Trust God

Trust God

Philippians 4:6-7 CSB “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

There’s a certain peace unlike any other that comes over us when we trust God. When we recognize, “I’m weak, I can’t save myself, all I can do is trust God,” something happens. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) When there’s no money to trust in, no friends to trust in, no human ingenuity to trust in, you can still trust God. None of those things are as trustworthy as God.

When we ask God for what we need we mustn’t forget to THANK HIM for who He is and what He has already done (and will do Mark 11:24). Then the peace of God WILL guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Then worry is destroyed.😊 We learn just how powerful our God is.

Having inner peace and not falling prey to the Devil is our guarantee for trusting in God.😊 I don’t know about you but I need God more than food, more than clothe, more than a place to stay, etcetera. I know many of you feel the same way. And many of you are facing challenges in your lives regarding these things too. Let us then trust God and see His mighty hand at work in our behalf. He may not answer us when we want or in ways we expect, but He will care for our every need. He promises to do that for us and it’s impossible for our God to lie. (Matthew 6:33 Hebrews 6:18) At the very least (or the very best) God will give us His peace.😊 Without God’s peace you don’t have anything.🤔

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The Power Of Faith

The Power Of Faith 👑

Revelation 2:10 KJV “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou FAITHFUL unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

When a person really believes in a cause he/she is willing to risk their lives for it. Man achieves great heights (and lows) when he believes what he’s doing is right. And his cause can be dead wrong.😳 It’s sheer belief that gives humans courage to face danger and fear. How blessed are those whose beliefs and cause is righteous!😊 How blessed are they who through faith face danger, fear, difficulty, and in the name of Jesus conquer them! 👑 For he/she shall receive the crown of life.

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Can You Be Deceived To Take The Mark?🤔

Can You Be Deceived To Take The Mark?🤔

Revelation 19:20 KJV “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which HE DECEIVED THEM THAT HAD RECEIVED THE MARK of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

The Bible clearly says, “YES!” people are deceived into taking the Mark. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) For those who still find what is written here hard to accept and others who may like some encouragement on this subject let us reason please:

Genesis 3:1-5 KJV “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? [2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. [4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: [5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

1 Timothy 2:14 KJV “And Adam was not deceived, but THE WOMAN BEING DECEIVED was in the transgression.”

Eve knew she was not to eat from the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden (she quoted the command to the serpent) yet she was DECEIVED into taking it and eating it anyway.😳 Some folks think being deceived only means when you do something wrong you don’t know is wrong. They view ignorance and deception as synonymous. Yes, that is one way you can be deceived, but it’s not the only way as Eve’s situation shows. We can also know fully well what we are not supposed to do and yet be tricked into doing it anyway just like Eve was. It happens to people everyday:

James 1:14-16 CSB “But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desire. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. DON’T BE DECEIVED, my dear brothers and sisters.”

The Bible clearly tells us how we all get deceived and in turn sin. We are dragged away and enticed by our own evil desires. The desire for something we want becomes bigger in our hearts than what God commands. Once it’s allowed to grow sin is born, and when sin is fully grown death results. Sadly many are going to do this as foretold when it comes to the mark. And according to Revelation 19:20 they were indeed deceived. God never said a person is deceived only when they are ignorant that what they are doing is wrong.

A MISUNDERSTANDING

So why do some say, “You can’t be deceived into taking the Mark,” when the Bible clearly says those who received it were deceived? (Revelation 19:20) One reason is they are misunderstanding this scripture:

Revelation 13:16-17 KJV “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to RECEIVE a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: [17] And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

The word RECEIVE in the above passage in the Greek means to give someone something they take or accept of one’s own accord. Basically they agree to receive what you’re giving them. This is why some believe that you cannot be tricked into taking the mark of the beast because, if you agree to take it how were you tricked? And the answer to that is: the same way Eve was deceived and she agreed to take it (the forbidden fruit). Eve accepted the offer to take the fruit that was forbidden willingly, of her own accord? Yes, and the Bible says she was deceived.

By listening to the serpent evil desire was stirred up in Eve. She was then dragged away and enticed by those desires though she knew full well God’s command concerning that tree. The same thing happens today with us. Let me ask you this: when was the last time the Devil influenced you to do evil and gave you all the facts; the pros and cons about your choice to sin? NEVER! So why would you expect this tiger to change his stripes when it comes to the mark and not deceive you?🤔 Satan is a liar. Lying is all he does. (John 8:44)

PLEASE DO NOT FEAR

Don’t be afraid dear brother/sister that you will somehow receive the mark of the beast by accident and be doomed forever. If we are genuinely serving our Father He will let us know what it is.😊 Even if someone were to hold you down forcefully against your will and make you take something you knew was wrong, did you RECEIVE it? No! Did you take it willingly? NO! You did not. You’re not guilty if someone rapes you. They are. Remember all those who RECEIVE the mark; which means they took it of their own accord, are in big trouble the Bible says. (Revelation 14:9-11) Let us only be concerned that we do not be dragged away and enticed by our own evil desires when it comes to this thing like Eve was. Let us be prayerful that we are not tricked into doing what we know to be wrong because of fear, or any other reason. The Devil didn’t hold Eve down against her will and shove the forbidden fruit in her mouth and make her eat it. Remember, she willingly RECEIVED it of her own volition, and the Bible says she was indeed deceived (1 Timothy 2:14)

If we re-examine Revelation 13:16-17 it may be obvious how many will be deceived into sinning and taking the mark whatever this thing is. There it says: “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark.” What?😳 Can’t Buy? Can’t Sell?😳 Whuddah you mean?😳 Can’t buy anymore technology toys? No more new clothes?😳 Can’t go shopping, period? Can’t pay rent? Can’t buy food? That means I’m facing starvation and homelessness? What about my kids?😳 Can’t Sell anything? Not permitted to have or start my own business to provide for myself and my family? Can’t buy, can’t sell? That means I’m totally shut out of the economic system!😳

PRESSURE INDEED🤔

If we cave in to such pressures (as real as they are) and deny God our Father by doing anything he strictly forbids to save ourselves have we not been dragged away, enticed, and also deceived?🤔

Mark 8:34-38 KJV “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. [35] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. [36] For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? [37] Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? [38] Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

There’s no reason to fear beloved. Remember that when you feel fearful, and pray for strength. Our Father sees this whole mess. He told us it was going to happen before it did. He’s in full control. Do you see why God tells us we must surrender ALL for Him?🤔 Like never before it is time to keep the faith! ‘Hold on to what you have!’ (Revelation 3:11) You have eternal life and fellowship with God our Father!😊

In school when the test comes when the pop quiz comes up only those who have not been studying are caught off guard. Only they are so nervous from fear alone they fail. But those who have been studying and preparing themselves are ready.😊 It doesn’t mean the test won’t be hard, but they’re ready. They are like the 5 wise virgins who took extra oil for their lamps when they went to meet the bridegroom. But the 5 foolish virgins are not ready. And the fear of knowing the door is shut and they are left behind is unbearable. These were deceived like Eve. (2 Corinthians 11:3) May we not be in that number. May we be among those who gain the victory over the beast and his mark:😊

Revelation 15:1-4 KJV “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. [2] And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. [3] And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. [4] Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”

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