Wednesday, January 27, 2010

“Catastrophe Thinking – 101”…Blog.

“Catastrophe Thinking – 101”…Blog.

Surely all of us… have heard about the earthquake and related human tragedies in Haiti? But should that be our concern…? IF you will just take some time to read this blog, perhaps you will have a different “Cognitive Approach” to the ‘real’ facts and concerns. These facts and what ‘really happens’ in such situations, needs to be addressed, without the emotion of the moment. First allow me to ask, “Do you believe everything you hear on the ‘news’… or do they have an ‘agenda’… they want you to believe…?” Will you allow your ‘emotions’, to rule your thinking…?

*** (Job 2:9-10) And his wife = said to him, = Do you = still hold to = your integrity? = Curse God = and die!
(Job 2:10) But he = said to her, = You speak = as one of the ‘foolish’ ones speak. = What? = Shall we receive ‘good’ = at the hand of God, = and = shall we not receive ‘evil’ [also]? = In all this = Job =did not sin = with his lips.

Mankind is 'wrongly' led to believe… that God, the God of the Bible, is “Not” in control. All that happens here, is only by a mere ‘happenstance’ of natural occurrences’. Nothing could be further… from the “Truth”. When we are born, we are surely, to die. Nothing in life is guaranteed and all happens as a result of the ‘actions or non-actions’ of others. If you are truly born again by the Holy Spirit of God and are truly a Christian… then it is for you to ‘trust’… what God has said in His Word, the Bible. If you are ‘not’ His child, then you are ruled with… the ‘whims’ of this worlds ‘circumstances’.

*** (Isaiah 45:6-7) that they = may know = from the rising of the sun, = and = to the sunset, that there is = ‘none’ = besides Me. = I am Jehovah [God], = and = there is ‘none’ else; [No other God]
(Isa 45:7) forming the light = and = creating darkness; = making peace = and = [allowing] creating evil. = I Jehovah = do ‘all’ these things.

When a Catastrophe happens… Many are taken back with the images that ‘the media’ presents. We are shown views of crashed buildings and injured people. Do you remember… the Islamic Terrorist Attack on the Twin Towers, “9-11”…? Those were some of the same Islamic Terrorists that have made… human bomb attacks… in the ‘Middle Eastern’ countries. Yet the media will ‘not’ call it an Islamic Terrorist Attack. Why is that…? Do you ever think you will hear… “The Truth”… from the mainstream media…? Why do they not say… Islamic Terrorists?  

During, “9-11”… I was in Indianapolis Indiana… on a business trip. They calling for Blood donations and the blood banks were so overflowed, so that they had to turn people away. Did you know human blood can only be kept for ‘30-days?’ Much of that collected blood was sold to ‘plasma & research’ businesses. How about what happened in other cities, throughout this country? They were turning away people also… but you ‘never’ heard about this blood collection travesty, ‘did you?’

All the donations… for the victims of “9-11” were in excess of Ten Billion Dollars. Yet each one of received a little over one million dollars. All the private and corporate and insurance compensations were… ‘Never’ accounted for. Do you suppose that all the “Donations”… reached the victim families…? “Absolutely Not!” Only one day did I see a news article about the ‘supposed fraud’… and then no more. Yet they were still accepting donations from all sources for some time. It made people… feel good inside… to give… even without knowing where the monies went to…?

How about the Tsunami… that rocked Malaysia in 2004? We all saw the videos and many donated to that cause. But did you ever hear about… ‘An Accounting’ of those donations…? Surely the USA played a big part in the help provides to that area, as we always do. Remember we are only… ‘One Country’… of the “G7 Nations”, the wealthiest nations group. But what about the funds from the other nations, did you ever hear about their… donations of help…?

This week, John Travolta… flew aid from here in Florida to Haiti. Of course he belongs to the Church of Scientology, which is not really a church. He did it as an outreach because the number of Scientology memberships is diminishing. But what about all the other aid from ‘other private groups’, which were already… flying relief, from Florida to Haiti…? Only the local news here, carries ‘those’ stories. But what about the source supply chain. How is all that donated foodstuffs, water and supplies… going to reach into Haiti…? What emergency plan is in place by those countries? …”None!”

What about those other Countries… bordering the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea? Yes, even the Dominican Republic, which shares the same Island…? Have you heard… any news… on their donations to Haiti? ‘Only’ the complaints of… “Why is it taking so long for aid to reach the people?” The ‘media’ has turned this tragedy into a ‘circus’. Just take a moment and figure out where the population demographics of that nation is, in relationship to their airports. Even that was damaged in the earthquake.

*** (1Corinthians 14:40) Let = ‘all’ = things = be done decently = and = in order.

*** (Job 5:6-7-8) For affliction = ‘does not’ = come forth from the dust, = nor does trouble = spring up out of the ground;
(Job 5:7) but man = is born ‘to trouble’, = as the sparks = fly upward.
(Job 5:8) Truly, = I would seek to God, = and = to God = I would put my plea,

Do you have a Plan…? Those who live in California, are told by their state to have an “Earth Quake Plan & Supplies!” Living here in Florida, to too we are told to make preparations for Hurricanes. Those living in cold isolated areas, make plans with back-up generators, for when the power lines are down and they have ‘no electricity’, for a week or 10-days. When I traveled for work, I always had a suite case ready to go, on a moment’s notice. Please allow me to ask you… have you ‘pre-planned’ for the… “Catastrophe”… in life…? “Yes or No”…?

*** (Matthew 24:4-to-8) And = Jesus = answered = and said to them, = Take heed = that ‘no’ man = deceive you.
(Mat 24:5) For many will come = in My Name, = saying, = I am Christ, = and = will = deceive many.
(Matt 24:6) And you = will hear of wars = and rumors of wars. = See that ‘you’ = are not troubled, = for = ‘all’ these things = must occur; = but the end = is not yet.
(Matt 24:7) For nation = will rise against nation, = and = kingdom against kingdom. = And = there will be famines = and = pestilences = and = EARTHQUAKES = in different places.
(Matt 24:8) All these = are the beginning of sorrows.

*** (Luke 21:35) For as a snare = shall it come = on ‘all’ = them that dwell = on the face = of the ‘whole’ earth.

There will be a “Tribulation”… that will come upon all mankind that you cannot imagine! These small disasters will pale in comparison. Most it will take unawares and will be consumed by it. Each one’s soul will be tried… and those trials will reveal whose side you are on. Satan will have almost unlimited power and will fight against God’s People… but will not succeed.

*** (Hebrews 9:27) And = as it is appointed = unto men = once to die, = but after this = the judgment:

*** (2Corinthians 5:10) For we = must ‘all’ = appear = before the judgment seat = of Christ, = so that = ‘each one’ = may receive = the things = done through the body, = according to that = which he has done, = whether good or bad.

What would “Jesus Do”…? Some have criticized me for a statement I mad about the relief to Haiti. Do you suppose that ‘Christ Jesus’ would help them…? That question is ‘not’ even worthy of a response… for it is founded in “Secular Humanism”… and NOT in Biblical Christianity. No, I am “not saying”… that we are not ‘to pray’ for the Haitians. But what about those, “Children in Africa” that are being Killed Daily… in those political conflicts. Are they any ‘less worthy’ of our ‘prayers’? You see the Media has given us a… “Jaded Approach to the News!”

*** (Genesis 4:9-1) And Jehovah said unto Cain, = Where is your brother Abel? = And he said, = I do not know. = Am I = my brother's keeper?
(Gen 4:10) And He [God] said, = What have you done? = The voice = of your brother's blood = cries to Me = from the ground.

*** (Exodus 20:13) You = shall ‘not’ = murder innocent life.

I simply tell YOU… the real issue here is what the News… is “NOT” telling us. Did you know that there have been over… “Fifty Million, ‘50,000,000’ = Innocent Babies = KILLED in their Mother’s Womb… by Abortion!” What about those in Haiti or Malaysia or in Africa... killed by famine, earthquake, pestilence and the like…? They are “NOT”… the real issue here! It is the… Continued Killing of Innocent Babies… in their mothers’ womb… By ABORTION! That is the only issue here… and ‘not’ the aid of our country to ‘Others’…!

The Blood of those… “MURDERED INNOCENT BABIES”… “KILLED BY ABORTION”… In their “Mothers’ Womb”…which is the ‘real issue’. We a nation blessed by God… is being Cursed by God… as the Blood of those “50-000,000” = 50-Million Innocent Babies… cries out against our Nation. And you worry about those in Haiti, or Africa or somewhere Else…?

*** (Luke 13:3-4-5) I [Jesus] tell you, = No. = But unless you repent, = you will = ‘all’ = likewise perish.
(Luke 13:4) Or those = ‘eighteen’ = on whom the tower in Siloam = fell and killed them, = do you think = that they were sinners = above all men = who lived in Jerusalem? [Not!]
(Luke 13:5) I tell you, = No. = But unless = ‘you’ = repent, = ‘you’ = will ‘all’ = likewise perish.

Perhaps it is TIME… to clear our Spiritual Calendar and start to… “Pray for Repentance”… ‘For Our Nation’… and its Sin of Abortion… the Murder of the Innocents? Simply examine your … ‘mind and heart’… and start to pray… about our home country and its problems… that are a direct result of our… NOT SAYING ANYTHING… about those “Innocent Babies”…. KILLED by ABORTION… In their MOTHERS’ WOMB…? ? ? Are our... “Fifty Million Murdered Innocent Babies”… more that... the 20-thousand killed in… Haiti?

*** (James 1:22) Keep on being = doers of the Word, = and ‘not’ = merely hearers = who = Deceive themselves.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

“The 'Many' – 101”…Blog.

“The MANY – 101”…Blog.

Who are the “Many”…? Does ‘Many’ simply mean, ‘Most?’ Surely, it does ‘not mean’, some or few. “Many means Most”, but who are the ‘Many’ spoken about in most of the Bible, the Word of God? Have you ever looked into the Question, “Are you one of the ‘Many’ or are you ‘one’ of the Few? Most here in America, when asked ‘Claim to be Christian’. Although there are a growing number of younger people who now claim, to be Agnostics or Atheists.

*** (Matthew 7:14) Because = narrow is the gate = and = constricted is the way = which leads to life, = and = there are = ‘Few’ = who find it.

*** (Matthew 12:30) The one = who is not = with Me [Jesus] = is against Me, = and = the one who does not = gather with Me = scatters.

IF, your house were on fire… or one of your children in danger… would you have me… ‘Say Nothing?’ There are “Many”… who say they believe in God! But how can you believe in God and then go ‘against’ His Word. There are “Many” who say they believe in Jesus and then go ‘against’ His Word, the Bible. How can that be…? Simply put, “Their Actions” show their Faith =or= Lack of Faith… in their ‘obedience’ to the Word of God. You say you Love Jesus, but do you… “Read & Obey”… His Word, the Bible?

*** (Luke 6:46) And = why do = ‘you’ = call Me [Jesus] = Lord [Master], = Lord [Boss], = and = do ‘not’ do = what I say?

*** (James 1:22) Keep on = being = Doers of the Word, = and = ‘not’ = Merely hearers = who = Deceive themselves.

Many today have a… convenience religion. Some time ago, I was speaking with the Dean of a Bible College. He was sharing that he could not figure out, why, so many Adolescents from Christian Homes… leave the Faith. It is simply a means of “Compliance”, while living at home. They are compliant to their parents and share in family activities, but they are like the ‘many’. It is an “External” compliance with ‘no heart’, that loves the Lord and His Word, the Bible. Not all are like that, but ‘many’ are.

*** (Romans 10:3-4) For they, = being ignorant = of God's righteousness = and = going about = to establish their own righteousness, = have ‘not’ = submitted themselves = to the righteousness of God.
(Rom 10:4) For Christ = is the end of the law [Word of God] = for righteousness = for everyone = who [truly] believes.

Simply think this one through…? IF both parents are ‘truly’ Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God… Christians, THEN would they raise their children to submit to the Word of God, Also? May I use the ‘rule of three’, as it was so with Noah and his family? Ham was a rebel and was cursed. But the other two, feared and loved God. IF we carry that ‘faith’ forward… would not two thirds of the People, love and fear, God? It does not work like that. “Each One”… is directly responsible to God and His Word. There is… “NO”… Hand Me Down… “Faith or Salvation!”

*** (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Let us = ‘hear’ the conclusion = of the whole matter. = “Fear God”, = and = ‘keep’ His commandments. = For this is = the whole duty = of mankind.
(Eccl 12:14) For God = shall bring = every work [deed] = into judgment, = with = every secret thing, = whether it is = good, = or = whether = evil.

When you sit in Church… does your mind go to God or to what is going on there? I can remember as little as ‘20-years’ ago, that the “Bible Sermon & Teaching”… took most of the Church service. Now today, it is mostly like a “Super Bowl” celebration. There is more singing and ‘supposed worship’… than there is… “Exhortation and Teaching”… from the Word of God! Please tell me… it isn’t so…? Do you go back home with thoughts about the Word of God, or how good a time you had… with the Worship Music?

*** (Matthew 7:21-22-23) ‘Not everyone’ = who says to Me [Jesus], = Lord! = Lord! = shall enter = the kingdom of Heaven, = but = he who = does the will [Word] = of My Father = in Heaven.
(Matt 7:22) = MANY = will say to Me = in that day, = Lord! = Lord! = Did we ‘not’ = prophesy = in Your Name, = and = through = Your Name = throw out demons, = and = through = Your Name = do “many” = wonderful works?
(Matt 7:23) And then = I [Jesus] = will say = to them = I = “NEVER” = knew you! = Depart from Me, = those working = lawlessness!

“MANY”, ‘Only’ want a positive message…! An incomplete presentation of the Gospel, will not contain the “damnation for unbelief”. Somehow that ‘person’ thinks that that ‘Bad News’ about rejecting Christ Jesus, will turn a person off? Sorry, they are… “Turned Off Already!” Often times I post, SUCH warning verses on some of the Bible sites. I have been told more than once… “You have a Critical Spirit!” Did you notice they blamed “I” [me] and… not that Word of God… that I simply posted and presented…?

“NO”… ‘Real Christian’... Fears the Word of God... “Unless”, they are… Out of “Obedience & Fellowship” …with GOD..!!!

Each & Every Moring… I spend time in the Word of God. When I come upon a part of the Word of God… that I have mistakenly not known or disobeyed… [2Chronicles 12:14]… I simply confess and forsake it. That is what… ‘real salvation’ in Christ Jesus is all about. “We Sin… ‘Confess & Forsake’… and He Forgives!” We choose ‘not to repeat’ that sin, because we realize the Cost… “His Precious Blood!” Often times we commit sins of ‘omission’ and do not even realize it. Have you ever had the leading to share Christ and then not do it, because you had a more pressing engagement or appointment? What can be more pressing, than to share the Gospel with a Sinner…? Absolutely… “NOTHING”!

*** (Proverbs 28:13) He [She] who = covers his [her] sins = shall ‘not’ = be blessed; = but whoever = confesses = and = leaves [forsakes] = them = shall have mercy.

*** (1John 1:5-to-10) And = this is “the message” = which we have heard = from Him = and = declare “to you”, = that God is light, = and = in Him = is ‘no’ darkness = at all.
(1Jn 1:6) If we ‘say’ = that we have = fellowship with Him = and = walk in darkness [disobedience], = we “Lie” = and ‘do not’ = practice = the Truth [Word].
(1Jn 1:7) But if = we walk = in the light, = as He is in the light, = we have fellowship = with one another, = and = the blood of Jesus Christ = His Son [continually] cleanses us = from ‘all’ sin.
(1Jn 1:8) If we say = that we have = ‘no sin’, = we Deceive ourselves, = and = the Truth [Word] = is ‘not’ = in us.
(1Jn 1:9) If we = confess our sins, = He = is faithful = and just = to forgive us = our sins, = and = to cleanse us = from all = unrighteousness.
(1Jn 1:10) If we say = that we = ‘have not sinned], = we make = Him a liar, = and = His Word [Truth] = is ‘not’ in us.


Perhaps some time… you will make an ‘In–Depth’ study in the Word of God? The Word “MANY” is used 266 times in the NT and 259 times in the OT. Simply use your Bible software and look at the “Many MANYS” used in the Word of God. You can get that free Bible software from the above link. I use it and others, all the time.

What happens to the “MANY”… who hear the ‘Word of God’, and do not or refuse ‘to act’ on it…? Does their unbelief, affect you? Recently there has been a plethora of posting on Bible sites by unbelievers. I think ‘many’ of those came from Religious or Christian Families. Too many know too much about the Word of God, to quote Bible verses and then, “Mock Them, Openly”. Those are the ONES of which I spoke about, above. The True Faith and Salvation… cannot be handed down! It must be appropriated by “Each & Every One!” Again what happens when ONE… refuses to allow the Word of God… into their life?

*** (Matthew 13:19) When ‘anyone’ = hears = the Word = of the kingdom [of God] = and does ‘not’ understand it, = then = the wicked one comes = and = ‘catches away’ = that which was sown = in his heart. = This is the seed = sown by the wayside.

*** (Mark 4:14-15) The sower = sows = the Word [of God].
(Mark 4:15) And these = are those = by the wayside, = where = the Word is sown. = And = when they hear, = Satan comes immediately = and = takes away the Word = that was sown = in their hearts.

*** (Luke 8:11-12) And the parable is this: = The seed = is = the Word of God.
(Luke 8:12) Those by the roadside = are the ones = who hear; = then the Devil comes = and = takes the Word = out of their hearts, = lest = they should believe = and = be saved.

What the “MANY” do, with the “Word of God”… will simply determine where they will spend, ‘now and eternity’. God’s provision in Christ Jesus was that All should be Saved and come to Repentance. But MOST… will Not! ‘Many’ will have religion and believe that they are doing a work for God. Remember the above verse… Matthew 7:23… where Christ Jesus said… “I Never Knew YOU!” That is the fate of the ‘Many’ because they will not submit to the Word of God! That “rebellion” against GOD and His Word… enables ‘Satan’ to… “TAKE” the Word of God… out of ANY… “Unbelieving Hear!” What about the… “Other Many?”

*** (John 1:11-12-13) He came to His own, = and His own = received Him not.
(John 1:12) But as = “MANY” = as received Him, = He gave to them = authority to become = the children of God, = to those = who believe = on His name,
(John 1:13) who were born, = not of bloods, = nor of the will of the flesh, = nor of the will of man, = but were born of God [by His Holy Spirit].

*** (Hebrews 2:10) For it became Him, = for Whom = are all things = and by Whom = are all things, = in bringing = “MANY” = sons into glory, = to perfect = the Captain of their salvation = through sufferings.

*** (Hebrews 9:14) how much more = shall the blood of Christ = (Who through the eternal Spirit = offered Himself = without spot to God) = purge your conscience = from dead works = to serve = the living God?

*** (Revelation 3:19) As many = as I [Jesus] love, = I rebuke = and = chasten; = therefore = be zealous = and = repent.

(Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, = so that I = may behold = wonderful things = out of = Your Law [Word].

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

“Under Authority – 201”…Blog.

“Under Authority – 201”…Blog.

Yesterday, someone wrote me… after they had read the first blog, “Under Authority – 101” and asked, “What if your boss tells you to do something wrong?” Are there other situations, especially in war, when it is right to ‘disobey’ those… “Authorities having Jurisdiction…?” What comes to mind is that secular saying… “All is fair in Love and War!” That is called, ‘Situational Ethics’, where one changes like a chameleon to fir the situation. As I thought on that question the answer came immediately from the Scriptures…!

*** (Acts 5:29) And Peter = and the apostles = answered and said, = We = ought to = “Obey – God” = rather = than men.

The Apostles were preaching the Gospel… and were put into prison for the miracles and the preaching they were doing about Christ Jesus. The non-religious Jews and their Temple Soldiers took Peter and some of the Apostles into custody. That ‘Authority’, wrongly claimed that they were protecting their nation and the people from, heresy against God. So today may Preachers and Churches have wrongly abused their authority… in speaking against anyone that does not hold to their Denominational line and teachings. Something like making Water Baptism, necessary for Salvation, when it is ONLY… the Grace of God! Ephesians 2:8-9-10…!

*** (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Let us = hear the conclusion = of the whole matter. = Fear God, = and = keep His commandments. = For this is = the whole duty = of man.
(Eccl 12:14) For God = shall bring = every work [deed] = into judgment, = with every = ‘secret thing’, = whether it is good, = or whether evil.

Surely you have heard… “The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few”. That and other ditties and others like it are simply excuses to do what one wants. Somehow here in America, many have the mistaken idea that there is… “Justice for All?” Absolutely not, even though our Constitution says so. F. Lee Bialy said after the OJ Simpson trial, that he could identify… “Five Separate and Distinct”… legal systems, depending on ‘ones’… “Social, financial and economic status”. Short of the… “Judgment seat of Christ Jesus”… no one can expect ‘justice & equity’… in this world’s system.

*** (Ecclesiastes 8:11) Because = sentence = against an evil work = is not executed = speedily, = therefore the heart = of the sons of men = is fully set = in them = to do evil.

Suffering for doing good and not evil… is a hard thing. Many of the early church and even so today, there have been… “Martyrs for Christ and the Word of God.” You ‘say’ you believe… God and His Word, the Bible..? But do you really believe enough to give all you own and maybe even your life for… “God?” What will it cost you to follow Christ Jesus in Obedience to His Word? Surely, those that pay the ultimate price of their life and the lives of their families, know firsthand, the ultimate sacrifice for…“The Truth of God!”

*** (Philippians 1:29) For = to you = it is given = on behalf of Christ = ‘not only’ = to believe on Him, = but also = “To Suffer” = for = His sake,

*** (1Peter 2:18) Servants, = be subject = to your masters = with all fear, = not ‘only’ = to those good and forbearing, = but also = to the perverse ones.

IF your boss… asks or requires you to do something wrong or illegal… may I simply suggest that you … ‘Appeal’… to ‘him or her’? Some will simply storm out and then loose the opportunity to speak to the unsaved… about God has His Word. Is there an example in the Scriptures where this happened? Yes there is…! Most of the world does not nor wants to know God and His Word. Many will take the short cut, as ‘not’ to be branded a… “Bible Thumper!”

*** (Daniel 1:8-to-15) But Daniel = laid on his heart = that he would not defile himself = with the king's food, = nor with the wine which he drank. = So he asked permission = of the chief of the eunuchs = that he might = ‘not’ = defile himself.
(Dan 1:9) And God had given Daniel = kindness and compassion = before the chief of the eunuchs.
(Dan 1:10) And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, = I fear my lord the king, who has chosen your food and your drink. = For why should he see your faces worse looking = than the boys who are of your kind? = Then you would forfeit = my head = to the king.
(Dan 1:11) And Daniel = said to Melzar, = whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
(Dan 1:12) I beg you; = try your servants = “ten days”. = And let them give us vegetables to eat = and water to drink.
(Dan 1:13) Then let our appearance be seen before you, = and the appearance of the boys who eat of the king's food. = And as you see, = deal with your servants.
(Dan 1:14) So he listened to them in this matter, = and tried them for ten days.
(Dan 1:15) And at the end of ten days = their faces looked fairer and fatter in flesh = than all the boys who had eaten the king's food.

This is an example… of appealing to that Boss, who you work for. Many times, those in management have pressures, that the average worker cannot comprehend nor even fathom. Being creative in your appeal, may bring about the solution to your situation. But again, it may not. Not all things in this world will be just and fair and equitable. Surely you know that as you get older it is harder to find employment. Many seniors have problems finding employment due to age discrimination, even though there are laws against it. I have found this true in my own work experience, especially after 40.

*** (Philippians 1:29) For to you = it is given = on behalf of Christ = ‘not only’ = to believe on Him, = but also = “To Suffer” = for His sake,

*** (Hebrews 11:36-to-40) And = “Others” = had trial of cruel mockings = and scourgings; = yes, more, = of bonds = and imprisonments.
(Heb 11:37) They were stoned, = they were sawed in two, = were tempted, = were slain with the sword. = They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, = being destitute, = afflicted, = tormented.
(Heb 11:38) The world was not worthy of them. = They wandered in deserts = and mountains = and dens = and caves of the earth.
(Heb 11:39) And = these “all”, = having obtained a good report = through faith, = did ‘not’ = receive the promise,
(Heb 11:40) for God = had provided = some better thing = for us, = that they should not be made perfect [complete] = without us.

The Cost of being a “Disciple of Christ”… is not readily spoken about, from the Pulpits of many Churches. Simply read through the New Testament and see what Paul and the other Apostles and Disciples… suffered for Christ and His Word. May I ask you, when was the last time you read Acts chapter ‘Seven?’ Stephen gave his testimony, using validation of the Scriptures to the religious Jews and was… “Stoned to death!” Perhaps, many of us forget that… the Christ Jesus we… ‘Love & Serve’… is “NOT”… Santa Clause.

*** (Job 2:9-10) And = his wife said to him, = Do you still hold = to your ‘integrity?’ = Curse God = and die!
(Job 2:10) But he = said to her, = You speak as one of the ‘foolish ones’ speak. = What? = Shall we receive “good” = at the hand of God, = and = shall we = not receive “evil?” = In all this = Job did not = sin with his lips.

*** (John 15:18-to-21) If the world = hates you, = you know that it = hated Me = before it hated = you.
(John 15:19) If you were = of the world, = the world would love its own. = But because you = are ‘not’ of the world, = but I have chosen you = out of the world, = therefore = the world = hates you.
(John 15:20) Remember the word = that I [Jesus] = said to you, = The servant = is ‘not’ = greater than his master. = If = they have persecuted Me, = they will = ‘also’ = persecute you. = If they have kept = My saying, = they will also = keep yours.
(John 15:21) But all these things = they will do = to you = for My name's sake, = because = they do not know = Him [God] = Who sent Me.

Perhaps our focus should be… on the Word of God and the Truth found therein? Many live right on the edge. They have chosen a lifestyle that owns them and they are under the pressures of that lifestyle. You have heard me say before… “What you own, owns you!” And… “Less is More!” We will find ourselves in trouble when we do not follow, the God given instructions and principles that are found in… “His Holy Word”. IF you find yourself in a situation, simply ask yourself, “Have I asked God for His Wisdom… in this Situation?”

*** (James 1:2-to-8) My brothers, = count it all joy = when you fall into = different kinds of temptations [trials],
(Jas 1:3) knowing that = the trying of your faith = works patience.
(Jas 1:4) But let patience = have its perfect work, = so that you = may be perfect and entire, = lacking nothing.
(Jas 1:5) But if any of you = lacks wisdom, = let him ask of God, = Who gives to all liberally = and with no reproach, = and it shall be = given to him.
(Jas 1:6) But let him ask in faith, = “doubting nothing”. = For he who = doubts = is like a wave of the sea, = driven by the wind and tossed.
(Jas 1:7) For do not let = that man think = that he shall receive = “anything” = from the Lord;
(Jas 1:8) he is a = double-minded man, = ‘not dependable’ = in all = his ways.

*** (Romans 15:4) For = whatever ‘things’ = were written before = were written ‘for’ = our learning, = so that we = through patience = and = comfort of the “Scriptures” = might have = hope.

In “each & every”… situation of Life… God has a ‘principle or example’… that we may apply to our own lives, for a solution to our problems. Many do not prepare for the future trials that will come upon us all. That is why it is so very important that we… “Know the Word of God!” Only through consistent prayer and study… of the Scriptures… can you have the wisdom and knowledge… to apply to ‘your’ situation of life. Did you ever examine these verses and try and figure out what Christ Jesus meant when He said…

*** (Luke 24:46-47-48) And = He [Jesus] = said to them, = So it is written, = and so it behooved = Christ = to suffer = and = to rise from the dead = the third day,
(Luke 24:47) and that = “Repentance” = and = remission of sins = should be proclaimed = in His Name = among “ALL” nations, = beginning at Jerusalem.
(Luke 24:48) And = you are = [My] witnesses = of these things.

*** (Matthew 4:4) But He [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

*** (2Timothy 2:15) Study earnestly = to present yourself = approved to God, = a workman = that does not need = to be ashamed, = rightly dividing = the Word of Truth.

*** (2Timothy 3:16-17) All Scripture = is God-breathed, = and is profitable = for doctrine, = for reproof, = for correction, = for instruction in righteousness,
(2Tim 3:17) that the man of God = may be perfected, = thoroughly furnished = to every good work.

Where do you go from here…? Simply, back to the Word of God. Seek God’s Wisdom in every situation of life. That is WHY… He gave it to… “Us!” You either do things… God’s Way… = or = your way…!

(Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, = so that I = may behold = wonderful things = out of = Your Law [Word].

Thank you for Your EAR! [Job 12:11] Roger //Email//

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

“R. U... 'Under Authority' – 101”…Blog.

“Under Authority – 101”…Blog.

What does it mean… “To be Under Authority…?” In today’s vernacular that is not a popular term. Many of the children will think, about their parents as the boss or maybe even their school? In reality, discipline in ‘Public & Private’ schools has taken a ‘permanent vacation’. In the workplace there may be a stricter authority, but still, many have allowed things that were not done so, even as short as 20-years ago. Comedy has so proliferated, this concept of… ‘No Authority’… as to make it a big joke… to everyone… in each & every situation.

In the realm of… ‘husband/wife’, interpersonal interactions… ‘one’ is the boss and the other only appears to be so. Say it isn’t so…? The amount of divorces simply indicates the ‘Truth’ of that statement. Vows made in churches before “God”, seem to be of no lasting validity, ‘even unto death do us part’, as promised. Many ministers ‘never’ even say… “If there is anyone who can show ‘just cause’ why these two should ‘not’ be married, speak now or forever hold your peace?” Somehow those that say they are Christians… do not even ‘practice & believe’… the Word of God.

***(Matthew 19:6) So they = are no longer two, = but one flesh. = Therefore, = what God = has joined together, = man must = “never separate”.

***(Mark 10:11-12) So He [Jesus] = said to them, = "Whoever = divorces his wife = and marries another woman = commits adultery = against her.
(Mark 10:12) And = if a woman = divorces her husband = and marries another man, = she commits adultery."

What does it mean… for a Christian to be… “Under Authority…?” When I was in the workplace, it was under the ‘old school’ training. IF you choose not to do it the… “Bosses Way”… you were out looking for other employment. The… “My or the Highway”… concept, seemed to work quite well. One just ‘sucked it up’, and did their job without any whining or complaining to the Labor Board. This ‘old school’ concept can be seen in the movie, “Heartbreak Ridge” starring Clint Eastwood.

He portrayed a Korean War [hardened] Veteran… training a platoon of “misfits, malcontents and goof-ups”… as combat marines, ready to go to war. None of them wanted to be, trained as marines, “Under Authority” but wanted to take the path of least resistance. Today, many of this nation’s “Youth”, have been “Miss-Trained” for life, for their parents! “Wrongly” trained as… ‘Friends’… and ‘Not’ those… “Under Authority!” Most are disrespectful to their parents, some not paying “Board & Keep”, but still living at home past High School and some past College! Most do not know what it means to be… “Under Authority”… nor do they even want to know, what that means.

***(Romans 13:1) Let every = soul = be subject to = the higher authorities. = For there is no authority = but of God; = the authorities that exist = are ordained by God.

Recently the courts… permitted an “Islamic girl, 17-years old”, to not return to her home and be out from under, her parent’s authority. The national news carried this story, claiming that she would be… “Put to death”… by her father, who was a ‘Strict Muslim’. The Christian community supported the girl and eventually she won her freedom, from her Islamic family. I believed this issue to be… “Wrongly backed by the Christian Community!” … “Why would I say such a thing”… even if this girl that had embraced Christ and His Word, the Bible… and has rejected the Quran and the teachings if Islam…? Simple Answer… “Under Authority…!”

***(Exodus 20:12) Honor your father = and your mother, = so that your days = may be long = upon the land which = Jehovah your God = gives you.

***(James 1:22) Keep on being = “Doers of the Word”, = and “NOT” = ‘Merely Hearers] = who = Deceive Themselves.

Worst case Scenario…? She might have died for her faith, making her a martyr for Christ. If she was not killed for her faith, then it could bring Christians together, to pray for ‘her divine protection’. Also many Christians could be praying for the “Repentance of her Family”, see 2Timothy 2:25-26. IF Her father would killed her, then he would face the death penalty for murder.

Best case Scenario…? She would have been able to share what Christ had done in her life and what the Word of God meant to her. Now she has ‘shamed’ her father and family… “Publically”… and probably will never be able to return… to share the “Love of Christ” and “His Gospel to all mankind”. She essentially, by her rebellion, sent a clearly wrong message… about what the Bible really teaches.

***(2Timothy 2:25-26) in meekness = instructing those = who oppose, = if perhaps = God = will give them = “Repentance” = to the acknowledging = of the Truth,
(2Tim 2:26) and = that they awake = out of the snare = of the Devil, = having been taken captive = by him, = so as to do = the will of that one [Satan].

We here, have lived under a "False Fa├žade"... of being… “Under Authority”. Say it isn’t so…? Do you always drive the ‘Speed Limit’, or do you only slow down when you see that Law Enforcement has pulled someone over? Do you ‘do’ the assignment that your boss has given you or do you …“Bitch”… to your fellow co-workers about it…? Do you call the Blessed Name of Christ Jesus and say that you ‘live’ for Him…? IF someone asked your employer [Boss]… would Christ Jesus get blamed… for your lack of professionalism and complacency in your work life…?

***(Colossians 3:23-24-25) And whatever = you do, = do it heartily, = as to = “The Lord” = and = not to men;
(Col 3:24) knowing that = from the Lord = ‘you’ = shall receive the reward = of the inheritance. = For you = “serve” = the Lord Christ.
(Col 3:25) But = he who = does ‘wrong’ = shall receive = justice = for the wrong which he did, = and = there is no respect of persons.

About now… if you believe the Scriptures, you will begin to see that even the “Hard & Trying Circumstances”… come from our God. The fires of life will simply show us, what we are made of. “Jell-O” fits almost any mold, but it cannot stand up, unless it’s concentrated. If you always take the easy way, then you will never move onto… “Adult Maturation”. Some of the ‘30-to-40’ year olds, still act as Adolescents. The body may be mature… yet the mind, will and emotions may still be… ‘kiddy like!’

***(Luke 7:3-to-10) And = when he heard of Jesus, = he sent the elders of the Jews = to Him, = begging Him [Jesus] = that He would come = and heal his servant.
(Luke 7:4) And coming to Jesus, = they begged Him earnestly, = saying that he was worthy, = he for whom = You give this;
(Luke 7:5) for, they said, = He loves our nation, = and = he has built us a synagogue.
(Luke 7:6) Then Jesus = went with them. = But He = being yet not far off from the house, = the centurion sent friends = to Him, = saying to Him, = Lord, = do not trouble Yourself. = For I am = not worthy = that You = should enter under my roof.
(Luke 7:7) Therefore neither = did I think = myself worthy = to come to You; = but say a word, = and = my servant will be healed.
(Luke 7:8) For I also am = a man = set under authority, = having under me soldiers. = And = I say to one, Go, = and he goes; = and to another, Come, = and he comes; = and to my servant, = Do this, = and he does it.
(Luke 7:9) And hearing these things, = Jesus marveled = at him. = And turning to the crowd following Him, = He said, = I say to you, = I have = “NOT” found = such Faith, = no, = not in Israel.
(Luke 7:10) And they who were sent, = returning to the house, = found the sick servant = well.

This man, a gentile, “Roman Centurion”… recognized that Christ Jesus was also… “Under Authority” and could say… “Just say a word and my servant will be healed!” Only those who are truly… “Under Authority”… can recognize this concept. Those who are ‘not’… “Under Authority”… ‘Cannot see the forest, for the Trees!’ That is they have no vision, of what it means to be “Under Authority!” Christ Jesus was under the complete authority of His Father. He spoke only what the Father told Him to, and did what, the Father told Him to.

***(John 5:30) I can do nothing of My own self. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who has sent Me.

***(John 12:49-50) For I have not spoken of Myself, but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say, and what I should speak.
(John 12:50) And I know that His command is life everlasting. Therefore whatever I speak, even as the Father said to Me, so I speak.

***(Ephesians 5:20-21) always giving thanks = for “all things” = to God the Father = in the name of = our Lord Jesus Christ,
(Eph 5:21) “Submitting yourselves” = to one another = in = the fear of God.

How many obey… only from the outside, while seething on the inside, against that authority…? Remember life is only here to show us… “What we are really made of… and… ‘IF’, we are truly trusting God… and what He has said in His Word, the Bible”. Believing God and His Word, is demonstrated in us and the way we respond to, ‘each & every’… situation. Perhaps one more time…?

***(Colossians 3:23-24-25) And whatever = you do, = do it heartily, = as to = “The Lord” = and = not to men;
(Col 3:24) knowing that = from the Lord = ‘you’ = shall receive the reward = of the inheritance. = For you = “serve” = the Lord Christ.
(Col 3:25) But = he who = does ‘wrong’ = shall receive = justice = for the wrong which he did, = and = there is no respect of persons.

***(1Colossians 3:13-14-15) each one's work = shall be revealed. = For the Day [of Judgment] = shall declare it, = because = it shall be revealed by fire; = and the fire = shall try = each one's work = as to what kind = it is.
(1Col 3:14) If anyone's work = which he built = remains, = he shall receive a reward.
(1Col 3:15) If anyone's work = shall be burned up, = he shall suffer loss. = But he shall be saved, = yet so as by fire.

***(1Samuel 15:22-23) And Samuel said, = Does Jehovah [God] =delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices = as in “obeying” = the voice [Word] = of Jehovah? = Behold, = “to obey” = is better than sacrifice! = To listen is better = than the fat of rams!
(1Sam 15:23) For ‘rebellion’ = is as “the sin of witchcraft”, = and = ‘stubbornness’ = is as “iniquity and idol-worship”. = Because = you have rejected = the Word of Jehovah, = He has also = rejected you = from being king!

***(2Corinthains 13:5-6) examine yourselves, = whether you = are in = “the faith”, = prove your own selves. = Do you not know = your own selves, = that Jesus Christ = is in you, = unless you are reprobates?
(2Cor 13:6) But I trust = that you = will know = that we are not reprobates.

***(Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, = so that I = may behold = wonderful things = out of = Your Law [Word].

Thank you for Your EAR! [Job 12:11] Roger //Email//

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

“Entropy – 101”…Blog.

“Entropy – 101”…Blog.

Recently I took a… week off from writing blogs. I haven’t been on the internet very much either. I needed a break from all the… ‘Press of life’. So too, I did watch myself so that I did not …slip into a state of Entropy. It would be too easy to just give up on life. Perhaps I would even become as the person on whose care the bumper sticker read… “Since I have given up all hope… I feel much better!”

I will not bore you… with an extensive description of Entropy, but will allow you to look at your life and see “IF”, it is taking over…? Our country of America used to be full of ‘Hope & Promise’ for the future. Since the fallout of “9-11”… there has been a malaise that has taken over. Many, because of the recent… “Financial Fallout of the Economy”… and the massive Government Bailout… ‘Have lost’… most of their Hope for the future. Rightly so, as many can see what we, as a nation are slowly becoming a… Socialistic European Nation Model.

This week I went… shopping at “Wal-Mart” where I do most of my shopping. Table Napkins, the 500-count package, have gone up… ‘65-cents’… in the last three months. Pitted Black Olives which I use, on my ‘home made burritos’ have risen… ‘45-cents’ in the last two months. All the prices that have risen when the… ‘Gasoline’ prices skyrocketed… have “NOT”, come back down soon! Many prices on foodstuffs continue to climb with no end in sight. Even the store employees are complaining.

Is it worth the… effort to complain? Can the consumer change the price structure by using a formal complaint to the Head Office? I have contacted my Senator and voiced my opinion… “Against the Health Care - 1,600 page proposal”… to receive ‘only’… a letter of acknowledgement. It seems that all have their agenda… and nothing will stop the steamroller of Entropy that has taken over.

I did not… vote for ‘Change’… as most of “You” did! Knowing that Politics is the ‘largest religion’ here in America… I could for see the calamity… looming on the horizon. Most have lost their Jobs and their Houses. Notice I did ‘not’ say Homes? A home is a house with people. You cannot even believe the advertizing… “Home for Sale!” You do not get the people… when you buy the House, called a Home. The 14th Amendment of our Constitution prohibits the sale of humans.

Have you ever heard… the ‘Saying’… “Too late = to close the barn door = when, the Horse is Gone [escaped]?” So too… the massive shift of the Wealth of America… is moving overseas. We are no longer, the World’s ‘Greatest Manufacturing’ Nation. The dollar is worth less and less each month on the worlds… ‘Financial Currency Exchanges’. I purchased “BPS” [British Pounds Sterling] for my next trip to the UK this year and was sorely disappointed by the declining dollar.

Surely “God” has… is removing… ‘His Blessings upon America!’ Say it isn’t so? How about the promise of jobs for everyone? How about the promised economy boost that comes from Change? How about the false promise of… Health Care for Everyone? Did you know that Americans purchase more… ‘Pet Food’… than they do… “Baby Food?” America will never recover its former glory and world status. We have sinned by the Murder of Millions of Innocent Babies by Abortion. God will not allow us to go on, without reaping the consequences.

How about the… “CO2 levels?” This false claim of CO2 causing Global Warming is just what it is… Another Lie! How about AMERICANS… Stop Drinking… Carbonated [CO2] Drinks, Sodas and Beers…? What would that do… to remove the CO2 from the Atmosphere? Did you know that there are… One Hundred Thirty One BILLION cans of carbonated drinks annually.

Simply put… “Entropy”… is the decay of living and non-living things. As you get older, some of your parts may not work like they used to. Do you find when you exercise it takes you longer to recover that it did when you were younger? Do you have aches and pains in places… you never knew you had? Does the finish on your Vehicle… no longer look new? Do you women need to wear more or less makeup? Yes even the “Silliness of Evolution”… that MORE Complex life forms come from LESS Complex life forms is simply… “Ludicrous!”

Do you find it harder… to remember facts or easier? Most of us have a dedicated place for our Keys. Why? To free our memories from the mundane and keep it free to fill with meaningless entertainment. Yesterday I received a message from someone. They asked me, “Why are your blogs so Long?” My response, “How is it you can sit through a Two Hour Movie or a Three Hour sports show or concert… and complain about 5-minutes of reading?” That is simply Entropy. The Less we challenge our ‘mental cognitive’ abilities… the More we lose those abilities.

(Isaiah 28:13) But = the Word of Jehovah = was to them = precept on precept, = precept on precept; = line on line, = line on line; = here a little, = there a little; = that they might go, = and = fall backward, = and = be broken = and = snared = and = taken.

IF you will take the time… and read through the Old Testament of the Bible, you will see how that Israel, God’s chosen people… went from good to bad, simply by disobeying the Instructions that God had given them… in His Word. I can remember, that Church was mostly… the Sermon about the Word of God. Now it has declined from the teaching of the Word of God… to sermons about political, social and economic things. Entertainment has taken the place of the Word of God. Sadly to say… it is part and parcel of the Entropy that affects all areas of life.

How about you… in your personal life? Have you gotten too busy to spend time with God in His Word. Do you remember when you were… “NEW In Christ Jesus”… and had a zeal for Him and loved to read His Word to know more about Him? Where did that zeal for Him… Go? Has Entropy so affected your spiritual life that you have put away your Bible and settled for Christian Music or Christian Videos, on You Tube? God Forbid… that His Bride, The Church of Christ Jesus… should Leave their First Love?

(Revelation 2:4-5) But I have against you that you left your first love.
(Rev 2:5) Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and will remove your lamp stand out of its place unless you repent.

Many times on many sites… I see Christians posting sayings by Christian authors. No matter how truthful and wise those saying are… “Nothing matches the Word of God!” That is like, “Substituting” a picture of your loved one… rather than them personally. … ‘Ouch!’ All those writings… “Cannot be a substitution for the Word of God!” Doing so is simply Entropy. You have taken the Real… and substituted it with the figurative. Is that leaving your First Love? Simply put… “What can ever substitute for the Word of God?” … “Absolutely… Nothing!”

(Psalms 119:11) I have hidden = Your Word = in my heart, = so that I = might not sin = against You [Lord].

(John 17:17) Sanctify them = through = Your truth. = Your Word = is Truth.

Entropy can be overcome…! Simply start out, over again and again and if necessary, again! I used to write down on my computer monitor face… those Bible verses, that I use often, somewhere about 100. When my monitor died, I choose ‘not’ to write those references there on my next one. You too can ‘force yourself’ to remember and remember. Make you mind your “Slave” and force it to learn. Foreign languages are often good for that cognitive process. Some keep a sharp mind by doing cross word puzzles. Some even read books, instead of watching those mindless TV and Videos! …LOL!

(1Corinthians 9:27) No, = I keep on = beating my body = and = making it = my slave = so that, = after = I have preached to others, = I myself = will not somehow = be disqualified.

(2Timothy 2:15) Study earnestly = to present yourself = approved to God, = a workman = that does not need = to be ashamed, = rightly dividing = the Word of Truth.
(2Tim 2:16) But shun = profane, vain babblings, = for they will increase = to more ungodliness.

Surely you have heard the saying… “Use It or Lose It?” That is to counteract… Entropy! It will work with you body and your mind. The mind is simply the gateway to your Soul. What you allow into your mind will… “Affect or Afflict”… your soul. How many times have you said, IF I could only lose 10-pounds? Obviously ‘wishing’ it away does not work, believe me, I tried! …LOL! It takes… “Simple Discipline to overcome Entropy!” I cannot do it for you, it has to be your choice.

(2Corinthians 4:16) For this cause = we do not faint; = but though = our outward man perishes, = yet = the inward man = is being renewed = day by day.

(Psalms 19:14) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Jehovah, my Rock and my Redeemer.

How do you replenish… your inward man? Simply by feeding on… the Word of God! If the words of your mouth are not His, and the Meditation of your Heart is not on Him and His Word …then you are starving yourself. Many immerse themselves in Christian Writers. They replace the Word of God, with ‘Human Opinions’. Yes some are even good opinions, but they are NOT… the Word of God. You must allow the Holy Spirit of God… to teach your heart, mind and soul… from the Word Alone! One question…? Will those opinions of those Christian authors, last forever? The answer is in, the next line…!

(Matthew 24:35) The heaven and the earth = shall pass away, = but = My Words = shall ‘not’ = pass away.

(John 16:13-14) However, = when He, = the [Holy] Spirit of Truth, = has come, = He will = guide you = into ‘all’ Truth. = For He = shall ‘not’ speak = of Himself, = but whatever = He hears, = He shall speak. = And = He will announce = to you things to come.
(John 16:14) He = will glorify Me [Jesus], = for He will = receive of Mine = and will announce it to you.

The Only Way… to overcome Spiritual Leanness… and the Entropy, from not disciplining yourself… is to start again. Spend the first part of your day, in the Word of God. Make… “Mark 1:35”… your priority just as Christ Jesus did. Give back to God, the Glory due His Name! Start again and tell Him in ‘prayer’ of your desire to do so. He always welcomes His children back…!

(Mark 12:29-30) And = Jesus answered him, = The first = of all the commandments is, = "Hear, O Israel, = the Lord our God = is one Lord;
(Mark 12:30) and = you = shall love = the Lord your God = with = all your heart, = and = with = all your soul, = and = with = all your mind, = and = with = all your strength." = This is the first commandment.

Will GOD… ever give you a command… without giving you His Grace, Ability and Strength… To Do So…? Absolutely NOT! But you do have a ‘Free Will’ and you must Choose to use it. God never forces His children to obey. You simply choose… to obey – or – not to obey. Which will you… Choose?

(Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, = so that I = may behold = wonderful things = out of = Your Law [Word].

Thank you for Your EAR! [Job 12:11] Roger //Email//

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

“Growing in God’s Grace – 201”… Blog [2-of-?] Continued.

“Growing in God’s Grace – 201”… Blog [2-of-?] Continued.

(2Peter 3:18) But = grow in grace = and = in knowledge = of our = Lord and Savior = Jesus Christ. = To Him = be the glory, = both now = and = to the day of eternity. Amen & Amen!

When I started this… yesterday, I thought to add this caveat. Suppose you have left off, for some reason, and want to start again? Did you know that God, the God of the Bible is waiting for you to come to the end of yourself? Simply start again… almost like you do when you over eat for the holidays and then need to ‘diet’ to regain your optimum weight. God is patient and will meet you where you are now. Just a short recap if you are beginning again. The Bible, is the Final and Only Authority for those that are Born Again… by the Holy Spirit of God.

(1Peter 2:2-3) desire = the sincere milk = of the Word, = as newborn babies, = so that you = may grow [up] = by it;
(1Pet 2:3) if truly = you = have tasted = that the Lord = is gracious.

God does ‘not’ want… spiritual babies! Can you just imagine, a 35-year old man, sitting in his diaper, sucking on his pacifier, in a Church service…? If that ‘word picture’ doesn’t sake you, noting will. That would be an absurdity! But in reality, many fit that pattern spiritually. Say it isn’t so…? May I simply ask, “How long have you known Christ Jesus as your Savior?” … “____-years…? Have you ‘read & study’ His Word, “Daily” and are you able to share the ‘Gospel’ with others? Surely you share your ‘entertainment’ with others, which is temporal. Why not then… the spiritual food from the Bible…?

(2Corinthians 4:16) For this cause = we do ‘not’ faint; = but though = our outward man = perishes, = yet = the ‘inward’ man = is being renewed = “day by day”.

Surely you would ‘not’ miss… a meal or some desert, would you? You make it a priority to eat at least three or more times a day. Why not then take the ‘same care’ of your Spiritual Body… and its feeding with the Spiritual Food of the Word of God…? Many take the time to make plans for a vacation or a trip abroad. Yet do you take the same ‘tenacious’ care for your ‘Soul?’ We are exposed to the garbage of this world all day long. But when do you meet with Jesus in His Word, and cleanse our… ‘Stinking Worldly References’… we have been exposed to, by the Media?

(Proverbs 28:13) He who = covers his sins = shall not be blessed; = but = whoever = confesses = and = forsakes [leaves] them = shall have mercy.

(John 15:1-2-3) I [Jesus] = am the True Vine, = and = My Father [God] = is the Vinedresser.
(John 15:2) Every branch = in Me = that does not bear fruit, = He takes away. = And every one = that bears fruit, = He prunes it = so that it = may bring forth = more fruit.
(John 15:3) Now = you = are ‘clean’ = through the Word = which = I = have spoken = to you.

If you do not… “Read & Study”… the Word of God, the Bible, how then are you to grow spiritually? You cannot get what you need just by going to Church and religious activities. Remember I said in the last part, that the Life of Christ… has to be “in your heart” and ‘not only’ in your head? You can choose to be like the Pharisees… and have the Word in your head only. Making the Word of God a part of your heart… can be demonstrated by your obedience to the Word. Here in America there is the wrong concept of Believing without Obeying. Say it isn’t so…? Why then are there more divorces among Christians than among the Un-Saved…? And then adulterous remarriages… see “Mark 10:11-12!”

(James 1:22) Keep on being = ‘Doers of the Word’, = and = ‘Not’ = merely hearers = who = Deceive Themselves.

(John 15:9-10) As the Father [God] = has loved Me [Jesus], = so I have = loved you; = continue in My love.
(John 15:10) If = you keep = My commandments, = you shall abide = in My love, = even as = I have kept = My Father's commandments = and = abide in = His love.

Perhaps now is the time… to ask you, “Do you Love Jesus?” How then do you demonstrate that love for Him? Perhaps a better question… “Do you Love His Word… as much as you Love Him?” Knowing the Word of God… as Jesus is the Living Word, ‘that was made flesh and dwelt among us’… is knowing Christ Jesus. He never violated His Word, because of His Love for His Father. We too show our love for Christ Jesus just as He showed His Love for His Father, in doing what the Father said. Jesus spoke “Only” what the Father told Him to speak.

(John 12:44-to-50) But = Jesus = cried out and said, = He who = believes on Me = ‘does not’ = believe on Me = but on Him = Who sent Me.
(John 12:45) And he who = sees Me [Jesus] = sees Him [God] = who sent Me.
(John 12:46) I have come = as a Light = into the world, = so that whoever = believes on Me = should ‘not’ = remain in darkness.
(John 12:47) And if = any one = hears = My Words = and = does ‘not’ believe, = I do not = judge him, = for = I do not come [this time] = to judge the world, = but to = save the world.
(John 12:48) He who = rejects Me = and = does ‘not’ = receive My Words = has one = who judges him; = “The Word” = that I have spoken, = the same = shall judge him = in the = “last day”.
(John 12:49) For = I [Jesus] = have not spoken = of Myself, = but = the Father [God] = Who sent Me = gave Me = “a command”, = ‘what’ = I should “say”, = and = ‘what’ = I should “speak”.
(John 12:50) And = I know that = His command = is life everlasting. = Therefore = whatever I speak, = even as the Father [God] = said to Me [Jesus], = so I speak.

In reading these verses… one can see just how important the Word of God is to the ‘True Believer!’ Without the Word of God… we do not know… what God has for us or what He wants us to do. Many times people know more about “Sports”, “Hobbies”, “Entertainment” and the like… than they do about the Word of God. What does that say about our… priorities in this life? Perhaps you know who won the ‘World Series’ or even the ‘Super Bowl?’ But do you know what the Word of God says about ‘any’ particular subject? Is there even enough… “Evidence”… ‘To convict you as a Born Again Christian…?”

(2Timothy 2:15) Study earnestly = to present yourself = approved to God, = a workman = that does ‘not’ need = to be ‘ashamed’, = rightly dividing = the Word of Truth.

(2Timothy 3:16-17) All Scripture = is God-breathed, = and = is profitable = for doctrine, = for reproof, = for correction, = for instruction in righteousness,
(2Tim 3:17) that = the man of God = may be perfected, = thoroughly furnished = to every good work.

I must confess… the more of the Word of God I know, the less I think I know! If you have used a computer with DOS commands… you know how much easier it is with Windows. In the same way; the more we know about the Word of God… the more suited we are for our Lord’s Work. We are mature enough, to not only share our faith, but why we believe what we believe about The Bible. We then can ‘defend’ the Faith spoken about in its pages. We do not defend a Denomination or a particular Church. We defend the Word of the Lord using the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

(Ephesians 6:17) And take = the helmet of salvation, = and = the sword of the Spirit, = which is = “The Word of God”,

(Revelation 19:13) And = He [Jesus] = had been clothed = in a garment = dipped in blood, = and = His Name = is called = “The Word of God”.

(John 1:14) And = the “Word” [Jesus] = became flesh, = and = tabernacled [lived] = among us. = And we beheld = His glory, = the glory as of = the only begotten = of the Father [God], = full = of Grace = and = of Truth.

Do you now see… how very important it is that you, know the Word of God… in your ‘heart & mind?’ It is the Word of God, that feeds our souls and changes, our point of human reference, to that of God. It will ‘not’ come easy because of our flesh. It will take discipline, perhaps a discipline that you never had before. Simply ask Jesus, “Lord…Help me to know Your Word… so that I may be your servant!”

(1Corinthians 9:27) But I = buffet [discipline] = my body, = and = lead it captive, = lest proclaiming = to others = I myself = might be = disqualified [for service].

(1Corinthians 16:13) Watch! = Stand fast = in the faith! = Be men! = Be strong!

(2Timothy 2:3-4-5) Therefore = endure hardness, = as a good ‘soldier’ = of Jesus Christ.
(2Tim 2:4) No one = who wars [for God’s Truth] = tangles with the affairs = of this life, = that he = may please Him [Jesus] = Who chose him [you] = to be a soldier.
(2Tim 2:5) And also = if anyone competes, = he is not crowned = ‘unless’ = he competes lawfully [according to the Word].

So where does this leave one…? Perhaps up to this point, you have never really thought about these facts. Did you know that you were a “Soldier for Christ?” As a veteran, I know firsthand what it means to be a soldier. All your rights are gone and you become a slave… to the Mission. Maybe you did not know, but everywhere in the New Testament the word, ‘Servant’ is used… it means, in the original NT Greek… “Bond Slave!” Remember the movie, “Ben Hur?’ In that move the statement was made… “You live to serve the ship!”

(Jeremiah 23:29) Is not = My Word = like a ‘fire?’ = Says Jehovah [God]; = and = like a ‘hammer’ = that breaks the rock = in pieces?

(Hebrews 4:12-13) For = the Word of God = is ‘living’ = and = ‘powerful’ = and = ‘sharper’ than = any two-edged sword, = piercing even = to the dividing apart = of soul and spirit, = and of = the joints and marrow, = and is = a ‘discerner’ of = the ‘thoughts and intents’ = of the heart.
(Heb 4:13) Neither is there = any creature = that is not manifest = in His sight, = but = ‘all’ things = are naked and opened = to the eyes of Him = with Whom = we have to do.

About now… if you have never looked at the Word of God like this, your eyes are opened to what “Authority & Power’… The Word of God has! It goes right to the Heart of every one and no one is excluded! Why do you think that so many… have disdain… for the Holy Word of God? No one will stand against its authority. Look again at “Hebrews 4:13”… and tell me if there in anyone exempt from its authority…? Absolutely None…! But now that you have seen this… where do you begin…?  

(Matthew 24:35) The heaven = and the earth = shall pass away, = but = My Words = shall ‘not’ = pass away.

(Mark 13:31) Heaven and earth = shall pass away, = but = My Words = shall ‘not’ = pass away.

(Luke 21:33) The heaven and the earth = shall pass away, = but = My Words = shall ‘not’ = pass away.

(Matthew 5:13) “You” = are the salt = of the earth, = but if the salt = loses its savor, = with what = shall it be salted? = It is ‘no’ longer = good for anything, = but to be thrown out = and = to be trodden underfoot = by men.

Continued next part – 301.

Before you study... the Word of God… You must First… Prepare Your Heart! See “2Chronicles 12:14”. Perhaps, ask Jesus, where He wants you to start in His Word, The Bible…?

(Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, = so that I = may behold = wonderful things = out of = Your Law [Word].

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

“Growing in God’s Grace – 101”… Blog [1 of ?]

“Growing in God’s Grace – 101”… Blog [1 of ?]

(2Peter 3:18) But = grow in grace = and = in knowledge = of our = Lord and Savior = Jesus Christ. = To Him = be the glory, = both now = and = to the day of eternity. Amen & Amen!

Recently someone asked me… for some help to grow spiritually as a Christian. While praying about what to say… I thought about discussing, what the Word of God, the Bible says and ‘NOT’ my own opinion. You can ask many and they will tell you what they Believe or what they Practice and a “Plethora of Opinions” based on their Experience. Please understand, that I am not trying to make disciples of myself… but to point you to the “ONE”… to ‘Whom’ we owe our salvation, “Christ Jesus!” It is Him alone that is worthy or our praise and our undying dedication and service. Please read out loud… “Luke 24:44-to-48”

(1Samuel 3:21) And Jehovah = appeared again = in Shiloh. = For Jehovah = Revealed Himself = to Samuel = in Shiloh = “BY” = the Word of Jehovah.

(John 17:17-18-17) Sanctify them [you] = through = Your [God’s] Truth. = Your Word = is Truth.
(John 17:18) As You [God] = have sent Me [Jesus] = into the world, = even so = I have sent = them = into the world.
(John 17:19) And = I [Jesus] = sanctify Myself = for their [your] sakes, = so that they [you] also = might be sanctified = in Truth [by the Word of God].

Only the “Word of God”… is the Truth that we need. It is ‘Not’ what some Church or Denomination teaches. It is ‘Not’ what some Preacher or Bible teacher says it is! “Alone” it is what the Word of God teaches therein, by the Holy Spirit of God. Without the Word of God and the Truth found in ‘The Word’, we will be tossed to and fro by the ever changing ‘religious’ winds of change. “IF” you are truly Born Again, born from above, by the Holy Spirit of God… “THEN”… the Bible will come alive to you. He, the Holy Spirit is the teacher of Truth, God’s Truth found in God’s Word.

(1Corinthians 2:12-to-16) But we = have ‘not’ = received the spirit = of the world, = but = the Spirit from God, = so that we = might know = the things = that are freely = given to us = by God.
(1Cor 2:13) These things = we also speak, = ‘not’ in words = which man's wisdom teaches, = but which = the Holy Spirit teaches, = comparing spiritual things = with spiritual.
(1Cor 2:14) But = the natural man [Not Born Again] = “Does NOT” = receive the things = of the Spirit of God, = for they are = “FOOLISHNESS” to him; = Neither can he KNOW them, = Because = they are Spiritually discerned [Encoded].
(1Cor 2:15) But he who = is spiritual [Born Again] = judges [1Cor 2:13] = all things, = yet he himself = is judged by no one.
(1Cor 2:16) For who = has known = the mind of the Lord, = that he may instruct Him? [No One] = But we have = the mind of Christ.

The Mindset of Christ Jesus… is and always was… the “Word of God”, nothing more, nothing less. We too, have to change our thinking from that of the World… to that of God. Again it is the ‘comparison & contrast’ of the “worldly thinking”… we had before being ‘Born Again’… with the Word of God. Each and every worldly system is steeped in the “Anti-God Philosophy and Agenda” that has been going on since Eden. Satan has not changed his strategy and continues to use it with success… among all mankind. Yes, even in the Churches as you can read in “1 & 2 Corinthians”.

(Genesis 3:1) Now = the serpent [Satan] = was more cunning = than any beast of the field = which Jehovah God had made. = And he = “said” = to the woman, = Is it so that = God has said, = You shall not eat = of every tree = of the garden?

His tricks work today Too…! Just share any of the Bible with any “Un – Saved” person and you will see their response against it. “Has God really said… you shall NOT…?” Satan also misquoted God as Satan’s workers [disciples] often do. God said… ‘only one tree’… you shall not eat of… But all the ‘Others’… you may “FREELY”… Eat thereof. The only one restriction was the tree of… “The knowledge of good and evil.” God never intended mankind to know about evil and all its perversions. Satan today is still constantly trying… to discredit the Word of God. Some church denominations will also do that, saying that their Church holds all authority. The “Catholics” are a prime example of this principle… as were the “Jews”… of Jesus’ day.

(Mark 7:7-8-9) However, = they worship = Me [God] = in vain, = teaching for doctrines = the commandments of men."
(Mark 7:8) For = laying aside = “the commandment of God”, = you hold = ‘the tradition of men’, = the drippings’ of pots and cups. = And = ‘many’ other = such things you do.
(Mark 7:9) And He [Jesus] = said to them, = Do you do well = to set aside = “the commandment of God”, = so that you = may keep = your own ‘tradition?’
(Isaiah 29:13) And = Jehovah [God] said, = Because this people = draw near Me = with their mouth, = and = with their lips = honor Me, = but = have removed = their ‘heart’ = far from Me, = and = their fear toward Me [Fear of God] = is taught by = the command of men;

The God of the Bible… is “NOT” = Politically Correct! There is no internal standard… but His Word. He is not a ‘chameleon’, that changes with the need… “He is the Same… Yesterday, Today and Forever”. Mankind often ‘bends’ the rules and makes ‘provisions’ for “Defrauding”. How many lawyers keep the Man’s Law… to both the Spirit & the Letter of the Law? Very few! Do you remember the Supreme court nomination of Judge Robert Bork? He was lambasted by Senator Kennedy, for his strict stand. Those that want an “Escape Clause”… will often look to the “Liberal Thinking”… as do many of the ‘Religious Pastors and Ministers’. They do not want the Word of God… to have any authority over them. So too is the “Pseudo [False] Christian”… that will “Not”… submit ‘himself or herself’, to the Word of God.

(Malachi 3:6) For = I am = Jehovah, = I = change = not. = Because of this = you sons of Jacob = are not destroyed.

(Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ = the same = yesterday = and = today = and = forever.
Only YOU… can make that mental decision, to accept the Word of God as your Absolute Truth. Your church or denomination cannot make it for you. When we all stand before God, when Christ Jesus… “Judges us with His Word” [John 12:44-to-48]… He will ‘Not’ use anything but the Word of God. Many times I do not immediately understand a particular scripture verses. I simply have to realize that God, by His Holy Spirit… needs to open my understanding. Praying and a continual searching for the Truth contained in His Word… He will eventually lead to my understanding. And NO… I do ‘not’… understand the entire Bible.
(Deuteronomy 29:29) The = ‘secret’ things = belong to = Jehovah our God, = but = the ‘revealed’ things = belong to us = and = to our sons forever, = so that = we = may do = all the words = of this Law.

(John 16:13-14) However, = when He, = the Spirit of Truth, = has come, = He will = guide you = into All Truth. = For He = shall not = speak of Himself, = but whatever = He hears, = He shall speak. = And He = will announce [reveal] to you = things to come.
(John 16:14) He [The Holy Spirit] = will glorify Me [Jesus], = for He will = receive of Mine = and = will announce [reveal] it = to you.

A Bible School or Seminary degree… will give one a lot of “Head Knowledge”. So too, remember the “Pharisees, Scribes and Lawyers”… knew the “Letter of the Word”… but completely missed the… “Spirit of the Word!” For some years, I worked as a Field Service Engineer [non-degreed] in a high tech field of Silicon Technology. The problem I had in training the plant engineering personal on the use of our particular equipment! My job was to get them to… “Think outside the Box!” They always looked for a… ‘Single Problem’. No ‘One’ problem in process engineering was ever the answer. There were always multiple problems… that appeared as single ones. So too, the Word of God… will reveal those multiple problems with our lives.

“Sin... is the Root”… “Sins... are the Fruit!”

(Matthew 4:4) But = He [Jesus] = answered = and said, = It is written, = "Man shall not = live by bread alone, = but by every= Word = that proceeds = out of the mouth of God."

(Luke 4:4) And Jesus = answered him [Satan], = saying, = It is written that = "man shall not = live by bread alone, = but = by every Word of God."

Again the Contrast…! Satan is always there to question… “Has God Really Said…?” Even Christ Jesus… did not argue with him, but simply said… “IT Is Written…!” Those that do not accept the Word of God… as their Only Authority… simply… “Do Not Know God!” In discussions people often say… “You are Judging me”… or… that is “Your Opinion!” Sorry… “NO!” That is … God’s Opinion from His Word, ‘Nothing More’… ‘Nothing Less’. You ‘Must’ settle this issue in your mind when studying the Bible, the Word of God. Satan will often use his same tactic… “Has God Really Said…?” You answer has to be… “It is Written..!”

(Psalms 19:7-to-11) The Law of Jehovah = is perfect, = converting the soul; = the testimony of Jehovah = is sure, = making the simple wise.
(Psalms 19:8) The Precepts of Jehovah = are right, = rejoicing the heart; = the Commandments of Jehovah = are pure, = giving light to the eyes.
(Psalms 19:9) The fear of Jehovah = is clean, = enduring forever; = the judgments of Jehovah = are true and righteous = altogether,
(Psalms 19:10) more = to be desired = than gold, = even much fine gold; = sweeter also than honey = and the honeycomb.
(Psalms 19:11) And = Your servant = is warned by them; = in keeping them = there is great reward.

Again settle the Question in Your Mind… First! Will you believe God and what He has said in His Word…? Once you have settled that question, you have started on knowing and understanding God and His Word! May I suggest that you get a note book and keep a record of the things that the Holy Spirit teaches you from The Word…? I use a ‘Giant Print Bible’ without footnotes. It leave me plenty of room to write what the Holy Spirit teaches me right on the page. Often times I have multiple notes there as I am taught different aspects and applications of the Word. Above I have posted a link to… “Which Bible”… that will help you choose a particular ‘English Translation’ Choose it only after you have prayed to God… as to the version He would have you start in. And be open to Him… changing your versions as you grow Spiritually.

(Psalms 119:97-to-104) MEM: = Oh = how I love = Your Law! = It is my meditation = all the day.
(Psalms 119:98) Through = Your Commandments = You make me = wiser than my enemies, = for they are ever with me.
(Psalms 119:99) I have = more understanding = than all my teachers; = for Your testimonies = are my prayer.
(Psalms 119:100) I understand = more than = the old [wise] men, = because = I keep = Your Commandments.
(Psalms 119:101) I have kept = my feet = from every evil way, = so that I might = keep Your Word
(Psalms 119:102) I have not = departed from = Your judgments; = for You = have taught me.
(Psalms 119:103) How sweet are = Your Words = to my taste! = More than honey = to my mouth!
(Psalms 119:104) Through = Your Commandments = I get understanding; = therefore = I hate = every false way.

Before you study the Word of God… You must First… Prepare Your Heart! See “2Chronicles 12:14”. Perhaps start in the Gospel of Luke… as your beginning point?

(Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, = so that I = may behold = wonderful things = out of = Your Law [Word].

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Monday, January 11, 2010

“Addiction/s – 101”…Blog.

“Addiction/s – 101”…Blog.

Do you know anyone… that is an ‘Addict?’ If you say no you are probably not thinking correctly. The group “AA” [Alcoholics Anonymous] states that “If” you cannot go without an alcoholic drink for more than…‘two weeks’… then you are an alcoholic. There are many other types of addictions that many do not consider so. Have you ever heard the saying… ‘Shop till you drop?” That in itself is an addiction. How about the Entertainment Center with the Large Screen and blue ray player and that HD Cable system? All these could be considered an addiction, even though you may call it entertainment.

(Luke 16:13) No servant = can serve = two masters. = For either = he will hate the one = and love the other, = or else = he will hold to the one = and despise the other. = You cannot serve = God = and mammon.

This word mammon… is a word picture for the World’s System. Surely if you have children, you will not allow them to see ‘Pornography’. You protect their ‘hearts & minds’ from the perversion of sexuality. Why criminals and stealing and adultery… is the basis for “Entertainment TV and Videos”… boggles my mind. The computer term… “GI-GO”… is applicable here. “Garbage In – Garbage Out!” Our minds will either approve or disapprove… what we choose to watch, hear and do.

(Romans 2:15) who show = the work of the Law = written in their hearts, = their conscience = also bearing witness, = and = the thoughts = between one another = accusing = or even = excusing = one another,

Anyone can justify anything… they do. But does that make it right? Well everyone is doing it, so it must be “OK?” “Absolutely Not!” Perhaps you have seen those “Cop” programs on TV? Someone is always trying to evade, escape and make excuses… why they broke the Law. Did you know that the sale of… “Illegal Drugs”… is a “Four –Trillion” dollar industry? But most will readily say that there is nothing wrong with a little… ‘Pot! [Marijuana]’ Really…? That gateway drug can be directly linked to harder drugs.

(Isaiah 5:20) Woe to those = who call = evil good = and = good evil; = who put = darkness for light = and = light for darkness; = who put = bitter for sweet = and = sweet for bitter!

Most will justify… their actions, when stopped by a ‘Radar Speed Trap.’ Many will simply say, I did not know I was going that fast. In reality we choose ‘how fast’ to drive. There are no ‘gremlins’ that operate our gas pedal, it is only “US!” You cannot ‘honestly’ say, I was distracted because of this or that. We have “Free Will”… and every decision is a choice. So is speeding an addiction? IF it is… what then is the “Remedy?” Will Incarceration in a Psychiatric Facility cure You…? Absolutely Not! Speeding is simply… Your Choice!

(Job 9:20) If I justify myself, = my own mouth = shall condemn me; = though [I say] I am perfect, = He [God] = shall declare me = perverse.

Many times I have heard… someone say I am a recovering Addict. What they are really saying is that… “Society had deemed my… ‘Wrong choices’… an Addiction!” Life is merely a series of choices. Some learn as a child… the consequences… of wrong decisions. I was not yet three, but still I remember the burns on my fingers… from touching that hot burner. Somehow that word “NO”… spurred me onto… touch it anyway. So very quickly, I learned my lesson.

(1Thessalonians 5:21) Prove = all = things, = hold fast = to the good.

What are the principles… that speak against the “Wrong Philosophy of Addictions?” Some will simply make the excuse… ‘no one’… ever told me it was wrong. Or the most popular one… “Everyone is doing it!” Well, you know, I don’t want to be called a… ‘Bible Thumper!’ Or probably the greatest excuse of all time… ‘That’s your Opinion!” All these are simply an excuse… for wrong decision making. Or even the one that the comedian, Flip Wilson used to say… ‘The Devil made me do it!’ But he did not… it was simply… your choice!

(James 1:13-to-16) Let no one = being tempted = say, = I am tempted from God. = For God is not tempted by evils, = and = He tempts = no one.
(Jas 1:14) But = “each one” = is tempted = by his [own] lusts, = being drawn away = and = seduced = by them.
(Jas 1:15) Then = when lust = has conceived, = it brings forth sin. = And sin, = when it is = fully formed [entrenched], = brings forth death.
(Jas 1:16) Do not err, = my beloved brothers.

Did you notice… “Each ONE?” This simply validates the… ‘Human Free Will’. Life is always a series of… “Choices!” We are offered options in every situation and no one ever looks at the price to be paid… for those “Wrong choices!” We do not have ‘Cruise Controls’ on our will, nor can we blame ‘others’ for our personal choices. Perhaps as an adult… you remember as a child… how your mother dressed you? You may not have had a choice as a child… but as an adult… every choice is yours and… “Only Yours!”

(Romans 6:16) Don't you know = that when = you = offer yourselves to someone = as obedient slaves, = you are slaves = of the one = you obey = either of sin [self], = which leads to death, = or = of obedience [To God’s Word], = which leads = to righteousness?

Life Choices… are simply “Your Choice!” No one forced you to buy that… “House you Own!” Or should I say… that owns you as… “You and the Millions”… who are in mortgage default and do now know what to do next? One of my favorite TV programs is… “Repo Man”. How easy is it to LIE… when they hook up the Tow Truck to their Car? The ‘repo’ people always discuss, on the show, how far behind the people are on their payments. Most are more than three months and some have been hiding their cars for more than a year. Yet the owners say… I just made a payment! … “LIE!” There would be no… ‘Order to Reposes’… if they were not in default!

(Galatians 6:7) Do not = be deceived, = God = is not mocked. = For whatever = a man sows, = that he also will reap.

Often times people… are taken into a situation by their… ‘wants’… rather than their… ‘needs’. The… “I Owe it to Myself”… attitude has caused many to purchase what they could not afford. Most do not want to hear… “Less is More!” Did you notice how the latest technology in… “Sleep Science” has taken the market in bedding sales? May I suggest, “It is not the ‘Bed’… but the “Debt”… that keeps one from falling asleep soundly!” These pressures, from long and short term… “Wrong Decisions”… is what which, takes one’s sleep from them.

(1Timothy 1:19) holding faith = and = a good conscience, = which some = have put away = and = made shipwreck = as to faith.

Remember your Mind… will often justify your actions. Wrong Decisions, especially “Hurried Ones” will have long term consequences that one may regret for some time. Hollywood will often “NOT” tell us about those long term consequences. There was a radio program I was listening to about a “45-year old” woman, who was a virgin all her life. She had made the decision to remain single till she was married. She started seeing an acquaintance that did not share her convictions. Her loneness allowed her to make… the wrong decisions. She now will carry… “Herpes” to her death bed. He soon left her, after he got what he wanted.

(1Timothy 5:24) Some men's sins = are open = beforehand, = going before = to judgment. = And = ‘some’ = they also = follow after.

Many think that Sex… is casual and should be treated as ‘any’ other want! They will not even look at the STD’S [Sexually Transmitted Diseases] at the CDC [Center for Disease Control] web site. Remember there is “No Cure for Aids”… it is a Death Sentence! Not only do you have the physical aspects of Sex… but it has “Spiritual & Emotional” components. It will always be a choice… “Your Choice!” Well… you know I was ‘addicted’ and had no other choice… will not stand before the God of the Bible… with Whom, we will all deal with.

(1Corinthains 6:18-19-20) Keep on = running away from = “sexual immorality”. = Any other sin = that a person commits = is outside his body, = but the person = who sins sexually = sins against = his own body.
(1Cor 6:19) You know that = your body = is a sanctuary = of the Holy Spirit = Who is in you, = Whom you have received from God, = don't you? = You = “do not” = belong to yourselves,
(1Cor 6:20) because you were = bought for a price. = Therefore, = glorify God = with your bodies.

These Bible Verses… will “NOT” cover any excuse for “Addictions” You are not your own, “IF”, you belong to Christ Jesus. You were bought with His Precious Blood and are responsible to, act accordingly. Perhaps you do not know Him personally…? He is waiting for you to come to Him on His terms. A simple ‘Faith Belief’… in that He has paid for all you “Sin/Sins”… past, present and future, is ‘your’ decision. But that will not absolve you of “Your Wrong Decisions!” You will and can have peace… in a new crop that you plant.

(Galatians 6:9) But we = should not = lose heart = in well-doing, = for in due season = we shall reap, = if we do not faint.

(Romans 10:8-to-13) But what = does it say? = "The Word is near you, = even in your mouth = and in your heart"; = that is, = the Word of Faith = which we proclaim;
(Rom 10:9) Because = “if” = you confess = the Lord Jesus, = and = believe = in your heart = that God = has raised Him = from the dead, = you shall be saved.
(Rom 10:10) For with = the heart = one believes = unto righteousness, = and = with the mouth = one confesses unto = salvation.
(Rom 10:11) For the Scripture says, = "Everyone = believing on Him = shall not = be put to shame."
(Rom 10:12) For there is = no difference = both of Jew = and of Gentile, = for the same Lord = over all = is rich = to all = who call = on Him.
(Rom 10:13) For everyone, = "whoever shall call = on the name = of the Lord = will be saved."


Father God, I am helpless to make the right decisions as evidenced by my life choices. I am trusting You and Christ Jesus for His debt payment for my Sin. I cannot save myself. The very best I know how… I am trusting Christ… and what He has done for me. Be Lord of my life and lead me in Your Way and Your Word… I ask this in Faith and in Jesus' Name… Amen & Amen!

Name: ___________________ Date: ____________

Please take... your Bible and start reading in the Gospel of Luke. Always ask God to prepare your heart first to open it to His Word and His Truth. [2Chronicles 12:14] He will lead you… if you will allow Him…! Now that you are His child… remember He loves you enough to… “Spank You”… should you choose to disobey Him!

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