August 9, 2017

Feel it, or know it?

As much as I may want to think that we feel God's love, I read otherwise in his Word.

Scripture speaks of knowing, not feeling.

We err to use the word "feel" when speaking of knowing God.

If you hear that word from the pulpit, or read it in a devotional book, or a Bible study, then be aware that emotions are being played, and the gospel message is not being proclaimed.

Many are the false teachers/preachers in this world today.

They want you to feel good, because people who feel good can easily be talked out of their money.

They like to be liked.

They enjoy the kudos, and accolades, and praise.

They cannot easily be told to repent of their hate.

They hate that message. It doesn't feel good. The appeal is lost when we speak of hate, and murder.

A murderer can feel just fine.

A murderer can enjoy a nice meal, and laugh, and tend a baby.

A murderer can feel as though the hate she has is justified, and in fact, she won't call her hate— hate.

And a woman can feel fat though skinny, cold though feverish, sad though all is well with the family, money is in the bank, the fridge is full, and the skies are sunny, and the breeze is soft, and cool.

She can also feel okay though unkind to a child, a husband, and a neighbor.

She can feel unloved though God gave his best for her.

Feelings need salvation.

Who, or what, is saved when one is born new?

Jesus said, "You must be born again."

Who is the "you" to whom he refers?

Is it a person's body?

No. The redeemed get new ones in heaven, and if we got new bodies here on earth, then the physical body would not be in decay, and would not physically perish, but they do, so new ones are given.

Is the "you" to whom Jesus refers the emotions?

Well, yes, in part.

But what makes up YOU?

If you had no arms, then would you still be you?

Of course.

If you had, or showed, no emotion, then would you still be you?

Of course.

What makes up YOU?

What needs to be made new?

What part of you decides to sin?

Your body follows your mind.

Your emotions follow your mind.

Your mind is you, and it is what is born new, and made perfect.

If we are given perfect souls eventually, like not here on earth, then you must answer as to why the ones we read about in Matthew 7:21-23, who thought that they were saved, and thought that they knew Jesus, and in fact, they prayed, did great "things" for him, and even cast out demons, but they were NOT made perfect (new) as they faced Jesus, and were one step from heaven it seems.

Why did he not make them new at that point?

What did they still do on earth?

What does Jesus call them? And why did he not just say, "Presto, you are now made new?" to them, but he does not do that? Why? What is wrong with them? Who are those people? Do you know? If not, why not? They NEED the salvation of the Lord! They think that they are saved. They aren't.

Your mind (will), heart, and soul, are synonymous.

When born new, then all things become new that make up who you are as a person.

The emotions, once dead, and "feeling" incorrectly, are made new.

The body, once dead towards movement to love, now moves to love as directed by the new mind.

God gives a new mind to the repentant soul.

That soul then "feels" different for they are different, and NOT of their doing.

I can get a "makeover" of my face, and hair, and still be the same old me.

I can lose weight, and look physically fit, and still be the same old me.

I cannot be born new of my soul, and be the same old me.

That part of "me" is crucified, not of my doing, or of any works, which I must maintain, as in going to church, reading my Bible, and praying, and singing, and making disciples, and friends.

But I will sing, and pray, and read the Word, and that will not cease, for Christ has taken over what was given in repentance, and that is my will, which said, "You're right, and I'm wrong."

In your sin, repent of it, or agree with God that your dislike of anyone, is hate, and hate is murder.

Jesus said so.

He makes a soul new.

And then that soul "feels" like never before because they are new. The old is GONE.

East does not meet west.

The old is that far gone.

The old is the old nature. The moodiness. The bitterness. The sin. The hate. gone...gone...gone.

No more does that soul "try" to be good.

That is called works.

People, who think that they are saved, and yet still work, or try, to be good, are not new.

A lost person tries not to lie, or steal, or gossip, or hate, or you name it.

They "feel" more than they know.

In more ways than they know.

They use the word "feel" more than they use the word "know" and that is how you will know.

Do you live in your feelings?

Or do you live in Truth?

If you live in Truth, then you speak it, and you will die for it, and you do die daily for others.

And absolutely you will "feel" as never before for you will be new.

You will understand peace that passes understanding, and joy that cannot be properly expressed.

You will no longer know hate, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and you will seek no vengeance.

There is not ONE person who will not have one more chance to hear the gospel if you can help it.

You will gladly give your already sacrificed body for them, if possible, that they might repent before they perish in their sin, and face eternal hell.

That is another thing.

You will really believe in an eternal hell, of which Jesus speaks, and you will be hated for it.

Hell seems so mean to the one who has yet to repent, and who has yet to have the mind of Christ.

Feel it, or know it.

Wonder if you are loved, or know it.

Think that you are okay, or know that you have been crucified with Christ.

The proof of being born new?

The proof of hating, or loving every last soul on earth?

The proof of feeling like you know God, and really knowing that you know God?

I John 2:3.

August 7, 2017

Offended to death?

Has someone said something, and/or done something, you don't like?

Have they crossed a line with you?

Did they go too far with their freedom, and forget who they answer to these days?

Who do people in your life answer to these days?

Did you write a law that is to be honored?

If the law is broken, then do you seek revenge?

Has someone left you in charge of the behavior of others?

What law did the Lord leave us with as he made things much simpler for us?

Have you read Matthew 22:37-39 lately?

Do you live a simple life?

One where the yoke is easy, and the burden is light? (Matthew 11:30)

Or is it "complicated" and one in which the moments of your days are filled with thoughts of someone who has done you wrong, and if they were on the edge of a cliff, and no one was looking, then would you push?

Are the offenses of others greater than yours, and what they did was too much, and the offense too great, and your mind is a muddle of evil thoughts, and love for them is no where to be found in you?

Have you been offended to death?

Do you want someone gone, as in for good?

And do you know what that law was that the Lord left us with, and do you know that it is a command, which means that if you are not doing it, then you are breaking his law?

Where do YOU stand with the Lord?

Does he know YOU?

Did you know that God doesn't know everyone?

Did you know that not everyone, who calls his name, is known by him?

Have you read Matthew 7:21-23?

And Galatians 4:9?

And did you know that God has a certain mindset toward those who get offended, and hate others?

Have you read Romans 1:18?

Would you classify hate as unrighteousness, or wickedness, or what?

Have you a love for all?

Do you know that you cannot hold a grudge, and love at the same time?

Did you write the law, and do you do all you can to hold an offender to it?

If so, then do you know that you think that you are on level with God, who is the rule writer?

Are you aware that when he makes someone new, then he writes a new law on a heart?

Can you explain Ezekiel 36:26?

Has a new heart been given to you, or do you work to be good?

Must you try to stop holding a grudge?

Do you know what happens when the new law is written on a heart, and a new spirit replaces the old spirit in a soul who repents?

Are you aware that a new person can one thing at that point, and for all points forward forever?

Do you know what it is that they exclusively do, and are known for doing, and for what they do, then they will be persecuted because of it, and yet they keep doing it, and speaking of it till they die?

Do you know what compelled means?

Have you read II Corinthians 5:14?

Is that happening in you?

Can you do NOTHING but love?

If not, then do you know that you have not repented?

Will you do that now?

Are you aware that if you will, then it means you let go of offenses, and hate, forever?

Do you want to do that, or do you love the hate more?

You are aware that you get to choose, right? (Joshua 24:15)


If you fail to choose the narrow road, then are you ready to face the rule maker, and give an account for your choice, and say that you were vindictive too, and that you loved your sin more than the Lord (John 3:19), and do you know what the Lord's prayer tells us to pray concerning forgiveness?

Do you understand that Matthew 6:12 is not a prayer for forgiveness, but a directive to God?

And are you also familiar with Matthew 6:15?

Do you want that to happen to you?

In your opinion, will the Lord keep his word?

If so, then do you still want to be offended, and hope to death that someone would just die already?

Or are you compelled to love?


August 3, 2017

It will be someone who you know

You will be betrayed.

You will be reviled.

You will have lies told about you.

It will be someone who you know who will do all of that, and maybe more, to you.

They will have kissed you.

They will have given you gifts.

They will have maybe even promised to stick closer than anyone else to you.

That person, who you may be thinking of right now, will betray you.

Why?

Jesus said that those who follow him will share in his sufferings.

He suffered all that and more.

What have you suffered?

Anyone close to you been mean lately? Hateful even? Spiteful even?

Well now, what are you to do?

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven...Matthew 5:12.

If that person should ask of you, then, by all means, do for them, all the while speaking truth.

All the while, be gentle, and kind, and of course, hold no grudge.

Would you die for that soul who has persecuted you?

Of course, for you live for heaven now, and this world holds no goodies for you at all— ever!

NOTHING compares to being used by God, to love others, for the one who is transformed by God.

That soul knows that the reward is in heaven.

That soul is homesick now, and is known by GOD! (Galatians 4:9)

Oh to be known by God!

Yes, he so loved the whole world.

Yes, he shows no favoritism.

However, his wrath is on the un-believing heart (the wicked).

See Psalm 7:11, and Romans 1:18.

Understand that the wicked, and the unbeliever, and the one who sins, are one and the same.

All of them suppress the truth, or in other words, they don't speak it.

They shun it.

They try to avoid it at all times even while going to church all the time where they most likely don't hear it, cause the Lord Jesus said that MANY will be the false teachers/preachers in the last days.

We are in the last days.

Who are the MANY false ones that you know?

How will you know them?

They make you feel good. "I'm okay, you're okay" type preachers. All is well, and go for more types.

They will not be persecuted. "Supposed" preachers, who are not being persecuted, suppress truth.

Why?

They are NOT speaking it.

We speak of that which we love.

If you love the gospel, you will not only be kind, and hold no grudge, but you will SPEAK the truth.

That is how faith is known— by hearing it - Romans 10:17!

Will everyone LOVE you for that message?

NO! Many walk the wide road. MANY hate it, and will hate you for speaking it.

THEY LOVE THE WORLD!

They hate God.

Can't love both, Jesus said.

But you'll not be able to NOT speak of Truth if you know him, for the love of God compels you.

Who will revile you?

It will be someone who you know who will hate you for the truth you speak, and perhaps you will lose an inheritance, a relationship with a child, a parent, or an in-law - Matthew 10:35-38.

Also, please take special note right here if you are a married woman:
You, dear woman of God, will not be preaching to your husband. There are clear instructions for the marriage relationship that are different that any other relationship. So, you will not be running him off, and he will not be asking you to leave, because of the message you are preaching to him, because you won't be preaching to him. See I Peter 3:1, and understand that if you are preaching to your husband, then it will sound like nagging, and you will not be walking according to the Word, and the husband, who must endure a wife telling him how to live, and breathe, and walk, and interact with people, and worship God, and do EVERYTHING, would rather not be near you. Check yourself.

To NOT speak the gospel, the Truth that sets mankind free, is to gain the whole world (inheritance included) and lose your soul, so you must choose, and in fact, you choose every waking moment.

Choose wisely.

Repent, and be born new, or perish in sin.

Matthew 4:17.

The SOMEONE you know, or who knows you, keeps your foot from slipping - Psalm 121:3.

Is he keeping your foot from slipping?

If not, then he does not know you.

He keeps his child on the narrow road, not of works, lest you boast.