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Choices Conditions Consequences

Choices Conditions ConsequencesAll these blessings will come upon you and overtake you
If you obey The LORD your GOD
Deuteronomy 28:2

But it shall come about, if you do not obey The LORD your GOD
To observe to do all HIS commandments and HIS statutes
With which I charge you today
That all these curses will come upon you and overtake you
Deuteronomy 28:15

A choice is the act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more options. Our Beloved LORD GOD from the very beginning has given each person, the ability to freely make choices.

Throughout a person’s lifetime, they will make choices all through the day. They will decide what time to get up in the morning; what time to go to bed at night; what to eat; what to wear; how to schedule their day. And from time to time, they will decide whether or not to go to school; look for a new job; accept a transfer; buy or sell a house; make an investment; pursue friendship or marriage. But their most important choices, will be the spiritual choices. The choices to accept or reject GOD’s salvation (Jhn 3:16, Jhn 12:44-50); to seek to know HIM daily (1 Chr 16:11, Pro 8:34-36); to choose to listen, trust, and obey (Pro 8:32-33, Luk 6:46-49, Luk 8:21). These spiritual choices, will not only affect the quality of one’s temporal life (life while on earth), but will also determine where one will spend eternal life. Therefore, choose carefully, and wisely.

How does one choose wisely? One chooses wisely, when their choice is made from godly wisdom (Psa 111:10). They seek GOD’s counsel then wait patiently for HIS answer, guidance, or instruction on the matter (Jam 1:5). One who chooses wisely, is one who honors GOD. One who chooses foolishly, will make a choice based on worldly wisdom (Jam 3:15). They will not seek GOD’s counsel, because they do not believe in HIM (Psa 14:1). Instead, they trust in their own understanding (Pro 16:25), doing what is right in their own eyes (Pro 12:15). One who chooses foolishly, is one who honors self. Choosing wisely, leads to positive outcomes (blessings). Choosing foolishly, leads to negative outcomes (curses).

The choices one makes in life, determines whether their life is blessed or cursed. Which makes blessings and curses  conditional.  You might be thinking, “that’s not true” but from The BIBLE,  we can provide evidence that it is. But before we do, let us take a moment to define what are blessings and curses.

The definition of a blessing or a curse is dependent on who’s doing the blessing or the cursing:

If the blessing is from:

  • GOD, it means the state of prosperity or happiness (Psa 119:1, Mat 5:3-11), because of GOD’s favor and protection (Gen 12:1-3, Mat 25:34)
  • Man to GOD, it is an expression of praise and adoration (Psa 103:1-5)
  • Man to man, it is the pronouncement of GOD’s blessing on men for the present (Num 6:22-27), and the future (Gen 27:1-38)

If the curse is from:

  • GOD, it is a pronouncement of judgment on those who break covenant (Gen 3:17); to invoke harm, or misfortune upon (Pro 3:33); to devote to destruction (Mat 25:41, Mrk 11:12-14↔Mrk 11:20-21)
  • Man to GOD, it is to blaspheme (Job 1:11, Rev 16:9, Rev 16:11, Rev 16:21)
  • Man to man, it is to verbally abuse (Gen 12:3); to criticize in an insulting manner (2 Sam 16:5-8); to devote to destruction (Mrk 14:71, Rom 12:14)

What is the biblical evidence that blessings and curses are conditional? When something is conditional, it means that an outcome is dependent on one or more conditions, or requirements being met. The conditions for blessings and curses is seen throughout The BIBLE. Some reflect “if then” others simply start with “if” as demonstrated by the following:

  • if we believe, GOD saves (Jhn 3:16)
  • if we obey, GOD blesses (Deu 28:1-2)
  • if we endure, GOD rewards (Mat 24:13)
  • if we trust, GOD directs (Pro 3:5-6)
  • if we wait, GOD strengthens (Isa 40:31)
  • if we commit, GOD establishes (Pro 16:3)
  • if we delight, GOD gives (Psa 37:4)
  • if we reject, GOD judges (Jhn 12:48)
  • if we disobey, GOD curses (Deu 28:15)
  • if we do not forgive others, GOD will not forgive us (Mat 6:15)

Then Christians can be cursed? No, not when they are true followers of CHRIST. JESUS redeemed those who would fully trust  and obey (follow) HIM from the curse (Gal 3:10-14).

Then why do Christians suffer? It is important not to confuse being cursed with being persecuted, purified, or disciplined (2 Tim 3:12, Dan 12:10, Zec 13:9, Heb 12:7-11). Every faithful child of GOD through JESUS CHRIST will go through three levels of suffering:

  1. we will suffer for JESUS CHRIST’s Namesake, because we are in this world not of this world. Therefore the world hates us, and will persecute us, just as they persecuted our Beloved SAVIOR (Jhn 15:18-25).
  2. we will suffer when going through the process of being made righteous, and blameless (Jam 1:2). We must daily pick up our own cross by denying self and walk-in obedience (Luk 9:23-25).
  3. we can suffer the temporal consequences of sin. Though our sins are forgiven (1 Pet 1:18-19), and we will not face the eternal consequence of sin (Rom 6:23), there can still be temporal suffering as a consequence of those sins.

What is an example of a Christian suffering consequences in this life, for sins that have been forgiven? For example, our physical bodies are dying, as a consequence of Adam’s sin (1 Cor 15:22). Women undergo painful childbirth, as the consequence of Eve’s sin (Gen 3:16). With difficulty we earn a living, as the consequence of Adam’s sin (Gen 3:17-19). Many have diseased bodies, and broken lives, as the consequence of immoral living (Rom 1:24-32). Sadly, there are those who continually surrendered to temptation, turned away from GOD, and did not confess or seek forgiveness of ongoing sins (Eze 18:21-26); and in the end succumbed to both physical, and spiritual death (Jam 1:13-15, Rev 21:8)

Is there a specific example in The BIBLE of an individual being forgiven for sin, and yet suffer the temporal consequences of that sin? Yes, we will actually discuss three, king David, the criminal on the cross next to JESUS, and the apostle Paul:

  1. king David fully obeyed our Beloved LORD GOD, with the exception of Uriah the Hittite (1 Kin 15:5), where he:
  • saw the wife of Uriah the Hittite (2 Sam 11:1-2), one of his closest fighting men (1 Chr 11:10-47)
  • inquired about her (2 Sam 11:3)
  • committed adultery with her (2 Sam 11:4)
  • impregnated her (2 Sam 11:5)
  • brought Uriah from the battlefield, to try and cover up his sin (2 Sam 11:6-13)
  • but Uriah was honorable, and chose not to be with his wife, while the ark and fighting men of Israel were on the battlefield; therefore king David sent Uriah back to battlefield, unknowingly carrying his own execution order in his hand (2 Sam 11:14-27)
  • did not acknowledge or confess these sins before GOD until, GOD sent HIS prophet Nathan (2 Sam 12:1-12, Psa 51:1-19)
  • was forgiven (2 Sam 11:13, Psa 32:1-11)
  • suffered the consequences of his sins, in the matter of Uriah the Hittite:
  • killing and murder would continually plague David’s family (2 Sam 12:9-10, 2 Sam 13:1-39, 1 Kin chptrs 1-2)
  • his enemies would be from his own family (2 Sam 12:11, 2 Sam chptrs 15-17)
  • his own wives would be publicly violated (2 Sam 12:12, 2 Sam 16:21-22)
  1. the criminal on the cross next to JESUS:
  • was a robber (Luk 23:42-43)
  • was forgiven (Luk 23:42-43)
  • suffered the consequences of his sins, was still crucified (Luk 23:39-41, Jhn 19:31-32) 
  1. the apostle Paul:
  • was among those who stoned Stephen, the first martyr for JESUS (Act 7:51-60)
  • persecuted the body of CHRIST (Act 8:1-3, Act 22:4-5, Php 3:6)
  • was a violent aggressor and blasphemer (1 Tim 1:12-13, Act 26:9-11)
  • was forgiven (Act 22:6-16, 1 Cor 15:8-11)
  • suffered the consequences of his sins:
  • he would suffer for CHRIST’s namesake, just as he made CHRIST’s followers suffer (Act 9:10-25, 2 Cor 4:8-11, 2 Cor 11:23-33)
  • he would be imprisoned and die, just as he had imprisoned and killed the saints (Act 16:16-30, Act 21:10-14, Act 23:12-35, 2 Tim 4:6-8)

We all want blessings in life, but we must wait patiently and meet GOD’s conditions for them. We should always seek GOD’s counsel and guidance in making choices? And never rely on self, or our own perspective when making choices?

Who is the man who fears The LORD?
HE will instruct him in the way
he should choose
Psalm 25:12

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse
The blessing, if you listen to the commandments of The LORD your GOD, which I am commanding you today
And the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of The LORD your GOD
But turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today
By following other gods which you have not known
Deuteronomy 11:26-28

For he who does wrong
Will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done
And that without partiality
Colossians 3:24

The Wall Between Us

Standing before a brick wall abstractBut your iniquities
have made a separation
between you and your GOD
Isaiah 59:2

Have you been waiting and waiting for an answer(s) from GOD? Are you asking the questions Job asked in the midst of his suffering (Job 6:11), “What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should endure? Do you feel like your prayers keep hitting a brick wall? And what is your frame of mind as you wait, are you waiting in despair, or are you waiting in expected hope?

What would cause someone to feel despair why waiting, versus someone who remains expectant in their hope? The one who waits in despair does not have a personal relationship with GOD. They may truly feel they know GOD because of their activities (Church attendance, BIBLE study, and Prayer), yet they do not trust GOD. The one who remains expectant in their hope, is the one whose life is completely dependent on CHRIST.

Please explain what causes the difference between the two?

The one who waits in despair usually has the following four characteristics. This person:

  1. Misunderstands GOD. They do not have a correct view of GOD (Job 42:7), they believe HE condones their sinful lifestyle (Psa 50:16-21), or they see HIM in a harsh light (Mat 25:18, Mat 25:24-30).
  2. Wrong Focus. They are focused on self, either concerned about basic needs (Luk 12:29-30), or satisfying pleasures (Jam 4:3).
  3. Doubts. They are fearful HE will answer, causing them to be double-minded, going back and forth between belief and unbelief (Jam 1:6-8), they are not sure GOD can answer their prayer (Mrk 9:22-23), they choose to trust in someone or something other than GOD (Psa 146:3, Isa 45:20).
  4. Unrepentant sin in their life (Jhn 9:31, Mic 3:4, Pro 1:28-30), is the reason their prayers feel like they are hitting a brick wall (immovable obstacle, hinderance to progression).

The one who remains expectant in their hope usually:

  1. Knows GOD. HE has given them a heart to know HIM (Jer 24:7), HE is their Shepherd (Gen 48:15, Psa 23:1, Jhn 10:14).
  2. Right Focus. They are focused on GOD alone (Psa 123:2, Psa 130:5-6, Mic 7:7), because they know HE is where their help comes from (Psa 121:1-2).
  3. No Wavering. They fully trust GOD (Rom 4:20, Psa 26:1, Heb 10:23), as they have experienced HIS faithfulness (1 Ths 5:24, 2 Tim 2:13).
  4. Confidence. They know HIM, they know HIS WORD, they know HIS Will, and they keep HIS WORD (1 Jhn 5:14-15, 1 Jhn 3:22), so they know their prayers will be answered, in HIS perfect timing (Mat 7:7-11).

Will GOD never hear the prayer of a sinner? Remember the “brick wall” is unrepentant sin (Isa 1:15-16), so our Beloved LORD GOD is waiting on you (2 Chr 7:14). If you acknowledge your sin (Psa 32:5), confess that sin (1 Jhn 1:9), seek reconciliation by seeking to be in HIS presence (Psa 105:4), ; or turning from your wicked ways, back to HIM (Eze 18:30-32); the “brick wall” will come down; and HE will hear and answer prayers that line up with HIS Will (1 Jhn 5:14), forgive your sins by taking your wrongdoings away (Psa 32:1-2), and bringing healing to your heart (Psa 41:4) and your life (Jer 33:6-8).

Walking By Sight


Walking by SightThus The LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians
And Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore
When Israel saw the great power which The LORD had used against the Egyptians
The people feared The LORD
And they believed in The LORD and in HIS servant Moses
Exodus 14:30-31

The same Israelites who were in awe of The LORD and believed in both HIM and HIS servant Moses (Exd 14:31); sang HIS praises (Exd 15:1-19); danced before HIM with joy (Exd 15:20-21); and believed in HIS WORDS (Psa 106:12); because they saw the great power HE used against the dead Egyptians on the seashore (Exd 14:30-31). Quickly forget HIM and all HE did for them (Psa 106:13, Psa 106:19-22). This congregation in the wilderness walked by sight until the very end.

 Despite all our Beloved LORD GOD did for the Israelite wilderness congregation, and all the signs HE performed in their midst, they quickly forgot HIM, HIS WORDS, and HIS miracles. This congregation forgot to the point, they did not give HIM honor, nor continue to believe in HIM (Num 14:11). Sadly, that is still true today, of many professing Christians (and yes, I use the term “professing Christians” because our LORD tells us in Tit 1:16, there are those who profess to know HIM, but how they live, denies they belong to HIM).

As true followers of JESUS CHRIST, we have been called to live our lives, through faith in HIM (2 Cor 5:7). We should not be living our lives according to what we see, or what we believe we know; for the seen is temporal, and our understanding is limited. Instead, we should be living our lives focused on the unseen, the eternal things (2 Cor 4:18). That was a mouthful, what does it mean? It means that Christians are not guided by what we see, but we are guided by trusting in our unseen GOD and HIS eternal WORD.

When one is walking by sight, they:

  • Live based upon how things appear, feel, or seem
  • Rely upon their own instincts instead of GOD’s WORD
  • Make decisions based on self-interest rather than GOD’s commands
  • Are concerned with the present rather than the eternal
  • Reject any advice that does not agree with their own logic
  • Suspect the motives of others
  • Will live lives unable to see when good comes, (Jer 17:6)

How does one know when they are walking by sight? If you need GOD “to show you, then you will trust HIM” you are walking by sight. A person who needs GOD to show them, before they will trust HIM, is a person who will trust HIM for the moment, and quickly return to unbelief. The Israelite wilderness congregation were such people, unable to enter into GOD’s rest (Heb 3:16-19).

How does one know when they are walking by faith? A person who has not seen HIM, but loves HIM; does not see HIM now, yet still believes in HIM; is a person walking by faith. This person is full of peace regardless of the circumstances; always grateful; filled with a joy too strong to be described or conveyed in words (1 Pet 1:8, 1 Ths 5:18, Jhn 14:27). This person has complete faith in GOD, their trust in HIM does not waver in circumstances; their mind is steadfast; and their heart stays in perfect peace (Isa 26:3). A person who walks by faith is blessed (Psa 84:12, Jer 17:7), has answered prayers (1 Chr 5:20), and is helped (Psa 28:7).  Abraham was such a man (Gen 22:1-18, Rom 4:13-22).

Is there any hope for a person who is walking by sight? Yes, if that person truly seeks to know GOD (Jer 29:13) and is willing to listen to HIS Words (Mrk 9:7-8, Jhn 6:60-68), HE will cause their faith to grow. But for those who refuse to turn from living ungodly lives, they will never come to a place of faith in JESUS, and trust in GOD.

Is there an example in the BIBLE where a person went from “walking by sight” to “walking by faith”? Yes, our Beloved LORD GOD gave us that example in Thomas Didymus. He was one of our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST’s twelve disciples who faithfully followed our JESUS, expressing his opinion (Jhn 11:14), voicing his questions (Jhn 14:5), and stating the proof he needed that our LORD had risen (Jhn 20:25).  

And though you have not seen HIM
You love HIM
And though you do not see HIM now
But believe in HIM
You greatly rejoice with
Joy inexpressible and full of glory
Obtaining as the outcome of your faith
The salvation of your souls
1 Peter 1:8-9

Teaching Again and Again

Preaching The WORDThey have turned their back to ME and not their face
Though I taught them, teaching again and again
They would not listen and receive instruction
Jeremiah 32:33

Are you listening to HIS instruction, or are you dying spiritually? You cannot do both. You are either listening, obeying, and growing spiritually (Heb 5:11-14). Or you are dying spiritually, because you are not listening (Jer 32:33), nor progressing any further in your spiritual walk (2 Tim 3:4-9).

 Our Beloved LORD GOD is merciful (Psa 103:8-10), and does not desire for anyone to perish (2 Pet 3:9). That is why daily, HE still rises early (Jer 7:13, Jer 7:25), sending all HIS servants (Jer 25:4), with warnings and messages for the well-being of HIS people.  Every day HE calls to us:

MY son, keep MY Words, and treasure MY Commandments within you
Keep MY Commandments and live
And MY Teaching as the apple of your eye*
Bind them on your fingers
Write them on the tablet of your heart
Proverbs 7:1-3

What specific instruction have we been called to keep? Many are summed up in the following messages:

  • Believe and Trust in GOD (Psa 37:3-5, Jhn 6:29, 1 Jhn 3:23, Jud 1:5)

If you do not accept as true, that GOD is (Heb 11:6), you will not be able to believe in HIM or trust in HIS salvation (Psa 78:22).

  • Love GOD, with your entire being (Deu 6:5, Mrk 12:30).

The English word “love” in Deuteronomy 6:5, has been transliterated from the Hebrew words “ahab” or “aheb” (OT:157). When these two Hebrew words are broken down to a further Hebrew definition “in the Qal,” it describes the human love for GOD or toward GOD. This type of love has an affection for; a strong emotional attachment to; a desire to be in the presence of (Deu 15:16-17). And the English word “love” in Mark 12:30, is transliterated from the Greek word “agapaoo” (NT:25). This love which is a continual, willful, and deliberate choice; when given to a master, GOD or CHRIST, the word involves the idea of affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, or grateful recognition of benefits received.

  • Do not have any other gods before HIM (Exd 20:3-5, 2 Kin 17:34-40)

The NLT version of 2 Kings 17:34-40, states clearly what our Beloved LORD GOD means by “not having any other gods before HIM.” We are not to love, worship, or serve, anyone or anything but HIM. How do you test yourself in this? Honestly examine yourself, to find out if there is anyone (including yourself) that means more to you than our GOD? Are you willing to disobey GOD to make that person happy? Is there anyone or anything you are spending more time with than our GOD?  

  • Seek GOD, through prayer, worship, and The BIBLE (Psa 9:10, Psa 32:6, Isa 55:6)

Our Beloved LORD GOD instructs us to seek HIM and HIS strength continually (Psa 105:4). This means to repeatedly seek HIS presence, by seeking HIS Face (Psa 27:8). Why this instruction? That we might not be shaken at any time, in any circumstance (Psa 16:8-9).

  • Obey, GOD’s WORD (Jer 7:23, Jhn 3:36, Heb 3:18-19, Heb 12:4)

Don’t just hear GOD’s WORD, or read GOD’s WORD and then not follow the instructions. Each one of us who belong to HIM have been called to do what HE tells us (Luk 6:46). Our obedience to HIM is what identifies us as HIS (Exd 19:5, Jhn 10:3-5).

  • Master Sin, do not let it reign in you (Rom 6:12-14)

Do not let sin have control over you. From the very beginning GOD spoke to Cain, as HE speaks to us today. Do not let sin take control. Sadly, Cain did not listen, and became the first human murderer (Gen 4:7); are you listening? Our Beloved LORD GOD has provided the way of escape from temptation (1 Cor 10:13), by instructing us to clothe ourselves from head to toe in JESUS CHRIST (Rom 13:14, Eph 6:10-18).

  • Repent, turn from sinful ways (2 Kin 17:13, Act 3:19, Act 17:30, Rev 2:5)

When one is careless of conduct it leads to death (Pro 19:16). But our Beloved LORD GOD whose mercies are new every single morning (Lam 3:22-23), speaks first to us through our conscience (1 Sam 24:5), and then through HIS servants to turn us away from sin and back to HIM, for healing and life (2 Chr 7:14, Eze 18:30-32).

  • Through Perseverance, endure to the end (Mat 24:13, Luk 21:19, Heb 12:1-2)

Our Precious LORD JESUS encourages us to persevere, by holding fast to The WORD of GOD, and keeping our faith in HIM (Luk 8:15, Rom 2:7, Rev 14:12). HE will provide the endurance we need (Jam 1:2-4), through our trusting in, and clinging to HIM (Deu 13:4).

Is it even possible to die spiritually, if you have been born again? Yes. If you are not growing, then you are dying. Let’s confirm this by HIS WORD:

To the angel of the church in Sardis write:
HE who has the seven Spirits of GOD
And the seven stars, says this:
I know your deeds
that you have a name that you are alive
but you are dead
Wake up and strengthen the things that remain
which were about to die
for I have not found your deeds
completed in the sight of MY GOD
So remember what you have received and heard
and keep it, and repent
Therefore if you do not wake up
I will come like a thief
And you will not know at what hour I will come to you
Revelation 3:1-3

Please take note of Revelation 3:1, our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST identifies HIMSELF as The Head of HIS Church. HE is The ONE WHO has the seven Spirits of GOD (Isa 11:1-5, Rev 5:6), and holds the seven stars (angels or messengers) of HIS WORDS in HIS right hand (Rev 1:20). JESUS, The Head of the Church, is warning the church in Sardis of their spiritual death.

How do you know if you are dying spiritually? Consider the following nine symptoms:

  1. The suffering and sacrifice of JESUS, no longer moves you (Heb 10:29)
  2. You have left your first love (Rev 2:4)
  3. You are failing to do, what you know you should do (Jam 1:22)
  4. You fool yourself, about how you are living (Gal 6:7-8)
  5. Church services bore you (Heb 10:24-25)
  6. You are frequently late, or absent from worship services (Mal 3:13-15)
  7. You have no Interest in saving souls (1 Cor 9:16-17)
  8. You do not participate in the work of the Church (Luk 10:2)
  9. Your love for things of the world, is greater than your love for spiritual things (1 Jhn 2:15-17)

Can spiritual death be stopped? Yes, our Beloved LORD GOD will heal (Jer 17:14, Hos 14:1-4, ) and revive you (Psa 80:14-19, Psa 119:25, Isa 57:15), when you turn back to HIM, with all your heart (2 Chr 7:14). 

Then The LORD came and stood and called as at other times
“Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel said, “Speak, for YOUR servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:10

 

*to keep our Beloved GOD’s teaching as the “apple of our eye”, is to consider HIS teaching as precious as our eyesight.

What About Them

what about themSo Peter seeing him
Said to JESUS
LORD, and what about this man?“
JESUS said to him
If I want him to remain Until I come
What is that to you?
You follow ME!”
John 21:21-22

It seems that in the last two years, I have spent substantial more time encouraging fellow Christians to keep their eyes on JESUS (Heb 12:1-3). This encouragement has been for those who just began their faith walk with our Precious JESUS CHRIST; those who have walked inconsistently with HIM for some time; those who have been faithful to HIM in their walk; and those who are teaching others how to walk.

Why should we keep our eyes on JESUS? We must keep our eyes on HIM, so that we are not entangled by sin, nor distracted by peril, dread, uncertainty, or misperceptions. When we focus on our Beloved LORD JESUS and eternal things (Col 3:2-3), we are:

  • anchored to HIM, through HIS strength (Exd 15:2, Psa 18:1-2, Php 4:13), and support (2 Sam 22:19, 2 Chr 16:9, 2 Tim 4:17)
  • kept from growing weary and losing heart (Luk 18:1-8, Heb 12:1-3)
  • given understanding, (insight) into both the events taking place (Mat 24:3- 13:5-33), and the behavior of people in these last days (2 Tim 3:1-5)

What happens when we don’t keep our eyes on JESUS? Fear increases, faith decreases, and focus becomes wrong. Wrong focus leads to questioning GOD’s heart, which can lead to envy, bitterness, resentment, stumbling, discouragement, weariness, judging, speaking and thinking wickedly.

Are there examples of this in The BIBLE? Yes, we will look at three such examples, and discuss what happened when their focus turned back to our LORD:

  1. Asaph a prophet (2 Chr 29:30) and the chief Levite worship leader for King David (1 Chr 16:4-5), almost stumbled (Psa 73:1-2), when he questioned the heart of GOD concerning misperceptions about the wicked. Asaph:
    • became envious of their prosperity (Psa 73:3)
    • was deceived into thinking their lives had no problems (Psa 73:4-5)
    • saw how wicked they were – full of pride; violent; mockers of GOD; acted superior to other men – yet they appeared to have awesome lives (Psa 73:6-9, Psa 73:12)
    • became embittered, feeling resentful at perceived unfair treatment (Psa 73:13-22)

When Asaph turned his face from the wicked, and back to our LORD, he was given understanding of what the end would be, for both the wicked and the righteous. This point further demonstrated, with poor Lazarus and the rich man (Luk 16:19-31).

  1. JESUS was welcomed into the home of Martha, who lived in Bethany. Martha was focused on her preparations; her sister Mary was focused on our LORD. Martha’s misperceptions about the priorities of her sister, caused her to question the heart of our LORD (Luk 10:38-42), since Mary was:
    • seated at HIS feet, listening to HIS words (Luk 10:39)
    • not helping Martha prepare and serve their special guest (Luk 10:40)

When Martha stopped to question JESUS, HE called her name, twice; showed her the state of her mind; and instructed her in the way of wisdom (Luk 10:41-42). We do well to pay attention this lesson, daily seeking HIS Face (1 Chr 16:11), instead of setting and following our own priorities (Pro 3:5-6, Pro 16:25).

  1. When John Mark abandoned, Paul and Barnabas in Pamphylia, Paul was no longer willing to minister alongside him (Act 15:36-40). Barnabas however was an encourager (Act 4:36), he encouraged the disciples to accept Paul in the beginning of his ministry (Act 9:1-28), and would not abandon his cousin John Mark (Col 4:10-11). Later, our Beloved LORD JESUS brought reconciliation between Paul and John Mark, and he became an encouragement to Paul (Col 4:10-11), useful for service to him (2 Tim 4:11), and a fellow worker with him (Phi 1:24).

We must not let personal feelings or misperceptions cause us to judge (Mat 7:1-5, Rom 2:1-2, Rom 14:1-4, Rom 14:10-13), resent (Lev 19:17-18, 1 Jhn 4:19-21), or speak against (Psa 50:19-21, Eph 4:31-32, Jam 3:9-12, Jam 4:11-12, Jam 5:9) fallen ministers. Instead we must stay focused on what we have been called to do (Jhn 21:22), pray for fallen ministers (Eph 6:18, 1 Ths 5:17), and if possible, turn them back from the way of error (Jam 5:19-20). Like our brother Barnabas we must put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the LORD forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Col 3:12-14).

What has GOD called us to do in this time? Since our Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST has forewarned us of the very events happening all around us, in these last days (Mrk 13:23, 2 Pet 3:3-9). We should be living holy and godly lives (2 Pet 3:11); lights shining in a dark world (Pro 4:18, Mat 5:14); speaking to those who will listen, about salvation and repentance (Pro 13:14, Mal 2:7, Rom 10:14-15); and warning those who will not listen (Eze 33:8-9, Act 20:26-27).

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith
praying in the Holy SPIRIT
Keep yourselves in the love of GOD
Waiting anxiously
For the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST to eternal life
Jude 1:20-21

A Blameless Conscience Before GOD and Men

Man sitting in a crowdHaving a hope in GOD
Which these men cherish themselves
That there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked
In view of this
I also do my best to maintain always, a blameless conscience
Both before GOD and before men
Acts 24:15-16

In Acts chapter 24, the apostle Paul was standing before the governor Felix (a roman who had been given the authority and responsibility to govern over Judah and Samaria at Caesarea), giving his defense against the false charges brought by the Sanhedrin (council of Pharisees and Sadducees who had been given limited authority over certain religious, civil, and criminal matters by Rome).

Paul denied being guilty of the false charges brought against him, and confessed that he served GOD, and believed in The LAW of GOD that was written in the prophets (Act 24:10-14). He further confesses that he has the same hope in GOD, that the Council did, concerning the resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked (Act 24:15). Paul then brings us to the basis of this message, because he believed in the resurrection of JESUS (Act 24:21), and the resurrection of all men, he did his best to always maintain a blameless conscience both before GOD and men.

What did Paul mean by a blameless conscience? This question is best answered by looking at the definition of each word separately:

  • To be blameless is to be free from blame; without fault; without guilt; innocent; refrain from sin.
  • The conscience is a personal awareness of right and wrong that is used to guide your actions to do right; a knowledge or sense of right and wrong; an inner feeling or voice as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of behavior.

How can you know if you have a conscience? Our Beloved LORD GOD wrote HIS Law on our hearts (Rom 2:15), so we know when we are doing right or wrong as confirmed by the following Scriptures:

For our transgressions are multiplied before YOU
And our sins testify against us
For our transgressions are with us
And we know our iniquities
Isaiah 59:12

“Although our iniquities testify against us,
O LORD, act for YOUR NAME’s sake!
Truly our apostasies have been many,
We have sinned against YOU.
Jeremiah 14:7

By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron
1 Timothy 4:2

Is there a difference between a blameless conscience before GOD and before men? For the godly there is no difference. Our love of CHRIST controls us (2 Cor 5:14), so our private walk is the same as our public profession. We serve our Beloved LORD GOD from our soul or innermost being (Psa 51:6, Psa 15:1-2). We know our GOD sees all and will bring every act to judgment (Pro 15:3, Jer 16:17, Ecc 12:14). For the ungodly and disobedient their private life is shameful, and their public life is praiseworthy. We see this demonstrated by the Pharisees (Mat 6:1-6, Mat 23:27-28).

Why do the ungodly and disobedient walk this way? There are at least ten reasons, they:

  1. Don’t think GOD sees them (Psa 94:3-7) as demonstrated by the elders in the temple of GOD (Eze 8:7-12)
  2. Think their sins are hidden (Jhn 3:19, Eph 5:11-13) though those very sins are exposed before GOD (Psa 90:8, Heb 4:13)
  3. Seek glory (honor and respect) from men, instead of GOD (Jhn 5:41-44, Jhn 7:18)
  4. Love the approval of men, rather than the approval of GOD (Jhn 12:43)
  5. Are men pleasers (Gal 1:10, 1 Ths 2:4)
  6. Obey unrighteousness, lusts, the sinful nature (Rom 2:8, Rom 6:12, Rom 6:16)
  7. Serve self and money (Php 2:3-4, Mat 6:24)
  8. Love self, money, pleasure, the world, and the things in it (2 Tim 3:2-4, 1 Jhn 2:15-16)
  9. Continually walk with the ungodly (1 Cor 5:9-11, Eph 5:11-12)
  10. Fear man, rather than GOD (Pro 29:25, Luk 12:4-5, Jhn 12:42-43)

Points of clarification:

From 1 Timothy 4:2, a seared conscience is one that has become insensitive to what is right and wrong. As an example, if you do something that is wrong, for example binge watching, gaming, gambling or adultery, at first your conscience bothers you, because GOD has written in your heart that it is wrong (Rom 2:15). But if you continue to do it, you are no longer convicted of your wrongdoing, in fact you begin to justify it.

To obey GOD means to:

  • Listen to HIS Voice (Psa 81:11-16, Pro 1:33, Pro 8:34)
  • Do HIS Will (Mrk 3:35, Luk 6:46, 1 Pet 4:2)
  • Act upon HIS WORD (Luk 6:47-49, Jam 1:22-25)

To serve means to seek after. To serve self means seeking after one’s own interests (Php 2:21); selfish, looking out for their own personal interests (Php 2:3-4). And serving money means to seek after it (Pro 23:4, Luk 12:21, 1 Tim 6:9, 1 Tim 6:17).

To walk with means to hang out with; occupy one’s time with; follow as a companion; how one conducts themselves (Amo 3:3, Gen 5:22-24, Gen 6:9, Gen 48:15, Jhn 14:23, Jhn 15:4-10, 1 Jhn 2:4-6).

 

Now, Israel
What does The LORD your GOD require from you
But to fear The LORD your GOD
To walk in all HIS Ways and love HIM
And to serve The LORD your GOD
With all your heart and with all your soul
And to keep The LORD’s Commandments
And HIS Statutes
Which I am commanding you today for your good?
Deuteronomy 10:12-13

Taking Up Arms

taking up arms for home defenseDo not be afraid of sudden fear

Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes

For The LORD will be your confidence

And will keep your foot from being caught

Proverbs 3:25-26

Our Beloved LORD GOD forewarned us that in the last days times would be exceedingly difficult; hard to bear; perilous; troublesome; and dangerous. Those times would be so because of the extremely sinful condition of ungodly men (2 Tim 3:1-5).

Today we are currently living in the last days, and those perilous times have come upon us. So much so, that in the last few months, more Christians have begun to ask about the BIBLICAL perspective on:

  1. taking up arms (securing weapons), in order to defend their lives, their loved ones, and their homes
  2. taking the life of a perpetrator

Before we respond to what our Beloved LORD GOD says on these matters, there are four questions every Christian should carefully consider:

  1. Do you trust GOD?
  2. Do you trust HIS WORD?
  3. Do you trust in the power of HIS NAME?
  4. Do you trust HIS plan?

If your answer to any one of these questions is “I think so”, “I am not sure”, “No” then the following response will be of no value to you. And you are in a far more perilous place than you realize, both in this present life and the next life. This position may seem harsh, but it is truth, and we will take a moment to explain.

If you do not trust GOD, not trust in HIS WORD, then you will die (Jhn 8:241 Exd 3:14, Jhn 8:56-58). Why, because you are refusing to believe in The only ONE WHO can save you. We have as an example of the unbelieving Israelites who came out of the Egyptian exile (Deu 1:29-36, Heb 3:12-19). Our merciful GOD (Psa 145:8-9), repeatedly warns us that death is the outcome for anyone who trusts anyone or anything instead of HIM (Psa 135:15-18, Pro 11:28, Pro 14:12, Pro 28:26, Jer 17:5, Eze 33:13). HE also warns us that we will get exactly what we expect when we do not trust HIM, nothing (Jam 1:7).

However, if you trust GOD, you trust HIS WORD, and you trust in the power of HIS NAME, you will experience many blessings (Psa 32:10, Jer 17:7); your prayers will be answered (Psa 34:17, Psa 116:1-2); you will have peace in all circumstances (Isa 26:3, Jhn 14:27); and you will witness miracles (Psa 22:4-5, Dan 3:24-28, Dan 6:18-23); as did three women who had nothing in common but their trust in GOD, HIS WORD, and the power of HIS NAME. Pauline Jacobi a 92-year-old woman living in Dyersburg, Tennessee; Marion Chadwick, an owner of a small store in Frisco, Texas; Nayara Goncalves, a 20-year-old manager of a phone store in Boca Raton, Florida. All three women faced death by a robber holding a gun, pointed at each one of them. When a masked man pointed his gun at Marion and demanded money, she commanded him to leave her store in The NAME of JESUS. He demanded money again, she responded again for him to leave her store in The NAME of JESUS. He turned and walked out. When robbers pointed guns at Pauline and Nayara and demanded money in exchange for their lives, they began to speak with them about JESUS. Pauline’s gunmen wept as she spoke with him about JESUS. She then handed him all the money she had, $10. He kissed her on the cheek and departed. Nayara’s gunmen held his head down as she spoke about JESUS, admitting he was a Christian desperate to get money to pay his rent. He left Nayara with an apology, and none of the store’s money.

When you trust GOD, trust HIS WORD, and trust in the power of HIS NAME, you will also trust in HIS plans. This level of trust can come only by knowing HIM personally. And this begins with knowing through HIS WORD, HIS ways and HIS will. As reflected in the example of five male Christian missionaries from America. In 1956 these five men left their wives and children behind in an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani (Waodani) people of the tropical rain forest of Eastern Ecuador, in what was known as Operation Auca, The young son of one of the missionaries spotted a gun in his father’s plane and asked his father: If the Waodani attack, will you defend yourself? Will you use your guns? His father Nate Saint answered: Son, we can’t shoot the Waodani. They’re not ready for heaven… we are. Nate Saint, and the four other male missionaries were killed by a group of the Waodani tribe. But as a result of their deaths, the entire tribe eventually came to CHRIST.

Completely trusting our Beloved LORD GOD, means we completely trust HIM, HIS WORD, the power of HIS NAME, and HIS plans. There are countless more, but we introduced you to eight Christians who completely trusted GOD and know HIS WORD, which gave them understanding of HIS perspective. They didn’t meet violence with violence, they met violence with trust in HIM and HIS WORD. Their trust, changed the hearts, lives and souls of their attackers.

Our Precious LORD JESUS tells us in Matthew 5:38-39, “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” HIS WORD is counter-intuitive to our thoughts and actions, and yet HE also tells us, “For MY thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways MY ways,” declares The LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are MY ways higher than your ways and MY thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa 55:8-9).

Do not take up arms. Trust in The LORD. Weapons give you a false sense of security. Our Beloved LORD GOD will keep you secure (Pro 1:33).

 

O give us help against the adversary,

For deliverance by man is in vain.

Through GOD we shall do valiantly,

And it is HE WHO will tread down our adversaries.

Psalm 60:11-12

Sorcery

Pharmakeia 2But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers

And immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars

Their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone

Which is the second death

Revelation 21:8

There are many references in The BIBLE to sorcerer (Deu 18:10), sorcerers (Exd 7:11, Jer 27:9, Dan 2:2, Mal 3:5, Rev 21:8, Rev 22:15), sorcery (2 Chr 33:6, Gal 5:20, Rev 18:23), sorceries (Isa 47:9-12, Mic 5:12, Nah 3:4, Rev 9:21) or magic (Eze 13:18-20, Act 8:9-11, Act 19:19).  

Sorcery, magic, witchcraft is the same thing, and is evil in GOD’s sight. This practice is both detestable, and an abomination to HIM (Deu 18:9-13, 2 Chr 33:1-6). And those who practice such things will be judged by GOD HIMSELF, WHO will be a swift witness, bringing compelling evidence against them (Mal 3:5).

Sorcery takes two forms:

  1. The practice of sorcery, witchcraft or magic is to deceive by lies, manipulation and drugs (Exd 7:11, Jer 27:9, Eze 13:18-20, Dan 2:2, Act 8:9-11, Act 19:19, Rev 18:23).
  2. The use of drugs (whether prescribed, illegal, or magic potions) to satisfy the flesh by bringing the mind to an altered state (Gal 5:19-21, Rev 9:21, Rev 21:8, Rev 22:15). And the dispensing of drugs (druggists, pharmacists, or drug dealers) as demonstrated by the graphic above, in the first definition of “Pharmakeia” OT:5331.

The first form of sorcery is spoken of throughout the BIBLE. And with the global distribution of thousands of books, movies, games, etc., for Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Cinderella, Doctor Strange, Frozen, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Seventh Son, Snow White, The Chronicles of Narnia Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy… magic has become so widely accepted that many Christians are ensnared. They are deceived into thinking these movies are okay, because good magic always triumphs over evil magic. Failing to understand two things, first, any type of magic is sorcery, making all magic evil. And second our Heavenly FATHER has warned that much sorrow, grief, misery, trouble and affliction (woe) will come to those who call good what HE has called evil (Isa 5:20-24). In conclusion, our Beloved LORD GOD has commanded that sorcerers or witches should not be found among us (Deu 18:9-14), which means even the books, movies, games, etc. that contain them, should not be brought into our homes.

Numerous Christians are unaware that the use of drugs (whether prescribed, illegal, or used for magic potions) for one’s own gratification is sorcery. The non-medical application of prescription drugs is just as grave physically and spiritually as illegal drugs. When medications prescribed by a doctor or other medical professional are used in a way that was not intended for those medications to be used, abuse occurs. Many who abuse prescription drugs are deceived into thinking that taking prescribed drugs will not lead to addiction (a compulsive, ongoing, destructive behavior). Yet any drug which opens the mind to an altered state, opens that mind up to demonic activity. Countless people worldwide did not believe their prescribed medications to reduce anxiety, relieve stress or irritability, stop pain, stimulate the brain to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or relieve certain symptoms while providing a feeling of well-being (marijuana), would lead to addiction. And yet it did. When legally prescribed drugs produce the same behavior as consummation of illegal drugs, or influence by magic potions; the mind is being controlled or influenced by something or someone else, this is sorcery. And any drug dealer who purposely provides drugs knowing they will alter the physical, mental and spiritual state of an individual, is a sorcerer.  

How would one know they are not taking legal medicine as prescribed? The following are the top signs of prescription drug addiction provided by Medical and Addiction Recovery Professionals:

  1. Continued use of the drug, even after the pain it was prescribed for has ceased.
  2. Complaining about vague symptoms to get more medication.
  3. Lack of interest in treatment options other than medications.
  4. Mood and behavior changes, such as becoming hostile, volatile, agitated or anxious.
  5. Secretive or deceitful behavior in order to obtain the drug, such as stealing prescriptions, forging them, “losing” them, having multiple prescriptions from more than one doctor or buying and selling them on the street.
  6. Using prescription pills prescribed for others.
  7. Physical withdrawal symptoms when doses are missed. Flu-like symptoms such as joint and muscle aches, night sweats and insomnia. In fact, any major increases and decreases in sleep are signs of prescription drug addiction.
  8. Acting extremely hyper or revved up, acting sedated, or acting stuporous (having slow or confused reactions, groggy).
  9. Using more than the recommended amount of medication.
  10. Developing a high tolerance so that more pills are needed for the same desired effect.
  11. Withdrawal from friends, family and society, especially if people close to you, say you have a problem.
  12. Financial problems associated with having to purchase more and more pills.
  13. History of drug addiction.
  14. Poor decision making in general.

Our Beloved LORD JESUS CHRIST calls us to pursue and acquire true wisdom (the ability to know what is true or right – Heb 5:14, Jam 1:5). True wisdom is only found in HIM and HIS WORD (Pro 2:1-8, Jam 3:17). Wisdom not from above is earthly and demonic (Jam 3:15), that is why HE warns us not to lean on our own understanding (Pro 3:5, 1 Cor 3:18-20); for doing so will also cause much sorrow, grief, misery, trouble and affliction (woe – Isa 5:21). So if you have completed this study and you have reservations, we ask that you will prayerfully study the Scriptures, and go back to the original language (Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek), and see if what has been laid out in this study is so.

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident

Which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery

Enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions

Factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these

Of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you

That those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of GOD

Galatians 5:19-21

Discerning the Times

Red skies in OhioThe Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing JESUS
They asked HIM to show them a sign from heaven.
But HE replied to them
When it is evening, you say, ‘it will be fair weather, for the sky is red’
And in the morning, ‘there will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening’
Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky
But cannot discern the signs of the times?
An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign
And a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah
And HE left them and went away.
Matthew 16:1-4

In this passage of Scripture we saw religious leaders wanting JESUS to prove that HE was indeed the Messiah sent by GOD, by providing a miracle from heaven (such as when fire came down from heaven to the earth, proving Elijah was the prophet sent by The true GOD in Israel (1 Kings 18:36-39).

Our Beloved LORD JESUS WHO had already performed many miracles up to this point, had provided sufficient proofs that HE was WHO HE claimed to be. Yet these religious leaders still did not believe in HIM. Knowing that sufficient proof of the truth would never be enough for hardened and unbelieving hearts, HE simply stated “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” HIS statement to the unbelieving religious leaders was expounded upon in Matthew 12:39-41:

But HE answered and said to them,
An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign
And yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet
For just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER
So will The SON of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth
“The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it
because they repented at the preaching of Jonah
and behold, something greater than Jonah is here

The Pharisees and Sadducees did not believe in our Beloved LORD JESUS CHRIST, doubting that HE spoke absolute truth. To this very day, unbelievers doubt the BIBLE as being both absolute (100% true with no exceptions-Psa 119:160, Jhn 17:17) and infallible (always perfect, always accurate, no errors – Psa 19:7). And because of their unbelief, unbelievers will:
Test or question the truth, not because they want to learn, but for the purpose of discrediting it (Luk 11:16, Mat 12:38–42, Luk 16:27-31). Those who reject the truth will always be deceived (1 Kin 18:36-39, Rev 13:11-14 Mal 4:5, Mat 17:10:13, 2 Ths 2:10-12).
Mock the truth, choosing to ridicule rather than earnestly search for it (Php 3:17–19, 2 Tim 4:3-4, 2 Pet 3:3-7, Jud 1:18). Insulting the truth rather than clinging to it, will always lead to destruction (2 Chr 36:15-17, Pro 1:20-33, 2 Ths 1:8-9).
Ignore or reject the truth, as they are not willing to turn from their evil ways. They reject both HIM (Heb 12:25-28) and HIS messengers (Zec 7:11-14). Which leads to both physical (Luk 17:26-27, Gen 7:17-23, 2 Pet 2:5) and spiritual death (Rev 21:8).

Only through The BIBLE (The WORD of GOD), can we discern (understand or recognize) the times we are currently living in, and understand what we should do (1 Chr 12:32). Discernment of the times we are currently living in, brings:

  1. Knowledge of what we should do (1 Ths 5:1-8), and what type of people ought we to be (2 Pet 3:14-15).
  2. Insight through both The SPIRIT of GOD and The WORD of GOD, enables us to see and clearly understand people, circumstances, and events all around us (Psa 119:99-100, Isa 41:20, Dan 11:33, Dan 12:10, 1 Cor 2:14-16).
  3. Watchfulness that keeps us from being caught off-guard; unprepared; asleep (Mat 24:42-44, Mrk 13:32-37, Luk 12:35-40, Rom 13:11).
  4. Peace which surpasses all understanding (Php 4:7), the peace which GOD gives (Jhn 14:27). We are not filled with fear like those who have no discernment (Luk 21:25-26), instead we should be filled with expectation (Isa 26:3, 2 Ths 3:16).

Just one final point, fully understanding that we are in the very last days does not mean we should give up and quit living. We should do quite the opposite, following the lead of our Beloved SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Knowing that HIS departure from this life was near, HE did not quit, HE continued to minister until HIS very last breath (Jhn 13:1-20, Jhn 19:28-30).

But what about the non-ministry part of our lives, how should we live, knowing that time is short? We will answer this in two parts. First, we should live wisely (Psa 90:12). You might be wondering what it means “to live wisely or have a heart of wisdom.” It means to understand our lives are fleeting (Job 14:1-2, Psa 144:4, Jam 4:14), therefore being careful how we live (Pro 19:16, Eph 5:15-17), because we know we will appear before the judgment seat of CHRIST, and give an account of how we lived (2 Cor 5:10). Second, every part of your life should be ministry. To minister means to serve, to provide, take care of, to distribute, to do the things necessary to sustain life. Whether it is physical life, emotional life or spiritual life, we are each called to minister throughout our lives.

But when these things begin to take place
Straighten up and lift up your heads
Because your redemption is drawing near

Then HE told them a parable
Behold the fig tree and all the trees
As soon as they put forth leaves
You see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near
So you also, when you see these things happening
Recognize that the Kingdom of GOD is near
Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away
Until all things take place
Heaven and earth will pass away
But MY WORDS will not pass away

Luke 21:28-33

LORD, LORD

Lord, Lord before the throne“Not everyone who says to ME

“Lord, Lord”

Will enter the kingdom of heaven

But he who does the will of My Father

WHO is in heaven will enter

Matthew 7:21

On this 26th day of April 2020, the news headlines for just the last week, are filled with many prophetic events from Ezekiel, Matthew and Revelation. And though not included in the illustration below, the current global headlines also included earthquakes, wars and raging fires:

  • Ezekiel 14:21 speaks of four severe, catastrophic, or dreadful judgments (war, famine, wild beasts and plague) to cut off men and animals because of sin.
  • Matthew 24:3-9 speaks of events (war, famines, earthquakes, persecution) that will signal HIS return. Matthew 24:8 identifies these events as birth pangs, indicating things will get more severe as HIS return draws nearer.
  • Revelation 6:1-9 gives more detail concerning the events spoken of in Matthew 24:3-9, and tells us the birth pangs being experienced on earth are actually seals being opened in heaven.

Global Current Headlines

On March 29, 2020 our Beloved LORD GOD sent me with the message “Take Heed.” The time of sleeping is over, it is time to be sober and alert, to the events happening all around us, events which signal HIS imminent return. Today, almost a month later, HE has sent me with the same message, HE first sent through HIS apostle Peter more than 2000 years ago.

May GOD give you more and more grace and peace

As you grow in your knowledge of GOD and JESUS our LORD

By HIS divine power, GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life

We have received all of this by coming to know HIM

The ONE who called us to HIMSELF, by means of HIS marvelous glory and excellence

And because of HIS glory and excellence, HE has given us great and precious promises

These are the promises that enable you to share HIS divine nature

And escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to GOD’s promises

Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence

And moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control

And self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness

And godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be

In your knowledge of our LORD JESUS CHRIST

But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind

Forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins

So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove

That you really are among those GOD has called and chosen

Do these things, and you will never fall away

Then GOD will give you a grand entrance

Into the eternal Kingdom of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

2 Peter 1:2-11 (New Living Translation)

As a result of this message it is imperative that we examine ourselves to see if we are still in the faith (2 Cor 13:5). We should start by honestly analyzing who is Lord of our lives.

How many of you know that salvation of our souls came not just with believing that both JESUS CHRIST is The only Begotten SON of GOD (Jhn 3:16), and GOD raised HIM from the dead as proof of WHO HE is (Rom 10:9-10, Act 17:31), but also that we must fully surrender our lives to HIM (Rom 10:9)? We are no longer the boss of our lives HE is!

Our Beloved LORD JESUS CHRIST tells us on judgment day (Mat 7:21), many will come before HIM saying “Lord, Lord” hoping to be given entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. But sadly HE will turn them away, because HE is not their LORD, and HE doesn’t know them because they continually lived a life of disobedience (Mat 7:22-23). This is a powerful lesson for all of us, doing things you think are pleasing to GOD, means nothing if you are not living a life obedient to GOD (1 Cor 13:1-3, 1 Jhn 4:16, Jhn 14:23).

There are two devastating statements not one of us would ever want to hear from our Beloved LORD JESUS CHRIST:

  • “I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS” (Matt 7:23)
  • “Why do you call ME, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say?” (Luk 6:46)

Regrettably, many professing Christians do not know that JESUS HIMSELF will be The One WHO we will stand before to be judged for everything we did in our physical bodies (Act 17:30-31). Many have been quoted two passages from John (Jhn 3:17, Jhn 12:47), as the basis why JESUS does not judge. But if they had been good Bereans, or studied GOD’s WORD for themselves they would know HIS first coming was for salvation only, but HIS second coming will be for judgment (2 Cor 5:10). Each one of us will give an account of ourselves to GOD (Rom 14:12, Mat 16:27) for our:

  • Words (Mat 12:34-37, Eph 4:29, Jam 3:9-10)
  • Obedience (Mat 7:21-23, Luk 6:46)
  • Relationship with HIM (Luk 13:22-30, Tit 1:16)
  • Love for others (Mat 25:31-46, 1 Jhn 3:16-18)
  • Readiness (Mat 25:1-13, Luk 12:35-38, Heb 9:28)

This message is not to bring fear and uncertainty about your relationship with our Beloved LORD GOD and Precious LORD JESUS CHRIST, instead in HIS great mercy and compassion, we are each being given an opportunity to examine ourselves.

And these words of comfort from HIM, for HIS faithful followers:

But if anyone loves GOD

He is known by HIM

1 Corinthians 8:3

No one who abides in HIM sins

No one who sins

Has seen HIM

Or knows HIM

1 John 3:6

According to 1 John 3:6, no one who sins, knows HIM. How can one not sin? If you carefully re-read 1 John 3:6, you will see the very first statement is “No one who abides in HIM sins.” That means if you abide in our Beloved LORD GOD and HE abides in you, you will not continually live a life of sin (practice – 1 Jhn 3:4-10).

If after examining your lifestyle through Scripture, and you feel convicted about something you are continually doing, knowing it is not pleasing to GOD. Seek HIS forgiveness (1 Jhn 1:9) and seek HIS help (Psa 51:6-13). HE promises not to cast out those who come to HIM (Jhn 6:37-40).

Now may the GOD of peace HIMSELF sanctify you entirely

And may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete

Without blame at the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST

Faithful is HE who calls you, and HE also will bring it to pass

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24