"It's not about religion it never was! - What then do Christians believe?"
The many teachings by which "men justify and exalt themselves" to establish their own supposed divinity.
"God reveals Himself to mankind" and our Relationship to Him through Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit, and His Written Word.
What then is the work of God? "....that you may believe on Him whom He has sent."John 6:28-29
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding."
"It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of Kings is to search out the matter."
"The Spirit of truth...which searches all things...will guide you into all truth.....".
"For nothing is secret that will not be revealed nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light...
Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has (understanding), to him more will be given; and whoever
does not have (understanding), even what he seems to have will be taken from him"."
"Whatsoever things were written in the past were written for our learning that we thorough patience
and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope"
"Draw near to God and He (God) will draw near to you..."
"Come, Let us reason together saith the Lord..."
We live in a time of accelerating knowledge, deception, lies, deceit, economic control, corruption, disasters, and warfare.
There are thousands of religions, spiritual beliefs, governments, and human organizations seeking to control others.
We live in a world engaged in a great battle for the bodies, minds, and souls of mankind.
The time to stand for whatsoever is true, whatsoever is good, and whatsoever is right.....
I S N O W !
What may the mind of God have yet planned?
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, and through faith
we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things
which are seen, were not made of things which do appear."
"He has made the Earth by His power, Has established the world by His wisdom,
and has stretched out the heavens by His discretion".
"Dear Reader could it be with Faith, Love, Hope, and Light
we hold the infinite but choose to remain blind?" Daniel R.L.
I bid you fellow pilgrim safe passage in Christ until we meet at journeys end in the coming new Glorified Earth
and Heavens. Be assured He will return bringing peace to mankind and healing to all His creations.
Only Christ lived a perfect life. Christians are imperfect people (like you and I) on a journey, 'pilgrims" in this fallen world who by faith are justified before God. To expect perfection of those who have recognized their shortcomings and position before God is neither rational nor Scriptural. The human imperfections of Believers are used by many to justify their own rejection of Christ, to ridicule the Gospel, and attack Believers. Those who sincerely seek to live a Godly life are often viewed as foolish, uneducated, or hypocritical. Understand - all failings and sin are of men not God. We would do well to consider what Christ requires when He taught: "Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; except he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven." Accepting the message of Salvation is the beginning of our spiritual journey. As much as it is within us through our faith, we are expected to live a God centered life and keep His commandments. We are not to let our shortcomings or those of others (real or perceived) detract from our relationship with God. As long as we are in this world sin lies within us and we are to sincerely repent for our failure to live a sinless life seeking forgiveness through Faith in Christ our Advocate before God. Christians are to treat believers and non-believers as Christ taught: "Love one another" and "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
Now consider: There are those Christians who sin, confess their shortcomings, repent, and truly continue in faith following Christ to the end. There are those who "willfully sin" and need to seriously re-consider their commitment, there standing before God, and truly repent. Lastly there are those who "profess to be Christians" but are not. These have joined Churches (many in leadership positions) for their own purposes deliberately waring against Christ. They deceive Believers, those who are earnestly seeking God, and those who have not yet heard the good news of the Gospel. Dear reader we are all fallen and separated from God because of the sin nature still present within us. As the Apostle Paul wrote: "For the good that I would do, I do not: but the evil which I would not do, that I do...I find then a law that when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind, I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Read Romans Chapter 7) So like Paul let us not think ourselves better or above another for we all have need of a Redeemer.
The Bible Is Gods Word: The Bible is Gods message to mankind for our enlightenment, instruction, understanding, and reconciliation. Jesus said "If you continue in My word you then are truly my disciples and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Those who sincerely seek truth can know for themselves of its' reliability. The Bible displays the failings of humanity without God and gives us the Good News of our redemption. We have the testimonies and witness of the Holy Spirit, Scriptures, Apostles, and fellow Believers who as I write these words give their lives witnessing of its truths. The Bible has demonstrated its historical accuracy confirmed by non-Christian as well as Christian archeologist, the writings of Historians, and by the sure word of those Prophecies which have been fulfilled and documented. Select a Bible faithful to God's word such as the traditional King James Bible or New American Standard Bible. The New American Standard would be easier to read for those who do not read a lot or have difficulty with the early English words in the King James. That said the King James Bible does have it's advantages and if you give it a chance you will be well rewarded for your perseverance. The K.J.V. is not copyrighted and you are able to freely quote from it. Choose a Bible with a font size of 12 point or greater, having the words of Christ in red, with a concordance, selected commentaries, and study guides. Give the Bible special consideration and attention prayerfully reading it daily. The Bible has a total of sixty six books divide into the Old Testament and New Testament. A good place to begin is the book of John in the New Testament paying particular attention to the words and teaching of Christ. As I write these words there is a growing assault upon the Bible and Christians.
Sadly it is necessary to point out that many Bible translations (along with various books, writings, theories, and so called revelations) have deliberately departed from the Scriptures by those seeking to corrupt and destroy the faith. Be careful. Does this mean that Christians are not to acquaint themselves with other writings and sources of knowledge? Not so! Christians are admonished to prayerfully seek greater knowledge, understanding, and wisdom from many sources. The difference is Christians study, verify, consider, and compare other sources of information in the light of eternal truths revealed within the Bible thereby obtaining greater understanding "because of the truths revealed within the Scriptures." Consider the following scripture carefully for it offers great understanding: "Look not (only) at the things which are seen, but (also) at things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Cor. 4:18 Through the Holy Spirit you will come to perceive and understand many things as you continue to read and meditate upon the Scriptures in your journey with Christ.
The Trinity: We ponder the Universe not truly comprehending its vastness however we may apprehend it. Man with his limited abilities attempts to define an all knowing, multidimensional, omnipresent being that created all that existence when truly; "only God can'. TO THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK: Israelite, Christian, Muslim and to all people - GOD IS ONE. God appeared to Moses in the burning bush but was not the bush. God spoke to Moses but was not the sound. God wrote His commandments upon tablets of stone but was not the stone. Within each of these manifestations GOD made himself known to Moses and mankind. Now as foretold in Scriptures He has again revealed His presence to mankind. Consider carefully: God is our Creator and Father within whom we move and have our being also by which all things exist and are sustained. God is our Deliverer and Savior who because of His love for us made himself known in an earthly form, Jesus Christ. God is our Comforter and Teacher revealed to us through His Spirit, to enlighten our minds and dwell within us. GOD IS ONE: Our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Teacher to whom we appeal "Father", no other. If anyone truly desires to "apprehend" God, examine the message and life of Jesus Christ who declared "he that has seen Me has seen the Father...you shall know I am in my Father and you in Me and I in you...He shall give you another Comforter that He may abide with you forever...If a man love me he will keep my words and my Father will love him, and We will come into him and make Our abode with him..." John 14:8-23
Prayer and Revival: Prayer is mans opportunity to communicate with God. Christians believe in the power of prayer and that God answers sincere prayer in accordance with His will. We should pray for ourselves and others. Through prayer we have a personal relationship with God. We should continually be in prayer seeking and following Gods promptings through the Holy Spirit (our comforter and teacher) praying in Christ name. Scripture gives this advice: "If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God and it shall be given (as God wills in Gods time) but let him ask in faith nothing wavering." Christians are given the gift of the Holy Spirit as their comforter and teacher to help them grow in the spirit and knowledge of God. Dear reader which do you choose? To be taught directly by God's Holy Spirit or continue to let yourself be lead by others? Christ said "come unto Me". Until believers come to this realization, they will continue to be taught by "men" who are appointed by "other men"? These "pastors, priest, teachers, etc. who may or may not be sincere are human like ourselves. Yes let us all teach one another to earnestly pray and study the Scriptures so that all may seek and gain the ministry of the Holy Spirit for themselves. God has promised that we each may have fellowship with His Holy Spirit our true Teacher and Comforter. When this happens we will truly become one in The Fellowship of Believers of Jesus Christ. Sincerely ponder this.
Remember dear reader when Christ died for our sins (the final sacrifice for mans sins) the Temple Veil was torn in two "from top to bottom" signifying God has torn it (not man) and from that time forward mans priesthoods and sacrifices have come to an end. We are now able to boldly go before God ourselves. If we truly understood the gift of the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer a great revival would sweep the earth! It is not fully understood or taught because if it were the majority of divided broken and corrupt man centered Churches would need to repent and return to Jesus Christ it's True Leader. Only through the Holy Spirit can we expect a Revival. Christian are to pray for the coming Kingdom of God, for themselves, their families, fellow-believers, non-believers, and their enemies. Amen.
Which is the Sabbath Day? Most Christian churches worship on Sunday and some on Saturday. It is written that "the Sabbath was made for man; man was not made for the Sabbath." Scriptures also teach we should not judge others in regards to Holy Days or Sabbaths "Let no man therefore judge you in food or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ". The Sabbath is a day of rest, to commune with God, and fellowship with Believers. Under the new covenant in Christ (who fulfilled the law) and in whom we are complete, let us observe the Sabbath having fellowship with others to grow closer to God. If a Believer is alone; let him be at peace and commune with God. To those who wish to strictly follow the laws regarding Sabbath and Holy Days I would remind that Scriptures teach if we would be perfect is such matters....."We should worship God every day, every hour, every minute of our lives with all of our hearts, minds, and soul". To those who wish to find comfort and hope in any part of the law I ask "will we find salvation through the law? Not so. The law was given in the Old Covenant to teach us of our separation from God and need of redemption which was yet to come. But what they of old looked forward to and sought for so long is fulfilled in Christ. For in Christ we live under Gods New Covenant. Why then do we look back at the Old? Why do we look to only shadows and promises of a future redemption. Why do we not live forward in the power and glory of Gods New Covenant? In the New we obtain forgiveness, eternal life, and are His adopted Sons and Daughters. How long will we look back to be chained to the old whereby we turn away from such grace which was purchased for us through the Cross. To this I would pray not that I worship only on a holy day but "every day, every hour, every minute of life, with all my heart, all my mind, and all my soul". If you will have it dear reader it is not about a day. Truly we are called to be Holy that we may dwell in God Kingdom throughout eternity. As it is written..."Seek first the Kingdom of God and all things will be added to you."
What then of Jesus Christ? We are responsible for our thoughts, choices, emotions, actions and will be held accountable to God's revealed Word and Laws understanding that to break one commandment is to have broken them all. God gave the law (the love of God) to enlighten mankind exposing the spiritual darkness within the unregenerate human soul. They are eternal principles given to uplift and draw us to Him. Our inability to live a life without sin demonstrates we are not able to exist in the presence of a Holy and Righteous God. God in His eternal wisdom provided the way for our redemption and proclaimed that we are free to accept or reject "His Way". It is not man's way. It is the Living God who parted the heavens declaring "This is my beloved Son; hear Him". That Way is His Son our Redeemer Jesus Christ. who was sent to us, born of a virgin, was baptized to fulfill all righteousness which also was witnessed by the Holy Spirit, was crucified and died (atoning for the sins of the world) declaring "It is finished", was buried and rose on the third day, ascended into heaven and will return in power and glory.
Upon sincerely acknowledging and repenting from our sins we are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ we are then baptized, Born Again, receive the Holy Spirit, and will be resurrected adopted Sons and Daughters of God. This does not come about because of our good works or any goodness within us. It is God's gift through Jesus Christ. Believers are to learn and grow in Spirit following His teachings, keeping Gods commandments, praying daily and searching the scriptures. Now having such a gift shall we more freely love, do good works and forgive others? Did He not give us examples?..."Forgive us Father for our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Let us strive to follow in Christ footsteps giving witness of our new life by how we live and treat others. So that by doing good works our family, loved ones, and those we meet, may see what Christ has done in us and thereby desire to know Him. True Christians recognize they are not yet perfected but are growing, maturing, being refined, knowing they are justified only by grace in Jesus Christ.
Believers are called to share the Good News (the great commission) of repentance from sin and salvation with love, humility and respect, without being overbearing, argumentative, or condescending. Certain of the hope within, defenders of the faith, enduring to the end. Now, if any man chooses not to hear the witness of Gods Love and Salvation respect their decision. Pray calling upon the Spirit to open their minds and hearts. Leave them in peace that they know of your sincerity and love for them. Then as God wills, they may one day come to remember your words recalling the echoes of the Holy Spirit knocking upon the door of their heart and at that time accept Gods Salvation.
Then as we come to the end our days upon the earth having fought the good fight we depart this life for our new home beyond the veil. When God's Divine Plan is completed "every soul and all creation" will shout for joy acknowledging and proclaiming Gods Love, Holiness, Truth, Wisdom, Righteousness, Justice, Mercy, Redemption, Power and Glory. Blessed are those who's names are found written in the Book Of Life. If you do not have a personal relationship with God please seek Him for in a moment of time you may depart into eternity. Perhaps today....the day you have received these words?
Jesus was asked: What is the great commandment in the Law? He said, "Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. It is also written "The fear of God (awareness of our separation from God) is the beginning of wisdom and then perfect Love cast out (removes) all fear."....Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life no man comes to the Father but by Me"....and "If you love Me keep my Commandments"..."He that believes in Me shall inherit eternal life." Here we may understand that Gods Love for us conquers all. Do (you) truly believe God when He says "He sent His Son to die for the sins of the world?" It is my testimony to you that He did. I hope that through Gods Holly Spirit you may be fully persuaded to know of these things for yourself.
"IF THERE'S NO CREATOR THERE IS NO MEANING, VALUE, PURPOSE, OR ETERNAL LIFE.
IF THERE'S A CREATOR EVERYTHING MATTERS".
WHERE DID WE COME FROM: ALL intelligence, all life, all things seen or unseen, all that is known or unknown, all that may exists in any dimension, universe, form or place, originated from and is sustained, by GOD. God created man from the elements, breathed into him The Breath Of Life and man became a Living Soul. We are not here by chance or accident dear reader, it was planned from the beginning. "In the beginning God".... Genesis 1:1
"Before I formed you in the belly I knew you and before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you."Jeremiah 1:5
"O Lord you have searched me and know me. You compassed (understand fully and completely) my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways...Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it...Where shall I go from thy spirit or presence?...For you have possessed my reins: you have covered me in my mother's womb...for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well...My substance was not hid from you when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought...Your eyes did see my substance, yet being not perfected (physically or spiritually) and in the book (DNA Code) all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139: 1-17 It is written " I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be my people."....Jerimiah 31:33 and again it is also written: "I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts and will be their God, and They shall be my people...." Hebrews 8:10Consider this carefully.
"The Creator gave each a book with ink and pen, in which our life to write.
Then at the appointed time, He will read what we have written upon its pages.
Word by word, line by line, chapter by chapter, we chart our destiny for the ages.
Our life on earth etched within our souls, recorded in The Book of Life, copied from each life's pages" Daniel R.L.
WHY ARE WE HERE? There is no need to travel the world seeking enlightenment atop mountains, in caves, in temples, in churches lit by dim candle light, or men dressed in priestly garments. The meaning of life is written in men's hearts by our Creator and is witnessed throughout the heavens if we would but open our eyes. We begin our life on Earth given the gift of life, our physical body, and our individual consciousness. We are nurtured within an earthly family, and in turn have our own family with it's responsibilities. We interact with others, experience life and death, sickness and health, happiness and sorrow, truth and lies, pain and pleasure, the just and unjust, all the trials of earthly life, to grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. We are here to experience those things common to mankind and to be good stewards of the earth. We are given the ability to choose the spiritual not the temporal, good not evil, morality not immorality, wisdom not ignorance, peace not war, kindness not cruelty, and love not hate. We are accountable for our choices which effect ourselves, others, and define our eternal destiny.Dear Reader we must govern ourselves from within (through God's Spirit) or others will do it from without.
It is Gods purpose that we become aware of our individual consciousness, our relationship with Him, our interrelationships and responsibilities with others; all of which is the reason for our existence and the source of eternal happiness. It is through experiencing mortal life and death we obtain the ability to comprehend the gift of eternal life with God. It is Gods desire and plan that we learn how to sustain ourselves, grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. But we find ourselves unable to live the basic spiritual principles we have thus far been given. Are we to expect greater enlightenment? Yes. However might it be more correct to ask; if we receive further enlightenment would we not do more harm to ourselves and others physically and spiritually? Let us each earnestly strive to live the truths we now have. Gods Holy Spirit shall reveal to us what we are ready to receive.
WHERE ARE WE GOING? Like little children we are pilgrims on a spiritual journey. GOD has always been involved in the lives of individuals, families, and nations. This will continue throughout eternity. God has written upon our minds and hearts a consciousness of right and wrong with a spiritual desire toward Him, which only He can fulfill. God loves us. He has given us the ability to choose to be His adopted Sons and Daughters destined to inherit the coming new glorified Earth and His many other creations throughout eternity.
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;
what is man, that you are mindful of him?...."
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, all the things
which God has prepared for those that love Him."
No-matter who you are,
No-matter where you are,
No-matter what your condition,
God is there for all who truly seek to know Him.
What of Governments, Mans Laws, The Powers That Be? Who will you choose to follow? A Caesar? A Deceiver? or Redeemer? Throughout history world government has been the ultimate goal of those who would rule the earth. It is now being established in our time and make no mistake it will occur. It's time has come driven by Economic, Social, and Technological conditions just as other major world changing events have manifested themselves throughout history. Be not deceived for we know that the true world government will be as planned under Gods direction, not mans. Until then consider the following references to understand the responsibilities of Christians relating to those who rule this present world. "And He (Jesus) said unto them render unto Caesar the things which be Caesars, and unto God the things which be Gods" and it is written "Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom whom custom is due; fear to whom fear is due, honor to whom honor is due. Owe no man anything but to love one another; for he that loves another hath fulfilled the law."....and "He who lives by the sword will die by the sword".
Now carefully ponder this advice from Scriptures: "And they (local leaders) called them (Peter and John) and commanded them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered saying unto them, whether it be right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God; judge yourself." Which is to say....Christians are responsible to determine and follow what is right in the sight of God rather than man. Luke: 20-25, Romans 13:7-8, Acts 4:18-19. Christians are to conform to what is right in the eyes of God so they do not become as the evil now confronting the world. "Be at peace with all men overcoming the trials of this life through the strength, grace, and love of Jesus Christ." Now we must be wise and not as little children in these matters. In a life threatening situation self defense may be necessary when there are no other alternatives. In such cases it is reasonable to protect yourself, family members, and others. "Finally my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might...."For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." See: Ephesians 6:10-18
Be not deceived. We now live in days of great spiritual deception because of mans philosophies, religions, and compromised Christian Churches. There will arise from this deception a false "spiritual leader "who will unite the religions of the world. At this same time a great "political leader" will arise having great authority and political power over the world. "Together" they will establish a One Word Government. Those truly committed to Jesus Christ will be excluded and persecuted
Dear reader know this: "...In the last days perilous times shall come. For people shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, un-thankfull, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, haters of those that seek to be good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof; from such turn away......for they are ever learning, not able to come to the knowledge of the truth". II Timothy: 3:1-7
"Therefore be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, acceptable, and the perfect will of God. For I say through the grace given unto me to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith". (Romans 12:2-3
The world now openly rejects and rails against Jesus Christ and His teachings: "Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened. If you are reproached for the name of Christ happy are you, for the spirit of God is with you." 1 Peter 4:12-14 and "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you and will not leave you nor forsake you."
The second coming of Jesus Christ: Only God knows the day and hour of His return but as the sun rises in the morning sky overcoming the darkness likewise Christians may know that Christ return is drawing near. Evil like a great cloud of darkness is increasing throughout the world but be of good cheer. Jesus Christ will return bringing peace and healing to our fallen world. Until then let continue in faith following His teachings, alive in good works, not overcome by the wickedness, suffering, apostasy, and deceptions engulfing the world.
*"Behold, now are we the (adopted) sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be;
but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:2
Now, regarding the teaching of the "rapture". This belief teaches True Christians will be taken from the earth before the great tribulation of the wrath of God prior to or at Christ return. Some teach it could happen now and others teach it could happen later. It is astonishing to read page after page of opinions, scripture references, different points developed, all of which are then restructured followed by more opinions along with additional scriptures, endless articles, discussions, books, conferences, study courses, and audio/visual recordings. It is not a salvation issue. Enough is enough! Let us focus on the Great Commission which is sharing the Good News through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ until the day of His return. If the diversion of all the time, money, energy and resource used in rapture teachings and promoting prevent the Gospel from reaching just one individual, the cost will have been to great. We also would do well to consider the negative effect on the faith of countless souls who will conclude it's just "one of those false Christian teachings" if what they expect does not happen exactly as the pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation promoters have so feverishly declared.
He has promised a new world for us...not exactly sure when...are you ready?
33 A.D. until He returns.
K N O W I N G
F O R Y O U R S E L F
Now consider life on earth in view of Gods Eternal Plan for YOU, as His adopted Son or Daughter....
We are the god's.
"Truth is self-existent relative only to our capacity to comprehend, understand, and accept.
Jesus Christ (God) testifies He is the way, the truth, and source of eternal life,
for us to comprehend, understand, and accept." Daniel R.L.
THOSE who choose to live immoral lives view Christ as judgmental.
THOSE who choose a life of lies and treachery view Christ as their competition.
THOSE who choose to live by the law view Christ as a stumbling block.
THOSE who choose to trust in man's wisdom view Christ as foolishness.
THOSE who choose to acquire money, power, and rule over others view Christ as weak.
THOSE who choose to live as unbelievers view Christ as their enemy.
We now endure suffering by faith which we shall come to know is for our understanding and benefit!
Where once there was deception and darkness there will be light!
What is now beyond our comprehension will be revealed!
What seems impossible with men is possible with God!
What appears unjust will be justified!
WHAT IS UNCLEAR WILL BECOME CLEAR !
TRULY WE ARE NOT WITHOUT HOPE !
REMEMBER GOD'S WAYS ARE ABOVE MAN'S WAYS!
Life's adversities and our redemption are reconciled within God's
Eternal Love, Holiness, Righteousness, Wisdom, Justice, Mercy, Grace, Redemption, Power, and Glory
THOSE who choose God shall inherit Eternal Life.
It's not about buildings or denominations.
It's about Jesus Christ and being Born Again.
It's a personal relationship and Knowing For Yourself.
TRULY....THE TIME HAS COME TO OPEN THE BOOK AND KNOW FOR YOURSELF !
Scriptures define the spiritual battle confronting each of us and the world.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. "For God (who loves us) sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that does not believe is condemned already because he does not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Now this is the condemnation; light came into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be made known, that they are accomplished in God." John 3:17-20
Now dear reader consider this: Our condemnation is we love darkness rather than light and our deeds are evil. Now if we love darkness and our deeds are evil the Scriptures testify that we hate God. God who first loved us while we were yet in sin and separated from Him sent His Son as our Redeemer. If we ourselves choose not to love light, not to love truth, and do not turn from evil, we are without excuse. Dear reader carefully consider:
How dark is the soul having been given the gift of life from God but then rejects it's own Father?
Prayerfully search the Scriptures understanding that your destiny is between God and you. Let no man, philosophy, or organization stand between you and God. This is your responsibility and a decision that God has ordained that you make for yourself.
"Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good".
How then shall we live?
"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, what soever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things". In as much as we earnestly strive to do these things (understanding that we are not yet perfected) our eternal destiny is secured through faith in Jesus Christ.
GOD loves YOU, there is hope, YOUR life has meaning.
There is an Eternal Plan and YOU are included.
All things are subordinate to Gods Love, Redemption, and His Exaltation of Mankind.
"Please share this Hope with others by sending this message far and wide"
Dear Reader: When reading the Bible earnestly pray the Holy Spirit will guide and enlighten your understanding.
"Truth is a lonely warrior the battle not for the faint of heart or those lacking spiritual discernment." Daniel R.L.
Peace in His name.
A believer absent from the body.....at home with God.
Who will rule the world a Caesar? a Deceiver? or our Redeemer?
His Holy Spirit
His Written Word
His Answered Prayers
His Witness Within Creation
God provided four points of reference to guide us on our journey.
"The Heavens declare (sing) the Glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork."
"He determines the number of the stars and calls them by name."
"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible..."
"Knowing truth requires that we become truth seekers."
May what has been written here inspire you to consider the Good News for the first time or again
if you have been discouraged by the trials and deceptions of life; that you may be found Knowing For Yourself.
" WHAT ALL THE WORLD IS SEEKING "
How does God reconcile evil, justice, love and forgiveness?
We say we love and forgive one another but what we as humans imply as love or forgiveness is nothing compared to Gods Love, Forgiveness and POWER. Consider how (because of our sins) we have harmed and corrupted those around us who then contributed to the corruption of others, who again corrupted others. We can only speculate how many are involved and the negative impact to those of past and future generations.
We may sincerely regret, sincerely apologize, and seek forgiveness but we cannot undo the spiritual and physical damage we have caused to ourselves and others. For example: If we cause someone to lose their eyesight there is nothing we can do to restore it. If we lead someone into drugs, crime, or moral decline we then are responsible for their corruption. How can our individual responsibility for the damage we caused to so many be cleared? Taking it further how can our collective corrupted interactions with one another and the subsequent negative entanglements of millions and millions of souls be accounted for, sorted out, and reconciled?
We do not have the capacity to dissipate evil or satisfy the demands of justice for ourselves or for those in the world we have directly or indirectly injured and corrupted. Only by God's perfection in love can we be redeemed from our sins obtaining forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
The world's Religions and Philosophies perceive the need for a redeemer but avoid it, politely deny it, and then reject it. They choose not to acknowledge God because of there pride and desire to be free of moral constraints. By their own words: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." Full of pride they openly reject God and mans need of a Redeemer and stridently teach others to do likewise.
If you will have it dear reader you may move beyond man's religions, man's understanding, truly apprehending the Love, Wisdom, Power, and Glory of God.
Carefully consider the following: The effects of evil, the righteous demand for justice, our need of forgiveness, and Gods perfection in love, are eternally resolved and accomplished at the Cross. It is only through a Redeemer that the entangled influences and ramifications of individual and collective sins over thousands of years are accounted for, vindicated, and redeemed. Now dear reader you may here begin to understand the awesome POWER, WISDOM and GLORY of God and what He has done for you and all mankind. Truly it is Gods desire that you are forgiven, restored, renewed, redeemed, and born again into His Kingdom. This is the Good News of our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is yours to accept or reject. Amen.
"The Keys To The Kingdom"
Love God and Love one another.
Pray always, study the Scriptures, seeking guidance and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Meditate upon God's Love, Holiness, Righteousness, Wisdom, Justice, Mercy, Grace, Redemption, Power and Glory.
Have compassion helping others in their physical and spiritual needs; especially the sick, widows, fatherless and prisoners.
Love God & keep His commandments. Remember, "He first loved us (and forgives us) while we were yet in our sins".
Share the Good News that others may be Born Again into The Kingdom Of God.
Birth, Death, Resurrection, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.
When receiving God's breath of life men become eternal living souls with the God given ability to choose their spiritual destiny. Genesis 2:7
Creation of a child by mortal parents.
Judgment: "It is appointed unto men "once to die" and after this the judgment. The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. "Christ died for the sins of the world" thereby overcoming the law which we could not. Blessed are those who accept Gods Salvation and who's names are found written in the Book of Life.
What of infants who die and millions of aborted babies? Those born mentality deficient? The Little children? Consider the scriptures: "Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death by sin (physical and spiritual) and so death (physical and spiritual) passed upon all men, for all have sinned". "Therefore as by the offense of one, judgement came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one, (Jesus Christ) forgiveness came upon all men unto justification of life". (Romans 5:12-21) Carefully consider these scriptures for they impart great understanding and rejoicing to the Believer who comprehends the wisdom, power, and glory of God. Now we may be comforted with the words of Christ when He said: "Suffer not the little children to come unto me...". and Gods words "I will forgive whom I will forgive." Dear reader Babies and little children are redeemed and justified before God in Christ. Amen.
Those who did not hear the Gospel: The future of all the millions upon millions souls who have not heard of Christ or the Plan of Salvation is balanced by how they lived there lives with the knowledge and understanding they possessed upon the earth including Gods creation and witness within their heart. Does this displease you? Do you question Gods ability to balance the scales between "His perfect justice and mercy?" Did not Christ die for the sins of the world? Men"s souls are God's domain not mans. God has declared I will have mercy upon who I will have mercy". Blessed are those who truly accept Christ while yet upon the earth for they are in this life justified before God. If you will have it dear reader here you may apprehend; Gods Love, Holiness, Righteousness, Truth, Wisdom, Justice, Mercy, Grace, Redemption, Power and Glory; consider these carefully in the order they are given. God desires that we all choose eternal life. Having infinite knowledge and wisdom God is able to look within the soul and rightly determine who "truly" had the opportunity of hearing "His Message of Salvation", understood it, accept it, and who did not. Truly God knows what those souls who did not receive the message would have done, if they had? Think on this.
Those who took their own lives: Believers and non-believers overcome by conditions within themselves or the world: (which were beyond their understanding or ours) who did or did not truly hear, recognize, understand, or accept Gods Salvation (only God knows) have hope in Christ who died for the sins of the world, by whom each of us receives forgiveness so that we stand justified before God. Gods ways are not mans ways. Consider carefully the words of Job "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him...."Trust in Gods Righteousness and Holiness knowing that where mans understanding fails, "God will do what is right." All creation will acknowledge and praise Gods Holiness, Wisdom, and Glory throughout eternity. Amen.
Heaven: The Bible teaches we will consider our present trials on earth as nothing compared to the glory and happiness we will experience in eternity with God, our loved ones, and all of God's many creations throughout the Universe. Heaven is not an imaginary place it is real and there are not human words to describe our future life, joy, happiness, exaltation and the unimaginable opportunities that await us. Descriptions given in the Scriptures regarding heaven are but shadows, whispers, of a far greater reality and eternal glory for all who truly seek, follow, and love God. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Roman: 8:18
Hell: Scriptures use strong graphic images describing Hell as a lake of fire and eternal torment to be understood within their original language, context, and meaning. Such harsh descriptive language clearly warns us of the reality of a soul that knowingly rejects God. Consider how this takes place. It is we who choose to live with God (or) to separate ourselves from God. When you knowingly reject God and forgiveness of "your sins" you bring upon yourself spiritual consequences that cannot be fully comprehend. Now, if you are of the mind to view separation from God lightly carefully ponder the words of Christ who took upon Himself the sins of the world. Who while on the cross when separated from God, just before His death cried out "My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?" Now, if He cried out in such pain and anguish when separated from God because of our sins we cannot begin to comprehend the pain and anguish awaiting those unable to dwell in the presence of God, because of there un-redemed sin! Here we may understand the reason for the horrific descriptions of Hell. It is God's desire that we freely accept His gift of salvation. He has given us the freedom to choose. Truly God does not force anyone into His presence and neither does God torture billions upon billions of human souls throughout eternity. Now consider: Do you really believe there are no consequences for ignoring or breaking spiritual laws? If you are flying in a passenger jet that violates the laws of aerodynamics will you argue it is not reasonable that you and the other passengers will die upon crashing into the earth? Of course not! Truly, the same applies to spiritual and moral laws which we violate intentionally or unintentionally. Spiritual principles are real and have consequences when not followed. When we knowingly choose to reject and live apart from God; is it then reasonable to argue we are not responsible for our decision to do so? Of course not! But if we choose to live with God; the author of all truth, love, light, and joy, we have an advocate in Jesus Christ who fulfilled the law (which we could not) justifying us before God so that we are able to dwell in His presence. Now to those who are so quick to take it upon themselves to judge and damn others. Only God knows he true spiritual condition of a mans soul and this is what is meant when Scriptures say "do not judge others". Truly, we all rely upon Gods wisdom, mercy and power....not
Knowing For Yourself -Truth Seekers - Bible Study -The Church
The Way is before you.
You are free to choose.
What will you do with Jesus Christ?
There is no greater calling,
there is no greater hope,
there is no greater duty,
there is no greater work,
there is no greater purpose,
there is no greater challenge,
there is not greater ideal,
there is no greater truth to be given:
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew: 5:58
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This is not the Christian Church!
Power & Pride Complacent & Self-Centered False Worship & Idolatry
What than is the Church? It is not about mans religions, mans self defined spirituality or ornate buildings to worship in. Christ did not say build wood and stone buildings to worship in, construct meeting halls, basketball courts, set up special events and programs for soul winning. Have Christian rock music festivals, promote super star pastor conferences, and organize so many programs that they detract from our first responsibilities of home and family life. These "programs/formulas" are mans ways, shadows and substitutes for what God truly desires. Which is? That we abide in Him and He in us that we may be one. Jesus Christ did not come to establish a Religion He openly taught against Religion. The Church is defined in Scripture as Individual Believers having a committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ the head of the Church who fellowship with one another. The Church today would do well to consider the early Church grounded in Jesus Christ, keeping His commandments, based on the family (ordained by God) with the Husband as the spiritual leader with his Wife at his side together as one, instructing their sons and daughters, their extended family, sharing the Good News with others, and fellowship with other Believers. "For we are labourers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building (His Church)." Dear Reader please read I Corinthians 3:4-11 and know for yourself.
"JESUS CHRIST IS THE CHURCH....
AND ALL WHO TRULY BELIEVE AND FOLLOW HIM ARE IT'S MEMBERS."
In essentials: Unity and Love.
In non-essentials: Understanding and Love.
In all else: Truth, Charity, and Love.
History teaches: From the beginning evil men (children of the deceiver) sought to compromise and destroy Christianity causing terrible spiritual and physical suffering deliberately standing against the plain Gospel of truth, peace, and liberty. Truly, this is not of God or true followers of Jesus Christ. Wolves have entered the Church, Seminaries, Bible Colleges, and Christian Organizations thereby leading many astray. I do not write these thing to be negative or discourage but to awaken you to the seriousness of the spiritual warfare which is now being waged for men's souls, minds, and bodies. Do not be deceived by those who deliberately teach false doctrines openly rejecting the plain teachings of Jesus Christ. They seek to establish mans religions, priesthoods, philosophies, governments, psychology, and spiritual organizations. They "knowingly" reject truth using deception and flattery deceiving even the elect. All of which we have been forewarned. If you find yourself in such an organization which after being shown their errors will not repent, humbly bear witness of man's Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and that we are to keep His commandments. Pray for it's members, it's leaders, and depart in peace.
Are we saying not to join a church? Not so. We are saying before joining any church, any religion or so called spiritual organization, to pray, search the scriptures, understand the principles of salvation and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Carefully research their fundamental beliefs? Do they follow the teachings of Christ? Is the Bible used as the final authority for sermons and other instruction? Is the Bible being taught book by book, chapter by chapter, line upon line, precept upon precept? Do they modify or reject the clear teaching of Scriptures in order to be more accepted by the world? Is there a sense of reverence, order, love, and a passion for the truths of Gods Word? Do they acknowledge the fundamental principles of the Gospel: The Deity of Jesus Christ; The Virgin Birth; Christ Atoning Sacrifice for our sins; Christ Bodily Resurrection and His returning to establish the Kingdom of God upon the Earth. The gift of the Holy Spirit, In-arrancy of Scriptures; that we are to keep Gods commandments, that we need to be born again, the Resurrection of all mankind,and that each of us will stand in judgement before God to give account of our life upon the earth. Trust your eternal destiny only to God, not churches, spiritual organizations, pastors, priest, spiritual leaders, emotions, works, traditions, mans writings, signs, wonders, spirits, secular leaders or organization, ONLY GOD.
If Christians and others do not stand against the organized promotion of evil, deception, corruption and death that we now see in the world Christians will need to leave the fallen worldly church and establish Home Fellowships (Churches) and meet secretly, as is being done in other parts of the world
The Last Reformation - Returning to the original pattern of the Church.
IT H A S B E G U N !
"In the beginning God...."
"And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light...."
"This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare to you; God is light and in Him is no darkness at all".
"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,
even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse".
"For in God we live, and move, and have our being..."(Gen: 1-3, 1 John: 5, Romans 1:20, Acts 17:28)