2 Chronicles 15:3-4 NLT For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without the Law to instruct them.  But whenever they were in trouble and turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him out, they found him.”
God makes Himself available to all who earnestly seek Him regardless of adverse circumstances. The above passage proves that God can be found even if there aren’t any true preachers around, and even if there aren’t any good Bibles around too. Israel was without priests and the law and still found God. How? They humbled themselves, repented, and cried out to God for help.
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Notice God says He can be found ONLY when we seek Him wholeheartedly? He didn’t say it’s when we find that great preacher to listen to, or when we find the right church. He didn’t say, ‘Once you find the right Bible translations and study books you’ll find me.’ These things have their place but they’re not prerequisites to finding God.
Matthew 7:7-11 NET “ASK and IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK and YOU WILL FIND; KNOCK and THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 7:11 If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Finding God; being connected to Him, is the greatest gift anyone can have. God is willing to fully give Himself to anyone who sincerely ask.
John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES in him shall not perish but HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.”
Finding God means having ETERNAL LIFE! And as we have seen in Matthew 7:7-11 all we have to do is ask, seek, and knock. Yes, finding God is that simple. So don’t let anyone play tricks on you when it comes to finding God. Pray to Him; let Him know what you want. If your desires are honorable and sincere, and you seek Him with an undivided heart, HE WILL answer you and let you find Him:
Hebrews 11:6 NET “Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that HE REWARDS THOSE WHO SEEK HIM.”
Acts 17:27 NIV “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though HE IS NOT FAR from any one of us.”
Psalm 9:9-10 KJV “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
1 Corinthians 10:20-22 NET “No, I mean that what the pagans sacrifice is to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take part in the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 10:22 Or are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we really stronger than he is?”
There is this great misconception that you can have a little light and a little darkness. A little bit of good and a little bit of evil. A little God and a little devil, or a whole lot of God and devil, etcetera. This (duality) thinking is pushed as a good thing. It is a part of the occult. And has even found it’s way in the so-called church. Yes, so many claiming to be believers have been duped by the devil into believing you can eat from the table of demons and eat from the table of God too. It’s as if the Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil still exists. And there are many who choose to eat from it.
The other day I heard a man who is respected by many in his community as a Christian leader spread a damnable lie. A famous singer had just passed away. It was all over the news. In honor of this recording artist the man said to a crowd of over one hundred people, “One thing about her that she always did: at every concert, even though she sung Rock N Roll music, she always sung one gospel song. She always brought it back home to the church. She showed that God was really in her.” The folks in the audience cheered as if this man had said something profound. But little did they know how wrong they were.
PICK ONE OR THE OTHER
Joshua 24:15 ESV “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
The scriptures makes it very clear that we cannot serve two masters; we will love one and hate the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. (Matthew 6:24) In view of this let’s examine what the man said about the deceased singer. He said that though she sung Rock N Roll music at her concerts she always sung at least one gospel song. And this showed that God was really in her. First of all do you know how and why Rock N Roll Music was created? It was created by witches to get Christians to put spells on themselves. Yes, that’s what I said. And I hope you think what I said is so crazy you’ll do your own investigation to prove me wrong. The evidence shows that Rock N Roll music was created by witches and wizards. And it was created for the sole purpose of putting spells on (influencing) Christians. These magicians found out that if you set certain words (spells) to a catchy tune like Rock N Roll music, and have the listeners sing or repeat phrases over and over to themselves (what we today call the chorus or the hook to a song but what witches call a chant or incantation), you can get people to put spells on themselves. Clever indeed!
If all this is true (which I hope you will research for yourself) how can anybody who produces or performs any genre of music that does this to people be pleasing to God? Think of popular songs you know. What are the choruses or hooks to those songs really saying? What influence do the music and words have on people? Who’s music do you listen to? What do these artist have you chanting to yourself? Are you singing or rapping phrases that subconsciously or consciously draw you closer to God, or further away from Him? Are these words and phrases really getting into your subconscious, OR YOUR SOUL? You bet your butt they are. People are being influenced for evil and casting spells on themselves through popular music without even knowing it. Clever indeed!
For rock solid proof of this look up a man named, “John Todd.” Lot’s of info about Him is circulating on Youtube and social media these days. It’s true you can’t believe everything you see or hear on social media. But listen to what he has to say and decide for yourself. There you will find John Todd’s testimony regarding how he was a very high level wizard (male witch) in a very powerful family. He later became a Christian and spilled the beans. His story is super interesting. Mr. Todd was a very high level music executive in the music industry too. He spills the beans on that as well. You will be amazed to hear what he says really goes on behind closed doors in the music world with recording artists and the many songs we love (or loved) and listen to. To get an insider’s view on what really happens in Satan’s music industry look up John Todd.
YOU LIKE ORANGE JUICE?
I like orange juice. And many of you do too. But if I gave you a whole gallon of OJ and put just one drop of poison in it, would you drink it? No way! So can we mix a whole lot of God with just a little bit of satan, or a whole lot of good with just a little bit of evil and it’s all ok? NO WAY! And back to music; there is overwhelming evidence that music has an effect on people’s moods and attitudes good or bad, even years after certain songs they’ve listened to. Any recording artist regardless of what genre of music they produce is not in the right for making music that induces people to sin, or put spells on themselves. This evil is not excused just because they sing a gospel song here or there or many of them.
James 3:10-12 NET “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. 3:11 A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? 3:12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water.”
GOD SAYS this duality thing; this playing both sides of the field is garbage! And back to music again; we (the consumers of music) are not right when we listen to music that we know promotes Satan’s agenda, then we turn around and listen to gospel music too. We are trying to eat from the table of demons and the table of the Lord. And the Lord says, “NO WAY!”
Revelation 3:15-16 NET “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! 3:16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth!”
Being in between; straddling the fence, wishy-washy, double-minded, and not taking a firm stand for righteousness gets Jesus’ indictment of, “Guilty!” Don’t be fooled into believing you can have both sides: light and darkness. In God there is only light, and no darkness at all. And it’s the same for those who are truly in Him:
1 John 1:5-7 NIV “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: GOD IS LIGHT; IN HIM THERE IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NIV “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or WHAT FELLOWSHIP CAN LIGHT HAVE WITH DARKNESS?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”  Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”  And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Come out from them and be separate God says! WHAT FELLOWSHIP CAN LIGHT HAVE WITH DARKNESS? There is no yin and yang, no intermingling of the two, no such thing as spiritual duality. It’s a hoax. It is literally impossible for light and darkness to dwell together. Satan’s lie is that they can.
Matthew 6:6:22-23 KJV “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Jesus says you’re filled with only one or the other; light or darkness, you can’t have both. And if the light in you– or what you’re portraying as light–is really darkness, then how great or deep the dark side is in you.
Hebrews 11:13-16 NET “These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. 11:14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 11:15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 11:16 But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” This place is not our home. How many of us are convinced of that? When you’re going on a trip you pack your clothes and other items you need. But do you try to take everything you own with you? Of course not. That would be ridiculous. I believe our existence here on earth is similar. Why do I believe this? Because it is stated in God’s word that we like Jesus Christ are not from here:
John 8:23 KJV “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.”
John 17:14-16 KJV “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD.”
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Romans 8:29 NIV “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
1 John 4:6 NIV “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
1 John 4:7 KJV “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”
Yes, God foreknew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb. And those of us who live a life of Love are born of God and know Him. (1 John 4:8) Just as Jesus is not from this evil world neither are we. Like Him we are passing through.
We need to imitate Jesus’ resolute determination while on earth. He was focussed on fulfilling His mission and going back home to be with the Father. He didn’t let sight seeing down here get the better of Him. Our enemy Satan hopes we get distracted here. He wants us to miss out on what he will never have; heaven, living eternally in the presence of the Lord. He knows how real heaven is. Hence he tries to make living on earth look like the best thing ever. He’s convinced some to even believe that heaven doesn’t exist, and that there is no hell. This life is all there is he tells them. Live it up while you can. Or he sells them some other fake afterlife dream.
FEEL LIKE YOU DON’T BELONG?
1 Peter 2:11 KJV “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”
How liberating and exciting it can be when one learns he/she is a pilgrim here; a sojourner. When one finds out their true self exists is in Christ it can be a bit overwhelming. The Bible says our lives are hidden in Christ. (Colossians 3:3) Truly recognizing this can cause everything from feelings of joy to fear.
1 Peter 2:9 HCSB “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises, of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
I know some of us don’t think of ourselves as belonging to a special race, or see ourselves as part of a royal priesthood, a holy nation, or even a special possession belonging to God. But that’s exactly what the Bible says we are. We who believe in Jesus Christ are not of this world. We’re literally from God. This is not our home. But we have work to do while we are here.
HE WILL DO IT
Have you ever asked yourself, “How am I gonna do that?” when it pertained to something God wanted you to do? You’re not alone. I remember when I first believed in the Lord and there was something He made known to me he wanted me to do. At first I was excited and honored that Almighty God chose me for such a task. Then I became afraid; thinking, “How am I gonna do that?” It worried me for some time. As the years rolled by I learned that you and I aren’t really doing anything. It is God who does it all through us. We just have to have a willing heart to be used by Him. We just have to be obedient. Then God will do the rest. We can’t do a single thing on our own when it comes to God. And it’s a good thing that we recognize this. But not so good if it drives us to morbid fear, and causes us to run away from what God is calling us to do. Instead of fearing failing God, or what we can and cannot do, lets take our eyes off of ourselves and put our focus and trust in our Almighty God, who wills in us to do and to act according to His good purpose:
Philippians 1:6 KJV “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 2:13 NIV “For IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Ephesians 2:10 AMP “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above–spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”
See? God planned (ordained) long ago to use us all in special ways. He even set the paths we would take in order to accomplish His will. It has nothing to do with our natural abilities, worldly education, social status, etcetera. But has everything to do with His love and good pleasure. Everything we have and are, even our purpose in life comes from God. So we shouldn’t fear being able to accomplish what God wants us to do. It pleased Him LONG AGO to choose us and use us. WOW! God WILL DO His good work through us all! We just have to stay focused on Him and His ALMIGHTY POWER, not on ourselves.
John 15:4-5 NIV “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, YOU WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT; apart from me you can do nothing.”
It’s almost time to go home y’all. But til then we got work to do. I hope this has encouraged you, and to stay busy in the work of the Lord while we’re still here.
1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Proverbs 24:16 NIV “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”
A businessman was asked why he was so successful. He basically answered by saying that he had failed more often than his counterparts. And he accepted failure as part of the process to success. Every time he failed he learned something and added it to his repertoire. If we have the same attitude spiritually we will do well.
Because we are born in sin we all fall short (fail) often:
Romans 3:23 NET “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
But are we learning from our mistakes? If a toddler touches a hot stove they remember it. And will usually stay away from that stove. But how many adults will keep touching hot stoves and don’t care if they get burned? How many think they can make what is wrong right and what is right wrong?
Proverbs 6:28 KJV “Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?”
Instead of making the same stupid mistakes over and over again let failures and setbacks propel you to success. You must do something different in order to get different results. Keep doing the same thing and you will only keep getting the same thing, good or bad. Let’s get into the habit of forming good habits.
I’VE FALLEN BUT I CAN GET UP
One of my greatest heroes in the Bible is David. Not because he slew the giant Goliath. Not because he was a great warrior. Not because he was a great music producer in his day. David is one of my heroes because he knew how to bounce back up when he got knocked down. He never let failure and setbacks get the best of him. And he had some huge disasters. But David learned how to, “Keep on keepin on,” in spite of. His relationship with God taught him this. Once he recognized his faults he switched gears and did something different. If you want an example of grit look up David in the Bible and read his life story. We’ll do even better if we follow his example.
God says that though a righteous person falls seven times they will rise up again. You can’t keep a righteous person down. The spirit of God drives the righteous. And nothing about the spirit of God involves being a quitter. Even when they have sinned they repent and get back up.
This life is filled with daily challenges. Someone is always trying to knock you off your square. Unforseen circumstances pop up. And there are times we just make bad choices. Once you recognize you’re in trouble just fight to get back up. A failure, a setback, even a sin, can be instrumental in catapulting you into a whole new direction in life; a successful one. Be prepared to accept failures and setbacks even sins as part of the process to growing success.
2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”