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 Hamashiach (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 Hamashiach (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 HAMASHIACH(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,”

We Must Stand Firm in the Word of YHWH!

The Bible, YHWH’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 YHWH’s word…there’s only black and white…plainly spoken so all who Love YHWH 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 YHWH 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 YHWH. 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 YHWH 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 YHWH and we obey YHWH; 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 YHWH 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 YHWH 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 HE 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 YHWH’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 YHWH with all our heart and to LOVE our NEIGHBOR as ourselves. So when we LOVE YHWH, 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…

Once Saved – Always Saved?

Yes, I do remember that Jesus said to forgive anyone who sins against us 7 X 70 and that if we don’t forgive those who sin against us, the Father will not forgive our sins. But what I’m actually asking is about repeating deliberate sin…is there ever a point of “NO Return”?

Once Saved ALWAYS Saved? The thought here is that when you accept Jesus as your Savior, his blood cleanses you from past sins as well as future sins.  I’m totally in agreement with the forgiveness of past sins, but I don’t quite understand the future sins concept. I can see that if we recognize that we have sinned after being saved and that if we ask forgiveness, we will be forgiven, but I’m referring to the idea that some people have that they are automatically forgiven when they repeat their sins over and over because they believe that they can’t lose their salvation.

I’d like to address the following Scriptures:

In the Book of John, we are told of the healing of a man who’d been crippled for 38 years. Jesus told him to pick up his bed and walk. The Pharisees became incensed because he’d healed on the Sabbath. After Jesus had healed him and he’d gone to the Temple, Jesus found him again…

John 5:1 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

John 8:3-11 Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, making her stand in the center. “Teacher,” they said to Him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?” They asked this to trap Him, in order that they might have evidence to accuse Him. Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger. When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then He stooped down again and continued writing on the ground. When they heard this, they left one by one, starting with the older men. Only He was left, with the woman in the center. 10 When Jesus stood up, He said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.

***In my thoughts, these verses aren’t just about adultery or any particular sin…it’s about ALL SIN…”sin is sin” in the eyes of our Heavenly Father and HE cannot look upon sin. His perfection is beyond anything us mere humans can imagine! Without the perfect life of Jesus -Yeshua (Hebrew) and HIS sacrificial blood covering us, we would immediately die in the presence of our Father in Heaven.

Romans 6:12-13 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

***I’m addressing this issue because I have some friends and family who believe that once they accepted Jesus as their Savior, that no matter what they do or don’t do they can no longer lose their Salvation. That they can live their lives the way they always have. What this kind of thinking actually means in the scope of eternity…I honestly don’t know for certain as it’s not my place to judge them. However, if they’re wrong, it is my place to exhort them and convince them to repent (turn away from their sin).  I’m praying and I’m searching… if any one reading this has some insight from the Bible…please share it with me. 

***I’m not entirely sure whether or not continuing in sin may or may not cause a loss of Salvation, but I do sincerely believe it will cause a loss of fellowship with our Father and with Jesus His Son.

These are some of the Scriptures used by Christians to reinforce their interpretation of once saved, always saved:

Hebrews 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

***In my mind, I see that Jesus, who’s the lamb of God, is our FINAL Sacrifice and that we no longer need to kill an animal to atone for our sins.

Hebrews 9:24-28 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

***this says to me that Jesus willingly following the will of His Father, gave the ultimate sacrifice: John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Definition of Friend: a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations. To some degree…isn’t friendship a two way street? Would you do anything to damage a true friendship? Isn’t deliberate sin damaging to a relationship with Jesus and the Father?

Hebrews 10:10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

***to me this means that never again will there be another blood atonement for sin. Jesus paid it ALL!

Hebrews 10:12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

***I personally don’t interpret these Scriptures as “Once saved always saved”.  I believe what is being said here is that it’s no longer needed for us to atone for our sins with the killing of a sacrificial lamb on a particular day or celebration to atone for our sins.  Jesus is the Lamb of God and He willingly was the final and last sacrifice.  This doesn’t mean that we can continue in our same old sins or that our future sins will automatically be forgiven because at some point in time, we asked Jesus into our lives – However, no matter what we speak with our lips, HE knows the condition of our hearts!

II Peter 1:7-11 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

***My thoughts are that these Scriptures are talking about what we need to do to continue in service to Jesus, to our Father in Heaven and to our fellowman. That we were purged of “OLD SINS”. And when we remember His gift and we continue diligently to follow Christ, we have entrance to the Kingdom of God.  I can’t see where this says that we can continue in sin. But if I’m missing something, PLEASE SHOW ME

James 1:12 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.

***Jesus the Son and God the Father ALWAYS keep their promises! This is a fact! We MUST NOT become complacent! We must stay alert and follow the teachings of Jesus! So if we follow the doctrine of “Once Saved Always Saved” and this isn’t the case, how do we stand before God and expect to receive our crown of life?

Author: Grace

Heavenly Father 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 Hamashiach (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 Hamashiach (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/

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus – Yeshua!

When the world is falling apart all around you, keep your focus on God and he will hold you up!

Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

Isaiah 41:10-13 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

No matter whats going on around us, Heavenly Father is with His children, taking care of us. When we asked His son, Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua Hamashiach (Hebrew) into our lives as our Savior, we were adopted into His family and we belong to HIM and HE wants us to trust HIM to take care of us! Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? When things go wrong in this life, we have a tendency to focus on ourselves, to allow the pain to envelope us and this inward focus takes us away from God and and our eyes away from the promise of eternity with Jesus. Do you truly trust him with everything in your life no matter how big or small? Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

We go to church on Sunday, we read our Bibles and we Pray. Yes, these are all the outward signs of being a Christian, a follower of Jesus, but what’s on the outside doesn’t mean anything to God, it’s whats on the inside, it’s what’s on your mind and in your heart that He cares about. It’s how we Love God and how we treat our fellowman. Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. When met by a task, either larger or small, do you say: “I can handle it on my own, I don’t need any help”? God wants us to ask him for His help and because he numbers the hairs on our heads, why would He think anything we need is of no importance to Him? Psalm 91:14-15 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Keep this in mind when you experience pain and disappointment…

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Remember when Jonah was swallowed by the whale, he was desolate until he focused on the Lord. Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. We’re all human, so now and then, we’ll become so wrapped up in the flesh that we’ll forget to turn to God. Sometimes we have to become like Jonah; find ourselves in a dark place and recognize that in order to see the light, we have to give it ALL to God and keep looking forward, not backwards. Yesterday is gone forever and today may be All we have, so we must make the most of it.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

As believers we will triumph! In the Book of Romans, Paul asks: If God is for us, who can be against us?

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Where is Your Focus? What is the END ALL – BE ALL of your life?

In the Light of Eternity…what are you striving for?

What are you choosing to chase in this life? What brass ring are you reaching out for? What are you throwing away that is more valuable than all the gold on this earth?

I’m quoting Scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible.

There’s absolutely nothing more important in this life than relationships. MOST especially your relationship with Jesus and your Father in Heaven! I’m here to tell you that following Jesus isn’t about religion…following Jesus is about relationship. Our relationship with Jesus is the only relationship that gives us all the opportunity to change our lives as well as someone else’s life for eternity. We’ve all been put on this earth by the creator…God…Our Heavenly Father to advance the Kingdom of God and that through Jesus Christ, His Son, we may all be saved and given the Crown of Life on judgement day.

Once you’ve formed your relationship with Jesus Christ then the focus of your life should be to point your fellowman to Him. If you haven’t already done it…then start today to care about your relationship with Jesus more than all others and once you know that He is where your heart is…start the process of prioritizing your life! Be generous with your time and your money and then most all of your relationship issues that you may think you have will dissolve and fade away into the past where they belong.

Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

It’s never too late to look back at past relationships that are broken, such as a friend or family member that you haven’t spoken to for a time, possibly because of a moment of pride or disrespect. It’s never too late to say thank you to the people who have made a difference in your life. Being humble is the example that Jesus set for us in…Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly (humble) in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. What does it mean to be humble? I believe it means don’t put yourself or your desires above those of others. Jesus tells us in Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Sadly… an example of the lack of humbleness is the “ME” generation; but I’m not just talking millenials here! Every generation that I’ve known since the generation that survived the depression is standing pretty solid on the “ME” platform. I know so many men and women that have put their career ahead of family. They worked overtime to afford the new car or the big house not because it was needed by the family, but it was needed as a status symbol…another marker of success. I know of people who even put sports events ahead of family time. I’ve heard the saying, it’s TGIF, so it’s Friday night beer time, so what…I worked all week, I have the right. Then Saturday comes and we work in the house and in the yard all day and when Saturday evening comes along, we deserve a few cocktails instead of taking time that could have been spent with their children just enjoying each other. And the next thing you know they’re walking down paths that you don’t approve of and the parents are asking…what happened? I’ve heard them say: we gave them everything! Yes…they did give them everyTHING, but not what they needed…they needed a relationship with their parents who have a relationship with Jesus. I’m quite certain that most of us can look back and see these “ME” moments in people around us as well as “ME” moments within ourselves. Now if you’re the child of one of these parents, then you need to forgive, if they’re still living, you need to mend the relationship. If they’re already gone, you need to let go and forgive the past. If you’re a parent and see yourself in this description, now is the time to let your children (even grown up children) know that you’re sorry and that you want to change…in other words, you need to humble yourself to your child. Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It’s never too late to humble yourself with others, just as Jesus came to earth and humbled himself for us. Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

In the Light of Eternity…how are you spending your time?

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

If you are allowed to live the 70 years that God says he gives us that’s 25,550 days (613,200 hours) and if you’re particularly healthy and live to 80 years that’s 29,200 days (700,800 hours). Keep in mind that you sleep approximately 1/3 of this time. So once again, I ask…how are you spending your time? Every hour you live, you’re making a withdrawal and it’s not like a bank account…you can’t deposit time back in, you can only make time withdrawals. If you haven’t thought about it before, maybe the numbers will wake you up. If you’re 30 years old, you only have 14,600 days left before you’re 70 years old.

Does this put a new perspective on the value of your time? If you don’t like what you’ve just realized, then WAKE UP and make a decision right now to change it. Think about the hours that you waste on Social Media. Think about the hours you waste texting and looking stuff up on your cell phone. Think about the hours you spend watching television shows. Think about the hours you spend reading fiction books. Think about the hours you’ve spent trying to solve a problem because you couldn’t humble yourself to ask for help. Think about the time you spend dwelling on the past. Think about the time you waste worrying about what others may think about you. Think about the time you waste trying to sort out a problem instead of giving it up to God.

Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. JUST PRAY about it asking for God’s help in the name of Jesus and then make a conscience decision to let go and give it up to God.

Now that you’ve figured out how you don’t want to spend your time, you need to decide how you do want to spend your time. I know most of you dislike the idea of it when someone says make a list…but I’m telling you that’s a good place to start. A list of things that will give you time to know God and also to bring quality moments with family into the time you have left.

Now keep in mind! When I talk 70 or 80 years, I’m talking “best case” scenario. More than 150,000 people die everyday! Do you think they woke up this morning and said today is my day to die? I don’t think so…but we need to live everyday like it’s our last…with NO regrets! Most important of all have you taken the time to repent and ask Jesus to be your Savior? https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/05/03/the-plan-of-salvation/

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” We don’t know when He’s coming back, but we do know that we need to be ready. We need to be able to stand before him with clean hands and a pure heart. We need to take the time to prioritize HIM to number one in our lives and everyone we care about and everyone around us will recognize His love in us. https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/05/06/clean-hands-and-a-pure-heart/

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Spiritual Warfare

Put on the Armor of God and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!!

We’re in a mighty battle! Have you ever thought of yourself as a soldier? Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:3-4 (KJV) Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

John 17: 11 (KJV) And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

When we follow Jesus and share the Gospel with others, we become His disciples; God has given us to Him. The very moment we accept Jesus as our Savior, Satan begins an onslaught of attack, so Jesus asked His Father to protect us in this world. The world is being overrun by Satan as he prowls around looking for someone to destr0y. As humans, we are in a constant battle within ourselves as we fight against our sinful nature, but the fight is actually against the enemy: Satan and his demons.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said in a Sermon on June 26, 1870 A soldier is a practical man, a man who has work to do, and hard, stern work. He may sometimes when he is at his ease wear the fineries of war, but when he comes to real warfare he cares little enough for them; the dust and the smoke, and the garments rolled in blood, these are for those who are soldiers; and swords all hacked, and dented armour, and damaged shields, these are the things that indicate the good, the practical soldier. Truly to serve God, really to exhibit Christian graces, fully to achieve a lifework for Christ, actually to win souls, this is to bear fruit worthy of a Christian. A soldier is a man of deeds, and not of words. He has to contend and fight. In wartime his life knows little of luxurious ease. In the dead of night perhaps the trumpet sounds to boot and saddle, just at the time when he is most weary, and he must get up for the attack just when he would best prefer to take his rest in sleep. The Christian is a soldier in an enemy’s country always needing to stand on his watchtower, constantly to be contending, though not with flesh and blood, with far worse foes, namely, with spiritual wickednesses in high places.

As a Christian it’s impossible for us to travel through this world if we aren’t wearing the full “Armor of God” which includes Prayer!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore.17 Pray without ceasing.18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Our dangerous journey through this world is not because Satan has dominion over this world, but the fact is, it’s just because he is here…he was cast out of Heaven to the Earth when there was the war in Heaven and now he and his cohorts are on this Earth prowling around and trying to cause all the damage they can before Jesus comes again. But the Bible makes it very clear that Satan is the “Father of Lies”. So we must all be extremely careful of what we believe expecially when we hear if from others…check and recheck against Scripture! That includes what you read that I’ve written; I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the time to check it out for yourself.

I’m bothered by the churches and clergy that teach during the time in the wilderness that Jesus was tempted by Satan. I will not believe that Jesus was EVER tempted by Satan! I do believe that Satan was working his wiles trying to figure out if there was a weak spot in the Son of Man…he was hoping that he could attack the human side of Jesus. Once again, I say…when this time is referred to as “the temptation of Jesus”, I’m stunned that anyone who knows Jesus can make such a statement.

Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.” We must all realize that Jesus wasn’t actually tempted by Satan…He knew exactly what Satan was up to and used and perfected the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word to put Satan in his place! The Bible makes it explicitly clear that the Heavens and the Earth belong to God (JESUS is GOD – They are ONE)…the earth does NOT belong to Satan!

PSALM 24 KJV The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

All throughout the Bible, Scriptures have made it quite clear as to the ownership of the Heavens and the Earth. Who the King is…the Earth has always belonged to Him right from the beginning when He created it. He then sacrificially bought and paid for us with His blood, so now for those who believe in Him, we are His too John 3:16! His Kingdom will reside here on the New Earth and those who love and follow Him will reside with Him.

Jesus is the King of this earth! His Kingdom (the church) is here! His Holy Spirit is here teaching His “born again” followers how to be His representatives on the earth until He comes again. We are His Kingdom! We are His Temple! https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/04/27/dont-you-know-youre-the-temple-of-god/

His Holy Spirit resides in us! But in the meantime, because Satan is here on this earth (cast down after the war in Heaven), we are given instruction of how to fight and protect ourselves on this Earth. We are warned and warned over and over against the lies that Satan will tell us. The first lie was to Eve when he told her that she “surely would not die” if she ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The lies that he’s perpetrated since the Garden of Eden have done nothing but create hatred and discontentment among the humans who were made in the image of God. Satan’s goal is to take as many as possible with him to the fires of Gehenna! https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/03/23/lets-not-soft-peddle-hell/

Nowhere in the Bible can I find where God or Jesus has said that it’s going to be easy for us til He comes again. In John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; He did promise the Holy Spirit as our comforter , teacher and guide…this is why it’s so important to be “born again”, so that the Holy Spirit will live inside you. We have a glorious future with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven that will come to the New Earth and we will have the crown of eternal life with Him!

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

***To think that we are heirs to “His power and might! That because Jesus is in us when we’re born again, we receive a portion of His power so that we can fight along side of Him throughout our journey of Faith.

1Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

***If we don’t have the whole armor of God, we are vulnerable to attacks from the enemy…Satan!

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

***Jesus is the Light! Light overcomes darkness! When we have Jesus, the darkness cannot overcome us! John 8:12 KJV Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

***We need to study and understand what it is that is expected of us, otherwise, we are floundering in this world and have no direction in our lives. Romans 15:4 KJV For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

1Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

***Jesus says in John 14:6 KJV I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

***We must share the GOOD NEWS! The Gospel of Jesus Christ! 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.

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

***the faith that we have in Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua Hamashiach (Hebrew) will protect us to the end! 2 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

***STUDY the BIBLE! JESUS is the WORD made FLESH! We cannot know him if we do not read the Word. The helmet fits on the head and it’s our minds as well as our hearts that we give to Jesus! John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Mark 11:24 KJV Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

***I believe that prayer is the most powerful tool! That even when you’re wearing all of the “Armor of God” that without prayer, you are still in danger of the evil that Satan can throw at you! https://jesusamazinggrace.com/2020/03/01/power-of-prayer/

We’re in a mighty conflict here (the earth is full of sin) the army of the Lord (those of us who are “born again” and the Holy Spirit lives in us) we must join forces standing tall (the church) and lean upon his word (the sword of the Spirit) the enemy (Satan) is now in view and bravely circles round (Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places) then comes the cry from the battle field (the earth) another soldier down (the martyrdom of the followers of Christ)…go then with haste, stand by his side and lend your strength (truth and righteousness) once more go bear him up with faith (shield of faith) & prayer until battle’s o’er (When Jesus Comes Again!) the fight before the victory (He rose from the dead), the cross before the crown, (Jesus had to die to save us from our sins…he became sin for us so that His righteousness would cover us) be ever watchful ere the cry another soldier down

We’ve set our minds on victory (Jesus’s victory on the cross) advancing day by day we’ve got our hopes our strategy (the Gospel of Jesus), armed fortress (His Holy City will come down from Heaven) on the way and at the end there is a rest (1000 years)an everlasting crown (the crown of eternal life James 1:12 KJV 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.) all in the field no more will hear (the earth will finally have PEACE!) another soldier down

repeat: the fight before the victory
the cross before the crown
be ever watchful ere the cry
another soldier down
another soldier down
another soldier down

Billy Graham (1918-2018) The Gospel, as you know, always faces opposition. This is spiritual warfare, and we’re not going to back down. We are going to preach this message in all the cities we planned to visit. God hasn’t called us to sit back and be quiet. He has called us to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19, NKJV).

***I use quotes by Billy Graham as often as possible because his life spanned two centuries and he really experienced the onslaught of evil of this world as we spiral quickly to the end of the age. I believe Billy Graham was the greatest evangelist since the Apostle Paul. To learn more about him:

https://billygraham.org/about/biographies/billy-graham/

***I also use a lot of quotes by Charles Spurgeon and although he lived in the 1800’s, I also believe that he’s “one” of the greatest evangelists that God has given us. To learn more about him:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Spurgeon

He’s written many helpful books…such as the Soul Winner