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1 John 2:9-11 KJV “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  HE THAT LOVETH HIS BROTHER abideth in the light, and THERE IS NONE OCCASION OF STUMBLING IN HIM.  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
A believer who loves the brethren is strong. Nothing can make them stumble the Bible says. Nothing!😊 No wonder Jesus’ greatest commandment is love. Love (not hate) makes us powerful. Walking in darkness (hatred) can FEEL very powerful but it’s all an illusion. A professed believer who hates any bretheren is being misled by the Devil. The Bible says he/she is walking in darkness and does not know where they are going because that darkness has blinded their eyes.
Titus 1:16 KJV “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY HATE YOU
If you find yourself hated even by those who claim to be believers remember the Lord said this would happen:
Matthew 24:10-13 KJV “And then shall MANY be offended, and shall BETRAY ONE ANOTHER, and shall HATE ONE ANOTHER.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
What a fight we have! While the MANY around us become offended, betrayers, whose hearts grow cold as ice and hard as stone, we are to grow in the opposite direction: in warm LOVE.😊 Yes, we must be strong enough to swim against the current. Only those who endure to the end; who weather the hatred storm, “the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 14:23-33). So don’t be in awe when this storm comes your way like a hurricane. ⛈ Jesus says it must happen. Going through it to the end is proof that you will be saved.😊
Luke 6:22-23 KJV “BLESSED ARE YE, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.  REJOICE ye in that day, and LEAP FOR JOY: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.”
Those who are hated because of living their faith (NOT JUST PROFESSING IT) will receive the same reward from God as the prophets! What a great company to be in!😊 (Hebrews 12:1-2) I know, the hatred storm doesn’t always feel good or make you wonna rejoice but it is good. It is proving you to be counted worthy of the kingdom of God:
2 Thessalonians 1:4-5 KJV “So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in ALL YOUR PERSECUTIONS AND TRIBULATIONS that ye endure:  Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that YE MAY BE COUNTED WORTHY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, for which ye also suffer:“
A believer who loves the brethren is strong. Nothing can make them stumble the Bible says. Nothing!😊
You obviously love the brethren or you wouldn’t be going through this trial. You are strong though you feel weak. Our faith is not based on our feelings. Feelings are most deceiving. (Jeremiah 17:9) Our faith is based on the written words of God:
Romans 5:3-5 KJV “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJV “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  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.”
We also glory in our tribulations because of what they do for us and in us like Paul. And remember, “When I am weak [feel weak], then am I strong.”😊 It is true that hatred from others can be a cause for FEELING weak. But as we’ve learned as long as we are living a life of brotherly love we are far from weak, we are STRONG!💪 So don’t let your feelings fool you. God’s written word (not our feelings) is what we go by. He says you’re strong in Him. Believe God not your feelings.😊
1 John 2:10 KJV “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and THERE IS NONE OCCASION OF STUMBLING IN HIM.”
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1 Peter 1:22 KJV “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:”
An exclusive relationship; “Just me and God,” may sound good but is that what the Bible teaches? Do we have a relationship only with God? The passage above tells us to love one another with a pure heart FERVENTLY. Is that the kind of love we have for one another? Is our love for each other on fire and intense? Or is it mild or cold? Some sadly believe they can disregard what is written and have an exclusive relationship with God and exclude loving relationships with fellow believers. This is a doctrine from hell:
1 John 4:20 KJV “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
1 John 3:10 KJV “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
1 John 3:14-15 KJV “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
Scripture says no loving relationships with fellow believers equals no relationship with God, period. Don’t let anyone trick you into believing otherwise. Anyone who teaches contrary to this true doctrine is a false teacher. You cannot have God and exclude the brethren. How can anyone read the passages above and say, “I love God,” knowing they have resentment in their hearts towards fellow Christians? Sadly many can.😥 They have been deceived by the darkness:
1 John 2:9-11 KJV “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
1 John 4:12 KJV “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
There it is again: proof that God dwells ONLY in those who love the brethren. They have a true relationship with God. You cannot separate God and fellow believers. They are inseparable. The church is the bride of Christ. Do you really think you can have Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and hate members of his bride? Would you accept someone who shows contempt for your spouse? No.🤔
Jesus ain’t playin when it comes to His bride.😳
There are no exclusive relationships with God, period. If we exclude members of Christ’s body; His bride, for whatever reason, we are really excluding ourselves from the head which is Christ:
1 Corinthians 12:21,25 KJV “And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  That there should be no schism [a split or gap a separation] in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”
There are some among the church who teach it’s ok to have heresies or be a heretick (Titus 3:10-11) and still have God’s favor. Disunion is not of God. It’s of the Devil. REPENT!
2 Peter 2:1 KJV “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
Those who teach it’s ok to create factions, divisions, separations in the church are denying the Lord Jesus that bought them. The Greek word for “denying” in 2 Peter 2:1 means to contradict. How sad that some have been deceived into thinking that divisions in the church are ok. How blind to think that Jesus is on our side when we’re contradicting him by causing divisions, disunion, separations, splits, heresies among God’s people.😪 This is serious! Please repent if you have been doing this. Causing disunity in the body of Christ isn’t worth going to hell FOREVER. You have to really really hate someone to be willing to throw it all away and hold on to that hatred. REPENT! Please don’t be stupid! Repent! Jesus ain’t playin when it comes to His bride.😳 He expects and commands unity among his members.
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James 5:16 NIV “Confess your sins TO EACH OTHER and pray for each other SO THAT YOU MAY BE HEALED. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
This content is designed to help us better see what happened to Judas in the hopes that we will take heed. If at any moment while reading this you see these things happening to yourself I urge you and me to immediately pray to God for forgiveness and repent.😊
Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples who had a secret sin in his life. But he pretended that all was well and good. Basically Judas was living a double life. He used to steal money from the provisions that was set aside for the church’s needs. Some may be thinking, “What does this have to do with me?” “I’m not a thief.” Here’s the answer: My secret sin and your secret sin doesn’t have to be stealing to fall into the same trap Judas fell into. Sin is sin to God. It’s all the same. We may not be getting along with other Christians in our church and pretending that all is well and good. We may be secretly watching pornography and pretending to be pure, holy Christians. We may be secretly getting drunk, or using drugs, or fornicating, or lying, etcetera. In God’s book it’s all the same. It doesn’t matter what the sin is if we are not willing to seek help and confess our sins like God says we are opening ourselves up not only to demonic oppression but also demonic possession.
James 5:16 KJV “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Proverbs 28:13 KJV “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Yes, God did say not only to confess our sins to Him but also to confess them to one another. Yes, this can be embarrassing, even humiliating. But what are we more interested in? Looking good to people? Or pleasing God and getting healed?🤔
IMAGINE BEING JUDAS
Imagine briefly being Judas. You know you have secret sin in your life (no matter what is) yet you’re pretending all is good. You’re in the presence of the holy son of God constantly, daily, where the real word is being preached. At some point this becomes torture. Let’s get one thing straight: all are guilty of sin. We’re not picking on anybody here. And we’re not isolating certain sins over others, sin is sin, it’s all no good to God. But if you and I don’t repent the way God tells us to and get help (confess your sins to one another and pray for one another) at a certain point our hearts will become hardened by sins deceptive power the Bible says. (Hebrews 3:8-13) When a person refuses to repent after hearing warning after warning after warning the Bible says God even hands them over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:28-32) That’s scary.😳
If you are struggling with any sin stop right now and pray to God. Tell God you’re sorry. Beg for his forgiveness. Ask Him to heal you. And seek real brothers and sisters (if just one) to pray for you and confess your sins to one another.
Once a person’s heart becomes hardened by sin encouragement even starts sounding like harsh chastisement. The person who may have once fought for the church begins attacking it. (Matthew 24:45-51) Others simply separate themselves from God’s people or put them out of their Christian fellowship (church meetings) unjustly. (John 16:2-3) There is a just, scriptural reason for not fellowshipping with any who be called brethren and are not living that life. It’s found at 1 Corinthians 5:11-13:
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 KJV “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”
But the reasons listed here are not the reasons why some separate from other brethren. Some separate from one another over personal issues that can be easily handled through obedience. (Colossians 3:13 Matthew 18:15-20) And sadly they have been blinded by the Devil to believe that God is on their side while doing this.😥 Satan may not have literally possessed such a person yet but they are definitely on that path (if they do not repent).
The Bible says at a certain point Satan entered Judas. (Luke 22:2-6) He became possessed by the Devil. After this happened Judas made a pact with the chief priest to betray Jesus. This was a bold move. It takes power to do anything, right? It took power to do this too. Satan supernaturally empowered Judas to betray Jesus. In fact Judas was so emboldened by the Devil that while he betrayed Jesus he kissed him.😳 (Luke 22:47-48 Proverbs 27:6) Bold indeed! Judas completely lost his mind.
Remember, this all happened slowly, gradually, over time. And how was Satan able to get Judas to do this? Judas was sadly a phony, pretending to live by God’s standards. Had he repented he would have ceased to be false. He would now be real. But he chose the secret path of sin. And look where it lead him.
NOT A GOOD ENDING
After Satan used Judas to do his evil deed (betray Jesus) Judas suddenly realized what he had done. It was as if he quickly woke up from a bad dream, “Oh no, I just betrayed the son of God!”😩 This reminds me of when the Devil hoodwinked Eve in the Garden Of Eden and Adam followed her. The Bible says after they sinned their eyes were opened too and they realized they were naked. (Genesis 3:7) An unusual emotion they never felt before called fear also gripped them both just like Judas. (Genesis 3:8-10) Hmmmmm, it appears the Devil loves to open people’s eyes and give them unimaginable fear once he tricks them into sin.🤔
Judas was now remorseful so much so that he tried to give the money back he was paid for betraying Jesus. (Matthew 27:3-4) What happened to all that boldness he felt while he was doing his evil deed? What happened to all the power Satan gave him when he betrayed Jesus with a kiss? The high was now gone.😞 Satan took his power back. And there was Judas left depressed, confused, powerless, gripped with supernatural fear, and all alone. Once the deed was done the Devil had no more use for Judas. What do you think Satan got him to do next?
Matthew 27:5 KJV “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
Sadly after Judas realized what he had done all he could think about was suicide. He hung himself. Who do you think put the thought of suicide in his head? The same person who put the thought in his head to betray Jesus. But look at how it all got started; slowly, little by little over time. Judas’ harboring unconfessed, unrepentant sin was the beginnings of his undoing. By pretending that all is good and well when he knew it wasn’t killed him. Not only did he betray Jesus he betrayed himself. Living like this guys opens doors to evil spirits. If you are struggling with any sin stop right now and pray to God. Tell God you’re sorry. Beg for his forgiveness. Ask Him to heal you. And seek real brothers and sisters (if just one) to pray for you and confess your sins to one another.
Judas became so overwhelmed by that evil voice (the Devil) in his head that he hung himself. How sad. Imagine being Judas in that moment: you think you’re relieving yourself from all the pain and suffering; the mental torment of knowing you betrayed the son of God, by killing yourself. You think you’re escaping the supernatural fear that now grips you, only to find yourself in the blink of an eye in hell after you die.🔥😳 Do you see how Satan treats his servants? Even his best ones?
After Satan got Judas to do his evil deed he depressed him and tricked him into killing himself as if that would end his suffering. As if in hell he wouldn’t suffer even more, forever!
Mark 14:21 NET “For the Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.””
There are some in rebellion against God who say, “I would never be that stupid. I would never kill myself.” How do you know? It wasn’t in Judas’ plans either. Remember, “SATAN ENTERED HIM.” Once that happens you don’t know what you will do. You are no longer in control. The main thing is to repent! So that when we die we won’t be condemned to hell, forever!😳
Matthew 5:21-22 NET ““You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘ Do not murder,’ and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says ‘Fool’ will be sent to fiery hell.”
1 John 3:14-15 NET “We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”
If you have and if I have any unconfessed, unrepentant sin in our lives let us please come clean and not pretend that all is well and good like Judas did. Let’s get some help. Let us confess our sins to God first. Then let us find (if only one) real brothers and sisters we can confide in:
James 5:16 NIV “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other SO THAT YOU MAY BE HEALED. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
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