June 11, 2017

Who are they?

It is interesting that some, perhaps many, claim to know Jesus.

It is also interesting that we find in Matthew 7:21-23 that is vitally important that Jesus knows you.

Rarely do we hear anyone say, "Jesus knows me."

It is of utmost importance that you can say with confidence that Jesus knows you.

He will tell those who he does not know to depart from him at heaven's gate.

How horrific that will be for those who think that they are saved, yet are not.

Many are deceived.

So who are these people who think that they are saved, yet are not?

They are not people outside the church.

People "outside the church" rarely say that they know Jesus, in fact, many take his name in vain.

In the common vernacular, the ones who think they are saved, and are not, are the religious ones.

They will be people who pray, for instance, and not everyone who prays knows Jesus.

Matthew 7:22 tells us this is so.

They will be people who have cast out demons, and who have done things for Jesus that they think are really good activities, at least according to them, and again Matthew 7:22 tells us this is true.

Not everyone who thinks that they are saved really are saved is what Jesus is saying in that passage.

So who are the unsaved ones who think that they are saved, and know Jesus?

Jesus calls them "workers of iniquity," and have you ever studied those words?

In our everyday vernacular who a "worker of iniquity," and is it you?

Look up the word "worker" and what do you find?

Look up the word "iniquity" and what do you find?

Do you study to approve yourself to God, or do you slack off, and think that  you are saved?

Do you have friends who might think that they are saved, yet are not?

Do you care?

What is the gospel message?

If there are people in your church who think that they are saved, yet are not, are you nevertheless earnestly speaking the gospel message to them?

Do you know what will happen to you if you speak the gospel message to people like that?

They will persecute you, just as they did Jesus.

You will be hated, just like Jesus.

They will wish you out of their lives, and they will try to shut you up, just like Jesus.

Is that happening to you?

Jesus said that persecution would occur in your life if you speak the true gospel message.

Do you prefer to gain the world? If so, you will lose your soul.

You cannot have both the world, and Jesus.

Many are deceived. The deceived do not want to hear the truth. They prefer to be blind.

They prefer sin because they love it, and not God (John 3:19, and I John 5:3).

Their dying day will be horrific.

They will have worse than a rude awakening.

They will go to hell.

Do you know him? Does he know you? Who does Jesus know?

From Matthew 7:21-23 it is only those who are NOT workers of iniquity.

Do you spend energy on sin?

June 10, 2017

Do you pray...

...thy kingdom come? (Matthew 6)

Those who long for his appearing do.

...thy will be done? (Matthew 6)

Those who know him, and are confident in his perfect provision will do so.

...Holy is YOUR name? (Matthew 6)

Those who know him as holy, and make nothing of themselves, and adore him, and him alone, do.

... that he will forgive you just as you forgive others? (Matthew 6)

Those who hold no grudges do.

...that others may have Christ dwell in them richly? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who have Christ dwelling in them richly request that God do the same in others.

...that others will be rooted and grounded in love? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who are rooted and grounded in love pray that for others.

... that others may know the depth of the love that God has for them? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who know of his love pray endlessly for others to know of his love.

... that others will be filled up with the knowledge of God? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who know God intimately long that others will know God intimately.

... that others will be blameless for the day of Christ? (Philippians 1:9-11)

Those who are blameless desire only that others will be presented blameless as well.

... that others will be filled with all spiritual wisdom? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

The wise will do that.

... and that they will please God in every respect? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

Those who please God beg him to bring others to perfection in his Son.

... and do you pray that others will share in the inheritance of the saints? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

Those who are no longer selfish pray that others will share in the inheritance.

... continually? (I Thessalonians 5:16)

Those who are pure in heart pray always because the line of communion is always open to them.

Not of works lest they boast.

They beg God to do to others what he did TO them.

It is just that wonderful.

Do you pray fervently for others?

Do you wrestle in prayer for others, or just wrestle with flesh and blood? (Colossians 4:12)

What is it that you pray?

For what do you pray?

For whom do you pray?

Your prayers will tell on you.

Examine your heart for out of it flows rivers of living water, or stale worldly words, and ways.

It will never be both (Matthew 7:17).

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).




May 22, 2017

Don't suppose it

What is it that you suppose?

Then again, what does "suppose" mean?

Suppose- to assume for the sake of the argument

Okay.

We, who believe that Jesus came to earth, died, and rose again (remember demons believe that), might assume that all that Jesus did was in order for us all to live in harmony.

Think again.

It won't happen.

That won't happen here on this earth.

Jesus says that it won't.

Don't even assume it.

Look what Jesus says in Matthew 10:34-35:

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies will be the members of his own house."

Astonishing words really.

Have you ever heard an invitation to follow Jesus using those words?

"Come follow Jesus. Perhaps your mother will turn against you, and your father will disown you, and your very enemies will now be the ones living under your roof with you."

"Come, hundreds of you!"

We hear quite the opposite it seems.

We hear of peace, and calm, and yes, that happens in the SOUL of the saved ones.

While all around them gives way, because they now preach the gospel, they are at peace.

While they are being hunted down for the kill by those who hate the gospel, they will be calm.

Don't suppose all is rosy and bright in a world where sin abounds.

The gospel (the Sword of the Lord) cuts to the heart of the matter.

People love the sin that they do. Jesus says so (John 3:19).

What people love, they don't want to stop doing.

They will fight to keep on doing the sin that they love.

They will not like hearing that they are sinners.

Either one follows Jesus as he teaches, or they teach their own gospel, that sounds easy on the ears.

They don't teach to NOT store up riches, for they store up riches.

They don't teach stop and help the needy, for they fear the needy, and getting their clothes dirty, besides a ballgame somewhere is about to start, and they need the easy chair, and food.

They don't teach that unless all that you do is BETTER than a Pharisee you will not see heaven, because they are the Pharisees, and they will not see heaven.

Hard words?

Jesus said them.

Do you use them, or do you preach a different gospel to your friends?

They will perish in their sin with you unless you are willing to forsake ALL for the Lord.

"Do not fear the one who can destroy the body but kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell." Matthew 10:28

Fear only God.

If you don't, then you fear "man" and you speak not the gospel, and if you speak not the gospel, then you know it not, and it has not set you free. The redeemed speak. They cannot but do that.

Is your "gospel" sweet smelling roses, and must no one ever speak of unrest?

Just keep your mouth shut, and never speak the Truth, for we don't want to upset anyone?

If so, then it is a false gospel, and false gospels are of the evil one.

Everywhere Jesus preached the gospel it seems there was an upheaval.

He confronted Pharisees, and he questioned their "religion" and it was for the sake of their very souls.

For whom do you live?

Your mom's approval? If it is for other than God alone, then beware. You are on shaky ground.

You will love riches. You are seeking to get more. You love not God.

Jesus says so (Matthew 6:24).

You will fear many, if not all things, when you walk the wide road.

The narrow road is filled with peace amid the fire, strength for battle, and rest for the weary.

What composes the walk you will take this day?

If it is with God, then don't suppose it to be a "peaceful" one with your family, and close associates.

If any of them walk not according to the Word, then they will hate you when you speak truth.

Wives, you have specific instructions to follow with a wayward husband.

Keep a gentle and quiet spirit that they might be won. I Peter 3:1-4

Otherwise, speak the Truth. The wise woman does. It is on her tongue (Proverbs 31:26).

It is always kind to speak the Truth, for it has the power to free one from sin, and to live for God.

And God alone.

Don't suppose you will get accolades for speaking the Truth.

Those who truly speak it do not do it for praise but that others might be won to their Lord.

Besides, what happened to Jesus for the Truth he spoke???

Don't suppose you will be loved by the world. They will hate you.

The church of today will hate you. It is in a filthy way. It is full of the world, and behaves just like it.

But guess who loves you?

Oh the love of God. Do you know him? If so, then you speak of him, come what may.




May 21, 2017

Have you repented?

When Jesus commands one to repent, he is saying "agree with me about the sin you do" and if you think that you continue to do that (repent) over and over in your life, then you are wrong.

If you agree with me that fire will burn you, then you will not touch it.

Will you not agree tomorrow, and then touch it? And then agree at the time, and not touch it?

Will you go back and forth with your assessment of fire?

If you agree with me that cyanide will kill you, then you won't ingest it.

If you change your mind tomorrow, and think that cyanide will not kill you, and ingest it, then you just might not have a tomorrow where you can agree with me again.

If you agree with me that hate is murder, then what?

Will you continue to murder people?

Do you desire to face Jesus at the judgment seat and say that you are a murderer?

"Hello, Jesus. I'm here to go to heaven."

He will inform you if you have come to him as a "worker of iniquity," or as a pure soul.

And Scripture tells us you will argue with him if he informs you that you are a worker of iniquity.

"But I prayed! And I cast out demons. And I did great things in your name. Having Bible studies is a good thing, right Jesus? And feeding poor people at church one night a week is a good thing!"

Matthew 7:21-23 tells us that Jesus will tell every single worker of iniquity to depart from him even though they will argue with him about all the good that they have done.

A "worker of iniquity" is a person who will spend energy on sin.

Do you spend energy on sin?

Sin exhausts people of the ability to love, and serve, and do it with gladness every single time.

All day long, and forever is how one serves when full of God's love.

And to hate is to spend energy on sin, and to hate is murder.

All sin is black, and sin is done for the love of it (John 3:19).

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

All sin boils down to hatred of people or God.

What consumes your thoughts?

Is it God and his Word, and his ways, and do you long to talk of them all day long, but others grow weary of your words, and turn away from you, and shun you?

Do you try to convince people that the sin that they do is hate, and hate is murder, and do you get the cold shoulder, and do you hear, "Everyone sins, including Christians," and do you think, "Oh my, they are workers of iniquity, and are going to hell" and do you pray relentlessly for them?

Or do you talk about the weather, and what you ate, and where you are going, and what you like to craft, and how you are trying to get to the gym, and the restaurants that you love, and is your conversation, while boring, nevertheless, offending no one?

(The gospel message is offensive.)

And no one shuns you? Do you have friends who like to talk about their stuff, and how they would love a new house, or car, and you all talk all about that type stuff? And no one turns away?

You will love God with all your heart, or you will love to talk about your stuff, and things.

You will love your neighbor as yourself, or you will not love people at all.

Have you repented?

Have you agreed with God about his commands?

Until you do, then you will be like Job, who feared God, but did not love him.

We do not see Job repent until around chapter 42. Read it and see what happens when he repents.

The same thing will occur in your life when you repent.

All things will be made new.

You will no longer simply fear God, but you will love him with all your heart.

You will sin no more, for you will be washed clean.

Righteousness is applied to the soul, and it becomes born new, by the power of God.

Light dispels the darkness.

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

You will be a good tree. Good trees only produce good fruit.

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

You will be pure in heart, and you will see God.

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

Repent.

Agree with the Lord that your dislike of people is hate, and hate is murder, and Jesus says so.

Or continue in your sin, and perish in it.

Yes, he says that too, and do you agree with him?

Don't let your heart be cold.

Don't turn a cold shoulder to his Word.

Agree with him.

Repent.

May 18, 2017

Absolutely no balance

Here is another catch-word heard everywhere one takes a listen: balance!

We all just need balance.

We need to balance this and that, work and play, exercise and rest, and you name it, it needs balance.

According to God, we are to love him with ALL the heart.

NO balance. Just all. The scale tips all to one side. All on the side of love.

According to God, we are to love the neighbor as we love ourselves.

NO balance. Just love the one in the "ditches" of life as you would love yourself.

I don't know about you, but if I ended up the ditch, "beaten up" by life, then I'd want warmth.

Oil.

Food.

Rest.

I would give myself that if/when I get beaten up by the world.

I do that now— just for me.

I'll do that also for the "neighbor" who needs it.

I buy used vehicles, and if my "neighbor" is in need of a vehicle, and cannot buy it, then I buy them a used vehicle, and if my neighbor needs a helping hand, a listening ear, or tending, they have it.

The redeemed have repented of their sin, and have been cleansed from all unrighteousness.

I John 1:9 has happened to them.

Their bodies stay on the altar; they've been crucified with Christ, just like Paul (Galatians 2:20).

All or nothing.

No balance.

No making sure everyone, and everything is fair.

What is fair?

Jesus, our leader, the one we say we follow, was a servant, totally.

He was killed for it.

Would you say that was fair?

It was love. It is love. It is exemplified in the redeemed, the very representatives of God on earth.

The ones, for whom, and to whom, you share the gospel, and your food, and your care, and money, and attention, and time, will not love you in return for the most part, unless they are redeemed.

The ones you tend, if you love God with all your heart, most likely will be heathen.

They will blaspheme God's name, and will stab you in the back perhaps, but you, if you love God with all your heart, will love them till you draw your last breath.

All or nothing.

How could a living sacrifice know when and what the balance would be in a relationship?

They just love.

They just give.

Absolutely no balance, and for sure it will not be fair according to worldly standards.

The just do not live according to worldly standards.

They love God. He rules them. They obey his commands.

Absolutely.

May 17, 2017

Just like Jesus?

When one truly follows Jesus, and lives life as he commands, then all "things" will be different.

The people, who would say that you are a friend, may start thinking you are crazy.

For the words that you proclaim, you will be thought to be possessed of the devil.

Has that happened to you yet? It will if you live as Jesus lived, and speak as he spoke.

Do you speak truth, or flattery? Do your words lead someone to freedom, or bondage to you?

Do you want followers, or do you lead others to follow, truly follow, Jesus?

When you truly follow Jesus, and live as he lived, then many will enjoy the fruit of your labors, and will clamor for more of them, but not you, and the words that you speak,

They will want your goodies, but just don't think that they will want to visit with you.

They will do all that they can to silence you. You will be shunned. You will be an outcast.

Your words convict them of their sin.

You don't do it, but the words that you speak, because they are the words of Jesus, will convict.

They will want you to be gone. Gone from their presence. You will not have many true friends.

But do you want the world, and all that it offers, even fake love from people who hate you?

Pursue that, and end up perishing in sin.

Pursue that, and end up empty.

Pursue that, and get very frustrated, and you'll whine, and fuss, and be moody, loving no one- really.

Or repent of your hate, and find that God will do a miracle of cleaning in your soul.

You will be made whole.  All things will be made new. The words you speak will change.

You will believe in a literal hell, and you will do all that you can to persuade others to repent.

Just like Jesus.

May 15, 2017

What's the risk?

For the gospel message you proclaim, what's the risk to your life?

As Jesus says, the message he brought is not one of peace, but of a sword.

It separates sheep from goats, and mothers from daughters, and a mother-in-law from a daughter-in-law, and such as that, but interestingly he never says that it separates a husband, and wife.

His message cuts to the heart. That's where he cuts a soul. Right where they sin.

We want to call hate "dislike of others" and he never says that is the case.

We love, or we hate, according to him. Black and white. Narrow or wide.

Walk only this way, not that way.

He says that a good tree ONLY produces good fruit.

He says that a person can gain the whole world, and lose his (or her) soul, and you can't seek both.

You want your soul saved? Then lose the world. All of its ways are gone in the saved soul.

Your soul is saved, he says, not your spirit, as some will say in order to prove that the soul still sins upon being saved, but even if those who want to say that the spirit is saved must explain how it is that the spirit was sinning before it was saved? Really? Have you heard of that?

(People will go to great lengths to keep on sinning.)

So sin resides in the spirit, and the soul? Please I need a verse for that. I find none.

What sins?

Or the better question is this:

Who sins?

Sinners.

But I thought that sinners need to be saved?

Is that not the gospel message you hear preached? Is it the one you speak? It is confusing, is it not?

People, who say that they have been saved, and yet will say that they still sin, will sing:

"I ONCE was lost in sin."

and

"Amazing grace that SAVED a wretch like me."

and

"What can wash AWAY my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus."

and 

"Saved to NEW life divine!"

and 

"It is WELL with my soul."

and 

"PERFECT submission, ALL is at rest!"

But none of that can be true if sin is still present in the soul.

What message do you "preach" that is one that might just separate you from those you love?

Or separate you from your home, as in it might land you in jail?

Would your message separate your head from your shoulders?

Does any of that make you think, "The gospel message does not do that!" 

Yes, it does, and yes, it did, and the message, if believed, will cause you to lose your life daily now.

How is it that the that message Jesus proclaimed, and the message that his early disciples spoke landed them in dire straits (death on a cross, in prison, and all of them martyred (but John, who was exiled), but the message that is proclaimed in a million pulpits, in this day and age, lands most of the ones proclaiming it with a substantial salary, a retirement plan, vacations, and an attached garage!

From the looks of it, the ones proclaiming the "gospel" message today can say what they say, and people love it, yet it was not embraced by the millions back in the day, and yet the "times" according to Jesus would get worse, not better, so the times are worse today than ever in history.

Do you know any preacher who is persecuted for what he says on Sunday?

What's the risk to his life for how he lives, and talks?

What's the risk to yours for what you say about the gospel message?

If there is none, then you are not speaking it, and neither is your pastor.

What gospel are you speaking?

What do you fear?

Anything, or any man?

There will be in the heart of those, who speak the true message, a knowing that what they speak has a great risk to it, and the risk is, not only of relationships here on earth, but their very flesh and blood.

But, they fear not, for you see, they love not their bodies to death.

They've been crucified already with Christ.

Those who love their bodies to death will pamper them, and protect them, and serve no one.

They will talk mostly exclusively about eating, how to do it, and not do it, and about exercise, how much they do, and don't do, and rest, and exposure to sun, how much is good, and how much is bad, and taking naps, and how many vitamins to take, or not to take, and vacations, etc, ad nauseam.

And yes, perfunctory duties will be performed, but a laying down of a life is not done.

Their flesh has not been crucified with Christ.

What does it profit one to gain the whole world but lose the soul?

There is no gain in that, but only loss.

If you are laying down your life now, then you won't later when called upon to stand.

You are on shaky ground now if you won't stand for what may cost you your neck.

What is your message that would cause that to happen right now if you spoke it to anyone?

What is your gospel message?

Does it comport with the words of Jesus?

Does any of it make you "feel" good?

Or does any of it cause you to only live by faith that God has your very life, and breath in his hands?

What's the risk of the message you proclaim?

The true gospel message is not one of being great, or having stuff, but come, and die.

Die to hate.

Die to comfort.

Die.

The way of the world is wide, and comfortable, and is a road where you will want many "friends" but wait till your really need a friend. Then where are they? Take people to lunch, laugh it up, and say the "I love yous" and then get sick, and they send "air hugs" and won't dare to even come in to your home to bring a simple meal for fear of catching what you may have. And you call that friendship? They fear getting sick, and have not a clue that death awaits those who truly preach the gospel message.

What do you do daily that would be considered hazardous, and exposes you to the chance of injury, or loss, because of the gospel message you live in front of others by what you say, and do?

Do you really follow Jesus?

His footsteps will take you to God, and God is holy, and only the ones made holy by him, can speak to him, and be heard, and that takes repenting (agreeing that dislike is hate, and hate is murder) while still in your sin. Do that. He will make you clean. Set you free. Light replaces darkness. Trust replaces all fear. Truth replaces lies. Let me serve you replaces entertain me. Life replaces death.

Repent.

Be made new.

The old will be gone, and the new will take up residence in your soul.

Then you will speak the gospel message with no fear, for the message of freedom cannot be contained in the freed soul. 

That soul longs only that others be set free. Faith comes by hearing, and they preach the gospel message, and come what may, they live for heaven alone, and their words, and works prove it.

Do yours?

When last did you tell anyone of the message that frees a soul?

From what do you tell them they are free?

Are you free?

If so, then from what?






May 13, 2017

For whom do you make much ado?

As you work, or rest, for whom do you do it?

Is your mind on you, or the Lord you say that you serve?

Your food is consumed for whom?

You rest in order to serve yourself or others?

Don't misunderstand, and think that if one is needing rest, then it is selfish to rest.

It is not.

The question remains about the intent of your sleeping, and eating, and all that you do.

Is your life always on the altar?

Do you put it there?

Or does the Holy Spirit do that for you?

For the truly redeemed, even the ability to get on the altar of sacrifice, or the ability to present the body as a living sacrifice, is accomplished by the Lord, who lives in the redeemed soul.

They take no credit for anything.

Compliments sound like a foreign language to them which they cannot understand.

They do not soak up the glory for anything that they do, or say, or— anything.

The truly redeemed are only, exclusively, and totally a vessel.

They hold within them the power of God who raised Jesus from the dead.

They are containers.

If you absorb, look for, or need acclaim, then beware.

Your old nature still lives.

You have not repented.

You might think that you are saved, but what is the distinguishing factor of a saved person?

Do they give?

Cult followers give.

Do they pray?

Cultists pray.

Do they smile?

Cultists do that.

What makes you different, in your comings, and goings, that distinguishes you from a Pharisee?

A Pharisee will never be caught in adultery, or stealing, or lying.

Outwardly they are perfect.

Can you see inside the heart of a Pharisee?

What do you think you would find there if you could?

Inside the heart of a Pharisee is a stone. Death. Sin.

Sin, in any heart, is death.

Yet a Pharisee will eat, pray, and live, but they live for self.

And they will answer for the motive of all that they do.

So will you.

The Father sees the intention of your eating, and sleeping.

Is it to obtain energy for serving, or to have energy to pursue, and consume your lustful desires?

The intent of the redeemed is to serve, and it is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit.

They have no need to TRY to live for God.

He lives in them to accomplish his purpose.

God will not let himself be mocked.

He will do in his child as he desires, for the child of his.....is HIS!

The woman, who belongs to God, does not belong to herself any longer, in fact  her "self" has been crucified with Christ, and she NO longer lives, but she DOES live, and it is by resurrection power.

A person can whoop, and holler that this is so, and yet still live for self.

They can be deceived.

So how/when will they know the truth of whether they are deceived or not?

Freedom.

Truth sets free.

The redeemed are free from sin.

Worry? Free from it. Fear? Free from it. Slander, lust, greed, contempt for others, and pride? Free.

Are you free?

If so, then you are making much ado about, and only about, the Lord who freed you.

Is that your story, and are you sticking to it?

If so, then it is easily accomplished, and you tell the redemption story to all, with no desire to "make friends" with anyone, for you will lose friends because of the story you will tell, and you WILL be persecuted for it, and if that is not happening in your life, then you are NOT telling the story.

And you are NOT free.

Your life is still about you. Your comfort. Your need for friends, and material possessions.

But what does it profit a woman if she gains the world, but loses her soul (Mark 8:36)?

Is your life all about God?

Which way do you walk?

Straight, or crooked, and up, and then down?

Is the food that you consume used for your shopping trips, and vacations, and pleasure, and can you seem to never get enough of entertainment, and money, and are your eyes fixed, or do they wander?

What's in your heart?

What are your motives?

For whom do you make much ado?

In the end, God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness.

He will expose the motives of the heart.

At that time, each will receive their praise from God.

Who makes you different?

What do you have that you did not receive?

And if you did receive it, then why do you boast as though you did not?

I Corinthians 4:5&7


May 12, 2017

Godliness

Do you wonder when you meet someone new, "Are they saved?"

Do you watch for signs?

What about you?

What would someone see in you that would tell them that you are godly?

Do you know that there is a definitive sign?

Godliness isn't proven by going to church.

Many people think going to church makes them holy, or better than others.

It doesn't.

It is not always being able to keep "bad" words from escaping your lips; some people get highly offended at "bad" words.

Being highly offended is not a sign of godliness.

It is a lie to think that because you pray, then you are godly, and saved.

Everyone in a cult (most likely) prays.

II Timothy 3:1-5 tells us this:

But mark this (pay attention)---
 There will be terrible times in the last days.  
 People will be lovers of themselves,
 lovers of money, 
boastful, 
proud, 
abusive, 
disobedient to their parents, 
ungrateful, 
unholy,  
without love, 
unforgiving, 
slanderous, 
without self-control, 
brutal, 
not lovers of the good, 
 treacherous, 
rash, 
conceited, 
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—  
 having a form of godliness but denying its power. 
Have nothing to do with such people.

Did you see yourself in any of that description of an ungodly person?

Any one of those characteristics makes one ungodly. You do not need to possess all of them. If you possess one, or "do" one of those sins, then you have done them all.

Remember what James 2:10 tells us?

Look it up if you've forgotten.

Do you remember what it means is in your soul if you sin?

Hate.

Jesus reduced all sin to hatred of God, or others.

All the law is boiled down to love God completely, and love the neighbor as you love yourself.

Did you catch the last phrase in II Timothy 3:5?

Read it again.

Do you go to church with anyone who is greedy, slanderous, proud, boastful, or conceited?

I Corinthians 5:11 is where we hear Paul say not to eat with people who sin.

Woman, do you still sin?

What is your sin?

Did you find it in the list from II Timothy 3:1-5?

Or are you thinking that your sin is not included in Paul's list?

He has another list in I Corinthians 5:11.

Is the sin that you do so little as to be inconsequential?

It is not.

Sin causes one to be dead (in their soul spiritually speaking).

Read Ephesians 2:1, and see what Paul says to those who have been truly redeemed.

Read what he says in verse 2 about what the redeemed "used" to follow.

Read in verse 3 what those who sin deserve, and will get unless they repent.

Read in verse 4 about the quality of God.

Read in verse 5 about what happens when one is truly saved.

Is that person still dead?

Where does sin go when one repents?

Read Psalm 103:12 and ask questions of God.

Ask him why if you think that you are godly do you still sin.

If sin is gone as far as the east is from the west when one is saved, then why do you still sin.

Have you been deceived into thinking that you can still sin, and still be holy?

You might think that you are godly, but if you still sin, then you have a "form" of godliness.

And you deny the power of God to keep you FROM sin (see verse 5 again).

Those who have a "form" of godliness, deny God's power, and are still in darkness.

Maybe you look good on the outside, but you are still dead on the inside.

That is the case if sin is still in you.

(Yes, sin is still in your physical body, and that is why the redeemed get a new BODY in heaven.)

Those, who are washed, have brand new clean souls.

They are godly.

God keeps them from sin (Psalm 121:3, I Corinthians 10:13)

They love.

And love is an "always" event in them, for love only behaves ONE way (I Corinthians 13).

And they know that their righteousness is not born of them, but of God.

They are not greedy for they always generously share for they know God to be a loving father.

They are not lovers of money. It does not drive them out of bed in the morning.

Service for others does.

They love God.

Are you godly, or do you just look that way?

Can you talk a good talk, and slander too?

Do you think yourself pretty darn good, or do you know of your great sin, and God's great grace?

Have you forgiven every single person on this planet, and hold no grudges at all, or do you keep some people at arm's length until they "get right with God," and become godly like you?

Do you adore vacations, and the easy chair, and entertainment, and long for it deep inside you?

Or are you singularly longing for heaven where the Savior waits to welcome the godly home?

Do you have the one true sign of godliness in you?

Do you love?

Or do you put on a good show at church, and then ignore the needy, and thank your god that you are not like those needy people on every corner, who really should go to church, and act like you?

You will love, or you are ungodly.

You will be godly, or you will be a fake.

One way, or the other, never both.

Are you godly?

May 11, 2017

Feeling super blessed?

Do you "feel" blessed?

You may "feel" even more than blessed.

Almost always, if not always, that you hear it, or say it, then is it because of material things?

If material things are a sign that someone is very blessed, then most all of Hollywood, and most every dictator, past, and present, plus millions who blaspheme God's name, are super blessed.

If material possessions, and great vacations, and a ton of money in the bank, and a lovely home full of beautiful things are proof of God's favor, and blessings, then Jesus was not blessed.

Speaking of Jesus, he had a few things to say about the meaning of blessed in Matthew 5.

It has nothing to do with stuff according to him.

Never, not once, does Jesus say that having an abundance of material possessions is a good thing.

I Timothy 6:5 tells us that there are those who think that "godliness" is a means to financial gain.

It is not.

Many multitudes of people have more than enough, and then some, of money.

Enough to take care of themselves, and a few extra families.

And many multitudes of people never think that their abundance is from God, but they have it.

Would you say that they are blessed, but don't know it?

Do you have to "know" that you are blessed to be blessed?

At any rate, never think that your great financial situation is a super blessing from God.

One is blessed, simply blessed, when they, by God's grace, mourn.

And when they are a peacemaker, and are pure in heart.

And a soul is happy when they are merciful, and are reviled for the sake of the gospel message that they proclaim, and when they are meek, and poor in spirit.

The woman of God, who may or may not have an abundance of goods, is full of joy when she is persecuted for the righteousness that God gave her.

She hungers and is thirsty for righteousness, and is filled with it, by grace alone.

The next time that you are "feeling" super blessed make sure that your hands stay open.

If you hoard, then you are consuming your lust upon yourself, and your stuff here on earth is all you'll have in the end, and it will be consumed by fire, and then what will you have?

Like Paul, are you eager to share with the poor, and then do you do that? (Galatians 2:10)

Remember, the justified person lives by faith, never feelings.

Faith is knowing God, and resting completely in him with never a worry.

That woman is confident. That woman is joyful. That woman is sharing.

She is blessed.

Are you?