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Let God be God! Nov 4 2019
Psa. 47:8 "God reigneth over the heatheh: God sitteth upon the throne of holiness."
In this amazing statement,teaching us that God reigns over the heathen. Satan may be the god of the sin-cursed world (2 Cor 4-4); but God is in control ultimately. God still sits upon the throne of His holiness. And I love that.
Sometime its may seem that God is asleep and the wicked are being prosper forever, but no one can escape death, and after that the judgement. (Heb.9:27) I am going to live for God even if no else does. I've learned life is an individual decision. Groups don't serve God, individuals serve God! God saved the individual in response to faith, no a group or church. If you are going to live for God, then you are alone oftentimes in your faith and stand
As the world grows more evil and apostate everyday, it is becoming very lonely sometime to be a Christian who tries to do right when ever one else seems to be doing wrong. There are backslidden and rebellious believers dime-a-dozen, who live and sin ans never preacher the true Gospel. There are sad testimonies like David, Samson, and Solomon in the world today. What we need are men like Joseph, Daniel and Jeremiah.
There a lot of ignore fools in the world. You can't tell them anything. They are puffed in their egos, arrogant and have reject knowledge of God. Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts." That is an amazing Scripture. It is saying that every way is right in a man's own eyes.but it is God who ponders the heart of man and decides what is good or evil. Judges 21:25. "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes."
I'm not going to place God on trial in my own mind just because I can't understand everything.. We know the world is messed up because of sin. We know that God is omnipotent, good, and He has made away of escape through his Son. Think about that! God gave His Son. so that mankind could brutally beat Jesus, spit on Him, verbally degrade Him, humiliate Him, falsely accuse Him. rip His flesh, drive a crown of thorns into his head, mock He, make Him naked, laugh at Him, assassinate His good name, and the crucify Him. God allowed wicked men to do this to His Son, so that our sins could be pardoned as we could be redeemed back to God.
Yet. most people today reject God's gift of eternal life, choosing rather to pray to some Catholic priest, think he can forgive them of their sins. It amazing me how many people believe things that are nowhere in the Bible>Not one Scripture teachings man can forgive sins' but 1st Tim 2:5 plainly states that only Jesus Christ is a mediator between God and man. Are you so blinded by religion and foolish in your heart to trust the lying of Catholic priest, a self proclaimed healer who claims the power to forgive men's sin? Oh! listen my friend, you will regret the day you stepped foot into the prison house of the Roma Catholicism.
What don't you decide to let God be your God in your heart. Stop trying to figure God out. stop trying to understand life and why God allows thing to happen the way they do. Stop placing God on trial in your mind and in your words. Let God be God.Start expressing your unquestioning faith in the God of the Bible. It matters not if I know hat God is doing, because I trust the heart of God. When you can't see the hand of God, them you need to trust the heart of God. The Bible reveals the great heart of God, evidencing His wondrous love and unfailing compassion, but it is also reveals the wisdom and integrity of God, who knows that adversity makes most men than prosperity, and tribulations cause us to fall on out knees; whereas comfort make us complacent and uncaring.
God knows what we need best, but is rarely what we think we need or desire to have. Jacob was cheated by his uncle Laban for 20 years, the Jacob's beloved with Rachael die in child birth; and them Rachael firstborn, Joseph (who Jacob loved dearly) was taken from him, sold into slavery by Joseph 10 evil half brothers. Jacob had cheated Esau out of his birthright, and inheritance many years earlier. but my o my how it came back on Jacob. But we read of Joseph in Gen 50:20, But as for you, ye thought evil against me; nut God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Most of us a times have evil thins done to us, but God turn it around to something good, as only God can do.
There would be no Pas 51, if it wasn't for David's horrible sin of adultery and murder. Solomon would have never been born, and the temple of God would not have been built. Had David and Bathsheba had not sinned. Jesus Christ's ancestral line could not be traced back to Solomon in Matthew, establishing the kingly line form which Christ came through Mary. I am not approving of sin, or am I saying God had any part in the evils crimes, but I am saying that God in His divine foreknowledge knew what would happen and so, He arranged and foreordained the outcome of David's life in according to his divine plan.Let God be God!
Eight Stubborn Statements (18 Oct 2019)
Here are eight stubborn, irrefutable statements. They go right in the heart of true Christianity. You will either accept or reject these eight statement. There is no middle ground; and you will find it impossible to be indifferent regarding them. There is no room for compromise on any of these eight points.
1. Either the Bible in its entirety the holy, inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God-or is in its entirety a lie, by which the souls of men are eternally deceived and damned. If the Bible is not the Word of God, throw it away. But if it is, as it claims to be, God's Holy Word, we will be wise to pay attention to it. It claims, as such,a total sway over our lives. It must be our only rule of faith and practice
2. Either God is Almighty is absolutely sovereign, in total of control of all things, at all times-or there is no God.Again there is no middle ground between the two poles, between God's absolute, total sovereignty-and absolute,total atheism. To speak of a God who is not total sovereign is utter nonsense. Atheism is far more sensible than Arminianism. If God is, he is sovereign!
3. Either man is totally depraved, utterly dead in trespasses and in sins-or there is nothing wrong with him, and he needs no Savior. There is no such thing as partial depravity or partial goodness before God. Either we are totally sinful and depraved, or we are totally righteous and good. The is no middle ground.
4. Either God chose to save us from Adam's fallen race to salvation and eternal life in Christ before the world began, as the Bible said it did-or no salvation is possible for any man. Salvation is God's prerogative, not man's. Grace is God's gift, not man choice. If god does not choose who He will save, nor sinner can ever be saved.
5.Either the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is altogether and the effectual Redeemer and Savior of his people-or he is fraud and a failure. Again, there is no middle ground, no room for compromise. Either Christ did what he came to do, or he is a failure. If he is a failure. he is not God, and we have no Savior
6. Either we are regenerated and called to life and faith in Christ by the irresistible power and omnipotent grace of the Holy Ghost-or there is no such things a salvation. The only hope for a dead sinner is a free and sovereign grace-grace that ask for nothing and give everything, grace that waits for nothing and does everything
7. Either God's people are entirely free form the law, as the Scriptures declare us to be-or we are yet under the bondage of the law and entirely obligated to keep it perfectly. There is no things such as being partially under the law and partially free from it, not in Bible terms only way sinners cane satisfy fulfill, and establish the law is by faith in Christ (Romans 3:31)
8. Either every saved sinner shall preserve to the end, being preserved and kept by God's infallible, immutable grace-or none shall. The perseverance of the saints is demanded by the purposed of God, the purchase of Christ and the power of the Spirit
Don't Kid Yourself About Halloween (2 Oct 2019)
There is a real spiritual at the center of Halloween. it is more than dressing up in costumes with a temporary Identify.
Halloween comes the last Thursday in Oct and will soon be upon us. This the second largest celebration and holiday in the United States, second only to Christmas. As it is approaching you can see as we look around in store, in our neighborhoods. WE see people dressed as witches, as ghosts, all kind of demonic figures. And we're hearing and seeing once again all the trappings of this holiday. Don't kid yourself. There is something real, spiritual behind the Halloween celebration. This is not just a party, this is not just and excuse to get drunk and to engage in all types f partying and revelry. This has nothing to do with God, the Bible, a Church or Christianity, even though you will see Hallows Eve on a Christian calendar, a Church calendar, there is nothing Christian about it, but there is something spiritual about it.
That's right, it's related to spiritualism rather than anything that's spiritual, Biblicaly speaking, and God tells us we are not to do anything with it. So often we kid ourselves ans at well it's all in fun, and what about the parties,and what the the candy and what about the kids, so we overlook the seriousness of this evil spirit behind all this.
Even some of us are lamenting the fact that we had to take away the innocence from his own children, having to explain why people have the blowup witches in the middle of the lawns and understanding exactly what is behind that and what it begins to do into a young mind, that they is something spiritual and it's something God tell us to stay away from. In 2 Cor 6:14. the Apostle Paul warns us Christian,"Do be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? . Halloween celebrates the darkness of all activities, the inter-mingling of the dead so as to speak with the living and as the living trying to engage with the dead on the evening it is dancing with the dark side as we've termed it. It is delving into a very, very dark period. Paul also said in very 1n vers2 15 "And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part he that believeth with an infidel?. here Paul give us a string warning against involving ourselves with such activity as Halloween
And I think we must ask ourselves, can we really mix these thing together? Because that's normally what it come down to. Well i might get into that evil stuff you might think. I just look a the celebration, and have fun, and the enjoyment, and the candy, and other things that it offers, yet God's Word is clear. He said you cannot mix light and darkness. God's word is plain
Look at verse 16." And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for are the temple of the living God, as God hath said. O will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be there God, and they shall be my people. You know as I tape this and we're watching this huge storm move up the New England Coast and other parts of the country an the tragic that is unfolding before our eyes and I wonder how many people are calling on God for help and intervention. if at some point, something even greater catastrophe takes place and we call out to God and he doesn't answer, I wonder if something like Halloween and the custom that dances with the dark side might be a reason God would say, "You're My people, I'm not walking among you because they don't go together. So we've got to get out of the darkness because they don't go together and live in the light
Don't kid yourself. There is something spiritual in the Halloween celebration,but it is something a Christian needs to take part of. God said stay away from, You are dealing with darkesnn
Sept 27 2019
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, who shoes in a not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fie." Matt 3:11
I remember reading that the London fire in 1666 was so penetrated and warm that unknown flowers sprang up from long deep buried seeds. The seed lay asleep and forgotten in their grave until the heat.
So we see that fire awakes; "For no man came come to me except the Father which hath send me to draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44) Once a person is saved and sanctified. That person is ready for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost with fire. With this Holy Ghost there is an awakening of desire to feed on God's Word and follow the commands of Jesus. It is unexplainable. The soul awaken to the glory of God and the seeds of the Kingdom truth that lodged in the soil of religiosity are called forth by the energy of fire by the Holy Ghost. Fruit production then takes place in the person with the Holy Ghost: Love,joy, peace of the Holy Ghost.
Fire Reveals "Every man's work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man"s work of what sort it is" (1 Cor 3:13) Motives will be tested when God sends the fire test. Paul goes on to say that the believer will suffer loss if his works did not stand the test of God's fire.
Fire Consumes "The grass withereth, the flowers fadeth; because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the pople is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the Word of God shall stand forever." (Isa 40:7) The fire of the Holy Ghost destroy the production of the old nature (Adamic nature)m that was in the heart. After the destruction comes a new blades with the soul, fresh and grass. Marvelously, old things pass away and all things become new
When I was in the military we were sent out to help the firemen to combat the fire in the mountains. They would set fore to areas of the forest to rid the of forest floor of weeds, and brushes and hinderance to healthy rich growth. The tall stately mature trees endure the flames of the fire. However, the rubbish floor burnt to make room to fresh growth. This burning process is necessary, otherwise, the unhealthy growth would eventually killed the mature trees. This controlled of nature can be compared to the controlled fires of the Holy Ghost that eliminates the old so the new life can began
Fire Purifies: But who may abide in the day of His coming and who shall stand when He appeareth? For he is like a refiners fire, and like fuller's soap. And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and He shall purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver.that they may be offer unt0 the Lord and offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:2-3). In the refining process, the metal is put over red-hot fire and as it begins to melt, the dross can be sifted off the top.Then the melt is finally pure. When the church reaches perfect,there will be no impure within it. There are two processes of purifying mention in this verses; cleansing and purifying. Cleansing as express in this verse is used for cleaning something up; scrubbing and washing. The fire is used for testing and making the inward part right. God uses both procedures to make ready for the rapture and His Bride.
Fire Soften: The Holy Ghost can melt the hardest hearts, making the heart soft enough to take the impression of Christ. "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provisions for the flesh, to fulfill the lust thereof." (Romans 13:14) As the fire of the Holy Ghost's softens ones heart desires began to change. Enthusiasm for the Kingdom principles are awakened with in the inner man. A flaming of love others and service to others take priority over self. Yes! is is necessary to have the fire of the Holy Ghost working in us to awaken us to revelations of God's Word
Flee The Pea (18 Sept 2019)
There was a preacher who was walking through the village. A he walked along. he saw a young man down the road with a herd of pigs following in line behind him like sheep following behind a shepherd. This was very unusual sight, because pigs, ordinarily, are very self-center, independent creatures that never follower anyone, so the preacher asked, "Sir, how do you get those pigs to followed you like that?"
"Oh, it's easy, the farmer said. "I have a sack full of peas in the is bag: and I just keep walking occasionally dropping a pea behind on the road behind me. The pigs follow along whenever I drop a pea and gobble it up. never care where I am leading them. "That's very clever!" said the preacher. "By the way where are you leading them?" and the man said "To the Butcher slaughter house of course."
I began to think. the devil often follows the same pattern. Peter warns us in
1 Peter 5:8 " Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.". Now he doesn't carry around a big sign that says, "following me, so I can devour you. He knows we wouldn't follow him if he was that obvious, instead, he works subtly to draw us away from God's good will in out lives.
iJust like the farmer in the story. the devil drops little, fleshy temptations in front of along the way in out society today: a suggestive movie or a television show here and there: an off color joke. A seductive advertisement or pop song, a pornographic magazine or web site. And if we are not alert, we will follow along behind picking such things up and thinking I can handle this. This isn't so bad, it's just a little pea, after all it looks good what's it going to hurt? Who's going to know. What! Whose going to know if we pick up one those temping little peas. one after another, never realizing that they forming a straight line leading them down a slippery slope to destruction and hell, then the lake of fire. The answer the Bible gives us is summed up in one word
"FLEE" 1 Cor 6:18)
As a follower of Christ, let"s remember the devil strategy; and by His help. Let's "Flee The Pea!
Where Was God on Sept 11, 2001
Hebrews 13:8 is clear that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." On Sept 11, 2001, God did not disappear and He was not caught by surprise. So why didn't God intervene to stop the tragedies on that day?
We must admit that we do not know and cannot fully understand the reasons for tragedies, such as the 9/11 attacks. Isaiah 55:9 declares, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." God is unlimited in knowledge and His plan involves wisdom far beyond our ability to comprehend. Those who make statements regarding why God permits a certain evil action to take place must not assume to know more than God has revealed.
Even so. God does provide some insight in Scripture regarding the bad things that take place in our lives. The sin of Adam and eve in the Garden resulted in a fallen world in which sin is rampant and death eventually befalls every human. Sadly, we often suffer the consequences not only of our sins but also the misdeeds of others. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can a person receive forgiveness of sin (Eph 1:7) salvation (Eph 2:8-9), and eternal life (John 10:10). There are blessing in this life to salvation in Christ, but Christians are not immune to tragedy (John 16:33)
We must also recognize that God did intervene in many positive ways on 9/11. For example, the plane that crash in Pennsylvania was allegedly targeting the White house. Those who valiantly fought to stop this form taking place saved many lives. Many more individual could have also died in New York and Washington if it had not been for the heroic efforts of countless volunteers and first responders. In addition, the increased focus on security since 9/11 has certainly stopped some further deadly attacks from taking place. While the full impact of such actions is difficult to measure, the lives save have been may
Not only were physical lives spared that day. God often uses tragedy to turn the hearts of people to Him-to save them spiritually. For example many Christians began to live out their faith more seriously. Countless lives were changed for eternity in the aftermath of 9/11, a celebration that is often overlooked.
While the horrific actions and numerous losses of life on 9/11 were a monumental devastation for may and should not be overlooked or belittled, this day was not without hope. God was at work even in the midst of tragedy, saving lives both physically and spiritually, while working His eternal plan in ways we will only fully understand when we see Him face to face.
Remembering 9/11. 2001
Where were you when the world stop turning when 4 planes hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing over 3,000 people. We will ever recover that day? No! after 18 tears we have fallen in the path of Sodom and Gomorrah and this nation I feel will fall as they did.
Being retired form Th Air Force. it is one thing to read and watched as the servicemen and woman in action and they aided in the recovery of the bodies, and the wounded. How it works, and how all the service fit together to protect this country, but it is a totally different and awesome experience to live it. In the Pentagon there are 16 men and women who make up the protection of our military leaders. The term "Purple", is used for good reason. The Air Force is called the "Blue Suitors" The Army is called the "Olive Suitors", The Navy as the "Sea Suitors", The Marines as the "First Suitors.", but when they are called together they are called the "Purple Suitors." Why? Because not a branch of the service has the color of purple on their uniform.
It would amazed you to see how the branches of the service came together in the time of disaster. During 9/11 attack these 16 people worked on that day and night helping the injured to get out. Four Air Force and and three Army were awarded the "Purple Heart" (wounded) for their efforts.
Without these efforts of these 16 men and women and their dedication service on 9/11 we would have lost many more lives than we did according to General Hawkins.
Where, there is s rescue, where there are citizens in need. our military service members will be there. And as we reflect back on 9/11 let us not forget, there are many, many of our military troops dying daily because of the effects of 9?11 and it will continue till we come to the final battle,"Armgeddon" where peace will come to the people who still believes in the Words "In God We Trust."
"And I saw Heaven opened and behold a white horse , and her that sat upon him was called Faithful and True and in Righteousness he doth judge and make war...And the remnant were slain withe sword of him that sat upon the Horse.
Is God Still Blessing America ? 21 Aug 2019
Psalm 3312: "Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance."
God has certainly blessed America in many ways. Abundant natural beauty can be found across this country, including tropical beaches, green valleys, rich farmland, towering mountains, and the great plains.
We have godly heritage, Fifty-two of the original 55 founding fathers who wrote our Constitution were Christians, and they established our country on "In God We Trust" values
Our Land is blessed with natural resources, including water, oil, ore and fertile farms land.
America's free enterprise system allows almost anyone the opportunity to rise from poverty to wealth. Imaginative entrepreneurs have created all kinds of inventions to improve our lives. Compared to other nations in the world, the United States has a high standard of living, and we enjoy the liberty to speak our minds, worship as we choose, and live undisturbed, private lives.
Our spiritual heritage is strong. We have been blessed with intellectual spiritual giants, through the years, pastors, evangelists and Bible teachers have sustained in godly heritage.
Why should God bless America now as he has? I believe the reason is that he intends for us to influence the nations of the world. Not only are we an example of liberty and democracy, but we also have the resources and the manpower to take the gospel around the world-and in may respects, the Church has done just that, But what about the country as a while??
But look at how America's Response: Sadly we have taken God's hand of blessing for granted declining to bless him in return
Remover prayer from school-Legalized the murder of our unborn children--Tolerated all types of sexual immorality in our elected officials-Allowed sex and violence to dominate our TV, internal and movies. Exported pornography all over the world -Our kids minds are warped over Iphone Computers and don't know what real fun is. And most of all use our hard-earned tax dollars to bride dictators who have been turned around and attacked our country. Tolerated liberalism from spiritual leader who doubt the inerrancy of the Bible- Changed the King James Bible 16 11 to their life style or thinking, and the LBGT staring to come forth as leaders of this nation. In others words we are telling God your principles no longer matter to us, we don't you.
Why has God withheld his judgement for so long. I believe that there are enough godly people who cry out to Him on behalf of this country. But this nation cannot stay on this course and expect God to keep on blessing it
" Do not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this will he reap" (Gal 6:7). This verse many be for a individual, the principles applies to nations. This law says we reap what we sow, more that we sow, and later than we sow
In other words , we mat currently be harvested all the consequences of our rebellion, but that doesn't mean our nation will never be called to account. God has chosen to bless this nation in the past, but soon reckon time is coming
Jer. 18:9-10 " And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and plant it. If it do evil in my sight, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them
We cannot continue on our current path without reaping God's judgement and unless something changes, our grandchildren will not have this freedom, prosperity and opportunities that we have today. As Christians we have the responsibility to live holy lives. We must speak against indecency, immorality, and unrighteous living.But most of all we must Share and tell other about the blood of Jesus Christ;
Is there time for our nation to repent and turn back to God and sweep away the corruption in America, turn our country around and use her powerfully to make a global impact for His name. Maybe, just maybe, Will you be part of that turn around?
That Sneaky Old Snake 20 July 2019
The marquee of a theater showed a man dressed as the devil because the current movie was about Satan. The man was dressed in red, had a long tail, pitchfork, and horns. A little girl, walking by with her mother, looked at the figure and was frightened, "What's that? ?" she asked her mother, "oh,' mother replied 'don't be afraid, that's only the devil."
That is our world. Make the devil a caricature and he becomes less real, less frightening, and does he really exist? Hell and damnation are not on people's radar so they can live the life they want to.
Adam and Eve know the devil is all too real. He came to then in the form of a snake created by God. Do you ever think to yourself, "How could they be so dumb? They had perfection as husband and wife. No arguing about finances or who take out the garbage or where to take a vacation. Would have give in 9 chances out of 10 we would. Satan's temptation are hard to resist. That sneaky old snake is a forceful factor in the world. He can deceive and seduce the best the human race has to offer. Until Christ returns, this is our predicament Let's take him seriously.
Satan has several descriptions in the Scripture: Accuser, slanderer, adversary, enemy, opponent. Jesus called him a murderer, a liar and the the father of lies. The Catechism reminds us that the devil was once a holy angel but fell away from God. He an his cohorts were created holy, sinned and are forever rejected by God. And believe me they are great in number
That sneaky old snake still challenges and seduces. Talking snake? Are you serious? Who would be dumb enough to believe that? That's what some writer's way of explaining how this world will ended up as it is now?. Besides, do you believe Adam and Eve were real people and the only people in the world? That's just a way of describing the origins of the human race. Satan doesn't seduce today? Satan laughs and laughs if we think like that.
What he did in the garden was to get our first parents to doubt God's Word. He lies and tells them. The lying continues in our day. People brought in the church and know gods Word still think living together before marriage is okay and not a sin. Wake up! Satan is winning. He lies and tells men and women that gay marriage is not a sin and just about love, not unnatural relations as described in the bible. Wake ! Satan is winning. He slithers past us into the pulpits of America and into our homes saying we can be like God. Wake! Up Satan is winning. He turned Cain against Abel and he did quite the number on David and Bathsheba. No one is off limits. He even tried to seduce Jesus
Be on guard, because he attacks all Christian, including you and me. The noose of sin strangles and suffocates. Take the sneaky old snake seriously. Adam and Eve didn't ans it cost them unto death. I', naked, where can I hid?
When writing on this, it reminds me make the message of hos to over come simplistic. Things like, "resist the devil assaults" Don't do what Adam and Eve did, be strong against the wily one." Does this work?
We need help, we need powerful, perfect help. We need the strongest of the strong. We need someone who can overcome the sneaky old snake. What's that? Someone did triumph over the devil. Someone dis resist and watched the devil walked away with his head in shame
Isn't the symmetry of the Scripture lessons beautiful this day? Christ met the foe and he slithered away. In his human nature he resisted the taunts and the goading and the challenge. In His human nature He took the b\verbal punches and the subversive tactics Golgotha. There for all the world of sinners to see. He gave His life so that that sneaky old snake would be defeated. before His glorious resurrection, He took a trip to tell Satan that He has won. Satan would have his power but only what God would allow him to do and it would not last forever. Through the one man, fee grace and righteousness is ours. Grace reigns eternal. While Satan is winning small battle her, the Eternal One passes on the eternal victory to us.
To rest the sneaky old snake we need daily these reminders. Where are they found! In the Holy Bible. Jesus used it. Each time Satan came at Him he said "It is written' It is not enough to know the Scriptures so well you can quote them. Anyone-including Satan can do that.We must know what the Scriptures say and what they mean for us.And we must believe their message.
Take the Snake seriously. He is not some goofball in a 10 cent tn a costume straight from a Hollywood back lot. He is a formidable for an his crafty and cunning seem to be working the world over.Remember Christ holds the power. Christ lived the perfection. Christ is the ultimate snake handler and this belly crawling snake has met his match. Good riddance sneaky old snake-now crawl away from here. I've got Jesus watching over me!
The Clothes of Summer 7 June 2019
Well summer is almost here, School is out, the sun is shinning, and the beaches, pools, or wherever water you prefer us beckoning you, calling you, it's calling out "let go all your worries, go, and come down and lie beside me for awhile.
Having said this, there will be plenty of people at these "watery locations with men, women, teenagers and children in in bathing suits that would make the fig leaf look like a raincoat. You may laugh at this if you want to. Go ahead it doesn't bother me. The truth always does something does people because they are the ones wearing those skimpy bikini, and by the way there are a lot of places that they actually go nude. And if you were walking on the beach in a shirt and pants you would be on of the few who they though was dressed funny. Why is that?
My point is I know a lot of people are going to disagree with my stance on the subject of modesty dress. All I want is my voice to be heard as to why I do what I do and then, you can agree or disagree.
We know from the bible (1Tim 2:9-10) that God wants us dress in modest apparel. I am aware that this principal forbids overdressing as well as undressing. We also know that men are (and many women to) usually are visually stimulated and can have very difficult times controlling their thoughts when something is put in their face. I understand that if a man or women cannot control their thoughts, then he or she is sinning (Matt 5:28). On the flip side, its or you pushing someone else to sin (Matt 18:70, Romans 14:13).
We cannot ignore that modesty was called for in the Garden of Eden. After Adan and Eve sin the Bible said that'... the eyes of both were opened, and they knew they were naked.." Gen 3:7). The Bible goes on and says that they made coverings for themselves out of fig leaves. But it appeared that God was not please with the covering, so he made them clothing out of the skin of animals. I then personal believe that this shows that there is a point were we don't have enough clothes to please God with bikini's or slings, that he requires for modesty. The here comes the old question "What would Jesus do? But I am here to ask a new question. What would you wear physically if Jesus was standing by you? I cannot answer that for you, but I cannot image anyone who professes to be a Christian standing with Jesus at the beach or pool in bikini or sling! Can you? The though makes me laugh-or cringe inside. I would also like to point out that Jesus is with all the time, and if you are a Christian brother or sister while you are almost naked, it is with Jesus mostly naked, because Jesus lives in you. (Gal 2:20)
I have heard the argument that we can wear whatever we want because we have liberty in Jesus. I believe that we do have liberty in Jesus, but it should not be abused 1Peter 2:16 says... yet not using liberty as a clock for malicious (immoral conduct), but as servants of god." Also Gal. 5:13.. do not use liberty as an occasion for the flesh..."
As I close I would like to share one more thing. The Devil uses lust as his number one tool to destroy a marriage, a home and your soul. One lady e-mail me I guess you are against "mixed swimming"? I said yes I am unless it is family and that can become a concern. But most of all I am against any time of half nudity or nudity itself
I hope you have a wonderful Summer with Jesus. Just stray away from bikini's and slings or any else that looks like nudity
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