As a 30′something Adult, I have experienced “singleness” on all different levels. And the one thing that the Church today does not address is being single, and being able to serve God. This is the one group that has the power to carry not only the PRESENT condition of the church’s ministry for the Kingdom of God; but also determines the FUTURE condition of the church’s ministry for the Kingdom of God. It is the largest pool of people within the church congregations. Yet the LONELIEST.
And do you understand that God, Himself; and Satan both know this!
And because of this, this is the group that undergoes the most of spiritual attacks, struggles, and turbulent journeys. This group is the most brokenhearted, yet still seek their place in the Kingdom. They are often the misguided, or forgotten group. It is this group of individuals, based on their seeking, and not finding their spiritual needs being addressed, that take on the following paths, within their spiritual journeys:
1. They often continue on the path completely alone, confused, lost, and scared.
2. They often fall off the path, and fall to the ways of this world.
3. They often do not find their identity in Christ Jesus; or lose their identity in Christ Jesus.
4. Lose faith in God, and His Promises, altogether.
5. Or they try to fit the church’s definition of what their life should be; instead of following and surrendering to God’s Will of their lives.
There is no one exception, in the world today. Singles are not addressed in any church today.
In the church today, we are professing to young adults, marriage is the way; where the social condition, in the world they live in, no longer values committed relationships. The struggle with the passions of youth…against the struggles of leading a life pleasing in the Eyes of Jesus Christ. How do we strengthen our Young Singles in Jesus Christ and His Gospel?
In the church today, we condemn divorce; where in the social condition in the world today, the divorce rate is 50%. As we may all be aware of, divorce results for various reasons; whether it be by choice or circumstance by the individual or the other party in the marriage. Where is the support for healing from such extreme changes in life circumstances? In dealing with going from a 2 parent home, to a 1 parenting situation? Whether it be coming from an abusive situation….or enduring unfaithfulness from a spouse; or even seeking forgiveness for it(Let us be honest here, people need healing from sins, as well.)….or reestablishing hope in starting a new life? The widows and the widowers endure quite similar struggles. The empathy or understanding of such life circumstances? How do we strengthen our Divorcees and Widow/Widowers in Jesus Christ and His Gospel?
One thing that Jesus Christ demonstrated with His Life is that His Teaching applied to all social circumstances, customs, cultures, and traditions, in the world. We are called to understand one another. The Scriptures are TIMELESS nuggets of wisdom. So the wisdom provided in the Gospels, should transcend the times we live in. The Church should not move through with HUMAN compassion, to address the needs of the human condition. Because we will always see, even within our daily lives, that human beings always have needs that need to be addressed. Our human emotions can often be misleading and deceiving, when it comes to honoring God’s Will. It should move through with the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT, to address the needs. When we lock ourselves down to HUMAN compassion, we will only serve God, through our HUMAN, not SPIRITUAL Guidance. And this is what I feel has happened to the Singles, in the Church today. They were often overlooked.
These people can be the future Mary Magdalenes, the future Pauls; the future Timothys; and the future Esthers…..
“We are given life for a purpose. So that we can be useful for the Body of Christ Jesus, to be fruitful for the Kingdom of God. We were not all created with the same life circumstances. But we are all equal in the Eyes of God, to do the work for His Kingdom. Jesus Christ showed us through the different life paths that His Disciples came from, that all had a perspective to offer, in spreading His Gospel.”
So to all of you who are Single, and serving, or wanting to serve Jesus Christ….seek steadfastly. Use the Gospels for guidance, and fellowship with those that conquered the circumstances that you are encountering, by ways of Christ Jesus’s Teachings of Unconditional Love, Mercy, and Nonviolence. We are all one body in Jesus Christ.
Yes, alongside our earthly responsibilitites, we have spiritual responsibilities. In fact, we have to have a balance of both, if not more so in the spiritual responsibilities, than the earthly responsibilities. The Word of God should be so deeply rooted within us, that it drives us in all we do within our lives.
We must realize that once we call ourselves, “Christians”, we take on the role of being representatives of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. To be Christians, means to be “Christ”-like; that we take Jesus Christ, as our life example. Though God expects us to fall off the path, at times; He also expects us to get back on the path. As a family, headed by the Good Shepard, Jesus Christ, leading our flock, we hold each other accountable to uphold God’s Laws of Divine Love, to which He demonstrated through the Life, Death, and Resurrection;and His Teachings of Nonviolence, Unconditional Love, and Mercy. When guided by the Spirit, and not by our flawed human nature, and emotions, the Spirit will work from within us, to change hearts PERMANENTLY from relying on this sin-stained human nature, and relying on the Guidance of the Spirit, which guides you in ways of that towards Eternal Life, with God, the Father of Creation.
We can not focus on earthly parameters, and walk with earthly parameters to determine our success in the Eyes of God, in our personal spiritual journeys. When one has truly understood that “God’s Ways are not of the world’s; but beyond them…”, then we realize that we ask the Guidance of the Spirit, in order to guide our paths to the Will of the Father of Creation. When we act on the Will of God, such things can not even be touched by evil, who’s ways are of this world. As my mentor tells me over and over again, “When God solves something, He solves it COMPLETELY. That even evil can not penetrate such solutions.”
When we decide to take on the path of being Christians, we must realize the responsibility we have chosen to take on. It comes with a great reward; but if not taken seriously, can come with the same price, as those who denied the Father of Creation. However, just like any UNCONDITIONAL Loving relationship, God the Father, knows our strengths and weaknesses; and has abundant mercies for our imperfections. We just have to recognize that unconditional love, and come to Him with them, for forgiveness. Just as Jesus Christ took His Ministry very seriously, to be fruitful for the Kingdom of God; we must do the same. Jesus Christ “was fruitful and multiplied for the Kingdom of God”, through the TRUE conversions of the heart and souls of His Disciples. They too, took their ministry to the point of spreading the Gospel, all over the world, to the point of death to their earthly bodies. TRUE Conversions, can come from guidance through the Spirit.
Jesus Christ said, “I have come here to be the Physician of the spiritually ill.” Jesus Christ knew that He had to minister to those that were lost. His Disciples understood the same. When the Holy Spirit guides your path, when you have chosen for it to guide you, then TRUE CONVERSIONS occur. We have to remember it is not a tally or a statistic, as to how successful our ministry is. God sees the true conversions of the souls, and keeps tally, Himself. But when we decide to represent Him, He takes that very seriously. We must hold ourselves accountable to the Father of Creation, based on the Words of the Holy Scripture, that He has revealed to us through the many Prophets He sent before us, and through that He revealed through Jesus Christ, His Son. When Jesus Christ preached the Divine Laws of Love, as He roamed this earth, He did not sugarcoat anything, but only understood the lives of God’s Children, and their different circumstances, on this earth. This is the very reason why He chose the Disciples He did, from all different walks of life. If you notice how each Gospel is written, in the Holy Bible, you will see, that though they are written with DIFFERENT STYLES, they all conveyed the same messages and parables of God’s Wisdom. God is constant. He never strays in His Good Intentions for His Creations, since the time He created the earth. It is Mankind, with God’s Loving Gift of freewill, that we constantly make the choice of not listening and surrendering to His Will of our lives. God is in everywhere, and everything. The very fact that we woke up to another day to live, is because of the Father of Creation. It is not by our own doing. God was…is…and is to come. And God translates Himself, in a constant manner, as to what is acceptable or not, in order to become eligible for the Eternal Kingdom. It not only requires, deeds, but a transformation of the soul. We must see it through, the people we decide to minister to….and when nothing else can be done, as to them accepting it or not, we must leave it in the Hands of God, the Father of Creation.
As Jesus Christ said, “ If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”
We must make the full effort to try to minister to the lost; we all, as individuals that decide to take on the path, have that responsibility. But beware of false doctrines, which can lead to false conversions. Because this can only misrepresent Jesus Christ’s Life and Death. Such doctrines, will only continue to crucify Jesus Christ, over and over again. We must ask the Spirit to guide us, in “Discerning the Deception of Evil.”
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COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANITY by David Wilkerson
Paul said, “There is nothing more pathetic than the flesh trying to be holy.”
You can not know Christ in fullness and in intimacy, until you give up once and for all, that if you try harder, that you can purify your sin. You can’t do it. Even if you accomplish it, God won’t accept it. The Flesh can not please God, for it is enmity towards God. -David Wilkerson
Flesh will always be flesh. And it was stained upon Adam & Eve falling to evil’s temptation, in the Garden of Eden. Evil sought out to stain God’s most prized creations; and achieved it. Through this CHOICE that they made with the freewill God gave them, it set a chain of events to lead to Man being born as sinners. We can not afford to be ignorant to the righteousness of God; and this can only be known through faith in Him. God has already proven that He will never give up on Man, through the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Son. He gave Him Up, as the Lamb Sacrifice, on the behalf of Mankind’s Destructive Nature; to save them. Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, came to the world, to become the mediator between Man’s Sinful Flesh, to the Divine Father of Creation. This was the purpose He had come for. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to the earth to become that mediator, so that we may have the chance to sit in the PURE PRESENCE of the Divine Father of Creation. Does not any unconditionally loving parent chase after their children despite them straying away? Do they not stop trying to bring them back? This is the convenant that was made between the Father of Creation; and His Son Jesus Christ; and we become a part of that covenant when we accept Jesus Christ, as the mediator between our sin-stained human nature and flesh. This is the commission that Jesus Christ took on; and by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, accepting that He became the Salvation for Mankind’s sin-stained flesh, we too, also take on that commission with Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, was the earthly Life Example, as to how Man should lead their lives, that is worthy for the Eternal Kingdom, of the Divine Father of Creation. There is only ONE WAY that He showed us; and that is by taking delight in living God’s Will of your life. In fact, that should be your heart’s desire. This is how obedience will come; this is how permanent change comes about. We will see ourselves turn from our flaws and sins, because when God solves something….He solves it COMPLETELY…PERMANENTLY. We can never possess a perfect obedience on our own, flawed human logic and flesh. But only by a soul that is COMPLETELY surrendered to the PERFECT BEING, the DIVINE Father of Creation, by way of the PERFECT MEDIATOR of the FLESH, Jesus Christ, His Son. He justified this through the shedding of His Blood, on the behalf of Mankind, on the Cross, at Calvary.
Because of our flawed flesh, we only set ourselves up to fail, when we set out onto the path to the Eternal Kingdom; if we rely on it. If we rely on ourselves alone, we will only see that we will always fall short. Divinity means to be pure, and there is no other way to be divine. Some have even justified the flaws of the flesh, to justify their self righteousness. When we do this, we begin accepting the ways of our flawed flesh, which includes the sinful things of Violence, Lust, Greed, and Pride; which we see running rampantly in many forms, in the world today. Though God knows of our sinful human nature; He demonstrated through Jesus Christ, His Son, when He roamed the earth, professing the Gospels, it was said upon those that He healed,” By your faith, you are healed…”; “You have been healed, now do not sin any more.”
In this day an age, people have determined their “DIVINITY” through the numerous charities that they donate to; or the causes that they involve themselves in. Many determine their “DIVINITY” through the knowledge that they possess; by proving and disproving theories. Many people go to the extent of convincing themselves that their piousness is proven and justified, by fasting, and mutilating their bodies. We have convinced ourselves that by making donations, and doing good deeds, that we can make up for the wrongs that we do. Or that we can buy favor from God. These are things done by the human flesh, and human logic. Not by faith. Faith requires a SURRENDERING to the Will of God; not by serving God, by how you feel you should serve the Father of Creation. This is what Jesus Christ showed us through His Life, Death, and Resurrection. Through surrendering, we no longer shackle ourselves to the ways of this world, to which God clearly says His Ways are not a part of; to which Jesus Christ, His Son, demonstrated with His Own Earthly life. Through surrendering we completely unshackle ourselves from the world; to which evil has control over. Through complete surrendering to The Divine Father of Creation, Jesus Christ gave us our freedom, from evil.
For in Isaiah 58:4-8:
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousnesswill go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.”
Though evil sought out to stain God’s most prized creations, there is one thing that was overlooked. And that is God’s Divine Connection, through the act of His Son on the Cross, at Calvary. And His Children are choosing, through their freewill, to take on the commission. God, looks from His Throne everyday, remembering the convenant that He made with His Son, Jesus Christ, for shedding His Blood on the Cross. He continues chasing us, by guiding the Holy Spirit to hold our hands in guiding us to the path towards His Eternal Kingdom. He remembers the commission that Jesus took on for Him, when He, as the Son of God, set foot on this earth; and He sees many of us, taking on that same commission. It is by faith, that we conquer evil. This is what Jesus Christ demonstrated.
In Romans 8:3-4:
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
In the world today, many people seem to forget that there is a Higher Power we all have to answer to, in the end of this thing we call, “life”. We, as Mankind, have often held ourselves accountable by flawed human logic, which is many times, so far away from our Divine origins. We have rationalized killing, as a form of cleansing of races; of controlling population growth; and it being our right to do so when someone has inconvenienced us with their existence, in some fashion. We have reasoned out that stealing money in any shape or form is to redistribute wealth; to wipe out civil service; or as a form of survival. As mankind, though given the intelligence, and even the gift of freewill, we have adopted the philosophy of what is in the animal kingdom as “survival of the fittest”, to justify the killing and the stealing that occurs. We have even rationalized that a God who created all in this world, can be our equal, in some cases. A God that looked at all of us as equal in His Eyes, and continues to do so till the very end, some have decided to consider themselves as superior over others. The inequalities that exist today is not because of God, but because of His Creations straying away from God, and His Divine Laws of Love. This began with the first sin being committed in the Garden of Eden, in the creation wanting to become equal to the Creator; to the first killing of a human being, a sibling…brother…by Cain killing his brother, Abel. I can only imagine how God wept, from His Throne.
We, as Mankind, often CHOSE to cut our ties from Divinity..just because Evil provided more gluttonous and glamorous options, in our earthly lives. Yet we still have the arrogance, as God’s creations, to claim ourselves as a moral authority in this world, without Him. With the sin that seeped in, this is how the world came to its present state. Not because of God. He was giving us the CHOICE TO CHOOSE. We decided that we do not need Him, just because He doesn’t provide solutions when we want them….or in the fashion we want them in. As Jehovah’s creations, have we become that prideful? In a world where circumstances constantly change, and our standards and thoughts change in accordance to them…that we decide, as God’s Creations, the moral and ethical codes; instead of relying on those set by the Creator, Jehovah, who is Constant God.
After many times starting things anew with the earth….God tried a different final approach.Showing us through the example of Jesus Christ,God told us, this is how we were to conduct our lives, in order to be found worthy to enter the Eternal Kingdom. Jesus came and truly showed that it is not only “the end justifying the means”….but the path taken also matters. He showed us that Divinity’s Ways are not in conformance to the secular world, but are held on a Higher Ground. A way that does not entertain our sin vulnerable human nature. A way of Nonviolence, Love, and Mercy. And such things are not conditional….they are unconditional. Conditional love is professed by evil, unconditional love is professed by Divintiy….which is what Jesus Christ demonstrated on the Cross, at Calvary. Though being the Son of God, and having the power to strike down those who persecuted Him, which according the law at the time, “eye for an eye”, He didn’t. He brought in THE DIVINE LAW OF LOVE, in “turning the other cheek”….upholding it while people falsely accused Him….while people unjustly punished him….and died as a result of it all.
He showed us that all the weapons formed against a Child of God will see the Wrath of God, which is far more permanent, than anything that can be brought upon anyone, in this world. This is what the end books of the Holy Bible prophesize about. You see, whether WE CHOOSE to believe in Him or not , it does not mean He doesn’t exist; and that His ethical and moral codes do not exist. Because all that we see on this earth had to come from somewhere, right? We, as creations, do not have the power to CREATE. Even Christ, Himself, did not take it into His Own Hands to DESTROY. He knew that Jehovah alone, had that authority. This earth is so far from the greatness it originally was created to be. And with the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, God said, that this earth can only be restored again, by Him alone. No matter what we may see on this earth…without the connection to Divinity, we will we swayed towards Evil. Jesus Christ showed us through His Own Life, that this connection is what helps us to DISCERN THE DECEPTION of evil; and that Paradise will only be restored when it is Jehovah’s Time. He is giving us one final chance to choose His Divine Laws of Love. And He will be seeing, if we choose to uphold it, just as Jesus Christ showed us….to the point of Death to our earthly bodies. We are to take up “our own crosses” to follow His Path. Jesus did this because He was confident in Jehovah’s Plan for Earth…..and so must we. He was not a victim, or a martyr…..He revolutionized the world, with Jehovah’s Unconditional Love, which He showed through His Life, Death, and Resurrection, and became the final solution for Mankind. He showed us how to stop the cycles of destruction by showing us God’s Unconditional Love, through practicing the Divine Law of Love in “turning the other cheek”; ….by showing us how to recognize the Divine Authority we all have to answer to. The reward that Jesus Christ received for upholding God’s Laws of Divine Love, to the extent He did, is being seated in the very presence of Jehovah….and to which Jehovah has promised the same to those in Mankind, who have done the same. Jesus Christ, as Jehovah’s Son, will have complete authority to decide who has upheld them or not. And when He returns, it will only be for that reason, alone. When He died to the earth, that was His Last Breath, and steps here, in this world. He will return, as King of all Kings, and the Lord of all Lords.
I was having a conversation with one of my mentors last night, and we both came to the conclusion, and understanding that there is a growing need to understand one of the requirements of obtaining entrance into a life of eternity. Many people believe that it is good enough to be “just a good person.” NOT TRUE. Others believe it is enough to just have faith alone, in that it is enough to believe in the existence of God. NOT TRUE. God says it is the balance of both that is needed.
For those that believe that it is good enough to be a “good person”. What defines being a “good person”? Isn’t such a definition subjective, rather than being objective? What one person may define as a “good person”, may be different from what another person may define it as, right? Many say, “helping people”. Well, how do you define that to fit to a definition to being a “good person”? Isn’t it possible for people to just do good deeds without truly loving or caring for the person? So it becomes an empty self serving act of charity. If we serve for (as in this day and age it is termed) “a cause”, for what reason are we supporting it for? Is it for genuinely finding a cure and understanding out of the love for Mankind? Or is it for a personal intention? Ambiguity, confusion…are tools that are not of Divinity. Divinity is quite clear…objective are It’s Definitions. When we use the subjective nature of flawed human logic, we will move further and further away from Divinity. Human logic is bound by earthly parameters, especially if it is devoid of faith, and following the instinct of sinful human nature. These are SELFISH acts of love. Divinity asks us to be SELFLESS in our acts of charity and love, towards each other.
For those who believe only faith is enough, those who believe in ASSURED salvation. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, do our battles with evil end here? NO. In fact, upon accepting Jesus Christ’s Authority in our life, we must be fully aware that Evil will throw trials and challenges in our lives, in order for us to refine our faith in God, and to grow stronger in our faith. It also serves to further detach ourselves to the ways of this world, to which God makes very clear, that His Ways are not a part of. This includes temptations to sin like lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, envy, wrath, and pride. One good point that my mentor had pointed out during our conversation, is that each time Jesus Christ laid hands on those He performed miracles on, He said, “Turn away from your sin, and do not sin again.” Very true, we become new…born again, in mind, body, and soul, when we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We stand by what He guides as our Good Shepard, through paths that are right and just. The Holy Spirit gently nudges us to ways that are right and wrong, in the Eyes of God’s Eternal Kingdom. If we continue to sin, faith is not enough. We have to believe in that faith with our entire whole being, enough to turn away from our sinful human nature, and surrender to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise you resoil the soul that you made anew upon accepting the authority of God, in your life. You can not live in sin, and challenge that salvation. Have you truly learned and become born again in spirit, if you still live in that rebellion? A born again spirit, will know of God’s Inifinite Wisdom; inequity is purged, and a hate for what is evil. There is no freedom when there is no fear of hurting, or disappointing God. That shows that there is no deep respect, as we would show our earthly parents. When God says He says He is beyond the world’s ways, who are we to challenge this? As Creations, who are we to challenge the Creator?
God judges on the intentions behind each action, because He sees all of it. Whether we believe in Him or not…that is the truth. The proof of His Existence is seen in the innocence and purity of little children. We were all once that pure and innocent. Do children think about the good deeds that they do? No. All they know is that is the right thing to do. God’s Acceptance into His Kingdom, is not defined in accordance to the earthly realm. He sees beyond what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch on this earthly realm. What kind of freedom is it, if we restrict ourselves to a belief that abides by the restrictions, boundaries, and limitations of this earthly realm. God, the Father of Creation, is beyond them. Our actions have to coincide with our faith. We have to have that conviction of wanting to know what is right and wrong, in this world, by seeking a Divine Force to lead you. At the same time, “faith without action” is also not fruitful. We should establish ourselves in a way that is inline with what Divinity had originally created for us to be; not to redefine it, without Divinity.
Though knowing that there is this OPTION in knowing that there is a path to Divinity’s Guidance into the Eternal Kingdom, there seems to be a premeditated rejection of knowing the Truth about Faith, in the world today. Many are much more swift to point a finger at another neighbor, or even at God; before reexamining themselves. We put our convictions and passions on things that have subjective meanings. We should do our good deeds, not based on obtaining any personal gain, in any shape or form. But in honor of the love of the Father of Creation, and out of that love, in the fear of disappointing Him. It is not by the number of good deeds, that determine our goodness. It is by the love sensed and invested into another, by each act that accounts for this. And only God, can see this.
For in Titus 2:11-15:
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
I think what many fail to realize about the importance of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, is a grave mistake. For those that are not Christian, they view Jesus Christ as either a “good man”; or a “Prophet”. For those who are Christian, I see so many that have such a focused tunnel vision, that they either (out of their own comfort) focus on one aspect of His Life, and miss out on the whole picture. And this is how many appear to be narrow minded, to non-Christians, and apply flawed human interpretation to Jesus’ Divine Teachings; instead of praying and being led by the Holy Spirit, in its interpretation. And this can only be achieved through investing the time in the Word of God, and investigating and being able to read the times through His Word. Not just by some conviction, and “good feeling” provided by a service, or preacher. Once you invest this time in the word of God, you will begin to understand WHY Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and begin to identify with His Life Example….and begin to understand His Teachings more….and more importantly, begin to understand how God truly does view the things and ways of this world. God has the heart to provide this for us, this is the very reason why He sent down His Son, to die on the Cross for us.
Jesus did not come here to establish a religion. Jesus did not only come to save Christians. Jesus Christ as the Son of God, came to show us, as Mankind (the most prized creation of God), how we are to live our lives, through His Life (from His Life, Death, and Resurrection) AND His Teachings. We are to study BOTH ! We often only focus on one aspect, and miss out in the messages that Jesus Christ showed us through the other. There are numerous Scriptures supporting this. Whole books in the Holy Bible that support this. Yes, Jesus Christ became the Salvation for Mankind, and prevented us from being permanently lost to evil’s darkness. But He also showed us that God truly meant that HIS WAYS ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, through the life He led. And that full obedience of God is required in EVERY ASPECT of our lives. Jesus showed this by leading the humble earthly life He did, though being the Son of God, and being a Member of the Most High Court in the Eternal Kingdom of God. And He showed us that we are to uphold God’s Laws of Divine Love, which He described to us in His Gospels, to the point of death. Because an earthly death is nothing in comparison to a spiritual death. And if we do so, God has promised that if we do go through this very same extent, just as Jesus Christ did, we will gain Eternal Life. This is what Jesus Christ demonstrated through His Resurrection (to which we as Christians, know as Easter). God showed us the PROOF of living a life in full obedience to Him, leading to a path to the Eternal Kingdom with Him. If God says His Ways are not of the World. People may view this view as extreme, because if you live a life in such a way, where will happiness come in? You would always be sad. Well, if GOD IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR HAPPNIESS, you will see Him, in the trials and the hardships. You will find peace and joy in the solitude you find on this earth. Because God’s Presence is always with you. You will not need the things of this world, that are defined in this world, as the things that will provide you “happiness”. In fact the only thing that will give you happiness is doing God’s Will and service, in your life. Evil’s uses your instincts to emotion, to soil our souls, and preventing the Holy Spirit in entering within them. When we live in full obedience to God, we have allowed for the Holy Spirit to be running the show of our souls, and our lives. This is what Jesus Christ showed us. But emotions led by a Holy Spirit, has the ability to change hearts towards seeking the Kingdom of God, unceasingly. It will only gain happiness until they have advanced one step further, on the path to the Eternal Kingdom of God. Such a heart, with such emotions, will be able to touch souls, to change permanently in such a manner. I have heard many times of those who have testified of having visions of the Kingdom of Heaven, that God does not judge us on our faith, by how many people we bring to God, but by how many hearts we have genuinely transformed to seek for His Eternal Kingdom. So you see, it is not only the act that matters to the Father of Creation; but seeing the KIND OF SEED you planted in someone. Has it caused a permanent change, that becomes fruitful for the Kingdom of God. And the larger “earthly title” we take on in our ministry, the more God expects of us. He takes is very seriously if you decide to take on His Title, to represent Him. God is not to be mocked in any shape or form. Many may believe that this only applies to nonbelievers, but it also applies to believers, who will be held on a more stricter scale. There are many scriptures that describe this. God wants TRUE believers in His Eternal Kingdom. If His Son was not exempt from earthly trials, then who are we to think that we are better than His Son, to be exempt from them. Who are we to think that we are better than Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to live earthly rich lives; when He led a life of complete humbleness out of His Love for God. Who are we to think that we are better than Jesus Christ, that we will not need to endure the Cross, to show God, that we truly understood that HIS WAYS ARE NOT OF THE WORLD’s, but beyond them.
You see it takes more than preaching. It takes more than bringing people to a church building for a membership. It is believing to the point that it reflects in words that you speak; that conviction is reflected by people being in the very presence of you. That belief in God’s Divine Laws of Love, that exhumes from you, and speaks to the brokenhearted; those that are lost, and even to those that are not. It is by trusting in what God has professed and promised through His Holy Words, and through the Life Example that Jesus Christ showed us, not only through His Teachings, but also in the life He led, and the path to the Death, He took.It takes a separation from the ways of this world, to even have a space for God to enter within you. It often takes a moment of great grief and injustice, to allow for our sinful human nature to finally realize that the ways of this world have its boundaries, restrictions, and limitations; and to show us how flawed it can be. It is in these moments that we finally unshackle ourselves to the ways of this world, and turn to a Divine Source, for His Perfect Wisdom….and He will speak, and forever change our lives. We will begin to see how He truly values the things of this world, because He will guide you such ways. The Holy Spirit will guide you on this path. The success of our ministries and works for God, will only be known by One, and that is God alone. We should never grow satisfied with what we do for the Eternal Kingdom, because it will never be enough. But it is never in the QUANTITY…..but in the QUALITY of what we do.
“The world is not impacted by super churches; not impacted by massive buildings or massive memberships. It is only impacted by the Holy Ghost exposing truth, that gets into the heart and changes it. That is the only thing that impacts the world.” -David Wilkerson
How is your faith these days? The Holy Spirit will convict you to guide you with the thought, “Don’t be afraid, but to BELIEVE.” For it is by our faith we are healed, and saved. For the devil does not own you. It is God who created you. The devil did not pay a price for you. GOD did, by making His Son, the Lamb to be Sacrificed for the sake of saving you, out of the hands of evil.
Paul said, “I died with Christ; I was raised with Christ; and I was crucified in Christ. I not only came to His Cross; but also picked up my Cross to follow Him.”
Are you willing to go through what Jesus Christ did, to fulfill your will to enter the Eternal Kingdom? Many of His Disciples understood this:
We must remember that despite the chaos in our worlds, that God is in control.Many, out of pain, confusion, doubt, and fear will forget this. These are all tools of Evil. When you believe in a God who says His Ways are beyond the Earth, you will see God and His Ways….in those moments of pain; those moments of confusion; those moments of fear and doubt. He will drive out all, the moment we realize He is in control.
Through trials…through conflict…through tribulations…that we encounter in our lives, God is peeling away another layer of ourselves, to make us unshackle ourselves to this world.God gives ALL OF MANKIND the chance to use their freewill to make the choice of choosing His Ways or not.Jesus Christ made that possible through His Death on the Cross. You see because God’s Ways are not of the world’s, in order to enter His Eternal Paradise, it does not require the world’s ways; but ways of Divinity. Ways of Divinity can be understood in minute quantities, by undergoing these trials and allowing for ourselves to unshackle ourselves from the ways of this world.There is no one amongst us, in Mankind that is considered more in the Eyes of God. He may give each of us DIFFERENT LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES, but He expects all of us to come to the SAME CONCLUSION, about His Divine Ways, as demonstrated by Jesus Christ, His Son. We are each given equal opportunity, with different life circumstances, to have the opportunity to be enlightened by Divinity. And even then, those who are enlightened, follow the humbleness that Jesus Christ demonstrated with His Earthly Life. This thing we call “life” is a chance to use our freewill to make ourselves right with the Father of Creation.
Jesus Christ was the “Lamb of God”, as His Son, the One and Only Sacrifice, for the sake of saving Mankind. No other sacrifice is required in the Eyes of Divintiy after that, because out His Love for Mankind, He made that sacrifice on our behalf. He did this for many reasons. One to reestablish that direct communication between Man and Divinity (to which evil destroyed upon causing Adam & Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden).Second, to end Evil’s rule over the earth.Thirdly, conquered death for Mankind. By Jesus Christ dying on the Cross, God brought Mankind spiritually back onto His Jurisdiction. Whether we choose to believe in Divinity’s Authority or not….Jeus Christ will determine that. Because through His Selfless and Sacrificial Act of Uconditional Love, He gained that Authority, as God’s Son. He understood that despite His earthly circumstances of ridicule…persecution…and ostracizing…that GOD IS IN CONTROL, and that such conditions were given to demonstrate that ways of Divinity do not require wealth, fame, or fortune; because those are ways of the world that He clearly says He is not a part of.
GOD IS IN CONTROL….remember that. Even while being nailed to the Cross, and hung to die on it….Jesus Christ kept His Spirit and Heart focused on that. Evil wants you to focus on your emotions, because it knows it can control, and manipulate it. It knows it can not control Jesus Christ, who conquered it at the Cross. Because Jesus Christ showed us how the steadfast love for God and His will for ahis Children, can drive out all fear, doubt, pain, and confusion. Becuae Jesus Christ remembered while hanging on the Cross to die for Mankind, that His Father…Our Father….GOD IS IN CONTROL. This is our time now, to choose with our own freewill to believe in that, not with earthly evidence that can be manipulated by Evil….but by Divine Evidence, which Jesus Christ showed us at the Cross at Calvary.
“God take those without an agenda;
He will take those that are not known;
He will take the poor;
He will take the weak of this world;
And He’ll Speak.
He is doing that right now.”
“God is speaking, but who is listening…..”
“There is no need to write you, friends, about the times and occasions when these things will happen. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief comes at night. 3 When people say, “Everything is quiet and safe,” then suddenly destruction will hit them! It will come as suddenly as the pains that come upon a woman in labor, and people will not escape. 4 But you, friends, are not in the darkness, and the Day should not take you by surprise like a thief. 5 All of you are people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:1-5
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
“And now He can help those who are tempted, because He Himself was tempted and suffered.” -Hebrews 2:18
“You servants must submit yourselves to your masters and show them complete respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. God will bless you for this, if you endure the pain of undeserved suffering because you are conscious of His Will. For what credit is there if you endure the beatings you deserve for having done wrong? But if you endure suffering even when you have done right, God will bless you for it. It was to this that God called you , for Christ Himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in His Steps.” -1 Peter 2:18-21
Though no one wants to hear this, there are many Scriptures that support what I am about to say (outside of the 2 that I had mentioned above). When you are on a spiritual journey, in seeking God’s Divine Path to the Eternal Kingdom, you are going to begin to see the things of this world, the way God views them. You might be surprised that whatever may seem to be viewed as beautiful on this earth, may not be so beautiful and wondrous in the Eyes of God. The nearer you come to God, the more you are exposed to you evil’s temptations; to spiritual attacks, and even trials of this earth. God says He is not of the world’s ways, but beyond them. And for those who pursue a path in seeking His Kingdom, will endure many things to throw them off of their pursuit to God’s Eternal Paradise. Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, showed us this very example, through His Own Life, and Death. He went to every extent to uphold God’s Laws of Divine Love, even to the point of death. In the Book of Revelations, God tells us that our test will be tested, even to the point of death, in Chapter 2. If we look at how each of the Prophets in the Old and New Testament, as well as the Disciples of Jesus Christ lived their lives, they were persecuted, ridiculed, and some even killed for what they believed. So the question is, where are you in your faith these days? Do you think that you are exempt from earthly trials and temptations? If these men and women, including the Son of God, were not exempt from them…what makes you think that you are any better than them, to be free of them, if you claim to be a Child of God? In fact, it seems the closer we get in our paths in seeking God’s Eternal Kingdom, the more harsh our trials will be. God wants true believers in His Kingdom; not those that will blow whichever way the wind will blow them.
We must understand that if our lives are free from trials, we must not be threatening the evil. We are conforming to the ways of this world, to which God clearly says He is not a part of. And with the many examples before us, we see that earthly trials and sufferings are a part of the spiritual journey in seeking Eternal Life. When we die a little each day, to the ways of this world, God’s Ways will become more clear, and revealed to such souls. Jesus Christ died to unshackle us to the ways of this world, and to give us one final chance to make the choices to choose God’s Ways or not, until He returns to reestablish the Kingdom. For those who faithfully seek God and His Ways of Love, and the path to Eternal Paradise, know truth is not solely determined by what we sense with our human 5 senses, but also by what feel within the inner depths of our souls, which are rooted in the Words of God. There is only faith in such souls; all fear and doubt is driven away by the Truth of God’s Ways within such a soul.
We must remain steadfast, even in our trials. Like many of those before us, it is through these trials that God purges us further of the impurities of our human nature, and advancing us one step closer in our paths to the Eternal Kingdom of God. We are called to endure them, so that we unshackle ourselves further, from the ways of this world, and obtain one step closer to God’s Ways. It is the surrendering of such a soul to God’s Will, that occurs in such a circumstance. The closer we are in our paths, the more harsher the trials will be. So you have to ask yourself today, how is your faith these days? Are you comfortable…or are you advancing to the point of shaking up the environment around you?
May we all continue to endure for the sake of upholding God’s Unconditional Love, to which He showed us in the Example of His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to die for the sake of saving all of Mankind from Eternal Wrath. And may God find us all worthy of entering His Kingdom.
“God is not angry with you. He is pleading with you.”
-David Wilkerson in his sermon, Time to Get Right With God
The moment we realize the truth in the statement above, we realize that GOD IS LOVE. The Bible is an endless Love Story of God’s Love for Mankind; and His Pleas in asking us to not surrender to our sinful human nature; and to turn to Him, in order to find our way back to the Eternal Paradise that He has waiting for us. But Mankind has shown over and over again, that they give in to their sinful human nature; as seen in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah…the days of Noah….all up till present day.
Jesus Christ’s Life and Death on the Cross was God’s Final Plea. God send His Son, to tell us, in person, about His Love for us, as His Children. He sent His Son, to show us, how we were meant to live our lives, in a way that would be worthy to enter the Eternal Paradise; and to teach us, what God expects of us, in mind, body, and soul. God’s Will of His Son was to die, in order to conquer evil over Mankind. He did everything possible to make us use our gift of freewill to choose His Ways, and not to choose to give in to our human nature. As God, He understood our constant battle with evil; which is why He sent His Son, to show us how to do it; and also to show us His Unconditional Love for us. But at the same time, He does indicate from that moment on, that the choice is ours, and that He did everything possible to show us what are of His Ways, and what are not. And that it is up to us to develop a daily relationship with Him, to guide us through the everyday things, to win the daily battles again evil.
God pleads with us everyday, to listen for Him. Despite what we think we do to help with the health of our physical bodies, it is only because it is God’s Will of our lives, that we were able to wake up to another day to live. Can’t people see how God’s Mercy is so abundant towards us, as Man, many have either decided to mock Him; defy Him; forget about Him; or take His Love for granted. God shows us His Existence in everywhere and in everything, on this earth. When we look at the Cross we should remember God’s Unconditional Love, that was symbolized through Selfless Sacrificial Act, done by Jesus Christ; and the promise God made through this act, to Mankind, by finding the true meaning in Jesus Christ’s Life and Death. As John 3: 16 states:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
As the years have gone by, I have gotten to understand more and more what this means; and I’m brought down to my knees, by how great God is, and how He continuously pursues me, out of Unconditional Love; how He pursues all of us, continuously, without ceasing. We just have to make the CHOICE with our FREEWILL to see it. God has always had us, as Mankind, as His Priority. When will we as Man, return that same love towards Him? Jesus, His Son, pleaded with us, on His Behalf, to the point of death of the earthly body, to show us that God is beyond anything of this world. That by dying the Cross, God has redeemed us, so that we will no longer be shackled to the ways of this world. His Son, freed us, in His Death. He showed us that nothing of this world is worth more than the Kingdom of God, and the love and the life that is awaiting in the Kingdom. He also showed us that nothing of this world can destroy us, when we have a mind, heart, and soul, that is focused first, on the Kingdom of God, through His Resurrection. When you do this, nothing can keep you away from the Eternal Kingdom. For in Isaiah 54:14-17, it is declared:
“In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you. See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” …declares the Lord.”
If God went to this extent, we should be mindful to unshackle our minds and hearts from the ways of this world, and to focus them on the Creator. For though how great our God is, He continues to pursue us, the sinners that we are, out of His Love for us. He also wants to rid us of all the impurity that lingers within us. This is why we have to go through the earthly trials, to know that in our choices, we consciously CHOOSE Him and the ways of His Eternal Kingdom; and not those of our sinful human nature. To understand that God is in control, and that nothing occurs, without Him knowing it. And to recognize our sinful human nature, but yet, God’s Love for us, makes us turn away from that sinful human nature. The current condition of the world today, is a result of Mankind surrendering to that sinful human nature. We are all vulnerable in doing that. And without God in our lives, and truly understanding His Unconditional Love for us, we will never know how truly sinful we are; and the true meaning of unconditional love. When Man does not know these things, how can there ever be true harmony amongst Mankind, as pure as that originally seen in the initial days in Garden of Eden.
If there is one thing that my spiritual path has taught me, is that God’s Truth is constant, and always prevails. There are too many times in life, where we depend too much on the things we sense with the 5 senses of our human anatomy: 1) Seeing; 2) Hearing; 3) Smelling; 4) Tasting; 5) Touching . What you have to realize is that things that can be manipulated by the ways of this world; can be manipulated by evil, for it’s deception from Truth. When God is first, and foremost in your life, that is when Truth will truly guide your life path.
What we have to realize is that upon Adam & Eve’s sinning, in the Garden of Eden, Man has since then, been born with a sinful human nature. Or in other words, possess a human nature to which is vulnerable to the temptations of sin. We were not originally created to be this way. In fact, God gave us all the knowledge we needed upon Creation; in order to remain in His Almighty Presence. But upon the temptation that Eve and Adam fell to, Man sinned, for what reason? By eating from the “Tree of Knowledge”; they were enticed by Satan, to have just as much knowledge as God. Earthly knowledge, is nothing in comparison to Divine knowledge. God has said that He is not of the ways of this world; but beyond them. In fact, I have thought about this many times. And my conclusions of the deception were this:
-Adam & Eve already had direct access to God’s Wisdom, based on having that direct link to Him; with their pure human nature.
-Satan/Serpent enticed them to believe that they were short of the knowledge of what God has.However, by eating from the only tree that God had said that they were not to eat from;they will have that same knowledge level as God does. When has a creation, ever been equivalent to the Creator?
This is when Mankind’s once pure human nature, became sinful. The Pride of achieving a “godlike” status.
So Satan accomplished in this one act, the destruction of the direct link between Divinity and Mankind (which was considered as God’s Prized Creation amongst all); and shackling Man to its ways.
BUT THEN CAME JESUS CHRIST. What made it so impossible, for the people of His Day, to believe that He was the Messiah, or the Son of God? The King of all Kings, and the Lord of all Lords? Very simple. He demonstrated with His Life, exactly what HIS FATHER…OUR FATHER says He represents. God says He is not of the world’s ways; but beyond them. Jesus Christ did not live by the means of the world. Just examine His Life.
1) Though being a member of the most High Court, the Eternal Kingdom of God, He was born in a barn, and laid in a cattle’s trough; lived the life of a Carpenter’s Son. He did not live a live of a King or someone with high societal status.
2) With God’s Will of His Life always on His Mind, He lived as a nomad, preaching God’s Love.
3) Though He knew that His Teachings defied manmade law, He had the confidence in the Divine Law He was teaching.
4) He had compassion for those who sought for the Kingdom of God; and for those who were lost to it. He reached out particularly to those who were being misguided or misled in their salvation. He read the purity of the intentions of the souls behind each person.
Evil will try to tell you to go with your first instinct, or initial feeling. God says, always to ask Him first, if it is His Will. I have learned too many times in my own life, that going with your instinct or initial gut feeling, may not always be the best choice. Because it may not be God’s Will of your life. Going with the initial feeling is what animals do. There is one difference between human beings and animals, and that is FREEWILL. We have that choice to choose. Animals do not. So with that said, animals following their instincts, is abiding by God’s Divine Laws. While humans mimicking that, are not. By going with our initial instincts, especially with a soul that is not rooted in a constant truth such as that of the Almighty God, can become lost to darkness very quickly.
This is where following your heart and emotions can be quite deceiving, contrary to what many believe. Our emotions can be easily manipulated, as well as our heart, if they are not rooted in a Constant Truth. Let’s take an example. LOVE. Evil will say, it is sufficient enough to love those that love you back. There is no need to worry about those that you do not know, or those that despise you or hurt you. In fact, evil will go on to promote, if they hurt you, it’s ok to want to get back at them for what they did. This is how emotion and the pain within a heart, can deceive. What good comes out of such thoughts or actions. Those in the dark, never knowing unconditional love, will remain that way…never knowing. Or how do addictions come about? For many reasons. Whether it is to cover up a past pain or hurt. Or to fill a void. The list goes on. Jesus Christ told us that God knows and has seen it all from up above; but He knows that He created for you and I to be better than that. Jesus Christ said, yes, love those that love you back. But God will give you the strength to also love those that persecute you, and mock you. Love those that are strangers to you; and even those that hate you. Now how many of us can say that comes to us so easily? It is not our instinct to do that. This is proof of our sinful human nature. We have to be mindful of this.
Evil has spread out its tentacles that quickly and wide, to distort God’s Truth that much. Do what feels right in you, naturally. Our human nature was stained upon that first sin. That would only continue onto an endless cycle of sins. Jesus knew that. He taught His Disciples the same, and to be vigilant over themselves in that. TO REMAIN FOCUSED ON GOD’S TRUTH, AT ALL TIMES. When we focus on God’s Truth, that compassion will come out in an unconditional way; that love will come out unconditionally; that kindness will come out everywhere. But at the same time, it will protect you from steering clear from things and ways, or even people who may try to take that focus away from you. God will guide you in ways that may not seem so obvious in the world. Because His Truth does not conform to the world; but the world was originally made to conform to His Truth, before Mankind’s sin, in the Garden of Eden. Evil has no defense against God’s Truth of the Gospel. And the truth that God stands for, defies all earthly parameters. God went to the extent of loving us, despite our sinful human nature, of giving up His only Son, to absorb our sins, and give us another chance to find His Ways to the Eternal Kingdom. We must seek unceasingly, because we have our sinful human nature to fight against. It is so easy to believe in what we see and hear in the earthly sense. But if God says His Truth is beyond the world’s ways…we have to feed and purify the soul within ourselves, to find Him and His Truth. Because in the end of it all, God judges on the purity of the soul; not by the number of good deeds we have done. We can not buy a ticket to enter through the gates of heaven. It is being faithful in seeking the Truth of the Eternal Kingdom, rather than conquering and ruling within the earthly kingdom. Because in the end of this thing we call “life”; whether we believed in Him or not, we all will need to face Him.
PUT ON YOUR AMOR OF GOD TODAY, AND EVERYDAY!
PRIDE is a very powerful carnal sin. It is was made Lucifer, one of God’s top-ranked arch angels to fall from grace, and to be locked out of heaven, forever. It is what made room for other sins like wrath and envy to manifest within him, to transform him into Satan. The once pure soul that was allowed to be in the very presence of the Almighty God, one of God’s highest ranked arch angels, became impure to never be able to enter Heaven again. This was not meant to be the fate of Mankind. God demonstrated this upon the initial days of Adam and Eve. But because of evil’s pride, temptation and deception was brought into the paradise, and caused Man to sin. As a result God had issued this warning to Satan and those who decided to wage war against Him, since the beginning of time:
“Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
What is the “Enmity” that God was referring to, in this Scripture? The definition of Enmity, according to Webster’s is “positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will“. It is Jesus Christ, His Son. Jesus conquered him, through His Life Example, defeating His Temptations while roaming this earth; and through His Death on the Cross at Calvary, He conquered Evil, and the death sentence that was meant for Mankind, and saved us from God’s Wrath of falling to the sinful human nature, that the serpent gave birth to, that day, in the Garden of Eden. Now with the Freewill that God gave us, we have the CHOICE to CHOOSE whether we continue to fall prey, or to truly become enlightened by Unconditional Love, which was seen in the selfless Sacrifice, seen on the Cross, at Calvary. Though committing no crime Himself, He took on Mankind’s Sin, and took the punishment meant for us, as His Own…to give Mankind one final chance.
God’s Children will endure so many trials in the spiritual sense, and in the earthly sense. This is because they have truly understood that God’s Ways are not of the world’s ways. And by knowing this Truth, evil will try to throw anything and everything at His Children, in order to throw them off the path to the Eternal Kingdom, and bring them along with it, to endure the sentence of God’s Wrath. We should remember the Love exhibited on the Cross, so selflessly. God’s Mercy is so abundant, so why deny the wrongs? It’s not like He has not seen them.
By doing so, what are you losing? Your Pride?
The hardest thing for any human being to do is to admit when they are wrong. No one wants to be wrong. However, a truly enlightened soul will know the perfection that the Father of Creation (Yahweh, Jehovah, God, Devum) is, and that we, as human beings, are full of flaws, especially in comparison. It boggles me everyday, how some can compare themselves, or call themselves with the titles of “god”, or the “I AM”…when in reality based on our sinful human nature, it is not possible. Jesus Christ being God’s Son, was the only One that walked this earth, that could ever claim as such. Though evil tried to tempt Him, Jesus Christ was able to resist, and fulfill God’s Plan for His Life. He exhibited love for those that not only loved Him back; but also those who didn’t know Him; and those who ridiculed and persecuted Him; and even those that killed Him. He demonstrated this till the very last breath in His Earthly Body, to show us, what God expects of us; and to provide a life example that we should strive for.
If there was one Carnal Sin that is the hardest to combat, I would say it would be that of PRIDE. Why? It comes in many forms. Many that are obvious, and those that are not so obvious. But in this entry, I was trying to ponder on the reasoning behind the act of denying doing wrong. We seem to demonstrate this as early as a Toddler. Well, Psychology likes to describe this stage as the Phase of “Ego”; which translates to “the self”. Does not Pride only take the “self” into consideration? We, as human beings, never want to be told that what we did is wrong. Or what we think is wrong. Or what we believe is wrong. But if it is causing pain to another of God’s Creations, does that justify the lack of correction?
I have seen history being rewritten in the lives of families, in history books, and even in everyday life, in the efforts to avoid correcting a wrong; or for that matter to recognizing a wrong being committed. OR WORSE, TO HIDE THE WRONG. This is detrimental on so many levels:
1) It denies for forgiveness to occur.
2) It denies the correction of a flaw within that human being, which only creates room for deception of evil.
3) Divinity has no room to enter such a soul.
4) Such secret sins, can manifest to sins in other areas of one’s life
5) Room for other wrongs to be committed
6) It perpetuates deception for many generations (to hide a lie)
Humans seem to think that denying a wrong, makes it disappear. With such a thought, it shows how such a soul is restricted to the parameters and boundaries of this world. That one has truly not understood what the purpose of Jesus Christ’s Death on the Cross was…to unshackle us from the ways of this world. By thinking that we can deny, or reason out a wrong committed towards another (or inflicting pain towards another) is in its own way, denying the act of Unconditional Love, that was demonstrated by Jesus Christ, at the Cross at Calvary; and reshackling yourself to the ways of this world, to which the Almighty God has said His Ways are not a part of. In a truly spiritually enlightened soul, they would know that there is a Higher Being that is omnipresent. And that there is nothing that occurs on this earth, that will go unaccounted for, or unnoticed by the Father of Creation. And that the admittance of one’s wrongs or flaws, is a sign of true humbleness, and a sign of true enlightenment.
Evil will try to convince that there is no need to make wrongs, right, in those who are spiritually confused and lost. And for those who are spiritually stronger and mature, Satan and his demons will use the guilt to destroy them. We must remember that God promises that once a wrongdoing or flaw is brought to His Feet, with a sincere heart of repentence and remorse, He can wipe your slate clean of that wrongdoing. Healing and forgiveness can occur. At the same time, it will have the courage, to confront the wrong committed; as well as the person that was wronged to correct them.
PART 2 to Come……
Before We Point Out the Flaw in Our Fellow Brothers & Sisters, We Must Recognize Our Own Flaws: PRIDE vs. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT (Part 2)
When we grow stronger in our faith, we make that bond between ourselves and God stronger. Prayer allows for us to keep that direct line of communication open with God. And when we grow stronger in making the choice to be with God, He will help us to know what is His Ways or not….or give us SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT. What you have to remember unlike Pride, that operates on looking at the flaws of others, Spiritual Discernment also operates on one’s own flaws. This is what Jesus Christ meant by the Scripture within the title of this entry. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT is not about feeling good, and making yourself feel good with your flaws. It’s about being in tune with God, and working back towards the grace He once created for you to have, to which our sinful human nature often gets in the way of achieving. We must be completely aware that humbleness and humility is a result of knowing our own flaws, and working towards fixing them. All of us are flawed in the eyes of God. The difference between those who decide to walk the path to God, and those who don’t? They work on themselves, and know that only God can change others. Jesus Christ said, that we are going to be held accountable for OUR OWN ACTIONS, when we face Judgement. Not by what others did, or what they did to influence us. That is why God gave us Freewill. But through our testimonies in what we have realized when we were working on our flaws, with the help of God, we become enlightened with God’s Knowledge, through the battle we went through with Him, for overcoming that flaw. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT. By sharing our testimonies our victories in conquering our flaws, with the help of the Father of Creation, we help others to see this, and God’s Greatness.When you focus, and maintain your connection with God, God will help you to discern what is of His Divine Laws of Love, and that which is not.
We must be very mindful, however, that evil will try to make us feel guilty for obtaining the Divine Knowledge we gain in our victories of conquering our sinful human flaws, through God. This is how he will try to mislead you; and mislead many others about you. Despite all this, we have to be confident in our faith, and confident in the Almighty God that rules with His Greatness from His Throne. God’s ways are not bound by the world’s ways. Only evil’s ways are. So know that our ways should be focused on the spiritual, not the earthly ways.
We’re all in this together. This is what Jesus Christ showed us, in His Life and Death on the Cross; and while sitting on the Right Hand of the Father of Creation, right now. He gave us a Life Example to study and learn from. Grow stronger in faith, and allow for God to guide you. God Bless….
Before We Point Out the Flaw in Our Fellow Brothers & Sisters, We Must Recognize Our Own Flaws: PRIDE vs. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT (Part 1)
It is important to recognize the difference between PRIDE & SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT . Where do we begin with this? This is something that I have often struggled with, and I am sure that I am not the only one. But as we grow stronger in our faith in the Father of Creation, He will help us to know the difference, more and more, with each step we get closer to knowing Him.
We must be mindful that PRIDE is from evil. And evil can use this is several ways. We have to be aware of this. REMEMBER PRIDE IS ONE OF THE 7 MORTAL SINS. It can manifest several ways within a person. It stems from insecurity and denial of knowing oneself in the Father of Creation. We have to think back and remember, that we are all born in a sinful human nature; and we can not afford to give in to it. In fact the world today, is the result of such an act. Pride is what makes one to think that one is more superior over another, when God says, that “He has allowed the weeds to live alongside the good crops…”; to show us that He holds all of His Children equal in His Eyes, as to having the chance to come to Him, until the last breath in their earthly bodies. The weeds will be weeded out on the Final Day, when we are ALL held accountable, and determined if we are harvested for the Eternal Kingdom or to be weeded out. But that judgement is only left to the Perfect One….not to us, as the imperfect, sinful natured creations. It is such a philosophy of thinking one is more superior to another that resulted in the world’s poverty, bigotry, and violence. When Jesus Christ proclaimed, “Instead of Eye for an Eye; we must TURN THE OTHER CHEEK.”
Pride gets in the way of Divine Correction of ourselves. You see, we were not created to be born as sinners. But upon Adam and Eve fell to Satan’s Temptation in the Garden of Eden, that began the birth of our sinful human nature. And the first evidence of the consequence of this was seen in their own children, of Cain and Abel. God did give us the freewill to choose; but as history has shown us, and with the current conditions of the world today, Mankind has shown that we have given in to this PRIDE. We have used the very knowledge that Satan tempted us with, to reason out so many atrocities that have occurred in the history of Mankind. And we have fallen further and further from the Greatness and full of Grace that God had originally created for us to be. But with Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross, God so loved us as to give us one final chance. As the Son of God, He walked amongst us, taught us, showed us, what God expected of us. He warned us, what was to come, if we didn’t listen to Him. In fact Satan was so jealous of God’s love for us, that this is what made him fall from grace. The pride of being one of God’s most highest ranked Arch Angels, when he was Lucifer; he could not comprehend how we, as His Creations, outranked him. And when he fell from grace, and allowed for pride and envy to consume him, he allowed for wrath to be his mission. In taking as many of us away, alongside him.
We can not afford to allow PRIDE to take root within us. God’s knowledge is something our human minds can not comprehend. We are the CREATION. We could never be equivalent to the CREATOR. We could never know the direction of our spiritual health…we can only take it day by day. Because we are all born as sinners, even those who may be known as the “elect” will have human flaws. When we realize God’s Awesomeness, we will realize how flawed we are. No matter what we have achieved in this earthly realm. Evil will mislead many to believe that “You have to love me for me….” No. We were born as sinners. Evil will try to convince you, “To only love those that love you back….” It’s wrong. Because that makes room for doubt in the power of love. Evil will twist the word of God and say, ” Since we are all from God, we can be gods ourselves.” No. Since we are born with a sinful human nature, we could never consider ourselves to the perfection that God is.
SO HOW TO WE COMBAT THIS??????? BY GROWING STRONGER IN FAITH. HOW DO WE DO THIS? TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF OUR DIRECT LINE OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE FATHER OF CREATION, TO WHICH JESUS CHRIST, THROUGH HIS DEATH, REESTABLISHED. SATAN HAD DESTROYED THIS UPON INTRODUCING SIN INTO THE GARDEN OF EDEN. BUT JESUS CHRIST CONQUERED HIM, IN HIS DEATH. Take time out of your daily schedule to talk to Him.
Part 2 to come…..
“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s Throne. Think of what he went through; how he put up with so much hatred from sinners! So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up. For in your struggle against sin you have not yet had to resist to the point of being killed.”
-Hebrews 12: 2-4
“But these people attack with insults anything they do not understand; and those things that they know by instinct, like wild animals, are the very things that destroy them.”
“Don’t be afraid of anything you are about to suffer. Listen! The Devil will put you to the test by having some of you thrown into prison, and your troubles will last 10 days. Be faithful to me, even if it means death, and I will give you life as your prize of victory. If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches! Those who win the victory will not be hurt by the 2nd death.”
When someone decides to dedicated their life in seeking Eternal Life, in the Kingdom of the Eternal Father, they realize that the path is travelled by very few. Why? Well, it is a road that is full of trials and suffering (in the earthly sense). However in the spiritual sense, it is a life that is full of refining and cleansing of the soul, from the ways of this world, to which the Eternal Father says He is not a part of. Sure we are to live in it, but in accordance to the Divine Laws of Love, that God had established, and showed us through the many enlightened ones, that roamed this earth, and of course through the Life and Death, of His Son, Jesus Christ.
“It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips. When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the Righteous Judge. Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed.”
-1 Peter 2:21-24
As human beings, Jehovah knows that we as Man, are weak to sin. But that does not mean He loves us any less. He loved us so much as to send Jesus Christ, to absorb all the sins of Mankind, though committing no sin, Himself. When we decide to seek the Eternal Kingdom, we will begin to see the flaws in ourselves, to which God points out, are in violation to His Divine Laws of Love. The more we get familiar with the Holy Scriptures of God, the more aware we become in knowing how God values the things in this world. In fact, whatever may seem beautiful in the earthly sense, may not be in the Eyes of God. Only He can help us to discern His Truth, from Evil’s Deception in this. The more we realize the ways of this world, are not in accordance to God’s Ways, we will face a lot of trials which can result in a lot of anguish, in the earthly sense. It is in these moments, we have to CHOOSE with our FREEWILL, whether we get lost in the anguish caused by that trial; or to ask for God’s Guidance for the meaning of the anguish, and await for His Solution.
What we have to realize with the trials and anguish we face on this earth, as people who chose to seek the Eternal Kingdom, is that through this anguish, we begin to become the “broken vessels”; and break ourselves away from the earth’s ways, that God says He is not a part of. It is through this anguish that we begin to reexamine our ways, and see if it is in accordance to God’s Divine Laws of Love. And this will be a lifelong journey. God knows, us, as His Children, that we may not get it right the first time, or the second time, or sometimes, even the third time. But we have to get it, sometime. So this is how we not only refine our faith, one step closer to the purity that God had originally created for us to have, as seen in the initial days of Adam and Eve; but also cleanse ourselves of the sinful ways of human nature, so that we will purify our souls, to become worthy enough to enter the Kingdom of God. A mind, heart, and soul, dedicated to Jehovah…Yahweh….Devum….will always seek this…and will never be satisfied, until they hear it from Jesus, Himself, on that Final Day.
Anguish in one’s life, is seen by all those who observe the life of God’s Children. Though God’s Children, themselves, do not see it as anguish, most of the time; but as a joy to endure. Why? They know that it is a test that they need to go through to get one step closer to the Father of Creation…and the trials they face are evil’s ways of trying to throw us off the path. And the more closer we get in our journeys, the frequency of the trials will increase; and the intensity of the anguish will also. But it will never be seen on the face of a Child of God, why? Because they have decided to endure those trials, by leaning on not their own human strength, which is restricted by the boundaries of this earth; but by God’s Strength, who says….HIS WAYS ARE NOT OF THE WORLD’S WAYS, BUT BEYOND THEM. If Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, had to endure all that He did, what makes us any better than Him, to be exempt from them? As you see in the Revelations quote above, God asks us, how are are we willing to go to uphold His Ways? Would we do it to the point of death of the earthly body? Because He says, that He guarantees, by doing so, we will gain eternity by surviving the second death.
The anguish we face, allows for us to kill the parts of ourselves that shackle us to the world’s ways, that do not belong to the Father of Creation. It does not mean that those who decide to walk the path are perfect human beings. Despite what many would like to believe. By deciding to choose to follow the Path to the Kingdom of God, it will make us more vulnerable to the ridicule and persecution of those who are shackled to the world’s ways; as St. Jude says above, people often mock what they do not understand. Therefore those who have truly become enlightened by the Father of Creation, are fully aware of their own flaws, and as a result do not pass judgment on others; as Jesus Christ instructed us to do. For there is only one that was so perfect enough to have the position to do so, that is Jesus Christ alone.
We must endure the trials, and the anguish, if we chose the follow the Path to the Eternal Kingdom. Because this is what is required of God’s Children. I always thought that if things are going too smoothly in one’s life, that means that evil is quite content with the way that person leads their life. It is not threatened by such a life. But for a person who decides to seek the Father of Creation, has an earthly life that is full of trials and anguish, and even that does not automatically give such a person, a ticket to the Eternal Kingdom. At this point, such a person is given the choice to open their eyes to the message God is trying to reveal to them through that anguish; or to close their eyes to it, and reshackle themselves to the earth through this anguish. If we choose wisely, we get one step closer to the Eternal Kingdom of God.
If we look at the many examples of the those who dedicated their lives to serving for the Kingdom of God, their lives were FULL of earthly trials and anguish. Many would like to dismiss such people who led lives like this, by such a lifestyle being meant for a chosen few. But you have to remember that Jesus Christ did not come here to establish a RELIGION. He, as the Son of God, came here to establish a way of life, that conforms to the ways of God’s Divine Laws of Love, and to save Mankind from the Wrath of God, the price of conforming to the world’s ways. And His Ministry was not restricted to His Disciples. He preached it, and demonstrated it to the young and old; to the rich and poor; to the sinner and the faithful. This means this way of life, was meant for ALL OF MANKIND, not just for the select few. Our flawed human logic had reasoned it out, that such a life was meant for a small minority…not true though.
“Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who call you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. To him be the power forever! Amen.”
– 1 Peter 5: 8-11
So endure the trials….and ask for God’s Strength to get through the anguish. Because God says death of the earthly body, is nothing in comparison as the death of the spirit. When He says our bodies are temples…it is not the physical body per se. It is what we invest in, as to what goes SPIRITUALLY INTO OUR BODIES, that makes it fertile ground for the Holy Spirit to take root. The HOLY spirit…leading to God’s Eternal Enlightenment…can only occur, when we study and learn His Divine Laws of Love, in a steadfast way, with zeal, and enthusiasm. This leads to a HOLY place for it to make its home. Is not a TEMPLE….a HOLY place or ground? And God says the only way to know of His Ways, is to unshackle yourself from the world’s ways, as seen, will involve a lot of trials and anguish in the earthly sense.
THESE ARE THE TOOLS EVIL IS USING TODAY, TO BREAK THE ANNOINTING OF THOSE WHO DECIDED TO WALK THE PATH TO GOD; AS WELL AS MAKING PEOPLE TO FORGET THE OMNIPRESENCE OF JEVOHAH…DEVUM….YAHWEH…
Just like any relationship that we invest our hearts and of ourselves in, we need to take that time out for God. Think about it. In order to develop a business, what do you do? You make the time to plan; to meet people; to talk to people. For your best friends and family members, you do the same. So why wouldn’t it be any different for God? It is the investment of the heart, that is required. However with God, it requires you to step out of the “flesh”; and into the presence of Him. God says He is not of the world’s ways, but beyond them. It requires investing yourself, in learning His Divine Laws of Love, which He has revealed in His Holy Scriptures, and the teachings of the many Prophets that came to preach them. It takes for us to take the time out of our “busy life schedules” to just have those intimate moments with God. Having that “heart-to-heart” with the Divine Father.
Evil knows that Man does not respond to extreme evilness. Because that would be easy to detect, in order to be avoided. It would not have the chance to take root. So evil tries to introduce things and ways of life that are in direct violation of God’s Laws of Divine love, in subtle ways. So by the time a sensitization, and an acceptance is taken, that is when evil will have its roots planted. So distractions and business of the world today, is what is being used, so that we will not have time to invest in God; and so that we will not have the time to fully examine the things that are taking root with us. Satan wants you too exhausted to pray. He wants you to be too distracted from life circumstances, so that you can either blame God for them; or to forget about God’s Existence altogether. If God says He is not of the world’s ways, then we will understand what it means to remain steadfast in God; and will not base the health of our relationship with God, based on the emotions of our distractions and the business of this world. From what I have come to understand is that it is not even the quantity of time, you spent. It is by the quality of the time you spent with God. God asks us to be intimate with Him, so that He can talk to you, beyond what we see and hear in this world. HE SAYS HE IS NOT OF THE WORLD’S WAYS; BUT BEYOND THEM. It is not enough to sit and listen to the Word of God. To have that intimate relationship with God, it requires for us to SEEK Him, on our own. Sitting through a service is not enough. Is sitting for an appointment with a client enough to develop that business? Or is a visit to a friend enough to develop that relationship? NO. So why would it be any different with God?
The world today has become so busy that we no longer have the time to even teach our little children their nighttime prayers; or even showing them how to live a life of love and goodness, with a true investment of the heart. A truly invested heart, has that connection with Divine Love. That is the only way Unconditional Love, can only be practiced in one’s life. Because by our sinful human nature, we can only love by CONDITION, with our own human strength. This is the difference between walking by FAITH; and walking by FEELINGS. Faith is (or should be) unconditional; while feelings are based on the condition of the circumstance. So Satan knows how to provoke and invoke feelings. Why else would he and his colleagues(in order to spread evil) say, “Act on your human nature”; or “Do what comes naturally to you” ? HE is the one who tainted human nature! And he will continue to do so, until his time runs out on this earth. That countdown began upon Jesus Christ enduring the tortuous punishment He went through. That punishment, was intended for us! But out of His UNCONDITIONAL LOVE…not BEING DISTRACTED from the human pain, and suffering of the torture He endured…or the human fear of what was to come…He still remained intimate with God…and His Will. Our future for the world, no longer knows how to be intimate, or how to invest the human heart, anymore. They base it on actions…achievements. Look at the role models of children today? They are no longer policemen, doctors, civil servants of Mankind. They are now those who are trying to attain the ways of this world. GOD SAYS HE IS NOT OF THE WORLD’S WAYS, but BEYOND THEM. The reality is, God judges on the purity of the intention of the heart, out of the love of what He created for us to be…His Children.
It is not enough to be called; it requires a constant examining of the heart, to make it to the purity that was seen once, in Adam & Eve, before falling to Satan’s temptation, in the Garden of Eden. This requires going through trials because that is also evil’s ways of distracting you off the path. The most powerful tool we have against evil is prayer. That is our direct lifeline to the Father of Creation. And the more we do it, the more powerful it (our prayers) become; the more stronger we get in our faith in Him; and make a vessel worthy enough for the Holy Spirit to enter within us. David Wilkerson, of Time Square Church, and founder of Teen Challenge, said it best when he said, “A praying Man or Woman is the scourge of Hell.” The main reason why Satan introduced temptation to violate God’s Laws of Divine Love is to destroy that direct communication and pathway we had to God, as originally seen with Adam and Eve, before they fell to it. But upon Jesus Christ’s Death on the Cross, and taking on our sins; that direct pathway was reestablished. It is now up to us, to remain strong, just as Jesus Christ did…and showed us through His Own Life and Death.
You have to remember that evil wants to distract you with emotions of fear, lust, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath, and the greed of attaining the worldly things of this world by fame and fortune. Evil wants to reshackle you to this world, because he knows that he can no longer regain access back to the Eternal Kingdom. And he does not want you to have what he and his colleagues could never have again, based on their fall from grace. Evil wants to distract you with the business of this world, so that there is no time to invest the human heart and tenderness. It is our spiritual condition and how we deal with it, that will determine whether we enter into Eternal Paradise. Not the earthly condition. GOD’S SAYS HE IS NOT OF THE WORLD’S WAYS; BUT BEYOND THEM. So why would the ways to enter into Eternal Paradise conform to the world’s ways? Why would the wellness of your worldly conditions determine the progress of your path to the Eternal Kingdom?
Distractions and the business of the world is what is preventing us as Mankind, from tapping into the direct pathway we have to God. If Jesus Christ saw that it was worthy enough to die for, in order to reestablish that again, why would we not invest in that? God showed us how in love He is with us, by giving up His Son to show us, and that He keeps on giving us chances to come to Him, until the last breath in our earthly bodies to do so. While we seek on this earth, for that same kind of love….with that search not being so fruitful; we often take for granted the love that is always there. Waiting with arms wide open.
Don’t get so distracted that you do not have time to talk with God. Don’t get so busy in your life, that you put him on the “backburner” or in the back of your mind. If you do, you will be doing exactly what evil wants…and will fall prey to it taking root within you. Make the time for God, and He will bring order to your chaotic world, and a love that is undying, for you.
“Don’t pray that God will teach you how He Loves. Pray that He will fill you with Himself; and that He will love through you……Don’t pray that God will teach you to be filled with joy. Pray that the God of Joy will enter into you. Don’t pray that He will teach how to be peaceful. Ask the God of Peace, the Prince of Peace to fill you. Because if you try to imitate God with your own strength, you will be a miserable replica. But if you allow for the impartation of Jesus Christ to over take you, suddenly it all works. Because it is Him imitating Himself, and He is very good at being God.”
I honestly get inspired everytime I hear these very words. What better way to explain how the Holy Spirit of God can move through anyone. It also shows us how weak the human instinct/nature is, to be used to combat within the spiritual battle that we are in, between good and evil. Jesus Christ, showed that He was God, through the infliction He endured (in His Torture and Crucifixion), and His Resurrection (which conquered the earthly death that we, as Mankind would have endured, and would have been permanently separated from the Creator). He conquered Sin at the Cross. His Death, unshackled us from Sin, permanently; and reestablished the direct communication and pathway, that was destroyed upon Adam & Eve choosing to sin, upon Evil’s temptation, in the Garden of Eden. So with our freewill, God has given us the CHOICE to follow the Holy Spirit’s Guidance to His Path or not. That is what we have to understand. We have the choice to choose. He has said, that the world’s ways do not lead to His Path to Eternal Life. And the Holy Spirit can only take root within you, when you become broken vessels, which make you to break away from the ways of this world. Think about this for a second. When we go through tough circumstances in our lives, and the world’s solutions have failed to produce solutions to those circumstances, what do many people do? They turn to God, searching for almost a supernatural solution…to present a solution that just comes out of nowhere or has not presented itself, within their environment. We see so many examples of this through Jesus Christ’s Ministry, where many were brought to God, based on the many healings, and miracles He performed.
What many people forget is that FAITH is a gift, that God bestows for faithfully seeking Him and His Ways of Love. It is not something you can study for to pass a test. In fact, we undergo tests/trials to see how worthy we are to receive this Holy Gift. And this is a lifelong process. It’s not a one time deal, that you pass in one instance or circumstance. It is a culmination of many. To bring us back to the perfection that we were originally created to be, as initially seen in Adam and Eve, before they sinned; we have to be constantly tested, to refine us back to the gems that we were created to be. And God has clearly said this, within the Last Books of the Holy Bible. To what extent? Well, as a Christian I believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to be an example for us as Mankind, as to what God expects of our lives, while we live on this earth. While we all have the purposes we were born to do, on this earth, which were determined since the time we were conceived in our mother’s womb (and Jesus Christ was born to live and die, to become the Salvation of Mankind from evil, permanently), did not Jesus show us that we defend God’s Laws of Love, to the point of death? Now is that everyone’s final destination in their spiritual journey? Maybe not. But God asks us this, to see how genuine our choice to follow Him, is. To see if we truly separated ourselves from the world’s ways, which are not of Him. Only He can see the heart and soul, which is a reflection of this.
Remember God’s ways are of LOVE, PEACE, and NONVIOLENCE. And remember when we become born again, in mind, heart, and soul; we will be faithful in seeking God in every aspect of our lives; and that it will not waiver, despite the world surrounding us. It is being faithful in seeking truth…
Suffering for Being a Christian
“Dear friends, don’t be surprised by the painful suffering you are going through. Don’t feel as if something strange were happening to you. Be joyful that you are taking part in Christ’s sufferings. Then you will be filled with joy when Christ returns in glory.
Suppose people make fun of you because you believe in Christ. Then you are blessed, because God’s Spirit rests on you. He is the Spirit of glory. Suppose you suffer. Then it shouldn’t be because you are a murderer or a thief. It shouldn’t be because you do evil things. It shouldn’t be because you poke your nose into other people’s business. But suppose you suffer for being a Christian. Then don’t be ashamed. Instead, praise God because you are known by that name.
It is time for people to be judged. It will begin with the family of God. And since it begins with us, what will happen to people who don’t obey God’s good news? Scripture says,
“Suppose it is hard for godly people to be saved. Then what will happen to ungodly people and sinners?”
Some people will suffer because God has planned it that way. They should commit themselves to their faithful Creator. And they should continue to do good.”