Anger, Joy, Where Do They Live?

Anger, Joy, Where Do They Live?

Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

Anger lives in the lap of fools, plain and simple. People who are always huffing and puffing are fools. Anger LIVES with them! Do we really hear what God is saying? Do we see why He says not to befriend an angry person? Because we’re befriending a fool. And we are associating with their anger too, which will ensnare us:

Proverbs 22:24-25 KJV “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: PRO22:25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”

Proverbs 14:16 KJV “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.”

A wise Person runs from evil. On the contrary a fool is always raging, and is confident or secure in their anger. They wear anger like a garment and believe it protects them. They do not see how they’re temper causes them to fall.

WHERE DOES GOD’S WRATH LIVE?

John 3:36 KJV “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM.”

The wrath of God lives (abides) with those who do not believe in Jesus Christ.

REVELATION 6:14-17 “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. REV6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; REV6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: REV6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Regardless of social status God’s wrath will be felt by the wicked. But there will be no place to hide. The underground cities, bunkers, and secret places in the caves will not be able to save them.

I once heard a young lady/preacher talk to a group of folks. She was putting in a plug for her new book she had written. She sounded much like these fluffy self-help prosperity preachers bragging on her own efforts etcetera. Then she told the audience of over 100 people, “God is not angry with you.” She kept repeating this phrase. I happen to know that the people she was talking to were not all repentant, born again, believers in Jesus Christ. These are the only ones who are saved from God’s wrath the Bible says. (Romans 1:18 5:9 1Thesselonians 1:10 5:9 John 3:17-21)

God’s word clearly says that, GOD’S WRATH ABIDES, or is always present, or stays with, or lives among those who do not believe in His only begotten son Jesus. This lady/preacher was only tickling the crowds ears and promoting herself and her book. They loved having their ears tickled of course. (2 Timothy 4:3 Isaiah 30:10-11) And as a side benefit the lady’s church group was going to feed the crowd a hot meal after the so-called church service was over. Hmmmm.

Let’s work hard and pray that more people will accept God’s love through Jesus Christ so that they can really be saved from God’s wrath. (Matthew 9:35-38)

WHERE DOES JOY LIVE?

Happiness is circumstances based. Joy is the peace of God that exceeds all circumstances and all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7) Joy is a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit! (Galatians 5:22) Hence it is not hindered by low human circumstances, just as God is higher than all and not impeded by human issues. Joy lives in the heart of those who trust God.

Ever heard someone say, “This person is going through such and such, how can they be so happy?” The answer to that question is JOY, which is given to the heart and mind that is stayed or steadfast on the LORD. These people are set on doing God’s will, and God protects/guards their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. They don’t have time to throw pity parties because of their circumstances. They’re focus is on The Lord. Not on how bad things are.

Isaiah 26:3 KJV “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

So, which would you rather have? Who would you like to live with? Anger? God’s wrath? Or Joy?

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What Will We Do?

What Will We Do?

Revelation 14:11-13 KJV “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. [12] Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. [13] And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

There’s some tough times ahead brothers and sisters. Yes, things on earth will get worse than they already are. And here is where the patient endurance of God’s saints comes in. God’s true servants will keep their faith in The Lord and keep God’s commandments til the end. But it will become harder and harder to do so. There are great woes coming, the likes that mankind has never seen. And many deceptions that could sway even the brightest saint if not for God’s protection through Jesus:

Matthew 24:24 KJV “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Jude 1:24-25 KJV “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, [25] To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

Soon people will be scrambling to receive the mark of the beast, but we will say, “NO!” That’s what we will do. Those who say, “Yes,” to the beast, and worship his image, and take the mark of his name never belonged to Christ in the first place. Their names are not written in The Lambs Book Of Life:

Revelation 13:8 KJV “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

1 John 2:19 NET “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.”

Matthew 24:10 NIV “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,”

This defection or apostasy is going on right now. But it will certainly be in effect when people can not buy (food and goods) or sell (conduct business); when they are economically screwed unless they worship the beast, and his image, and receive the mark of his name.

Revelation 13:16 “He also caused everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 13:18 This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, and his number is 666.”

So you see the vast majority; “EVERYONE,” the scripture says, including many who claim to be Christians will openly turn their backs on God and worship the beast because they want to be able to buy and sell things. They want to live. But as Jesus says:

Luke 17:33 KJV “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”

Revelation 14:11 KJV “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Those who worship the beast and receive his mark will suffer ETERNAL TORMENT in the lake of fire. They have no rest day or night. They can’t even take a nap so as to forget their pain momentarily. Those who refuse to worship the beast and choose to worship God alone, even if it means the loss of everything including their lives, have ETERNAL LIFE!

Revelation 14:9-10 KJV “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, [10] The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”

Matthew 19:29 KJV “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit EVERLASTING LIFE!”

The choices are clear. And every individual’s stance will be made even more clear as these last days wind down to this satanic mark of the beast. Repentance is impossible for those who take the mark. They are ETERNALLY DAMNED! This is so serious!!!! What will we do? Let us pray that we all will be able to survive all these things.

Luke 21:36 KJV “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

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It’s All A Game

It’s All A Game

Ecclesiastes 5:10 KJV “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity”

When we see rich folks today escpecially in the media they may seem to be happy, so content. “No worries,” is their lot so it seems. But is that the truth? What does God’s word say? God says that a lover of money (and most people including the rich are lovers of money) are not satisfied. They are not content. It’s a sham. It’s all a game. Who do you believe; God, or what the media shows you?

Why would rich people pretend to be happy when they’re not? Pride. Many of them won’t admit their money didn’t bring them the fulfilling life they sought after. Some think the answer must be getting more money. But this is just like being on drugs; always seeking that perfect high, always wanting more. Countless horror stories have been told of the rich and famous. These prove that money doesn’t bring happiness and contentment. Actually the more rich they became the more problems they had. But more importantly we know that wealth doesn’t bring contentment because God’s word says it.

Mark 8:36 KJV “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

There’s the real endgame behind seeking riches; your soul. Most rich people will do and have done anything under the sun to obtain wealth. And in the process have lost their own souls. How tragic! Jesus says if you gain all the riches in the whole world but lose your soul you have not profited at all. So their must be something about the soul that makes it more valuable than anything else! And the game is to trick you and me into believing that it’s worthless, that pursuing money is the most important thing at the neglect of our own soul. And who’s game is this that many are playing? Let’s let his own words answer:

Matthew 4:8 NET “Again, THE DEVIL took him [Jesus] to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. 4:9 And he said to him [Jesus], “I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship me.”

All righty then! Now we’re gettin to the nitty gritty! The Devil showed Jesus ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD (before modern TV was invented by the way) and all their rich splendor. Then he made Jesus an offer, ‘I’ll give it all to you; the world and all it’s riches, if you worship me.’ But Jesus didn’t play the Devil’s game. He flat out refused Satan’s offer. (Matthew 4:10) No wonder Satan has programmed people to hate Jesus so much. A narcissist hates being told, “No.”

Did you notice in the verse above the Devil told Jesus the prerequisite to obtaining these worldly riches is, ‘You must fall down and worship me?’ That’s what’s in it for the vain Devil; he has a God complex. He loves being worshipped. Do you think that Jesus is the only person he made this offer to? Of course not. Just the most important person he made the offer to. And Jesus flat out refused. Satan is a control freak. In order to be a big shot in this world you must come under his absolute control and be used for his sick ends.

After rejecting the evil ones offer, and living faithful to God unto death, Jesus was resurrected, and now sits at the right hand of Almighty God in heavenly glory FOREVER! ALL POWER in THE WHOLE UNIVERSE including Satan and his minions are under Jesus’ authority. (Matthew 28:18) I’d say Jesus came out a whole lot better doing it God’s way instead of selling out for money and fame, wouldn’t you?

God grants riches too. So we’re not saying that every rich person to ever live was a satanist. What the Bible shows is THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD must bow down to the Devil for their riches. Many of them know it, have done it, and make no qualms about it. They just want the money, the power, and the fame. It doesn’t matter to them who they have to worship in order to get it. But little do they know once they leave here (earth) there’s no undoing what they have done if they do not repent. They’ve lost their souls! ETERNITY for them will be unimaginably miserable! That’s why I’m urging anyone who’s having second thoughts about this to repent. It’s not worth it. Eternity in the pit in no way compares to a few fleeting moments of pleasure with riches now. It’s temporary and ends fast. But the lake of fire is ETERNAL. The suffering never ends.

Let’s say you have already sold your soul in a ritual of sorts and want to get out. Don’t believe that you can’t and God won’t forgive you. He can and will. There are witches and wizards who are leaving behind they’re life of fear and becoming set free by Jesus Christ everyday. I know of some who sold their souls and did many hideous things, but they repented, and God set them free from the power of evil spirits who often posed as good spirit guides. He [God] gave them new life in Jesus Christ. Now they are truly happy and content.

The Devil is a deceiver. His main weapon is fear. And all witches/wizards experience lots of fear. It’s the controlling mechanism to keep you from ever leaving that life. “What you seen happen to others will happen to you if you ever leave,” etcetera. Satan knows that if you truly come to Jesus Christ YOU ARE SAFE! You’ve beat him at his own game. So he will do everything in his power to intimidate you and cause you to believe your soul is His forever, when this never was the case. All souls belong to God. He never owned your soul to begin with. He just makes folks think he does. What a liar! God says:

Ezekiel 18:4 KJV “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

You can break away from the power of darkness. Jesus is the way. Cry out to Him and repent. He will forgive you. His love and mercy is that great. 😉

Don’t follow the plight of those who trade their souls for a short time of pleasure and fame. Don’t play the Devil’s game.

1 Timothy 6:8-10 NET “But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that. 6:9 Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains.”

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They Must Argue

Titus 3:9 NET “But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the law, because they are useless and empty.”

They Must Argue

Let me share with you something the Holy Spirit shared with me: there are people in this life who must cause strife and argue. Why? Because of pride, plain and simple. Pride makes people stir up trouble, and pride causes others to feel they must respond to strife by arguing. There is this contention for superiority. A fight to prove who knows the most, or who is right. It’s all useless.

Here’s a interesting scenario: two people are talking about God, they are in agreement and are encouraging one another. Then someone jumps into their conversation and ask a controversial question. Maybe it’s a question about the law, or genealogies, etcetera. Usually the person asking the question doesn’t really want an answer. They just want to spew their own ideas and start an argument. Their phony question was just a ploy to get the attention of those who were encouraging each another, and hopefully throw them into confusion. Satan and his minions do this all the time. It’s really a magic trick.

What would you do if you were in that situation; that is the one being asked the question (or questions), and you can clearly see the questioner only wants to argue? Titus 3:9 says, “But AVOID foolish controversies, genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the law, because they are useless and empty.” (NET) God tells us to AVOID the argument all together. DON’T PROVE ANYTHING TO THEM!!! But what do we see so often by those claiming to be Christians? Arguments; people fighting to prove their points or how much they know. We see self-righteousness.

If someone claims to be a Christian and is always fighting with people over religious issues their profession is a lie. There are so many scriptures in the Bible where we are told not to quarrel. Proverbs is full of them. How can we ignore all these commands from God throughout His word and call ourselves believers?

2 Timothy 2:24-26 NIV “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. [25] Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, [26] and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

Jesus teaches love not quarreling which is pride and hatred. People who feel they must prove themselves or what they know through arguing are motivated by pride. They don’t know the power of not responding to everything people throw at them and simply ignoring stuff sometimes. We must instruct opponents gently the Bible says (when we can). But if they are stiff-necked and only want to argue we are not commanded to instruct them. We’re actually commanded to do the opposite. We’ll get to more of that later.

If only people knew just how glorious in the sight of God are those who desist from arguing?

Proverbs 20:3 NET “It is an honor for a person to cease from strife, but every fool quarrels.”

DON’T TALK IT WALK IT

I know a man who can quote the Bible better than most. He can take you up and down the law of Moses and the genealogy of the children of Israel with pinpoint accuracy. He speaks God’s word forcefully and eloquently. Yet every time I see him he’s in an argument with someone over the Bible. Yes, as the Bible says, ‘Knowledge puffs up but love builds up.’ (1 Corinthians 8:1) This man is filled with pride. He never builds anyone up. He’s always judging and condemning others (tearing them down), and showing off what he knows (or what he thinks he knows). I once heard him tell a guy he was arguing with he would kill him yelling at the top of his voice. Security had to restrain him from getting physical. I’ve seen this same man get escorted by security out of another facility for the same thing. But boy can he quote the scriptures! None of this matters though if he/we don’t have love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) And God calls him/us a fool for arguing so much. (Proverbs 20:3 Ecclesiastes 7:9) I hope he/we repents.

“HEY WAIT!”

I never read in the Bible where Jesus ran behind people saying, “Hey wait!” and then shoved His teaching down their throats. Neither should we. In conclusion below are four passages that tell us who we should and should not discuss God’s word with and why. When things start to get heated; when people want to fuss and fight us over our beliefs, or want to have a who knows the most contest, God says to simply leave them alone. If we habitually fight with these people our profession as a Christian is a lie. Because we are not obeying God.

Matthew 7:6 NET “Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.”

Proverbs 9:7-9 NIV “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. [8] Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you [9] Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”

Matthew 10:14 NIV “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”

2 Timothy 2:2 AMP “The things [the doctrine, the precepts, the admonitions, the sum of my ministry] which you have heard me teach in the presence of many witnesses, entrust [as a treasure] to reliable and faithful men who will also be capable and qualified to teach others.”

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