thankfullness

As the last day of 2011 passes into the first day of 2012…  people reflect on what has transpired this year… and wonder what is in store for the new year…. they may make plans… they may have hopes.

May I suggest an attitude of THANKFULLNESS to GOD…. for everything that He has done for you…. even if you feel that it was a “bad” year and you have little to be thankful about….. the FACT that you are still around on planet Earth, is reason enough to be thankfull….

…Thus says the LORD: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, the whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself ? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring ADVERSITY ON ALL FLESH” says the LORD. “But I will give YOUR LIFE TO YOU as  a prize in all places, wherever you go” (Jeremiah 45:4 – 5)

This is not some GLOOM and DOOM “new year’s” message to depress you….. merely an acknowledgement that the whole world IS heading in the devil’s direction (as PREDICTED long, long ago)….. and you should NOT expect “utopia” on Earth…. but rather, give THANKS TO GOD for the blessings that you have TODAY.

The Psalmist says:

“Oh, that men would GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men !” (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31)

… and yet again:

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” Psalm 34:19

Even the most favored “people of God” WILL experience difficulties, challenges, problems, frustrations, depressions….. these maybe financial…. or health challenges….. accidents or problems caused by other people…. pollution…. or weather problems…. SOMETHING…… how will you handle it ?

By blaming God ?  by blaming man ? by blaming the devil ? by blaming yourself ?

May I suggest an attitude of THANKFULLNESS ? …. yes, that’s right ! …… because no matter what your problem is….. there is ALWAYS something to be thankful about…… “Give thanks with a grateful heart”….. Christ has redeemed you from destruction…. what is more, you have no idea how many things you have been protected from that COULD have befallen you……  give thanks that GOD IS GOD (perfection in every sense of the word…. merciful and mighty, loving and just) , and that HE LOVES YOU (even when you do not FEEL loved)…

Have you ever witnessed the POWER of THANKFULLNESS ?

No matter what you may be going through….. BEING THANKFUL TO GOD….. is the VERY BEST thing you could be doing at ANY point in time…. under ANY circumstances.

Your circumstances can change in an INSTANT…. whether for better or worse….. GOD is ALMIGHTY…. and HE is from EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING….. you better LOOK TO HIM……  and give HIM rightful PRAISE amd THANKSGIVING……. because there is NONE OTHER  that can help you….. so getting “vexed” with HIM is the WORST thing that you can do (and certainly Satan will put that idea into your head, he will wisper in your ear, “blame God, it’s all HIS fault, after all HE could easily change your circumstances but HE wont…. because HE likes to punish you for everything”)

SO what will be your attitude in this NEW YEAR ?

Do you plan to get RICHER….. bigger house, more cars, foreign travel, more clothes, parties ? ….. or will you be content with seeking to know  GOD better, and allow HIM to determine your circumstances…

Read Luke 12:22 – 34 …. with emphasis on Verse 31

BEWARE

Many books and television programs are not accurately representing the Bible !

How often have you heard it said, “The Bible was written by men….. to control the way that people think.”

If this were true…. it would lead to the conclusion that NOTHING is “trustworthy”…. all humans on the planet “victims of brainwashing”…… religion, television, radio, books…. ALL human attempts to CONTROL the way people think…. and therefore by extension, the way they live their lives…. for “as he thinks in his heart, so is he….”  (Proverbs 23:7).

Even the person who BELIEVES the above to be true…. has merely been DUPED by somebody else, because this IDEA itself… and whatever follows from it…..  is as much, as anybody else’s BELIEF. “But without FAITH it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)…. EVERYTHING starts with a BELIEF…. SOME kind of belief in SOMETHING !

The LOGICAL CONCLUSIONS that come from the idea that “the Bible was written by men to control the way that people think” are:

1. That there is NO GOD… NO ABSOLUTE “RIGHT” or “WRONG” about anything…. that heaven , hell, good and evil are all just “ideas of men”.

2. That MAN is supreme…. or rather, the MAN that is able to “fool” everybody else (and therefore gain “CONTROL” over them) is the supreme one.

The amusing aspect of this whole line of “reasoning” is that the ATHEIST….. BELIEVES there is no GOD  with as much FANATACISM as the Christian believes in Christ…. and does everything in his power to PROVE his case to all other humans…… hence the pre-occupation of “intelligent” academics with EVOLUTION…. trying to convince lesser mortals that  everybody “originated from slime by a mere accident”, when there is NOT ONE SHRED of true “scientific” PROOF to support such a ridiculous IDEA. But the Bible has something to say about that too…. “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22)

But what about CHRIST ? …… the central argument over Christ concerns his DEITY…..  and many “churches” today don’t really believe that JESUS CHRIST IS GOD….. the Jewish authorities did not believe it either even though they believed in God.

UNFORTUNATELY believing in GOD is NOT ENOUGH…. it is only a starting point…. it is what you think of CHRIST that matters…. for Jesus says, “….  if you do not believe that I am HE, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24)     And as I have said, in previous posts, any analysis of the words spoken by Jesus Christ can only lead to one of two possible conclusions.

1. HE is DEITY (in flesh appearing)

2. He is a DECEIVER… of the worst kind… claiming to be God when he is a mere man (and this is exactly what the Jews accused Him of). “… “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, BEING A MAN, make yourself GOD” (John 10:33)

There is NO MIDDLE POSITION….  He is NOT a “great teacher” ….. He is NOT a “prophet”….. He is NOT a “good and holy man”…. HE IS GOD.

My friends, He is GOD…. or else, he is a blashemous, lying, deceiver….. and it is YOU who have to decide for yourself…..  but if you decide that He is GOD, it calls for some ACTION on your part…. because He said, “But why do you  call Me  ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say ?”  (Luke 6:46)

Having believed … we REPENT (judge our sin as sin… and turn away from it)…. and exercise SAVING FAITH…. that is BELIEVING that Christ has paid the penalty for our wickedness… and BELIEVING that He WILL deliver us from all the sinful habits that we cannot free ourselves from (without His help)…. as you read and study His words and exercise FAITH when you pray you will find yourself delivered….  and you will marvel at it, because you will realize that a SUPERNATURAL power at work in your life…. you will Praise God… because His Holy Spirit will enable change in your life.

…after all this you will KNOW the TRUTH of the BIBLE….  and it will not be “just another book to be discussed…. and argued over (about who wrote it and why)”….. you will UNDERSTAND it when you read it…. and KNOW that it is the TRUTH revealed by GOD….. and it is God Himself who will give you this “knowledge”.

But it all starts with FAITH IN GOD….. and in HIS CHRIST….. and that word “faith” is something that “educated” academics have no use for because they are taught to analyze and reason according to HUMAN logic and wisdom…. HOWEVER “that your faith should NOT be in the wisdom of men but in the power of GOD.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)

Consider:

Even academics have faith… but it is faith in what other men have “written” and “researched”… and it is faith in their own ability to be “objective” about what they read and study !

Even though the writing of the Bible was done by humans…. the KNOWLEDGE of what is written down by them DID NOT ORIGINATE with them…. such knowledge was given them by INSPIRATION, VISION, REVELATION or DREAM….. and futhermore, the FACT that the Bible contains the work of MANY humans (who did not know one another or “collaborate” in any way) ….. it is “remarkable” (humanly speaking) that all these different people from different times and different places could write the SAME things…. ADD to stuff that was already written… and that we could end up with a Book that “makes” SENSE…. when they did NOT know each other and had no way of reading each others work or “collaborating” in any way whatsoever…. therefore the CONTENT of the BIBLE is a supernatural revelation of GOD to the WHOLE HUMAN RACE of what HE expects of them, where they came from….. and where they are ultimately going.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, it is not our place, as created beings, to “analyze and understand” You before accepting Your existence or authority….. because You are much Greater than us…. YOU are the Creator and we the creature…. therefore it is not wrong for You to EXPECT our love and obedience…. help somebody today to come to You in FAITH and then show forth Your power in their life… in Jesus name … Amen.

prophecy

“Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory ? and beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them, in all the scriptures, the things concerning himself”  Luke24: 26 – 27

Really, my friends, it’s not good enough simply to believe in “a God”….  it is your relationship and attitude towards Jesus Christ…. that will determine your destiny…. because He alone has the power to transform you…. God has given Him that authority, because He is the God-Man (God in human form).

There is NO OTHER SALVATION other than in Jesus Christ…. no amount of prayers, religious piety and sincerity in FALSE DOCTRINE can save a soul.

The entire Bible points to Jesus Christ as the saviour of the world….. from Genesis to Revelation…. through prophecy and through “types and figures”.

Muslims, Athiests, Catholics…. all in the same boat…. they need SALVATION through Jesus Christ.

Confrontation with the TRUTH is what is required…. NOT compromise….. this idea of “religious unity” and “multi-faith worship” is from the DEVIL and it is not of God.

In fact, this whole idea of “brotherly love and tolerance” is a most dangerous doctrine….. because although we are called to show brotherly love we are also commanded to take a stand for WHAT IS RIGHT and this will definitely UPSET certain people and make them “hate us”.

How do these NEW AGE ideas of “universal brotherly love” and “universal peace and goodwill toward all men” agree with scripture… when Jesus said:

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household” Matthew 10:34 – 36

This is the effect that SALVATION has upon a person….. when they become united with Christ they are a target of the enemy who runs the life of other humans….. ask any Muslim who comes to salvation in Jesus Christ, because they know first-hand the truth of Matthew 10:34 – 36….. and so do Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Catholics…. when one of them is “born again” into the Kingdom of Christ then they immediately become a “target” of their respective “religious organisations”.

NO my friends…. while we must have love towards all men…. they will not have love towards us because we WILL NOT COMPROMISE WITH EVIL…… this universal “peace and love” idea WILL NEVER SUCCEED on the present earth…. and it is just a “smokescreen” for the ANTI-CHRIST as he desperately tries to unite the WARRING FACTIONS on mankind

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, Help us to speak the TRUTH with LOVE in our hearts ….. for this is the hardest thing for any human to do…. for Jesus sake… Amen.

advent

The Christmas season is celebrated worldwide, but not with universal emphasis on Jesus Christ…. and there is evidence to suggest that, it was a pagan festival before the Chuch “adopted” it for an “advent” celebration.

All Christians should resist the pagan aspects of the holiday…. the overeating and binge drinking…..  excessive preoccupation with pagan symbols and songs, santas and reindeer, wreaths and candles and such like.

I want to draw your attention to the SECOND advent of Jesus Christ, which is yet to take place in the future….. and to assure you, as surely as night follows day, that it will occur…. and when it does, it will be SUDDEN and DRAMATIC.

Daniel 7:13 “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom that all people, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

Matthew 24:30 “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Matthew 26:64 “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said; nevertheless, I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

Mark 14:61 -62 “But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked hin, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed ?” And Jesus said, ” I am; and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also who pierced him; and all the kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him”

My friend, as I have said before…… Jesus Christ was not just another prophet or preacher or holy man….  you have a CHOICE to make…. He is either the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…….  or he is a deceiver and a blasphemer and a charlatan and a liar.

The Scribes and Pharisees DESPISED him…. because of his humble origin and his speech and manner of life… he was not the Christ they wanted….. and make no mistake, the “rich, powerful and succesful” humans on this planet earth STILL DESPISE him today…..  they want a GOD of their own making…. in fact, their GOD is like Satan himself…. ruthless, vicious, cruel and self-serving…. THAT is the image that they ADMIRE and RESPECT.

Please consider John 10:32 – 33 “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of these works do ye stone me ? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy; and because that THOU, BEING A MAN, MAKEST THYSELF GOD.”

This then is the DECIDING factor….. is Christ EVIL or is Christ GOD ????? …. there is no “middle” position… he cannot be just “a good teacher” or a “good and holy man”….. BECAUSE “good, holy people” do not claim to be God…. either he must be a deluded madman with a God complex…. or he was, in fact, the REAL DEAL…. GOD in the FLESH….. and we have a problem with that….. we cannot ACCEPT a God that appears to be “just a human like us”……. PARTICULARLY, a HUMBLE, SIMPLE sort of person who “identifies” with the “refuse” of human society.

Trust me…… Jesus Christ would not receive any better reception today…..  NOTHING has changed….. He would NOT be welcome in our Churches and our society would not acknowledge him anymore than the Jews did !

And that is why …. the nations will tremble, wail and mourn… when He returns in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory……  they DONT WANT HIM….. because they REJECT everything that he stands for….. and that is why Jesus could say in John 15:24 “If I had not done among them the works which no other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both SEEN AND HATED BOTH ME AND MY FATHER”

This is the stinging indictment against this world…. they do not want God to reign over them….. instead, they want a “god” of their own making…… a god that conforms to their own idea of what a god should be like….. they have both seen and despised the TRUE GOD.

But the reality is…. everything we see HAS been created by the true God…… and eventually, He WILL REIGN over what He has made……. and the long history of human and angelic REBELLION will come to an end.

Why has he tolerated this REBELLION against Him for so long ? …. in reality, all human history is not really “so long” on a cosmic scale ….. it is but a blip in a TIMELESS ETERNITY.

Prayer for Today:

Father, help us to truly live your life among these people on earth…. that we may hear you say…. “well done my child” when we finally reach eternity.