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?




May 10, 2017

A yoke and a burden

For the one, who does not know of the burden that Jesus gives, something will always be hard.

It might be getting up, or lying down, or eating, shopping, sleeping, waking, working, driving, coughing, thinking, talking, or cooking, and the sky is the limit when it comes to stuff that will be hard for the one who carries burdens of their own making. Just name it. It could be everything.

We find in Matthew 11:30 that Jesus spoke these words:

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Notice the singular form of yoke and burden.

Looking back at the previous words that he spoke, we find these words:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest.

That being said, then can we assume that if one is not at rest, and is burdened, then they have not come to Jesus? Yes. Jesus does not leave the one who comes to him with burdens that are hard.

If you have, in your mind, come to Jesus, and yet you find so much of life, if not all of life, hard, then either Jesus is a liar, or you have not come to him.

Have you come to him on your terms, or his?

Looking back at verse 29, we see these words:

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.
For I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.

When a soul is at rest, then do you think that there is sin in it?

I am not asking you to tell me what you feel, or to tell me of your experience, but to tell me what Jesus said, and how is what he says proving itself in your life.

He gives freedom.

Ask yourself, "Freedom from what?"

He gives life.

Ask yourself, "How does that measure up to Ephesians 2, if I still sin?"

He gives rest.

Ask yourself, "Am I at rest? Can I have the peace the Jesus gives, and worry? Can both sin and righteousness dwell together in my soul?"

Jesus does not give a soul "occasional" rest.

He doesn't say those words.

He also says that light and darkness do not dwell together in a soul.

If something is always hard for you, then who is it that you serve?

It cannot be God.

Do you claim to have burdens?

Notice that Jesus gives a "burden" and what he gives is a command to love. 

That is the "burden"....love. AND, he gives his child the ability! They are living sacrificese!

All that you are doing now is what you will do later, after you come to Jesus.

The difference is that you will carry what you do as an easy weight.

His love flows through his child.

A water fountain is a conduit for water. It sits there until needed. It is used. It does not say, "I'm so burdened having to dispense water. It is so hard for me." 

That is what the child of God, who has repented, and learned from Jesus, will be doing.

She will be a conduit for love. Just love. That is the "burden" that Jesus says is light.

The onus is on you. 

You are commanded to repent.

You are to seek him as for precious stones.

You are to love God with all that is in you, and your neighbor as yourself.

Have you done that, and do you do that? 

(I'm not talking about having "devotions" where you give a wink and a nod to the Creator. I'm talking about searching as you would for diamonds. Would you not dig practically to China if you were told, beyond doubt, that there were precious stones in your backyard? Would you do it no matter the state of your bad back, or knees, and would you not even give up a meal or even two? Would you seek, and dig no matter that your "plate" is very full, and you think that you have a whole lot of burdens?)
 
God does not give the child, whom he has made new, a service plan that is hard.

You can sit all day, and yet find that hard to do, and complain, and still think life is hard.

You will enjoy your pastor, and others, teaching you to "try" to live for God, which means that you 

have an "out" because if you just can't do it, then "try" again, and don't worry about passing anyone 

up on the highway on the way home from church, because that person just might be a robber, who

just might hurt you, and we can't trust those situations, but dad-gum-it we serve an almighty god!

No.

You will not find that type teacher to be false, yet Jesus says that there are MANY false ones.

You like, not only to complain, but someone who makes you feel good, and laugh a bit.

You don't like to squirm, or think, or study.

You are comfortable in your religious state of mind.

And comfortable in your easy chair, and easy life, where you complain about life being hard.

Serve God, and never complain, or serve yourself, and something will always be hard for you.

You will seek sympathy, or be giving compassion.

You will want to be served, or you will serve.

You will be needy for love, or you will love.

You walk the wide road, or the narrow one, and never both.

What is hard for you?

For the woman, who truly knows God, nothing is hard, and the yoke is easy.

She skips through life even though her husband may be lost, and her child may be wandering in sin.

She sings though her bank account is zero, and she has little of this world's stuff.

She longs for heaven, and while her bones are wasting away, her soul is renewed every moment.

How about you?


May 9, 2017

Ponderding hard questions and answers

From the gospels, we hear men asking Jesus questions, and most of them pertain to the afterlife.

It is a wonder that Jesus answered the "how do I get to heaven" so differently than how it is explained from just about every pulpit in the world. There was no "pray a sinner's prayer," answer from Jesus.

We hear his answer to "how can I inherit eternal life?" with a story about the Samaritan man.

He says that the way to see heaven is to have righteousness greater than the Pharisees.

He asks Peter, "Why did you have such little faith?"

And we don't hear Peter answering (wonder why!), except interestingly enough, the other disciples, who were on the boat, said to Jesus AFTER seeing the storm abate, "You are the son of GOD!"

Evidently before seeing the winds die they did not really believe he was the son of God.

But even with them admitting that he was the son of God, then did that make them true believers?

No.

(True believers are obedient.)

James says, "You believe that there is ONE God? GOOD! Even the demons believe that— and shudder!" Do you? Have you ever shuddered at knowing who God is?

If so, does that make you saved?

No.

Demons shudder, but would anyone say that they will see heaven?

What must I do to be saved?

How do you answer that?

Do you speak the words of Jesus?

Do you understand what he meant by answering as he did?

Do you ponder what he said?

Do you care?

Children cannot ponder these questions, and will not be held to account should they die before they can ponder, and understand, and be born new.

But, as an adult, have you put away childish things?

Or do you pout when you don't get your way, and do you strike out at someone who strikes at you?

Do you willfully go about your day never stopping to help someone with more need than you?

Or, like a baby, are your needs all you know?

Ponder the things of God.

Be still and know him.

Ask, seek, and knock, and then you'll have the answers to your questions, or continue in sin.

How badly do you want to go to heaven?

How badly do you desire to see the Savior of the world?

Is he yours?

If so, from what has he saved you?

It will always be sin.

Sin causes one to be very "me" sighted, and I would venture to say that one is exclusively "me" sighted before being made new. Yes, there will be moments of giving. Even a murderer has a good moment or two. And that's what all of us are before redemption. Murderers.

Hate is murder.

We are COMMANDED to love God with ALL the heart, and the neighbor as self.

If you are not doing that, then you hate, and Jesus says that hate is murder.

Ponder the hard questions, and answers.

You'll not find them on Jeopardy, or any other game show, or in a game of Trivial Pursuit.

Life is not a game.

Scripture tells us it is short, however, and you will soon be gone from this earth.

The question you will want to have answered positively is when you see Jesus and ask if you may enter heaven. He will say that you were either a "worker of iniquity," or "Enter in, my child."

His child enters in now, and knows him now, and loves God now with all the heart, and serves, with love, the neighbor, the husband, the needy right now, and does so with God's strength.

Ponder that, and examine your heart.

And answer this one as you ponder, "Why would Scripture tell us to examine our own hearts?"

May 7, 2017

A kindhearted woman

Are you kind?

I'm not asking if you are nice.

There is a difference.

A nice woman is sweet to your face, and will stab you in the back.

A kind woman, one who has been redeemed, and filled with love, will keep her goodnesss.

She will be good to your face; she will speak truth to you.

When you turn your back to her, then she continues to pray for you.

She is looking for the next place to speak truth, and will always want the best for you.

She will lay down her life for you, and in fact, she does lay down her life for you.

Her goodness remains.

She abides in the Vine.

Her goodness is not of her; she need not try.

She obeys.

She gets up.

She serves.

"A gracious woman retains (keeps) honor (distinctive integrity)," Proverbs 11:16.

God's woman has goodness that remains, for she remains in the Vine.

It does not come, and go, for she cannot jump on and off the Vine, for it is her Father who keeps her.

Are you a kindhearted woman?

"Occasionally."

Is that what you would say?

"I try."

Is that your answer?

The righteousness, which God spreads on a repentant heart, is NOT ever OF them (Romans 5:5).

They do not try, and it is not occasionally that they love.

The heathen heart can do that.

They try, and on occasion, they can "be good" but that sort of "goodness" is not of God.

His love is always, for it never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).

The difference between the two is night and day.

Light and dark.

Hate and love.

One way or the other you will walk this earth.

Which way do you walk?

Your way, or God's way?

If you try, and fail, and work at it, and do what you ought sometimes, then repent.

Agree with God.

You will be hating on someone if you try and fail, for you will "fail" to love the one who did you wrong, and betrayed you, and lied to you, and to be saved, you must be born new.

To be kindhearted (always), repent, for the kingdom of heaven is truly at hand (Matt. 4:17).

Or do you love your way of doing things?

That is why people will not repent.

It is for the love of darkness. It is for the love of holding a grudge. It is for the love of ease.

Jesus said so (John 3:19).

Agree with him.

Repent.

Agree with God that you love the ways of this world, and you love your sin of disdain for others.

Repent.




May 5, 2017

Are you a good girl?

So you don't eat bread.

Or starches, or at least not too many.

And you maybe don't even eat meat, or not too much anyway.

Perhaps you walk, every day, or every other day, and you jog sometimes.

Maybe you do aerobics with your friends at church, and it's done to "good" music.

Then only on special occasions you'll eat cake, or cookies, or pie, but only when it's a special day.

But you always have devotions every day, or at least you try to do that, even if it is for a moment.

Does any of that make you a "good" girl in your mind?

The definition of "good" when it comes to God is righteousness.

Also according to the Word, your righteousness MUST exceed that of the Pharisees, or you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20).

Are you better than the Pharisees of yesteryear, or of today?

How "good" were the Pharisees of yesteryear, or of today?

Good question.

They kept, and keep, all the law.

They don't do this, and they don't do that, and you'll never catch them doing the other thing.

What about you?

Do you ever lie, steal, or envy?

Would you ever sleep with a man who is not your husband?

Or would you ever take God's name in vain?

No?

Not only must you never do that, but you must be "better" than that.

What is better than that?

What is the "other" thing where Pharisees come up short when it comes to being good?

Love.

The Pharisees did all the outward things that made them look good, but they had no compassion.

They can see the needs of others (everyone needs love), but they keep walking.

Read about it in the story of the Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.

Oh yes. They saw the man in the ditch, but kept going. Do you?

They had to get to their important appointment.

Maybe they needed to have their nails cleaned, or were headed to jazzercize, or "Bible" study.

They had no time (no compassion) for the needy.

Do you?

Do you see your husband tired, but make demands, or thirsty, and keep going?

Do you see the beggar, and look the other way?

Do you see the needy, and think your agenda more important?

If you think that all the food that you do, or don't, eat makes you good, then think again.

We are only told to be thankful for our food, and never to make a big deal about it, or our weight.

We are told to pray without ceasing, so you can forget about having "special" times to do that.

We are also commanded to love God with all that is in us.

And we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves.

That takes more than eating "right" and exercise.

It takes more than doing all the "right" things to go to heaven is what Jesus said.

He said you must be born new.

He commanded repentance.

All of the law is boiled down to loving God, and the neighbor, so all of sin is boiled down to hating the neighbor, and not loving perfectly the God who made you.

You must repent of hate.

Have you repented?

When you repent, then you are GIVEN righteousness, not of anything you can do of, or for, yourself.

When you are given righteousness, then it fills you, not for any amount of singing/praying you do.

Where sin once was, love now will reside.

Where you once thought that you could walk a bit in the world-

and a bit with God-

you will, after repenting-

walk with God-

with a single-minded purpose called love, not longing to eat right, and exercise right-

and have a perfect body, for that comes with going to heaven, which you will long for above all else.

Are you righteous?

You must be perfectly righteous (that means always), which is a gift of God, in order to go to heaven.

Sadly many think that the spirit is made perfect upon being born new.

No.

It is the soul of a person that is made right.

Please, if you still sin, then explain how it is that you can do that, and still go to heaven, when it is a sin to not believe in Jesus? How is your sin different than the sin of another? Does Jesus teach that?

Sin is always evil according to Scripture, and done because of a love for it (John 3:19).

Jesus commands repentance from sin.

Have you repented?

Are you good because of God, or .... why?

If you are good because of God, then you are good always.

That is his gift to you. It is his power that does it. Or must you in your power be good?

Is it your goodness, or his righteousness?

It's one or the other, not both.

You are either exceeding the righteousness of the Pharisees, or you are a Pharisee.

You are either loving, or you have hate in your heart.

Which one resides in your soul?




May 4, 2017

It's not optional

Scripture commands that we love the Lord with all that is within us.

And also that we love the neighbor as we love ourselves.

When I assumed that I was saved, I did not do either of those commands.

I knew of them. They were in the back of my mind. But I wasn't doing them.

I couldn't obey them.

I was "saved" but I had not been born new.

I was a "Christian" but I did not have the new nature.

I had walked the aisle, and I had been baptized, and I could tell you the names of the books of the Bible, and I could even quote Bible verses that I had worked hard to memorize, and I went to church, and I attended Bible studies, and led Bible studies, and I taught S.S. classes, and I sang in the choir, and I prayed, and I even cast out demons, and I raised my hands in praise as I sang hymns.

But I did not love God with all my heart, nor my neighbor as myself.

I did a lot of religious things, but I had never repented.

I tried to repent, because I thought that to repent meant I had to turn from sin.

So I would sin, and try to stop, and sin, and try to stop, never really knowing how to define "sin" I would, nevertheless, try to stop doing it, but I did not know the meaning of "repent" and thus the horrible pattern of sin continued, and I was lost in my sin even while saying that I was saved.

Then I heard God telling me that I had hate in my heart.

And I argued with him. And I prayed, but I had no assurance that he heard me.

(Understand that while lost, we can hear God, but he cannot hear us. How else would anyone be saved? The sinner must hear the words of God to know of sin, and repent of it.)

Now, how can that be the case for a child of God that he would not hear them?

(Hint: I was not his child, even while thinking that I was, and yes, we can be deceived.)

When I, as a mere human, hear my child calling on me, and then I answer, and God says that he is more kind than a mere human, how is it that I had no assurance that he was hearing me?

I'd pray, and fret.

How does one fret when God hears them?

My child, when worried, would be settled when I, a mere human, would comfort them.

I had no comfort.

In desperate need to be heard, and comforted, I searched the Word.

This is what I found: If I regard iniquity in my heart, then Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18).

Did I cherish sin in my heart?

Is that why I had no assurance the God heard me?

Then I found what Jesus said about sin in John 3:19 about why we sin.

He says that it is because of love for it.

Ouch.

Not only did I sin, but I loved doing it, which of course, I had to argue that with God.

But to say that I do what I hate is stupid if I have the new nature, which I didn't have, and didn't know it, but if I had only reasoned I would have maybe figured that one out for myself, for how does something made brand new continue to live as they did prior to being made completely new?

Yes, I know what Romans 7 says about Paul, and him doing what he did not want to do, but please understand, from verse 1 of that chapter, that he was talking to people who knew, and loved the law.

If you know, and love the law, then you are still living under it, and you will sin.

You will be very religious, as were the Pharisees, who loved, and love the law.

God commands that we love him with all our hearts.

Many will say that they love Jesus, but again, God commands that we love HIM!

Jesus commands repentance. Jesus sets men free. Free from what I beg you to ask yourself.

I looked up the word repent in the Greek. It does NOT mean to turn from sin, but to agree with God concerning it. Agree that to dislike people (which is no where defined in Scripture) is hate, which is defined in Scripture, and hate, according to Jesus, is murder.

Agree with that.

That is repentance.

While still IN that sin of hate, agree with God about it, and then the miracle occurs.

If you want to go to heaven, then it's not optional to repent or not, and when you do, then you are given the new nature, and the Holy Spirit, and then the power is in you to do as commanded.

The love you will have for God and others will not be OF you. You will not boast. You will love.

It's not optional, if you want your prayers heard, and if you want divine peace, and heaven.

If you claim to be saved, then love is not optional, for it is commanded.

Do you love?

Not sometimes, but always, for that is the command.

Love, as God defines it, never ends. It does not stop and start. It never ends.

In a repentant heart, the love never ends.

How about you?

Whom do you hate?

God commands love.

Repent of your hate.

He will give you love that never ends, and you'll totally love him, and your neighbor as yourself.

You can claim that you sing, pray, teach the Bible, and cast out demons, but if you sin, then you are a worker of iniquity, and therefore should you die before you repent, then Jesus will say to you the words that you will not want to hear found in Matthew 7:21-23. Read them. Repent, and be saved.







May 2, 2017

So you wanna be queen?

Seems as though it is important in the "body of Christ" for married women to be queens.

And then if any of them have a little girl, then she must be treated like a princess.

And everyone needs to know it, and be aware that the queen or princess is home, or in the room.

If you are a queen, then you will not need to tell anyone, including your husband.

Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh, knows his wife is queen.

She never needs to remind him.

I can imagine that she never has, or does.

If you are of royal blood, through the lineage of Jesus Christ, then you are a servant first.

And always.

You can go ahead and think of yourself as a queen, but it will be as a queen who demonstrates what love is, and does, and it will be your full-time job, and you will love it.

You will not seek to be served, but you will serve.

IF you are of royalty through Jesus Christ, then you will follow his ways.

He came to serve, and so will you, IF you are his.

Like him, you will make of yourself no reputation, nor think that because you belong to God, then you are "somebody" who can use that to your advantage, but you will empty yourself in service.

IF you are truly God's child.

You can say that you are all you want, but that does not make it so, same as if you were to say that you are the queen of England.

Saying something is true does not make it true.

Feeling that something is true does not make anything true either.

Philippians 2:6-8 tells us that IF you are of royal blood, then you will serve clear through till death, and you will not fear death, nor man, nor anything at all.

That is what God the father does TO his child in giving them a new nature.

God does not say, "You should serve," but instead he commands, "Love," and his child does so.

There is not the word "should" in Scripture, but you will hear it all the time from pulpits.

IF you are of royal blood line, then you will teach your child, male or female, to serve, and love God with all that is in them.

If you love to sit, and point, and direct, and command, then you know not of God's ways.

You have not been born new.

You do not know God.

God's children make of themselves as the least of these, and while they are royalty, they make nothing of it, and demand nothing, and expect nothing, and are happy all day long.

They have been set free.

Are you free?

If so, then from what are you free?

Are you demanding, manipulative, deceptive, hateful, full of strife and envy, or do you love?

One way, not two, is how the child of God walks.

The saved do not look for titles. They long for heaven. They worship the One who has set them free.

They can be made fun of, spit on, and slandered.

They love regardless.

They do not say, "Do you know who, and what I am?" to anyone.

They serve, never exploiting their "religious" standing with anyone.

They know God.

They have a continuous conversation going with him at all times.

Sin does not interrupt the communion they have with God.

How about you?

Do you long for position, power, and prestige, or are your moments consumed in service and love?


May 1, 2017

Concerning your opinions

This old world will tell you to speak up, and don't let your man run all over you, and your voice counts, and on and on they will go, never telling you that a gentle, and QUIET spirit pleases God.

I Peter 3:4 tells us that God holds a quiet spirit in high regard, and it is of great worth to him.

Do you have a quiet spirit?

Do you have to try to have one?

Along with the new nature comes the quiet spirit (II Corinthians 5:17).

If you must try, then it will be YOUR effort that keeps you quiet, and how long does that last?

Not long.

Love for God includes obedience (John 14:21, and I John 5:3).

How long does your love for God last?

Not long if you are not obedient.

Love that does not last is not love, because the love that God gives never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).

The obedience required by God is also accomplished by God in those who are his (Romans 8:11).

They do not work at it, for their salvation is not OF them (Ephesians 2:10).

The obedience that God's child has is a gift to them— God does not allow his child to be tempted MORE THAN his child can bear. That is what I Corinthians 10:13 tells us to be true.

Do you believe that to be true?

Or do you like to talk?

And do you think that your opinions are worthy of your husband hearing?

Or do you believe that God really is all-powerful and can do to, and with, your husband, and his thoughts as he wishes, or do you think that you must help out the "all-powerful" God?

Your actions, and your words tell on you.

Listen carefully to what you think you must say.

Love keeps quiet when it comes to that husband of yours.

Love allows God to move as he wishes, and when he wishes, and love equals obedience.

Are you obedient?

Concerning your opinions.....are they God's?

Is your "faith" just lip-service?

Jesus warns against that (Matthew 15:8).

Do your lips move in prayer always (I Thessalonians 5:17), or in telling your husband how to live, what to do, and how to spend his free time, and money?

Do you teach other women about serving their husbands, and do you encourage them to be quiet, and to be the keepers of their homes (Titus 2:5), or do you tell them to stand up for themselves?

Do your lips move in gossip, or in continuous worship?

Is your heart forever grateful (I Thessalonians 5:18), or do you fuss?

It will not be both.

Cannot be both.

Good trees only produce good fruit (Matthew 7:17).

Hold your tongue up to God's standards, and see if you will stand in the end.

Workers of iniquity (those who spend energy on sin) will not (Matthew 7:21-23).

Matthew 24:13 tells us that only those who stand firm (unwavering) to the end will be saved.

Does that describe you?

If not, repent.