The Great Mystery

The Great Mystery

Hebrews 6:13-14 NLT “For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying: [14] “I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.”

God told Abraham he would multiply his descendants so much that no one can count them.

Genesis 15:5 KJV “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

What God told Abraham is very significant. We will see why later in this article. I hope it puts a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face when you see that as a believer in Jesus Christ this applies to you.

Abraham was an old man. His wife Sarah was old and barren. But when God promises you something your circumstances do not matter. Though Abraham and his wife Sarah were childless and well beyond childbearing years they did have a son named Isaac. He was a miracle baby. Isaac also later bore children who also bore children who also had children etcetera. These descendants all became known as the great nation of Israel. There was so many of them they were compared to the sands on a seashore. (1 Kings 4:20) But when God told Abraham that he would multiply his seed or offspring he was talking about something much more than this. Learning about and knowing this hidden mystery is super encouraging to all who believe in Jesus Christ today. What we’re about to discuss may affect you in ways you’ve never considered before. Lets see.

WHO REALLY ARE ABRAHAM’S DESCENDANTS?

Galatians 3:29 NIV “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Did you hear that? If you belong to Jesus Christ YOU ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED or descendants God says! And are heirs according to God’s promise. But wait a minute, “I thought that only Jews were the true descendants of Abraham since Abraham was a Jew?” This is what many say. But lets listen to what God’s word says:

Romans 2:28-29 KJV “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”

Whoa! God says being a jew outwardly does not make you a jew. But being one INWARDLY does. And this is an operation done on a person’s heart, not the flesh. This is done in the spirit. Wow! No wonder this is a great mystery. Because being a true jew has nothing to do with the obvious: your physical lineage. It is accomplished by God’s Holy Spirit, through belief in Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3:7-9 ESV “Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “IN YOU SHALL ALL THE NATIONS BE BLESSED.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”

There it is again: ANYONE, whether jew or Gentile who has the faith (in Jesus Christ) are the real true sons and daughters of Abraham.

Now that we’ve established who Abraham’s descendants really are why is this so encouraging? First of all we know that God is not a racist who blesses only one group of people like some say He is. ANYONE can be saved. But it gets even better than that.

WHERE ARE WE IN HISTORY

Remember the promise God made to Abraham, “I will multiply your descendants BEYOND NUMBER,” and, “In you shall ALL THE NATIONS be blessed,” as we fast forward to the future and read Revelation chapter 7:

Revelation 7:9-12 KJV “After this I beheld, and, lo, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS [sounds familiar?], and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; [10] And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. [11] And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, [12] Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

Look at this great multitude that NO ONE CAN COUNT, FROM ALL NATIONS, with all the other spirit beings praising God in heaven! This is what God was mainly talking about when he told Abraham long ago, “I will multiply your descendants BEYOND NUMBER,” and, “In you shall ALL THE NATIONS be blessed.” All these people in Revelation 7 are in heaven and victorious. Their sins are forgiven. They have conquered Satan and his beasts. They are Abraham’s true descendants!

It doesn’t matter if a person is a Jew, an African, an American, an African American, Latino, British, Indian, Russian, Asian, etcetera. As long as they have faith in Jesus Christ they are Abraham’s true seed. THIS IS THE GREAT MYSTERY: “CHRIST IN YOU.” And this is accomplished by God’s spirit. It has nothing to do with the flesh, or what’s on the outside. What a great mystery indeed!

Colossians 1:26-27 KJV “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: [27] To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.”

“WHO ARE THEY AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?”

Revelation 7:13-15 KJV “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? [14] And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. [15] Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.”

One of the elder spirits asked John in the vision, ‘Who are these and where did they come?’ referring to those before God’s throne which no man could count from all the nations. John didn’t know. Then the spirit told him, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” In places like Matthew 24, Mark chapter 13, and Luke 21, Jesus spoke of a time of tribulation or great suffering that would come on the earth before his return. These victorious descendants of Abraham are those who endured and came out of that tribulation. If you read Matthew 24, Mark 13, or Luke 21, you will undoubtedly see that we are presently in the time Jesus spoke about and His return is near. Hence these glorious ones we see in Revelation 7 before the throne of God are you and me if we endure and keep our faith to the end. We will have the magnificent privilege of serving God IN HEAVEN FOREVER, and living with Him. 😉

WHY IS THIS SUPER ENCOURAGING?

Remember guys, these who came out of great tribulation in the end times are, “A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN CAN NUMBER?” This means there are way more of us out there than we realize. Yes! We are not alone. Only a few will be saved Jesus said (Matthew 7:13-14) in comparison to everyone who has ever lived, but He also tells us there will be a great throng praising God before his throne in heaven who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb, people that came out of that end time period called, “Great tribulation.” We are not as much the minority as we sometimes think based on God’s word in Revelation chapter 7. There are way more of us out there than the media would also have us believe. But remember who runs the media.

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Conquering Worry

Conquering Worry

Isiah 28:16 ISV “Therefore this is what the LORD God says: “‘Look! I am laying a foundation stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation: Whoever believes firmly will not act hastily.'”

Acting hastily or panicking comes from worry. The person who believes in the precious stone Jesus Christ will not worry. They will wait on the Lord. They will cast their burdens and cares on him knowing he can handle them. When we act out of desperation we are not believing in Jesus Christ. And desperate decisions will always lead to trouble.

Believing in Jesus the Chief cornerstone means we obey his commands. Listen to what Jesus commands about worry:

Matthew 6:25-34 KJV “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? [26] Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? [27] Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? [28] And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: [29] And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [30] Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? [31] Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? [32] (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. [33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [34] Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

WOW!!! There’s the antidote for worry: ‘seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness.’ Jesus promises if we do this everything we need WILL BE GIVEN TO US. Do we believe Him? Will we seek what God wants above what we want or need?

PRAYER WARRIORS OR PRAYER WORRIERS?

I know of people who hide they’re worry by calling themselves, “Prayer Warriors.” They fast and pray publicly. They even pray in tongues for long periods of time publicly. Yet when they come out of these prayer sessions they are still filled with worry. Instead of being prayer warriors they are really PRAYER WORRIERS. And they are going against everything Jesus says.

PRAYING

Matthew 6:5-7 KJV “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are : for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. [6] But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. [7] But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”

FASTING

Matthew 6:16-18 NIV “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. [17] But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, [18] so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

1 Corinthians 14:27-28 KJV “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. [28] But IF THERE BE NO INTERPRETER, LET HIM KEEP SILENCE in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”

1 Corinthians 14:6-9 NLT “Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful. [7] Even lifeless instruments like the flute or the harp must play the notes clearly, or no one will recognize the melody. [8] And if the bugler doesn’t sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle? [9] It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space.”

1 Corinthians 14:23 KJV “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?”

Some think that because of how hard they pray, or that they’ve fasted, or prayed in tongues, etcetera, they can force God’s hand to do exactly what they want. For example, they may have a son, a daughter, or a spouse who they say has strayed from the faith or doesn’t attend church anymore. They believe that by praying and fasting all the time their loved ones will repent. Many aren’t aware that this is not spiritual prayer warfare but is spiritual prayer witchcraft! Yes. Witches do things like these. Witches and wizards believe that by doing certain rituals (even prayers) they can control future events and the fates of others. Those who think like this and call themselves, “prayer warriors,” should become students of God’s word. If they were they would not worry about things so much. They wouldn’t be so obsessed with the lives of others either. These people are really control freaks. God makes it very clear in His word that no amount of rituals, prayers, and fastings can force His hand when it comes to how He deals with us and others:

Ezekiel 18:20 KJV “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

Psalm 49:7 ISV “No man can redeem the life of another, nor can he give to God a sufficient payment for him.”

If we accept what God says in the verses above we will know that no amount of prayer and fasting can force His hand to make someone else repent or do whatever we want them to do. God allows all of us to make our own choice.

Joshua 24:14-15 KJV “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. [15] And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Each one of us are rewarded according to our own iniquity or righteousness God says. People have been falsely taught that they’re intercessory prayers, they’re fasting, their faithful deeds, speaking in tongues, etcetera, are a COVERING for the people they earnestly pray for. They have been tricked into trying to do the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. He is our COVERING! His death and shed blood is the only thing that COVERS us and our sins. He is our high priest and intercessor who intercedes for us before God and for the sins of all mankind. Forgiveness of sins is granted only to those who believe in Jesus and what He did for them when he shed His righteous blood.

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.”

The one that BELIEVES in Jesus will not perish but has eternal life. The scriptures do not say the one who is, “COVERED,” by the prayers and fasting or speaking in tongues of his/her grandmother has eternal life. It didn’t say the one who is, “COVERED,” by the prayers and fasting of their mother or father or brother or sister will not perish. Only those who believe in Jesus the Messiah for themselves will not perish but be saved.

Make no mistake; we should all pray for one another always the Bible says. (Ephesians 6:18) These prayers are very powerful and very effective. (James 5:16-18) But don’t get it twisted either, God never said that intercessory prayers and fasting takes the place of the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He never said that our righteousness, our prayers, are a, “COVERING,” or can REDEEM another. This is false teaching. In fact He says the very opposite, “No man can redeem the life of another!” (Psalm 49:7 ISV) What Jesus did on THE CROSS IS THE TRUE COVERING, the only sacrifice for our sins. To practice fasting and praying or speaking in tongues to do this is practicing witchcraft! It is heresy! And many need to repent from it.

Each individual must accept JESUS THE TRUE COVERING for his/her sins in order to be saved. Accepting this truth keeps us from excessively worrying about the salvation of others. Some of our true brethren have fallen down or backslidden. But they will get back up again. But some who have fallen away never belonged to us in the first place:

1 John 2:19 KJV “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

The truth conquers worry. The truth sets us free. Let’s always pray for one another. God commands this. (Ephesians 6:18) But lets not obsessively worry about each other, or anything. Worry is not God’s will. Worry says we are not trusting God. And lastly Jesus told us that worry can not change anything. (Matthew 6:27)

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Casting Spells

Casting Spells

Numbers 23:13-26 KJV “And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence. [14] And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar. [15] And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the Lord yonder. [16] And the Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus. [17] And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken? [18] And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: [19] God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it ? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? [20] Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. [21] He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. [22] God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. [23] SURELY THERE IS NO ENCHANTMENT AGAINST JACOB, NEITHER IS THERE ANY DIVINATION AGAINST ISRAEL: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! [24] Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain. [25] And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all. [26] But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the Lord speaketh, that I must do?”

Guys, casting spells is real. It’s not just something you see on TV or read about in books as entertainment. King Balak of Moab had a problem. His neighbors the Israelites were growing and prospering. Balak feared one day they would overtake his kingdom. So what did he do? The same thing powerful people and kings today do when they fear certain groups of people: he hired the most powerful person he could find to put a curse (cast a spell) on God’s people Israel.

As the scriptures above state God was with His people as they were faithfully with Him. Hence no amount of spell casting, divination, witchcraft, etcetera could work against them. They were blessed. Do we see just how powerful living in obedience to God is? This was one of Israel’s good moments in God. They were living faithfully to their Lord! Whenever they obeyed God He fought all their battles and destroyed their enemies. Wouldn’t you like to have that same kind of protection and assurance from God in this wicked world today? Then be faithful to God. Don’t play games with Him. Love Him with all your whole heart, all your mind, and all your soul. This is God’s greatest commandment:

Matthew 22:36-40 NET “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 22:38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 22:39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 22:40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Obedience is truly better than sacrifice. And rebellion is the same as the sin of witchcraft. (1 Samuel 15:22-23) This is why those who rebel against God are susceptible to the influence of witchs, wizards, etcetera. Their power comes from the Devil. But for those who obey God, ‘there is no enchantment or divination against them.’

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Is Jesus Really Your Lord?

Is Jesus Really Your Lord?

Luke 6:46 NIV “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

If I had a dollar for every person I meet who says they’re a Christian but do not study the Bible, I’d have a whole year’s wages.

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

There’s a simple command from God: “Study.” This is one reason why people who claim to know Jesus don’t know Him at all, they do not study His words. All of Jesus words are found in the Bible from the first book of Genesis to the last book called Revelation. Jesus is indeed THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. (John 1:1-2,14)

John 1:14 KJV “And THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

When we say that Jesus is our Lord; our king, and we don’t care to follow His commands, we are liars! It’s one thing to get off course, humbly recognize it, confess our sin, and repent. It’s entirely another thing to be off course (or you never were on course in the first place), and go around saying, “I love the Lord,” “I’m a Christian,” “I’m serious about my relationship with God,” “God’s on my side,” “God knows my heart,” “God is my Father,” etcetera, and you don’t even study God’s word the Bible. ANYONE who does this is DECEIVED!!! How do you know what your, “Father,” is saying to you if you’re not even listening to His words? Oh, I forgot, ‘God knows your heart.’ You’re right, he does know it. Listen to what he says about the human heart:

Jeremiah 17:9 KJV “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Yes, God knows your and my heart alright! He knows how deceitful and desperately wicked it is, ABOVE ALL THINGS! Do you and I know this? Do we know how much our hearts are deceiving us when we don’t study God’s word? People who have been fooled into thinking they have a good relationship with God but won’t study His words are trusting in themselves; their hearts, their feelings and emotions. No wonder the Bible says the person who trusts in himself (in his own heart) is a fool.

Proverbs 28:26 KJV “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”

HERE’S A SECRET

Let me share a secret with you, a secret that God shared with me: people who have chosen to live for sin can’t stand the Bible (Jesus the living word of God) because it condemns them and their wicked behavior. Who wants to keep reading a book that explains God’s fiery judgment upon them for rejecting Him? On the other hand, the person who has truly dedicated himself/herself to the Father, the person who has truly made Jesus their LORD, loves studying God’s word. Instead of the word condemning them it encourages them. The word gives them comfort. God’s word speaks peace and blessings to those who are dedicated to Him. Jesus Himself said it better this way:

John 3:19-21 KJV “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Jesus is the living word of God! He is the light of the world. Children of darkness hate the light. This is why people who are sold out to darkness and sin cannot study the Bible, properly understand it, or correctly explain it. The Bible and Jesus are one and the same; the true light of this world! God’s living word (Jesus) reproves and exposes all sin and evil in the hopes of getting people to repent and be saved. Those who love sin can’t stand being reproved.

ANOTHER SPECIAL GROUP

Then there’s another special group; people who read the Bible til they’re blue in the face but can’t understand it. (2 Timothy 3:7-8) Because they too love darkness they are misled by Satan into believing they do have proper understanding. They think they have cracked all the secret codes in the Bible. They attempt to explain all the deep secrets and prophesies, but don’t have a clue of what they are talking about. Their knowledge is for show. They love getting into debates about scripture and things of God. They also use God’s word to control people. They are false prophets, witches, and wizards, just like Jannes and Jambres who opposed Moses. They are always learning but never coming to an accurate knowledge of the truth. And some of us listen to them regularly on TV, on radio podcasts, through other forms of social media, we read their books, etcetera. But of course we do. We have to! We’re too lazy to obey Jesus command to pick up the word of God and study it for ourselves. So we have to let someone else tell us what it means, and are cursed because of our disobedience. Yes, God let’s us come under a curse by getting hoodwinked through these false prophets and magicians. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12) We and they are headed straight to hell (If we do not repent).

Matthew 15:14 NIV “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

There’s another command from our, “LORD,” Jesus. He says to leave the false prophets; the blind guides, the fake religious leaders. And he guarantees us that when we follow a blind guide BOTH OF US WILL FALL INTO THE PIT!!! Not just the blind guide. Will we obey LORD Jesus? Is he really our Lord? Or will we stay in that false church and keep listening to those blind guides because that’s where our family and friends are? Or that’s where our business relationships are? Hmmmmm. Is Jesus really your Lord?

BE A BEREAN

Acts 17:11 KJV “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

These folks who lived in Berea were noble God said. Why? Because they readily received the message about Jesus preached by the apostle Paul? NO! Because THEY PICKED UP THEIR SCRIPTURES D A I L Y to see if what Paul said was true or not! They used the scriptures as their reference point (not pastor Paul’s words). The Bereans didn’t do what many do today; “MY PASTOR SAID such and such and such ….”

Just so happens what Paul preached matched the scriptures verbatim. But how would the Bereans know this if they never studied the scriptures for themselves? Do you and I use the Bible as our reference point for EVERYTHING people say about God? If we do we are wise and noble too. But if we eat up like spaghetti what people tell us about God and don’t check the Bible to see if it’s true we are being foolish. Some of us are being plain stupid because we know better. We’re just too lazy to study the scriptures for ourselves. And some of us are just plain phony if we say we are believers but don’t study God’s word. We hate God and we know it. But we want others around us to think we are Christians. If we are guilty of any of these we need to repent before it is too late!

I’ll share another secret with you God shared with me: many who claim to be Christians have never been born again in the first place. They will tell you the reason they don’t read the Bible is because they’ve backslidden. But that’s a lie. Many of them have never front-slidden. They’ve never received Jesus Christ in their life. It’s been all a show for them. They’ve never had a hunger for God’s word. They’ve never studied His words on a regular basis or tried to obey His commandments. And these wicked people call themselves Christians.

You cannot obey God’s greatest commandment to love–let alone love your enemies–and not be a student of God’s word. This is hard even for those who study the Bible everyday. You cannot forgive others. You will not be able to follow Jesus commands about lust, idolatry, greed, etcetera, and not be a student of Christ. You don’t have what it takes to do so; God’s word is not stored in your heart:

Psalm 119:11 KJV “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Until we make an honest commitment to God; to live for Him, we will not study His words. Hence we will never have the power it takes to obey Him. Guys if this is you please repent. Please commit your life to God and let Him renew your mind and give you a new spirit. Pray to Him like David did:

Psalm 51:9-10 KJV “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. [10] Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

God will respond:

Ezekiel 11:19 NIV “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

Don’t be one of the folks in the next verse below. When Jesus returns they will be utterly shocked. Why? Because they thought they had a relationship with God only to find out they were living in lah lah land the whole time. They played with God so much throughout life that He cursed them, causing them to believe their lie:

Matthew 7:21-23 NIV “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. [22] Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ [23] Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”

Luke 6:46 NIV “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

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