brother of Abel, was the second to betray the relationship with God and sinned by killing his brother Abel in a fit of jealousy because God preferred Abel’s blood sacrifice over his fruits and vegetable sacrifice. Men like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and many others understood the meaning of the blood (the representation of Christ’s sacrifice) and that the sacrifice of blood atoned for sin and that the sacrifice was a proxy for the death of the person.

Romans 5:12-15 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

James 1:12-15 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Jesus did not have to die for us…He’s GOD! He could have left the cross anytime HE wanted to, but HE chose to suffer and die for us because He loved us to atone for OUR SINS. For those who believe He’s the Son of God and repent from our sins, we are covered in and protected by HIS BLOOD and have been saved!

So today is the day! So in faith and trust, make a clean break from sin and confess you sins to God asking Jesus to intercede for you!

Please take a few moments and read this blog: https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/05/03/the-plan-of-salvation/

Are You Guilty of Not Sharing Jesus?

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

All Scriptures taken from KJV King James Version of the Bible.

Jesus Messiah – Yeshua Hamaschiach (Hebrew) compels us to share HIM, HIS WORD and HIS KINGDOM with our family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and YES – even strangers. If we truly love ALL people as Jesus instructs us in the 2nd greatest commandment, we will share His Love for us and warn them of the consequences of not believing that HE’s the Son of God and that HE died for our sins and that they need to repent and turn away from sin and ask Jesus into their hearts to be their savior.

Matthew 22:36-39 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Please read this blog about salvation: https://jesusamazinggrace.com/category/the-plan-of-salvation/

The fact is that Jesus is COMING SOON! If someone you know or have had the opportunity to meet dies tonight will you be able to stand before God on judgement day and convince HIM that you have satisfied the “Great Commission” and had done all that you could to save others from Hell?

Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The truth is that as long as were sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom out of love and fear for the eternal soul of our fellow man it doesn’t matter if they become angry with us. John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. It’s better that they are angry at this moment in time, than to have them cry out on the day of judgement “you never told me!” There’s a constant war waging for our souls and because mankind loves the fleshly pleasures of sin, when we tell them about Jesus, they feel guilty because their sin is being exposed to the “Light”, guilt can cause remorse, but it can also cause them to dig in and reject the message unashamedly. It’s difficult for many to give up the sin of this world. However, sometimes as soon as people recognize that they’re walking down the wrong path, they can find the right path. It’s up to us to show them the right path and after that, it’s between them and God.

As a Christian, my deepest concern is that someone I know or have met will stand before Jesus and point at me and would be able to say that I never told them that they were going down the wrong path. “They never told me about you! Why is it they get to be in heaven and I don’t?

“You Never Mentioned Him to Me” Lyrics:

When in the better land before the bar we stand, How deeply grieved our souls will be; If any lost one there should cry in deep despair, “You never mentioned Him to me.”

CHORUS: You never mentioned Him to Me. You helped me not the way to see; You met me day by day and knew I was astray, “Yet never mentioned Him to me.”

O let us spread the word _ where e’er it may be heard Help groping souls the light to see, That yonder none may say, “You showed me not the way.” You never mentioned Him to me. (CHORUS)

A few sweet words may guide a lost one to His side, Or turn sad eyes on Calvary; So work as days go by, that yonder none may cry, “You never mentioned Him to me.” ( CHORUS)

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samari and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

This is Jesus talking to His disciples (about 120 followers) before His ascension up to Heaven after being seen for 40 days after His resurrection. Now, keep in mind that on the day of Pentecost which now commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles, it wasn’t just the 12 disciples that received the Holy Spirit, it was ALL who believed. When you truly believe, you have no doubt that the Holy Spirit has entered into you! So in this sense, ALL BELIEVERS become “preachers of the GOSPEL”, not necessarily in the sense of standing behind the pulpit with a weekly sermon as that is the common definition of who a preacher is. But we become bearers of the “GOOD NEWS” of the Gospel that God has a plan to reconcile us to Himself through His Son Jesus-Yeshua. That because of His LOVE and COMPASSION for us, He sacrificed His One and Only Son.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The Apostle Paul asks in Romans 10:13-17 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Before the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the Apostle Paul, he had been a persecutor of the followers of Jesus – Yeshua. He was known as a Zealot and he had a passion and dedication to God. He was well educated in the Bible and as a Jew, he knew God, but he didn’t recognize Jesus as the Messiah and as the Son of God. He was filled with self-righteousness because of his knowledge. When Jesus met him on the road to Damascus and asked Paul why he was persecuting Him, He took the zeal that Paul had for God and repurposed it so that Paul would carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. Both the Hebrew and the Greek words from which our KJV derives the words zeal zealous, and zealot are words which have the basic meaning of heat, the word can also indicates excitement of mind, ardor, fervor of spirit, zeal is embracing, pursuing, or defending anything and in the case of Paul, He became the defender of the Gospel. In today’s way of interpreting this zeal, we say that we’re “ON FIRE for JESUS”.

1 Corinthian 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Warning others of the imminent end of the world and the consequences of sin isn’t just a “New Testament” calling. The “Old Testament” is filled with warnings. Here’s an example of an OT message from Ezekiel a Prophet of God.

Ezekiel 33:1-10 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?

To put it mildly, in spite of all the warnings given throughout the entire Bible and especially in the Gospels and the ramping up of events in Revelation, the world will be surprised and shocked when Jesus comes again!

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

If you haven’t read Revelation, I suggest that you do so right now! It’s the only book in the Bible that tells us right from the beginning of it that you will be blessed for reading it.

So for those of us who have been given the Holy Spirit to guide us, we must obey the command to communicate to everyone around us the Gospel, we must fulfill the “Great Commission”.

Matthew 24:37-39 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

*** I would like to thank my friend Dixie for sharing with me the song that inspired this post.

The Truth Will Set You Free! John 8:32

Are you struggling with truth?

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Scriptures are from King James Version of the Bible KJV.

Unfortunately for most of us we choose to live in the world when we should be choosing to live in the WORD! We choose to pursue “possessions” instead of God. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-24 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

The Biblical definition of Mammon, biblical term for riches, often used to describe the debasing influence of material wealth. The term was used by Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount and also appears in The Gospel According to Luke. Medieval writers commonly interpreted it as an evil demon or god.

Probably right now, you’re thinking that “I’m not rich”! I want to tell you that if you live in the USA or most European countries, YOU ARE RICH! Right here in the good old USA, we have poor people living on the streets, you are by far richer than any of them…okay…I hear you…you’re probably saying “well, that’s their choice”. I’ve heard myself say it and now when I look back upon those words, I cringe! We can never know the circumstances of why they’re where they are if we don’t ask and try to make a difference! There are people fighting for a piece of cardboard just to shelter them from the weather for one night because if it rains or snows, the cardboard turns to mush…YES…right this moment, that’s happening someplace in this world…maybe right here in the USA, almost right in your back yard! In some countries, the people are foraging through other people’s trash just for a bite of food or a piece of clothing to cover themselves. Here in the USA, most of us have a closet full of clothes and shelves full of groceries, newer car, a nice house or apartment, the latest cell phone and TV sets in every room. We’d go out to dinner several times a month until this covid-19 hit us! I’m not casting stones at anyone, I’m telling the TRUTH of the matter and I’m just as guilty as anyone else out there of turning my nose up and my gaze the other direction when I’d see someone in need.

Truth hurts, especially when we don’t like what we’re hearing!

Now you may be asking what does any of this have to do with truth? Here’s the truth of the matter…ANYTHING that takes us away from a life dedicated to JESUS can be called mammon! Jesus Christ ~ Yeshua Hamaschiach (HEBREW) makes it perfectly clear in scriptures that there’s a right way and a wrong way and He’s the RIGHT and ONLY WAY! When the Holy Spirit comes to live in us, we’ll know the TRUTH and because of our belief in Jesus and obedience to His commandments, we will have eternal LIFE! 2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. I pray you realize that this scripture isn’t referring to us to be rich monetarily…it’s to be rich in fruits of the spirit.

John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

When we accept Jesus into our lives as Lord and Savior, we’ve unlocked our sinful hearts and invited the Holy Spirit to move in. Essentially, we’re announcing to the world that we want to know the truth and that we want to live according to the WORD of GOD. Because of our new found faith, now we MUST WALK AWAY from the World! From that moment forward everything we think, say and do is for the Glory of God! We become Christ-Like in our attitudes and actions and because of our belief that He’s the Son of God, we’re covered with HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS! Romans 2:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Are you all talk and no action? Just saying we LOVE others is not enough, because our deeds are the fruit of our faith! We’re called to plant seeds of Gospel in everyone we meet. 1 Corinthians 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. We’re called to help our fellow man both spiritually and physically and for God to present opportunities to us so that we may fulfill His commission. We’re called to testify to what our faith in Jesus has completed in our lives and to be thankful for ALL of his gifts…including the gift of waking up to another day so we can serve Him. YES!!! We are called to serve Him and to worship HIM in prayer, song and rejoicing and most important of all, it’s essential that we study His Word so we will know Him and understand what He expects of us as one of His children. Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Think about the concept of service…now be TRUTHFUL! Are you mostly self-serving…most people are, unfortunately it’s part of being in the flesh and until you desire and allow the spirit to work in you, the flesh will win out. Do you have a tendency to say, I’d like to help, but I don’t have the time or I think that’s a good cause, but I already have plans (maybe the plans are a movie or dinner with friends or family, maybe it’s a shopping spree that you’ve been thinking about for weeks, maybe it’s a football game or a hunting expedition). Have you ever thought about how these things will all fade away someday and all that will be left is what you gave to God? So I ask you…are you laying up treasures on earth or in heaven? Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

James 2:14-16 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

So the TRUTH is that being a Christian is serving God and others!

Can We Share the Gospel by our Lifestyle?

Scriptures are from Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Romans 10:11-15 “Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, 12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 14 But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!

Jesus said to his disciples in Mark 16:15Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

Luke 14:23 “Then the master told the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and lanes and make them come in, so that my house may be filled.

Who is the master and who is the slave in this parable.?

Romans 1:1 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God’s good news—Romans 6:22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the end is eternal life! We are told that we are God’s Slaves 1 Peter 2:16 As God’s slaves, live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil. Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons.

Throughout the New Testament, it’s quite clear that the followers/disciples of Jesus are slaves and we’re expected to go out and share the Gospel! The Master of course is Jesus. He’s planning on having a full house of those who love Him.

According to my understanding, a disciple is a dedicated follower of a teacher…so like the original 12 disciples, as Christians, if we are dedicated to following Jesus, we also become HIS disciples (SLAVES). Putting that into context with all of the things that Jesus taught the original 12 disciples (APOSTLES) in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, can we truly preach the Gospel of Jesus and Salvation without mentioning sin, hell and the day of judgement? If we don’t mention these things, how will anyone realize what they’re being saved from? Can we truly expect people to recognize their need for a Savior if someone doesn’t inform them that they need to be saved? Can we really live a lifestyle that would make someone curious about why we’re so nice? My thoughts are that the answer to these questions is a resounding NO! I used to believe, partially because I was told by many Christians including Pastors, that there’s such a thing as “lifestyle Evangelism”. I’m sincerely questioning that concept now… I can’t find anyplace in the Bible that it says our commission is to live like a nice guy and others will figure it out. Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met are atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, nature worshipers, etc. Here’s the crux of the matter: THEY DON’T HAVE JESUS CHRIST ~ YESHUA HAMASCHIACH(Hebrew) as their SAVIOR! I believe that I’ve failed in my commission if I don’t tell them about Jesus and what he did for mankind. His sacrifice of dying on the cross for “ALL” sins and our belief and repentence; we will not have to pay the price and the penalty of burning in HELL. Jesus has paid it ALL!

Acts 20:26-28 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of everyone’s blood, 27 for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.

This was the Apostle Paul speaking to the church at Ephesus as part of his farewell speech because he was certain that he was never going to see them again. He was on his way to Jerusalem and hoped to arrive in time for the Pentecost, knowing full well that the Jewish authorities were planning on arresting him. Paul made it very clear that we must always be prepared to share the “WHOLE” plan of God with everyone. The elders of the church were there, but so was the entire church body, so I don’t think that we can say that his statement wasn’t inclusive of everyone listening.

Ezekiel 3:16-21 Now at the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me. 18 If I say to the wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but you do not warn him—you don’t speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life—that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. 19 But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life. 20 Now if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, and I put a stumbling block in front of him, he will die. If you did not warn him, he will die because of his sin and the righteous acts he did will not be remembered. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. 21 But if you warn the righteous person that he should not sin, and he does not sin, he will indeed live because he listened to your warning, and you will have saved your life.”

Doesn’t it make sense that what God said to the prophet Ezekiel pertains to disciples today? Ezekiel is the watchman over the house of Israel and Christians are watchman over today’s church with Jesus as the head. In Ezekiel’s time, faith wasn’t a common place term, as a matter of fact, faith is only mentioned 2 times in the OLD TESTAMENT…now that doesn’t mean that faith didn’t exist, after all, Abraham, Moses, David and many others displayed their faith in God by following his directives. The prophets such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, Hosea, Malachi and many more all faithfully foretold of the coming Messiah. Even Psalms tell us of the resurrection of the Messiah. So the Israelite had faith that God’s prophets were telling the truth about the coming Messiah.

We who have Jesus Christ, the propitiation of the promise of the Messiah, must recognize that whether it’s in the Old Testament or the New Testament: God doesn’t change…He’s the same yesterday today and forever. So if He told Ezekiel to warn people about sin and tells them that he and they will die if He doesn’t tell them, then why would He expect anything different from believers today?

https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/05/03/the-plan-of-salvation/

Solomon writes in Proverbs 24:10-12 If you do nothing in a difficult time,
your strength is limited. 11 Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter. 12 If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,” won’t He who weighs hearts consider it? Won’t He who protects your life know? Won’t He repay a person according to his work?

Do you say to yourself, “let somebody else do it”? Do you think that as long as you believe that Jesus died for your sins, there’s nothing else for you to do?

Matthew 9:37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.

Matthew 5:11-12 “You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.

Witnessing is a double bonus: It not only shows a fellow human the path to salvation, it helps you to learn more about God’s Word.

Philemon 1:6 “I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us[a for the glory of Christ.”

Colossians 1:10 “so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.”

2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,”

Is there really such a thing as a “Harmless Lie”?

Scriptures are from Holman Christian Standard Bible

Is any lie okay?  What about white lies?  Isn’t a well-intentioned lie still a lie?  Can a trusting relationship withstand a lie of any sort?  Can the “omission” of truth be considered a lie?  We’ve all heard the old saying “what they don’t know won’t hurt them”.  Shouldn’t we always tell the truth? Whether it’s a child or an adult, the thing about a lie is that in most cases the truth always comes out and quite often, someone or all are left hurting. The truth doesn’t generally cause the pain, it’s the fact that someone whom you thought cared for you, would actually lie to you!  

We raise our children telling them that they should always tell the truth and that telling the truth will make them trustworthy.  Then along comes “traditional worldly events” and we create some of the most fantastic, implausible and the biggest of lies…JUST FOR FUN!  I’m not throwing stones here…I’m guilty too and oh how I desire that I could go back in time and rewrite my script! But since I can’t, this is the next best thing…sharing it with you. 

The closer I walk with God, the more I recognize that He hates lies of every sort.  The book of Proverbs has many verses about lying:  Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment. Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, but faithful people are His delight. Proverbs 15:4 The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.  As parents, it’s our job to reinforce honesty in all aspects of our children’s lives. 

 I have often asked the question: why we live in such a time? A time when so many young people (for the past 40-50 years) are falling away from belief in Jesus.  Could it possibly be that the lies we tell our children have grown and grown to the proportion of eroding away the truth – the BIBLICAL TRUTH?  Lying is ultimately the work of the devil. Jesus taught us in John 8:44 “You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature,because he is a liar and the father of liars.”  Keep this verse in mind…what if the lies we tell our children today affects their Salvation or Our Salvation? In that context, was it really that much FUN?       

If I had it to do over, I would think very carefully about the fantasies such as Santa Claus & Elves, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc. that I so willingly spun with the sanction of this corrupt world, never giving it a moment of thought because it was the way I was raised and everybody else is doing it too.  Foolishly, although I realized that these fantasies weren’t real, I didn’t recognize them as being lies! Yikes! That’s pretty scary to know that I was that “Blind” to the consequences of these so called harmless stories that are nothing but lies.

This blog is going to focus on the lie of Santa Claus, I’ve heard that some people like to celebrate Christmas in July and although, I don’t believe Jesus was born in December or July I thought this was as good of time as any to talk to you about this lie. To put it to you gently, Christmas has become more about Santa in the last 150 years than it is about anything to do with Christ’s Birth. My plan, hopefully, is to educate you enough that you’ll take the time to study it for yourselves.

We’ve really got it wrong in so many ways – so here goes! Have you ever noticed that Santa has been given most if not all the attributes of Heavenly Father? I’m going to name just a few…it’s up to you to look into this. I just want to raise your awareness. Santa is OMNISCIENT: he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good…so on and so on. Santa gives GOOD GIFTS to children who behave and who mind their parents (4th commandment – honor thy father and thy mother). Children who don’t behave will receive nothing. Heavenly Father gives eternal life to those who love Jesus and obey Him and eternal damnation to those who follow Satan. Santa is OMNIPRESENT: in 24 hours, he can visit every home on the planet that celebrates Christmas. Santa is OMNIPOTENT: he has the power to carry and deliver billions of presents all over the world. The one that really gets me the most is: Santa is Coming Soon! Another lie has been neatly wrapped about this “jolly old elf”. In Webster’s dictionary, 1828: “ELF…a spirit, the night-mar; a ghost, hag, witch”. The Scriptures tell us that JESUS is COMING SOON! Santa even has elves to carry out his many tasks. Jesus has Angels who minister to Him and carry out his instructions. If you stop to think about it, doesn’t it make you sick that Satan has stolen OUR SAVIOR’S IDENTITY and given it away to a fantasy! The most gut wrenching part of this picture is that we as Christians, who should know better, have let Satan get away with this and we’ve helped him in the deception.

The Puritans of England during Cromwell’s reign did their best to stamp out Christmas because of it’s supposed celebration of Christ’s birth that incorporated idol and wealth (mammon)worship and pagan-oriented Saturnalia (the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December) of immorality and the pursuit of pleasure. Sadly the Puritans didn’t have it completely wiped out before Victorian times came along. The Christmas tree became part of the celebration when Prince Albert who was wed to Queen Victoria brought this tradition from Germany with him to England. Then there’s the Dicken’s Christmas Carol and A Visit from St. Nicholas a poem by Clement Clark Moore (The Night Before Christmas), both stories that perpetuated the lie. Then Church’s famous letter Yes Virginia, there’s a Santa Claus actually sealed the deal. Published in the SUN newspaper in 1897, families across America read this story and loved it. These stories have been turned into books, movies, etc and rated as family entertainment and somehow we take the word of others to help us to decide that this is suitable entertainment for our children.

If you decide to study the pagan origins of Christmas, you’ll be rethinking your relationship with the entire celebration…not just Santa! The truth is that Santa isn’t a “harmless lie” if there ever was any sanctity in Christmas (which I don’t believe there ever was or is today) it’s been usurped by our desire to exalt this lie to proportions beyond all conceptions! Here’s one more wake up call! Santa has the same letters as Satan, just rearranged.

Please read this blog to learn more about the attributes of God: https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/04/13/knowing-god-and-obeying-the-gospel-pt-1/

WE NEED to WAKE UP!  This world is a dangerous place, especially for a Christian child and it’s up to us to arm our children.  Ephesians 6:11-20 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore, with TRUTH like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. 16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 20 For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.

Now I ask you again – simply put:  “Is there really such a thing as a “harmless lie”?

Paul calls Christians to stop lying in Colossians 3:9  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices

Truth shows us love, but lies do not. Ephesian 4:25 Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another.

Truth permeates the Bible from beginning to end…afterall, we’re in sin today because of the lie of Satan to Eve in the Garden of Eden.

1 John 2:21 I have not written to you because you don’t know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie comes from the truth.

I pray that I’ve struck a chord with someone reading this and they’re rethinking their association with Santa and Christmas. If you have children or grandchildren, this is an important topic and possibly a threat to the eternal Salvation of You and Them. Most important of all, when you realize that you have been taking part in a lie, is that you ask God’s forgiveness and sin no more!

We Must Stand Firm in the Word of God!

The Bible, God’s word, is the absolute truth.

ALL Scriptures are King James Version Bible.

There is only one truth! There’s no such entity as gray when it comes to God’s word…there’s only black and white…plainly spoken so all who Love God will understand. During the next few months, when the world of politics becomes “over-heated” as it does every 4 years, if we are truly followers of Jesus, we must plan on taking a deep breath and turning the other cheek! Matthew 5:38-39 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

As Christians, we need to recognize that God is in charge all of the time! That we can argue about politics if that’s how we want to waste our time, but ultimately God chooses in order to carry out HIS WILL! In the meantime, because of our Christian outlook, we may be under attack and the attacks may be made by someone we feel close to and they may accuse us of not being Christian because we view an issue from a different perspective. They don’t see through the lens of the Bible as we do. They might say “if you really LOVE everyone, you’ll agree with me because I’m right” or “if you really LOVE everyone, you’ll not judge them”. They don’t realize the difference between judging someone and trying to counsel them by exhortation using the word of God. 2 Timothy 4:2-5 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

If the person who’s trying to change our minds becomes belligerent or even attacks us with profanities, etc, we must not allow them to stir up anger in us. We need to forgive them and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and truly think about “What would Jesus do?” 1 Peter 3:8-10 Now finally, all of you should be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble, not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing. 10 For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit,

We need to keep in mind at all times that we are ALL made in the image of God and that, we are ALL his children, no matter what our politics, no matter where we or they may stand on any of the issues. Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

I’m not trying to say that everyone who doesn’t see the way you see hates you, but it may feel to you like they do. They may not even realize the pain they’ve caused you. Remember, that as long as we believe Jesus is the Son of God and we obey God; following the directives of His word, we’ll get through it…maybe a little bruised, but prayerfully and hopefully we’ll arrive at the end of it with a deeper and stronger conviction to share the WORD of God through any and all means that He provides.

1 John 4:7–8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

As Christians, we are accused of being callous because we disagree with certain lifestyles, perceived social injustices, many so called philosophies. But what they don’t understand is that a Christian still loves the person, but we hate the decisions they make and the life they’ve chosen. Not because we want to be unkind or put ourselves above them, but because we LOVE them and don’t want them to burn in HELL’s fire. When we’re accused of being unloving, maybe what the accuser doesn’t realize is that God is not only LOVE, but he’s also the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and everything in this fallen world that doesn’t line up with Scripture is wrong, NOT BECAUSE WE SAY it’s WRONG, but because GOD says it’s wrong and when the Holy Spirit lives in us, we also recognize that it’s wrong. If it isn’t in sync with God’s word, it’s a lie…and Jesus makes it clear that Satan is the father of lies. At every opportunity, Satan will take the truth and warp it out of shape until humans can’t see they are being deceived. This is why we need to turn to the Scriptures to seek the truth. Even Jesus faced adversity when He was on earth. Jesus spoke these words to the Pharisees and Scribes when they accused Him of being from the devil. John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

So what is the actual purpose of a Christian in this fallen world? Jesus tells us to LOVE GOD with all our heart and to LOVE our NEIGHBOR as ourselves. So when we LOVE GOD, we also believe, follow and obey His word. This is why HE gave us the Bible – His WORD, so there would be no misunderstandings. So if you haven’t opened your Bible lately…today is the day…

God Says “EXACTLY” What He Means!

Scriptures are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

John 5:46-47 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. 47 But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

When God told Moses to write in Genesis that He created the Heavens and the Earth in 6 days, He told him to write it down because it was “exactly” what He did! Whether we are lay people or preachers, when we believe anything else other than “exactly” what He says, we’re calling God a liar! If we call Him a liar in Genesis, the very first Book and Chapter of the Bible, why would we believe anything else in the Bible? Where do we come off as mere human beings to say that we can interpret God’s Word? If God says 6 days, it’s 6 days…He could have done it in the “twinkling of an eye”, but right from the beginning, he was teaching us. He labored for 6 days creating and then on the 7th day He rested. He was giving us a pattern of how to live. Ultimately, there’s absolutely NO room for personal interpretation! Why do we pick and choose like we’re out to dinner at a buffet when we read His Word? We twist and turn the Scriptures to mean what we want them to mean as long as they justify how we live in this world. But this is WRONG! When we are worldly, we cannot contain the Holy Spirit of God! When God gave us the WORD, He gave it to us so that we would know “exactly” what He expects of us.

He sent the Holy Spirit to be with those who believe in His son, Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua Hamaschiach (Hebrew) to help us to understand. When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he was born of the virgin, died on the cross and rose from the dead we are born again and the Holy Spirit enters into us. John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. This was Jesus speaking to His disciples when He was telling them that He would be leaving them soon. We’re also instructed to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and when He enters in, He’ll guide us with wisdom and revelation. Paul in a letter to the Ephesians: Ephesians 1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. We don’t need outside interpretation, we need the Holy Spirit of God to dwell inside of us and ALL will be clear.

It’s the work of Satan that anyone believes that they can’t understand and trust that God would say “exactly” what he means. In the garden of Eden when he disguised himself as a serpent and beguiled Eve he convinced her that God was a liar Genesis 3:4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. We have been dying ever since! Historically, evil men have tried to keep the Scriptures from the people on the pretense that they knew better what was good for us. Even today, there are thousands upon thousands of books written that claim to interpret the Bible, and 1000’s more to teach us how to interpret the Bible. I truly believe, that other than when Jesus spoke in parables which He mostly explained, the Bible is to be read and understood literally! God does not lie to us and our Heavenly Father would not conceal His Word from us and turn it into a guessing game anymore than we would do such a thing to our children. 2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty. Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. In order for us to be pleasing to God, we need to know His Will and we cannot know His Will until we have the Holy Spirit residing in us, guiding us and leading us in paths of righteousness. God has made this totally clear to us in His WORD! When we use any other type of interpretation besides literal, we actually lose the “plain and clear” message that He’s giving to us.

2 Peter 1: 20-21 First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

I hope and pray that the next time you pick up your Bible to read it, you ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you and then you TRUST that the Spirit will show you the TRUTH! Don’t make the WORD of God so complicated that you miss the message and possibly miss out on SALVATION! https://jesusamazinggrace.com/category/the-plan-of-salvation/

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Eternity is Only a Heartbeat Away!

HEAVEN? or HELL?

Where do you want to spend ETERNITY?

I’m using Scriptures from my favorite translations the KJV and HCSB.

Every breath we take and every heartbeat brings us closer to the end of this life on earth and to eternity with our Lord Jesus. It’s completely understood by the followers of Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua Hamaschiach (Hebrew) that Eternity is time without an end, a state of being that comes after death and never ends. Eternity will be spent with Jesus in the New Heavens and New Earth. Some synonyms of Eternity are everlasting and forever. Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Eternity is a difficult concept for a human to put into words, especially the concept of an Eternal God. Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: We need to realize that this is difficult because in many ways, it’s beyond our understanding…with all of the wonderful attributes of God, this is also one of His characteristics…if He were anything less, He wouldn’t be God. Although we are made in His image, we have no concept of who He is… https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/04/13/knowing-god-and-obeying-the-gospel-pt-1/

Theologically, “eternal” means “not within any time limit, outside of time and existing without a beginning or end, like spirit”. If God wasn’t eternal in nature, we would be condemned to a life of sorrow and hopelessness. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV) The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

As far a I know, the Bible – the Word of God is the only source in this entire world that focuses on eternity. Jesus tells us in John 5:24 “I say emphatically that anyone who listens to my message and believes in God who sent me has eternal life, and will never be damned for his sins, but has already passed out of death into life.”

Isaiah 44:6 This is what the Lord, the King of Israel and its Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, says: I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but Me. Isaiah 57:15 (KJV) For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Eternal is the state of God our Heavenly Father, He exists eternally and in other words, He’s “Infinite”: In the first and last chapter of Revelation Jesus reminds us: Revelation 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

John 17:3 This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ. Without the promise of eternity, the Gospel would not have the appeal that it has for man, who’s made in the image of God. Although it’s a concept totally beyond our understanding, it’s in our nature to desire it. It’s a fact that the majority of human beings don’t want to die and we have the fervent desire not only to live, but to live forever. Until man has Jesus Christ in his heart, soul and mind he’s afraid of death; it hangs over him every waking moment of his life and for some, it gives him terror when he sleeps. The belief of eternity, that is communicated to us in the Bible about God, in my opinion, is the most important concept in theology. Those of us who believe in God have no problem with the fact that He is eternally existent. We totally believe this concept without really understanding exactly what eternity is..those of us who believe, do so out of our love and faith in Jesus! Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

I believe eternity means that when we leave this sin ridden world behind and go to be with Jesus, we’ll be completely liberated from the state of hopelessness and sin and in the twinkling of an eye, we will be totally and finally free.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Christians look forward to the return of Jesus and finally experiencing true joy; but in the meantime, until he comes, it also means keeping your eyes on Jesus, even when it feels like the storms of life and the waves that rage beneath your feet will drown you. Peter recognized this when he attempted to walk on water…he was doing good until he took his eyes off of Jesus, then he began to sink into the Sea of Galilee. Please read this blog: https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/07/03/what-does-god-really-want/

Heaven (KJV verses)

Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

We join Jesus in Heaven

The word Heaven in Hebrew means the dwelling place of God…Heaven is where the throne of God is, it’s where Jesus and the angels reside. It’s where we will go when our mortal bodies are changed into Spiritual bodies like Jesus’s body after resurrection and we’ll stand before the judgement seat of God with Jesus as our mediator.

John 14:2-3 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Hebrews 12:22-23 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

We may not consciously be able to see, hear or imagine Heaven, but since the Holy Spirit now lives in the Christian, there’s no doubt that we do know because the Spirit knows… and it will be “beyond” the most beautiful scene or flower, the most beautiful music, the most beautiful ANYTHING will not even come close.

Our bodies will no longer know pain, sickness, heartbreak or sin of any sort!

1 Corinthians 15:42-49 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Jesus) was made a quickening spirit.46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Revelation 7:15-17 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Revelation 21:10-11 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Revelation 21:19-21 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

HELL

Jesus warns about HELL!

Jesus talks more in the New Testament about Hell (Hades, Gehenna, Death) than anyplace in the Old Testament. Matthew 5:22 when he warns “whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell [gehēnna] of fire.” Yes, hell is “the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: but also for those who join them in their rebellion against God Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

The horror of hell is such that Jesus says in Mark 9:43 “if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire”. For those who do not enter the narrow door of faith and repentance in Jesus Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. It’s a place of weeping and gnashing teeth awaits them Luke 13:27-28 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

In Luke 16:23-24 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Jesus talks about HELL as a place of torment…it’s not just the name given to the Valley Hinnom near Jerusalem. The Valley of Hinnom is where the Pagan’s sacrificed the babies/children and later became the garbage dump of Jerusalem where pungent smoke rose day after day with the burning…https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/03/23/lets-not-soft-peddle-hell/

Whether you go to Heaven or end up in Hell, it’s a choice…not God’s choice, but your choice! All you have to do is repent from your sins, believe Jesus is the Son of God, that he lived, died and rose from the dead. Trust in the blood of Jesus which covers you in His righteousness and obey God.

https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/05/03/the-plan-of-salvation/