GIVING GIFTS

God has given us redemption as a free gift…… it cost a lot, the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

Three responses are:

1. Ignore it altogether …. with optional behavior, possibly involving mockery or blasphemy.

2. Accept it and continue merrily along doing your own thing.

3. Accept it and reciprocate, by giving of ourselves back to God.

Only the last option produces change in people’s lives and prepares them to meet God.

People fail to understand that the rule of God is theocratic and not democratic, and even though they have free will, they will be judged for how they use it.

The world simply cannot understand that God’s love demands a response….. and continual rebellion must eventually be dealt with.

In order for the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ on earth to take place ….. rebellion must be put down…. those who refuse the Lordship of Christ (and that constitutes the bulk of humanity) are going to be JUDGED.

Whether the “love” gospel brings you to true humility and devotion to Christ ….. or whether it’s the “fear” of God that accomplishes the same end.

The TRUTH is God is very displeased with the current state of the world and human affairs…. but He is allowing the evil to get worse and worse.

When he finally puts a dramatic stop to it all…… millions are going to suffer and die and their spirits put in torment.

It’s better that you take heed to the Word while there is still time.

What’s the point of persisting in your outright rebellion against God ? You are only bringing misery on yourself…. and it makes no sense…… REPENT today…. while there is still time.

You will find that God is faithful and true and you will be blessed and not cursed of Him.

It boggles the mind how “gay couples” can possibly think that God approves of such behavior.

The only logical explanation is that their minds have been deceived by powerful evil spirits because they know not the true God at all.

Really only three types…… deceived people worshiping a “false” image of the true God …….. openly rebellious people following their own will and acknowledging no god whatsoever….. and some people openly worshiping the Devil and following evil intentionally.

I can testify that God has blessed me for following His way even when I did not want to….. I did it out of RESPECT for God …. who He IS.

Th Bible says that the FEAR of God is the beginning of wisdom…. we may not always “feel like” we wish to follow the commandments of God…. but we must do so anyway, because is in OUR ultimate best interest to do so.

We are not robots….. we must use that same “free will” that causes people to sin ….. to force ourselves to do righteousness on occasion.

There are only TWO possible paths….. God’s way …. and the way of evil….
you cannot invent a third, “my way” because “your way” will ultimately prove to be evil also.

Frank Sinatra’s song “I did it my way”….. is actually promoting SELFISHNESS, PRIDE and REBELLION….. and that’s exactly what Satan did….. He proclaimed he would do things “his way” in direct opposition to what God had decreed…. that is the very essence of sin itself….. that’s where it all starts.

You have a choice to make….. either continue in your rebellion against the True and Holy and Righteous God……

or HUMBLY beg His forgiveness and TRUST Christ to enable you to change and then get up and OBEY God.

Trust and Obey…. for there is no other way…. to escape the judgement and have the favor and blessings of the Almighty.

LOVE LIES

It seems “love” has become an EXCUSE …..

1. First they say…. God is LOVE … which is true (read 1 Corinthians 1:4 – 8)… but it ain’t the kind of love they are thinking about…. homosexual love can be the most selfish thing on the planet and the “fruits” of it are quite devastating.

2. Second mistake is to think that “love” will protect from JUDGEMENT…. in fact, it was Jesus Christ (the man of love) who said, “IF you “love” me, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS” (John 14:15)

The sick part of all this “lovy dovy” talk is that it’s SELFISH….. and in the case of certain people…. it don’t take a whole lot for the love to quickly turn to hatred… viciousness… spite and malice …… I have seen it myself time and time again….. and the Bible properly identifies this type of “love” as VILE AFFECTIONS (Romans 1:26 – 32)

The statement “God doesn’t judge me why should you” is actually a blatant lie…
God HAS already judged you in his Word….. and we are NOT “judging” you but merely reminding you that “unless you REPENT, you will likewise perish” (Luke 13:3)…… Jesus Christ is simply NOT going to save anybody who does not repent of their sin….. we didn’t make this up….. he said so Himself !

The GOOD NEWS is that there is HOPE….. yes, HOPE… nobody has to live “in a homosexual lifestyle” any longer IF they really want to change….. Jesus has been delivering people from it since the days of the early church !!!!

Read 1 Corinthians 6:11 ….. and rejoice in both the Love and the Power of the finished work of Christ

Today you can start a joyful walk with the Lord…. isn’t that wonderful ? … all you have to do is to want to please God enough to obey Him ….

selfishness

This global economic recession has really revealed the true hearts of a lot of people.

Grasping and clinging to what little they have…. fearful that it just wont be enough for them and their families…. worried over their future, perhaps realizing that no matter how much money they horde up, IT JUST WONT BE ENOUGH…

Is this YOU ? ….

… and what if you have LOST your job ? …. surely that is a good enough excuse to be clinging to whatever little money you have left ???

Jesus said, “GIVE… and it SHALL be given unto you……. for with the same measure that ye measure it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38)

But this calls for FAITH…. GREAT faith…. to give away what little you have… TRUSTING God to provide for you “somehow”…

Business people do not operate by faith…. Banks do not operate according to faith… the world does not run on faith….. and, face it, people’s finances are COLLAPSING, it’s a fact…. and YET…

The BIBLE says, “Love your neighbor as yourself”  Matthew 22:39

1 John 4:20 “…. he who does not love his brother whom he has seen , how can he love God whom he has not seen ?”

Think about it…. is it all about you ? …. or is it all about God ?… God will look after you when you put Him FIRST (1 Kings 17:10 – 14)

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, We PREFER to honor your Word in FAITH… this will be OUR ONLY HOPE for the future…  our finite resources are clearly inadequate for the years ahead… and we CHOOSE to worship and praise You… instead of scheming, hording and worrying about what might happen to us later in life…. Bless us, we pray in Jesus name, Amen.

world

Special note before you read today’s post: I always stress BALANCE… today’s post may seem harsh… and please don’t misunderstand it…. true concern for the sufferings of others is a good thing… and we are expected to care for the poor, the fatherless and the widows… but it should be done under the direction of the Holy Spirit and with their ultimate Spiritual upliftment in mind… purely humanitarian efforts by unsaved people, however well intentioned, are usually doomed to failure… as Jesus said, “….and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14)

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There is a popular lie spreading all over the world  today… and it is, that “progress” is being made in “reforming” the world…. “people” are becoming “better”…more “tolerant” and “loving”… the churches are raking in followers by the thousands with “the King’s kids prosperity theology”…. and we can just picture that day (just around the corner, perhaps ?) when the song, “We are the world, we are the children….” becomes a reality… but let’s analyze this idea…. here are the words:

“There comes a time when we heed a certain call, When the world must come together as one… We are a part of God’s great big family.. And the truth, you know, Love is all we need… As God has shown us, By turning stone to bread… So we all must lend a helping hand…. We are the world, We  are the children We are the ones to make a brighter day So let’s start giving There’s a choice we’re making We’re saving our own lives…”

This song is composed by the devil… and here is a little proof, nowhere in the Bible does God turn stone into bread….. but that is what Satan suggested that  Jesus should do when he was tempting Him (Matthew 4:3)…. Satan’s handiwork is all over this song, but further analysis will have to wait till another day.

But that’s not all… what happened to all the money raised by “Band Aid” and “Live Aid” ???… it went to strengthen the army and buy weapons…. there is no doubt that the proceeds of the “Live Aid” and other relief organisations  INCREASED the torture and hardship of the starving people of Ethiopia…. Read the article here:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article7048218.ece

Satan’s “charity” therefore served a double purpose for him, fleece the affluent Western middle-class do-gooders and use their money to promote further killing, genocide and torture.

What does God say about this world ? …. the Lord Jesus Christ announced that all it’s works were evil and He refused to pray for it (John 17:9)

GOSH ! ….  you say… but how could a LOVING GOD…. just  IGNORE the great “humanitarian crisis”… the millions of SUFFERING people…. that’s not the God I know and THAT’s not the God I worship…. my friend, if you are not worshipping the GOD OF THE BIBLE (who is the SAME yesterday, today and forever) then you are worshipping a false god, namely, the devil.

The GREAT GOD… LORD of LORDS and KING of KINGS…. NEVER talked about “saving” the whole world… He talked about saving people “out of” the world….in fact, the world has been CONDEMNED to DESTRUCTION (along with the millions of people in it… and they are going to die… one way or the other).

What GOD has been doing for the last 2000 years  is plucking INDIVIDUALS out of the “CONDEMNED WRECK”….. please understand, all the promises, all the hope lies with “those who were given to Him by the Father” (John 17:6)….. JUST as NOAH was selected and the rest of humanity ANNIHILATED in the flood….. so it will be at the end of the age.

My friend, God is not saving the world, and at no time, since the creation or before, did He ever have the idea of saving the whole world. God is not saving all church members either. What God is doing is to take out a people for His name… they are known as the Elect, the Saints, the Chosen Ones and the Bride of Christ….. these are they, who heed the Call…. who have washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb

“For many are called but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14)

and the words of Revelation 3:20 still apply, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and OPEN THE DOOR, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, as your little children, it is a WONDER to us… WHY you have chosen us (instead of somebody else)…. how come we heeded your Call when others will not ?…. we know not the answer to this mystery, but like Jesus, we pray for all those that will heed your Call in the future…. use us Lord in your service and grant that we may bear fruit for Jesus… and in His name we now pray and ask these things. Amen